A lifelong dream to be part of the creation of a book has finally been fulfilled for San Mateo’s Cindy Meckl-Sloan.
Meckl-Sloan, an adjunct professor of English at De Anza College in Cupertino, did the drawing and some of the ideas for the new book “Palm Springs Lite,” a light-hearted look at the Palm Springs lifestyle, such as plastic surgery and retirement.
“I’ve always done cartoons as long as I can remember,” she said. “I loved Mad Magazine and was really inspired by the cartoons. It was kind of an accident I got together with the person I collaborated with.”
Meckl-Sloan stumbled across Didier Bloch, who owns Café de Beaux Arts on El Paseo Drive in Palm Springs, while visiting friends in Palm Springs. He mentioned he was looking for someone who does cartooning to work with him on a book he had conceptualized. Meckl-Sloan offered him her drawing services.
“I’ve always said if I could sit all day and draw that would be my bliss,” she said.
Previously, Meckl-Sloan did illustrations for a greeting card company. An English teacher since 2001, Meckl-Sloan also worked in interior design prior to going into the education. She holds a bachelor’s of science in human services/counseling from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and a master’s degree in English/creative writing from NDNU as well. No stranger to comedy, her master’s thesis was a parody of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” which she entitled “Omlet.”
Meckl-Sloan said her diverse work background stems from the fact she is an artist.
“I’ve just been a creative, open person,” she said. “When I see opportunities come along, I try to see if it’s something I should be doing.”
Along those lines, she is currently working on a doctorate degree in business and marketing and is close to dissertation.
“It’s to fulfill a lifelong dream to do the ultimate in the education field,” she said.
She has been tossing around the idea of publishing an illustrated children’s book and hopes to write a cartoon strip about growing old as a baby boomer. Ideally, she would hope to get syndicated or published in another cartoon book.
“There’s so many resources for people today who want to get published,” she said. “My advice to others who want to publish a book of any kind, whether cartoons, writing or photography, is to look into online book publishers.”
Bloch and Meckl-Sloan plan to write a San Francisco Lite, Los Angeles Lite, maybe a second volume of Palm Springs Lite and books on other cities as well.
For now, her books are printed and will be available at the end of August in e-book and hardcopy form. They can be ordered online and in a few book stores in Palm Springs. Go to the book’s website, PalmSpringsLite.com, for more information.
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