I made it…


This week I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. I’ve been holding that breath since November 14, 2010. That’s the day I submitted my critical essay to the International Sigma Tau Delta Convention. I’d worked months on the paper previous to that, editing every little part and having quite a few nervous breakdowns before finally giving in and hitting the submit button. It was a long wait, but I finally found out the results:

That’s right, folks. I will be making my way to Pittsburgh in a few months to present a paper on the women in the Grimm Brother’s Snow White, presenting Snow White as an Eve archetype and the Queen as a devil figure. I’m elated, ecstatic, and to tell the truth, a bit nervous. Getting accepted to the conference has been the most important thing to me, and I made it. I actually made it.

When I was originally working on the paper, I took a small break one night to do a little sketch of the Disney-esque Snow White. I hoped one day I would be able to celebrate by adding her to my journal, and here she is, in all of her glory and mine, ready and waiting for me to add the words that express the joy filling my soul. I love the little touch of the fresh rose petals which remind me of the original text where the apple has one side white and the other red. They even look like little apple slices across the page…Lovely. πŸ™‚



Also, I am very excited to share with you what I’ve been working on in my painting class, but it’s just not ready yet. I’m overjoyed that I’m discovering I’m not a terrible failure with oil paints, but we’ll see what you think when I eventually finish the project and share the pics from start to finish.

Until then, another thing I’m rather proud of myself is the fact that I’ve been making my own canvas, something I never dreamed in my life I would do. I cut the wood myself (and didn’t even lose a finger!), assembled the frame, and pulled the canvas. Sweet stuff. I’m rather fond of it. πŸ™‚ Hopefully I can be just as proud of what it becomes as I am of just assembling the canvas.




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