Hope Strikes Back https://hopestrikesback.com Create. Empower. Inspire. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:31:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/hopestrikesback.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/cropped-5D0C6653-6826-47E4-837E-B86BF03240C5.jpeg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Hope Strikes Back https://hopestrikesback.com 32 32 144062213 Stan Lee Passes at 95 https://hopestrikesback.com/stan-lee-passes-at-95/ https://hopestrikesback.com/stan-lee-passes-at-95/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:23:31 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2259 Stan Lee, writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics passed away earlier this morning according to TMZ, who spoke with Lee’s daughter. We’re told an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told that’s where he died. – TMZ Stan Lee had done monumental …

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Stan Lee, writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics passed away earlier this morning according to TMZ, who spoke with Lee’s daughter.

We’re told an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told that’s where he died. – TMZ

Stan Lee had done monumental things for comic book and superhero movie watchers alike, co-creating characters such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Iron Man, and The Avengers.

Rest in Peace Stan Lee, thank you for all that you’ve done for the world.

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Please Someone Buy My Art Please https://hopestrikesback.com/please-someone-buy-my-art-please/ https://hopestrikesback.com/please-someone-buy-my-art-please/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:18:19 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2254 You’ve done it! You’re an accomplished artist – you know your stuff, you’re kicking butt… but you’re not getting paid for it. What gives? Join Cody as he gives you his advice lantern for the dark, never-ending quest for commissions or people to pay you for doing what you love! If you’ve ever Googled “How …

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Please Someone Buy My Art PleaseYou’ve done it! You’re an accomplished artist – you know your stuff, you’re kicking butt… but you’re not getting paid for it. What gives?

Join Cody as he gives you his advice lantern for the dark, never-ending quest for commissions or people to pay you for doing what you love! If you’ve ever Googled “How to get paid from art,” “art jobs near me,” or “please someone buy my art please,” this episode is for you.

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FanX 2018 – D.J. Butler https://hopestrikesback.com/fanx-2018-d-j-butler/ https://hopestrikesback.com/fanx-2018-d-j-butler/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:20:34 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2247 D.J. Butler (Dave) is a novelist living in the Rocky Mountain West. His training is in law, and he worked as a securities lawyer at a major international firm and in-house at two multinational semiconductor manufacturers before taking up writing fiction. He is a lover of language and languages, a guitarist and self-recorder, and a …

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FanX 2018 - D.J. ButleD.J. Butler (Dave) is a novelist living in the Rocky Mountain West. His training is in law, and he worked as a securities lawyer at a major international firm and in-house at two multinational semiconductor manufacturers before taking up writing fiction. He is a lover of language and languages, a guitarist and self-recorder, and a serious reader. He is also a great guy that we were able to catch up with at FanX 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Witchy WinterListen as Dave talks about his new novel, Witchy Winter, the sequel to the epic fantasy Witchy Eye. He also manages to sneak in a history lesson regarding the Defenestration of Prague before discussing his newest children’s book, The Library Machine which is the third book in his The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie series.

You can keep up with all of Dave’s goings-on by following him on Twitter. You can also check out his website here.

 

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I’ll Be There For You (Support Your Creative Friends) https://hopestrikesback.com/ill-be-there-for-you-support-your-creative-friends/ https://hopestrikesback.com/ill-be-there-for-you-support-your-creative-friends/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:30:48 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2242 So. No one told you life was gonna be this way? We get it… and we’re totally with you. It’s easy to feel alone when you’re pursuing something you’re passionate about. Your art should thrive and we know something that will help when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month… or even your …

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I’ll Be There For You (Support Your Creative Friends)So. No one told you life was gonna be this way?

We get it… and we’re totally with you. It’s easy to feel alone when you’re pursuing something you’re passionate about. Your art should thrive and we know something that will help when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month… or even your year. Join Cody and Rachel as we talk about surrounding ourselves with people who support and encourage us! I mean, could it BE any easier?

We want to hear from you! Send us a message on Facebook or send us an email at podcast@createloud.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit createloud.org.

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#19 – Favorite Halloween Movies https://hopestrikesback.com/19-favorite-halloween-movies/ https://hopestrikesback.com/19-favorite-halloween-movies/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 16:00:07 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2232 Halloween in the US is big business. Between candy, costumes, haunted houses, and decorations, Americans spend billions of dollars each year celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. And a favorite part of the holiday for many is watching scary movies. After a brief, unplanned break, our panel is back this week with a very special Halloween episode! …

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Favorite Halloween MoviesHalloween in the US is big business. Between candy, costumes, haunted houses, and decorations, Americans spend billions of dollars each year celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. And a favorite part of the holiday for many is watching scary movies.

After a brief, unplanned break, our panel is back this week with a very special Halloween episode! Listen as they discuss classic and modern horror movies, what helps make certain classics timeless, and what they think of the new Halloween movie.

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Nicole Mello: People Like Spooky Stuff https://hopestrikesback.com/nicole-mello-people-like-spooky-stuff/ https://hopestrikesback.com/nicole-mello-people-like-spooky-stuff/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:00:23 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2234 Happy Halloween, Creatives! No tricks here, but we sure have a treat for you: an interview with fiction author, Nicole Mello! Join Cody (the last person you want to take with you to a haunted house) and Rachel (who doesn’t know the first thing about zombies) in our spookiest episode yet! We want to hear …

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Nicole MelloHappy Halloween, Creatives!

No tricks here, but we sure have a treat for you: an interview with fiction author, Nicole Mello! Join Cody (the last person you want to take with you to a haunted house) and Rachel (who doesn’t know the first thing about zombies) in our spookiest episode yet!

We want to hear from you! Send us a message on Facebook or send us an email at podcast@createloud.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit createloud.org.

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DIY Snow White Inspired Poisoned Apple Lights https://hopestrikesback.com/diy-snow-white-inspired-poisoned-apple-lights/ https://hopestrikesback.com/diy-snow-white-inspired-poisoned-apple-lights/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 19:26:57 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2215 Decorating for the holidays can be rough, especially if you are bored with your current decorations and are unable to buy everything new. Being a geek, I love adding some personality to my home with fun and unusual decor, but it seems when I do find something that fits my style online, it’s too expensive …

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Decorating for the holidays can be rough, especially if you are bored with your current decorations and are unable to buy everything new. Being a geek, I love adding some personality to my home with fun and unusual decor, but it seems when I do find something that fits my style online, it’s too expensive and then I feel defeated.

Today I am going to show you a project that is simple, inexpensive, and brings on a new twist for fall decorating. We are going to be making Snow White inspired poisoned apple string lights!

Some of the supplies I already had such as my glue gun and glue sticks, but I will be adding a link where you can buy one if you don’t have it already. The estimated cost for this project is $31. With the glue gun it’s a little more, but considering future projects you will be able to make out of this is beneficial. Let’s get started!

  1. Red and Lime Green Acrylic paint with optional glow in the dark paint. I personally didn’t use it on these ones, but this paint is awesome if you want extra zing to yours.
  2. Ping pong balls. These are smaller than usual ping pong balls but are perfect for this project.
  3. Paint brushes. I’ve had these from before, but you can find them at your local craft store. I just used 2 different sizes to help with edges.
  4. Glue sticks
  5. X-Acto knife
  6. Glue gun
  7. LED lights. These are not the exact ones I have, but similar in shape. Mine are color changing and the place I ordered from before are not around.
  8. Clear lights (I’ll show what they look like with both.)
  9. Wooden Skewers (Not pictured)

First, figure out how apples you want to make. I have a 100 count light strand. Obviously, I do not want to make that many poison apples since it’s very time-consuming. I’ll just get creative where I place the rest of them. So, for now, I chose to do 13. In the potato quality photo above, (I had to take this from the video), I am cutting an x on my apples that are about 1/2 an inch. You don’t want to make it too big or your lights won’t stay in.

Next, it’s time to paint! Put your apple on the wooden skewer so you don’t get paint on your fingers. You want to make this smooth as possible. Only paint one coat is necessary. I stuck my skewers in Styrofoam so they can dry quicker and not smear all over my desk. Acrylics dry really fast so I only had to wait a couple of minutes before the next step. Paint the poison on your apple. Don’t be afraid to use a reference if needed. Also, they don’t have to be exact so have fun with it! This is also the template part so you know where you want to put your hot glue. If you feel confident to just start with the glue then you are an amazing tropical fish. I have to direct myself or hot glue ends up everywhere.

Here is a discretion because even though I’m sure the majority of you have experience with hot glue, this still needs to be said:

Please use caution and BE CAREFUL!! The glue sneaks up on you and can cause serious burns. It happens to all of us, but please just make sure to use discretion while gluing!

As you can see that I am holding onto the skewer only as I apply the glue. Follow your template all around the apple. Allow glue to cool down and dry. I gently placed them face up against the wall to make sure the glue didn’t dry all weird. Because I have some that are pretty funky looking and now I have to figure out how to save it. Next step is to paint over the glue with your green paint. You will need to do 2 coats over it to cover the glue. Be careful about getting any green on the red as it will darken the effect of the light shining through. This one you don’t have to make perfectly smooth and in fact, I think it adds character making the poison chunkier with paint!

Put your apples back up on the skewers, (at this point, you can put them upside down again and the glue won’t go wibbly wobbly) and allow to dry overnight. This makes them sturdy.

TADA!!!! Your apples are done! Spray them with a sealant if you are wanting to keep these longer and get extra use out of them.

Here is the difference between the LED lights and the regular Christmas lights. Personally, I love both and am struggling to decide which one I want to use. The apples pull off the lights easily so you don’t have to worry about damaging them so much. (Still be careful!)

Minus the drying time, this only took me a couple hours to paint and glue 13 of them. This is a fun project that you can do with your family and brings some pep to holiday decorating. Plus it’s fun to come up with something new and creative when funds are limited. 🙂

Stay tuned as I will be back with other DIY projects that are simple, fun, and easy on the budget!

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Josh Groban, Please Listen To This Episode https://hopestrikesback.com/josh-groban-please-listen-to-this-episode/ https://hopestrikesback.com/josh-groban-please-listen-to-this-episode/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:30:58 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2208 “Josh Groban is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, and actor whose baritone voice is instantly recognizable and…” What the– HEY! Are you seriously hijacking my episode synopsis right now? (Sorry, guys. I literally have no idea where this is coming from…) “…unparalleled among his peers. He has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum …

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Josh GrobanJosh Groban is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, and actor whose baritone voice is instantly recognizable and…”

What the– HEY! Are you seriously hijacking my episode synopsis right now?

(Sorry, guys. I literally have no idea where this is coming from…)

“…unparalleled among his peers. He has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (selling more than 30 million worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic…”

Seriously, cut it out! I’m trying to explain what this episode is about! Everyone is going to think I’m obsessed or something!

“…film and television appearances. Groban is the only artist who has had two albums land on Billboard’s list of 20 best-sellers of the last 10 years.”

Why are you doing this

“This week’s episode of Create Loud will raise you up!”

Oh, I see what you did there. Clever.

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#MotivationMonday: Get Going! https://hopestrikesback.com/motivationmonday-get-going/ https://hopestrikesback.com/motivationmonday-get-going/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:00:25 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2205 Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt discouraged about pursuing your art. Being creative is hard! It can be draining and soul-sucking…almost to the point where you want to stop creating altogether (please don’t though!!!). Whenever that happens, it’s probably time for a recharge to get you motivated again. And that’s what we’re here for! …

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#MotivationMondayRaise your hand if you’ve ever felt discouraged about pursuing your art.

Being creative is hard! It can be draining and soul-sucking…almost to the point where you want to stop creating altogether (please don’t though!!!). Whenever that happens, it’s probably time for a recharge to get you motivated again. And that’s what we’re here for!

Join Rachel in this episode as she shares a couple of tips on finding inspiration and motivation! We hope it’s at least enough to start your week right.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.
– Nelson Mandela

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Batwoman Unveiled https://hopestrikesback.com/batwoman-unveiled/ https://hopestrikesback.com/batwoman-unveiled/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:32:06 +0000 https://hopestrikesback.com/?p=2196 The CW has given us our first official look at Ruby Rose in her role as Batwoman in a costume designed by award-winning designer Colleen Atwood. Atwood also designed costumes for Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl so if it looks like Batwoman belongs in the Arrowverse, you know why. Rose will play the lesbian superhero, who …

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The CW has given us our first official look at Ruby Rose in her role as Batwoman in a costume designed by award-winning designer Colleen Atwood. Atwood also designed costumes for Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl so if it looks like Batwoman belongs in the Arrowverse, you know why.

Rose will play the lesbian superhero, who makes her first appearance during the December 9th Arrowverse crossover event titled “Elseworlds.” Arrowverse mastermind, Greg Berlanti, is currently developing a stand-alone series focused on Kate Kane/Batwoman.

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Lois Lane, played by Elizabeth Tulloch, will also be making her Arrowverse debut. Tyler Hoechlin will also reprise his role as Superman during the event.

“Elseworlds” begins production today, but will hit televisions beginning Sunday, December 9th on The Flash at 8 p.m. ET. Part two will air the following night on Arrow with the event finishing up on Tuesday, December 11th at 8 p.m. ET with Supergirl

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