Saturday, July 29, 2023

Dust -- my stop-motion animation

My stop-motion animation is complete, please check it out.

It is based on my dance sculptures (clay and bronze) and a poem-duet I wrote the night I started creating the first sculpture in this series.

The poem is narrated by brilliant voice actors, Heather Jane Hogan and Bob Sterry, with whom I collaborated on my audiobooks. Please kick the volume up to enjoy their voices.

Friday, July 28, 2023

One way for Vlad to avoid me, avoid paying the price for his crimes, is to play dead

 One way for Vlad to avoid me, avoid paying the price for his crimes, is to play dead; another is to play dying. And who knows, perhaps it’s for real. Perhaps it’s not a game. 

Still, I can’t help but remain on guard, even if to others, it may seem pointless. Last time I saw him—about half a year ago—he lay contorted on the stretched hospital sheet, seemingly immobile, and never once lifted an eyelid to meet my gaze, which brought pity to my heart—but didn’t expunge the fear. 

I keep telling myself there’s no reason anymore to be cautious. I shot him, and now he’s said to be in a coma. About that, I have my doubts. Having spent enough time in his company before the hit, I know him all too well. Vlad rejoices in the pain he inflicts. To him, it means being in charge. He is not likely to relinquish it. Even if his power slips away, it’s not going to be for long.

My brush with his Russian gang is something I’d like to forget. It left me struggling to piece my life together. Like an ink stain, the memory of what happened to me in their hands is somewhat shapeless and yet—indelible. Perhaps the only thing I can do now is give it more definition. If only I can learn his secrets.

I try to think the way he does. What would Vlad do now that the police arrested most of his gang, now that he is no longer in control? He would bide his time until finding the right moment to grab it again. And what better place to lay low than a hospital bed?

My boyfriend, Michael, says I’m overly suspicious. There’s no way to fake being in a coma. I do want to believe that—but having been diagnosed a few months ago as a vegetable myself, I know from experience that faking it is not entirely out of the question. Especially when you start to regain your senses, and no one but you knows you’re already alert.

So I just smile at him and say, “Time will tell.” 


(Volume IV of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)

 Paperback Hardcover


Friday, July 21, 2023

Animation snippet "Our limbs entwined"

 So by now I'm seeing the end-of-the-tunnel of my three-minute animation. This snippet is one of my favorites, because it requires the animator (me) to think about not only the motion of the figures but more importantly, of how they express their feelings.

Stay tuned for more...

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Can bronze sculptures fly?

 Did you know bronze sculptures can fly? 

This is another snippet for my upcoming animation. Stay tuned...


Friday, July 7, 2023

The final chapter in this portion of Ash's life

 A thoughtful review for my thriller, Overdose.

Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2023

This is a fast-paced easy-to-read book. Ash finds herself in a bad situation with an evil doctor manipulating her and wanting to totally control her. She fights off what he has done to her and goes after the truth about him. She meets others who have suffered at his hands and tries to help them. Even his deceased wife assists her from the grave with a message she has left on a cell phone.

Ash's parents are still the difficult pair as they have always been, but seem to be warming up to each other after her dad's new wife dies unexpectedly. Ash has moved back to California and tried to resume her old life, but the doctor that treated her for her head injury that put her on a coma has other plans.

Ash's boyfriend Michael plays an important role in this story, showing his love for her and some of his talents that end up saving the day. Reading this story is sometimes tense, but worth it in the end.

Sunday, July 2, 2023

The life of a bronze sculpture

 Stop-motion animation consists of hundreds of split-second snippets. Here is one snippet, bringing to life one of my bronze sculptures. 

Stay tuned for more...