Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
today is a beautiful day so it is time to introduce the december mini-book. it has nothing to do with christmas, however, and everything to do with taking that next step forward to living your dreams instead of just dreaming them. maybe january's will be more christmasy. :)
again, these are free for the asking. post a comment or email me at illwritealready (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Friday, December 12, 2008
i've always loved stop motion, mostly because it conjures up images of rudolph struggling through the snow and blinking oddly as he talks. so kitchy but so, so great. it could also be that whenever we got our hands on a video camera as kids, we'd immediately make stop motion videos. who hasn't arranged pebbles into words and had them march off screen?
one of my friends used to do stop motion videos with the nativity scene at christmas when she was little, and now she's a filmmaker. proof that early stop motion video aptitude can lead to great careers. she showed me this upcoming movie that had my mouth drop open. the original book had great illustrations and was creepy (even according to lemony snicket.)
if i try to describe it to you, i will ruin it, so just go over to Coraline's website...
and here are the passwords:
the 'sweaterxxs' featurette is stunning.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
julia rothman is one of my favorite illustrators. she's also overflowing with creativity. i love her site book by its cover mostly because i have been known to buy both books and music because of the cover illustration or design. sometimes this doesn't work out so well but at least i get to keep the cool picture. "i live here" is one of the books featured on this website. be careful, though. you might get overwhelmed with the goodness over there.
"wave" is a book i am pulled too every time i see it sitting on a shelf. it helps that the ocean is one of my favorite places on earth. but it is also a beautiful book.
what books are you reading right now? what moves you?
the marathon itself was pretty amazing...35-42 degree weather, foggy, and running down streets lined with oak trees. it was beautiful. people were out standing at the end of their driveways, wrapped in blankets and cheering. one man had his dog on one side and goat on the other. one thing that did keep throwing me off was other than the marathoners who were in it for the long haul, there was also a relay race going on where each person ran a 6 mile (or so) leg. so you would have these people come out of nowhere in a galloping sprint or better, come alongside you and cheerfully chat you up. i kept on forgetting about this and would be trotting along in wonder at the energy being displayed. then i'd remember, 'oh yeah, you've only run 2 miles. now i understand.' it was kind of amusing.
drew (my cousin) completely spoiled me (us) by showing up along the route every 4 miles or so. it was so amazing and wonderful to have family there! i know in past races i've had teammates along the side but i've always missed them--either by being in the zone (or something) or because it was so congested with cheering people. it was nice to look up and so grandma holding her sign and waving. nice is the wrong word. maybe i should say it was incredible.
so the weekend was great--i just wish we could have stretched it out longer. now its time to figure out more ways to get together in this coming year. ;-) california just seems so ginormous when you have family living a million hours north.
p.s. thanks for the interest in the booklets. there are still a few available, if anyone wants one!
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
i don't know this woman but if she hadn't mentioned having three sons, i would have suspected she ripped out some pages from my journal. or something.
thank you, helen, for this.
I've always been a no-frills kind of girl. Show/tell me what to do, and I'll do it. I approached God the same way. Lord, tell me what to do, and I'll follow. What I didn't realize is that God was just as interested in the process of following Him as He is in the actual end point. He wants me to be alert and engaged in the act of taking up my cross daily. I, too, often have surrendered myself to God in terms of the end point but did not want to experience the process. For instance, I'd ask the Lord to give me patience but did not welcome the experience everyday the fiasco a family of three boys would bring in order for me to develop that patience. I'd ask the Lord to make me a person who extends grace and yet did not welcome the challenges of dealing with people who view life from a different perspective. I've learned that taking up my cross daily means to welcome and be alert to the experiences that God puts my way moment to moment. I've too often signed up to follow Jesus and yet just sat on the bench without wanting to engage in the life God had planned for me. God wants me to not just follow Him but to take up my cross daily and experience Him in a more deeper and fuller way. He wants me to experience Him, not just follow Him. (Helen Han)
last week my mom called me to say that i needed to go out at dusk to see jupiter and venus (and the moon) since this is the closest they'll be all year. jupiter is pretty faint in this picture but it is the right 'eye' if you squint at this picture for a while. it also helps if you click on the picture itself to make it bigger. :)
we might not be able to see many stars in l.a., but we can see planets!