Inktober Zentangle Challenge Update: The First Week

Inktober Zentangle Challenge Update: The First Week

Happy Friday and happy Inktober! You know, if you’re doing that. I’m just popping in to update you on my progress with the Inktober Zentangle challenge. So far the response to my videos has been encouraging, and I’m glad I decided to give Inktober a go this year. There are a lot of days left, so we’ll see how I feel in another week or two. lol

First, I am happy to report I’ve posted a video *every day* so far. No small feat considering my health, but I’ve been lucky that there have been no additional setbacks on that front.

Watch today’s video: Zentangle Art Inspired by Delftware

You would think drawing everyday would be challenge enough for me, but I had to go and promise a new video with each Zentangle on top of it. (Why am I like this?) One thing I am realizing is that in order to finish a video every day, I cannot always finish what I attempt to draw. If I’m not done drawing by 1:30, I just stop where I am. Because I still need time to edit the video before completely crashing for the day.

I’m learning to be OK with unfinished pieces, but the old, pre-cancer me that’s buried in there somewhere really, REALLY wants to feel “done” with each Zentangle.

Every night when I finish editing, I say to Dan, “I need to stop trying to tackle so much and just do littler, simpler things.” But then the next morning I am back to my old ways, trying to take on something I really have no business attempting until 1.) I learn more about making art and 2.) I don’t have the time constraints of Inktober to contend with.

Anyway, here are a couple of my favorite Inktober Zentangle videos from the first nine days of the challenge. If you want to see new videos as they are published, by sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. If you’re a Patron, remember that you can access videos a day before anyone else (without ads!!). Just go to my Patreon page to get the link for the October early release playlist.

It’s Inktober! Zentangle With Me!

It’s Inktober! Zentangle With Me!

For years, I have been watching as my internet friends participate in fun challenges like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Inktober, Well this year, I am finally able to join in the fun with Inktober 2020. I am going to be posting a new Zentangle video on my YouTube channel according to the unofficial Inktober Zentangle Prompts I made.

Day one went live this morning, and fingers crossed people will find it enjoyable. Although I try to remember that doing things *I* enjoy is its own reward, there’s always a part of me that wants other people’s validation. I think they call that being human. 🙂

It took a lot of planning beforehand to even pretend that this was going to be a possibility for me. Brain cancer and the resulting disability leave me with very little energy to do things. But Dan has sworn to help me this month as much as his chronic illness allows. (Essentially, he’s going to be helping me eat on schedule, because my biggest problem is getting sucked into my daily drawing and video editing schedule and being too exhausted to slap a sandwich together.)

Our failsafe for days when we are both exhausted is the handy-dandy meal replacement shake, so that, like, if it’s noon and I’m not anywhere close to taking a lunch brake, Dan can bring me one to tide me over until dinner. They don’t taste the best, but they have protein, fiber, and vitamins. And they keep my body from going completely off the rails for failing to provide it consistently with fuel.

I imagine we’ll be getting Grubhub or DoorDash or whatever a lot more this month too. At least, as far as the budget allows. One way or another, I am determined to get all 31 days posted. Fingers crossed nothing thwarts my plan!

Anyway, Happy Inktober! If you’re doing this challenge too, let me know!

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