The New Year of 2015: Day 1

Last year at this time I posted this:

1. My goal is to create and finish something “creative” every week. That’s 52 things. This is a super loose goal, I realize, but I’ll refine it more in later posts.

2. My goal is to live as if I am burdened with glorious purpose, like Loki of Asgard.

3. My goal is to be unashamed.

4. My goal is to learn to longboard, well.

5. My goal is to tell YOU all about it.

How did my year turn out?

1. I finished something creative every week.  Yep, 52 creative things.

2. I don’t know if all of my purposes were glorious, but I certainly dressed as well as Loki at times.

3. I met a man who let me see myself without shame.  Someone who saw the good in all the darkness.

4. Longboarding happened, but it happens less frequently now, which is terrible, I know.

5. DID YOU READ ALL THOSE STINKIN’ POSTS??? (it’s totally okay if you didn’t.  Just the good ones, read those.)

I promised I’d give a rundown of my favorite projects from this year:

My top 6 in chronological order:

Week 3:

This was my favorite filming shoot of all time.  So much fun working with these people.  We learned a lot.

Week 9:

I just really like coffee.

Week 15:

This was just super fun to make.  A lot easier and harder than expected.  I would do it again.

Week 22:

I can’t help it, this was just like playing.  Seriously.  Good friends, good boarding, gorgeous park…GOPRO…I guess it couldn’t have been better unless we got to use a RED camera or something.

Week 44:

This story shocked me.  I don’t know where it came from, but I enjoyed writing it and it freaked me out.

Week 49:

Writing a sonnet for the first time was like learning to write all over again.  I liked the challenge.

Onward into goals for this new year!

  1. My resolutions:
    1. See the good in all situations.
    2. Forgive. Everything.
    3. Laugh at myself more.
    4. Create a film every month.
    5. Start my greeting card line.
    6. Post here every other week.
  2. So 2015 shall be called: 12 Months of Movies

More next time.

Until then, HAPPY DAY 1!  May this year be the year you find the joy for which you long.  Keep looking–you’ll never find it with your eyes closed.


52 Weeks of Creative: Week 49

A friend of mine is an English major.  She is an excellent poet.  Her influence, along with my brush with Shakespeare the other week, challenged me to try my mind at a poem.

Please don’t read this thinking I know what I’m doing.  I don’t.  I did my best to follow the instructions and example listed here.  This person knows what they are talking about.  Well, I hope they do anyway.  I wouldn’t know either way.

Here’s my first try at a sonnet.  The dark material comes naturally to me and has nothing to do with reality.

He Said

He said, “we all have secrets left to live”
Like unwrapped Christmas presents left to give
We all have dreams to shatter on ourselves
Like broken black gates leading straight to hell

He said, “I’ll tell you what you’ve been given;”
“All the color of life and its dark paints.”
Where have you hidden the burns of your sins?
In bottles of jade like the dreams of saints?

Now you run from the darkness you run and
You hide the hurt in a coat and a smile
You’re running your soul across the miles
You can’t forget you’ve been chosen for trials

I wrapped all the presents I can’t give
He said, “we all have secrets left to live”

As always, feel free to comment with suggestions, feedback or projects of your own!

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 47


A word that can instill terror into the hearts of all theater people.

Not so I.  Okay, totally I.  But I managed to get over the terror long enough to direct, shoot and edit this scene.  We took only about 4 hours to shoot 5 pages of dialog…a feat I find quite fantastic.

Enjoy.  And be terrified.

As always, feel free to comment with feedback, suggestions or projects of your own!

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 33

26 days.

Time seems to slow and speed and slow and speed.

In the meantime I make things.  This thing was…well, different.  I started with a frame I had from my college photography days.


I worked off of the concept of space pirates.





But ladies, of course.  Who needs more pictures of men in space? (jk)


My fiancé helped by drawing the swirly, squiggly designs.  He’s awesome like that.

As always, feel free to comment with feedback, ideas or projects of your own!

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 32

This was a wonderful project.  We spent a day filming Cody getting chased all over a park.  We learned a lot and I am happy with the result.


Sometimes equipment has technical difficulties.


The Egg Chase Scene

As always, feel free to comment with feedback, ideas or projects of your own!

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 31

I’d like to point out that 2014 is more than half over.  There are less days of 2014 than yesterday.  Which means tomorrow we’re that much closer to 2015.

That silliness aside, this has been the best year of my life.  I know, am I jinxing it?  I doubt it.

Seriously, I’ve been blessed by God my whole life.  But the last few years, especially after finishing school, have been a mess.  Lots of false starts, lots of stupidity, lots of just staring at the ceiling wondering if I had the guts to get up and actually do anything worthwhile, and even if I did, if I really knew the meaning of “worthwhile” anyway.

Everybody goes through that.  Ya’ll know what I’m talking ’bout.  For some people this is the teenage years.  For others it’s the college or post college years.  And still for others it’s more of a mid-life thing.

Most kids don’t get this, and that’s why everybody wants to be a kid again.  It doesn’t matter if you have consequence when you’re a kid.  It matters if you get to eat the good stuff, watch all the grown-up movies, play all the games all the time, and feel the love.  When a kid goes through the bad years, that’s when we need to wake up.  But that’s a whole other post.

But this year things changed.  Not just because some miracle happened.  And this year has had it’s hard times too.  But I decided, especially with this idea of 52 weeks, that it was better to just be happy.

Don’t seek it.  Don’t take it at the expense of others.  Just live…happy.  God is so good.

You are alive.

Sometimes it’s not gonna feel worth it.

That’s ok.

Make one of these:













As always, feel free to comment with feedback, ideas, or projects of your own!

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 30

I had to make a bag for a group I joined.  Basically, everybody in the group makes a bag for someone else.  So I made a Sherlock-themed bag for my person.

I thought it would be really easy and fast, since it was like a transfer.  So what I did was I found some pics on the Internet.  I printed them on photo transfer paper.  I ironed them to the bag.


Then I had to re-iron Sherlock, because he was coming off.  Silly Sherlock.




As always, feel free to comment with feedback, ideas or creative projects of your own!

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 29

This week….

I picked up pastels again.  Mostly because I saw something cool on Pinterest with pages cut out of a dictionary in a heart shape, emphasizing specific words.  I didn’t use a dictionary.  I used a book of children’s verses.



These are the gnomes.  I draw them…sometimes.  These gnomes are patterned after my nieces and nephews, because my oldest nephew was born looking like a gnome.  I called him my little gnome for ages and ages.  If any child was a fairy baby….




From left to right: Daisy, Jonathan, Calvin, Carrie Anne, Fern.  These are likely positions they would have in real life, too.



As always, feel free to comment with feedback, ideas or projects of your own!