Today is a most joyous of days. As you read this-I am walking up to receive my diploma. Well–my mock diploma–the real one will come in the mail in like a month or so. Actually, I might already be on the train. Depends on when you read this. And I might not have walked if the ceremony was taking too long but I digress.
Getting my MA has been such an exhausting journey but here I am at the end. During my time at Rowan, I helped to charter three clubs: Gaming Club, Archery Team, and Writing Arts Club; I helped my friends and fellow students with their undergraduate portfolios; I worked hard and graduated Magna Cum Laude for both Undergrad and Grad; I came out alive on the other end of a lot of drama; I got engaged (for which I had the easiest part in); I wrote and fixed roughly 30,000 words for my thesis and then I wrote more and fixed it all over again; I interned at Quirk Books and I’m still going!
I did a lot for my internship at Quirk and even blogged about it all, which you can read here. Below are links to the blog posts which I created images for and even some that I drafted myself.
I am so thankful for the opportunity I had with Julie and Nicole and I’m going to miss everyone at Quirk and Rowan a whole bunch.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comforted.
Be your own kind of amazing!
I can’t change the direction of the wind but I can adjust the sails to always reach my destination.
So many pieces of quote art, images from picture books I’m working on, I had writing prompts–what is going to take me through the last semester of school?
I am starting to get back into animating in Photoshop, perhaps I could make some gifs? But I doubt I’d be able to get 15 together before the semester starts. Plus, I wouldn’t even know what to animate, you know?
Maybe I’ll get a drawing tablet and do some that way. Flip board style and what have you.
I like that I have a lot on this blog. I know I’ve blogged about it before but some people have asked me why I blog about so many different things. I had book reviews, writing prompts, blogs about my own writing, classwork, graphic design, photography, and illustrations.
Well, I can do all of those things. This is here to show my talents off and to keep them up to date.
What’s the point of having the skills if I don’t keep them sharpened? I’m not just a writer. I’m a lot of things. A lot of talented things. And it’s nice to show off.
But back to my original point here: What should I put together for all of you while I’m in school next semester?
Remember: there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredibly destinations.
Long patience and application satured with your heart’s blood–you will either write or you will not–and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.
When your story is ready for a rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until final there’s an explosions–that’s plot.