Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Life tumbles forward

This week I finally purchased plane tickets for our 25th Anniversary trip next summer!

I'm super excited as we're finally going to see Mexico City! When I look online for things to do it's overwhelming, as it's a city of 22 million and the only mega city in North America. I really can't wait .
This week I'm busy with teaching, masks and the children's book I'm illustrating, but I seem to muddle through each day. The weather here went through a crazy spell of hail and snow. It was like some kind of crazy dream/nightmare. I think the native Phoenicians were very excited by it, but those of us who moved here to avoid weather like that were quite annoyed.

Have things improved since last week? Sadly no, my daughter seems to sinking before my eyes. Her meds are currently being held hostage by our insurance company and she can't even get herself to school half the time. She is visiting her big sister, Chloe, in Missouri for spring break so at least she has something to look forward to.

I finally went in to see the doctor about my lupus. I had to wait 4 months to see him, and he explained my test results to me and outlined the cost of starting treatment. I've decided we have to pull some medical expense triage and turned it down. My daughter is in a much more critical state and our insurance doesn't really cover much. All the tests, doctor appointments and meds will put my family on the street in no time.

In my spare time I've started writing a web comic that's been helping me cope. (I can't believe I just used the phrase "In my spare time"-I have 3 jobs!!). It's about a witch and a dragon that sees the future and I love just immersing myself in that world.

Anyway- on to next week! Have a good one. :)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Our beautiful girl

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.” 

― Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

My daughter is depressed. She is clinically depressed and it's a hidden pain, in the heart of our whole family. She goes to a psychiatrist, she takes medication, she sees a therapist and today in a puddle of tears she asked if she could go to a hospital.  A hospital? Can we afford that? Are there services? Financially we barely made it through the week.

Every school year I desperately hope will be better this time. Every day I hope she'll be "ok".  Usually the answer is no. How will we save our beautiful girl?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Trying to recycle and art by my kids

   2 weeks ago I designed my giant spider for this year's "Mutant Piñata Show". I thought I'd use recycled straws for much of it and decided to collect them from local businesses.

   So I printed out these stickers and put them on containers to put by trash receptacles. I went to Starbucks, and they said no it doesn't work with their "visual", I went to Jersey Mikes and they said no, I went to Jamba Juice, and they said they'd "get back to me", and Dark Hall Coffee said the same thing. Now I'm rethinking this plan. It seems no one in Phoenix is interested in recycling. They took away our bins where we live. Then we brought our recyclables across the street to the other complex and now they've removed their recycle bin. Our friend uptown says he drives his recyclables to his mother's house! It's ridiculous!

Castle drawing by Chloe Dubisch
This is a drawing Chloe did in her sketchbook while she was in Scotland last semester. She's back  at school in Missouri and completely swamped with school work right now.

Crows by Chloe Dubisch

This is another one from her Scotland sketchbook. I love her depiction of the crows.

Scissors by Phoebe Dubisch
Phoebe has also been busy sharing her work on her new art instagram  which is growing an incredible following rather quickly.

Glasses by Phoebe Dubisch

This is from her series of hand studies.

In other news, Forbidden Futures writer, Christine Morgan's story from issue one has been nominated for a Splatterpunk award. It's great that Mike's new magazine is already getting some notice!

I've started on a children's book about Oak Island for the Friends of Oak Island Society. It features many of the people from this TV show on The History Channel which is actually very challenging. Also everything I create is screened not just by an art director or an author but a whole committee of people. Anyway, we'll see how this goes. Have a great Wednesday!

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)


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