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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.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Dragons at work...

My head is sorta foggy today so thought I would just post a few pictures to show you that, indeed, my book dragons ARE doing a good job protecting my special reads! (which are all of them)


... I will admit that Binderbound has a preference to any book with the word "dragon" in the title!... heh.. thankfully many do!


Oh, and I let Myrtle visit Naomi's kitty Sweetie in a one frame "Nap Time" on her website.

... 'till next time...

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Dandelions and Dragons..

The rain has subsided for a while here in NJ... besides too much water around it left something else in it's wake...

Dandelions!

When I look out my window on the second floor what I see ISN"T green grass..

Well, we don't have as much as the neighbors...but we are running a close second!

Geez, I have never seen so many Dandelions!! (gosh how Myrtle loved it when I'd bring Dandelion flowers with me when I visited the Kelleys!! Perked her right up! )

After I noticed all the dandelions and took pictures, I was looking in the web.. I came across 2 more "book dragons" to add to the two I purchased. They are made by the same person, Andrew Bill. I marked the site so that I can purchase them when I get a few dollars saved! I think they'd make a fine addition to my other two Wordwyrm and Binderbound, don't you?! When I get them I'll have to figure out two more names for them. But that won't be for a while yet....

'till next time...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Book Report Time..

As you can see by my "what I"m reading now" on the sidebar, I finished the first book in the Septimus Heap series, Magyk.

Angie Sage is another good story teller and has written a good fantasy story. Along with Mark Zug who adds greatly to the books with his drawings throughout.


So far, the trilogy, revolves around the Heap family, Silas (an Ordinary Wizard) and his wife Sarah and their 7 sons. One of which is taken from them at birth stating he is dead. (the 7th son of a 7th son). But Silas has found an abandoned infant girl on the same day their son is taken away "dead" and they begin to raise the baby girl (Jenna) with their 6 sons. The story picks up ten years later when Marcia, (the ExtraOrdinary Wizard) comes to tell the Heaps that the baby girl Silas found is actually a Princess and in danger of being discovered by a spy.

Angie builds her characters well and you quickly begin to feel like you know them. She adds into the spice with some interesting creatures (Brownies, Boggarts and Wizards) and simple magyk spells to entertain and to help the story move forward.

At the end of the book she does something I haven't seen done before. She names a chapter: After .. and then tells what happened to minor characters that just sort of "don't show up again".. The book ends neatly, with no cliff hangers... yet I was happy to know there was more to come in Flyte and Physik..... I really enjoyed the book.


This is certainly another author I would highly recommend for young adults to read. And if you want a light read and feel like relaxing with an entertaining story and some good characters.. I'd recommend it to anyone, any age.



I've just begun the second in the series called Flyte, which picks up about a year later.

Magyk

564 pages

Author: Angie Sage

...'till next time...

Friday, April 27, 2007

So Many Times, I just don't get it...

I rarely, if ever, voice my personal thoughts on things... I am breaking that rule, just because I wonder if it's just me who just "doesn't get it" all the time.


Case in fact: Heather Mills


Now, admittedly I never knew who she was until she married Paul McCartney.


My second "knowledge of her" was her divorce from Paul McCartney. (big surprise huh?.. meaning that she'd be in the news for that)


My third "knowledge of her" was in Dancing With the Stars. She did not impress me. False leg or not I didn't feel any pangs of sympathy for her since she was a lucky one and could afford to care for her problem without going without eating like some of us would.




Then she got bounced from Dancing With The Stars and had this to say:


She said her participation on the program "raised a fortune for our charity, and hundreds of thousands of animals' lives will be saved."


Hearing that she was somehow "raising money for a charity" by dancing struck me oddly. I don't know why.. maybe it's because I had an idea of how much money she got from her divorce...


On 21 January 2007, the press announced a settlement between the two, mentioning that Sir Paul would pay £32 million in cash and property to his ex-wife


Now, don't get me wrong. I don't think the wealthy should just give away all their money to charity. After all.. everyone has to live, and she has a long life to live yet.


But it sorta made me laugh. (warped sense of humor) Here's a multimillionaire who could easily give that charity the amount she said she raised and not bat an eye... but did she? (I can't say but I doubt it) Instead, she helped "beg" for money from those of us who live paycheck to paycheck, social security to social security. Those who really CAN'T afford it!


It made me think of others in her financial position who do the same thing... they go out there and say "look how great I am helping raise money for this or that"... KNOWING they are taking it from those who can least afford it.


Is it just me? Or is there something wrong with this picture?


Oh, I realize that many contribute also.. but I also know many who contribute and DON'T use their "celebrity" to ask those of us not wealthy to share what we do have.


Why don't they just get their other "wealthy" friends together and give a big contribution ?... yeah.. now that would make me look at them in a different light!


I guess it just bugs me that someone who couldn't possibly spend the amount of money they have in their own lifetime... to ask those who don't have it to help with money that they don't have to spare, but do it anyway.


This says much about those who do contribute.. but what does it really say about the multimillionaire who only contributes because their financiers say to so they get a tax break?? If they are truly into a certain charity then figure out how to get the big bucks from big businesses and wealthy people!


I have no idea why this struck me today. I guess I just heard her say that they raised alot by her dancing, and my mind just went , "excuse me? whatever the amount you raised thru those of us who are barely making it, I'm sure you could have given them without batting an eye!"... and for some unexplained reason, that thought bothered me.


So.. now that I've gotten that off of my chest... how was your day?



'till next time...


See Feline Friday below...








Feline Friday

It's Feline Friday !...

This week I managed to get some photo's of Missy. (aka: MissyMoo)

A few weeks ago we almost lost her. She's pretty old and had some problems that the vet helped with, and now she's home and doing pretty good... for how long we don't know but for now she's "back to normal"!


Now and then she visits up in my room and that's where I was lucky enough to get some pictures....

So, if you have a kitty picture that you want to share..be sure to go to Steven's Sometimes Photoblog and leave a link for all to see!


'till next time....

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Book Meme

Booked By 3 Meme


Name up to three characters…

1. ….You wish were real so you could meet them:

(actually, they would all be characters from the story I wrote, but since no one knows them I'll choose some from published books)

Belgarath the Sorcerer. I love this old man, lol, for ages after I read David Eddings books I joked that he and I were engaged! He'd be someone I'd love to know for sure!

Masterharper Robinton, The Pern series. Oh man, this guy is one I could fall for! I was so glad when Anne McCaffrey wrote a whole book about him!

Gandalf... what I'd like to know is who WOULDN'T want to meet him?!!



2. ….You would like to be:

(wow, I never really thought about this one!)

Meggie from Inkheart maybe. She's had lots of adventure, a father who loves her more then anything, and an eccentric Aunt Elinor who I'd like to meet too!... and she still has a whole life to live.

I guess it wouldn't be so bad to be Herminone from Harry Potter. Very smart gal.. and being able to do all those wizardly things would be neat!

Lessa of Pern. I wonder what it would be like to be such a strong person, and to ride Ramoth! (wait.. I'm afraid of heights!..but then again, if I was Lessa.. I wouldn't be!)



3. ….Who scare you:

(This is not my cup of tea, but most books have a villain, so I'll go with that.)

Capricorn in Inkheart: he is evil, evil, evil! (excellent villain, and no one I'd want to meet!)

Voldemort (Harry Potter) is another one I wouldn't want to meet on a dark street. (or a bright street either)

Saruman (Lord of the Rings).. nope he's no one I would ever want to meet or deal with, thank you very much.

Now this is a Meme and I'm supposed to name others to play along... I generally don't do that ..however... I think I will this time! So, I choose...

Kiyotoe (aka The Dragon: 050376 )

SQT (aka Fantasy & Sci Fi Lovin' Blog ) and..

Stewart (aka The House of Sternberg)

'till next time....


(ps. I am doing a second post below for those who have read Inkheart and are interested in the upcoming movie of it.....)

Inkheart.... the movie

As I was searching for photo's for the above post, one of the places I went was to Cornelia Funke's Website (Inkheart/ Inkspell). I still didn't find a professional photo of Capricorn, who will be played by Andy Serkis, but I did find the first photo's released from the movie.

I thought I would share them with anyone who has read the book. Oh, by the way, Cornelia also released the title of book 3 of the Inheart Trilogy, it will be called Inkdeath. (utoh).

Anyway here are the photo's from the movie.







I am sooooooo looking forward to both: the movie AND the last book!!

'till next time.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ahhhh, Spring...

Ah, yes... Myrtle has noticed it and so I had to make my annual Spring trip out to the back yard to see what was happening...

Right near the kitchen window the cats noticed the Almond Bush beginning to bloom.. it has the tiniest, delicate flowers of the whole yard.

Then I toured the Pear Tree.. The blossoms there are either partially opened..

Or.. fully opened!

I found a few Tulips blooming... they seemed to slowly be disappearing from the yard, but they never fully leave.

But the one thing in FULL bloom is the Weeping Cherry Tree... It always looks so beautiful when it's like this.

Below, you can see it "Weeping" ...

Then there's the lawn... well... what can I say? There's definitely an overabundance this year of Dandelions! Anyone for a Dandelion Salad??


... 'till next time

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tidbits...

Yesterday turned into a busy day. Besides the "normal" things I do for my brother, he had more then normal demands .. that and i had to ready him for a doctor visit, which always means more work. I was beat by 7 pm... that and my back was hurting more then usual... that and it decided to be over 80 degrees today!.. hello? From the 40's to 80's in two days!... by two more days it will be low 50's and rain again... this is one screwy spring !

One quick mention here on the book I am reading, Magyk... I am already half way through book one and I really am enjoying it! The author, Angie Sage is a good story teller. I think I will be recommending this trilogy along with Cornelia Funke's by the time I"m done with it, for young adult reading.

Ok, I promised myself I wouldn't stay on that subject for too long, since I seem to have numerous posts about books. But I do hope you liked my Book Wyrm from my last post.

So... I'd talk about my life, but I have none. Aside from reading, television and taking care of my brother ...there is none. So... (I know I just said that).. that leaves me with what?

I guess I could tell you that I set up a blog just for Myrtle. For now all that's there has been shown on this journal. In the future I may only leave a link for anyone to see her when I do other cartoons... though they won't be too often.


Here is the link to Myrtle Kelley's Blog.


News....

My friend Helen over at My Everyday Life is celebrating 2 years of journaling. Stop by and say congrats if you have a mind to.

John Scalzi has gone on a book tour to promote his book, The Last Colony. He's posting how each day goes while he's gone on a blog called "Ficlets", just in case you want to follow his tour.

Dorn, at Dust Bunny Club is going thru a private hell... her son Gabe is going BACK to Iraq! This sending our boys back over and over again is NOT a good thing.

My buddy Patrick at Patricks Place has lost 44 lbs!! Way to go Patrick!!!

Hey.. ya know what? I like MY news much better then what I've been hearing on the television!!

'till the next time...

Monday, April 23, 2007

I've Been Hiding in PSP Again...

Once again I have been dinking in PSP. Most of the time I don't know what gets me started, but once I do then I keep going until I can't sit in front of the computer anymore lol.

If you click the link below you will see what I've been working on.

Book Wyrm

After you check it out I thought you'd like to see some stages it was in over the past few days.. I did a screen capture of the browser in PSP so you see tiny pictures.... So far this has taken me 3 days with many hours each day spent on it... I'm not even sure if I'm done with it yet !



I realize you can't see the details but it would take far too much room to put a few of these up to show you. Plus I'd have to size them down even for the journal and you still would loose some details. Anyway... I used the head of the dragon I drew for my Kesterwood Story but added horns and a whole body.. so yeah you might say I've been "workin'" !

I drew all the books in front of the dragon also.. the only thing I didn't draw are the stacks of books behind him and the lamp... everything else I made from scratch. the lamp and books behind him are a few things i found on the web.. re colored them, blurred them etc.. so work was done to them, but I didn't draw those items. The framing was done in Photo Impact.

So... how was your weekend?

'till next time....

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Ya Gotta Love Amazon.com

When books are "in stock" I have to say that Amazon is really quick on the delivery!

I ordered 3 books (a young adults trilogy) on Wednesday and they were here on Friday! Excellent service!

So finally I have something to read again that isn't boring! I am still reading "some" of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel, ONLY because I had nothing else to read.. I have great doubts I will finish that book.

This time I am trying another new author, since Cornelia Funke got me so excited with her Inkheart series, I figured I'd give another young adult author a shot. These books are by Angie Sage and sound like something I will enjoy.. Amazon has this to say about book one...

From Publishers Weekly
Fantasy fans on the younger side of Harry Potter will find a good jolt of action, mystery and humor in Corduner's light and swift reading of this magyk-filled adventure. Infants switched at birth, spell casting, Brownies, boggarts, dastardly villains and wizards add lively scenery and action throughout. Though a broad cast of characters threatens to become unwieldy, Sage's smooth storytelling pace and Corduner's assured, inviting voice keep things on track.


It sounds enjoyable, and I plan on beginning Magyk today sometime.

However.. I have a beef with some publishers. (at least I think it's the publishers).. I really have a peeve about something..... and it's this.....

See anything wrong with this picture??... well look close!

Do you see a difference in this photo of Magyk (on top) and Cornelia Funke's book?


Ok.. well this close up should seal the deal!... I absolutely hate, hate, hate when a book has the uneven pages! It's almost like they tore the pages instead of cutting them! AND.. whenever I find this to be the case, you can count on the paper being much poorer quality! Grrrrrrrrr! Of course I couldn't see this when ordering from the computer.... but I can tell you something... if I pick up a book like this... I put it back down! Even if it's one I really want!

Why do publishing companies do this?? Hey man! I just paid MORE for hard back books, so why cheat me on lousy paper??? It's so annoying trying to turn the pages when the paper is like this too.. they tend to stick together!

It isn't just me who hates this is it?? sheesh, I hope not! But if it is... so be it!

And don't tell me it's because it's a young adults book!.. All of Cornelia Funke's books have the smooth edged pages...AND..and... this crummy book I am trying to read, Jonathan Strange... has the same crummy edges! And that's an adult book! Go figure!

So.. please tell me if you've ever picked up a book with uneven pages, and if so...does it annoy you ??

Friday, April 20, 2007

Feline Friday

I've been playing in PSP again so haven't really written anything... so I thought, since I haven't done it in a while I would do Feline Friday. (well it is Friday)

Featured kitty is once again BooBoo Kitty.


... and this is BooBoo trying to fit a large body in a small box...



and then him realizing there's no room to stretch out... But of course he still won't give up the box!



There's a gorgeous shot of Pickle over at Steven's blog.. you should go see! Then if you want to play along leave a link with Steven.

Happy Friday... 'till next time...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Myrtle meets the Dragon

My friend Kiyotoe (a.k.a. The Dragon050376) commented in the last Myrtle I did that he thought Myrtle should meet him. (a.k.a. the Dragon).

So I thought about this and decided, yeah, maybe she should meet him! So for the last 2 days this is what kept me busy.

I wondered how a meeting between a turtle and a dragon would go, and my instincts led me to this............




But knowing Myrtle, she wouldn't stay scared for long, so I needed to see how things would progress as they got to know each other a little better.







Hmmm, and I supposed he'd cough a fireball! hehehe.

Ok Kiyotoe.. you asked for it... you got it! (And yes, I know you are handsomer then this dragon... but it is a cartoon, so deal with it!)


'till next time...