Creative Corner, April 2018

(by chris the cynic)

This is a place to share about any and all creative endeavors.  Could be what you’re working on, what you want to work on, what you’re frustrated about being blocked on, plans, random thoughts, finger painting, crocheting, building a new world order, whatever.

It was created because, even though Writers’ Workshop was intended to be a place where any creative endeavor can be discussed, the name scared off people who weren’t writers.  (Which totally makes sense.)

5 thoughts on “Creative Corner, April 2018

  1. christhecynic April 5, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Anyone know anything about soldering electronics?

    I’m given to understand that the most common (and most easy?) type uses lead which gives me pause. (Especially given the way that my hands tend to come in contact with my face without asking me first.)

    Anyone have resources they’d recommend for a beginner self-teaching herself?

    Anyone have advice on good tools and/or materials to use?

  2. alexeigynaix April 5, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    No idea, sorry 😦

    Surely there are more cost-effective ways to learn to draw realistic humans than to spend $500 on Drawing I at the community college this fall. Suggestions?

  3. Firedrake April 11, 2018 at 9:00 am


    Almost all solder is now lead-free. It doesn’t work as well as the real thing, and people who have proper leaded solder left are holding onto it for hard jobs, so stuff you buy in a shop should definitely be unleaded even in the USA.

    There’s a decent starting guide at .


    People who don’t have my particular form of 3d-2d mapping problem speak very highly of “Figure Drawing Without a Model” by Ron Tiner.

  4. alexeigynaix April 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Thanks, Firedrake 🙂

  5. christhecynic April 14, 2018 at 10:27 am

    What are good resources for folkloric stuff?

    At the moment I’m looking for creatures from the folklore of European colonizers of North America, thus: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and also German* folklore. In general I often have about a thousand ideas in need of research.

    I always seem to have difficulty finding good folklore resources even on things you’d think would be easy. (For example: Christian folklore. As the dominant culture you’d think . . . but no, apparently heresy is a bad thing, or something.)

    * Germany’s attempts at independent colonization failed, but Germans were definitely among the colonizers. Biggest example: Pennsylvania Deitsch. Pennsylvania was an English colony, German settlers thrived there (because Penn sold them land on which to do it.)

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