Some Really Exciting News (Comic Strip Collab-Finding my own way)

I have some really exciting news to share with you guys. A short while ago, Anjani over at My Utopia asked me to Collab on a comic strip and turn one of their stories into a comic (Anjani stories are really good, I would highly recommend checking them out). An art type Collab is something I’ve been dying to do for a while now, so I was thrilled when Anjani asked me.
Both of us have been working really hard creating character designs for the comic strip and Anjani had the great idea of taking a moment to tell you guys all about it and introduce the characters, that will appear in this comic strip. Anyway, I’ll let Anjani tell you.

My Utopia

Well if you are following me for a long time you can see that I am uploading stories which are written by me. At first I thought of making a manga but I am very bad at drawings ( Well I am practicing it though ) even though there are no pics I tried to write them like manga ( I hope you get it ). So I am following a blog called thethingsiveseen which is run by this amazing person Kelly who writes amazing stuff. You should definitely check it out.

So Kelly even does comic strips in her blog and I really like them, so I thought why not I ask her to do comic strips for my story and guess what she agreed to it and I felt so happy for it Thank you so much Kelly and we decided to turn Finding my own way which…

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Liebster Awards and So Much More (Part 3)

I took a wee break there from responding to award, to get the comic strip up and running. It’s up and running fine now, so time to get back on track with responding to them all. This time I’ve combined Liebster and Unique.

Liebster Award

img_5527I was nominated this time by the brilliant Moyatori. Thank you so much for the nomination. I very much appreciate it and think everyone should show Moyatori some love and go check out their blog.

Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family
  • Ask them 11 questions!

Questions and Answers:

  1. What’s something you do under stress?

I doodle comical little drawings (like a T-rex destroying a building with its teeny-tiny arms or stick people doing weird stuff), to make myself laugh and distract my brain for the stress. It actually works really well, I would highly recommend it to anyone that feels a little stressed out. So, much better than giving yourself an ulcer.

  1. What’s your opinion on abstract art?

I love abstract art. Any piece of art that can grab peoples’ attention and have them staring at it in wonder, for a prolonged space of time, is truly amazing. There’s just something fascinating and very intriguing about abstract art.  (I also love Surrealism and Expressionism, for those same reasons).

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My attempt at abstract art. I call it Trippe Don Pain Tcans.

     3. What’s your opinion on poetry?

Saying that I’m from the land of saints and scholars, I also think poetry is amazing. It’s like wizardry with words. It’s kind of incredible how a few words used in a particular way, can be so emotive and thought-provoking.

  1. Do you believe in long-distance online relationships?

Unlike the tooth fairy, the bogeyman and underpants gnomes, I’m pretty sure they exist. Whether they work, probably depends the people involved.

  1. Do you think you should have a deeper understanding of your best friend or your romantic partner?

Not sure if you’d really want my opinion on relationships. I’m pretty much an idiot, when it comes to those sorts of things and once thought a good solution to this problem, would be to make my best friend, my romantic partner. Yeah, no surprise there, that didn’t turn out too good.26ec05f2-3a6e-4fd4-8161-55dba0b1df8b

  1. Favourite season and why?

Summer because it occasionally stops raining, the place looks very pretty with all the flowers in bloom and it’s not as cold.

  1. Which ancient civilization is your favourite?

The Incas. As a civilisation it sounds brutal as fudge and surreal with all the human sacrifices and stuff. But Glob, is it fascinating to read about, especially pachacuti (mad bas****). If you’re wondering who pachacuti is, here’s a little song to help you out.

  1. When do you think the world will end, if ever?

When the sun pulls the earth too close, to it great fiery surface. Causing the seas to boil and the land to become a fiery inferno. Killing every living thing on this earth. Eventually, the sun will obliterate our moon and rid the earth of it’s ozone layer. Under the pressure of our great fiery star, the earth will break and crumble into billions of pieces. Which will then be incinerated by the sweltering touch of the sun.
The good news is, that’s not going to happen for about a few more billion years, so we can all relax and forget about it.

  1. What’s the scariest horror movie (or any type of horror fiction) trope?

Anything with clowns. Clowns are just plain terrifying, with their sinister smile, showy clothing, big floppy shoes and creepy demeanour. I hate clowns, so much. Horror movies like I.T, can go fudge themselves because I won’t be watching them.1dd165fa-bd00-41e5-be68-90024e0a81cd

  1. If you murder someone, how would you dispose of the body?

Wow, this has taken quite the dark turn.
I guess I would try to necromancy them back to life while crying like a b**ch, because it would kind solve two problems at once. Firstly, no one would be dead and secondly, there would be no body because it would be up and walking about.

  1. If you murder someone, how would you commit the murder?

I’d kill them with kindness. I’d make them so happy that their heart would explode with joy.

UNIQUE BLOGGER AWARD

unique-blogger-awardThe Fantastic The Spooky Red Head nominated me for this award. Thank you The Spooky Red Head, I appreciate you nominating me very much and also think everyone should show you some love by checking your blog out.

Rules:

1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
2. Answer the questions
3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
4. Ask them 3 questions

Questions and Answers:

  1. What’s that one song that you like, but you refuse to admit that you do like it to anyone?

Love questions like this, because they really get you thinking about how cringey you want to go. I’ll be kind this time and not go to a painful cringey level, by choosing the Pokémon theme song.
In my defence, this song is awesome to exercise to or do anything to. It just so Glob darn motivational. Definitely my go to montage music.

  1. If you could pick your own first name, what would you choose to call yourself?

Hmm…. this is a tough one. I’m not sure if any other name would suit me, but if I had to pick a name, I’d change it to my nickname, Nel or Nelly.

  1. Do you have a favourite quote?

I have loads of favourite quotes, but my favourite Irish quote is:
“Níl sa saol seo ach ceo, is ní bheimid beo, ach seal beag gearr.”
– The Secret of Kells

Translation: “There is nothing in this life but mist and we will only be alive, but for a short time”. Or- “This life is only a mist, and we will live, but a little short time”. Either translation is acceptable.
It doesn’t translate that well, but when spoke in Irish it sounds a lot sweeter and more beautiful. It’s basically the Irish version of life’s too short to be worrying about silly things, what happens, happens.

Nomination:
I still have a handful more of awards to respond to, so I’m going to leave nominations until I get to the end.

Hope you enjoyed this post and as always Thanks for reading.

A little update

cropped-thumbnail_85e9e794-0e59-4276-ad93-d33c3b7a4d6014.jpgSince I’ve finally updated my header image, to this drawing of a cute little vampire (inspired by my niece’s “I see you” face), I thought it would be a good idea to do a little update post. Before I try out a few new things and cause confusion.

But before anyone gets too excited, don’t worry I’ll still be doing reviews, creating art and finishing the Fullmetal alchemist series (when I eventually get time to finish part 3. It’s been tough, finding time for anime 😥 ).

Updates

Due to a few recent changes that’s left me with less time for blogging, I haven’t been able to post as regularly as I use to. This has been bugging the fudge out of me, so I’ve come up with a few little solutions to try out, that are listed below.

Possible solutions:

– A Comic Strip
Something I’ve always wanted to do but lacked the confidence to do so. I could do with a little more self-belief, so I’m going to try my best and create something worth reading.

-If the comic strip idea plops, then I might try illustrated Storytelling posts.
Similar to the comic strip. However, each post would be a different story, rather than a continuous story.

-Challenge posts
Not like blog tags, more like those fun art and 30 days challenges people do.

– An Art series
Basically, a series of fun themed art posts. For example, transforming horror movie monsters into something cute and cuddly or drawing a line from a song.

I’m planning on trying out at least 3 of these ideas and whichever one people seem to enjoy most, I will keep as a regular thing on this blog.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of these solutions in the comments below.

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Something to motivate me, to do the Comic Strip

Liebster Awards and So Much More (Part 2)

Its been over a week since the last award post, so I think it about time I made some more head way through my nomination pile up and created another award post.
Combining a smaller award with the Liebster Award, seemed to work well last time. So, I’ll be doing the same again and respond to two nominations this time around as well.

Liebster Award

liebster-awardFirst things first, showing some gratitude to the lovely Lina for nominating me. Thank you so much for the nomination Lina. I absolutely love your manga collection and reading about your new additions to the collection.
If you would also like to see Lina manga collection or read about manga, anime and other related topics, I would recommend giving Lina blog a visit.

 RULES:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family
  • Ask them 11 questions!

Questions and Answers:

Right, time to get this ball rolling and answer some questions.

  1. If you could nominate one movie for best movie, what movie would you nominate and why?

“Catch Me If You Can” hands down. It’s just mind-bogglingly amazing. I’ve watch it so many times and never bore of it (I hate repetition, so that’s saying something).
The chase between Frank and the FBI agent is incredibly suspenseful. Frank comes very close to being caught so many times, but somehow always manages to escape. Usually, just before the FBI realises he’s the guy they’re looking for.
The fact the movie’s based on an actual guys life, just makes it all the more baffling. Doctor, lawyer, a co-pilot, it really makes you wonder, how on earth he got away with it, for so long.
(Did I forget to mention; the gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio is in it)

  1. Do you have an artist that makes your little body wobble around?

Hehe, there’s quite a few, but I feel like too much of a creep to provide a list. All I’ll say is, Bruno Mars and Hozier are very high up in that list.
Their voices give me Goosebumps, they’re just so beautiful and smooth (getting too creepy? Okay, I’ll stop and move onto the next question).thumbnail_60f31416-115f-4085-a8bb-6e51bba31fec

  1. Give me a suggestion of a manga one should read. And if you don’t read manga, say an anime that is adapted from a manga one should watch.

Manga and comic books aren’t that popular here. You only really get the popular ones, like Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul, Black Butler and Naruto (and the odd BL one, hidden amongst the romance novels). I’m pretty sure most people would have heard of them before, so I’m going to suggest a less known anime, that’s adapted from a manga. Elfen Lied (Elves song), because it’s the only one I can think of at the minute.

  1. F**k, how am I gonna make it to 11?

With great strength and determination.

  1. F**k do I know?

Oops, I guess the last question was rhetorical.

  1. Have you ever been singing karaoke? What did you sing? If you haven’t, would you like to?

I was at karaoke when I was younger and braver/had less sense.
My friends were all singing country, so to not to spoil the mood I sung Dolly Parton – Nine to Five (always a crowd pleaser).

  1. I have always wondered what people think about acapella. How do you feel about it? As I understand it you need woolen hats and leather straps and a black dude singing really low tones. Is that true? What do you think about it? 

It’s weirdly mesmerising. It’s the kind of thing you don’t know what the fudge is going on, but you want to stick around to see what happens.

  1. What’s your favorite pizza?

thumbnail_ed9a15c1-a86c-43fc-b064-207c14af0c2cThin crust with Pepperoni and Jalapenos and hot sauce to dip the crusts in. The spicier the better.

  1. What is the strangest pizza you have ever heard of/eaten?

Strangest Pizza Eaten: Tuna, canned mandarin oranges and onions. It was a very weird flavour experience.
Strangest Pizza I’ve seen: It’s a toss-up between dessert pizza topped with chocolate sauce, marshmallows and chocolate fudge brownies and the Indian curry pizzas, you get in some of the take-aways here.

  1. Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Batman, because he doesn’t have superpowers and still manages to kick butts. Also, batman’s villains are so much more interesting and likeable, than other superheroes.

  1. What would said super hero sing at your night out at the karaoke bar and what would their choice of drink be?

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We’d both be Teetotal, drinking Lemonade all night. There’s no way I’m hanging out with batman and not taking the batmobile for a little joyride after. (Batman never drinks and drives.)

The Unique Blogger Award

unique-blogger-awardThank you very much Strange Girl Gaming, for the nomination. Strange Girl Gaming has a really cool game review blog. If you enjoy gaming and hearing about awesome new games, I would highly recommend checking their blog out.

Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions

Questions and Answers:

1.If you could swap lives with any fictional character who would it be and why?

The Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. Firstly, I get to live in Wonderland (which would be so awesome), I’d be magical, able to teleport and turn invisible and I’d always have a smile on my face. Also, the life of a cat is pretty sweet. You can go where you please and people feed you just because you’re cute and fluffy.
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2.What is your favourite animal?

Dogs. Can’t beat spending time with a big old cuddly dog. They’re just so adorable. It’s almost as good as spending time with a big old cuddly human.

3.What did you dream of being when you were a kid?

Haha, it’s kind of embarrassing, but when I was a child I loved playing house, and I dreamt of being a Mummy and cook the dinner (Glob, I’m so embarrassed. I was like a 50’s housewife). It’s rather funny to think about now, because I really wouldn’t make the best of mothers. If the kid told me there’s a monster in their closet, I’d probably be a little freaked out myself and have to find someone else to go check.
I was so naïve as a child. Thank goodness, I have some sense now.

Nominations:
Since I still have a few awards to respond to, I’m leaving nominations until the last post.

Hope you’ve enjoyed another award post. I’m off now to hide my little embarrassed face in a pillow and cringe at my childhood dream of being a 50’s housewife.
As always Thanks for reading

Liebster Award and So Much More

thumbnail_2df22584-b345-4881-9653-2e71ab22b5d0Being busy these last few months, I sort of accidentally let awards pile up. A big oops on my behalf. I didn’t realise it was nearing to double figures, until I checked and seen the long list of awards, I was meaning to respond to. As a small blog, I feel rather bad about that, therefore I’d like to apologise to anyone who nominated me, for taken ages to respond.

To make up for this huge oversight, I’m going to create a few award posts (maybe one a week), responding to Awards. So, without further delay, I’m going to dive right and start making some award posts.

Liebster Award

img_5527(I’ve been nominated a few times for the Liebster Awards, but since it’s sort of long, I’ll respond to them one at a time to keep post short.)

First things first, I’d like to thank Ami Cyberspace for the nomination. Ami also creates art on her blog. I personally love Ami’s work (especially her Jack Frost, it’s my favourite). She has a lot of talent and makes some very cute pieces, so I highly recommend everyone check her blog out.

Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 other new bloggers for encouraging them
  • Ask them 11 questions
  • Let them know you have nominated them.

Questions and Answers:   

1.What is the one thing you wish people knew about you?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. To be honest, I really can’t think of anything I’d want people knowing about me.
Maybe that I’m an awkward old soul, but that’s pretty obvious after spending 5 minutes with me (Glob, my awkwardness even bleeds through in that answer).

2.Would you rather be a werewolf or a vampire?

Definitely a vampire. All that hair would be a nightmare as a werewolf. Just imagine the state of the shower drain, if you were covered head to toe in long thick fur. Not to mention, you’d shed all over your furniture and be forever vacuuming it up. There wouldn’t be much time for fun werewolf stuff.

3.What’s your lucky number and why?

The number 2 because good things comes in pairs.

4.What is/was your worst school subject?

I didn’t really have a worse subject. I loved learning, so liked all my subjects regardless of how good I was at them.
However, one thing I didn’t like about my school days, was some of the teachers. Quite frankly, some of them would have been better suited to a career as a prison warden or Drill Sergeant.
Sometimes they would suddenly explode for no reason at all. Even if you were a good student, behaving yourself, keeping your head down, doing your work and getting top grades, they would find some reason (usually a ridiculous one) to eat the face of you, bursting your eardrums the process. It would make you afraid to breathe and even move at times.thumbnail_da165728-a418-42b3-8e4d-05a2b349d534

5.Favourite candy? YUMM

Most definitely Chocolate, I couldn’t live without it. Cadbury, Green & Black’s and Kinder would be my favourites (I couldn’t choose one favourite. I love them all and they all so tasty in different ways, it would be unfair to compare them).

6.What pets do you plan on having in the future?

A raven, called Mogi. I’d teach it to talk (like a parrot) and let it live by my front door, to creep out nuisance callers.

7.If you were a superhero, what powers would you like to have?

Invisibility. It would make fighting villains, so much easier. I could just become invisible, walk up behind a villain and handcuff them or follow them home, wait until they fell asleep and tie them up.

8.Favourite youtuber?

YouTube has changed a lot in the past year or so. I don’t really have a favourite YouTuber anymore. I mostly use it now to watch music videos and get my daily recommended dose of cuteness. Speaking of which, here some kitty cat assassins to help everyone else reach their daily recommend dose of cuteness.

9.What element would you like to be able to control?

Air. It’s my birth element so I’ll stay true to it.

10.One thing you would want to change with humanity?

Greed hands down. I’d replace it with wanting to care for others, less fortunate.

11.How did you create the name of your blog?

It’s kind of silly, but the name “The Things I’ve Seen” refers to reviewing things and also the first piece of advice you get when learning to draw (which is draw what you see). So, the name sums up the blog. I review the things I’ve seen and I draw the things I’ve seen. (I’m definitely not a poet or master of words)

 

Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for this by Jenn, therefore I’d like to thank Jenn for the nomination.
Jenn blogs about anime and anime related subjects. It’s really interesting and a joy to read, so I would also highly recommend checking Jenn’s blog out.

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I couldn’t find the picture for this Award, so I’m including Thank You Bear as added Thanks to Jenn. 

Rules:
1.Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that persons blog.
2.Give the story or history of your blog.
3.Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
4.Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.

 Blog History
My blog is only over a year old, so it doesn’t really have that great of history. However, I suppose blog history includes its creation story, so I’ll talk about that.
Just before I created this blog, I had to move from living near the city, back to the countryside. Although, I much prefer living back in the slow pace countryside (where there’s more cows and sheep than you can shake a stick at), I found myself very bored. So, I decided to create a fun little blog.
First, I created a blog on Blogger, but I didn’t like it over there, so that blog didn’t last long. Then I came across WordPress and created this blog. Now I’ve been blogging here for just over a year and have no plans on stopping.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
For this I thought it would be nice to give one piece of advice for blogging in general and one piece for art type blogging.

In General:
Be patient. When you first start a blog, it might seem like no one’s reads your posts. It can awhile for a blog to really find its feet. In the meantime, explore other blogs. It just makes blogging so much more fun.

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Learn to love and have confidence in your lines. That might sound silly, but I really wish someone would have told me about the trappings of line paranoia, when I first started drawing. I wasted so much time drawing and redrawing lines, trying to make every line perfect. It never really improved my drawing skills, though. Probably because when you’re in the habit of messing around with your line, you never really learn to draw them the way you intended the first time around and don’t gain confidence in your ability (apologies for the self-reflection).
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is a little bit of confidence in your drawing, goes a long way in improving your art.

Nomination:
Since I plan on making a few of these posts, I’m going to leave nominations until the last one. Hope you enjoyed this post and if everything goes well, hopefully I’ll be able to respond to more awards next week.

And as always Thanks for reading

Ask Me Anything (The Answers)

thumbnail_34646afd-7f9c-4166-aa5e-0252c217718cAs promised in my last post, I have created a special little Q&A post, to say thanks to everyone that reads my blog and to celebrate a year of blogging.

This is the most excited, I’ve ever been about a post and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to over 5 questions. So, getting over double that, was just incredible and I would like to say Thank you, to everyone who provided questions. All your questions were awesome and I really appreciate, you all taking part in this post. I’ve linked them all, in this post and would highly recommend checking their blogs out (They are all just so amazing).

So, without further ado, I give you Ask Me Anything:

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1.What got you into drawing?
It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly got me into drawing, but strangely I think it was stress. I started doodling on my notebooks, as a way to relieve stress and it kind of got addictive. I moved on from doodle in notebooks, to drawing animals covered in decorative designs in a sketchbook and it all snowballed from there.

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To add a little nostalgia to this post, I’ve used some of the drawings I’ve created and photos I’ve taken, in the past year.

2.What is something you would one day like to do with your blog but haven’t gotten around to yet?
A giant art collaboration. This is some very wishful thinking, but I’d love to rally a load of bloggers together, and create one hell of a digital art post.

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3.Is there a post/piece you really like but that didn’t get many views?
Zombie 101. It didn’t get too many views, but creating that jokey little post, about how to survive a zombie apocalypse was a lot of fun.e94272cc-b7a3-426d-abd7-45a767129f2f

4.What is the weirdest/funniest/best search term to lead to your site?
The weirdest search term was “lucy.boo pic”. Haven’t got the slightest notion what this even means. All I know is someone was looking pictures of a Lucy.boo, which sounds like it might be something creepy and perverted.
The funniest term has to be “MAN BOOBS”. In capital letters and all. Someone must have really wanted to see some man boob, that day. Too bad my blog doesn’t have any man boobies. They must have been so disappointed.
The best search term (as in the most popular) is funny Irish insults. It comes up surprisingly often.

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5.Do you believe in something that most people would say isn’t real? (like Santa, or dragons)
Without sounding crazy, I believe in aliens, other dimensions and sea monsters.
The universe is just too big, for there not to be another planet supporting life (doubt they fly around in space, kidnapping humans or even have the technology to do so).
Also, there is some very messed up looking creatures in the sea, so there’s bound to be a few that we could class as sea monsters.suun

6.If you could change how your blood looked, how would you make it look?
Bleeding rainbows, would be a lot more pleasant, so I’d make my blood rainbow coloured. Also, it be awesome if it glowed in the dark, too. It would be so much easier to tell, if I teared my ear cartilage piercings or got a nose bleed, when its dark.

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7.Do you have any plans to use your drawing skills for any other media-like comics or animation?
As a bit of fun, I was thinking about creating a comic strip for this blog. But, I have no real big or brilliant plans, to enter into the comic book industry. I really like illustrating, though and would love to be able to do something with that someday.thumbnail_IMG-20171111-WA0002

8.What’s your favorite fruit?
Pineapple, when its slightly on the bitter side. It’s just so juicy and delicious.
But from experience, it’s not a good idea to try to eat a whole bitter pineapple, at once (even if you are a hungry, hungry student and too tired/broke to cook dinner). It makes your tongue and lips go numb, for hours after.

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9.What’s your favorite thing to draw?
When Digital drawing, it’s those little stumpy chubby big-head characters. They’re so cute and really fun to draw, especially when turning movie monsters into one of these characters.
On paper, it would be pencil drawings. There’s just something really peaceful about making a pencil drawing.use

10.Do you have any advice for other people who are too scared to share their drawings?
If you’re extremely scared, try taking baby steps. Start with sharing your drawings with trusted friends and build your confidence from there.
If you’re feeling brave enough to share your drawings with the world. My advice would be, to try to find somewhere with supportive people, to share your drawings. In general, they’ll only make helpful comment on your work and not rip into it.
Also, remember to not be too critical of your own work (which can be really hard, at times) and to have fun.

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11.Are you open for a Netflix Death Note 2?
Hell no! Sequels are usually worse than the first movie, so I fear to think about the monstrosity that would be Netflix Death Note 2.
In saying that, I did give the first Netflix Death Note, a fair review and reviewed it as something separate from the anime and manga. But as a fan of the anime, that movie was kind of painful to watch. There was just so much wrong with that movie and I doubt a sequel would be any different.thumbnail_20171020_134516

12.Are you willing to carve melons for halloween this year? 
Bahahaha…. that ghost pumpkin really did look like a melon.
Well, it is melon season soon and carving a melon would be fun, so I’d be willing. You might not even have to wait until Halloween. I might not be able to contain me melon carving excitement until then.

So, this is the end of our Q & A session. I hope you have enjoyed this post. It has been incredibly fun to make and as always Thanks for reading.

Woohoo! We Are One

thumbnail_16c87587-abbb-4ec9-8ec7-c9a6767a629cAs you’ve probably guessed, I’ve found away around my little digital drawing situation (a busted wrist won’t stop me from drawing hehe) and can now illustrate posts as normal. Just in time too, because this month is the first blog-versary of this quirky little blog. When I first started this blog, I didn’t know if it would reach its first blog-versary, but it did and it’s been so great.

Why has it been great, you ask? Well, it’s really all down to you guys, of course. The community here on WordPress is so amazing. Everyone is just so supportive and kind (no one has ever been mean, about my super sh** drawing skills). We really do have something special here on WordPress. So, for this reason, I’d like to take the time to thank you all. Without you guys, I probably wouldn’t have stuck around this long.

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Got you all a little flower, to say Thanks

To make this month a little bit special, I thought it would be nice to create a few posts marking the occasion. Starting with something, I’ve always been a little too afraid to do. An Ask Me Anything post, which will be a Q&A type post, where you guys get to ask me basically anything.

For this I’m going to need a little help from you guys, in the form of some Questions. So, if you could leave a question or 2 in the comments below, that would be awesome and I would very much appreciate it.

This post will be for you guys as a little thank you for supporting my blog. So, no question is too random or too weird. I’m pretty much leaving myself at your mercy and if I get enough questions, I’ll create this very special Q&A post, for all of you guys.

Thanks again for all of your support and I’m looking forward to your questions.

Happy New Year

thumbnail_ef02ff5a-5004-4521-90a7-c9b84fb6a6c9I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best in the year ahead.

By now you’re all probably feeling a little bloated and chubby, from all that food eaten over the festive period (I know I am, at least).

So, to start the New Year well. I’ve drawn you all, a little chubby chibi (mini cartoon character) to accompany the New Year’s greeting. Hopefully it’s cuteness will bring a smile to your face and make you forget all about those festive calories.

Thanks for reading and may 2018 treat you well.

The Christmas Tag

christmas-tag-logoI was nominated for this lovely festive Tag, by the fantastic chef and blogger Foodzesty. Thanks so much for the nomination and I would highly recommend everyone go check your blog out. It’s has tons of delicious recipes and food. Very helpful if you’re planning on cooking a feast over the holidays.

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Have fun!

Questions:

  1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
    2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
    3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
    4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
    5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
    6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
    7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?
    8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
    9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
    10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

 Answers

1-What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
Most definitely the food. It’s all so delicious, especially Christmas dinner.   

2-What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
Building milk crate chairs, as a child.
With the extra Christmas dinner guests, there was never enough chairs. So, the children were expected to stand.
However, my siblings and I were rather resourceful and disliked standing, so we made our own chairs by stacking old milk crates upside-down. We thought we were great, coming up with this idea.

3-Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
Having a piece of fresh holly in the house for Christmas. This might be an old Irish tradition to do with fending off evil spirits, but I’m not sure. All I know is, nowhere sells holly so you have to go on a bit of a treasure hunt to find some.

4-What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
For everyone to have a happy and peaceful Christmas.

5-What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
The roast potatoes and of course, the turkey. 

6-What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
The bobbles on the tree. They’re just so round and shiny.

7-What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York

8-Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
Ireland  

9-What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
Spreading joy and showing consideration for your fellow humans. Especially, those down on their luck.

10-Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?
My family. Christmas would be so sad and lonely without them.

Nominations

This tag is so fun and festive, I don’t want to leave anyone out. Therefore, I nominate everyone that wants to take part in this tag.
Happy Holidays everyone and looking forward to reading some Christmas tags.

The Unique Blogger Award

unique-blogger-awardI think I may have finally caught up with my blog nominations. I feel bad for taking so long, but it truly couldn’t be helped and I apologise.

I was very touched to be nominated for the unique blogger award. I always try hard to be original and come up with post ideas, that I’ve never seen done before. I thought it was really sweet and kind, that two fellow bloggers would nominate me for this award. So, for that I’d like to thank them individually and of course answer their brilliant questions.

The Rules:

1: Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nomination you.

2: Answer the Questions.

3: In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

4: Ask them three questions.

Rodrovich, thanks so much for thinking of me and giving me nomination. I really appreciate it. Your blog is awesome and I would highly recommend everyone go check it out.

Right, time to answer Rodrovich questions.

1- Which place would you most like to visit and why?

I’d love to visit North Canada, because I really want to see the northern lights. They look so magical in photos and it would be amazing to see in person.
Canada also seems really beautiful, so I’d love to explore it, for myself.

thumbnail_38536b92-2b96-405b-babb-1042774c68e62- How would you explain anime to one who has never seen any before?

With great pain (only joking, I’ll be serious).
I think the only way to explain anime, would be to sit the person down and show them some anime. Anime is too complex, to be explained in mere words.
But if I had to explain it in words, I’d probably start of by saying, anime is a very beautiful and unique style of animation, that can be a lot of fun. It can also be a very emotional experience. Having you laughing one minute and crying your little heart out, the next. (I wouldn’t mention Japan, to prevent bias).
I would then use one of my rubbish examples, to explain the feeling of watching good quality anime. That example being, “Watching a good anime is like, being given a box of super cute puppies. You’ll be super excited and just want to play with the puppies all day and never leave them.”

3- What are some of your favorite (or influential) albums?

Oh Glob, all my music is stored on electronic devices, so I don’t have a clue what you call my favourite albums. I just tap a picture and scroll down the playlist, until I see something I like.
I know, that’s so bad and doesn’t answer the question. So, instead I’ll give you a short list of my favourite artists and hopefully, it’ll give a feel of the music I’m into:
Sia, Hozier, Pink, Guns N’ Roses, Meat Loaf, Queen (those last three are really old, but have aged very well), My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Adele and a little bit of Johnny Cash.

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Irina thanks so much for the nomination. Your blog is so much fun and I love your drinking games. I would also highly recommend everyone go check Irina’s blog out.

Right, question time.

1-I had a lot of fun with the FMK question (you can tell from all the whining). I use to adore this feature over on D talks anime. Which is your favorite blog feature/tag? Alternatively, tell us about one you’d like to start!

My favourite was the Five Flaming Hotties Tag. It was so much fun and I had a whale of a time, reading all of those.
But, what I liked most about that tag, was how everyone really got into it and nearly everyone participated. It was amazing and everyone work so hard on those post. Which just goes to show, how much fun that tag really was.

thumbnail_4e3f056a-d974-4e5a-8c41-22257dd7b9882- What do you want for Christmas? I’m just asking for a friend.

My weight in chocolate would be nice.
I’m a little fatty at Christmas and pretty much, spend the whole Christmas period thinking about food. Receiving my weight in chocolate would be a dream come true. I don’t really have a preference for the type of chocolate. Just as long as it isn’t Thornton’s (hate that chocolates. It just doesn’t taste right).
Don’t worry, if I do somehow receive my weight in chocolate, I’d share my chocolatey wealth.

3- What unusual IP would you like to see get adapted into anime?

The last question has really got me in the Christmas mood and now I really want to A Christmas Carol, adapted into an anime movie (if this already exist, please let me know. That would be so awesome).
This may be the Christmas spirit talking, but A Ghibli Christmas Carol just sounds spectacular. It would be so interesting, to see an anime version of Scrooge. I’d imagine they’d portray him, as a Howl (from Howl’s moving castle) type character and really exaggerate his meanness. The three spirits, would probably also get one hell of a makeover and look like the regular spirits on acid.
An Anime Christmas Carol would be amazing and because it’s anime, it could be made so much more magical and creative. I’d just love to see what an anime studio, would with this Christmas classic. They’d definitely give the muppets a run for their money anyway.

Nominations:

This is the scary part for me, choosing bloggers to nominate and hoping I don’t annoy anyone. Anywho, the Unique Blogger I’d like to nominate are:

The Otaku Judge

Pop Culture Literary

The Pantless Anime Blogger (TPAB)

Raistlin0903

Foodzesty

The Spooky Red Head

Mr. Bobinsky

924COLLECTIVE

My 3 Questions:

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
  2. What is your all-time favourite movie?
  3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve put on a pizza? (I’m kind of hungry for pizza, at the minute)

They’re a bit random, but I hope they’re as fun as the questions I answered.

Please, don’t feel any pressure to do this award. I completely understand, if you prefer not to do these sorts of things.

If you’d like to answer any of these questions in the comments, go for it and fill your boots. I’d love to hear your answers.