Category Archives: Life

Shifting Priorities…

I have abandoned this blog several times. Unfortunately, life has shifted my focus away from my art at times. In some ways, I probably haven't made enough of an effort to change that. Regardless, the time has been well spent.

This past year, my priorities were turned to the birth of my daughter and raising our two beautiful kids. I am constantly inspired by the joy and laughter that Collin and Elaine bring to our home. I know that these years and all the little moments we shared will have a huge impact on the work I create in the future.
 

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To be fair, it isn't always pretty. Many days I don't even get a shower until my husband comes home. Despite this, I know the sleepless nights, PTO meetings, swim lessons and chaotic trips to the grocery store will continue to influence who I become as a writer and illustrator. I'm sure of it.

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I'm still freelancing and have recently completed several large design projects which I may share over coming weeks. To add even more to the table, our family is currently in the process of building a new home. All these things make sitting down to sketch difficult. They make finding time to write nearly impossible. But I'm going to figure out how to do it somehow. 

No more excuses.

I have a few new characters to bring to life… and they're getting a bit anxious for their stories to be told. 

Turning the corner… with a smile on my face

It’s been a good while since I posted on this blog. This year has been filled with a lot of change. Some has been good. Some has been bad. That said, I feel like I am finally getting back to a place where I can focus on my work.

Two months ago, my grandma was diagnosed with lung cancer. We spent three stressful weeks supporting her through it as best we could. Ultimately, we lost her and I know I will be grieving for a really long time. That said, we did have some wonderful moments during those last few weeks. We laughed together as she got her first pedicure. We celebrated my birthday in her hospital room along with her favorite cake. We were continually reminded of how much she was loved by her friends and family. She lived a happy life.

My grandma was one of my biggest supporters over the years and looking back she taught me something very special. She lived a hard life, but she always found a way to make things work out. She also lived life with her heart on her sleeve… and a huge smile on her face. Every day.

I only hope that I can be half the person she was.

Life does go on though. Just before grandma’s diagnosis, we found out I am pregnant with our second child. My current project is a big one… converting our office into the nursery. Because I work from home, this was originally a huge dilemma. We finally ended up purchasing an armoire for our master bedroom, which I am converting into my new workspace. I couldn’t be happier with how it is coming together.

 

I won’t embarass myself by showing you photos of the office now. I still have a ton of stuff to find a place for in other nooks and crannys of our home. We have a bunk bed being delivered for our older son next week. We have two rooms to paint. I have a lot of purging to do. But, I have a comfortable space to work in while I get the rest done. (Plus it led to us finally decorating our master bedroom. Bonus!)

I am registered to attend the Kansas and Missouri SCBWI conferences over the next couple of weekends. They are coming at the perfect time and hopefully will be just what I need to recharge my batteries and get back to work. I have a few projects waiting for me and I’m looking forward to focusing on myself and my craft again. This time I will be starting off with an even bigger smile on my face, knowing that my grandma is still cheering me on from above.

Probably from her “cloud car” … according to my son anyways.

Not so scary anymore…

I have been chugging through the Appcelerator Titanium Cookbook still and have to say that it is getting a little less scary. So far I have worked through 5 app tutorials. They include an RSS feed recipe finder, a photo/audio/video gallery, a mapping app and finally one that allows you to send photos directly to email, Facebook and Twitter.

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Unfortunately, there are a few mistakes in the book’s code, so it is a bit slow going. However, I think trying to work through the issues has really helped me to understand the coding better. I still need to go through the code on these apps at some point and correct some functionality issues. That said, building what I’ve been able to so far has really given me a good understanding about the possibilities in development and the general function behind them. Once I start the actual build of my own project, I don’t think it will be too difficult to go back and apply everything I have learned.

I have several more chapters to work on, including one for animations which I am really looking forward to. I also plan to watch some of the tutorial videos at:

http://vimeopro.com/appcelerator/building-native-mobile-applications
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https://vimeo.com/appcelerator

Things otherwise have been going fairly smoothly. After much deliberation I decided to focus on my current work and only take one class in the fall. I have a lot of classes to finish but I figure I will be fine as long as I keep going, one class at a time. This fall it will be ACC 711: Managerial Accounting.

Joy.

Hope to have some time to work on some illustration this week… maybe even some for my app project. Can’t wait to get to the fun stuff!