Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - April 28, 2017


Another week flew by.

This week I colored my hair and ordered fidget spinner toys for my kids. They nagged for many days almost every hour to get these darn spinners. There were problems with the web site, but I was able to order them on Tuesday. They finally arrived in the mail on Thursday so I brought them to the school to surprise my kids when they got out. I bought them a Popsicle after school, but it was the spinner toy they were excited about. Seeing how happy they were was worth the nagging.

Even though I'm behind schedule for my graphic novel, I was able to get a couple of panels done this week. I'm pretty happy with them so far.

I got a good idea for another story this week and put it in my new file on Google Docs. It's much easier and faster to use voice recognition to add my ideas to Google Docs. I don't have to hunt for my notebook of story ideas. Google Docs is right on my phone. I just open it up, turn the microphone on, and dictate my story into the app. It's so convenient! Plus, it's in the cloud, so I don't have to worry about losing it. I love technology!

My new favorite Zumba instructor is subbing the class I go to until June! I adjusted my schedule to attend his class this week after I heard he would be there. He played all 80s music at the request of one of the girls. Hammer time! Flashdance! Janet Jackson! Roger Rabbit! I danced like no one was watching. Didn't care! Ha ha!

What are you celebrating?
Check out the blogs below for your reading pleasure and please visit our hosts' blogs:
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.co.uk/
Tonja Drecker http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/
If you would like to join our blog hop, visit Lexa Cain's blog for info.

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.Two Book Minimum
37.On Becoming a Writer38.Decadent Kane
39.Stacy Uncorked40.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails
41.Cloud Nine Girl

Friday, April 21, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - April 21, 2107

 

This week I was able to create a font of my own handwriting for my graphic novel. The process is pretty simple, but I worked on it for two days to get it just right. I made several sheets of different handwriting and came across many problems as is the norm with getting to know computer programs.

It was down to two fonts that I liked the best. I knew which one would appeal more to children, but I asked my kids for their opinion and they chose the one I thought they would. I'm so glad that is out of the way so I can move forward.

Now I don't have to worry about finding the perfect font and getting a commercial license for using it. I spent hours looking for the right font only to find out they glitched out on the program I was using and the licensing was hard for me to figure out. Some are free for personal use, but the one I wanted showed free on one site, but you had to pay for it on another site. After using it for a while, I decided I didn't like it. It glitched out anyway when it was time to print it, so I abandoned it.

The site I ended up using was www.calligraphr.com. The first font is free. You can change it, but if you do, you won't be able to use the previous font you made at the same time. I initially went to www.myscriptfont.com, but the kerning (space between letters) is squished and not adjustable. It might be okay for some things, but not for middle grade graphic novels which is what I'm working on. If the text isn't clear for kids, you'd better believe they're gonna move on.

I don't know why this week went by in a blur, but I was able to get a few drawings in for my graphic novel that came out really cute. What a switch from last week when my drawings were stiff, boring and ugly! I wish I knew what I did right this week to get those good drawings. Could it be the way the planets aligned? Lack of sleep? Well, no, that can't be it. I lack sleep every week. Hmm, I ate a ton of blueberries this week. Maybe that's it. Thanks, Costco.

After over a month of skipping the gym because of the graphic novel contest, I hit the weights pretty hard this week. It feels great to have gotten through those workouts. I couldn't lift as much as I used to and that was discouraging, but my pants were a tiny bit looser this morning, so I'll celebrate that. My arms are sore as heck and I'm still pudgy, but I feel like Arnold Schwarzeneggar. LOL

I did the special hour-and-a-half Easter Zumba last Sunday. It was so fun. One of the instructors was a hilarious, energetic gay guy who played music that is right up my alley like disco, Flashdance, Psy, disco Star Wars, etc. My husband said he has never seen me move so fast. The gym was pretty empty, but that class was packed. My husband who is a Star Wars fan was lifting weights when we were dancing to the disco Star Wars song. He has dog hearing, so he heard it through the glass wall and over the blaring music on the gym floor. He rolled his eyes, but I was having fun.

The instructor picks out a new girl and when the song says, "Luke, I am your father!" he points to her and she's supposed to say, "Nooooooooo!" That's what he tells her before the song starts. He says, "It's from a movie." Ha ha! It was the start of a good week.

What are you celebrating?
Check out the blogs below for your reading pleasure and please visit our hosts' blogs:
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.co.uk/
Tonja Drecker http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/
If you would like to join our blog hop, visit Lexa Cain's blog for info.

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.Two Book Minimum
37.On Becoming a Writer38.Decadent Kane
39.Stacy Uncorked40.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails
41.Cloud Nine Girl

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - April 14, 2017

 

This week was a little odd. There was an escaped convict hiding out in one of the schools nearby which is the school my cousin's son goes to. My kids' school was also locked down. The kids had to stay under their desks for 2 hours! I never had to do that as a kid. That's sad. The younger grades missed their lunch hour so they had to eat the food from their emergency kits. Some kids had to use "emergency buckets" to urinate because they weren't allowed to go to the bathroom. I heard the helicopters circling overhead for hours. Luckily no one was hurt and the convict was caught. 

Last night as I was driving home, the car in front of me was swerving (probably texting) in bumper-to-bumper traffic. He decided to change lanes without signaling which caused a motorcyclist to slam into him. I was so mad and cussing up a storm. I took down his license plate number in case he tried to take off, but he pulled over. Thankfully, the motorcyclist was not killed. He was able to walk his bike across all 5 lanes with all the cars stopping for him. I watched to make sure the car followed him, but surprisingly there was a Sheriff's car parked on the side of the freeway. What are the odds of that! That probably was incentive for the guy in the car not to take off. I'm counting my blessings and glad I wasn't the one to change lanes in front of the motorcyclist. I'm trying to give the driver the benefit of the doubt thinking that maybe he didn't see the motorcyclist coming. However, with all that swerving, he was most likely texting. He could've also been drunk or falling asleep which are practically the same. At least traffic was so bad that everyone was moving slowly. Otherwise the outcome might have been worse.

I met the animator of Frolo and Ursula of the Disney movies and she gave me some good tips on finding colors for my graphic novel. That was pretty cool. She used to work with my husband, so I knew about her work before I met her. I think I did a good job of not geeking out when I met her. I also met a traditional Disney animator who worked on Fox and the Hound back in the day. You don't meet that kind of talent every day.

I was frustrated with the drawings I was doing for my graphic novel this week. I showed them to my son and his friends at school to get their opinion since they are the age of my target audience/readership. Kids are brutally honest, so I got some good feedback. I'm still worried about the style of the GN but I've done more research this week and learned a lot so I'm making progress.

What are you celebrating?
Check out the blogs below for your reading pleasure and please visit our hosts' blogs:
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.co.uk/
Tonja Drecker http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/
If you would like to join our blog hop, visit Lexa Cain's blog for info.

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.Two Book Minimum
37.On Becoming a Writer38.Decadent Kane
39.Stacy Uncorked40.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails
41.Cloud Nine Girl

Friday, April 7, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - April 7, 2017




Ever since I heard about the Scholastic Graphix contest, I've been working on a graphic novel to enter. The contest was announced at Comic Con in July 2016, but I didn't hear about it until November. I really could have used those extra four months to work on my GN, but I did the best I could with the time I had. It took me a few months to finish the drawn thumbnails with dialogue. I practically used the whole ream of paper. Here is a picture of all 180 pages:

It is so much easier to revise a GN than to revise a novel! With a novel, it takes so long to try to find the spot you want to revise. You have to go back pages and pages or thousands of words to find the right words or paragraphs to add to or delete from. With GN panels, you don't have to go back so many pages to find the panels to change. For the panels I wanted to delete, I just put an X in the corner and was done with it. To add, all I had to do was draw a panel on a separate piece of paper and insert it next to the page I was adding to.

I really loved the process of creating a graphic novel. This is the way I want to go about writing my stories from now on. I've been working on a novel for several years and am seriously thinking about turning it into a GN instead.

Anyway, back to the celebration. I was able to complete the 12 pages required for the contest and turn them in on time on April 1. It did not go smoothly, though. I had to learn a new program to ink and color the GN which took me a week just to get the basics down for what I needed. The colors on my Wacom tablet did not match what was on the computer screen. I didn't have Adobe to convert my file to PDF so I had to download it MINUTES before the deadline. The colors on the PDF looked terrible! The colored file ended up exceeding the required size which I didn't realized until AFTER I submitted it. Even though I compressed the file, it didn't change the size. So, I ended up submitting the black and white line version I had saved before I colored it. I submitted the entry 7 minutes before the deadline! My husband didn't think the file attached so he wanted me to do it again. He and my two sons were looking at the time and FREAKING OUT. They were all screaming so I couldn't think. I apparently pasted my artist statement in the box with the synopsis in my haste so they were screaming at me to redo it. It was crazy.

It turned out that I had the deadline date and time wrong. I thought it was midnight between March 31 and April 1. After thinking that I was disqualified for the file being too big I was depressed, but I started to put the black and white PDF together which makes a smaller size. I read the rules again and saw that the deadline was 11:59pm April 1. So, I actually submitted it a day early by accident! I ended up submitting the black and white version.

I worked so hard on this GN. I'm sure all of you writers can relate. I barely got any sleep during the last month, especially the last week. I didn't sleep for the last two days and only got 3 hours of sleep on the days prior. And that was just for 12 pages! I have 168 to go!

The computer program really slowed me down since I was learning it from scratch, but I love that program now (Clip Studio Paint). Now I have more time to learn how to do more things with it.

I still have a lot to do for this graphic novel (choose or create a better font, make the design more appealing, create model sheets), but I'm so happy I was able to submit an entry before the deadline.

Oh! I'm also celebrating that I learned how to make my own font for this graphic novel by watching a video on YouTube. YouTube is awesome! I learned how to use Clip Studio Paint from YouTube as well.

What are you celebrating?

The hosts of this blog hop are:
Lexa Cain: www.lexacain.blogspot.com
L.G. Keltner: http://lgkeltner.blogspot.co.uk/
Tonja Drecker: http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/

If you want to join this blog hop, please go to Lexa's site for info.

Please visit our hosts and the links below to support my fellow blog hoppers. Have a great day!

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.Two Book Minimum
37.On Becoming a Writer38.Decadent Kane
39.Stacy Uncorked40.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails

Friday, December 2, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things - December 2, 2016



I started off the week to a leaky tube underneath my bathroom sink. For those of you who have read my other blog posts, you know that I've had a lot of plumbing problems. I couldn't believe the plumbing problems were starting again. My husband thinks it's because I listen to paranormal and sasquatch podcasts. It's funny, but when I was listening to writing podcasts, I didn't have the plumbing problems, but last week I started listening to Sasquatch Chronicles and the plumbing problems began. LOL! My husband thinks that since Native Americans lived here before this area was settled and they believe in Sasquatch, that can amp up the activity. Some people think Sasquatch is paranormal because UFOs and mysterious lights are seen sometimes when Sasquatch is around. Or Sasquatch disappears mysteriously. My husband said not to play the podcasts out loud, so I bought wireless headphones.

Looking on the bright side, I have learned a lot about plumbing. Nevertheless, I still needed help. I tried to fix this problem on my own and as usual, it didn't work out. I turned the water off to the house, tightened the nut, then went outside to turn the water back on. I heard gushing water when I got back in the house. I ran down the hall as fast as I could to the bathroom. The water was shooting out of the side of the tube and the bathroom was flooding. This time I just turned the water off under the sink. If I was watching myself from outside my body, I would've been laughing my ass off. My uncle came over to help and I learned more about plumbing. Thank God this time the part was only $4.99 and the problem was fixed quickly and easily. I need to get myself a basin wrench one of these days. Yeah, I know what that is now. Ha ha ha!

I went to the CTN Animation Expo with my husband because he was working the Animation Mentor booth there. I like to go there and look at the artist booths. This time, however, I decided to talk to the artists and introduce myself. I normally don't do that when I go to conventions, but something compelled me to do that this time. I met a couple of people that I follow on Instagram and talked to the artists that do comic books, graphic novels, and children's books. One of them told me that Scholastic is having a graphic novel contest for their middle grade and teen Graphix line. The deadline is April 1! I already had an idea and partial outline worked out on my computer from an idea that had come to me about 2 weeks prior to hearing about the contest. I finished the outline in a day and have done 16 pages of roughs so far. The book is going to be a partial memoir about when I was a kid and went to Hawaii to visit relatives. It's going to center around my aunt's passing. There's going to be drama, humor, and some paranormal elements in it. My family is Japanese from Hawaii, but I was born and raised in California. It sounds unusual, but most of my friends at school were California-born Japanese whose parents are from Hawaii. I think readers will get a glimpse into our culture that has never been written about before. I never saw myself as an "ethnic" writer or felt compelled to write something ethnic just to fit a genre or need, but I was telling my kids about the funny things that happened to me when I was a kid visiting Hawaii and decided to do a graphic novel about it. Since I had the idea 2 weeks prior, I had asked my mom for old photo albums. She gave me 7 albums, so when I started working on the graphic novel seriously for the contest, I already had the albums on hand for reference. At a restaurant a few weeks ago, I doodled characters of my best friend and myself the way we looked when we were kids. I drew them on the paper tablecloth and my husband took a picture of it to save it even though I was going to leave it to be thrown out. I guess I had an inkling of the idea in my head for longer than 2 weeks because she is in the book as well.

The contest started in July, so I'm a little late in the game, but if I'm diligent, I can do the required 12 finished pages before the deadline. I'm so excited!

This week, my oldest son asked me for a blank sketchbook so he can start his own comic. I didn't push him into it and he hasn't shown an interest to draw in the past couple of years at least, but he wants to write about how messed up things are in his life. He's going to be a teenager in a few weeks so the teenage angst is creeping in. (rolling my eyes) I told my husband about it and he said, "We're all gonna be poor." Who knows? Maybe he'll have a bestseller and rub shoulders with Lincoln Peirce and Jeff Kinney!

What are you celebrating?
Check out the blogs below for your reading pleasure and please visit our hosts' blogs:
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.co.uk/
Tonja Drecker http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/
If you would like to join our blog hop, visit Lexa Cain's blog for info.

1.

Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.My Inner Geek8.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell
9.Constantine10.My Miracle Life
11.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams12.Lara Lacombe
13.TF Walsh14.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures
15.About myself, by myself16.Suzanne Furness
17.Elizabeth Seckman18.Avalon
19.My Baffling Brain20.Planet Kimberly
21.Shah Wharton22.Victorian Scribbles
23.Tanya Miranda24.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
25.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace26.Square Pegs
27.Patricia's Place28.Yvonne Van Dalen
29.Anne Higa30.My Antimatter Life
31.Bouquet of Books32.Lightravellerkate
33.Curious As A Cathy34.Julie Flanders
35.Crazy Old Lady36.In My Own Words
37.Allison Bruning38.Tamara Narayan, Author
39.My Creatively Random Life40.Yvonne Ventresca
41.Two Book Minimum42.On Becoming a Writer

Friday, November 18, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things - Nov. 18

 

The past few weeks have been stressful, but things are starting to fall in a normal pattern. There have been a lot of home-invasion burglaries in our neighborhood while people are at home. I have been so paranoid about it. To make things worse, we had a prowler on the side of our house a couple of weeks ago while I was home in the late afternoon with the kids. I happened to bring the dog in earlier that day so she did not know he was there. Our security cameras picked him up and my husband called to ask who the man on the side of our house was. I called the police. The man was not from the gas or electric company. He was in slacks and a dress shirt with a logo on the arm, but I'm sure it was fake and made to look official. The man didn't go to anyone's house around me because he was not picked up on the neighbor's security cameras nor seen by neighbors who were taking their trash out at the time.

I mentioned it to an acquaintance who told me that his friend nearby had a prowler in his backyard around the same time a month prior. The man was staring at him through the sliding glass door. This guy's friend went to get a knife from the kitchen and called the police, but the  man jumped over the fence and got away.

There are things happening around here almost weekly. On Monday, I saw a guy stopped in the middle of the road taking pictures of my street. I think he was taking pictures of all the streets around here casing the houses to see when people are home or not home. There was an attempted burglary last week next door to my son's friend's house a few streets over from us.

I spent days looking for another dog for protection. It was so stressful! I went to the same shelter three times and went to two humane societies. There were problems with all of the dogs we wanted but we finally found one at the humane society near our house. After driving 20+ minutes each way  to the other places to look for dogs, we ended up with one from about 7 minutes from our house. My family loved the dog we chose when they first saw him, but I wasn't sure he'd be a good guard dog because he's smaller than what I was hoping for. We named him Bumi (pronounced Boomie) after King Bumi from the Avatar the Last Airbender animated series. He loves me so much that he follows me everywhere. I thought he was too friendly, but he bit my mom when she came over! I think he was trying to protect me, but against the wrong person! She seems to be okay, but sore. She has to see the doctor to make sure there's no infection and I offered to pay her medical bill. This new dog agitated my other dog, Korra, so they both were growling at my poor mom. I put them both in another room which I am told was not the right thing to do. I was so stressed out that I called my friend and cousin for dog advice since they know a lot about dogs. They told me what I need to do to train my dogs not to bite family and friends. I have taken both my dogs with me to pick up my kids from school, but now I can't do that for fear they will bite a child. Before we had any dogs, I didn't even want one, but now they love me the most in our house, lol!

So, I guess am celebrating our new loyal dog. He is very lovable and funny despite his aggressive behavior. He loves my husband and kids, too and they love him. I have learned so much about dogs in the past couple of weeks, so I'm celebrating that, too.

Our oldest son made the Principal's Honor Roll for the fourth time, so I'm also celebrating that. Our  youngest son got better grades than his last report card which we are happy about. He struggles, but he did well in math, reading, and writing. His penmanship is also improving. He loves creating comics in his sketchbook and is always looking for good ideas for his next comic book story. I know the feeling.

I don't have any drawings to post today because our internet is antiquated and won't be able to handle it, but we are going to get an upgrade in a couple of weeks. I should be able to post pictures then. Have a great weekend!

What are you celebrating?
Check out the blogs below for your reading pleasure and please visit our hosts' blogs:
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.co.uk/
Tonja Drecker http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/
If you would like to join our blog hop, visit Lexa Cain's blog for info.

1.

Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.My Inner Geek8.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell
9.Constantine10.My Miracle Life
11.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams12.Lara Lacombe
13.TF Walsh14.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures
15.About myself, by myself16.Suzanne Furness
17.Elizabeth Seckman18.Avalon
19.My Baffling Brain20.Planet Kimberly
21.Shah Wharton22.Victorian Scribbles
23.Tanya Miranda24.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
25.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace26.Square Pegs
27.Patricia's Place28.Yvonne Van Dalen
29.Anne Higa30.My Antimatter Life
31.Bouquet of Books32.Lightravellerkate
33.Curious As A Cathy34.Julie Flanders
35.Crazy Old Lady36.In My Own Words
37.Allison Bruning38.Tamara Narayan, Author
39.My Creatively Random Life40.Yvonne Ventresca
41.Two Book Minimum

 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things - October 21, 2016

 

I've been so busy these past few weeks that I didn't get a chance to post. I was working on a painting for an art show that looks like it was easy to do, but it took me the month to finish. It will be on display this weekend and remain there for the duration of the show which ends on Nov. 6. The show is called "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Since I'm a fan of the show "Stranger Things" I did an acrylic painting on canvas of the characters from the show in the Peanuts style. I will post the painting when the show is over. This will be the first time being a part of this art gallery and I am very excited! My husband has a piece in the show, too. It will be the first time that we have paintings in the same show, too. His piece is a mash-up of Peanuts and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

My husband worked on a movie for Disney and was able to get discounted tickets to Disney's California Adventure on his last day of work. We took the kids and had a blast. We decided to go there because The Tower of Terror ride is there and will be closing permanently this coming January 2017. Our kids had never been on the ride, so we wanted them to experience it. They didn't want to go on it because they were scared, but we took them anyway. My husband said to them, "I bet you five dollars that after this ride you're going to say, 'again!'" I thought the ride was like the one in Florida, so I told them they would be told the story, see the ghosts, the doors would open, then we would move forward and drop. Well, I was taken by surprise when we dropped immediately after seeing the ghosts. I was hanging onto my bags which were flying up into the air while keeping an arm around my youngest son.  My hair was flying in my face, but I didn't have a hand available to brush it away. I was screaming and laughing the whole time. Our kids did not want to admit they liked the ride. My husband said to them, "I see a smile! You liked it, didn't you? You owe me five dollars!" They said, "No! We didn't take the bet!"

I wanted to go on the biggest roller coaster in the park. They complained the whole hour that we were in line trying to get out of it. A girl in back of us started crying when it was their turn to go, so they had to leave. Their mom was so mad at her because they wasted an hour. Our son mustered up some tears, but it was too late. He was already strapped in. He ended up liking the ride. It was so fun! It was our last ride of the day. On the tram ride back to the car he was sad and hugged me. He said, "I was hoping this day would never end."

I have been doing an ink drawing every day this month for Inktober and so far have been able to keep up. Last year was the first year I participated in it and I remember struggling with it. I must have improved because I have been whipping out ink drawings with ease. Here are a couple that I have posted on Instagram:


I have been rapidly filling up my second book of comic/graphic novel ideas and am ready to start making my web comics. I drew my layout and am working on roughs. I have had great ideas this month and have decided to do three sets of comics. (I always seem to make things hard for myself. I don't know why.) 1) A funny comic strip. 2) An autofictionalbiography of the time when I was a kid and visited relatives in Hawaii. 3) A fictional story. I'm so excited about this!

What are you celebrating?

Check out the blogs below for your reading pleasure and please visit our hosts' blogs:
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner http://lgkeltner.blogspot.co.uk/
Tonja Drecker http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/
If you would like to join our blog hop, visit Lexa Cain's blog for info.
 

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Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.My Inner Geek8.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell
9.Constantine10.My Miracle Life
11.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams12.Shells Tales and Sails
13.Lara Lacombe14.TF Walsh
15.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures16.About myself, by myself
17.Suzanne Furness18.Elizabeth Seckman
19.Avalon20.My Baffling Brain
21.Planet Kimberly22.Shah Wharton
23.Victorian Scribbles24.Tanya Miranda
25.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 201326.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace
27.Square Pegs28.Patricia's Place
29.Yvonne Van Dalen30.Anne Higa
31.My Antimatter Life32.Bouquet of Books
33.Lightravellerkate34.Curious As A Cathy
35.Julie Flanders36.Crazy Old Lady
37.In My Own Words38.Allison Bruning
39.Tamara Narayan, Author40.My Creatively Random Life
41.Yvonne Ventresca42.Two Book Minimum