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2019 Year End Newsletter

I started this newsletter at the beginning of 2018 and have been creating it consistently for two years now. 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.

My creative goals at the beginning of 2019 were to create zines of my art every month and to work on my writing more seriously and get more fiction published. I didn’t get any fiction published this year but I did join a few writing groups and wrote a lot. This year has been more about learning to better edit my own work and getting a wide range of critique. I hope to write and submit even more in 2020.

My artwork was featured at two group shows, Blueberries and The Night of One Thousand Cocks, both at Public Pool Gallery in Hamtramck, MI

Here are my top nine posts on instagram this year.

Here are my top ten posts on tumblr this year.

See all my creative work from 2019 on here.

I read quite a few books this year. Some I liked more than others but I would recommend all of these.

non fiction 16
genre fiction 12
graphic novel 21
literary fiction 10
poetry 2

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

No-Nonsense Buddhism For Beginners by Noah Rasheta

Mody Dick Graphic Novel by Herman Melville and Christophe Chaboute

Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Jane by Aline Brish McKenna and Ramon Perez

Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn by Amanda Gefter

Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Hernandez, Carlos

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan

The Devil and the Deep Edited by Ellen Datlow

Luna Station Quarterly Issue 037 by Luna Station Quarterly Authors

Dear Fahrenheit 451-A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence

Two Old Women  by Velma Wallis

Poison by Kathryn Harrison

Best Horror of the Year Vol ten edited by Ellen Datlow

Life on Earth Book 1: Losing the Girl by MariNaomi

Life on Earth Book 2: Gravity by MariNaomi

Fiction Writing by Helena Smith

The Provocative Colette by Annie Goetzinger illustrated by Annie Goetzinger

Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress

How to Write Fiction Without the Fuss by Lucy McCarraher

Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist by Kathleen Alcalá

Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

Herding Cats: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

Portugal by Cyril Pedrosa

Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out Of The Deep Woods by Jeff Lemire

Lady Killers by Tori Telfer

Luna Station Issue 038 by various authors

The Day of the Locust by Nathanal West

Tor.Com Short Fiction: March – April 2019 by various authors

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Bunk by Kevin Young

My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

The Unsound by Cullen Bunn

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler

Dropped Names by Frank Langella

From Now On: Short Comic Tales Of The Fantastic by Malachi Ward

Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

The Bearer of Crazed and Venomous Fangs    by Vincent DiMarco

Herding Cats: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak

Oh No by Alex Norris

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung

Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall, Phillip Berman

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

The Book of Onions by Jake Thompson

Dream Work by Mary Oliver

Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley read by Susan Bennett

Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn illustrated by Claire Roe

The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs by Celine Loup

Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Witches 1-4 by Jim Henson, Matthew Dow Smith, Jeff Stokely, Kyla Vanderklugt illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith, Jeff Stokely, Kyla Vanderklugt, S. M. Vidaurri”

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Contagion by Katherine MacLean

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Be Everything at Once by Dami Lee

Breaking Into Freelance Illustration by Holly DeWolf

I Moved to Los Angles to be in Animation by Natalie Nourigat

2019 12 Newsletter

Some Highlights from December 2019

Here is my sketchbook work for the month. There are a Day and Night version. 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.

Inspired by the landscapes of Johan Thorn Prikker and Vincent van Gogh I made a series of potted plant still life color pencil illustrations. Here is a zine of them. I also did a series of the same potted plants as black and white illustrations. Here is a zine of those. Get them on merch 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.

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

I wrote a short story based on this prompt. Let me know if you are interested in being a beta reader for it.

Subscription Package

Here is the subscription box for December.

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.

 

2019 12 Potted Plants BW

2019 12 Potted Plants Color

2019 12 Sketchbook Night

2019 12 Sketchbook