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Year Of The Horse (Wood) wrap up, Day 1


Year of The Horse continued


Year of The Horse continued, a set on Flickr.

Happy Year of The Horse (Wood)


Year of The Horse (Wood), a set on Flickr.

Welcome to the Lunar New Year Festival. Here’s day two of my horse art, which is leaning unicorn. May the Year of The Horse bring you health, happiness and prosperity!


Currently in a graphic novel mood. Read Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong — robotics team vs. cheerleaders with a different mix of high school characters, but not as different as The Plain Janes, which I picked up at the year end yellow dot sale at my comic shop and LOVED. Had them order me the sequel. Art as shout to the world, cool girl characters and intriguing hints of a gay angle. Then there was American Born Chinese, which is beautifully done and in part an excellent take on the legendary Monkey King.

Getting annoyed at the Wall Street Journal because of their pro let the NSA do what it likes stance, will probably take up a USA Today intro offer to get me daily sports coverage through the Olympics. Renewing Bloomberg Businessweek because: fun covers and insights on their behind the scenes creation and some interesting choices of subjects. Good overview.

Speaking of Olympics, Principle 6 is protesting Russia’s anti gay laws by promoting the non discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter. Sharp angle. Want a hoodie.

Australian soccer is in full swing so following along with the adventures of Jessica Fishlock, Melissa Barbieri and etc. on Twitter. Cardiff City landed new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will I hope stop being such a classic case study in cultures clashing, assumptions and miscommunication. And hey, they came back to beat Newcastle United today.

Have been blasting The Dollyrots Christmas present to pledgers, an acoustic album called Love Songs, Werewolves and Zombies from their previous Kickstarter. It’s a hoot. I’ve been wandering around humming the very catchy “Emo Cthulhu” and “Punk Rock Werewolf” “Werewolf” may resonate a bit. I’ve also been finding them inspiring artistically. You can probably guess which song triggered which drawing when you run into my versions below. And you really should get in on the fun, support The Dollyrots with a pledge and find out all about EC, the Werewolf and Barry.

Starting my Year of The Horse research and working on costumes for Alice In Wonderland at DreamWrights. Have been thinking a lot about the arts that work for me: theatre, illustration, poetry, yes; long form fiction, not so well, but that’s all still steeping so a post for another day.

Hope 2014 started off well for you, thanks for stopping by and let me know what you’re reading/watching/humming. And go see the quietly daring, darn impressive The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Best movie I’ve seen in awhile and this has been a good season for movies. Enjoy. And good night all!



To catch up on my blogging.

Currently listening to a panel of the actors involved in Saving Mr. Banks recorded by my buddy @KristynBurtt because Saving Mr. Banks has been popping up on my radar all week with articles pointing out the Disney corporate whitewashing of the relationships in the movie and USA Today’s forthright ‘see it anyway’ review. On our to see list because Gayle seems to be enthused and well, Emma Thompson. American Hustle is also on our to see list because it looks like fun and Silver Linings Playbook was one of my favorite movies of 2012.

Movies we have seen:

Frozen: excellent. I plan to see it again. Ice amazingly well done, emotional arcs spot on plus fun and funny and charming. Demi Lovato’s version of ‘Let It Go’ worth listening to. This obviously follows the path Tangled started down and although I think the voice talent in Tangled was better, I was actually singing the songs from Frozen the next day. Almost redeemed the total musical fail that was The Princess and The Frog.

Black Nativity: speaking of music, oh my goodness, can people write more movies showcasing Jennifer Hudson. And write a movie where Angela Basset has some fun and kicks some ass. Watch Strange Days people, segue from there. But to get back on track: Black Nativity nicely broke out of the linear, grounded in reality movie trap and took some chances and weaved in poetry and music. Nice to see a movie that takes artistic chances. And I must read Langston Hughes.

Have I mentioned I recently discovered Pablo Neruda (speaking of poetry)? I keep this book next to the couch and flip through it often. “Your Laughter” is a good starter.

What else is happening? It’s cold outside and much snowier than last year. My four favorite soccer players (Sydney Leroux, Jessica Fishlock, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo) are now on the same team (go Seattle Reign!) but this may not last beyond populating the expansion Houston Dash. But it is a nice moment.

My essential Christmas movies: Desk Set, White Christmas, (Rosemary Clooney amazes), Bishop’s Wife (vintage), Christmas in Connecticut (vintage)…need to rip the wrap on Arthur Christmas.

Giving up on single artist Christmas albums, haven’t heard one in several years that I’ve liked. Tried Kelly Clarkson’s this year, rates okay, except ‘Silent Night’ with Reba and Trisha Yearwood which is beautiful.

Oh heck, I think it’s time to try sleep. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are are finding some warmth this holiday season. I have been doodling holiday themed robots for fun + exercise. Enjoy!




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