I’ve Been Chosen! – Likeness & Valley Reads

Likeness KCLS Valley Reads RegisterI’m so excited about King Co. Library System choosing my book LIKENESS as their first Valley Reads feature for community book club reading!! Our newspaper, The Valley Record did a Feature Article on the program. I’m #almostfamous !

Anyone who REGISTERS for the program can pick up their FREE book at North Bend Library after April 7th, and then I’ll be leading a Discussion Event at North Bend Library on May 2nd. The book is great for discussion since it’s concept driven and is a playful romp full of thought-provoking ideas regarding similarity and difference.

If you’re in the area, be sure to REGISTER, before March 25th, and if you’re curious, check out the book preview on Amazon.

Get your copy of LIKENESS today!

Valley Reads KCLS Sign Up Flyer


Things that Look Like Other Things

Snow DoughnutThis is supposed to be the theme of my next sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project, but I haven’t made much headway on that book since I’m still madly editing my next novel in the Miss LiV Adventures series. Nevertheless, I am seeing the world in this strange way of Things that Look Like Other Things. When it snowed the other day, I thought this stepping stone that my step-daughter made for us years ago looked like a chocolate doughnut or cake with candy sprinkles and a cherry in the middle…or am I just craving sugar again?

Bits and Pieces

When buying a new calendar this week, I stumbled upon a happy new addiction, or should I say asticktion. Paint by Sticker is awesome…if you like tedious, colorful, puzzles and creating artwork. I usually unplug between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but this year I disappeared into sticker world. I came back relaxed and with some cool creations. Give it a shot. Let me know how it goes…once you come back to ‘reality’.

The Unexpected

20170821_100936It pays to take the time to look a little closer…

Yes, it took me almost a month to look at the whole photos from the eclipse day instead of the thumbnails. To my surprise and delight, in my ‘failed’ photos of the direct sun, I caught a cool image of the eclipse in the spots that formed from the camera’s capture of the light. I’m also thinking the beam pattern around the orb is odd with the vertical bright ones and soft even rays around the rest of the disc. Cool, I thought!

Little Black Spot on the Sun

No doubt you’ve heard plenty about the solar eclipse, but I thought I’d post my photos anyway. I hadn’t read of this aspect of it – how the trees create viewers through each hole between their leaves – but I recognized it with delight. The tiny crescents scattered everywhere from the huge tree across the street struck my eye as strange and beautiful.

I thought it would get dark at the 92% totality in my area, but the lower level of light was noticeable and it got colder, for sure. The level of light made my brain feel funny, and after the eclipse my sense of time was completely off until late evening when I guess my internal clock and my external understanding of time got in sync again. Usually I know what time it is to within a couple minutes, and I was almost two hours off thinking it was about 10:30 when it was 12:28. Maybe the funny feeling in my head during the darkening morning light was my inner clock duking it out with my external clock.

Did you see the eclipse this time around? Did it throw off your internal clock or affect you in any other notable way?

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