Jareth the Goblin King (Labyrinth) - Halloween 2017

I can't believe it's taken me this long to dress up as Jareth, the Goblin King from my favorite movie of all time, Labyrinth. It's been a long time coming and I'm actually pretty happy with the result despite the 'pieced together' nature of this costume. That's right, I did zero sewing this Halloween. (Well, only if you don't count sewing the stoplight patch on my husband's Team Zissou hat...) It all started with the replica necklace. I got that back in 2007 at San Diego Comic-Con, an officially limited-edition treasure. Then the rest was found in my closet or purchased. If you're a fan then you'll recognize this as his 'Dance Magic Dance' look. (AKA, the fastest and easiest Jareth look.) Also, someone at our Halloween party told me I have David Bowie-like features to my face which help sell the look. I don't know about that, but I am pretty proud of the makeup job I did. (I tried countoring on a non-Cats look!) I'd love to hear your thoughts on my costume in the comments below. Happy Halloween! Jareth the Goblin King Jareth the Goblin King Jareth the Goblin King Jareth the Goblin King

Cats Broadway Revival Review: 3rd Time Seeing the Show!

Here's my review of the Cats revival on Broadway after seeing it for the third time! What a night! (Apparently, I'm a Tugger girl now thank's to Tyler Hanes, oh boy 😹)

First Broadway Cats Review►http://bit.ly/2yQxJmu 
Seeing Cats as MEOWexander►http://bit.ly/2iDwpiV 
My Hamilton Review►http://bit.ly/2aYKAWa


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! :)

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

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.


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.