Monday, May 20, 2019

MegaCon 2019

I went to MegaCon this past weekend. My nephew and I drove down on Saturday. We only go for one day, and we had a good time.



I had a good visit with my friend Cory Laub, who I only see in person at MegaCon (we keep in touch during the year). He also gave me a cool Riddler sketch card, which is pictured below with two prints I picked up. I had a photo op with David Tennant. I bought a cool dinosaur print. Got some comics and graphic novels as well.






As usual, it was over-crowded. While I'm happy to see that it has exploded, and that so many people want to attend, I also miss the days when it wasn't as large. I'm not a crowd person, so it wears on me. I was pleased to see a few more comic dealers this year than last. The crowd makes it difficult to look at times though.

Afterwards, we hit a Chinese buffet for late lunch / early dinner, and then drove home. It was a good day!




Our next show will be the Raleigh Super Con, in July. My niece and sister (in law) live up that way, so we're taking them to the show. We took my niece to her first comic (and cards) show last summer, so I think it will become a new tradition.

In August, I'll be flying solo at Disney for my 50th birthday. I'm looking forward to that. I'll only be there for a couple of days, but it'll be fun. I've done WDW as a solo day trip plenty of times, but this will be my first time with a multi-day solo trip. I wanted to do something fun for my 50th, and thought this would be great as I love going down there. 

That's all for now... Back to work...

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A good week...

I had a good week this past week. Nothing spectacular, but I had a couple of high points...



First, I had my fourth photo shoot with Richard. I am pictured with him above. I enjoy working with Richard, and we get along well at our shoots. This shoot was no exception. We got a lot of good shots, and I have prints on the way! We're talking about going a little further afield in the future... likely the beach will be the first of these. You can check out Richard's photos on eBay and eBid. (NSFW warning)

I turn 50 this year, and I'm lucky to be here. How lucky? In my teen years, I attempted suicide. I'm well over that, but I still struggle with depression issues. Years ago, I was almost killed. I was attacked by someone who was modeling for me. No warning. No reason for it. Obviously, I survived. It's not something I talk about much. I took over a year off, and it was having a couple of friends standing in front of my camera for me that helped get me back in the game. Not gonna let some jerk (who is no longer with us) dictate by his actions against me what I'm going to do. I still have some PTSD issues because of it, and a couple of weeks ago, it was That Time Of Year again. I wasn't really dwelling on it, but I was squirrelly. This led me to having a video message done for me by Max Adler.

I've been a fan of Max since he was on Glee. I watched Switched At Birth (good show), and several of his indie films. He's been on The Flash and Big Bang Theory. I know he's done more, but that's what I know off the top of my head. I found out about this site, Cameo, from one of his tweets. 

On Glee, Max played Dave Karofsky. Karofsky was a bully to begin with, but then we learn why... he's hiding that he's gay. Eventually, he's outed and he tries to take his life. Over the series, he comes to terms with himself, and even identifies as a bear. While I was never a bully, I could identify with some of his journey, and I appreciated the bear representation. I'm semi-bearish, even though I don't really fit in. (It's true. I've never fit in anywhere. It's okay. I'd rather do my own thing than get lost in a crowd.)

I will also say that I'd love to photograph Max. I've had the "fantasy" of getting to photograph this actor or that singer before. However, I'm "small time", and can't offer anything that would get the notice of management. I'd still like to photograph Max, including shirtless shots. I'd like to photograph him even if he weren't Max Adler - Actor, but was just some dude named Max.

With these things in mind, I asked him to make me a Happy 50th wearing a tank top or open shirt as a nod to bears and my photography. I told him to do what made him comfortable. He sent me an awesome early 50th birthday (I turn 50 on 26 August.) message. I was very excited when I got it, and very happy with it.

You can check it out here: https://www.cameo.com/v/5cd5741578e4a8014d58a9db

I have always thought that Max seems like an awesome and warm person. I've seen him in enough interviews, as well as social media, to get a sense of that. I know I paid for a video, but I really, really appreciate that he took the time to make me such an amazing video! I'm even thinking about booking a second one when my birthday rolls around.

Aside from these two things, I had my weekly lunch with my best friend, read a couple of good books and a run of a 1970's comic, worked, worked, and ran errands. So, that's that for now. On this blog, I often talk about losing weight, walking, etc... I didn't get any further in that department, but have held on to the weight I got down to earlier this year. I will improve.

Next weekend is MegaCon in Orlando. Looking forward to that. I will take some photos while I'm there, hopefully more this year than the past couple of years.

Take Care! Stay Groovy!



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Bleed - new abstract painting

My latest painting is called The Bleed.



Why "The Bleed"? I felt it worked as the end result looks a little like blood, and the colours are bleeding together.

This painting took some time to complete. It is a result of me painting and painting, not liking where it was at, and then painting some more. Finally, I hit a finishing point, and I coated it with 2-part resin. This is my first time using resin. (I also made some jewelry pieces with that batch of resin.) I ended up really liking the end result, even if the canvas isn't perfect.

This is a 5 inch by 7 inch painting on canvas board. If you are interested, it is available for purchase: The Bleed on Etsy

Have a Groovy Week!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

ugh!

It's laundry day again. Don't I look thrilled?


I take clothes to the laundromat because we're on well water, and don't want our stuff turning orange. I then bring it all home, dry it, fold it, iron where necessary, etc... 

Anyway, I haven't posed about my attempts at weight loss in a while. I stepped on the scale, and after it emitted a blood-curdling scream, I saw that I had gained back some weight. I'm less than thrilled.

I only have myself to blame. I really haven't walked like I should have. I have gotten out in the yard and done some work, clearing out weeds and taking down some trash trees. The last couple of weeks I've eaten out a little more than I would have liked. I think I may also be stress-eating as well without realizing it.

Well, I know what I need to do. It's time to put on my walking shoes and get walking. I need to cook more for myself, which I haven't been doing either (heating up frozen meals doesn't count as cooking!). I know why I'm stressed, so I need to find other distractions or ways of dealing with it than food. 

I'll be honest, I never expected my weight loss to be "easy". I'm not happy with what the scale had to say this morning, but... it's a new day and I need to move forward. We're all going to fall down or take a step back from time to time. The best thing we can do is be kind to ourselves and move ahead with our goals. Whatever your goals are, stick with them! 

I leave you with some wise words from one of my favourite queens, Latrice Royale. I don't know who did the art or created this image is however, so I can't give them the credit they deserve for turning this quote into an awesome piece of art! (If you know, please leave a comment! Thanks!)




Thursday, April 11, 2019

Japan Candy Box April edition

Got my new #JapanCandyBox today! Woo woo! Get your own at https://www.japancandybox.com?raf=ref5654295
 








 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

38th St. Augustine Lion's Seafood Festival

Went to the 38th St. Augustine Lion's Seafood Festival yesterday with my brother and nephew. We had a good time. We checked out the art that was there, and I picked up a couple of bracelets at one booth. Saw some cool comic art at another, and got the guy's card: www.useeverycolor.com We got some crab cake sandwiches that were good, but basic. Just the crab cake on a hamburger bun. We made use of the remoulade sauce bottle. Then, we picked up some conch fritters (pictured) from a Caribbean stand. These were great! Enough heat to give them flavor, but not so much that your mouth is burning! In all, it was a nice outing.