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#SaturdayScribbler 14 & Blogophilia

It’s time again for Saturday Scribbler, the fun blog challenge where Dean Kealy gives participants a doodle to turn into a picture. I’m also combining this with Blogophilia – again – because I am a cheater like that.

This week’s blogophilia prompts are:

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 26.9 Topic: All Through the Night
Hard (2 pts): Incorporate a Steely Dan/Donald Fagen lyric
Easy (1 pts): Include the word “strings”
And here is the prompt for #SS
I’d like to say I am late doing this because I’ve been having adventures all through the night, but alas it’s because of more boring things. I have sent my book out to all the betas finally, and now it’s the nail biting, nerve wracked time where I just know they will all hate it. To quote Steely Dan, “I feel like crying, I wish I had a heart like ice.” You know, so that I didn’t CARE if they didn’t like it. Sadly, I don’t, so waiting for the comments is like walking a tightrope of terror – or more literally a string of worry… okay, maybe a bit of twine and anxiety?
Anyway, on to the Scribble! So I initially thought a spider web and then a song I loved in kindergarten popped in my head:
Mr Fly climbed up a tree,
climbed as high as high could be,
Lost his grip, came tumbling down,
Smashed to pieces on the ground.

When the insects heard the sound,
Echoing for miles around,
They began to buzz and cry,
“Quick! First aid for Mr. Fly!”

“Get a bandage, get a splint!”
“Get some liniment and lint!”
“Should we give him aspirin?”
“Someone call the doctor in!”

Then a wise old flea spoke out,
“You don’t know what you’re about.
He’s beyond the reach of aid,
Get a pick and get a spade.”

Then the insects finally knew,
What they really had to do.
On his tombstone bears the scrawl,
“He who climbs too high must fall.”

And so, I give you Mr. Fly!
And now I must go. Have a good one!
Jo 🙂

#SaturdayScribblers 13

It’s time again for Saturday Scribblers – which does not have to be done on Saturday. It’s a fun blog challenge where Dean Kealy posts a scribble for participants to turn into an image.

Here is this week’s scribble:


As you can see, Dean has started using other media besides just pencil scribbles. This week it’s ink. It was a toughy, I kept getting thrown by the smiley face on the right, but finally….



I call it Cat in the Sun.

I need to get back to daily blogging. Not that I have done much in the last week except run to Omaha. Mom had a heart attack last Friday and was sent to Omaha. The prognosis is not great, but she is still alive and kicking, and the doctor says that with major lifestyle changes she should have ten more years, so it’s better than it could be. But…I wish it was better than that.

I’ll end this now, and one of these days I’ll get back to some real blogging.

Have a cat in the sun kind of day!

Jo 😀



#Saturday Scribblers 12 & Blogophilia 24.9

I’m cheating again and doing them together because I haven’t had time for blogging lately.

Saturday Scribblers is the cool blog challenge run by Dean Kealy. Every week he gives participants a scribble to turn into something cool. Here’s this week’s


Blogophilia is the cool blog group where Martien gives participants prompts to use in their weekly blog post. This week’s prompts are:

  • Ecrits Blogophilia Week 24.9 Topic: “Angelic Moments”
  • Bonus:
  • Hard (2 pts) Quote Romeo and Juliet
  • Easy (1 pt) Include the words ‘surprise pink’

I’d like to say that the reason I’ve been busy is because of too many angelic moments, but mostly it’s because I have been working on the Patrick book (which is now named Brothers of Darkness) I have it off to the first two beta readers, and when they finish, I will send it to the others. I’ve lined up some extra ones for this book, so I can get a more objective opinion on it. It’s still a story I am sensitive about.Maybe because it’s not a romance like the series (which in my opinion is not a romance either), but is instead pretty much straight horror full of nasty things. As Shakespeare said “These violent delights have violent ends.” And it does have a violent end.

Anyway, my Saturday Scribbler is:



It didn’t quite turn out the way I planned – the surprise pink at the tips of the petals does not show up well, for instance, but it is what it is.

There’s still time for you to join in on either SS or Blogophilia if you want to!

Have a purple flower kinda day!

Jo 🙂

#SaturdayScribblers 10

It seems these are the only time I blog anymore – that’s not good, but at least these get me doing something!

Saturday Scribblers is the fun blog prompt where Dean Kealy posts a scribble for us to make into a drawing. Participation goes all week, despite the name. Here is this week’s scribble:


I admit, it took me a little bit to come up with something, but once I started doodling on top of it, I had my butterfly princess:


I’m pretty happy with her – she looks a bit Native American to me.

Other than that I did get some book covers and the Turtle Page done today, and I have been working on the Patrick prequel novel (I have a poll to help choose a name and would love input on it!) And beyond that I have been playing the new Pokemon Go. I primarily am doing it to make myself walk – in the first week I walked 38 miles just playing it, which is waaaaaaay up from my usual weekly walking. The brother and hubby are also playing, so we’re walking together. Sadly with the heat the last two days we haven’t done much and probably won’t tomorrow. Ugh on summer!

And now I leave you. Have a pokemon kind of day!

Jo 🙂

#SaturdayScribblers 9

Saturday Scribblers is the cool blog challenge run by Dean Kealy. Every week he gives participants a scribble to turn into something cool. Here’s this week’s


I immediately saw a shrubbery – and turned it into the DIY Bonsai – or how to ruin your shrubbery:


I thought it was fun.

And now I have some Star Trek to watch and then I need to hunt Pokemon.

Have a good one!

Jo 🙂

#SaturdayScribblers 8 & Blogophilia 20.9

I’m doing a combo post this week because I have a lot of work to do to get ready for Book Born’s Birthday Bash.

Saturday Scribblers is the cool blog challenge run by Dean Kealy. Every week he gives participants a scribble to turn into something cool. Here’s this week’s


Blogophilia is the cool blog group where Martien gives participants prompts to use in their weekly blog post. This week’s prompts are:


I really enjoy both groups because they make you pull, out all the stops sometimes and showcase the best of you – or at least the best of your imagination.

Anyway, here’s my work in progress so you can see the scribble in it:

see scribble

And here’s the final product:


Why is she in blue-green? I dunno. When I initially drew her I had planned to paint it black like Malificent, but then I went with ocean colors instead. I’m pretty happy with it and it took me just over an hour including having to stop to mess with the dog who has been going nuts because it’s been storming all morning.

I should credit the sparkle brushes, which come from Obsidian Dawn and are awesome, by the way. The background texture is mine and is actually some of that silky wallpaper scanned off. Snifty, huh?

And now I leave you all for bed. Have a sparkly kind of day!

Jo 🙂

P.S. to quote Ferris Bueller, “You’re still here? It’s over!” So go to bed. Or work. Or whatever.


#SaturdayScribblers 7

It’s time for Saturday Scribblers (because Wednesday is a perfect day for it!) Okay, to straighten it out, the Saturday just means it is POSTED Saturday, but participants have ALL WEEK to join in. And joining in is easy and fun. Take the scribble, and turn it into a drawing. Here is this week’s scribble:

prompt-7And here is what I made of it:


this shows where the scribble was under my drawing…



This took twice as long as it should because PSP froze up just as I had finished – only I hadn’t saved since the sketch stage, so… Now, WHY is this a rooster in a school jacket? I really have no idea, but that is what I saw, so that is what I drew. Must be faithful to the vision, eh?

I need to do Blogophilia tomorrow, though we’re planning to go see X-men, so we’ll see if I have time, or if I end up at the last minute posting just for points again.

In the meantime, have a rooster in a school coat kinda night.

Jo 🙂

PS – here’s the song driving me nuts. Blame it on Vic.


#SaturdayScribblers 6

It’s Wednesday, which is the day I usually get around to doing this. What is this? Why, it’s Saturday Scribblers, the cool blog challenge where Dean Kealy gives participants a scribble to turn into a drawing. It’s pretty easy – and a lot of fun! 

Here is this week’s scribble:


of all the scribbles I’ve participated in, this was the easiest for me because I instantly saw…


And I’m even pretty happy with how he turned out. I’m getting better with the graphics tablet. This took me about twenty minutes to do, so yay for that!

I missed last week’s scribble – and most of last week – because – well, remember that weirdness I mentioned with my face being “chapped”? Turns out it wasn’t chapped. It was an odd rash that moved from my face to my neck and chest, and then down from there slowly and came with a fever, chills, nausea, and fatigue like you would not believe. I think I was maybe awake for six hours a day all weekend. Ugh! So I haven’t gotten much done on my mysterious package (I did copy the runes from the book but have not figured out what they mean, or even what mystery I am trying to solve, really. I thought it was pretty wrapped up from the narrative, so I feel I’m missing something big.) I’m also behind on my reading – I’m just over half done each with Paternus and Crusade Across Worlds and I have a huge pile of other books I need to read.

Anyway, I went to the doctor and they decided I am having an allergic reaction to something (don’t know what), so they gave me a steroid shot and put me on four days worth of Prednisone. The fevers are gone, and I can keep my eyes open, and the rash is fading from my neck, though it still itches like a b****. In fact I have to wear mittens (well, my shooter gloves) to keep myself from scratching.


the rash


life in mittens

Anyway, I’m hopeful this will heal up soon and I can get back to normal. I did book 2 of my series re-read. I did no editing, just corrected a handful of punctuation things (it was dashes that did not format right and a few straight quotes I turned into smart quotes). I hate to argue with my readers, but I have to disagree with anyone who says book 1 is better than book 2. Not even close! Book 2 was actually about a billion times better than I remember it being, and there were a few places where I sat back and said “Damn, that’s good sh**.” I really don’t have any idea why I am ashamed of that book (which I tend to be for some reason).So, that was a nice surprise, anyway. Onward to book 3, which is one of my favorites. Maybe I’ll find out that it’s not anymore. We shall see.

Anyway, there’s my scribble and an explanation for where I’ve been. Hope your last week was better than mine was.

Have a non-mitten wearing kind of day (unless you love where it’s winter right now, then you might want mittens)

Jo 🙂

PS – check out the original Saturday Scribbler post and feel free to join in!




Though it’s Tuesday, I am now getting around to participating in the Saturday Scribble, though really it can be done any day of the week – even Tuesdays.

What is Saturday Scribblers? It’s where Dean Kealy posts a scribble that participants turn into a drawing. This week’s scribble is:


And here is what I made out of it:

prompt 3 base

The scribble is the upper portion of the butterfly’s wings, in case you can’t tell.

There’s still plenty of time to participate, so check out the post and do some scribbling of your own!

Have a butterfly kind of day!

Jo 🙂


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