We adopted an adult dog from a careful breeder and weren't sure she would want to stay.
Even before I realized that animal companions kept me from feeling lonely, I looked to them for comfort. At a time in my life when I wasn't ready to commit to taking care of a pet, I found a way to have the same comfort without all the work. I learned that stuffed animals aren't... Continue Reading →
I'm not a horror fan, but it's hard to read or watch fantasy without tripping over the more common figures of terror like vampires and werewolves. I think of them as iconic, fixed horrors and am often surprised by the way they are portrayed these days. After thinking about it, I've realized that we have to... Continue Reading →
I've been listening to Danny Gregory's "Shut Your Monkey" podcasts. The monkey is Gregory's name for the voice in his head that is always protesting or warning him not to do something, the voice I think of as my inner critic. You may have heard this voice yourself. It's the voice that tells you you're... Continue Reading →
November is less than a week away and I'm having my usual pre-NaNoWriMo* jitters. I've done this nine times before, and every October the same thing happens. I start thinking "what am I going to write?" I get anxious about planning, figuring out what my story will be about. The fear rises up, threatening to... Continue Reading →
I'm having a hard time getting my drawing homework done. I can blame it on a busy life — making the time is tough right now — but I know it's because I find it so hard to do. I have to overcome a huge amount of inertia just to sit down with my sketch pad at... Continue Reading →
I've started my drawing class. Drawing is proving much more emotional than I expected. I'm swamped with anxiety whenever I pick up my pen or even think about picking it up. I keep drawing shaky lines because my hand is quivering. I don't know where this fear is coming from. I hope I can work... Continue Reading →
A few weeks ago, I found out about Sketchbook Skool's online drawing lessons taught by artists I know from my collection of art journaling books. I can spend hours gazing at the pictures in these books, loving how someone has captured a moment or place or person in their lives. I find myself longing to do... Continue Reading →