MadeItMonday: Random Cartoon Sketches

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

I did these a couple of weeks ago at the lunch table at work. I can’t even remember now what the conversation was about, but something to do… with… sharks?? Genteel sharks, apparently.

And then the conversation turned to all the things that kill more people each year than sharks, including… coconuts. So naturally, I had to sketch a killer coconut palm as well.


What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

Recitals: Practising in Public

I took nine years of clarinet lessons from elementary school through high school. Of course I was in the band. The band gave concerts, despite the fact that there were times when we sounded pretty awful. We didn’t get paid. If we were lucky, our parents showed up to listen to us perform. There were wrong notes, missed cues, lots of mistakes. But nobody ever proposed that the school band stop giving concerts.

~ Elise Stone

Writers, go. Apply this to writing, RIGHT NOW. And then when you’re done epiphanising over the fact that it’s okay to practise in public, go read the Twins of Darkness and Good blog 😉 😀

Own your apprenticeship. Write with abandon. xx

Nine Things

Because I have found Fun Things recently, and if you really expect me to write a thinky post between Christmas and New Year’s, you’re madder than I am.

1) Nine traits of creative people. This is, somewhat surprisingly, a very insightful article that made me sit back, smiling, and give the happy sigh of the Understood.

2) Photos from the 18 & 1900s of various dog breeds. While some pics demonstrate the sad lengths that breeders will go to, I feel somewhat vindicated by the fact that Labradors look very similar, then and now. Moral of the story: the more quinessentially DOG your dog looks, the more likely it is to be hereditarily health. #AmyWisdom.

3) Yoga for Handstands. Pics of the various yoga poses you can practise to help you learn how to do a handstand. New Year’s Resolution #1: learn to do handstand.

4) The Curiosities. A collection of short stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff, with random, illuminating, and sometimes hilarious annotations by the authors. Hands down THE BEST short story anthology I have ever read to date.

5) The Midnight Rainbow. A pretty, pretty, PRETTY book full of hope and imagination and the real, genuine magic that only comes from the mind of a five-year-old. You’d think a story narrated by a 5-yr-old girl would be simple; you’d be wrong. You’d think a story about a mother suffering postnatal depression after a stillbirth would be horribly, horribly sad; you’d be wrong. You’d think a story about night rainbows would be fantasy; you’d be wrong. You’d think that, because it’s not fantasy, there would be no magic; YOU WOULD BE WRONG*. This is the most beautiful, quirky, hopeful book I have read in a very, very long time. Also one of the most genuine. Please go read it now.

* Although if you are defining ‘magic’ narrowly as ‘supernatural occurences and the like’, then yes, you would be right. Not wrong. Moving on.

6) Paying for People’s Drive-Thru. Because there are people out there who know how to be Decent Human Beings, and we should celebrate them.

7) The Art of Oversharing, by Fizzy Grrl, because Important.

8) Earth’s poles are shifting due to climate change. Trufax. New Scientist said it so. /nodnod. One day, I could live in the NORTHERN hemisphere, y’all!!!*

* Without moving out of country. Obviously I could live in the northern hemisphere if I emigrated to, say, Russia.

9) And last but not least, if you haven’t seen the silent monks singing the Hallelujah Chorus, you’re in for a treat. Hurrah! 🙂


So there you go. 9 things, just for you. Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season :o) *cookies*

On Choosing Books To Buy

Just realised the books I bought as post-marking treats (for when I get through the 22 hours of marking due Thursday, it now being midnight on Friday…) fully epitomise all the possible ways of choosing a book to read. Observe:



Exhibit A: bought for title, because hello awesome. Also further convinced by premise – a girl who can taste emotions? So cool.

Exhibit B: bought based on a gazillion recommendations of people I trust.

Exhibit C: bought for the world. This is a related-stand alone to Marchetta’s Saving Francesca, which is one of my Favouritest Books Ever.

Exhibit D: bought for author, Maggie Stiefvater, one of my Favouritest Authors Ever.

Exhibit E: bought for cover, because hello, pretty. But, as for A, I checked to make sure the story was something that a) sounded like I’d have a reasonable chance of enjoying it and b) had a decent overall rating on GoodReads 😉


So there you have it. All possible ways of choosing a book, in one shopping spree. Rah.


PS Contenty posts coming soon, including that Book Birthday Giveaway. I’m drowning under marking and reports for another week. After that, you won’t be able to shut me up 😉 😀


What Trouble Looks Like.


Just sayin’. 😀


(Yes, this is me and the Twinny One* back in 2009 when I visited her on the other side of the Atlantic. I was digging through photos today with nefarious intent and found it.** Ha.)


* Yes, we are twins, separated by about 4 years, the Atlantic Ocean, and genetically unrelated parents. Nonetheless, twins. The Twins of Goodness and Dark, in actual fact. She’s the Evil Twin. I am the Good Twin. This does not make me the Twin of Goodness. We are all about paradoxes. Hurrah.


** Deliberately ambiguous as to whether I found the photo, nefarious intent, or both.