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.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Newsletter

(trying the "post the newsletter in the blog" again - so far it's been a big pain in the butt....)

So, April. "April come she will. When streams are ripe and swelled with rain; May, she will stay, resting in my arms again..." Can you identify those lyrics without using Google. (No, it's not mine). Special mention as a music guru in the next issue if you can....

So, what did I do in April? You mean besides finish the eBook 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire.

101 tips for traveling with a vampire

There isn't a lot of resources for humans running with the “undead”; No Facebook groups, no forums, not even a decent book of tips – until now. 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire is just that – 101 tips for everything from boat travel to the classic Road trip. Sometimes funny and sometimes serious, these tips will prepare you for that vacation with your vampire friend.

Want more fang for your buck? 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire features a special bonus “25 Tips for Dealing with a Vampire” and an exciting sneak peek at Legacy of Ghosts, book 2 in the Amaranthine series.

available through Amazon Kindle for $.99 or Smashwords where you can set your own price and pay only what it's worth to you!

Want to see more? Then watch the spiffy cool trailer on YouTube! And feel free to leave a comment!

Of course, if you've missed Shades of Gray, you can still get it through Amazon/CreateSpace for $11.00 , Amazon Kindle for $1.50 and Smashwords for $1.50.

I'm also still posting my series on How to Get a Cheap Cover at the Self Published Authors’ Lounge on wordpress. But, there's a lot more going on there, other than just me, so please stop by and say hello!

And if you're in the market for a book cover, or book cover art, you might want to check out and see what I have to offer. This last month I updated the FAQ and also finished three book covers:

Fiji Rising

room to romp

Into Her Own

Now, let's get on to the

Random Fun

The Interesting link: The Internet Archive. Ever wonder what Google looked like 1in 1999? Or want to relive from June 2000? Now you can! This site has archived way, way too many sites from various dates, in some cases ranging clear back to 1997! They have over 150 billion pages archived, so what are you waiting for? Enter a website url into the wayback machine text box to relive web 1.0 and have a good laugh, or indulge in some nostalgia! (note - the site design looks a little spammy, but if you actually read the content you will see it's not.)

The Lots-O-Fun link: Weebl's Stuff The animator of "Magical Trevor" has a website full of equally insane flash cartoons for your personal enjoyment. Why would you want to spend hours watching silly flash cartoons about pork, or Kenya or Weebli and Bob? Well I only say, why not?

The Read of the month: Jim's Life by Jason Mathews (from his site) "What if you could see the human light fields: the auras and chakras? And what if you could help these lights flow better to heal others? Would the world see you as a miracle healer?" (you can read excerpts of the book on the site.)

The Music of the month: Unsigned Band I know I usually do a band in this slot, but I found a very cool site chalk full of free tunes - from unsigned bands in a LOT of categories - everything from a cappella, to trance (what ever that is!) to blues. I downloaded a few celtic, folk and acoustic and did not need a user name or account. If you don't want to commit to downloads, there is also a large listing of unsigned band radio stations. I could live here for several months and be happy.

The Video of the month: Huge Dork by James @ War An ode to dorkiness and dorks everywhere. Everything from Ducktales to Tolkien to Star Trek gets a mention, and keep an eye out for the Princess Bride references.

(if you have suggestions for the links of the month please email them to me at – you will be credited by whatever name you choose.)

My Updates


I am currently looking for some Affiliates to trade links with. If you have a website and would be interested please let me know!

Looking for Reader Reviews! Have you read the book? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Well write a blurb and let the world know what you think! Please send all reviews to and I'll post them on the site!

The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy:

The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy is a weekly manga/comic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by Joleene Naylor that tells the story of the giant turtle attack in Tuttlesville and the interconnected aftermath.

In March we continued Chapter Four: Let There be Dragons, in which the disgruntled characters from Day & Dark Comics seek refuge at the more professional Ruby Lightning, only to be told they must return to those lunatics at Day and Dark....

Read Chapter Four!

Check out the Table of Contents for past chapters

Can't access MySpace, but you want to get in on the Turtle Action? I am now posting the comics on Blogspot as well. So, if MySpace won't work for you, then check it out there!

Website Updates

I have added a few new things this month to the Ramblings from the Darkness website at

This month I finaly caught up and added two new Reader Reviews for Shades of Gray; one from Jase Gill and the other from Jonathan Harvey. Both are well written and fun, so take a peek!

I've added two new poems to the Poetry Section of the site. "Remember" - which was featured in the spring issue of target Audience magazine - and Cycles.

I've also added 9 new photos. Here’s a sneak peak at a couple of them:

fun angle on dogwood

Hole in the sky

Flickr Updates

In the last month I added the following albums to my Flickr account. All of my photography is licensed under Creative Commons license unless otherwise noted. You do not need a Flickr account to view these. Clicking on the links will take you to a photo album with thumbnails.

Spring 2010
80 photos of flowers and greenery, including dogwood, moss, dandelions and more.

Dead Flowers
10 photos of some very cool dead flowers that looked like fairy wings to me.

April Misc
26 random photos, including the "hole in the sky" series, a couple of funny photos, some nice textures, and more.

Dad's Visit
16 photos of dad's visit; mainly at the shooting range, but also a couple of a bar-b-que and dad opening his christmas presents late - again!

Blog Updates:

Some Random Photos..
Phtos of early spring, including rain drops and sprouting plants.

Adventures In Indie Publishing: The Back Cover
Continuation on the Self Publishing blog series. Tips and advice on how to create the back cover for your POD book.

Be What You Are
A mini tirade on the copy cat phenomenon as well as some very cool links and a Random Video.

Loree Harrel is a Part of the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy
Jonathan and I expose the terrible turth about the Artistic Environmentalist and her plot to help the evil turtles. Includes a link to a special promo comic.

More Random Pics
Photos of flowers, a dog in a hat and more.

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire
The info on the new eBook.

Spiffy Old Stuff: Rainy April..
Rainy photos from 2007

A Fairytale - Part I
Part one of a serial fairytale about fenrick and his quest to gain land and title by slaying a terrible dragon.


Projects I (still) hope to finish in May are

Book Covers for a couple of people
Help Bonnie get her poetry books formatted for Smashwords
More pages for "The Judge"
Finish "Heavenwards" a picture I started work on started in January
I wouldn't mind finishing up some other misc artwork, but we'll see about that

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Have a great month and get ready for summer!


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