Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Head Games and Head Colds

As September begins here in Phoenix so do the delusions.  One afternoon you'll traipse across your withering (or fake turf) yard in the 100º + heat and just out of the  corner of your eye you'll see it.  A tiny brown leaf falling from a tree.  Instantly in your desperation, your heat addled brain will conclude that it's fall! Our long suffering existence, like ants under a magnifying glass, is finally over!
(source)

You run to the grocery store, across the simmering parking lot, and buy every pumpkin item you see, cheerfully browsing the newly displayed Halloween items as if trick or treaters will be storming your front steps at any moment.  Surely tomorrow the cool winds will come! Right?


This is a character design sheet from my latest children's book "The Hiccup Monster".  I've been busy finishing up final pages and layouts all week for it.  This one is actually written by me as well and will be out before the end of the year!

In other news Mike starts teaching his classes again this coming week.  He's contracted to teach four different courses this semester at The Academy of Art University of San Francisco (online), it should be a pretty good schedule. 

I've been sick the last few days, just a head cold, but since we've moved to the desert I get sick so rarely that I become the BIGGEST. BABY. EVER.  That extends to all of us really.  The virus started with Chloe, then Naomi, then me, and now both Mike and Phoebe are starting to feel run down.  At least once it's over we know we won't get sick again for another year.  When we lived in New York we'd spend an entire winter cycling through one cold after another.  It was miserable.  

Anyway, I hope everyone had a Happy Labor Day! Until next time...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A late night party on ice

Naomi's birthday was this past weekend and in a last minute scramble for a party we went to the ice rink and she skated her way into her eleventh year!


She opened gifts from her friends.


Due to scheduling the party last minute (and the fact that it was at 8pm at night)we were bumped up to a heated party room instead of the freezing cold locker room we had Phoebe's birthday celebration in last November.


We were all a bit tired of making cakes (we made 2 for Chloe last week) so Naomi chose this fancy chocolate cake from the store.

Make a wish!

Chloe and Phoebe looking fabulous!

All in all it was a good time.  The party ended at 10pm and since they wouldn't let me pay when I arrived (something about possible add-ons), I was so tired I wandered out without paying for it!  I was pretty shocked that I spaced out so much, but our party hostess was holding the door for us when we left, so she seemed to forget as well.


In other news I've transferred my Sea Monster template to the backing boards and will soon begin sculpting.


My poster design was selected for this year's Grand Avenue Festival!! YAY!  (This is not the final image, though, I'll be working with a graphic designer on it.)


This is a recent book cover Mike painted for FST Pulp.  It should be available soon. He also completely illustrated this book that is now available on Amazon, called...

An Arcana Cryptozoology Handbook: Journal of the Kindred


Check it out!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Birthday and some books

Phoenix is very close to bursting in flames, at least that's what it feels like.  However it's almost fall and then it will only feel like an upper level of hell, YAY!

This weekend we celebrated Chloe's sixteenth birthday.


Naomi made her this awesome "Fault in our Stars" cake.  It took her hours, but she did a great job!


On Friday Chloe met up with a bunch of her friends at Tapatio Cliffs resort.  They went swimming and ate chinese food in their room and had a great time!


The cake was as good as it looked!  (Unfortunately my camera is crap when the lights are dim.)


In the last couple of weeks 2 of my new books are available for sale now.  Santa Gets Healthy is available here on amazon.com.


Catch A Dragon is now available here (also on amazon.com) and here on Create a Space.

Anyway- Have a great Monday!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Starting School and a Sea Monster

The girls returned to school this week.  I didn't get any pictures of it as they're older now and there's no more pretending that returning to school doesn't mean a whole lot of work and responsibility for them.

Naomi started middle school with Phoebe and seems to be adjusting well.  I'm super excited because for the first time in years 2 of my kids are in the same school!! My life is slightly easier!! YAY!!

In other news my latest children's book is hitting the presses soon....


Look for "Andy Alligator's Bayou Adventure, A Grandmother's Tale" (I know it's a mouthful, but this time it's not my fault, "Peachie T" is the author!) .  It will be on Amazon and where children's books are sold very soon.

In the mean time I'm getting started on building this:

It will be a 12 foot long sea monster sculpture for The Grand Avenue Festival downtown.

You can get an idea of how large he's going to be from the photos of my template drawing:



Head

Tail

Anyway he's still in the beginning stages, but I think for this project I'll be using glitter.  Everyone likes glitter.

Friday, August 1, 2014

F*@k, I'm tired -A crappy poem

I'm tired.
I'm tired of waking at dawn to walk the dog and staying up late to walk him again, because that's when we won't collapse from the desert sun.
I'm tired of Mike's employer not paying him (it's been 2 months now) and we're so broke we can't buy school supplies for my kids, who start on again on Monday.
I'm tired looking outside at the beautiful sunshine and being crushed by the overwhelming heat when you step out the door.
I'm tired of things breaking, (drawers, mirrors, dishes, medicine cabinets)
I'm tired of things leaking, (the toilet, the tub, faucets everywhere).
F*@k I'm tired.


*Thank you for indulging me with my crappy poem.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Very slowly going Greyhound, and a new family member

Last week Chloe came home from a youth program in California. I arranged for her to travel home on a Greyhound bus, which made me nervous, so I told her to wear baggy clothes, and pack lots of food since the bus will take 8 hours. Chloe the ever perceptive teen says, "Ok Mom!  The bus takes 8 hours, eat lots of food and don't dress like a whore!  Got it." (I could hear eyes roll.)

The bus driver got sick, so the bus was delayed for an hour. She brought a cup of coffee (because she "wasn't hungry"), and boarded for the slow journey East.  The bus stopped at the seediest places, so she didn't want to buy any food.  Then it was delayed again at the Mexican border when a woman got ill and they had to call an ambulance....

11 hours later this very hungry teenager arrived in Phoenix!  Naomi greeted her with a pretzel she and Phoebe made for her (it was in the shape of "The Deathly Hallows" symbol from Harry Potter).

Two days later we headed into the mountains to meet Mike's newest little cousin.


Little Joyce Dubisch was well worth the drive.  Mike loved her immediately!


She's quite the sweetheart!


After lunch the girls reconnected with their cousin Roy Peter.


Roy and Naomi working hard on a puzzle.


The kids with Aunt Kimberly (their mom).


Little Joyce with her Daddy.


Roy pondering another bounce on the trampoline.  

   The journey home was a bit treacherous.  As we headed down the mountains we were hit with a huge ☂monsoon and did some white knuckle driving back into the city.  After all the wind and the rain it was shocking to step out of the car in Phoenix into 110ºF heat at 8pm at night. The city was as dry as a bone.


In other news I've been teaching art almost constantly lately, but I still managed to wrap up 2 children's books projects.  This is the cover to one of them! Coming Soon..."Catch a Dragon"  by Ginger Nasser!!! 


Friday, July 11, 2014

The Beetle

©Carolyn Watson Dubisch

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"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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