Somewhere Else// An Aesthetic

I see so much ‘perfection’ in my world
Neatly paved roads and perfectly trimmed trees
Glass windows and people buried in mobile phones

Sometimes I want to go somewhere else
Where every breath of air is new, and there are
wildflowers on the streetside in place of shopping malls.

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Reveries Co. Launch

Hello again! I’m a day late in doing this post, and I’m sure that tells you a lot about my personality. XD

Today I’m going to share something amazing that happened to me a few months ago- my good blogger friend Kellyn Roth emailed me about putting together a company that offered services to indie authors and asked me to join as a designer. And today I’m happy to be part of the launch tour of Reveries co.!

Here’s the story.

On September 8th 2018, Kellyn Roth was designing a site for her cover design business. As she drag-and-dropped the elements around, she realized she needed a shiny, flashy tagline. So she started thinking about her goals as a service provider.

As Kell puts it:

“I wanted to help authors like me succeed! I wanted to make sure that every writer got the best services, personalized to their needs, at the best prices.”

Suffice to say, she didn’t have the expertise she needed to offer a one-stop-shop for authors, bloggers, and other businessmen and women who needed those services but couldn’t afford them, couldn’t find the right providers, and even struggled to know what they needed.

So Kellyn began planning … and in no time,

Reveries Co. Was Born!

Partnering with her friend, Angela R. Watts, she came up with a business plan, an application form, and a website.

Now over fifteen service providers have joined Reveries Co.’s forces, from seasoned professionals like Savannah Jezowski, Jessica Greyson, and Abigayle Claire to up-and-coming entrepreneurs like Charis Rae, Jessie Bingham, and Michaela Bush. I’m really glad to be part of this amazing group!

Now Reveries Co. is dedicated to providing quality, personalized services for an affordable price. Their #1 goal is seeing you succeed in your writing endeavours. They even offer services such as consulting to give you the knowledge you need to go forward!

To quote Kell again:

“I firmly believe that with hard work and a little elbow grease, anyone can develop a career and business in the writing field. However, I acknowledge that we all need some help from time to time. We’re here to offer that help quickly and easily.”

Their team is a carefully-selected task force of experienced designers, editors, proofreaders, and other professionals, several of whom are authors themselves. Most of them have multiple years of experience and all have proven themselves to be consistent and trustworthy workers who offer quality services.

All service providers are held to consistent standards of operation and output. I’m told keep a close tab on the quality and proceedings of each service. They’re a team, and they function as one, helping each other succeed as well as authors.

You can find Reveries co. across various social media platforms.

Website // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

Now, I know you’d like to hear a bit about what’s going on with the tour, discounts, etc., so let me share something about that.

The Giveaway

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The first item of importance is the giveaway! This giant book bundle has books by Kellyn herself as well as Savannah Jezowski, Jessica Greyson, Rebekah Morris, Kendra E. Ardnek, and others!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY NOW!

Facebook Party

The official Facebook launch party will be at the end of this week (Saturday the 5th) from 12 PM to 3 PM PST.

Kellyn will be hosting a live video and taking our questions, assuming the internet cooperates, and there will be several giveaways, service provider spotlights, and other fun features.

CLICK TO JOIN!

During this party, they’ll also be offering a bunch of exclusive discounts and giveaways, so be sure to check in then!

Discounts

Throughout the tour, Reveries Co. is offering exclusive discounts. Everything from editing to book cover design to consulting has an extreme cut taken out of the price … but they only have a limited amount of spaces available.

Everything from 15% to 30% off of a bunch of different services – from editing to interior formatting to book cover design to website design! They even offer specialized coaching packages! I’m offering some too, as be sure to check it out.

Book Us Now!

And that’s about it! I hope you’re able to join along with the blog tour and check out the other amazing posts!

Schedule

Tuesday, January 1st

Interview with Founder // Kendra E. Ardnek @ Knitted by God’s Plan

Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ

Announcement from Founder // Lila Diller @ Creating Romance

Wednesday, January 2nd

Announcement // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Spotlight // Mukta A @ Born Free (I know I’m late, you don’t have to say anything)

Interview with the Co-Manager // Jo A @ The Lens & the Hard Drive

Announcement from Founder // A. Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Guest Post from Founder // Emily Yager

Interview with Founder // Dawn Dagger

Announcement from Founder // Eva-Joy @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

Thursday, January 3rd

Interview with Co-Manager // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing

Spotlight // Jessica Greyson

Interview with Founder // Parker Hankins @ Pencils and Pianos

Guest Post by Founder // Merie Shen @ Imperial Scribis

Announcement from Founder // Jana T. @ Reviews From the Stacks

Announcement from Founder // Hanne T. @ Losing The Busyness

Friday, January 4th

Announcement from Founder // Deborah @ Reading on the Edge

Announcement from Founder // Katherine Brown Books

Guest Post from Founder // Julia Witmer

Announcement from Founder // Jessie Bingham

Spotlight // Loretta @ Just Writing

Interview with Co-Manager // Isabel Olivetti @ Chasing Fantasia

Saturday, January 5th

Spotlight // Abigayle Claire @ The Left-Handed Typist

Spotlight // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Announcement from Founder // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Guest Post from Founder // R.M. Archer @ Scribes & Archers

Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

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I honestly never thought I’d come so far and I’m really grateful to be part of this amazing group of people! Pique Studios is still going to be running the same, although I’m going to hold whatever I might be required to do for Reveries co. of equal importance.

Thanks so much for sticking with me to the end! I’d love it if you guys would show your support by entering the giveaway or following the tour.

Until next time!

Love,
M

 

Japanese Music You Might Want To Try

Hey, guys! Busy day? (I’ve certainly had one)

Today I decided to share some music that I’ve been listening to lately. I have to say, Japanese music is amazing- though I don’t understand most of it it feels so good to hear. Many of these are more memories than songs to me. If you love anime, Japanese or just music, here are some I’d reccomend to you!

Let me know if any of them appealed to you! 😀 Until next time!

Say Hello to Pique Studios! 😆

Pique was a dream that I had months ago- maybe a distant one back then, but a dream nevertheless. I wanted to take Design Pique a little further, make it unique and versatile, and today, it’s all here.

I’m probably screaming right now.

So what’s new?

What’s new, you say?

THIS. IS. NEW. (click on those words and you’ll see what I mean)

Pique continues to offer everything it has, but with a new policy: pay-as-you-like. I started with free designing to build up on my experience, and in a year I’ve had plenty of experience (more than I’d ever hoped, to be honest), and now I’ve decided to start with optimal charges. You will only be charged at the end of the process, and you can choose what amount would be fitting for your experience- starting $0 onwards!

Also, the shiny new site is WordPress.org based and has a truckload of cool new features which I’m so excited about! Plugins and a built-in site, for starters, and a lot more which I am yet to explore.

There are also animated videos I can make for you that I’ve never formally introduced before at $5 per minute, and you can learn more about them here.

The feature I’m most excited for is the products. I’ve compiled a small range of apparel and notebooks that you can order from here. They come with a handwritten note, and if I know you as a blogger, I might slip in a little something along with your order like a bag of authentic Indian chai, bookmarks or something along those lines. 😉 As of now, since I can’t find anything better, it’ll take about 3 weeks for your order to reach you, but I hope to find a workaround soon enough.

I’m all pumped up to see where Pique Studios goes! 😀 Also, in case you were wondering why I chose today to launch the site, 3rd October 2018 marks 1 year of Pique! 🎉

Please note that this site is not fully developed yet and you may find imperfections in random places. If you ever find anything that needs fixing, I would appreciate it ever so much if you could send my a message through my Contact page or drop a mail (piqueconnect@gmail.com). If any of you are WordPress.org users, I’d love to hear some tips!

Also, for those of you whose orders went on hold because of this, thank you so much for putting up with me! You can expect a mail soon.

Make sure to check out all the new features, guys!

Thank you for all your continued support! I hope to hear more from you in the comments! ❤

Love,
M

Where I’ve Been (And Where I’m Headed)

Minasan, Konnichiwa!

Well, wasn’t that cringy.

Surprise, surprise. I haven’t been here in about two months. Talk about an unannounced hiatus. Actually, it’s not that much of a surprise because I’m an unpredictable person. Or rather, predictable when it comes to procrastination.
-_-  Continue reading Where I’ve Been (And Where I’m Headed)

Help Select Pique Studios’ New Logo!

If you haven’t seen this post I’d be delighted to hear your thoughts!

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This post is going to be quick!

What’s happened is that I’m having trouble selecting new colours and a new logo for Pique. So here’s what I’m going to do-

I’m going to put in some ideas which I have. You can imagine them at the top of this page where the logo sits, and tell me which you like best! You can put in any ideas you might possibly have, for the colours, or fonts, or just about anything else!

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Which of these looks the most professional yet welcoming to you? Tell me in the comments!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Hugs,
Mukta

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Design Pique is Changing// SIL Challenge #3

When I launched Design Pique Studios I began with incredibly low expectations. No kidding.

I expected people to be protective of their mail ids, for one thing. I thought they wouldn’t want to trust someone whose work they hadn’t even seen. I thought that the exposure was very less anyway, so the orders would come at a sluggish pace.

Then I began to get some. Small amounts, as I’d expected, but they came, and I put my entire soul into them. Then the orders began to flood in. And I lost my sanity. But I took them in and developed them, and I worked my way towards now.

Design Pique has been a very important part of my life for the past six months. In those six months I have met customers unique in personality and taste, and even in the way they cooperate. 😉 I have gained what I wanted most of all through it- experience. A lot of experience, that’s for sure.

And now that I’ve come this far with it, I’ve decided where I want to go.


How is Design Pique changing?

I’ve come to realise that this platform can do more than remaining an outlet for my passion for design. In a month or two’s time, Design Pique Studios will become Pique Studios.

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Pique Studios will continue to have the free blog designs and book covers it offers, along with animated videos, art prints, apparel, products and more to come. The work ethic will be entirely rethought, the process made easier and quicker and much more versatile.

Well, what can I say? It feels amazing to watch my design studio grow and I can’t wait to see it move beyond being just that. A huge shoutout to all of you who’ve been so supportive- I’m more grateful than you’ll ever know. 😀


I hope you guys are looking forward to the changes that are to come!
Now that we’re through, let me quickly put in the pictures I took for challenge #3 in Hannah’s photography challenge, Springing Into Life.

Team Vines

Jewel
Irys
Ariana

The spot on Vines is still open, so you can go here and tell Hannah if you’d like to join in.

This time’s category was Light Pink.

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This photo has an interesting story- We were travelling this one time and I came across the best sunset I had ever seen. Where I live the sunsets are, sadly, bland and lifeless, so I was naturally taken by this one and had to get some pictures. 🙂

The category for the little challenge was Sparkly.

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The picture is an explanation enough, don’t you think? 😉

Thanks for sticking around, and the best to everyone taking part in SIL! Hope to see you again next time.

Natutical Captures// SIL Photography Challenge #2

This post won’t be quite as long as I’d like. But I’ve found out that short posts are better than longer ones and keep readers’ attention spans.

Quite psychology-oriented, aren’t I?

Anyway, today I’m going to be putting up some nautical pictures here. That’s right- the ocean, ships and seashells are in for you today. This pictures aren’t all recent and were probably even taken at completely different times, but fit into the theme nevertheless.

I’m also going to be showing you my entries for challenge two of Hannah’s photography contest, Springing Into Life.
See you on the other side! 😉


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a sort of low angle
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i like this lighting, hehe
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a… sandy pile of shells?
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sunset by the sea
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a bunch of rocks

 

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my cousin holding a shell

 

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seashells in a seaside cambodian restaurant

There we are!
Which of these did you like best?


Onto the second part of this post. In SIL, I’m on Team Vines along with a bunch of other people-

Team Vines

Jewel
Irys
Ariana

Also, there’s a spot open, so if you’d like to enter you can go here and tell Hannah about it!

This time’s category was Contrast. I couldn’t get a very unique picture so I settled on this one from a previous photoshoot. I think the green looks pretty good against the red, though I’ve never really liked that combination. 🙂

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And here’s my picture for the bonus challenge, in which I can enter any photo that is green and yellow and has a flower.’

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This is an orchid, an Onchidesa Goldiana to be exact. You can see hints of green in the background, so I suppose that counts!


Well, that’s it for today! Before I conclude I have some questions for you- do you think it’s time my blog design changed? 😄 And is there anyone out there who’s watched Grave of the Fireflies?

Hope to see you again next time, folks!

 

I Return With a Bang (Sort Of)// A Life Post With Too Many Pictures

I was supposed to be all excited to write a post some ten days ago, but apparently, I wasn’t. 

Well, hello there! Long time no see!

A lot has been going on in my life in the time I wasn’t around. Most of the things that’ve happened are pretty unimportant little things, but it’s the little things that matter, after all. 😉

Unlike what you may have thought, I actually did stuff during my break over the past couple months, which includes some swimming, running, photography, a lot of travelling and an even bigger lot of reading manga. Manga now rules my world.

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I discovered new watercolour techniques, I saw new cultures and realised that sometimes you don’t always fit in. Time has passed and I’ve learned new things and I’ve grown a few months older.

I read very few books, unfortunately, but I am sure I have found a new obsession with a series. Anybody else out there who’s read Foundation?

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I’ve also been doing some interesting work as a designer. This is a little something I made for a blog I’m designing currently, though it isn’t quite final. I actually drew this by hand and Photoshopped it for the colours.

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This is copyrighted material! No stealing, please!

Apart from that, I also went mad. That is, I made an aesthetic on a Pinterest board about… Me.

See it here!

My cousin and I spent some quality hours together bombarding this board with pictures late into the night. To say the truth I have not been sleeping enough for a couple days. I just hope I don’t fall asleep writing this.

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I discovered music from a group called Sleeping At Last that I really love. All thanks to Ruby for introducing me! I finally have some good stuff to listen to while working out and painting and stuff.

Speaking of painting I have been doing a lot of it, my favourite being this messy one of some hydrangeas (Pin-inspired). I don’t really know why, but I cannot stop looking at it.

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This weekend I woke at 4 (am I not great) and ran my second ever 10k. It felt amazing and surprisingly easy and now my thighs are hurting and I cannot swim with these legs.

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So, how have things been for you? I’ve not been very consistent, so make sure to tell me what’s new!

I shall leave you with a song that my cousin has recently been a little too obsessed with.

Thanks for sticking around. 🙂

~Mukta

A Mirror to My Self

An aesthetic to reflect my personality, inspired by Gracie’s post (which was inspired by Lonelymeme’s post). Haha, good ideas travel far. 😉

aesthetic that defines me

i love:
stars, the ocean and the play of words,

seeking songs that are whispered, too vague to be heard,
 the fog in the mountains, sunlight through the trees,
a walk by the seashore, an afternoon breeze,

the dance of the wind and beautiful blue,
and things people don’t notice but i do, i do.