Friday, October 11, 2019

Inktober

It's Inktober, and I've taken up the challenge. I've been approaching it as a sketch card a day. I've also been taking the super-hero (mostly) approach, though I've drawn one of my non-super characters, and even Adam Richman. 

Here are the cards I've created so far. All are available for those who are interested.












Sunday, October 6, 2019

Gay Pride Market




I went to the Pride Market today, after the family lunch. It was fine. I took a couple of turns around. Got tested (I'm negative). Got some freebies (Batwoman poster, tote bag from a bank). I signed a few petitions. Bought some postcards from an artist. Except for the guy at the HIV test, and the artist, I could have just been invisible. I often feel that while I am part of the LGBTQ+ community, I am also apart from it. On the way home, I stopped at Good Dough and bought some dougnuts! Yum! I had the Jags doughnut already (the teal one) - Yummy!







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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Green Zoom Green

Got my new shirt, and it looks great! You can get one at 
 
 


 
I'm really pleased with how this shirt came out. It's very well made, and comfortable to wear! I know I'm not a model, but I hope this gives you an idea of how the shirt looks in the real world, on a real person (and not the online thumbnail these sites create). 
 
Any buyers for Target or Old Navy or any other stores out there looking for some cool shirt designs, please drop me a line. 

To anyone who buys this shirt, or any of my shirts, I'd love to see a pic of you in the shirt. If you're willing to share, please drop one in the comments. Thanks!

Take Care!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Shirt Designs!




Available now, Green Zoom Green!
 
 
 Up for voting, The Hyper Green. Please vote and help this shirt get made. Thanks!
 
I'm working on more new shirts and designs, so keep your eyes peeled here as well as your favourite sites, like Zazzle, Threadless, Society6, and RedBubble. Links to my stores on these sites are in the sidebar. If you can help spread the word about the new designs, I appreciate it.
 
Take Care!
 
Korey


 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Jax Pagan Pride


I went to the Jax Pagan Pride event, held at the Riverside Arts Market. Decent turnout (though, I'll admit, that I expected more people). I took a bunch of photos at the river, as you see. There was some nice jewelry and art, one dealer had some neat looking tarot decks. It was kind of rainy too, but fortunately, the event is sheltered.
 







 


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Empanada Llama Grand Opening, Galaxy's Edge, and other stuff!



Back from Empanada Llama's Grand Opening! Yum! It was crowded, but not overly so. They had a llama outside - sorry, I failed to get his/her pic. I got lucky and was order #4! I got a combo with an Aji De Gallina (chicken) and Choclo Con Queso (corn & cheese) empanadas, sweet potato fries, an Inca Kola, and a Banana Nutella Empanada! Everything was delicious. I will say that I wish I had gotten a sauce - the Choclo Con Queso needed it, though I thought it was delicious and finished it all. I liked the Aji De Gallina a LOT, and I was super-impressed that my fries were crispy! That does not always happen with sweet potato fries. The Banana Nutella Empanada was Heaven! I was full at that point, but I took one for the team and ate it all! I even liked the Inca Kola. It was fruity and refreshing, and I'll order it again. I will definitely return for more!



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I turned 50 a few weeks ago. I don't really feel any different, except for some reason I've been angry quite a bit. It's usually over things that happened long ago and that I can do nothing about. I do let the feeling of anger flow through me, and then let it go, so I'm not quivering with anger all day long. I'm even trying to use it as impetus to do and change the things I want.

For my birthday, I went down to Disney World for a couple of days. It was a solo trip, and I had a good time. My timing was good as Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opened, as well as Epcot's Food & Wine Festival. Yay! I drove down on Tuesday. After checking in to the hotel (Disney's All-Star Music resort), I took a bus over to Disney Springs. There, I found Chicken Guy! YUM! That was a good chicken sandwich! I also got to explore Disney Springs, which I haven't gotten to do since it was Downtown Disney.




Wednesday morning, I got up and headed out for the Magic Kingdom (after getting a smoothie at the hotel food court). I took a turn around MK, going on my favourite rides, and even (finally) going on the Winnie The Pooh ride that opened a few years back. From there, I left for Epcot, taking the monorail. Since I've been staying at Disney resorts on my last few visits, I haven't been on the monorail in years. It was nice. I had lunch at Epcot, and took my time going through the park. I saw all the stands for the festival being set up, so I knew I'd head back on Thursday. When I was too tired to keep on going, I headed back for the hotel.




Thursday morning, I woke up just after 6am (normal time for me) and turned on the Disney info channel on tv. Hollywood Studios opened at 6am that day. I got dressed, taking my time, and headed out to the bus and Hollywood Studios. I got there around 7ish, and took my time walking around. I got in the digital queue for Galaxy's Edge around 8. I continued to tour the park. In Toy Story land, I rode the slinky dog coaster there - that was FUN! I took in a short feature about Walt Disney. I shopped, adding two Star Wars shirts to my collection. A little after 10, it was time for my group to be allowed in to Galaxy's Edge. I loved it! Now, I'll say upfront - I did NOT go into any of the shops or try to get on the ride. The lines were too long for me. I walked through, and took a lot of photos. I even traded photo taking with a couple of people.

 I was done around lunch time, and I headed back to the hotel. I ate light, cleaned up, had a nap, and headed back to Epcot about mid-afternoon. I repeated some of the rides I had been on, but my main goal was the food! I was not disappointed. Even my least-favourite thing was delicious! I had butternut squash stuffed ravioli, marinated Shrimp (Australia), cheese bread (Argentina?), Teriyaki Chicken bun (Japan), red curry (India) and a mango lassi (India). Once I was done with India, I was done. The heat, and the little bit of dairy I had killed what appetite was left. But, I had some very good offerings, and I enjoyed myself. I took my time walking around, so I wasn't just having this all at once. I avoided a few things that looked good, because heat, dairy, and Korey don't mix well. I missed out on a couple of items I would have liked because I had just had enough food. I didn't want to make myself sick. 

Friday morning, early, I was in the car and headed for home. It was a good, if tiring trip. Of course, when I got home, it was time to prep for Hurricane Dorian. We really weren't affected by the hurricane, with the exception of a big tree limb fell in the back yard the day after. The tree limb did not damage anything.

It's been back to the grind for me. I finished up a large art card commission, and I'm currently working on a second large commission (almost finished!). I've got some writing I want to do, and some art projects lined up. I'll work on keeping this blog updated.

BTW: I updated the It's Korey's World Calendar for 2020! Check it out here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/korey-watkins/its-koreys-world-2020/calendar/product-24245848.html I will be updating the other calendars in my Lulu store, as well as adding one or two new ones.

Take Care!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

GalaxyCon, upcoming 50th birthday, and other stuff

I went to GalaxyCon! Woo hoo!

My nephew and I drove up to see my niece and sister-in-law. So, to give you info, I have two older brothers. My older brother lives in town, and is the father  of my nephew. My oldest brother passed away five years ago. He and his wife had settled in NC, which is where she grew up. My niece is their daughter. 

Last year, my nephew and I went up, and took them to a small comics/collectibles show. She seemed to enjoy it. She's 10 now. At the beginning of the year, I bought the tickets for all of us to go to GalaxyCon. A few weeks after that, I won passes for GalaxyCon and a meet & greet with comedian Jonah Ray. I had two extra tickets, and Gary from my APA (amateur press association) wanted them.
 
My nephew and I drove up on Friday, 26 July. We had a good visit with Donna and my niece Friday afternoon and evening. Saturday morning, we headed out for the convention. Parking was easy to find, and I loved that we were a block away. (At MegaCon in Orlando, even though I might be parked next to the building, I still have to walk about a mile to enter!) We met Gary and his husband Will out front. Introductions were made and we all visited a bit before heading in to pick up our tickets. This was my first time meeting Gary and Will. They are both awesome, and I'm happy that we got to meet up! Getting tickets was easy. We did have to wait a bit before heading in though.
 


 

Now, while we tried at first to stick with Gary and Will, people do look around at different paces, and have different goals. We got separated, but ran into each other off and on during the show. While the four of us were in the Artist Alley area, I decided to peel off and do my meet up with Jonah Ray. I had chosen to get a table photo instead of the pro shoot, and I think I got a better photo! I enjoyed meeting Jonah. I'm a BIG MST3K fan, and I really like him on the show. I first became aware of him from @Midnight. We conversed for a few minutes, I got a signed photo, and then I headed back to the family.



We took a break at lunch time, and got a snack. The ladies were kind of tired of looking around, so my nephew and I soldiered on. My niece and sister-in-law enjoyed seeing all the cosplayers while they waited, and my niece is already planning a costume for next year. I know she asked a few questions of some of the cosplayers we met up with. My nephew and I didn't take long, and Donna and I texted a couple of times to 1) make sure we could text and 2) to just check in. I had some good finds, including a lot of bronze age books for $2 each! 
 


 

Once we were ready to go, we met up with Gary & Will again. We visited for another 10-15 minutes, and then we were heading out. We left the convention center and hit the Chinese buffet. This is a tradition with my nephew and I, and I'm glad to pass it on with my niece. 

In all, we had a good time and a great visit! My nephew and I headed home Sunday morning.

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My 50th birthday is coming up this month. I turn 50 on the 26th! To celebrate, I will head down to DisneyWorld for a solo trip. I'll be there for a couple of days. While I didn't plan it while booking the trip, I will end up being there for the opening of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. I will also be celebrating my 50th with my family and best friend. 

I'm also doing the stay-cation thing this month, in celebration of my birthday. I tend to do this every August. I don't stop working altogether, but do try to keep work to a minimum. I do have some projects to get done for buyers, and I will continue to list some on eBay and eBid. If nothing else, I have to use my monthly allotments of listings on eBay! 

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On a sour note, I've been having trouble with Shutterfly. This is the secondary photo lab that I use. After 10+ years of doing business with them, I got locked out of my account. The reason? I was in chat with customer service over a pair of coupon codes that weren't working right for me. The second agent I chatted with, Shanisha (I think that was her name - I do have it in email!) decided that she didn't like my content and locked me out of my account. When I emailed to get a new password, she was also the agent who reviewed it and said no. I have emailed again, and requested that anyone but her review the account. 

Now, I do have some NSFW material in my account. I've never seen anything saying that they won't print it. And, after 10+ years, you would think that someone would have said something. Even so, I've worked for several photo labs in the past. The first thing they drill into you is that the customer's content is None Of Your Business! So, this whole thing feels like discrimination to me. I can't prove that, but often if a man has photos of naked men, suddenly it's against the rules! I'll bet I wouldn't even be writing this if it were photos of naked women.

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Well, that's all I have for you at the moment. I will try to keep this updated better. If nothing else, I'll post after my Disney trip! Take Care!