Where my mom lives, there’s an event hosted by a big birdwatching group called the “Hour of Winter Birds.” Every January, people count the birds in their backyards and submit their findings, and the group makes an amazing interactive map out of the data. For Christmas, I took the five most common birds in my mom’s area according to the map (eurasian tit, eurasian tree sparrow, great tit, house sparrow, and common blackbird) and made an illustration out of them for her. It was very nostalgic to remember the species I’d seen at the birdfeeder so many times!
For all that she had spent most of her life on a spaceship, it was a rare thing for her to see actual space. Her eyes reached up into it, and instantly she was out, soaring through its limitless depths. Stars slipped around her, clusters of glowing fruit, little floating toys she could have batted away like […]