Weirdly Useful DIY Abstract-Expressionist English

Happy Friday! Didja notice my new banner up there? I thought the old one was kinda busy. You couldn’t see the nav bar for the book covers. I thought, “Enough, already!” So.

NOW, because no week is complete without a little Star Trek, go check out this very, very funny post about weird and “sexy” costumes from Star Trek: TOS.

Wasn’t that fun?

Now, I may have shared this link before, but it bears sharing again. Beth Anderson writes long posts about the technicalities of writing, but they’re like mini-workshops. Most useful.

Also useful is this site for DIY natural stuff. They have fooood stuuuuuff, and beauuuuuty stuuuuuff, and cleeeeeeeaning stuuuuuff, and all kindsa stuff. I don’t know why it’s DIY instead of DIYOS, since around here we say, “Do It Your Own Self.” Still: interesting.

Here’s another one that, if I’ve already shared it, is worth another look. Aelita Andre is a little girl (born 2007) who makes the most AMAZING abstract-expressionist art. I absolutely ADORE it!

Finally, if you ever wondered why the British wear silver metal to hold up their pants, here’s a place to find out that, no, they don’t, it’s just that “braces” is British English for “suspenders”. Thank you, KryssTal, for a much-needed English-to-English dictionary. MOST useful if you have a character from one or the other place, eh?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a fan of a long-ago-cancelled television show.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Weirdly Useful DIY Abstract-Expressionist English

  1. Jane

    December 5, 2014 at 10:33am

    Awesome ST costume panorama!!!

    Since I originally saw most of them in (yikes!) black and white, all these colors at once is a bit of a shocky thing. But I like.
    Thanks for sharing!

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      Marian Allen

      December 5, 2014 at 11:42am

      I never understood why, in the future, women wore so little clothing.

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      • Jane

        December 6, 2014 at 10:58am

        Global warming, natch!

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        • Pete L:aberge

          December 6, 2014 at 5:10pm

          @Jane – Howl! Giggle! Laugh!
          Well, Shatner claims he did invent the future!

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        • Pete L:aberge

          December 6, 2014 at 5:14pm

          @Jane – Oh, not all were, glued, But I do recall from reading the book, that glue was at least discussed, and some stick on tape was used on one costume, to ensure security. Apparently they well well designed enough that the women felt safe in them. But then, of course, Theiss was a design genius.

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        • Pete L:aberge

          December 6, 2014 at 5:15pm

          HA HA AH! Laugh! Giggle. Well, Shatner does claim he invented the future. A lot of the great Bird’s work was oddly enough prophetic. Who knows?

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  2. Pete L:aberge

    December 5, 2014 at 1:57pm

    As a long time trekkie, I REALLY enjoyed those costumes! Thanks!!1

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      • Pete L:aberge

        December 5, 2014 at 2:33pm

        @Marian Allen – And if you evver read The Making of Star Trek, many were ALMOST topless, too. Some of those dresses were actually strategically glued in place. Women were very cool actresses in those days. When asked how they did it they said: “No Sweat”…
        I gotta ago. Gene’s Ghost just showed up….

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  3. Jane

    December 6, 2014 at 11:03am

    OK, I gotta leave another comment:

    I know from first=hand witnesses, that some of the costumes were NOT glued on: Bill Theiss had the ones in Requiem for Apollo, in particular, so balanced and tailored, that they did not NEED to be glued. The large swath of fabric thrown over the shoulder held them in place. My friends who made similar costumes absolutely glued them on.

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