Write, Draw, Write, Draw, Write, Draw…Oh, and Craft a bit too

Hello all you wonderful internet land dwellers,

I’ve been diligently slaving away at the old keyboard working on the rewrite phase of my toothfairy book….Sigh. I Absoposolutely do NOT like rewriting. Bleh. :/

To bring everyone up to speed….cause it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here in the land of internet…. I’ve been writing a book called Biscuped Molar and the Gaptoothed Monster.
It’s a children’s book…for those of you who were unsure. ;)-

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Happy Fall Ya’ll!

This morning I woke up at 6am…don’t ask. :/   Grumble, grumble, roar
But on the bright side I was happily greeted by Snoopy when I checked the time on my Ipod announcing the arrival of Fall.
Aaaand the temperature outside…at least this morning actually Felt like Fall. Yay! Continue reading

Create Date Awesomeness!!!

Yesterday I had a way cool Create Date with two lovely friends. 😀

We are all interested in writing, art, photography, and just all around in general Creative Type Stuff!  So we came up with an idea to have a Create Date.

How it works-

Everyone brings stuff that they would like to work on that they normally wouldn’t take the time to do on their own.

You know how those annoying excuses crop up to keep us away from being creative like:

I just cleaned the house and I don’t want to get it all messy again.

or

If I pull everything out I will want to let it sit out for a day or two while everything dries/hardens/insert other arty type term and then we won’t have a kitchen table to sit at.

or

I don’t want to pull the art stuff out for just Me, do I??

or

Kids: Look, Mom just pulled out the art stuff!

Me: No, wait…

Kids: Dog-pile!!

Me: Aaarrgh…blub..blub..blub.

…I don’t know what sound effect describes being drowned in kids. 😉

Anyhoo, so just us ladies got together and had a fun day of creativity!

I practiced some new art techniques that I’d like to use in the future with my books, one of my friends continued work on her poetry chapbook and experimented with watercolors, and my last friendee that came worked on a beautiful paper collage. 😀

I Absolutely enjoyed my time with my way imaginative friends.  There is something amazing about being creative in the company of a group of friends.

Whether it is writing with my wonderful Scribes Oasis friends or Creating with the ladeez yesterday, I feel inspired, challenged, and energized to express my artistic self more freely and easily.

I know it sounds kind of weird, but it is an uplifting event when you are around people with the same interests.  😀

I’m looking forward to our next meet-up in October.  We are going up north to visit a Hobby Lobby.  I’ve never been to one before!  Yay!  I’m soo excited!!  Hyper-Whoot! 😀 😀

…Sorry, I’m easily amused. Lols  XD

A smattering of what I worked on yesterday…

A Random Doodle turned Psychedelic Larryboy by Complete accident. XD

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Two More Worthy efforts…and without the Trippy Larryboy, I wouldn’t have gotten the color combos down. 😀  Thank you strange Larryboy Doodle. XD

Mandala-esque Practice on Watercolor Wash with Color Sharpie Markers~

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Mandala-esque Practice on Watercolor Wash with Sharpie Black Only~

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TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  I know I’ve asked this before, but at the expense of repeating myself. ;)-

Do any of you out there in internet land have Creative-Type Groups that you’re involved in?  Do you feel that they enhance your originality or innovativeness?  Please leave a line or 3 in the comment box below. 🙂

Later Taters and Happy Creating!! 😀

 

My Very First Writer Interview…

Hello everyone out there in internet landio.

I was asked to do a Writer Interview on a lovely friend’s blog the other day.

It was Extremely fun and I wanted to post it on my page as well. 😀

I will post a snippet on my blog, then please buzz on over to Tuna’s Cafe to finish the rest. 😀

Please take a moment to peruse the menu while your visiting the Cafe.  Kristina, the proprietor and inventive wordsmith of the business, has a variety of Creative Dishes to sample. 🙂

So without further ado~

Living a Creative Lifestyle with The Bluemoon Thinker

Hello there, my name is The Bluemoon Thinker ~AKA~ Mandy Perfetto.  I’m a homeschooling mom, and newbie in all the following:

Writer

Illustrator

Photographer

Artist

Random blogger

And generalized re-discoverer of doing cool things in my life.

I was asked by a Very Creative friend of mine…the Tuna inspired proprietor of this Online Café of sorts, to write something about living a creative lifestyle for her blog.

Her request made me think a bit…a very scary place to be for me.  Anyhoo, it brought me to an interesting pattern of thought.  Do I live a creative lifestyle?  What does that creative lifestyle look like to other people?

…For more please click on the Title below.

Living a Creative Lifestyle with The Bluemoon Thinker

TTFN,

Me 🙂

P.S.- Happy Interviewing!! 😀

Just Doin’ That Writin’ Thang…

I decided to drop in for a quick chittie-chat before I get back to writin-drawin-writin-sketchin-writin-paintin-writin-writin-writin. Lols 😉

I’m pushing to get my book completely typed out and into the hands of my Beta Readers by Friday…Ack!  😮

I’m sure I can do it…In between fitting in school, meeting my Lovely editor friend for lunch, grocery shopping at BJ’s, stopping at home to put away said groceries and throw together supper, meeting with my Scribes friends in the evening, and fitting in baking some cookies somewhere in between that entire mess…Oy!  😀

So far I’ve created 2 new robot characters for my series and started 3 more books in the series….cause ya know I’m not done with the first one yet…Oy Vey Everyone!

Well, I better get back to it…well back to something or other.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Any of you hard workin’ internet peeps attempting to finish a project and just getting sidetracked at every turn like me?  Leave a line or 2 in the box below.

Happy Times at the Finish Line! 😀

 

On Books, Illustrations, and Other Creative-nesses…..

My book is juuuuust about ready for Beta Reader Time (They are the coolio peeps that read over your book and say…Whoa, this is K-rud or Wow, I really enjoyed this or There are a few parts where I was a bit lost or I had a difficult time envisioning the characters or I was sucked into your book and couldn’t drag myself away!) ….I am Kinda gettin’ excited…sorta. Lols 😉

My lovely editor is reading over my book for the second time…Thank you by the way…a little shout out to my Awesome Editor!! 😀

Anyhoo, I’m working on the finishing touches so I can get it into the hands of my Betas.

So, now I have to figure out what I’m gonna do to thank my Beta Readers….cookies? bread? monies? 😮

…..Have a suggestion?  Please give me a few in the comments section. 😀

I’ve drawn some new characters for future books and I’m working on books two and three in the series. 🙂

I still haven’t finished my tooth fairy book yet, but I Will finish it. Lol

I also drew some more ideas for the picture book I’m working on and wrote down a bunch of ideas for a book I’m working on with a friend.  I’m on a Creativite-ness roll. 😀

I have a wonderful friend who we call the Sticker Lady…she’s also known as the Gingerbread Lady as well.  She’s an awesome person!  She always sends my kiddos stickers and sends me all sorts of Snoopy stuff cause I collect Peanuts. 🙂

So, I spent the past two days, when I had a few moments, painting pictures for her.  It was really fun and I’m hoping she likes them….fingers crossed.  I’m also hoping they get to her house in one piece cause I’m putting them in the mail. 🙂

We shall see what happens I suppose.

Anyhoo, tonight is my writers group meeting and I’m off to go write more stuff. 😉

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  Any of you out there in internet land creating anything new right now?  How’s it goin?  Leave me a line or 2 in the box below as per the usual.

Happy Creative Juicin’ 😀

Writing Groups Part Deux…

I am learning a lot from my excursions out into the writing world. 🙂

First, every Writing Group offers something different.

For instance, our group, Scribes Oasis, is more of a supportive writing environment.  Emphasis on the writing part.  Our group offers an enjoyable and helpful place where we can write without kiddos, spouses, or unfolded laundry or dirty dishes calling to us from the other room. Coupled with fun writing themed extra days spent socializing and hanging out. We also critique each others work if anyone needs help.  😀

Other groups, like the one I visited last night, offer more of a strictly critique type environment.  Members can bring their stories to be critiqued by the group via email and in person through their writing process.  They also hang out and socialize at various times during the month.

I think my biggest take away from last night is to keep looking for opportunities to meet new writers and learn new things.

Hopefully I will meet a children’s writer or illustrator or another poet soon. 😀

….There sure a lot of Memoir writers, Adult fiction writers, Romance writers, and Non-fiction writers around my area. Lol 🙂

Well, I’m off to finish my people’s supper…again.  A writers work is Always interrupted.  😉

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker   🙂

P.S.-  Actually, there’s no P.S. this time, just wanted to type the letters P.S. a bunch. Lol

Happy Creating! 😀

 

Writing Group Gatherings…

I’m on the hunt for Writing Groups. 🙂

I decided to see if I can find various writing groups/functions that meet in my area and check them out.

I figure what better way to find out more information about Writing and Authors and Illustrators than to go out and be among them all. 😀

So, I’ve been looking for Groups and Functions that are free and not Too far away.  Not an easy task.  You’d think with the internet at my fingertips I wouldn’t have too much of a problem, but it’s actually been fairly difficult to find anything. 😮

I found a Writing Group that gathers at a local library 2x a month, so tonight I’m off to see what there is to see.  I’m sure it will be interesting.  I will update ya on how it went tomorrow. 🙂

Good Golly Miss Molly!!!  Where did the time fly to??  I guess I better skedaddle.  I still need to finish supper for the Randomkiddos and pack my stuff to go. 😮 😮

Have an Awesome Sauce rest of your day. 😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  Are there a lot of Writer type activities in your area?  If so, how did you find out about them?  Please leave a line or 4 in the comments below as per usual. 🙂

Happy Huntin’ 😀

Oodles of Doodles…

Ohhhh my goodness!!! To Quote a friend.  😉

My lesson was soooo Awesome Sauce!!  😀
I had Such a wonderful time and learned Lots!  😮

I learned all about faces…Scary!  😮 😮
It’s cool…. I got this. Whew!  😀

So, I will be drawing many, many faces from now until next Wednesday when I have my next lesson.
I also have to draw 5 objects everyday using ink and NO pencil. Ack!!  😮 😮 😮

By the way, here’s Mr. Joe’s Website if you’re interested…

Stained Paper Studio
&
Facebook~ Stained Paper Studio

Soooooo, I’m off to Doodle, Doodle, Doodle….and doodle some more. 😀

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- I will share some of my more interesting Doodles….when I actually have some fascinating Doodles to share. Lol
😉
Happy Oodles of Doodles! 😀

Doodles, Doodles, Everywhere…

I am soooo excited!!  😀

I am going to my first drawing lesson with Mr. Joe tomorrow.  He’s the son of the artist that I was going to for watercolor lessons.

After discussing money..or the lack of money..with the hubby, we decided that I would pause in my watercolor instruction and focus on fine tuning my drawing….So, I have my first lesson tomorrow. Yay!!

I was supposed to go today, but we had cruddy weather that I did Not want to be driving…boating…in, so I canceled…buuuut, he had an opening for tomorrow. Yes! 🙂

So, after a looooong day of grocery shopping, house cleaning, homeschooling catch ups and corrections, cooking, prepping for lit class tomorrow, writing up some ideas for cards for a friend, and a plethora of other things that pop up when you have something you really want to work on….I finally had some time to paint and doodle.

Of course, I spent too much time painting and not enough time doodling…Oh well.  I painted two abstract paintings and did a teensy, weensy bit of doodling for my book.

I need to doodle more and get used to working with ink.  You can’t fix ink!  Aaargh!  So difficult for me to deal with…I hate mistakes and once I get something just right I’m soooo afraid I’m gonna goof it up with the ink and have to start everything all over again.  Plus, I don’t like starting in pencil, then inking over it..I miss lines sometimes and I think it looks blechy..I’m bad and just skip the pencil and draw in ink, keeping my fingers crossed the entire time hoping I don’t mess up. Lol

So, I tried some clothes on a clothesline…a doodle that wasn’t too hard..no people..I am sooo bad at people… I tried to just keep with the idea of less is more. 😀

My Funny Little Washline

I’ll have to see if I have more time to doodle before I go to my lesson tomorrow….I am sooo nervous. Oy

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  I will update ya with how it goes and hopefully have even better doodles to show. 😀

Happy Doodles! 🙂