Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday's Music Moves Me - Crossover Artist hit songs




Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but his family comes from Senegal, West Africa. He had a hit dance song in India called Chammak Challo. It's in English and Hindi. Below are two videos. One is the "making of" video. He did a good job! The other is the music video with Bollywood dancers. If my knee wasn't messed up, I would be dancing to this song right now.




Selena was an American singer from Texas who was killed by a crazy fan. She had to learn Spanish to gain an audience. There was a movie done based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez. The song is I Could Fall in Love by Selena Quintanilla.



Stan by Eminem and Dido. Rap/pop crossover. Warning, this is the uncensored version because I think these words need to be said. It's a moving story about a crazy fan.



Rap/rock crossover by Aerosmith & Run DMC. I love this song.


Old pop (Elvis) and reggae - UB40 (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You. I was a big reggae fan back in the day...



My family is from Hawaii, so I have to include this song by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole aka Bruddah IZ. Over the Rainbow. I hear it everywhere now, commercials, TV, movies, etc. He used to have concerts in town in an intimate arena where he was in a concert theatre close to the audience, but I never went to them. My parents used to go see him because he was my dad's favorite. One of my regrets is never going to see him because I was in college and "too busy." I should've made time because he's gone now.

When my son graduated last week, they played this song after the ceremony. My husband and I cried because we took it as a sign that my dad was there in spirit. He passed away when my son was 6 and my son looks like him. My cousin from Hawaii was with us. As soon as we heard, "Okay, this one's for Kevin" the three of us immediately turned our heads because we recognized the song before any of the notes were hit. It was funny.

My dad was depressed when he was dying, but I brought the CD player over next to his bed and played IZ's songs. It made him feel better.

He missed Hawaii and the people he knew there. I didn't realize how much he missed them until recently. On Facebook last month, I met his cousins who lived across the street from him when he was a kid. One of them told me they had a big get-together with their classmates which they do every year. She said my dad had called and talked to about a dozen of them. They were all surprised and happy he called. I guess he called to say goodbye because he was dying at the time. He used to be a handsome, popular guy when he was a kid and always the life of the party. Sometimes he would joke about all the girlfriends he had. He was also a troublemaker, a colorful character, so I created a character in one of my comics based on him. I'm hoping to gather more funny stories about him so I can put them in my comics.








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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Celebrate The Small Things - Latchkey Kids


This week I'm celebrating the launch of my short webcomic called Latchkey Kids! You can read it for free on Line Webtoon in the Discover + Comedy section. 

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/latchkey-kids/list?title_no=187075
 

I'll be posting the second episode next week. I chose simple characters so that I could draw them faster. Once I get used to the entire process of comic making from laying the pages out, inking, digital coloring, converting to the Webtoon format, and uploading each panel into Webtoon, I would like to draw more detailed panels.

I'm also celebrating a new comic contest. It's just what I need to light the fire under my butt to get me moving on my comics. I probably wouldn't have launched my comic today if I hadn't found out about the contest yesterday. I needed to launch it before I post the comics for the contest because the same characters are in it. It wouldn't make sense to post that comic in the middle of my longer graphic novel type of comic. It's either at the beginning or end. I was already done with the inking and coloring. I just needed to arrange and convert the panels in the proper format. 

Friday was the first day off from school for my kids, so we watched our first daily summer movie together. I wanted to show them Real Genius, but it wasn't available so we watched Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey instead. I'm going to try to watch a movie with them every weekday this summer. That may not happen with this contest, though. I'll have to see if I can swing it. The movies I have planned for the coming weeks are Big, The Day After Tomorrow, Groundhog Day, Heaven Can Wait, Father of the Bride, Dirty Dancing, Race To Witch Mountain, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Last Action Hero, Selena, A Wrinkle in Time, Castaway, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chronicles of Narnia, Ender's Game, Say Anything, and a few new movies.

Due to this contest, I may not be posting much until September unless I decide not to do it or I can't keep up.

What are you celebrating?


This is a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below. Thank you!


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1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Creative Every Day - Stalling


I was listening to a podcast this morning when I heard someone say, "A good friend will help you move. A real friend will help you move a body." I laughed out loud. That is the funniest thing I think I will hear all day today.

I'm still working on designs for my characters (see below). I think I'm just having self-doubts and am stalling on putting my webcomic out to the world. Once I start posting them, I have to keep going or else I won't meet my deadline for posting every week. I won't have time to make design changes. Aaaagh! *biting nails*


These are the books I just read:

How do they draw so fast?! And they're younger than me! I've gotta get movin'! I think their style is do-able for me. I see where they made shortcuts to get some of the drawings done quicker. I hope these tricks sink into my brain while I'm drawing my panels.

I'm so nervous! Maybe it's the coffee I drank. I can launch my comic today if I wanted to. My kids are coming home early, though. Stalling...

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Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel - The Little Rascals


I have been thrown off schedule completely this week. Since Monday was a holiday, I thought Tuesday was Monday and then my son graduated from middle school yesterday. My husband took off from work for the graduation and then we took our second son out of school an hour early to have a celebratory lunch. That made me think it was the weekend. So now it's Thursday which is the last day of school for my kids, not Friday. The logic part of my brain is saying it's not the weekend yet, but the other side is telling me it has been the weekend all week.

Anyway, that's my excuse for being late on these posts. lol Kinda lame, sorry.

My very good friend from college is working on a comic like I am. Throughout college, we seemed to be very in tune with each other. Sometimes I would know he was going to call seconds before the phone rang. We still keep in touch. The other day, on Instagram he posted a drawing of Spanky that he drew from a picture of The Little Rascals. I was floored because two days prior to his posting, I was going to draw the same picture! I didn't draw it because I didn't have time, but I still had the internet page open on my phone. This is the picture (Spanky is the boy on the far left):


Out of all the pictures of The Little Rascals on the internet, that picture appealed to both of us around the same time without us telling each other about it. We didn't even mention The Little Rascals to each other. Plus, out of the millions of pictures on the internet, we chose The Little Rascals. Weird, huh?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monday's Music Moves Me - May 28 - My Choice(s)



This is one of my favorite songs from a band that many people don't know about or have forgotten.

The Cult of Personality by Living Colour.


I never get tired of The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band and I play it for my kids once in a while. They like it, too and they like the story.


Here's another song I never get tired of. Dragostea Din Tei otherwise known as the Numa Numa Dance made popular worldwide by Gary Brolsma who videotaped himself lipsyncing to the song and sending it to his friend who put it on the internet. This Romanian band is called Ozone.


This is the cutest animated short about love that I've ever seen. It's in French with English subtitles. A Quoi Ça Sert L'Amour by Edith Piaf and Theo Sarapo.



I like the original version of Electric Feel by MGMT, but Preston Pohl sang an amazing version on The Voice! Whooo! Smokin'!


This is a local Los Angeles band that they've been playing on the radio called Gamblers Mark. I believe their style is rockabilly. I've heard them sing songs by the Stray Cats. If you like rockabilly, you might like them. Check 'em out...



Those are my musical picks of the day.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Creative Every Day - Colorful Sketchbook


Yesterday I painted backgrounds for my future drawings in my sketchbook. I was looking at www.creativebug.com and was inspired by Pam Garrison's creative sketchbooking intro video. There are hundreds of classes you can take on the Creative Bug site.

https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/creative-sketchbooking/creative-sketchbooking-playing-with-pens-and-paint-part-1

A couple of years ago I decided to add color to my drawing pages. I got a lot of great sketch pages from that. Pam's videos reminded me that I used to do that because her journals are filled with color.

So, yesterday I painted a bunch of pages in a sketchbook that I made a few years ago. I made this sketchbook out of fabric from Joann's Fabrics and learned to make the sketchbook from YouTube videos. I stitched the pages together and used cheap watercolor paper from Michael's.

I intended to draw monsters in this sketchbook, but I never got past the first page because I'm not good at coming up with monsters.




Hopefully I can fill these pages with good drawings.

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Celebrate The Small Things - Masterclass, Siri, and Dancing



This week I finished watching James Patterson and Steve Martin's Masterclasses.

James Patterson is pretty funny even though he looks so serious. I took a ton of notes. He has a lot of good advice for writers.

Steve Martin went to my university, but I never really got into his type of humor. However, he showed clips of his movies and they were very funny! I put his movies on my "to watch" list for summer viewing with my kids. He sure knows his stuff! I could tell how much experience he has when he sat with a group of young comedians and critiqued their work. It's similar to writing. You cut out all the irrelevant and lengthy stuff to make your comedic story clearer, stronger, and funnier. That was pretty amazing. The students had funny bits, but Steve made them even funnier. You can see their eyes light up in amazement and respect.

This week, I was using Siri's voice recognition to text my friend in France. I can switch to a French keyboard on my phone, but it takes forever to type out all the accents and correct my grammar. With Siri, I was able to speak in French and text my friend so much faster! Siri corrects my grammar and puts the accents in for me! Wow! I love Siri! Or if the grammar is off, Siri will underline it or put in different words. Then I know my grammar is wrong. But she isn't always correct. One time I found a big mistake and said, "Siri! You're supposed to correct my grammar!" lol What is humbling is when Siri misunderstands some of my words which tells me my accent is bad. People in France used to think I hardly had an accent and a couple of them thought I was from France. So, I thought my accent was pretty good. I guess Siri doesn't think so. Hahaha! Leave it to Siri to kick me down.

But Siri can't understand some of my words in English either. For some reason, every time I say "drawing" I get "trying" or "driving" or "drying" when I use voice recognition. So, I have to exaggerate the "w" which makes me sound like a 2-year-old.

Have you seen the autocorrect fails on the internet? Do a search on it. You will laugh and laugh.

It's a good thing I usually check my texts before sending them or else I would've been in big trouble with some people because of the autocorrect. A few times it autocorrected my texts into inappropriate words. One time which wasn't as bad was when I meant to type "Are you ready?" and it autocorrected it to "Are you breast?" What?!

My son went to his first school dinner dance last night. If it wasn't for the food and candy table, he wouldn't have gone. He's shy and didn't want to dance. I made him watch YouTube videos to learn how to dance. He didn't want to do it, but my husband got up to do it with him so he tried it. I think he liked it and my husband had so much fun. It was good father-son time for them. My husband loved it.

Yesterday, I watched a dance that all the kids are doing these days. I think it's called Swish Swish, popularized by The Backpack Kid featured in one of Katy Perry's concerts. I'm sure you've seen it. It looks funny, but I learned how to do it by watching this video yesterday. My son saw me watching it and thought I wanted him to learn it. He said, "Mom. I. am. not. doing. that." Of course he wouldn't. He would be too embarrassed. It's a silly dance, but I'm going to do it in public one of these days to embarrass my kids. lol My sister-in-law's wedding is coming up... Perfect opportunity.

So, my son told me last night that he would probably come home early after the dinner and that he would text me. I told him it was rude to eat and run, so he should stay an hour after that at least. A half hour before the event was over, he still had not texted me. That's when I knew he was having fun. I told him to text me pictures. Their dance was at the same place where my husband and I had our wedding reception. It was so weird.

When I picked my son up from the dance, he was all smiles and carrying a bagful of candy. He didn't even use the dance moves he learned. He said the other kids just jumped around, so he jumped. D'oh!

What are you celebrating?


This is a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below. Thank you!


Lexa Cain @ http://lexacain.blogspot.com/


L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog
1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning