Tulips

 

We bought a house last year and moved in mid-April, when most of the tulips had already bloomed and withered away. The town we moved to is famous for its vast tulip fields, so everything in town is decorated with them. I love flowers, allergic to them as I may be, so I bought some tulip bulbs from my daughter’s school fundraiser last October.

Growing tulips has been full of surprises. I thought the flower bed on the side of the house was empty, so I planted strawberries under the tree. The strawberry plants loved the rain we got last fall and spread to capacity. I was surprised this February to see some unfamiliar plants pushing their way through the strawberry leaves, which turned out to be tulips planted by the last homeowner. Now I have strawberry-entwined tulips. They match well with the daffodils that decided to spring up in the middle of my heather patches.

I knew the previous homeowner had planted tulips under the maple tree in the front yard, so I waited for the first chill in November and added the bulbs I purchased to the lot. While digging around in there I ran across a bunch of white things that looked like onions. I assumed this was some kind of grassy weed and pulled it up. I didn’t catch it all, fortunately, because they were actually blue hyacinth and I’m a gardening idiot.

In spite of myself, I did end up with a nice plot. Now if I can just figure out how to keep the slugs out.

Emerald City Comic Con 2017

I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con 2017 Thursday through Sunday, March 2-5 at Booth BB-3 on Floor 6. That’s up there against the wall. My booth neighbors include good friends @amymebberson and @silvaniart and we’ll all have Disney comics available to sign! Emerald City is a great opportunity to get Disney Princess comics signed […]

Dark Lily

Space Goat released Dark Lily: Chapter 1 during last year’s Free Comic Book Day event as part of Dark Lily and Friends. They’re publishing the rest of the story in 2017, first as digital chapters on Comixology and then in a new format they’re calling “Backpack Editions.” From the press release: Perfect-bound, at 9″ x 6″, […]

Strawberry Shortcake Hardcover Giveaway

I’m running a GoodReads Giveaway for the first Strawberry Shortcake hardcover! This edition collects issues #1-#2 of the comic book series, plus issue #0 from the 2016 Free Comic Book Day. One lucky GoodReads user will get an autographed copy from my comped set. This book was work-for-hire, so I don’t benefit financially from sales of […]

Frozen

I wrote my first Frozen pitch in the summer of 2014. It took us two years to go from there to a July 2016 solicitation and a lot of hard work was going on behind the scenes. The journey began at San Diego Con 2012 when my collaborator on the Ape Entertainment Strawberry Shortcake series, Amy […]