#4 in Horror Short Stories

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#4 in Horror Short Stories

Long before I was making my own music and rapping, and even before I became an artist, I was obsessed with writing. Specifically writing scary stories. So I finally published a collection of my short horror stories. And as of today, it’s ranked number 4 in Horror Short Stories on Amazon. (Number 1 is the best, so I’m pretty happy).

#4 in Short Horror Stories on Amazon

Free Til August 5th

Playing Dead and Other Tales of Terror is free until August 5th. Download it now and read it whenever. And if you don’t have a kindle, you can download the free kindle app.

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Creating my Own Oracle Deck

During quarantine I finally created my own oracle deck featuring 44 different animals. I’m in the process of writing the book for it. Here’s a video showing all the cards.

Here’s a screenshot of the video showing the Octopus card.

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My watercolor oracle deck

Oracle Cards don’t have a fixed meaning, which is why I decided to create that kind of deck instead of a Tarot Deck. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Tarot, but I thought it would be much harder to create a tarot deck, which has 78 cards. My oracle deck has 44 cards.

Oracle Cards Against Humanity

My concept is WAY different than typical oracle decks. In fact, if an oracle deck and Cards Against Humanity got together, my deck would be their sweet, honest spawn. My cards are going to feature ADORABLE animals with foul-mouths. So if you don’t like swearing, this deck is NOT For you!

Get on the waiting list to grab your own copy when my deck is finished.

How I made my own Cards

I decided to paint my cards using watercolor. I chose watercolor because it dries fast and I’m freaking impatient. I wanted to make my own deck and I wanted it done FAST.

Phase 1: Painting the Cards

I used ultra heavy duty (translation: pricey!) watercolor paper and professional watercolor paints. Then I simply went crazy with the colors. I traced 44 rectangles using a purple plate (it’s like a healing coaster. Nikola Tesla invented the purple energy plate/disk).

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Phase 1 in making my own deck of cards

Phase 2: Waiting

Next I had to wait a day for the paint to dry.

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Phase 2: Waiting for watercolor paint to dry

Phase 3: Drawing

Phase 3 entailed making a list of the 44 animals I wanted to illustrate, one for each card. And then drawing on the cards.

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Phase 3: Drawing the animals

Phase 4: Cutting

I used sewing scissors (I know the cardinal rule of sewing is DO NOT CUT PAPER with sewing scissors, but they are ultra sharp and so precise!) to cut out each card.

Phase 5: Writing

Phase 5 is coming up with all the meanings for the cards and writing them in a book that will go with the deck. I’m about half way done with this step and I’m having so much fun with it! Of course, my impatient ass has already given readings to a few of my friends.

Phase 6: Printing

I’m not there yet, but once the book that will accompany the deck is finished, I will pay a professional to take high quality scans/photos of each card so I can get them printed at high resolution.

From there, I will sell the cards through a print on demand website. In the meantime, hop on the waiting list if you want to get your hands on my deck when it’s ready.

And if you haven’t already done so, download my new horror ebook on Kindle.

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Trippy Art Paintings and Best of June

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Trippy New Art

It’s been a strange summer so far. This is reflected in my trippy new paintings below:

Alien Abducting a Cat

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Aliens abducting cat by Asheville Artist Sarah Jordan

Alien Seascape

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Trippy Alien Seascape by Sarah Jordan

Clancy in Wonderland

Midnight Gospel Fan Art

Midnight Gospel Clancy in Wonderland original painting features a trippy tie-dye inspired rainbow spiral watercolor background.

Best of June

Our band, The Loverfaces, recorded quite a few songs in June. Here’s a few fan favorites:

Fly with Me: our Original Song

Thank You for Being a Friend

Gardening is Punk Rock and other Original Songs:

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Sweet Child O Mine Cover and a Work in Progress

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Sweet Child O Mine Cover and a Work in Progress

My Dad just had open heart surgery a few days ago. Thankfully it all went smoothly and he will be going home shortly! So I wanted to cover a special song for him for Father’s Day.

What 80’s kid doesn’t LOVE Guns N’ Roses?! So I had to turn this ordinarily gritty song into a slower, more relaxing song.

Chad wasn’t home to star in this video so it’s missing the incredible electric guitar licks and sound quality that Guns N’ Roses (and The Loverfaces) are known for.

Here’s a fun outtake…I would have kept this shot of my pet chicken Clucky in the video, but our neighbors started mowing their lawn and it was super loud.

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Fun outtake from the music video (Sarah Jordan with pet chicken Clucky)

I recorded “Sweet Dad of Mine” on my cell phone and spliced the videos together using good old Windows Movie Maker. I hope you enjoy it!

Work in Progress

I’ve been incredibly tired and burnt out…and hiding from my canvas and paint for several months. I have, however, been drawing my dreams consistently. More on that later.

I also made a hoop dance video for the first time in several years.

Yesterday I caught a burst of inspiration and sketched on a canvas.

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AVL artist and musician Sarah Jordan with a work in progress

I will paint the canvas by next week…I spent most of today playing music, filming and editing that video (and most of yesterday trying to learn the song, ha ha).

Anyway, here’s the work in progress…it’s a surreal chicken portrait. More to come.

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Work in progress by AVL artist Sarah jordan

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Sarah Jordan with work in progress painting

The Loverfaces are an Asheville indie music duo made up of Sarah Jordan and Chad Jordan.  Get new songs by email, it’s free and FUN.

PS. Last week The Loverfaces covered The Golden Girls Theme Song:

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The Loverfaces covering Space Oddity by David Bowie

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The Loverfaces covering Space Oddity by David Bowie (Flashback Post)

Here’s what people are saying about The Loverfaces:

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You guys are so sweet!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I learned how to play Space Oddity by David Bowie! Consider this a flashback post 🙂

Fun fact: Chad taught me how to play Space Oddity during a road trip to Pennsylvania. We are an indie band located in Asheville, NC.

Most people who know me know that I LOOOOVE David Bowie…and I have loved Bowie ever since I was like 5 years old and saw him in The Labyrinth.

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My Best Advice: Too Good Not to Share here

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Yesterday I caught inspiration fever and sent out a newsletter sharing what I thought was my best advice.

Here’s what people said about it:

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My Best Advice

The world needs your gifts and what you have to offer. You are already good enough.

Perfectionism is the highest form of self-abuse. Although you should strive for excellence, staying invisible and waiting to be “perfect” is a huge disservice to the people who need you.

For example, in 2010 I decided I was already good enough and READY, so I started teaching my own hoop dance classes at a local library. The Classes took off like gangbusters.

I was so in-demand that I created an online course (although the course is no longer for sale, you can find portions of it here) in an attempt to keep up with the demand.

And although I sold my website and have pivoted and changed directions since then, it feels pretty darn good to know that I’ve impacted thousands and thousands of people worldwide with my courses and books (not to mention all the amazing things my students have done: they’ve collectively taught thousands of students themselves) because I had the guts to think that I was already good enough.

You see there is no ready fairy. if you’re waiting until you feel ready to do the thing, you’re going to be waiting forever.

You don’t have to be perfect. You only have to be “better than” your first student.

Don’t be afraid to PIVOT…You don’t have to be married to one job, one career, one passion. You can be MANY different things if you wish.

My husband Chad is a perfectionist when it comes to music. but I deemed myself good enough to play at his level long before he ever agreed with me. Now we have a real band (The Loverfaces) together!


Chad believes that we shouldn’t put any videos out unless if they are absolutely perfect. Let me tell you I put out my own content on the regular and it is far from perfect and because of that I have received:

 

+ Invitations to perform at events

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+ Invitations to be professionally recorded and to go on podcasts and interviews
+ Incredibly sweet & helpful praise from people who LOVE my music, even though it’s not perfect

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+Invitations to teach
+ The satisfaction of proving people wrong 😉

And I am far from perfect!

Date your ideas (this advice I learned from Maru Iabichela). you’re allowed to change your mind!

And so went with the flow and started my own little online ukulele academy.

Two and a half years ago Chad bought me a ukulele for Christmas. And then his band broke up. So I brainwashed myself into believing that playing an instrument was easy for me. And it became easy!

Don’t get me wrong there were nights where my brain was hurting…. but I persisted because I had a vision and a goal….I wanted to be in a “serious band” with Chad.

And I wanted to sing at his level. So I sang to the dogs I pet sit for every day. Now I sing to my pet chickens.

Side note: Chad has been playing instruments and in a real bands for decades longer than me. He sings like a freaking angel. But I DID IT! Because I brainwashed myself into believe I could.

And when quarantine is over, we are going to perform all over Asheville.

You see, up until a few years ago, I always thought I was just “a dancer” and an artist. I thought that music was my sister’s gift and that I wasn’t skilled in that way or think that I could to be good at that too.

But I was wrong. Learning to play an instrument was for me too. And it was one of the best darn decisions I ever made.

You can have it too. Stop waiting for readiness, perfection or some other made up bs excuse. You deserve joy now.

<3, Sarah

PS. There is a part 2 and part 3 of this advice. If you want to hear it, add yourself to my free email club and get it in your inbox.

 

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