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It’s ‘spohsed to be that way

If you saw my last post (Creative Endeavors), you know I’ve been obsessed with my little clay workings lately in favor of my writing, though I am still trying to write a bit. Well if you saw that post and you want a little update you came to the right place. This is where I’m at now: (click on the photo for a larger view if you’re interested)


I added a nose because my 2 year old told me it needed one, and she was right. It looks a lot better with a nose. And I’m out of clay again, so until I get some more it’s back to writing I go.

Anyway, on to the Friday Fictioneers story for this week, Thanks Rochelle for hosting and you all for reading.

Comments, criticism, and half drunken rants are mandatory this week. You’ll receive a failing grade otherwise.

Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

It’s ‘spohsed to be that way.


“Yes, darling?”

“What’s a spohs?”


Lilah pointed at the word emblazened on the glass above the door. “Spohs. Right there.”

“It says shops.”

“Does not. It says spohs. I can read. Remember?”

“Yes, Lilah. I know. From outside it says shops. It’s backwards because you’re inside.”


“That’s how backwards works.”


“Science says so.”


“I don’t know, dear. Why don’t you tell me why you think you can see it backwards from inside?”

“‘Cause the wall is see through.”

“Bingo. How’d you get so smart?”

“Mommy says I’m telligent.”


“I’m pretty sure it’s telligent, Daddy.”


Creative Endeavors

So I’ve been neglecting my writing this week because I’ve been focusing most of my creative juices into a different form of expression: sculpture. I’ve only ever sculpted once before and the clay I was using sucked so I didn’t get too detailed with it. The process is slow going as I have no experience and I’m just figuring things out as I go, but so far I’m liking the results. There is a long way to go yet, but I figured I’d share my progress.


This is the general idea behind the current sculpt. I’ve got a few little books where I draw a bunch of pictures like this. I draw them for character ideas, sculpture ideas (I’ve wanted to get into it for awhile but just haven’t had time) or just for plain fun.


I went to Hobby Lobby and got a foam head and some clay, then built a base for my foam head from some scrap wood I had.


The next step was to rough out the head. This is where I was when I got to the end of my 1st 4.5 lb block of clay. 40% off coupons are awesome by the way, I highly suggest using them. I covered the front of the foam head with clay and roughed out half the face based on my drawing.


So I went back to Hobby Lobby to get more clay but they didn’t have any more 4.5 lb blocks in the right color so I grabbed two 1 lb blocks to hold me over. Those extra 2 lbs allowed me to rough out the other half of the face and add one of the roughed out ears.


I went back a couple days later (which happened to be on my birthday) after I got a haircut (which is in the same shopping plaza as Hobby Lobby, so I was already there anyway) hoping they had some more 4.5 lb blocks in stock. Turns out they did so I snagged one (with 40% off coupon of course). I roughed out the other ear and adjusted the bone structure of the circles on forehead. They were too high before so I ripped them off and moved them down. I also covered the back of the head and in this photo I had just started to rough out one of the eyes.


This is where I currently stand. I added more detail to the eyes, the brows, the mouth, and one of the ears. My hands hurt so I’m done for now. I still have about 2 lbs of clay left but I want to pick up another 4.5 lb block so I can rough out the neck. This stuff never dries out because it’s oil based so I can reuse it to my heart’s content as long as I keep it clean so I shouldn’t have to keep going back to buy more clay for the next sculpt. But that’s a future discussion. There is still a ton of work to do on this guy so I’ll worry about that later.

If you’re wondering I’ve been calling this little goblin Luka. That’s all I really know about him so far. He hasn’t told me his back story yet.