For our prompt of “Woods” today, I sketched a red fox traveling down a slightly spooky path. Philippe and I watched a couple of Halloween movies recently so that was on my mind. Though we don’t like anything super scary. Yet, this is the first year I’ve convinced him to watch something other than horror movies made for kids. Those are definitely still on the list, of course, but I thought it would be fun to branch out a bit and try something new. The movies that we’ve watched didn’t have jump scares in them, which I do appreciate as those can seem more like a cheap gag. However, I soon realized that without having at least the threat of a jump scare, there’s nothing particularly tense about watching someone walk down a hallway at an extremely slow. Either something major is actually going to happen or nothing will happen at all. So, it’s really not too scary. Philippe used to watch movies like these with a blanket to pull over his eyes, but most modern movies in the genre are a bit more slow burn. Of course, there’s a fine line between a good slow burn and something perfectly awful and boring, but the movies we’ve seen so far strike a fairly good balance.
I’ve been wanting to start a new book project for quite a long time, but haven’t quite felt the right spark to get me going. I’m not entirely sure what happened over this past week, but I started working on an idea for a cozy mystery series and ended up creating an entire fictional town complete with business names and residents. I’m hoping to finally take part in National Novel Writing Month in November this year so I wanted to have a good story mapped out first. It’s very likely that a different project might jump in my path and overtake this one, but it’s been fun to create in a different way! I’ve always loved building fictional worlds in my mind ever since I was a kid. It’s fun to dream up people and places that might not actually exist, but totally could. And, even if I’m not able to finish an entire novel in the span of one month, a truly daunting yet exciting task, I’m just having a blast inventing something!
As I was bouncing ideas around out loud, Philippe would chime in with more ideas as even he started to get interested in the fictional little town. This is what I truly meant when I called what I do Sketching Stuff. It wasn’t just about making visual art, but simply sketching out ideas of any kind with all the incredible enthusiasm of a kid! When I stop and consider the people I admire, I quickly realize the only difference between us is that they actually DO the things I only dream about doing. The first step is the same step that led me to start Doodlewash, and I’m using the same manifesto to get me through this writing project. DO! Sometimes, the answers are so deceptively simple in life that they seem like they couldn’t possibly work. But, I’ve proven that jumping in to try something new can make the most amazing things happen, even when I find myself heading down a path less traveled.
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Benzimida Orange, Opus (VIvid Pink), Indigo, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with Black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book.