Tuesday, January 26, 2010

EggHead (part 2)

A while ago, I posted about a piece I had begun but was unsure where to take it. I finished it today in preparation of submitting it for a show of artists' sketches, source books etcetc. I don't know- a bit cute, but I like it overall, rather cheerful for someone whose figures never have smiles on their faces (as someone pointed out to me.) Ambivalence rules... I have until the 2nd Monday of February to either commit or take another shot.

I am usually not this waffly about my work but I must admit the theme for this show threw me. My sketches are very rudimentary, just skimpy little pencil outlines. I have an idea, either rough or quite finished, in my head of how I want it to end up. Color sketch? Don't hold your breath. Working myself into artistic corners and then trying like hell to get out of them is typical.

Ah well. As my Great Aunt (and mentor although she didn't know it) Jean Webb used to say: "You can either talk or do."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Once More Into the Breach, Dear Friends, Once More...

Okay, I have been sitting on my laurels for a week since my Kickstarter project made its goal, but those laurels are starting to smell a bit funky. So its time to get back to working the social web. I can continue to raise pledges until my deadline of March 21st. I turn to Robin Sloan, who raised an astounding 400% of his goal, as an inspiration. I would be thrilled to raise enough to print some extra books and do some traveling on behalf of the book and some other projects.
So, its back to the facebook, linkedin, and twitter trenches. Racking my pea-brain for ideas... but as problems go, this is such a luxury, and I am grateful.

(Lucubrate: (v) to work by lamplight... from The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words- Illustrated.)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Blessed Step Backwards

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced today that they had moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock back by one minute. The Clock now reads 23:54. Six minutes to Doomsday, but still a step in the right direction. Would that someday we will hear the announcement that the Clock reads12:01.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Gratitude: (n)

The state of being grateful; thankfulness. Synonyms: appreciation, gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks

[Middle English, from Old French, probably from Late Latin grātitūdō, from Latin grātus, pleasing.]

(Strepitant: (adj) boisterous, loud, exhuberant; from "The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words- Illustrated")

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Publish 'The Word Project'" in the Kickstarter Spotlight!

I check the kickstarter site every once in a while to see what's in the 'spotlight' and also on the 'recommended' page. I have backed projects myself and am always interested in what's happening there. I was thrilled when I saw a while ago that my project had been recommended by the staff- bless 'em. Even more of a thrill to see today that "Publish 'The Word Project' " has been featured on the spotlight (front) page!

Thank you!

(Frumentarious: (adj) relating to corn, from "The Word Project: Odd & Obscure Words- Illustrated)

Friday, January 8, 2010


While I am recuperating from my cold, tending to my kickstarter project, (sorry, I just had to add that, it's become a compulsion) and after my daily job-search, I am working on pieces for upcoming shows and, well, I just need to keep making things. Here is a piece I am working on for a show at the WAAM entitled "Sketches" showing working process. It is currently simmering on the back burner of my brain- I haven't quite figured out where to take it yet- or where it wants to take me. Either way is fine with me.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


We are at 75% and counting! Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far! Big virtual kisses to you all- which is a good thing as I have a bad cold and am scaring the bejeezus out of the cat with my explosive sneezing.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Word Project has an Uber-Backer!

(Hystercine: (adj) resembling or referring to a hedgehog) This was me last evening- but happy.

Last evening I heard the little "bip" that signals email come in. I checked it- aha! another kickstarter pledge! yippee! Then I opened the email and saw that someone had pledged at the highest level. I was stunned and then I burst into tears. When I was setting up the project I had stopped the incentives at the $600 level (poster, signed book and a piece of existing WP art.) Even then I felt I was overreaching. (But I was proved wrong here, too. Bless you CA.) A wonderful friend, Mark Monlux, was the one who suggested setting an uber-backer level (poster, signed book and a custom word/doll using a word of the backer's choice.) My first thought was- "oh yeah, like that'll happen." But I put it in anyway quite sure no one would spring for it. I am happily proved wrong. Thank you, Mark, I wouldn't have dared to dream that large on my own behalf.
The project is now 68% funded and has 76 days to go. I am so very grateful to everyone who has pledged at every level.