This is a culmination of my too many interests. It's is an in-between place. It's more focused than my Myspace blog, but less so than my author blog. Here you can find artwork, photography, writing, poetry, book covers, manga and pointless videos. All of these things mesh together to become a reflection of their creator in an in-between place colored like shadows and flavored like frappuccinos and chocolate. It's one heck of a world.

Friday, December 24, 2010

A special TTTC Christmas Message....

COVER



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Click the images above to see what diabolic gifts Day & Dark has planned in a 13 page Christmassy Special!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Another Batch of Book Covers

artwork

Sometimes I feel like this is all I post. I have two more I am working on and after those I am taking a break through Christmas - unless it's for Jerry or is something super amazing I can't pass up. I need to get caught up on some things!

template

The author provided all the images except for the studly hunk who happens to be... my husband! Ha! I used an image of him when he was 21. I need to scan off all my old photos someday...  I think this needed something more, but that's me.

shades of plaid full cover

This is for my good friend - and partner in all things silly - Jonathan. You can check out his website at http://JisSilly.com for info on the fun, upcoming book. I will do more on it later when it's available to purchase.

advertising for love vs 1



you and none other vs 2

 There was another version of this that I liked better, but I know that as a thumbnail it wouldn't have worked well because the title didn't show up. Still, I loved the white with a splash of color:

you and none other. white

see?

precious you

This one also had an alternate that I liked better, but it's not up to me, it's up to the author.

precious you vs 2

and now...

don't murder maria

The fire image is mine - I believe it's steal wool burning, but it might be our bbq. I had to create the jitter font effect manually, but I liked it. it's a time travel piece, so I wanted it to look "echoey".

And last I have a bit I did for a cover, but I haven;t heard back from the author, so I dunno. if I don;t soon I may use this elsewhere because I really like it:

TEMPLATE

And that's it. I am outta here ;)

Song going through my head - "If I Could be Like That" - Three Doors Down

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Question of Evil - short story

I've been filling in all week for Jonathan at the Word of the Day blog, and that includes writing this week's silly story.....

A Question of Evil

“And that,” The newscaster concluded, “has been the fifth blender murder this week.”
 
The words caught Todd’s attention, and he paused to peer over his roommate’s shoulder at the television screen. “Did she say ‘blender murder’?”

“Yeah,” Martin answered. “There’s a maniac murdering helpless blenders. He sneaks into their house, leaves a not that says ‘I hate the taste of lime!’ and then chucks the blender out the window.” He pointed to an image of a ruined blender flashing past on the TV. “Look at all its poor little guts just strewn about all over the sidewalk. Oh! The humanity!”

“Um right.” Todd took a step back. Martin just hadn’t been the same since he’d come home with purple hair. Maybe the dye had leaked into his brain or something. “I’m going to go to work now.”

“All right.” Martin sniffled and dabbed his eyes. “Just be careful.”

“Um, okay.”

Todd tried hard to shake off the morning’s weirdness. He headed to the office to pick up his vacuum cleaner and his case of supplies. Once he was there, his boss took a moment to remind him that if he didn’t sell a vacuum cleaner today, then he wouldn’t get a paycheck for the week. Todd always appreciated when his boss took the time make his bad day worse.

But that was just the beginning.

Todd didn’t sell any vacuum cleaners all morning, though he did get half of a salsa lesson from a black haired dancing girl – until her husband came home in the middle of it. Todd explained that he was just a vacuum salesman, he even tried showing the guy the vacuum (and hiding behind it), but he still ended up with a black eye before he could make it out of the house.

“Go back to the devil, you vacuum salesman!” the guy shouted and waved his fist before he slammed the door.

Todd wanted to eat lunch, but he only had enough change for a glass of ice, which the cashier suggested he should eat outside. He was sitting on the curb, crunching his frozen ice cubes, when a neatly dressed fellow carrying a heavy case came to a stop next to him.

“Hello,” the guy said affably, then nodded to the vacuum. “A fellow salesman?”

“Um… yeah.” Todd gave the guy a once over. He wasn’t sure about getting too friendly with the competition.

“I sell encyclopedias,” the guy explained. “My name’s Bob.”

“Oh, hi Bob. I’m Todd, and I sell vacuums. Or at least I’m supposed to sell vacuums, but mainly I just carry this thing around a lot and use up hundreds of little white filters.”

Bob nodded sympathetically and took a seat next to him. “I feel your pain. This is a tough town. It’s the kind of place that could drive a guy mad. Just last week one of my coworkers snapped.”

“Really?” Todd wasn’t interested, but he couldn’t think of anything else to say.

“Yeah. It was after he went to this one house… I forget the address. Anyway, he tried to sell them some encyclopedias, but he said the coffee pot kept laughing at him. And then this blender salesman showed up with some fancy routine. He made them all lime smoothies-“ Bob’s voice dropped low so that Todd had to lean close to hear. “I hear that guy can blend a whole lime in his display blender just like that!” He snapped his fingers, and Todd jumped back. “Anyway, so this co worker said that the coffee pot told him that all blenders must die. He ran out of there so fast that he didn’t even take his case with him. I have to go pick it up today.”

“Oh.” Todd crunched his ice in what he hoped was an interested and absorbed way. “That sounds weird.”

“I know! And then there’s been all these blender murders.” Bob tapped the side of his head knowingly. “It makes you think, doesn’t it?”

Todd stopped crunching his ice as a realization struck him. “You mean that your crazy coworker is the blender murderer?”

Bob looked at Todd as if he’d fallen off a truck of used potatoes. “Noooooo. Why would you think that?”

“Well, he said blenders must die…” Todd trailed off. “Never mind.”

“I was going to say it makes you think that maybe there is something evil about kitchen appliances. I mean just look at them. They all look like they’re sneering.  I bet even that vacuum cleaner looks evil.”

Todd closed his eyes and opened them again, but Bob was still there and the conversation was still happening. “My vacuum cleaner isn’t evil-“

Before he could finish his sentence, Bob unpacked the vacuum cleaner and made a triumphant sound. “If it’s not evil then why does it have horns? Huh? Look! Look!”

“Those aren’t horns,” he tried to explain patiently as he pulled the machine away from the lunatic and tried to pack it back in the box. “Those are patented, convenient wrapping nubs. You wrap the cord around them to keep it tangle free. No untangling the cord with a De-veel vacuum cleaner.”
Bob didn’t look convinced. In fact, he tried to voice that opinion, but Todd was tired and he didn’t feel like listening, so he packed up his vacuum and trudged off.  As if his boss and his black eye wasn’t bad enough, he had to run into the cuckoo of the encyclopedia salesmen. 

But Todd’s bad day turned around. It was his last stop, and he had to use up all of his little white filters, but he managed to sell a vacuum cleaner to a little old lady named Delores. She signed all the paper work, paid all the fees, and Todd arrived back at the office short one vacuum cleaner and one contract richer.

“So, you sold one?” his boss asked skeptically. “Or did you give it away?”

“I sold it!” Todd snapped and dropped the signed, sealed contract packet on the desk. “Along with a full package.”

The boss opened the envelope and flipped through the contents, muttering to himself, “One year warranty, yadda yadda yadda, extended leakage protection, yadda yadda yadda, hypo allergenic cat groomer attachment, yadd yadda yadda, one soul, yadda yadda yadda.” He broke off and grinned at Todd. “Good job, kid. Looks like you’ll be getting that paycheck now.”

Todd waited by the desk while his boss went to cut him a paycheck. The phone rang and when no one came to answer it, Todd decided he'd better.

“Hello, six-sixty-six vacuum cleaners, satisfaction guaranteed or your soul back. This is Todd, how can I help you?”

“Oh hey, it’s Martin. Could you grab a bag of ice on your way home? I just bought this really cool blender….”


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Anatomy of a Book Cover

Things have just been insane around my house this week. I have two book covers waiting approval, a third I am in the middle of, and two more in my inbox waiting to be addressed. I am in the midst of some plaid editing (You still don’t know what that is? that’s coz you didn’t go look, did you?) and I’ve gotten involved with a group of indie authors on Facebook. It started out as the Black Friday sale, and has now expanded into a full on Holiday sale - check out the cheap reads here: http://www.amazon.com/lm/R1108DUARP28EE/ . We’re also discussing a kind of informal Facebook group to help one another out and such. You can go take a look at that too here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=142302989147609& . I haven’t updated my website yet, or even started the December newsletter and then we’re having our family Thanksgiving tomorrow (Saturday) so my productivity is bound to be pretty low. People ask me “How do you do it all?” Answer: I don’t. If advice is what we ask for, then let me give you some. Pick one thing and stick to it. This multiple project life is for the birds.

Of course, I intend to ignore that advice and keep stretching myself thin because I refuse to give any of it up. Just sayin’. 


On a side note, a funny thing happened to me today. Well, it’s funny in a sick way. I will probably have to give a deposition over the phone in the next few days to prove I was not having a “secret relationship” with someone - or they could end up going to jail. Seriously. I feel like such a vixen. Interestingly enough, it is because they helped me with my first book some time back that has brought it all about. So does this mean that I can say “read the book that almost put one man in jail”? Oh for the way we were when the world made any flippin’ sense!

Now that I’ve bored everyone beyond tears, I am going to bore you further. NaNoWriMo, which means National Novel writing Month , is held every November and writers all over the world try to get 50,000 words out before December first. I didn’t have enough time to write, but I did get to participate in a way with LC Cooper. She wrote The Voices of Cellar’s Bridge: Katherin’s Hope for NaNoWriMo, uploading the “in progress” file to Smashwords every day, and so instead of just sitting down one weekend and zooming through the cover, I also did it in progress stages so that readers could watch both the cover and the book grow. It was a very cool project, but alas all good things come to an end and it is now finished. However, for your viewing enjoyment, here are the six stages:

As often happens, the concept was the author’s idea; I just drew what she asked. Here is the original sketch that , yes, is on tiny notepaper as I drew it during a Dr. Who break while I was at my brother’s house.
the sketch


Scanned and slapped over my handy dandy template, I started by blocking in the bridge in art media. Art media in Paint shop pro can imitate many different things like markers, pastels and more, but I usually use the oil paint, as I did here.
in progress 1

The sky in this version is actually a photograph with some blurry filters applied and is actually the same sky I used in the Butcher Harbor cover a few months ago. Another sneaky thing I did was with the charred wood texture. Looks pretty real, huh? That’s because it is. As luck would have it, I had just recently taken some photos of charred wood in the neighbor’s burn pile, so I chopped out a rectangular section of it and pasted that into a new layer and set it to Overlay. Yes, I’m giving away all of my secrets here, so take notes.
vs 2

Here the title got fixed, and you can see there’s more charred wood texture applied, as well as a sand texture (done the same way!) and a grass texture on that cliff top out there. Both the sand and grass are from photos I took in Virginia Beach a couple of years ago.
VS 3

And then I did the same thing to the weeds with a photo I took in College springs, Iowa, and added the smoke in the background with the ever cool Eye Candy plugin (seriously, they were worth the $200 I spent on them!) and then blocked in some misty-ness. But don’t get attached to it, because…
vs5


We’re all done and a lot of the mist went. I did add some foam at the base of everything and textured the rock with some photos from along the side of the highway. We also opted to add a red glow inside the bridge that represents elements in the story.
vs6


If anyone is interested in the book, which looks pretty interesting, to me, you can get it on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/28720 

Wasn’t that exciting? And now it’s time for the segment I like to call Random Things from My Hard Drives.


I haven’t taken any photos off since October, so I thought I would instead share a poem I wrote on request about the color Orange.

Orange
Light breaks over the horizon
like juice in a cup so bright
the yummy goodness is impossible to ignore
so bright and friendly
how can anyone be hysterical
while drinking of the citrus
even if they added
cloves to the juice
that is
orange.

(It was inspired by the same conversation that inspired Jonathan’s Blogophilia entry this week, so I thought it was appropriate! And yes, it is supposed to be weird.)

Fav song of the moment - Sail Away with Me - Sunrise Avenue



Monday, November 29, 2010

Internet Ramblings




randomness



I am supposed to be posting Spiffy Old Stuff, working on the newsletter, updating my website, working on a cover, drawing icons for Lowell and probably twenty other things, but I’m ducking out for a moment to post a random blog (hence that random banner up there).

I have to say all this social networking/MySpace disaster has really cut into my productivity lately. Between having to now actually DO things on Facebook and playing with MyBoomerPlace, as well as trying to figure out 3.0… well, let’s just say it’s taking a lot of friggin’ time. I wish they’d done this back in May when I had free time (Did I have free time in May? Does anyone remember?) Anyway, I’m going to make myself a test profile on MySpace, I think, and try to see what I can do with the profile/blogs because I refuse to upgrade this one until I know what I am doing with it. Speaking of other blogging sites, I’m going to tri-post this with MySpace and MyBoomerPlace. . ( MySpace: http://myspace.com/joleene_naylor  MyBoomerPlace: http://myboomerplace.com/user/joleene_naylor/blogs )

Speaking of the MySpace mess, this is what I got in the mail the other day from them:


mashup


(Click photo to see full size)

I tend to link everything together (Flickr, Youtube, Facebook, twitter, Mysapce, you name it!) but I think I’m opting out of this one. It looks like it’s just an excuse to clutter up the stream some more. And speaking of things I’m not going to do, I got this the other day, too:


diagon alley wtf
(click image to get full size)

Yes, this IS an email wanting me to expand my bandwidth on Diagonalley.5u.com - a website I bet you didn’t even know I had because I abandoned it years ago! Not that it wasn’t a cool idea, but it seemed to be too confusing for other people to participate and I moved on to a new hobby other than website building, so it just got left in the dust. I can’t imagine why it’s suddenly getting traffic! Though it had a peak a couple years ago when someone took the “find your wand” quiz and put it on their Facebook. I know it had an increase in traffic because I had a wave of complaint letters from people who didn’t like the quiz questions, who didn’t like their results, etc. etc. By the end of it I was so annoyed that I let other people write the replies back for me because I was sick of saying “Thanks for the feedback, but this is a free quiz on a website I’ve stopped updating. Thanks.” And then I quit answering them altogether.


Speaking of answering odd emails, I got a funny one last weekend:


back from lunch

No idea who she is, or why she thought I was at lunch. I replied back and said “I wasn’t at lunch, I took a whole day off!”, but I haven’t gotten an answer to that. Oh well, it made me amused for a moment. Though Uncle Sam is not amused, it seems. Apparently over 70 some domains have been seized by the US government - mainly torrent download sites, from what I understand - for participating in copyright infringement:

seized domain
(Click for full size image)
If you want to see this in person, one site that the article listed (and the site I screen capped) is http://torrent-finder.com/ . Though the logos are all catchy, I think Uncle Sam went a bit crazy with the drop shadow. Yes, I am critiquing the design of the official, scary notices. Just because they are scary, official notices doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look their best!

And speaking of making things look their best, there’s a pretty cool new… erm, site I guess you’d say at http://www.yohdr.com/ .

(stolen from their site)

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is a technique used to create photographs of scenes with both very bright and very dark sections without the result becoming either washed out or too dark. Done right the results can be quite spectacular.

This is accomplished by taking multiple photos of the same scene with different exposure times. These separate photos are then combined in a smart way to create a result that has good exposure across the entire image.


Of course I had to try this out. Since I was in a hurry I didn’t actually take three photos of the same thing with different exposures (like you’re supposed to!) instead I edited three photos curves to get a close semblance to three exposures:

sunset-light sunset-med  sunset-dark


Then I uploaded them in the super easy uploader and it gave me this result:


sunset-med_hdr_natural


Since the ground is just a black silhouette, this wasn’t the best choice of a test photo, but I was in a hurry. Still, I was happy with the results as, editing the photo myself back in July, this is what I came up with:


Golden Sunset
And that’s all the randomness I have for now… What? You want more? Well aren’t you lucky that it’s time for the segment I like to call “Random Things from my Hard Drives”?

poetry

Tonight’s segment is a little off the cuff I did for Simple Sunday at the CPC. The piece was inspired by Guylane’s artwork “My Life in Red”:

Red,
fire streaks the dawn,
like blood of champions that drips unheeded
between the cracks of last night's dreams.
Half forgotten in the mist of morning ,
voices whisper and shadows flee ,
chased away by the rising sun .
In the day the night's demon cannot stay,
but must hide in all the spaces
beneath the floor, behind the door,
where the golden rays cannot reach them.
But when the darkness returns
and the shadows stretch,
they'll creep forth once more
to whisper visions into the ears
of the unwary,
weaving threads of nightmares
while the sun sinks in streaks of golden fire,
colored like the blood of champions,
Red






Fav song(s) of the moment - “Fairytale Gone Bad” & “Sail Away With Me” - Sunrise Avenue

A couple more Book Covers

There's one more waiting for approval, and that should be a wrap for November. In the meantime, please enjoy these two spiffy covers:

the hill

The capitol building and stethoscope come from wikimedia commons (A fantastic place for finding public domain images!) and the gun is mine. If anyone is curious what that particular gun does to a mirror, you can see it here:

Hole in the sky

It's a long story, but it involves an idiot, in case you ca';t guess that....

Anyway, for number two:

template

The alien and the spaceship comes from the much pricier fotosearch.com, while that cool fire from the ship is by Patrick Hoesly. But what about the background, you ask? well, that's actually mine :p

And that's all I got for now.

Fav song of the moment - "Fairytale gone bad" -Sunrise Avenue

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Even More Book Covers

It's been a busy month!

LOVE PHOTOGRAPHED

(the background is actually a texture I use for manga work usually, overlayed with some flowers photos I took last spring and the couple comes from Stanislav Popov

BLOOMS BETWEEN DEATH AND REINCARNATION

Some more pink flowers from the same month as the ones above. Hee-hee.

new full cover - gradient w stripe

(no yellow stripe on the final. It's just there to show where the spine is)


INSATIABLE LOVE - 3

(The photo is actually from the zoo in Arizona - I 'shopped out a couple of birds that were in the way ;) )


MORNING GLORY vs 2

(Another Arizona picture on the bottom - though this one was a sunset - and the wild rose I took this summer. had fun playing with curves and levels and such to get this look. Kind of feels "California" to me for some reason.)


siddhartha guatama vs 3

(Actually an image of a pine tree at the ducky pond that I warped all to heck!)


pleasure of rustics

(Just a pretty raindrop on leaves photo. I have a ton of those.)

Deadly Mysteries

And had to draw this one, obviously. I looked up a tutorial for making hair and needless to say the end result was not at all as good as the tutorial's examples. Ah well.

Working on four more right now, hopefully will have them done by the end of the month. it's been busy, busy, busy!


Fav song of the moment - "Fairytale Gone Bad" - Sunrise Avenue

Black Friday Sale!

 


Black Friday isn't just for toaster ovens and winter coats, now you can get also get special deals on ebooks for your Kindle.

Click here for the list of Amazon ebook deals!


Follow the link above and check out the special holiday price of just $.99 on a list of Kindle books, including Shades of Gray and 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Covers round 2


vs 3



uncommon bond

here begin the lessons - red

shoestring green2

I have five more, but that's good for today.


The Party - Flash Fiction





This is (again) in response to a posting by Jonathan *cough* I promise some day we'll quit doing this!

The Party

Maxine filled the chip bowl, double checked the punch cup arrangement and then paused to look at herself in the mirror. Her costume was perfect. She was dressed as a Macy’s sales clerk, and she knew she’d win the prize for best costume. After all, she’d been closely following the Macy Boy stories written by Gerard Villegas. Sure, she wasn’t a boy, but that was the fun of dressing up!

Half an hour later the party was hopping. Guests had turned out in a costumed profusion, just as she’d hoped, and they’d shown some real originality. The costume competition was going to be stiff!

She turned the music down and called loudly, “All right, everyone! First, I want to thank you for coming and I hope you’re having a good time.” She paused for the murmurs and one drunken “Hell yeah” from the back. Oh, that Alex! Tipsy already!

When the noise died down she continued. “It is now time to vote in the costume contest. So, if you’d like to get a piece of paper,” she pointed towards a small, stocked side table with a flourish – “and write down your choices for Most Original, Best Use of a Fictional Character, and Most Realistic costumes, then drop the paper in that box, we can get the voting started. Thanks!”

There were some polite applause, but mainly everyone headed for the paper and pens. Maxine glanced around the room, and then scribbled down her own votes.  She had a good feeling about this! She made her way around the guy dressed as a giant frog and got in the voting line. As she dropped her paper into the box, she overheard Laura, her one of her coworkers, and Tim talking.

“I know we’re going to win!” Laura squealed. “We have the best costumes here.”

Maxine paused and  gave them a quick once over.  Tim wore all black with a long black wig that could use a good brushing, while Laura was dressed in jeans and an overcoat. Even weirder, they’d donned both vampire fangs and zombie make up, as though they couldn’t make up their minds. Maxine had sort of imagined that their costumes were the result of an “I don’t have a thing to wear!” conversation, and had been thrown together at the last minute.

Oblivious to Maxine, Tim agreed, and that’s when the hostess had to interrupt. “Excuse me, but what are you guys dressed as, exactly? Besides zombies, I mean?”

Laura rolled her eyes and, in a tone that said she’d had this conversation too many times, she demanded, “Haven’t you read the book by the Turtle Lady?”

Maxine drew a blank. “Um… who?”

“You know,” Tim went on. “She wrote that vampire book with the pink cover.”

Maxine scratched her head. “If it’s a vampire book I bet it’s not pink. Probably a light red. But, I’ve never heard of her.”

“Oh sure you have. It’s that woman who does turtle stuff for Jonathan Harvey. We were going to dress as Axe the scourge of the undead and Biffy the Vampire slayer, but we knew everyone else would come as jissilly characters, so….”

Maxine blinked. “Who?”

Tim and Laura stared with wide eyes. “What do you mean, who? Everyone knows who Jonathan Harvey – aka Jissilly – is! He writes those great, funny stories-“

“-the ones that usually don’t make sense,” Laura added.  “You know, about turtles and aliens-“
“-and cheap comic book rip offs,” Tim suggested, obviously hoping to jog her memory. “He even ripped off a BBC show. Ever hear of Physician What?”

Maxine was more than a little frustrated. “Who?!”

“No, What,” Laura corrected. “You know! Jissilly is that guy who has that book Shades of Plaid coming out early next year-“

“-or late this year if his beta editor gets to work,” Tim added.

Maxine held up her hands to stop them. “Enough! I get it, I get it.” She didn’t, but it seemed safer to lie and edge away slowly, looking at her feet. Don’t look them in the eye. Never look the crazy people in the eye…. If only there could be a distraction…  Please, please, let there be a distraction….

And that’s when the kitchen blew up. Maxine shrieked and dived under the table, while bits of plaster, wood and something decidedly green and oozy rained down on guests and room alike. When the smoke cleared, she edged out enough to see the aftermath. A smoke blackened Alex stumbled awkwardly around, a bent spoon in one hand and a confused look on his face.

Slowly, the other guests started to stand and, after they were sure they were in one piece, they looked to Maxine. Everyone expected her to check on their welfare, go berserk because her kitchen was destroyed, or at the very least call 9-1-1, but you can never trust a human being to behave as you would have expected in a given circumstance*. Instead of those things she stood, brushed herself off, looked at the mysterious green ooze splattered everywhere and asked quietly, “You microwave the red bowl in the refrigerator, didn’t you?”

Alex scratched his head. “Um… yes?”

Maxine nodded to herself, brushed the plaster dust from her shoulders and then pulled out her lazer blaster mini. She stopped short of actually pointing it at anyone, but said firmly, “I’m sorry, but I’m afraid you’re all under quarantine now for at least six weeks, until the alien eggs hatch.”

“Alien eggs?” Laura echoed, her eyes wide. “What?!?”

“Yes. Alex has unwittingly thawed the Venusian squelch demons and ,as you may notice, they’re already closing in. It’s only a matter of moments before they lay eggs in all the available human hosts.”

 Sure enough, the green ooze was squidging on the floor, slowly closing in on the confused, battered guests.  A couple of women screamed, and the people drew into a tighter knot, eyes wide with terror.

“Oh don’t worry,” Maxine cooed as she fumbled in her pocket for the interstellar communicator. “The Venusian High commander will be most pleased. I’m sure he’ll even reward those of you who survive.” She gave them all a warm smile. “Now let’s count the votes and see who won that costume contest before you’re all turned into egg sacks!”

Friday, November 5, 2010

More Book Covers

Though I haven;t been posting them, I've been busy at book covers. here's some of the recent ones.


The Gypsy

Original painting by Alfred Sisely - image from wikicommons - I added in the people, the dog and the sheep and darkened the sky. 

(get this book)

witness to a murder

A YA suspense/thriller/horror. It's a good read :)

Just took a photo pf a sticky note and did the blood on the PC. I kept trying to find a good handwriting font, and finally just wrote it out myself using the paintbrush tool.


Before You

Photo provided by Paul Garland - he has a LOT of fantastic CC licensed images. I just love his photo stream!


Adair Park

Vector drawings for this one. I used some reference images from a book on guns that my brother owns, and the dead person is drawn off of the brother playing dead for me. He's a good sport about posing for me.

(get the book!)


and an "in progress" for NaNowriMo

in progress 1

I don't have time to do NaNoWriMo (national Novel Writing month) this year, but LC does and has come up with a brilliant idea; as she is doing the manuscript and uploading it to smashwords in progress, so we will do with the cover, too :) This is the first one... look for more to come!

Song going through my head - “Total Eclipse of the Heart” - The Rhythm Method