Cool & Geeky Stuff
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I need to "simplify", "calm the @#$%! down", and try to create income...
4/4/23 • Autism Awareness Month
I’m seeing a lot of posts about Autism because - #autismawarenessmonth. I’m not quite sure how to interpret that… like “oh yes, I’m aware of the thing called autism!” Or is it more of a way to celebrate your autism? I have a whole lot of feelings
1/13/23 • Sort-of-Vision Board
I have lots of great vision boards of things I want to achieve or own or do. This year, I thought I'd make a vision board of what I have, had, or did. Weird, I know, but that is my objective for this year - to stop masking, be myself,
My Birthday Week
If you haven't read my late-night, pre-Birthday rant, please take a look - it would mean SO much to me! I did have a party and it was a lot of fun. It was interesting to note that none of the people that would consider themselves to be my closest
Happy Birthday! Happy Survivor Day?
"I'm not DEAD YET!" to quote Monty Python... This Sunday is my 50th Birthday and I'm making a really big deal about it. A few people have thought it was weird in general that I even still celebrate birthdays. Or that it's strange to celebrate a birthday since we don't
I take the melatonin. I take the Trazodone. I sleep until 11am. And I'm excited and start to think of all the cool things I had been working on and all the new projects I want to do and places to go and people to reconnect with... And then I
A Little Nap'll Do Ya Wonders...
It's amazing what can happen in a week, right? Last week, I was curled into a tight, painful ball of frustration and panic. I reached out to you all on Facebook and here on my blog. (Hys-ter-ic-al) That post got me into a bit of trouble with my ex (someone
I have spent a lot of time... months? curled up, staring at the backs of my eyelids... thinking. I have sketched out numerous pages for the graphic medicine/autobio comic I want to write about my hysterectomy. In my head. I have written emails and sent cards. In my head.
Hi. I'm Sandy. And I'm a Pessimist.
I don't actually think that's true. I think a Pessimist is someone who always assumes everything will go wrong. I assume things will be fine... and then... they always go wrong. At the very least, that's an Optimistic-Pessimist, right? The Optimist says: "Hey, I finally drew a comic! Yeah!" The
This was easily one of the most fun Birthdays I've ever had. Birthdays are a huge deal to me - I like to celebrate that I am still here. We had planned to take a trip down South this week - but the Hurricanes - "Florence", out in the real
A Quick Visit to the Graveyard , part 2
My kid and I were finally able to go to the graveyard to visit my Grandmother and bring her some chocolate cake! She didn't mind that we were a few weeks late for her birthday - and the cake was a teeny bit stale... that didn't keep Lilah from eating
This has been an incredibly intense week... actually, the whole month - if I count the graphic medicine conference and everything. I didn't have time to recuperate or recharge before I tripped over the zip line and went flying down the mountain again. Deciding to leave the big studio in
A Quick Visit to the Graveyard
I promised her I'd come back to visit with my daughter... We have always celebrated my Grandmother's Birthday in the graveyard, with chocolate cake, but this year I went alone. I brought cake. But it didn't taste as good. I felt so sad. For the first time. I always feel
Graphic Medicine Conference - Day 1
While packing books to sell at the Comics and Medicine Marketplace... I had this overwhelming desire to create pins to go with my "We Will Never Leave You" comic. So I drew my favorite Demons and the Kid and I headed off to the studio and punched and pressed a
Let's Go With Plan... J?
I've got a bit of a mess that I need help sorting out. I apologize for the long post, and I understand if you don't read it - but if you do make it through - I would really appreciate any ideas, encouragement, suggestions, or large checks. ;-) I'll try
...And it Got Worse
"Cheer up," she said, "things could always be worse." So I cheered up... and sure enough... things got worse. I'm not going to whine about stress and panic attacks (at least not in this post), but I do keep working myself into a tither trying to "figure stuff out" and
Hello Universe. It's Me, Sandy...
A really nice studio space suddenly became available on the second floor at Concord Community Arts Center! The room is about 850-square feet - It's big and bright - lots of windows, and painted white. (I can fix that though...) It's about a gazillion times bigger than my current studio.
It's Not Like I Just Sit Around Coloring All Day!
Coping Skill #165 - It Is Better to Color Than to Curl Up in Bed and Cry Shocking, but true. The last few weeks have been really difficult for me. Because Depression. Sure, there have actually been Things that have been giving me trouble (see recent posts) and I am
Bumpity Bump-Bump, Look-it Frosty Go!
This is me lately... You just KNOW that when it warms up around here, for real, that is going to be one truly disgusting pumpkin! Sunday... I was walking through my house and stopped to give Minou a snuffle. When - WHA!!!! I saw The Fireman building a Snowman outside
I'm going to whine a little, admit to being an idiot, and tell you how I humiliated myself....again. Then, I will wash my face and tell you some of the cool things I need to get back to work on. I mentioned in the last post that Things have
Drawing with Kids - Apply as Needed
Yesterday was the first time in years that it did not snow on the day of my Dad's Winter Family Get-Together! I actually got to drive down to Massachusetts with my daughter and The Fireman and see folks I haven't seen in ages. And to top it off - my
Alternate Realities Comic - Halloween 2017
Four different ways my life could have manifested itself today - if I had made slightly different choices along the way. I can't... and don't want to... explain it any more than that. Here is the original ballpoint pen comic I drew - I'd love to hear your thoughts...
The Spidey Code
My friend Debbee and I were leaving a really lively SCBWI illustrator's crit group at BAM! last week. We were the last ones out of the store and we stepped out into a cold, wet, dark, empty parking lot. Some passing headlights glinted off what I thought was a flattened,
It's that time of year again... RUN AWAY!
Sitting on this beach for an hour - or maybe longer (?) - the sounds of the ocean start to soothe me and wash the pain and fear out of my brain. I wanted someplace new - and yet familiar - to escape to. I've never been here before. In the
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