Day #19 – The value of time with friends #30DaysCreative

by Mhairi Simpson on August 26, 2016

Today there has, once again, been no actual creativing.

That was meant to say creating but my fingers knew better.

Moving on.

This morning was walking the dog, visiting the chiropractor (back is doing great, yay!!) and driving my mother to Chichester for a hospital appointment. The trip took an hour there, but only half an hour back – yay bank holiday traffic *makes squinty face*

This afternoon was visiting a friend and sitting in her garden for four hours, talking about anything and everything while drinking tea and eating the odd biscuit.

She had this fabulous gizmo to show me (now I have it, because she lent it to me) which lets you easily coil wire into uniform coils which keep their shape when you take them off the spindle. You can then either use the coils as they are or cut them up into individual rings.

This may not seem like a big deal to you, but to someone who makes jewellery almost entirely out of rings (the basic construction of my current wip required three thousand, three hundred and sixty five (3,365) rings), the ability to make your own rings is potentially life changing.

I had a bit of a go at her place and am REALLY looking forward to having a more in-depth exploration at home. I’ve got various spools of wire sitting around (obviously, what jeweller doesn’t?) and it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!

Now I just have to go and find out if I can get anodised aluminium wire in spools…

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There hasn’t been any drawing today. No painting. No chain maille. Kind of a little writing, but not really.

I did, however, get a big thing done.

I figured out why this novel isn’t getting written.

And no, it’s not because I’m not writing it.

Well, it is, but that’s not what I’m referring to.

I’m talking about WHY it’s not getting written.

Cos it’s not damn well working, that’s why.

I was in the caff, discussing it with my mother (she’s an excellent sounding board) and realised the problem with my slightly supernatural romantic suspense is the ‘slightly’.

I don’t do ‘slightly’.

In fact, if you asked anyone who’s ever met me, they could tell you, if they could stop laughing for long enough to form words, that no, I don’t do ‘slightly’.

Slightly supernatural?


This story is going VERY supernatural. There’s going to be magic and demons and shit. Well, maybe not demons. Although demons could work. But that’s not what I (currently) have in mind.

Stuff will go BOOM. Lights in the sky. Explosions heard forty miles away. Choirs of dancing trees welcoming comets to a fucking concert of blood and lasers.


And breathe.

I feel so much better now.


Day #17 – What to say when there is nothing to say #30DaysCreative

August 24, 2016

Today there has been no creativity. I have nothing new to show you, nothing you haven’t already seen. Today I walked the dog, worked out, and hung out with a friend for a couple of hours. And then I came home and moved things around in the house so that my now ex-sweetie can collect […]

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Day #16 – Experimenting with colour pencils #30DaysCreative

August 23, 2016

Yesterday there was 1500 words. I am frickin PROUD!!! Today there was colouring pencils. I sketched this lady out the other day and shared the pic here, but here it is again: And here she is after colouring: I was rather scared of trying this – it’s a new thing and I wasn’t sure how […]

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Day #15 – Doors closing, doors opening #30DaysCreative

August 22, 2016

I’ve been rather distracted the last few days, as I’m sure has been obvious from the less-than-stellar quality of my posts. The fact is, stuff has been going on at home and my heart just hasn’t been in my creativity. Mostly it’s been in chocolate, to be honest, but I’ve actually exercised a considerable amount […]

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Day #13 – Creativity isn’t a cure all but it is a light in the dark #30DaysCreative

August 20, 2016

Nearly two weeks now. There’s been stuff going on over here. Tears shed, big changes, saying goodbye and mourning the loss of beautiful things which just weren’t right for me. Through it all, I have, somehow, managed to work on one or other (or several) of my various creative projects every single day. This is […]

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Day #12 – Almost forgot!!! #30DaysCreative

August 19, 2016

Crapsticks!!! It’s super-late and I’m doing this from my phone because I was half asleep when I remembered I hadn’t yet blogged today. So, no photos. Sewed some zig zags down three seams on the bag-that-will-be to quilt it and hold everything together. It’s now SECURE, which is the main thing. Means I can haul […]

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Day #11 – LOOK AT ALL THE COLOURS!!!!! #30DaysCreative

August 18, 2016

I didn’t write today. I didn’t write yesterday, either. Yesterday I did a very little bit of chain maille and that was it. Today, however, has been a different story. Albeit one which doesn’t involve writing, chain maille or painting. Although there are some REALLY GORGEOUS COLOURS involved. That’s right. I’m making another handbag. Quite […]

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Day #10 – Titles should be better than this #30DaysCreative

August 17, 2016

I feel shitty today. I felt okay this morning, did a bit on the necklace (behold, PROGRESS!!!) but nothing else. It’s been a day of feeling kind of weird and letting it get to me and everything just being off kilter. A lot of things are in flux right now and I’m very much reminded […]

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Day #9 – What missing a day really means #30DaysCreative

August 16, 2016

Welp, there we go, first day missed. Yesterday was just full. Client calls, client notes to type up and email back, editing for clients, household tasks and duties. By the time I was free, it was 8pm and I decided I wasn’t going to blog then. Which is based on the fact that I like […]

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