Thursday, December 20, 2007

Running out the year....

So my posts have sporadic lately because I've gotten 3 jobs in all due over the holidays - Jan 2, Jan14 and one that was due today, and possibly a fourth due Jan 5th if I agree to it.... sigh so much for a relaxing Christmas. Just this week I finally got christmas cards in the mail, so don't worry I didn't forget you this year, you know who you are. Last night Frosty was on TV and I had had this vision of us having a relaxing evening after dinner: me and Jim Dear, sitting around watching Frosty, drinking eggnog and feeling all warm and snuggly basking in the glow of sharing our childhood Christmas TV show memories with the Small Fry...... and then I put the crack pipe down.

Just kidding there wasn't a crack pipe involved. It's way to hard to hold one of those and a paint brush at the same time. I ended up working til it was baby's bedtime, then quit to go read Pooh Is Entirely Surrounded By Water to the Small Fry who refers to the book as Wah-terrrr! Then it was off to crash in front of a 60 minutes re-run and microwave lasagna. So much for warm and fuzzy holiday memories. At least we taped Frosty. Late last night I was looking through my old Christmas cards and came up with the idea of doing a christmas retrospective next year. It will be my 10th year freelancing and I'm trying to think of cool ways to celebrate it. Some of the old cards were kinda good, some were really bad, but as a whole they were an interesting map through 10 years of illustrating. I may do a sheet of all the old ones and stick in with next years card, so keep an eye out..... it can't possibly be any worse than getting a long christmas letter in the mail. But judging by the rate I'm going this holiday season I'm going to have to start planning that oh, say, around Thursday of next week.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Yawk New Yawk

Just a quick post this time to say that I'm signed up for the SCBWI New York Winter Conference... yayyy! and the illustrator's intensive the day before. This year they are having a VIP reception for the NY art directors for everyone who is signed up for the Intensive so that you can show your portfolio, I'd say that alone is worth the price of the plane ticket. And speaking of that, I'm hoping I have enough credit card points to get a free ticket for Jim Dear to go along. I"m sure he would enjoy sleeping and watching CNN in the hotel while I make myself a more fabulous illustrator, plus its in February right before Valentine's day.... I"m thinking a romantic night at the theater may be in the offing.... now I would just have to figure out to make that part of the trip a tax deduction.....