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April 30, 2017

April A-Z : Zodiac

Zodiac : a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon
Aquarius : the 11th sign of the zodiac in astrology
― The Free Dictionary

My zodiac sign is Aquarius for those who are born from January 20 — February 18. It's really hard to decide what to believe about zodiac signs but what I found out about Aquarius are these: (1) they are very independent ; (2) they are always confident in all they do ; (3) they love the company of people and are very friendly ; (4) they like to lead instead of follow ; (5) they are unpredictable ; (6) they are very creative, imaginative ; (7) they are innovative, spontaneous, affectionate, honest...

In other words, they can be anything. I have stopped reading my horoscope because it's mostly wrong but it's nice to think I am a bit associated with all Aquarius or Aquarians, the more correct term. A few famous Aquarius who shares my sign are: Charles Dickens, James Joyce, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Toni Morrison, Babe Ruth, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Edith Wharton, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Virginia Woolf...

Do you believe in the qualities of your Zodiac sign?

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Strange thoughts on the A-Z Challenge  

A-Z Challenge moods
'three moods during the A-Z Challenge"
I present to you these strange thoughts that came when I read the comments people left about their A-Z posts :

01/ my husband the dinosaur

02/ build a better dog

03/ today a talking cat

04/ E is for elephants, echoes, easy bake ovens and getting run over by eskimos

05/ I love equality

06/ annoying things to do on your day off

07/ facebook patties and fatties

08/ stupid goats!

09/ a slight bit of chaos is necessary

10/ plans for the future : don't yell at your plants
'three more moods during the A-Z Challenge'
So how did you do on the A-Z Challenge?

April 29, 2017

April A-Z : The Yada Yada

The Yada Yada : an episode of Seinfeld where the phrase, "yada yada" is used in place of actual words.
— The Internet Movie Database (The IMDb)

Here's a story — what do you think the 'yada yada yada' is about?

Jane went to the mall to pick up a present for her husband and yada yada yada, she is arrested and the only witness to her crime is a man with a broken jaw and the stolen merchandise in her purse neatly wrapped with a name tag of someone that is not her husband's.

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April 28, 2017

April A-Z : X Questions

X: Roman Numeral meaning 10
— According to everyone

Due to the lack of energy and the ability to think, here are 10 random questions for you:

I - What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase 'We need more of that'?

II - Who is on second?

III - List 3 things that drives you crazy.

IV - What are 4 things you see right now?

V - List 5 things that make you laugh.

VI  - How many fingers does Count Rugen have in the movie The Princess Bride?

VII - Why did Seven Ate Nine? Who's going drive Seven home now?

VIII - There are 8 apples in a basket. If you ate 1, how many are left?

IX - What things do you have too many of?

X - How many fingers are you holding up?

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April 27, 2017

April A-Z : Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune : an American television show where contestants solve word puzzles
— The Web

Okay, there's no wheel or fortune but there is a bunch of movie titles. Can you fill in the blanks? Clues: A, E, I, O, U and R, S, T, L, N are revealed and all titles have a few W words in them.

Round 1 > Category: Fake Movie Titles

Round 2 > Category: Real Movie Titles

Bonus Round > Category: Animated Film
Click below for answers:

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April 26, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Tree

'cloud planting' in progress
This week's Scribble Picnic theme is 'tree.' I wasn't able to get much done but so here's the piece from last week with slightly more color. Check out other 'trees' over at Scribble Picnic.

April A-Z : The Artist Versus The Blogger

Versus : in contrast with; as compared to
—  Dictionary.com

The Artist Versus The Blogger 
This comparison is based on myself so maybe other bloggers and artists don't think this way. I think sometimes I'm more of a blogger than an artist and sometimes it's the other away around. Which side are you on or are you both? And who did you think created this chart? The artist or the blogger? (Click on the image for a larger view.)

The Artist Versus The Blogger chart
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April 25, 2017

April A-Z : Unpopular Since 2006

Unpopular Since 2006

Unpopular : a title I happily accepted and easily ignored but it often shows up when I think it's gone forever...
— According to me

Every April I celebrate the month that I started blogging by making two lists. This one is called 'Unpopular Since 2006' or this other title, 'My lazy blogging ways':

01/ Be unsociable: Skip out on all social networking - this includes Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and whatever other media that usually drives you to insanely tap the keys of your multifunctional phone just to keep up.

02/ Move a lot: repeatedly move to new url's to start fresh even if you lose a lot of readers and maybe even a little bit of your security of being in the same place.

03/ Be unconventional: Follow blogs through the most unconventional way - by going to their blog and reading it.

04/ Lose confidently: Don't bother chasing back the readers that have left you. They're gone and probably won't return unless they happen to find you again accidentally.

05/ Forget you have a blog: Don't try to remember what your brain wants to forget but occasionally, you will remember your blog and perhaps you will post something there.

06/ Refuse to conform: Post things nobody cares about or have any interest in but you.

07/ Answer only if you want to: Reply to questions/comments if and when you feel like it.

08/ Be nosy: Ask questions that may or may not drive people crazy. You may make a friend or an enemy, in which case, you'll probably want to move to a new url or perhaps get witness protection.

09/ Keep things long: Post long posts that somehow doesn't get read.

10/ Post at irregular times and sometimes not all: Only post when you want to or when you suddenly remember you have a blog.

What do you do that makes you & your blog unpopular?

Note: This list is updated from the 2016 list which had been updated from the 2013 lists which apparently wasn't updated from any previous list that I can find but probably did come from somewhere.

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April 24, 2017

April A-Z : Television Shows

Television Shows : shows that are watched on a small screen preferably with some commercials so you can figure out who kill this or that character
— According to me
Can you name the show by three character faces? (Hint: most are sci-fi shows.)







Click below for answers:

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April 22, 2017

April A-Z : Seven Silly & Strange Questions

Seven : my favorite number
Silly & Strange Questions : the type of questions I would write up whenever I'm not quite 100%
— According to me
Here are seven questions mostly thought up at the last moment. (My Answers are in comments.)

~ Answer each question with a word starting with S. ~

01/ What is your almost favorite color?

02/ If you suddenly find yourself without any memory and someone ask you what your name is, what would be the first thing that comes to you?

03/ What real/fake person you would want to lunch with?

04/ What word or words that describes you?

05/ What is your fake name to go undercover?

06/ If an alien landed in your backyard and destroyed most of your property, what would be your first word(s) to it?

07/ How many bloggers does it take to change a lightbulb?

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April 21, 2017

April A-Z : Rainswept

Rainswept : the name I have chosen for this blog, though the actual address name is 'the last rain girl'
— According to me
Here is how the header came about:

Version 1: this is the original drawing - hand drawn and digitally colored

Version 2: I thought the hand is not necessary so when I redraw the above, I didn't included it, this is done in Adobe Illustrator
Version 3: I flipped it so it's facing the other way and to add the hand like the original drawing for reasons I'm not even sure, I suppose I want to see how it would look with it

Version 4: I placed it into a circle and removed the hand. the hand is suppose to be over the heart, if you see the original, that is the intention but when I flipped it, the hand is no longer on the left side where the heart is suppose to be so, of course I could have flipped the hand as well but I decided to remove it instead, this is what I usually do - I add/remove and see what it looks like and then decide

Version 4B: I shifted the image slightly to the right to show less face because, well, I'm not quite why but I just liked it

Version 5: now you probably wonder how I got to this from version #4B, well, I can't explain it. I just decided to redo #4B and simplified it a little and this is the result

Version 6: from the start, it was always going to be a circle because I like circles for the header rather than squares or even rectangles
Version 7: I added the name and made the background transparent so it would be whatever the current background color would be

As for the colors, it changes a lot, depending what I am thinking or seeing but mostly, I lean toward blues and bluegreens. For the name 'Rainswept,' it just came to me when I happened upon another blog with 'swept' in its name and I decided to put that together with 'rain.' Also, I had many blogs with 'rain' in the title so this works for me.

That's it. The final version of my header but don't depend on it staying around too long as I have a habit of changing it every couple of days or months depending on my mood. (And as you can already tell, I have changed the colors to a more muted blue.) I like to show the in-between steps but there really aren't any except for many similar versions that barely have any differences. Any questions, just ask.

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April 20, 2017

April A-Z : Query

q the questions artwork
query: why does she wear yellow? because blue and pink are already taken.
Query: a question; an inquiry; to ask or inquire about
— Dictionary.com

Ask me any questions - about me, my art, my fiction writing or simply anything that comes to your head. I cannot promise I will answer them but I will promise I will read them. Leave your questions in comments and feel free to ask more than one questions.

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April 19, 2017

Scribble Picnic: Ladder

'cloud planting'
This week's Scribble Picnic theme is 'ladder.' I had the same idea as Tammie Lee but somehow didn't quite work on it until I saw Tammie Lee's interpretation. I didn't finished but I am so glad I started on it, so thanks Tammie. Check out other 'ladder' interpretations over at Scribble Picnic.

April A-Z : Promote Art Giveaway

Promote : to unbashfully tell people how wonderful art can make you happy
— According to me

Today I'm promoting art by giving away art. One lucky reader will get an art print or a product from these artists (click on the name or screen image to go check out the shop) :

Rules for the giveaway:
01. Leave a comment to enter.
02. For international but if the shop you've chosen does not ship international, than you may choose another.
03. One (1) winner will choose one (1) art or product of their choice from the above list. The winner will be selected randomly.
04. Contest closes on April 30, 2017.
05. These rules are subject to change due to errors or other unforeseen events.

Please note: Be aware that the shop that you choose the item from will be doing the shipping. And also note, I was not compensated to promote these artists. I just like their work. If you have any questions, just email me at lissawrites(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Update: Contest closed.
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