A Breakfast Break

Hi, Friends!

As you may of noticed, Breakfast Bowl has been on a bit of a hiatus..I apologize for the lack of updates. I’ve been attending to other things in my personal life, and haven’t been spending as much time on creative ventures as I’d like. This was mostly a period of frantic unemployment that is finally coming to a close. I have lots of ideas and am really excited to   jump into this adventure. In the mean time, some of my favorite creative blogs are listed on the Blogs page if you want to check them out. See you in August!


X-Men Swede


Remember when the movie Be Kind Rewind came out? Alamo Drafthouse did a promotional contest in which contestants entered their own “sweded” versions of popular movies, that could be up to five minutes long. The term sweded movie refers to filming your own low budget version of a movie that’s already been made..you know, like they did in the movie.

My friends, Aaron and Chad, invited me to participate in making a swede of all three X-Men movies. We didn’t win, but we did get an honorable mention, and most importantly had a lot of fun. Here it is!

One of my goals for this year is to play with making silly videos…something I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t really dived into. Trying new things can be quite intimidating, but I’m learning more and more that the most important thing is to actually do it – whatever it is. Whatever the outcome, it’ll be better than not having anything at all.

Onward!  -Jenn

Writing Exercise

The other day, I went to go write with a friend. He suggested this writing exercise that turned out to be as productive as it was fun. It’s especially helpful if you, like me, have trouble getting started and showing your work to others. All you need is a pen, paper, and a buddy. Here’s what you do!

* Person 1 writes a few sentences down…five or six lines or so…the exact length is not important. It can be anything.

* Person 1 folds the paper so that you can only see the last line that was written, and passes it to Person 2. It’s okay if it’s not a full sentence.

* Based off of that line, Person 2 writes a few sentences, and repeats the process.

* Keep going back and forth like this until the paper is filled.

* Read it out loud!

I did a modified version of this last night with two other people. It was the same basic idea, except we all wrote at the same time so everyone would have something to do, and passed the papers around the circle. We changed the direction of the circle at one point for variety.

Some of them were serious, others hilariously absurd. Some parts cohesive, some seemingly random. I love this exercise because of the lack of pressure involved. It’s a great way to create something with others in a short amount of time, and exercise your self-expression muscles. Also, it’s fun to hear everyone’s personality come through their writing…a fun and fulfilling interaction between old friends or new.

As far as my own contributions, some sections didn’t do much more for me than fill space. I was proud of a few others, and may use them as springboards for short stories…Try it and see what comes out! Do you have other writing exercises you like to do?


**Edit** This is a version of exquisite corpse, by the way!

Choose Your Own Adventure – Birthday!

THIS blurry photo is a choose your own adventure birthday card I made for my lovely friend, Gina, recently.

It begins with “You wake up and remember it’s your birthday. You…” All paths end with a bunch of friends having a swell ol’ time. Except the part towards the top right . That path ended quickly with her friends crying because they forgot her birthday…and I accidentally didn’t finish that path. I knew there must’ve been a reason why I had to fill up that giant white space with the YAY! Hey, beauty in the imperfections, right?

Along the way, we have cake made with tears, drinks are too strong, and there is a choreographed dance to a Joni Mitchell song…with lots of arm swaying. In the end (of all the other paths), everyone celebrates her birthday and there is happiness all around.

Originally, the elaborate card idea came out of being broke and a little poor planning. I wanted to at least come with something enjoyable. It was fun to make and it worked out well. Actually, the characters in the story were the four of us left at the end of her party. Perfect! Silly cards are so fun; there’s no pressure for amazing art, and you can really make something personalized into whatever you want.

My birthday is in two days! Ah….what to do….


Life, oh my!

Remember me?!

I’m still here. Actually, I’m somewhere else in real life. A couple of weeks ago, I moved! It is a lovely older house with two other ladies in centralish Austin. Let’s see, what were the most fun parts….let’s be honest, moving is always a pain. But no point in dwelling.


old new room

All in all, it’s been completely worth it. The actual most fun parts have been hanging out with new roommates, setting up / decorating the new space, living central enough to walk to a coffeeshop and make neighbor friends, and enjoying a large porch. Oh, the joys of having a porch.

new new room!



I haven’t had a stable living situation since…last August? So I’m excited to say the least. Though it’s some work, setting up a new space for yourself can be somewhat therapeutic. Since I haven’t made a space just for me in awhile, this has been especially important.

I had been feeling stuck in my lifestyle, and this is a celebratory change. It’s legitimately difficult, and completely true that we can make real changes in our own lives. Here’s to this steep step of a change in mine!

If anyone would like to share, I’d love to hear about any positive changes you’ve made in your lives!


The Toy Maker, by Richard Hunter

Just over two minutes long, The Toy Maker is an inspiring peek into the life and creations of Ron Fuller. With a genuinely nostalgic approach, Fuller hand crafts detailed, mechanically functional pieces. His sense of humor is literally built into his work…watch the video and you’ll see what I mean. (link via Junkculture)

Here is a tiny Wikipedia article on artist, Ron Fuller.

Here is more information on film-maker, Richard Hunter.