Post-grad plans revised

Well, I didn’t get invited to receive training to be a seminary teacher.


So what now?

I explore, I suppose.


I’m going to find work wherever I can. I hope that I can set other goals too. Like, be more sociable and see what’s going on in the community and being involved with that. Just get out there so I can be exposed to different people and opportunities.


I’m grateful that I’ll see my grandparents and friends soon and that I live nearby my sisters. It’s also nice that I live close to campus, so I can pick up my portfolio from my creative writing teacher when he’s done grading them, and I can see campus performances.


Wish me luck.

A Poem: The Minstrel’s Lament

It turns out that I actually do write poems when I have nothing else to do. I wrote this while I was waiting to go to work yesterday:


And so I taught my tongue a rhyme today

But then for naught I sung the time away

Lest I be caught and hung for crime some day

I think you ought have flung a dime my way


Mind, I don’t think it’s a really brilliant poem. I’ve taken too many literature classes to believe that. Still, I think it worth the time. It’s nice to celebrate the small successes in creative endeavors

New: Pinch of Salt– this is for you creative writers out there

At last! I’ve been really excited to make and share this podcast, the first in the Sharable series. In this series, I will share some excerpts from various creative writing projects, as well as talking about some things I’ve learned and experience. I hope this will be especially fun for those interested in creative writing and stories, but I think there’s value in learning about the creative process no matter what a person’s interests are.


Since this is my first time creating a podcast, I’d really appreciate feedback. What did you notice? What did you like? What didn’t work? Is there anything you’d like to hear more about in future installments? Share with me!


Thank you for supporting my creative efforts!


Pinch of Salt


Credits: Special thanks to and, where I got the music and sound effects.

Aaaaand she’s back!

As promised, I’ve started working on another artwork. I’m actually surprised by how well it’s going so far. Anyway, I’ve got a good start on it, and I’m excited to continue to make great, colorful works.


This one is currently untitled. It’s fairly simple in concept. It features two of my characters, Tison Feyking and Sandra the ice princess. They had an arranged marriage. Sandra is still accustoming herself to her new home in Tison’s kingdom. In the image, she’s found a secluded little pool in the forrest. She takes the opportunity to be herself again and takes off her slippers to stand on the water made solid beneath her feet. In the moment, Tison startles her by appearing suddenly from behind a tree. He gazes calmly at her, pleased that she has this moment for herself.


Now, typically at this point I would start to become uncomfortably aware that though it’s going well right now, there’s still plenty of chances for it to go wrong. However, this is the first artwork I’ve done for three quarters of a year. Pretty much anyway. So I’m going to resist feeling the pressure.


The worst of it is over. Except for White Glove, of course.

Here’s how I’ve been entertaining myself. Happy super-early Earth Day.


Life gets interesting

Well, I’m procrastinating on my homework, which is a shame, because I’m usually good about keeping that up. Yesterday was bad, because I got caught up in a new activity.

It started when I found out I wasn’t giving a talk in Sacrament Meeting after all (which I was a little miffed to discover), so I had to reformat the talk into a lesson plan so I could still use it for my Final project in Religion class. While I was working on it, I got the weird idea to create a visual for it. After toying with the idea, I came up with this:


It was also my first time working with sort of overlapping images. Remember I’m doing this all without Photoshop too, this was created using Pages. Once I made this, I had to do some experimenting to see what else I could do.

 I’ve been doing some creative writing as well. This is not a good time to get caught up in spurts of creativity, Finals are coming up. These next few weeks are going to be really important to my grade. Nevertheless, I am grateful to have been able to explore, at least a little bit.


My friend found out that I was feeling hug-deprived, so he brought me a bag of Hershey Hugs 🙂 This is the sort of thing that makes me love life. So give chocolate to someone today.


I hope you don’t feel like I have been neglecting you. Life’s been busy but good. I don’t have much more to say than that.


But here’s to loving life.


Project completed

I don’t have much time, I just wanted to say I finished creating a little video. I guess I’ll call it an illustrated talk. It’s a slideshow to accompany an excerpt of President Uchtdorf’s talk “Happiness, Your Heritage.” It’s a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time actually, so I’ll see if I can find a way to make it available for viewing.


Oh yeah, school’s great. But busy! I’ve got volunteer work. I’ve gone to a couple of training meetings, but I do it for real for the first time on Wednesday. Wish me luck! So far I’ve been able to stay on top of homework, but it could be a bumpy ride. And my two best friends are engaged! Happiness! Also fatigue, but such is life.


I’m done with the audio recordings Christmas project. I have one for every one of my four younger siblings. Most are about 55 min long, one’s only 40. Oh well. I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped them, so you’ll have to wait a few days. I’m proud of the work I’ve done. It was great to expand my horizons and tryout some new things. I can’t say how well they will be received, but if nothing else it was a learning experience. Though I will say, I think this is the best homemade present I’ve ever made. And it’s the first under the tree this year. I think only one of my siblings has noticed though.


I also enjoyed doing the work because it kept my mind of my anxieties for the coming year. Going off on my own is always a bit difficult. The transition is worst of all. I hope I can continue to keep myself busy until I leave. But as for now, it’s good to be done with that project. Now maybe I can actually do the work I’m supposed to, like cleaning the house.