Tuesday, August 21, 2012


OWOAlogoSmallI have been focusing on promoting my book WAY too much and I need to get back to the more artistic side of my life. That's why I'm joining OUR WORLD OUR ART put on by the Whimsical Bohemian.  Writing is my outlet from life, but I have a few outlets that save me when I'm tired of writing: photography, art journaling, book making, scrapbooking and a new one - quilting.  So I would like to share these with you.  besides the images I post here, you can look under the "Art" tab for other things I've done.  I don't have a business as such, but I would love to make you something upon request.  As part of OWOA I will be giving away one of my hand bound books.  All you have to do is follow the epitome and leave a comment.  If you want to you can follow my author group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/147239652049490/  twitter @hallililburn or http://pinterest.com/hlilburn/
You can participate in OWOA by following the link to Lisa Swifka' s blog.  Here is a quote from her - Look within yourself and ask yourself "what is my artistic passion?" and go with it. NOW you may be one of those who likes to do MANY varieties of things....you may make art dolls, paint, do altered art and whatever. You may feel hard pressed to pick just one because frankly, you're passionate about all of them. So show us. All of them. Only YOU know what makes your heart pound and what gives you that feeling of complete and total abandon when you are creating it.
Pretty cool.  I would love to hear what your passions are and see them on your blogs.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Guest Post: Emotobooks: The Fusion of Written Fiction and Expressionistic Art Ron Gavalik

As a writer and publisher, it’s always been a goal to bridge the gap between the cerebral gratifications of well-plotted fiction writing and the visual stimulation of illustrative art. The one day I had a mini-epiphany. Insert expressive, emotionally representative imagery in written stories, during moments of emotional consequence. By delivering a visual of what a character feels, the reader becomes more intensely immersed in the story.

Emotobooks are written fiction stories, not comics or graphic novels. The few emotional abstract images woven in the stories are the dream-like visuals each of us experience in the middle of the night.

The term Emotobook is a portmanteau word I conjured as a memorable label for the very first fiction medium for smartphones and tablets. For the first time, readers can now see actual representation of character emotions right on the page for a fun, interactive experience.

Stories are published as EmotoSerials or EmotoSingles. EmotoSerials are monthly-released, continuing stories, much like TV dramas or miniseries that continue until their climactic ends. EmotoSingles are individual experiences.

Emotobooks accommodate a new audience, who desire a fast “full story experience” on smartphones, iPods, computers, or tablet readers in about 30 to 60 minutes. They can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Our editors are currently seeking the best genre fiction for the Emotobooks transformation. It’s required that fiction writers read our submission guidelines and the free handbook, How to Create Emotobooks, before submitting. Our publishing model is unique and we require long-term participation from authors for everyone’s success.

Now that you’ve been introduced to the Emotobooks Revolution, I hope you’ll join our Readers Cult and begin collecting the coolest titles. Thank you.

Ron Gavalik’s Bio:

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ron Gavalik is a seasoned freelance journalist and fiction author of the successful Grit City thriller series. As Publisher for Grit City Publications, he oversees the Emotobooks Revolution. Ron holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Point Park University. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

A rant, a free book

So I noticed that my blog view records spikes way up on Mondays.  That tells me people love to blog browse on Monday, probably because they're expecting a new post. I should always have a new post up on Monday in order to keep my followers entertained and interested in returning.  Unfortunately, I'm not the greatest at coming up with new material on a time limit.  Soooo, this is all I got.

I'm trying not to watch the Olympics until the wee hours of the morning, but those chick volley ball players are sooo tall and they can jump sooo high that I covet their every move (not that I want to be 6 foot 5, but a couple more inches wouldn't hurt).  And the cute ones are black, I wouldn't mind that either.  Actually it would be cool if I could change my skin color back and forth, think of all the money I'd save on suntanning... (actually I don't pay for suntanning) I wonder what the indoor volley ball players think of the beach volley ball players "uniforms" or should I say bikinis.  I just don't see many athletic chicks being so immodest (not even the divers)  Are they looked down upon because of their unnecessary and degrading objectifying of themselves. 

It reminds me of Coach Tyler, one of my characters in SHIFTERS.  Was he an awesome trainer (and hottie) or did he have a darker side?  Were his intentions strictly pro?  Lina finds out when he tells her "It's my job to judge you". Creepy.  TODAY you can find SHIFTERS ebook free on Amazon.   http://amzn.to/K3qs4O 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

the evolution of creating characters

So I keep getting reminded of a regret of mine named Jim Henson (the company).  I took costume design in college with the idea that when I graduated I would work for Jim Henson's creature shop.  That was the place where designers were given creative license to invent their own characters. Alas, it was not meant to be, as the creature shop closed down before I got the chance.  Instead, I worked at International Mascot Corporation.  It was still fun, slightly reminiscent of a sweat shop, but I made my mark, designing a few choice characters.

Well, I was never happy following someone else's designs, so I eventually quit and changed my focus  - I became a librarian.  The greatest thing about working with books, is no one can dictate how I imagine the worlds within the pages.  Plus, in my spare time, I can still create some funky characters.  Here are two pics of my elements fairies I hope to someday see published in Art Doll Quarterly.  Now I have the brilliant idea of combining my costuming skills with my novels and I am going to make the characters in my books.  It will be a fun new project that I will sit on until the garden is harvested. (I do have proirities kind of).
So who should I make first?  My steam punk chick pirate, my tri-racial exorcist, my humanoid alien with a simbiotic plant growing up his back or my reality shifting red head warrior?