Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mothership Goose Gets Reviewed or a Psychotic Housewife Liked My Book (No Really)

Mothership Goose has received it's first review! Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife wife says, "Ah, adorable cuteness alert! Mice in space suits! A Corgi in a top hat! An octopus playing an organ! Squeeee.... I have died from the cuteness," and, "Not only is the story itself a lot of fun, the illustrations on this out of this world sci-fi journey are full of whimsy. We read this book three times before bed last night - it has a been a complete hit with my daughter."

Thanks Storm!

Read her whole review and check out her blog!
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review: Society6 Casemate iPhone case

The Knight of Swords by Noelle Stevenson

The back of my phone is a perfect opportunity to carry around a little piece of art. What the case looks like is honestly the first consideration when I'm shopping. Secondary is how well the case will function and hold up to wear and tear. I also like to rigorously research things I spend my money on. I was miffed last year when I could not find a review of Society6's cases other than fresh out of the mail. I don't know if they were not out long enough for anyone to have an opinion or if no one really saw the point, or what. 

I bought one anyway because what it looks like is most important to me and I was completely in love with the Knight of Swords by Noelle Stevenson.

A year and some months later, this is the review of Society6's Casemate case printing I wish I had.

The printing on the back is nice and the colors are true. However, the printing on the sides is poor and it fades to white (the color of the plastic) towards the front.

Over the course of the year the paint has rubbed off the corners and edges. It took about 8 months before it became noticeable.

At 12 months it went from noticeable to disreputable looking.

Debris inside the case.

The case started out very secure on the phone. Quickly (a few months) it because slightly loose. Just loose enough to get debris caught inside the case where it rubbed the metal and damaged my phone. I don't take the case off very often, so I don't think it was anything I did to stretch it out.

The pits in the metal go all the way around.

I drop my phone at least once a week. With only a little bit of damage to the case, it's protected my phone from concrete, tiles, and my own stupidity. It finally broke last week near the buttons (exactly where I'd been expecting a break) after a nasty drop. As far as durability goes, the case has definitely saved my butt. It's not exactly an Otter Box, but it does pretty freakin' good for one of the thinnest cases I've seen.

It doesn't do anything to protect the front, so I employed plastic sticky screen covers, which works well.

In comparison:

My sister-in-law bought her phone case around the same time as mine. She got hers from RedBubble.

Her case has held up great. It's a tight fit (though her's is obviously a different kind of case than mine). The ridge on the top edge protects the screen from rough surfaces. And most importantly (to me), except for the corner that tangled with concrete, the art is 100% intact (though the glossy protective layer has scrubbed off a little).

In conclusion
If forty dollars isn't anything to you, and you want to change your case out every 6 or 7 months, Society6's phone cases are for you.

However, forty bucks is a lot to me, and I was disappointed. I was hoping to carry around a little piece of art that would hold up over time and protect my phone. My phone's pretty protected, but the body's also scratched from the loose fit, and now the printing is degrading. While I was very glad to carry around Noelle Stevenson's art, I doubt I will buy a Society6 case again. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Raccoons Galore! or I'm Only Truly Happy When I'm Drawing a Rodent

I've started prep work for my next children's book! It's starting a raccoon who lives in a palm tree (apparently that's a thing - my fiancé had to talk me into believing it too).

By the time I was finalizing the drawings for Sunshine's Night Out I was practically drawing hamsters in my sleep. I doodled them on napkins and scraps of paper. I understood their proportions and could draw hamster toes without thinking. Hopefully with all this background in Rodent I'll be able to get a grip on raccoons much faster than hamsters.

I'm already in love with their grabby hands, it's their back toes giving me trouble.

These drawings aren't really supposed to be finished art (obviously). They're studies in proportion, fur direction, fur patterns, and the head from different angles.

Every animal I've drawn since Sunshine has been compared to hamsters in my brain, let me just say, these suckers have some looooong legs.

(Also have no doubt that every single one of these drawing's photo-reference was shamelessly torn from Google Images. Seriously. Go google raccoons. You will 100% find these pictures. Also have no doubt that I'm not making any money from these particular drawings, so please don't sue me.)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pre-Order Olympia Heights Book Four

Have you been eagerly awaiting the fourth and final Olympia Heights novel? Then there’s good news for you! From now until March 1, 2014, Matter Deep is taking pre-orders on Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos. Pre-ordered books come signed with an autographed mini poster, two bookmarks, and a PDF preview of the comic series in-progress. The best part is that the whole package arrives a week before the official March 30th release date.

Haven’t been reading? That’s okay, you can also pre-order your book as part of a bundle and get all four books signed, all the other cool swag we mentioned, and a vinyl sticker.

If you're not interested in Olympia Heights, here's a drawing of a raccoon:

Photo-reference shamelessly stolen from google images.