Like most people who get into paper crafting I have become a hopeless washi tape addict. What on Earth do you do with all that tape, you ask? Glad you asked. (Actually if you’re not already into it, your first question was probably “what the hell is washi tape.” It’s Japanese masking tape, basically, made of paper, fairly low-tack, and comes in a million gorgeous colors and patterns.) Aside from using it as an artistic accent, there are lots of small practical (and somewhat practical) things you can do with it:
Speaking of crafty business, I have made yet another altered composition book – version 2 of a writing notebook I tried to make a couple of weeks ago that flopped spectacularly. I stripped it naked and started over, and this time I’m much happier with it. I do a lot of outlining and scene organizing on paper, and I wanted a single place to kick it analog-style for my current writing projects. It has dividers for the Shadow World, the Agency, and whatever else I might come up with. I’m hoping that, now that my sabbatical is ending, having a pretty notebook to work with will help inspire me.
Last night my BFF and I saw Tori Amos in concert (our second time), and being there with Tori at her Bosendorfer, watching her play in that hypnotic, dark, lush style threw me immediately into Miranda’s head for the first time in forever. I’ve been having trouble with my Queen lately – with all the other plotlines going on it’s hard to keep her from getting lost since she’s essentially a well-adjusted pillar of strength (especially compared to everyone else). I think we’ve reached a better understanding of this part of her story, though. And as usual I have Tori to thank for it.
If you’d like to see the performance that first inspired Miranda’s character, here it is, Tori Amos on VH1 Storytellers. (You’ll have to turn the volume up pretty loud.)
Meanwhile, here are 5 Practical, Slightly Snarky-Sounding, Non-Sparkly Ways to Practice Self-Love.
And in case you missed all the Comic-Con hoopla, here are the trailers for the shows I’m most anxious to see this fall – Arrow, The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, Doctor Who, and a fun video from The Vampire Diaries that isn’t a preview but is rather adorable nonetheless.