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Goodreads and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”

Accomplished some things I’ve been trying to do for a while today thus far! I’ve had an account over at Goodreads for a while now, but I never really bothered with it after I first got it. I’ve fully intended to start using it more, and I was reminded of it earlier today, so I hopped back on there and found that it actually seems like it could be fun and maybe a little handy for keeping better track of anything. I’m just starting out with it so I’m still working at getting it all situated, and I don’t have anyone on my friends on there, and I’m definitely willing to be friends on there with anyone who would like to add me. Feel free to join me while I try to get nice and cozy there, whether you’re a long-time member, a new one like me, or anywhere in between that.

It’s made me realize that while I really love to read and get immersed into fictional worlds, I haven’t really read as much as I’d like. I have a few books I want to read, and a few books I’ve read and really liked, and of course, I’ve read people’s work online (Roninspath’s The Rosemary Saga stands out here, I don’t really remember much else I’ve read online thus far. I think it’s worth reading the summary and checking it out if you like how it sounds!) and work my friends have written, but I haven’t read much of what I’d like to. That being said, upon realizing this I was very disappointed in myself, and thus, took action.

I’ve started reading Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, since it’s the most appealing book on my shelf that I’ve not read yet at the moment and seems to really suit my tastes from what I know about it. I’ve been planning to do more research on the original vampire myths and older depictions for a long time through reading the novels and watching the older movies (I’ve seen Nosferatu, but nothing more than that) for a while now, and it’s really time that I start taking action instead of planning on doing things, because sitting around and planning to research, planning to read and planning to watch isn’t what I want to spend my days doing. As I write this, I’ve got the book marked at page 27 and might read some more later. For now, I’ve got a few things to get out of the way.

If you’d like to check out my in-progress Goodreads profile and maybe friend me, you’re more than welcome to, and since I’m trying to wrap up this post and keep it fairly small for once, I’ll go ahead and close it now. What’re your opinions on Goodreads if you’ve checked it out any time before, and have you read/started reading Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” before or are you planning on reading it? If so, what did you think of it, or why do you want to read it?

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End of the year update 2011

First and foremost, I’d like to wish anyone reading this a happy winter, and if you’re celebrating any sort of holiday, I hope you’re enjoying it thoroughly! I really haven’t been able to update this blog as much as I’d of liked to, especially seeing as I wanted to get a special update on character design posted on the 25th as a little gift for anyone who happens to enjoy it. As shown obviously, that didn’t happen, but I’m still planning on working on it and all of it’s little extra goodies ASAP. I’ve also been neglecting my twitter account quite a bit, and writing/drawing/etc as a whole… but I’m definitely going to be trying hard to get that on track next year. This is becoming a bit repetitive with the whole ‘I haven’t posted much but I’m trying to’ thing, so I’m going to move on.

My book shelf is working significantly on getting bigger. I’ve got a few new books as of now, those being some that I’ve really been meaning to read for a while now. As of this moment, I am working on reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I’m contemplating taking some notes on what I like/dislike and think about the book itself and putting together a little book review of it. I should be finishing it up soon, but it seems like it’s the kind of book I’ll have to re-read after a bit of a break from it.

I’ve finally got a new sewing machine, although I’m not sure when I’m going to start on working with it, although I do have an idea of what my first sewing project will be. My amazing boyfriend’s also bought me a tablet, which I’m far too excited for since my old tablet was worn out into a piece of unworkable shit (draw straight line on tablet -> comes out looking completely different, worn from working with it, losing it, etc, family member broke the pen, lost pen, lost tablet months later). I can’t come up with the exact words to thank him for it with, honestly.

I’m trying to put everything into a schedule for the most part, for now, since I’ve got to get everything done faster. I’m not one for routine, but with the way I’m living now, to assure myself that I’ll finish up and move on to more exciting things, I kind of have to. Work is something that I really need to get done, and this should help me do that.

A brand new year is coming up, and I’ve figured it’s time to get my shit together and work on a lot of stuff. This year’s been pretty rough on my family and I, and it’s time to start working harder on a lot of things. In other words, it’s time for the typical new year’s resolution list, sincerest apologies on that. Most of these are some goals I’ve had for a while, but never managed to do because I didn’t pay as much attention to them as I should, and I just want to get them all set straight by the end of next year.

  1. Find better ways to show appreciation to those I love, as I’ve not been doing that as much as I’d like to. They deserve to feel appreciated and loved.
  2. Work on handling some problems I’ve had for a while. Emotional baggage isn’t going to work out for me.
  3. Spend more time helping others, helping out with charities, doing encouragement and depression/self-harm/etc recovery and awareness projects, and anything else I can manage.
  4. Get more work done in terms of the things I’ve been neglecting these past few years.
  5. In visual arts, work more on scenery and depiction of motion.
  6. Create at least one complete piece, background and all, each month, along with several other practices and the like, visual art wise, in both traditional and digital media.
  7. Work more on video editing and improving work in 3D software.
  8. Work on becoming physically healthier, specifically getting back into hiking and being a bit more active, as I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.
  9. Read more of everything I enjoy – novels, blogs, short stories, poems, and the like.
  10. Write more posts for this blog!

If I don’t post by the end of the year, I hope everyone has a great new year’s and a good start to 2012. Here’s hoping for a better year, no matter how bad/good this one may have been!

Halloween and NaNo blog preview

So, I’m going to be spending tomorrow and Monday at an old friend’s house for Halloween. I decided to update the blog now, because, well, why the hell not? I have no idea what we’re doing tomorrow other than derping around, but I’m going to be downloading as many horror movies onto my laptop as I can and bring my Marble Hornets DVD if I can find it (I’m still adamant that my parents hid it. Slender Man scares them both.) because she’s easy to scare and I love the feeling of fear. I still haven’t told her that Slender Man isn’t real. :P

On Monday, we’re going to be dressing up to hand out candy and just derp around like most friends do. I don’t know what her outfit is, but I’ve got a mask, a cloak, and a top hat all nice and ready for me. I love my cloak and top hat to damn bits, they’re both nice and snazzy.

I’ve been prepping for NaNoWriMo, which I’ll probably make a post for on Tuesday when I get home. Since I already have an outline and a good idea of the characters (I’ve been working on characterizing them and fixing up my plot for almost two years) I don’t have much to worry about, so I’ve been going to Starbucks every day or two to have a mocha, sit down with my laptop, relax, clear my mind, get some ideas out and practice pumping up my writing speed. When I was in school, I could write six or so pages a day, but I’ve not been as inspired since then so I haven’t been writing that much, so I’ve been trying to get into the groove again.

I’ve not been drawing as much lately, but I’m thinking I’ll be doing a lot more original artwork, or at least sketches, since I’m finally about to get off of my ass and write the first novel of my series, and when I write, I get inspired to at least sketch a bit. Hopefully I’ll be able to update the blog with some artwork soon. It’s not that great, but I know I’m improving day after day and I’m a lot better than I used to be, so I hope it’s enough to satisfy whoever happens upon it.

I think that’s all for now, with a significantly less word count than my last post filed under personal had, and hopefully the next time I update it’ll either be NaNo-related and maybe have some artwork included.