Author Archives: Katherine Montalto

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2021 End of the Year Newsletter

Some Highlights from 2021.

I have been consistently publishing this newsletter every month for four years. One of the things I’ve learned from starting this newsletter and keeping up my website is just how much we forget. It’s been nice to look back each month and take stock of the things I’ve accomplished. It’s also created a sense of structure to my creative work and helped me manage and maintain goals.

I read somewhere once that at one time the Roman calendar had 10 months and that the last 50 or so days of the year were left unorganized and just called ‘winter’.  In the spirit of that, I stayed pretty unorganized the last two months of the year. I decided to give myself a break and time to recharge creatively. I didn’t make any art or write. I think I might do something similar every year. Maybe I’ll use that time to learn new skills and make things that will never be posted or monetized. Maybe I’ll just go for long walks in the park and catch up on my reading. In any case, I will remain unorganized.

The Detroit Socialist published a flash fiction story of mine about the evils of wage theft. It was the only story I had published this year. I wrote it quite a few years ago but finally found a home for it. I hope to be more consistent in my writing and to submit more work in 2022 than I did in 2021.

I’ve been slowly working my way through a book of haiku prompts. I created my first zine of haiku poems this year and plan to create more in 2022 as I work through the book. I like working from prompts and I think I might try to use them for regular story writing as well.

I started messing around and composing music in 2019 and continued to do that in 2020. I only composed one new song this year. I created an animation for a song I composed last year. I hope to compose more work in 2022 and to learn more about music theory.

I participated in one art show this year, Pineapples at Public Pool in Hamtramck, Michigan. My illustration sold, but you can buy it printed on stuff here.  I like participating in shows but it’s not a top priority of mine. Moving forward I plan on mostly making art for myself and monetizing it on my website and print-on-demand sites. I am of course always open to anyone who is interested in purchasing original pieces or licensing work I have already created. I will continue to be open to commission work but it is not a priority and it is not work I will seek out.

2021 in Lists

My 2021 Tumblr Top 10.
https://tmblr.co/ZN2ipnbEHmFN4m00 

Books I Read in 2021
non fiction 7
Fiction 12
graphic novel 10
poetry 1

Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner read by Gabriel Wyner
Running Out of Time Margaret Peterson Haddix
Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay
I Am Not a Wolf Dan Sheehan and Sage Co
The Tiger John Vaillant
The Lover Marguerite Duras
The Future of Another Timeline Annalee Newitz
Everything Is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid by Yao Xiao illustrated by Yao Xiao
Cat’s Cafe by Matt Tarpley illustrated by Matt Tarpley
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende read by Gerard Doyle
In the Pines by Erik Kriek illustrated by Erik Kriek
plum rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax read by Elizabeth Wiley
The Five Hallie Rubenhold
The Shining Stephen King
Salt Sugar Fat Micheal Moss
The Blue Lagoon H. De Vere Stacpoole
A Little Princess France Hodgson Burnett
Halloween David J. Skal
Papaya Salad by Elisa Macellari illustrated by Elisa Macellari
Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist by Bill Griffith
Catboy by Benji Nate illustrated by Caroline Sweater
You Can Try Again by Olivia Walch illustrated by Olivia Walch
One Million Tiny Fires by Ashley Franklin illustrated by Ashley Franklin”
Snowbird by Erin Wilson illustrated by Erin Wilson
Heads or Tails by Lilli Carre illustrated by Lilli Carre
The Tyranny of Sand and Other Tiny Stories Jesse Stanchak
Flash Fiction Online 2020 Anthology
Dark Blood Comes from the Feet Emma J Gibbon
The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur
Idea Generation TL Bodine

Short Fiction I read in 2021

Underground

seven

Anything of Value

Rage and Jam

#Selfcare

How to Survive Underground

Second Period Savior

Modern Promethea

Plan Exclusion

Phases of the Moon

The Census Faces Unusual Challenges on Audvarn-3

Empty Space

Your Ticket to Hell

Across the River, My Heart, My Memory

There Will Be No Alien Invasion

Ghosts

Guidelines for Appeasing Kim of the Hundred Hands

Hannah-Beast

Love and Assimilation

The Revolution Will Not Be Served with Fries

The Green Ribbon

Congratulations, Clockholder!

T-E-E-T-H

Not Quite What We’re Looking for Right Now

Have you ever gone camping in the winter?

Mia in the Orchard

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Some Highlights from October 2021.

Here is my sketchbook work for the month. Follow me on Vimeo to see process videos of them as well. Print out a zine of this artwork. Get my sketchbook art on Redbubble gear.

I joked with my partner that we should get married on his birthday and he was like “No! We should get married on St Crispin’s day!” we looked it up and it’s the same day.

So since he’s the patron saint of shoemakers I made this shoe art for his birthday. Print out a zine of this artwork. Get it on stuff in my Redbubble Store.

I started working my way through the book 102 Haiku Journal and put together a zine this month with some of the poems I have written inspired by the prompts I found in the book.

Zine libraries are welcome to print out my zines and put them in their collections. Please contact me to let me know.

I started using beepbox and online sequencer to make music. I created a soundcloud and posted my first song to it.

I’ve been trying to write more fiction and this list of prompts has been very helpful.

I’ve started putting my writing on Wattpad.

It’s autumn here in the northern hemisphere. Get my art on sweatshirts and hoodies in my redbubble store.

Redbubble now has hats!

Here are my newest Redbubble  designs:

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https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/91515292?ref=studio-promote

Space Shoes
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/92458493?ref=studio-promote

Space Shoes Digital Crayon
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/92659530?ref=studio-promote

Space Shoes BW
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/92760497?ref=studio-promote

You can also find my art on stuff in my TeePublic and Society6 stores.

During this weird time, new items have become available. . .

and you can now get my art on masks in my redbubble store and my teepublic store.

Redbubble now has fitted masks.

Subscription Package

Here is the subscription box for October 2021.

If you’d like to support me on a continuous regular basis you can set up a monthly donation to my art supply fund. There are levels of regular donation you can contribute, everything over a dollar comes with rewards. If you’d like to make a one-time contribution go here.

All of my original artwork, writing, and music are available for purchase and for licensing. I am available for other creative services as well. See them here. If interested please contact me here.

2021 10 Haiku

1
a flock of sparrows
all brown except for one
a bright white bird

2
a triangle of light
illuminates green leaves
branches in darkness

3
a creeping horror
too terrible to describe
lurking near the bed

4
This petty tyrant
Has me walking on eggshells
The whims of her rule

5
permanent crease
paper has a memory
cannot unfold it

6
Cemetery gate
ghostbusters flag on a bike
watching the hearse

2021 10 Saint Crispin’s Day Offering: Ripley’s Shoes

I joked with my partner that we should get married on his birthday and he was like “No! We should get married on St Crispin’s day!” we looked it up and it’s the same day.

So since he’s the patron saint of shoemakers I made this shoe art for his birthday.

 

2021 09 Newsletter

Some Highlights from September 2021.

Here is my sketchbook work for the month. Follow me on Vimeo to see process videos of them as well. Print out a zine of this artwork. Get my sketchbook art on Redbubble gear.

I created illustrations for spooky season of a ghost, a jack o lantern, and an abstract jack o lantern. Print out a free zine of this artwork. Get it on stuff in my Redbubble store.

Zine libraries are welcome to print out my zines and put them in their collections. Please contact me to let me know.

It’s autumn here in the northern hemisphere. Get my art on sweatshirts and hoodies in my redbubble store.

Redbubble now has hats!

Here are my newest Redbubble  designs:
Jack o Lantern
DigitalPainting
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/89968743?ref=studio-promote

Abstract Jack o Lantern
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/89976018?ref=studio-promote

Ghost
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/90128207?ref=studio-promote

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https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/89977286

You can also find my art on stuff in my TeePublic and Society6 stores.

During this weird time, new items have become available. . .
and you can now get my art on masks in my redbubble store and my teepublic store.
Redbubble now has fitted masks.

Subscription Package
Here is the subscription box for September 2021.

If you’d like to support me on a continuous regular basis you can set up a monthly donation to my art supply fund. There are levels of regular donation you can contribute, everything over a dollar comes with rewards. If you’d like to make a one-time contribution go here.

All of my original artwork, writing, and music are available for purchase and for licensing. I am available for other creative services as well. See them here. If interested please contact me here.

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