Books

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I needed a distraction today, so I went to the library (+ their bookstore) and swung by a local bookshop to finally pick up Incredible Doom Vol 1 by @bogart
One of my current goals is to get back into reading comics regularly. Forgot how much I love them and I’m hoping to pick up some tricks on how to make my illustration work feel less stiff.

A stack of books (Trail to California, Trails of the Angeles, Shrubs and Trees of Southern California Coastal Region and Mountains, Shrubs & Trees of Southern California Deserts, Incredible Doom, Gender Queer, PTSD, Cannonball) next to a cookie jar that is shaped like a head of lettuce with a bunny figure on top..

Currently Reading: The Runner’s Handbook : The Bestselling Classic Fitness Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Runners (2nd rev Edition) by Bob Glover 📚

Found this little gem at a second hand shop for .99cents. I sometimes to get into modes of thinking I don’t need resource books because I already have the internet, and he horrible mindset of, “how hard could it be?” which usually leads to failure. The book is great, goes into detail on a lot of important topics, provides training plans for different goals, and discusses how to handle sickness/injury/lack of motivation. Plus it is written in a friendly and encouraging way that does not feel intimidating. Excited to get back into running and and to have an actual plan.

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Feels like everything I’ve been reading points back to Buckminster Fuller. Might be time to dig more into his work. He put out so many books though, not sure where to start.

Bits and Bobs

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Made a playlist last week for World Goth Day. Just a short little mix of some of the standards/intro bands. It is a little heavier on the post-punk side. Recently I’ve been focusing on digging up newer groups so it was nice to spend some time with the favorites.

Went through a period of slowing down my usual reading amount. Suppose that goes hand-in-hand with reading three back-to-back books that required a bit of a pause and reflection after each chapter/essay. Trying to get back into the swing of it. Was lucky enough to find a used copy of Extra Bold: a Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers. That should push me to pick up the pace a bit.

The garden is being attacked by mites right now, but neem oil seems to be doing the trick. I know they have to eat too, but it is just out of control. Sorry little ones.

A few weeks ago I attended a portfolio review event through AIGA. I was lucky enough to give five one-on-one presentations. The feedback was almost entirely positive. So thankful to have such a great free resource. Wasn’t sure what to expect when joining AIGA, but the experience has been excellent.

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Just cracked open Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Got a free copy because our library is participating in Book to Action. Hoping to learn a bit and maybe meet some neighbors with similiar mindsets.

Got on the list to be a volunteer at the community garden too!

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Finished up All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine Keeble Wilkinson last week.

I was initially not expecting much because it had been so hyped up, which usually leads to disappointment. However in this case the hype was much deserved.

The book is a collection of essays and poems by women, most of whom are working on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Honestly, it is a great book to read if you are feeling discouraged or hopeless. The stories, advice, examples, and guidance helped to pull me out of the slump I was in. Feeling refreshed and ready to begin the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training at the end of this month.

First Book Illustration!

Woah! Hey! Hey! Hey!
My first book illustration project is out in the world!
Come learn all about clean energy with Sven!

This is the second in a series of nine books for children ages 5+ to help teach the basics of climate change as well as ways to help slow things down a bit.

I’ve been volunteering with Climate Science for just about a year now, mostly creating images for the website/app. Was honored when they wanted me to be a part of the book project. I am part of a team of artists so for each book I am assigned 2-4 pages.

This has been a lot of work, but each book has been a great learning process. Not just in workflow/skills, but also subject matter. I just gotta be careful because I keep ending up spending far too much time learning about different animals and plants. Although that isn’t totally a bad thing.

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Currently reading: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather.

Only a little ways in. So far enjoying it. Trying to make sure to read shorter fiction between the more dense stuff.

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Slowly adding little libraries to google maps. Not doing this in a systematic way, just adding them in as I find them while out on walks.

Screenshot of google maps with scattered location icons indicating where libraries are.

Books Read in 2020

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How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
by Adrian Shaughnessy

Sage Bloom & Water Rights
by Margaret Collier Graham

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
by Aldo Leopold

Do Good Design: How Designers Can Change the World
by David B. Berman

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal
by Kate Aronoff, lyssa Battistoni, aniel Aldana Cohen, hea Riofrancos

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety
by Alan W. Watts

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Green Graphic Design
by Brian Dougherty

A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin (2nd read)

The Daughter of Odren
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre!
by Carleen Madigan

The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin

What Color is Your Parachute? Guide to Rethinking Interviews
by Richard Nelson Bolles

What Color is Your Parachute? Guide to Rethinking Resumes
by Richard Nelson Bolles

The Vignelli Canon
by Massimo Vignelli

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
by David Bayles, Ted Orland

Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
by Mark Manson

Jim Henson: The Biography
by Brian Jay Jones

Akata Witch
by Nnedi Okorafor

How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

Akata Warrior
by Nnedi Okorafor


This was the first year I really embraced digital library loans. Could never get into reading anything long in a digital format, but having a tablet changes everything. Very lucky for that. 2020 had a lot of low energy/motivation days so I tried to do my best to make the most of a bad situation and read instead of just moping about. When I was younger I would be constantly reading, but somehow got away from it. Hoping to keep up this momentum. For this year I’m already 4.5 books in, so far so good.