Blindfolded Love and Life Update + Sketches

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 10:48 AM

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Hello friends! I know I haven't been posting regularly but I haven't had too much to update you guy with concerning my projects. If you follow my twitter (@aisazia or @he_anev) then you pretty much have seen what I've been up to lately.

I've been in the slews of editing and I'm about half way done with my 2nd draft. So I'll be trying to finish that and maybe a 3rd draft before I send it out to beta readers which you can apply here! Since it's my first time editing a project of such lengths I fear it's taking longer than I expected. I apologize for that, I have severely underestimated how long it takes one to edit.

Still I am persevering and the cold doesn't really help. It's been below zero where I'm at and it makes me want to be even more of a recluse than I already am. haha 

Oh! I have a new instagram account if you want to follow me there! Not much on there yet but I'm mostly on twitter. lol

Anyways, I took work off yesterday because I didn't want to deal with the cold so I cleaned and refilled my fountain pens. I hope it encourages me to do more sketching and writing. Went to work today but my car wouldn't start so fortunately my mom had work off so I could borrow her car. lol I contemplated not going to but I was already ready to go and I need the money. XD I hope my car is more cooperating in the future, I just replaced the battery... :/ It would be a terrible time for it to go out on me.

Until I finish, I'll just keep trying to post as new things arise. I've been reading and posting reviews on my other blog more regularly, mostly because I need to have it done. I suppose I should set more deadlines on myself because then I'm able to get more done. But then I always feel terrible if I miss a deadline. lol

That's about it for now! Hope you all stay warm during this winter freeze!





Review: Shoplet Featuring HP EcoFFICIENT Paper

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 9:00 AM

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Woot! It's an office supplies review! This time it's HP EcoFFICIENT Paper! I so love paper and this new product is pretty interesting. This post is sponsored by Shoplet.

Here is the front of the trial pack I got which has 50 pages. 



This is the back of the package.



What this paper boasts:
  • 20% lighter weight than standard copy paper 
  • Provides increased efficiency and resource utilization for printing, shipping, storage, and disposal 
  • Engineered for clean, trouble-free printing, saving time and money with less waste. This product was made from wood that came from a certified managed forest.
I like what the product is trying to do in making everything more efficient. I think they are good considerations since people use paper everyday. It's not an alternative to wood but it's responsibly sourced so that's still something if you can't wean yourself off using paper made from wood.

The image below is the stack of 50 pages when I unwrapped the pack and I think it's pretty thin.



It is very nice paper and it's easy to use in any printer if you want something that's lightweight and sturdy. The paper is bright white and weighs 16 lbs (60 g/m) so it is noticeably lighter than my current paper but the show through is much more as well. You can compare the images below. It's not too distracting but I did notice it when I printed that you can see the words on the other side and some pages past that too.

The paper is still durable, it's not tissue paper thin so I'm not afraid that it'll rip during transit or anything like that. It's a little more floppy to hold than my current paper because it's lighter weight but it's not a huge issue for me. It does sometimes bother me when shuffling quickly through the pages. Otherwise, it feels like regular paper to me so if you use paper everyday and want to be more efficient then this will save you on space and shipping.




Below is the current printer paper I use which is Boise at 20 lbs (75 g/m). You can see less show through than the HP paper. Please ignore the scribbled notes. Working on revising/editing my novel as you already know. Proof that I'm indeed working! 

Oh, for the record, I printed all of this on a laser printer. I didn't do any comparisons with inkjet printing but I assume it would have the same results.


I don't have a photo but I did use a little bit of fountain pen ink (Noodler's Ink) in an EF Lamy Safari and it wrote just fine with no feathering or bleed through. There was a little shadowing on the back but nothing different from what you see in the photo. I didn't do too much experimentation with it but that's something to note for my fountain pen friends. It might not take a broad nib but you'll probably be safe with F or EF nibs.

The paper is ideal if you want to save space in your printer tray or just want something more lightweight or easily disposable. I actually like it a lot and will indeed consider buying more in the future.

Overall, a great new product from HP. My only issue is that it shows through a little more than I'd like which distracts me when I'm reading but I just have to look at one sheet at a time and then it wouldn't be problem. I like how HP is trying to be more efficient using less which is great. It'd be better if it was made from something else or a mixture of wood but perhaps that's coming up next.

Have you guys tried this type of paper before? What do you think of it?


**Disclaimer: These products were provided by Shoplet and in return for this review I was able to keep the product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was paid. All Promotional ProductsMedical SuppliesOffice Supplies, and/or Office Stationary are courtesy of Shoplet.

Ohayocon 2015 AA + Map

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 9:00 AM

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Hey friends! I'll be at Ohayocon 2015 in the Artist Alley with my buddy E-llusion Studio! I'll be selling my usual wares (e.g. chibi commission, prints, buttons, stickers, notebooks, etc)! This will be an all original AA so no fan art will be sold here but if you're interested in buying my fan art you can purchase it at my Storenvy account.

As always, I'm available for at-con and pre-con commissions so you can pick them up at the con to save on shipping if you're interested! I'll only be taking sketch and inked commissions at the con so if you want color you'll have to do pre-con commissions.

Feel free to stop by and just say hi and chat. We'd love it if you come check us out!

I'll try to occasionally tweet from there but it depends how busy I am. lol Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!


The Beta Reader Hunt: Blindfolded Love (Fantasy Novel) + New Quarterly Mailing List

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , , | Posted on 9:00 AM

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Hey everyone! As you guys probably know, I've been working on my project Blindfolded Love. I'm currently working on the 2nd draft but decided to go ahead and see if there were any of my wonderful followers who are interested in beta reading the story for me. :)

Ideally I'll finish with my drafts by mid to late January 2015. I would like to send out the manuscript to betas late January to early February. The deadline for feedback to be sent back to me by the end of February so I can make the edits in March to be sent to a few more betas before my ideal release date in mid to late 2015.

If you're interested, please fill out the form below. If you're not sure what Blindfolded Love is then check out my little synopsis I have below. I can provide a sample excerpt if you're on the fence to see if it's something you're interested in reading.

Incentives:
Curious to see what you'd get out of becoming my beta reader? Here's a quick little list and is subject to change.

  • Final eBook version of your choice when released
  • Acknowledgements in the book
  • Potential Swag that I'll post a poll for you to choose (prints, buttons, bookmarks, etc)
  • If that doesn't interest you, but you're a writer, I'm willing to swap beta reads too! (my specialty is developmental editing)
  • Nothing of interest to you here? Feel free to suggest something! I'm open to ideas. :)


Feel free to contact me at AisaziaCreations (at) gmail.com if you have any questions about this!

Please share with anyone you think who might be interested.

Also I have a new quarterly mailing list to better keep in touch with my readers. If you're interested, please sign up here (or you can sign up on the right side of the navigation):





Thanks for reading!


Important Dates (subject to change):

  • Send MS to Betas: February or March
  • Receive Feedback by: March or April
  • Make edits and send to more Betas: June
  • Release Date: Mid to Late 2015 (Tentatively)

Blindfolded Love
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Adventure
Synopsis:
Niella, a Creahuntress (creature hunter) Princess, wants to avoid marrying her betrothed arranged by her uncle. She refuses to marry someone she doesn't love or who isn't on her skill level. Her uncle reluctantly agrees but in order to void the marriage completely she must capture or kill the Creashifter, QuickSilver, a creature shifter who has been able to elude all Hunters and is also responsible for the deaths of her father and brother.





2014 Nanowrimo Noble Failure + Website

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , | Posted on 9:00 AM

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Here's my Nanowrimo Noble Failure. Yeah, it's not too impressive but not bad since that is all hand written. This year was not my best. I got stuck early on and then life began to hit me all at once. Without going into all the details the gist is: family, job interviewing, and glutened. lol

There were a few days I could have written but I didn't. Mostly because I didn't feel like it and then decided I needed a website. For those of you not following me on twitter, I created a new personal/small business website portfolio! Check it out at EAHuey.com and let me know what you think! 

I haven't been reading, sketching, or writing anything lately which I miss dearly. I have not been able to manage my time as efficiently these days because of the emotional and physical drains.

I hope that you all did well with Nanowrimo! I will still be attempting to edit my current projects. Hopefully I'll be able to do so more during Winter break but I have a feeling my family will want to do things which I won't say no to because they probably wouldn't take no as an answer. Plus it is becoming more rare for me to see them so I won't deny my time with them.

By the way, still looking for people willing to beta my books! So if you like YA fantasty, scifi, or paranormal feel free to contact me! :D



2014 Nanowrimo Wk 1 - WritingProject: WYDM Intro and Update #1

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 11:31 PM

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Would You Date Me?!


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ Aisazia
Project Goal: To get a first draft of a romance/contemporary novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: A story that was going to be based off a couple of characters in my head that were supposed to be a comic. Then I realized I need a story before I actually draw it. lol

Last Update WC: 0
Week's Total WC: 8,400
Total Story WC: 8,400

Daily WC:
  1. 1,925
  2. 2,075
  3. 2,200
  4. 2,200
  5. 0
  6. 0
  7. 0
If you're curious about my math (I adjust as needed but I always underestimate my current word count):

  • Write 7 pages like normal in my current Staples Sustainable Earth Composition Notebook
  • Count words by line for each of those 7 pages then divided by number of lines on the page (25 lines)
  • Take averages of all 7 pages then find average words per line = 11.2 words
  • 11(words) x 25 (lines) = 275 words per page
  • 1667 (daily word count) / 275 = 6.06 pages
  • Round up and overestimate word count = 7 pages a day

Thus I need to write at least 7 pages a day to make my daily word count.

No excerpts since I'm hand writing everything and don't want to type it up as I go but have some blurred pictures instead! lol *dodges tomatoes*





Other Updates:

Nanowrimo 2014 + Inktober

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , | Posted on 2:47 PM

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Happy Belated Halloween and Nanowrimo!

So, I fell off the wagon with Inktober but I managed to get a little over half way done. Here are the rest of them if you're curious to see. Some of them turned out better and some worse than I expected but it was still a fun little exercise I was able to do for the month.

The job hunt is still on but I'm trying to stay optimistic. I'm glad to have a good part time job for now but I really feel like I'm not doing as well as I hoped. Still fighting and doing my best, that's all I can do after all, isn't it? lol

Well, going to try to get some posts prepared for Nanowrimo so I won't have an excuse to not get it done this month. :D Hope you guys are ready for a bunch of Nanowrimo posts with little excerpts! lol


Review: Shoplet Featuring At-a-Glance Collections Calendars

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 11:07 AM

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Hey all! It's been awhile since I've done office supplies review, so here I am with a new one for you! Anyways, I was fortunate enough to try out some products from Shoplet. With a new year around the corner it was about time I looked for a new one.


The products:

Inktober 2014 + Birthday

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 7:54 PM

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Hey guys! So I decided last minute to do Inktober but I ended up already messing up a few days in. XD These are more like sketches than actual ink drawings but at least it's something and I'm getting them done, right? lol Actually I had to catch up, but fortunately I was never more than a day or two behind. haha Those of you following my twitter or tumblr know that I've been struggling to keep up but I hope to keep it going. 

My goal was to draw things I don't usually draw so some things look better than others but I tried to use references. Started a new sketchbook just for this. lol It's the little things, right? ^_~ For those of you who are curious. I'm using Noodler's Lexington Gray ink and a JinHao x750 fountain pen with a Fude nib. I'm still getting used to using that. It's harder than I thought to use. haha

My birthday is next week! I'm not sure what I'm going to do but it probably will be mostly uneventful. I'll probably still do dinner with friends and family. The challenges of getting older. XD Not sure if I'll splurge on buying myself something...Kind of already have almost everything I want. lol There are a few minor "wants" but nothing I really need. haha I should just try to read and mess around with my hobbies.

Oh I cleared out my old watercolor palette and exchanged the paints for slightly better paints. Switched from Artist Loft to Van Gogh. lol It's still a student quality paint but I read it's one of the highest student quality paint and I do like it better than my old Artist Loft. I still have the paint in a different palette so nothing will go to waste. ^_~ Been playing around with those as I'm still a novice with those.

Job search is still on. Trying to keep my head up and keep applying. Still working on Blindfolded Love's ending. Since I was busy with interviews the last few weeks I wasn't able to finish the end as I'd like but I'm still close. Going to see if I can work on that this weekend. :D Wish me luck! Still looking for Beta Readers so contact me if you're interested!


Alive + Job Search + Revising

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 12:31 PM

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Hey lovelies, sorry I've missed the past few weeks, just been busy with life. Looking for a new job and living life. Not that it's really new, just now making a bigger push for a full time job. Been trying to be more serious about it because apparently I feel like a change in my life. I know this will take time away from my sketching and writing, but to be fair, I've been slacking on those too. lol

While I love where I am now, I realize I need to put myself out there and try to make the most out of my life. I'll still write and sketch but those will stay hobbies for now unless I hit it big. Then by all means, I'll take it. ^_~ For now I'm content with working and doing the things I love to do.

I've also officially ran out of scanned sketches now. lol Going to have to step up my sketching game and just take photos instead of scanning it. It's much faster for me that way. Also, I think I've nearly caught up on my more recent sketches. I know the past sketch dumps have been a combination of 2011-2013 sketches but I hope now it will be more recent for those of you who are following my progress.

In terms of updates, I have been revising Blindfolded Love! Finally! There still needs to be some smoothing out at the end but I think the story is near complete! It feels good to be this close to being done but also scary because it's the closest I've got to being done on a project I've been working on for awhile. o.0;; I'll finish up the end then go through the story and clean up any inconsistencies then go ahead and send it out to my betas or my Book Bouncers! 

If anyone is interested in being a beta for me, please contact me! Would love the feedback because I'm still new at this and could use unbiased but fair comments about my work.

Hope you all have been good! :D