Hurricanes 2017

Hello, everyone.  I hope everyone is well.  I can’t believe summer is over.  I have loved summers my whole life.  I love hot weather and being able to wear short sleeve shirts and getting that vitamin D on the skin.

I know this summer has been super hot.  Hardly anybody was spending time outside this year.  And with that, when fall was coming about, the hurricanes appeared and were pretty strong.  I have been feeling bad for the people that live in the east coast and the island that were victims of those hurricanes.  It was terrible seeing people being flooded out of their homes.  I wish them luck for their own safety and their love ones.

During day times, I work with kids, and sometimes, I wonder about the kids that had to experience the hurricanes.  I am sure they have been terrified about everything.  I am sure it was very hard for them to lose a lot of their belongings and their families’ memory items.

I want to let all the victims (kids and adults) that we have been keeping all of you in our hearts and thoughts and wish you a positive and a brighter future.

If you have any story you would like to share, go ahead and post I in the comments below.  I would love to read about it.

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Passing On the Art Bug

Hello, everyone.  I want to apologize for not keeping you updated for the past several months.  I have been busy with a thing care a lot of you will called “life”.  I’m sure a lot of you will understand.

Schools have started, so I am back to working with kids.  I have been working on “…On Our Own” prequel.  I have been excited about it.  In this novel will show how they met each other.  Their colors also will get explained.

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Also, during this summer, I have been painting portraits of characters of a sci-fi screenplay I wrote several months ago.  The looks of their faces were very visual in my mind, and I wanted to paint them on canvases with my acrylic paints.

I have been away from YouTube for awhile.  I have been feeling bad for neglecting my social media.  Like I mentioned, sometimes personal life comes first and you should take care of it before other things.

Even though writing and art are my career choices, they are also therapeutic.  I am a bad night owl.  If you know me personally, you would know that I have been like this my whole life…literally.  I have also lived with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).  Before, I go to bed, I like to write or draw to get my mind relaxed with no worries or have a brain full of past life situations.  Then, just before I go to sleep, my characters from my own novels come to life in my head.  This has started when I was twelve years old.  I don’t think the characters that keep appearing in my head will ever allow me to retire from writing and drawing.  I will probably write stories until the day I die.

As far as art goes, drawing is in my blood.  My dad, and all of my relatives on his side of the family have been artsy and crafty.  It has been like a custom thing for my family for a century…at least.  I did take some art classes, but my dad and my grandpa were my main teachers.  My dad painted a lot with oil paints and acrylics, but was only for hobby reasons.  I think he should’ve made it as a hobby job.  A lot of people have enjoyed his paintings.

After high school, my dad and I thought it would be fun if the both of us work together at Disney Animation Studios.  Of course, it was just a pipe dream.  However, months before he passed away, he gave me some drawings he did and was hoping I would take over his fictional characters and want me to write stories based on them and make them into a children’s book series.  I’m sure you know I haven’t started yet.  I guess when I am ready to start working on the books, I want them to turn out great and perfect…something that my dad would be proud of that included some of his creations.

During this fall, I am going to focus on working on the prequel and get my novel “The Other Side Of Time: A Family’s Chronicles” in paperback form.  I would like to get both of them accomplished before the year is over.  It would be nicer if they are completed before Christmas time.

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Getting First Book in Paperback

I finally got “We’re Finally On Our Own” on paperback, but it will still be on Kindle as well.  I am excited about it finally being in paperback.  I can wait until I get my copy of that book in my hand.

I will admit, it was a major chore making that book into paperback.  It took me five hours to make it perfect:  formatting the body writing to fit the 6″x9″ pages and making the book cover picture perfect with the right amount of dpi’s.    Even though it took me a very long time to get it perfect, I didn’t want to give up and make it possible.  I have been writing stories for a few decades, and have been serious about my writing career, and that was what made me very determined to make that novel possible.

 

I Won Some Prizes!

Around Easter time, I ordered some ink refills for my Copic markers at MarkerPop.com, and they had a Easter Egg Hunt, and you can find eggs through out their site, and possibly win prizes. I found several of them. It did take awhile for me to get my order, but I feel like part of it was my fault. It’s kind of a long story… Anyway, when I got the refills in the mail – I got a lot of interesting things that were added into my package. I did get some of the prizes.
The prizes are: two crafty stamps, parchment paper (10 sheets), and crafty paper (pad).

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Today, I finally did something with the rubber stamp.

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I quickly grabbed my Copic markers and started coloring.  I am happy with the results.  I think it is my best coloring I did with those markers.  I am still working on shading and blending.  The results look better in person than it does from the photo – the blending.

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One Of The Problems Of Being a Writer

One of the things that can cause problems while being a writer, more than one story can appear in your head at the same time.  Usually, when I am towards the end of writing one of my stories (novels), another story has popped into my head – with new characters and a new plot line.  However, this year, has been different, I had more than one story floating around in my head.  It has been very difficult completing one story quickly, because I have been either making notes/outlines for each story and working on all of them when I am not working at my regular job.

I still have two pilots I would like work on before this year is over, and a full screenplay, and two novels.  I am hoping that this summer will be a great time for me to make some writing accomplishments.

I know this spring has taken my mind to a lot of places and greeting a lot of fictional characters that are anxious to be put on paper (or on the computer).

I know time will tell when one of these stories will be finished.

Sarah From “We’re Finally On Our Own”

Lately, I have been in the mood to draw, and I drew two pictures of Sarah (cartoon version and more realistic version.

I have done better pencil drawings of her before.  She usually looks close to that drawing, but I made her eyes too far apart on this drawing.  Knowing me, this probably won’t be the last drawing I do of her.

I know I should do more drawings of the guys from that story.  I didn’t do very many drawings of William and Steve.  I don’t know why, but that’s what happened.  Who knows?  I might draw one of those guys tomorrow.

More Art with Copic Markers

I have been enjoying working with the Copic markers that I have so far…  I am still practicing with shading and blending.
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For the second photo, I did a animated/cartoon drawing of one of my characters, Sarah.  Most of the markers, I used were with the Copic markers, but I used regular markers for her hair, lips, and eyes.  Maybe when I get more markers, she will look better.
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I know I did a better job with the flowers than I did with Sarah, but hopefully, things will change in the near future.