Panels from my sketchbook comic and an awesome day of poetry and cupcakes.

This weekend, I sent out my sketchbook to the Arthouse Co-op Library in Brooklyn for the Limited Edition Sketchbook Project. The theme of my book was “Time and Distance.” Out of that, I created “Cindy vs Time: a stream of consciousness comic.” First I’d make a text vector or two and then I would write whatever came to my head. Then, I would sketch whatever image came to me from reading the text. Here are a few panels from it.

It was a fun experiment and one that I’m hoping to incorporate in a poetry/comic book manuscript I’m working on. This sketchbook will have a panel published in a book to be released this Fall by the Arthouse Co-op.

For my birthday this year, I had red velvet cupcakes from Bunner’s and a lovely meal prepared by my mother. In the afternoon I went to an afternoon reading to save the High Park Zoo hosted by Tightrope Books and mc’d by Nathaniel G. Moore. I got to hear some lovely readings by Danila Botha, Lisa De Nikolits, Liz Worth, Mike Spry, Myna Wallin, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, and many other wonderful authors. I also did my first public reading!

Photo by Liz Worth

It was a sunny day and sitting there with an Italian soda listening to great verse made for an inspirational afternoon. Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t bought a few books too.

Earlier that day, my children and husband surprised me with a telescope. I’ve wanted one since I was a kid! We spent the evening seeing the moon up close (looking like the top of a glass of milk), and saw Saturn’s rings for the first time. Venus looked like a flaming jewel.

A fabulous start to the year, I believe.

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