Science Fiction Quilt

For the past few months I have been working on a science fiction themed quilt. I have put the top of it together at last, and I thought you might like to see it.

The majority of these gorgeous fabrics are sourced from Spoonflower, and mostly from the beautifully talented geek designer Studiofibonacci.

Let’s see some close-ups!

Dr Who villains and monsters
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Things I Love Thursday

Holidays! Being on holiday at a beach resort on a tropical island does wonders for your stress levels. When your day goes: sleep in, eat buffet breakfast, lie in sun, swim, lie in sun, eat lunch, lie in sun, swim, sit and drink, eat dinner, sleep…well, it’s easy to let go of your worries.

Kid loses dad at Comic Con, goes to superheroes for help.

I read The Secret Garden and now I’m re-reading A Little Princess and I realised something awesome about the lead characters and the overall message of the books. It’s all about appreciating what you have, enjoying the world around you and practicing gratitude. Actually the Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie books have similar themes, no wonder I feel so upifted when I read them.

Honourable Mentions: home made lasagne, playing Dance Central with Conan, laughing, Dale’s superhero game (shit got real! I love my character!), rewatching Vincent and The Doctor (best ep of Dr Who ever), sharing photos, my niece in her new ballet outfit, buffet breakfasts, cinnamon rolls, check shirts, pretending to be The Master and no one knowing about it, rocking out to Robbie Williams while driving and writing silly stuff.

Oh and David Tennant as a faux-Criss Angel.

a moment of warm in the middle of winter

Lee and I came back yesterday from 6 nights in Fiji. We stayed on the main island, first night at the Novotel Nadi and the rest of the time at the Fiji Hideaway on the Coral Coast.

It was so beautifully warm. Welington is very cold in contrast. I’ve cheered myself up today by dressing like The Master in The End of Time. I have the rest of the week off work and I am enjoying doing very little.

So yeah. That’s my life right now ;p

Things I Love Thursday

This went viral on Tumblr on Tuesday. I love it so so much.

Just three more days of work until I get to go on holiday. Heading to Fiji for 6 nights and then I have a few days at home before heading back to work. I so need this break, I can’t even describe it. I’m going to lie in the sun and be warm, and have drinks, and go for swims…plus I get to go on planes, and stay in hotels.

I finished my second T Shirt quilt this week. I did most of the work on it back in January and February and then it was done enough that I could use it, if I was careful of the edges. Then, earlier this month, I noticed that I’d spilled so much food on it since I started using it that it really needed a wash. So, I finished it all off and now it can go through the wash. Photos soon!

The new Harry Potter movie is out now! I’m probably going to see it on Saturday, maybe. I can’t wait!

Honourable Mentions: black glitter liquid eyeliner, my new TARDIS cookie jar, people who bring me chocolates, my new non-Ugg boots (so warm!), silver nail polish, ridiculous pop music like Britney, going out for a work party tonight, catching up with lovely friends on the weekend, blueberry pop tarts, beer, Dale’s superhero game, tumblr, sleeping in the day time, reading books that are really very good and my Lee.

Polar bears attack spy cameras sent to film them. Lots to love in this video, baby polar bears, destruction, David Tennant speaking in his natural accent…

Also this slightly violent and disturbing but also weirdly compelling video, I live in the woods.

I Live in the Woods! from Max Winston on Vimeo.

How about you, what are you thankful for today?

Writing Wednesday

I’ve begun another edit of Rain. I’m going through one of the returned Tessa Duder manuscripts with a bright pen and marking changes, deletions and errors. So far I have found lots, and every time I mark something I think “this is why I didn’t do better, this here.” or “no wonder” or “man, this sucks.”

I’m not feeling the passion for writing, that’s not back yet, but a certain pragmatism is back and that’s why I’m back into things. Here’s the train of reasoning: I cannot get published unless I submit my work. I cannot submit my work at the moment, because it needs polishing. If I want to be published, and I do, I must edit and polish until I’m happy with the work again. Then I can submit it.

I am sufficiently removed from the manuscript, because I haven’t looked at it since October last year, but there are still emotions attached to it. Mostly the bad ones like failure and rejection. I just have to ignore those and keep on working on it. I do still believe in the book, but I also kind of hate it. I think this is relatively normal in terms of writing a novel, but I dunno. I’ve never felt this passionately angry about a book before, and that probably makes sense, given how passionately into it I was when I was writing it.

So, although it really doesn’t sound like it, this post is to tell you all that I have hope and I am editing, which is working on my writing, and hopefully, slowly, obtaining my dream.

Things I Love Thursday

Dinosaurs! The Walking with Dinosaurs show was astounding, very awe-inspiring and just…amazing. They were very big and big and scary and big. Loved it. A++ would watch again.

Hoyt Fortenberry. I’m really loving the new series of True Blood, it’s just so funny!

I read this book, Cooking Dirty by Jason Sheehan. It’s an amazing memoir of an ordinary chef in a string of average, super busy, American diners. I loved it to bits and I recommend it to anyone who likes food, cooking and eating out. Lots of strong language though…so if that will put you off maybe avoid it.

Craig Ferguson’s Dr Who dance!

Honourable Mentions: Pop tarts (OMG how I love pop tarts, you can get them from Kirby’s Candies I discovered this week and now I am addicted), exercycling, shopping at Onehunga Dress Mart (so much new things!), ribena, heaters, warm socks, hot outdoor spa pools in fancy hotels, Asahi beer, hanging out with my lovely friends, Super 8 at the Empire and making pretty things.