Hi guys! I’ve been working half-heartedly on National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, where participants write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I did this successfully once before, but that was before I had a toddler!
This month I’m working on a fanfiction piece, continuing one of my favorite stories from childhood, The Horse and His Boy, part of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I am not making huge progress, but who knows, maybe I’ll be able to finish it. I really want to finish it, but it’s also taking up time that could be spent writing “real” novels.
I’ll probably put it on fanfiction.net when I am done, but for now, enjoy this except from the opening. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments (this is a first draft).
When the city of Pompeii was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, it took several thousand of its citizens who were unable to escape with it. The ash that covered the city helped to preserve it, giving us a unique insight into Roman life at that time. But it also preserved the outlines of the people and animals that died, allowing plaster casts to be made, replicating the positions of victims when they died. While I appreciated the historical parts of the city tour, seeing some of the casts was a bit disturbing.
Several of these are my husband’s photos; he took even more pictures than I did that day! Pompeii was a pretty fascinating place, if a bit unsettling.
You can find more creepy crawlies at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri from Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.
This month, we have one of the antagonists of Episode I, the Dug podracer Selbulba.
This one was not that interesting. Sebulba is kinda brown, and his headgear is kinda brown (ETA: apparently it’s actually grey, whoops). I didn’t have any great ideas for the background either, so I asked my husband what color he thought of when he thought of Sebulba (isn’t this the kind of question you ask your spouse all the time??).
He immediately said orange, because of Selbuba’s pod! Genius. So I did some orange tones for the flowers and the decorations.
And that’s about it. I’m happy with how it looks, but I wouldn’t say it was one of my favorites, which kinda jives with my feelings about Sebulba. He is a pretty one-dimensional character, a fine opponent for the podrace but not all that interesting.
Check out Kiri’s version of this Bantha Poodoo character here!
Venice is a beautiful city, full of architectural details. These are the windows in the Bridge of Sighs; it was through these shaped openings that convicts saw their last view of Venice before they were imprisoned.
Windows on the Bridge of Sighs
Giants’ Staircase in Doge’s Palace
The stairs are known as the Giants’ Staircase in the Doge’s Palace. The staircase itself is not overly large, but there are some giant-size statues atop it. Looking closely, you find these intricate designs on the stairs.
I didn’t edit the colors on either of these, so enjoy them in their natural black and white.
You can find more monochrome at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
This past weekend was my kid’s first Trick-or-Treat! Here is Wicket the Ewok with Leia (though it’s the wrong Leia costume for Endor haha). I got the official Wicket costume from the Disney store, and it was ridiculously cute. I mean ridiculously.
You can check out some other Star Wars Halloween costumes and decorations at starwars.com’s Halloween Shopping Guide. My personal favorite is the Hanna Andersson pajamas with sugar skull stormtroopers that look like my last coloring book picture. And they glow in the dark!