Book Covers

Two weeks to go for the Kickstarter program.  f you have any friends that are considering self publishing their book, want some cool graphics for their page/blog/project – please direct them to my kickstarter project and direct them to the 100$ donation – the illustration for a 100$ donation is more than 1/2 off a normal commission for an illustration and I promise they will be impressed with theirs and praise your name 😀 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1872789691/tell-me-the-stories-of-jesus-miracle-of-loaves-and

 

As an update, my Hobbit’s eyesight is rapidly fading.  I don’t think he’ll have any eyesight at all by the end of 12 months.  We really don’t have plans on how to handle this, just are taking things one day at a time at this point.  If you can help fund the project above, even at 5.00, it will help me get set up and started with a job I can do from home.  I really need to be home right now, and I’m trying to do everything I can to make sure we stay above water, but it’s not easy.

Halfway Mark!

Am halfway to my goal on my kickstarter project! A big thanks to those of you who have helped out. There is still more to go! Need 100 more dollars! Every little bit helps and the sooner I get funded, the sooner I can start the project. Thank you so much to all who have helped! And I hope the rest of you can help me make that last 100$! URL below.

To ASL or not to ASL?

I can’t seem to get my mic to work when I’m recording on my webcam from my laptop, so I made a video completely in ASL for Kickstarter. Should I use that, or go ahead and use my iPhone to make a ‘hearing’ video instead?

Here’s the video (for those of you who haven’t seen me do ASL before).  And yes, I know it’s not TRUE ASL, because we use a mix of PSE, Fingerspelling and Tactile Sign at home and it’s hard to get from that to true ASL unless I’m in a conversation with another person using it.

 

Conversations With The Hobbit: Part 1

My Hobbit: i just wonder if there’s more ‘science’ than we think in scripture
Me: well, I’m pretty sure that scriptures/prophets weren’t all that concerned with science. That’s like asking an astronomer what he thinks about rotating crops: you know? It’s really not fair to expect them to be an expert in both fields, especially when that option really wasn’t available to them. They knew about sheep. They could tell you how to breed a good ewe. That’s about all the science they knew, but for their time, that was pretty damned important and yet, people always expect prophets to know more about science than scientists know about faith (or sheep).

Hobbit Fables #1

My husband and I were talking about the kids and their incessant whining this morning–mom is so evil! She makes me do dishes!–when the Hobbit came up with this lovely Fable that reflects our lives:

 

A dad had kids who refused to eat end pieces of bread. So he told his kids: “Hey, kids, the end pieces are like rolls. You like rolls, so you shouldn’t have a problem with the end pieces of bread.” So the kids quit eating rolls.

 

Prologue from Raging Bull

For those of you that helped me with this novella, there’s a sneak peak up at my artists/authors blog:

via Prologue from Raging Bull.

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The Valley Of The Sham – Guest Poem by My Hobbit

The Valley Of The Sham

I saw The Great and Secret Show
Lost in the Valley of the Damned
Got past the shame and saw the Sham
I loved the Demons, I loved the Whores
The Light of God shone through the Doors
Caught in a rabbit Trap I never made
My Soul transmuted beneath the shade
The Fire burns, it burns so well
I never knew your Heaven was my Hell.
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Not All Spanish Speakers Understand ASL

The big problem I now have with Spanish is that I’m so used to hearing it along with ASL (because our deaf friends from the LDS Deaf Branch we attend are mostly Mexican and speak Spanish while signing in ASL) that when I try to explain myself to someone who speaks Spanish (primarily) I end up signing to them as if they also understand ASL, so they’ll understand me better.

I did it again today.  The tree guy came to give us an estimate on our trimming.  And as I was trying to explain our other needs and wants, he gave me the ‘look’ that says “I’m not quite understanding you.”  So what did I do? I started signing.

It only took me a moment (and his odd look at me) to realize what I was doing, and speak what little Spanish I can remember (I grew up around Spanish speakers in my extended family) to clarify.  It’s such a habit now, I find myself doing it all the time, without even realizing it.

 

Daily Prompt: Circle of Five

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A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

This is a cool prompt – and after serving almost a full week on a federal jury, I really need the brain candy. So I will accept this challenge!

There was no limiting to persons in this age/time, so I am going to pick the five top people I have always wanted to spend time with, and I’ll tell you why I wanted to spend time with them.

5. Joseph Smith – Not just because he is the founder of my church, the LDS church, but because I have so many questions for him.  I wasn’t always interested in his life because his story is familiar and retold again and again in the church as you study the history of the Gospel and Mormon Doctrine.  But after really reading his history, his writings and many of the things that other people thought of him, I am really interested to know what he thought about it all and I think, from the stories I know, that he would be a really great guy to have around just for stories and general good humor.

4.  Jim Henson – Dying to know what he wanted to do if he had more time on Earth.  Also, a great story teller.  I’m sure he could just sit around and tell stories forever.  I would love to brainstorm up a story with him.  Try to figure out which muppets would fit in with what classic myth- who wouldn’t love that?

3Libby Custer – I’m just fascinated by her story and her efforts to defend her husband’s legacy after his death.  I would really like to do a sit down interview with her and find out everything I could about how she felt about her husband.  Such loyalty has to come from somewhere deep.  I would just love to sit and listen where such convictions were born.  There aren’t many women that dedicate their widowhood to defending their husbands legacy as stridently as she did.  She sounds spunky.  I really want to meet her.

2.  C.S. Lewis – So many questions for “Jack”–the first of which would be why he insisted on being called Jack.  I would love for him to personally teach me how to understand the language of apologetics the way other apologists do.  I really can’t understand them once they all start talking to each other.  It’s like another language.  I’d want to tell him how much my husband loves him and thank him for that.  I’d want to ask him why Tolkien felt the need to complicate things that were really quite simple…

1Karl Urban – Actually, I don’t really want to meet the actor Karl Urban, but I want to meet every single character he has portrayed in the last 20 years and talk to them, especially Eomer, Dr. McCoy, Cupid, Caesar and Reaper, among others.  I don’t really want to meet the Russian in Borne #2, but I would like him to speak to me in a Russian accent.  Did I mention my husband reminds me of a deafblind Karl Urban?  I knew and met Karl when he was just Cupid and I was doing interviews about “Privateers” a pilot by the writer of “Trekkies” that never got picked up.  He would have made a great space pirate, but I guess he went onto better things anyway.  I love Eomer.  I have loved Dr. McCoy since the 80’s when I first saw Trek.  I loved Cupid, hated Caesar, but loved Xena, and I loved Reaper in Doom.  This isn’t really making any sense, is it?  Oh well…