Sewing Projects: Part One

Part One of how many? I have no idea. Have some sewing pictures.

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Big Posts Are Overrated

I haven’t posted anything since February. I’ve wanted to. But I haven’t.

See, posting something to a blog may not seem like a big deal. But when you’re autistic with ADHD? Even small things can seem enormous if they have a lot of stages. Which blog posts do. You have to write the text, find images, upload them, write image descriptions, tag the post… There’s a lot.

But I want to share stuff I’ve made! I’ve done a lot of sewing since February and done some cool cross-stitches and made some cute felt animals with kits from Aldi. So what am I gonna do?

Simple. Whenever I feel up to it, I’m gonna make a post with a photo of one thing I’ve made. The post will be that single picture plus a description of the image, and that’s it.

After all. Big posts are overrated.

~ Penny

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

No! I don’t! But I do want to build a snow cat!

A photograph of a cat sculpted from snow. It is lying on some grass with its tail stretched out behind it. Its eyes and nose are made of stones, its whiskers are made of broken twigs, and its ears are made of leaves.
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“One Day, When the Tonguin’ is Done, We’ll Take Our Leave and Go”

I have read a book, and will be writing a little review of that… well, I won’t say soon, because it all depends on when I can corral my brain into working for me. It’s like a flock of particularly dopey sheep being herded by a poorly German Shepherd who’s easily distracted by shiny hunting in Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee.

… that analogy may have gotten away from me somewhere.

My point is that I’m not here to write about a book, but about a problem I and many other people currently have: Wellerman Addiction.

Now I’m not on TikTok, but I am on Tumblr because 2020 was terrible enough to send me fleeing back to the comfort zone of my early twenties. And it was on there that some beautiful, blessed soul shared “The Wellerman”.

So you have this guy called Nathan Evans who made a video on TikTok of him singing a sea shanty called “The Wellerman”, which you can find here. This song is pretty bad-ass, but not bad-ass enough for Luke Taylor. This guy – who is nineteen, by the way, and yes, his speaking voice is that deep as well – decided to add a bassline to the song and… well. It sounds incredible.

Even better? Not only has Taylor done extra videos with him adding other voice parts (including tenor, so he is clearly one of those lads like Avi Kaplan or Tim Foust who have enviable vocal ranges), other people have now taken Taylor’s original version and added their voices to it. For example, here is a user called beccaleighz adding a rather lovely soprano to it.

But my utter favourite is one that adds not one, not two, but three more voices to Evans’s and Taylor’s: first Aaron Sloan, then Bobby Waters, and finally Jonny Stewart.

Folks. I cannot stop listening to this. So in the spirit of making everybody as hopelessly enraptured as I am, here’s the video.


#duet with @the.bobbybass SHANTY TIME once again! Adding a lower middle harmony 🙂 @nthnevnss @_luke.the.voice_ @apsloan01 #shantytok #wellerman

♬ original sound – N A T H A N E V A N S S

You’re welcome.

~ Penny

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So. I turn 30 this year.

Remember a little less than a year ago when I said I’d be posting here more often?

Yeah. That was a fun little hope 😛 Then again, 2020. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Here’s the thing though: this year? I turn 30. And they say that when you reach the age of 30, you officially stop giving a single Technicolor fuck. So guess what I’m doing!

In celebration of my 30th year, I’ve planned 30 small and hopefully manageable challenges (as long as a few informal challenges I want to try to do), and one of those is to post here what I want, when I want, as part of Jenny Trout’s 2021: The Year of Chaotic Creation.

Let’s face it: writing-wise, things have stagnated here. I haven’t had anything published since 2017. I’m no longer on Twitter or Facebook because they were so damaging to my mental health. All attempts I made to create a “brand” for myself have fallen by the wayside.

Why not do what I want? Why not swear as much as I want? Write about my roleplaying characters? Post pictures of baking I’ve done? Talk about whatever I want?

So here we are. On the first day of the year. And the reason I’m writing this post is to talk about my book and film challenges. I have four official goals relating to books and movies:

  • Make a little review of every book I read or listen to on Audible, trying to read/listen to at least twelve.
  • Make a little review of every movie I see, trying to see at least twelve.
  • Watch a film released in the year I was born.
  • Read a book published in the year I was born.

But I also have two unofficial goals: I want to read every book listed under New Books on this Wikipedia page and see every film listed under 1991 Wide-release films on this one. I say this is unofficial because it’s very unlikely I will manage it. There are 79 fiction books on there alone, one of which is Book 14 of the Xanth series. I’d say I’d want to read the other 13 first to have context, but Ana Mardoll has written about the first three on his blog and hoooo boy.

But the reason I came here today and the reason I’m writing this post?

If I do watch every single film in the wide-release section, I will legit have to watch fucking “Citizen Kane” because it had a re-release 15 days before I was born. How cool is that?

Anyway. I’ll hopefully be back at some point, maybe after I’ve watched a film, maybe after I’ve read a book, maybe because I’ve baked something or done a cross-stitch or written something. Who knows? Not me! That’s the fun of it!

~ Penny

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I Ate’nt Dead

Hello everybody! It’s been… almost three years? Seriously? I haven’t updated this blog in THREE YEARS?

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So where the hell have I been? Long story short: having difficulties. Since the last update, I got a Distinction for my MA (which was nice) and had a bit of a breakdown (which was less so). I’m now diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and ADHD on top of being autistic, which has been helpful and stressful in equal measures, and my writing has been on the back burner.

But no more! New decade, new me! Or rather, new decade, returning to the old me who actually wrote things from time to time!

01a. Overwhelmed

I don’t have a dedicated update schedule for this blog – or, indeed, any idea of what I want to use it for other than promoting stuff I’ve written – but I will definitely be trying to create more interesting content for you in the future.

Thank you for your support! It’s great to be back!

~ Penny

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The End of the Thursday Review

At the beginning of the year, I had a goal. I wanted to write a book review for my blog once a week for all of 2017. And to my credit, I’ve gotten over a quarter of the way.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to finish.

When I made this goal, I thought that I’d be able to scrape through the first part of the year and, by the time uni ended, I’d be free to read as much as I want and get this done. That’s not the case.

Instead, three things have come together to drastically devour my spare time.

1) I’ve started writing for a second wrestling company, which reduces the amount of time I have for reading, which makes reviewing books difficult.

2) I’ve had a lot more assignment work than I expected. My four thousand word essay took a lot of time and attention and I also have a 15k submission to finish. Spending time reading when I could be doing that is self-indulgent.

3) I’m trying to find a day job. I had an interview last week and, if successful, that will also take up a good chunk of my life at present.

I will still try to write a piece of content for this blog to post on Thursdays from now until the end of the year, but until further notice, it won’t be The Thursday Review.

Thank you for all the time you’ve spent on my reviews so far. I love you all.

~ Penny

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The Curious Incident of Lazy Writers Not Doing Research

I finished my 4,000 word essay! Hurray!

… I didn’t read a new book this week. Or write a book review. Oops. As such, I’m going to review a book I read some time ago today, and for the next couple of weeks, I’ll try to read two books a week to make up for this week and last week’s slips.

Now, the book I want to talk about is one very close to my liver, in that I have a lot of bile related to it: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.

02a. Curious Incident Cover

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You Can’t Do Everything

Sometimes, you can’t do everything.

01a. Overwhelmed

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The Thursday Review: “Play Dead” by Richard Montanari

This week, we’re taking a break from Stephen King to dive into one of my favourite genres of book: the gory serial killer story. If it’s advertised with the words “The worst fictional killer since Hannibal Lector”, you’d better believe it piques my interest.

This time, though, I screwed up a little. I received this book from my mother and neither of us realised until after I’d read it that it’s actually the fourth book in a series. So how does Richard Montanari’s “Play Dead” (or “Badlands” as it’s known in the USA) hold up as an introduction to the series?

13a. Play Dead Cover

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Not badly. But not spectacular either.

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