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Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Arrivals and Story update

There are a bunch of new arrivals in Codyland.  These story hopefuls will be going into casting directly to see whom they will be portraying in my story project.  My doll friends are being so kind to donate dolls or doll items to me to get this project off the ground.

Have you ever had the feeling that you have bitten off more than you can chew sometimes?  Well, on numerous occasions when I sit and think about all that will be going into this major labor of love.  I get a big lump in my throat.  The usual voices begin there usual parade through my mind.  "Oh, this is just too big." "Who do you think you are to to attempt something like this/"  and so on...  But, despite my own doubts at times, this project is a deeply heart felt one.  Mostly because I am hoping to gain some much needed healing in the areas this project will deal with, secondly I am hoping that it inspires others in many ways.  That is why, I am documenting my process for all who are interested in sharing the journey.  I will be up front in saying here and now, that I am not going to give away the whole story here.  If you really want to read the whole thing, it will be made available in book and other formats at some point. This is a dream project for me as it includes so many of my interest all rolled into one.I am so honored by the support and kind remarks I have received so far.  You all rock.

Now to give you another teaser about the story.  The working title I am using is "The Descendants" .  So, here is another little taste.  I don't have any pictures to go with this passage yet.

Episode One Book One "Mathews Lament

Sometimes we think we know truth.  Facts or evidence, which point to one inevitable conclusion appear in front of us clear as crystal.  And yet, every once in a blue moon, truth sneaks up on us like a loud clap of thunder.  It comes as a shock wave of awareness from our heart.  It's useless to try and wave it away like some bothersome fly. No, it sits there in your lap starring into your eyes, seeing all the way down into your soul.  Life is invariably changed now.  All that we believed to be the truth has withered to dust and is blown away.

Maria sat there on the lone park bench contemplating what the doctor had told her just minutes before.  "Why me? How did this happen? Why?" Maria racked her brain and searched her memories, for some logical explanation.  What eventually popped into her burning head was a strange voice.  Maria thought to herself. "That psychic, she said I was to be a vessel.  No, it couldn't be."  Maria wasn't usually superstitious but, now she needed something to grab onto for a reason. The psychic also told her that what the world needs would come from her.  She was one of three.  The power of three shall set us free.”  That's all she could remember of the visit with the psychic. She shook her head and took a deep cleansing breath.  But, she felt an instant pang of nausea well up from her stomach.

Maria knew she had to tell her parents.  Being from a strong religious background, they are going to go nuts.  She grimaced at the thought. But, she was a good girl.  She'll just tell them the truth.  The truth, yeah the truth.  She didn't even know herself.  Maria gathered her courage and stood up.  An officer was just rounding the bend in the road when he stopped her.  "Are you OK miss?" the officer asked.  "Yes, sir I am fine."  Replied Maria.  "Just on my way home."  She explained. The officer looked at Maria with such kind eyes.  Eyes that were deep.  They were the  kind of eyes that could see all the way down into your soul.  "OK, then just be careful.  There are too many dangerous things out and about in the night." said the officer.  "Have a good evening Miss." the officer gave Maria a parting gaze for what seemed like an eternity then went on his way. "Wow that was lucky." Maria thought to herself.  "The state police are usually quite unpleasant to deal with.  But, there was something oddly different about that officer.  He was so kind." Maria contemplated.

Maria began her dreaded journey back home.  Her life just got a whole lot more complicated than a high school girl should experience.

Hope you enjoyed the little sneak peek.  It is the beginning of the first book or at least that is the plan.  I know I will be rewriting a bit too as the story progresses.  There is a plan for three books.  One for each of the three main characters.  The three main characters will all know each other in some way too which will connect the stories.  Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for more doll and story fun.

And the Winner is......

A big thank you to the fifteen of you who played along with my give away.  It was fun to give that a go in celebration of breaking the 200 followers barrier.  So without further ado the winner of the lovely goblin pictured above is

Mary from Indy.  Mary you have one week to contact me and give me you mailing information so I can send out your prize.  Congratulations to you and I know he will have a good home.

Hope you all are enjoying the first few days of spring.  It still feels like winter here in the Ohio valley.  I think that darn ground hog needs to be sent back to weather school.  Anyway, have a great one and I will be posting progress reports on the project and other things in the days ahead.  So, stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Another Year Older and Surpise

Hello to all of my followers out there.  I can't believe I have 205 of you who follow my journey.  Thank you so much for your support and interest into my world.  I am still hosting the give away celebrating this breaking 200 milestone if you want to get in on it you can go here  

I thought I would show you a sneak peek of what I have been doing with some of my creative time.  Below is a picture of the first set of furniture I have built for one of my photo scenes.  It is for Coco Channell's apartment.  It is crafted in the mid century modern style.  But, with a few liberties taken for this particular character.  It has been great fun designing the furniture, picking out the fabrics and materials and getting the job done. It is all in 1/6 inch scale to fit the size of the dolls.

I have decided that I need to actually make Coco's character as the doll I used just for the test shots is way too big for this scale.  That is alright as I can now remake her the way I really want her to look.  I have a headless Barbie body I am going to alter a bit and then sculpt a new head that is a bit older in age.  It is really the only way to get the character I want.

Today I received a wonderful surprise from a friend in the mail.  PB of Mymonstercrush sent me this Rosie Barbie with a hand made dress.  I told her how hard it was to find a fuller figured doll as some of my characters needed to be more real in their shape.  Charlotte is one and I wanted a few more dolls to get away from the tiny Barbie bodies.  Yes, I could probably spend hours sculpting one, but I wanted to avoid that if I could.  So, ta da thank you PB.  You can check out her awesome blog here.

Artists are some of the nicest and most generous people in the world.  I do hope you all have a great week a head of you.  My turning another year older is hopefully making me a bit wiser too.  I am not one to complain about birthdays.  As a matter of fact I rejoice in them.  I made it another year.  What adventures will be in store for me this up coming year.  The forecast for Pisces is awesome for this year.  I have made many great strides spiritually this past year and hope to make many more this new one coming up.  Onward and upward as a dear friend of mine always says.

Go forth and laugh, play and have fun with your life.  Dance like there's no tomorrow and love with all of your hearts minds and bodies.  That is truly what this beautiful life is all about.  Love to you all and until next time.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ha Za! 200 Followers A Celebration Give Away

Wowzers, I have reached the milestone of 200 followers.  I am really excited.  So, to celebrate such a great milestone event in blog land.  I am having a give away.  It will be pretty simple.  You just have to be a follower and comment on this post.  I will repeat these two rules at the end.

This is the prize of the give away.  It is one of my original sculpts.  He is the first goblin wizard of earth named Yah-yay and is a polymer clay sculpt over a paper mache armature.  He measures approximately 8 inches high.  He is one of my favorites of the goblin series.

As a token of my gratitude for all the support and interest in my art, this give away is for the followers.  So, to enter you must

1. Be a follower
2. Leave a comment on this post with a means to contact you if you win.

I will leave this contest open until March 21st.  So, the more you comment the more you have a chance to win.  Thank again for your interest in my art journey.

Good luck.