Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday #19: Writing

Derwent and Ticonderoga graphite pencils on Strathmore drawing paper.

Happy Sunday, y'all!  How has your weekend been?  I've taken a more leisurely one than usual.  I borrowed an Amazon Kindle from my university's library and have been glued to it all weekend.  This afternoon, I shifted to more academic reading for my presentation this Thursday (the lab I work in has three meetings of presentations a week)!

CINDERELLA.  The Kindles from my university store books on the Cloud so anything that was downloaded by others is retained on the device.  Whilst perusing my options, I rediscovered an old childhood favorite, Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah.  It's a heart-wrenching memoir, a companion story to Fallen Leaves.  Lately, I've taken great interest in writing that pertains to my culture, particularly the voices of Chinese women, real or fictional.  If you have any recommendations, please do leave them here!

GRAPHITE.  I dug up an old sketchbook and found this drawing I had started more than a year ago.  I've since lost the references I was using for the shading, but decided to add a little bit more and call it a day.  My favorite part is the left in this drawing.  I quite enjoyed doing the shading.  Something to work on?  Making subjects appear more realistic; there are portions of this portrait that look almost like a cartoon.

CHAPTERS.  I started creative writing again this week to make more productive use of my free time.  Okay, I still keep Netflix on because I enjoy background noise, but I'm trying to not be relaxing like a vegetable.  Here is what I have noticed: as an adult, I have a far harder time committing words to the page that I did as a teenager.  I'm more self critical so I agonize over my sentences.  My future writing task: get the words out without worrying about getting it done perfectly the first time. 


• I am blown away by Bon Iver's Holocene every time I listen to it.
•  Ever think about the different types of friendships?


  1. You are so talented!!
    And I am going to check out Holocene right now :)

    Enclothed Cognition

  2. Those books sound really good actually. I read a lot of books from Asian authors (currently reading a non-fiction on a girl who escaped North Korea) and of course, I do like reading a little Murakami every now and then, but he requires a bit more brainpower!

  3. I've read Chinese Cinderella! Years ago, when it came out, and I was rather young. I read that first then picked up Fallen Leaves. Adeline Yen Mah is a beautiful writer. It read the book in one morning in my KL apartment.

    You are a beautiful artist and writer, Alyse! I feel like I have to say that because you are! <3

    xx BASH |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  4. This drawing is so amazing Alyse, you seriously need to share your talents haha! Chinese Cinderella sounds wonderful x

  5. I remember Chinese Cinderella! I read it so long ago. The only other book I can think of is Wild Swans.

  6. that wait but why blog is hilarious yet thoughtful. i'm going to spend hours to read it. your sketch looks awesome! 10/10 from me. good luck for the presentation!