This Week’s Art Project

Saw a picture like this on Pinterest,

and had to try it.

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50 Year Old Doll


My dad traveled to San Francisco in 1964, and brought this doll home, from China Town. She’s been my constant companion through the ups and downs of my life. I dug her out and thought it was time to put her to paper, so to speak, and give her a name, Yui.

I realize that the doll is in traditional Japanese dress, but she really did come from China Town. Was this typical in 1964? Sort of like everything is stamped with Made in China now? I have no idea.

Yui is accompanied by a jade piece from my mother-in-law’s travels, and a fan which was a gift from my Japanese exchange student, Yui, in 2001; thus the name.

The background was taken from the newspaper wrapped legs of the doll. Yui was missing her hat, so I improvised with the lens cap from my macro lens. She is complete again.


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Being a Mom Gives Street Creds for Writing Gore in SciFi

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How many times has some kid come running up to their mom with something sticking out of their head, or a gaping cut, or blood coming from some unseen source? When injuries and blood occurs, kids usually run straight for mom, right? (Mine still send close up shots of their wounds in a text message, even now that they’re adults).

Raising kids inadvertently contributed to my ability to describe a bloody wound, stitches, infections, and things that most people don’t want to look at, but which mothers are forced to, and it includes those times when mom is the only one who will stick the nozzle of the antibiotic ointment tube into the abscessed wound of the beloved family feline. These are the experiences, when remembered and repurposed for SciFi story writing, make the reader experience that “ewww” factor which is exactly what we’re after, right?

So, if you aspire to write anything with gore in it, love and hug your little ones when they get hurt, patch them up, then journal your experience and what you saw. You might be able to use it someday. While this might seem heartless to some, just remember, most kids hurt themselves, and most of them live through it, then later you can tell them how their experience contributed to your story. After all, they may as well get some mileage out of that scar they received while testing out their homemade, brakeless go-cart with no steering.

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