Sneak Peak at Moon Princesses

I love this book, and I wish more people would see it. The Moon Princesses & Space Monsters coloring book is a loving but semiotic look at Science Fiction tropes… in the form of a coloring book. The images are some of my best (and favorite). They are also Art Nouveau while also being sort of Space Nouveau. It won …

Listening was the Enemy

BEFORE: Writing: I didn’t used to listen to music while writing. It was too distracting. Hearing the ideas of others seemed to invade my own thoughts, and it became a struggle. If I ignored them and went with the melody, it felt disrespectful: I would lose track and stop writing. If I listened: I would also lose focus and stop. …

Top 10 that made me WANT to be a fantasy writer

No doubt there are a hundred others, but these stuck in my mind, but upon reading each of these books I wanted to write a book, too. I read a ton of Vonnegut, of course, but he only made me admire him. He didn’t’ make me want to be him, precisely. These people wrote something that made me LONG to …

Getting Around Anxiety

One of the things I stumble with: trying to WRITE while managing my anxiety.  Let me clarify: I do not have an anxiety disorder. I’m just a person living in the real world. That’s enough for anyone right there. Particularly in the current world (here on Planet Earth) everyone has something to be anxious about. It’s perfectly normal, actually. And …

Confidence is Tricky

Confidence. How do so many people have it? Where does it come from? Every day I wake up and wonder if this is when everyone figures out what a fraud I am. People hire me to illustrate all the time. People hire me to write things. I wake up every day thinking, “Okay, you had a good run.” There’s that …