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October Polka Dots

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Digital painting. flokot.redbubble.com

As I sat down to draw yesterday, I found that the ideas simply didn’t flow. I got part way through a Cthulhu sketch, a felt-tip marker cat in a witch’s hat, and a Viking longboat, before I laid down the pen and wanted to give up. The enticing smoothness of the fresh paper and the flow of ink from my pens just didn’t translate into inspiration. However, I committed myself to get as much drawing done as possible in the pre-NaNoWriMo weeks, knowing that once NaNo starts, and the end of school year commitments for my kids, and the horrifying stress peace and joy of Christmas, and the social intensity of New Year’s – well, based on past experience, it’s usually February by the time I can recover enough to think about drawing again.

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August 2016 Update: On being forced to move house, and my unnecessarily dramatic life

As I try to reflect on the whirlwind of events in my life over the last few weeks, it has been, in a word, chaotic; and disappointingly not what I had planned when I envisaged August 2016. (more…)

Books: The Force Awakens

As promised, here is the first installment in some March 2016 book reviews, quotes, and responses to books that I’m currently reading. This Lent I decided to fast facebook and alcohol and have been using the increased time and greater clarity of mind to invest in reading books.

Round one, the various Star Wars: The Force Awakens books. These represent the first books I’ve read in the Star Wars universe that are not what us ooooold (late 20-something and above) Star Wars fans would call Expanded Universe. The EU, that’s what the younger fans (teens and early 20-somethings) call non-canon – or ‘Legends,’ if they’re feeling a bit more charitable. Having been informed by countless young fans on SW discussion forums that the EU is non-canon, I’d like to point out that I am fully aware of this fact, and also that considering it’s an entirely fictional universe, we can probably all just calm down a bit and appreciate the EU stories for what they are: bloomin’ good tales about the characters we love.

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My New Instagram Profile!

Just a little bit of housekeeping news, I have created an Instagram profile that will be just for my art and writing-related images.

You can find it under the username fionakat.art on Instagram. Any new followers are much appreciated!

Are you on Instagram? Tell me your user name and the sorts of photos you share in the comments below!