Knightrokon Coming Soon!

Knightrokon BannerI am excited to announce that I will be in the Artist Alley at Knightrokon at the UCF Student Union on June 7-8, 2014! You can find me at table #26!

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At the event, I will be selling prints from 5×7, 8×10, and 11×14 sizes. I will also be giving away a special surprise to my facebook followers (Are you a fan? Click here to like my page!) on the day of the event.

Lastly, I will be raffling off a limited edition print, only 1 of its kind, specifically designed for the event as an 11×17 poster! I’ll be showing a sneak peek of the design here in a few days, so stay tuned.

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Knightrokon admission is free to current UCF students, so if you’re going to UCF, feel FREE to drop on by and visit the table.

Visit My Facebook – Enter the Giveaway with a Like/Share

You want to win a sketchbook? How about a sketchbook with custom art on the front and the first page drawn by me? ❤

Visit Facebook and Follow the instructions to be entered.

Visit Facebook and Follow the instructions to be entered.

This prize includes a sketchbook (hard, cloth cover-pencil-lots of art space), custom medallion art on the front jacket, and first page illustration, all art by me of a character of your choosing.

Please come like my facebook page and share the post with the above image before the drawing on March 10, 2014.

November Time: NaNoWriMo + B-Day + Art!

November is off like a bullet already.

As I did last year, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month, (www.nanowrimo.org), and I had been preparing for this throughout October. This year I’m a planner. Last year, I was a “Pantser” as they call it…flying by the seat of my pants as I wrote. This story has a clear trajectory, and the word count is already up to 12,122 words (My TOTAL last year was around 17k) as of the end of last night. Got some work to focus on today, but I will definitely be squeezing in some words. My goal for yesterday was 6666 words to be on path to hit my goal of 50k before the end of the month. I’m mega-excited.

I’ll share an excerpt with you next blog. Maybe I’ll introduce the characters here. There’s quite a few.

GYM UPDATE: I’ve still been a slouch. I went to the gym on the 29th. Got my 30 minutes in and a little bit more, walking over a mile at 2.0mph. I have been active lately though, definitely getting walking in that isn’t necessarily at the gym. I mean, grocery shopping and lugging them up the stairs all in one trip like a pack mule should really count as a workout. Sweat more there than on the treadmill. QQ

Commissions are plentiful at the moment, but I hope to get even more on my plate on that front. I truly hope to develop this into a business that I can do from home when I finally pop out a couple younglings, so getting a full head of steam behind this has been a major goal for me.

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MY BIRTHDAY WAS AMAZING! Slept in at the in-laws’ house before rolling outta bed to get cupcakes from SWEET! (The most awesomest cupcake bakery in Orlando) Charles’ present for me was in the car. Boy got me a new cellphone case (needed) and Sims 3: Dragon Valley (OMG WANTED). It was wrapped in the cutest bumblebee gift bag, with pink paper. He had the sweetest card. Charles and I had lunch at Graffiti Junktion, and we cruised back to our place for a while. I didn’t know why at the time, but it was waiting on a birthday gift delivery, which was apparently from his mom and dad. 🙂 I didn’t expect anything from them, for sure. It was super nice of them. Chuck and Mary got me Sims 3: Into the Future (SIM SIM SIMMY SIM SIM! – LOVING THIS XPACK) and this adorable Sailor Moon necklace, which actually was the exact same as I got my niece last year (who happens to have the same birthday as me!) We had dinner at Outback after I stopped over at Hobby Lobby for costume supplies, and Mary was nice enough to let me use her grown up sewing machine when I killed my tiny one. Good times were had by all.

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HALLOWEEN WAS AWESOME! My hubby let loose his inner artist, dressing up as the ever-inspiring Bob Ross, and I was his muse, the Happy Little Tree! I made my tree trunk dress myself. (Hence the sewing machine) I really don’t know a whole lot of much about sewing aside from minor repairs and what I learned in home ec in the 7th grade, but I am still feeling accomplished that I made it and it didn’t fall apart. There were only about 10 trick or treaters, which meant lots of leftover candy! (OMG not good for the exercising part of me…but my inner fat kid was in heaven!)

I’ll end today’s post with my latest illustration (fresh off the presses. I just drew it this morning). It was a prize for my instagram contest from October. They requested the cartoony character, so i drew him in the style presented as well as in my own. I just got this grey paper tablet. I think I’m in love. See ya next time! ❤

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Day 23: Has it really been a week???

Where does the time go? I can’t believe I’ve been blog-less for a full week. It feels like only yesterday I wrote my last post. I guess I got wrapped up in life and lost track of the time.

GYM UPDATE: I’m a lazy slouch. Hehe.
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No worries though! Tuesday, October 29th, will mark my official return to my Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday exercise schedule.  I’ve been fighting a cold, allergies, and a couple other things as of late, and I hate to say it, but I often found myself not having the time. Even as I write this, I got at least six other things going on that are needing my attention. But I wouldn’t forget my beloved Panda Squares readers. This journey with you guys has really helped me to stay on track as long as I did, and I hope your support will help me get back on it again.

It’s about that time of year again! National Novel Writer’s Month will be upon us on November 1st, which means it’s time for me to begin work on the 50,000 word novel challenge from NaNoWriMo.org – just like last year. Last year I fell short of my goal, reaching just over 17k words. I did all my writing as a “Pantser”, flying by the seat of my pants and writing whatever came to mind.

Not this year though! This year, I have been planning my novel for most of this month with a story that has been brewing in my mind for a while now. My characters are clearly defined, though some still need names. My current rough outline has me at over 20 chapters worth of story to be told. It’s gonna be a fantasy novel. I’m sure that’s no shocker to you guys, centering around about 5 characters. There’s a couple more characters I’ll have fleshed out, but they … well, you’ll see what happens. 🙂

I’ll be sharing bits and excerpts with you as I write, since my blog time will likely become novel-writing time, for the most part. I also plan to provide illustrations of the characters so you guys can see what I see while all this goes on. I hope it’s not going to be boring for you. At the very least, it should be at least as exciting as my current blogs: “I woke up. I worked on some drawings. I missed my workout. I saw a bouncy house.” 😛

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I’ll see you all tomorrow, with any luck. Probably from my cell. Taking Charles’ mum to a doctor’s appointment. I may be waiting a while. 🙂

 

Day 11 – Bee Bee

Bee Bee Blankets ETC is live. A project I’ve been working on for a while, and it’s finally online. Come check us out!

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeeBeeBlanketsETC
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The site went up on the 9th and now we got three listings in as many days. We got at least 7 more products ready to list that just need photographs taken.

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We’re hoping to offer more crocheted products as well and scrapbooking materials, pillows, and more. What kind of things do you buy from Etsy? What kind of items would you like to see in our shop?

 

On a related matter, I have only 1 slot left open for commissions. If you’re interested, comment on this post and I’ll get you my pricing.

 

More stories in the next post. I figured I could make one shameless plug without too much fuss. 😛

 

Day 4 – Catching Up and Sleeping In.

Day 2 – Very successful workout. Got up to 30 minutes by dropping my speed down a bit to 2.0 from 2.5. Gonna keep that pace til I feel like I can push up without losing time, as time is gonna be the most important part for me. Keep my heart rate up for a longer bit of time

 

Day 3 – Finished commission for Pizza Xtreme on Day 2, so I went to pick up the payment owed. Annmarie is always a joy to be around, plus she was super nice and gave me a free soda for my warm car trip back to my place and to run my afternoon errands.  I worked on my next commission. I woke feeling a little off, and after lunch it got worse, and again after dinner…which leads us to:

 

Day 4, AKA today: Woke at like 4, sickly, and couldn’t sleep til nearly six. Sent Charles off to work and stayed in bed, and woke around noon. Missed lunching with the Fella, but it’s okay since the queasy is just wearing off. Probably best I avoid it. He’s getting out early today, and I’m excited for that. Their office is switching to a new space next week. I am super excited to see it. He’s been in the same primary office since 2006, and here – 7 years later, and it’ll be a decent change. It’ll be in the same general place but a more cohesive work space. Everyone together. I hope to escort Charles to the new space Monday morning.

Likely going to the in-laws’ house this weekend per usual, but they have a treadmill and pool, so I should be able to get exercise in over the weekend and be up to my three per week.

More soon.

VOTE: Music Time – HOLD THAT NOTE! We’re extending the vote!

After the poor vote outcome, I am going to extend the music type vote for our travelling bard crowd-created art project. I will be still counting the existing votes from ‘Hempy’ and Julio from FBbut right now I got two votes for song style/type and it’s a lock.

Please share a song type. This vote is entirely write in. This bard is a story we’re writing together, and I want to hear what the mood of her music is. This will determine her expression as well as crowd reaction.

Hempy’s Suggestion: Very traditional story-telling. Upbeat and triumphant.

Julio’s Suggestion: Instrumental and calming with a little beat behind it.

I’m gonna keep the vote open til Thursday Morning. After we decide this, we get into how the bard looks with art choices and all, so keep em coming.

VOTE: Music time!

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Today’s vote: what type of music is the travelling bard playing on her harp at the festival?

This vote will determine bard’s expression, as well as crowd reactions.

This vote will close at 11:59 pm tonight. This vote will be entirely write in. Share music from youtube or tell me a song title or even just a genre. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Art Vote 5 – Got the Look?

VOTE UPDATE: NEW VOTE BEGINS, READ ON!

Our bard location has been determined.  She will be playing the harp at an outdoor festival for tips.

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#artvote5 – what about her look?

1. Is she polished, dressed in fine things? Neat, tidy, and sparkling?

2. Is she a traveling bard, a la #Gabrielle from #xena, in neat clothes that function, and not afraid to show a little midriff while kicking a little tail?

3.Is she just shy of being a beggar, in tattered clothes and messy hair, just trying to scrape by?

4. Or do you see something else? (Write in your vote!)

– this vote will close Friday at 11:59pm EST.

Once we get past this, we’ll have more image based votes and less storytelling votes, and it won’t be long before art commences with the choices you’ve made.

Join in on the conversation and this crowd-created artwork. Spread the word.  The more the merrier!!

~Panda

Day 40 – Family, Fajitas, & Football

Spent the afternoon with the in-laws after sleeping in. Thank goodness, Charles actually had the day off. It’s the first Sunday of the season, but all three of our teams let us twist in the wind: Steelers,  Packers, and the Giants.  Hoping next week will be better.

Quality time was good though. Snuggles, sketching,  snacks, and sports. Chuck and Mary were marvelous hosts, as always. We had tasty fajitas and chocolate pie and great company taboot.

Gonna call it a night. It’s officially Charles and my sixth-month-iversary! 3/9/2013 – 9/9/2013.

Goodnight, friends.