The clock is now ticking down, and I am anxiously awaiting the start of November. It’s almost time to write! I realize that I shouldn’t need a special month to write a novel, but it helps. When a mass amount of authors are standing by to cheer you on (or share in your agony), it makes it a lot easier to crank out 50,000 words. There’s goals, every day, every week, and for the entire month. Others have hit every goal, year after year, so why shouldn’t I? Hell of a motivator, let me tell you.
After years of story-telling and revisions, Kira’s Tale, the first in the Descend into Darkness series, releases today.
I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting this is, because “Dawn J. Stevens” is actually me, or at least, my pen name. Placing both feet into the fiction world is something I have been working on for nearly a decade. It’s a scary thing, really, to announce becoming a fiction author. I chose a pen name while I worked on my craft, just to separate myself from reality and fiction. It was never meant to be a secret, just… a separation.
So with this information, may I introduce you to my first published fiction novel……
Oh oh oh…. it’s THAT time of year! Super duper excited that it’s now *completely* acceptable for me to be planning for Halloween. Never mind that we actually started a month ago.
So what do we have planned this year so far? Well, let’s see….
Pretty sure I’m classified as a Pinterest addict. It’s even worse around this time of year. I even added a brand new board – Halloween Makeup Ideas. Our costumes have yet to be set in stone, but thinking we are probably going with a Tim Burton style family costume set. That means we’ll be relying heavily on spooky makeup. WOO! My favorite.
It’s been awhile since we’ve posted to the “Reading Corner” here at Idea Queen, but there’s something special to announce…
This author has spent years in the making. She has spent over a decade working on her craft, and is FINALLY releasing her very first fiction novel on Amazon in October. Dawn J. Stevens is officially on the author circuit as she gets ready to release Kira’s Tale.
When Kira finds herself in a strange place with no idea who she is and with new magical abilities, she sets out on a journey to find her place in a world engulfed in Darkness and magic. With two Taliesin friends as her guides, Kira must put back the pieces of her missing life.
You can stalk her in the following ways:
Again, keep an eye on this one. National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner, and I’m just sure she’ll be writing novel number two.
As we were writing our book, Recycled Crafts, there was a project we coined “The Penny Project”. I knew wouldn’t be *completely* finished in time for the book release, but that was alright. Instructions for making “Penny letters” was complete, and up to the reader to decide what comes next. Here’s the expert from the book on the penny project….
Step 3 – Attach Pennies
We used sparkle Mod Podge, so that it would add a bit more bling to the letters. It acted like a sealer and glue for the pennies.
This project is far from finished, as we plan to make a large sign for the living room. However, we hope this tutorial gives you an idea or two on phrases for your wall, using cardboard as a background.
(Exert from Recycled Crafts: Crafts Made from Recycled Items)
Tackling projects with the “reuse, reduce, recycle” motto in mind, this book features basic step-by-step instruction using common recyclable items as the “canvas” for simple craft projects. 16 core ideas and instructions serve as the platform for hundreds of crafts and activities. Projects are family friendly, encouraging creativity and individuality in a group setting. Great book for families crafting looking for earth-friendly crafting projects on a budget.
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When we think of crafts or crafting, generally what comes to mind is safe items such as glue, paper, paint, or other non-threatening supplies. Yet even a pair of scissors can be an extremely dangerous tool if you don’t take precautions. Let me explain….
Last week I attempted to get caught up on a few projects, one that required me to cut the tops off water bottles. Generally I will use an Exact-o knife or box cutter to start the cut before using the scissors. I even have this in a few tutorials, where it is recommended to use something other than scissors to get it started. Yet this day I was in a hurry, and didn’t feel like tracking down additional supplies. Scissors would work, and did work, but not without a serious accident. While attempting to make that initial cut, the scissors went right though the plastic and into my finger on the other side. “OUCH” was an understatement. We all decided it didn’t need a stitch, but it certainly wasn’t a little scratch, and my crafting weekend was greatly hindered.
One of the kids – I will not say who, so I don’t embarrass them – has a bit of a memory problem when it comes to personal care. Then again, proper personal care includes a lot of steps for someone just learning how to take care of themselves. We decided the best way to help them out is with a dry erase checklist….