New Life After Death

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“As the Year of the Rooster clucks to an end, may the Dog lead us to happiness.”

– Quiet Riley –

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Speed Sketching: You Should Try!

Throughout my quiet existence on Earth, I have tried speed dialing, speed writing, heck, even speed dating (in my defense, I was tagging along with friends), but never before have I tried Speed Sketching–that is, until last night! Fourteen artists (some amateur, some pro) gathered inside a small, dingy room in some remote Chinese neighborhood where people hang-dry their shoes, socks and undergarments for all to see.

The Rules: one artist poses front and center for 1 minute while everyone else sketches away. Some artists used watercolors, pencils and charcoal. Others (such as myself) used iPads. After wrestling with the timer, dim lighting and plenty of shaken nerves, my flat screen displayed the following doodles:

As you can tell, there isn’t much to see (remember, 60 seconds). Below are the artists’ sketches of me. Two are fun and realistic. One is quite grotesque. Can you guess which one?

Help Droll Decode

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Here’s the latest snippet from a cosmic activity book coming out this summer. The objective is to help the halfwitted life-form, Droll Spades, decode a secret message found in my upcoming YA novel, Flights of Superstar Humbucker. Although anyone (human or extraterrestrial) can help, this puzzle is intended for organisms aged 7 to 14.

Odd-One-Out

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Here’s the latest snippet from a cosmic activity book my collaborator, Mary, and I have been working on. It’s a classical reasoning game called Odd-One-Out, where 3-4 words are provided, but one doesn’t fit, thus being the odd one out.

This game is ideal for 5-8 year olds.