Mixed-Media Friday–A Sad Tale

First off, thanks to Diane at Diane’s Book Blog for the review of iLLUMINATION today. Stop by if you get a chance and enter for the blog tour prizes. There are also spotlight stops at Celia Breslin’s blog and at T’s Stuff.

So…a funny thing about leaving my day job (only technically “retiring,” since I’m not yet retirement age) is that I seem to have LESS time to indulge my dabbles in mixed-media art than I did while working the full-time day job. Never mind that I’m still doing that job part-time…

That said, here is my pathetic output for both June and July.

This is a tutorial from artist Tamara Laporte’s 2017 Ever After class, where myths and fairy tales are interpreted. I took this workshop last year and loved it; this year, I’ll love it one of these days. I’m just having to download the tutorials after this first one and will go back to them later.

But this was “Goldilocks & The Three Bears.” Did you know that the fairy tale was originally called “The Three Bears,” and didn’t feature a cute young blonde but, instead, an old woman. I believe the bears eventually ate her. BUT it made me think about our society’s adulation of youth and devaluation of age, so I made my Goldilocks both older and embraced by her friends the bears. Yeah, so, they might eat her anyway. I call this “Oldilocks and the Three Bears.” It’s acrylic, ink, and watercolor.

Continuing the tradition of bad animal art is “Outnumbered,” where the kitteh doesn’t look too happy. It’s acrylic and ink.

And finally, we have an acrylic piece that was supposed to be an angelic being with a wise, uplifting saying on it, but I was possessed by the Red God from Game of Thrones.

Ah, I’m getting out of practice. One can only hope August will provide more time, although right now it’s looking pretty hairy as I again fall into the clutches of The Thing Formerly Known as the Day Job.

Have a great weekend!

Help Pick a Location for a New Series!

Now that ILLUMINATION is out (remember, the big Kindle sale is still going on here and don’t forget STORM FORCE, also on sale, is unofficially Penton 3.5), I think it’s about time to work on some new books, right? I won’t go into a lot of detail on the idea I’m working on, except to say it will be about shifters, and my shifters need both space to roam and a location that they can defend themselves from outsiders. Since there are different breeds of shifters living in this mystery location, defending themselves from each other is another matter!

So, I’ve been trying to think of good locations. The Pacific Northwest and Big Sky Country seem to be overused in the shifter genre. Do I want an imaginary location? Urban or rural–or at least an urban place with a rural escape (think huge compound). Should it be in the United States?

Here are the spots I’ve considered. Weigh in, and let me know what you think!

1–British Columbia. (Open space, tricky terrain but too isolated?)

2-Alaska (Good weather complication potential, also tricky terrain and lots of space)

2–A National Park (interesting, but not sure how they’d stay hidden)

3–Montana/Wyoming/Big Sky (lots of open space, not too many people, but potentially overdone)

4-Southern California or South Florida (lots of rich people with big compounds but weather doesn’t seem amenable to shifters–no gator shifters here)

5-Appalachia or North Georgia mountains (has potential)

So…what do you think? It could be NYC or Chicago just as easily but the sheer number of people might be prohibitive…or maybe hiding in plain sight could be a challenge.