Archive | October 2011

Butterfly Soul – an old Manga

For Halloween every year I used to do a Halloween extravaganza, but I haven’t had time the last two years because of book releases and such. Pooey. However, I thought I’d share an old one with you.  This is Butterfly Soul, a manga I started. Technically this is just chapter 1, but alas I never had time to do Chapter 2 and there was’;t much interest, anyway. I think  two people  liked it. So, don’t expect a wrapped up ending, because there isn’t one.(This was before Jonathan and I were doing the TTTC).

It’s 31 pages – aka 31 images – so I thought that might be a bit much for one post and have put each page on it;s own, well, page.   Use the back and next buttons underneath each image to navigate through the pages.

WARNING: Violence



Halloween is Coming….

I’d hoped to have some creepy photos to share. My mother’s camera was on the fritz and was taking the most awesome creepy images ever – smears, double imaging, bizarre colors, etc. Like so:

creepy 1

monkey lamp is creepy on a good day

creepy 3


creepy 4

seriously. imagine this effect on some naked trees!

Of course, the minute I pointed it at some trees (which would have been awesome!) it magically fixed itself.  Pooey. If anyone knows what caused this (or how to duplicate it) I’m all ears. I have an old Kodak that I’m not using anymore.

Yeah, this is a random yacking blog. I was going to set some more up tonight but instead I formatted two books, made two wrap around covers and worked (and hopefully finished – fingers crossed) on a third ebook cover. Oh and did some image searches for a fourth. I’m trying to get everyone wrapped up so I can start NaNoWriMo on the first of November. (National Novel Writing Month – the goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November.) Unlike the last time I did it, I;d like to start near the first so I don’t have to try to cram all 50,000 words into two weeks again. That really sucked. Plus, that was what finally did my shoulder in (two months of physical therapy afterwards. No fun.) So I have to pace myself. But I am determined to do it. I have even set up an auto reply for my email that says I am unavailable – except to returning clients. Yeah, I know, I know. I added that stipulation because I have a few, like Clay, who does one book a month. He’s easy to get along with, very reasonable and fun to work with, so I don’t mind taking a bit out to work on a cover for him. Same with LC who is also doing NaNo, and probably a few others.

Random topic change.

Since we moved to southern Missouri in 2000 there have been a few things we missed about Iowa;  Hy-vee donuts, Anderson Erickson dairy products, cornfields and rain.

In other news, after years of being cut off from real donuts and chip dip, our misery is finally at an end. yes, no longer do we need to stare longingly to the north and think “If only there was a Hy-Vee this far south!” because, m friends, now there IS! And not just a Hy-Vee, but a SUPER HY-VEE! Can I get a “hell yeah”?

For those of you not familiar with Hy-Vee goodness, it is a Midwestern grocery store chain (don’t laugh) and has been on the list of things we missed about Iowa since 2000. Sure, there are other donuts and chip dip brands, but none like those. And yeah, we have an occassioanl corn field down here, but mostly it’s rocks. Oh, and rain? Yeah, forget that. I once left cardboard boxes outside for a month straight. They came to no harm because there was not a drop of rain the entire time. Sure, it was drought, but the rainfall is nowhere near what Mt. Pleasant had. Trust me, my dry sinuses know.

Anyway, I can now cross one and a half items off of that list because… wait for it… we now have a Hy-Vee!! Yes! And even better, it’s a SUPER Hy-Vee (think super Wal-Mart only with groceries). So what the heck is a Hy-Vee, anyway? It’s a grocery store – wait, stop laughing. Yes, I’m excited about a grocery store. Those are the donuts of my youth! Nearly every Sunday from the time I was three until I was 17 I had a Hy-Vee donut on Sunday (at church).  That kind of thing gets habit forming, so it’s been hell having to make do with Crispy Cream or, worse, Wal-Mart’s donuts.

And the half point gets knocked off because this new Hy-Vee has Anderson Erickson chip dip! However, I don;t see any eggnog. Maybe it’s too early, but I don’t think so. However, since the A&E cut off line is up north at Knob Noster, I’m not complaining.

They also have a very large cheese section. Yes, I am a cheese lover and have finally won hubby over to the dark side of specialty cheeses. We went a bit mad and so I’ve spent the week nibbling on cheese. I am starting to feel a bit like a mouse.

I’ve also figured out how to blast Lauri Ylonen out of my head. His music that is, not him. He wasn’t hanging out in miniature up there, which is a shame coz if he was I could have sold tickets and made a fortune. Anyway, I blasted it loose with the only thing in the world that is catchier – Gin Blossoms. So now they are driving me bananas instead, but at least I know most of the lyrics to them.

Yep, this blog is pretty pointless. Oh well. It’s also nearly ten AM and I am still awake, so I am ending this here and going to bed. Hopefully get some blogs set up tomorrow. I still need to do Oren’s interview for my Amaranthine blog so it can post tomorrow (Sunday).

Happy Halloween, all!

song playing at the moment – “Found Out About You” – Gin Blossoms

TTTC – Chapter 7: 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 goodness

Photos – foggy morning 3

And there’s MORE!

wet and weedy

weedy flower



alien world





looks like silver

spider close up

another spider

dirty wallpaper

remember the rubble photos I did awhile back? Well it’s still in the burn pile – only now it is soggy LOL!



cool spider web

creepy web

disturbing little flowers

these flowers look like some kind of disturbing alien sucker creatures to me. I can just imagine them attacking me and sucking all my blood through my skin….

creepy flowers

seriously, there is something gross/internal organ-esque about the coloring and the moisture on them. Yech.

And that’s it. Have to schedule something else tomorrow.

song playing at the moment – Immortal – The Rasmus – the lyrics are not at all what I *thought* they were. I should write down the misheard ones. They were pretty cool, too.

TTTC – Chapter 7: Page 13

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 goodness

Photos – foggy morning 2


just too many good ones for one blog.


I warned you yesterday about the spider webs

wicked tree

wicked tree


I also have a thing for drippy leaves

i have a fetish



dark sunrise

abstract spider web



just a leaf

spider on a web

and there’s a spider!

like metal

like metal

i know i know

i did warn you

one more blog of these I think 🙂

fav song of the moment – Open my eyes – the Rasmus – awesome lyrics!!!

Photos – another foggy morning


This is the September foggy morning I mentioned a couple posts back 🙂 Yay.

leaf and water drop



No idea what it is

i know - more webs

spiderwebs – I hope you like them coz there are many more to come

web and water drops

told ya

silver web

you were warned

fantasy tree

fantasy tree – just needs a unicorn



yep more webs

here we go again

i need to make wallpaper out of this

This would make some cool wallpaper

kinda cool

A flowery-weed thingy

More in another blog.

song playing at the moment – Madness – The Rasmus (the way he says “baby” in the first verse is cute, LOL!”)

Photos – Night fog


A few night time fog pictures. The title was pretty obvious here.

this is blury but i love that color

cool green

walked across the street this time so no stupid electric lines

similar to one I took before, but this time I crossed the road to get rid of the stupid power lines

fog silhouette lol

looks like a thriller commercial

like a fire glow

Orange glow



kinda cool

blue morning

cool green

looks like an underwater photo (the color that is)

song playing at the moment – Well, Well – The Rasmus

Photos – Randomness


Just some random stuff.

frog tummy

A frog that was stuck to the window. Yeah, I used flash.

shed 2

Cool old shed

cool clouds

Just thought these were cool

flying pig

A flying piggy!

a very cool book

A very cool book – u can get a copy here – – there’s ebook and paperback. I recommend it!!!

and its autographed

and I got an autographed copy!

the duckies are getting out of hand

hubby’s duck collection is getting out of hand

I used to do a feature long ago called Boxed Dinners, which was fun. Here is an instant dinner I do NOT recommend:

rosemart chicken package

Bon Appetit Rosemarry chicken – comes in two pouches and…

the final product

This is what it cooks into it. Yech! On a side note the beef stew is very good.

and that’s it for now. Fog pictures tomorrow. Oh boy.

song playing at the moment – One & Only – The Rasmus

Photos – Foggy August Morning


Yep, more photos. You’re in for a few more photo blogs after this one, too. Lucky, lucky!

These are from a foggy morning in August. Most of the photos did not turn out, but it was a learning experience, as You’ll see from the foggy September photos in a future blog. That’s really what matters.

like silver

Like silver


messing around using the Polarization and UV filters

i kinda had a thing for that weed

I had a thing for that weed – there’s a bunch of pics of it. Chris said this one was the best, though.

alien world

Looks like an alien world


sparkly flower

still looks alien to me

Still looks alien

like glass beads

spiderweb and moisture – looks like glass beads

shiny abstract 3

kinda abstract

wet grape leaves

grape leaves – just looked nice and cool

through the tree

Golden Promise

There are some more on my flickr, as usual. I take too many photos.

song playing at the moment – You Got it Wrong – The Rasmus

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