Saturday, March 31, 2018

Trying Something New


File under TRYING SOMETHING NEW...


1. Block Print Art Class

I am taking an art class for the first time in 30 years. Or maybe longer! It's a block print class, and I already went to our local art store and bought tools and ink and paper so I can work on some projects at home, too.

PASSIFLORA is above.

Below is KINGFISHER...



The class has a nice bunch of ladies chatting about our kids and birds and life and stuff.

Woo hoo!

2. I am trying a totally new process for writing...juggling more than one project at a time!


In the past, I've been a one-project-gal. I decided to try something new...so now I'm rotating between a literary fiction, romance novella, and a women's fiction. I work on one WIP for a bit, stop, then move onto the next one.

The first day I tried this, I whipped off about 1100 words on the novella. When I moved onto the lit fiction manuscript, I saw it with clearer eyes and a better perspective. 

This process is like a palate cleanser. When I get to project #2, my brain is already warmed-up, and I'm refreshed and more productive.

Each of these projects uses a different part of my brain, and strangely enough, jumping from one thing to another makes me write faster and depend more on instinct. This is important since I tend to over-think my lit fiction.

Never too old to learn new tricks...


3. I'm getting a tattoo...

No! Not a real tattoo! A fake tattoo! I'll take pictures and post them when they arrive. They are gorgeous vintage flowers--colorful and sweet.

That's my sort-of-wimpy attempt at being a hipster. Now I just need a man-bun. Hee hee!



4. I'm making a vintage jello mold for Easter...

Remember these?


My mom used to make these yummy jello salads with fruit. I'm feeling nostalgic, so I'm going to attempt one of these for Easter dinner. My husband thinks I'm crazy!


Off to shop for Easter dinner! Hope all of you have a great weekend.

Lots of love,

Penny/Nina

4 comments:

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

How did the jello salad come out?

Penelope said...

Awesome! I added blackberries, blueberries and sliced purple grapes to raspberry jello. My hubby wasn't impressed, but everyone else ate it. Hee hee!

Tasha B. said...

Did you take any pics of the jello mold? We want to see the results!

My grandma used to make a jello thing for special dinners with mandarin oranges and orange sorbet that was really yummy. She didn’t use a mold, though, just a regular bowl

Penelope said...

I totally approve of mandarin orange use with jello! I didn't use a mold. I just used a bowl. But now I am looking for a cool mold to experiment.