Amityville Horror

August 30, 2014

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At this time, every year our house becomes housefly central for a day or two and is affectionately referred to by my husband, Tom and myself as “Amityville Horror”. Those who have seen the movie will know what I’m referring to. If you don’t know what I mean, well, Rod Steiger plays this priest, he’s in this haunted house and he gets attacked by flies and, well you really need to check this out, man.:

But, I digress.

So, while attempting to prepare a meal today, several flies circled my head in this dreadful holding pattern, while many more of their creepy little comrades paced shamelessly across the cutting board with their nasty little bug feet. At least 50 or A MILLION flies crawled, flitted or buzzed over every inch of our kitchen. One poor unfortunate got himself stuck in the butter.

Gross! That does it!

We take up arms. Flyswatters and rolled up newspapers are picked up and waved wildly at the air in hopes of sending the tiny, vile vermin back from whence they came. The wild waving and syncopated swatting, followed by loud intermittent thwaps and kersplats, predictably sends our two kitties vaulting out of kitchen and into farther reaches of the house, each heading for their own piece of furniture to hide under and wait for saner times. Clearly the humans, usually such pacifists, have gone to a deep, dark place.

The carnage can go on for hours, sometimes days. But eventually this slaughter, the stuff of horror films, ends as abruptly as it began. Feeling spent, yet flush with cathartic relief, we turn to each other, blow the fly guts off our swatters and announce…

“This house is clean.”

Zoot Suit Newt

August 26, 2014

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A snazzy, jazzy daddy and no grander salamander than Zoot Suit Newt!

Floaty Boy

August 19, 2014

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Revisiting a character from last year, based on my grand-neffy.

Feeling the need to make time for playing with personal projects again.

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Folks using the above saying have obviously never met Fiona Dorsal.

Fiona, unlike many of her species, may not NEED but absolutely prefers a bicycle as her main means of transportation.


Because of abject laziness I am re-posting this lil gal from way back in 2007. In fact, I’m actually re-re-posting for about the third time.

You know, Fiona has evolved, not in a Darwinian way but as a drawing a few times since then.

Meerkat Love

July 24, 2014



It has already been a year since I feverishly put my portfolio together for the 2013 SCBWI L.A. Summer Conference and this was the art I used for my promo postcard. And here we are, the 2014 conference starts next week! Where does the dang time go?

I won’t be making the conference this year, but I am really jealous happy for all y ‘all that are attending this year! Yessss, so, so very happy (clenches jaw.)

But seriously! I’m thrilled for you, especially the folks who haven’t ever attended before. You’re going to love it and get so much out of it!

I’ll be waiting with baited breath for photos and to hear all about it!


Spring Fling

April 8, 2014

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Fa la la la la!

Such a beautiful spring day like today makes me want to dance like a… um… a ballerina… ahhhh, pig.

That’s a thing, right?

Why not.

I want to dance like a ballerina pig!

Wise Guys

March 14, 2014

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(click to enlarge, or fugget about it.)


HoHoDooDa 2013 Day 8

December 9, 2013


“Snow Bank”

 I’m not at home tonight. So I doodled with an actual pencil instead of my Wacom stylus, took a photo of it with my iPhone and am now agonizingly posting with said iPhone using WordPress app.

Way cool or horribly obnoxious? You decide.


It’s that time of year again!

After the last zombie has shambled off and your post-Halloween sugar level has evened out, what’s next!

Thanksgiving, you ask? Why no, not quite yet, (let’s not get ahead of ourselves.) You see, well before Turkey Day hits it’ll be time for “Picture Book Idea Month” or PiBoIdMo, starting November 1 until the 30th, hosted by Tara Lazar over at “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).”

The plan is to come up with an idea for a picture book every day of the month of November. It can be a fully fleshed out plot, a snippet of a concept, maybe it’s simply a title. As long as it’s an idea. Along the way there will be daily inspirational posts from industry folk over at WFKWRT and a whole community of participants on the Facebook discussion group, rooting each other on.

In a perfect world all participants will have 30 picture book ideas at the end of 30 days. But you might simply get to 20 or maybe only 15. But you’ll have 15 more ideas than you might have had otherwise, right?

30 ideas! How fantastic would that be? What you do with them afterwards is up to you, but what a great springboard of creativity! Why should the NaMoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) peeps have all the fun, right?

Anywho, I’m giving it a whirl for the third year in a row and I’m pumped!  Wish me luck and maybe I’ll see some of you out there in PiBoIdMo-land!

If y’all would like to know more about PiBoIdMO come by here and check it out.

P.S. The adorable, official PiBoIdMo art was created by the talented Joyce Wan.

April Foolin’ Around

April 1, 2013

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Yes folks, more tortured puns from a humble April fool.

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Quickly eggsecuted and puns intended!

Happy Happy, everyone!!!

s’been a while

February 7, 2013

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After the flurry of sketching in November and December, January saw a sharp decline. Need to get back in the sketching saddle. Hmmmm, sketching saddle, that might be something to sketch, hee hee!

Anywho, this is a detail of the line, from a page, for an e-reader (in the House that Jack built, no, sorry,) that I’m working on.

Hope you’re having a lovely 2013 so far!

SkADaMo Day 20

November 20, 2012

As I sat down to sketch, I realized I was dragging a bit lately, and that’s when this here dragon popped into my head.

Get it? Dragging, dragon. Sigh.

Anyway, being tired and cranky paid off tonight.

Wow, day 20 of SkADaMo and PiBoIdMo. We’re getting there. So, hey, take a look at what the other SkADaMoers are up to by clicking their links at the end of this post.

laugh olympics!

June 27, 2012

The new “Spider Magazine” arrived in the mail today and it had my “Laugh Olympics” joke page in it! Woo hoo!

just because

June 17, 2012

He’s pretty rough, but thought since it’s been a while,  I’d throw out a kookaburra, just because.

Oh, and if you’ve never heard a kookaburra laugh, listen to this.