December 2018 Newsletter

Some Highlights of December 2018 and a review of 2018.

I started this newsletter at the beginning of the year. It’s been nice to look back each month and take stock of the things I’ve accomplished that month and the goals and plans I have for the following month. It’s also created a sense of structure to my creative work. I’ve been working on updates to my website including posting this monthly newsletter there. I wrote about some of my feelings about the current state of posting art and writing on the internet in my last newsletter.

My goals for 2019 are to consistently post this newsletter for the month in the last week of that month. I’d like to make zines of the work I’ve created for the month: a four page zine of my sketchbook art, an eight page zine of my line art portraits, and a four page zine of paintings I’ve done that month. I’ve set up a paypal art donation subscription where these zines, along with art postcards, will be rewards.

I also plan on working on my writing more seriously and getting more fiction published. I’ve joined a writers group at Book Suey in Hamtramck and I plan to take more workshops with Writers Workshops Detroit.

Here are my top nine posts on Instagram this year.

These are my favorite thought portal posts of 2018.

This podcast is an interview with another Mary Shelley biographer. I really wish I had known more about Mary Shelley’s life the first time I read Frankenstein. Learning about her life has given me a much deeper understanding of the characters in the novel.

Some thoughts on re-reading Fahrenheit 451 for the Book Suey book club.

Bill the Patriarchy

We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.

Canada’s slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement

This story about a day at an amusement park is so creepy and delightful.

Liza Minnelli and Alice Cooper tell the same story.

One of the best articles on the history of Halloween I’ve ever read. We need to bring the holiday back to its feminist, anti-capitalist roots.

Victorian Mansions, The Gilded Age, and Haunted Houses.

This thread of French graffiti is amazing.

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

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
Charlotte Gordon

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

The Dispossessed
Ursula K. Le Guin

Annalee Newitz

John Julius Norwich

You Can’t Touch My Hair
Phoebe Robinson

The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future
James Bridle

Armed in Her Fashion
Kate Heartfield

Saladin Ahmed

Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel

A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn

Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Sharman Apt Russell

Women in the Middle Ages
Frances Gies Joseph Gies

The Witch’s Trinity
Erika Mailman

Brenna Thummler

Cathy Malkasian

Monet: Itinerant of Light
Salva Rubio and Efa

The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Amanda Lovelace

December 2018


Here is my sketchbook work for the month. Follow me on Instagram to see process videos of them as well.

Line Art Portraits
Here are my Line Art Portraits for the month.

Check out the one-sheet zines I made of my December Art.

Featured Rebubble Art
I’ve decided to start making merch with my sketchbook art. My shop would quickly get bloated with these abstract patterns if I just kept adding new stuff every month, so these items will only be available in my Redbubble store for 30 days. I’ve posted November art as well which will be available until January 15. I plan to do this with my Line Art portraits too moving forward.

Thought Portal

I will still be posting to my Thought Portal tumblr as well but I’ll be putting my fav posts of the month in a post on my own website. Just to have a partial archive that isn’t tumblr. Here are my favorite posts of December.

Art often makes me cry and this podcast ep about the color blue made me cry.

This thread of French graffiti is amazing.

“I’m already busy being a perfect gauge to see what exactly men want from women, thereby feeding into their patriarchal fantasies while also proving why so many men are terrible and sexist!”

“Americans have always found a way to project their dreams onto other cultures; the reality of Mosuo culture is a lot less exotic than we imagine. Though their family structures are different, their romantic relationships are similar to our own, and both women and men make decisions in the home. But ultimately it’s only the extreme gender imbalances of other cultures that make the equal standing of Mosuo women appear so unique.”

This article gets at some of the reasons making all characters in movies and TV, especially ‘good’ characters beautiful and sexy is so insidious.