I Love Fall Tag

My friend Sarah told me on Twitter that she'd like to see me do this tag, so who am I to ignore a request! :)

TAG QUESTIONS:
Favorite Fall Scent
Favorite way to spend a rainy day
Favorite fall drink
Football: Yay or nay?
Favorite article of Fall clothing
Scariest movie you’ve ever seen
Favorite candy to eat on Halloween
What will you be for Halloween this year?
Favorite Fall recipe
Favorite thing about Fall

If you make a video doing the I Love Fall tag, let me know!







Broadway Revival Macavity

Broadway Revival Macavity Macavity! The antagonist of Cats. I've done Macavity makeup before, based on the video version of Cats. The Broadway revival of Cats is pretty similar to past western productions but many things have been updated as well. Macavity's costume and makeup, for instance, has developed in an interesting way. He almost feels more like an individual character than a force of evil. Here's my take on his new makeup design. He came out a bit too orange (the character is more of a golden brown I think) but it was an experiment in blending water-based makeup. I'm out of practice for blending...
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Broadway Revival Macavity

Preptober Checklist


Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of the post where I created this checklist live on Twitch (edited shorter for YouTube), and if you’ve come here from that video or the lifestream, hello!

It’s October, the month of Halloween! I’ve got out my spooky but sparse trinkets (moving across the country leads one to cull their holiday decorations) and I’m ready to start planning my NaNoWriMo novel.

I’ve pantsed and plantsed the previous four NaNoWriMo novels, so for the first time, this year I am attempting to fully PLAN my story. Yes, no half-filled-out outlines, no ‘insert character here’, I am going to fully prepare myself as much as this month will allow. Here is my checklist! Note, there is an item for each day of October, you can do one on each day (sorry for the late start) or mix them up, do a few on one day, take breaks. Whatever works for you!

Note: There are some elements from the Snowflake method on here, I am not going through it completely but if you are curious…Google is your friend. ;)

Another Note: This list is assuming you already have a vague idea of what you want to write about, genera picked, and some brainstorming written down.

Third Note: This is my list, so some of the programs, outline structures, will be different from what you end up doing. Use mine as a basic outline and adapt it to what your working with.

1. Officially announce my novel on NaNoWriMo.org

2. Set up your Scrivener file.

3. Write a longline. (Who, what, when/where, how, & why)

4. Decide on a plot structure to follow and fill out the basics of it.

5. Outline Act 1 - Block 1

6. Write your 3 disasters and an ending. (Snowflake step 2)

7. Make a list of character names and name ideas.

8. Outline Act 1 - Block 2

9. Get a ‘writing candle’ to light when I write.

10. Research photos for character/setting inspiration.

11. Outline Act 1 - Block 3

12. Figure out your character’s personality types. (Enneagram)

13. Create character summary sheets (Snowflake step 3)

14. Outline Act 2 - Block 4

15. Create a writing music playlist or white noise (I like noisli.com)

16. Write a list of all needed secondary characters.

17. Outline Act 2 - Block 5

18. Write one paragraph outlines for all secondary characters.

19. Complete character questionnaires for the main characters.

20. Outline Act 2 - Block 6

21. Research local NaNoWriMo write-ins.

22. Fill out a world-building questionnaire.

23. Outline Act 3 - Block 7

24. Plan rewards and reward system.

25. Think about meals for November and make some plans.

26. Outline Act 3 - Block 8

27. Create a writing prompt inspiration jar. (Use some things from instagram.com/_wordbound)

28. Stock up on snacks/coffee/tea/treats for November.

29. Outline Act 3 - Block 9

30. Plan a writing routine and schedule.

31. Brag to your friends about NaNoWriMo, gets some accountability going. ;P









the last 3 videos

I'll be honest with you, I've been less motivated to make videos on YouTube lately. I can't fully describe what it is...but I feel uninspired. I'm going to upload something tomorrow that was created in an unconventional way and I hope it's interesting to watch. I think I just need to experiment more and worry less about what other people think.

The last three videos I've made are a vlog (my '4th Wall' series, that I guess is a thing now where I just have an extensional crisis on camera...heh), a make up vlog (get ready with me but not really), and a book review/buddy read/collaboration. (This one felt really good to do.)

Here are the thumbnails, click to go to the videos. Let me know what you think. My YouTube presence has been weird and inconsistant...yet I keep coming back.



Test Test







Goals


Before sitting down to write this post I searched the word ‘goals’ on a free stock image website, this photo by Glen Carrie was the first result. I love it because the single goal is almost lost in a fog.

That’s how I feel.

It’s how I’ve felt for a while now, but with so many distractions I never had to face it full on before. I’ve had this feeling that there’s no clear direction to head in anymore, at least, not one that feels responsible or realistic.

I’ve been in online therapy, for BFRB, on and off for the past two years. I’ve been awful at keeping up with it. I’m nearing the end of the program and I just want to be able to put it behind me, reflect on what I’ve learned, and keep progressing forward.

One of the worksheets is about creating values-consistent goals. What matters to me most in life and how can I actively do things to make progress towards my values? In an effort to strengthen my commitment towards these goals, I’m sharing them here.

- Family

1st Goal: Call my family (or friends) in California (or sister in Japan) twice a week.

2nd Goal: Go on romantic dates (let it be cheesy) with my spouse more often.


- Community

1st Goal: Connect with a new friend twice a week. (try and plan a hang out at least once a week)

2nd Goal: Do something fun outside of the house once every weekend.


- Creativity

1st Goal: Participate in monthly creative projects such as Inktober and NaNoWriMo.

2nd Goal: Really and truly start blogging again. (heh...)


- Learning

1st Goal: Take a class either for a hobby or for work.

2nd Goal: Attend a public lecture at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.


- Kindness

1st Goal: Volunteer somewhere in town.

2nd Goal: Write snail mail letters to loved ones.


In addition to these I've taken another look at my yearly goals, and though I think sorting through those deserves another post, know that I have not forgotten about what I set out to do. The more tangible things are where I'm behind, the lifestyle goals have been working out though.

Notice that 'career' goals are nowhere to be found on this or other goal posts (heh...goal posts) and that's on purpose. I'm pretty private about my job and I'm still working through how to promote myself more online. It's tough when the lines are so blurred.

I'm working on myself and writing about it helps so I hope this post is not oversharing. Writing has been a calming activity and sharing goals has helped make them more real.







4 Days of MEOWexandar Hamilton


MEOWexandar Hamilton! I wore this costume four days in a row in January of 2017 in New York City. The first was only for an evening, to see Cats!
(4th row orchestra, center, isle, Tugger seats, no big deal. 😻)



The three days after that were all to the musical fan convention, BroadwayCon.

(Currently I'm feeling odd talking about BroadwayCon since they recently used a portion of my cosplay video in their promotional posts without crediting me. They've apologized but have yet to publicly acknowledge the mistake or credit my video. I love BroadwayCon, but I have to mention this large misstep from them.)

ANYWAY, before this four-day-in-a-row endeavor, I tested the makeup out live on my Twitch channel. You can see the time laps video of that here. So, I have, in total, done this makeup 5 times. Each time changing things here and there.

MEOWexander Hamilton Trial Makeup

Now, on to the photos! (I had the sense, finally, in the last two days to take some good clear shots of the makeup since the last two days the style really changed the most.) The makeup is a combination of water-based and oil-based, but mostly water-based. It's not my best work but it did the job. 😽

Day One
MEOWexander Hamilton
MEOWexander Hamilton

Day Two
MEOWexander Hamilton

Day Three
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Day Four
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What I'm Currently Reading


I'll be honest with you, I feel a bit weird about this video. It may be because I filmed it over a month ago, or it could be my odd non-scripted book descriptions, but it's probably because I'm not a 'current events' YouTuber and am not addressing the hate and recent tragedy in this country in this video.

See, in my day to day life I'm going to protests and city council meetings and having bad mental health days but on YouTube I'm reacting to my old videos and talking about books. I don't feel guilty...just weird.

I know I don't want to quit, but maybe I want to try making less 'talking head' vlogs and try some new stuff. 

Anyway, here's a more cheerful me from July sharing what I'm currently reading. Since filming this video I've finished the Haunted Mansion book and picked up The Handmaid's Tale. 

Watch more of my BOOKTUBE videos here➜http://bit.ly/2u585eC

Or chat with me on GOODREADS here➜https://www.goodreads.com/magiccatjenny

Jenny >^..^<




Reacting to Old Videos #FemTubeRewind

Here's a very embarrassing video of me reacting to my old videos for the second anniversary of #FemTube for #FemTubeRewind Honestly, I think I enjoy making fun of myself before others can make fun of me...so the humiliation is on my own terms.
Click here for my Videos about YouTube playlist.

First Atraielees Video
First TheCreatingCat Video
First MagicCatJenny Video
First Ever Vlog

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag



All the books I've read so far this year!!! Help, I'm behind in my goal...
Click here for more book videos.

The Mid-Year Freakout Tag Questions

  1. Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017? 
  2. Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2017? 
  3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet, But Want To?
  4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?
  5. Biggest Disappointment?
  6. Biggest Surprise?
  7. Favorite New Author?
  8. Newest Fictional Crush?
  9. Newest Favourite Character?
  10. Book That Made You Cry?
  11. Book That Made You Happy?
  12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
  13. Favorite Review You've Written This Year?
  14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
  15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?







July Goals | Results


At the start of July, I compiled some goals for the month. Let's see how I did!
(Note, I am currently in California on my summer vacation, so goal creation for August will have to wait till we're already in the thick of it...and probably most will consist of finishing up July goals, tbh.)

JULY GOALS
  • Write 10,000 words of my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo  DONE! Now to get ready for November...
  • Read 'The Handmaid's Tale' I'm going to borrow the book from my sister-in-law as soon as I see her next.
  • Wedding Photos I've got them on Flickr now, but I want to write about them here, so expect that to come in batches. 
  • Summer CA Road Trip and a wedding ♥︎
  • Start at least 2 of the 12 collabs I'm working on YouTube is interesting...I love it and hate it. So many of my collabs had to be postponed...so we'll see where they go.
  • Try some watch-a-longs on Rabb.it with my Twitch crew (and plan the Cats one for Aug.) DONE-ish...I tried it out privately. Will schedule a Labyrinth screening and a Cats screening as soon as I'm home.
  • VidCon pictures and vlog  DONE! (here)
  • Start working on the wig I was commissioned to do (and stream it via Twitch)  DONE! I got the sideburns done and will start on the back of the wig next.

Thank you for reading! (Honestly, this is a way to hold myself accountable. Your encouragement is greatly appreciated.)








Internet Etiquette, Lifestyle Blogging, and Mental Health

Last Monday (July 10th) was my husband Jim's birthday. We spent the day before grilling food, sipping drinks, playing music, and chatting with loads of new friends. Then, on his birthday, Jim and I went to our local city council meeting. Jim got up, during the questions and comments segment, and expressed his concern about the way the city government tracks and reports city wide greenhouse gas emissions. It was exactly how he wanted to spend his birthday.

I look a bit like I'm confused about his birthday activity in this photo, but in all honesty, I'm feeling guilty for not sending him an online love letter the way I've done for many years. It felt very right and important to be where we were, though.
I didn't send him Facebook or Instagram love notes on his birthday either. (To be honest, I'm very inconsistent with wishing anyone happy birthday online, anyways.) He doesn't need the expression of my love in the form of social media. He's thankful of course, but the etiquette of the internet is not something he particularly cares about.

It's gotten me thinking a lot about lifestyle blogging and internet etiquette though. The way I saw it was if the internet is your hobby then you're free to come and go as you please and you don't really owe anyone anything there, apart from your main communication and upkeep of friendships. (If I don't wish you happy birthday online, it's not a personal attack.) That's how I see it anyway. I may log out, take social media breaks, and not feel the pressure to "keep up" with it all, all the time.

What does that mean for this blog though? If you're here you're either a friend or family member looking to keep up with my life or someone who I may not know but enjoys what I write. (Either way, I'm grateful you're here.) This blog has always been a hobby that has maybe paid for a coffee or two in total over the years.

Once I started working for myself, however,  I started to evaluate my hobbies in terms of what could contribute to my income. I experimented with more "branded" blogging ideas and then I stopped blogging completely. A blog of mostly personal updates and "lifestyle" posts was a hobby I couldn't afford anymore. My mental health was suffering and I'm only now really starting to understand all of that.

After I we moved to Maryland, I thought I'd be able to jump back into this blog easily. Instead, I stopped, which also resulted in never posting our wedding photos, honeymoon photos, the photos from many of my trips to Europe, and many other things. I've said before how much I want to change that and catch up but it never happened. I got in my head, thinking no one cared and maybe no one really does to the degree I do. But as a part of dealing with my mental health, I'm going to finally get started. One of the few ways to naturally boost serotonin is remembering happy events. So get ready for my happy memories and please forgive that they are not in real time.







CampNaNoWriMo, BookTubeAThon, and Literary Soap


It's that time of the season! In this video, I chat about how CampNaNoWriMo and BookTubeAThon, are in the same month. I also show off the literary themed soap from The MacBath that I bought at VidCon. It's a no fancy lighting, no fancy lens, no makeup, no script sort of super casual vlog. I honestly need to do these types of videos more, they are so stressed free and make me remember the 'carefree YouTube days of my pre-industry existence.' (That sounded so cheesy.) If you are interested in when I (almost) completed BookTubeAThon, click here. Or if you'd rather watched the start of the time I mega-FAILED BookTubeAThon, click here.

Thank you for watching!








VidCon 2017

After a two year break, I made it back to VidCon! It was a full weekend of making new friends, reconnecting with old friends, making business contacts, laughing, learning, getting inspired, getting discouraged, walking with a cane, singing along, buying merch to support small businesses and worthy causes, and also...some video making...*cough* Oh just watch it and see what I mean.
Okay, so...looking at my footage from VidCon this year I realized that I was going to make the same video that I make every year. So I thought, why fight it? 'Anatomy of a VidCon Vlog' is a video analysis of my VidCon vlog style, and everything wrong with it. For comparison, here's VidCon 2014.

And now, on to the selfies!!!