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Posted in Musings, Process
September 7, 2018

And We’re Back?

I think so. I’ve only wasted a couple of days, or was that a few days, of my time trying to force a WordPress template to do something I remotely wanted it to do for this site. Since I wanted to run it on top of the existing blog, I was adamant about using one of their stewpid templates. Anyway, I’m done with all that for now. Back to you, Jim, LIVE — in the K-Cal studio…

Stay with us after the commercial break. We have Dougie Booty coming at ya with sports, and Stormy Drains here to tell you what’s in store for this weekend’s forecast. You know, for those of you THAT CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO LOOK UP AT THE SKY!

Yeah, I know. Comedy gold, right?

I haven’t been posting the last few blog entries from either of my blog sites to Facebook or my other social media networks, so I will with this one. I skip that a lot because I feel like, otherwise, it would just get too annoying. More so than it may already be. But then, when I think about it and all the artists’ emails and notifications I get every day, I really don’t know why I’m so freakin’ paranoid. This will be one out of the last five entries I’ll be posting on Twitter and all that.

A lot has been going on with me, with the book, with all the things that overlap. I’ve obviously revamped this website. I’ve been adding new pages here and there, like updating the news page to reflect what’s been going on, even though I haven’t officially announced anything for certain, yet. I haven’t been saying much about my potential publisher for a few reasons, the main one being, I don’t meet with them until October. Nothing is set in stone. I’m also waiting for a couple other people to finish reading it. I’ll know a lot more in October sometime.

I’m in process of getting matched up with an attorney to consult me on the manuscript, so I’m waiting on that bit. It’s being proofread now, and that’s another wait. Everything is a wait. Life is a waiting room. And Hell is waiting at the doctor’s office. That’s got to be the worst.

I’m glad I recently finished all the illustrations. I like the book so much better now. I feel free, and dare I say, “happy” about how it’s turned out now.

I’ve had a lot of ideas pulverizing me in the face and keeping me awake at night. They are mostly good, but some are, well, difficult. I had the idea to feature main “characters” from the book on the new website, as they are occasionally illustrated throughout — namely my parents. I’ve always drawn and painted them — even made dolls of them — and generally used them in my art to tell dark and funny stories.

Well, now I’ve had this idea to interview my dad. Great idea, but just as I sat down with him to talk, I realized how difficult it’s going to be to go through that process even though he’s been dead for 10 years. It will be cathartic and healing, a kind of closure really, but I know it won’t be easy to get through despite how funny it may turn out.

For now, I made a “getting to know Calvin” page that will hopefully entertain. It has some tidbits from the book, and things that aren’t in there at all.

This idea has led me to an even more challenging one. I am not sure I can “go there” though. You’ll have to read the book when it comes out to understand why this would be hard, but I’ve been wanting to make a three-minute movie, a trailer for the book actually, that incorporates some animation of the illustrations and some real footage of my parents. It wouldn’t be much footage of them of course, but I’d have to spend a lot of time with it. I haven’t seen it since I filmed it, and it wasn’t a particularly good experience when I did.

So I need to think about it.

1 comment

  • Dennis Erlich

    …wanting to make a three-minute movie, a trailer for the book actually, that incorporates some animation of the illustrations and some real footage of my parents.

    Great idea, kid!

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