Art Journal Pages #1 

I’ll be sharing some of my art journal pages in a book. You can find my post explaining it here.

You can also see my other art journal pages on my Instagram account @vrushalipathak. I update there more frequently. 

I made this without any printed material. And that’s a kind of challenge I’m accepting – not using any kind of printed paper or image. I’ll be drawing and painting everything by myself. And so far I’ve been very honest to this challenge. Let’s hope I keep it tgat way in the future. 

The color combination in this page is soothing to the eyes. Nothing bright. Just neutral and soft. I like the girl and the camera illustration. The girl I drew myself without any reference and the camera I referenced from Pinterest. 

Friday Art #17 – Lord Ganesha 

Lord Ganesha is a elephant-faced Indian God and my favorite. Although I don’t play any favorites but He’s the one that listens to me when I talk to Him. It’s true. I close my eyes and simply pray to Him. And I ask Him a favor which is usually about people I know and (you can choose not to believe it but it’s true) almost every time I get my wish. Well, not every time. Just mostly. 

And now for those who think “Why didn’t you wish for a million dollars kind-of-thing?” God answers the prayers which are free of selfishness. I’m not praying about me. I had my exams and I never prayed that He should pass me. I orayed that he should pass me if only I did good. And I’m not the most religious person you’ll meet but you need someone, right? Just don’t be selfish for a second when you pray to God. 

And here’s a painting I did 3 years before and gifted to a friend. 

Book Review – Seeds of Hatred by Christian Nadeau

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BOOK COVER BLURB
As a former assassin, a man on the run for years, Marac survived taking on odd jobs, living on society’s fringe, never putting down roots for fear of having to run again. Until he’s hired to steal a trinket from the Brotherhood.
Newly graduated, Soren is ready to shoulder the responsibities that come with an officer’s commission. Serving in the Brotherhood of Khanbis a privilege, one that he abandoned everything for. But when an Angel calls on him, he knows his first assignment is more than it seems to be.
As a Lightbearer, gifted with the power to shape light to her will, Alex lived a sheltered life in Tyranor’s monastery. Should the Brotherhood find out what she was, they’d kill her, but the monastery is underground, safely hidden from their prying eyes.
Then It all comes crashing down. A terrible game is played, and when the powerful move, pawns are doomed to be sacrificed.
Are they?

PLOT
The story basically revolves around these three people, as mentioned in the book blurb, but it isn’t just limited to that. As the book started I thought- “So only these character’s point of view is used.” And I was wrong.
There are many short paragraphs (basically they’re sections) which change the point of views some times. And they didn’t confuse me at all. Now I haven’t read many fantasy books and I know the struggle to literally get into the book. And the start seems to be the most difficult part because all the characters are getting introduced. (AND THIS BOOK HAD 80+ CHARACTERS) And so when I started reading it flowed smoothly. I understood what was going on. No unnecessary action sequence to throw me off. The whole book was crisp, up to the point and just the best example for why we really should concentrate on editing more.
(The author ‘Christian Nadeau” himself told me that the original draft was 320k words and he edited to make it 180k and still it’s a lot of words.)
So plot wise, I’m impressed. There are like different factions made up – Brotherhood, Lightbearers, Darkbearers, Fey, Thrall, Revenants, etc. And they all had their own reasons to start a war. Some were trying to stop it and some were in favour it. It just was a mix of opinions and egos.
But the book ends in a CLIFFHANGER. I seriously thought the war was going to take place in this book but IT DIDN’T. And it’s okay no hard feelings (though I screamed a little inside because I wanted to KNOW MORE) *deep breaths* And seriously does any war just start like that? No it doesn’t. Hence the book was REALISTIC.

CHARACTERS
Now this is what I call a ‘strong character’ book. Every character was well thought out. But there was this minor problem. I thought about how the characters, which I repeat were 80+ could have been cut short a little. Because somehow the author named every soldier and every slave and I know it could’ve been hard on him too. But that’s just creative criticism.
I couldn’t actually write about each and every character there is but I can assure it will be like Game of Thrones level characters in a single book (and I haven’t even read Game of Thrones, so don’t quote me on that!)

WRITING
The writing was sharp and not too much description but just enough to make you know what was really happening. And I can’t just write anything more about it because by now you would’ve known that I love this book! (Not forgetting that it ends in a cliffhanger!) *runs away to sob again*

MY REVIEW
Overall just because it was huge to read and took me almost 10 days of my life I would give it 5 stars. No. that wasn’t the real reason. The real reason being that I haven’t read a good from a very long time (like 6 months) and reading was a fresh experience for me.

You’ll LIKE it if:

  • You like a fantasy world based novel
  • You like a book with a truck load of characters
  • You like a book that’s well thought
  • You want to really not want to miss out on a great book
  • You want to read a series

You’ll NOT LIKE it if:

  • You want a light read
  • You don’t like too many characters
  • You don’t want to read a series

*The author provided me a copy and it in now way affects what I think and my review*

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UPDATE: New Blog Theme And Related News

Hey! If you looked at my website before, you would have noticed some changes. Some major changes!

I GOT A NEW HEADER!

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I have been meaning to get a new makeover for my blog but let’s just say I was unsure about many things. (or scared) But after I read Analee’s post which is linked here, I thought about how easy it is to really just change.

And hence, as Analee suggested, I went to Canva’s website  and just made a new header and related images for my blog.

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You noticed my new post topic-changer thing?! Also my new theme is black and white. I wanted red and black but I guess red is too harsh on the eyes and you’d never come back to my website if I did so. So classic black and white it is…

Also I have a new “Let’s Chat” image. I want to interact with you more and thus I decided to have this image at the end of every post.

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What do you think of my new blog theme and design? I wanted it to be slightly formal but slightly informal too. Do you like it? Don’t feel shy. Let’s communicate.

P.S. Look down. Yeah, that’s my new ‘sign off’ kind of thing.

P.P.S. Also I’ll be editing and deleting all the posts. Major changes on the way!

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Get to Know the Blogger: 100 Questions No One Ever Asks Tag (Part 2)

 

If you read the first part to this two-part series, you’ll know I took more time than intended to write the rest of the answers. Here’s the link to the first part, if you’re interested.

So let’s get started…

 

Q51: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

A51: I think many, many years back. I’m immortal and so I don’t really remember it that well.

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Q52: Do you think musicals are cheesy?

A52: I don’t really have an opinion on this. I saw a few musicals and they seemed okay.

 

Q53: Is Christmas stressful?

A53: We don’t celebrate it. I don’t hate Santa Claus. I’m an Indian. That’s why.

 

Q54: Ever eat a pierogi?

A54: I don’t even know what that is.

 

Q55: Favourite type of fruit pie?

A55: Never had one.

 

Q56: Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

A56: Teacher.

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Q57: Do you believe in ghosts?

A58: Yes.

 

Q58: Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

A58: Yes.

 

Q59: Take a vitamin daily?

A59: Nope.

 

Q60: Wear slippers?

A60: No, I like to be barefoot.

 

Q61: Wear a bath robe?

A61: No.

 

Q62: What do you wear to bed?

A62: Whatever clothes I wore that day

 

Q63: First concert?

A63: Never went to one. Somehow I don’t like the idea of squishing yourself by a truck load of humans to listen to music. You can do that with an iPod.

 

Q64: Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?

A64: Never been into any of these.

 

Q65: Nike or Adidas?

A65: Adidas

 

Q66: Cheetos Or Fritos?

A66: No one. I like Lays.

 

Q67: Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

A67: Sunflower seeds.

 

Q68: Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?

A68: No. But I know Tres Bien means ‘very good’ in French!

 

Q69: Ever took dance lessons?

A69: Yes. I used to go to dance classes when I was in 7th grade. Major hobby at that time;

 

Q70: Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

A70: Nothing particular. But it would be GREAT if he’s a bookseller!

 

Q71: Can you curl your tongue?

A71: No.

 

Q72: Ever won a spelling bee?

A72: Yes I remember once I participated when I was very very small. It was school level spelling bee. And I was one of the two finalists. And the final spelling was “symbol” and I knew the correct spelling, I swear. But I don’t know what came over me and I wrote “S-I-M-B-O-L” Epic face palm moment.

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Q73: Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

A73: Yes. Many times.

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Q74: Own any record albums?

A74: No.

 

Q75: Own a record player?

A75: No.

 

Q76: Regularly burn incense?

A76: My mother does.

 

Q77: Ever been in love?

A77: I don’t know, so probably no.

 

Q78: Who would you like to see in concert?

A78: One Direction? Just had them at the top of my head.

 

Q79: What was the last concert you saw?

A79: Never went to any.

 

Q80: Hot tea or cold tea?

A80: No tea. I don’t drink tea.

 

Q81: Tea or coffee?

A81: Coffee!!

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Q82: Sugar or snickerdoodles?

A82: What are snickerdoodles?

 

Q83: Can you swim well?

A83: Nope. Swimming isn’t for me and I’m not for swimming. I went a swimming class for a month and learnt nothing except for how to hold my breath and how to dive awkwardly in a pool.

 

Q84: Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

A84: Yes.

 

Q85: Are you patient?

A85: No.

 

Q86: DJ or band, at a wedding?

A86: I’d prefer DJ.

 

Q87: Ever won a contest?

A87: Yes.

 

Q88: Ever had plastic surgery?

A88: Yes. And now my own parents don’t recognize me. (No, of course not! Don’t believe everything I say)

 

Q89: Which are better black or green olives?

A89: None.

 

Q90: Can you knit or crochet?

A90: I learnt to crochet six months back. And I made a phone case for my phone. It’s too embarrassing to post a picture of it. It’s ragged and somewhere the design changed completely. Just a novice’s work.

 

Q91: Best room for a fireplace?

A91: Living room.

 

Q92: Do you want to get married?

A92: I don’t know.

 

Q93: If married, how long have you been married?

A93: Not married.

 

Q94: Who was your High School crush?

A94: I won’t put his name, but a guy who I spoke to but then I stopped speaking to him. Still in love with him to this day.

 

Q95: Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

A95: Yes. Sometimes.

 

Q96: Do you have kids?

A96: No. I am basically a kid.

 

Q97: Do you want kids?

A97: Undecided.

 

Q98: Whats your favorite color?

A98: Red!

 

Q99: Do you miss anyone right now?

A99: Yes, too many people.

 

Q100: What ware you dressing up this Halloween?

A100: I don’t celebrate Halloween. Though I would’ve dressed up as a zombie. Or Captain America.

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That’s all for this tag.

I’ll meet ya tomorrow with an update! (Shh..it’s a secret!)

 

SUMMER OFFER- 12 eBooks for $24?? (Am I kidding?) // No I’m not!!

You want to make your summer more interesting? Don’t have enough money to buy ebooks? What if I told you that you can get 12 books worth $50 for less than $24

Beginning June 21st until June 30th ALL of the eBooks will be discounted to $1.99 … that’s TWELVE titles in all from 50-75% off.  

And, they’re not all one genre either.  Cynthia Roberts is a romance author that likes to mix it up from Suspense, Contemporary, and Western/Native Indian Romances.  

Think of how much you will get to save … all 12 in total normally sell for $50 incl. tax and are now available for less than $24 … and that’s more than 3 months of reading.

If this isn’t a money-saver offer, I don’t know what is.

And the best part? You can shop from whichever online retailer you like! 

 Links for all the online retailers below.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Kobo

Apple

I don’t write poems

I don’t write poems

Rhyming words are tough to find

I try anyway

Maybe something luckily would cross my mind

Now do you have any tip

To let me learn

The art of poetry 

That I don’t find to be that easy

“Just keep writing” 

Is the one tip I hear

And that’s what I’ve been doing

From the past one year

But now when I look back

I’m not that bad

Because I wrote a whole poem

In rhyming words. How’s that?

Friday Art #15- Life and Oil Paints 

I just started learning how to use oil paints. They were a bit difficult at first, just like life was. There is absolutely no handbook or guide to use paints and to live life. I read many articles online in a bid to figure out just what I was missing. I couldn’t find a single article or video to teach me everything, from the start. I guess it doesn’t happen that way. You have to figure out everything yourself. Just like living life.

I lost hope and stopped searching for the answers (at this point I don’t even know what I’m talking about, painting or life!) Then I had a savior. One person solved my problems. She painted the most beautiful oil paintings and helped me to just do it. And same goes with life. There is a person, who can be anyone from your relatives to your friend to your lover. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find the way with them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the ‘right’ way. Just the ‘right’ way for you. Either you’ll learn from lessons or gain something. And aren’t you gaining either way? And sometimes you wonder if they came in your life just to make you stronger or make you learn the lessons.

I almost started hating oil paints because I had to learn to apply two layers of paint. And the amount of drying time they took irritated me. I mean why couldn’t it take a little less time? But I forgot that oil paints were connected to our life. They are like the relationships we have. They are difficult and they require ‘time’. They require time to bloom, time to trust and time to really be.

And most of all I learnt that you have to let everything go. You can’t hold everything and expect to gain more. Just let it all go.

And I also learnt that both life and oil painting isn’t easy. You just have to practice and live it. No short cuts.
And I learnt how oil paints and life were similar.

One Year Improvement Program

Hey everybody! 

I’m back. Officially. 

I took the longest break from blogging (nearly 6 months) because I had to study for my exams which ended in mid-May but I had the longest slump ever and so I couldn’t even write a post, let alone a review. It’s been tough.
And as of now I don’t have access to a computer (mine being disfunctional) and so I had to post this through my phone. You know there was a time (the first year of my blogging) where I wrote everything and posted it from my phone and through the bad internet connection. And so I decided I could do that, again. 
So I have to tell you the whole “One year improvement program”. It’s nothing you have heard of before because I just started it. I have been sitting at home, doing what I like from a month now and I thought about how I should improve myself as a person. You know, read books, research topics and learn stuff. Just IMPROVE. 
And so this idea came into my mind. What if I give myself a year to do anything and everything to improve myself. It’s like I’m setting a goal for myself. A one-year goal.  And at the end of the year I’ll assess what I did. Sounds good? 
Now I decided to keep a check on monthly basis. So every 15th of every month I’ll be summarizing what new I did. And those of you thinking this is another name for the new year resolutions, yes in a way it is. And why didn’t I made new year resolutions instead? First of all, nobody follows them. It’s like everybody’s scared of the label of NY resolution. And secondly, I can’t wait 6 months to really improve. It happens from now. From tomorrow to be more precise. 
And to make matters easy, I just thought of a few things to stress on and the things I want to achieve till next June. 

1) Clean up the blog. Remove unwanted posts that are, let’s just say, embarrassing.

2) Write more posts. And post them.

3) Read books but don’t forget to review them.

4) Do at least 15 acts of kindness.

5) Read and learn the specifics of English language. Basically just read everything.

6) Comment words of appreciation in 20 YouTube videos. 

7) Encourage and inspire at least one person.

8) Draw and paint at least 15 drawings without any reference. Just your imagination.

9) Do plien air drawings. Basically just sit outside and draw on spot. 

10) Post your drawings on your blog. Mark your progress. 

11) And exercise.. that’s important.

12) Learn how to end lists in even numbers.

This list is not just it. The more I learn, the more I gain. 
So if there are people who are thinking of doing this, let me know. We’ll keep updating each other. 
That’s all for today. I have to wake up early tomorrow!