Friday, August 25, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - August 25, 2017

 


My husband bought me a new pen (because an artist can never have enough pens) so I tested it out by drawing some of the people that died in The Dyatlov Pass incident. The story intrigues me and I'm thinking of drawing a comic out of the incident. Here are the drawings from my sketchbook along with my new pen:

The pen isn't exactly what I was looking for, but it's not bad.
 
We went to the comic shop over the weekend and I was very inspired by all the interesting graphic novels there. It got the wheels spinning in my brain. I studied the different styles and media the artists decided to draw their GNs with. Interesting. Some of the stories are interesting and others aren't. It's surprising to see what gets published. I was soaking all the information in.

My son found the latest Plants Vs. Zombies graphic novel and read the whole book in the store before buying it. He loves those books and will read them over and over. I wish I could find chapter books that he loves just as much. He doesn't like books that most boys his age like, so it's extremely hard to find books for him to read for school. Since he doesn't like Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Magic Treehouse, Wings of Fire, Percy Jackson, and doesn't want to read Goosebumps on his own, I had to do more extensive research on books for boys who don't like to read. Since he's in middle school now and they are going to read more serious stuff, I'm having him read Ender's Game for a half hour every day. So far, he thinks it's boring, but we're just getting started. He thinks all the other books I mentioned are boring, too.

He likes humor, but we have not found chapter books as funny as the Big Nate comics that he loves. I love Big Nate, too, but reading comics won't help his writing skills when he has to write essays and has to know how to write paragraphs. After reading Big Nate comics for a year for his reading log at school, I discovered that he didn't know how to write a paragraph for an assignment at school! He didn't even know how to indent!

If Ender's Game doesn't work out, I'm going to try to introduce The Hunger Games to him. One of his friends doesn't like to read chapter books either, but according to his mom, he's showing an interest in The Hunger Games. It's a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward the books, but at least there is a spark of interest instead of no interest at all.

The reason why I chose Ender's Game for him is because, besides humor, my son likes reading about battles. Percy Jackson has battles in it, but apparently not enough for my son. Ender has to use his wits to do battle mentally and physically. My son specifically likes monster battles. Ender fights aliens, so I'm hoping he takes to this book. Fingers crossed. I personally loved this book when I read it, so I'm partial to it. If he doesn't like this book then I'll recommence pulling my hair out.

I think there is a big need for funnier chapter books for middle graders. Whoever can pull it off is going to hit the jackpot. My son isn't the only one who thinks chapter books are boring. I've talked to other parents and they have at least one child like my son. Boys and girls.

I'm looking forward to the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight tomorrow. I told my husband about it and he's fascinated with those fighters. He has been watching videos of them all week. Our sons have been training in MMA since they were 6 and 4 years old. Not for the sole purpose of fighting, but for self defense. My husband is a martial artist with a black belt in karate and we have friends who are MMA fighters. So, naturally, we're rooting for the MMA fighter, McGregor, but Mayweather has an impressive 49-0 record. It's going to be a very interesting fight.

I almost forgot to mention celebrating the solar eclipse. Since the glasses were sold out, I made a solar eclipse viewing box and was able to see it with that. It's too bad it wasn't a total eclipse in my area, but it was still exciting to experience. I pointed my camera toward the sun without looking at it and took about 20 "blind" pictures hoping to catch the eclipse on my phone. The best photo out of the bunch had a metallic orb in it. Some people think it's the international space station, but that thing is rectangular, not oval shaped. The object did not appear in the photos taken a split second before and after the photo. Other people caught orbs in their photos and videos as well. There is a good video on YouTube that a couple recorded during the eclipse. They caught 3 or 4 orbs in their video.

Okay, that's it for now! Over and out!
I hope you had a good week!
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/
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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - August 18, 2017

 

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks so this will encompass the last two weeks. 

We discovered a place near our house that has two waterslides, a splash pad, and a pool that is really cheap. It's $1 for kids and $2 for adults. My kids went down the waterslides for the first time. At first, my younger son refused to go on it because it was too high, but he didn't want to wait for us by himself, so he followed us up. After he came down for the first time, he was all smiles and wanted to go on it again. They went down it about ten times. I was done in three or four. It's too bad that I only found out about this place two weeks before school started. We enjoyed it, though.

We were supposed to meet our friends from the gym there, but they went to the wrong pool. A couple of days later, we met up, but the waterslides weren't working, so we ended up at the pool they went to the first time. My friend has four kids. My kids play with her three boys on the Xbox and they take mixed martial arts together at the gym. It was nice for the kids to actually go out and play together instead of play in a virtual world (video games) which is what they did most of the summer.
Last weekend we went to a birthday party where they played laser tag outside in a cul-de-sac, swam in a pool, and played old fashioned games like kick-the-can and another game that I forget the name of. My older son loves kick-the-can. In an era where it's dangerous for kids to play outside, I'm glad he got to play that and enjoyed it. 

The kids went back to school at the end of last week, so I'm getting back into my old routine. 
We watched Elle Ip's inspiring weight lost journey on YouTube which got me more motivated to lose weight. If you get the chance, watch it. She's amazing! When she was pregnant with her second child, she declared that she was going to compete in a fitness competition the following year. She was overweight, had no trainer, no gym membership, no nanny, and no nutritionist. She worked her butt off at home. That's discipline!
My new workout plan includes a lot more cardio. I took my dogs for a walk a few times and jogged with them as part of my cardio. Within ten minutes, sweat was pouring down my face. My clothes are starting to feel a little looser which is a slight improvement. I'm following Sarah Louise Hawkins' workout because she has about the same build/body type I have.
As part of my cardio, I'm also doing Zumba workouts at home from YouTube. In doing so, I found a few new songs I really like. I love discovering new songs! They are Chammak Challo by Akon, Vente Pa Ca by Ricky Martin, and Tu Me Quemas by Chino y Nacho featuring Gente De Zona and Los Cadillacs.

I fixed our running toilet this week. I replaced the connector and the valve as well. I had to drive to the hardware store three times, but I got it fixed without too much of a problem. Yay! Thank God for YouTube!

Almost every night before going to sleep, I've been working on two outlines for webcomic stories. I work on my graphic novels during the day, but I'm trying to set aside 10-15 minutes per day at least on putting a webcomic together which includes writing the outlines. I think it was James Joyce who worked on his writing 15 minutes per day while working a day job. Slow and steady wins the race eventually!

I hope you had a good week!
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/
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
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - August 4, 2017

 
This week a friend of mine told me about an Al Hirshfeld documentary on YouTube that I ended up watching. It was inspirational and it made me want to watch more biographies. 

My husband found a biography of Arnold Schwarzenegger on YouTube as well and that was also motivational. It seems like successful people are very focused, determined, hard-working, lucky, are not swayed by people who don't like what they do, and think outside-the-box.

I did not win the Scholastic Graphix contest, but I'm still working on my graphic novel and will eventually get it published. I was disappointed that they chose people who already had a following, won a contest before, have established webcomics, and completed graphic novels before. It was my understanding that they were looking for a debut/new graphic novelist. Looking at it from a money standpoint, I can understand how Scholastic would feel safer going with people who already have a following. I don't even have a single comic online. 

So, I'm going to continue working on my graphic novel and work on starting a webcomic. I am working on an outline for a webcomic that is in the teen drama/fantasy genre. I have thumbnails for funny comics, but it's hard to come up with funny stuff on a regular basis, so I'm debating on whether or not to develop them for webcomics.

I started a new workout program this week that kicked my butt. Weight lifting makes me very tired which doesn't help when I'm working on my graphic novel. Coffee doesn't help keep me awake either, but I still drink it haha.

I've been thinking about our blog hop host Lexa Cain. She has been sick and has not been online. I hope she is okay. Please pray for her to get better. 

Enjoy your weekend. Make the most of it.

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/

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