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Dream Dangerously & Outrageously

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Don’t Be Afraid of Mistakes

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A Year of Bravery

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A Year of Kindness, Forgiveness and MakingYour Time Count

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To A Year Filled With Magic

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Magic, dreams, books, art, kisses and surprises (the good kind)…a year filled with these would definitely be a success!

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 


Make A Wish!

Neil Gaiman wrote several New Year’s wishes.  They’ve been shared across the internet a lot, and I want to share them with you this week. I also wanted an excuse to play with my budding Adobe Creative Cloud suite skills a little bit.  What better way than to share words than never fail to inspire me?

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Wha’s your wish for the new year?
‘Til next time,

Jessica


Resolution Resolved.

Happy New Year!

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Alright. It is that time of year again. Last year my New Year’s Resolutions went…pretty well as far as these things go. More things got crossed off the list than left on there. I’m not thrilled, but I am resolved to do at least as well this year. So, here goes.

2015 New Year’s Resolutions

1. Run a 5K. (I planned to do this last year, but didn’t quite make it…circumstances.)

2. Spend 10 minutes a day training/playing with my dog. (I really want to teach him how to shut the door. I have faith!)

3. Take 30 minutes a day to read…something. Anything. I miss reading!

4. Clean my house 15 minutes a day. Who wants to spend their days off cleaning? A little every day should prevent the worst of that. Right?

5. Write every day. No. Seriously. Write every day. 20 minutes minimum. I miss my blog. I miss my stories. I’m fixing this too. (Yes, this was on my list last year. No it didn’t work the way I’d planned. I’m giving it another go.)

6. Practice gratitude. Every. Single. Day. It is easy to get bogged down in the darkness of the world. There are lights all over the place. Pockets of joy and hope, but I forget to look at them. The Golden List is being reinstated. Starting January 1st, every morning I’ll make a list of the things I’m grateful for.

7. Join the local food co-op. Eating more veggies and cooking more were last year’s resolution. This year that continues, but with the added bonus of supporting local business and trying new things.

8. Make more music. I don’t know. Join the church choir, play the ukulele, play the guitar, the piano. Something. I miss music. It makes me happy.

9. Make good art. Stories, music, paintings. Just…make good art. (Yes, I have listened to the Neil Gaiman graduation speech. If you haven’t, you should. Or pick up the book.)

10. Cherish and enjoy my family and friends. From video games to quiet dinners. Whatever it is. Make sure they know I love them. This is a never ending resolution. I’m not bad at this, (I don’t think) but we can all be better at ensuring the ones we love know they’re loved.

How’d your resolutions go last year? Did you make any for 2015?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. Although this is getting posted on January 3rd rather than the 1st, I’m actually doing pretty well with the resolutions so far…ish…maybe.


Neil Gaiman Talks: What ifs, Why fors, and Hows

Have I mentioned lately that I love Twitter?  Well, I do.  I find some of the greatest stuff there!  For example, today I haven’t even been on Twitter, but I got an email from them with tweets I may be interested in.  (You know the one I’m talking about).  Typically, I just delete the email and move on.  Really, I get too many emails (especially since I started applying for jobs online, 30 emails a day with results from job searches!).  This time the title Neil Gaiman Follows the Guiding Light of Instinct caught my attention, and I opened it up.  My mom may read this and see a bit of inspiration from him in the story I just gave her to edit (it is based on something her sister told her that scared her when she was little.  Oh yeah, she’s thrilled to be my editor on this one). Seriously though, I love reading his stuff.  The Ocean at the End of the LaneFragile ThingsStardust, Smoke & Mirrors…really, I haven’t found anything I didn’t enjoy.

This New York Times article delves into a bit of why we like to be scared by horror and frightening stories, they discuss his Carnegie Hall performance that is coming up the end of June, and his creative process.  His thought process as a kid reminds me a lot of myself.  I was always thinking of “what-if” scenarios…then torturing my sister with them.  When I asked if she thought I could scare someone in 2,000 words or less she didn’t even pause.  She interrupted me with a resounding “Yes, definitely!”.  If anyone would know, she would.  I practiced on her for our entire childhood…maybe I still use her as a guinea pig.  (Sometimes, I wonder why my family puts up with me.  I just gave my mom her childhood boogeyman to edit for me…hmm…best not ponder this one too much.)

TheTruthIsACaveInTheBlackMountainsThe Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains has been released in a special edition with the Eddie Campbell artwork, and, for those of you lucky enough to attend the Carnegie Hall performance, you’ll get to hear him read this to music by FourPlay string quartet and see the artwork.  You can purchase an edition of the book with illustrations by Eddie Campbell as well.  (Since not all of us can score tickets to Carnegie Hall…)  If you are attending this show, please email me or comment to tell me about it!

Did you ever play the “what if” game?  You know, making up terrible scenarios and stuff?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Neil Gaiman Visits Syrian Refugees In Jordan

War ravages Syria for a fourth year.  People are forced to flee the country at an estimated rate of three people escaping Syria every minute.  At this rate, the newly opened Azraq refugee camp is expected to reach capacity quickly .  Azraq opened two weeks ago after the Za’atari camp was full.  An estimated 100,000 people live in Za’atari.

Neil Gaiman visited the camp with UNHCR to spend time with Syrian refugees as they checked in and got established. Along with Georgina Chapman, Neil is gathering stories, photos and video for a project designed to

“build a bridge of empathy and understanding between refugee and non-refugee communities”. Neil & Georgina’s Journey, donate.unhcr.org/neilandgeorgina

You can find more information on the UNHRC site and listen to Neil Gaiman’s interview with BBC World Service Radio.

Neil’s wife, Amanda Palmer, shared the link to the interview on Facebook, and Neil shared the link to a BuzzFeed article. In his post, he explained that, in his picture, his eyes were red and puffy from crying. He’d just finished meeting an 11-year-old girl who lost her jaw in a mortar attack.

My heart aches for all of them.  While many of us “know” the refugees are escaping because it has become unbearable, it is hard to truly understand what unbearable means.  Listening to Gaiman tell the stories of a family he met brought the situation for these people into clearer focus for me.  My heart aches.

 

‘Til next time,

Jessica


What New Comic Book Adaptation Will We See Next?

NBC’s Constantine will be premiering Friday’s this Fall. The official trailer released recently, so, of course, I had to take a look. I like John Constantine. He’s an intriguing character, and my interest was piqued with the 2005 Constantine starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz.  I’d already blazed by way through several Dresden Files books, and there are some definite similarities.  When the character crossed my path again in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, I liked him even more. However, I haven’t gotten a chance to read any other comic book series he’s in, and, apparently, there are quite a few.

The NBC television show, features Welsh actor Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, and Harold Perrineau, among others, and, based on the trailer, it’s worth a look. What do you think?

Also, if I want to read more about John Constantine, where do you think I should start?
‘Til next time,
Jessica

 

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