Hello, blog friends. I’ve taken a break from this blog, been hibernating just a bit.
Before I forget!!! Three of my comics will be appearing in a group comics show at the lovely Benna’s Cafe in Philadelphia, PA – - – March 8 through April 11! The opening is Friday March 8, 7-9 PM. If you’re in the area, stop by and ogle some sexy comics, man. (Link under dat image takes you to the FB event page!!!)
It’s been a good winter, if not a really strange one. Everyone says it’s too warm and I believe it. The frogs are peeping in a loud chorus every night. I can hear them on January-February-March bike rides home, along the upper lip of the Oaks Bottom Reserve from Sellwood to Brooklyn. It’s not supposed to sound or smell like spring yet, but it does. This is unnerving!
I kind of can’t believe that I work at two well-known and -loved Portland institutions, both in Southeast. One is celebrated for its biscuits filled with local raspberry jam and amazing “rustic” bread baked in swarms, daily; the other is adored for its abundance of gently-used, (almost too) fairly-priced thrift goodies. I might be working too much (just about 40 hours per week!) because I am still yearning for endless mornings and the ability to recharge myself after 25-30 hours. This is what one does, however, to learn diligence, time management and develop a steady routine for one’s self. The routine is key in finding “that time” for creativity and throwing a ball around and stretching and cooking.
On February 10, we had to say goodbye to this dude. It’s been weird and sad not having him around anymore. But I feel solace knowing he is living it up in doggie-spirit-aura-ville…
In class, we are working on our final project, but “final project” is a bad word so we are supposed to refer to these as our “Investigations.” Mine is developing into a sort of ode to twin-dom, a peek at text messages sent between two twin sisters on different sides of the world (LITERALLY AND METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING, YOU GUYS).
Our wonderful profesoras Lisa & Dunja remind us of these important guidelines while working on THE INVESTIGATION:
- Do not over-precious-ize your work
- Try EVERYTHING that is new and unfamiliar
- Learn to let go
- Channel your muse and turn your brain off (or down to a simmer)
- Stretch and do comics fitness while you work to keep your body happy and limber
- HAVE FUN
This has been the most challenging and best semester yet. Without guidelines, I have a harder time with everything. Wish me luck….