First Nomad Satchel Outing and Sketch

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 10:33 AM

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Hey everyone! So if you don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram you probably don't know that I finally got my Nomad Satchel! I've been so excited for it since I helped Kickstart it last year! I decided to do my first Urban Sketch at my local mall at Barnes and Noble, because where else would I shop at the mall?

This post isn't going to be a review at all, it's just a sneak peek. I'm still using the Nomad and trying to figure out the configuration I want to use but I do plan on doing a review for those of you who are curious. So far I like it but I do have a few minor issues with it that others may or may not have the same problem.

Here are some photos of my sketchbook and some of the tools I used. I used my Noodler's Brush Pen with Noodler's Black Ink. XD Keeping it simple with just using ink. I met up with a friend and we both sketched a little something and chatted. It was tons of fun!


The image I tried to capture at the mall.


This is just a sketch I did using Strathmore Gray Toned paper for the first time. I need to find a better white for highlights. The colored pencil I used wasn't very bright...you can hardly see it.


Otherwise, in writing news, I'm still waiting on some feedback from my beta readers. The end of the month is approaching and I hope I get a few more responses by then.

I've also kept myself busy with writing a short story for a submission during Campnanowrimo. I've not quite done as much outlining as I would have liked for two of my series but I still have a week or so to work on those. Would really love to start working on those stories.

What about you guys? What have you been up to lately?


Draft Sent to Betas + April Campnano + Sketches

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , , | Posted on 10:08 AM

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Hey all! Apologies again for the inconsistent blogging schedule. As you know I've been working on my novel and life took over. My car decided to have issues and I went out to hang with some friends too. Oh, and family came over to visit so I've been busy. lol

Well I finally did it!

I SENT A DRAFT TO MY BETA READERS!
So if you signed up and didn't get an email from me that has the draft and questionnaire, please let me know!

This is a huge step for me because I've been working on this project off and on for years. I've talked about it a little but besides allowing some people to read the prologue (which I ended up cutting) no one else has read anything I wrote.

Originally I wanted it as perfect as I could make it but it finally hit me that it won't be perfect. Eventually I realized I just wanted it done. lol So I just decided it was good enough to send to my betas. Of course, as the deadline approached my muse decided to add some last minute scenes which ultimately will help with the flow and pace but might need smoothing out.

I'll make those edits once I get feed back from my betas. :D Depending on what feed back I'll get, I might do a second round of beta readers so if you're interested in beta reading for me and missed this round. Go ahead and sign up here and I'll add you to the next round if I decide to do another round. :D You'll also be included for future beta reading.

I have plans to work on a few things during Campnanowrimo but I've already fallen behind. I plan on catching up. I want to work on a few outlines for two series of mine. I'll flesh those out but I didn't know that the minimum word count is 10k. I don't write that detailed of an outline so I decided to add a short story that I want to submit for an anthology. I'm a little stuck at the moment but I hope to find a spark of inspiration soon.

I've been working on some watercolor experimentation. You can see those on my Twitter or my Instagram.

Also I got my Nomad Art Satchel! Been excited to get this for awhile! I'll have to play around with it some more, but I want to do a review on it. As there are few reviews online, I thought I'd try to be helpful and share my thoughts. :) Look forward to that!

Yikes, a lot more things have happened than I thought. lol That's it for now, I'll see you guys the next time! Stay cool! Enjoy the weather if you can! It's rainy but at least the temperatures are fairly nice. :)


Review: Shoplet Featuring BIC Pens

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

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BIC Pen reviews! I had an invitation to review these items and when I saw them, I was sold. Read more to learn why!

The products:

Upcoming Quarterly Newsletter + Beta Reader Poll + Sketches

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , | Posted on 1:41 PM

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Hello friends! Hope all is well on your end of things. Life is going well, no major complaints here. Glad the weather is lightening up. It's the coldest February we've had here for decades. 0.0;; Hope it doesn't happen again soon but I'm glad it's March now. Now, you didn't come here to hear about that! Onwards!

Writing related, I've been able to get myself to revise more of my WIP but I'm not going to lie. I've been struggling. I had a tough time writing this project and it's even harder to revise and edit it. My perfectionist self wants to make sure that it's perfect before I send it out even though I understand that it won't be so I've given myself a few days of a break but now I think I'm able to start back up again. I've managed to force myself to keep at it but I'm at a point where I'm questioning all that I have so far but I will persevere and knock this draft into submission.

My goal is to get it done next week and then do another read through to make sure it's all good before I send it to my betas. I will send a separate newsletter for Betas. 

*stares at calendar* Oh snaps, my first quarterly newsletter will be going out March 15! It's not too late if you want to join! *points right to the side bar* You'll get exclusive tidbits from me and you'll be the first to know anything important coming up. 

If you've signed up to be one of my beta readers there will be a poll in it! Tis important for betas! It may or may not have to do with you choosing what swag you'll get for being a beta reader. ^_~ It also has a few questions I have for you to help me out with related to my book and you guys as a beta reading group.

As always, follow my twitter (@aisazia or @he_anev) for my latest information or if you want to chat. :D

My goal is to have the draft completed by March 14 then do another read through to fix things which I'm sure to have missed. I want to send it to my betas at the end of the month and have it as flawless as possible but it still might have issues! You can apply here if you're interested! There are incentives to be had!

Also, there seems to be some confusion about applying. I need people to apply both on Google Forms and for my newsletter. Some people have applied on Google but not for my mailing list. I may add you to the list if you signed up through Google Forms but if you're no longer interested, no worries, just unsubscribe. No hard feelings. :)

Till next time!




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: March
  • Receive Feedback by: 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: