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NaNoWriMo 2012

Well, it’s November, which means in addition to traveling, feasting and the mad scramble to get all Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving, I’m also tackling NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again.

For those who aren’t away, NaNoWriMo is a project to write a novel (50,000 words) in a single month. That’s about 1,667 words (or 7 pages) a day, every day, for 30 days.

I did it last year, and I can tell you, it is not easy. But more importantly, it’s also not impossible.

I learned some lessons from last year’s experience.

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Ephemera Art Boxes for Insert Change Here exhibition

1857 - Grace Kinnear
I created this series of ephemera art boxes created for Insert Change Here (insertchangehere.com), a fundraiser put on by W+K 12.8 to benefit arts education in Portland public schools. Each box contained the possessions of one Portland resident on a significant day in the city’s history, and on the day when each encountered an unusual creature in the water. They were placed in vending machines and sold on the event’s opening night.

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Working on the Canvas Map Project, Part 1

Every summer as a kid, my dad took me and my younger sister to a couple of new US states for a short vacation. After ten years of doing that, plus some school and personal trips, I’d covered 48 states.

Now that Jey’s here, I want him to see all of the amazing vistas and interesting spots around this massive country, so we’ve started doing a fair bit of traveling ourselves. But we ran into a couple of problems: first, what’s the best way to keep the memories of those trips alive in our home, so that we can enjoy them, and share them with others? Second, how can we display our digital photos, and further, still tell a story about where we’ve been and what we’ve seen?

We eventually landed on a solution…

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