Forward Momentum

Lights Reflection

I have been inspired to make not resolutions to fix myself so much as goals toward mental and emotional happyness. 2015 was a very full, very busy, and very fast-moving year. I seriously spent so much time going “wasn’t it just April? August? October?” Truly, where did this year go? But at the same time I know a lot happened this year – workshops, retrogrades, epiphanies. I am hoping to step into 2016 with forward momentum, seeking more creativity and joy, trying to make space for whatever this new year is bringing into my life.

Here is my list of goals for 2016. Hopefully they will inspire you to take a look at your goals and resolutions for the new year and consider whether they are really the healthiest, most fulfilling things you could be doing for yourself.

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I have loved Christmas lights ever since I was a kid. We used to pile into the van and cruise around slowly to look at all the awesome light displays. I grew up in an apartment, so we didn’t really have a lot of outdoor decorating options, but my folks always knew the best neighborhoods to hit for an abundance of Christmas magicalness.

I’ve noticed recently that there don’t seem to be as many houses lit up as in years past.. anyone else noticing the same in their area? Kinda makes me sad to think people just don’t have as much love for Christmas as they used to.. *insert materialism of Christmas rant*

But there are still some glorious lighting displays to be found. One just around the corner from my house has a fantastik Christmas spire almost as tall as their house with a huge, shiny gold star on the top and color-changing lights that run all around their house and their shed. PLUS a couple of rainbow-color-fluctuating candy canes beside their front door and arches along their walkway. It’s beautifull! You can see the Vegas-like glow as soon as you turn into our neighborhood. (I wonder, though, if their next door neighbors appreciate the all night glow… I hope they have black out curtains lol)

There is another house up the street that I adore because they have light strung all over the front of their house and the bushes. I love it because it’s kinda messy and none of the strings match, which gives me the feeling that, while they’re not very good at perfect lighting displays, they do love Christmas and want to show it off. That makes me so happy!

Do you go all-out with your Christmas decorating? Do you light it up so they can see the glow from space? What’s your favorite Christmas memory?


~ Seth


PADS Saturday–Kid Rocks Out to Cuba Pete at Local Swimming Pool

Every day is better with a little spontaneous dance party!

Not gonna lie, it’s been a tough week.  So I think it’s time for a PADS Saturday?  What’s a PADS Saturday you ask?  It’s a blog featuring a


Act of



Frankly, I love this kid.  I love him even more than this guy (and that’s sayin’ something)

He is clearly talented and having a blast.  And a big thumbs up to the people in this kid’s life who allows him to feel supported and loved.  And that’s my message to you today–who do you know who needs to be supported and loved?  How can you help somebody out there to live their purpose, be their full and true selves and shake their groove thing?  What can we all do to help make the world a little better?  Because, I’m telling you, this week I’m feeling the need to make a better world.


Jeanette DePatie (AKA The…

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Good News All Around!

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First and foremost, GAY MARRIAGE IS NOW LEGAL IN THE US!!!  Now, we can just have marriage like everyone else.  No more arguing, fighting, or trying to figure out what state to live in so I can marry the love of my life!  Let’s just take a moment to really feel that and be grateful for the times we live in.

If that wasn’t enough, we also woke up this morning to find that our Illustrated eBook of the Parliament of Twilight: Episode 1 was in the top 100 for two different categories on Amazon!

ranking POT illustrated 1

Super awesome, right?

Then, we have even more big news.  The cover reveal event for TWO of our upcoming novels went live on Facebook today with this:


Don’t miss out on the Double or Nothing Cover Reveal for the Parliament of Twilight books! Episode 3 and the special illustrated edition of Episode 2 are going…

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A Picture’s Worth

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Malachite and Marius Just one of the ten amazing pictures that will be in the Parliament of Twilight Episode 2 Illustrated Edition!!

Finished the formatting for the paperback version of Parliament of Twilight Episode 2 tonight!  And the cover is looking super nice as well.  It just needs a few little tweaks.  We will probably be ready to order a proof copy by the end of the weekend.  The eBook format will take a little longer, since it is really tricky getting the pictures in just right.  We should have an official release date anytime now!

Also, while we are talking about the pictures, in the coming weeks, we will be updating our Zazzle and Etsy stores to include several different ways you can get full color versions of some of the illustrations.  Stay tuned for more info about that.

Is there one that you are particularly fond of?  Let me know via…

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Rainy Days Make Me Nostalgic

Droplets On a Glass

Whenever we have a really rainy day it makes me wish I still had a magic shelter balcony to enjoy it. There was this one second floor apartment that I had with an attached balcony that sat over the front porch. Technically we weren’t supposed to be on it because the floor of the balcony/roof of the porch wasn’t 100% solid, but there’s no way I’m having a balcony and not being on it. When we moved in there were nails and screws put through the door into the door frame to keep it from opening but I told Johnny (my boyfriend at the time) in no uncertain terms that he was to get the door open for me.  I was very careful putting too much weight on the middle of the floor, though, and kept mostly to the walls around it. Blissfully, they were nearly a foot wide and wonderful to sit on.

I’ve always loved rainy days for the calm that settles over me (not if it’s storming of course) and the energy that buzzes in the air. I love falling asleep to the sound of rain. So it was truly a gift for me to be able to sit out in the rain under the covered balcony, sheltered by the trees and listen to the sound of the rain making music with the tinkling of my wind chimes..


Maybe I Should Start A Clown Support Group

I love clowns…

I know I’m like the only person who does.. It seems like everyone is afraid of clowns. I wonder, sometimes, if it’s the most prevalent fear there is or if it just seems like it..

See, we had a fundraiser day at the Walmart where I work to promote Riley Children’s Hospital. They were selling popcorn, cotton candy, had some kinda basketball raffle and there was face painting. I was like “Yay facepainting” because I’m 5 because I wanted to donate to a good cause so I took my first break just a hair early so I could get in before they shut down. I already knew what I wanted – a rainbow and fluffy white clouds! So I step out the door and there is a clown facing the parking lot with one of those signs on that hangs over your shoulders and I squealed “YAY A CLOWN” and the clown turns around to see my excited and hugely smiling face and he’s all “Well hello!” We had a nice little interchange (note to self: shoulda got a clown selfie!) and I went over to wait my turn.

While I’m waiting for the little girl ahead of me to get a big, bright heart painted on her little cheek, I couldn’t help thinking about the clown – especially when two girls from the Subway were waiting near me and going on about how creepy clowns are. He seemed really happy to see me. Yes, I realise that’s a clown’s job, but it was kinda like “hurray someone who still loves clowns”.

It just makes me kinda sad… I feel bad for the clowns. The whole reason that someone grows up to become a clown is that they want to make people smile, make them laugh, brighten their day (obviously I’m not talking about haunted house clowns – that’s a whole ‘nother issue) and it just breaks my heart. I can’t imagine having that dream of being this bright ray of sunshine in someone’s day and having them freak out and run away instead.. That has to break their big, bright cartoony clown hearts.. It’s so unfair what horror movies have done to clowns. They’ve tragically ruined forever the image of the loud, laughing, silly clown.

Just makes me feel like I should search out others who still love clowns, who still get a big smile from a fluffy wig and polka dot pants, and start some kinda clown support group to let them know they still have fans..

happy little rainbow and fluffy clouds!
                                           happy little rainbow and fluffy clouds!

So is there anybody out there that still loves clowns like me?


Happy dance! Happy dance!

filly Pinkie Pie
filly Pinkie Pie

It might seem silly but I get so excited every time someone adopts one of my dolls or they request a custom order. I just start thinking about sending my little plushie creation off to its new home and the big smile on the face of its new owner when they open the package. That giggle as they can’t help but give their new Cuddle Buddy a hug.. It just gives me such a feeling of joy!

Every plushie that I make – my schwoopie dolls, dragons, ponies – have so much love and happyness put into their creation. I won’t pretend that there aren’t some complicated parts or that the hand-embroidering on the eyes I’m doing now isn’t tedious or time-consuming, but it’s all done with joy in my heart knowing how happy they are going to make someone.

I also love the exploration of doll-making. Trying new techniques, new fabrics, playing with ribbons, flowers, rick rack and buttons. I really enjoy the process of building the dolls layer by layer, stitch by stitch. I settle in at my work space with my music up and my headphones on to shut out any roommate distractions (not their fault really, I am easily distracted!). I pick out a couple of my favorite albums and put them on repeat and I’m chair-dancing my way to creative bliss.  I do my best, of course, to keep the singing at a reasonable volume, but they tell me I pretty much fail at that since I can’t actually hear how loud I am. LOL. It’s especially lovely in my little crafty corner with the vibrant new valance I created.

Although I will confess the floor in my room gets to be a bit of a disaster – little bits of stray fabric and thread. I try really hard to make sure I catch all the little pins though. Don’t want to find those the hard way in the middle of the night. And no matter how many times I “straighten up” and “organize the fabric stash” there always seem to be piles of fabric and old clothes piled here and there. My stash really is out of hand, I confess, but I have such a hard time getting rid of anything for fear I will find the perfect project to use it on as soon as it’s gone… I’m sure I’m not the only sewist with this paralyzing fear.

So how do you keep your overflowing stash under control? Are you any better at it than I am?

~ Seth