Heavy Rain in the Desert is Problematic

Yesterday, I witnessed first hand the problems of traveling even a short distance in the desert when it rains. Where I was driving, the rain wasn’t bad at all. Only when I stopped at Starbuck’s to get a drink and a sandwich did it pour for 10 or so minutes. I was rather annoyed trying to get my stuff from the drive-thru window because of the pouring rain. So, I was happy when it stopped just when I pulled away from Starbucks to continue my journey home.

It was still raining a little bit as I continued along my way, but it wasn’t bad. So, when I was only ten minutes away from home, I was rather chagrined that traffic had slowed to a crawl and then a total stop. I sat in my car for a half hour before I decided to put it in park and shut off the engine. I had to get out and stretch my legs. I was rather bored so I decided to take some photos. This is what it looked like.

This is the car line of stopped/idling cars behind my car.

This is the car line of stopped/idling cars behind my car.

Originally, I had thought that it was an accident. However, it turns out the road ahead had flooded with water and tons of sand. They had the plows out there and some police officers. I was not able to know about the plows till the line of cars were able to move again and I was able to continue on my journey home.

Here's my car. You can see how the sand is on the road. That's from the rain.

Here’s my car. You can see how the sand is on the road. That’s from the rain.

You can see little drifts of sand on the road in the picture above. That’s my nice blue Ford Escape in the picture. It’s the first car in the picture.

The line of cars in front of my car.

The line of cars in front of my car.

Another view of the line of cars/automobiles looking in front of my car. I love the look of the sky that I was able to capture in the photo above.

People were getting restless. You can see them starting to get out of their cars and looking around.

People were getting restless. You can see them starting to get out of their cars and looking around.

This picture above is fuzzy but I think it’s an interesting picture in that it shows the people.

After a while, more people got out of their vehicles to walk around.

After a while, more people got out of their vehicles to walk around.

I think this is an awesome image because it shows the attitude and feelings of the people being put at a disadvantage because of the rain. The guy whose image is reflected in the mirror to the right side of the image made me shake me head and laugh. Him and his buddies were saying “oh my God” over and over again. Then, I heard them saying they had to “go piss” and that they couldn’t wait any longer. They actually lucked out because the car to the side of them had pulled away and went in the opposite direction of the line. So, these guys ended up being able to get out of the line and probably felt really relieved that they could “go piss”. 🙂

The long line stretched both ways.

The long line stretched both ways.

I love this picture above also. You can see the people’s attitudes and the plow/trucks in the distance fixing the road. You can also see the sand and water on the road. I didn’t know how awesome of a picture this would turn out to be until I got home and saw it on my computer.

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People got back into their cars to listen to the radio to combat their boredom. Plus, it was starting to drizzle again. I stayed outside even while it was drizzling. I was actually walking around outside of my car taking these pictures.

You can see a little bit of how the sand and water got all over the road.

You can see a little bit of how the sand and water got all over the road.

It took a whole hour for them to get the road good enough for us to be able to drive on. Even then, only one lane was safe enough to drive over. Good thing it was a two-lane on each side of the road. I was so happy to be able to step on that gas pedal.

The problem of rain in the desert.

The problem of rain in the desert.

Of course, I wasn’t gonna step too hard on the pedal though. There was still water puddles and sand here and there. Puddles are bad enough, but when u have sand in there also it’s another story. My car has sand all over it now. It needs a car wash, but I’m gonna be leaving on vacation soon. Tomorrow is prep day for my vacation to the Mid-West.

One side of the road was blocked off because of the accumulated sand and water. It was pretty thick in some places.

One side of the road was blocked off because of the accumulated sand and water. It was pretty thick in some places.

You can see my graduation tassel here. It says 2012 and that’s the year I graduated from my Bachelor program at the University of Phoenix. The time is wrong on that clock there….it’s three hours ahead and five minutes behind, so it was really about 6:40 pm at the time of this picture.

Well, that was an adventure. Annoying, but what can you do? It’s the desert and the sand just goes where it wants to when it rains.

Did you find this interesting? Did you learn anything about desert living/desert problems from this post? I hope you did.

This blog post may give me some story ideas.

If you would like to see the first book I’ve ever published, the amazon link is below.

http://www.amazon.com/Pinkboat-Adventure-Kathleen-Ivan/dp/1491874589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437427741&sr=8-1&keywords=a+pinkboat+adventure

HOW TO: Gluten-Free Banana Pancake

I make gluten free banana pancakes at home about once a week. They are important to make properly because bananas are quite wet, so u want to use the banana as a substitute to replace the egg and a majority of the milk that is usually used. This is how I make my pancake and it comes out delicious.

INGREDIENTS

1 oz milk

1 medium banana

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 cup of gluten free pancake mix flour

Real maple syrup for pancake after it’s finished cooking

Butter for skillet to cook pancake

DIRECTIONS

1. Get out a bowl and fork.

Use 2/3 of the banana and put in bowl with cinnamon.

Set the remaining banana on a plate and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Set aside.

Mash together the bananas and cinnamon with fork.

Let sit for a minute so that it becomes extra mushy and watery.

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This is what I let my banana looks like when I use it for pancakes. I want it to get nice and sweet so that it adds to the taste of the pancake.

This is how the banana and cinnamon should look like when mashed together.

This is how the banana and cinnamon should look like when mashed together.

2. Next, add 1/4 cup of gluten-free pancake mix powder to the mashed bananas.

This is a relatively inexpensive brand that I use. I sometimes use a more expensive different brand.

This is a relatively inexpensive brand that I use. I sometimes use a more expensive different brand.

The measuring cup that I use with pancake mix.

The measuring cup that I use with pancake mix.

This is how it should look with the pancake mix flour added.

This is how it should look with the pancake mix flour added.

See how you can form fork marks in it?

See how you can form fork marks in it?

3. Gradually add 1 ounce of milk to batter.

Batter should not be thin but not thick either.

If it’s too thin, it won’t cook thoroughly.

The 1 oz of mik

The 1 oz of mik

The batter should look like this after adding the milk.

The batter should look like this after adding the milk.

See how it is thick enough to remain on the fork for a few seconds before it falls off. This is a good thickness for the batter.

See how it is thick enough to remain on the fork for a few seconds before it falls off. This is a good thickness for the batter.

4. Turn on stove burner to a low setting.

Add butter once warm.

Butter should melt and slowly bubble.

If the butter smokes and turns brown then the heat is at too high of a setting.

This is the setting I use on my

This is the setting I use on my “real fire” stove. It’s set between low and medium.

Here's the batter in the pan on a low to med flame.

Here’s the batter in the pan on a low to med flame.

A look inside the pan.

A look inside the pan.

5. I leave it cooking on one side for about five minutes.

This is so that it actually cooks out the moisture so that it won’t be wet and gooey in the middle.

It should bubble somewhat while it is cooking.

After five minutes, flip pancake.

It should be nice and dark brown colored.

This is how it should look after you flip it.

This is how it should look after you flip it.

A close-up view....Note how there are little holes from the bubbling while cooking. This allows air flow for proper cooking.

A close-up view….Note how there are little holes from the bubbling while cooking. This allows air flow for proper cooking.

6. Once you flip the pancake, the other side will cook faster.

Cook for 3 minutes.

It shouldn’t burn because the flame is really low.

After 3 minutes, flip again.

This is what the other side of the pancake looks like. It's a little odd looking, but it should be cooked through.

This is what the other side of the pancake looks like. It’s a little odd looking, but it should be cooked through.

A closer view. If you touch it, it should feel cooked and not wet.

A closer view. If you touch it, it should feel cooked and not wet.

7. It should be ready to eat and enjoy.

Get your plate with the set aside banana slices.

Add the pancake to the plate.

Top pancake with syrup and enjoy.

I added some dried cranberries to the banana slices.

Sometimes I add a side of blueberries to the banana slices instead.

The fully cooked pancake with some banana slices and dried cranberries.

The fully cooked pancake with some banana slices and dried cranberries.

Fully cooked pancake with some syrup.

Fully cooked pancake with some syrup.

I love the way the pancake tastes. It takes a while to cook the pancake, but the taste is worth it. Yes, this is a recipe that serves only one person, but you can make this for more just using the same methods and tips.

Enjoy your gluten-free pancake.

If this pancake isn’t for you, maybe you’d like my book instead.

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

Playing Sports isn’t for Me

I really dislike playing sports. I gave it a shot when I was younger, but it just never worked out. I remember some rather hilarious and somewhat embarrassing episodes.

Let’s start with kickball. That should be a rather easy sport to play, right? Not so. I just couldn’t figure out how to kick that ball. “How do I kick it?” I would ask in exasperation. “Just kick it,” they’d reply. “How? With the tip of my shoe? With the side?”  I was so confused. I put all my effort into trying to figure out how to actually make contact with the ball, but nobody would give me a sufficient answer. Eventually, the gym class gave me up as a lost cause. If I did actually kick the ball it went directly to the pitcher and I ended up striking out. To this day, I still can’t kick a ball.

There was also basketball in high school gym class. I didn’t mind that sport, but I just could not catch a pass if the ball was headed my way. One day, the class had a various number of basketballs out there and we were in groups. So, it was rather noisy and balls were everywhere. I heard a girl shout “watch out!” coming from somewhere behind me. I turned to look and smack it was too little too late. Where in the world did that ball come from to be coming straight down upon my head!? I still remember how I really wanted to faint from the extreme force. Of course I fell down and while it was funny to an onlooker, I didn’t think it was funny at all. It hurt so much I couldn’t help crying. I heard someone say, “You must have a hard head”. I figured it was part compliment and part lack of consideration. To this day, I cringe, close my eyes, and cover my head whenever I see a ball headed my way.

Maybe worst of all was when I tried to do a cartwheel when I was in fifth grade. I liked gymnastics so I was good with doing that. However, I couldn’t do a pull-up to save my life. Still can’t. So, the teacher had set up an obstacle course and everyone took a turn going through it. So, for some reason, the other students were doing cartwheels at the end. I refused to do one because my better judgement was telling me not to. But everyone, including the teacher, wanted me to try one. I knew I shouldn’t, but I did. So, what happened?  My shirt ended up over my head and I had fallen on top of the teacher. I heard a gasp go through the class as I/we fell in a heap.

I had to try to do sports all throughout my school years because of required gym classes. However, they all ended up in some kind of tragedy or embarrassing event. So, I stopped participating the last few years of high school. Even today, I avoid playing any kind of sport. I know they aren’t for me unless I’m looking for a funny story idea. 🙂

One day, I do want to learn how to swim. However, my past experiences are making me hesitant to try this out. I have to decide whether the embarrassment of the process is worth learning how to swim.

Going to Bed on the 4th of July

4th of July 2017

This year, I live in a neighborhood with lots of families, so I was wondering how bedtime would go during the fourth of July week. Every evening, there were fireworks being set off and they didn’t stop till midnight usually. However, bedtime went okay for baby. I was rather surprised but happy. I think it helped that he heard them going off and knew what they were before he started on bedtime. He slept through the fireworks each evening. It was rather odd now that I think about it, how he had a hard time sleeping after the firework holiday was over with. Maybe he got used to the fireworks?

I couldn’t go to sleep though. I was envying my baby as he slept through the fireworks. I surely could not do that. I had to wait till 1am till I could even think of sleeping. However, that is my usual time that I end up going to bed anyways.

It’s so odd how a baby can sleep through fireworks, but awaken at other things like noises of someone talking. I do have a white noise machine to cover up some house noises though and I’m sure that helps with house noise. I know though that it did not cover up the fireworks as the fireworks were way too loud.

Gotta write and run as it is nearing my bedtime. I guess I’ll be getting to bed past my bedtime again…..as happens to often.

You are You

So, I often hear this phrase, “if she/he can do it, so can I/you”. Seriously? Do you really think everyone can do what everyone else can do? That is really dumb. I especially hate it when people use it when comparing themselves to others and insulting the other person because they can’t do something. So, why am I writing about this?

Well, because people say it to me often when I say I can’t do something. I really can’t do it and they don’t believe me. They say, “You’re just lazy”…..”That’s just an excuse”. It gets me mad every time. I know who I am and what I can do. I have my limitations, but I guess I’m not an individual. I guess that everyone forgets that we are all individuals and are all different in our capabilities. I never impose that ridiculous saying on anyone because it is so not true.

Always remember that everyone is different and no one is the same. We are all individuals and are all capable of different things. Some things we cannot do. Other things we can do very well. Just imagine if everyone was the same….what a boring world that would be!

A Busy Month

It will be a busy time for me beginning next week. I have to make a list of everything I need for myself and baby to take on a plane trip from CA to KS and it will be a two day plane trip because baby can’t sit still for a whole day of flying. He has also developed a huge appetite lately and wants to eat food or breastmilk every hour. I do food one hour and breastfeeding the next hour. I’ll be bringing a lot of baby food for just one flight. I also ordered a portable high chair and crib (for the hotel stays) so we’ll see how that works (or doesn’t work). This will be baby’s first flight so we’ll see how he likes or doesn’t like it.

I will also be living with my sister for about a month till the furniture arrives at the place where we will actually be living. So, living at a place for a month and then picking up and moving elsewhere is gonna be a chore also. I also don’t think baby will like not being able to mess up everything in my sister’s house. At home right now, he has many areas that we allow him to mess up around the house so he can satisfy his curiosity and need to be adventurous. Baby will also need to accustom himself to eating and sleeping in a new environment. So, that might be a little stressful.

When we get to the new house, some baby-proofing is going to need to be done.  I need to get permission to do that so I’m going to try magnetic ones that don’t use screws or whatnot. We’ll see how they work or don’t work.

I also have to find a babysitter/nanny/housekeeper since dad will be going out of the country for his job for a while. Since baby doesn’t like new people and takes a while getting used to someone new, this will be stressful also. Also, not all babysitters/hired help are reliable or actually put in some effort. They just want to do nothing and get paid for sitting down on their butt. So, that is something I need to watch out for also. I may consider getting cameras/security system installed for this reason.

So, yep, a busy month is ahead. I think it will be a busy two months actually. If not longer than that. Dad/husband will be busy too helping us move and getting himself ready for his new post outside the country.

I haven’t forgotten my book. It will be ready for sale eventually.

Note: Image is one I found online. I did not create it.

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

How Many Books Do You Need?

“How many books do you need?!” That was the question my husband directed towards me the other day. I had ordered four books about weaning. Each book is about a different point of weaning so of course I ordered more than one book.

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I already finished reading the book in the image above this paragraph. It was about how to decide when is the proper time to actually wean the child. Another book I am reading is about how to do Baby Led Weaning. That book is actually about when and how to introduce solid foods to your baby without the use of purees. The book is below this paragraph. I haven’t finished reading it yet.

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The other two books I have I have not finished reading yet. One is a recipe book so it really isn’t a book to actually read….just look through. I only read two books at a time. Since I have finished reading one of the four books, I have started reading another. So, I am now also reading Weaning Made Easy. It is in the photo below. Can weaning really be made easy is my question. I’ll see about that soon enough, but I think my child won’t be weaned easily. He doesn’t like chewing food as much as he likes chewing non-food items like cardboard and any other thing lying around….including your hand. He also loves breastmilk from the source and he has never liked it from the bottle.

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So, I guess I need four books on Weaning so far, but who knows? Maybe I will get another just so that I can be really informed. Weaning is something that needs to be done right or the baby will not get enough nutrition. Also, he can end up really crabby if taken off the breastmilk too soon. Oh, and don’t forget the breastmilk makers. Those things need tender loving care also and it’s best to not wean too quickly for that reason also. Clogged milk ducts and other problems can occur if baby suddenly stops eating or severely decreases his feedings. I have already had clogged milk ducts a number of times already and they are painful. Sometimes he just doesn’t want to eat regularly.

But, yes, I like to read so that I can be informed on things that are important to me. Weaning correctly is very important to me for the reasons stated above. So, while I found four books that I think have valuable information on weaning, I may end up getting another. No, I think I am set with weaning. My next book I am going to get sort of involves weaning though. It is about putting the baby to bed and getting him to sleep through the night without the baby having to wake up to eat every four hours. It’s a no-cry method which is what I want. My baby wakes every four hours usually, so I want to get a book on this. I have already picked out the title because it was a book suggested in one of the books I just read. I just have to find the book and order it. Books, here I come!

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

Kids and Toys

Before I had my baby, I had certain expectations about toys. I didn’t really want to give my boy fifty million toys. However, I figured out later on that lots of toys are almost a necessity for their development. However, there is a difference between a toy-toy and a learning toy. We have lots of learning toys and that is the difference.So, we have our home basically occupied by baby toys/stuff in almost all the rooms.

We also have things that really aren’t toys but help him develop also. Things like empty water bottles we give him to crush. This helps with muscle development in his hands. We also give him paper and junk mail to rip. That helps with the muscle development in his hands also. He also likes chewing on plastic cups and his sippy cup. This helps with his teething issues. Actually, many things are a “chewie” basically that helps his teething. He even wants our hands to be his chewies but we tell him no for that one. We have the regular chewies that are sold for teething, but he seems to like non-regular chewies better.

So, you see, toys can be basically anything for babies. Some we buy and others just come to us in the mail. Other toys come from when we buy stuff on our grocery list. There’s no end to the items that can be a toy for a baby.

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

Custom Made Sailboat Mobile

A very nice Facebook friend of mine (Leslie Everest – The Cracked Pot Handcrafts) made my baby boy a cute baby mobile. She made it sailboat themed and I didn’t even know what it was she was sending me. It turned out really nice. It’s a really nice surprise baby gift. See the pictures in this post below. If you have been following along my journey as a children’s book author, you will know that this goes with the theme of the first book I wrote.

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Photos were taken by me, Kathleen Ivan. The baby mobile was handmade by Leslie Everest who runs a page entitled The Cracked Pot Handcrafts. To see more of Leslie’s creations, see her facebook page. The link to her facebook  craft page is  https://www.facebook.com/thecrackedpothandcraftslke/

My author website: www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

Kid-Friendly Businesses?!

Today’s businesses are often trying to be kid friendly so that they won’t lose a large part of a possible huge customer base. However, kid friendly is way different than breast feeding mom friendly. The kid friendly places are often for kids who aren’t breastfeeding anymore and can eat “adult” food. I realized this the other day when I took my nearly three month old baby boy with me on a one hour plus drive to the “big city”.

Once we got to an area where there were a bunch of stores and restaurants, we decided to stop and eat and feed the baby. My sister thought Dairy Queen might be a fast but okay place to stop. However, we were wrong. It was a very tiny place, it had loud music playing, and it did not have a bathroom. What kind of eating establishment does not have a bathroom?! So, I told them such and we walked out.

Next, I saw a McDonald’s and I thought that for sure they would have a bathroom, it would not be playing loud music, it would be air-conditioned and that it would have a booth where I could sit and feed baby with my nursing cover over him. It turned out to be air-conditioned, but it was still hot in there so baby was too hot to want to eat. There was also no booths….they only had chairs. At least there was no loud music playing. However, baby was crying and hot and didn’t want to eat in such a condition. If I kept the nursing cover over him he would be burning up.

Finally, at my limit, I got up from the table in the restaurant cussing that it was way too hot. My sister suggested trying the bathroom so that’s what we did. It was only 5 or so degrees cooler but at least I didn’t have to use my nursing cover in there.Thank goodness for a women only bathroom! But then someone went to dry their hands and there was only a blower in there and no paper towels. So, it was louder than a vacuum and baby started crying again. However, he got a little used to it after that and kept on nursing.

I was so mad at the conditions I had to deal with just to be able to sit down and feed my baby. A too hot place, no booth for ease, and a loud environment. I didn’t have a place to sit in the bathroom either so I was sitting on the icky floor. They didn’t even have a diaper changing station in there. In a McDonald’s…..it’s supposed to be kid friendly I thought. Well, evidently this one was not.

Seriously, more things ought to be done to accommodate us nursing moms who would like to take our kids out and not stay in the house and be cooped up for 4-6 months. That’s my opinion anyways.

Overlooking the Obvious

So, when I learned I was pregnant, I was feeling a lot of feelings. Didn’t really expect to get pregnant after 4 years of marriage. I figured it wasn’t in the cards for me, so it took me by surprise.  I thought I would read up on things to be prepared for whatever came my way. I even took a few classes at the hospital where I would deliver the baby. So, I figured I was pretty set to go and I knew the basics to get by with whatever happened when we took the baby home from the hospital. –

Well, I overlooked a few things.  I saw how it said that baby needs to be fed  8-12 times a day for about 4 months. I knew this would be a pain trying to wake up and feed the baby at night and all day every few hours. However, I thought it would just be a 15-20 minute session. So, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad. However, I forgot to add in the time it takes to burp baby and change his diaper. I also forgot to add in the time it would take to get baby to sleep again. Now, I know on a good day that it takes at least an hour to get a feeding session done. However, most times it takes up to two hours because baby is growing and feeds from both sides. He is also picky about how he goes to sleep. It has to be his way or no sleep…come what may. I remember how the lady at one of the classes said that sometimes baby will want to feed for 45 min. I thought this was the exception and just a “sometimes”. Evidently, the lady was just glossing over this fact or making it sound not too bad on purpose.

So, there I was concerned about the actual labor part of having a baby. Yet, that wasn’t the worst part. It was what I wasn’t concerned about that “got me” in the end. It was the breast feeding that took me by surprise even though  I was given little warnings and clues.

Our little boy is growing into a big boy fast. At 4 weeks, he wants to feed every two hours most of the time during the day. Sometimes, it is every hour. So, we just decided that we needed for sure to get formula because his eating needs are demanding. I need time to eat, go to the bathroom, sleep, shower, etc. Can’t do that with a baby who wants to eat all the time unless we have formula to give him in the meantime. We also have started giving him a pacifier and that helps a lot too because sometimes he just wants to suck and not really eat.

Oh, the joys of breastfeeding!

 

Book 1 & Book 2

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I have been putting a lot of work and time into my new book which I want to have published by this fall. It didn’t take this much work and time when I published my first book. It took a few months to publish my first book, A PinkBoat Adventure. If I am calculating correctly, it will take me about a year to publish my next book, A PinkBoat Adventure – Part 2: “Kathlean’s Bad Day”.

The new book is coming along just fine in my estimation. I have 21 colored illustrations for inside the book. I also have about 21 pages of text to go along with those illustrations. However, I am going to do some two page spreads for some of the illustrations. That still adds up to at least 42 pages of story/illustrations in the book. My first book, A PinkBoat Adventure, had half as much story/illustrations. There will also be twice as much text/reading in the new book than in the first book. So, this new book will satisfy those children who need “more story to read”. I have also let contractions be used in the story. In the previous book, I avoided using them. So, there are a number of differences in the way the book is being composed and put together.

I am using lulu.com to publish my new book. For my first book, I used Authorhouse.com. There is a big difference between these two companies. I can choose to do all the work with formatting the book using lulu. With Authorhouse, I had them do all the formatting work and a majority of the illustration work. Since I’m doing all the formatting work with lulu, there will be a large difference in the cost it will take to have the book published. With Authorhouse, it was a few thousand without advertising. With lulu, it will be a few hundred without advertising.

I thought you might like a little look behind the scenes of my two books to see how the book world works. Even though it is taking me longer to publish my second book, I really do enjoy doing the work. I like creativity and being a children’s book author is a really good outlet for such.

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

 

 

Sleep and Progress

Girl Sleeping

It’s a little hard to get things done when u don’t get enough sleep. I should know since I’ve not been getting as much sleep as I would like. Usually, the white noise machine I have works to get me to sleep. However, it doesn’t work as good lately. Sometimes, it is because I have to get up and go to the bathroom every few hours. Other times, it’s because I have too many things on my mind that I’m thinking about. Last night and the night before, it was because I was having problems breathing. I had to prop myself up with an extra pillow to actually breathe better and be able to fall asleep. I attribute all these reasons for not getting enough sleep to the baby that is due mid May this year. Yep, it’s nice to be able to blame someone else for once…..LOL.

So, since I get tired easier, I have been slow on my book illustration process. Yes, all the images but one are colored. However, I noticed some defects in a good number of the colorings. Some spaces, when seen in an 8.5″ x 8.5″ format are not with color. So, since my book is going to be an 8.5″ x 8.5″ format I need to fix these issues. I also noticed the lines for the images are not as clear for this size as well. So, I am doing the lines over so they are bolder and the image is much more enticing. I am on image #9 right now regarding these corrections.

After this book is finished, I am going to do another children’s book that is for either boy or girl. I already know the subject matter I am going to put in the book as well as the images. Yep, I’m always trying to think one step ahead even though I’m not there yet.

 

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