Self-Acceptance

It’s been a longer delay than I intended, but a very good period for me. I’ve dropped weight and lowered my blood pressure in the two weeks since I’ve been working on this. Plus I have a lot more energy. I still have another five days before I’m no longer in classes every day. But…

Word by Word

Just a short update and a bit of art today. Lately I am taking strength from Anne Lamott’s wonderful book on writing and life, Bird by Bird. Perfectionism is the enemy and we make it through by putting word after word on the page. Or, lately, editing sentence by sentence. I continue to incorporate edits….

Three Beautiful Things

I wrote and discarded two posts today because they were too self-indulgent and because I don’t need to wallow. Instead I’m going to share a piece of my art and tell you three things that I think are beautiful. Here is the art. Sir Morien learns that the dryad who seduced him with music and…

Graphic Stories

You’ve heard about graphic novels and just plain old novels. But there is something else around that is different. There’s no market for this as far as I know. But a number of 3D enthusiasts use Daz 3D to create graphic stories. These are stories where the narrative takes a profoundly second place to the…

Making Art

I’ve written here before about what a boon to my writing art can be, but I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the programs I love using to create art. I primarily use three programs: Daz 3D, PhotoShop, and Topaz Studio. Daz 3D is a 3D creation tool with plenty of assets that can be…

Play, Not Perfection

Whenever possible, I write with friends. It keeps me focused on writing and sharing the work makes it more fun. Also we help each other brainstorm. Yesterday and the day before I had trouble concentrating through a headache and backache. No matter what I did I couldn’t focus hard enough to work on an edda….

Playing Around

Play is so important to the arts. One of the groups I’m a part of focuses on accountability, brainstorming, and writing together. The other group focuses on critique. I find both groups phenomenal in their own way. The accountability/brainstorming/writing together group has more of a sense of playfulness. No idea is in stone. At any…

Dance of Art and Story

Art inspires me. It’s part of the  reason I manage to write at all some weeks. Take last week. After many false starts, I came to Saturday and didn’t know what I was gong to write in this blog or in my story. I found a piece of art I wanted to use. (Sometimes I…

Wrestling with Monsters

I’m attracted to monsters when I do art, to people struggling against larger forces. But when I write I avoid the monstrous. I slash my eyes away from anything that is horrific and scary. I love reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden series, which is all about hard choices and monsters. In fact, if you looked through…

Happy Passover!

Happy Passover! This is a picture of Jonah being eaten by the Whale from a 15th century Haggadah called the Ryland Haggadah after the name of the library that owns it. The kind of word picture is called micrography and this Haggadah is filled with them as well as the more familiar sorts of illuminations…