Thursday Thoughts: NaNoWriMo and Creative Commitments

It’s probably not very surprising that I know a lot of creative people.  Among my friends and family are various other Etsy sellers, artists, scrapbookers, crocheters, knitters, seamstresses, quilters, woodworkers, and practitioners of just about any other craft you can think of.  Then there’s the people I met when I was a Theatre Arts major, the community theatre enthusiasts, and a plethora of actors and techies.  Most of my gaming friends are into role-playing and have developed elaborate stories for their characters.  Now add in all the writers and poets, computer programmers, graphic artists, interior designers… the list goes on.  So I really shouldn’t be shocked when I keep seeing one friend after another announce that they are participating in NaNoWriMo.

I’ve long thought about writing a book, or several.  I have characters begging me to tell their stories.  I’ve written a few scenes (this one belongs in a romance novel!) and backstories (this one is not for the faint of heart!) for some of my City of Heroes characters, and brainstormed ideas for a series based one or both of the Ashton twins, Jenny (my main character, One Hit Wonder) and Stacey.  I know I should take the “just sit down and write!” advice, but the way my writing process works, I don’t stop writing until the story is done, or at least that part of it.  And I just don’t have the time right now to spend hours, or heck, even minutes, writing anything that isn’t directly related to my business.

I am committed to three craft fairs in November, and am waiting for confirmation on a fourth one scheduled for December 1st.  November is not a month for me to write novels, or even short stories, it is a MUST MAKE ALL THE THINGS month.  I have literally thousands of items in various stages of completeness scattered all over my studio and spilling into the other rooms.  Thank goodness I have a supportive husband!

But I have been neglecting this blog, and my Etsy shop.  So I am going to make a type of writing commitment for November, and into December.  Let’s call it ReBloPoMo+ – Rewondered’s Blog Posting Month-Plus.  I am going to combine my “50 New Products In 50 Days” with my “Five by Five” blog posts.  So every day in November, and the first 20 days of December, there will be a post here and at least five new listings in my Etsy shop.  And I’m going to get my feet wet in the days leading up to November with a few themed “Five By Five” posts, starting with Halloween and gothic items.  It might be a bit late to order for Halloween, but I know there are others like me who think Halloween should be celebrated year-round, or are fans of “creepy” things, like skulls or Cthulhu.

Speaking of ordering, I am running a limited time special on two specific gift certificates.  The big deal is a Groupon-esque discount of over 76% off, where you can get $210 worth of my products (or custom orders) for only $50!  Click the picture below for details:

$210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50!

$210 worth of Rewondered products for only $50!

You can also get a half-price $20 Gift Certificate to Rewondered for $10.  Both of these offers are limited, so get them before they’re gone!  If you’re in New Hampshire, come spend your Rewondered Gift Certificate at my booth at one (or more) of the craft fairs I will be at:

I’ll have lots of items at the fairs that aren’t available online.  And with all the stuff I’ll be adding during ReBloPoMo+ (5 items x 50 days = 250 new listings!) there will be a lot more to choose from soon™.  Rewondered Gift Certificates never expire, you don’t have to use them all at once, and you can even refill them!  Get your holiday shopping done early, and let your friends pick out their favorite items, or get something custom made!

So what are you committed to this November?  Let me know in the comments below!  Are you doing NaNoWriMo?  Don’t write, but love to read?  Then check out NaNoLoMo – National Novel Loving Month.  Have a creative goal you’ve been putting off?  Maybe November is the perfect month to make it happen!  Let’s do it!

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Five By Five Remarking Embrace Your Geekness Day

Remark (verb)

  • to say casually, as in making a comment
  • to note; perceive; observe

Today I am commenting on and observing Embrace Your Geekness Day.  Of course, I embrace my geekness every day of the year, but I guess July 13th is a day to especially geek out.  So how about some products to really show off your geekness and let that geek flag fly?

I’ll start things off with one of my most popular geeky designs, a Mini Cthulhu Necklace:

Mini Cthulhu Octopus Charm and Beaded Necklace - Your Choice of Colors - D225N-00823

Mini Cthulhu Octopus Charm and Beaded Necklace – Your Choice of Colors – D225N-00823

It currently is available in red, blue, and pink, but I can really make it in any color I can find the right beads for, so you can get one in your favorite color!  Just set it up through a custom order of this design style.

Another one of my most popular geeky designs is my Steampunk Style Silver Gears and Wrenches Robot Clockwork Necklace so I decided to offer earrings to match:

Steampunk Style Silver Gears and Wrenches Robot Clockwork Earrings D225E-00001

Steampunk Style Silver Gears and Wrenches Robot Clockwork Earrings D225E-00001

I also have a lot of necklace designs that would look great with a steampunk dress, such as Purple and Copper Locks, Metallic Blue and Copper Stars, Cream and Brown with Copper Flowers, Large Apple Green Beads with Copper Bead Caps, Turquoise and Copper, Upcycled Distressed Pearls and Copper, Clear and Copper Swan, and Green and Copper Stars.  Plus many more I’ll be adding soon™!

One of the things many geeks are into, myself included, is tabletop role-playing games, like Dungeons and Dragons.  So of course I had to put up a dragon necklace!

Large Silver Dragon Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain D225N-00904

Large Silver Dragon Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain D225N-00904

There’s also a gold dragon necklace design already up in the shop, and I wear my Blue Eyes and Silver Bow and Arrow necklace when I play my archer character in Earthdawn.  What kind of custom necklace could I make for your character?

If you’re going to play a tabletop RPG, you’re going to need dice.  And if you’re like me, those dice are going to go flying!  And thus the inspiration for this piece:

 Rainbow Flying Dice Beaded Charm Bracelet for Gamer Girls D225B-00001


Rainbow Flying Dice Beaded Charm Bracelet for Gamer Girls D225B-00001

I have dice necklaces as well, in your choice of colors, rainbow, black and white, and red mini dice.  So far I’ve only been able to find six-sided dice beads, but if I ever find polyhedral dice beads, I’m buying them in bulk!  I’ll probably just have to buy polyhedral dice and drill holes in them.

And now, what better way to “embrace” your geekness than with a Straitjacket Hoodie?  😛

 Embrace Your Geekness Marvel Comics Straitjacket Hoodie - Made to Order

Embrace Your Geekness Marvel Comics Straitjacket Hoodie – Made to Order

Another of my geeky loves is comic books and superheroes, so I snatched up this fabric to use for a Straitjacket Hoodie.  I have several other geeky fabrics that I could use to customize a straitjacket hoodie for you, such as white dragons on black, black dragons on grey, sock monkeys, skeleton keys, love tattoo hearts, Kermit the frog, and even rainbows and unicorns.  And I’m happy to go looking for just the right fabric if I don’t have it already in stock.

I have a lot more geeky items to list, but here’s a few more that are already in my Etsy shop, so go check them out:

Okay, I think I’ve completely embraced my geekness over geeky designs today, don’t you?  And don’t forget, you can get 25% off your order using the coupon code RCIJ25 when you check out of my Etsy shop!

Now, maybe I should take a break and go play some Diablo 3…

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