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 23, 2011

TTTC X-Mas Special

It's time for Blogophilia again, that fun blog game where participants use prompts in a weekly post. Check out the other participants! This week's prompts are:
  • Blogophilia 43.4 Topic: "Shopping at WalMart"
  • Bonus Points:
  • (Hard, 2pts): quote a line from a Beatles song
  • (Easy, 1pt): mention 'address book and holiday shopping idea'
Last week I started back on my Vampire Morsels stories, and had planned to do Kariss this week, but I'm not going to have time. I've been too busy shopping at Walmart, or not. This year we got people expensive gifts because my husband went insane, so it was allover Springfiled - and what a mess! People running round it's 5 o'clock , everywhere in town is getting dark, everyone you see is full of life, looking for holiday shopping ideas! I still need to get my Christmas cards finished (late, huh?) and dig up all the addresses.  I do have an address book, but it's outdated and falling apart. I need a new one.

 and now that the pesky prompts are out of the way, here is this year's Terrible Turtle Conspiracy Christmas Special. If you don't know, you can read - and subscribe - to the weekly webcomic at http://terribleturtles.com . You can also see previous Christmas Specials.

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  Song driving me insane for no reason - "The Logical Song" - Scooter

Thursday, December 22, 2011

some random book covers

It was that or another pet peeve blog. Yeah, I apparently have a lot of those. But since it's the season to be jolly, I think I'll skip it. 

Okay. short version.

1 1/2 days is NOT several days. In order to count as several it needs to be four or more. 

Now on to the book covers!

Panda Heart 

 My new favorite cover. 
images from Giuseppe Parisi and Shutterstock & Cattallina and Dreamstime


  On Guard: Life in the Chair

Like this one, too :) 
photo by © Kodell | Dreamstime. com


  Return to Cupid Texas 

 wood texture from www.flickr.com/photos/sunsetsailor/2921385411 
sky by me 
grass is a default picture tube in PSP


  simmering consequences 

 photo (yes, there is one under all of that!) by © Amy Harris & Dreamstime. com

  Mystery River Pendulum 

original image from 1333809 Ontario Ltd | Dreamstime. com

  the Smartest Kid in Petaluma 

 art by me :)

  The Muse on the wall 
 statue by me - www.flickr.com/photos/pandora_6666/2404339317/ 
 dancing shadow based on a photo by Nico Nelson - www.flickr.com/photos/niconelson/4063004923/


 Probably enough ;)

Friday, December 16, 2011

TTTC: Chapter 7: Page 18

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

TTTC: Chapter 7 - page 17

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It's a day late because Jo was working on her book and lost track of time. She can admit it. It's all her fault ;) But better late than never!
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Friday, November 18, 2011

TTTC: Chapter 7: Page 16

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Friday, November 11, 2011

TTTC: Chapter 7: Page 15

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Friday, October 28, 2011

TTTC: Chapter 7: -Page 14

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Friday, October 21, 2011

TTTC - Chapter 7: Page 13

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Friday, October 14, 2011

TTTC: Chapter 7 page 12

What is the TTTC? It's a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit http://TerribleTurtles.com and subscribe?
Astute visitors will have noticed that the site was down all last week. This was due to technical difficulties that have been resolved. Yay for resolutions! Now on to the turtle-goodness!
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

This should apply to artists, too!!

Dilbert.com


HIYAH! Yeah, it is one of those days....


Friday, September 30, 2011

TTTC- Chapter 7 Page 11



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Friday, September 23, 2011

TTTC- Chapter 7: Page 10

What is the TTTC? It's a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit http://TerribleTurtles.com and subscribe?
The TTTC has been sporadic lately due to real life obligations of both Jo and Jonathan. Hopefully that is over and we can get back to weekly silliness.
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pet Peeve #2

There are a lot of things in the world that annoy me. (And here you thought I was a sunshine and daisies person, huh?) Most of them I keep to myself, but every once in awhile I think one should be shared for the good of all mankind. This is just such a case.

Pet peeve number two is when someone rejects something - especially in a rather snotty tone - and then later demands - again in a snotty tone - that I redo the redo to change it BACK to the way it was before! Only, they don't admit it was that way to begin with and instead pretend that it is an all new idea that they came up with.

BAH!!!

To protect the not-so-innocent I will create an imaginary scenario.

I've done a cover for Madam X. Madam X had semi-specific demands, for instance say a sailboat. I drew said sailboat to look like a REAL sailboat. This was rejected and in the end the sailboat they wanted was one that looked, on the whole, very unrealistic. Weeks later, Madam X reappears and wants the sailboat redone because it is NOT realistic! Ha! "It must have a realistic sailboat *snob*snob*snob*". Never mind that it DID have one she rejected. That has been conveniently forgotten.

So what's the point of this? If you have the balls to change your mind and demand something be put back to the original, then also have the balls to admit that it WAS the original, is not some idea YOU suddenly had and frankly it's your fault in the first place.


Friday, September 2, 2011

TTTC - Chapter 7 Page 9

What is the TTTC? It's a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit http://TerribleTurtles.com and subscribe?

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And if you like vampires mark 9-10-11 on your calendar as the day Ties of Blood, the third in Joleene Naylor's Amaranthine Series, is available in ebook!

Friday, August 26, 2011

TTTC - Chapter 7 Page 8

>What is the TTTC? It's a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit http://TerribleTurtles.com and subscribe?

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And if you like vampires mark 9-10-11 on your calendar as the day Ties of Blood, the third in Joleene Naylor's Amaranthine Series, is available in ebook!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Covers

so, I haven;t tortured - erm - shared lately and thought I'd remedy that. No, I'm not going to post them all, just ten or so of the recent ones.

AN AMERICAN GARDEN

Cover images courtesy of Henri Sivonen, Elena Elisseeva, Jose AS Reyes, R. Gino Santa Maria & Shutterstock. com

Rantings of a Disturbed Mind

art by me ;)

Portal of the Stars

Image from NASA/Hubble

This Heart for Hire

image by Sad444 at dreamstime .com (He's kinda hot ;) )

The Comet

the author sent me the base image, but I added all those twinklies and such :)

WHERE STRIDES THE BEHEMOTH

art by me

The Interim by Patricia McLaine

art by me again

With his First Breath

hee-hee, me again. Funny story about this one. I sent the author a concept that neither of us liked and she commented back "You know, I like that image you have on your cover art website's wallpaper". and so here it is with a bit of rearranging so as not to be exact ;)

Eight Shillings

the author scanned most of those coins off, except for two which came from wiki commons. Scanning i handy for things like feathers or coins that you can;t get to photograph well ;) (I used it for a snake once, too!)

The Train Guards

base image by author, though I tweaked it quite a bit.

Tuesday's Child

handprints based on an image by Doeth Gwraig - www.flickr.com/photos/doeth2/2700970068/

cabin image - Steveheap | Dreamstime. com

The Memory of Water

my photo
of note - he has since changed the title to Water's Memory because that one was already taken. I have been too lazy to reupload it to flickr, though.

FreeForm Humans

images from Frederick R. Matzen, Marema & Shutterstock. com

cello music

photo by Fotokostic @ shutterstock

okay, that's enough. to see the rest check my flickr album - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandora_6666/sets/72157623412340567/with/5935801647/ - there's 289 in there total. Wow.


Pet Peeve

I do book covers. I do cheap book covers. I mean dirt cheap. In fact, if possible I try to find free images to use to save the author money because I know how it is to be broke. So what's my pet peeve?

People who license their images as Creative Commons and then put nasty notes on the image or their profiles saying "Don't use my images for anything or post them on your pages!"

HELLO!! That's why Flickr allows you to set DIFFERENT licenses! If you don't want people to post them or use them, then label them ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. That option is there to the right side of the photo page. Ergh! It just burns me up. Especially since a lot of them get really snotty about it and act like the people who have used the image are in the wrong. Sorry, folks, but YOU applied that CC license, so you're the one at fault, not them. Bah!

Because I know that people like this are out there, I always check their profiles etc. before I'll use one of their photos, but seriously, how long does it take to correct the issue? Especially ones that have long lists of complaints from the photo's owner in the comments. I mean, wow, if it is SUCH a problem on that particular photo then take two seconds and change the license.

I used to ignore these, but I've started leaving comments recently that politely say, "perhaps if you changed your license from CC to All Rights Reserved it would help clear up confusion and people would stop using it?" Maybe they're just total, complete muffins and have no idea what the license is or that they can change it. Nah. I'm too annoyed to give the benefit of the doubt right now. Gimme an hour or two and I will, but right now I say we post their images in all our blogs under the heading "This is CC licensed - check the flickr page(s) for details!"

Bah!

Friday, August 19, 2011

TTTC - Chapter 7 Page 7

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Friday, August 12, 2011

TTTC - Chapter 7 Page 6

What is the TTTC? It's a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit http://TerribleTurtles.com and subscribe?

Subscribers may have noticed there were no turtles last week. I had a death in the family and was out of town. Hopefully summer ends soon and we can all get back on track!


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Friday, July 22, 2011

TTTC: Chapter 7 page 5

What is the TTTC? It's a webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by me. we add a page every week, so be on the lookout. Why not visit http://TerribleTurtles.com and subscribe?

Astute people might have noticed there was no turtles last week. It's not that you missed something; there really wasn't one. Why? Well, the story involves ninjas, zombie clowns, an ice penguin and a chainsaw. As you can guess it's really long and involved, so rather than bore anyone, let's get straight to this week's page!

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And watch out for zombie clowns!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to make a fire heart tutorial

This is done in Paint Shop Pro X2, but most graphics programs have similar tools, so you can do it anywhere.

first make a new image and make a shape - I used a heart:

You can also use a premade shape or object by just selecting the blank area around the object and then inverting your selection

draw shape

Now make a new layer and paste this texture onto it

paste texture

(go here for the full size)

Now on the first layer, where your original shape is, select the blank area around it (in paint shop pro you want to use the magic wand for this) and then click back to layer 2 - the texture - and delete the excess (press the delete key or use cut, whatever)

deleted 1

Use your warp tool - it might be a brush, etc. In Paint Shop Pro x2 there is a brush and a mesh warp grid - I have used the grid because I like it better. Whatever you use, warp the texture so that it curves with the contour of your shape - you're making your shape look 3-d here

deform

Use the same method as above to clean up the excess - click on the original shape layer, select the blank space, click back on the second (texture) layer and delete or cut

deleted

Now use a smudge tool - each program may call it something different, but here are the basic setting I used:

smudge setting

use it to drag the flames upwards into flame shapes

half smudged

do the same with the inside

smudged

duplicate this layer

duplicate

for the top textured layer use the delete method mentioned earlier to eliminate the excess

select to delete

adjust the transparency on the second texture layer (the one that still has the flames) I set mine to 84 (this is not absolutely necessary, but it helps to define your shape. If you like it better the other way then don't bother) You could also smudge the edges on the top texture layer to make it blend better, but I am doing this fast

adjust transparancy

now make a new layer under the texture layers for your glow. Set choose a bright yellow and use similar brush settings:

gloe properties

stamp it around so a vague glow eeks out around the edges, like so

glow

here is the final layer pallet

final layers

and you're done

final