Pictober 2018

Pictober 2018

The good news: I’m planning to expand The Bone Marshes into a huge 50-60 page book with updated maps and content! Woohoo!

The bad news: All of my writing energy is going towards this new project, and I won’t be able to update the blog with cool stuff…cool writing stuff anyway.

Table of Contents

I’ve always hated taking pictures and being in pictures, even as a kid. I respect the art and skills involved in photography, but I always saw it as an attempt to artificially preserve moments; sometimes at the cost of experiencing them.

However recently I’ve changed my mind. I found myself incredibly thankful for the few pictures I’ve taken and now I wish I had taken more over the past 3-4 years.

Day 0


So time to try out this photography thing. I’ll be taking a picture every day for the month of October and adding it to this post. I’ll be using the #inktober2018

Day 1: Poisonous


Over the past month or two I’ve been trying to take control of my eating habits. I replace breakfast and lunch of every day with Soylent, a meal replacement shake. It’s been working pretty well…

Until this morning. The soylent I had to drink had already been opened, and was extremely disgusting. I nearly poisoned myself!

Day 2: Tranquil


We’ve owned this little girl for over a year, and I can’t imagine my life without her.

When she nestled up next to me and falls asleep I experience true tranquility.

Day 3: Roasted


Part of this little challenge is to force me to try new things; embrace new experiences. I couldn’t think of what to take a picture of for roasting, so I tried my hand at making some sweet potato chips.

They turned out pretty good! Definitely adding these to my repertoire.

Day 4: Spell


Sometimes Lauren brings home some of the arts and crafts that she worked on with her kids at school. Seeing them around the house brightens my mood and makes me a little more excited about having kids of our own someday.

Still terrified, but pictures like these increase the appeal!

Day 5: Chicken


I couldn’t think of anything to do for chicken. So I opened up photoshop and messed around with stuff for a while. Came up with this at the end of it. Ori HATES that vacuum cleaner, and always runs upstairs to hide/growl.

Now I’ll think of this weird image…

Day 6: Drool


I enjoyed messing around in photoshop with yesterday’s image…let’s do that again!

Grilled Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwhich is one of my favorite snacks, and I make it all the time. Might have gone a bit overboard with the jelly this time…

Day 7: Exhausted


Our first couch was more like small, uncomfortable patio furniture than anything else. Our current couch is still crappy, but it’s a comfortable kind of crappy.

At the end of a long day, it feels great to become one with the couch.

Day 8: Star


Lauren sings so beautifully. I always thought she could end up on a concert poster if she didn’t hate crowds. I’ll take any excuse to take her picture and look at her beautiful face.

Day 9: Precious


I think this speaks for itself…

Day 10: Flow


Woke up this morning to see a huge puddle beneath the sink. The landlord we have is fantastic, and we’ve had very few problems over the past 3 years. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be too big of an issue…

Day 11: Cruel


No picture for this one…just thinking about the prompt made me sad. I didn’t want to spend my day dwelling on “Cruel”. So here’s the result of a photoshop tutorial I did earlier today.

Day 12: Whale


Today’s image comes from a deep place in my heart. For too long whales have been imprisoned within our cold waters. It’s time to let them fly freely!

Day 13: Guard


Ori is neither fierce nor intimidating. But I still feel safer with her around. Or maybe I just like warm fuzzy things. One of the two.

Day 14/15: Clock/Weak


Today I’m catching up. I couldn’t think of anything for day 14 (Clock), so I combined 14 and 15 together into a shitty motivational poster.


The other image was inspired by an episode of The Bridge Podcast. I’ve been struggling with prayer, and this sermon and verse was extremely encouraging to me.

Day 16/17: Angular/Swollen


Again I’m catching up. I combined 16 and 17 into a small PSA about fonts.


A simple flowchart for Rook, a big scary grappling character from Fantasy Strike. I do’nt see nearly enough people taking advantage of his many options, so I made a simple flowchart to help explain.

Day 18/19/20: Bottle/Scorched/Breakable


This was the first bottle that came to mind when I saw that prompt, which was really weird. I don’t drink much; only go through 2-3 bottles over the course of a year.

But as soon as I saw bottle, it popped into my head. I wonder if that says something about me…


Building upon the Bottle prompt from yesterday, I tried to make it look like I was pouring out fire. But that’s REALLY hard to pull off convincingly, especially because of all the metallic surfaces and tricky lighting. So I gave up, and now you look upon a goofy attempt.


I had much more success breaking the bottle. In photoshop I mean, not in real life. The cracked glass turned out pretty good! This was way more fun than fire.

Day 21/22: Drain/Expensive


This month Lauren and I paid off all of her student loans! This is a major achievement and we are so relived. Only a few of my loans remain. Draining and Expensive indeed!

Aaaaaand I’m done!

I know I didn’t complete all 31 days, but I’m definitely done. I’d rather spend my time on The Bone Marshes, and other blog posts.

Thanks for joining me on this little adventure! Maybe next year I’ll make it all 31 days.