Writings on This Blog in 2021

This blog has been a blog of many content themes over the decade and a few years it has existed. For topics, it’s a jack of all trades sort of blog, like its author, me, in life. As I embrace the start of my two year journey with writing on January 1, 2021, so, too, shall this blog go forth. As of that date, I hope to have almost daily posts where the goal is about the writing, regardless of topic, for which there will be a wider variety than ever before to keep its jack of all trades topic identity.

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Ruled Paper for Calligraphy with Pilot Parallel Pens

I’ve been learning some Gothic calligraphy on Udemy via Mary-Jane Roussel’s Simple Gothic Hand Calligraphy course. It’s a very good course with some ruled paper to help one practice. However, it was ruled paper for one pen nib size, with the spacing dependent on the nib size, whereas I had four nib sizes from the beautiful Pilot Parallel Pens I used to do my calligraphy (1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8mm, 6.0mm). As a result, I made my own and thought I’d shared these PDFs for anyone else who might be interested.

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Ten Preparation Tips for Cosplayers in Photo Shoots

These are simple, but effective, things a cosplayer can do to prepare for a photo shoot to make good use of time and minimize poor features in photos taken. Get in a state of mind to prepare for it like you would for a prom or wedding shoot so you know some shots you want, practice it and have your cosplay in as nice a condition as possible. Then leave the rest to improvisation. Here is a checklist summary with details in each to follow:  Continue reading