Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: My Summary of Crocheting (Humor) ðŸ§¶

I watched a couple tutorials about crocheting today. Another skill I could perhaps learn and make useful things using yarn. I don’t know what I was thinking.

I tried to learn how to knit once. The knitting needles were flung into the nearest wall in a fit of rage and ire, the likes of which has never been seen again. People who visited thought I had a porcupine living in my walls. No, no. It was just a visual reminder I kept to remember the evil that was and to never return to again. Ever.

The saint (my spouse) can knit and sew a bit, and quite well; he enjoys it. He’s been collecting quite a stash of yarn for his projects. He’s a patient teacher but I would rather do anything else, short of murder, than knit.

Here’s my summary of the evil that is crocheting. And remember now, this is humor.

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“Yarn over… Yarn over… This here is a chain. It becomes a prison of crocheting. Yarn over some more… Now we’re going to do something very simple, you peons, so please do try to keep up this time. We’re going to do a triple, double, ventriloquist, three quarter backflip, in Chinese. Now take the third loop, feed through, you should have six loops now… If you don’t, all hope is lost and you have failed miserably. If you’re still with me, cast off a fish and off we go…!”

Ain’t life grand? No wonder cats attack balls of yarn. They were trying to save us all this time…Thanks, Fluffy. 🐱

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Author YouTube: “Painting Jacks” (Practice Video Posted)

With these poison ivied hands, I filmed and posted my first video on my Author YouTube page. It’s definitely a practice video–I was getting used to my camera, a new video editing software I’m trying out and the process of uploading to YouTube. I know I’ll probably chuckle at this video in a few years, but in good humor.

The videos will vary and either have subtitles or me (possibly) talking in the future. For this round, I just have some music playing. Enjoy and happy writing. Ker-kaw!

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Peregrine Arc: Author YouTube Channel (In Progress)

My camera came today for my forthcoming YouTube channel. The UPS truck backed into our driveway and gave a friendly “Toot! Toot!” on his horn. It was getting darker outside and thundering in the distance when the saint went to sign for the box. I couldn’t help but think of the oft’ used phrase, “It was a dark and stormy night…” What a nice start to a horror author’s YouTube adventure, I thought to myself, amused…

Some project ideas. Spoopy, eh?

Some general information on the channel thus far:

  • I’ll be staying off camera mostly and will probably be using subtitles with background music. I’m sure the style will evolve as I learn and become more comfortable, but this is my foundation so far.
  • I’ll be doing arts and crafts projects, discussing literature, the horror genre and writing as a whole. I’ll be talking about my own writing, too, of course.
  • One of my goals is to film a book trailer for Memory Bound. This will definitely be a bigger project that will take some time, but I’m looking forward to the process. Hopefully we don’t scare the neighbors too much…

I hope you’ll join us on this adventure. I’m going to start filming tomorrow to test out some ideas and get used to the software I’ll be using. It’s definitely a big step for me, but it’s a dream I’ve had for a long, long time. 😊

Are you on Author YouTube? If so, let me know in the comments below. Happy writing until then and please hit that YouTube subscribe button and click on the bell for all notifications.

Ker-kaw!

Introductory

Updates on the Journey

Hello and welcome to Peregrine Arc, a Horror Author’s Scratchwork. I published my first novel, Memory Bound, in October 2018. I’m currently working on my second horror novel, GOTD.* Both books feature female protagonists struggling to survive in worlds where uninvited guests come just a bit too close for comfort…

I’m also starting an Author YouTube Channel. Here you’ll find me talking about my writing, literature, and dabbling in some arts & crafts. This page is in development, but I’ll be sure to post updates here when I get the steamworks up and running. Won’t you join us?

All opinions, mistakes and spiderwebs are my own here. Pass the ink blotter, would you? And do watch your step over the landing. Last chap didn’t quite make it out, poor thing…

*I only give my novels’ names in acronyms, until they’re published. Memory Bound, for example, was MB.

Contests Held

Author: Music Writing Prompt (Week II: Chlorine)💦

Music meets writing prompt. Writing prompt means practice. Practice equals shiny literary awards on your next book cover and access to free taco bars inbetween interviews asking about your literary genius. Yum.

Join in, folks. Tacos for all.🌮

And special shout out to Chelsea for participating in last week’s prompt featuring David Bowie’s, “Heroes.” She’ll be taking a summer sabbatical soon, but check out her blogs for some great reads. 🥳

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Inspiring Quotes

Author: Inspirational Quote (Dr. Keller)

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

― Dr. Helen Keller

Taken from a National Geographic YouTube post: “March 2nd, 1887– Anne Sullivan starts teaching Helen Keller who was six at the time.”

Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts, Exercise Challenges

Author: Finishing the Japan Series, New Bike & New Season ðŸš´â€â™€ï¸ðŸ‡¯ðŸ‡µðŸ’¼

Today, I finished the 12 part Japan series. My last ride ended at a shrine near the old Imperial Palace in Kyoto. My legs are deliciously sore and I’m so proud that I finished this. It made me think of the following Bible verse:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” -St. Paul

When I looked up this quote so I could include it correctly, I read that Paul said this before he was martyred. That is really powerful.

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Exercise Challenges

Author: Encouragement & Exercise (Japan iFit Series) ðŸš´â€â™€ï¸ðŸ‡¯ðŸ‡µ

I’ve been doing a 12 part, Japan iFit Cycling series this month. It’s iFit’s challenge for the month of February. I am four workouts away from finishing. I am very excited to see what iFit mails me for completing the challenge. I’m hoping for a t-shirt but would be thrilled by a gold star sticker at this point. ⭐

For anyone looking to start exercising, here are three encouraging thoughts to consider:

  1. Exercise does get easier the more you do it. I mean this both mentally and physically. Eventually you will want to exercise. Working out makes you better and stronger, physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s a gift to your body as a whole in so many ways.
  2. Think of exercise as a privilege, not as something you have to do. I’m borrowing this from iFit trainer Ashley Paulson, the trainer leading the Japan series. This little mental switch is gold. It’s really helped me reframe my cycling.
  3. Another thing Ms. Paulson said: you will have good workouts and bad workouts. It’s okay. Give yourself grace and keep showing up. You can do this.

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