Guest Post: An Artist’s Rendering of Dreadfully Busy

So excited to share a guest art post today from writer/illustrator Darlene Campbell, who blogs at How’d we connect? We’re both in an online writer’s group that logs in at 7:30 am every Thursday morning from Australia, Texas, Arkansas, Maryland and Ohio. (Now you see why so early–we’re balancing central time, eastern time, and Australia time! The support is worth an early meeting, believe me.)

Darlene is our resident writer/illustrator and her work never fails to make me smile; it is good-natured and whimsical and often hilarious. Because as “dreadfully busy” as we all are (see: crazed 26 page soccer manager manual), our sanity depends on finding the humor in the every day. So thanks to Darlene for her  interpretations of “Dreadfully Busy”–and check out her blog for more fun work. As for me, I’m clearing out the chatter in my head (and ignoring the clutter in my house) and writing. Onward, dreadfully busy people!

Chatter in the Head by Darlene Campbell
Chatter in the Head by Darlene Campbell
Sketchbook Cartoon Dreadfully Toilet X Colors Crop
Dreadfully Busy As Interpreted by Darlene Campbell, Blogging at


Author: Kristin O'Keefe

Kristin O’Keefe has bartended in Scotland, written speeches for college presidents, and led communications & marketing for an economic development organization. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney's, Barrelhouse, Your Teen, Grown and Flown, and Scary Mommy. Find her on Twitter @_KristinOKeefe and Facebook at Kristin O'Keefe, writer.

9 thoughts on “Guest Post: An Artist’s Rendering of Dreadfully Busy

  1. Darlene Campbell says:

    Thank you Kristin for a lovely write up and highlighting my art. I’m honored to be a part of your blog!

  2. Julie-Anne Geddes says:

    Beautiful! Love the collaboration …. and you both always make me smile, life is just easier and more fun with this creativity going on …

    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      Thanks Julie-Anne. That’s a high complement, to make others smile.

  3. Cassandra says:

    Well I am so glad that despite feeling busy and overwhelmed that you ladies are making/taking the time to be creative.

  4. Susan Gottschalk says:

    What fun to see that two such talented friends have joined forces to keep us all smiling. I love what you’re doing and look forward to seeing more from both of you.

  5. Darlene Campbell says:

    Cassandra, hello again all the way to France. We HAVE to take the time to be creative…it’s likely the only thing to keep us sane.

  6. Darlene Campbell says:

    Susan…you know I always smile when I see you’ve found me somewhere else in cyberspace. Thanks, you’re awesome!


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