Emily Suess

Certified Zentangle Teacher. Brain tumor survivor. Writer.


My Zentangle Art

Drawing Zentangle art is a beautiful distraction. See my doodle art and learn how to draw with me.

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My Memoir

Who You Gonna Believe is a webserial memoir better than reality TV. I’m spilling tea for free!

My Blog

Writing, Zentangling, chemo, insurance, health, politics, and disability—I blog about it all.

About My Channel

Draw with Me on YouTube

After a brain cancer diagnosis, brain surgery, brain tumor biopsy, radiation, and chemotherapy, I needed a new hobby to help me avoid existential angst and flex what was left of my creative muscle. That’s when I found Zentangling. It’s been a while since I published my last Zentangle video, but as a newly minted CZT, more are on the way! Stay tuned, and subscribe to my channel on YouTube if you want to be notified when I post new content there.




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The Death of OJ Simpson and Other Stuff

Seeing how it's Friday and I've had a very responsible amount of iced coffee (for someone who suffers intermittent bouts of insomnia), I thought I'd do a roundup post of stuff I did or saw this week, starting with the death of OJ Simpson....
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Maintenance Light

I was supposed to have my first appointment with the new rheumatologist tomorrow, but the maintenance light came on in the Corolla, and it needs to be taken in. It's one of those 100,000-mile deals where we knew the car was going to start needing...
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One Zentangle Page a Day

I spent the entirety of this weekend working on my website. Things went well until I broke a couple of pages, including my How to Draw Zentangles: One Zentangle a Day page. Luckily (or not) I had a single small cup of coffee yesterday morning and...
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7 Signs of a Bad Doctor

I'm sharing personal anecdotes along with these 7 signs of a bad doctor for a few reasons: First, I want you to know that if you've got a crummy doc, you're not alone. So many people can relate. (The hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads existed on Twitter...
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In Memory of Philip J. Reed

I don't know if anyone here remembers the time I spent railing against the deceptive and predatory practices of self-pub companies iUniverse and Author Solutions years ago, but it made me some pretty good friends along the way. One of them was...


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Inktober 2020 Zentangle Tutorials

Another Inktober has come and gone, but you can complete my unofficial prompt list at any time and at any pace you like.

100 Things About Me

Many, many years ago the “100 Things About Me” post was was an absolute must for bloggers. I’ve updated mine in case it, like bell bottoms, makes a comeback.

Tangled Talk Video Index

A complete index of my Tangled Talk videos, with detail pages that include human-generated transcripts and a list of the supplies I’ve used in the video.

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One Zentangle a Day Video Index

A complete index of my One Zentangle a Day videos, listing the Zentangle patterns covered for each day.


Zentangle Playlists

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One Zentangle a Day

Following the Book

My videos aren’t a replacement for Beckah Krahula’s wonderful book, but they do give you a preview of its contents and a place to start. This is how I started Zentangling.

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9 Easy Zentangle Patterns

Ongoing Series

In this video series I’m curating easy-to-draw Zentangle pattern sets. The first three pattern sets include organics and botanicals, lines and orbs, and hearts. All drawn on Zentangle Bijou tiles.

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Tangled Talk

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Tangled Talk episodes are a tutorial-vlog hybrid where I fill you in on what’s happening with me while I Zentangle. WARNING: Personal opinions included.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Zentangle?
Zentangle is a method of drawing developed by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable kind of art built on learning basic patterns that I find highly therapeutic. I recommend you visit the official site at Zentangle.com to learn more.
Are you a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)?

Yes! I became a CZT on September 19, 2022. I’m a huge fan of Zentangle who likes to share what I’ve learned and connect with other tanglers.

When were you diagnosed with brain cancer?
I was diagnosed with a diffuse astrocytoma on my brain stem in 2017. That diagnosis came after a years-long struggle with progressive disability. (I was originally misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014.)
What did you do BEFORE?
Before the brain tumor got in the way of everything, I was a professional writer. I wrote technical copy for a software company and had a freelance writing business on the side. I earned a B.A. in English from IUPUI.

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