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Zooky World is a blog for my personal projects. My name is Dave Williams, and I’m a freelance graphic designer on print projects. I started this blog back in 2010 to try to jump start my creativity, to do more writing and drawing. And I hoped having a blog would help me grow the confidence to move my drawings and poems from my sketchbook to publishing my work.

During the first year of my blog, I stuck to a schedule: t-shirt designs on Mondays (which you can see at my Zazzle store), cartoons on Wednesdays, and silly poems on Fridays. In 2011, I continued to explore creativity through different methods. I added paintings and photos to the mix. Starting in April, I posted something on Tuesdays and Fridays. During 2012, I decided not to stick to a weekly schedule; instead, posting irregularly and adding short fiction pieces to the various stuff that I create.

This blog has helped me grow more confidence to get my drawings and writing out in the world—and some things have come up that I didn’t expect: discovering painting (which I’ve taken a break from, it’s hard to fit everything in) and re-discovering fiction writing. The photo prompts given by Friday Fictioneers, Alastair’s Photo Fiction, and VisDare have been neat challenges to come up with stories inspired by the photos and keep the writing within a word limit. If you’re interested in writing fiction, I highly recommend joining in—it’s a lot of fun.

Keeping a blog certainly has jolted me into spending more time with my sketchbook, of mashing out cartoons, poems, and stories–or jotting down ideas for others. However, somewhere along the way, I developed the bad habit of completing a cartoon in my sketchbook, but never publishing it on my blog. Or starting a poem/story/cartoon/T-shirt design and never going back to finish it.

All those unpublished and unfinished projects have moved me to take the leap to returning to a schedule of posting. Right now, I think I need that discipline of a regular schedule to make sure projects complete the circle and end up being published here. So, in July 2013, I started posting five days a week. I wanted to make these personal projects into more of a schedule of a full-time job, Monday through Friday.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up the 5-day-a-week schedule. It’s another challenge like the ones this blog has been giving me for a while. So be prepared for more childish drawings of corny/weird humor, flash fiction, goofy poems, and random photos.

A big thank you to all those folks who are following my blog. Your likes and comments are very much appreciated. I hope my posts give you a smile or a laugh … or maybe you’ll scratch your head and say “huh?”

Drop me a line at zookyworld@gmail.com if you’d like to ask a question. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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45 Comments leave one →
  1. an admirer permalink
    January 19, 2010 6:14 pm

    i really like the simplicity and creativity of this site. in particular, your robot monster t-shirts are very cool. i’m looking forward to reading more of your ridiculous poems.

    later gator

  2. angstycrayon permalink
    July 2, 2010 12:51 am

    Your site reeks of awesomeness! I completely suck at drawing although I try so hard. I’ll keep plugging away at it though! Good luck with your projects.

    -Ian

  3. Exodus permalink
    September 9, 2010 6:36 pm

    like some of our silly poems. keep writing! 😉

  4. October 11, 2010 12:56 pm

    Great blog – I love the French ants poem and the great T-shirt designs.
    My only suggestion would be that it might be a good idea to put all the T-shirt designs under one top tab so that it woudl be easy to see them all.
    Do you sell the T-shirts?
    And where are you based?
    Kind regards
    Iain

    • October 12, 2010 5:20 pm

      Thanks for the comment! I like your suggestion about collecting the t-shirt designs under one tab. That would be a nice way to organize them. I’ll put a tab together for the t-shirts — as well as one for my cartoons and another for my poems.

      The shirts are for sale through Zazzle, which is a print-on-demand company. It’s a neat setup: You choose a design and a shirt style, and then they will print it and ship it to you. My Zazzle store is at http://www.zazzle.com/zookyshirts.

      I’m based out of Maryland, home of wonderful crab cakes and French Fries with Old Bay seasoning. Okay, now I’m hungry…

  5. katlego/wisdom permalink
    May 16, 2011 5:24 am

    i have recently started a record lable how much will a logo cost? like a lil trade mark! my lable’s name is mintrecords (where money is manufactured)

  6. turid permalink
    August 11, 2011 5:01 am

    Hey Dave,
    Thank you for stopping my my blog and leaving such a grand comment. I’m happy to have discovered your blog and I find myself getting late to work now because I’m reading your poetry. Love it. See you around!
    Turid.

  7. January 3, 2012 5:23 pm

    I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, because you and your blog is awesome! See here for more details: http://literarydormouse.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/youve-won-a-versatile-blogger-award-there-must-be-some-mistake/ and by clicking on the green versatile blogger logo picture you can go over to a blog describing more of it! Happy New Year!

    • January 4, 2012 5:20 am

      Thanks so much! I’ll have to check out the other nominations, too — sounds cool!

  8. August 17, 2012 11:35 am

    Great designs, glad to have stopped by!

  9. August 23, 2012 10:49 pm

    I enjoy your eclectic blog. You’re lucky to have so many talents.

  10. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm permalink
    September 12, 2012 8:54 pm

    I really enjoyed the cartoon of the earth divided into sections resembling a piece of candy. Tell me, where ever did you come up with the idea for that delightful picture?

    • September 13, 2012 9:34 am

      Thanks for your note about the Earth’s core shirt design. I can’t remember exactly how I came up with that idea. I think I had seen a graphic showing layers of the Earth, and it reminded me of a piece of candy.

  11. californiakyle permalink
    December 1, 2012 4:43 am

    Here’s something for you!

    http://365storyteller.com/2012/12/01/blog-of-the-year-2012/

  12. jaschmehl permalink
    January 23, 2013 7:35 am

    You made me laugh twice in the last ten minutes. Following… with the hope I can absorb some of your creative energy.

    • January 23, 2013 1:48 pm

      Glad you had some laughs! Thanks for following — and good luck with your creative pursuits!

  13. Lynn permalink
    February 11, 2013 1:59 am

    I found your blog because you left a comment (and a liink) on Danny Gregory’s blog. You made me laugh…and smile…which is a good thing! I’ll be back. ~Lynn

    • February 11, 2013 6:00 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Lynn. And I’m glad you had a laugh and a smile!

  14. March 13, 2013 7:56 pm

    Thanks for dropping by my site the other day. Glad you liked the Abraham Whale. Love the t-shirt designs, especially the bacon and eggs. Really awesome design.

  15. April 14, 2013 3:50 am

    Thank you for dropping by my blog The Call of the Pen and liking my Friday Fictioneer post, Out of the Frying Pan 🙂

  16. July 16, 2013 9:29 am

    Just wanted you to know I appricate the ‘follow’. I’ve had you book marked since I met you.
    I just like a clean e-mail inbox. So I limit my ‘follows’ but I’ve got you where I can find you 🙂

    I attempt to organize my writing so that’s why I have different sites. Short verse, long verse and fiction are on different spots. You don’t have to follow them all…
    Thanks again. ~Jules

  17. July 24, 2013 5:59 am

    Would you like to take part in Ligo Haibun Challenge
    http://call2read.com/2013/07/22/ligo-haibun-challenge-10/

    • July 26, 2013 7:03 am

      Thanks for the invite! I’ll have to give this challenge a whirl some time. I’m so focused on fiction and drawing now, but I’d like to try writing a Ligo Haibun some time — I’ll have to check back in with the photo prompts.

  18. September 2, 2013 8:38 pm

    You do such fun graphics! And I love that you write as well as paint and draw and design…a renaissance man! Another crazily talented person that I can follow and love to hate. 😉 Cheers for the visit, too.

  19. November 16, 2013 9:19 pm

    “This is a copy paste message”

    Hi there my name is Almeida Garcez, and I´m a freelance illustrator and writer.
    I love to listen, and interpretate the power of words.
    My work is mainly focus on social issues, philosophy, and existentialism.
    Right now I´m into a very personal project, that I think it´s the answer for all forms of life – collaboration.
    I illustrate people´s phrases, songs and wandering thoughts, I´ve called it Abandoned Illustrations.
    The reason that I´m “reaching” you, it´s because you followed me a couple of weeks ago.
    I hope it wasn´t a mechanical reaction that bursted out of you.
    I hope the first reaction I caused in you, was good, and my work truly made you reflect.
    We both know it´s easy to follow someone, since we already do that in our role in society,
    and in all sorts of ideologies.
    Please unfollow me if you only intended to sell your marketing.
    If you didn´t returned to my blog after you followed me, please go to:
    http://almeidagarcez.wordpress.com/about-the-guilty-preacher-spirits-link/
    http://almeidagarcez.wordpress.com/about/
    There you can take a look at the topography of my reflections, and overall geography of my brain.
    If you come to a conclusion that after all you don´t like my interpretations and analogies, please unfollow my blog.

    Kindest Regards
    Almeida Garcez

  20. December 2, 2013 3:31 pm

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. The award for me is about recognizing my favourite blogs. http://bulanlifestyle.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/honouring-awards-better-late-than-never/

    • December 2, 2013 5:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Crazy Bag Lady! (A sentence I don’t believe I’ve said before.) I am humbled by your nomination, and I’m very glad you enjoy my blog. I like trying to make people smile.

      • December 3, 2013 12:32 am

        I love your blog. It’s fun, creative, quirky and you are a zazzler like me! 🙂

  21. December 30, 2013 6:11 pm

    Hi I really like your blog, work, and writing. Your about page is really great because I feel it is really similar to the reasons why I started a blog. Although only somewhat recently did I really start blogging more seriously. I would love it if you would check out some of the work on my blog lilybunny.com let me know what you think, give some feedback and maybe follow if you like 🙂

    • December 31, 2013 7:13 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Lily. I’ll certainly check out your blog — it’s always fun to see the creative things that others come up with.

  22. February 24, 2014 7:47 am

    Hope all is well…Came around to investigate and you’ve been ‘away’.
    Cheers. ~J

    • February 27, 2014 5:33 pm

      Hi Jules! You’re very sweet to ask. I’ve been slammed with work and haven’t been able to make time for the fun stuff. Hopefully soon, though! I hope all is well with you!

      • February 27, 2014 5:58 pm

        Lambkins were in my care from basically 6:30a to 4:30p.
        Long day for an ole’ gal 😉

        Just saw wild deer in my yard…so cool.

        Take care of yourself!

      • January 8, 2015 11:01 am

        Gee wiklliers, that’s such a great post!

  23. nonlinearwords permalink
    March 5, 2014 10:36 pm

    Hey I like your work and your blog a lot, so I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. The rules ask that you share seven things about yourself and then pass the nomination on to 15 other blogs. (http://nonlinearnavigations.wordpress.com/versatile-blogger-award-seven-things-poem/) Thanks for being awesome and also for the positive feedback on my blog- I really appreciate it! 🙂

    • March 6, 2014 10:03 am

      Hi Nonlinearwords! Thank you for nominating me for this award; I’m humbled by your note. However, I don’t accept these awards. It’s just that I’ve seen them around a lot in the blogosphere, and they seem ubiquitous to me. I hope you understand. But I certainly appreciate your kind words. Thank you very much for your note.

      • nonlinearwords permalink
        March 6, 2014 10:12 am

        Hi Zookyworld- I totally understand and I appreciate you saying that- I’m relatively new to the blogosphere, but I definitely got that impression and will probably pass the next time something like this comes up (if it does). Have a great day!

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