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Drawing And Writing Without Pants

Happy new year! I hope 2016 is humming along nicely for you so far. We had some fun family-and-friend time, but I also got really tired for about four weeks. I think I’m recovering, but man-oh-man I do not like … Continue reading

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Wah. Wah. All Better Now.

I found out yesterday that I did not get into the Crafty Wonderland show. At first, I was really sad, and I felt ashamed to have to share this news with you. But then, a couple of things happened, and … Continue reading

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From Tender to Thick-Skinned

During the A-to-Z Challenge, I wrote about Backlash, and I think that’s what I’m experiencing now. I mustered the confidence to write and draw my first Storybooks You Can Color, I asked some people for help, I told all of … Continue reading

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Failing to Fail, a Disappointing Success

I don’t even know how to write this post. It’s like my brain has been turned upside down, making left right and right left. The “rustic tarts” failed. They came out as cupcakes, like the recipe originally intended. So maybe … Continue reading

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Rustic Tarts: Failing Deliberately

A few months ago, I made cupcakes for a party: jelly-filled cupcakes. I’d made them before, but I measured and mixed thoughtfully, wanting guests to have something special. The first of two trays failed. Everything went wrong: the top half … Continue reading

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A Slump, Some Whine, and An Award.

Ugh. Do you ever write a blog post and then delete it? I want to delete my previous post because it’s so perky and “can-do,” and I’ve been in a creative slump ever since publishing it. Yesterday, I ran into … Continue reading

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Storybook Update, Or: Try it again, and again, and now one more time …

I’ve been slowly but steadily working on my Storybooks You Can Color, and I experienced the very thing I wrote about in F: Failure — there really is no Big Epic Fail. My “failures” weren’t fun initially, but they were the … Continue reading

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Yy: You You Are What You Practice

  Yy: You You Are What You Practice I used to teach a food studies course, and I would ask students about the claim, “You are what you eat.” Usually, someone would say, “Well, if you eat doughnuts, you’ll be … Continue reading

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Pp: Perfectionism, Pursuing the Perfectly Impossible

  Pp: Perfectionism Pursuing the Perfectly Impossible If you could achieve perfection in your work, would you want to? Wouldn’t it ruin your whole artistic experience? What would you have to work toward? What would inspire you? As much as … Continue reading

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Ll: Low, Lower, Lowest, Lower Your Standards

Ll: Low, Lower, Lowest Lower Your Standards Writer’s block is real. I’ve experienced it, and I’ve witnessed it in students. It stems from anxiety and then causes even more anxiety. From musicians to painters and writers, what appears almost universally … Continue reading

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