Monday, January 12, 2015

Skin of My Teeth Blog Tour

My good friend and author Judith Graves has released the third book in a whirl wind trilogy of paranormal activity Skinned:
My favorite part is the two guys vying for Eryn’s heart.  They are going to have to up their game. Enter hot, wolven guy stage left. Is he the one Alec’s blood magic foretold? He is, if Eryn’s knocking pulse has anything to say about it. The tale-tell sound is driving Wade mad. But it’s Eryn’s move, and everyone is holding their breath.
Of course the demonic role playing game that's killing kids has an obvious impact on Eryn's life and school.
I was lucky to catch a glimpse of the third book and this is what I think:

Knowing that Death is never child’s play, Eryn embarks on a mission to solve the so-called suicide of an avid gamer and classmate.  What she finds in an unsanctioned pack of cards could cost the lives of every citizen in Redgrave not to mention losing her own soul. 

Judith delivers again with a solid style, snappy comebacks and mysterious intrigue. Eryn is an instantly loveable character and a fresh, new hero of our generation.  The interactive elements will suck you in, riding along with a clan of paranorms as they confront wolven, witches, demons and reapers. This is movie making material folks.

AND: There is an interactive element.  You can win extra scenes from the book in other character's point of view when you play along with the deadly game.  Check out Judith's blog for details.

When you stop by, you'll notice I've got a little Author Feature on her page too.  That's because we love each other.
And if you can't get enough of me, come join my art journaling class.  Here's a promo video.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Art Journaling Classes

I am instructing a six week course at the Heart of Cardston beginning Thursday, Jan 22. There are two age groups. pre-teen and teen to adult  2015_Course_Slideshow-2.jpgI am really excited about these courses! I love inventing texture with recycled plastic, cardboard, tinfoil and handmade stencils.  I will guide you to your own unique and creative outlet. You can register on line or in person. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Two amazing releases

My short story "Disbursements" is now available at Carte Blanche I'm proud of this one, I wrote it in 20 minutes.  It's one of those stories that hid in my mind then suddenly appeared fully formed. I worked for a large law firm for a while.  At the time I thought it was a great job, but this many years later when characters who want to bomb their bosses flash into my mind, reveals to me I maybe had some pent up frustration I never knew about.

AND... Guess what I found on Amazon today?  The new cover for Wrestling with Gods! It looks amazing.  My contribution to this anthology is called "Seven Creations" and shows how an insurgent group hijacks a temple to obtain the powers that rule the universe. Tesseracts 18 comes out in April and I will be hosting a book launch in Lethbridge.  Stay tuned for details.

Thanks to all my readers for allowing me to feed you chunks of my brain!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Expo and ME

THIS WEEKEND is ME at the Lethbridge Entertainment EXPO /  as LUNA CREATIONS with my steampunk art, journals, top hats, calanders, jewelery etc.
This is the last show I'm doing before Christmas. I had a dream that I dressed up as a steampunk Harley Quinn and won the costume contest.  I also set fire to my house just to stay in character.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Marriage of Science Fiction and Shakespeare

When I think of my favourite actors I notice there is a strange parallel with the roles they tend to play.  Take Patrick Stewart for example: He played the role of Captain Picard of the Enterprise in Star Trek for years, Charles Xavier with many X-men movies AND he also played a wonderful King Claudius in Hamlet many times. David Tennant is another example:  He was one of the best Doctors in Dr. Who creating an iconic character, but he also played a stirring Hamlet and Bennedic is As You Like It with flying colours.  So why?  And how can I as a viewer enjoy both far flung space odysseys as well as Elizabethan prose and poetry?
William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
The best mash up ever!

Fact: Shakespeare is timeless.  Many of the plots, archetypes, and tropes of Shakespeare have been re-done, re-invented and re-designed because their universal truths of human nature and dilemma can be felt through all time, past, present, future. James Macavoy said: Shakespeare's stories are still very strong. He structured fantastic stories about things that were fundamental to the human being and psyche.

Fact: Even in the vastness of space and time, we will always return to our inner conscience for guidance.  Conflict no matter how great, can only be solved within ourselves.  Shakespeare knew this. Patrick Stewart said:  All of those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse, and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing but a preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise.

Fact: Deep thinking is attainable only by a man of deep feeling. - Samuel Coleridge. The magical, the eloquent and the mythical components of Shakespeare inspire us to branch out, explore our imaginations and speculate on our future.He said himself: Show me someone who doesn't dream about the future and I'll show you someone who doesn't know where they are going. and There are more things in Heaven and Earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Graduating from the fine to the fantastic: David Tennant said:  If you can sell that you're the King of Scotland, or Henry V on a tiny stage in a studio theater somewhere, then you can probably sell that you're a starship captain or a time traveler.

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