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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

And so.......

Well, I hope everyone had a nice Easter Weekend. It was sunny most of the weekend here, but stayed quite cold. In fact, I think March was warmer then April has been so far!

By Saturday I finished my last book by Cornelia Funke, Dragon Rider. Although it was written for young adults, she did manage to write a really fine story. I would highly recommend her books to anyone with children under 12 and her Inkheart series for any age.

I will admit when you first begin to read her books you do find yourself wondering if this "kids book" can keep you interested. Well..she manages to have some very interesting characters, which is the one thing that captures me.

On another note: I finally saw the movie: 13 Going on 30, on television. I say this because: Andy Serkis is in the movie. (you knew I had a reason, right?) Wow, he cleans up nicely! lol.

Well... I began this post yesterday, but then got distracted by my brother and then by laundry.. but I guess, as I doodled in PSP later making a list of books I've read so far this year, my mind was still on Andy Serkis.

Why would I say that, you ask? (go ahead.. ask!)

Because I wound up spending waaaaay to much time doing the following cartoon...

I won't discuss how long it takes me to do them in the computer! I'll just say if I had made this the old way (felt tip pen) and mailed it from NJ to CA it would have been there before I finished the computer one!

Ok.. so that's a bit of an exaggeration.. but it FEELS that long! This one took about 3 and a 1/2 hrs. The vision of them meeting popped into my head while I was doing Myrtle for my book list. It's the way the cartoons of her used to come to me when I did the simple, pen drawings for De and Carolyn. If the thought made me chuckle, then I'd draw the cartoon for them. So.. since they are no longer with me.. YOU get to suffer! Just be glad this doesn't happen often anymore!

After so much time in PSP my eyes were watering so bad I knew I had to get off of the computer... but it was timed just right for Dancing With The Stars...

That Apolo Ohno is just too darn cute! And, he's turning into a pretty darn good dancer! I am guessing that it will whittle down to Ian, Apolo and Joey for the final 3. Last night was not a good night for Ratzenburger, although I'd like to see him do a few more dances before he leaves. Great, he's not.. but he's done surprisingly well at some of the other dances he's done. I guess I'll tune in tonight to see who gets booted. There was more then ONE possibility!

'Till next time..

Oh, I almost forgot.. he's my "what I've read so far this year" list...

I will post it every now and then (not after each and every book added to the list). I'm curious to see how many books I read in a year. Though I go in spurts, and even have gone more then a year without reading any!


Blogger Pamela said...

There were only a few good dances last night... I was suprised at how poorly some of them did, after some previous great ones.

I think you are correct about the final 3... unless ALI gets her act in gear and FIGHTS I'm wondering if there is a personal conflict there beings she and her partner are both mean lean fighting machines

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Okay - I watched the movie Eragon this weekend - DON'T WATCH IT. It was horrible. So far off the book - bad editing. I just cringed and tried to imagine Paolini's disappointment with the movie rendition. horrible horrible.

I am going to go to the library and see if I can pick up the books by Weiss and give them a try.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Asara said...

Oh my goodness!! That WAS Andy Serkis in 13 going on 30, wasn't it?!! He was her boss, yes? Wow. I love that movie, and I never noticed.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Ugh! I am SO far behind on your blog I don't think I can even GET caught up! My sincerest apologies dear lady! I make graphics too - and I KNOW how long it takes! Even for a simple one! So I know that your DRAWING them takes an incredible amount of time. And sometimes I wonder if it's not better to just draw them with pen and ink, scan them in, and then COLOR them digitally! Guess it really depends what exactly you're doing! But the important thing is that you're having fun with it! :)

2:10 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That is amazing! I mean that you have read so many books...I am impressed, Pat!

I LOVE Myrtle! That you can do this on the computer at all is pretty extrordinary to me....But the time it takes....Oh Dear!
Hey...How about going back to drawing them as you used to and then after coloring them as you used to, too--Scan them into your computer...? Or is that just as time consuming..?
Have you ever thought about doing a "book" of Mrytle Humor? She is such a delightful character!

4:28 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Pamela: It's a good show to watch, but it's always sad no matter who gets booted!

karmyn: utoh.. my brother got the movie.. but then he didn't read the book so maybe it will be ok for him.
I doubt Paolini is too say.. probably smiled all the way to the bank!

asara: Pretty cool that he was in that huh? lol I still haven't seen Prestige that he's in.

Melli:.. well, I sent you an email lol

Naomi: I don't have the room or stuff to do color before scanning in the drawing. I'm sure what I do is the "long way" since I've never had any lessons in any paint program.. but I muddle thru lol.. It's hard to use Myrtle, she was easy for De and Carolyn because she was their pet and I made her "their child" so could do all sorts of getting into "kid type trouble" and of course references to Star Trek or "dr McCoy" etc. To anyone else, she's just a turtle. And it doesn't really work as well. I think De would have liked this one, re: since Andy is an actor.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Have you ever considered combining all your Myrtle cartoons for a little book? Might be fun.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

What Jeff said, should!

Fun stuff! :)

1:36 AM  
Blogger Kiyotoe said...

All of those books about Dragons and Myrtle's cartoon got me thinking.

Where's the cartoon where Myrtle meets "The Dragon".

This Dragon, me, Kiyotoe.

It could happen, Myrtle would love me.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wow....I see your list and I feel like a slacker!

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5:54 PM  

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