A Doodle a Day—This past eight day’s spread!

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There is so much nutty stuff in here. I have discovered that the day’s events usually influence the daily doodle; therefore, I have tried to hold off doodling it until the evening(I used to do it in the morning).

One of my  great accomplishments this past week was getting my office organized. I mean REALLY organized, which included culling dozens and dozens of my beloved toys out of it. There were just so many I couldn’t quite function in here. I hated to see them packed up, but they haven’t gone far—my favorites are in a bright orange tub under one of my desks.
I am slowly learning how to purge and focus more on art and writing than collecting. It’s a lifetime habit I am trying to curb.
Anyway, another task I completed this week was getting my address book situated. Before, my book consisted of a small looseleaf notebook that had about half its addresses entered in neatly and in ABC order—that was done about five years ago. Somehow over time I started just scribbling people’s info on little colored pieces of paper and simply shoving them in the book. I could remember what color of paper people’s info was put on, but their addresses were just scattered willy-nilly through the stack of paper. Finding an address meant unpiling the whole stack and boy was I sick of it. I was not ABOUT to recopy every address, so I got a big looseleaf notebook, filled it with paper, and taped all those colored pieces of paper into it in ABC order. Then all the previous book’s addresses got taped in, too. I am sure that was much more than you wanted to read, but hey, it was a victory on my end!

This weekend, Steve and I also watched the new Beauty and the Beast live action movie. I found myself really enjoying it, even though for the first thirty minutes I just kinda felt as if we were watching Hermione’s Continuing Adventures in France or somesuch. The characters that were “objects” got a little grating on my eyes until someone in my brain said “hey, that is probably what they would actually look like if they were real”, and I stopped focusing on them so much. I especially enjoyed Ian McKellan as Cogsworth. And I ended up liking the Beast quite a bit, too. Anyway, I was trying to draw the Beast from the old animated movie, from memory. Ergh.


This is a screencap of the homescreen of my phone. I love my little alien friends!

And my beloved The Purple Stuff Podcast returned at last, with an episode all about sharks!    Shark week is just around the corner, so it was perfect, perfect timing.


Monsters of Central America:The Cadejo!

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The Evil Black Cadejo

Cadejos are creatures in Salvadoran, Belizean,Nicaraguan, Costa Rican, Honduran, Guatemalan, Panamanian and southern Mexican folklore  that are usually seen as large shaggy dogs,but are not quite dogs. They often look as if they are part goat, with horns and sometimes even cloven-hoofed feet. A goat-like smell often accompanies a cadejo. There is a good white cadejo and an evil black cadejo. Both are spirits that appear at night to travelers.

Seeing a white cadejo means you will be protected by it on your journey and good fortune will come your way.

Seeing a black cadejo, however, does not bode well for you, for the black cadejo exists as three separate species: one is the devil himself assuming this form and who will drag your soul to hell, another is a man-eating beast, and the third one is a hybrid of the two. It is a strong and dangerous creature but can be killed by a well-armed person.

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The Good White Cadejo