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We All Like Free Stuff, Right?


Just a quickie:

I’ve compiled a page listing all the free things I’ve posted here – printables, graphics, that sort of thing.  Some of them are really old and kind of embarrassing to look at now that I have a little more Pixelmator experience, but they’re all there.  You’re welcome to do whatever you like with what you find there, as long as it’s for personal use only.  If you’d like to link to one of them on your own blog or what-have-you, please give credit to Dianne Sylvan and provide a link to this website.

Meanwhile, on the subject of free things, if you’re suffering from Shadow World withdrawal (and who isn’t, really) don’t forget the Extras page – you can read (or re-read) short stories and funny stuff that fleshes out the world a bit absolutely free.

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If you’re relatively new here or just didn’t know they were there, do check them out – I love my little bits.  Go hunting with David and Miranda; see an extra scene with our dearly departed Sophie; read the story of how Deven and Jonathan met.  Queen of Shadows told in LOLCats! The rules for Shadow World vampires! And let’s not forget the several-story arc about David and Deven, also known as These Two Idiots Are Going to Screw Everything Up In About 70 Years and Here’s Why.

(There’s actually one more story in that arc that I never did finish, but it’s really really good, so I might have to go back to it.  I know it’s been a while since I posted a new Extra, but never fear, more are coming.)


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Book Lover’s Freebie

I made these for myself earlier this week and thought, “Hey, other people might like them.”

They’re bookmarks with space for notes – you can keep track of when you started a book, where you got it, what you enjoy about it, and how you’d rate it.  I know I often forget if I’ve finished a book or even opened it before, especially if I didn’t get very far the first time.  I wanted a spot where I could indicate how I felt about a book as I was going along, or anything about it that jumped out at me, like a great scene or quote.  I haven’t decided whether I want to paste them into a journal-type thing, or leave them in the books as a reference for next time.

Either way, I thought some folks might find them useful, so, click on the image to download a pdf of a bunch of them that you can print on paper or cardstock and cut out:


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Troubleshooting Your Goals (w/free printable)

That title sure does sound life-coachy, doesn’t it?

Trust me, I’m nobody’s coach. I’m not a role model, not a leader.  I’ve been those things and I wasn’t very good at them.  I’m a woman who screws up utterly on a regular basis and has more issues than Reader’s Digest.  What I do well, however, is turn those issues into something other people can use – my misadventures become something of a crack-addled GPS for people’s lives.

In 500 yards, turn left on Bipolar Blvd. Take the feeder road onto Existential Crisis Tollway. Head north toward Poisonous Envy, Texas.  Bypass Commitment Crossing.

Perhaps it’s foolish to try and think my way out of a depressive cycle, but the last med I tried made me horribly ill, and in begging my shrink to just let me stay on Wellbutrin by itself until our next appointment, I left a large part of my brain undefended.  But I’m so tired…so very tired…of trying new meds, going into the whole routine all over again.  Side effects, worsening, then letting up; hope building, sometimes even convincing me this particular cocktail will be viable for a while…until it isn’t anymore, and here we are again.  This, you see, is what kills us: not the depths of despair we find and are unable to dig out of.  What kills us is having to do it over and over and over again with no real assurance it will ever be any different.

I’ve been on this same bipolarcoaster since 2004 when, after my brother killed himself, A single gunshot two hundred miles away from me managed to blow holes in my entire life.  I’m still dealing with the fallout from that.

At any rate, as I was pondering a long list of questions whose answers have eluded me, I thought to myself, “I could make this prettier, and maybe other people could make it useful too.”

So, here we are – a single sheet download to help you think about any of those long-term goals you were hella excited about in January but have lost your zeal for now in July.  Consider the questions on this sheet and ask yourself, can any of them be rephrased or reframed to make them resonate more with your spirit?  So much of self-discovery is in the wording.

Take this and download it, print it, make copies, share them – just don’t get money for them and we’re square..  I hope if nothing else my design sense can help somebody  out there get her shit together.

What’s Holding Me Back

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Pimp My Planner: Rawr! Doodles Edition


I’m trying to be more detailed in my notes on my planner pages.  Basically the way my system works is:

  1. Major events and forecast items like appointments/birthdays are written into the monthly calendar.
  2. To Do lists go on the left side of the weekly.
  3. The day-by-day boxes on the right are for jotting down what happened that day – what work I got done, anything interesting I did, time spent at coffee shops writing, et cetera.

I have been taking out each week’s two-pager the next week.  The current monthly page and the weekly are together, and the whole rest of the year on monthlies is in its own divider.  I move the current back to the rest each month and swap them round.  But I think taking out every week is making it hard to keep track of the flow of one week to the next; I’ve been losing some time lately and I want to at least have a general idea of went on during my bad days.

All the used pages go together into a folder.  I probably won’t keep them past the year, but I can use the information on them to start next year’s calendars, and I can take the whole year’s mood tracking data and do a full graph of the year.

Hence, my weekly spreads, where the fun washis and stickers and such get to shine.  This week’s theme:  summer garden (watched from safely inside an air-conditioned home)!

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You might have gathered that I went to see Jurassic World last week.

Couple of supply notes:

The butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers strewn about are all from the same maker, which I’m pretty sure is…Sticko? I think so.

The blue “blow your own damn mind” banner over on the right is not a sticker – it’s an addition to the page itself, as are the little blue flourishes in the daily boxes, and the pattern inside the notes box.  I felt like doing something different, et voila.

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Another Graphical Gift

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ETA:  The link is fixed.  Apparently both WordPress AND Dropbox were being dicks today.

Since I haven’t had much written stuff to share with you this week (it’s been a no good very bad week), I wanted to give you this, just a pretty something you might like.

You’re free to pin it, download it, whatever you want, just don’t make money off it.

In Shadowstorm this song appears twice, sung by different people by “coincidence.” Whatever the source, it does a poor broken heart good, brings back long-forgotten memories, and veeeeeeery slowly starts a process that might just lead to a happy ending for two of our characters.


We’ll see.

Dammit let’s try this again.

(WordPress is being a butt, so if you don’t see an image here, click on the link and you’ll go to the Dropbox page where you can take a gander and download it if you please.)

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