Saturday, January 20, 2018

I've opened a Patreon and I want your thoughts!

Hey friends!

If you follow me on Twitter then, you know that I was looking to start a Patreon and I did it! Please check out my Patreon (! It's still going to be tweaked so some things may change as I adjust and get the hang of it. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Patreon, it's a subscription based system where a person pays to see special content from a creator depending on the reward tier you choose. You can always quit the subscription at any time.

I've created my page and have a few reward tiers up if you feel inclined to help support me. You're not obligated to join or pay, it's just a little extra that helps me out. I'm looking for any type of reward you'd like to see from me. So far I've got sketches and an option where you guys can help choose my next sketch subject. I'm open to any ideas that you guys would like to see!

As I'm planning for 2018 for this blog, what kind of blog posts would you like to see from me? I think posting a blog post every 2 weeks seems to be a reasonable schedule for me. 

I've planned mostly progress blog posts to help hold me accountable but I'd love to hear if there's anything you'd like to see more of? Reviews? If so, of what? Life update blogs? I'm open to suggestions!

I'd really like to get more organized this year and be able to produce more regular posts for you guys so please look forward to that!

I'd love it if you guys could help share this post and comment! I know I get some views but I'd love to hear from you all and hope that I can help cater to what you'd like to see. Thank you for reading and sharing if you do so ahead of time!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

I'm alive!!!! See ya 2017, I'm so ready for 2018!

2017 ended up flying by for me the last half of the year. Lots of things happened. Some good, some bad. It's all a roller coaster adventure with its highs and lows.

2017 highlights:

  • Got a new job! Started December 1 and so far so good! Still can't kick some of the habits I learned from the previous job but I'm working on it.
  • I'm getting used to wearing "fancy clothes" for my business casual work place. I use that term loosely. That means anything that isn't a t-shirt, sweatshirt, jeans, shorts, athletic shoes or flip flops. Depends on the season. For those who don't know, those are my go-to clothes and would be totally fine wearing that everyday.
  • Rediscovered my passions and what I want to do with my life. This is helping me set some goals for 2018. 
  • Finished my latest sketchbook! Only took 5 years. haha But I'm proud to see the progress.
  • Figured out how I'm using some of my Traveler's Notebooks and pens! Instead of just collecting them and gazing adoringly at them on my bookshelf.
  • With the help of a dermatologist friend I'm finally able to manage my adult acne.
  • Realized I am fortunate  enough to have pretty much everything I could want so trying not to buy any material things unless I truly need them.

That's all I can think of at the moment. I may update the list later if I can remember anything else.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Stay-cation Week

First day of my job (7/27/2017) vs last day of my job (11/ 30/2017) of my notebook. Beginning of a new chapter or plot twist in my life!

#travelersnotebook #speckledfawn #Kodiak #leather #notebook #patina #growth #change #career

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Job + Online Store Sale

I'm still alive! Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! 

Just my job has kept me busy and the only time I have to art, is to sketch, but it's nothing good enough to share on here. Funny thing, I've gotten a new job! Still at the same company but it's a different department. Plus side is that it's closer of a commute so instead of about 40 minutes to an hour commute one way (depending on traffic) it should decrease to about 20-30 minutes. I'll still be busy with the new job but I'm HOPING that once I get established I'll have some more free time.

Anyways, I super miss you guys and apologize for not posting. Again if you want to keep up with me you might want to check out my Twitter instead as I'm on there nearly daily even if I don't really post daily. lol I know, great prioritization.

I have a sale going on at my store! It's 20% off nearly everything in my store so please check it out! If you're interested, visit my Storenvy storefront!

Hope you all are doing well!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Life Update: New Job and Other Random Things

Ok, so I totally meant to post this right after I heard I got my new job! Which was *cringes* about 8 months ago...But I ended up finding that working full time is a lot more tiresome than I expected. I knew there would be a transition but the longer I was there, and the more I learned, the harder it was to have energy to blog or do anything once I got home. Still enjoy the job but found my spare time was a lot more limited than I would like. The reason I am able to post today is because I took a day off. I've taken off other days but I remembered the blog today. haha I haven't forgotten you guys, just haven't had much to say.

I digress, I'll try to blog more frequently. Hoping for at least once a month, but more would be ideal. I just to keep you all in the loop since it looked like I disappeared off here but do follow me on Twitter as I'm more active there. Anyways, here's the post I was going to schedule but forgot and then didn't have time...Sorry guys!

Anyways, hope you all are doing great!



Hey friends! Sorry I haven't been around. I've been meaning to update but I've been so busy with my new job! I am super ecstatic about it! I've been searching for a full time job for awhile so I'm feeling extremely blessed and fortunate for this opportunity. Unfortunately, it'll mean I'll have less time so I'm trying to enjoy what time I have while I can. That means sketching and working on my projects as well as spending time with my family. Check out below what I've been able to do for the Summer!

I'm on snapchat, find me at Aisazia. I haven't really used it much but I took a few snapchats of things that I found funny or interesting.

Here's a bird that lives in the lilac bush right outside my bedroom window. This is the second robin that decided to hatch an egg there.

Someone decided to try to take a bite out of a fake apple. XD

I haven't been able to play Pokemon Go yet, my phone sucks and I need a new one. It's ran out of space and all the things I tried to delete wasn't enough. I just need to replace it.

Took some snapchats of my trip to Cedar Point with my family. Got a few people who smoked in line which is a non-smoking area. D:< If you couldn't tell, I despise the smell of cigarette smoke. I saw a few others but didn't have time to take a picture as I walked by them. Otherwise, had a great time and it wasn't as cold in the dark or as hot in the sun as I expected. Enjoyed the night shots, it was almost a full moon. :D

Friday, May 20, 2016

Puerto Rico 2016

Sorry for the lack of updates. I really need to get back into being productive with my work. Recently I've been fortunate enough to travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico this past Spring! It was lots of fun and I really enjoyed it. I went with my family and a friend so I wasn't alone. Here's a few glimpses of my travels. 

I had plans to wind down and write or sketch but that didn't happen as much as I had hoped since we were constantly moving more than I expected which was fine. We were there for a week and while it was drizzly and partly sunny, it didn't deter us from enjoying ourselves. I actually appreciated the clouds so I didn't have the opportunity to burn myself before my friend's wedding. 

Her wedding was good! No major mishaps so I'd consider it a success. Most things went according to plan and other than a few minor downsides (cold weather where we had to wear a strapless dress and heels as well as a light rain) it went well. A lot of people didn't speak English so there were people rudely talking during the wedding ceremony and reception speeches. Other than that, I think it was good and I'm so glad it's over. Sorry, no pictures for that since it's a private thing but know that it was successful. Now I can focus on the things I want to do! AKA find a full time job and work on my art and writing.

Now on to the photos!

Pics as we're descending towards Puerto Rico.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Watercolor/Colored Pencil Fun

Yikes! Sorry guys! Trying to get back into updating! Ok, so a few new things I want to mention since my latest update.

Updated my online store at Storenvy! I now have buttons, stickers, a blank notebook, an ashcan sketchbook(limited quantity), and a minicomic(limited quantity), and my ORIGINAL ARTWORK. You know, if you're into that kind of thing. ^_~ I currently have everything 20% off! Use the code: GrandReopening20 at the checkout. Below are some of of the originals I have up for sale. I've used watercolor and colored pencil on them and they will be protected with a fixative.

I have updated my portfolio website domain as I've recently learned about not renewing domains and it can be expensive, especially if you don't renew right away. Apparently you have to wait several months for it to be available again and since I didn't want to pay the redemption fee on top of the domain cost, I opt to wait. Learn from my mistake. Currently it's but I plan to buy back my previous domain which is

I'd like to redesign the website when I can figure out what I want to do for it. For now, it's fine as is but if there are any issues or problems you see and want to let me know, feel free to contact me (find my contact page) or tweet me (@aisazia)! I'd love to hear your suggestions.

I know I missed my quarterly newsletter in December. There were so many things that happened that distracted me, I just didn't have time to make it or update it. Truthfully, I also felt I didn't have too much to add to it either. Something I shouldn't have a problem with this coming newsletter.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Life Update + Traveler's Notebooks

Hey guys! Been a long time! *glances at calendar and gasps* It's been about 4 months since I last blogged!

I want to apologize for it! Lately, I've been doing more reading the last few months and updating my other blog during the end of 2015 but this first quarter of the year has been lacking but I have a good reason for the last few months. Unfortunately I haven't been motivated to read now but I do want to get back into writing/sketching. No good reason why other than I hadn't been feeling like it but once I get started I don't have a problem finishing.

I've been waiting on beta reader feedback and recently (in Feb) received all the expected feedback but now I've been too much of a chicken to go back in to read and revise. All the feedback are reasonable and makes sense, I'm just not motivated to dive in and revise which isn't bad, I'm just procrastinating. While waiting, I wanted to write in February but was only able to get under 6k written which sucks because my goal was 20k. Still, it's progress and better than nothing.

Going to suck it up this month and go through my drafts and feedback when I can. Although, I already know that there is going to be a rehaul of the story including fleshing out characters and world. However, I realized this is going to be a busy month for me and know that it won't be possible. I wanted to do April Campnanowrimo this month but that already went belly up. Instead I decided I'll just read my current drafts and try to outline them if possible so it'll be a bit easier to revise.

Last month I've been asked to be Maid of Honor for a friend but it turns out she wants her wedding in May so technically we have 2 months to plan it.

Yeah, you read that right. 2 months! 

So all the bridal shower/bachlorette, decorations, dresses, etc. Yeah, needs to be done soon. Like yesterday. Fortunately, we have the dresses and some of the stuff done but still have lots to do. I'm glad my friend is pretty laid back about things but that also can be hard when coming to making a decision. I feel like everything is going to be rushed so she won't be able to enjoy anything...Oh well...I'm happy for her and I'm going to do my darndest to make things as easy as possible for her when the day comes. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be an all day affair. Like get up at 6am and done at 11pm sort of deal. That is including travel time. *dies* Anyways, enough of that, just wanted to explain why I haven't been as active as I should have been. You can read more in my quarterly newsletters if you're interested.

Just to add some visuals for you, I've been adding to my Traveler's Notebook are my latest acquisitions. :D I've bought and sold a few but didn't take photos as I knew I wouldn't keep them. My hopes is that I'll bring them with me and write/sketch as I go instead of relying on a computer to type things up and motivate me to sketch on the go more. Personally, I prefer handwriting my novels, I feel like I get a better flow of the story and easier to not go back and edit. Anyways, hoping these babies will get me motivated to write more. They are so pretty and feel amazing. *pets* Do you guys use them? If so, let me know! Share with me your social media so I can stalk follow you!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Nov 2015 Nanowrimo Wrap Up - WritingProject: Countdown #3 - Update #5

Countdown Series #3

Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 42,639
Week's Total WC: 7,417
Total Story WC: 50,056

Daily WC:
  1. 0
  2. 0
  3. 4,252
  4. 3,165

Last 200 words:

Maggie beamed, “Good, I’ll wait here.”

Eddy grinned at her and tugged on my arm but I stopped then walked over and gave Maggie a hug. She paused confused for a moment but then embraced me back. “It’ll be fine,” she whispered and rubbed my back comfortingly.

“I’ll miss you,” I said which made her bark out in laughter.

“You’ll be back in an hour or two, silly. I’ll see you soon.”

I half waved unable to tell her the entire truth as to why I said it and tears threatened to leak from my eyes but I valiantly held them back as Eddy gently directed me out of the room.

Once the door closed I felt Eddy embrace me tightly and he murmured by my ear, “I have a gut feeling. I won’t say it aloud because I don’t want to jinx it.”

I choked out a laugh and pulled back slightly, “When have you ever been superstitious?”


Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 7,417

Decided to list some of my thoughts I've had during the week to give you a little more insight on my progress and/or struggles.
  • Once I missed a day it seemed to snowball and I had the crazy idea that I could catch up. Technically it's true but was a close call and I didn't like feeling rushed at the end.
  • Even at 50k the story is far from over but I intend on finishing it later. Not sure if I'll do it in December yet.
  • Apparently I can more or less do 3-4k right before bed as long as I'm focused enough. Technically it's in a sitting or two as I do get up for breaks when I feel like it. Kind of proud about this and wished I was able to do that everyday. My record is about 6k in a day.

End of the Month Thoughts

Total Words This Month: 50,056

Surprisingly, I'm not as burnt out from writing as I've been in other months where I've written this consistently. Normally I need a few days or a week break between but I was ready to write on Dec. 1. I should have, but didn't. Whoops.

While typing is convenient, I still prefer writing long hand for stories and may attempt to do that in the future again. Maybe during one of the Campnanos. Gives me a better reason to write on the go or while I'm out. I realize I don't particularly enjoy writing on my phone. Autocorrect is my enemy.

Getting started is the hardest part for me when I begin a writing session but once I get going for awhile I tend to be able to pound words out fairly easily. As long as I know where the story is going. Fortunately, I did for this story so the outline was extremely helpful and I will try to do this for the future again.

Glad this story is mostly done with but it does need fleshed out as I tend to write bare bones the first time around. I do need to go back to the first book and finish that story. I also have to figure out the over-arcing themes and ideas over the entire series. I want to know all the details before I go any further with the series so I know where it will eventually end.

Overall, I'm fairly happy with how this month went. I stuck to my outline fairly well and didn't deviate too much. The outline helped when I got stuck on what to write about that day and I know I skipped a lot of transitions. Each plot point beat in my outline seemed to generate about at least 1k of words for me. I technically had 20 beat points but some of those merged or I skipped in general so I think I did well. I made my goal for the moment and I know I'll have to add more to the story that I skipped or needs fleshed out.

I'm proud of my win and hope to be able to use this to motivate myself to keep on moving forward and doing my best. I do plan on doing Campnano next year but from now till the new year, my hopes are to do revisions and planning.

I hope you guys are enjoying reading about my progress of this series with me. Let me know what you think of these updates and what you'd like to see more of in the future!

Other Updates:

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 2015 Nanowrimo Wk 4 - WritingProject: Countdown #3 - Update #4

Countdown Series #3

Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 32,406
Week's Total WC: 10,233
Total Story WC: 42,639

Daily WC:
  1. 1,968
  2. 1,689
  3. 1,671
  4. 1,669
  5. 1,149
  6. 2,087
  7. 0

Last 200 words:

It frustrated me how they were so blind to Sammy and what an amazing kid he is because who knows. Sammy could have turned rebellious and did all sorts of incredibly bad or terrible things. He could have sunk into a deep depression. Yes, they were treating him but they weren’t there for him emotionally.

Sammy needed people he could connect to, someone who would listen to his plights or problems. He needed to be guided and having the only people he could connect to be either a butler or locked in their offices didn’t help. He needed people who would be there for him no matter what. Put his needs before theirs and ultimately be a guardian to him. I knew the Fitzgeralds weren’t but I couldn’t quite figure out why that was because as far as I could see, they had a great life.

Again, I don’t know their past troubles or what they’ve had to deal with but until I find out more about them, it’s better to stay under their radar. I wouldn’t want them to restrict our time together with Sammy because it wouldn’t kill just us, it’d kill Sammy too.


Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 10,233

Decided to list some of my thoughts I've had during the week to give you a little more insight on my progress and/or struggles.

  • I was so proud I was able to motivate myself to write almost all week when I didn't feel like it. Wrote so late though, right before bedtime so around 9 or 10 pm but it also meant I went to bed later than I expected.
  • Really wished I kept up with Reverse Nanowrimo because I ended up getting busy during the holiday weekend. I could have wrote but ended up spending time trying to wipe my desktop (I use my laptop more) so I could possibly resell it.
  • I missed one day and it snowballed from there.
  • Am glad that my family isn't huge about holidays but I still need to spend time with them. Fortunately they didn't nag me as much as I thought for me spending so much time in my room again.
  • Whoops, posted this way late. Forgot to post it on Friday as I was still busy wiping my computer. EDIT: Posted this before I finished this post. Sorry!

Other Updates:

Update #4
Update #3
Update #2
Update #1