I made these things instead (2016 edition).

With the end of one year and the start of another comes the season of recaps and resolutions. For my part, I did make a little headway on my novel in 2016 – I took a workshop, got into an intensive, and, after initially failing at writing group, helped form a new one with some GrubStreet classmates. I even got a dozen blog posts up, and a few people actually read them. LOOK AT ME GO!

Well, OK, it was a short trip. Despite the progress, I still don’t have a first draft to show for it. I haven’t written that novel (yet). What I do have is an acute case of creative ADD. I can’t help it, I love to make things. That includes stories, sure, but sometimes a gal just needs to cut with a pair of scissors in her hand instead of a cursor on her screen.

This year, I resolve to focus as much of my creative energy as possible on book writing. But in the meantime, here’s an online exhibit of some things I made in 2016 instead of cranking out my novel.

Tour it with me, won’t you?


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This Galentine’s Day party garland.

These vacation memes.

These temporary tattoos for my husband’s birthday.

This giant peanut butter and jelly sandwich cake, also for my husband’s birthday.

This digital watercolor drawing of my cat, who thinks it looks just like her.


Some beachy chalk art outside the children’s museum (credit for the sun goes to my niece).

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A beachy children’s book for my other niece. Technically this is a book, but it is not my novel, so it counts.


This holiday party photo booth backdrop. I call it “Drinking By Woods On A Snowy Evening.”

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