Posts Tagged ‘art’

Consistency and other topics

April 5, 2014

I have heard that consistency is the key for getting followers when it comes to blogging.  When will I learn?  Anyway, I said earlier that I would let you know if my short story, “Maidenhood Sign” made it into the Anthology.  Unfortunately, it didn’t.  There were so many people who responded to the call that it just didn’t make it.  That’s ok. though, because I am going to resubmit it to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and hopefully it will find a home there.  If not, I will find a way to sell it through my blog and let you decide.  It is backstory for my book, Sword of Earth.

This winter has been a hard one because temperatures have been extremely low.  I fight with depression in the winter and this winter was no exception.  I found myself thinking of my characters, but not writing much.  I hope to rectify that.  I hope to be in draft three next year, and with that, I can concentrate on the description of things.  I tend to do the bare bones for draft one, which tells of what is happening mainly.  Draft two seems to flesh that out, adding some depth to my characters (at least I think so), and draft three brings in more description.  I am not sure of what happens in subsequent drafts, as I haven’t been that far with a book.

As for audioboo, I haven’t been doing that much at all.  I just haven’t felt much like talking and this has been the same for the podcast which I know isn’t good at all.  Pray for me please, for I know this is the Lord’s work.

I haven’t been writing much poetry either.  This is a real slump for me, but I feel I am coming out of it.  I have been able to get out somewhat, and then I got slammed by a cold.  I’m sorry that it sounds like I’m complaining; I’m not.  I’m just letting you know where I stand with regards to the writing and all.

There are a few positive things though.  I have received an email asking if I want to be in Heart of the City this year, and of course I said yes!  It’s going on June 7 & 8, although I will be there only on the Saturday.  That could change though.  You can keep an eye on things by going to Hearts Alive! on Facebook.  Secondly, I have been keeping up with some creativity.  I have done some marker art, some of which I have mentioned on Audioboo.  You can see some on the facebook page as well.  Things are looking up!

Well, I have to go now.  May your journeys be safe, take care and God bless.

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A Bit Ditsy

February 26, 2014

Some of you who are looking at this post were expecting to read a poem.  Well, I posted to the wrong blog.  Well, God has a sense of humor, and that’s quite ok.  I haven’t written here in a while, and that needed to change anyway.

What has been going on?  Well, the Lord finally broke through something that I have been wrestling with for over a year, and that’s a long time.  It has been keeping me from doing what I need to here, and I am glad to be back.  Hopefully I won’t get overwhelmed again.  What was the whole thing about?  Believe it or not, it was about whether or not I am leading people to the Lord with my art and my writing.  That matters to me.  I found out that I am leading people to Him through the Holy Spirit when we were on our staycation this year.

So, I have finally come back to writing with a vengeance.  I have come back to working on draft 2 of Sword of Earth, and started draft one of Bow of Fire.  I have decided to write first drafts in the first person so I can get the feeling of the person.  The books are written in close third person anyway, so think it’s the best.  I’m doing the odd post on Audioboo, and I have written a poem for the King’s Poetry.

As for my art, I am illustrating for a children’s book, and am looking forward to its completion.  I am working using markers and illustration board.

Well, that’s it for now, and I pray I will be able to write again soon.  May your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

It’s that time of year again…

December 13, 2013

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s winter again, not to mention the end of the year.  Where has the time gone?  I look back on the year, and I realize that much has been completed.  I have begun a new phase of my art career, which most likely will help not only my writing career take off, but my art.  I have goals for in the new year, and hopefully they will lead to my first publication.  It will be of The King’s Poetry, of course, but of course, it all depends on the Lord.  Looking  back on this year, i realize I have spread myself too thin, but I also know that this most likely will be a year of balance, or of pulling back.  I think it will be a year of balance, because I have been holding back on a lot of items.

The reason for this is that I have put so many expectations on what I feel has to be done.  I need to set up a schedule and stick to it.  The podcast might have to be monthly.  I don’t like the idea, but we’ll see.  Only time will tell.

So, I have had a poetry reading since I have last blogged here, and I will be a part of a Christmas show next week.  I am working on three pieces of artwork, two of which are complete.  I haven’t decided what the title of the series will be, but I’ll explain what’s going on in each.  The first is the three wise men traveling towards a large white star.  The middle one is pointing to the star and saying, “Look!  We’re almost there!”  The second is a picture of a Victorian Christmas outing.  there is a horse pulling a sleigh along with a mother and child.  They have on their Christmas gifts – the man has a scarf, the child his / her snowsuit, and the mother her new bonnet.  There is one gift at her feet for the outing.  All are in Christmas colors.  The title of the painting is called “Christmas Outing”.  The third is of a big family – There’s a big tree with a racetrack around it.  Each is doing his or her own thing, but there’s someone, one of the children, setting up the nativity. There is another playing with a horse and stable set.  It’s called “Lonely Christmas Morning”, although it does tie in all the paintings.  Maybe I’ll call it “What’s the best Christmas?”

I’m also illustrating for a Children’s Book.  It’s called “The Tale of the Runaway Toenail” by Leah Pauls.  I have two illustrations so far.

As for my writing, I am starting to get back into writing more than just poetry.  I have been doing a lot of exercises, and I am ready to redo Maidenhood Sign, although I think it will just need some adding to.  I thought at one time it would take a lot of work and that I would have to rewrite it, but it’s not so.  I’m excited and I have a deadline to submit it to an anthology.  I pray I get it done in time.

I’m thinking of changing up this blog a little, so stay tuned in!  It may be the same url, but the title will be different.  Until next time, may your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

News and quirks

November 20, 2013

Hi everyone,

As you saw earlier, I posted something that had a date back in August.  It’s odd, but I had written it, and I thought I had posted it, but for some reason it didn’t.  I hope you enjoy it, as well as what I have written now.

So what has been happening in the past couple of months?  Plenty.  I have published more poems at The King’s Poetry, and I’m almost finished another podcast for The King’s Poetry Podcast.  I have also completed several pieces of art and hope to post it to Hearts Alive! News and Art Gallery, not to mention others.

Speaking of art, I had my art on display at Edmonton Expo, the local comic and entertainment expo.  The event was a success; some people grabbed some cards.  Nothing was sold though, but that’s ok.  It was all about getting the word out there that mattered.

Ok.  Now on to the writing that I have been doing.  I have written some poems, but I haven’t been putting them up.  One new one, as well as a revision will be up soon, not to mention a poem of a featured poet, Leah Pauls.  I will also be putting up links to the appropriate podcasts.  I have a lot to do, and that’s the truth.  I have a little more written on Sword of Earth.  I am still on chapter 9, but it’s coming.  I am also working on a lot of short stories.  I know, but I plan on kicking it into high next gear soon.  I have needed a break, and now it seems that I am thinking of Horsemaster more and more again.  She is once again becoming a part of me again.  I know she is always a part of me, but somehow I think we could have been at odds with each other due to description.  I wasn’t willing before to describe her homeland or show more, but now that I am, especially after attending a workshop entitled “Show, don’t Tell” at Pagemaster Publications Services on November 7.

I am going to be restructuring this site in the next few weeks.  I will be making up an area with interesting links to not only my accounts I want you to know about, but also to sites and blogs I believe you would want to hear about.

I pray all is going well with you.  May your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

A LOT of News

August 1, 2013

Hi everyone,

Much has transpired since I last posted a note here. I have received my piece back, and I found out that I have a lot to learn with regards to writing, and I may take a course, but I do have an idea of how I might be able to work through it and make it a better story. That’s good.

I have since written some poems and revised others making the King’s Poetry blog a bigger place, but I’d like to make it even better. My only problem is that I don’t want to add illustrations yet because when I put the chapbook together, it’s going to have illustrations and photos. I will still put in the odd one to entice people, but I’d like to keep it to a minimum. What do you think?

Thirdly, I have finally started the King’s Poetry Podcast. Look for it In itunes, or under my name in Spreaker or Sound Cloud. There are two under my belt right now, and I’m hoping for another before the end of the day.

So what’s going on with sword of Earth? Not much, but it is going. I don’t know, after I lost the data again, I just couldn’t start again, but I finally gave myself a kick in the seat of the pants and I have been writing it. I’m going on vacation this week, and I don’t know if I’ll be writing anything in the book. It all depends whether I will be taking my computer with me. I still will be writing, but I have another tool, which I’d rather not mention at this time.

In the art field, I am working on a course on drawing fantasy characters through going through a book. I’m really getting to understand how the human body is put together with it. Not only that, the author is helping me with various careers that a person can have, and giving me lots to think about. If I can, I will take a picture of one of my sketches. I can hardly wait.

So, what’s going on the Audioboo front? Not much. I have been doing a boo here and there, and I know there is a lot to do. I hope to have another entry soon.

Well, I think that’s all for now. May your journeys be safe, take care, and God bless. Bye for now.

A Lot of News

June 10, 2013

Well, Spring has come around yet again…or is it supposed to be summer?  Technically, not until the 21st, but here in Edmonton, it has been really rainy.  We had 30+ degree temperatures at the beginning of the month, but now, it’s pretty rainy.  That is indicative of the change going on in my life too.  I have to quit making it so long between updates.

Our church is going about a move, so I am having to move my paintings from there back home; there is no room right now because I have to declutter my home.  It’s really tough to know they have to live in the back porch for now.  I know this is a blog about writing, but some of those paintings are of a fantasy nature…thus, they could all be story ideas.  Some of my marker paintings are, but it doesn’t matter as much for them because they have a portfolio.  It’s sad.

I am working with some of that sadness in a way.  I finally created a blog called “The Kent Chronicles.” I know that there is a series of books called that, but this is of a magical city called Kent.  It’s loosely based on Edmonton Alberta Canada.  The streets are not numbered though.  They are names of people that have had an impact on my life in one way or another.  The reason I call it the Kent Chronicles, is that we hear about what goes on in Kent through the journals of its citizens, starting out with Mary Anne DeRoss.  I just have the intro up now, but I’m hoping to have the first entry up soon.

I have also made another addition to the boosounds blog.  It’s about our community cleanup last year.  I am hoping to continue to add to it soon.

Speaking of talking, or podcasts, I have finally decided to get working on the King’s Poetry podcast.  I am going to do the intro tomorrow, and hopefully, next week I will have the first episode on the way.  I will let you know when it’s up.  As for the blog, another poem is up.  The King’s Poetry is approaching 100 posts – not all of them first issues, but there is more to come!

Ok, there’s lots of news, but you might wonder, what’s happening with Fantasy’s Fancy?  I might make that into a blog where I invite people to send in their short stories.  I don’t know because I have enough work of my own. I’m thinking I might have to rethink the blog and make her the host…that way she, as a sprite can live without me visiting her.  I don’t know.

What’s going on with Sword of Earth?  I am finally working on it again, and I will be uploading my updates to google drive.  I used to poo-poo the clouds, but now, I think that’s the best way to go.  Five gigabytes is a lot when it comes to text.  The complete drafts go onto skydrive.  Why two?  Then if something happens to one, there’s the other.

So there you have it – the weather, blogs, to my book – there’s a lot going on, not to mention editing my draft of Maidenhood sign.  Keep coming back, and maybe you’ll see some progress.  Do you want to hear my opinions on something?  Just ask.  I don’t know everything; what I don’t know, I’ll research.

Anyway, as Horsemaster says, “Great Terranna!  It’s time to go!”  May your journeys be safe, take care, and God bless.

It’s Amazing!

March 6, 2013

Hi everyone,

I wrote this post at the beginning of February, but it got saved as a draft in the wrong blog.  I wanted you to view it before I posted new material.

Michelle

Just like the title says, I feel amazed.  The difference between how I felt during the past couple of posts is like night and day.  I have felt like I have had the equivalent of a blood transfusion from the Lord with regards to my writing.  You see, writing for me has been my oldest of ministries; I have been writing since I was a child.  In essence, when I am healthy, I can’t not write.  I am so thankful to be back to writing.

I am writing to you from Travelodge Edmonton East.  Right at the end of the Breakforth weekend, my husband and I went there for a personal retreat.  We do what we want, and what we want is to soak in the Lord.  It has been a wonderful week so far.  I have began to work on my book for the first time in months, and I have finished at least 2 poems.  I pray to be back in the swing of things soon.  I still have to be careful, but I feel better.  How do you deal with this in low times?  Do you just veg?  Do you have another form of art you switch to like me?  Or are you also like me and get depressed?  Feel free to comment here.

Frustrated forward

May 4, 2011

“Frustrated forward?” You’re probably thinking, “What does she mean by that?”

Well, I’m frustrated because this has been a couple of weeks with important things disappearing, and they’re important ones. The first was the last of a tub of matte gel medium, and the second was a thumb drive with poetry and my book on it. I have most of the poetry; it’s just anything created in march or april I don’t have. I wish I knew where I lost them, and I don’t know where to look!

But, life goes on. Even though I need the matte gel for two paintings, I’ll have to work out of the tube with less gloss. Hopefully that will be enough. I have decided to work with sky drive through msn to store my documents. It’s better than loosing everything, and as long as I update it weekly, I should be ok.

That’s why I said that I’m frustrated forward. I can’t find the things, and I want to believe that I still have them at home, but I have to face the reality that they might not be. So that’s why I said that I’m moving forward. I’m decluttering; maybe God’s trying to tell me something about those activities…?

Another year…

March 9, 2011

Well another year has come and gone as of today since it’s my birthday. I look upon the past year and marvel at what God has done in my life. He has broadened my ministry in many ways. The first is the blogs that I write in – this one here, for one, the King’s Poetry, the Food Tunnel, and Fantasy’s Fancy are the others. I also have another one, Writing with the Earth, which is a combination travel and writing blog, but I rarely write on it anymore. When I do, I’ll let you know.

The second is becoming a leader in our prayer ministry for our church. I look after Tuesdays in our 24/7 non stop prayer movement. What a way to get closer to God! Further to that, I have a shift that is dedicated to prayerful art. Another name for it is called Worship art, but it’s basically art done prayerfully. You listen to God and He shows you what you should paint, draw, etc. He may even tell you in a word.

The third thing is that I have expanded my worship painting to include prophetic prayer paintings that I give out to people. They are on little 3×5 canvasses – usually no bigger than a 4×6, and they can be of anything. Then I write something on a card and ask God who to give it to. He guides me to the person and I have a way of giving it to the person that the prophecy is usually received.

Fourth, I am working on doing the same thing for the ladies’ drop in of our church. That’s more of a challenge because I don’t paint so much at home, so I can’t get as many together as I’d like.

And the last thing is my writing and poetry that I haven’t put here. I host in an open mic at the Carrot as well as read there. That, along with working on my book, Sword of Earth, I am pretty busy, but what I’m really saying is that the Lord has really taken me out my shell in many ways. I’m truly grateful, because I know He has plans for me, and they are to prosper me. That’s from the Bible, and I really sense it this year. Now if I could just declutter my house…that would be awesome!

God bless you!