I am pleased to announce that I will be working in the Nurturing Arts division of Homestead Hospice. This is an organization that provides care to elderly people with terminal illness. I will be traveling to the various assisted living facilities that they serve with other artists and musicians to be a source of diversion, learning, entertainment and enrichment for these patients.
I cannot lie: I am nervous about this, simply because I will be dealing with people who are dying. There will be many different levels of their health and awareness levels, but this is has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I just never had quite the outlet to do it with. But I specialize in small, intimate presentations better than doing big shows, so I feel in my heart that I will do a good job with this.
Dear Little Pinson Spriggs (a caricature of my husband, in his Rebel Legion X-Wing Pilot costume) has been enlisted to fight the Warriors of Greenscreen!!
Actually, I am providing puppetry services for an independent film/music video, and today I was called in with a couple of requested puppets in my troupe to do some test footage. The producer hasn’t dealt with puppets before but was very keen on using mine, so we ran some puppets through their paces and the post-production team will sort out what they can and can’t do or something of that sort. I’m just the puppeteer!
Here on a site called Bumpworthy, you can see Dudebro playin’ it up, far out on the rings of a disco Saturn:
I had to post this old pic from 1996. I once worked at a wonderful furniture and imports store (while working two other jobs and going to school!) and the owner let me design all our handmade signs for the displays. He would give me a list of signs he wanted, then let me take home the list, posterboard and markers (which he supplied) and I would bring them in the next day.
One of my cats, Gray Baby, quite enjoyed helping in this task. She has long since passed, but I will always remember breaking into hysterics as Gray Baby went nuts on marker fumes.
Last night I won an award–not the full trophy award, but a certificate that I had been nominated for “Best New Puppet Actor” at our Netherworld Actor Awards. I do believe if I had worked more days and been a bit more of a visible presence, I would have earned the full bada-bing trophy honor. Just wait till next year!
Even so,I am very excited and honored. Maybe it’s just a printed-out certificate, but for me it’s a badge of accomplishment and acceptance into the fold.
I’d like to thank my bosses, all my new friends,the wardrobe peeps,the paramedic who put ice on my face after I got konked in the eye,and of course, my big, barnacled,beautiful buddy,Mega Mouth.
Stay away from Netherworld.
Check this baby out.
I spent my last night that I shoulda been working Mega Mouth in the break area, recovering from getting clocked in the eye. Some moron yelled “cowabunga” or something, and DOVE into the puppet’s mouth,completely slamming the entire mechanism backward and into my face,knocking me down. I worked 20 more minutes until someone came to check on me, and by then, I was staggering.Got quite the shiner to show for it! I waited for a couple of days to take a photo, so it would be at its most gruesome, with plenty of colors. 😀
If anyone is wondering, I did get back at the guy, a teenager, since he made the mistake of standing there afterward yukking it up with his friends. Although they couldn’t see me at all, they knew they’d done something “kewl” and were contemplating jumping on the puppet again. That’s when I managed to get up, grab the controls again, and totally smear the jackass against the opposite wall, taking a few of his friends with him.