Monday, July 28, 2014

So, so, so so busy.

Good Heavens, where do I begin?

I released my first short story, "Four", on and received a five-star rating. That was nice. Some people are too weirded out by it to give me a review, understandably, but I am so happy that I wrote the story. The feedback I've received has been incredible, and even a small impact is an impact nonetheless. That's good enough for me. Totally worth it.

I'm still in Camp NaNoWriMo, and it's going okay. I have made a good bit of progress on my novella, The Children of Mossy Hollow, and I have every intention of completing the manuscript by the end of NaNoWriMo in November. I met with a couple of local writers today and we have agreed to meet several times a year for the purpose of progress and motivation.

I've gotten quite a bit done around the house. It's still not sold, but I'm packing up what I can and getting things sorted. I'm selling things that I'm not using and using the money to get some of my artwork framed.

That leads me to the big news. I am being given an art show.

I asked the library if I could put a few paintings on display. They visited my newly renovated webpage, and told me it will be an exhibition complete with local press, advertising, and a reception with refreshments, etc. I told the manager that I wasn't wanting all of that, but it's their policy. So here I am, having my own solo art show. I am both excited and terrified.

As long as a hurricane doesn't blow through, here's the scoop:

"Sweet Retreat"
Tuesday, September 2nd
5:00PM to 7:00PM
Ina Thompson Library
Moss Point, Mississippi

I've been running around like a headless chicken trying to get work framed and presentable. Much of my art was boxed up in the storage room, but now it's sitting out all over the house.

I'm also working on new pieces for the show.

I am planning to display something in the neighborhood of 16 pieces, but it may end up being more or less. I am actually going to have about 23 on standby, but I am almost sure all of them won't fit on the walls. We'll see what happens. There is absolutely no way I could do this on my own, so thank goodness, my wonderful stepdad is going to help carry and hang the stuff. The man is a saint, God bless him. I hate that Mom isn't here to see this. My art was really the one big thing I did that made her proud. So this is for her too, in a way.

It has been years since I've been in a spotlight, and I don't care for it much. I am looking forward to the show, though. It would be awesome to see some of you there. I'll keep you posted, friends.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gulf Coast Art Studio

I'm slowly beginning to take commissions again
in spite of stress, migraines, weakness, etc. etc.

Let me know if there's something you're interested in
and we'll have a chat about it. Even if it's something I
can't do, I know so many artists who probably can.

I'm hoping to display some of my art at one of the
local libraries soon. I'm supposed to call Monday.

I'm overwhelmed with ideas & wish there were a thousand
hours in a day, complete with the necessary muscle power
to accomplish them. For now, they'll have to stay ideas.

But as I've proven many times before,
I don't give up easily. :-)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Four" by K.B. Sarge

So happy to finally introduce the world to Felix Valentine!

Hope you will read and share. Much more to come!

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The last two and a half weeks

I have been busy since being discharged from the hospital.

I drove to Bay St. Louis, MS, stayed overnight, applied for public housing, had to go home to get more paperwork, drove back to BSL the next day, had breakfast at an amazing place called Grammy's Donuts & More - best biscuits and gravy I've EVER had - and drove home. Notable restaurant names I saw: Mother Cluckers, and Slap Ya Momma BBQ. Ha!

Made an awesome homemade pizza,
and beans and peas with honey ham.

Put myself on Mobile County's public housing waiting list, which is impossibly long.

Read Paper Towns by John Green. Loving me some John Green lately. I'm a big fan of his wife Sarah's website too.

Had a great Philadelphia roll at Jacks By The Tracks in Pascagoula, MS.

Caught up with Camp NaNoWriMo by putting a large dent in my novella, now called The Children of Mossy Hollow.

Picked up French bread at Jimmy John's in West Mobile, AL and saw a guy there who looked exactly like Vincent Van Gogh. He even had the hat. I can neither confirm nor deny if he was missing an ear. Sorry I couldn't get a photo.

Got my finished color pencil project professionally framed.

Ended up in some crazy traffic on the 4th of July. So crazy that I almost regret leaving the house, but at least I made it home safely.

Met with a social worker (more on that later) and two doctors. Had an upper GI. Still having digestive issues from that. Still waiting on results of the test.

Attended an event at Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi, MS.
If you don't know who "The Mad Potter of Biloxi" is,
or the designer of this facility, Frank Gehry,
you've been art-deprived. Google them.

Cooked, cleaned, did some car maintenance, and ran some random errands.

Dealt with several minor episodes of Periodic Paralysis.

Uploaded a new template for Gulf Coast Art Studio (it's still under renovation - I'll keep ya posted).

Whew! I am so exhausted, but thankful to be up and around, albeit, walking with assistance. A big part of my livelihood is in being as independent as possible. Being able to drive, run errands, and take care of myself is a huge priority.

I have other updates to share. Talk to you soon.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Home internet is down

Testing from my phone.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ann's HKPP Blog

Ann Latos and I have parallel lives. She has the same form of HKPP that I do, and her mobility came crashing down as quickly as mine did a few years ago. Just as I've experienced for over 20 years now, some of her doctors, family, and friends didn't believe her illness was real.

I hope Ann never stops sharing her journey, because I know how lonely, frustrating, and despairing it is to live with this rare systemic disease. There are others out there suffering more than necessary as Ann and I have because they can't convince people to listen and care. Some patients have even died by the hands and voices of ignorant caregivers. In order to stop these senseless tragedies, all of these people, and their future generations, need us to speak out just as much or more than we need to be heard ourselves.

I don't know about Ann, but those who wish to silence me will be sorely disappointed. I will never stop talking about my life - the good, bad, and ugly. The thanks and positive feedback I have received from around the world triumphs over the false judgment, unsolicited opinions, and criticism that any skeptic has thrown at me. To those people, I simply say "Game Over". You lose. I have no doubt Ann feels the same way now that she has found the physical and emotional support she needs to continue fighting this battle.

I appreciate the MDA for sponsoring her blog. Familial Periodic Paralysis is still a widely unknown and misunderstood disease - one of the rarest forms of Muscular Dystrophy in existence. The only way to save lives and give patients a better, more independent future is if we make it known and understood, and that requires awareness. Go Ann!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We are no better than Hobby Lobby

I used to teach at Hobby Lobby, and I also used to be a Paralegal, so those who know me probably aren't surprised that I weighed in on the current drama.

We are no better than Hobby Lobby

As always, I am brutally honest on Thoughts & Theories. Read at your own risk.