Central IL

Ignite Peoria & 500 wishes

Ignite Peoria is a creative arts event in my city. It’s happened a few years now, but this was my first year attending.

Of course I had to dress creatively for the event, and had to get a picture of my fun outfit:

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It’s not quite like most creative arts fairs where you attend and look at artists booths and buy so many beautiful things. It has that aspect, but it’s more interactive.  There’s speakers and performances. My friend Kim and I enjoyed learning about whips – and of course discussed how to implement that into our stories 🙂

I don’t actually know how many people attended and hung wishes on the tree, but about 1000 were “Interested” in the event on Facebook, and about 500 clicked “Attending” on the Facebook event. So I figure 500 is a good estimate.

As you entered the event, there was a breathtaking display with a Wishing Tree and tables and tables of trinkets to create a visual representation of your hopes and dreams:

 

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Kim and I created our trinkets and hung them, but the end result of so many Peoria wishes was stunning:

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All in all, we had a blast and can’t wait til next year. We met some great people and had a great time exploring so many of the art forms:

 

Oh, and of course there was this gorgeous floral backdrop, and Kim insisted “We have to get a picture of the back of your head there!” She knows my brand, and let that be a branding lesson for you all 😉 haha

 

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Fashion, Showcasing other Creatives

Masquerade, hide your face so the world will never find you

*Name that tune*

Hehe, but you guys, I’m living the dream. I was invited to the ball! not just any ball – the masquerade ball. See for yourselves ❤

 

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Now that you’re completely floored by those breathtaking photos:

Mad photo cred to Frugoli photography.
Check out her site.
If you’re in the Peoria area, hire her!

All the masquerade photos were jaw-dropping masterpieces.

No matter who or where you are:

Check out her archetypal women series….Stunning!

Also, gotta shout out to my fun-loving cosplay-geekery-friend Kim Kouski for attending the ball with me and rocking those photos 🙂

Okay, enough of the plugs. Go find a mask, wear it, and live the dream life for a moment 🙂

My Creative Projects, Stories to Read Right Now

A Seussian Red Cross

For our most recent staff retreat, I was given the opportunity to write a poem, in the style of Dr. Seuss, about our team. What other workplace asks you to write such fun material? 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Seuss

A Seussian Red Cross

In a land of nonsense, quite grand they do say,

Where children and grownups quite ridiculously play –

The Who’s & the Horton’s, Sneetches & Zax,

Grinch & Lorax & Cat in the Hat –

 

There’s only one group to handle that clatter,

One crew enough to tackle the matter.

The Seussian Red Cross jump into the fray,

The Seussian Red Cross will save the day.

 

We’re led by our captain, the Betsy of Pratts,

While Amber and Bryan have Betsy’s back.

 

The Grinch stands no chance with Crystal around,

Sending cards & good cheer to all soldiers’ towns.

 

When Thing One and Thing Two muck up the house,

Alyssa’s team shows them what we’re about.

Providing for needs, while home disarrayed,

Working hard to ensure the family is safe.

 

When Green Eggs & Ham cause a terrible slump,

When “in a box with a fox” causes a bump,

When Sam-I-Am has no clue what to do,

Traci’s team brings calm to the hullabaloo.

 

And while the medics of Seussville need quite a lot,

The Blood Services team transports blood on the spot.

 

What a crew, what a team!

But don’t forget behind the scenes.

 

Eileen’s got a group drawing Who’s far and wide,

To help out the town, in blue and grey skies.

We can’t do this alone – not if we tried.

 

This they know, as do Lyn’s own patrol,

Who wrangles the money from high and from low.

 

Then there’s Brooke and Biz Ops,

Her behind-the-scenes team.

They help with buildings and fleet and little big things.

 

Oh the Places You’ll Go, thanks to Beth in HR,

Oh the Thinks You Can Think if you travel so far.

She gives money and vacation and holidays too,

Our own personal genie in this land of Seuss.

 

We can’t deny, it takes a full crew,

And Trish spreads the news with gusto renewed

By coffee and lattes and java and such.

You really just can’t compete with this bunch.

 

There’s so much about Seussville to love & to cherish,

But the Seussville Red Cross is greatest of greatest.

 

Red Cross

 

 

 

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Central IL, for the Writers

Central Illinois Creative Writing Lessons

I have BIG news! BIG!!!!

If the following applies to you (or someone you know), pay attention!

  • High Schooler
  • Located in Central IL area
  • Interested in creative writing
    • (experience optional)

I have news for these people! This fall I am beginning creative writing lessons.

How does this work?

Whether you’re interested in poetry, novels, short stories, or creative nonfiction, these lessons are for you. You’ll be grouped with people of a similar skill level. No experience is required. Whether you are just now interested in writing, or whether you have novels finished and want to know about the publishing options, your lessons will be catered to the group’s needs. Lessons are one hour a week and cost $10. There will also be online components with access to resources and peer feedback.

You can learn about:

  • Fighting Lies: Inadequacy, Narcissism, Writers Block, and Quick Turnaround (haha! Riiiight)
  • Finding an Agent
  • Writing a Logline, Query, or Book Proposal
  • SelfPublishing Versus Traditional Publishing
  • Creating Your Brand
  • Marketing
  • Editing
  • Story Structure
  • Beta Readers & Critiques
  • Balancing Your Creative Life and Other Obligations

 

If you’re interested, check out my pages on Creative Writing Lesson details, Frequently-Asked-Questions, or go ahead and sign up.

Not in the Central IL area and bummed you can’t join in? Keep checking back, I’m mulling over ways to offer options to you too! You can like my Facebook or follow my Twitter to keep updated.

 
 
 
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Central IL, Fashion, Musings of a Creative

Olde English Faire 2014

Here come the freaks!

I don’t write fan fiction. I don’t do role-playing games. I don’t enjoy gaming or anime or cosplay. I’m not a Trekkie or a Belieber or a Whovian, and I try not to come across as a Gleek. In fact, I try to avoid coming across as a fangirl of any sort. Why? Good question. 

For one thing, I don’t enjoy those things (except Glee. That I can’t help. And for the record, I’d be a fan of Dr. Who if I watched it, I just haven’t gotten around to it.) For another thing, I’m not generally that obsessive over those things. (What I am obsessive over can be saved for another blogpost.) But also because there’s a stereotype there – a stereotype of weirdos who jump off the deep end with everything – unreasonably obsessive, unable to hold a conversation outside of their niche, and prone to bouts of squealing. That stereotype. You can see why I want to avoid it.

And yet, there is one location these obsessive types gather that I can’t help but join. The Olde English Faire.

 

Me (on the left) and a couple of my writer's group friends at last year's Olde English Faire.
Me (on the left) and a couple of my writer’s group friends at last year’s Olde English Faire.

Olde English Faire is Coming to Town

Jousts, dancing, archery, knights, maidens, pirates, and people/creatures from all time periods, all worlds, all stories gathered in one place. It’s like a more manageable-sized ComiCon. Kinda. I may have exaggerated that a bit. But the ability to encounter characters and create characters and become characters – it’s a writer’s/reader’s dream come true.

For the record, I hear Bristol is huge and makes Peoria’s seem boring. Until I have the exciting opportunity to experience that though, this is a nice alternative. Don’t bash our humble villager celebrations.

What girl turns down a chance to dress up? – whether in a little black dress for a special night out, a bridesmaid dress, or a fancy gown from another era. For me, it may not be entirely accurate midieval-wear. And I’m fine with that. I like to dress up as characters I make up, from worlds that may be entirely different or fairly similar to our own.

 

Are You Going?

It’s this weekend. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it! Note that tickets are cheaper for those in costume 😉 If you’re not in the area, it may be time for a roadtrip (okay, not really – save your money and roadtrip to Bristol later.)  

Will give an update here later on the event.

 

What About You?

Do you attend an Olde English Faire anywhere? Do you dress up?