Sunday, March 1, 2015

Behold..."The Stack"

Check out this stack of library books I have hanging out in my room (yeah, forget the DVDs at the top; they don’t count). I’ll admit, there was something of an ulterior motive to how this stack came into existence, but even so, if you didn’t already know I was a bit of a book nerd, you would definitely know now!

So what was the ulterior motive, you ask? Well, here’s the thing: stats have been a little low lately at the one library I work at…the other day my boss was lamenting about how we needed more of our new books to get checked out…and after a bit of cajoling on my boss’s part (because, you know, it doesn’t take much to twist my arm), I headed to the shelves and returned shortly thereafter with a small handful.

The rest of this stack materialized after a bunch of requested items arrived for me at my home library, and then there was yesterday after work when a few more items decided to come home with me…

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Interview: James D. Schumacher III, Filmmaker and Writer

It is not uncommon to see a comic book writer to dabble in movie making or a movie maker use his talents to make comic books.

Writer James D. Schumacher III is sharing with the trailer for his short film THE ASTRONAUT and his comic book INHERITANCE (brought to life by the amazing artist James Burton of Angry Brain Artworks). 

We reached out to James Schumacher to ask about "runnin' down his dream" being a filmmaker and comic book creator.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Little Gift

Today I stopped by my favorite thrift store. After I dropped off my small bag of donations, I went inside to have a look around. I need an alarm clock, and thought maybe I would find one for sale.

Unfortunately I did not find an alarm clock. But I did find a black belt, which I desperately needed; because there was a 50% off sale on all clothing and accessories for Presidents' Day, the belt only cost me one dollar. One. Dollar. Now that's a bargain!

When I went up to the register to pay for said belt, I noticed a small basket in the corner that said "Jewelry Clearance." I peeked inside and discovered an adorable little school bus pin!

One of our regular patrons at the Riverdale Library is a school bus driver, so I knew I had to buy it for her. The price was definitely within my budget, so I snatched up that little pin quicker than you can say Gallifrey. ^_^

Tonight I pondered how exactly I wanted to present it to her; I knew I didn't want to just hand it to her loose - I needed to do it right! First I put the pin inside a small plastic bag. Then I fashioned a card out of some scrapbook paper, using words I'd clipped from old magazines for the front...

I finished by adding a simple message on the inside of the card, and taping the bag with pin (lightly) to the paper.

I think she's gonna like it.

Olaf and his new pet...pig?!

Arendale, February 16, 2015, 9:12 a.m. - There's a new royal in Arendale! And it's...a pig?! Apparently Snorty, as he has now been officially named, escaped from a local farm and ran onto the main road, where he became spooked and nearly got trampled by Sven the reindeer. Luckily, before that could happen, Kristoff rescued Snorty and brought him to Queen Elsa's castle, where the piglet was introduced to Olaf - and the rest, as they say, is history!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Amy Chace, Avante Garde and All Around Awesome Artist

Amy Chace is a bombastic and artistic personality. As much as she can be seen behind the microphone of the underground punk/heavy metal scene, she is also apt to have a paintbrush in hand. Where most artists are working with paper and canvas, Ms. Chace will use old pieces of wood, long forgotten pages from encyclopedias and she will create graphic novels and sequential art stories that push all bounds.

Her work can be described as multi-medium neo-avante gard American folk art. This talented Long Island, New York based artist has been sharing her work with the world and now she is sharing some of her philosophy with us at "Runnin' Down a Dream!" 

Monday, February 2, 2015


I am so ready for spring.

This was the sky yesterday - fluffy clouds with the sun peeking out off and on...

Turns out the sun was mocking us. Because this was today:

Granted, some of that snow was left over from the last storm, the "blizzard that wasn't a blizzard" which happened exactly a week ago. But most of that dirty snow is from today. I'll admit that it's kind of intimidating; it gives off a claustrophobic type of vibe that makes me really happy that I'm going to work tomorrow!

I can't wait to see the blacktop again. And leaves on the trees. And flowers - Oh, how I want to see flowers!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Drawing Time

I don't draw. Sure, I always enjoyed art classes in school and as an adult I've always loved dabbling with crayons and colored pencils - but as far as any real talent goes, I missed the boat. At 35 years old, my drawings of people are still nothing more than glorified stick figures.

Despite this obvious lack of artistic flair, the other night, instead of writing in my journal, I felt the overwhelming urge to draw. Over Christmas I bought these great swirled colored pencils at Five Below that I just fell in love with...

Kra-Z-art Swirled Colored Pencils.

...and I just LOVE finding an excuse to use them! I knew not to resist the urge, so I found a fresh page in my journal and, ignoring the lines, proceeded to create this:

My ode to warmer weather in the midst of snow.
The scanned image doesn't do the real thing justice, but you get the point.

Sure, it's no Van Gogh. It's not even Andy Warhol. It's mine, and I am proud of it! I love the way the multiple colors shift and change depending on how you hold the tip of each pencil. It makes whatever you draw so much cooler. These colored pencils were definitely a good investment!