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Work in Progress: The Adventures of Ricky and Riley Logo

I’m now working on my newest children activity book. It is called The Adventures of Ricky and Riley. Ricky and Riley are twin brother and sister, and they love to go on different adventures! But they also need the readers help in solving problems. In it, there are various activities for the little ones to enjoy!

So far, I have this as the logo!

Ricky and Riley logo

So much to work on still! But I am very happy with the result!

If you’re interested to follow Ricky and Riley’s progress, subscribe here!

Will write more later!

 

Wander In Colour Review and Giveaway

I am super excited!  Adult Coloring 101 did a review on my Wander In Colour: With Cats – A Colouring Trip Planner and Journal. She also coloured a few of the illustrations, and they look awesome! Here’re two of the pages.

Wander In Colour With Cats

 

Wander In Colour With Cats

I always love seeing how people end up colouring my illustrations. I’m happy when people enjoy what I have to offer, it makes me feel that all the hard work I put in is worth it.

Also, Adult Coloring 101 is doing a giveaway of my book! Deadline is Aug 6th! Check out the page and enter for a chance to win! 😀  While you’re at it, make sure you check out her site for articles on coloring techniques, book review and book giveaways!

5 Steps To Get Back Onto The Bandwagon

I can’t believe it’s been 7 weeks since we had Damien! So far, Anthony and I have been handling things as best as we can. Now that he’s getting older, he definitely wants to stay awake longer. And when he’s awake, he wants someone to hold him or play with him. Sometimes, I want to do a bit more work, but I also feel guilty that I’m not giving him enough attention, so I spend more time with him. But by the time he falls asleep, I feel so tired and drained, I end up not doing anything. I know that I end up making excuses, and this happens to me all the time. The process usually goes something like this: I decide to do something, I do it for a while, then something happens and I get interrupted… then I come up with excuses and don’t go back to it. It’s frustrating, because deep down, I get upset and I feel like I failed even though I know I shouldn’t be so harsh on myself. It can become quite a vicious cycle, and I end up with nothing to show.

Recently I got overwhelmed, and had a little meltdown. I told my husband that I have so much to do, but I feel I have no time to do anything. Luckily, Anthony was very supportive. He told me not to dwell too much on the end result and focus on each day. We just have to do a little bit each day. Even though it is a very common and simple piece of advice, it seems strange that my brain tends to reject it when I give this advice to myself, but would accept it when it comes from someone else. I have to say that it is wonderful to have a brand new website up and running (thanks to Anthony). It really is a great way to kick start my work process again.  In addition to this, I have taken a few steps to get myself in gear, and I want to share with you what I’ve done.

5 Steps To Get Back Onto The Bandwagon

1) Reorganize the work space

Anthony always shakes his head at me when he looks at my desk, that’s because it usually looks like a bomb has exploded in my work area. Cleaning out my desk is one of the first things I always do when I feel I need to get back into the groove of things. The motion of cleaning out my work space is a way of letting my brain know I’m getting down to business, which makes me a little more productive. Also, the cleanliness and extra space make the work area more calm and inviting.

2) Treat yourself to a little something upfront for motivation

I am brought up to believe that rewards are meant to come after hard work (and sometimes, it’s not even necessary, since you’re supposed to work hard anyway). So I rarely treat myself to something as a pat on the back. However, I recently found a notebook I bought a while ago. It’s an Alice in Wonderland Edition Moleskin notebook. It’s brand new and I haven’t written in it. I thought it would make a great tool for my book ideas and research.

5 steps to get back onto the bandwagon

To get this notebook started, I tried to decorate the inside with my limited doodling skill.

5 steps to get back onto the bandwagon

It seems so easy when I watch other people doodle! But it’s actually quite difficult haha! At first I wanted to fill the whole page, but it took me a long time just to do the bottom area, so I will leave it as is for now.

This notebook made me realize that it’s quite nice to get something new for myself before I tackle work. Even though I bought this notebook previously, the act of cracking open a new tool makes it seems like it’s an official start. It definitely gave me a boost of encouragement and motivation. I love stationary, especially cute notebooks. I believe this treat doesn’t have to be big or expensive, just something that can give you the motivation to get things started.

3) Set deadlines for the goals

I know that setting an actual date for the deadline is very important, especially when none of the projects are considered “urgent”. But I know without deadlines, nothing will happen. This year, I would like to get two children activity books out by the end of the year. I set the first one to be September 30th, and the second one on November 30th. I don’t know if these will happen, maybe a little too ambitious? At the end of the day, if my projects don’t get done by the deadline, I won’t be extremely upset. I mean I have to keep it realistic since I have a baby to take care of. But I hope the actual days won’t be too far off from the deadlines I set. We’ll see how things go!

4) Breakdown the task list to small manageable chunks

One of the things I spent time on is to figure out what kind of activities I need to do, and how much time I need for each, to achieve my goals. That’s because, unlike before, I can’t sit for a long stretch to do one task now. If I’m lucky, I get to spend 15-30 min on a task before I’d get interrupted. This is by far the biggest lesson I have learned from the past few weeks. But it is what it is, and we have to adapt to it. So I have listed different tasks I need to tackle in 15-30 minutes increments. Every night, I would look at the tasks, and list out what I need to do for the next day.

5) Get an accountability buddy

I am blessed to have met Maureen from Adult Coloring 101. She is a wonderful lady with a lot of great ideas. We talked about the projects we’re working on, and I proposed we become each other’s accountability buddy! I think it’s a great idea because I don’t like to make empty promises and disappoint other people. So even though we didn’t set specific times to check in with each other, in the back of my head, I know that I’m being held accountable for my actions. Even though it’s only 1 person, I want to be able to deliver what I want to deliver.

 

And that’s what I did to get myself back onto the bandwagon. I’m sure I’ll fall off again from time to time, but I will also keep trying to get back onto it. What about you? What do you do to get yourself back onto the bandwagon when you fall off? I would love to hear your tips and tricks!

Colouring Work-In-Progress by Adult Coloring 101

-Today, Maureen from Adult Coloring 101 posted a work-in-progress of one of the colouring pages from Wander In Colour: With Cats!

WIC cats adult coloring 101

I always get emotional when I see my illustrations come to life with colours!  I can’t wait to see the finished product!

In the mean time, if you’re interested in coloring and want to know more about coloring, check out her book Adult Coloring 101! You’ll learn about coloring tools, books, and different techniques to become a better colorist!

Adult Coloring 101

Brand New Website!

I’m super excited!!! That’s because my husband, Anthony, helped me revamp my website design! He finally has time to work on it, and it looks really good!

There are a few things I changed.

The first is the logo. I updated the logo design to give it a more lively feeling.

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This coloured design is for the website. The black and white design is still the official business logo.

The second change I made is the addition of the Resources section. This is where I share various resources that I found useful in my self-publishing journey. I will expand this section as I keep learning more.

I also added the Life & Family section. Since I have become a new mom, I think it’ll be nice to share things that I learned, things that I find useful, or random things about life that I think would be of interest to you.

And of course, the biggest change is the design and layout of the website. Here’s a screenshot of the old one.

old website

It was a nice website. I remember making that banner myself, and collaborating with Anthony about what I want on it. Initially, I had no clue what I want to put on it, or how I want it to be laid out. Now that I have spent a bit more time with the website, I have a better sense of which direction I want to take my blog, and how I want it to look like. I’m so glad that my husband is able to help me revamp my website to make it look more professional.

There are a lot of easy and cheap tools out there that you can use to make your own website. But if you want to make yours unique and professional, then it is best to have someone help you with it. I remember when I first started setting up my blog, I always find some sort of shortcomings in all the themes I tried out. But Anthony is able to help me personalize the website to the way I want. So if you need a new website, or if you want to update your website, I would recommend for you to get in contact with Anthony!

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