Posts Tagged ‘Art’


Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Writing Updates

I have a a few updates for everyone. First, Surrender to Ruin is back from it’s additional read through. I have a few tweaks to make so things are moving ever closer to done. I’m doing another historical anthology with Grace Burrowes, Miranda Neville, and Shana Galen. I started that story while STR was out being read. I’m considering calling my story “Kissed by a Rake.” Maybe. After that I will work on another My Immortals story and the new project I’m calling “Dark Elves.”

Writing is going slowly at the moment. My duties as a Director for RWA is part of the reason, but that is mostly predictable and manageable.  However, the health of a family member is not, and it should come as no surprise that the burden of that is falling to the women in my immediate family, aka mostly me. I cannot change that. STR is really just about done. But I can’t promise rapid turn arounds these days,

Writing Related Updates

I have a new desk! Here’s some pictures.  It’s made of reclaimed wood by Sons of Salvage here in my town. I highly recommend following that link. I gave them my specific needs and dimensions and they carried it out. In the top picture you can kind of see the 2 drawer pedestal to the right. It’s on wheels so I can move it to the other side if I want. I have a built in keyboard tray. I decided to go with a narrower desk. It’s perfect for me and the space. My next project is to clean out the closet and move the printer there.

Over to the right you’ll see a lamp that looks like it was probably on a train or something. There’s a local artist who makes these super funky lamps out of old items. There’s a picture below with the lamp on so you can see why it’s called “Once in a Blue Moon.” I have it on a timer so it comes on at 9:00 PM to remind me it’s time for bed. Sleep is a precious commodity right now.

Here is a close up of the wood. I love the color and the grain.

Close up of the desk surface. The wood is highly grained and you can see where there were nails and such. All polished and smooth now



Here’s a picture with the lamp on. The framed print to the right is by Ricky Watts, another local artist. And this is a good shot of my current computer wallpaper. It’s a photo by Anton Jankovoy. I bought two of his pictures. This one is of the Milky Way in Nepal. His photos are amazing.

Beautiful desk made of reclaimed wood, with a funky lamp with blue glass on one side, The lamp is on here and there is a blue glow around it,

The desk. With Blue Moon Lamp


I also hooked up my new ergo keyboard. More ergo than the previous one. I’m still getting used to it. My writing space is surrounded by stuff that is meaningful and inspiring to me. It makes a big difference to have these things around me.

And now, back to work.


Sacrificing for One’s Art

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Today my editor emailed to let me know the art department (how I love thee, Art Department!) is working on the cover for My Dangerous Pleasure. The hero is Iskander, who among other attributes has facial tats in the form of blue five stripes down the left side of his face — actually, the stripes go all the way down his body, back to front, top to bottom. He’s cool.

My editor wanted to know if I had any images or sketches or other pics of anyone I may have had in mind. Well, unlike Patti O’Shea, I don’t assemble dossiers on my characters. I have a personality pretty firmly in mind and a totally vague idea of what they might look like — I might have definite ideas about certain features, eye color and hair color (usually) but I just don’t have any one person/model/photo etc in mind.

But my editor needed my assistance and that meant I was going to have to Google for hot men with dark hair and come up with some pictures. I know, I know. It was a trial. But Twitter to the rescue! I tweeted my dilemma and very quickly got loads of links and names. I then had the onerous task of checking out each and every one and deciding which, if any, photos evoked the spirit of Iskander.

I have sent three photos, of three different hot men with dark hair. I should probably send more.

Is Eduardo Verastequi Isander?

This picture came courtesy of @ElyssaPapa who provided the name. I have no idea who he is, but Iskander has some pain in his past and I ask you, how can you look at this picture and not think he’s seen some sadness and you need to come make it all better? Iskander is of uncertain origins (doh — he’s a DEMON) but really, the name is, if I recall, stolen from inspired by the LazyDBA list of SQL Server database administrators. During my research for my historical Indiscreet I discovered that Alexander The Great had been very busy in the Levant and the now Turkish city of Iskenderun (often pronounced and spelled by Europeans as Skanderoon) is, in fact, named after Alexander (Iskander … see where I’m going with this?) The Great. Iskander is not white for one thing . . .

How is Rufus Sewell Like Iskander?

This picture has a deeper sense of melancholia which is why I like it so well. Iskander has been hurt very very badly. I would say Sewell’s face is not quite perfect, but very close. However, Iskander isn’t depressed. He’s actually a bit of a I do my own damn thing and I don’t care if that bothers you. He says what’s on his mind even when he shouldn’t. I should have looked around for pictures where he was smiling, come to think of it. For years (lots and lots and lots of years) Iskander lived with very little contact with the human world. He didn’t need or want it because his personal life was exactly what he wanted it to be. Now that’s he’s learned, to some extent, how to pass as human and get along with his own kind, life is a bit more challenging.

Is Sendhil Rammamurthy like Iskander?

This picture would, I think, be quite amenable to blue stripes. It’s too bad his hand is in the way, but the eyes are to die for and the suggestion of “otherness” from the default white male is delicious. There’s a hint of a smile here that I quite liked. Iskander smiles a lot. Despite everything he’s been through, he’s happy.

He knows how to enjoy life; good food, good sex, Jet Li movies and he makes sure that he does as often as possible. After the break with this Blood Twin, Fen (see My Wicked Enemy) he had a hard time figuring out how to react in a different world. He’s been a sexual omnivore while he was learning how to cope with his new life, but he has a preference for women, he’s learned. He’s had one relationship that might be termed normal and he sometimes thinks he ought to pursue things with her, because they were good together. She’s in love with someone else, but seeing if her could change her mind would be worth it.

He’s been doing well passing for human, he even has a tenant. She rents out the apartment over his garage. She owns a bakery and she’s really pretty. She also doesn’t have a clue about demons or magic. There’s absolutely no reason to think that will change. Nope. Not at all.

I looked at many many other pictures, too.

I’m sharing only a very few here because, well, the honest truth is the internet here is dog slow.
Close but not Iskander-y enough. It's the goatee, I think.

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Too excited not to share!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

As many of you know, I doing some FREE short stories set in my Mages and Demons paranormal world. I’m sooooo close to having the first one ready.

To that end, I found an AMAZING artist who did this for me:

Artwork depicting Telos, a demon hero

My Hero

The artist is Seamas Gallagher.


First, some Humor….

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

xkcd comic about Sporks

That’s one of my all time favorite cartoons. And I love xkcd

I’m not procrastinating by the way. Yesterday, I pulled out the chapter outline for The Next Historical and added in all the new stuff and then rearranged the new and the old so I’d know what the new chapter order should be and which ones needed to be deleted. Two of them. The others I think have enough to warrant staying for a total rewrite. Then I reordered my chapters. Then I read Travels in Turkey and Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt (1844) and got some really good background information. But I had to also do some quick side research on The Levant Company to confirm a suspicion of mine about the Consuls. Uh, yes, it’s true. The British Consuls were appointed but apparently needed to be approved by the Levant Company which was kind of the Middle Eastern equivalent of the East India Company. Politics and commerce. Hand in hand.

Today, my son had a soccer game in a town about 35 minutes away after which we went to Art in the Park where he ate a lot of food and looked at art. I bought a couple of things that will go into the contest stash and a couple of things I liked for me. Then I went grocery shopping then we came home. I was at the computer for a bit and when I actually fell asleep sitting up for a minute, I figured I needed a nap which I did for 2 hours. Then dinner, then cleaning up and now blogging. And so, maybe I surfed the web a bit, maybe.

Anyhoo — off to get SOME work done because I have two deleted chapters to make up…


Today I accosted total strangers

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Long day today. I went to my local RWA chapter meeting which is always enjoyable. After that I went to a book signing at a nearby Borders with several other authors. They didn’t have Shards of Crimson, which was a bummer and kind of worrisome, but A Darker Crimson was there. I sold some books, so that was good. Then we started compiling stacks of everyone’s bookmarks and giving them to people in the store. That brought people to the table, and even generated some sales. And, several of us ended up giving out all our bookmarks, so accosting total strangers is actually a good strategy it seems.

I haven’t gotten any writing done today, but I did manage to reorder my chapters last night after the brainstorming re-org with my prof. I’m trying to decide if I should print out another paper version or do a read through. I’m leaning toward a read through.

And, I’m enjoying MySpace in really unexpected ways. I’ve been able contact some neat people. I’m an art lover and I found an artist, Rachel Tribble whose art I really, really like. I figured there’s no way I could afford anything by her, but when I checked her website, au contraire. I love Cattails and when my tax refund comes in, I may well indulge.

OK. Off to work.