I need art friends! =)x

  • @burvantill I read your posts and I'm like "get out of my head! Ha Ha! I am at such a similar place right now--starting late and really prioritizing art and unfulfilled dreams/goals. I have also spent a TON of time reading and while I will never regret it (totally agree with @Miriam that it fills the creative bank account), I've resolved to spend way less time reading and focus as much as possible on the art (maybe get back to writing also). And another sci fi fantasy girl here!

  • @burvantill & @Eli Yes, it seems like things often come down to balance. You are right that it's important to prioritize and be willing to sacrifice for what you really want!

    That's great that you have found the motivation that you need. You might want to write down how you feel and why it's important to you, so you can pull it out and read it if ever need a motivation re-charge.

    I used to really enjoy Dystopian novels (Hunger Games, Maze Runner, etc.), but not so much after my health declined (I have a chronic illness). I've always liked lighter fantasy as well (Harry Potter, Inkheart), so I've been sticking with more of that in the last few years. One of my favorite genres is retold fairytales (like the movie, Ever After). Have either of you read the Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer? That series is one of my favorites! It's set in a sci-fi type future, and based on several classic fairytales. The first book is called Cinder.

  • @burvantill Hi and welcome! πŸ™‚

  • @miriam I hear you. I love dark stuff but have to really be careful what I put in my head. I have not heard of that series but will check it out. I love SO many writers.
    Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are favorites of mine. And Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is my favorite book. I'd love to illustrate some images from it when I up my game a bit more. It's full of the most amazing imagery.

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    @Miriam iriam & @Eli I'm glad we have similar mind sets. =)x
    I have read Cinder and have the rest of the books in my to do list (Goodreads) but other books got on the way. Heartless, by Meyer, was good. The lead fem character was a bit wishy washy at first. Once she grew a backbone the book was way better. ALL of the other characters were good so that made up for it.
    I hear you @Miriam about being more selective after health issues. I am one of the lucky breast cancer statistics and I feel the same way about movies that I watch now. Its just not worth the downer that some movies give you. Give me Pixar any day! Lol!

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    @surfshineart Thanx! I like your art. You look like a fun person. =)x
    I love the bear and crab meditating. Too cute!

  • @eli I loved The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman! I'll have to look up the other ones you mentioned.

    @burvantill Congratulations--I'm glad you survived & made it through!
    I like to use Goodreads, too. πŸ™‚
    I think I listened to the Lunar Chronicles on audiobook. Heartless was a pretty creative retelling / spin-off. I agree about the main character. That one was different to read, since you know it isn't going to turn out well--and I kept wanting it to anyway--ha, ha! Yes--Pixar movies are awesome!

  • @burvantill Haha thanks. I live in a surf town in Canada so the illustration was inspired by the beach life here...with a playful take on it πŸ™‚ Glad you like it. I just checked your instagram- your art is great! And you add a beautiful presence on this forum already. Happy days!

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    @surfshineart Thank You! There are surf towns in Canada?! 😜 I saw that you lived in Canada. From your pictures I thought Hawaii at first. I was surprised by your location. I guess we are breaking stereotypes all over. California girls don't all live in sunny L.A. LOL!!! I think we have our roles reversed. I'm in the mountains and your on the ocean. πŸ‘ =)x

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    @miriam & @Eli , i just put a hold on the Graveyard Book (audiobook) from my digital library. I can’t tell yet if you two are going to be a bad influence on me. 🀣😜.

  • @burvantill Ha! Yes! a terrible influence. You can't go wrong with Neil Gaiman. He is phenomenal.

  • @burvantill The audiobook I listened to had a bonus feature at the end where he shares the inspiration for the story and his experience writing it, so I hope it's the same!

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    @Miriam & @Eli I listened to the Graveyard Book! It did NOT have the extra bit at the end unfortunately. But I did realize that I have read/listened to Gaiman before with Stardust and Ocean at the End of the Lane. I saw the Stardust movie first then heard there was a book, so HAD to get the book. Lol. So I guess I'm a fan and didn't know it. Lol. I love that he reads his own books. After the Graveyard Book I also listened to Odd and the Frost Giants. It was cute. I now have more than five of his books on my holds list. Have you read American Gods yet?

  • @burvantill American Gods is EPIC. I've read it a couple of times and it's awesome. I LOVED Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neverwhere and Anansi Boys tie for my favorites, maybe. It has been a while since I read Graveyard Book, but I remember really liking it.

    I haven't listened to the books, only read them, but now that I know he reads them himself, I'm going to have to check that out.
    Good Omens is also great, co-written with Terry Pratchett (another of my favorite writers).

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    @eli Great! I have the Anansi Boys on my list too. Not Neverwhere though. I'll have to add that. LOL!
    He has a great voice. British. I love when brits read to me. hee hee

  • Keep talking you two, I am busily writing down titles here. Also a fan of Gaiman and retold fairytales. Trouble is when he uses multiple illustrators I have to buy duplicate copies of his books. Like both the Chris Riddell and Dave McKean versions. (Love both of them)

  • Both versions of The Graveyard Book that should have said. Early morning here, not awake. πŸ™‚

  • Also, can I add Sleeper and the Spindle to your list of ones to look for? It's in the children's section but the illustrations are just stunning and it's definitely Gaiman putting a twist on fairytales πŸ™‚

  • I just wanted to say 'hi' and echo what's been said earlier ... it's never too late!

    I am 43 and can empathize.. it's hard, at this age, to make any kind of friends. Especially if you're introverted. My theory is that once you hit 39 your tolerance for people's BS drops precipitously which makes it hard to get past the first stages of meeting new people and making friends (or maybe it's just me :D).

    These forums are GREAT! Filled with wonderful, supportive artists. But if you find a way to make art friends in person at our age please do share it! πŸ˜ƒ

    Also - regarding the book turn this thread has taken, I'll toss out "War of the Flowers" by Tad Williams - it's dystopian fantasy, though his style quite different from Neil Gaiman (who I also love).

  • @pam-boutilier I thought it was just me, feeling isolated and finding it hard to make friends. Yes, anyone with tips for finding friends in real life, share them! I agree that your BS tolerance decreases over time, and that is a good thing. But it does get lonely. I will check out that book! Thanks!

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