When I was a kid, my parents shipped me off to camp for the entire summer, right after school ended. This isn't really true; I was probably only at summer camp for a couple weeks, but it was every summer, until I was old enough to get a summer job. First it was day-camp, then it was Girl Scout camp, then it was church camp -- which isn't as bad as it sounds. I grew up Lutheran; church was pretty chill, and so was church camp.
I have two cats named Friday and Marvin. Marvin is a black and white short haired cat with a mellow and friendly disposition. He's 13 years old. In my previous apartment (SEE: In the Shadow of the Hills), I left my balcony door open all the time, day and night. I lived on the second floor… Continue reading I Built a Catio on My Balcony!
It didn't occur to me until after I had written this blog post that it would make its debut on April first. I promise you, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. Everything I'm about to tell you, really happened. It's all true. My neighborhood is kind of crappy. I live in a supposedly… Continue reading The 100% True and Real Tale of the MFG
I've tried, really really tried, but I cannot pin down one single moment in my childhood memories when a switch flipped and I went from being scared of everything, to liking the scary stuff.
In January of 2020, I decided to start a No-Buy Year. I would only buy the things that I really needed, and I'd use the things I already owned. Then 2020 happened. I was fortunate enough to keep my job, although it was a near thing. In late March, the company I work for cut… Continue reading Starting My Depth Year
I used to live in an apartment building in a small, hip neighborhood in the foothills of Mount Lee: north of Hollywood and west of Los Feliz. From the bottom of the street two blocks west of my old street, you can see the Hollywood Sign. More than once, I saw a tourist standing in… Continue reading In the Shadow of the Hills
Hi there. My name is Joan. Some of you might be wondering why my Instagram handle is darkroast_art; and my Twitter handle and my illustration portfolio site are both darkroast.art. Some of you might never have wondered about this at all. You may just be assuming it's because I like coffee. You're not wrong. I… Continue reading Jitters: An Origin Story