Playing in Photoshop

This is my latest doodle in Photoshop. It is a fun program – I’m hoping to get into it a little more this winter since there are a lot of features that I haven’t used yet. This picture popped into my mind a few months back and I finally had a chance to draw it.

Playing in Photoshop with some quick drawings is a nice way to warm up for a book project that I will be starting later in December. Before I start that project I need to find out what colors reproduce in print and which ones fall flat. I will be getting my first test print back in a day or so. It would be much easier if what you saw on the screen was what gets printed – but unfortunately that is not always the case. Always something new to learn …

I would love to hear your comments about this picture … So – Sign this puppy

The Hospital Handbook

The Hospital Handbook by Mary Soper

I had a chance to work as an illustrator with author Mary Soper for her newly published book “The Hospital Handbook / Strategies for Surviving Your Hospital Stay”. Using storytelling and coaching techniques, this book empowers its audience to be effective by giving 29 tips and tactics for maneuvering within the hospital culture.

A valuable read, it is a book you should ask for in your local bookstore.

About The Author

Mary Soper is a trained social worker who spent most of her career working with various aspects of public policy and marketing, economic and community development, travel and tourism, as well as being involved with human rights issues. As a student of process and macro thinking, Mary developed the lessons in this book over time as opportunities for learning were presented. Now retired, Soper is the oldest of nine siblings who are now in their fifties and sixties.

Widowed at age twenty-four, she has two adult children and three grandchildren. She has been through a variety of hospital experiences with family members and friends as well as her own hospitalizations for lower back injuries and heart by-pass surgery. From each of Mary’s hospital encounters, various lessons have emerged regarding how to do it better. “My children, sisters, and I have had many conversations and informally pooled our experiences into a ‘way’ we do hospital care.

The lessons learned during these traumatic times have been compiled and are shared in this book. Among those lessons are how to advocate for the patient, understanding which doctor is in charge, and learning about additional hospital resources. Each chapter gives true, personal vignettes, as examples of why having survival tactics is important. Reading the text of this self-help book is like reading a short-story collection as various personalities emerge illustrating lessons learned. The reader becomes more empowered to be an active advocate for the patient.

Soper’s goal for The Hospital Handbook is to share these lessons with others in order to make a difference in their hospital and patient experiences.

2 weeks to go …

Hamsters After Dark Title Page
Hamsters After Dark Title Page
Greetings ~

Did I say my book would be released early September ?  It seems that every step of prepping the book took twice as long as I expected … plus all the unforeseen hiccups in between. The whole process has definitely been an intense learning experience.  I can’t say that I enjoyed the feeling of being pulled through a key hole – but I do feel a sense of accomplishment having survived it all.

“Hamsters After Dark”  is currently at the printer and my expected delivery date is October 14th.  Now it’s just a matter of waiting … If you need me for anything … I’ll be the one pacing out in the hall.

So much to do … so little time …

Hamster Book Page
Hamster Book Page

I’ve been a bit lax in posting here …  Hey, I’ve been busy…

My “Hamsters After Dark” book project has given me more than my share of stress.  Who would have thought getting a book published would be so complicated.  I feel like a circus performer jumping through all the hoops.  I really don’t enjoy the chaos of it but the final outcome will make all the labor pains worthwhile.

I have revamped my site and am working on some new pages.  They will launch with my book release hopefully in early September.  After that I plan to drag out my paint brushes and attack some canvas.  It’s been a while since I did some serious painting and I’m ready to get back at it.

As always, I love to hear your comments —