Mad Like Alyce

Making sense of the clutter

Hey Guys! It’s been awhile! Its just a month into 2016, and I could blame my lack of posts on all kinds of things, from being super super busy, to literally being disconnected while out of the country, to being (currently) couch-ridden with frequent bathroom breaks due to the typical gastrointestinal/exhaustion problems that often accompany international travel.

The honest truth is, however, that I have been really thinking about what I want to do with this blog… and the more I thought about it, the more I somehow became almost paralyzed without direction. In the last year, have toyed with all kinds of different posts, ranging from my discussions on chronic pain and PTSD to my attempted So Call Style posts, from Halloween DIY to Recipes, and from Music to Reads. Its been a fantastic first year… but I started to get to a place where I felt I was straying from what my vision for Mad Like Alyce was to what was easy…

A… DIY blog?

This was something that I ran into late 2015. See, after doing a whole month of Halloween… I was stuck in a DIY rut. I had gotten so used to the habit that I just felt compelled to keep going and going and going. I know that doing a ton of DIYs seems like it is more complicated than a normal post, but in actuality, it was kind of the lazy way to post, at least it was for me and the way I went about it. For a lot of the projects I was doing, it was essentially just recitation of a process plus pictures. The most time intensive part would often be getting the pics from my phone, resized, and uploaded. The rest just spilled onto the page without having to put too much thought into it.

It was also kind of exhausting. I often felt like everything I did had to be on the blog (by the way, if this sounds like you, watch Instagram Husband... so worth it!). It also kind of gets pricey… I admit it can get expensive buying crafts for projects, which isn’t always a bad thing as long as the project was worth it. This brings me to my second issue.

When I dove into my recent Christmas DIY’s with my mom, it was fun and she loved the result, but it honestly felt a little bit forced. I actually did more projects than I ended up posting. I just ran out of time and patience and didn’t have the heart left to get them up here. Liz Morrow posted a great 2016 post about how there are 1,000,001 blogs doing DIY projects, just pintrest it! And she is kind of right. Not that I don’t love my own projects but, if its not something that I love, why put the time and energy (and money) into it?

It finally hit me when a friend was talking about our writing projects in a group, and referred to mine as “my DIY blog” when I realized that I had started to lose my original focus, and that is not totally a bad thing! I am passionate about creativity, and really do love some of my DIY projects, but I don’t want to be just a DIY blog… and here in-lies the strange balance.

I feel like I have an opportunity to talk about my experiences in life with my chronic pain, as well as with continually tackling my PTSD. I want to share this with others. I want to help others in their journeys to a better life. And DIY’s were crowding that out. But on the opposite side of this is the fact that for many of my projects, it is my distraction from the pain. They are what get me excited, and help me stretch my legs creatively.

Getting back to center

What really helped me find my focus again was:

  1. Taking a break
  2. Re-reading my own intro paragraph. See the one at the top of this right column over here? Yeah… I may have forgotten to look there for awhile 😛

I’m Mad Like Alyce. Welcome to my experiences in aspiring to live a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain. There is so much life to live, and this is my journey to finding myself after a long journey of healing. Walk with me.

This, more than anything, helped me get a grip on what I really do want to post and what I could care less about posting. See… my Halloween obsession aside, I could really care less about holidays. Even Christmas isn’t really my jam. But doing home decor/improvements? I’m all over that. So I just need to make sure I’m not jumping on the bandwagon in a way that isn’t authentic to me. It’s not fair to myself.. clearly, I burned myself out a bit.

A Sincere Apology

Most of all, it’s not fair to you, my readers. I have felt incredibly guilty over the last few weeks. I wanted to post… but just didn’t feel like I had the right direction set for myself yet. I have had bloggers I read go through pauses and I know the disappointment when I check out their site multiple times in a week… then two weeks, only to see there is nothing new. I also now feel like I know a little bit more of where they are when this happens.

So here is to 2016 and continuing to grow myself as a writer, to growing friendships in my writing community, and to building relationships with all of you through this blog. (A very belated) Cheers!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • How appropriate that I dressed up as Sally at the haunted house last night, because I was featured as Sally on @liquidcosplay in the same day... Halloween no less! I love love love this costume, and it’s the one that got me started in cosplay and makeup. #halloween #cosplay

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  • You would think that I would have done makeup on all of my family at this point, but sadly that is not the case, however, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do my brother's makeup after the haunt had opened Saturday night! He managed to pull together an incredible maroon clown outfit, and I am really pleased how the makeup looks! I personally like the messier clowns, and it worked well to have brighter pink-ish hues toned down by smudges of black and watering down the paint overall. 
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  • My first ever zombie for Halloween was a shotgun bride, and although it was a real bridal gown with real shotgun damage, I just used 3 or 4 latex bullet wounds. It was fun, and a great introduction to using prosthetics, but it wasn't really accurate to what I would have had for damage with an actual shotgun wound. So years later, I made up for it by re-creating a more realistic wound of where the shoulder and partial face would have been torn up by the blast. Personally, this is my favorite zombie creation to date! #zombie #zombiemakeup #zombiebride #shotgunbride #zombiecrawl #woundmakeup
  • Ready for my closeup!!! Getting ready for Sioux Falls Zombie Crawl tomorrow!!! #zombie #zombiemakeup #zombiecrawl
  • OK you guys, this is where I love the internet. I created this zombie 2 years ago and had (kind of) forgotten about it until just this week when someone re-created it... and she is on the other side of the globe! Seriously, it made my my entire day/week/month, and reminds me why I love doing this. <3 <3 <3
#zombie #zombiemakeup #zombiecrawl #halloween2018
  • Its GO TIME PEOPLE! T-Minus 7 days to HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEN. Im running on fumes and caffeine, but it is 100% worth it. I love working at the haunted house, and am beyond thrilled about this coming weekend. I still have 2 costumes to finish and 2 zombies to do, plus some donut deliveries (a great fundraiser... friends scared of clowns? Send them donuts a-la-clowns). One more look at this first clown because I was obsessed with this wig from Rockstar wigs... I WILL find a way to use it again in the near future. #hauntlife #hauntedhouse #clowns #halloween2018
  • I had a request to recreate a clown mask as a makeup so it wouldn’t be as hot to wear in the house (swipe to see said mask), and it was quite the learning experience. I made this about a month ago when I was still trying to use the cream paints that the haunt had, though I’ve since decided to buy more of my own water paint to use on my actors. The base here was the basic white clown grease paint, and while I loved the coverage, it felt awful to wear, and it was incredibly difficult to add fine details with cream paint or shadows. So my first and last grease paint clown! 🤡 I still think it’s important to share our failures as well as the successes... this is still far better than what I might have created even just a year ago! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloween
  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel

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