For the first time, I am taking on Inktober! This is where someone does an ink drawing a day during the month of October! Sounds simple enough? Here is the link.
And here is my first drawing, from October 1. It’s Roo!
I chose a theme of “Animals” just for the heck of it, though some people just draw whatever strikes their fancy and some people follow the list of “prompts” included on that website. I found an assortment of ink and drawing implements, from pre-filled pens to pen points I must have last used decades ago.
The mystery Japanese pen I used for Roo smudged when I tried to erase the lines, so the following day I just did a quickie sketch with no pencil in a dollar-store sketchpad instead of on good paper, like Roo. Some people just seem to draw on scrap paper and others draw very elaborate works each day. Here is drawing number two:
If you want to keep up with my Inktober drawings, I will post them daily on Facebook and Twitter (@RobertaGregory). Friend or follow me, please, and let me know if you found out about this by my blog!
And if you got inspired to start a little Inktober of your own, let me see what you’ve done. It’s perfectly fine to hop on board late, so welcome!
July 9 and 10 will find me at the Clallam Bay Comic Con in Clallam Bay Washington, what is probably the smallest comic book convention in the world….. but loads of fun, and the trip out there can be as much fun as the convention itself!
And since the convention coincides with Clallam Bay Fun Days, you get a parade and fireworks included in the deal. Granted, it is a pretty small parade, but you get flags galore since it is the weekend after the 4th of July– and located out in the boonies.
PLUS, you get to see the Clallam Bay Democrats. Both of them!
How awesome is the trip to get out to the con? First of all, you get to ride a ferry, unless you decide to drive the LONG way around through Tacoma or else the REALLY long way, through Forks. Nah, skip Forks (it’s way overrated) and take the ferry. You might see orca whales. They have been out and about lately.
And part of the drive passes through Olympic National Park, meaning you can stop at the so-beautiful-it’s-ridiculous Lake Crescent and take a break at the historic lodge for free– though you can also buy something to eat or drink.
And if you budgeted enough time on your drive to Clallam Bay, you can fit in either a side trip to Victorian-Town-in-a-ridiculously-gorgeous-waterfront setting Port Townsend, or else drive up to Hurricane Ridge and see miles and miles of mountains and maybe other wildlife, as well.
Disclaimer: This being the Upper Left Hand Corner of the Continental U.S., unfortunately, you will probably not see the stunningly blue skies in some of these photos of mine this weekend.
This is a story about Singer, the cat belonging to a friend of mine. She needed therapy on her arm, and her kitty understood, and helped her with physical therapy first thing in the morning. This story and many others are in True Cat Toons.
Hurrah! I finally have the Print on Demand version of True Cat Toons, the book! Donna Barr helped me set it up on Lulu.com, and that is the first place it is going to be available. Here is the order page on Lulu. It is also available from Amazon, but I get less per book from them.
I have just ordered a batch for Emerald City Comic Con, where it will be available all weekend at table EE-7 (Desert Peach/Cat Toons) but alas, I will only be there all day Friday and then Saturday morning. Donna Barr and Bruce Taylor will be there in my absence to sell Cat Toons (and their own wonderful books.)
Once I get extra copies to sell (because all the contributors get a free copy, as well) I will attach information to my web site on how to order them from me. The Lulu ones will not have a nice sketch from me, but Donna Barr has suggested I can send out stickers with an autograph and a personalized sketch, as well. She’s been doing this for a long time!
My long range plan is to publish a bookstore friendly edition in bulk, with a retail price of $10 rather than the hefty Print on Demand price of $12.95. That will take a bit of money up front, though. It costs a lot more per book to publish Print on Demand, BUT after several years, I am so delighted to just have the BOOK available, because so many people have been eager to read this! AND there will be a More True Cat Toons book coming, for those whose stories did not make it into this first edition.
This is a view looking east from Washington Pass. The photo was taken on August 19, 2013. This is one of the most beautiful scenes in the North Cascades. The road is far below, and the tops of the mountains are almost a mile above them.