one leap for me

October 5, 2008

This weekend, I remembered what it feels like to take a courageous little leap.

Along with some seriously talented artists and a couple friends, Rama and I are going to be in An Illustrated Life, a book by the fabulous Danny Gregory about artist sketchbooks and journals (coming out mid-to-late November). To promote the book, Danny has been doing podcast interviews with some of the contributors. Interviews terrify me, in part I think because of my own background on the other side of the mic as a reporter, so when Danny first asked if I’d be interested I said, “Thanks but no thanks.” When I heard Rama’s interview, though, the whole thing seemed a lot less scary and I changed my mind. I told Danny I’d do it.

We scheduled a call for early Saturday, and when I woke up that morning I was terrified again. I felt sweaty and sick to my stomach. I snapped at Rama. I didn’t know if I could do it…but I did it anyway.

And it was not bad at all. In fact, it was kind of fun. And after I got off the phone with Danny, I felt great (albeit totally damp in the pits)!

I am pretty sure I didn’t make a fool out of myself and I may have even sounded like I knew what I was talking about. Although I banished Rama to the living room, he sat by the office door to eavesdrop and he assured me I sounded poised and like a pro.


It had been a while since I did something that truly scares me, and I am glad I braved this one. I am celebrating my courage today, and I think I’m ready for the next big scary thing.


  1. Liz says:

    oh hurray for you… leaping always requires so much faith… hope your courage celebration is as awesome as your leap

  2. poketo says:

    I love that story, and so true, makes you feel alive.

  3. currant7 says:

    bumped into your site via design is mine and love it! i’m sure you did well in that interview. sometimes we think too much to appreciate the moment. savour it – you’re in the zone! :)

    love the simplicity of the site a lot! :D

  4. Helen says:

    Hi Christine,
    I’m a Danny Gregory groupie and just listened to your conversation with him – and loved it. So hunted down your website and am so glad I did. It’s beautiful to look at, inspiring to read and great fun. Can’t wait for An Illustrated Life and suspect I will now be a Maganda groupie too. Thanks!

  5. Ron Philbeck says:

    Hi Christine, I just listened to your interview on Danny’s site. It was really great. I look forward to the book coming out. Ron
    PS I like the hand+book journals too.

  6. Erlina says:

    Hey C! Congrats and great interview.

  7. gem says:

    hooray for courage*full leaps!

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  9. Cindy says:

    you’re braver than me! the interview was great, loved hearing about the whys and hows of your sketchbook, bravo for making the leap!

  10. pixie says:

    you are so brave.
    and so bold.
    and so beautiful.

    thank you for all of the color and sweat you bring to our world.


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