Friday, June 10, 2016

Pop Culture Quest

This morning I got all my Little Golden Books off the shelf and placed them on the floor. I stacked them as high as I could without them toppling over. I wanted to get a picture for Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest, which I guess is being put on by ComicCon. You can watch Mark's video about it here. As most of you know, I collect a lot of things, and am also really into pop culture and nostalgia. One of the things I've avidly collected for years has been Little Golden Books. Above is the photograph I took, but I still want to take one of them all lying down on the floor face up ... somehow. I'm not sure how many I have, so I'd like to count them before I put them away. I also have a list of LGBs, so I'd like to check off the ones that I have. Most of these were bought used—some for as low as a dime—or given to me as gifts.

Mark Hamill is a very big collector too, so I'm really excited he's doing the Pop Culture Quest. It will be fun to see what other people collect. It got me thinking about all my collections. I have a bunch of things that could be categorized as a collection, but some are scattered through the house. Some things I do collect on besides the Little Golden Books are listed below. Some I actively collect; others not so much. In addition to the list, I also collect things that I had as a child. For example, I had a Mrs. Beasley doll when I was around four, but it's long gone now. My mother-in-law bought me a replica. I also found a Chrissy doll that I had as a kid. In my family room I have a shelf where I keep things I had when I was little. Anyway, the list ...

Children's Picture Books
Cat Figurines
Wind Chimes
Nightmare Before Christmas
PEZ Dispensers
The Wiggles
Garfield Books
National Park Spoons & Magnets
Tiger Figurines

Then there are my kids, especially Neil. He's a big collector too and sometimes I think he's taken the "Collect Them All!" thing way too seriously. It's like a law to him, or one of the Ten Commandments. They have huge collections of Star Wars toys, bird books, Hot Wheels cars, Mr. Potato Head toys, Vinylmation figures, GoGos Crazy Bones ... the list goes on and on and on and on! Nichelle collects Breyer horses, and her collection is pretty impressive. Nicole is a book collector, like me. Looking in my closet you'd think I collected clothes, shoes, purses, and nail polish. Those aren't really collections though ... I just have issues.

Do you collect anything?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Encroached awaits ...

I say this every summer, but I really want to get back to editing my middle grade novel, ENCROACHED. It's time. I'm pretty sure I'm going to self-publish this one via Lulu Enterprises, Inc. This copy was printed by them. I was really happy with it. It was a sample copy—just to see the quality—so now I need to finish editing it. I've also changed the cover a bit. It will feature the same bear, but I've altered it quite a bit. It's my photograph though, which is one nice thing. I love that bear picture. I have it hanging in my family room.

I hope I can really get working with it once I get back from California. We're going down to visit my MIL for awhile. Maybe I should take this copy with me and make edits while we're on the road. Can you read will driving in a car? Nathan, Neil, and I are the only ones in my family that can do that. Rick and the girls get carsick if they try to read while riding. Not me. I can be riding down a road looking through binoculars and I'll be just fine.

So anyway, I hope I can make some progress on ENCROACHED this summer. It's definitely time to release this story into the wild. My other books are still available, too. In fact, I just renewed the domain for my website this morning. You can find them all listed on the link below. There are ten picture books listed. Eight of those are published through 4RV Publishing. The other two are through Lulu. I hope you can check them out sometime, if you haven't already ...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Flowers of Hawaii ...

We recently went to Hawaii for my father-in-law's inurnment at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is aka Punchbowl. This is partially why I've slacked off on my blog lately. Hopefully, I can get back to it now. I took a lot of pictures in Hawaii, although most where on my phone. I'll try to share some over the next few days. Here are a few of the flowers I took.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Muffin Wars

I don't know if I've ever blogged about Muffin Top before. She's all over Instagram and Facebook, so if you follow me there, you've probably seen her at one time. Muffin Top is a pet rock that was originally designed for a photo challenge on Instagram. She's taken on a life of her own, however, and I still love photographing her in various situations. Today she decided to hang out with R2D2 and BB8. Personally, I think she'd make a great cast member for Episode VIII. She could at least have as many lines as Luke Skywalker had in Episode VII.

Eventually, I'd love to make a picture book featuring Muffin Top, so that could be in the works sometime. I have also been wanting to make an Instagram page for Muffin Top. It would be nice to have all her photographs placed together. You can supposedly have up to five accounts there. I have mine, plus one for my little stuffed mountain goat, Manny. Each time I've tried to make one for Muffin Top, I get an error message, so I don't know what the problem is. I guess I will just keep trying. In the meantime, you can see a lot of her pictures on my Instagram or over on Facebook at the following link:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Book Finds ...

I found these four books at the thrift store yesterday. The Skywalker Family Album made me a little more excited than I probably should have gotten, but hey ... it's Star Wars. I was thrilled to find Oh, the Thinks you Can Think. I knew we didn't have that in our Dr. Seuss collection, so that was a fun find. The Edgar Allen Poe poetry book was cool too, and I'm looking forward to incorporating those into our school sometime. As you might know, I collect Little Golden Books. I already had a Dumbo one, but not this version with the original artwork from the 1940s. So, now I have two Dumbo LGBs, but that's okay. It was a good book day, especially since they only cost me $1 for all four.