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

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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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Next Stop: Infectious Disease

Talked to a nurse at the cancer center yesterday, and she told me to expect a call to schedule an appointment with an infectious disease specialist, because my oncologist was referring me to one. This is the next stop on the diagnostic itinerary...

For Peace

If you haven't heard of Aaron Bushnell by now, please know that even the blurred video is disturbing. Google with caution. I'm having a hard time reconciling US political rhetoric about the preciousness of life with the willingness of some to...

Emotional Switches

I let myself be sad today. Which is a breakthrough of sorts. Over the years, I have flipped some emotional switches to try and stem feelings of fear and anxiety and anger.  I know. Danger, Will Robinson. Well, it backfired horribly, as any...

Simon & Garfunkel, 30-ish Years Later

When I was about 10? Maybe? I used to play Where in the World is Carmen San Diego on our family's IBM. The den's dark wooden shutters would be closed, and I'd put on headphones and listen to Simon and Garfunkel while tracking down a villain with a...

What I Need

Here's what I find frustrating about my predicament: if I over-explain people get bored and irritated and wish I'd just say what I need. If I just say what I need, I'm too bossy and not appreciative enough. In the absence of other people with brain...


Visitor Favorites

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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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