Friday, February 01, 2008

The Looming Deadline Dragon...

Have you ever felt a deadline breathing down your neck? With less than 10 drawings left to complete for the book, it seems like I just can’t make my hands draw fast enough. When the going gets tough, I have to be extra careful not to push the hands to the point where they shake and ruin a drawing... because with paper and pen, you can’t just push the “UNDO” command on a keyboard!

I managed to get the website updated for February at last, so I think January just slipped into the same black hole that eats socks out of the dryer. I also got all of my class proposals organized for the fall show in Toronto. As soon as I hear which ones get accepted, I will post details and titles on our website to tempt you!

Dad is now out of the hospital and seems to be on the mend. It is SO hard to be far away when stuff like this happens. I can’t just drive across town or head up the street the way I can with our other parents. Both my father and Nick’s live very far away from us, even though they are close in our hearts. It is hard not to be able to see them when they are hurting!

Grant underwent surgery yesterday because a liver was found (just as things were getting very dicey) so all those prayers must have helped! We are waiting to hear details today, but the surgery went well, he got to keep his spleen and now we hope he will be on the road to recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts as his body recovers from this huge operation.

I go through another test on Monday (hopefully the last for a while) called a Capsule Endoscopy where I get to swallow a tiny camera in a pill and wear a special vest to record the data it transmits as it passes through my system. This will hopefully give them the details they need to rule out one more health mystery. Given what Dad has been through with his colon cancer, I don’t mind them being thorough in my case to make sure nothing is brewing inside. I only wish that I didn’t have to drink two more rounds of that lemon-flavoured battery acid they get you to take before hand. I will be a very grumpy, feeling sorry for myself dragon Sunday night and Monday morning.

Now I just need to draw as much as possible over the weekend!


Kat said...

Just some hugs so that you know we're out here rooting for you and your family! Get well vibes to everyone!

J Rae said...

It's been a while since I was on the internet and checked out your blog. I'm glad you finally got a diagnosis for your back troubles and are finding ways/exercises, etc. to help with it.

I'm glad your Dad is back home and doing better.

Hope Bethany is feeling better.

Love the illustrations you did for the book! Great job!

So very, very sorry to hear about Nanny Kay.

Glad that Grant got his transplant. Hope he is doing well.

tkdchick said...

Hugs to you and your family! I've been doing quite a few tests myself lately and they're just not fun. When I went for my bone scan I went around that day joking that I was Radioactive Girl! But I haven't had to drink battery acid yet!

I love your looming draggie! Hope to see you at the Creativ Festival in the fall!

Mel said...

I've just found your blog, I love love love your designs.

((((HUGS))) to you

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your dad has come around! And to hear Grant has gotten his transplant :D I don't even know him and it made my week!

You realize of course you're going to have to do a drawing of a dragon with a small camera coming out of the belly button though don't you?:) Just keep that image in mind when you are having the test done!

You are never far from thoughts and prayers of those who admire you.

Stacey in NS