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31 Aug Draw A Dream

Jody Mace draws my dream in which I fall off the treadmill.

Jody Mace draws my dream in which I fall off the treadmill.

This is me, in all my stick-figure glory. You can tell because a) the caption says so, and b) it ends in disaster. Before you write to inquire how I am, I assure you this drawing depicts a dream, not reality. Although I recently joined a gym, I have yet to be involved in an equipment-related accident. And plan to keep it that way. I’m fine in real life. My dream life? Fraught with danger.

Jody Mace, the artist behind this whimsical drawing, is a freelance writer who readily admits she can’t draw all that well but is doing it anyway. The results? An enchanting comic strip made all the more charming for its simplicity. The best part? In a world of copycat blogs, aggregate websites and 140-character thoughts, Jody is doing something totally original and engaging. And it makes me want to do something totally out of my comfort zone, too.

When Jody read about my bizarre dream on my Facebook status (full disclosure: we are Facebook friends and writing colleagues), she offered to draw my dream. Intrigued, I accepted and grilled her via email about her project. Her answer was as interesting as her drawing. She wrote:

There is no revenue generated here. I do this to help me remember my own dreams and to gain a little insight. For example, I was having a lot of dreams about suffocating. Turns out I had sleep apnea. When I got a cpap those dreams went away. Also I think it’s good for my brain and creativity to try to express ideas and stories with drawing instead of just writing. And also most of the dreams are really funny and I just want to share them. Of course if a publisher came around and said “I want you to make a book” I’d consider it!

Want to see more of Jody’s dream drawings? She posts them on a Facebook Page called I Draw My Dreams.

I’m feeling stuck in recipe repository mode and could use some inspiration. Got any sites, links, concepts that can help jump start creativity? They don’t have to be related to food, they just have to be original. Shameless self-promotion is acceptable and encouraged. As always, karmic brownie points for paying it forward.

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  • Robin Smart
    Posted at 11:34h, 31 August Reply

    Centre pieces can set your guests up for the food. How about a blog on decent centre pieces, that guests don’t have to pretend they are giraffes to see over, or weave like boxers to see around?
    Love,
    Robin
    PS. Your clean out the fridge pizza was the BEST.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:54h, 06 September Reply

      @Robin Smart, glad you liked the pizza. I’ll be making more now that I have a really good sized pizza stone.

      As for centre pieces? You know I don’t use them. They get in the way of the food :-)

  • Barb
    Posted at 07:12h, 01 September Reply

    Jody’s dreams (and those of anyone in her orbit) almost always cracked me up–yours did!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:56h, 06 September Reply

      @Barb, I was laughing hard, too. I love this concept so much. Wish I’d thought of it. I’m now hooked on checking her Fan Page daily.

  • Sally
    Posted at 10:47h, 04 September Reply

    This site combining drawing and cooking inspired me the other day. http://www.theydrawandcook.com/ particularly the borscht illustrations – beautiful. Another is the mind bogglingly creative http://milasdaydreams.blogspot.com/?spref=fb
    Just found your blog and have bookmarked it to provide some inspiration for me.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 14:13h, 05 September Reply

      @Sally, thanks for including me in your inspirational bookmarks. I popped by the links you provided and think they’re very creative. I’m a sucker for drawing and love the photo of the baby playing the recorder. I think the teddy bear makes that shot.

      Are you familiar with Kitchen Scraps? It’s an illustrated cookbook with great lead-in stories. I think you’ll like it, too.
      http://kitchenscraps.ca/

  • Sally
    Posted at 09:19h, 06 September Reply

    I like the recorder too. Thanks for your link.

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