Day 28. Write about a charity that’s important to you. #crazyrebelliousart

I’ve already written about PNA Village, as well as charity:water. So I’m going to write about a non-profit organization that my daughter is involved with, the Northside Youth Program. For 3.5 years she has been a member of the Northside Drill Team (formerly known as Greenwood Drill Team (click to support them on

These young ladies (and the occasional gentleman) work so hard! You can see this from the videos on their main page as well as the ones I posted on my YouTube account. Here’s an example, if you’re not in the mood to click away:

Book Review: Incumbent Trials

I haven’t read as much poetry in recent years as I would have liked, so I picked up Incumbent Trials by Isis Zystrid, which happened to be sitting on the Local shelf next to my own book at Couth Buzzard on Greenwood Ave. I’m so glad I did!

This is a heart-hitting (I meant to type hard-hitting, but the mistype makes sense too), intense book of verse. Feminist, sensual and socially relevant to the core, her words are everything from thoughtful musings about our place the universe to   smackdowns of societal hypocrisy around women, sex, and poverty. Highly recommended.

Day 26. What are some of your favorite tools? #crazyrebelliousart

When asked this question, I immediately think of painting tools. When I painted with oils I was introduced to red sable brushes and eventually discovered fake red sable (sabeline) brushes, and those are generally my favorites, though really, it just depends on what I’m trying to do.

I’m also a fan of disposable palette paper, because I don’t like cleaning my palette.

I also like palette knives, both for mixing painting and for adding texture to the painted surface.

Palette knives on a work in progress

Palette knives on a work in progress


What are your favorite tools for your work?

Day 25. Five resources you’d recommend to anyone who wants to get into your industry. #crazyrebelliousart

Hmm, well I don’t have just one “industry.”

For writing, I recommend CreateSpace if you’d like to self-publish. You can have them do an editorial review of your work for a reasonable price, and answer all sorts of valuable questions that serve as a sanity check for whether you really do have a good book to offer the world. For editing fiction, I recommend my editor Teri, the Editing Fairy.

For knitting and crochet there’s no better resource than Ravelry. I’m summerleaf on there if you want to friend me.

For painting, if you are local to Seattle, check out Artists & Craftsman Supply.

And this is pretty random, but if you are so busy doing your creative work that you don’t have time to cook, check out food delivery service Munchery.