Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
The last few days have been rather hectic. The Halloween party was a smash! I made sure all the kids that attended got their faces painted, played lots of games, and I sent them all home so pumped up on sugar I’m sure their parents will be cursing me for weeks to come.
November is going to be a huge and exciting month for me. Aside for the usual Thanksgiving with the family, I will also be participating in this year’s NaNoWrimo, and three art shows. So, needless to say my hair is frazzled and I’m over caffeinated. Thankfully Bibbly is just about geared up and ready to begin her wild adventure across the pages of my computer screen and my art pieces are ready for their grand debut.
For the month of December, I have two art pieces that I am working on. One will be in the “End of the World (EOTW)” art show that is being thrown by the wonderful art gallery “I Think 219” in Big Spring Texas. In the EOTW art show artist are supposed to create one piece of art depicting our version of the end of the world. I have my play list, my coffee, my idea, and my painting supplies all ready to go.
So, of course I will continue to post my art pieces on here as I produce them and I will keep you all posted on my progress with Bibbly over the month of November. Finally, last but not least, I will continue to post the random musing of my sporadic mind.
Have a GREAT day and I’ll see you next time.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Blood, guts, maggots, and brains are flashing before my eyes as I surf the web in search of ways to keep a group of preteens entertained at the Halloween party. Today’s kids are so exposed to horror movies and scary music that the things that would have sent chills down my spine at their age are ‘simply child’s play.’ When I was a little girl “Night Mare on Elm Street” horrified me. In our house at the time we had a long dark hall way. My older brother, doing his duty as an older brother took it upon himself to hide in the rooms along the hall where I couldn’t see him; when I would pass he would jump out of the rooms behind me yelling “Freddy’s coming” which of course sent me screaming down the hall because I thought Freddy Kruger was after me. In my defense I was only nine. My children on the other hand watched that movie and laughed at the special effects. They become more desensitized with every new horror movie produced now days. I decided to take them to see paranormal activity 4 because they have already seen the other three. The movie itself is not so much scary as it is creepy, but the ending (I’ll admit it) scared me. I’m freaking out and trying to cover my son’s eyes and my daughters…laughing. So, since I am classified as a nerd by my children I’m trying really hard to come up with ideas that will make the Halloween party fun and memorable. Luckily, there are people out there far more demented then myself that have graciously posted recipes and game ideas for Halloween parties on the web. Two of the most interesting ideas that I have found so far are: kitty litter cake and the eye ball hunt. I’m going to today to get all the props. I have already bought: Halloween lights, fog machine, and created a couple of feel boxes that will be filled with brains, guts, worms, spider webs, dead animal with maggots, and eye balls. The recipes for the feel boxes are also provided on the web. The Halloween playlist is compliments of you tube and my excessively demented children who knew the actual names of the horror music. Wish me luck in my quest to create a Halloween party that is fun and interesting for children of all ages.
Click here for a link to a cool site with more interesting Halloween ideas.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Work induced Ramblings...
Have you ever considered how many times in a day you check the time. Time is truly the master of all and yet there is never enough time. This thought occurs to me as I sit here at work wasting time. My co-workers are busy discussing scheduling and time off. While they are doing this I find myself repeatedly checking the clock to see how much more time until I get to go home. Sometimes I wish I could have a day without time, a day where being late was impossible and work ended whenever I decided to leave. But a day like that wouldn’t really be a day, for what is a day anyway. A day is just another unit of time that is measured in time itself. 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. All of these make up a day. Our lives are literally ruled by time. However, we consider time so important not because of work schedules and doctor appointments, but because with every passing second, time is lost. With this lost time though, memories are made. Memories of your child’s birth, your graduations, maybe your first kiss. Memories are just moments in time that have passed in the milliseconds it takes to blink the eye. However, in old age we relive these memories of stolen time that we keep with us throughout our time on this Earth. We measure our lives by the time that passes. We measure our lives in units of time because we as human beings know that our time in this life is limited, so it is precious. Time is truly the master of all and yet, there is never enough time.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
As I mentioned earlier, I also write. So, on that note my current work in progress (WIP) is a story titled “Bibbly.” The history of Bibbly: I originally wrote this as a short story for a creative writing class many years ago. I have played with the idea of turning it into a novel but I had other projects going on at the time. Bibbly is one of the many stories that have been collecting dust on the metaphoric shelf. However, with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrimo) literally just days away I have decided to work on a rough outline and finish telling Bibbly’s story with more twist and turns along the way.
Bibbly lives in a network of tunnels deep beneath the surface of the Earth. As a female member of her tribe she is not allowed to venture to the forest above. On the eve of an ancient ritual that will name the next leader of her tribe, Bibbly makes a grave mistake that results in the capture of her father and puts all of her kind in danger. Now, the only way she can fix her mistake is to reveal to the world that the illusive Big Foot is real, but how will she survive the humans in a world she’s never known? How will she survive the anger of the other big foot tribes if she reveals them?
To be continued at a later date…
All of these are oil painting on canvas with the exception of the last two. The last two are oil painting on wooden pallet. I will be posting my paintings here as I produce them but they can also be found on my Facebook in the album titled paintings which are accessible to the public. These particular paintings will be displayed in an art show for local artist on November 10th and 11th, 2012.
I am a jack of many trades, but a master of none. At least that’s what my mother says. I am also just like every other person on this increasingly crowded planet. I wake up in the morning, take the kids to school, and spend the rest of the day working and trying to decide which bills are getting paid and which are not. In the mists of all the chaos I’m trying to practice two skills I find great joy in: painting and writing. Both are just hobbies since I make no income from either of these great joys, at least not yet. However, like many hobbies my works and works in progress are metaphorically sitting on a shelf collecting dust. So, I am creating this blog as an outlet for “The Random Musings of My Sporadic Mind.” You know the saying I’m sure; use it or lose it. I hope you all find it entertaining at the least.