Deal With It

Mantra, Nature, Art, Writing

Well, my birthday came and went and I did not finish re-editing my draft like I said I would. There are many excuses, including the fact that I sit in front of a screen nine hours a day and have deadlines five days a week and sometimes just don’t feel like doing any more writing when I get home. (Same excuse for being such a sporadic blogger.) But the fact of the matter is, if I want anything to happen with this book, I need to deal with it. More on this later.

Mantra

BFF Dianna asked if I had a mantra, and I decided on “Deal With It.” It applies to everything. If I don’t feel like doing something? If I am intimidated by something? If I’m feeling emotional? Deal with it, deal with it, deal with it. Then I got this bracelet in the mail:

Deal With It

It’s perfect. I wear it every day and it totally motivates me. Thanks, Dianna!

Bonus photo I found at my parents’ house last weekend:

Dianna (right) and I hanging out in the tree my parents' front yard, circa 1992-ish. Check me out... writing!

Me (left) and Dianna hanging out in the tree my parents’ front yard, circa 1992-ish. Check me out… writing!

Nature

Last month I joined my sister, aunt and aunt’s sister at Government Canyon State Natural Area for a workshop called Mandalas in the Park. If you follow this blog, you know about us and mandalas. For this, we could only use items found in nature, and only items native to the area. Here are some photos:

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A photographer from Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine was shooting our stuff, so we may be featured in the May issue. Cool!

Art

It’s Fiesta time in San Antonio, and so far I’ve visited the Fiesta Arts Fair — my favorite event. I try not to go insane and buy everything I see (especially because it’s all pricey), but I tend to get a couple of things every year. This year I gave myself a budget, which I was adhering to beautifully until I saw the print of the woman. Budget, shmudget. I had to have her:

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Support these artists: Lorena Angulo, Rick Loudermilk, Dolan Geiman.

Support ALL artists!

Writing

So, I may not have met my birthday deadline, but I am slowly but surely working on the book. I spent six hours on Chapter 2 yesterday. I’ll get there, y’all. Deal with it.

Cover Art

A handful of months ago, I blogged about commissioning my wonderfully talented friend Iris to create a cover for my book. Regardless of whether or not it’s ever published, I want to have a piece of art that reflects my vision. Regardless of whether or not it’s ever published, I want to have something to hang on my wall that makes me happy and reminds me that I did this thing I set out to do.

While waiting for the finished product I’ve been doing some Facebook stalking on Iris. She posts about her projects, sometimes with visual aids, sometimes not. for StefWhenever there was a “Yay, I love how this is turning out!”-type post, I hoped that was my cover. Whenever there was a “I totally just spilled paint everywhere, grrr!”-type post, I knew that was my cover. (And it totally was. We laughed about it.)

The other day, Iris and I met for coffee and delivery. She wrapped the art with a lovely purple cord (my signature color, which I don’t know if I told her or she heard it from the universe) with a couple of sweet little charms.

Now, without further ado…

There With You, A Novel by Stefanie Arias

As I told Iris, I am Jessie Spano-level excited about this. I still need to find the perfect frame, and I will soon receive all the digital versions of this to share as I please, but this, this right here, is by far the coolest collaboration I’ve had with a fellow artist.

The three people who have read my original draft (which I am still in the process of improving upon) will understand the concept immediately. I’ll explain it to the rest of you someday, I promise. (I really do. Leave me alone.)

In the meantime, look at this and be happy. Like me.

Happy 2015!

I lied on my social media pages, saying I was going to bed early and would be asleep before midnight.

I was totally awake, working on the book. I wanted to start the year off RIGHT, y’all!

Here’s to 2015! The year things are going to happen!! (Which, by nature of life, is true no matter what. But I’m talking about THINGS.)

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