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1. Figure Friday - also Left Handed

I must say that three hours of drawing with your non-dominant hand is *exhausting*!
I've never tried gestures with my left hand before. Combine that with a stubby piece of charcoal, and you have uber-clumsy feeling fingers.

Slightly longer poses - still with the stubby vine charcoal...

For the 10-20 minute ones I switched to a charcoal pencil. Made finer detail in the realm of possibility, if not particularly impressive....

Again, interesting experience overall. My right brain is really getting a workout this month.

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Hardhands did not like children. This dislike was nothing personal; he didn't like chicken either, or rainy days, or socks that were too tight. In fact, if asked to rank dislikes he would have put these last three higher up on this list, easily. But then that was partially because chicken, rainy days and socks that were too tight intruded more often into his life. Children did not.  Still, his little experience with children, confined mostly to Tiny Doom—his two year old neice—had left him quite firm on the matter.

 Hardhands did like dogs. He also liked sleeping late, double mochas, and scrambled eggs, particularly the way that Paimon made them, creamy and cheesy, and particular on a late morning after a later night, after a particularly good show. Last night's show had more than particularly good, it had been fantastic, brilliant, fabulous, superlative. The drums had rolled like thunder through the crowded club, crushing all before them, and his voice had balanced perfectly on the knife's edge of the guitar, cutting and quick. The invocation had been so superlatively heavy that the band had managed to manifest the daemon Forneaus, who had produced the most killer bass solo ever heard at the Poodle Dog.The show was so fabulous that half the audience had staggered out into the early morning street with blood streaming from their ears, agog in bliss.

Definitely one for the ages.

He helped himself to more eggs out of the silver chafing dish. He was humming the bass line to Bury Me in Immortal Oblivion. If he had been asked what could ruin his perfectly good mood, he would have said, in between egg and coffee, absofikinglutely nothing.

That was before Tiny Doom joined him at the table, demanding bear-shaped waffles and strawberries.

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3. putative

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 05, 2012 is:

putative • \PYOO-tuh-tiv\  • adjective
1 : commonly accepted or supposed 2 : assumed to exist or to have existed

Corporate restructuring and a need to cut costs were the putative reasons for the layoffs.

"The phrase 'wacky woman' was being tossed about frequently in descriptions of Maryland's putative lottery winner…." — From an article by Susan Reimer in the Baltimore Sun, April 4, 2012

Did you know?
There's no need to make assumptions about the root behind "putative"; scholars are quite certain the word comes from Latin "putatus," the past participle of the verb "putare," which means "to consider" or "to think." "Putative" has been part of English since the 15th century, and it often shows up in legal contexts. For instance, a "putative marriage" is one that is believed to be legal by at least one of the parties involved. When that trusting person finds out that his or her marriage is not sanctioned by law, other "putare" derivatives, such as "dispute," "disreputable," "reputed," "imputation," and "deputy," may come into play.

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4. Illustrator Saturday – Susan Drawbaugh

Our featured illustrator this week is Susan Drawbaugh.  She loves to draw and do whimsical illustrations. Early in her art career she was greatly influenced by a man she met while touring the MGM Animation Studios, Ben Washam. As one of the original animators of the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, and Tom & Jerry cartoons, he ended up passing down the skills of his trade by teaching a small group of aspiring animators from his home. Susan was one of those fortunate students.

Although she never made a career of animation, years later she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, What Pet Will I Get?, an animated “Flip n Giggle” picture book that was soon published. A mix of creative ventures followed, until she made the decision to become a freelance commercial illustrator.

Her range of work spans from children’s picture books, stationery lines, canvas paintings, infant bedding, and editorial picture puzzles – to humorous wall prints, greeting cards, coffee mug lines, holiday decor, and chapter illustrations. Susan uses the traditional method of illustrating by hand, but throughout the course of every project she puts her digital skills to work, as well.

Surrounded by the coastal charm of Southern California, she creates from my home studio by the port of San Pedro. Take a look.  I am sure it will put a smile on your face.

Here’s Susan explaining her process:

Soon after my younger daughter had her first baby, she excitedly told me that she’d ordered a painting for the nursery that she’d seen online.
Purchased???!  I thought. A whimsical painting???!  But, WHY??! , I gasped, What about your whimsical-artist mom???  Well, the picture arrived in the mail, and to my hidden delight, she was not happy with it. So off to Aaron Bros I went – to get started on my new project.  I came out with a 40″ x 30″ stretched canvas, paint brushes, and tubes of acrylic paint in every color – - – - I’d used oil paints in the past, but never acrylics! Nail biting time.
Before starting I very carefully planned each step.

1) First I brushed a coat of white paint over the entire canvas.
2) Then I developed rough sketches,  fine tuning them until they were just the look I wanted. Tracing paper, a kneaded eraser, and a soft lead mechanical pencil are my favorite tools for developing characters. The lines flow with ease, allowing more personality to come through as I draw, and there’s no messy crumbling or smearing from the eraser.
3) Once I was happy with the drawings I scanned each one into Photoshop CS3 and loosely created paths for each. I then dragged each image, layer by layer, onto a blank Photoshop document that I made to be the same size as the actual canvas – in this case 40″W x 30″H. Because of the layers I could move each image around, reducing, enlarging, and positioning until the layout was the look I was after.
4) I saved it as a PSD keeping it in LAYERS just in case I wanted to make changes late

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"You can see more standing on a ladder than crouching in a ditch."

From The Collected Sayings of Nini Mo, Coyote Queen
Edited by Boy Hansgen

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7. The Hobbit

The Hobbit or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien ~ Houghton Mifflin, 1938

I've never been a Lord of the Rings fan. I've not been a non-fan, I just never really got into them as a young person. I believe I read The Hobbit for the first time in the tenth grade, and although I remember liking it, it didn't stay on my favorite shelf. A story Tolkien originally made up for his own children, The Hobbit is very age-appropriate, though it can be debated that the trilogy books swing more in the adult fantasy direction. I'm not sure why I didn't quite connect with it at the time. Maybe the themes were too sophisticated or I was too much of an airhead to get the deeper meanings and appreciate the poetry. No matter.

What matters is that over the last week, my son and I have been on the wild ride that is reading The Hobbit aloud, and I have to say, after several nights in a row keeping my seven-year-old up til 10 to finish a chapter, we are both sold, hook, line, and sinker.

Granted, at one point, deep in the mountain at the tail end of the riddle contest between Gollum and Bilbo, my "precious" voice was so awesome, the boy made me stop because it was scaring the crap out of him. However, we were back at it the next night when I promised to tone down my theatrical stylings. I was deeply impressed that my son was actually answering some of the riddles on his own, including this one.

Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.

Now, for those of you that have been living under a rock your whole life, I'll give you just a short gist as I am hardly a Tolkien scholar... The Hobbit is a classic (check out what a signed first edition was appraised for on Antiques Roadshow) and a prequel to the three books referred to as The Lord of the Rings that include The Fellowship of the Ring, 1 Comments on The Hobbit, last added: 5/7/2012

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8. Fan Letter Fan

Everybody can stop writing fan letters now.  We've summited:

Hello Abraham Superlincoln,

My name is Gargantuan Space Scum. No. Actually, it’s Ian. Ian O. You can’t forget the O. Because I’m Ian O. and my friend is Ian K.. So we don’t get called Ian. We get called either Ian O. or Ian K.. Anyway. I am a 4th grader and I live in Seattle, Washington.                             After I read your book Cold Cereal, my friends Adam and Kate read it. Then we started talking about Gorn, Weet, Noats, and Gorn-free, the Gornless Gorn substitute. Then we came up with a new type of Weet. Hole Weet. We thought it could be a new, healthier, type of ingredient that Goodco puts in their cereal. That’s my suggestion for a new ingredient called Hole Weet. If you like it or don’t like it or whatever, please write back.
Then also, one day I was eating cereal. I was thinking about your book because I was eating cereal. I thought of some new book titles for your next two books (if you make the Cold Cereal Saga a trilogy).

Frozen Oatmeal (or Frozen Porridge)
Sub-Zero Museli (or Sub-Zero Granola)

Those are my suggestions for book titles. If you like them or don’t like them or whatever, please write back.

               This letter has been written in crude handwriting by Gargantuan Space Scum.

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9. 7 Heavenly Bodies as Sources of Adjectives

1. Earth
Through in modern usage our planet’s Latin name, Terra, appears only in science fiction, the adjective terrestrial is often employed to refer to phenomena associated with Earth or with land as opposed to water. It is also the root of extraterrestrial, the term for any (so far conjectural) life-form that does not originate on Earth, or for anything existing or occurring beyond the planet.

Terrestrial also refers to the inner planets of the solar system as a category. (See the next entry for the classification for the outer planets.) It can also mean “mundane,” as does terrene, which has the additional sense of “earthly.” (Terrene is also a noun referring to the planet or its terrain — and that word, like terrarium, also stems from the Latin term terrenum.)

2. Jupiter
Jovial means “jolly, convivial” — not traits associated with a god normally generally depicted with a stern visage. However, this is the word medieval astrologers used to describe those characteristics, which they ascribed to the influence on the planet on human behavior. The adjectival form for referring to the god or to the category of gas giants typified by the planet Jupiter is Jovian; this is also the term for referring to the planet’s natural satellites in fact and fiction and to fictional inhabitants.

3. Mars
Because of its belligerent-looking red glow, Mars was associated in ancient times with conflict, and the Romans named it after their god of war. The adjective martial (“martial law,” “martial arts,” court-martial — the hyphen in the last word is a holdover from the term’s French origin) refers to war and fighting.

4. Mercury
Someone with an unpredictable or volatile personality is said to be mercurial, thanks to an association with Mercury, the swift messenger of the Latin gods. (The liquid element mercury, also known as quicksilver, was perhaps given that name because of its rapidly free-flowing quality.) But the adjective is also associated with eloquence and ingenuity, as well as larcenous behavior. Why? The god Mercury was considered the protector of thieves as well as merchants and travelers, who would appeal to the deity to favor them with speed. The planet Mercury was so named because of its fast orbital velocity.

5. Moon
Like Terra, Luna, the Roman name for the Moon, seems to appear only in science fiction these days. But lunatic, meaning “foolish” or “insane,” is common, albeit mostly in the nonclinical sense. (Lunacy, another word for insanity, and the adjectival form derive from the onetime notion that phases of the Moon affect mental instability.) Lunar, however, is the adjectival form for scientific references to Earth’s natural satellite.

6. Saturn
The Roman god said to have been the father of Jupiter was associated with traits opposite to those of the scion who usurped his rule; a saturnine person is gloomy, sardonic, and surly, as opposed to the jovial type, though the adjective also has the neutral sense of “sluggish” and “serious.” This temperament was said in the Middle Ages to be the influence of the planet farthest from the Sun (or the one believed at the time to be the most remote) and the slowest.

But the god was also identified with justice and strength, as well as with agriculture, and later was celebrated in the weeklong winter-solstic

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10. International/translation prizes: Best Translated Book Awards

       The Best Translated Book Awards were announced yesterday; I was one of the judges for the fiction prize.

       The very worthy Stone Upon Stone, by Wiesław Myśliwski and translated by Bill Johnston won the fiction category. Embarrassingly, there's no review of it up at the complete review yet, but see the Archipelago publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

       Spectacle & Pigsty by Nomura Kiwao and translated by Kyoko Yoshida and Forrest Gander won the poetry category. See the Omnidawn publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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11. International/translation prizes: Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

       They've announced the shortlist for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize (given for: "book-length literary translations into English from any living European language").
       The shortlist was selected from (only) 102 books; two of the shortlisted titles are under review at the complete review:

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12. International/translation prizes: Internationaler Literaturpreis

       The German Internationaler Literaturpreis - Haus der Kulturen der Welt has announced its shortlist.
       Curious fact: all except one of the authors' names have diacritical marks in them (and the American author isn't the exception).

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13. Translation from the ... Chinese

       In China Daily David Bartram finds Writers' careers found in translation, with several translators -- including Julia Lovell -- weighing in on the subject.

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14. Strindberg's Star review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jan Wallentin's Strindberg's Star.

       This book isn't an example of everything that's wrong with publishing, but it is an example of one particular area where they go dreadfully wrong (and throw out a lot of money in the process). Strindberg's Star is one of these über-hyped novels where the hype comes before there's even a book. With its photogenic author (never mind that he'd never written a novel ...), and a few buzzwords -- ancient symbols and mythology, conspiracies, Nazis -- this thing was able to ride the whole if-it's-a-Swedish-thriller-we-gotta-have-it wave. As Bert Menninga reported for the folks who unleashed this on the world, the Bonnier Group Agency Sweden, Swedish Debut Novel Destined to be Blockbuster.
       How destined ? Well, when Menninga reported this, rights had been: "sold in 12 countries before it has even come out in Sweden" -- indeed, at the time it was: "still in the final stages of being polished and fact-checked" (fact-checked ! this thing ? that's so funny I can only cry ! and the idea that this was polished ...). Way to go, publishers -- buy a book pretty much sight unseen. (Yes, I know that's pretty common -- but given how American publishers always seem to wait ages before publishing anything in translation, making sure its has come out and done okay elsewhere before daring to buy the rights, what happened here ?)
       Of course, some couldn't be more thrilled by how this worked out:

"The international response has been absolutely fantastic and the total advance sum is record breaking as well !" says Jenny Thor, CEO for Bonnier Group Agency.
       Which counts for something. Perhaps the sum that publishers (everyone except Bonniers, who are rolling in the foreign-rights money) will write off on this heap will also be record breaking .....
       Strindberg's Star is, as anyone who has looked at it will tell you, not a good book. You can argue about whether it's truly terrible, or simply not very good, but the consensus is clearly that it is not very good. Formulaic, pretty poorly pieced together -- well, one can always compare it to Dan Brown (but, despite his success, that probably won't be enough to help much here).
       The Scandinavian reviews were pretty critical -- and the big papers seem only to have reviewed it because of all the pre-publication hype; the media elsewhere seems to have pretty much ignored it. There are six reader reviews at the Amazon.fr page, and it gets all of a one-star average rating .....
       Perhaps the only hope for the foreign editions is that, as the Dagens Nyheter review has it, the original Swedish edition was such an abomination with its "språkfel, havererat bildspråk och allmänna klumpigheter" the book can only be better in translation .....
       Unfortunately, publishers have sunk so much into this that they have to try to sell it to their poor, largely unsuspecting readers. (Hey, I got suckered in -- the Strindberg-connection and the eagerness for s

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15. "Each One Teach One" Author Interview: Stephen Messer

For this week’s “Each One Teach One” Interview we’ll be hearing from Middle Grade Author Stephen Messer.
For those of us authors, editors, and agents who secretly feel that “using imagination and thinking outside of the box” on plot and setting in children’s lit, especially in fantasy, is extremely important but that thinking so far out of the box that readers might not be able to wrap their minds about your fantasy world is a bit crazy

Well, to those people, I present, StephenMesser. He’s an author who obviously understands that the minds of middle graders do not function within the same silly limits as the minds of adults.
Stephen is currently working on his 4thnovel. His first three – all with his succinct, distinctly recognizable “authorial voice” have featured 1.) a boy who lives in a world of kites (Windblown),  2.) a boy who is murdered on the first page and is immediately roped into life as a not very successful ghost (The Death of Yorik Mortwell,) and 3.) kids commanding giant robots who must fight to determine the future at the end of time (Colossus).  He knows how to make “outside the box” just perfect for middle grade readers.
 He’ll be on the panel of authors critiquing first pages at the upcoming SCBWI Schmooze in Raleigh, NC, May 20th, 2012. And for anyone who wishes to make sure that Stephen knows how to write a good first page, I suggest an immediate trip to Amazon.com to read the first pages of Windblowne and Yorik Mortwell. J  I was hooked at line 1 with: “Twelve year old Yorik Mortwell lay on the hard, cold ground, dead.”
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16. The Fish Who Swam Too Far by Danielle Kirrane

 4 stars Everything frightened Harry.  A true scaredy-cat he was . . .Until one day an unexpected journey led Harry deep into the ocean where being scared was no longer an option for him.  He had to be brave, very brave.  Risking his own life to save another fish in desperate need of help, his [...]

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Thanks for visiting the official site of children’s author Artie Knapp!  

Where Alligators Bowl, Roosters Moo, and Elephants work at car washes!


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18. Weekend Random

I've been seeing this badge and posts for this group for a while now. This week I decided to joined the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which was created by Alex Cavanaugh. All writers experience doubts, and I'm going to share mine the first Wednesday of every month from now on.

Also, I joined Teralyn's Inspiration Collage Blogfest, to take place June 1st. Participants will compile videos, songs, pictures, etc. that inspire the books they write. Sounds like fun.
Lastly, I read this series awhile ago and forgot to blog about it. This is the Madame Pamplemousse series by Rupert Kingfisher. The series consists of MADAME PAMPELOUSE AND THE TIME-TRAVELLING CAFE, MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE AND THE ENCHANTED SWEET SHOP, and MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE AND HER INCREDIBLE EDIBLES. While I was reading these charming books that took me into the magical world of Madeleine, Madame Pamplemousse, and Camembert, I couldn't help but think that they reminded me of Roald Dahl's books, and when I read the author's bio I saw that Dahl was one of Kingfisher's favorite authors. The influence is definitely there in this children's series. 

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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19. Supermoon - Saturday, May 5th


I love astronomy and Saturday, May 5th, we'll have the “biggest full moon of the year.”

Here’s an excerpt of the article:
The biggest full moon of the year, a so-called "supermoon," will take center stage when it rises this weekend, and may interfere with the peak of an annual meteor shower created by the leftovers from Halley's comet.
The supermoon of 2012 is the biggest full moon of the yearand will occur on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT (0335 May 6), though the moon may still appear full to skywatchers on the day before and after the actual event. At the same time, the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be hitting its peak, NASA scientists say.

To read the full article go to:

It might be worth having the kids stay up for!


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20. MoCCA Art Fest 2012

Last weekend, it was my second year of doing the MoCCA Art Fest in NYC, sharing the table with my great partners-in-crime, Doreen Marts and Becky Munich. We had a great time last year so we decided to do it again! Being in Michigan, it was a great excuse to go back and see friends and family, and also to show off my little Nugget (who is 4 months old now, time is flying by!)

I basicly had the same stuff though, with Super Cat and Evil Robot pins back at it again with another battle. Evil Robot always prevails at MoCCA. Hmm.
 I did bring a couple of copies of Road Work Ahead for sale, and here is a signed copy. Enjoy the book, Griffin!

And of course it was great to see many folks there, including Casey G, Chad Sell, Mike Roll, Pat Lewis, and many others. Until next year!

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21. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

This book, like her others, is hysterical.  Poppy Wyatt is about to be married.  She and her friends are out at a fashion lunch and, after letting her friends try on her engagement ring, she loses it.  She, not surprisingly, freaks out.  While she is trying to find it, her purse is stolen and with it, her phone.  Luckily, she finds a phone in the garbage.  That is when the fun starts as the phone belongs to the assistant to a hot shot executive.  She quit and tossed the phone in the garbage where Poppy finds it.  Poppy refuses to give up the phone and what ensues is a witty exchange of texts, emails, phone calls, and an in person meeting between Poppy and the exec.  She won’t give the phone up because of the ring, but promises to pass on all information.  I laughed so much when I read this book.  Kinsella has a way of making the most unlikely of scenarios delightful and engaging.  If you enjoy chick lit, you’ve got to check this one out.

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22. Marty McGuire News!

I’ve had a busy spring so far, and so has my chapter book character, third grader Marty McGuire.Here’s a Marty update:

The second book in the series, MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS, came out April 1st, and there have already been some super-nice reviews, including this one (that came with a star!) from Kirkus:

Floca’s cheery black-and-white illustrations match the upbeat theme of the tale, and with at least one per brief chapter, they break up the text pages nicely. Marty’s first-person commentary, sometimes just a tiny bit sarcastic, splendidly conveys the eroding innocence of middle-graders.A quick, amusing read with an easily digestible environmental message; it is a perfect match for its young intended audience.  

School Library Journal called Marty a “spirited youngster” (she liked that) and  said this:

Packed with eco-friendly ideas, this realistic, plot-driven early chapter book is a welcome addition to Earth Day or environmental units.

And I especially loved this review in a Washington Post round-up of Earth Day books

It’s hard to think of cafeteria composting as the topic for a good chapter book, but Messner and Floca pull it off. It’s the characters who make this book entertaining, whether it’s Marty’s wildlife rehabilitator mom or her inventive Grandma Barb, who thinks both worm slime and duct tape have essential uses.
Gotta love a book review that mentions both worm slime and duct tape, don’t you think?


Meanwhile, the first Marty McGuire book has been nominated for the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award, along with some other books that I love.  You can see the full list here.


And how exciting is this?  Marty has her own book club!


School library media specialist John Schumacher created the poster above for the Marty McGuire Book Club! He and fourth grade teacher Colby Sharp are well known for their blogs celebrating the best of children’s books, and they’ve declared May “Marty McGuire Month,” inviting readers to dig into one or both Marty books and then join them for an online Twitter chat starting at 8pm EST on May 23rd, using the hashtag #MartyMcGuire. I’ll be sure to be online that night, too, answering any questions about Marty or writing chapter books or really anything. Check out this post on “Watch-Connect-Read” or this one at “SharpRead” for all the details, and join us if you can!

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23. Fitness Friday

So, I thought I'd stray from the norm this week and talk a bit about what I've been eating. A lot of food bloggers and fitness bloggers participate in "What I Ate Wednesday" (not sure where it originated or I'd give credit) and I figured I could do a little play on that.

My days during the week are pretty typical for food and on the weekend I tend to splurge a little, because we go out. I'm pretty good at figuring out calories in restaurant meals, but not perfect, so I don't really count on weekends, I just order carefully and eat normally while I'm at home. 

This was my day of meals on Thursday:

-Green smoothie. I eat the same thing for breakfast almost every morning now. I love our Blendtec and will never chastise my husband for spending a crazy amount of money on it again. I use 1 frozen banana, 1 1/2 cups baby spinach, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 1 scoop of chia seeds. Sometimes I'll use peanut butter instead of the Greek yogurt.

-Soup. This week I made a delicious 5 ingredient soup that I saw on Pinterest. It's a Sweet Potato Cauliflower soup and it's SO good. Aaron won't touch anything with sweet potatoes OR cauliflower, so I just eat my way through the pot of soup through the week.

-On Thursdays we meet with our small group and we all share dinner. We rotate whether we bring the main course, side, dessert, etc. This week we had tacos in honor of Cinco de Mayo...I loaded my plate with chicken, homemade guacamole (just avocado, lime, salt, cilantro), and lots of other veggie toppings. I had a few tortilla chips and salsa and no tortilla with my "taco."

-It was our turn for dessert this week and I made these Oatmeal Fudge Bars. They were fabulous, as everything from The Brown Eyed Baker.

I also had about 3 cups of coffee throughout the day, as well as a small margarita at dinner. Hey...it's in celebration of Cinco de Mayo!

My calorie count usually comes out to about 1500 calories. I went for a run once we got home and since my legs felt like lead for some reason (probably the margarita), I probably only burned about 150 calories or so.

Biggest loser weigh-in: -0.5 lbs

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24. Film Noir Friday

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25. Hand studies

Away, but not idle... not that there is anything wrong with idleness. Please remember to stop and smell the roses fellow creatives!

My recent house move is over, but things are still not set up. Nevertheless I've been enjoying working only with the simplest of tools, namely a pen and sketchbook.

Getting stuck on drawing a hand pose recently I thought I'd delve a little deeper into the problem. Study and visual research can be tedious, and stifling to the creative urge I find. But since I was doing it, I thought I'd do it 'good'.

You may notice I went to the trouble of studying fingers in and of themselves. It became apparent that my inability to draw the given hand posture was actually a problem with drawing fingers. This would make sense given they are 50% of our hands!

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