Archive for May, 2014

Screech Owl Box

May 31, 2014

I love it at the end where the author/ artist indicates purchases of her work donate a portion to owl protections good idea!

Whimsical Words

This is the second blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

13 Owl Flying extra Owl art: One of my owl pen and ink sketches from Owl Light.

Owl fact: As predators, owls have a long, hooked beak that is useful in tearing apart their prey.

Owl folklore: Some people believe that owls carry messages back and forth between our world and the spirit world.

Owl link: For crafty types, here’s a link to the Audubon Screech Owl Box Plan  and a video of an Eastern Screech Owl.

Maybe6 owl light cover And, of course, a buy link for Owl Light.

Or buy…

View original post 11 more words

Advertisements

Einstein Recommended Fairy Tales

May 29, 2014

Let’s here it in support of fantasy and faeries!

Whimsical Words

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

A fan of fairy tales since I was three, I agree with Einstein! I read fairy tales along with lots of other books to my kids when they were small, and now read to my grandkids. Fantasy, whether fairy tales or other corners of the genre, encourages readers to lose themselves in another world where tough moral issues can be dealt with and not seem too “real.”

I wrote an essay, Fairy Stories, Magic, and Monsters, published in the Little Patuxent Review, on why we like make believe worlds. I’ve posted the entire essay on my website for you to enjoy.

How do you feel about fairy tales?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

View original post

Owls in The Enchanted Skean

May 24, 2014

Fellow penwoman fantasy author, check her out!

Whimsical Words

Skean copy Next Saturday, the regular Owl Light blog series will resume. Today, I wanted to talk a little about my Young Adult/Cross-Over fantasy novel, The Enchanted Skean, and Balticon.

This weekend, I’m a guest at Balticon, the annual science-fiction and fantasy con sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Over the years, it’s been fun and a learning experience to serve as a Balticon Poetry Workshop leader, panelist, and contest judge. Plus, I’ve participated in book signings, author readings, Broad Universe rapid fire readings, publication parties, and this year for the first time, the art show. Not to mention, I love sitting in the audience enjoying other speakers and panels.

This year, I was lucky enough to have The Enchanted Skean considered for the Compton Crook Award (given for an author’s first speculative novel). To my surprise and delight, The Enchanted Skean was selected as one of 8…

View original post 254 more words

Central New York Pen Women Poetry and Art Contest Winners for 2014

May 22, 2014

Central New York Pen Women Poetry and Art Contest Winners for 2014.

23 Tips for Authors

May 22, 2014

All good advice

Whimsical Words

Lots of thought-provoking tips here for authors – new, emerging, and old! Which is your favorite? (And try not to be influenced by who said it!)

23 Tips for Authors

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

View original post

Barn Owls

May 17, 2014

Owls. Whoo else loves them?

Whimsical Words

This is the first blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

owl light cover 300 Owl art: The cover painting for Owl Light features a barn owl. I love the species’ heart-shaped face.

Owl fact: Owl ears are located behind their eyes and concealed by feathers.

Owl folklore: Owls are associated with sorcery and dark magic in numerous African cultures.

Owl links: Are you a fan of Barn Owls? If so, you should check out the Barn Owl Headquarters and a video of a Barn Owl that doesn’t like dogs.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.

View original post

Respect for Artists, Buying vs. Gifting, thoughts on sales

May 16, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me the attitudes folks have toward artists. You would not hear someone suggest, for example, that a dr. Be allowed to practice in that hallway ” for exposure” and no pay. People who allow artists to hang artwork are appreciated to be sure, libraries, galleries, and so forth, but that concept of giving the artist exposure as a favor is thought provoking. Why shouldn’t artists charge a rental fee for a collection that will be in essence, loaned to a place to show for a period of time? Things are sometimes stolen, damaged, and often the place has a form to sign absolving it of any responsibility to the artist for such. Artists need to eat and pay bills just like everybody else. We don’t eat air.

Recently, a friend of mine, who has never bought anything from me, commented that it would be “much cooler” to hear the ” priceless stories” that I sometimes gather when a piece of my work is purchased by someone for whom it has a special meaning, than to hear of “sales” of works. Should I decide to collect the stories in a manuscript and be lucky enough to publish it, my advice is ” Buy the Book.”

I like being respected enough for my skill to be paid. Relatives, friends, all sorts of people can assume an entitlement and many reasons why they should not purchase your work, be it books or visual art. When I like someone’s work, that of a photographer friend comes to mind, I never just ask for a copy of it even though in these technological days I could even save it to my device aka steal it.
I ask the photographer how much for an 8 x 10 print of it? Whether the artist supports him or herself by artwork or not, it doesn’t matter. Hours of labor went into that piece and studious thought process. Respect that before you assume you are entitled to a gift of it.

It rests solely on the shoulders of the maker to decide what is going to be gifted to someone and why. It is very uncool to tell an artist to give a third party a painting the artist spent hours/days/weeks at work on. Better would be the person suggesting purchase the piece to give to the third party. You would never consider walking into a restaurant and ordering food that takes time and skill to prepare and then not pay for it? Or never would you tell the chef to make a certain dish to give to another customer because that customer loves certain foods.
That is my Friday offering.

Yikes!

May 15, 2014

A touch of humor

Whimsical Words

I love to add interjections to my dialogue, blog posts, emails, letters, and conversations. I’m not sure why – perhaps it’s just the fun of saying them. Or perhaps it’s imagining the person on the other end of the story, book, letter, or blog saying them outloud when they see them.

I think reading the comics when I was young (and I still read a few) introduced me to: Argh, Bwah-hah-hah, Gak, Pshaw, Uh-oh, and Zowie. Here’s a list of the top 100 interjections, can you think of others?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

View original post

Explosion

May 15, 2014

Love this visual and verbal description by my friend of what Is happening here.

Clover's pages

Pear Blossoms
Pear Blossoms

It’s that time in spring when flowers seem to be exploding, opening right before your eyes.  So much is happening in nature and even in the small space of your own yard, that you cannot take time to enjoy each one and end up with a blur of blossoms in your mind.

Apple Blossoms
Apple Blossoms

In an earlier post, I shared our first dandelions of the season, very late, too.  Just a few days later, this is our front yard!   The evening I took this photo, they were swaying in a strong breeze.

Dandelions Galore
Dandelions Galore
Violets
Violets
Apple Blossoms and Buds
Apple Blossoms and Buds

It was almost dark two days ago, when I found my red tulips blossoming!

Tulip
Tulip

Stay tuned for more!

View original post

The “little crochet guy” who became a pastry chef

May 15, 2014

Doll art