Potato Chips for Artists: The Samurai & Ninja Action Scene Collection (Book Review)

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I found something cool at the secondhand bookshop this week. The Samurai & Ninja Action Scene Collection!  It was published by the same people who did the iconic "How to Draw Manga" series and is filled to the brim with photos of warriors in various period garb and poses, like this: And this: I've been … Continue reading Potato Chips for Artists: The Samurai & Ninja Action Scene Collection (Book Review)

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Let’s Go, 2019! Or, Themes for 2019 + Making SMART Goals; or, What’s Coming on Strike A Spark

🎊 Happy New Year! 🎊 2019 is here!  I hope it is a wonderful year for all, filled with laughter and joy and good opportunities and things that warm the heart. The start of a new year feels so fresh and inviting, filled with the hope of good things to come.  We can look back … Continue reading Let’s Go, 2019! Or, Themes for 2019 + Making SMART Goals; or, What’s Coming on Strike A Spark

2018 Year in Art

Year of Art 2018

A fun meme I saw going around deviantART. . . it's really fun to see a year in art like this. Date-wise, I think these are mostly correct. . . except for chibi River, which I finished in November.  But apparently I didn't draw at all during September (too busy setting up for Plotober) so … Continue reading 2018 Year in Art

Hot Cocoa for a Cold Day ❄️

Hot cocoa for a cold day!

When it gets cold outside, Lazuli would definitely fire up the stove to make some delicious hot cocoa.  She'd probably make some cookies to go with too! 🍪 What's your favorite way to warm up when it gets cold out? Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.  Stay cozy! ~ ~ ~ Stats Tools: GIMP … Continue reading Hot Cocoa for a Cold Day ❄️

Someday: A Poem

Someday: A Poem by River. Image made with Canva.

Someday, the things that are magic now will be just accepted facts. More pieces of cold hard reality just there unnoticed like the refrigerator and the washer and the dryer.   (Things I use every day I've stopped seeing them, hearing them but they were once magic to me, too. I wonder if they are … Continue reading Someday: A Poem

Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year: Opportunity Cost & Creative Work

Short answer: Because I want to take a break this year. Read on for the long answer. . . .

Today is the fifth of November.  Last year, this would have meant that I was cloistered in my writing room, working to hit 11k words on my manuscript by midnight.  But this year, like it states in the title, I decided to not participate in NaNoWriMo. I did wonder if I needed to write a … Continue reading Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year: Opportunity Cost & Creative Work

Write the Story You Want to Write | Plotober

Dear Plotters, First of all, Happy Halloween!  🎃 It's the end of October, which means we've successfully made it through another Plotober!  This month, we've covered a lot of ground: We've talked about finding the kind of story you want to tell, and how emotions have impact, and using what characters want and what they … Continue reading Write the Story You Want to Write | Plotober