Goodbye 2017, and Hello 2018!

Happy New Year 2018 Doodle!Well, I’ve survived another year, which is absolutely fantastic. And that means that I have another year to reflect on in my usual New Year’s looking forward/back thing. While I don’t think I can truly do the year justice (mostly because I don’t really remember what happened for most of it…), I will mention a few points I’ve been thinking about.

**Looking Back**

Notably good books from this year include: Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, Hearts & Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Warcross by Marie Lu, An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard, and The Graces by Laure Eve. I’ve also met my goal of reading at least one book a month. So thank you, you wonderful books you.

I also read a lot of manga this year, more than I probably can mention here, but my top three are Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi, Noragami by Adachitoka, and Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya (which I finally finished from when I was a kid.) High recommendations for each of these.

I participated in Inktober, which was fun.

Also, I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while but I love love love the music composed by Phil Lober. Sountrack to my life. In other music news, however, I think this year most resembles Paramore’s After Laughter album, particularly the first half.

I’ve started playing Warframe with my friends. And you guys. It’s so fun.

I did not finish my novel. Again. But I think once it’s done, I’ll be so happy.

**Looking Forward**

I’m going to actually finish my novel this year. Yes, I know I say this every year. But this time it’s true!

I’m also going to try to make more art this year. I could use the practice, haha.

There’s a photo comic I’ve been wanting to make for a while… so maybe I’ll make it this year if I find the time.

By this time next year I’ll have graduated from college and will hopefully have a job. I am both terrified and excited beyond words.

Because of this last fact, I’m actually finding it hard to look into the future… which is unusual. But I shall persevere.

And finally, Little Atmospheres: I can’t guarantee I’ll blog more, mostly because my life isn’t too exciting just yet. I may also try to reinstate the 4 x This Week Posts, but again, no guarantees.


Well, thank you guys for this year! And here’s hoping for a better 2018. It’s been fun, you guys.



It’s NaNoWriMo

Journal and pen to make my nanowrimo look fancier than it actually is
Journal and pen to make my NaNoWriMo look fancier than it actually is

Well well well. It’s November. You know what that means? I’m jumping right out of Inktober and right into NaNoWriMo.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while (and I mean a while, I don’t think I’ve mentioned writing on this blog for at least a few months), you probably aren’t surprised that I’ll be writing, but also that I won’t be following the rules 100% again. This November I’ll be continuing a project (THE project) I’ve already started, but I’m hoping to get it finished.

Unlike with Inktober, I won’t be spamming my blog or Instagram. I think instead I’ll post weekly updates with the 4 x This Week Posts that I do every week. Well, I’m supposed to do those posts every week, but I keep forgetting. So I’m starting those up again too, I guess.

Goal: 51,000 words for the month, or 1,700 words a day.

Wish me luck, you guys.

P.S. It’s like 6:44 p.m. on Nov. 1, and I think I’m already gonna be behind. Oh dear.



Inktober 2017 Day Twenty-Nine: Dragon

Day Twenty-Nine: DragonStory time:

So one time as a sophomore in high school, a person I knew told our class of 20-ish people that I was really good at drawing. So of course I ended up drawing in front of a bunch of people to prove my drawing skills. And of course, it was a dragon.

It was one of the crappiest dragons—no, one of the crappiest THINGS—I had ever drawn. Notebook paper, no references or prep, sub-par sophomore drawing skills: recipe for disaster. Plus I rushed it, since apparently sophomore me thought that “really good at drawing” was equivalent to “really fast at drawing.” Just, cringe-and-crumple worthy. And I think everyone around me knew it too.

The person who had praised my drawing skill, however, continued to stick to his original claim. As I drew, he said things like, “It’s a DRAGON,” and “Oh, of course she’s adding SHADING,” like he was impressed and all other arguments were invalid and this dragon was not the equivalent of a four-year-old drawing a slug.

I don’t know if he thought my drawing was actually good or if he was just being nice or if he felt it was too late to back out on his original statement. For the longest time afterwards I wanted to go up to him and say, “Sorry for drawing you a shitty dragon,” but I didn’t, because awkwardness + too much time had passed + he probably forgot.

But thank you, person, for believing in my drawing, and sorry for dropping the ball on that one.



Also, dragon today does not have scales beyond the chicken-feet because I Procrastinated™

Inktober 2017 Day Twenty-Four: Nose

Day Twenty-Four: NoseThe entry for nose on this list is mostly just for me to practice drawing noses. Because I hate drawing noses. They are the worst.

Although drawing hands might be even worse than that. Dunno.

Also, I felt like if I didn’t draw the mouth for context, no one would be able to tell it was a nose :/