I thought things were going to wind down for me by November, but it’s been busy as ever, especially as we’ve been getting ready for the upcoming Filipino Reader Conference.
I’m baaaack! There’s a reason I’ve been remiss in blogging this past month, and it’s called Inktober.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had a “past life” as an illustrator but hit a major roadblock that pushed me into quitting drawing (almost cold turkey) for several years. It got to a point that I felt like I would never draw again, followed by a fear of starting over, and then a series of false starts that didn’t really lead anywhere.
So when I saw the Inktober drawing challenge on my feed one day (Sept. 30, to be exact), and I thought it might help. I haven’t really been drawing until recently, and I was scared of putting my work out there, so I said I would do it if I had friends who would do it with me. I didn’t think they’d take me seriously, but then they did, and I couldn’t take it back (hahaha).
October 6 marked the worldwide release of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter, and fans all across the world are reliving the magic of J.K. Rowling’s beloved series through the wonderful illustrations of Jim Kay.
As you may have read in my previous post, my cousin and I have been looking forward to this since it was announced, and this post is so late because I just got off Facetime with her, wherein I thumbed through each page in front of my ipad so we could celebrate the release together, as the book isn’t available (yet) where she’s based right now.
My cousin Dianne and I have been on a Harry Potter high since our Harry Birthday party in July. If you don’t know us (yet), our shared love of Harry Potter is one of the cornerstones of our relationship (actual blood relation aside), and now that she’s moved out of town, tickling the sleeping dragon (e.g. our Harry Potter fandom) has been a great way of dealing with separation anxiety.
So after the party, we started a leisurely read-along of the books (e.g. one book a month; so far we’ve finished Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets) and we’ve been running up our phone bills with a flurry of messages throughout the books because we can talk Potterverse until your ears fall off. For cousins who’ve never been far apart for very long their whole lives, who can communicate to each other with nary a bat of an eyelash — Harry Potter has offered a lot of comfort even though we’re miles apart.
Our latest obsession (while waiting for the October 6 release of the illustrated edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and vainly attempting to ignore the presence of a £135 deluxe illustrated slipcase edition) is the new Pottermore website.
I’m still in post-MIBF recovery (the usual: sore throat, backache, and basically feeling like I’ve been run through a laundry press…), and I just sent off my cousin (boo hoo) plus have loads to catch up on (work,
Heneral Luna, new Doctor Who, Face Off, and the mountain of to-be-read books, including MIBF acquisitions), so here’s a photo blog in the meantime!