Saturday, April 24, 2010

Film Festival Fun

I had a lovely day today at the Newport Beach Film Festival where my short film Squirrel Tale screened in the category, Shorts for Shorties. It was so fun to hear the audience respond to the films and I was especially lucky to be among a lot of great films this year! My favorites were The Mouse That Soared and Pups of Liberty .


It all reminded me of my experience last year, where my two favorite films were Because You're Gorgeous, which for the life of me I cannot find a video of, but as soon as I do I will post! And then of course the Oscar Nominated Granny O Grimm : .

What an inspiring day! So much fun.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Keep Going Strong...

Thanks to the CFIDS Association of America for posting this today:

Laura Hillenbrand, the author of "Seabiscut" is a long time CFIDS patient, and this week her 2003 article A Sudden Illness remains one of the literary magazine's top-10 most requested articles, 8 years after its publication.



Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hello, Kitty! Cheers!


Have you heard of this? Hello Kitty has her own WINE! While the Colbert Report gave a shout out to this wine, claiming now kids will want to get wasted.... .maybe.... but I WANT IT TOO!


Super Cutie Cute. See the website Here!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Muses (and Vikings) were knocking

Woke up on Thursday and sat down with my breakfast to watch the previous night's episode of America's Next Top Model (which in the past, has inspired me with their awesome themed photo shoots.. but the magic is waning these past few seasons) and a thought popped up that I MUST DRAW. So that on top of being inspired by my friend Annie's self-avataring of herself as a viking (Re: How to Train your Dragon which is really super amazingly awesome by the way) got me to drawing and here's what happened:

Then, another 4 hours later I had a fully colored version:


and these below are the vikings done by my amazing animator friends, Annie and Natalie:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We're Almost There!

Theme of this year "We're Almost There!" courtesy of the fabulous animated film, "The Princess and the Frog". We sing along to this diddy to keep from going maya-crazy.

This is my character, a little star named... I don't have a name yet. But I can make him really glowy!


Monday, April 5, 2010

Down for the Count


Today is a "2" day on my functional capacity scale, the log I keep every day regarding my energy level and activites in order to find patterns in my condition in order to some day, some how, rebuild, heal, and regain my life. "A "2" day reads: 20% energy. Severe symptoms at rest, including poor concentration; frequent rests or naps; need some assistance with limited self care activities." This means barely able to pull myself out of the tub after washing. It means having to take a break to close my eyes after 10 minutes of TV or computer. Sitting up is nearly impossible, as pain radiates through every muscle in my body. I'd be lucky if I could recall my phone number to you verbally...

My condition is more than being tired. It's not about sleepy. It's about pain, feeling deathly ill, knowing your body is screaming for you to get some help, but there is none to be offered. I know I'm not dying, and I know I'll feel a little better if I allow myself to rest but after four years of living this new and very strange life, I sometimes forget what it is my life is supposed to be about.

I want to work. I want to be up and working on my film. I want to be creating and living and taking advantage of all the amazing things LA has to offer. But today I'll be happy to microwave my dinner. Maybe I'll be able to make it up this evening to sit through a meeting at school. I'll be so happy to be up.

My twenties are not the twenties I thought that I would be living, but I have become more of the person I had always wanted to be. Sitting here waiting to heal has allowed me to develop patience and utter and full compassion. Practicing gratitude is enormously healing. I've let go of the useless thoughts of wishing things were something else, because I've learned to see the value in what is. At least sometimes. I know in the end that it will be OK if I need to rest today. The important thing is not that I conquer the world. The important thing is that I find value and happiness in my days, no matter what my functional capacity scale of the day may be.

Live a happy and abundant life.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Inspiration








Computer animation has its perks, don't get me wrong, but when I sat down to do a drawing to complement my resume and/or business cards I realized I have become quite inept at the hand-drawing thing that got me started in the first place. Thus I took to the web to get re-inspired to work on my old school technical skills with the mighty pencil. Here is what I found:
Search "Ariel" on www.deviantart.com for fan art and concepts.




When shopping HERE, I was then enticed to search for KRISTEN TERCEK





Then from Cuddly Rigor Mortis I was transported to hello naomi cakes where these lovely delicacies can be found:






Happeh to see such amazing creativity!