Storytelling Through Art.
My goal is to show experiences in a meaningful way through short stories and hand-drawn sketches.
Find me on IG too! @Hannah_Marie._Artwork
Book Sabbatical: March
This month it was hard for me to stay focused. I had most success in my audiobooks, but also am finishing some non-library books that will be revealed in the April blog. I enjoyed the dash of non-fiction this month which is unusual for me, but makes me feel in touch with real life. I hope to continue stretching my smarty pants muscles and learning more about writing well. My plan for April is to continue digging into books on my shelf and to re-read a couple favorites. Find me on Instagram @hannah_marie._author or Facebook @HannahMarie.author!
Book Sabbatical: February
February is classified as the month of love, and even though I don’t have a valentine this year, I’ve still gotten to love on some of my family and friends. There have been some coffee dates, tearful conversations, quiet evenings, and laughter. Taking time out of my busy schedule to continue building relationships is always worth it, even if it takes away from things that I usually deem “important.” The question is, what matters in the end?
Learn: Poem #21
In a previous post, I shared the impact of relationships, giving you all a sneak peek at my poetry pamphlet Monomyth Melodies, coming out later this year. Below is one of my poems that doesn't follow the common method of rhyming. Instead, I've used the alphabet as inspiration, tracing each letter at the beginning of each line. I started out wanting to have stanzas, where just sections of the poem would rhyme, but at the end I was able to create an entire piece that bounces off each other, creating one semblance of thought through twenty-six separate phrases. Some of the thoughts are a sentence on their own and others blend into the following line. Either way, I have tried to create moments of thoughtfulness and woven in nuggets of truth. The world is not how we would wish, but every step that we take remind others that we are not in this alone. Sometimes it just takes one voice to stand out.
A Goal Aspired.
I don't want to write the next great American novel. True, I do have some amazing dreams for writing, including exploring several genres and languages that I don't even know yet. However, I am learning that creating novels like those that still reside in my head takes time. It is a slow and sometimes tedious process. But let me tell you, it is worth it! My current project has been more than three years in the making. I don't include a lot from that project here, as I'd like to wait until I have a finished product. My goal is to create a graphic novel, with three points of view: a sour rebel, a bouncy stabilizer, and a dreamy go-getter. All of these characters have strengths and weaknesses. All of these characters are from different backgrounds. All of these characters are different races. All of these characters are teens. And all of these characters are forced to interact closely with each other.
To the Everyday Encouragers
It takes a village to raise a child. And sometimes it takes an army of people to transform an adult. The funny thing is, when I became an adult, I thought I had arrived. I no longer needed help or being told what to do. But that is not true. Our lives need changing, even as a grown adult. And the funny thing is, most of the time I am not even aware of the influence that other people have on me--or the influence that I could have on others. There are so many people around me who shed light in places that are broken.
Book Sabbatical: January.
In my previous post regarding a book sabbatical, I mentioned that I was a self-proclaimed bibliophile and I decided that a bibliophile goal for 2022 is to enjoy the books on my bookshelves! Before you say, “Hang on! That’s contradictory,” I looked up several sources that calls a bibliophile one who loves books, collects books, or even someone who walks into a bookstore and comes out with at least one book. That would be me. *hand up here.*
I wrote this poem initially because I wanted to share the expressions of heartbreak that I have felt. I know not everyone experiences the same emotions, but sometimes it's nice to know that someone has been there. It doesn't go into detail, just some of the self-pondering thoughts of blame and sorrow that I went through. One of the things that I want to share with this poem is not just the chaos that a broken heart carries. But as the poem goes on I am able to share that I can sing with my brokenness. I might not be the same person I was before I went through this mess, but that doesn't mean that I have to stay broken.
21 Favorites in 2021
Have you have ever walked into a bookstore and seen the fluttering of little notes hanging off the shelves? Each one is usually hand written, with a comment on how much they enjoyed reading the book or others they would recommend that were similar. This post is one of those notes!
How to Rest.
I came home at 10:30pm to a bowl of water and cat food on my porch. I have two cats. But that food was not mine. I had been gone since around 7:15 that morning and my tortoiseshell cat had been begging to explore, so naturally, she was nowhere to be found when I left the house. After work I had tutoring and dog sitting. My cat definitely relayed all her complaints as I walked up the sidewalk with my arms full of leftover fast food, Christmas presents from co-workers, and books from everything (I always carry too many books and there is no cure for that!).
Coloring Outside the Lines.
What Makes an Artist? I received my own artist/author business cards today. Yet I have never finished writing a novel or won a prize for my art. Unless you count the state fair when I was ten. I did win first place for drawing a girl in chalk. What a proud moment…until I found out that I was the only one who entered that area of art for my age group.
Book Sabbatical, Take Two!
Last January, I set a goal to make a dent in my giant "To Be Read" book pile. From January first to June first, I was determined to only read books that I already owned, borrowed from friends, or rented from the library. I also used Libby for audiobooks and Spotify for book podcasts.