She Isn’t Dead!

An image of Me Hiding

She isn’t!

And by she I mean me. I’m not dead. But the blog has been metaphorically dead for, what? Half a year? Good Lord.

A lot has happened, internet. I’ve graduated from college. Got a real-person job. I moved away from Vancouver and now I’m situated in Kirkland (still Washington, though, so not too far.) My internet has downgraded from 120 Mbps to 60, but it’s just me using it now so I guess it’s all good.

But who cares about me– I know what you really want to hear. WHAT ABOUT THE BLOG? ARE YOU GONNA DO SOMETHING WITH IT???

The answer, my friend, is yes. Though I guess that doesn’t mean much coming from me, since I’m historically bad at continuing this blog. Heck, I don’t even know if anyone’s gonna read this post about Little Atmospheres’s resurrection. But you know, that doesn’t really matter– I started this blog for me, and I’m gonna continue it, because, why not?

So this blog– I might be shifting it to more art-stuff, since that’s what I do more of now. But other than that, this blog will continue to be what it always has been: random.

So until next time, internet. I’ll keep in touch, I swear.

-Jackie

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Aaaaannnnd We’re Back

Stone Park in My Hometown
It’s like Stonehenge… but without the stone

Hello there blog, I haven’t seen you since… wow, April? Really? That’s a long time. Anyway, I’m going to try to blog again, which I know you’ve heard a million times before. But it’s summer now, so I guess I have more time to blog, in between dealing with the crazy people in my house and walking to the library two miles away.

(On my first walk this summer I crossed through the weird/cool stone park in the picture. Definitely didn’t know that was there.)

As exemplified by the stone park photo above, I am trying to improve my photography skills. For some reason, this means adding a lot of yellow to my photos when I edit them. I don’t know why. Everything is bluuuue gold *cue Halsey song*

Along with improving photography skills, I’m also going to be doing more writing. I used to be up to 2000 words a day at one point, but now I’m back to 300+. I say “+” because I usually write more after 300. I forget where I heard it first, but someone had the idea of giving themselves a goal of 300 words, since they’d usually get into the flow by then and keep writing after 300. Hopefully, though, I’ll to get back to 2000 soon.

As for the blogging, I think I will attempt to do something new, and hopefully easy: once a week I’m going to list nine (four? five? seven? I’ll decide later) things that stood out to me during the week. In addition, I’ll try to post about my writing journey or other things at least once a week as well. We’ll see how that goes.

I think that’s it for today. Next post will probably be on… Tuesday? I think I used to blog on Tuesdays.

Obviously I am a master at this.

Well, farewell for now.

Paper Adventures: Musing About the Blog While Folding a Procrastination Crane

Paper crane I folded that looks kind of like vanilla bean ice cream

So I had a thought yesterday, and that thought was: I wonder how my blog is doing?

Not well, obviously. Little Atmospheres has become a poor, neglected child in my opinion. I feel like I’ve become an estranged parent who only visits her kid every month or so, if even. Why, oh why have I let things go this far?

Anyway, the thought hit me because I was in the middle of writing an essay for one of my classes when I decided that I should fold a paper crane out of some dot paper instead (which, as my sister pointed out to me, looks like a vanilla-bean ice cream crane). You know, as you do when you want to procrastinate. And then somehow paper crane yay turned into I love paper turned into I think I mentioned my love for paper on my blog before which morphed into I should put this on my blog which eventually became oh my gosh the blog THE BLOG.

Suddenly I remembered my blog’s existence. It was kind of like finding an unused journal in the back of your bookshelf. Exciting. But also kind of, why haven’t I been using this?

Paper, as it happens, is one of my favorite things on this earth. Paper is crisp, it’s pretty, it’s packed full of potential. The blog is similar, in many ways. It’s pretty. It has potential. But the key difference between the two is that I know what to do with paper. If I see a piece of paper I know I can draw on it, fold it, or maybe look up something new to do with it. I saw some dot paper while writing my essay; I folded said dot paper into a vanilla-bean ice cream crane. Easy.

But the thing is, I have never known what to do with Little Atmospheres. It’s a piece of paper I’m often afraid to touch. It’s still crisp. It’s still pretty. It’s still full of potential. But it’s not much more than that. Why? Because I’ve never known what to use the blog for. And honestly, I don’t think I know how to properly blog. When I sit down to blog I feel like a monkey at a typewriter, randomly jamming keys and hoping something will stick.

I think part of the problem is that I want whatever I put on the blog to be shiny and perfect. I was like this as a kid with those journals I mentioned—I would always buy beautiful journals, but I didn’t write in them. I wanted to save them for the perfect thing to write, which of course never came. So the journals went unused.

But now I think I’m going to try something new. Treat Little Atmospheres more like paper. To use and enjoy, not fearing judgment or lack of perfection. I think this is a lesson I can apply to other things in my life as well. You know, I heard on the internet somewhere that procrastination can be a sign of perfectionism, because often what happens is that we put things off if we are unsure of whether or not we can produce something quality. But perfection isn’t everything, and quite honestly, the stagnancy isn’t very helpful.

So what does this mean, in the end? Well, for starters, I’m going to try to do something with the blog. What? I don’t know. I’ve probably said this a million times before, too. But hey, nobody’s perfect, right?

Hopefully I find my true blog calling through this experience, whatever that may be. And if you’re struggling with some kind of perfectionism-procrastination thing, well, I hope you know that perfection is subjective, and whatever you do will probably be quality, or else will be a stepping stone you can use to get to quality. But you gotta take a step first.

Or so they tell me.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. I still have an essay to write. Oops.

Pen and Scribbles Are Me Right Now (Updates: Drawing, Books & Writing)

Pen and Scribbles Are Me Right Now

This is me right now. Lots of things are happening in my life, both behind the scenes and on stage. Mostly bad, but eh, what can you do? Some good news is I got a new phone, so my casual pictures are looking a lot nicer.

We’re taking a break on the blog from the drawing challenge today (even though it’s been like eleventy-million years since I last drew something for the challenge) so I can mention the state of a few things.

Drawing. The drawing challenge is still going on, stuff’s just gotten in the way (I know, I know, shame on me.) Two other design projects have popped up– one logo for a new client and one for a friend– with deadlines, so those kinda have to come first. I’ll try and get back on the challenge schedule this week, maybe discuss the design projects.

Status: Not done.

Books. Summer is when I do the bulk of my reading, since I have more free time then, and the library has reading challenges and so on. Those are fun. I talk about some of these books on the blog occasionally, usually highlighting my favorites. Today I’m mentioning not a book, but a list of books: finally I have complied a loose list of all the books I like on one page, which I’ve put here.

Status: Well, the page is done. (Ignore the 20-something unread books I have checked out from the library alone.)

Writing. Yeah, I’m still doing that too, even though I haven’t posted about it since eleventy-million x 100000000 years ago. It’s hard to talk about it, though, since I can’t really tell you what it’s about. But anyway, this should be the last draft before peer edits, which I want to start by 2017. Hopefully. Maybe. It’s exciting, but also… daunting. I get the feeling that the story will need to be seriously curtailed. Slash-and-burn type. Kill your darlings, right?

Status: Not even close.

I wish you a pleasant day. May you be more productive than I.

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The Front Page is Now COOL.

hello Lettering in InkI updated the front page of the blog this week, as well as the logo. And I drew this nifty welcome sign, see? I’ve been really into hexagons lately, so there are a lot of those on there. Like this one:

a blue hexagon

I am very proud of  my work. Good job, Jackie. *pats self on the back*

GO CHECK IT OUT. PRETTY PLEASE WITH MAPLE SYRUP ON TOP.

Happy Friday!

Blog Birthday and an Announcement :)

Cases of salt from the market on Granville Island in Canada

Little Atmospheres has survived two years!!!! *hooray! confetti! confetti*

I want to thank all of you who have ever read a post of mine–it really means a lot.

Now, I’ve promised an announcement, and here it is: I’ve decided to join Flickr! So… we’ll see how that goes. But I’m hoping for the best!

You can see my photos on Flickr here.

And if you’re wondering about the photo at the top, it’s actually a picture of bunch of salt in small cases that I found in Granville Island in Canada. It’s one of my favorite photos. What does the salt have to do with anything? Well… nothing. But I like the photo, haha.

Happy birthday blog!

Spontenaeity At Its Finest: The Website Theme Has (Finally) Changed

Yep. I changed my theme. I feel like one of those girls with really long hair that all of a sudden just snips it all off for no particular reason. I liked the old one, don’t get me wrong, but it just wasn’t quite… me.

(I especially disliked that extra column on the left. It drove me crazy and it felt like all my stuff was squished in the middle.)

I like this one better. It needs some work, but I like it. It’s got a nice intimacy about it… if that makes sense.

I will miss some things about my old theme, like my little clouds in the footer. I’ll sneak those in here somehow. Just you wait.

If you’ve got any thoughts on the design, I’d love to hear from you.

Here’s some screenshots of my old blog:

Old Blog Screenshot 1

Old Blog Screenshot 2

Goodbye!

Laptops and Waffle Irons and Updates and All

Hi all! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. Things have been kind of hectic lately. But to be fair, I warned you that November is my busiest month of the year.

This is basically going to be a hodgepodge of stuff I just wanted to tell you all. Here we go…

I got some new stuff for my birthday, which was pretty awesome. (You’re going to say, “Wasn’t your birthday last month?” and I will say, “Yes, yes it was. But I kind of forgot to write about it afterwards so…”)

New stuff includes a new laptop since my old one was dying and hated my guts, which is really nice. Here’s some pictures:

My laptop, pretty close-up shot

My laptop, top viewThis is part of the reason I’ve been ignoring the blog, sorry to say. I’ve needed time to get to know my new friend, who I hope will not hate my guts. With the laptop also came the Adobe suite, which makes me very happy. (I can now add more art-things to the blog!) These two things should in theory enable me to write more posts. Should.

I also got a waffle iron. I suspect it was because my family wanted me to cook them waffles, but who cares? I can eat fresh waffles now.

a waffle iron

Hopefully with a laptop that stays on for more than five minutes and warm, fluffy waffles, I’ll be able to get some real work done.

I promise something more meaty for my next post. And that post will come before December, promise.

Quote from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed…”

Hello all! Before we get into today’s post, a few things:

Sorry I missed Halloween Yesterday. I should have posted something but in all honesty I was overtaken by homework-monsters and such. And then I fell asleep. So happy belated Halloween, hahaha…

It is my understanding that NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow. This is something I have always wanted to try but have not had the guts to. Unfortunately this year will be more or less the same–that is, no epic race to finish a novel. It’s not that I’m cowering in my boots this year or anything, but Novembers are particularly busy for me, and so I know my writing (with the exception of the blog) will be thoroughly neglected this month. (And will be picked up again with overwhelming enthusiasm in December.)

(That was not sarcasm)

Just wanted to wish all you NaNoWriMo-ers out there good luck!

Now, on to today’s topic, which will be rather short. I have decided to try something new, something I’ve been ruminating over for quite some time now. I want this to eventually be an ongoing thing on the blog, but… let’s just say I have a problem finishing the things I’ve started, sometimes.

I have decided to dedicate myself to the task of illustrating (aka doodling) pictures for quotes. In the future I’ll probably continue to draw these by hand with a pen, but who knows? I don’t have all the details worked out yet. Hooray for new projects!

And so, I give you today’s doodle-sketch plus quote by Thomas Edison:

Thomas Edison Quote that reads, "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Much love,
Jackie