Rachel Oftedahl

Stubborn dreamer.

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Dear Joss, I admire you.

I have long been in love with the writing of Joss Whedon, and the various little bits of gold that come from interviews with him about the creative process. And so, although it might be a word or two long, I have chosen a quote from him:

"Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it. Saute it. Whatever. Make."

It may be biting off more than I can chew, but...

And then I got obsessed with research, losing my way in a morass of inspiration, trying to not jump ahead and think of how it all ties together, but just lose myself in the joy of observing.

And then began that terrifying moment. Pencil to paper. A digital girl who long ago loved the soft sound of graphite scraping on paper, who now stared with apprehension at her new undo button, the plastic eraser. With each stroke, the voice in her head crying out "it's not perfect!" But a stronger chorus emerged, one who reminded her of those lessons learned in art school and life in general. Nothing is perfect, and only time and practice improves ability. So she continued, taking comfort in the familiar sound of graphite on paper, noting in her head she should probably dust off all of her drafting equipment from the days when she actually hand-drafted.

Warm-up 01 - clearly sans ruler or compass, trying desperately to cling to the idea that it is just exploration.

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