The Calm Before the Storm; or, The Impending Doom I Myself Created

As September casually rolls around, there is a breath of crispness in the air.  Even in the hot, humid area where I live, the nights have a touch of coolness.  Autumn is definitely coming, and with it, several events that inspire both excitement and nervousness.  Chugging along with my everyday work as I am, there is also a sense that this is the final calm before the craziness that will be Autumn 2017.

I am speaking, of course, of the no less than the three-plus events I have looked forward to all year: Sketchtember (this very month!), Inktober (which will also be my Plotober), and NaNoWriMo in November.  Three events – plus prep for the third, which in itself may be its own event – and three months of intense creative effort.  Am I crazy to try to tackle all this?  Maybe so.  Especially since I’m also juggling making the buffer for Upcoming Webcomic.  We will just have to see. . . .


Cloud as the Lady of Spring - small version - by River on Strike A Spark
A sketch I am particularly proud of: Cloud as the Lady of Spring. I want to paint it soon – just in time for winter, haha! XD

Sketchtember is by far the most low-key event.  Every day for a month, artists sketch something every day and share their sketches with the hashtag #sketchtember.  For me, September is a month to return to the foundations of drawing and reinforce the habit of daily warmup sketches.  Though September is half over, and I’ve only just begun – oops!  May the rest of the month fare better.  (If you are interested in following along, head on over to my Twitter. . . . )

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Blogging break! + Random question!

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be on a blogging break for the next 2-3 weeks as I will have limited access to a computer.  I’ve scheduled a few posts to show you some of the work-in-progress paintings I’ve been working on in my free time, but I won’t be around to respond to comments – sorry! 😦  But I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

And, so this post isn’t just depressing news, how about a random question?  For all you artists, writers, and crafters out there, this one’s for you: What’s your favorite technique to use, and what new technique are you excited to try out?  Let me know in the comments!  I’m looking forward to seeing your responses when I get back! ^^

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Random Ramblings: The Suffix “-ish”

Lately I’ve been using the suffix “-ish” to modify an adjective quite often.  It’s one of those things that quietly took over my vocabulary; I’m pretty certain that a few years back, I may have used it a couple of times a year, if at all, while these days I drop it several times a day.   When I said the word “earlyish” today, it started me thinking: Why am I so obsessed with this suffix?

At first, I was certain that it wasn’t a proper suffix like “-ing,” but rather a slang term that just appeared among modern use and took off like the appearance of “friend” as a verb after the arrival of Facebook.  However, a quick search at proved me wrong:


1. a suffix used to form adjectives from nouns, with the sense of “belonging to” ( British; Danish; English; Spanish); “after the manner of,” “having the characteristics of,” “like” ( babyish; girlish; mulish); “addicted to,” “inclined or tending to” ( bookish; freakish); “near or about” ( fiftyish; sevenish).

2. a suffix used to form adjectives from other adjectives, with the sense of “somewhat,” “rather” ( oldish; reddish; sweetish).

Apparently, it’s derived from the Old and Middle English (originally spelled “-isc”), and has similar synonyms in German and Greek.  So it’s not only a proper suffix, it’s ancient!  (Also, I forgot that “-ish” is used to denote where someone is from, for example, Scottish.  Embarrassing.)

So there was my mini-vocab lesson of the day!  I’m sure that “-ish” will continue to be my favorite suffix for a longish time to come.  😉

What’s your favorite suffix?