Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Book Is In the Freezer, Folks

I’m reading The Shining for the first time.  Are you a fan of the television show Friends?  You should be.  All kinds of life lessons there.  When a book scares you, the freezer really does work to help you sleep at night.  Thanks, Joey!

This is all in preparation for Stephen King’s visit to Tulsa.  See we’re getting a bookstore downtown in the Brady district, and it is kind of a big deal.  Magic City Books doesn’t even open until sometime next year, and I’m already excited. It would mean that I can go downtown for the First Friday Art Crawl, grab some dinner, check out some art, buy some books, enjoy a cocktail….oh yeah, it will be fun.  I need to make this happen, people.

Oh yeah!  The point is Mr. King is coming to Cain’s Ballroom (also in the Brady district) for an event, and I’m going.  However, I’m a scaredy cat and I’ve never read a single novel he’s written.  I’ve started several, but then I start thinking about the “what if” scenarios and then I start with the dreaming crazy things(this is all pretty impressive…some might say ridiculous, because really, I’ve scared myself before the book even gets remotely frightening)…this is where Joey’s freezer method will come in handy.  I’d forgotten about this until a couple of my friends (and Netflix) reminded me.

Some books require daytime reading…this includes all of Stephen Kings novels.  On Writing is fine to read at night though, that’s his memoir, not scary at all.

‘Til next time,


Man, I didn’t even read The Shining tonight, I just started thinking about it, and it wasn’t actually in the freezer yet.  I’m not at any of the scary parts yet, but then I started thinking about how they just moved into The Overlook.  I’ve seen the movie, people.  I know what’s coming!  It’s 11:00pm, and my stomach is all in knots and my heart is racing just thinking about REDRUM!  Now the book really is going in the freezer!



Spring is Here!


Ladies and gentleman, I have officially survived the first six months of my degree program.  Hooray for me! No seriously, some days survival was the only thing on my mind…well that and why technology hated me.  I can’t say I’ve loved every minute of it, because there were a couple of hours in there where I seriously doubted my ability to hold on to a full-time banking position, my GPA, my family and friends, and my sanity all at once.  However, those moments passed pretty quickly.  For the most part, I’ve loved it.  I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned in half a year.

The really fun part is watching those skills progress from clumsy attempts to well-conceived designs I’m proud to show off.  The best part is that most of the work I do for school doesn’t feel like work at all.  I get to spend my lunch hours, evenings, and weekends drawing and creating fun stuff.  Let’s face it, I would do that during a good portion of my time anyway.

For my family and friends who wonder where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing…here you go.

One project I had a couple of months ago was to choose three animals, and create sketches and final drawings in three poses that could be used as part of a logo for a company.  The final drawings needed to be done in black ink, and should be easily simplified.  Now, keep in mind this is still early on in the program, so my drawing skills are improving the more I use them (there’s some saying about perfection and practice, but I’m not trotting out cliches here).

I learned a lot from this exercise.  First, I’m better at this drawing thing than I thought.  Second, I’m not as good as I’d like. Third, I like elephants more than I realized.  There’s other stuff too, but those really stand out.

Yeah, elephants are super cool. So awesome I just kept drawing them when I finished the stuff for class.

‘Til next time,


P.S. I’ll be posting more of my work here, but if you can also check it out on Behance. You can find my work as well as other really amazing designers and artists there.