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“Bling!”

on February 24, 2014

I’ve finally started character sketches this week for my manuscript that’s currently out on submission. This book has been a work-in-progress for almost one year!

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Here are a couple of iterations. I like the second one more because it’s more whimsical (much like the character), but she does look a bit older than I had intended. ( The girl’s supposed to be 7-8, but feedback is telling me she looks more like 10!) So back to the drawing board, so to speak!

The other one reminds me of a doll. Or a Colorforms character. (Remember those?)

This girl’s getting her gemstones on… her hair, that is. Hence the “BLING!”

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2 responses to ““Bling!”

  1. So proud of you posting these! They are so cool to see what is going on in that head of yours!

  2. robert macpherson says:

    I really love the second girl. Whimsy, yes. But a bit less sly expression would perhaps result in a younger look. Nice work.

    On another topic…

    Were you aware of this:

    >>     > It was about 1:00 pm in the afternoon, and a gal was driving to >> visit a friend when an UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put >> his lights on. >>     > She had always been taught to never to pull over for an unmarked >> car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas >> station, etc. >>     > >>     > >>     > So the gal promptly called #77on her cell phone to tell the police >> dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell >> the dispatcher that there was an  unmarked police car with a flashing red >> light on his rooftop behind her….. The dispatcher checked to see if >> there were police cars where she was and there weren’t, he told her to >> keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way. >>     > >>     > >>     > Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car >> behind her. One policeman went >>     > to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled >> the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a >> convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes. >>     > >>     > >>     > I never knew about the  #77 Cell Phone Feature, but especially for >> a woman alone in a car, you should >>     > not pull over for an unmarked car.  Apparently police have to >> respect your right to keep going to a safe >>     > quiet place.  You obviously need to make some signals that you >> acknowledge them, i.e.. put on your >>     > hazard lights & call #77 . >>     > >>     > Too bad the cell phone companies don’t generally give you this >> little bit of wonderful information. >>     > >>     > >>     > Snopes confirmed that #77 was a direct link to State trooper info. >> in all 50 states.

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