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­­­How a Midnight Revelation Changed “Life in Z-D”

photo: Audrey on flickr

photo: Audrey on flickr

For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you know it’s been through some changes over the years.

First I posted every week.

Then I switched to every other week.

Then Life in Z-D moved from its own site to OhMyGod Life.

And then there was the Midnight Revelation.

There I was, sleeping away, when I was awakened by a voice. One that said,

You need to start cartooning.

What? Me?

I have a history of hearing a voice in my head, telling me to do strange things.

Like rap. And go to ministerial school.

Usually I argue with the voice.

I mean, when a voice in your head tells you to do something wacky, it only makes sense to engage in a lively debate before committing.

photo: Daniela Vladimirova on flickr

photo: Daniela Vladimirova on flickr

But interestingly enough, this time I didn’t argue.

Prior to my midnight revelation, I’d been feeling restless about this blog, knowing that it needed something different.

Or maybe it needed to end.

I wasn’t sure which.

So the minute I heard the cartoon suggestion, I knew it made sense.

Indeed, it was hard to get back to sleep because I was so excited about the idea.

The next day, I drew my first cartoon, scanned it in our printer and processed it in Photoshop.

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Then I went online to find out how to add color.

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It took several days to figure it all out. Color schemes. Scanner modes. File processing.

There were many steep learning curves. Lots of frustration.

But in the end, I figured it out.

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Will I ever use photos again?

I have no idea.

I’ll wait to see what the voice in my head comes up with next. . . .

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Had any inspirations lately? Share your comments below!

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13 Responses to ­­­How a Midnight Revelation Changed “Life in Z-D”

  1. Becka September 1, 2015 at 6:49 am #

    Yayyy!!! I’m so excited about seeing your cartoons! :)

    • Z Egloff September 1, 2015 at 7:14 am #

      I’m so excited that you’re so excited! :)

  2. Michelle September 1, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    Another way to share your beautiful voice

    • Z Egloff September 1, 2015 at 11:26 am #

      And thank you for the beautiful comment! 😉

  3. Karen September 1, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    I must say that your choice of pictures for the blog has always been excellent, but your cartoons will take the blog to a whole new level. I love what you’ve come up with so far, and I know that future cartoons will exude your wit and wisdom.

    I had an inspiration at the beginning of the summer to rest a bit from writing and marketing my writing and do something different — selling my myriad tubs of collectibles (that my kids don’t give a hoot about) on eBay and Amazon. Has it ever been fun to follow that inspiration! Variety is truly the spice of life. :)

    • Z Egloff September 1, 2015 at 11:27 am #

      Gosh, thank you. I am always inspired by your comments and wisdom, so we have a mutual appreciation here. And I love that you’re following the inspiration flow as well – life really does get excellent when we do that, doesn’t it?! :)

  4. Marcy September 1, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    My fave – “change your name to Y” – ha ha ha ha! I just love how open and receptive you are to the whispering (or maybe sometimes chattering?) of Spirit! That voice has been nudging me to create feng shui tip-type videos. Exciting!

    • Z Egloff September 1, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Oooooh. That sounds cool! And I imagine that you would bring an engaging and bright DYT Type 1 energy to those videos. :)

  5. Marcy September 1, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Yes! Gotta show up as me – The Feng Shui Fairy…and bring fun and magic to it all – thx ZZ!!! xo

  6. River September 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    LOVE IT! As for my inspiration – I just need to stop arguing with that Voice. It knows so much more than I ever could.

    On another note, Z, think about a graphics tablet. Cartooning will be so much more fun that way!!! Work straight into Adobe Illustrator and viola – half your steps can be gone.

    With Love and from the

    • Z Egloff September 2, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      I love this – not arguing with the Voice. What a concept! And thanks for the heads up about the graphics tablet. I’ll let Melissa know she needs to buy me one. 😉

  7. michael Frank September 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm #


    Those voices in the night are great when you can contemplate together;
    For along time, my voices in the night were, “Strangers in the night” and I worked to get way past their horizon. Now just a few comforting voices and they are all loving, kind, spiritual, God-like and keep me and Clarabel safe in the night….what a transition….I love your new dimension…it is so playful

    Michael :))

    • Z Egloff September 2, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Here’s to loving, kind and comforting voices. The best kind! Good to know that you and Clarabel are keeping safe in the night! :)

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