book review

BOOK REVIEW // The Bone Witch

12:10 PM



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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. 
But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for 

necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized 
in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that 
can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to 

train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts 
all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her 
elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. 
And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. 
Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten 
the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival 
of those she loves.


The Bone Witch has been a highly anticipated read for me for a while, and despite it coming out last spring and despite me having an ARC before that >.>, I was only able to get to it recently. When I first read about it, I couldn't really tell if it was set in a modern world or fantasy world so there was a lot of intrigue happening. (It's a fantasy world, for those of you who don't know.)

It's a YA novel about a girl named Tea (pronounced tay-uh, yeah...that was hard for my brain to wrap itself around too) who is the most dreaded kind of witch that exists in her world—a bone witch. She discovers this when she accidentally raises her brother from his grave.

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The premise was very cool, with the bone monsters with gems in their chests, the different kinds of asha (the most powerful witches...I think), the magical rituals, and the training in areas like fighting, dance, and instruments. But, I felt that the rest of the story didn't live up to the initial excitement. Let me tell you why. *drumroll*

I spent a lot of the time trying to decide whether the timeline, hopping back and forth from the past to the present and back, disorientated me or intrigued me. While it kind of did both, the disorientation won out. Think of it as having a line with one moving piece at each end. Each piece takes a turn moving a spot forward, until they meet in the middle. That's how The Bone Witch worked. It also took the fun out of figuring out the ending because the book already gave you the beginning and the ending and just left the middle to be discovered.

That leads me to my next point. Is it bad that the only reason I want to read the second book is because I am dead curious (pun not intended) about the ending, which dropped an unexplained bomb about a person that I liked and who was pretty mysterious. I think it says a lot that that is the only thing that might make me ready book two.

There were not a lot of things happening in this book.

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There was way to much description for me. There were so many names, geographies, histories...the list could go on and on. It was an information overload that left my brain crying, because if I haven't mentioned it enough, names and such are not my strongest area. There was too much description and inner monologue, as opposed to interesting dialogue and good pacing. There wasn't a whole lot of action. There might have been a little war, but for the majority of the book Tea wasn't anywhere near the fighting. It was a weird isolation from the main events moving the book's plot.

And where was the training? Yeah, Tea trained at running errands and being a maid for a LONG time for the grouchy head of her asha house. And we learn what she eats and how the head lady picks her nose. For how important the book's description makes Tea's training sound, there is little of her actual asha training that we get to see. Loads of filler. Again, where is the war?? I WAS PROMISED WAR.

However, I did like the world building and the originality of the creatures. It was a very new fantasy world, and I only wish that the action had lived up to that part.

The heartsglass!

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Those were so beautiful to visualize and read about, especially when Tea learned about diagnosing a person or reading their thoughts through the colors. The concept of losing your heart, etc. and the importance of the heartsglass in relationships was fascinating. ðŸ‘ŒðŸ‘Œ 

It was also really interesting to read a story from the point of view of someone who I wasn't always sure was good. There's a very gray moral area in character that the author explores, and I appreciated that. 

If you are someone who loves slower paced books and the luxurious small details of fantasy books (very luxurious), then you might like this one.

my rating:
🌟🌟
(it was okay)

Disclaimer: I received a free eARC of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

art

When Will I Ever Get Better at Painting?? 🎨

6:42 PM

There's this common insecurity in art (and life probably, at least in my case) that "perfection" is so unattainable that people just don't try to attain anything because they're so scared that their art won't live up to their expectations.

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I am very guilty of this. That's one of the reasons I'm thankful for art school, because it forces me to overcome this with very real consequences if I don't. *cough* grades, yes I'm a nerd *cough*

More recently I've become a little more okay with not being perfect, with letting the paint lie where it accidentally splats, and with not obsessing over the tiniest detail in a design spread.

Just a little though. It's a hard fight, and all I can say is that I win it more often than I used to. ðŸ˜‚

While looking through some of my old art pictures on Facebook and some of my paintings from Painting 1 (what probably will be my last required, graded paintings), I thought it'd be cool to compare some of my first paintings to some of my most recent ones. That way I preserve memories (and pain) and show other aspiring artists that no one starts out perfect. Disclaimer: I'm still definitely not perfect. 

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And that's not the point. Perfection and realism is not the point. The point is to express yourself and the world through your eyes and with your unique style. The point is to create, because if you didn't you might possibly go crazy.

That being said, it is totally okay to take breaks from art. Yes, a person usually gravitates towards doing what they love in their free time, but if you need a break, you need a break. It's fine. I've taken breaks, for weeks sometimes months, from doing any kind of art that I usually do at school, or any art period. And that's cool. ðŸ‘Œ


Fall 2014, first semester of college
The above painting was for Two Dimensional Design. It's mixed media (meaning, I didn't only use one material or medium): acrylic paints, ink pens, and glitter/sparkly glue. The topic for this project was "song representation." I chose Do Life Big by Jamie Grace (below).



Spring 2015

This was for Intro to Design (my second Digital Design class). It's a digital painting, minus the text, but was built from tracing an image.

Fall 2015

Another digital painting. I think that the subject was totally open for us students, so I painted this scene out of one of my WIP storyworlds.

Fall 2015

More digital painting yayy. I painted these for a poster I was using, but I ended up not using them.

Fall 2016

Guess what?? DIGITAL PAINTING. ðŸ˜‚😂 This is the Scarlet Witch, which I did for a portrait painting project. (I didn't paint the flames by hand, though, which you can tell if you pay attention to the repetition, etc. especially in the flames on the left.)


Spring 2017 #1

Spring 2017 #2
These were two acrylic paintings that I did for an honors class called The Human Body and Visual Art. They are based off the concept of presenting anatomy with artistic reinterpretation. Meaning, fairytales. The first one is a hybrid of Jack and the Beanstalk and a kidney. The second one is a hybrid of Rapunzel and her tower and the esophagus + voice box + etc. area. They were so fun to create!


Fall 2017 #1

I took a Painting I class last semester, thus the onslaught of more non-digital paintings. I also thought it might be cool to see how I progressed, and you can progress, and got better just within the span of a few months with constant work. For this painting, we were supposed to copy a classical piece, mostly for the purpose of learning how to work with colors better but also for going through the process of painting without the added strain of deciding composition, etc. I chose Robert de Niro, Sr. by Elaine de Kooning (the seriously underrated wife of Willem de Kooning, whom you probably have heard more about).


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Willem made this. Woman V. And other unsettling, derogatory paintings of women, imho.


Fall 2017 #2

Assignment: To paint a container and tell a story with it. It was also an exercise to prepare us for more serious painting assignments. This box tells the story of me, and my life. See if you can figure it out. ðŸ˜‰ Oh! By the way, all these paintings from fall 2017 were created with oil paints. Which I hadn't really touched before this class.

Fall 2017 #3

Self-portrait, in the style of Rosie the Riveter, but re-made for my purposes and for a more modern take. This one is painted on a canvas that I made myself, with help from the professor of course, but most of the grunt work was done by moi and that makes me so proud. You can work from a mirror or a picture for a self-portrait. I chose to work from a picture so I could focus better and not have to worry about making the exact same pose and expression, especially since I chose a harder pose. THAT FACE ANGLE. *cries for days*

Fall 2017 #4
This was our last project, guided by the requirement of lots of textures. I seriously regretted everything when I was painting those five million leaves omg. But, it's turned out to be my favorite out of the class by far. I think I was finally falling into a more established rhythm of style and brush strokes and colors. 

BUT KEEP IN MIND as the whole purpose of this blog post--I didn't start out this way. Not by a long shot. This is after three years of being an college art student. The point is, change will come but it's not instant, so don't be too disappointed by what you see now, because if you keep going, it will change. 

P.S. There's More

Keep in mind, I also painted this during Fall 2017.

And had to redo the hydrangea flowers.

You definitely got this.

college

A (College) Senior Moment

11:24 PM

Yes, this a play on words. Yes, I'm a senior. Yes, school has started.

I'm fine.



Recently, I was reading all of my blog posts about college life, which I really enjoyed, and I realized that I haven't written anything for senior year yet. Which I need to memorialize, because it's senior year. The wobbly stepping stone between adulthood and whatever the weird in-between phase college was.

It's full of, you know, responsibilities that are just lurking around every corner.

Every.

corner.

This year includes some semi-big changes like moving into my first apartment on my own, without a roommate--the same roommate that I've had for three years. I don't have super strong feelings about this.

I never had one of those horrible roommate experiences that you hear about all the time when you're a freshman (and for the rest of college). We were in a very neutral, chill zone of friendship or maybe acquaintanceship that never quite reached close friends.

So for me, it's more of me stepping out of my comfort zone...again. (This is not to say that I do that a lot, but I do it way more than I used to)

My main emotions are...excitement and drive mixed with a big spoonful of tiredness and apprehension. Excitement about a fresh start and new things. Apprehension about ending such a huge part of my life and HAVING TO FIND A JOB.

Guys, the mere thought of having to find a job, and good god, "settle down" is terrifying. Let's not even talk about a family member who-shall-not-be-named who often asks how soon I'll be buying a house after I graduate. Buy a house? BUY A HOUSE? Woman, I'm not even ready to buy my textbooks for this semester (never mind, that was invalid. I've already bought them. I bought them like a month before school started. I'm one of those people.)

So with that nice, comforting sentence, let's go into the advice I have for you.


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1. Planners are still important. And expensive.

I like to go to TJ Maxx or Ross to buy planners because they're a lot prettier than the plain ones at Walmart for similar prices.

This is mine! I love the artsy/painterly cover & it comes with a GOLDEN PEN.

2. Think ahead about job applications and apartment leases during winter break. All the important stuff that requires scary paperwork with lots of big words that no one understands. Think about them and then run away screaming with panic hands.

Someone told me pretty recently that realistically I probably would have to wait 6 or more months to get a job after filling out job applications. Better early than late.

3. Explore new movie/TV series and book genres.

There is never time like the present to add even more to your TBR or TBW (too be watched). So, dive into a new genre.

I'm going to be trying to do this by reading more non-fiction and graphic novels, both areas that I haven't really read in a lot. I'm also going to be borrowing graphic design books (on basics, specifics, whatever) from my college library to supplement my learning because my graphic design program doesn't include any actual textbooks. While I think they aren't necessary in my field, I think they're a good thing to benefit from. Look for inspiration from new and unconventional sources!

4. I hope you've been saving up the boxes you used to move in all those other years of college because...eheh. You're going to need them this year. All of them. 

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If you haven't, instead of trying to buy packing boxes, go to stores like Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General (for my USA people) and ask them if they have any extra boxes lying around.

It's definitely not a super common thing to do nowadays, but it will save money and it is done. All you have to do is tell them you're moving and ask them if they can help you out.

Anxiety note: "All you have to do." If you're nervous/anxious/embarrassed about doing this, don't imagine me just marching in and confidently asking for boxes. Yeah, they're just boxes, but you better believe I'll be rehearsing that one sentence I need to say for 15 minutes.  

5. Don't be afraid to entertain possibility. 

This might sound like one of those inspirational quotes everyone snorts at* but I realized this year that I had lost some possible experiences in college because I had resigned myself to the fact that I couldn't do them.

I couldn't afford it. I was too busy. I couldn't be distracted from my major.

Well, that could be true, but it also 👏 might 👏 not 👏 be 👏.

What if you never know because you never entertained the possibility???

(Some of you might have seen my recent tweet about trying to do study abroad senior year. This is why.)

*I do not under any circumstance ever pin these on Pinterest



Bangtan Boys

Summer 2017 Art Things

9:55 PM

Yiiiikes, hey everybody. It's been two whole months since my last post. ðŸ˜Ÿ Woops.

I have been staying really busy this summer, and it's been busyness with art or design type stuff as opposed to my other college summers where I stayed cooped up in my room and took online classes or studied for exams.

I like the change of pace.


If you're interested in finding out what the mysterious and vague "art or design type stuff" is, then I won't disappoint. Keep reading!


Stay Bookish Zine


I don't think I've talked about this on the blog (I HAVE on my twitter though, which is where you can keep up to date with it). The Stay Bookish Zine was started by Hazel Ureta of Stay Bookish. I think I randomly saw a tweet from another current staff member about an open application for staffing an e-magazine last winter. They needed graphic designers and I was like "aw yeah, a magazine that combines YA and design, like this is mah dream." So I applied, but I didn't really have big expectations.

Here I am, two issues later, a (semi-)permanent staff member of this awesome YA e-mag. We're still getting organized, but I think for our first two issues it looks pretty great. ðŸ˜‰ You can find them here.

This last issue featured S.K. Ali and her new book Saints & Misfits along with other cool things like a playlist for new releases ALONG with a Spotify playlist and the staff's current reads. 

BTS (Bangtan Boys/Beyond The Scene) AU Youtube Series

On May 12, I and my sister started on a whole new branch of artsiness with a BTS murder mystery AU Youtube series. This has taken houuuurs and I mean HOURS. 


Because we basically just started with who we wanted the victim and murderer to be and created the plot and individual video concepts as we went. 



The series is called Who Killed Me? and starts out showing the viewer that Park Jimin, member of a huge local gang, has been murdered. The official verdict is that the dirty job was done by Jeon Jungkook, a fellow member... but is the official verdict the right verdict?

We are currently wrapping up the series, and we're so, so, SO happy with the small following we've gotten. 

Produce 101/Kpop Edits





I've been trying out creating some "best moments" and edits for k-pop in general and Produce 101 Season 2. I'm not sure if it's going to be a long-term thing or if I'm really good at it, but it's fun and relaxing so I'm doing it for now on my Youtube channel.

Summer Internship

OOOOHOHOHO. SUMMER INTERNSHIP. WHAT A BIGGIE. *runs screaming into the distance* This is my first internship, and my first legit job in the field I want to work in aka graphic design. I'm working part-time for the summer at a printing company along with some work for a sister paper company. Hoo boy. 


It was super overwhelming at first. So many new people, so much new information about presses and corrugated which apparently means cardboard like in what dimension people and going to publicity meetings. WOWIE. I've settle into it a lot better now, and I've finished several projects like a internal business newsletter, baby shower invites, marketing materials, etc. I usually have several projects going on at the same time. 

It's a lot of responsibility and constant churning out of ideas, but I like it because there's not that pressure of grades and maintaining GPA so you can keep your scholarship. You get quality work done, and you get paid for your work. 👍  Although, it has been super interesting and stressful in the anxiety area. ðŸ˜‚


What are you spending your summer doing?

anime

My Dream Crate // Haikyuu!!

10:23 PM

Some of you might be familiar with the name Loot Crate, but in case you aren't, Loot Crate is a geek subscription crate that sends a collection of all kinds of crazy cool merch (from Guardians of the Galaxy to RWBY, which is an anime) out every month. 



Loot Crate is encouraging fans everywhere to participate in a project unlimited by practicality, to showcase their wildest ideas in a blog post. I got challenged by Loot Crate to put together my ultimate Dream Crate too!

I AM READY TO ANSWER THE CHALLENGE.

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I'm going to gush about an anime called Haikyuu!! (also a manga). It's amazing and you should watch it (or read it) and there absolutely should be a crate all about it.


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A very brief summary before we hop into the merch *wiggles eyebrows*: this is a high school volleyball comedy. That being said, there are a lot of dramatic emotions, weird cut scenes, and unearthly (not in the good way) facial expressions. I love it.

Here's What My Dream Crate Looks Like: *

*Each crate usually has around 4-6 items, so I'm going to try to keep within that range of numbers.

1. Karasuno High School Volleyball Team Stickers. 



2. Four Chibi Buttons (*clears throat* MY choices would be Tanaka, Daichi, Kageyama, and Hinata. Those are the first three and the bottom third).

Haikyuu 1.75inch Chibi Buttons Set or Single


3. This Haikyuu!! Teams Drawstring Bag in Karasuno Colors.


4. Hinata Magazine Cover Poster (because Hinata is life and my sunshine/smol son. he runs this show). 


5. Mini Volleyball Key Chain. 

Cat Toy Mini Volleyball Shaped Keychain Chaveiro Key Chain Ring Keyfob Holder sleutelhanger llaveros mujer france laduree(China (Mainland))

6. Karasuno Volleyball Club Jacket (because just all the feels).

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What if you could put together the ultimate dream crate with merch from your favorite TV show, movie, book, or game? What would you choose to showcase?

april

💮💮APRIL SHOWERS (RECAP)💮💮

10:30 AM

Hey, guys. It's been a while huh. I basically have the same old excuse, which is-- school runs my life right now (and for the remaining couple days of finals week). Sleep deprivation is a way of life. Etc. etc. 

Between no sleep and exams though, I still wanted to do April's recap because 1) it was a pretty cool month and 2) DO YOU GUYS SEE MY NEW BLOG DESIGN. 😊 Oh my gosh, I'm so happy. 

music


(My Side by Laurex, only one of the cutest Youtube couples EVER)



(Kuaga/Lost Time by Pierce Fulton. This sounds like a tropical island. And it also happens to be the song for one of the couples that I highly ship in my sisters WIP. So. We all win.)



(Spotlight by Punch & Silento. Who knew dis boy aka Punch could sing this good?? The dancing is pretty spot on too 👌)



(Dong Dong by Produce 101, the show. I'll explain more about my new interest in Produce 101 Season 2 BUT this performance from Season 1 is fire.)



(Romantic by Stanaj. This is just really sweet. Although everytime I hear him say "You say I make you shy. Don't know why. Everytime we kiss, it gets better everytime" I have a mini rant in my head about how he's like I don't know why you would be shy the kissing's been great *cue deep guy voice*.)



(Minzy, formerly of 2NE1, has created her first solo album and pretty much everything I've listened to has been kickbutt and catchy. Especially this one--Superwoman. Psst go check out ING too.)



(Will You Go Out With Me? by DIA. At least two girls from DIA were on Produce 101 but that's beside the point. The point is it is VERY cutesy but at a tolerable/nice level? I mean, the rap's great.)



(Rumor by K.A.R.D. Co-ed group what what. Personally, I think it's awesome especially since co-ed singing things aren't done a lot in Kpop. And they have a really neat funky vibe going on.)

Woops. That's way bigger than I thought it would be. Sorry, but also, you're gonna thank me later. ðŸ˜‰

books

Rites of Passage
🌟🌟🌟🌟
pages: 416
published: September 9, 2014
genre: YA, contemporary, military

I also read a book this month?? Which was amazing. Both the book and being able to sit down and submerge myself in a storyworld. I think I'll be posting an in-depth review soon, but to summarize quickly: it's about a teen girl who's thrown into hostile situation in a previously all-boys military academy. She has military background, but man, but it's still hard and the way the bullying and character growth is written is almost perfect.

what I'm doing

What am I doing? Hmm. Well, right now I'm writing this post when I probably should be working on my latest design project or the term paper for that class. Don't worry, I'll be fine.

Other things:

  • There are really pretty trees with flowers right now, but the problem with that is pollen. I'm allergic to pollen. And for some reason the levels have been off the charts this spring which means gross allergies.
  • HOTT. I could be talking about weather or I could be talking about my college's version of Humans of New York aka HONY (it's the second one). So we're doing that, but a lot more journalistically accurate as in using AP style. It's honestly terrifying to walk up to random people and try to interview them. It's over now! But I am glad I got the experience.
  • It's also been raining a lot. ☔ 
  • I'm a part of the Stay Bookish Zine (online) as a graphic designer and we recently, or semi-recently, published our first issue
  • My final design project has been an illustrative typography, which is using text to form shapes, one where I've hand lettered designs for Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel. It's been agonizing in terms of hours and sore wrists from using my drawing tablet, but I love how it's turning out. Maybe I'll post something about it on here?

on the TV

Now's the time to tell you about my newest interest. It's Produce 101 Season 2.

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I'm actually obsessed. It's getting bad. I already have a little group of my favorites and I'm afraid to make it any bigger because the final group is only 11 people and I can't handle that stress.

Do you want to see them? Great, I'm glad you said yes. ðŸ˜‰

REMEMBER THESE BOYS. And if you're in South Korea, pleaaase vote for them or at least check out their performances. (I am sulking over the fact that I can't as an international person.)

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Starting from top left: Park Woojin, Kim Samuel, Kang Daniel, and Jung Dongsu. They are my bebs. If you by any chance want to see more of them, I will find you links. *wiggles eyebrows* I am on a mission to convert everyone to be their fans.

Well, that was my April in a nutshell. QOTD: What new obsession have you gained recently?

college

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENT

11:31 AM

author's note: this was actually written on and is about February 7th. enjoy!

9 am - The alarm on my phone goes off. I hate the noise so much, and I used to have it on just vibrate, but I've been so tired and busy this school year that I'm too scared to do that anymore. This is one of my late morning days. On Mondays and Wednesdays I get up at 7. ðŸ˜’

9:15 am - I manage to actually get out of bed.


9:30 am - Take a shower.

10 am - I check all my social media and try to make sense of this week's to-do list. Feel strong waves of despair as I look at the 8 homework assignments for Professional Practices (plus other homework and projects for other classes) to be completed in a week. Check my student email. Boring stuff.

the set-up

10:30 am - I start working on my heart art that's due tomorrow afternoon. In my defense, I've had an extremely busy, stressful past couple days. Hopefully I can work on it more later and write my art analysis on it.

 


11:45 am - Time to speed clean my room, which needs it REALLY badly.

12:00 - Lunch time :)

that's ranch dressing. which kinda looks gross in the pic. there's not as much on there as it looks lol.

1:00 pm - Off to my 1:30 class! (News Layout & Copy Editing. It's one of my electives, a journalism class.)




2:25 pm - I trek over to the fine arts building for my class at 3. I'm wayyy early so hopefully I can get something school-related out of the way. Or I could just hang out on Twitter. Twitter sounds nice.

4:20 pm - Class ends. We learn that the midterm, previously a mysterious "approximately" before spring break, might now be "next Tuesday." I panic. Since I haven't studied for this test at all yet.

5:15 pm - I fix some supper and eat fast cause your girl's got a lot to do today.

6:10 pm - Start back on that heart art, which is for a special honors class I'm taking called The Human Body & Visual Art.

this was watercolor. watercolor is hard.

7:50 pm - I take a much needed break from the hustle and indulge myself with episode 15 of Hwarang. It just gives me all the fuzzies seeing the guys becoming a good team and working together. Gawsh so kewt.

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9:20 pm - Back to arting the heart. (note from author: okay, guys, I did this hovering over my art piece which was laying on the floor. and man. the leg cramps.)



10:50 pm - I decide that it's time to call it quits, seriously hoping that I have enough time tomorrow to actually finish the heart. GAH.

12 aka midnight - Off to bed. Finally. I should probably have better sleeping habits. No, I know I should but sometimes my mental-rest-needs outweigh my physical-rest-needs and I just stay up. It's a bad excuse but it true.


I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my world. If you'd like to read more posts about my life at college or what I do specifically as a graphic design student (everyone would like to know. we're a well-kept mystery. *magic dust*), let me know. 


And if you were curious as to how that heart turned out, here it is ^^:


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