November 2018 Newsletter

Some Highlights from November 2018 and some upcoming news for December 2018.

NaNoWriMo
I got 8,185 words written, so about 40,000 words short. I feel like this story has a lot going for it and I still really want to explore where these characters are going to take me but I need to do much more research to build them a proper world to live in.

Writing Workshops
Speaking of writing, I’ve joined a writing group at Book Suey in Hamtramck. We’ve had one meeting so far but the next one will be a critique. I’m one of the first writers on the list to be critiqued. I’d rather submit something I’ve already written than write something new. The thing I’d really like to work on with my writing in the coming year is deep editing and rewrites. My novella might be too much for a first group critique so I think I’ll submit some short fiction, one of these stories. I’ve also taken two writing workshop classes with Writers Workshops Detroit. Turbo-Powered Narratives: A Master Class with writer Desiree Cooper and This Must Be the Place: Developing Setting in Fiction with writer Kelsey Ronan.

Tumblr and other social media and my website.
This tumblr post by artist Reimena Yee does a pretty good job of summing up some of my feelings about posting work on the internet whether that be on my own site or on social media. I love being able to follow the work of other creators online and share my own work with the world but with the news of tumblr changes and terrible algorithms on all other social media, I’m going to give my website a lot more attention. I’ll still be posting on all my social media, including tumblr, but I’m going to post a lot more on my website so that I have an archive that isn’t subject to the (many) whims of tech CEOs. I know all of the internet is but my own website less so and I’ll make print zines until I die.

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 favs from November.

Through the lens of economic need, people’s reasons for engaging in sex work reappear not as aberrant or abject, but as a rational survival strategy in an often shitty world.

Podcast ep all about how cool the Devil is, especially for people of marginalized genders and sexualities.

D&D Party Member With -3 Charisma Keeps Trying to Fucking Roll Deception

Existential Comics (aka Corey Mohler) joins Brett to discuss the philosophy, politics, and historical context of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.

This podcast episode is probably the most delightful bit of media on the apocalypse I’ve ever heard.

Victorian Mansions, The Gilded Age, and Haunted Houses.

Birthright laws in the US changed as people from countries colonized by the US started wanting to move to the place their nations’ wealth was going.

The Suffragette who followed Churchill around with a big bell and rang it every time he tried to speak publically.

Transgender people of the middle ages.

How classical sculpture was painted and how it was later presented as all white and that lead to false ideas of the classical world.

The Featured Redbubble Item this month is: Snowflakes from the Holiday and Patterns Series

ART

Here are the Line Art Portraits of 11 2018. The theme is #NoShaveNovember. I really like drawing beards. Maybe I’ll try to get a barber shop to showcase my beard art. If you know of any that might be interested, send ‘em my way.

Here is my sketchbook for 11 2018. Check out this video of the process.

Check out the one page zines I made of my November art.

I made a Winter Solstice themed holiday card this year. They should be arriving from the printer on Monday December 17. If you’d like one, DM or email me your address and I’ll send you one (until I run out), anywhere in the world. If you don’t want to send your address to a stranger on the internet, I have them for sale in my Redbubble store.