To the left of my desk there is a thin strip of wall that is rapidly disappearing beneath a growing collection of doodles, posters, paintings, and other such fantastic doodads. Its official name is The Great Wall of Paper (and One Watercolor Painting and a Piece of Cardboard), but most of the time I just call it “the wall”. I love the wall, because each article I’ve placed there reminds me of a different aspect of my college experience, and they all have a story behind them. Together, they make a colorful snapshot of what my freshman year at Moody has been like so far, from the new things I’ve tried to the new friends I’ve made to the family members I love and miss. I’ve already mentioned the crazy drawing from my PCM in my “Not Just Any Desk” post, but I thought the rest of the wall deserved equal treatment, so here are all of the items on the Great Wall of Paper from top to bottom:
1. A Watercolor Painting of Mario
My friend Adam goes to Art Club every Wednesday, and one week he decided to experiment with watercolors by painting a scene from Super Mario Bros. When he finished it, he let me have it, so now it’s hanging cheerfully at the top of the wall, giving my room just the right amount of nerdy flair.
2. My 2009 NaNoWriMo Winner’s Certificate
Right beneath Mario is this orange and squirrelly reminder of my very first NaNoWriMo. This year’s certificate is framed, so it wouldn’t stay on the wall with tacky putty, but last year’s certificate is there to remind me of how much fun writing is, and how much I can write when I put my mind to it.
3. My “The Best” Sign From “Stop Motion Skyline”
One Monday night I had the crazy idea to film a stop motion video, so I sat down with my webcam and started snapping pictures. Pretty soon, the idea developed into a short little tribute to everyone watching, letting them know that they are, indeed, the best. That fact still holds true, and that sign still reminds me of all the fun I had trying out a new style of video.
4. My Filming Notice
Back when I first decided to try vlogging, I made this sign for my door to let people know that they could still come in if they needed anything. I didn’t want them to think I was in the middle of an important conversation, or worse, that I was talking to myself. Although in retrospect I essentially was talking to myself and just didn’t want to admit my insanity. Oh, well.
5. When Beavers Fly
Ah, The Funny Paper Game. Ever since we learned how to play this Pictionary/Telephone hybrid from our friends, the Swensens, it’s been a family favorite. I kept this picture, my mom’s interpretation of the sentence “When beavers fly, birds will not”, to remind me of home – and my goofy family whom I miss very much.
6. Derpy Hooves
I decided to try my hand at drawing when I first started watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I learned that it isn’t too hard to do. So, I drew a few pictures to send home to my siblings, then I drew one of my favorite background characters from the show for myself. I think it adds some much-needed cross-eyedness to the room.
7. That Drawing of Me
8. My “Edit Me” Motivational Poster
I edited the cover art from this year’s NaNo novel to remind me to get some much-needed editing done. So far I haven’t had a lot of time to work on it, but at least I made the poster. That’s a step in the right direction, right?
So that’s the Great Wall of Paper, a collection of pictures from all the different parts of my college life. What kind of drawings, doodles and doodads to you keep around your room, and what are the stories behind them?