I am pleased to announced that my new project Tumbleweed Words is officially up, running, and excited to start! However, I cannot start without YOU!

I’ll be cataloging my foodie life story, my travels, and everything there. Don’t worry though~ I have imported all of my old posts into the new theme/wordpress account. Your favorite stories are safe with me. (: Now, however, I need more of them to use and share.

I am also now available on Tumblr as well. Please check me out everywhere and best of luck to all of you and your respective endeavors! I hope to find you all available with this new domain name and the like. Because I love hearing from you, I love reading about you, and I most certainly would love writing your stories on Tumbleweed Words.

If you have any feedback whatsoever on my website, please do not hesitate to contact me via this contact form or the next! Until our paths will cross again~


finally some Irish rain and oh look! a new column on Niche Magazine

the rain in Ireland has surprisingly been kept to the nights, though I am grateful for its lulling to deep sleep, blocking of artificial light (and morning sun light), and reluctance to entre my open window because of pulled blinds. i’ve assimilated well with a 1/2 australian, 1/2 cambridgeshire accent. i write with a British english tone anyway, so I’m glad I can finally read my work in it.

it makes me happy.

in other news, please check my newest column at Niche Magazine titled “Japan in a Box.” There is nothing like eating Japanese food in San Francisco then knowing you’re going to share that experience with others via the internet.

also, if you haven’t checked out my newest blog TumbleweedWords, please do so! As a travel writer and a tumbleweed, my words try to incorporate as much as they can of my experiences and reflections from across the highway or across the pond.

constantly trying to find the time to have it freely, enjoy everything for now!

&adobe keeps getting better

the golden gate bridge, taken from a trolley driving quite fast through the San Franciscan Forests

This web driven world is going to shatter the last generations perception of how the workplace needs to function and get involved.

Showing off WHO YOU ARE and WHY YOU LOVE IT is the new resume and job application format.

Speaker, Jon Perera, is all about the Creative Cloud and the Social Networking environment. The desire of students to stand out was crucial this welcome. CS6 can help students really STAND UP for their beliefs not in this workplace, but in their life. The new app Photoshop Touch was incredible! You can pull apart layers with your fingers, zoom in for fine detail work. It’s so innovative and simplified for any user.

Today, I can guarantee more fantastic times and more opportunities surrounded by like minded individuals such as Tom (CollegeInfoGeek) and Maximillion (Bright Futura). I’m sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for Chinatown, Union Square, Pier 39, and The World’s Curviest Road (Lombard St.). 

There is something absolutely magical about coming to events like these.

Being constantly supported from all sides, seeing the successes, seeing the inner workings, and realizing, Yes. I can be a part of it, too. Yes. Change is not just possible, but probable.

and Yes. On days like today, even the Coffee Tastes Better in San Francisco. 

Increasing The Hype! Adobe Creative Suite 6

All semester I have been tirelessly working. From university classes to summer convention planning and now to the reveal of this! (Adobe work), I haven’t been running around as crazy as I could have been. Then again, I’m probably overworking myself as usual. Regardless, I love every single minute of it.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

That being said, I’m pleased to announce something that I’ve kept secret for months. I have had the opportunity to work with the most fantastic people and experience the newest and best software the design world has to offer. I’ve been one of the many who’ve worked this past semester not just keeping things secret, but making things better. So I am pleased and proud to announce the upcoming and finally allowed to talk about–

Adobe Creative Suite 6!

the faces of Adobe just keep getting brighter.

As a university student by profession and designer by hobby, my monthly budget is usually filled with textbooks, groceries, and other student expenses. Even with the fantastic deals corporations like Adobe offer students for their products, I’m left to wonder what makes the newest editions of their products any better from the older editions. I know I could purchase older editions off the Internet. If I wanted to make sure I had the latest updates, I could share with friends or use the University’s computers. Why should university design students bother including the expense for the latest design software?

Why not?

As this multi-media designer will tell you, there is nothing more convenient than owning your own software. University computer labs are not open twenty-four seven—neither is your friend’s basement apartment. For us Northerners, trying to battle a blizzard just to use Photoshop or Illustrator is both silly and potentially skin damaging. Frostbite doesn’t look attractive on anyone’s nose, ears, or cheeks. Having our own copies is essential to our life’s work, even if during school it remains a hobby.

After sitting on multiple conference calls outlining Adobe Creative Suite 6, I can barely contain my excitement for this product! Professional and student designers will be squirming in their seats to get their copy. However, I can guarantee the Adobe production team is doing everything in their power to make them try. Past Adobe editions haven’t changed that much from their predecessors. A few bugs and glitches were fixed, but other than that the products worked pretty much the same: computer bound applications with little flexibility outside other Adobe products.

breaking records and pushing limits: Adobe CS6 does it all

Adobe Creative Suite 6 is the complete repurposing and re-marketing of Adobe products. Expanding the playing field for professionals, teachers, and students alike, Adobe is finally creating a market for every interest in the social media world. Industries once thought separate from the Adobe market are being brought into many aspects of Adobe CS6. Even the layman designer could easily market themselves in multimedia industries with a more understanding User Interface that is carried across the new Adobe CS6 line.

In this technology-driven world, design software and computer skills (or lack thereof) can make (or break) a graduate’s resume. The college student audience needs to get on board, despite Adobe’s wide professional audience. How can we expect to be competitive in the professional world when we aren’t familiar with the technology in our school years? We cannot skimp out on ourselves simply to save a couple hundred dollars. In the long run, that could be another thousand in the bank.

It’s not just me that’s taken notice. Since Photoshop CS6 was released as a public beta on March 22nd, 2012 for Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms, there have been nearly one million downloads of the software worldwide – surpassing any public beta in Adobe’s history. With its increased performance of editing in real time and a new Content Aware Patch feature, Photoshop CS6 has raised the bar for photo editing software.

Having been through the complete beta testing stage of CS6, I can guarantee Adobe’s claims of streamlined content and performance throughout the software. Before CS6, Adobe tended to look unfriendly to the average consumer. Yes, it was powerful. Yes, it would help. But was it worth the hours it took to learn the product? That was highly debated. Not anymore.

where there are people, there is beauty; where there is art, there is Adobe

Adobe CS6 has carried over their Photoshop interface to include multiple easy to access icons to help the casual user begin to use their products right away. The CS6 interface is beautiful, streamlined through all their products, and softens the once overtly professional tone.  Adobe Creative Suite isn’t just a feature upgrade; it’s an experience upgrade.

With Creative Cloud technology, students can take their projects with them. From the dorm room to the classroom, Adobe isn’t confined to a high-performance desktop machine anymore. It can sit on your lap in the park. It can workout with you as you cycle. It can even help you study—procrastinate—during the upcoming finals week. With what ever it is going to do for you, it’s strong artistic and business capabilities make Adobe CS6 something for even the non-design majors to get excited about.

Get Excited. Get Noticed. Start Saving Up.

Adobe’s pushing the limits of the design and technological world; and You will be too.

the spark that started a fire

Cirelle Ashling is a group project between a writer and an artist. Their signature, the Japanese Hiragana for “wa:” わ. Their work involves the beginnings of a mini comic series and other manga-related projects.

Cirelle “draws things”
Ashling “scribbles nonsense”
but both love creating sparks to start wild fires.

so expect many tidbits and tinders, sparks and embers, bursting to flame in our tinderb0x.Find us on Deviant Art for more of our scans and creations!

i write like. . .

there’s a trend in my genre of authors as I analyze text @ iwl.me




namely–ha, unintentional pun–they are all science fiction genre writers. Except when I write about food, then it is James Joyce.

but the current list I have is relatively small:
James Joyce, as previously stated
H. P. Lovecraft
David Foster Wallace
Cory Doctorow

The ones in bold I have gotten 2+ times on different things.

Even my poetry came up in David Foster Wallace.

Though I did get the dreaded Stephanie Meyer -shudders-. That’s what happens when you put in your 6th grade personification of a vampire story. <<; Ha ha ha.