Quick DIY post

Posted by ON in Dear Diary, DIY

Having a new house and no furniture (see: traveling the world for all of 2010) has left me needing … well, to fill a house with furniture.

I’ve instituted a “no particleboard” policy and have been trying to customize (or straight-out make) as much as I can. (Watch this space for an update about my upcoming dining room table.)

Dressers made of real wood are surprisingly hard to find, but craigslist came through with this old beaten up antique. ($20, yo!)

Beaten Ass Dresser

Oops, I forgot to take a picture before I went at it with a sander.

Originally I was going to go the traditional staining and varnishing route, but the wood top was so distressed that I decided to go with a solid black and satin varnish. Elina painted the new pulls blue and I think the whole thing comes together rather dramatically.


Ignore the imperfections, they're ... character!

I didn’t realize the top three drawers were a different color than the bottom two, but I kinda like the effect.

This was definitely a project of the “quick and dirty” variety, but I love it anyway. ($35 altogether, yo!)

And now my clothes live somewhere besides the floor!

Gratuitous self promotion

So, *ahem*, I’m new at this, but hopefully this isn’t too self promotey.

I posted two of my stories in the SFWA forums for Nebula consideration:

“Heart on Green Paper” (short story, originally published in Daily Science Fiction, August 25th, 2011): http://www.sfwa.org/forum/index.php?/topic/3005-linnaea-gra-heart-on-green-paper/

“Namasté Prime” (short story, originally published in Apex Magazine, September 2011): http://www.sfwa.org/forum/index.php?/topic/3004-linnaea-gra-namaste-prime/

Note: only SFWA members can read the forums.

If you like either these stories, maybe consider suggesting them (http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/readinglist/) or even nominating them for a Nebula Award.

There, *spam off.* As you were.

[Scotch Challenge] – That Pesky Novel

In retrospect, this challenge was a stupid thing to do.

I think, given a normal month, this wouldn’t have been quite as dire. As it was, I was trying to churn out 2000 words a day while buying a house, moving, unpacking my life, spending three days at a con, Thanksgiving and working working working.

The writing itself has swung wildly from inspiration to sludge to outright falling on my face. I think there’s some good stuff in here, but I’m not letting another person see this till I give it another rewrite … and I’m taking at least a month break from the damn thing.

Anyway, that said, I’m pretty sure I’m not buying Rob, Bill and Eden scotch this month.

I have about two scenes left before “THE END” (and some loose ends here and there.) Somewhere in the next 2000 to 6000 words I think I can reasonably call this a book. (In related news, I’m all moved and the house is starting to come together.)

I wont be able to say for sure that it’s done-done (done done done) till I get those words done (done done done done,) but I’ll let you know in the next few days.

… and more importantly, Rob, Bill, Eden, baring some sort of sabotage, I intend to deny you your scotch in the next two days.

*evil laugh … which disintegrates into coughing … and snoring*