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Ta Da! New Website for October 2011

on September 30, 2011 - 10:33pm

Here it is, the new look for My Ghoul Friday.

There's still some details to add here and there, but overall I'm pleased with the site's organization (and I hope you'll be happier with it too, and be able to find things more easily).

The only sad sacrifice that had to be made were the comments from the past 4 years. I had no way to import them here (I spent hours resubmitting all the comments people left on the "About" page over the years), and had to make the decision to let them go. *sigh*

Where Does the Time Go?

on September 20, 2011 - 9:08pm

Quick little update. I've spent the last few days finally building the new website. Everything is being redesigned. Who knew I had so much content? I'd say I'm more than 70% done. The goal is to have the new site launched by Oct 1. I think you're going to dig it. Until then I won't be adding much of anything new to the site. Besides that, thanks to everyone who sent notes and updates for how they spent Misgivings Day weekend. And since Sam of Trick or Treat fame has been dominating the announcement of every holiday this past year, a friend thought I should have my own Sam promo for Misgivings Day in the form of a sketch. I think it's pretty hilarious.

Good Thing I'm Not a Horse

on July 27, 2011 - 8:07am

Sunday night I managed to mangle my right ankle. Have spent the days since on the couch, saving up energy to wheel myself around the house to get whatever I need while riding my trusty-dusty office chair. I have crutches but can't carry anything with them, and besides, they cause their own pains and aches. I save them for when I have to do the really fun stuff, like stairs.

Plus my poor left knee, that bore the brunt of the fall once my ankle gave out, has its own nasty scrape.

I'm almost a rainbow: my knee with its reds and browns and yellows, and my ankle which right now is only a single shade of blue (but I predict brilliant purples and greens to come).

Needless to say, I have been less than productive. Or cheerful.

Having to take time off work (that I really can't afford), and not being able to work on a proper project for upcoming shows, just adds insult to injury.

Yesterday, though, I was able to paint some mini carnivorous plants I'd built on Sunday. They still need touch ups and final details, but at least that's something.

How did it happen? Well, it's been suggested to me that I stick to a zombie story. Ninja zombies, to be precise. Make up your own plot details as needed.

I'm off to ice the ankle. Hopefully I will be back by the weekend with happier news of progress!

Saturday Fun and Distraction

on July 2, 2011 - 12:02pm

Looking for something to do today? Alright. I've got two suggestions on how to spend your Saturday.

First, for any locals in the Greater Toronto Area, you can attend The 7th Annual Scarefest hosted by Boneyard Bargains. It takes place at 115 Philip Ave in Scarborough. BBQ, props, a few vendors, and lots of local haunters. Officially kicks off at 1 pm (which means I need to finish getting dressed).

For the rest of you, I can offer a distraction for at least an hour. If you didn't get enough of me via my ten minute interview on this month's Hauntcast, you can now listen to the entire uncut interview on their "Treats" page. And if you don't doze off at the beginning, some of you might find my stories about being a first time vendor, and starting out as an artist, interesting.

Thanks to Shellhawk again for taking the time to chat with me.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, everybody!

Something's Stirring in the Charmed Pot

on June 30, 2011 - 1:55pm

Before everyone takes off for the holiday weekend, I thought I would mention that a certain ghoul will be chatting with Shellhawk on the Charmed Pot segment of Hauntcast tomorrow, July 1.

I guess they wanted a little Canadian content for Canada Day.

We talked for over an hour on skype, which I'm told she's whittled down to about 10 minutes. I'm hoping she didn't just keep the parts where I sound ridiculous in my rambling.

*Taps Mic* Is This Thing On?

on May 2, 2011 - 11:06am

Ghoul Friday works in progress

Testing. Testing.

*wipes the cobwebs off the blog*

Well hello there! That hiatus was longer than expected, wasn't it? Sometimes life demands your attention be elsewhere, and your energies need to be reserved for a specific task. Mine was health.

I've spent the last 3 months researching, learning, and changing my lifestyle in an attempt to get this poor old body happier, or at least working with me and not against me. In doing so, I've managed to drop 16 pounds and reduce the angry physical symptoms that dominated my health and well being.

I'm still working at getting healthy again, but now I feel as if I have energy to spread between working on my physical state and my creative spirit.

Sunday was spent on the simple artistic task of building armatures for future sculpts (as well as some of those faces you see above who have been nagging me for a body).

Long story short: I'm back. I won't be jumping in with daily posts just yet, but you will be seeing updates more often.

Checking In

on March 3, 2011 - 12:04pm

Hey kids. Just a quick post to say yes, I am still here. Creative projects have been put on hold while I get the body back up to snuff. And since we're still in the winter season, I thought it's the perfect time to go on hiatus for a bit.

So what have I been doing for the past month or so? Well, I traded in time creating and posting online to time spent resting, exercising and getting more nutrition. Not terribly exciting, and I didn't want to bore you all with posts about Wii Fit, quinoa recipes, and complaints about how tired/sore I am (but if that appeals to you, then you can read my whining over on my twitter account).

I will, however, give you a quick update for those who are curious. I continue to rock the supplements; I've been doing yoga and strengthening exercises with some very basic cardio (which I define by any repetitive movement that makes me sweat). Sunday will mark the one month point of my new regime, and at this stage I've lost 8.5 pounds of extra weight. The plan is to keep it up, get healthier, bring more energy in so that I can push more creative juices out when spring officially hits.

I've been feeling guilty about not posting and not producing art, but hey, you have to take care of yourself first, right?


on February 5, 2011 - 8:20am

I've been kinda quiet online lately. Have been feeling more fatigued than usual, and thought it might be the January blahs. Haven't been able to concentrate, or get art projects finished (started, yes, but not completed).

I've had enough energy for work and that's about it.

Turns out, on top of various other medical mysteries, my iron and Vitamin D levels are in the basement, and my vitamin B12 is on the brink of tumbling down the stairs to join them.

This would explain why the other day, when Yetch had left some homemade hamburgers in the fridge, I unwrapped a patty, took a taste, and then shoved the whole thing in my mouth as if I hadn't eaten for days.

At first I thought perhaps it was the first stage of "turning". Next step would be the neighbourhood pets all go missing. And finally one morning Yetch would awaken to me gnawing on his forehead, and my saying "sshhhh...go back to sleep...*gnaw gnaw gnaw*".

I share this bit of information with you for two reasons: 1) it explains my absence from online participation, including emails that remain unanswered (I generally don't have much energy at the end of a good day, but with this added bonus I'm a complete zombie). And 2) if YOU have been feeling uncharacteristically exhausted, moody, cloudy headed, achy and did I mention exhausted, perhaps you should make some time for a good old fashioned blood test.

Here's hoping with the help of some supplements and a little shift in my diet, I'll be back to...well, what's normal for me...soon.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have 500 different pills to take.

Did I Ever Mention I Have a Facebook Artist Page?

on January 27, 2011 - 10:17am

I promised a giveaway for January on my recently created Facebook artist page, and since we're already on the 28th, I better get going on that.

It's a simple giveaway. All you have to do is:

a) "Like" my artist page (no, it doesn't count if you are friends with me).

b) On the announcement (the status update with the link to this giveaway description) on my artist page, tell me what you would be interested to see me tackle in future projects. It has to be a reasonable suggestion that fits my style. For example, the suggestion I make tiny, sparkling unicorns that come to life at night would disqualify your entry.

And that's it!

What's up for grabs? I'm thinking an undead head necklace since that's what was suggested to me.

So you have until the end of Tuesday Feb 1st to put your comment on my artist page under the giveaway status update, and then the winner will be picked.

The winner will be chosen by Yetch, either based on their suggestion OR at random by number (he works just like a random application. I tell him the range of numbers to reflect the entries, and he picks one). It depends on his mood on Feb 2.

That's it for today. Have a great weekend. Thank goodness January is almost over!

Ghoul Friday's Halloween Cabinet

on December 5, 2010 - 4:04pm

For years I've wanted a glass cabinet that would protect my art and display my personal collection of items. Thanks to an early Christmas present from ma mere (thanks mom!), all my goodies have a home.

It even has white and orange stripes on the backboard.

With a little creative cutting, I was able to make a hidden opening to run wires through so I could have two of my lamps and a string of lights inside.

The funny thing about it (wasn't funny until about an hour ago when I solved the problem) was one of the main items I wanted protected - the carnivorous plant - didn't fit. I kept trying to be ok with the idea, but finally decided enough was enough, and I pulled out the trusty hacksaw. I always thought the thing was too tall (hey, it was my first plant), and if I end up ruining it, well, that would solve my problem too and I wouldn't have to worry about the darn thing anymore (it hasn't looked right ANYWHERE I put it).

Did you know using a hacksaw on an item you're mad at is therapeutic?

With a little touch up, it all worked out.

Now let me take you on a tour of my cabinet.