It has taken longer than expected (or so I thought) for me to resurface. I went on a two-week holiday with my folks (early June) and yet when I came back, I could not muster the will to work on any posts. I enjoy publishing these stories and knowing that someone out there is reading them or even not, basically I like the feeling of having done something. Something I really want to. Why did I need four months away? Was I developing ah-mazing content, was I revamping this webzine of sorts, was I going to be back with a BANG? Was I sad, and needed time to collect my thoughts? No, no, no and no. I just wanted to take a break; it felt good, four months was goooood and long.

And here I am! We went to Europe, visited four cities/countries there, and I could not be happier that it happened. It was not so much the food or the men, but the sights/sites that had me intoxicated. I definitely want to cover my travels in a series of smaller posts, soon – and I hope you will like reading these tales. But yeah, extremely grateful that everything worked out, and we got to visit some truly wonderful places. :-) Since coming back, I have been working on writing assignments, one illustration project (the business has come from a dear set of friends so I am happy), and another (that I hope to acquire) etc.

Erm, I am also learning a new language online (it has been two months, and I am happy with my progress so far); and I have been watching a lot of movies and shows. I need to stop! But first, let me say this – I discovered the best series yet this August, Stranger Things, it was so fucking good that I re-watched the entire series immediately after completing watching it, the first time. Uh-huh, that level of psychitude, homez!

What is with the title of this post, and the illustration?

Well, I think sometimes we all need space and time to figure ourselves out. And journeys! Not just to places, but within our minds as well. We need to breathe, be free, let go and just be. Experience things or not, develop our wits, learn lessons and move forward. We might feel like we have deeply unsettling problems and that we need cures, and yeah, maybe we do but sometimes we also do not – we are good yet missing the point. Much like the folks in this story; should you dig J.K. Rowling, you will know.

So whether you are hoping to chance upon magical keys or mirrors, ingest a few drops of a magical elixir or potion, interpret the patterns the tea leaves form in your cups, wear some quartz to tap into its energy etc. – also know that you have it in you. Failures and mistakes are okay, I am learning this better with every passing year; plus it does not seem all that nasty when I think of who I am becoming or growing into. I like this person. I have liked me for a long time now, more than I thought I could admit. I have flaws, and want to make the best of all this lesson-learning. I do not want to wither away, I would not like my work to be forgotten or deemed worthless.


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes


Advanced Potion-Making

165 Advanced Potion-Making

This is my fourth post in the #LearnToDraw series, and the first one of this year, so… I’m pretty pumped to hear what you think of it! It’s a bit odd, I know, but while thinking of what I should have illustrated for you guys, next – Harry Potter just randomly popped into my head (in fact, I’m thinking of re-reading the series yet again, and yes, that quickly!) and so did a few of my favourite Potions chapters from my Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince copy.

Fast-forwarding through my usual complicated phrasing to the point… I think we could all do with a few drops of a certain Elixir to Induce Euphoria potion, mais non? I’m very sad that Christmas is over, so is my extended (and mini-) break (thank you, broken ankle, I promise to take better care of the NEW you, now!)… and I will be going to work, starting tomorrow!

Though I am very excited to begin work at a new place (technically, I already have because I’ve been working from home since November), I am a little scared to travel by the trains because of my recently healed leg! Travelling will be a task, and I sincerely hope that I don’t injure myself again. Blah-oo.

Okay, I’m still mostly excited though. So… That should be good. Say a little prayer for me, won’t you? Oh wait, I’ll just whip up a little vial of my favourite sunshine-yellow potion!


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes