many things make a post
into the night

up with figs

Once upon a time, Lisa and Adrienne worked for the same alternative newsweekly. Now, both spend their respective days mining their creative souls and leading hermit-like lives. And so an idea was hatched. Every week, one would send the other a sketch - either in illustration or word form - and the other would make a companion sketch. The result would be posted on both their blogs every week, just for grins. Even if the result isn't award-worthy, the exercise might make both minds more nimble. Hopefully.


Ah youth

Dear college students,

As we finish out the semester, some helpful hints:


  • Personal hygiene is a) not optional and b) to be completed before class. I know my standards are relaxed but, seriously, no one wants to see that.
  • Any piece of paper that you hand in to me should be typed. We are surrounded by all sorts of technology that will let you do that. Take advantage of it. Back in the stone age, we had to use these crazy things called “typewriters.” They didn’t even have spell-check. They were dark, dark days.
  • Enough with the fucking phones. Unless you are waiting for a kidney, communication with those not in the room can wait until the end of class.
  • I am not your mother. 
  • Additionally, to quote the almighty Tim Gunn, I can’t want you to succeed more than you want to succeed. 
  • Some days it does all feel pointless and arbitrary. Do it anyway.
  • Please approach the rest of the assignments with all of your ass, rather than just half of it. You’ll get better results.
  • Finally, we are all exhausted right now. Your exhaustion is not unique. The whining does you no favors. Just the opposite, in fact.

 Soon this will all be but a distant memory,

- Your professor.


Text ©Adrienne Martini; illustration ©Lisa Horstman. Until the end of time. Or something.




I shall send this to a couple community college profs whose blogs I read. They will empathize, I'm sure.

Perfect! Now to tackle that grading!

You must have been spying on my 10 a.m. class today. I may show them this page on Friday. After course evals. :)

Love it. Thanks for the grins.

Everything should be typed? When I was an engineering student, this was usually not feasible, what with formulae and symbols. Do students need to be expert typesetters?

You (both) are awesome.

PS I just keep reading this over and over. "Some days it does all feel pointless and arbitrary. Do it anyway."
I am going to quote you next semester.

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