Friday, September 22, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - September 22, 2017

 


This week I finished laying out 211 pages of fairly detailed thumbnails for my graphic novel. I am so glad to be done with that! The last seven pages were tough. It was like being in the desert and seeing a mirage. You crawl toward it, but it seems to get farther away.

I scanned all the pages in and thought, now what? I debated whether or not to draw the final roughs digitally or by hand. Drawing digitally is so painstaking, but if I can master it, it would make the process faster. I don't think I'll get used to it anytime this year, so I've decided to hand-draw the whole book. I'll color it and maybe do the lettering and word bubbles digitally. All of the people who make comics that I admire draw their comics traditionally with ink and paper, so I don't feel as bad about not going completely digital.

The art store that I frequent just ended their big sale a couple of weeks ago. Just my luck. That always happens to me. During the sale, I don't need anything, but as soon as it ends, I need something.

I went to Blick Art Supply this morning because they had a buy-one-get-one free sale on their Strathmore drawing pads. I had to rush because the only parking spot I could find was a 15 min. metered one. I like to browse art stores, but this got me to hurry up. When I got there, the sale didn't apply to the particular paper I needed. Bubble burst. They didn't have half of the other stuff I needed. It was just as well because I had to get back to my car.

Since Michael's was nearby, I went there and found almost all of the stuff I needed. They even had a BOGO deal on canvases which I had to get anyway since my cousin wants me to paint vintage style Hawaiian paintings for her house.

I had to buy the Winsor & Newton Series 7 size 2 brush on Amazon which was actually cheaper than if Blick actually had the items in stock.

Overall, even though it seemed like I had bad luck, it actually was pretty good. The 15 min. parking got me to hurry up so I was able to pick my kids up from school on time. It was a minimum day for them, so if I had stayed any longer, I might've been late. I did save money in the end.

I started reading Recipe by Lucy Knisley. It's about her life growing up with parents who cook gourmet food. Her parents and their friends consist of chefs, caterers, and food critics. When she was in preschool and had a birthday, instead of the standard cupcakes that kids bring, her mom brought a blowtorch and made crème brûlée. How lucky is that? She drew out recipes in this book of some of the things she ate. It makes you hungry.

Here's a quick sketch I did of my kids at a Japanese restaurant:



Have a good weekend!
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, September 15, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - September 15, 2017

 

This week I'm celebrating a printer that actually works! My mom gave us her old printer that she wasn't sure even worked. I bought cartridges for it, but it wasn't printing color. After about an hour of failed attempts, I was able to find a print driver online that worked. I printed out something for my son's project and was amazed that it actually printed out in color! Technology is great when it works. I was proud of myself for that one.







I tried the one-meal-a-day diet this week that mainly consisted of vegetables. It lasted three days, but I'm calling it a week. On the fourth day, I added Jalapeño sauce to my veggies. A couple of hours later, I had a stomach ache and it wasn't hunger pangs. I think it was the hot sauce burning my stomach. I ended up eating a salmon burger. My stomach ache went away and so did that diet. I did lose a pound or two of weight and my belt went down to the last notch, so that's what I'm celebrating.




This week I learned to use a Japanese/Chinese ink stone and ink stick. My uncle was cleaning his house and wanted to get rid of them, so he gave them to me. I tried using them before, but the ink was watered down. I thought it was defective or cheap. Good ol' YouTube taught me how to grind the ink stick properly. Yay! It's tedious and I didn't get any good drawings out of it, but that's beside the point. I discovered that all of my Chinese brushes are crappy except for one which is decent. I'm going to have to give it another go after I'm done with my graphic novel layouts.

I spilled some of the dirty ink water on my desk which almost ruined a day's work of drawings for my graphic novel. Geez! That was stupid! It was against my better judgment to test out the ink on the same desk I use to draw my GN, but I did it anyway because I was too lazy to move. Laziness does not pay.

This week I listened to some of NPR's "I Built This" podcasts. Those are great! They interview very successful people about how they became billionaires. It's inspiring! I highly recommend listening to those. They are free from the iTunes store. I put some on my husband's phone so he could listen to them on the way to work this morning. He doesn't like extra stuff on his phone and resists the podcasts I suggest, but he called me before he got to work very excited about what he heard. It lit a fire under him and now he has great plans for projects.

My youngest son tested for green belt in Kyokushin Karate last night and did well. He didn't train for a year because of a broken foot, so this test was long overdue for him.

My mother came over today, brought food, washed my dishes, and told me some good stories about the things that happened with some terrible neighbors we had when I was a kid. I really should write about those neighbors some day. They are responsible for tormenting, ruining, and ending lives of several people in our neighborhood. I'm not sure how to approach the subject, though. Maybe in fictional comic book form without naming names.

Here's a drawing to leave you with that I drew in my sketchbook:


I hope you had a good, productive week.

Have a good weekend!
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/
 
Lexa has been sick and hasn't been online since June! I'm very worried about her and hope she makes a full recovery. Please send prayers or good thoughts/vibes her way.
 
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, September 8, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - September 8, 2017

 


My son who hates reading chapter books finally likes the book I chose for him to read for his reading log! Yay! Every so often I would ask him, "Do you like the book so far?" His answer would be, "No. It's boring." At the end of chapter 8, I asked the question again. To my surprise, he said, "Yeah. It's pretty good." What, what, what? Hallelujah! He actually likes Ender's Game! I didn't realize there were a few bad words in it, but at this point I don't care. It's not like he doesn't hear those words out and about. Especially at school, I'm sure.

He came to the realization yesterday that Ender's kind sister, Valentine, reflects the good part of Ender. His evil brother, Peter, is the bad part of Ender. They reflect both sides of Ender's personality. Wow, I was blown away when he said that. I didn't even figure that out myself.

My son has not been doing well in school, but I've been helping him with his homework religiously now and found that he's pretty darn smart. He figured out a couple of math problems yesterday that I couldn't wrap my head around.

My crazy dog, Bumi, is pulling on his leash a lot less on our walks this week which is a small triumph on my part. Usually, he just wants to go after every dog he sees on the sidewalk or hears behind a gate. If people get too close, he gets aggressive. He gets my other dog, Korra, riled up then she starts barking. I don't have the time or money to take him to obedience school. What I've been doing is running with them past houses with dogs. If he starts to dash after them, I tell him, "Let's go!" and we keep running. Maybe it's like running with a pack and he feels like he has to stay with us. Whatever it is, it's working.

There was a guy working on the street lights next to the sidewalk. I thought, Oh crap, I hope he doesn't try to bite this guy. I pulled the leash short and ran the dogs past him. There wasn't much of a struggle which was great.

My husband was burnt out from work last week, so for Labor Day weekend we only went out once to eat and stayed home for the rest of the 3-day weekend. It was great. I didn't have to wear makeup or change into nicer clothes. I got to work on my graphic novel and read. We didn't go to the gym either, so the kids were happy, too. They got more video game time which is what they live for.

I saw Michael Rashid's video about how he eats only once a day. He's a bodybuilder who used to be vegetarian. The dude is massive. He talks about how eating too much taxes the body. It works hard to constantly digest food that end up building toxins in your stomach that make you sick. Interesting theory. He eats baked vegetables, sometimes with salmon and turkey bacon. He drinks a protein drink with bananas and coconut milk, but not every day.

I want to try his baked veggie recipe. That day I had two servings of lettuce with carrots for lunch. I was starving at dinner. He is probably four times my size, so I don't know how he does it. Mind you he eats a lot more veggies than that, but still, it's not a lot. My older son said, "He said the first four days are hard." That's good to know. I'm hoping to buy the veggies this weekend so I can try it out. My husband is skeptical. Michael Rashid said this diet clears your mind. I've heard that people who fast think clearly, too. Interesting. Here's hoping I make it past day one. Ha ha!
We watched Dr. Steven Greer's new movie documentary called Unacknowledged. Wow. He talked about how there are plants at all the major TV networks that are paid by the richest people in the world to steer the public thought. There are a lot of things to ponder on. It made me think about Donald Trump and that maybe he's not such a bad guy after all. We're being duped. We are the sheeple. Russia, North Korea, and China may not be our enemies... Hmm.

Anyway, I don't want to talk politics here. Let's get back to writing! Drawing! Creating!

Here's a thumbnail of a character I want to use for my comics. It's based off of how I looked as a kid, with short crooked bangs and a gap between my teeth. I drew it super quick this week on paper that is probably as old as I am.




Have a good weekend!
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, September 1, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - September 1, 2017

 

Wow, I didn't realize it was September already! And Labor Day weekend! What?! August went by so fast that I don't even remember what I did most of the month. With our 104 degree weather, I couldn't tell that Fall was getting closer except that our tree's leaves are turning brown and falling. Oh and that it's starting to get darker sooner.

When we left the dojo last night at 8:00pm, my son was surprised that it was dark yet it was 100 degrees out. I like wearing shorts, but I'm done with this heat. Come on, Autumn!

I took my dogs out for a walk yesterday and the only time it rains the whole week is when we're out. Of course I had no umbrella because there was no rain in the forecast. It stopped raining when we got home. Sweat and rain was dripping into my eyes as I was wiping my dogs down. Beautiful.

But what can I celebrate this week?

Well, yesterday I bumped into my estranged cousin from Hawaii that I haven't seen in years. Her nephew goes to school with my kids so she was picking him up from school. We exchanged hugs and had a nice chat. On my part, it was nice seeing her again.

I miss my old Zumba instructor, Iris. She had the best music and I had been looking for those songs for years. This week, I found them on YouTube! I was so excited! Of course I added them to my at-home Zumba workout today. One is called Chillando Goma by Fulanito. How can you not shake your booty to this? Another one is Ey Macalena by Samba Do Brasil. *Sigh* This makes me miss my old friends from Brazil that I had when I was living in France.

Another thing I am celebrating is Sarah Glidden's graphic novel How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. I was looking for graphic novels to check out from the library and only checked this one out because I heard Sarah Glidden being interviewed on a podcast. I've heard her name tossed around the comics world so I wanted to find out what her books were like. I just started it, but wow, this book is dropping knowledge on me left and right. I like it! No wonder people like her stuff.

I had a bad drawing week, but here's a little doggie to leave you with. I drew this a few months ago while I was practicing drawing dogs.



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 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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - July 21, 2017

 

I've missed the last two weeks of posting since around the 4th of July. My father-in-law came to town and stayed with us for a couple of days. We went to Disneyland and California Adventure for two days. 

For the 4th of July my father-in-law wanted to grill at our house, so that's what we did. We walked to the park later that night and watched the fireworks display. While the fireworks show was going on, we saw a strange light moving in different directions. Up, down, right, left, up, and up. It wasn't a plane and it was too fast for a helicopter. I'm not sure if it was a UFO or a drone. I wanted to watch it, but I also wanted to watch the fireworks, so I was looking back and forth at them. Haha. I didn't feel like I needed to be concerned about it, so maybe that's why it didn't keep my attention. Now I wish I had videotaped it. D'oh! My husband recorded it for a short period of time. He texted me the video, but when he did, the colors dropped out. When we saw the lights, I saw reddish-orange, white, and green. My husband and son said they didn't see green. They saw blue. When it was texted to me, it was all white. I don't know why I didn't pay more attention. I don't even remember the colors clearly anymore. I just know the lights were jumping around very high up in the sky.
 
Before my father-in-law left, we got him to play One Night Werewolf with us. They are very short 10 minute games that are a lot of fun. If you get the werewolf card, you have to convince the other players that you're not the werewolf. If there is more than one werewolf, they team up. It can get complicated, but once you know the rules, even kids can understand it. My youngest son loves to play it. My father-in-law had to pause at the beginning of the game to ask, "What does the Alpha Wolf do?" So, we knew he was the Alpha Wolf and voted him off at the end of the game. We had a lot of laughs playing the game.
 
We also have (One Night) Daybreak and One Night Vampire. One Night Alien came out recently, so we bought it at a gaming store last weekend. Our son was so happy! I think this game is the most fun out of all the One Night games because the narrator is funnier (on the app) and you get to switch other players' cards more often while their eyes are closed. These are the only non-video games our kids love.

We went to the beach last weekend and parking was terrible. The kids only got to swim in the water for about an hour because of the parking, so this weekend we are going to try another beach with an actual parking lot. Hopefully, it will be a better outing than last time. At least we had an hour of swim time. Celebratin' the small things!
 
Have a great weekend!
This is a blog hop!
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.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, June 23, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - June 23, 2017

 

This week I read the news more than usual which put me in a depressive state all week. Especially after reading about Otto Warmbier's passing. I need to stop reading the news for a while and listen to motivational speakers or something to bring more positive energy into my home. After getting upset about the news, the air feels thick with negative energy. It makes it harder to celebrate the small things.

But, I am able to find something positive out of the week. I cleaned out and moved a chest of drawers that was tucked away in a cluttered room. In it I found a $25 iTunes card that still had money on it! Hahaha! It must be years old! Never been used.

I also received my Johnny Jump Up seeds in the mail. I planted them and am hoping they grow well because I don't have much of a green thumb.

It took me an hour to clean the blinds in the bathroom today. I wiped every single slat with a wet rag. We've made advances in technology, but not a better way to clean blinds. I have a brush attachment for blinds on my vacuum, but it doesn't remove all the dust. The good thing is, the blinds look great now. 
 
I'm sick and tired of this cleaning. I just want to work on my graphic novel! I have one more week before our guests arrive. The place is looking pretty good if I do say so myself. My family hasn't said a thing about how good the place looks, though, which is irksome. I can't wait for Vietnam Vets to come next week to take away more of our junk.

I'm halfway through the graphic novel Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer. I came across this book by dumb luck. After lunch one weekend, the whole family had to use the restroom so we stopped off at a library to use their restroom. (lol!) It was at a library far from our home, but in the same county. It's embarrassing to just stop in to use their restroom, so I wanted to check out a book. 
 
I saw the Jules Feiffer book and recognized the name and art style. I discovered his artwork a few months ago even though he has been doing comics for decades. Even before I was born. The artwork wasn't as charming as I was expecting so I put it back on the shelf, but picked it back up at the last minute. I checked out other books which I can easily return near our home since the libraries are connected to the same network. 
 
When I brought it home, I looked at the drawings again and wasn't going to read the book at all because they weren't impressive to me. It got a good review from Neil Gaiman, so I decided to give it a go. After reading the first few pages, I was hooked. It's a mystery that starts off with an incredibly ungrateful daughter who wants to kill her mother. The girl's father died, so her mother had to get a job. She got a job working for her husband's best friend who is an alcoholic detective. She basically does all the work. He hits on her, puts her in unnecessary danger, and makes her work late even though she has to get home to her daughter. The daughter is selfish and only sees that her mother is never there for her. At the same time, the mother is trying to find her husband's killer. 
 
It's more complicated than this, but that's how it starts off. The writing is great! 
 
Upon closer inspection of the drawings and the layout of the pages, I'm finding that this guy is a pretty brilliant artist. At first glance, the drawings look scribbly and naive, but the scribbles give the drawings energy and movement. It looks as if he doesn't know much about human anatomy, but as I studied some of the drawings, it appears that he does have a good knowledge of the figure. I'm finding the drawings very charming after all.

He studied under Will Eisner which is impressive in itself, but the way he writes dialogue is exceptional. It just draws you in. No pun intended. I think I found a gem.

I hope you have found life's gems this week as well! Have a great weekend!

Welcome to our blog hop!
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.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