Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Fun: Playing with Color

Needless to say with baby on the way I've been looking at colors quite often. Then again I like color anyways with the various art I've done over the years. Right now I'm pretty happy with the color for the top wall and the trim. The bottom wall was giving me issues for awhile. I think I've found a color I like, I just need to stop by the hardware store for a chip since I've only viewed said color on my computer.

That being said, I've been having fun with the Personal Color Viewer from Benjamin Moore paints. Granted how the colors appear on the computer will differ from actual paint colors, but it is still nice to get a general sense of how various color combinations might look in a room. I like how they have sample room pictures already in their program or you can upload your own pictures. So far I've only been playing with the sample pictures.

This is one of the sample rooms I colored. Here's to hoping it loads alright. I used the share to twitter option then copied the link here. I had tried sharing to Blogger which my browser didn't like. I was thinking that it might be fun to color rooms for my characters, or even to play with the colors then think what type of character might reside in that space. Then again playing with the colors is fun on it's own aside from fictional characters.

On a side note, if you do want to use this to help pick out colors for a room you want to paint jot down the color numbers or names. The application allows for switching between color names and numbers. I had spent awhile with my nursery colors then the website had trouble saving. (If you create an account you can save the various projects to your favorites, to access anywhere you have a web connection). It might have been my browser.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Writing Wednesday: Nanowrimo idea

I do still want to post about writing and I'm currently in the process of figuring out the balance of what to post when. Writing sounds good on this day of the week because alliteration is fun. Not that every topic has to match, it just created a starting point.

With baby on the way I'm planning on getting in what writing time I can now and seeing how things go once she's here. To that end I've decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo / NaNo) this November. I had a glimmer of an idea a few months back which merged with an old short story idea from a few years ago.

My idea is still rough hopefully I can get it to a workable state soon. Ideally I'd like to have an outline ready to go. I'm writing science fiction this year. The basic idea of the story is a less advanced society living in the shadows/ruins of a previous society that was more technological. Right now I'm trying to figure out why the first society left and making sure the reason still leaves room for the current society.

And yes I know it's Thursday. I started this post yesterday over lunch and decided to still run with the title.

Blogfest wrap-up: I had fun at the Labor Day blogfest and am still planning on visiting everyone who stopped by here. These past two weeks have gotten away from me.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blogfest Starting Now

Today starts KarenG's Labor Day Blog BBQ. I just left my comment over on her post and I'll be taking time this weekend to visit other participants. I decided to bring grilled chicken and veggies to the party, I've been eating a lot of chicken and vegetables recently.

And I also want to take this opportunity to say hello and welcome anyone visiting my blog this weekend. I did a little introduction on the blogfest post, but I can do one here as well for new visitors. I'm Claire, and this here blog in my main one. I blog about my writing, writing in general, and other things that interest me. My cats do pop in from time to time as well. My most recent novel drafts have been science fiction and fantasy. I also like to write mainstream. Heck, I just like to be creative and writing is but one way to do so.

I am thinking about other directions in which to take this blog so that it's not just a blog for other writers. The writing aspect is important, I don't want to loose that theme. I do want to make non-writers feel more welcome while giving my readers a chance to know me a little more as well. To me blogging is about community; getting to know and interact with others. In that vain I have decided to occasionally post some of my short fiction. I know I posted about my visiting local parks possibility awhile back and I'm still planning on doing that. It'll be a good break from getting ready for baby.

Yes I do have another blog. In addition to this blog I also have a blog for my beading work/jewelry. At some point I do want to open an online shop for my handcrafts; once I get set up with all the proper paperwork (sales tax and what not official stuff). I do like to post my works there either way, and I have some tutorials/tips planned as well.

And I have four cats, the ones mentioned earlier in this post. Two we went out to the local shelter to adopt while the other two found us through different situations. And I'm expecting my first child in February. It'll be interesting to see what my lap cat thinks of my expanding belly, and what they all think of baby. DH and I have fun guessing what each cat will do.

Feel free to introduce yourself here, and if you are on Twitter that would be cool to leave your @ here as well. It's fun to connect to bloggers on twitter as well. (I'm @Clairegoverts over there)