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2014 Quote board

I like expressing myself in a private journal. Unfortunately, if I happened to create a good turn of phrase, I’m the only one who gets to enjoy it. These are some quotes I wanted to keep from my 2014 journal.


– I like to think that God appreciates a little witty commentary.

– Fate owes me chocolate.

– I confess the term ‘misanthrope’ came to mind.

– Stupid leaky tear ducts.

– I think becoming an artist of any kind requires some part of you to die.

– I don’t want to question the universe, but I would suggest there are a lot of missed opportunities for a good laugh by going about it this way.

– It would be nice if the muses took day shifts and left me alone at night.

– Life as a funny way of bending dreams, you know?

– I cried myself out of saltwater last year.

– Creativity: I go to a world that doesn’t exist and remember things that never happened. Then I come back and try to craft something of value.

– Clearly, I don’t know how to coddle an opportunity.

– Then I’ll be able to peak people’s interest before saying, “Well, there’s my diploma. So long guys! Venture out of your student housing sometime and find me if you want to see more!”

– I’m not envious. I’m just experiencing a friendly sibling rivalry with God’s other children, because he’s calling them to work and telling me to sit and wait.

– Talent with shaking hands and weak limbs.

– It’s a sad memory. And yet… not one to be sad about.

– I’m content to be a daisy among roses.

– I define a cynic as a dream who got cracked when reality hit her too hard.

– You would have thought I was watching Pride and Prejudice for how mushy I felt.

2014 Review

As I  doubt anything significant will happen between now and the end of the year, I think this is a good time to review 2014.


It’s been a reasonably significant year.

During school: I was involved in volunteer work– first a facilitator and then a coordinator in the Inspired Learning and Teaching Gateway Seminar. I took a Creative Writing class, which has helped shape my work. I also took a Senior Seminar and know what writing an eighteen-page paper is like. I also served in a church calling: Relief Society instructor, a responsibility I enjoyed. I spent time with friends and worked hard at school.

Summer: I did a some more volunteer work, seed collecting and weeding in Waterton Park. I spent time with extended family, had an adventure during a canoe trip, watched some performances at the Cardston Summer Theatre, went to the Ogden Temple Open House, and to the Open House for my two dear friends.

The rest of the year: I did some work for a ward member along with my brother. I’ve completed five colored art projects, one podcast, and one audiobook. I started five different novels, but  finished none. I completed rough drafts for six short stories (all of them inspired by or based on folktales and other literature to varying degrees), but all will require extensive work before they are done and polished.


All and all, a pretty good year. I wish I could have done more– or finished more, rather– but can’t complain when I stand back and look at everything.


I have no idea what the coming year will bring, but that’s a different post.


2014 Compilation

From the attic

My family doesn’t actually have an attic. But I was looking through some of the stuff I left packed away in my old room. I discovered an artwork I’d done… three or four (possibly five) years ago, but never shared. I think I didn’t like it. Which is silly. It isn’t that bad.


Bedtime Stories



They’re supposed to look wrapped in a sunset. Mother and daughter, reading.

Both my parents read to me. Dad read bedtime stories, picture books– usually Dr. Seuss or Graeme Base. Mom read Howl’s Moving Castle to us– two chapters a day after school. My sisters and I have read to each other. Just yesterday, Lori and I traded off reading It’s a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison. We’ve listened to audiobooks together, and I’ve even made a few audiobooks and a podcast myself. There is value in reading aloud and sharing stories.

Homemade Christmas gift ideas

I’ve enjoyed giving homemade gifts since I was a kid. My gifts now are a lot more sophisticated than they were back then (beads on a measure of yarn, tied at the ends to create a necklace). I’m not into baubles, which makes a lot of craft books for homemade gifts not very helpful to me. I prefer gifts that entertain, and I work with a low budget. Some that I’ve made in recent years are as follows:

– Audiobooks using a program called Audacity, which can be downloaded for free. It’s extra fun if you stick in music and sound effects. (Here’s a picture of the four I made last year).


Homemade Audiobooks– Christmas Gift


– Comics. Now, mine are drawn, but I have siblings that have done sprite comics before. Those might be considered less daunting. All I really need is paper, sheet protectors, and a binder or folder

– Stories that I wrote. The easiest thing for me to do is write parodies or fairy tale retellings. I also created an amusing nonfiction piece for my roommate on the occasion of her engagement– to tell the story of her courtship through my eyes. It was fun, I stuck in lots of photos and clipart to give it a kind of scrapbook-y feel.




– Calendars with my artwork (photos can work too). I get them printed through an online store called Zazzle. I had a friend draw an illustration of me as a My Little Pony and send it to me in Desktop Wallpaper format, so there are more uses for artwork than calendars.

– Videos. Good for entertaining, informing, or recording.

Thats generally what I do. Other ideas that might work are: recipes, cookie mixes, letters of appreciation, candles, quilts, costumes, and cards. I make cards and valentines the way some people make Facebook memes, so they’re usually fun and funny.


Tangled Valentine


Or they can be sweet.


Father's Day


You can make baubles out of… well, just about anything with a little creativity, but my family usually uses beads or polymer clay.

There’s a lot of sewing projects you can do out of old T-shirts (some you don’t even need to sew, you just need a pair of scissors) that you can look up online.

Conversation jars would be simple enough to make, especially if you have the right sense of humor (personally, I think the concept of a conversation jar is a little appalling, like people aren’t capable of holding conversation without help, but it could be a nice… I don’t know, party game sort of activity).


Have other ideas? Leave a comment.

New Image: Tamara Lynn

Only  TWO DAYS to color this. That almost never happens. I wish I had more artwork like this.

This is inspired by the story of Tam Lin– where a girl saves a guy from the fairies by holding onto him while he goes through a series of animal transformations. I did a gender flip for this image, which I think works thematically. I could be wrong, but I think woman tend to be more changeable in moods and behaviors, and some guys are wonderful because they bear it patiently.



Everything was much wilder in the doodle. Color tends to tame things a bit. It looks almost serene, even though it was inspired by a lot of chaos. Tamara’s dress was actually easier to color than the background. There’s some nice, recognizable animal elements in there. When I finished, she actually reminded me of what an animal deity from a different culture might look like- especially with all the colors. That’s alright, I think she still looks cool.

I’m pleased with this image, perhaps in part because I finished it so quickly, so I never lost the hype I got from the concept, when I looked at the doodle thinking, “This could be so cool.” It would be great if most of my artwork was like this, and I could make a lot of beautiful artwork in a shorter amount of time.


Last time, with Shifter, I didn’t get a lot of response, except from my good friend who I emailed it to. I kind of hope I get more for this one. Not because I need the attention, but I like it, so I want other people to like it.


I wonder what great thing I’ll do next?