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Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun?

I’ve been resisting the Inktober mania over at Instagram because (well: because.)  But today it occurred to me that after taking a planned day off from illustrating yesterday, working from a word prompt might be a good way to jump-start the creative juices again.  So I looked up the Inktober word of the day for October 15th (day 15 of the month-long challenge) and learned that it was LIGHT.

Here’s a look at what emerged from my brush pen…

And here’s the finished doodle:

Quick brush pen and ink cartoon illustration of funny character making shadow figures with a flashlight.

P.S.  As I posted the link for Inktober above, I revisited the prompt word list and discovered that the word I found listed on Instagram for today’s prompt (Light) was incorrect.  The prompt for today was actually supposed to be WEAK.  Sigh.  The only way my illustration fits THAT prompt is if you consider that my eyesight is getting weak – hence my misreading of the prompt on Instagram.  A likely story (weak eyes rolling), but I’m sticking to it!

My Favorite Things – A Trip to King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT

I happen to be spending some time in NH taking care of my mom’s cottage and this little cutie…

Photo of my mom's adorable Siamese kitten

Because the days have been cool and crisp with plenty of trees already showing their fall colors, my thoughts have turned to baking.  And so I took myself on a date today to the King Arthur Flour store in Norwich, VT.

First off was a trip to the cafe…

Photo of cafe at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT

For a most delicious cup of tomato herb soup and a 1/2 roasted turkey, apple and Gouda sandwich.

Photo of half sandwich and cup of soup at King Arthur Flour cafe.

Fortified with the wholesome food, I was ready to take on the shopping part of my trip.

I sampled the Vermont maple syrups (the Dark Amber was absolutely incredible!)…

Photo of maple syrup display at King Arthur Flour store.

Before moving on to check out the cookbooks…

Photo of cookbooks at King Arthur Flour store.

Bundt Pans…

Photo of Bundt cake pans at King Arthur Flour store.

Rolling pins…

Photo of rolling pins at King Arthur Flour store.

Chocolate baking drops…

Photo of chocolate and cocoa aisle at King Arthur Flour store.

Baking essences…

Photo of baking sugars and essences at King Arthur Flour store.

And the holiday display table and cookie cutter aisle.

Photo of holiday display table at King Arthur Flour store.

Cookie Cutters at King Arthur Flour store.jpg

So many goodies to choose from, but I ultimately settled on buying a box Super Grains Pancake mix (we’ve had it before and it’s excellent), a soup mix for my hubby, and a small box of chocolates to share.

(I also stopped to pose with King Arthur.)

Photo of Joana with the King Arthur suit of armor at the King Arthur Flour store.

When I got home, I was inspired to whip up a loaf of pumpkin chocolate bread (using King Arthur flour, of course!) and now my little furry friend and I are ready to call it a day.

Photo of little Siamese kitten fast asleep.

Will Work for Food?

(Or, a behind-the-scenes look at how we creatives like to work.)

One of the perks of having joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is that I can attend the Write/ Sketch meetups at our local Whole Foods.  Since much of the work that creative people do is solitary, having the chance to chat with and work alongside fellow artists and writers is a lovely treat.

And speaking of TREATS, our meetups also include the edible kind, too.  (As you can see, I wasn’t shy about diving right in.)

Are you a creative?  How do you network and share with your fellow creatives?


Life Perspectives

Mopping Up Final for blog

“Into each life some rain must fall.”

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

But if you’re feeling like you’ve had too much rain for one lifetime, maybe it’s not the rain but your attitude that needs a bit of a clean up.  I recently came across this article with 15 “secrets” for shifting your perspective on life.   All of the tips are spot-on, but I especially loved the reminders in #2, #3 and #4.

How about you?  Which tips from this list resonate the most with you?

My Favorite TV Show and Why

Recently I’ve been eating up episodes of The Great British Baking Show.  The show is action-packed (3 baking challenges per show) and there is enough variety in the challenges to keep me entertained and interested.  Plus, I’m really loving the vibe of the show overall.  Unlike many cooking shows this side of the pond, there seems to be a gentle camaraderie among the contestants, and unfailingly good sportsmanship is served up right alongside the tarts, pies, breads and cakes.

So if I get sucked into the Boob Tube, don’t worry.  It’s all wholesome (thought not necessarily wholewheat!) fun.