Sunday, October 23, 2011

Had an awesome day at Armageddon

Yesterday was the highlight of my year! My sisters and I went to Melbourne for Armageddon and got to meet so many amazing people!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New shiny paper!

I just got some new shiny paper! And was happily surprised to find out my watercolours worked on it just fine. Life is good.

Last week of school

So, it is the last week of school and I thought I might just post some photos my twin and I have been taking. Random things, art, people and....things.

Should be revising.....

I am aware that I should be doing Exam revision, but I am a procrastinator. Which means I spend my time doodling on my precious Bamboo tablet. Like this:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What I'm reading

What I'm Reading...
Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
I just finished reading the seventeenth installment of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and I did like it. However, I was mildly disappointed by the ending. There is a huge lead up, two bad guys and a new guy who everyone thinks she should marry. But...the ending! The ending is about two pages long and is resolved in one sentence!
I've been reading the Stephanie Plum series since the tenth book came out, and I've always really loved them. I can relate to Stephanie because she's not perfect or beautiful or arrogant, but because she's an ordinary woman doing an un-ordinary job. Bounty Hunting!
I still recall reading the first book and not knowing what the hell a Bounty Hunter was, I thought it had something to do with the chocolate:
But was pleasantly surprised when it was nothing like that.
Janet Evanovich writes with quick action and witty dialogue and leaves you grinning like an idiot after each chapter. I loved Smokin' Seventeen, but, as I mentioned earlier, the ending left me feeling unsatisfied.
Great novel overall, and I look forward to the next one.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

What I'm reading

What I'm Reading...

I've recently just finished reading Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.
It was a really awesome book! Very gritty and harsh, but at the same time you can't help but relate and get invested in the characters, Jorg especially.

I says thumbs up for Mark Lawrence, because I stayed up all night reading the novel and loved every moment of it. Here's the sypnosis:

When he was nine, he watched his mother and brother killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king...

It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what's rightfully his. Since the day he was hung on the thorns of a briar patch and forced to watch Count Renar's men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him-and he has nothing left to lose.

But treachery awaits him in his father's castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce, can the will of one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekend at Nan's.

Well, not really the weekend, but two days at my Nan's house with no laptop or internet.
We went for walks on the beach and fed the magpies, it was nice and relaxing. At first it was really frustrating not having the internet, but after two weeks of worrying about my homework and spending all my time on it, I suppose it was good to have a break. I like spending time with Nan, she's always worried about us being hungry or bored.

It was great :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The beginning of the End

There are four weeks of official school left. Two this term and two after the holidays.
Exams will be soon.
It's really odd, that my twelve years of schooling are about to come to an end. I can still remember the first day of Prep and now its the end of year 12.
I feel like there's this large wave, big and dark and scary, looming above me. And as soon as I stumble out of my last exam, its going to swallow me whole. And I won't know what to do.
I know that I'm going to apply for TAFE , a graphic design course is the only bearable thing I can think of doing. And I'm applying for a job at Coles in the fresh food department (just like my older sister *sigh*) but still, everything feels unfinished and unsure and I have this distinct feeling that these expectations are going to fall short.
Everyone at school is sluggish. You can see it in class, when you talk to them, when you walk passed them.
I noticed it more today, that even with two weeks to finished everything, we can't summon the energy or the motivation to keep trucking along. Everyone is on the verge of getting sick. Coughing and sniffling and exhausted. Purple smudges under their eyes, like they don't sleep anymore, or like they're on drugs. There's no fighting, but don't get me wrong theres still gossip and snarky comments, but you can see the weariness just leeching out of them and they can't be bothered fighting.

It's like running:
You start off strong. You think you're going great. You can do this.
And then you're legs start to ache. But its fine, everyone gets a little sore. You keep on running.
You're pace is a little slower. It's no longer a race. Everyone just wants to get to the end.
You start taking breaks. You're legs are cramping up. You try to drag you're friends along with you, but they're just as tired.
In the end you can't run anymore. You can see the finish line.
You start crying. You don't want to do this anymore. You know you're going to fail.
You're walking now. Arms wrapped around yourself so you don't fall apart.
Out of breath and so very, very tired. You wonder if it will be worth it, in the end.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Indonesian Fried Rice

Indonesian Fried rice is probably one of my favorite things to cook, mostly because its so simple and easy and I can just chuck whatever is lying around int he fridge or pantry. Here's the basic recipe:

Indonesian Fried Rice


* Vegetable: (optional and usually whatever is in the fridge)

* Sauces: (optional and depends on favorite flavors)
Oyster Sauce
Soy Sauce/ Kecap Manis
Sweet Chilli sauce
Sambal Oelek

* Meat: (Optional and whatever is in the fridge)

Put rice on.
Cook all the vegetable and meat with the garlic, add flavors and sauces as desired. Leave to simmer while rice is cooking and then mix rice in.

Bloodborn Birthday Bash!

My entry for the Bloodborn Birthday Bash!

Drawing on my Bamboo Tablet in photoshop, it was really fun playing around with different ideas and this was what I came up with in the end. I think its okay, and better than some of the other ideas I had.

Original cover:

Maggie Stievfater In Melbourne

Last night (Friday) my twin and I went to Dymocks in Melbourne to meet Maggie Stievfater!

We left straight after school, and arrived around 5:00. One of the Dymocks staff had made up a trivia for those attending, and the person who answered the most questions got to meet Maggie first and won some prizes.

I admired those girls for their memory ;)

Maggie herself was very very entertaining, and probably one of the most charismatic people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. She told great little stories and wasn't afraid to laugh and interact with the crowd.

And then we waited about half an hour in line to get my book signed. It would have taken longer by Zoe and I were relatively close to the front of the que.

We got a badge and a bookmark and then we got to meet Maggie!

It was so much fun, and she was so nice, I look forward to the next author signing!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Drawing Process

I had the opportunity to meet Maggie Stiefvater tonight! It was very exciting, but I'm going to blog about that tomorrow.

I drew a picture for Maggie, it was one of those spur of the moment things, and I drew a few ideas before settling onto this one. And I think I really like it :)