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1. Artist of the Day: Patrick Doyon

Discover the art of Patrick Doyon, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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2. SDCC ’15: Drawing with Jim Lee – “Do You Know the Difference between Law and Justice?”


Jim Lee

By Nick Eskey

One of the happy-highlights of San Diego Comic-Con is when DC Comics co-publisher, writer, and artist Jim Lee just sits down and draws. Well he doesn’t just draw. The talented artist also has the chops to be a regular comedian. Every year on Sunday, his “Drawing with Jim Lee” is a highlight of the convention.

The panel this year had a slight hiccup however. From what we were told, he had it on his schedule that it would start at 3pm to 4pm, not 1:30pm to 2:30pm. We wouldn’t have to wait till 3pm, but he wasn’t going to be there till 2:15pm. A number of people left, but a majority stayed the extra forty-five minutes.

When Mr. Lee did show, a wave of applause went through the room. He took to his chair, and looking out at the crowd said, “Thanks for staying. It’s a real testament to your guys’ love of a free sketch.” Everyone erupted with laughter.

He continued to thank the crowd as he pulled pencils, “Pigma” pens, inks, and brushes out onto the table. “Now, you see this? It’s a Pigma marker. It gives you a fine tip and you can go thicker. You can use it for defining, or shadowing… They always send me a bunch of these, so I use them. I’m still waiting on this year’s crate.” More laughter. “You’ll have to excuse me, it’s Sunday at Comic-Con, so I’m not all here. But really guys, I do enjoy this panel a lot. Compared to the other days, this one is just very intimate, and a fun atmosphere. So thank you.”


He proceeded to trace the lines on a “Wonder Woman” sketch that he had started earlier. “I thought I would get some drawings done beforehand so I had more to pass out to you all. So I… I got ONE. Yay!”

As he put the finishing touches on, he addressed the convention staff. “Is there anyone in here that works for Comic-Con? Do you know the difference between ‘Law’ and ‘Justice?’ Well, Law is what should be done. Justice is what needs to be done. So I know there’s some sort of rule forbidding panelists from handing out food to attendees in the room. But I got all these ‘Twix’ bars I want to give out.” Low and behold, Twix bars were passed out to everyone in the room. “We did an ad campaign back in June that took up a whole page… So yeah. That’s Law and Justice.”

While he finished his Wonder Woman, he had the crowd ask him questions. One person asked if he still did personal drawings from his Marvel days. “I’ll occasionally draw Marvel things for friends who like Marvel… It’s fun to draw these characters every now and then.” He was then asked if he would draw one. “Fine, I’ll draw Wolverine… but he’s got to wear the Batman suit.”

Jim gave out the first sketch, and then began on the second. He began with a circle, and built upon it. “Trace basic shapes. They are like the blue print.” With the skeleton of the drawing done, he started the detailing. “Wolverine is like Batman. But smaller nose, bad breath, and… 2.8 billion dollars.” As he began the lining, he added “Batman is a lot like Wolverine, but less feral in nature… DC has less angry characters.”

It’s obvious how much Jim Lee enjoys his art, and sharing it with others. The amount of care he puts into his work looks effortless. It comes from years of practice. As he’s working on Wolverine’s nose, he smiled and said, “Add the nose and the teeth that make him look like he’s going to drop a deuce.” The room erupts again in laughter. “No, see? He’s kind of hunched over. He’s about to sit on the toilet.”


“Add the nose and the teeth that make him look like he’s going to drop a deuce.”

Finished, he gave Wolverine away, and took the request of doing “Harley Quinn.” As he drew, an attendee asked, “With nine kids, what do you do to relax?” Jim Lee looked at him, and laughed a little. “I make nine kids… No really. What do I do to relax? I draw. When I draw, time goes by. I fall into my pocket dimension, which is full of shirtless, muscular men.”

As he finished the drawing and was going to give it out, another person asked, “Who’s your least favorite character to draw?” Without hesitation, he answered, “Spiderman. I do believe he’s one of the best creations of Jim Lee, but I don’t like drawing Spiderman. He has all that webbing…The webbing, it creates the form of the costume. And when it moves around and curves, it’s just hard to plot.”

For his last drawing, he asked who he should draw next. A flurry of responses came through. But the one he latched on to was “Aquaman.” “Look, this girl is putting her hands together and pleading! That’s the international sign of ‘I have to draw this.’”

While he drew the last sketch, the question of “What’s your favorite part of the costume to draw” came up.  And this was probably my favorite response of the night. Jim Lee answered, “Oh you’re not going to trick me with that.”

The Jim Lee Sunday panel is probably the favorite of many. The fun and playful atmosphere is one that can be greatly appreciated on a Comic-Con Sunday. Though it doesn’t really explain much of the techniques in his drawing, it does allow everyone to see one of comic’s greats make wonderful art. Let’s all hope it continues for a years to come.

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3. 2012 Oscar Talkback

We’re going to be open all night long to discuss the Oscars. We’re still waiting to hear the winners, but here are the results of Cartoon Brew’s Oscar Survey. Will ILM’s Rango and Pixar’s La Luna win the Feature and Short categories as our readers predicted, or will there be upsets in those categories.

While we’re waiting to hear the results, take some time to read our interviews with the five nominees of the Best Animated Short category:

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis (Wild Life)

Enrico Casarosa (La Luna)

Grant Orchard (A Morning Stroll)

Patrick Doyon (Sunday)

Bill Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore)

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4. Once upon a Time...

... I had a life.


Now I spend much of my time working and working and working, and while I'm not doing that I'm writing.


However, I have done some crafty things.

I made a this:
Ignore my fat hand. Haha

I drew a this:
Ronan Lynch - The Raven Boys

I did a this at my flower job:
That's a wreath, folks

I have to go back to work tomorrow and I'm not really looking forward to it.  I don't feel like I've been "off" for awhile, which is really terrible of me.  I mean, I had a LOOOOONG time off in April-May.  I'm just a vacation person.  Work doesn't suit me.  Hahahahahahahaa!

Anyway, this is my super short blog post that I felt I simply HAD to do, since it's been something like 1-1/2 months since I last blogged.


So now I'll love you and leave you.  God bless.  Byeeeee!!!!


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5. NYCC 2014: All the Sunday panels—from The Karate Kid to The Princess Bride

nyccday4 NYCC 2014: All the Sunday panels—from The Karate Kid to The Princess Bride

The day kicks off with Ralph Macchio and ends with Carey Elwes for all your 80s movie needs. Cruel autumn, indeed. Along the way it’s kids day and such traditional Sunday fare as the Women of Marvel Panel and Run-DMC. WHAT WHAT?


10:45AM – 11:45AM
Family HQ – 1C03
Create Your Own Magical Creature
Two Authors enter…and with your help, they’ll each create a magical creature who embodies everything that you think is awesome! Which will be best? It’s up to you!
11:00AM – 11:45AM
The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion
“Sweep the leg.” “Mercy is for the weak.” “Wax on, wax off.” It’s hard to believe it has already been 30 years since The Karate Kid burst onto the silver screen, and now you have a chance to relive this classic underdog story once again. Join Billy Zabka, Martin Kove and the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio, for a conversation about their experiences during and after production of the movie. You’re the best around!
Billy Zabka
Martin Kove
Ralph Macchio
11:00AM – 11:45AM
Stormtroopers vs. Red Shirts
Conflicts in galaxies far far away have entertained us since dawn of science fiction, but Star Trek and Star Wars helped bring SF to the forefront of pop culture. Tony Diterlizzi (The Adventure of Luke Skywalker: Jedi Knight), Jack Campbell (The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword), Karen Bao (Dove Arising), Tony Abbott (Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent’s Curse), Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14), Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam (Etherworld) discuss skiffy upbringings and these two influential classics.
Cheryl Klam
Claudia Gabel
Emmy Laybourne
Jack Campbell
Karen Bao
Maryelizabeth Hart
Tony Abbott
Tony DiTerlizzi
11:00AM – 11:45AM
MARVEL Unlimited+ Member Event*
This exclusive Panel is just for Marvel Unlimited Plus Members! Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and top Marvel Creators for a private Panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming Marvel comics, a Q&A session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the door for access to the event! *Merchandise available while supplies last.
Ryan Penagos
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Empire Stage 1-E
The Following Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Hit thriller The Following returns to New York Comic Con for its third year in a row. Join Executive Producer Marcos Siega along with Series Stars for an onstage Q&A and special video presentation. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following’s third season premieres midseason on FOX. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheFollowing and follow the show on Twitter at @TheFollowingFOX.
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Story Pirates Superhero Training
Every kid dreams of becoming a superhero. This workshop gives a kid all the tools to get started! Students will create their own original hero, decide on a superpower, go on adventures, design costumes and start to document it all in their very own comic books! Using storytelling, theater and visual arts, kids will explore how their heroes can defeat villains and save the world, while the Story Pirates help them develop a supernatural knack for imaginative, nonviolent problem solving. Bad guys, beware: these kids are heavily armed with creative ideas!
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Family HQ – 1C04
Harry Potter NYC Presents: The Art of Wand Dueling
Join The Group That Shall Not Be Named, HP-NYC as their top wand dueling Instructors demonstrate several of the offensive and defensive moves most frequently employed in duels. Many of these can be seen being used in the now famous Harry Potter Documentary films.
11:00AM – 12:45PM
Tiger & Bunny
Kotetsu Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr.’s partnership comes to a sudden end when Apollon Media’s new owner Mark Schneider fires Kotetsu and moves Barnaby back into the First League, pairing him up with Golden Ryan, a new hero with awesome powers and a huge ego to match. When the heroes are sent to investigate a string of strange incidents tied closely to the city’s Goddess Legend, they discover three superpowered NEXTs plotting to bring terror and destruction to Stern Bild!
11:15AM – 12:00PM
Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter
Join the Creators of this groundbreaking, standards-aligned educational comics anthology as they discuss its creation and answer YOUR questions on how it can be put to use in the classroom. Moderated by Reading With Pictures Founder Josh Elder and featuring Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, Jim McClain, Rose McClain and Chris Giarrusso.
Chris Giarrusso
Fred Van Lente
Janet Lee
Jim McClain
Josh Elder
Rose McClain
Ryan Dunlavey
Trevor Mueller
11:15AM – 12:00PM
Custom Toymaking 101
Chris Gann, owner of Gann Memorials Custom Plush Toys (whose creations include the 15 foot “Stark Bunny” seen in Iron Man 3, “My Little Pony” licensed plush, and Google’s “Android”) will discuss the basics of minimum to large scale (250 to 100,000pc) plush/plastic toy manufacturing. From art development and prototyping, to financing, production, delivery and distribution, Chris will cover it all. Prior to Panels conclusion, Chris will review your character artwork or handmade creations.
Chris Gann

11:15AM – 12:00PM
Thrilling Adventure Hour
Staged show in the style of old time radio, Eisner-nominated graphic novel from Archaia/BOOM! Studios, Nerdist podcast (a favorite of Rolling Stone), Nerdist web series, highly anticipated concert film… The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a new take on old-time radio in which Actors you know and love from television, comedy, animation and film dress nicely and enact all manner of genre-based comedy segments – and has become a cult phenomenon. Join Creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, the WorkJuice Players and their Special Guests for a NYCC chat.
Autumn Reeser
Ben Acker
Ben Blacker
Craig Cackowski
Hal Lublin
Janet Varney
John Hodgman
Jonathan Coulton
Marc Evan Jackson
Mark Gagliardi
Paget Brewster
Paul & Storm
Paul F. Tompkins
Scott Adsit
Terry Kinney


11:15AM – 12:00PM
Survivors of the First Comic Con
The first comic convention in world history was held on 7/27/64 in NYC, NY, NOT San Diego. It was attended by less than 50 Fans and Professionals, some of whom will be on this Panel. How hard was it to organize? Who was there? What activities took place? What was the state of comic collecting then? What were prices like? What do I hear about free original art? How many of us were or became juvenile delinquents or criminals as Dr. Wertham predicted? Come to this Panel to find out the answers.
Art Tripp
Bernie Bubnis
Ethan Roberts
Flo Steinberg
Howard Rogofsky
Len Wein
11:15AM – 12:00PM
Dothraki 101: Learn to Speak Like a Khal with Language Creator David Peterson
Brush up on your Dothraki by taking a lesson with David Peterson, language Creator for the HBO Original Series Game of Thrones and Author of Living Language Dothraki. Learn the how the language is structured, pronunciation basics and key expressions (though of course “thank you” won’t be covered). Aspiring conlanger? Peterson will also talk and answer questions about the process of creating a new language and how he designed Dothraki. Dothras chek! (Ride well!)
David Peterson

11:45AM – 12:45PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Kids Costume Parade
Calling all kids 12 and under! Come show off your costume in the Kids Costume Parade in the Family HQ hosted by Puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Abby Cadabby on Sesame Street) and her puppet friend Lolly Lardpop. To register, please arrive 30 minutes prior to the parade since space is limited and is not guaranteed.
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Family HQ – 1C04
The Museum of Interesting Things
Come see The Museum of Interesting Things and explore the evolution of invention and fun! See – and even touch – mechanical gear toting devices from a Thomas Edison cylinder record player, to 100-year-old 3D stereoscopes and cymbal carrying windup monkeys. Bring back tinkering while having fun and learning something…well…interesting, from our one-of-a-kind traveling museum!
12:00PM – 12:45PM
Image Comics: I Is for Inventive
All-ages comics are crucial to the longevity of the comics industry and can be an incredible tool in entertaining and education children. Bring your family and come listen to Panelists Nick Dragotta (HOWTOONS), Otis Frampton (ODDLY NORMAL), Chris Giarrusso (G-MAN), Sina Grace (PENNY DORA) and Fred Van Lente (HOWTOONS) speak on creating kids’ comics and the importance of libraries in spreading awareness. Bring the family!
Chris Giarrusso
Fred Van Lente
Nick Dragotta
Otis Frampton
Sina Grace
12:00PM – 12:45PM
“Trust Me, I’m the Doctor”
Calling all Time Lords and their Companions! Having just reached its 50-year milestone this past year, Doctor Who has proven itself to be an enduring staple of nerd culture. Simon R. Green (Secret Histories series), Myke Cole (The Gemini Cell), Paul Park (All Those Vanished Engines), Anton Strout (Incarnate), Alex Hughes (Vacant), and Steve Bein (The Fated Blades Series) celebrate the life and times of the Doctor, and discuss what Peter Capaldi’s Doctor contributes with Ali T. Kokmen. Allonsy!
Alex Hughes
Anton Strout
Myke Cole
Paul Park
Simon R. Green
Steve Bein
12:15PM – 1:00PM
Secret Identities – Transgender Themes in Comic Books
From The Avengers to Batgirl, gender change has become more and more common in comic books, but comics have addressed transgender themes since the Golden Age. Indie and mainstream comics have been written and illustrated by transgender talent too. Join a Panel of Writers and Artists who will discuss the impact of transgender characters, and how Transgender Comic Book Creators have influenced the industry over the years.
Charles Battersby
Gail Simone
Morgan Boecher
P. Kristen Enos
Rachel Pollack
12:15PM – 1:00PM
Dark Circle Comics: Building the Future of Super Hero Comics
Get in on the ground floor of one of the most talked-about launches in comics as Dark Circle Comics Editor Alex Segura, Archie President Mike Pellerito, Editor Paul Kaminski and key Talent like THE SHIELD Co-Writer Chuck Wendig, THE BLACK HOOD Writer Duane Swierczynski and THE FOX Writer/Artist Dean Haspiel and a few Surprise Guests lay the foundation for the cinematic and literary universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics, including THE BLACK HOOD, THE FOX and THE SHIELD!
Alex Segura
Chuck Wendig
Dean Haspiel
Duane Swierczynski
Mike Pellerito
Paul Kaminski
12:15PM – 1:00PM
MARVEL: Axel-In Charge
Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, is taking the stage! Don’t miss announcements galore as well as inside looks at some amazing upcoming titles, including an inside scoop on the upcoming Star Wars line! And of course, you the fans will get to ask Axel the hard-hitting questions! Other panelists will include James Robinson (Fantastic Four), Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader), and other Mighty Marvel guests!
Axel Alonso
James Robinson
Kieron Gillen
12:15PM – 1:00PM
The Walking Dead: The Inside Scoop on Telltale’s Video Game Franchise
For two seasons, Fans have delighted in the horrible choices surrounding a girl named Clementine. Join IGN’s Greg Miller as he sits down with the people who make this game to talk about where Clem’s been and where she’s going in a walker-infested world.
Greg Miller

12:15PM – 1:00PM
LOST Reunion
What really happened to the passengers of Oceanic Airline Flight 815? The mysteries surrounding the Emmy winning television series LOST still puzzle and captivate Fans years after its final bow. Join us as we reunite Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert) and Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond Hume) for a closer look at this enigmatic series. The truth will be revealed. Moderated by Aaron Sagers.
Aaron Sagers
Henry Ian Cusick
Nestor Carbonell
12:15PM – 1:15PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Fold Star Wars Origami Characters with Tom Angleberger!
Fold Star Wars™ Origami Characters with Tom Angleberger! Join the New York Times bestselling Author of the ORIGAMI YODA series as he leads an origami folding demonstration. He will begin the session by teaching you how to fold his “universal puppet.” Next, using provided supplies, you will turn your universal puppet into your favorite Star Wars character. Print out instructions will be provided to take with you after the class to continue the creativity.
Tom Angleberger

12:15PM – 1:45PM
Empire Stage 1-E
Cartoon Network Presents: CN ANYTHING
Imagine a super Panel where ANYONE from your favorite Cartoon Network series could show up and ANYTHING could happen! Imagine exclusive content and insider info from show Creators! Imagine impromptu performances and revelations from the talented Cast and Crews! Imagine a kitten tickling a pig! Well, imagine no more, friends! For the first time ever, Cartoon Network presents: CN ANYTHING, a Panel moderated by Comedian Adam Devine (voice of Pizza Steve, Uncle Grandpa) and featuring tons of Special Guests and never-before-seen content from your favorite animated comedies plus a sneak peek with the Cast and Creator of the upcoming mini-series Over the Garden Wall!
Adam Devine
Collin Dean
Jessica DiCicco
Kent Osborne
Melanie Lynskey
Patrick McHale
Paula Spence
Pete Browngardt
Rebecca Sugar
Sam Marin
Spencer Rothbell
Tom Kenny
Zach Callison
12:45PM – 1:15PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Super Sprowtz
Children will be led through an action-packed curriculum of health and wellness broken down into four easy-to-remember stages: Mind, Heart, Body and Tummy! Our catchy music will have kids yelling “I want more broccoli!”, and our built-in games will teach the superheroes in training which super powers come from which veggies! It’s all about learning to stay healthy and making smart choices. Getting active has never been more fun with our hit dances, including “Burn (calories)” and “What’s Your Super Power?” – it’s a workout for even the adults!
1:00PM – 1:45PM
Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Comics
Join Skybound’s Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Outcast) and other Skybound Writers and Artists including Paul Azaceta (Outcast), Josh Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted) and Andrei Bressan (Birthright) as they discuss not only their own works, but the ever-changing landscape of the modern comic book industry. Panel will be moderated by Skybound Editorial Director Sean Mackiewicz.
Andrei Bressan
Josh Williamson
Paul Azaceta
Robert Kirkman
Sean Mackiewicz
1:00PM – 1:45PM
How to Kickstart Your Comics Project Like a Pro
A lineup of all-star Creators who’ve used Kickstarter to launch their dream projects will explain in detail how to create your own successful Kickstarter campaign. Panelists will include Craig Engler and Jamie Tanner from Kickstarter as well as several high-profile Comic Creators who’ve run successful projects on Kickstarter.
Amy Chu
Craig Engler
Frank Barbiere
Jamie Tanner
Ryan Browne
1:00PM – 1:45PM
KAKEHASHI Project – New Japanese Animation Talent
Don’t miss this chance to meet five emerging Japanese Animators and be up-to-date on Japanese trends! Saki Muramoto (It’s time for supper), Ryo Okawara (A Wind Egg), Saori Shiroki (Woman Who Stole Fingers), Aya Suzuki (The Illusionist, The Wind Rises) and Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Billiards, Kill la Kill) will be joined by Special Guest Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time, Bee and PuppyCat). Moderated by Justin Leach of Blue Sky Studios. Presented by The Japan Foundation through the KAKEHASHI Project.
Aya Suzuki
Justin Leach
Natasha Allegri
Ryo Okawara
Saki Muramoto
Saori Shiroki
Yuzuru Tachikaw

1:00PM – 1:45PM
3D Printing for Costumes and Props
Come see a 3D printer in action! Learn about 3D printing technologies and how you can use it to take your costume and prop-making to the next level. We’ll model, prepare, and print live in the panel, do Q&A and show finished examples of 3D printed costumes and props.
Natasha Spokish
Sean McCoy
1:15PM – 2:00PM
Successfully Crowdfund Your Comic
Get in on the self-publishing revolution! From crowdfunding your own comic on Kickstarter to self-publishing with comiXology Submit, this is a Panel you can’t miss. Join John D. Roberts (Director of comiXology Submit), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics), Jimmy Palmiotti (multiple-Kickstarter success story) and Hope Nicholson (CGA Comics) for an in-depth discussion that will give you the knowledge to successfully create, fund & promote your own comic! Moderated by comiXology’s Ivan Salazar.
Hope Nicholson
Ivan Salazar
Jen Vaughn
Jimmy Palmiotti
John D. Roberts
1:15PM – 2:00PM
How a Game of Thrones Changed Fantasy…or Did It?
George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, released 18 years ago, has become a worldwide phenomenon with the help of HBO. Seth Fishman (The Well’s End), Robin Hobb (Fool’s Assassin), Gail Z. Martin (War of Shadows), Garth Nix (Clariel), David J. Peterson (Living Language Dothraki), Patrick Rothfuss (The Slow Regard of Silent Things) and Cinda Williams Chima (The Sorcerer Heir) discuss influences and how politics, power and dysfunctional families have always been the best fodder for fantasy.
Cinda Williams Chima
David J. Peterson
Gail Z. Martin
Garth Nix
Patrick Rothfuss
Robin Hobb
Seth Fishman

1:15PM – 2:00PM
Women of MARVEL Panel
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Editor Sana Amanat, Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) and Erica Henderson, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
Erica Henderson
Jeanine Schaefer
Judy Stephens
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Margaret Stohl
Sana Amanat
1:15PM – 2:00PM
Jack Antonoff: The Grammy Winning Musician Joins Vulture.com Writer Jada Yuan to Discuss His Latest Musical Endeavor Bleachers
Grammy winning Musician Jack Antonoff joins Vulture.com Writer Jada Yuan at New York Comic Con to discuss his latest musical endeavor Bleachers. Jack wrote and recorded while on tour with Grammy winning band Fun. He is a distinguished Songwriter having collaborated on Taylor Swift’s Golden Globe nominated “Sweeter Than Fiction” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave”. From ‘Some Nights’ to ‘Strange Desire’, join Jack and Jada for a closer look at this versatile Artist’s rise from indie rocker to global rock star.
Jack Antonoff
Jada Yuan
1:15PM – 2:00PM
DMC Presents: Boom! Bap! Pow! Hip-Hop & Comics! 2014 Edition
Join hip-hop icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darryl DMC McDaniels (Run-DMC), Senior Editor of Darryl Makes Comics Riggs Morales (VP /Atlantic Records) and fellow hip-hop stars as they discuss comic book culture and how it has influenced their music and their careers. Special Guests include Atlantic Records’ Artist Travie McCoy, Producer Just Blaze (Jay Z), Journalist Chuck Creekmur (AllHipHop.com), Filmmaker Bobbito Garcia (Doin’ It In The Park) and Producer/Artist Kwamé.
Bobbito Garcia
Chuck Creekmur
Just Blaze
Kwamé Holland
Rigo “Riggs” Morales
Travie McCoy
1:15PM – 2:15PM
Main Stage 1-D
Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. The origin story of the great DC Super-Villains and vigilantes, Gotham follows Jim Gordon’s rise through the Gotham City police department and spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series Stars and Producers. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GOTHAMonFox, and follow the show on Twitter at @Gotham.
1:30PM – 2:15PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Drawing Workshop with Katie Cook
Katie Cook is a Writer for the wildly successful My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series for IDW. She has also done work for Marvel, Star Wars, the Jim Henson Company and more!
Katie Cook

1:30PM – 2:30PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Brain Quest Challenge
Brain Quest will bring its fast-paced, curriculum-based question and answer game to life with a special NYCC edition of a Brain Quest Challenge event. During the challenge, kids ages 8-12 will have the chance to flaunt their smarts by answering questions individually or as part of a team. All Attendees will receive Brain Quest® themed giveaways and official challenge participation certificates. With Brain Quest, it’s Fun to Be Smart. Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself!
2:00PM – 2:45PM
Street Fighter
A Panel of Street Fighter experts share the latest news on the greatest fighting game franchise in the world! Find out about the latest updates for Ultra Street Fighter IV and how you can earn big money and everlasting fame by competing in the Capcom Pro Tour culminating in the Capcup Finals in December. Special Guest Joey Ansah – Writer, Director and Actor – of the smash hit Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist web series makes an exclusive appearance to share behind-the-scenes details of making the excellent film, share a sneak peek at Funimation’s upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD release as well as answer Q&A.
Joey Ansah

2:00PM – 2:45PM
Kodansha Comics
Join the Kodansha Comics team as they talk about the latest and greatest manga, including Sailor Moon and Attack on Titan! Be there for new announcements and a Q&A with the Editors of some of your favorite manga series. Ben Applegate will host while Dallas Middaugh and Kana Koide heckle him from on stage.
Ben Applegate
Dallas Middaugh
Kana Koide
2:00PM – 2:45PM
DC Digital: Download This!
DC Entertainment’s digital initiative has been a pioneer in digital comics! Come get an exclusive look at the exciting series that make up the future of digital comics with all-star Talent!
Bruno Redondo
Bryan Q. Miller
Cat Staggs
Hank Kanalz
John Cunningham
Kyle Higgins
Marc Andreyko
Marc Guggenheim
Shawn Kittelsen
2:00PM – 2:45PM
Comics and Graphic Novels for All Readers
Join Graphic Novelists JP Ahonen (Sing No Evil), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West) for a discussion of the graphic novel form, its place in the literary canon today and their exciting new books, moderated by Scott Rosenberg, AM NY.
Cory Doctorow
Emily Carroll
JP Ahonen
Kazu Kibuishi
Paul Pope
Scott Rosenberg
2:00PM – 3:00PM
Family HQ – 1C04
Meet Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey
Visit the Interactive Room on Sunday, October 12 to take your picture with Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot and collect the first book in the all-new, fully-illustrated Ricky Ricotta series by Dav Pilkey, Creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed Artist Dan Santat.
2:15PM – 3:00PM
A Tribute to Stan Goldberg
Stan’s style placed him in the elite category of graphic literacy. People were entertained by the combination of rich graphics in service to a visual story that managed to access deep emotion. Stan Goldberg put pencil to paper to create conversation. One of Stan’s last projects, Rise Above, addressed what one can do when bullied and the graphics provided a platform for conversation on the trauma of bullying.
Al Milgrom
Barbra Slate
Danny Fingeroth
Jim Salicrup
John Wilcox
Nancy Silberkleit
Steven Goldberg

2:15PM – 3:00PM
BOOM! Studios: New York as a Character
New York City is featured prominently in movies, TV and of course, comics! Join us as we discuss how the Big Apple has played an integral part in some of your favorite comics with Panelists Charles Soule (Strange Attractors), Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop), Dan Slott (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jimmy Palmiotti (Back to Brooklyn, Harley Quinn) and Peter Sanderson (The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City). Moderated by Newsarama Editor Lucas Siegel.
Charles Soule
Chris Miskiewicz
Dan Slott
Jimmy Palmiotti
Lucas Siegel
Peter Sanderson
2:15PM – 3:00PM
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
Join Avatar Mom (moderator), Monica McClain (Illustrator/Art Instructor), Alison Wilgus (Artist/Writer), Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders Creator), Sifu Manuel Rodriguez (Martial Arts Choreographer for Toph Beifong) and Jessie Flower (voice of Toph Beifong) for Avatar: The Last Airbender art, history, demonstrations and stories – plus a live comic reading from Dark Horse Comics’ The Rift. Attending Cosplayers may win books and signed original Legend of Korra animation drawings donated by Studio Mir!
Alison Wilgus
Avatar Mom
Jessie Flower
Kevin Coppa
Monica McClain
Sifu Manuel Rodriguez
2:15PM – 3:00PM
Ready-UP! How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Aton Edwards (Preparedness/self-reliance Guru, Author, TV Host, Tech Adviser to: Nat Geo, Discovery Channel and Contributor to MSNBC and the Today Show) will present the ultimate Zombie Apocalypse prepping presentation. This presentation will include: the Ready-UP! prepping team, top cutting edge gear, gadgets and materials, equipment giveaways, contests, TV show & movie exclusive previews, Panel discussions, Q&A sessions, Celebrity Guests and special surprises.
Aton Edwards

2:15PM – 3:00PM
Sesame Street & Pop Culture: 45 Years of Spoofs on the ‘Street’
Sesame Street has continuously turned the sensations of the entertainment world into lighthearted attractions that make children and their parents laugh, sing and learn. Join us for a screening of Sesame Street spoofs including “Numeric Con” (a parody of Comic Con). Then explore the ways pop culture has played a vital role throughout the show’s 45 year history during a Panel discussion with the Sesame Street Muppets and Performers.
Carol-Lynn Parente
Eric Jacobson
Joey Mazzarino
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

2:15PM – 3:00PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Sketching from Life with Mindy Indy
Cartoonist Mindy Indy will teach kids of all ages to see the world as their canvas. Kids will start by sketching a variety of objects in front of them, and then later sketch themselves! Sketching is looser than drawing and doesn’t need to be “perfect.” Students can move at their own pace and just have fun!
Mindy Indy

2:30PM – 3:00PM
Family HQ – 1C03
The Adventure of Captain Cocoa
Join the Central Park Zoo’s super hero Captain Cocoa as you help to save the rain forest in this comic action adventure show for all ages, especially families with children ages 4-10. The program includes audience interaction, a puppet monkey and lots of super hero laughs.
Wildlife Theater Troupe

3:00PM – 3:45PM
Twitch Town Hall
Are you a Twitch Fan? Join us for the latest “Twitch Town Hall” where Viewers and Broadcasters have the opportunity to be heard! Share your ideas for new features/tools and learn about new things that Twitch has in store! Hosted by Director of Community and Education, Marcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham, and featuring other Twitch Employees and Personalities!
Marcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham

3:00PM – 3:45PM
Crunchyroll Manga Panel
Crunchyroll Manga Panel is here! Come by, hang out and experience Crunchyroll Manga first hand! We’ll be making announcements as well as showing off which titles we are reading and love! Not only will we be explaining and showing what is so awesome about Crunchyroll Manga, but Danika and Robert will be answering YOUR questions and giving out tons of swag!
Danika Harrod
Robert Newman
3:00PM – 3:45PM
The Mary Sue Presents – All on the Table
The Mary Sue has gathered Panelists for a discussion on representation in games and how it’s personally affected us in our lives, both in work and recreation. Panelists will discuss their favorite characters of color, LGBTQ characters, disabled characters, and female characters in the games industry, dovetailing into a discussion of how to bring that diversity into the most egalitarian games of all: tabletop (and live action!) roleplay.
Sam Maggs
Susana Polo
3:00PM – 3:45PM
Joshua Jay Presents Big Magic for Little Hands
Calling all young magicians! Join Joshua Jay for some sleight of hand and magical fun!
Joshua Jay

3:00PM – 5:00PM
Family HQ – 1C04
501st Legion: Empire City Garrison’s Blast-a-Trooper
Presented by 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, Blast-a-Trooper is a charity fundraising event providing Fans the opportunity to ‘blast’ live Star Wars characters with Nerf blasters. Proceeds from donations will benefit Make-A-Wish. We encourage all attendees to participate. Remember every dollar helps put a smile on the face of a child. Come visit us – have a blast and most of all warm a heart.
3:15PM – 3:45PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Super Sprowtz
Children will be led through an action-packed curriculum of health and wellness broken down into four easy-to-remember stages: Mind, Heart, Body and Tummy! Our catchy music will have kids yelling “I want more broccoli!”, and our built-in games will teach the superheroes in training which super powers come from which veggies! It’s all about learning to stay healthy and making smart choices. Getting active has never been more fun with our hit dances, including “Burn (calories)” and “What’s Your Super Power?” – it’s a workout for even the adults!
3:15PM – 4:00PM
Build Your Own Adventure with Kids Comic Authors/Illustrators
In this interactive Panel perfect for kids and families, top-tier graphic novel and comic Authors and Illustrators will work with the audience to write and illustrate an original adventure story! It will be an exciting ride, great for aspiring Writers and Artists. Featuring George O’Connor (Olympians), Matt London (The 8th Continent), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth), Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde), Scott Campbell (Hug Machine) and Ben Hatke (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures).
Ben Hatke
Frank Cammuso
George O’Connor
Matt London
Scott Campbell
Zack Giallongo
3:15PM – 4:00PM
The Silver Age of Comic Book Art Returns
10 years ago, Comic Book Historian Arlen Schumer’s book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, won the Independent Publishers’ Award for Best Book about Popular Culture — but then went out of print shortly after. Now back in a revised, expanded hardcover and e-book edition, Schumer’s presentation explores the origins of the superhero traditions and their personification of American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during the turbulent decade of the 1960s.
Arlen Schumer

3:15PM – 4:00PM
DC Entertainment All Access: Essentials
Go behind the scenes of DC Entertainment for an in-depth look at some of the most exciting stories ever told across DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD! New and veteran Fans alike are welcome for a tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Entertainment’s rich history.
John Cunningham

3:15PM – 4:00PM
Listen to Jimmy
This Panel is adults only [over 16]. This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes of the comic book industry! Join Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray ,Frank Tieri, Amanda Conner and more as they share their personal stories and the latest and greatest of their careers, all about self publishing and how they broke into the business. Fans will have a chance to get in on the action with a no holds barred fun Q&A session!
Amanda Conner
Frank Tieri
Jimmy Palmiotti
Justin Gray

3:15PM – 4:00PM
Little Humans (of New York) with Brandon Stanton
Brandon Stanton’s iconic blog, HUMANS OF NEW YORK has grown from a simple street photography project to a massive phenomenon. More than 8 million followers in countries across the globe eagerly await new posts featuring photos of and insights from New Yorkers of all walks of life. Of all the photos on the site, those featuring children are among the most popular. In this event, Brandon will discuss his new book, LITTLE HUMANS, why children make the best subjects and what the children of New York have in common with children from around the world.
Brandon Stanton

3:15PM – 4:00PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Make Your Own Superhero Mask
Did you forget your mask at home or have you been inspired to become a new super hero based on the fantastic animal world presented by the Central Park Zoo? Join the Central Park Zoo Crew to design your own mask to take home and show off at NYCC!
Wildlife Theater Troupe

3:15PM – 4:15PM
Empire Stage 1-E
Forever Special Video Presentation and Q&A
What would you do if you had all the time in the world? This new otherworldly drama follows Dr. Henry Morgan, a star New York City medical examiner who hasn’t aged since the clock stopped 200 years ago. Join Cast and Producers for a special video presentation and Q&A discussion. From Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures, Forever airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ForeverOnABC and follow the show on Twitter at @ForeverABC.
4:00PM – 4:45PM
MARVEL: Spider-Verse
This is your panel for all things Spider-Man! Join us as we discuss the most epic Spidey event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER comes together to face a world-ending threat! Plus, get the low-down on Silk, the mysterious new character who has everybody talking! Panelists will include Senior Editor Nick Lowe, writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), and more special guests!
Dan Slott
Humberto Ramos
Nick Lowe
4:00PM – 4:45PM
Nisekoi Screening Episodes 1-2
The story follows the life of an average high school student, Raku Ichijo, who is the heir to a Yakuza family and Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of the rival gang leader. Up to this point, the story may allude to a famous Shakespearean play, but Raku and Chitoge are far from the star-crossed lovers. Without their prior consent, their families force Raku and Chitoge to become fake lovers in order to bring peace between the two rival families. Much hilarity ensues when Raku and Chitoge, who are both amateurs when it comes to relationships with the opposite sex, are made to uphold this fake relationship through any means in front of their school peers.
4:00PM – 4:45PM
Granddaughters of the Comic Book Revolution: The Golden Age Lives!
What kind of Creators and visionaries first pioneered comic books? Who were they and what went on behind the scenes? Find out from family members who have become Artists, Advocates and comic book Experts themselves. Moderator Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology) asks Athena (Bill) Finger, Christie (William Moulton) Marston, Chelle (Sheldon) Mayer, Jacque (Mart) Nodell, Nicky (Major Malcolm) Wheeler-Nicholson and more to reveal secrets, memories, insights and discoveries.
Athena Finger
Chelle Mayer
Christie Marston
Jacque Nodell
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Travis Langley
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Tombsday Is Coming: Tombquest, from Books to Online Games and Beyond
From the Creators of THE 39 CLUES™ and SPIRIT ANIMALS™ comes TOMBQUEST™ by Michael Northrop, a new action adventure series that brings the magic and mystery of Ancient Egypt to life! Stop by the Family Stage to get a free copy of the book and watch an early sneak peek of the online game, where you build tombs, create traps and challenge friends to play. Snag a free headdress and walk like an Egyptian all day!
4:15PM – 5:00PM
Toon Tunes: Celebrating Animation Songs and Scores
Come celebrate the joyful dance of music and the animated image with Songwriter/Composer Jody Gray (Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Chuck Jones Show), Animation/Music Historian Will Friedwald (Merrie Melodies: An Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons), Writer/Editor Danny Fingeroth (The Stan Lee Universe) and Surprise Guests, clips and live performances. Moderated by David Steven Cohen (Courage the Cowardly Dog Head Writer, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Balto). We’ll have a yabba dabba doo time!
4:15PM – 5:00PM
Black Mask Studios: Class of 2015
From the instant-classic Occupy Comics to Ghostface Killah’s gangster odyssey 12 Reasons To Die to Darick Robertson’s madcap sci-fi Ballistic and the animal-avenging Liberator, Black Mask Studios spent its first year pushing comics’ boundaries. Now, Black Mask Co-Founder Matt Pizzolo will host the publisher’s next round of Creators for a spirited discussion of how they intend to push comics beyond the outer limits in 2015.
Matt Pizzolo

4:15PM – 5:00PM
Moviepilot Presents Women in Geek Media – Super Girls on a Mission!
New media – old problems. The explosion of digital media as a creative platform is a game-changer for content creation and sharing. But the challenge in building diversity across this platform is no different from any other media revolution. Indeed, women have become a strong voice on the web, but there’s work still to be done. Some of the most successful and visible women in geek media weigh in on the challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve overcome the obstacles to build brands that resonate.
Alisha Grauso
Brittany Sandler
Catrina Dennis
Holland Farkas
Jessie Pridemore
Yanise Cabrera
4:15PM – 5:00PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Build-Your-Hero with the Art Force Five
New York Comic Con attendees are invited to use the ultimate power of creativity to make their own unique superhero action figure using clothespins and other cool art supplies. Kid-friendly.
4:30PM – 5:30PM
Empire Stage 1-E
Person of Interest Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The smash hit returns to NY for the fourth year! Join series stars and one of the minds behind the Machine for a special video presentation and Q&A. Join the fun as the science “fiction” stays one step ahead of real-world events. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Person of Interest airs Tuesdays, 10/9c on CBS. Become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PersonofInterestCBS and follow the show on Twitter at @PersonInterest.
5:00PM – 5:45PM
Protecting Your Ideas – What Should You Do?
You have a great idea for a new comic or business venture but: what should you do? Navigating the laws regarding business and creativity can sometimes feel like you need superpowers, but this seminar will help you understand the basics of forming a corporation, tax law, copyrights and trademarks, Fair Use and work-for-hire agreements. Most importantly you will walk away knowing how to deal with villains who improperly use your creations and how to avoid improperly using another hero’s works.
Meredith Mazzola
Michael Lee
5:15PM – 6:00PM
NYCC Staff Q&A
We hope that you had an awesome time at NYCC this year! The NYCC Team will sit down with Fans to hear your thoughts on the Show and let you help build NYCC 2015.
5:15PM – 6:00PM
Cary Elwes, Author of As You Wish, Discusses the Making of The Princess Bride
Join famed Actor Cary Elwes (“Westley”) for an entertaining discussion about the making of the beloved film, The Princess Bride. See clips from the movie and hear Cary Elwes reveal never-before-told stories about the making of this classic that continues to delight generations. Cary Elwes starred as the hero “Westley” in The Princess Bride. His book AS YOU WISH: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride will be published by Touchstone in October.
Cary Elwes



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6. Poem – इतवारी धूप

इतवारी धूप ( कविता)

रोजमर्रा की भाग दौड में
अक्सर धूप नजर नही आती


मेरे घर का है एक कोना
जंहा से इतवारी धूप छ्न छ्न कर है आती
उस कोने मे

अपने कणो से अठखेलियां है करती
रिझाती, उलझाती, सहलाती
अपनी तपिश से
नई स्फूर्ति जगाती

खिला खिला रहता है
सर्द इतवारी धूप से वो कोना
रोजमर्रा की भागदौड में
अक्सर वो नजर नही आता ….!!!


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7. Sunny Sunday - Find out if you are really a Mom?

You Know Your a Mom When...

  • You can no longer wear black, for fear of massive spit up marks
  • You sing “Dora Dora Dora the Explorer” in the shower.
  • You believe that macaroni and cheese should become it’s own food group.
  • Play dates have taken over your life!
  • You sing to the Elmo CD that is playing on your radio long after you’ve dropped your children off at daycare.
  • You can’t wait to hug your own kids after you see something troubling on the news.
  • You lick your finger to wipe the face of a child AND suddenly stop when you realize that child ISN’T YOURS!
  • You can reach into your purse and pull out a crayon, a matchbox car and a dirty sock.
  • You have no issues sniffing another person’s butt for a poopie diaper.
  • A night on the town means taking the kids out past 6 pm.
  • A packet of crisps (chips), and a chocolate bar is considered a hearty breakfast.
  • At a party, you ask where “the potty” is.
  • "Whine” is no longer simply red or white.
  • When people ask you what you do, you tell them you are a “pediatric logistics specialist”!
  • Sleeping in means… sleeping IN the middle of three little bodies!!!
  • You count the sprinkles on each kid's cupcake to make sure they're equal.
  • You find yourself cutting your husbands' sandwiches into cute shapes.
  • You can't bear to give away baby clothes - it's so final.
  • You hear your mother's voice coming out of your mouth when you say, "NOT in your good clothes!"
  • You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.
  • You say at least once a day, "I'm not cut out for this job", but you know you wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
  • and lastly, you know you are a mom because you hear the word 1,000 times a day and you still love it!

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8. Sketches: Sunday Restday

Sometimes when the weather isn’t conducive for sailing (or even if it is), it’s nice to just sit inside our boat and relax. Such was the case today. The skies looked threatening and we decided to just hang out. It was a busy weekend, given it was my husband’s birthday today. We threw him a [...]

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9. Sharing the Love and special shout outs

Special shout out to Robyn Campbell and Katie Salides in thanks for the recognition on my blog :) I love awards!!! They are right up there with new blog followers, FB friends, Twitters following my tweets, blog comments, and oh yeah - gifts....presents. (wait, does that sound bad???)

Mostly, I love awards because I can pass them on and share other great blogs I follow :)

Award #1: Kreativ Blogger Award (with a capital K. BTW, leave it to me to get the award that is spelled wrong. :) Hey - if you saw my new line edits, you would understand why!)

(from Katie Salides at Step 1Write, Edit and Revise)

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

7 (really boring) things about me.....that you probably don't care to know and could definitely live without.

1. I used to sing in a jazz band. I actually always thought I'd be a professional singer. If only I was not too old to try out for American Idol. I guess there's always America's Got Talent :) (I didn't know in my heart yet that writing professionally was even an option for me. Until I was out of college, I thought all writers were dead. Don't ask me why.)

2. I love to do Bikram Yoga. The hotter the better. For those of you who do not know, it is yoga done in 108-112 degree room. It is amazing!!! At the end of my class, they always hand out frozen lavender-smelling washcloths. Before I had kids, I did this yoga at least 5 times a week and had a rock hard body. Not so much anymore. (sorry to hubby!) I hope to return soon. :)

3. My husband is from UK. And, yes he has a sexy accent. He's actually from a small town in Wales. After we first got married, his company messed up his Visa and he was sent back to UK for 8 weeks until the British Consulate redid his passport. I spent a whole day (and night along with a few bottles of wine) thinking he was dead in a ditch somewhere b/c the airline would not inform me he was detained. I even got pulled aside in Atlanta Hartsfield Airport by security for "creating a scene" which really meant I was crying too loudly. What can I say it was after Sept 11th, so I guess my wailing spooked some people.

4. I really think I'm going to be on Oprah someday. Yes all my friends laugh at me. But I have had recurring dreams about me sitting on a couch talking to her - about what I don't know - so who knows. Weird huh? After my ex-fiance called off our wedding (2 weeks before the date). I sent in an essay to Oprah on the topic "How I pulled through a bad time." Mine was actually published in O magazine under an article title called "When I was dumped." Nice huh? But hey, I was proud - after all - it was in O magazine! Nothing like the whole world knowing. right? Wait - can I put that in my bio - that I was published in O magazine???

5.I was chosen to be in the show and pet Shamoo at Sea World. Yes, I have it on tape. I even said something brilliant. When asked "what does he feel like?" by the trainer, I yelled into the microphone (obviously not knowing how loud it was) "a tire". I think Shamoo was offended b/c he splashed me. Which doesn't sound bad, except I walked around the rest of the afternoon smelling like a fish. I have it all on tape but at parties I usually only show my parachuting one. makes me look cooler.

6. I traveled through Europe for a month by myself when I was 25. It was awesome. I was attacked on a train by a group of boys trying to mug me. Special shout out to the Italian train conductor for saving my life that night. I got stranded in Geneva without a hotel. And I was stuck in Piccadilly Circus for about 4 hours (11 pm - 3am) b/c I could not get a cab.

7. I have a special power. That's right. I am a superhero. Jealous? Whenever I touch something electronic, it breaks. I must have some kind of overactive magnetic field. Things never break down when my hubby is using them, only me. To give you an example - this was my week - my dishwasher broke (yes I had to wash dishes like in the old west except it was in a sink not a river). my car broke down (a day after we paid for it, while I was driving it. My hubby drovei t the whole weekend and it worked fine. I get in and NOTHING.), my TV broke while my hubby was out of town (yes you busted me, this is why I am caught up on blogs). And my cable broke and then came back on the day they were coming to fix it (we have no idea why).

Man I just realized how boring I am. And those 7 were hard for me to come up with.

Now, wouldn't it be funny if I now told you they were all lies! They're not but it'd be a great joke if "I'm a great liar" was #7. tee hee.

7 Kreativ Blogs

1) Jodi meadows (slush pile reader) - at Words and Wardances, she does a series called Slush stats where she shows her notes on query letters. It is very eye-opening. she is also on Twitter.

2) Frenetic Reader - Khy is a great teen reviewer for children's books, primarily MG/YA. I love reading teen blogs about their view on the books they read.

3. Plot This - My friends and aspiring writers, Katie and SF Hardy, run a great blog together.

4. Lisa and Laura Write - These girls are sisters, they write together (i still don't understand how that works exactly) and they are HIlarious!

5. Lisa's Little Corner.... - Lisa Schroeder is one of my fav authors so I was estatic to meet her in LA (and a little nervous). Her book "I heart you" led me to my tween angel story. BTW, she is as cool and funny as she is brilliant.

6. Dream the Dream - Brit seems to always reach in and find something I am worrying about.So maybe she can reads minds too. Who knows? you'll have to read her to find out.

7. Heather Hansen - Met her in person in LA and she is as funny in person as she is on her blog.

Award #2: Literary Blogging Award
(from Robyn Campbell at Putting Pen to Paper.)

BTW me? a literary award? This may be the only time I ever get that! :)

Here are the rules:
1) Accept the award and post a link back to the awarding person.
2) Pass the award on (the rules differ here; sometimes you pass on to one person, five, or even more).
3) Notify award winner.

I'm only going to do one since I think I just broke something coming up with the last 7.

My choice is.....

Sarah Davies (FYI - I learned her last name is pronounced Davis!!) from Greenhouse Literary. Not only is she a FABULOUS person and ROCKING agent. But she also writes beautifully and her posts always seem to touch me in some unexpected way.

Whew I'm exhausted! Hope you got some new blogs from this!

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10. Release and Surrender

So this is a weird time for me. Being done with a project that I know editors will see is very scary.

Last week, I had a minor panic attack about the whole publishing business.

As I head towards putting my baby out into the world, the reality hits me.

This is it! This is where the rubber meets the road (I sound like my dad!). This is where everything I've done the last few years, the sacrifices I have made, that my family has made comes down to this moment in time.

The prospect of this suddenly freaked me out!

For the past 5 years, I have dreamed of going out on submission with my book. Dreamed of editors fighting over my book. Dreamed of going to auction b.c everyone thinks I'm brilliant. Dreamed of making a huge sum of money. Dreamed of becoming a published author.

It was all hope to get me where I am today.

Now, that time is here, There is no going back. No do-over's. No more room for dreaming.

My dream either "will or will not" become my true reality. How that happens remains to be seen.

It dawned on me that this may NOT be my moment. This may not be where my dream comes true. It might and I imagine every day that it will, but the reality is it might not.

Sometimes it doesn't and sometimes it does. You just never know.

This business is finicky and no matter how great your writing is or your idea, sometimes your dream flies and sometimes it dies. That is just the reality.

My problem is that reality is not an option for me. Never has been. I dream big. And I dont' give up those dreams for a dumb thing called "reality".

I've resorted to doing Bikram Yoga the last several days to get the weight off my chest. The heavy one that makes me feel as if I cannot breathe.

And I realize I got this same way when I was looking for an agent. I got to a point where I could not sleep, could not stop checking my statcounter or email, could not write. And I could not breath.

I got so attached to the outcome. I eventually said out loud one day, "It doesn't matter what happens. I will write no matter what anyway. I have to let go of my attachment to the result and enjoy the journey."

Because you know what? The journey is fun if you let go of the end result.

Well let me tell you that feeling does not go away after you get an agent. That feeling is a shapeshifter. That feeling comes back in a different form. It comes back in disguise. And it took me a while to realize it.

My friend asked me the other day - "so if this all makes you so anxious, why do it?"

I said, "It doesn't make me anxious until I think about the money side of it."

She simply said, "Then don't think about that."

And it dawned on me. She's right. Why am I hanging on so tightly to that. Enough to where it is making me miserable. I have to let it go. I have to have faith in the process and try to enjoy the process. Because let me tell you - the process itself has been fun. Hard. But fun. As long as I release my focus on the end result I am happy.

Yesterday, after I talked to my friend, I decided to pull a Tarot card from my Angel deck someone gave me when I got an agent (for my angel book).

(yes I am admitting to being a total freak. I dont live by these things, but I believe in all that stuff - dreams, tarot cards, numerology, astrology readings, signs from the universe ect. You name it, I believe it. Anything that can possibly give me any additional insight to my future or path, I believe in. please don't unfollow me for this!!! :)

Anyway, I closed my eyes and swept my hand over the deck of cards.

And guess what card I pull (out of like 100 cards).

Release and Surrender.

Here is what it said:

"We shower you with blessings. Open your arms and release the challenges that you've held so tightly within your hands. Open your hands, arms, mind and heart to love and assistance. You have pulled this card b/ you have been trying to control a situation in your life. You must emotionally let go and have faith that a higher power can do a better job. Surrendering does not mean you are giving up, it just assures you of happiness and a better outcome. Don't worry about how your prayer will be answered. Release the need for control and trust all will work out."

I cried when I read it.

It's so true. We hold on so tightly to outcomes that we freak ourselves out along the way.

I let go during the agent process and focused on enjoying the writing and submission process. Not soon after, I got an amazing agent.

This summer during my heavy revision process, I did the same thing. I let go of when I was going out on sub or possibly missing an opportunity and focused back on my writing process. Enjoyed learning from my agent and made sure I was grateful for the journey.

Now, I am going to do it again.

I am letting go of expectations, fame, fortune, and my tight attachment to outcomes and results. I am going back to enjoying the process.

Because the truth is - when I just focus on the writing and how I feel when I am doing it. My heart is full and I am elated. The minute I take myself out of the journey to try and see, predict or guess what the future holds or where I will be, I feel as if a weight drops from the sky and lands on my chest.

So today, I release and surrender.

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11. Follow the LiLA brick road

Leave it to LILA to come up witha hot new contest (AKA wonderful "bribe" to get all of us to pay more attention to their hilarious rants! tee hee ;).

They are giving away a KINDLE next week to one of their followers! (and don't worry, it's not too late to become one. Go! Join the fun!)

While you are there - be sure to congratulate them on their book deal! :) No wonder they don't "need" the Kindle. Now, they can afford several! They can purchase so many they have to "give" them away for free.

I want a book deal too! :)

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12. Church Sketches: Emmaus on a Cold Sunday

But is there anything else in early February in Montreal? It’s a big church to warm up. There are large vents on each side of the sanctuary that put out heat. People will congregate there to warm themselves before sitting down. I spent a good part of the service in front of one myself. But when [...]

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13. Reading the Manual

Like many people on Sunday, I spent a quiet day yesterday. Part was spent in study, part in worship, and part in socializing. During each of those activities came reflection.

I doubt if writers ever truly stop writing since so much of the outside world gets rolled into potential material use. Yesterday was no exception to that unwritten rule.

For those who haven’t spent time with an official manual for Microsoft Office 2010, take the time to do it. I began my in-depth study of it yesterday and came away astounded at the possibilities for my future work. Does that mean that I haven’t been using Office 2010?

Nope. I’ve used it for nearly a year now—as a simple point and shoot word processor that allowed me to put words on-screen, add and delete, and create unsophisticated raw formatting that could maybe impress the local insect zoo. I had no clue that the whole package could do so much.

Why? You ask. Simple. The software comes without a manual.

Anyone who’s bought software or downloaded any in the past few years knows that the only option for major understanding of it is to go online and read the tutorials, etc. for that particular program or pay to take a class. Only then do you get the overall picture of uses, functions, and potential support needs.

I happened, by chance, to find my small manual in Borders not long after I had purchased Office 2010. I wasn’t happy about having to buy any support books for it. I felt that given the price of the software, it should come with an actual manual.

Extra time is something I didn’t have a lot of at the time and the manual got put aside until later. So when we began this journey of ours, I threw it into my work satchel so that when I found some down time, I could learn the software.

Nice thought, wasn’t it? Actually, yes it was, because when I decided to do more than glance at the manual, I found a world of possibilities I will be exploring for a long while to come.

It was like Christmas.

In fact, all of yesterday had a sprinkling of holiday cheer to it for no specific reason. I went to bed with that satisfied feeling, coupled with anticipation, of having come to a junction in my life. Oh, not because of the software study, although that did give me pause.

The reflection that I’d done had broken loose some unrecognized needs that required fulfillment. That’s when the light bulb when on. That’s also when I knew that my life was taking another turn.

I suppose that sounds a bit out there, but what I rediscovered were neglected layers of me and my own potential. I started asking myself what the manual to my life contained that I’d never paid real attention to. That personal question needed more reflection. As a result, it became a late night.

The odd upshot to this is that my daily life won’t look much different from what it is now—at least for a while. Later that will change, but then all things do given time.

In many ways this trip of ours has rewritten my life in profound elemental ways that others can’t see. The mundane chores and tasks of my life remain as always. What has changed is the underlying processor that’s become supercharged to travel on unexpected highways of life.

I don’t know how all the facets came together yesterday to elicit my personal epiphany. In the end it doesn’t matter. Irony does manage to enter the picture. I began my day trying to understand Word. I finished reading The Word. In between those two activities my life shifted. That’s quite a bit to expect of a Sunday, don’t you think?

Until later, folks, a bientot,


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14. Where Did Our Heritage Go?

We’ve come into the season of holidays; Thanksgiving gives way to Christmas and moves inexorably to New Years. For centuries this season has stood for blessings, fellowship, and unity; if not in actuality, at least on the surface.

This time around something has gone off the tracks. Everyone is edgier, ruder, more desperate. One could attribute this holiday syndrome as an ever-increasing out-pouring of the stress felt by countless millions of people who don’t know what the next year will bring economically, politically, or within the family.

The question is: Why has our population become seemingly unequipped to keep themselves under control?

Our forefathers for centuries lived with the knowledge that nothing in this world is certain. Life and their own common sense taught them to plan for those lean times, rely only on necessities, especially when luxuries cost so much more than most could pay. They lived with few clothes for each member of the family.

A father with more than two pairs of pants, one work shirt and one for Sunday, and who could give the same for each of his family, was a wealthy man by the standards of the time.

A mother who didn’t lose at least two children to stillbirth, illness or injury before they were five years old was truly blessed. Children who still had both birth parents to attend their weddings, complete with cake and a bride’s veil, could remember that for the rest of their lives.

If one owned a small cabin or house, with enough land to provide a kitchen garden that would produce enough food to put away for winter stores, wealth was clear. Size of the home didn’t matter. Everyone would have a place to sleep, warm and secure when cold and snow took over the outer territory. The living room/family room/kitchen, etc. occupied one space, all of which might have measured 15×20 feet. A loft was always necessary for sleeping nooks for the children.

When the world industrialized and cities became the working world for many, credit became common for those who always paid their bills on time. The 1929 Depression and subsequent lean years didn’t teach everyone the price of greed. People afterwards merely moved to different avenues for making money.

By the early 21st Century we’ve become barbarians in subtle ways. Take the incidents these past couple of days across the country. People, so absorbed in their passion to buy the latest and greatest for the cheapest price available, have been willing to kill or maim others to get to a desired item first.

Headlines in the news: Woman pepper sprays others, injuring 20 people, to get to a xbox on sale. Shoppers, anxious to get into a store for first pickings, dismantle a door and trample to death a young woman standing ready to open the door at the appointed time. A man is shot in a store’s parking lot during a sale.

Question: Have we become barbarous murderers in the name of possessions? Or, has greed so possessed our people through constant consumerism propaganda that we’re desensitized to our own actions?

Incidents like the above are on the increase, and not just at this season. When will be grow out of this selfish adolescence and back into the adulthoo

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15. Surprising Snipits!

Surprising Snipits!

Did Starbucks really lose a taste test - so we all are just under a brand spell?

Did Democrats and Republicans really work together to trim down the stimulus plan or am I getting excited too early in the game? PS Why was all this crap in the STIMULUS package anyway?

Snakes are not bad enough. Now I have to worry about a reptile that is one ton?

Does anyone really care that Michael Phelps toked on a dubie? Give the guys a break!

Did a former Klan leader really apologize to blacks for his attacks and views? There is hope for the world.

The guy who painted the Obama Hope poster is arrested? Do we not have anything better to focus on than a getting a guy who painted Hope? This poster has been out for months now? Don't we have bigger fish to fry (cliche alert!)

Christian Bale's Fbombs - 36 in 4 minutes. Does he get to be logged in Guinness World Book of Records? He must be so proud. Maybe I will try and beat him.

This is just sad. Some people get lost in our justice system.

Jennifer Anniston got a gray hair? There is a god! :) Maybe her boobs will sag now too.

I'm sure everyone knows not to eat too much pizza right? Did Papa J really need a news conference to tell us this?

Time's take on 25 things Meme cracks me up! But do we really need to analyze it?

If I did a detox for 30 days on my email - I think my computer and sanity would explode. How about you?

Yeah - now we can all be trekies. A watch phone? cool

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16. Sunny Sunday - Pat yourself on the back and be happy!

Weird Update:

Ok so some of you may call me a freak. But yesterday I blogged about seeing a spider weaving a web. Today, I found a black widow spider and this is the symbolism for a black widow spider

"If spider has come into your life, ask yourself something important questions. Are you not weaving your dreams and imaginings into reality? Are you not using your creative opportunities? Are you feeling closed in or stuck as if in a web? Do you need to write? Are you inspired to write or draw and not following through? Remember that spider is the keeper of knowledge of the primordial alphabet. Spider can teach how to use the written language with power and creativity so that your words weave a web around those who read them."

Don't you think this is weird? Things like this always happen to me!

Sunny Sunday

My blogger buddies, Suzanne Young and Robin Mellom are determined to spread good cheer through the writing hemisphere. (and I know we could all use that right now!;)

They will be doing Project Perk on Mondays and are asking other to follow along. I told them since I do Marketing Mondays, I would preempt their special day with Sunny Sunday.

This week - Pat your self on the back!

We, as writers need to pat ourselves on the back from time to time for choosing our passion and following our hearts. In addition, we keep trying and trying in the face of adversary and overwhelming odds because we know writing fills our souls and spirits.

Here's to all the things You - as a writer - are doing right. Be sure to recognize them!

  • Reading blogs
  • Writing your hearts out
  • Connecting with other writers
  • Encouraging others
  • Fearlessly subbing (sending out submissions) and keeping your projects out there in the publishing world.
  • Looking past rejections and rejections and rejections!
  • Working hard day after day even though you may not have a book to show for it yet. BTW - print out your manuscript - you do have a book to show for it - it is just in the "infant" stage. :)
  • Your hard hours of researching - whether it be agents, books, publishers, ideas, or connections.
  • For seeking and accepting criticism. Its hard and the fact we seek it shows how strong we all are.
  • For giving up financial comforts.
  • Most of all - being true to your spirit and following your dreams.

There were a few posts that made me feel abso-bloomin' fabulous this week.

1) The gracious agent, Rachel Gardner when she complimented all her blogger readers for keeping in the know.
2) A Fab agent, Nathan Bransford, for reminding me how to stay happy as a writer. I forget sometimes.
3) A jamming agent, Jennifer Jackson, for encouraging us to be positive in our query letters.

4) Courageous agent Caren Johnson for reminding us that we have what we need!

So pat yourself on the back before you go out and have a Sunny Sunday.

A happy day!

A day where we can be happy about how hard we have worked, how far we have come, how great this journey is, and where we can celebrate our happy days ahead.

Reminder: Laini Taylor, author of Blackbringer and Silksinger as well as blogger extraordinaire will be our Marvelous Marketer tomorrow.

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17. Sunny Sunday - Planting Seeds for Spring.

Comment Your Butt Off Contest Update

Oops I forgot to do this Friday. :)

As of today - days into the contest, you guys are doing fabulous! Just from March 1 - March 22:

  • 2,334 Unique visitors
  • 76 people!
Only 9 days left!
Thanks so much to those of you who have commented on Amazon Idol and sent me offline emails. I really appreciate the support! Publisher's Weekly will read each of the 500 Quarterfinalists and write a review (this scares me) by April 15th. Then Penguin chooses 100 people chosen for Semi-finals.
If you would like to read my first 17 pages, click the Amazon link in upper right hand corner. You will need an Amazon account to download the chapters and comment. (of course!)

A Perk Project: Planting Seeds for Spring.
My contribution to Monday's Perk Project! (check out Suzanne Young's blog and Robin Mellom's blog for more perky posts tomorrow!)

Everyday we plant seeds in our garden of life.

Planting seeds is a verb, it is an action that requires proactivity, but it is also an easy way to expend a small effort in the hopes of a huge impact.

We plant seeds every day - what we do, people we meet, decisions we make - and often don't realize that's what we're doing.

Life is a lot like a great garden. If you don't plant seeds you are not going to get anything but dirt.And if you stop planting seeds, eventually your seasonal flowers will die and be replaced by nothingness.

Planting seeds can be as simple as choosing to do things different, or as complex as going out and meeting people, starting a company, or networking a group of people. You can plant good seeds and bad seeds. If you're rude to someone, you plant a bad seed that may later sprout something negative. If you plant a good seed, you can make a positive impact that may in return rain positivity on you.

Then, there are seeds that just blow your way and landing your garden. maybe brought by a bee or a butterfly. Then one day, something blooms and you are surprised at what you get. You don't know quiet how it got there but you don't care. It's with you and it came to you by some force of nature.

That's my nudge to you.

As I make Agent's 001 revisions on my book, I realize I planted seeds years ago that are just starting to bloom. I also realize I plant seeds everyday with the hopes that they grow. But I also try to send out some seeds to all of you with the hopes they grow for you in a special way.

That is why I started this blog and contest - to plant a positive seed that would impact people in a positive way.

So today, plant a seed in your life. Carry those seed sin your pocket and randomly drop them for you never know how they will grow or where. For some grow in the strangest of places, where you least expect.

Drop a seed in your writing.

Drop a seed in your story.

Throw a seed into the wind and wonder where it lands.

Someday it will grow, someday it will bloom, and someday it will become something.

For you or someone else.

Visit tomorrow - our Marvelous Marketers is Alice Pope, author of Children's Writer's & Illustrators Market!

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18. Sunny Sunday - A dash of hope

Another kickoff into Monday's Perk Project! (check out Suzanne Young's blog and Robin Mellom's blog for more perky posts tomorrow!)

Today my thoughts are on healing, hope and thanks.

Even now, at 5:00 am, I am thinking of healing.

As most of you know, I have had vertigo for the last several months. Though I am getting better, I am still not me. But feeling my body heal from whatever caused it is such a relief.

I never thought about my body until these last few months. Except for the time I was Prego. Oh yeah - and then of course - as I have symptoms of the Post-Prego body blues. But I never thought about everything my body did and how much I took it for granted.

We can't trade in our bodies like an old pair of jeans, or a leased car, or a new computer. For us, there is no replacement. We also don't realize that doctors cannot fix everything. They do their best to treat symptoms, but sometimes they never really get to the problem. They can only do so much. I never knew that.

What's worse - is that sometimes they don't have the solution. Or don't know the right one for you.

Sometimes we have to find it ourselves from the inside out. We have to pray. We have to hope for something more. Hope for healing.

Now this post is not even really about me - though I can relate with the feelings of hope and healing.

This post is for my hubby.

20 years old, my husband had a back injury in a rugby game that never really healed. When I first met him 9 years ago, he had back problems but was still able to climb, swim, and fly-fish. He was also in little amounts of pain at times. Chronic pain. Pain that never fully went away.

During the time my daughter was a baby, my hubby's back worsened. I don't know if it was age or if picking up my daughter aggravated the injury. Or if his back just gave up.

Whatever it was , he was hurting. So of course, we all were hurting for him.

About 2 years ago, his back got so bad, he could not feel his left leg anymore. He gave up climbing, he gave up flyfishing. He could not even play with our daughter. The minute he got home, he laid down. At 36, he was unable to do anything he loved. His back "went out" several times, leaving us sad, frustrated and scared. He was in and out of Emory's Spinal Clinic and after many consultations and MRIs, he was told his only option was a spinal fusion which is only about 60-70% effective. Yes, it shocked me too. Some people actually go through the surgery and still are not better. Still are not healed.

My hubby didn't think the spinal fusion was the right answer for him. Even though it MIGHT work, he wanted something more and he deserved it. So he made a choice to continue suffering. For another 6 months he suffered. He tried not to complain, but I could see it in his face at times. he tried to help around the house, but it was hard for him. he tried to participate in activities, but it always hurt. He became a master at living with pain. He started researching online and applied to FDA studies but with no assurance of lessened pain. Then, one day, he found a surgery in Germany with a 95% effective rate. He sent his films over and he was approved as a "double-disk replacement" candidate. (Yes he speaks German :)

Great right?

Wrong. The surgery cost $50,000 and of course, our insurance would not cover it. Even though it was cheaper than a spinal fusion. ( my issues with the monetary goals of our health care system are a whole other blog)

Well obviously, we didn't have that spare change lying around so he opted to wait, hoping the FDA would approve something more, something better. So he waited some more.

And of course, his pain got even worse.

Until one day, I walked in and found him broken down, crying. Something I'd never seen before, He was in so much pain and at the end of his rope.

It broke my heart.

To make a long story short, we cashed in our investments and booked him into the program immediately. It was scheduled within just a few weeks. Our thought?What good is money down the road if you are incapacitated? All you need is love and health. Unfortunately at the time, my son was barely 6 months old and was also having a hard health time in addition to some childcare logistical issues.

Because the process was 6 weeks.

So at the last minute, we made a decision for me to stay here with the kids and have his mother fly from Wales to b with him.

For 6 long weeks.

And we all suffered.

I had to be here alone, taking care of 2 kids, one who was very sick. Most importantly, I could not be with and support my hubby during his scary, yet exciting/hopeful time.

My daughter had to be without her daddy.

But of course, my hubby had it worse. He had to go through this life-changing event without me, without his family by his side. He had to endure major back surgery where they went in through his abdomen, sever muscles, stretch his spine, remove two disks, and insert prosthetic ones. (he came about 2 inches taller!)

The process and the recovery has been a long one.

But today, it all paid off.

Because my hubby got up at 5am to run in his first marathon. 15 miles. Painfree.

So today I am so thankful.

Thankful we had the financial means - though we are still recovering today - to give my hubby his life back, to give our kids their dad, and to give him his passions back. Thankful to all the doctors who took care of him and gave him hope. Thankful to our friends & families in supporting us during the difficult time. Thankful to our kids for being patient and without their dad for that long. Thankful to his work for giving him the leave time and reassurance his job would be here when he got back. Thankful to all medical miracles that went in to creating this option for him to be whole again.

Most importantly, I am thankful that my hubby fought to get his life back. The life he deserves. The life he dreamed of. Thankful he pushed through the impossibly times and stayed hopeful.

He never gave up. But more importantly, he never gave in.

He persevered.

And I love him even more for it.

So here's to healing yourself, staying hopeful, and giving thanks for what you have.

Because it is all so precious and fragile.

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19. Sunny Sunday: Rebirth - The Joy of Starting Over

Here's my Sunny Sunday kickoff to Monday's Project Perk.

(don't forget to check out Suzanne Young's blog and Robin Mellom's blog for more "perky" posts on Monday!)

Today, my thoughts are around rebirth. Rightly so.

I am finishing up my final edits today and I suddenly realized my book was being reborn on Easter. How appropriate. A month ago, I was petrified to go back to the drawing board and changes some key things in my book.

But I realize that writers don't need to be afraid of starting over. It is not the death of a book or your writing, it is a rebirth. Something new out of something old.

Sometimes a rebirth is necessary.

A renewal of hope.

So with that in mind, here is a poem I found about that summed it up for me:

"Starting Over" by Denis Martindale:

OK, why don't you start again?
Just give it one more go!
What happened was beyond your ken,
Perhaps you'll never know!

But try to make it work out right!
And fix things if you can...
You'll suss it soon with some insight
And then fulfil your plan...

When things go bad, when things go wrong,
You've got to end the doubt!B
e resolute! Be firm! Be strong!
And sort the problem out!

Adapt, update and pray like mad!
Then strive for all you're worth!'
Cos when it's done, you'll feel so glad
Your joy will fill the Earth!

Happy Easter!

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