Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Reviews!!! YAY!



I know, I know- I normally don't write book reviews on my blog (except for all that blathering on I do about my own work, which really doesn't count), but this chapter book for early readers has caught my eye and I thought I'd share. I have an 8 year old reluctant reader in my house and always like hearing input on good books for this age group.

Anyway, this book "the Great Snowball Escapade" struck a chord around here. Life is full of changes and so often they are challenging ones. This is the story of Wilhemena Brooks, a little girl who's life has hit a bit of a rough patch and her cousin, Bud Dunphry, who's in more of a tailspin. Together they discover that their new life together can be okay, maybe even good. It's a simply told story with realistic overtones and is the book to buy for any kid going through a difficult life change. The illustrations are gritty but charming and it's a truly engaging novel.

Now back to my book....



This is a hilarious video of Dr Twistid reading "The Horribles"!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Mike!!

As you may have guessed from the not so cryptic title of this post... It was Mike Birthday last week. So, of course I made him this 200 pound Cthulu cake!


Ok.... No, I didn't. Someone else made this alarmingly realistic octopus cake, but it really is 200 pounds! I made a carrot cake that looks lame in comparison to this awesome creation. It was about 1 pound...maybe.

We had a great time though milling around the Artwalk By the Bay. I forgot the camera so you'll just have to trust me.


The good news is that another issue of "The People That Melt in The Rain" the webcomic was released this week. It's a free download if you go to this site!

The People That Melt in The Rain, Issue #3

Las Personas Que Se Derriten En La Lluvia

I just finished the trailer for "The People That Melt in The Rain" for the Spanish edition of the e-book! Take a look! ¡Mire está!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Drunk Duck Awards 2010

For the last few days the "Druck Duck Awards" has been announcing winners for 2010 and "The People That Melt in The Rain" has won again!


You can read the presentation for the award here!
This is Laura accepting the award!



Creature and Sylvia, two characters from my comic "The Horribles" were "presenters" this year for "Best Adventure Comic" ....you can read that one here!

I know it's a lot, but trust me, awards ceremonies are MUCH more entertaining in comic book form!

Lovecraft in L.A.



This past weekend was the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival up in L.A. and Mike (and his art) was part of the show.


Here he is at his table.



Pictures inside buildings don't come out so well with our camera... Hmmm...Maybe it's due to all the dropping on concrete or the fact that it's held together with tape.


The girls were able to sit around through one movie. Then we went to the Maritime Museum. Which was closed-but they had some great stuff outside!





Here they found a propeller to slide on!



While we were in L.A. we decided to go visit the Getty Center up in Brentwood. There's a tram up the mountain to the museums.

We headed straight for the Gerome show (an Academic painter from France). My 2 youngest kids were instantly bored, so I told them to "count the lions in all the paintings in this room". After several similar activities I was approached by a guard, who said my kids were "pointing and standing too close". So I told them to be careful. Then the guard turned and lectured them again. Then my husband saw them sit, frustrated on a bench in the center of the room and 2 more guards came over and lectured them for having pointed and standing too close (at THAT moment they were doing nothing). Then they approached Mike and told him the same thing (that the girls had pointed and stood too close). So we left. Gerome's a brilliant painter and we've been wanting to see a show like this for many years, but that was a nightmare.



We took them down to the children's room.


Then up to the sketching gallery.

Then we found umbrellas for public use and went for a stroll through the gardens.




The central gardens are incredible!



This maze looked like great fun...



Too bad it's floating on water.



It's me- finding some shade!




We wandered into one of the sculpture gardens


This is a bent sheet of metal (some art I just don't get.).



The Getty is a nice place, but if you have kids just sticking to the gardens and the children's room is the way to go.  Kids aren't so welcome in the galleries.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Back to School... Bumpy Beginnings

Well, the inevitable has happened.... School. 

It didn't seem like such a big deal last week, no one was starting a new school and this year I was going to do it right.  We'll start getting up earlier BEFORE the first day and we'll do back to school shopping over the weekend, so everyone has nice new clothes, and backpacks. Of course that didn't really work.   We were all tired on the first day from waking up early all weekend, and I bought one kid mostly bottoms and one kid mostly tops so there weren't a lot of complete outfits to go around.  Anyway we rushed them off to school and as you can see we got some fabulous pictures....

Don't you see them? Ok, I forgot. Then I brought the camera when I went to pick them up, but by then too many kids were crying....

Chloe insisted on some colorful striped tights that would have been allowed last year but this year violated uniform codes, so she got in trouble.

The real disaster is Naomi.  Her first grade teacher is super strict and scared her to death on the first day (she scared me too).  She spent the whole evening crying on and off.  Mike and I panicked, how will we get her to go back? Should she go back?  So we made an appointment with the principal and started looking into other schools in case they refuse to move her.... Then we pick her up on day 2 and she's as happy as can be and says she had a good day.   Isn't school great!

Friday, September 3, 2010

"SAN DIEGO!!! What could be worse than SAN DIEGO!!!"


For anyone who hasn't seen the movie
684 times, the title of this post is a quote from that. For those of you who haven't seen it at all.... The animals are freaking out because they think they may have been transferred to the "world famous San Diego Zoo". They are actually in Madagasgar, and we were actually in the zoo, just yesterday. Madagasgar is also a place I would like to see, though I'm sure it's nothing like the movie.


As we entered they handed us a map, and here I am puzzling over it, which is how I looked most of the day.


Hey look a sign with Chloe's name on it!




This place is a maze... Let's just take the "Skyfari" to the other side...



Away we go!



This is just like in Argentina!!!




....and here we are....

Okay... So where are we?
This is some kind of deer.


Probably African or something.




This is a Red Hog. Definitely African.



Oh look "Polar Bear Plunge"...


Silver Bears...


A book about bears...



Mike is shorter than a bear (yes-it's life size).


Here are the kids posing with a seal. This seal represents a mid-day snack for a polar bear.



....And okay, I didn't take any pictures of the actual bears, because they were just sleeping piles of fur, but here's Naomi in a chopper.


So we wandered off from here down "Hippo Trail"...




Awesome decision... This guy here can snap an alligator in half with his jaws!



Phoebe loves hippos!



Then we encountered a silverback gorilla.



This is the only animal I really felt sorry for in this zoo (most zoos it's EVERY animal, but this one has huge and amazing enclosures). This guy knows where he is, though.



Now he's posing for the paparazzi.


So which way are we going!!



This one looks interesting...




Pretty fish!


A caiman.




Wow, this is a pygmie hippo!




The fish clean him.

The hippo was great! (except when he pooped against the glass!)

The fish were even cooler! (though I think they ate it!)



So where are we now?


We stopped for dinner, and some acrobats showed up!



From here we made our way back to "Skyfari"... Past this "monkey house"






Today I am limping from wandering about, but we saw about half of that massive zoo!

"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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