Saturday, January 30, 2010

Muffin Zombie

This week I decided to try a super-mom thing with mixed results. I have been worried my kids weren't eating much breakfast or lunch at school due to the fact that they often seem hurried by the school's schedule and they are completely distracted when their friends are around. So I started getting up at 5:15am instead of the usual 5:30am to make some muffins for them before school.It was nothing fancy just some pre-made mixes and they were pretty happy about it, but what I learned by Friday was, I need that extra fifteen mintues of sleep to keep me coherent through the day and we're all a little sick of muffins.

I'm going to be on "The Red River Writers Blog Talk Radio Show" next Thursday to read a love poem. It's more of a love conversation really, between two of my characters in "The Horribles" created for my "Valentine's Day Special". The big news about my comic though, is that a new e-book called The Horribles, Book 2 came out from Abigail Books this week. Check it out, it's a free download!!!




I've also been busy with the film. As you can see I have a "Title image" now...



...and more...



Anyway, I'm back to "sleeping in" next week. Whew!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Lull in the Storm

I'm involved in a new project now that has me very excited. It's called "Unseen Horrors". Artists and animators worldwide are contributing to a collection of films, where we are visualizing old time radio dramas. The one I'm working on is called "Final Resting Place", and I´m the chief designer on it. It's great to be involved in a film. This is my first image for it...




It's a very funny program, though I guess it was supposed to be scary. The woman is so-o pathetic and helpless and her husband sounds exactly like "The Professor" in "The Power Puff Girls". Anyway the last film by this company was called "Night of the Living Dead Reanimated" and was shown across Australia, New Zealand, streaming video screenings,and most recently in Arizona.
This is a link to the audio file...


Macabre Radio Shows


The storms have been pretty constant here this week, but I'll take a lot of water over snow anyday. For us it mostly means many detours driving the kids to school as so many roads are flooded.
We took advantage of a window in the storm a few days ago to go see Chicano Park. It has the most murals of any location in North America, so I've been curious.






These were all painted by well known Mexican muralists.




This one of many faces was impressive.







Some have been "tagged" by grafitti artists. My friend was a well known muralist in Upstate New York and he hated when grafitti artists did this to his work. In an interview he caused some controversy once. The reporter asked him what he thought of grafitti artists (thinking muralists and grafitti artists were not that far off from each other), and he said "They are like dogs marking their territory!" I guess he made some enemies.




This is Chloe by the fountain.




Then the wind picked up and the rain started coming in fast...




After prying Naomi off the swing we climbed back into the car, quite a bit wetter.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hey! I´m a photographer!

I´ve been putting my photos up on flickr.com for a few months now. Mainly for convenience, but also for family to see, when I was contacted by the editor of Schmap! San Diego Guide. They wanted to use a photo I took of Petco stadium, from when we went to watch The Padres lose again last summer.
Now this picture is in their guide!


Anyway I've discovered some strange laws on the books here in California, some of which are truly hilarious...
-Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
-Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
-It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar. (I haven't seen any, but I'll have to restrain myself, I guess)
-It's against the law to use your used underwear as a dustrag.
-It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.( Well at least we can shoot something!)
-In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
-Women may not drive in a house coat. (I don't have a house coat, actually I'm not even sure of what one looks like)
-No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
-Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
-In San Francisco- It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner (I guess the sky's the limit here in San Diego)
-Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
-A city ordinance states that a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits.

I love that those last 2 have the same penalty! Well, we'll have to be on our toes. :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A visit to La Jolla Cove

With family still in town for the holidays we decided to head over to La Jolla Cove and spend the day with the seals...


The weather's been very comfortable (warmer than it was in Phoenix!), so it was a good day to head to the ocean.


La Jolla is a beautiful area of San Diego and walking up the beach is incredible.


Here's Naomi walking with her grandpa...


After walking past one beach full of people after another, we finally arrived at the seals' beach. This beach is closed to people and is only for seals. Unfortunately there are people protesting this and think it should be for people too.


It's incredible how close we could get though.


That's a pelican on the rocks in the water.


Later we walked over to the cliffs after some coffee and treats in the cafe.


We were so close to the pelicans it was a little scary.


Here we are all together at dusk,


When the girls were smaller, I used to read them a story called "The Story of Ping" about a little duck who lived on river in China. At one point he comes across some big black birds that have a little silver ring around their necks. They catch big fish but can't swallow them because of the ring,so they bring them to the fisherman, who "pays" them with little bits they can swallow. These birds are cormorants like the ones on these cliffs. Claudia (the girl's Nana) was saying to us how she saw this cruelty first hand when she went to China. It was all the more appalling with these incredible creatures in front of us.




Here are some more pelicans with sea lions near the water.


Here is a pelican settling in,



Dusk was upon us quickly, as it tends to do this time of year.


Visiting La Jolla Cove was a great way to start off 2010!


Happy New Year!
"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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