Friday, August 30, 2013

Fractured Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid Part 2

So I lied. I thought that I would be able to wrap up the Little Mermaid story this week, but two pages in I discovered that it just wasn't going to happen. Never fear though I do have more of the story, just not an ending yet! From now on I'll know better than to tell people how many parts my story is before I have finished said story.


Stop! If you missed part one go here first: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2013/08/fractured-fairy-tale-fridays-little.html

The Little Mermaid: Part 2

Excerpt from last week: Lydia looked him up and down. He was strong, handsome and had a beautiful smile. This had to be the man she was going to fall in love with! The man gave Lydia his shirt and then carried her to his home.

A man in a suit was waiting for them when they arrived. “Not another one, Herman!”

Herman, as she now knew his name, frowned at his butler. “But she was lost and alone, weren't you.” Lydia opened up her mouth to talk, but nothing came out. “See? She's just like the others. A mute woman who lost her bikini bottom at sea! She needs our help Giles!”

Giles sighed, “Very well sir.”

Herman carried Lydia up the stairs led by Giles. They entered a large room. Giles turned to Lydia and said, “In the wardrobe you'll find any clothes your heart desires. There seems to be an over abundance of half naked women on our beach. We've collected hundreds of dresses over the years. These women seem to disappear as quickly as they come - leaving behind every bit of clothing we buy for them. We'll leave you now to get changed.”

Through the closed door Lydia could hear Herman and Giles talking as they walked away. “She's the one, Giles, the woman I'm going to marry!”

“You say that every time, Herman.”

“But this time I mean it!”

“Very well, sir.”

Lydia was excited. Maybe she had at last found the love of her life. Lydia wasn't sure what a wardrobe or a dress was, but she didn't hesitate to explore the room. There were many large holes in the wall where Lydia could look outside. She tried a couple of times to go outside through them, but there was an invisible walk holding her back. There was a large bed in the middle of the room, not completely unlike her bed at home. Lydia got into it and found that it was soft and moved like soft waves. She suspected there was water inside and made a note to find a way to get into the water.

Along the wall farthest from the entrance was a huge wooden contraption. Lydia ran her fingers across it and found that she could easily open the contraption. She was not prepared for what she found inside. There were glorious things hung within sparkling with every colour imaginable. Lydia ran her fingers over these items and found that they were soft and luxurious. She pulled down as many as she could and decided that these were the “dresses” in the “wardrobe” that Giles told her about. “Oh what lovely things these are!” Thought Lydia, “In the sea we only have shells for covering. I don't know how I lived before today!” Lydia set forth trying on everything in the wardrobes. Some of it had tricky fastenings, but she soon figured out how to properly wear a dress. In the end Lydia had tried on every dress until she settled on one in a nice emerald green. There were a few things in this wardrobe that Lydia couldn't figure out so she figured these were best left. She then left the room in search of her future husband.

No sooner had she left the room but Giles caught her arm. “I see that you have finally finished trying on gowns. Now let us eat.” Giles lead her into a grand room with a large table. It reminded Lydia of the feasts her father would prepare. She took her seat and was shocked to find things exactly as they had been at home. The food, plates and even the silverware was so familiar that Lydia couldn't help but be a bit disappointed.

Giles looked towards Lydia. "I forgot to ask your name”

Lydia opened her mouth to speak, but no sound came out. She pointed at her throat indicating she couldn't talk.

“I see you have lost your voice.” Giles turned to Herman, “These women you find never have voices, do they?”

Herman looked slightly perturbed, “Many of them did have voices. Some were blind, some deaf, one woman couldn't taste any of the food. Remember her, Giles? She was always complaining about the food!” Herman let out a deep and bellowing laugh. “Good times my friend, good times!”

Giles sighed, “It seems as though the lady didn't find any shoes to her liking.”

Herman was abashed. “We had nothing to your liking my dear? Well I will take you to the market tomorrow!”

“They call them malls now, sir. You have a meeting in the morning so it seems as though I will be taking her.” Giles sighed even louder than the last time.

“Cheer up old friend, for soon I will be married.”

Lydia smiled and clapped her hands. Everything was going perfectly. Giles left them after dinner and Lydia and Herman exited to what he called the “courtyard”. This courtyard seemed very much to be a large garden with many walkways. Herman lead Lydia to a bench and sang a lovely song to her. He then plucked the most beautiful flower Lydia had ever seen from the garden and gave it to Lydia. He then bent into kiss her. The weight of the two of them together seemed to be too much, because instead of a kiss, Lydia found herself on the ground with Herman on top of her. He lingered but a second, and then arose to his feet. He helped Lydia up to her feet.

“Never mind this minor tragedy, for tomorrow you will go to the market and have all your flaws removed! Herman smiled brightly and escorted Lydia inside.

The Sea Witch had not at all left Lydia's love life to chance. She was at this very moment watching Lydia's every move through her crystal bubble ball. “What is it with these stupid girls and their super human abilities to get men to fall in love with them! This Herman has been a pain in my backside for far too long. I will have to take care of him myself, and thanks to Lydia's lovely voice he will have no choice but to fall in love with me tomorrow! The echoing of the Sea Witches laughter was heard buy fish and merfolk from miles away.



The Business of Creating a Business

I've been working for a while now to set up a shop on Etsy. Anyone who is doing this should know that it's tougher than it actually seems! It's not like I didn't know at all what I was getting into.

A little background on me: I spent a lot of my youth and young adult time learning and helping out with my parent's businesses. My parents did flea markets, garage sales, and owned their own second hand shop for a time. I learned a lot from them during this time. Even after I stopped helping them out I've done a lot to learn about the business of owning a business. I've had a few small business ventures of my own, taken classes in marketing, and have read more books than you can shake at.

I'm use to the business practices of Ohio (in the US) and not of British Columbia Canada. There isn't a huge learning curve, but there is a lot for me to learn! There is a lot to know about getting your business name/license (which doesn't seem to apply to me right now). There is still so much for me left to do! My biggest problem right now is figuring out shipping costs from Canada to wherever I need to send. It can be really expensive to mail things here (especially compared to the US).

I'm hoping to get my shop open within the next few days, but I hope everyone isn't too disappointed if it's not set up right away! I am available for custom work in any case and likely I will not be using Etsy for this. If you would like a custom Illustration, Portrait or other request done please don't hesitate to contact me! Quotes are absolutely free so drop me a line. If there is something you want that I don't have listed yet (prints, originals, or colouring books) please contact me on the 31st and I should be able to sell to you directly. Even if my Etsy shop is not open in a few days I will have the ability to charge via Paypal, which isn't the same but it's a big step in the right direction!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What's Up Wednesday!

I've been busy, busy, busy lately! I've almost got my colouring book ready for print. With any luck I will be able to send it out for print tonight so I can get it in my shop for Saturday! I'm a bit worried about the cost of printing/shipping. Living in Canada so the shipping cost is pretty expensive (cost me $5 to mail out 6 mini books to a friend in the States). Hopefully I can find a good middle ground for price. I'm 20 minutes from the border, so it may make sense to ship it in the States.

What I'm Reading

Not much right now. Mostly tweets and facebook postings. I'll be able to "rest" a bit once I get my Etsy shop up and will read then.

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Some of my drawings for my colouring book were underwhelming, so I went in and reworked about 14 of the drawings then. I just have to plunk them into InDesign (maybe add a bit of text to some pages) and send them off for an initial printing. If all goes well I'll be able to send out Ashley's copy by Monday. Congrats again to you. You can see the really annoying contest announcement here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2013/08/and-winner-is.html

I may work on another colouring book soon, but I think I'll see how these do before I go gung ho on another project. I may just use my drawing time to do some portraits.

Every Day Possible
- Make things to sell in my Etsy shop cause I don't have anything done.
- Tell people more things on the interwebs.

Today 8/28
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done
- Finish up my InDesign layout of "The Pattern Pals" colouring book
- Start critiquing manuscripts

Thursday 8/29
- Price and add 1 thing to Etsy Shop (probably prints)
- Sketching portraits

Friday 8/30
- Colouring at least one portrait

Saturday 8/31
- Do something super awesome.
- Make sure Etsy Store is open.
- Have all of the manuscript's I've received critiqued. 

Sunday 8/25
- Do something

Monday 8/26
- Work on some serious art stuff!

Tuesday 8/27

- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Blog Review!

Wednesday 8/28

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

Colouring books, because they're awesome!
What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
Still no sleep from toddler. Hopefully things will get back to semi normal soon!

Working Out/Being Healthy 
I might do this.

Ect.
Still working on surviving while my husband works extra shifts!


*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

And the Winner Is...

I am really sorry that I didn't get this post up earlier. I didn't quite finish before I picked up my son from the baby sitter's and then when David got home he didn't want to come inside! Took me an hour to get him in, and then I had to make supper. He's eating a cupcake now. Well I'm glad I got this post up tonight anyway.


What's that? You want me to stop fooling around and post the winner? You people always thinking about you, you, you! Never once thinking about me! I mean it's my colouring book and you came up with my title, so the... um oh you were thinking of me when you helped out. 

Before I announce the winner I just want to say a great big thank you to everyone who entered, posted and got the word out about this contest. I was really worried there were only going to be a couple of entries, silly me. The winner will have to contact me right away (by email, Personal Message on Facebook, or on Twitter). with your name (if not given), and full mailing address. I will send you a signed copy of the colouring book and a mini colouring book just as soon as I get it printed!

My husband chose the winner for this, and I think he did a good job. The following is the cover, though I may do a bit more painting on it before it's finalized. What? I'm dragging this out on purpose? You're darn right I am! It's funnier that way. With very little further ado, here is the winner: 
















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Monday, August 26, 2013

Contest Announcement Tomorrow!

I know everyone is excited to see who won the Colouring Book Naming Contest, but a winner has not been chosen yet! I will be printing the list without names tonight and will announce sometime tomorrow. I'm hoping to have the colouring book cover done tomorrow and will post the finished painting here afterward along with the winner. Depending how the day goes tomorrow I may or may not post about another blog. I'm just as excited as everyone else to see which name is picked. Please double check this list to see if your suggestion is on it (if you entered). I think I have all the titles, but if not please message me ASAP. Twitter or Facebook is best for this. My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duckgal or my Twitter https://twitter.com/DaniDuck I will see either these right away on my phone, so use whatever works best for you. If you contacted me on any social media your entry does count, so just let me know what you used to enter.


List of Entries:


Creatures of the Nth Dimension

Lovable Monsters of the Nth Dimension

Geeshlings from the Planet Goover
Geeshlings-Ducklings-Babies of Dani Duck, and Planet Goover-Vancouver.

Shifty Shapetors 

Daffy Doodles

Quirkies or Quirklies

Monster Mania Colouring Book

M. Body Mints* 

M. Body Menz*

The Mega Doodle Monsters

The Mighty Shape Shifters

The Pattern Pals

A Melody of Monsters

Monster Maniacs

Shapely Monsters

*M. stands for Monster


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Contest Reminder

Man it's been a busy week for me, what about for you? I've lost all track of time and I'm down to the last two days for my Colouring Book Naming Contest. You can see all the info here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2013/08/contest-annoucement.html I've compiled a list of all the names I've gotten so far. If your suggestion is not on the list please let me know! I have not ruled anyone out. This list will be given to my husband without any relating names (I don't think he knows anyone who entered, but still) and he'll have full control over which person wins. I do not want to have any influence over this, because I don't want the chance of adding bias.

The following list is in order of when I received each entry (more or less). If he doesn't like any of the entries as is he may combine them or change them slightly to make them work (though I think there are some great names already). I'll announce the winner by tuesday at the latest. Enter now you have until Midnight Sunday (if it's Sunday anywhere in the world you're okay for entry as I wont finish compiling the list until Monday morning).

Possible Titles:

Creatures of the Nth Dimension

Lovable Monsters of the Nth Dimension

Geeshlings from the Planet Goover
Geeshlings-Ducklings-Babies of Dani Duck, and Planet Goover-Vancouver.

Shifty Shapetors 

Daffy Doodles

Quirkies or Quirklies

Monster Mania Colouring Book

M. Body Mints* 

M. Body Menz*

The Mega Doodle Monsters

The Mighty Shape Shifters

The Pattern Pals

A Melody of Monsters

Monster Maniacs

Shapely Monsters

*M. stands for Monster

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fractured Fairy Tale Fridays: The Little Mermaid

I've decided that Fridays will be from hereforth: Fractured Fairy Tale Fridays. I will continue this until I run out of stories, everyone tells me to stop or I get bored of such an arrangement. These stories aren't for young children, but will be minimally offensive so if a child does read it they will hopefully not be scarred for life. These tales are senseless, haphazardly written and will likely destroy everything you love about your favorite fairy tales. I am so sorry for this, but it must be done. Without further ado, here is the first part of my version of "The Little Mermaid":

The Little Mermaid (Part 1)

Retold by Dani Duck

Once there was a beautiful mermaid named Lydia. She had silky long black hair, glowing ivory skin, manicured nails and knew she had a rocking hot body. Being the daughter of the sea king she had everything she ever wanted... well everything but a good merman. Though she was absolutely gorgeous she found it incredibly hard to find a good man. Lydia had one flaw that was keeping her from her dream: she had a terrible voice. I mean her voice was so bad that it made the sound of nails across the chalkboard seem pleasant.

Lydia would often spend her evenings in the bubble tea bar, and would have a lot of luck with mermen buying her bubble tea. The problem would always come when she would open her mouth to talk. Sometimes she was able to avoid speaking, but invariability the merman would say something funny (or something she was socially obligated to laugh at), and it would be all over after that. The merman ears would start bleeding, he'd start screaming and swim out of the bubble tea bar as fast as his legs could carry him. “Every single night!” She said to herself. “I can't seem to catch a break.”

Catching a break was exactly what she did. One night as she was leaving the bar cold and alone she saw a sign, “Wanted: Voices in Exchange For Legs. Leave Your Wet and Washed Up Life and Spend Some Time On The Warm Sand! Let the Sea Witch Make Your Dreams Come True!*” in smaller letters below was written “*Must find love within 24 hours of exchange.”*Below that she read, “** Mermaids with lobster friends need not apply”

Lydia beamed brightly, “That's it!” She squealed in delight, “That's exactly what I need!” Lydia rushed home to pack her things. She wrote a note for her family that she was going to the surface. Later, when reading the note, everyone was secretly relieved to have Lydia's voice out of their lives.

The Sea Witches' house wasn't what Lydia expected. It wasn't a small cave, but instead a grandiose castle made from woven living sea plants that looked familiar. Lydia ignored the plants and burst through the front door. “Usually one knocks before entering a home, especially when it's the home of the Sea Witch!”

 Lydia was so impressed with the decor that she couldn't find the words to answer. Everywhere she looked there was furniture that was gold, gilded and covered in gems. Lydia immediately began to admire the painting of a radiant mermaid who was in the process of turning other mermaids into plants. “I see you have good tastes, so I'll let it go this time.” This time Lydia turned to see her host. The radiant mermaid that was in the painting was standing before her!

“I take it you're here to exchange your voice for a pair of legs.” Awed by the radiant mermaid Lydia could only nod. “Once the change takes place you'll have 24 hours to find your true love. If you don't you'll belong to me. Do you understand these terms?” Lydia nodded. “Alright then, sign here.”

As soon as Lydia put the pen to paper she could feel a change take place in her body. She blacked out and when she came to she was lying on the beach. She looked down and saw that her lovely tail had been replaced by the strangest things she'd ever seen. She didn't know what to expect when she signed that paper, but it hadn't been this! She also noticed that she had some parts that she never had before. “Strange,” she thought. The man in front of her must have thought the same thing, because he was staring.

“The waters here aren't really good for swimming, you know. Women are always losing their bikini bottoms in this part of the ocean!”


Lydia looked him up and down. He was strong, handsome and had a beautiful smile. This had to be the man she was going to fall in love with! The man gave Lydia his shirt and then carried her to his home.

End Part 1
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Please come back next week for the second and final part of "The Little Mermaid".

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Scans, Scans and More Scans

I did a lot of scanning today and finishing up on images. I still have a lot more scanning to do. A lot more scanning. Oh well, here's Quackers for you.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's Up Wednesday!

Everything is crazy right now, but good. Due to some problems at work my husband has to work extra shifts for the next few weeks, so I'm hiring someone to watch David one day a week. I hate to do it, but I have to have some time to work on my artwork. The person taking care of him is a lovely woman and her girls are great, so I know he's in good hands. 

What I'm Reading

Reading... what's that?

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Moving into the big colouring books right now. I did a lot of drawings that I'm adding to the books Monday. I've also decided to do a few 2 page spreads so I will have to edit some of the other drawings. Nothing wrong with that, and I can always go back and do a second colouring book with the same monster characters. 

I realized when working on these that I didn't have a name for my characters. So instead of spending hours coming up with a name (it would have literally taken me hours) I'm having a contest to get a name. My husband will do the judging (he's a pretty good judge, too) and the winner will get a signed copy of the colouring book when I print it later this month. I'll also throw in a mini-colouring book for good measure! Want to enter? Go here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2013/08/contest-annoucement.html

Every Day Possible
- Make things to sell in my Etsy shop cause I don't have anything done.
- Tell people things on the interwebs.

Today 8/21
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 8/22
- Work on scanning, editing and putting colouring book together for print. 

Friday 8/23
- Do more of all the things.
- Colour colouring book color.. er cover

Saturday 8/24
- Cuddle the boy.

Sunday 9/1
- Critique some manuscripts!
- Edit old manuscripts and maybe write a new one.

Monday 9/2
- Go to Guildford Family Place with the Kiddo.

Tuesday 9/3

- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Finish the preparations for the Colouring Book (with the new Title)!
- Blog Review!

Wednesday 9/4

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

Colouring books, because they're awesome!

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
David isn't sleeping well. I think he's teething so he's very much staying up most the night. Hopefully I can get some sleep in the next few days.

Working Out/Being Healthy 
This might still be happening. 

Ect.
I think I need a coffee. 


*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

David Lichty & Jimmy Miller Previews

I think I've said before that I usually don't do new bloggers, but today I'm making my second exception. David Lichty is exceptional in his own right, because he has self-published his own novel: "Jimmy Miller the Super Powerful". This is really more difficult than people say, because self-publishers don't have to just be great writers and editors, but they have to market their work as well. It's a tough job. I like David and I'm hoping I can help him a little bit today with this post! You can view his website here: http://bcdavid-jimmymiller.blogspot.ca/

David's blog is really quite remarkable. When I first visited his blog there were but a few posts and now it's filled with wonderful posts! Despite the forecast of "Acid Rain" on his blog David is a very optimistic person. I get a kick out of reading David's posts. He has a wonderful sense of humour! I feel like I can stuff my sense of humour into 140 words on Twitter, but when it comes to my blog it gets lost. So kudos to you David for bringing your sense of humour to your blog!

If you like fantasy/horror and want to know some good kindle and print books out there then go to David's blog. He does reviews of books like "For Those with Eyes to See." by Troy Blackford and Steven Kings "Mile 81". I think it's great that someone does reviews on especially the kindle version of books. While I'm like David and prefer print versions I think kindle is great when it allows people who wouldn't normally pick a book (or someone who doesn't want to carry around so many books) to read more.

My absolute favorite, favorite part of David's blog is the rants. He rants on anything from Disney Princesses to Doggy Poo. He states on his blog"We only expect perfection from you girls! You don't want life long feelings of inadequacy, do you?" Even better was his post about cleaning up after Clifford the Big Red dog. It stunk (but was funny). His tongue-in-cheek will keep you laughing.

David isn't by any means limited to the subjects above on his blog. He also talks a lot about his home life and  the activities he participates in. Though I do not agree with his taste in coffee (I'm a cream girl) I thought I'd share his thoughts here: "I am not a fan of coffee drinks or flavored coffee -- I just like coffee-flavored coffee. Black, fresh, & strong enough to keep the coffee tasting like hot water, and yet not so strong that I can't taste the subtle undertones of my cup of Joe." I don't know what it is, but some of his descriptions remind me of Douglas Adam's work. That's a good thing too!

David's blog needs more follower love! Please, please, please visit him and follow his blog. You can follow David on google + here David's Twitter and Facebook  He hasn't been using Social Media for long, so please help him get more acquainted with everything. You know how it was when you first started out, giving all these great posts and updates and few people to see your own genius. Follow David's genius and you won't be sorry!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Contest Annoucement!

I apologize, I had a rough night with David last night and completely forgot about posting my contest announcement!

NAME MY COLOURING BOOK CONTEST!

(Sorry edit!) All entries need to be to me by midnight this Sunday! August 25th!

I need a name for my new monster colouring book! Looking for a name for the monsters themselves (especially if I start doing picturebooks on the little guys in the future).

How to enter: I'm not really picky on your method of entry. You can comment below, email me, message me on Facebook, or whatever. Keep in mind that if I lose your entry in the shuffle (especially if you Tweet me on Twitter). The best way to enter will be to comment below! I would appreciate it if you would follow my page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArtistObscure follow my blog and follow me on Twitter as well if you aren't already. You wont be disqualified for not following, but it's just a nice thing to do (and as long as you aren't a bot I'll be following you back).

What you win: A signed copy of my new colouring book when it goes to printing! I'll also include one of my Tiny Colouring Books, because why not?

Who can enter: Everyone anywhere. As long as you live on Earth and have a mailing address I'll find a way to get the book to you (Sorry space people, sending to you is too expensive).

Edit: I'm hoping to have a copy printed by the end of the month. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery because mail seems to be really slow for me!

Here are the same pics I posted yesterday so you can get an idea of what pictures will be in the book:



Good Luck!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Late Night Post Announcement

So I've recently found out that the business cards with my new website will be handed out long before I thought they would be *panic ensues*. It's not the end of the world, but I have to change some of my priorities right now. I have to get my website up to date. It's pretty good, but I need to start putting up previews for items I'll have on Etsy soon.

One of the items I'll have on Etsy is my little monster colouring book. The other colouring book is in the works, but it will take me a bit of time to get enough pages to make the full book. My biggest problem right now is what to name the book. The little monsters don't have an official name. Tomorrow I'm going to officially announce a contest for the naming the monsters. Anyone who happens to check my blog tonight will have a little more time to come up with a name! The prize will be a signed copy of the colouring book (it's totally going to be worth millions one day). To help you think of names here are some drawings from the book:





Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

Things have gotten a little busier this week. Peter took little David to his doctor because he wasn't sounding good. He's now on an antibiotic and feeling much better. My husband is transferring to another store in the same position. He's working more days for the next few weeks, so it's going to be a bit harder for me to get done what I need to do this month. I just noticed that my last post (at least my last post) contained old dates. I've fixed this, and feel quite silly.

What I'm Reading

Do Tweets and Facebook count? I've totally read those. 

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

I got all my little colouring books done this past Saturday. If you didn't see them before you can view them here

I'm still going to work on some watercolour portraits this week. Working on one right now but it's giving me no end of issues. I still need to get my story typed up for critique this month. I want to write something for this Friday's blog post, so we'll see if I get time for this. 

Every Day Possible
- Make things to sell in my Etsy shop
- Interaction and following on all sorts of Social Media.

Today 8/14
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 8/15
- Work on New Colouring Book Drawings

Friday 8/16
- Do all the things.
- Go to a Vancouver event for bloggers.

Saturday 8/17

- Do more of all the things.

Sunday 8/18
- Remember the Query!
- Edit Old Manuscripts

Monday 8/19
- Colour, cut out and set a paper maid to clean the house. It will work.

Tuesday 8/20

- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Blog Review!

Wednesday 8/21

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

All the great writing events that have gone on lately are quite inspiring. Lots of great videos from Write On Con. All the wonderful pitches I heard today were so inspiring and I'm glad so many people are going to get their books looked at by agents! Also the awesome Teapot Tales from the Chapter Book Challenge group is able to be bought on Amazon here!

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
David and his friend had a ABC singing battle. SO CUTE!

Working Out/Being Healthy 
Been getting out more, but not a lot of hard core stuff this week.

Ect.
Not much else to say today, but I'm looking forward to getting things done this week.


*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sue Frye's Inklings

Sue Frye's blog "Inklings" has been around for some time now, but it's just been recently that it's really starting to roll (or rock if you prefer). Sue's blog has help & information for writers, found articles, her writing, and an overall fun atmosphere. Though her longer articles can be very informative, I'm surprised in how much information that Sue can pack into a short post. She really has a talent for creating shorter posts unlike some people I am. You can view her blog here: http://inkler.blogspot.ca/

From what I know of Sue she's a super busy writer. It's amazing what she's accomplished in the last 12 months. Here's a few things that she's been busy doing: In November of last year she was a winner in the PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month). She was a Rhyming Picture Book finalist. If you look under her "Published Works & Free Reads" you'll see the Rhyming Picture Book with the best picture of a cat ever! She is an author of "Bad Dragonflies" & a couple of stories that were in anthologies. Remember the Female Superhero Challenge I did a while back? Well that is going to be an anthology soon. Before that there was a Fairy Tale Challenge (I didn't make that one) and this is now an anthology! The anthology "Teapot Tales" can be found here. It's only $2.99 on Amazon for download to your kindle reader!

I think my favorite posts of Sue's are when she did the Blog Hop. Right now Sue is writing up a storm. She's writing so much that it makes my head spin! She's a 12x12 member  and Blue Boarder (like me) and you can read about all the other great things she's participated in that's helped her become a driven writer. Her blog hop posts feature a very special little animal named Gus. He is such a cute little frog! I have yet to read Sue's book, but I feel like I know her frog Gus already from how vividly she writes about him!

Sue Frye's blog is one you should definitely check out! The more I read from her the more I love her! She has a wonderful personality and I know you will love reading her work. Check out her blog (and buy the Teapot Tales anthology!) You'll be glad you did.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tiny Coloring Books!


I spent six and a half hours at my FIL's printing company printing my books. Would have finished sooner but I miscalculated in my printing. Also a lot of little things like my son being there and picking out paper made it difficult. I did most of the work myself (My friend Zarko helped with bindery and I am grateful). Some pics of the results below! 



 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What's Up Wednesday!


I DIDN'T DIE FROM MY COLD! I'm not so sick this week. Just a few lingering sinus problems. My son, on the other hand is teething, so it's hard to put him in bed at night. I didn't get a chance to do my blog review post yesterday during the day. At 11pm that night I was a bit distracted by my son crying in the bedroom (with daddy) so I decided to do the easy thing and post a painting that's about half way done.

What I'm Reading

I think I burnt out on reading Cassandra Clare. I might actually read something I have on my bookshelf. I don't know what it is, but if I get a book out of the library I'm way more likely to read it than if I own the book. I think it's just because you have to finish library book in a certain amount of time. I may start the Barbra Kingsolver novel I have "The Lacuna", but I might just lament the fact that I don't have her new novel.

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

I didn't get to do any printing last weekend. I was far too sick (and I didn't want to get my friend Zarko sick). I have to finish all my printing this Friday so I can get my things into the promo bags. 

Other focuses this week will include doing some watercolour portraits for my website portfolio (three isn't enough!) and writing a story for this month's 12x12 submission. I may do something different this Friday... if I get around to doing some writing that is!

Every Day Possible
- Watercolour Portraits
- Interaction and following on all sorts of Social Media.

Today 7/3
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done
- Remember to do my monthly 12x12 check in on Julie Hedlund's blog

Thursday 7/4
- Maybe go out, maybe stay in. We'll see where the day takes us.
- Get all my design work set up in InDesign so I don't have to struggle Friday.

Friday 7/5
- Magically print everything I want to print.

Saturday 7/6

- Birthday Party!
- Type up a story to be critiqued this month 

Sunday 7/7
- Draft a query letter for submission.
- Edit at least one manuscript

Monday 7/8
- Drop off printing.

Tuesday 7/9

- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Write a blog review.

Wednesday 7/10

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

Coffee to combat my complete and utter lack of sleep.

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
Went in for a dental check up today and he had two cavities (knew about this before). Got a temporary filling on one. He'll have to get it fixed when he's older. 

Working Out/Being Healthy 
Was sick last week, so this week should be better. If nothing else there will be walks!

Ect.
There was something else, but I forget what it was!


*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

When it Rains...

I wasn't able to get to posting all day today. I wanted to do a blog review, but it just wasn't in the cards. My son has not been sleeping well recently (again). He's in the bedroom with his daddy crying. I don't think I'm going to be able to think well enough to make a good review post, so here is a painting I'm working on right now. It's just one layer of colour so far, but it's a start!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Little Coloring Pages

Coloring pages for my teeny tiny books!  I'm not sure if I'm going with 4 pages or 8.  We'll see tomorrow!