Archive | April 2011

Random Spring Photos

(another new post. Hold your breath!)


Though I may have bored you with photos in the last post, I thought I’d do it again! (Lucky you!) These will be the last photos you will see from my old Kodak camera, as the tax return has arrived and the Nikon d3100 is officially here! Now to learn to use it….

Just fun.


bench cross proc

Lots of curve adjustment to draw that blue out


odd effect

pretty flowers. involves some colored overlays to get that sunset look


christmas snowflake maniped

Yes, this is still up – and still lit – at the park. To get this I had to darken the original and manually add int he glow and twinkle on each bulb. Worth it, though.


it feels slimy

What is this stuff?!?!?! It’s on the evergreens and feels slimy. Some kind of spore thingy?


sunset barbed wire

Barbed wire. Used that same overlay tactic again πŸ˜‰


purple weeds

The buggers are hard to get in focus!



ditto for this!


blue water drops

It’s… RAIN!



Weathered boards





the lake's up

It’s actually gone down some….


rainy windshield

and more rain!

Wasn’t that fun? I have a lot more of the rain drops, but I will spare you πŸ˜‰ As always, there’s lots more photos in general on my Flickr account. The link is in the sidebar over there —->

Song playing at the moment – “Back in the Picture” – The Rasmus

TTTC- Chapter 6: Page 14

What is the TTTC? It’s a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit and subscribe?


Click the image above for full sized turtley fun!

Jo & Jonathan would also like to extend their thoughts, prayers and well wishes to those who’ve been effected by the flooding and tornadoes the last several days.

Retro Camera

(yes, a new blog. Live in terror!)


Retro Camera is a very awesome app I downloaded for my Android some time ago. (Last fall, I think?). It’s a free app, but there is also a “paid” version – which I sprung for (I think it was $3). Why did I pay? because I liked it that much. The Android has a fairly decent camera, as camera phones go, but as far as I’m concerned the Retro Camera app actually gives me a viable reason to use it as opposed to a real camera.Β  I’ve been scouring the internet looking for alternatives I can use for post processing and have found a few, but none are quite the same thing, of course. I’m planning some blogs on those on my Blogspot art & photography blog (from the shadows – it’s at ) but maybe I’ll cross post.

Just as it sounds, Retro Camera imitates the look of five different retro cameras; the Barbl, the Fudge Cam, a Pinhole camera, Little Orange box and the Xolaroid.Β  Each has it’s own personality and “flaws”. For example, the Barbl has a very grungy look and with the right shadows can make even a clean room look like something from an MTV late 90’s alt rock video.Β  In fact, they’re all good at taking those lovely, atmospherically creepy photos that I love so much.

Earlier this month I went a little nuts with the Retro Camera and filled my phone up, so I thought I’d share some of the cool photos.


Grease on the sink after hubby worked on the car – but looks like a demented nightmare monster I think…






From Chris. *sigh*


My new mouse


meat waiting for the barby


glop of foam insulation stuff


me πŸ™‚




hot hubby πŸ™‚


the meat all cooked – yummy!

Fun, huh?

Song playing atΒ  the moment – Leaves that are Green – Simon & Garfunkel

The Retro Camera site:

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Artwork: Rain Delays

(originally from February 2008)


This is drawn off of the song Rain Delays by the ever fantastic Crash Parallel. I LOVE that band!! (clicky that link to hear the song in question!)

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Not only are they an awesome band, but they are so, so nice. Back when I drew this I randomly emailed it to them and the lead singer wrote me back. Β I wish they’d tour the US!!! I’d even hang posters for them!

Fav song of the moment – Heal – Down Below

Artwork: Protection

(originally from January 2008)



This is Roderick and Senya (who needs a new name) the stars of my as-of-yet-unfinished YA novel. Someday i will get back to it.

Fav song of the moment – “How About Today” – Carbon 9

Collab Poem – A Beautiful Lie

(originally from January 2008)

A Beautiful Lie

I come to you with an open heart
to try to free you from your pain,
but still you cling so beautifully,
holding to your past; your shame.
So beautiful and cold you hide
behind your mask of perfection.
incognito to all who think they know you,
you’re a bundle of lies and deception.
Your scars are too deep to be seen
both the old and the new,
and you throw away the ones who care,
those with eyes that can see through.
So preen before your mirror,
your eyes so fake in happy blue.
Like a puppet for them all, you laugh
while your self decorated hull imprisons you.

Some lines from: sparkles, choporksmom, insatiable jewel

Collab Poem- In Lucifer’s Arms

(originally from January 2008)


In Lucifer’s Arms

I consume your mind, your heart, your essence
and leave you with a longing in your dreams.
In me, you’re lost, your soul’s evanescence
hungry and vulnerable, you always seem

Skim a sea of tears for a salty taste,
dredge through your misery and pain.
Then I’ll watch as you fall from grace.
is it arrogance that keeps me sane?

You disappear in shadows and hide your face,
quiet like the silence of the grave,
and though we move together through this space,
you now know that you cannot be saved.

My cloak of deceit is a fitting disguise;
a demon wrapped in angel’s hue.
You see your soul’s burning demise,
when you look behind my lying eyes of blue.

But in despair for me you fall,
knowing I’m the only one who’ll understand.
And now I come, my name you call,
that blood stained blade falls from your hand.

You beg, “release me from the bonds of hell!”
as you gaze upon my stone cold face.
dead fall your eyes that know so well
your ambrosia lips are now mine to taste.

And so to Hell my new bride came,
vermilion spilling from her wound.
A scarlet letter marking her eternal shame,
our seal of marriage, her mark of doom.

You see, to a fragile soul, Satan is just a footstep away,
waiting in the shadows warm,
watching for the broken ones; the lonely stray,
to claim another lover for his arms.

I say, come to me with an open heart,
bring me your yearning and your pain.
We’ll forge a bond and never part,
you’re just one in millions to whom I’ve said the same.

Some lines from: Cheryl, barb, pink saphire, Mosaic, Jimmy B, Glenn, April, Colleen B, Margie, Steve, inner Beauty, Ruggi

TTTC – Chapter 6 page 13

Now that the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy has it’s own website each week I will post a link to the newest page.

What is the TTTC? It’s a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit and subscribe?

Running late this morning because… well, because I am. We were both late. It’s been one of those days since yesterday πŸ˜‰


Click the image for full sized turtley fun!

Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Shades of Plaid by Jonathan Harvey! It would make a great Easter gift!

Shades of Plaid (A Very Unconventional Weekly Journey into Christian Living)

Sample or purchase Shades of Plaid (A Very Unconventional Weekly Journey into Christian Living):

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And in paper back!

Spring Fever Sale!

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Snow flakes on a flower....

Spring is here – or so the calendar says – and to celebrate Indie Authors Unite is having a Spring Fever Sale! With 65 books under $.99 you’re sure to find something to entertain you while you wait for Mother Nature to catch up with the calendar!

Participating authors include:

  • Linda S. Prather
  • Valerie Maarten
  • Samantha Fury
  • Elizabeth Reeyes
  • Alex Knight
  • Larry Enright
  • Angela Carlie
  • Tracey Alley
  • Tommie Lynn
  • & more! (including yours truly!)

if you’re looking for spring bargains, be sure to check it out!

Photos: Arizona Trip Home

(originally from January 2008)


My mother and I were invited to Arizona for a week to visit my cousins Theresa and June. It was the first time I was ever out of the midwest (not counting babyhood trips), as well as my first time on a plane. I went berserk documenting it and, though I won’t share all the photos, there are some fun ones.

And, after a long and fun filled week, we headed home!

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Phoenix Airport

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Getting dropped off. Bye-bye, Theresa!

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The plane in the Phoenix airport

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Waiting at our gate

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We’re in the plane and check it out – it’s a wing! Again!


Taking off!

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Phoenix is tiny

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Camel Back Mountain maybe? Dunno


bye bye Phoenix

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Okay, one more coz this is cool

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A tiny town in BFE

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Snow capped!!

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Near El Paso


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random Texas

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Not sure why the water is all milky. Looks like a different planet.

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The circles are kinda weird, too

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Oh no! Back at the Dallas airport!

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Mom did not get stuck in the doors this time! What doors, you ask?

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These doors.

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Tralalalala. riding the skybus.

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It is soooo much less crowded this time!

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Waiting at our gate

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Proof people DO read those magazines!

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Bye bye Dallas!

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Clouds over Arkansas


Clouds. That stretch all the way home. Where it is…. you guessed it. Raining.

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Hello Chris! We’re Baaa-aaaaack!

And that’s it! Yay! Now, back to Random Blogs again πŸ˜€

Fav Song of the Moment – “All Fall Down” – One Republic

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