I am happy to stay April has been a very fruitful month for me as an artist. This month I decided to teach myself oil painting and have completed three pieces this month. I am so pleased with these painting too. I have been trying to push myself as an artist, to put more of me in my art as well as learn a new medium and I think I have done that this month. I have also been working on improving my miniature painting as well, you can see my latest complete squad of Harlequins for Warhammer 40k below, I think they came out pretty awesome and there is no mistaking them for anyone else's miniatures! I hope to continue painting a lot more the rest of the year, it's like something has awakened in me and I am the happier for it.
As an artist and small business person, of course all painting are for sale and I am open for miniature commissions if you would like. Check the captions of the pictures below for more info or send me a Direct Message.
It's been a bit since I had a book review up here on the blog, so I thought it was time to get back to reviewing!
I picked up How to Be an Overnight Success last month when it was on sale and I am glad that I did. Sure, this book is more geared towards businesses and entrepreneurs but I found a lot of parallels between the experiences of the author in starting her business and being an independent author. Sure, I am not starting a skin care business like Maria Hatzistefanis, the founder of Rodial, but I have to work extremely hard to get where I am as an author and am still working hard to become a success. There is nothing overnight about starting a business or becoming an author. I enjoyed reading this book and I got some great ideas on how to build my "brand" as an author. I recommend this book for both people thinking of starting a business or creative types trying to profit from their art and passion. 4/5 stars.
Since January of this year I have been working out on a consistent basis. I started out slowly and have been building and getting in better shape each and every week. Not only am I starting to see some health benefits to all of this exercise, but I am seeing improvement in my writing life as well. I now come home from the day job, exercise, and then get down to the writing part of my life. And you know what? Now that I am exercising before I write I am feeling more creative when I sit down in front of the computer. I am writing more words, in fact this month is the best month of writing that I have had in over a year. Each month this year I am writing more words than the month before and it is feeling good! Who knew that taking care of my physical self would help with my writing so much? I think that things in my life are finally starting to fall into place.
I am so happy that today is the release of my fantasy novella Port Stone: Dangers of the Swamp! I am so excited to be writing more fantasy and there will be two more Port Stone novellas out by fall of this year! If you like strong female characters or classic fantasy, Port Stone is the series for you! Book 1 is only .99 cents for the ebook!
Tianna and Kara each came to Port Stone by request of their respective Orders to help an unknown elf, Phinelope. She never shows at the appointed meeting place, so they go in search of her only to find Phinelope murdered and more secrets than answers in this strange town. Never ones to let the murder of a woman go with no consequences, they take it upon themselves to avenge her death and find themselves becoming more involved in the mysteries of Port Stone than either of them ever intended.
Join Tianna and Kara in this female led fantasy of danger, lies, and unanswered questions.
Here’s a little excerpt:
A quick perusal of the pub showed that Phinelope had not yet arrived. In fact, no women were in the place other than the serving girl. As expected, everyone stared despite her hood being up. The serving wench came over and reluctantly took her order, walking away before Tianna had a chance to ask about Phinelope. The wench returned with her drink, dumped it on the table, grabbed the coin, and said nothing. Tianna felt that elves really were not received well here in Port Stone, though she had no idea why. In towns and villages, her kind were always treated with respect. Why were things so different here in this city? Deciding that it didn’t matter, she let her hood down, her dark green eyes flashing at those who stared even more openly at her.
Before she could ponder for too long, the door opened and another female came in. A tall, redheaded and striking human woman looked around, her blue eyes squinting to see in the dimness. She, too, stood out being all in armor and carrying a large Warhammer. Tianna immediately felt a kinship to this newcomer. She spotted Tianna and headed towards her. “Phinelope?” she asked.
“No, my name is Tianna, I had hoped that you were Phinelope, though I had assumed she, too, to be an elf. I am here to meet her as well. Please, sit, we can wait together.” Glad to have company that didn’t seem to stare at her with distrust just because of her race.
Nodding, the human sat, extending her hand, “My name is Kara, the priest to whom I owe my life sent me here to meet an elf named Phinelope and to help her in whatever mission she had.”
“An Elder of my Order gave me very similar commands but not many details. How very strange.”
“Indeed. This must be something important if the Druids and the Clerics are both involved. Who exactly is this Phinelope?” Kara asked as she signaled for an ale to the passing server.
It's a busy month for me in my writing life! Last week I was happy to see the release of yet another horror anthology that I am lucky enough to be a part of! This one is about zombies and I love it! I took a slightly different take on zombies and am pretty proud of how it came out! Grab your copy today for only .99 cents!
The infection has taken over the world, no one expected it to get this out of hand, there wasn't a plan for this. Now the undead are everywhere, zombies outnumber the living by thousands, so all everyone can do is try to survive...the only problem is not everyone can live.
The following stories from the war against the undead include best-selling, award winning horror authors:
Caged Barbarians by Chuck Buda
A Cold Winter by McKenzie Richardson
A Transplanted Dr. Franks by Katie Jaarsveld
Bright of the Living Dead by Thomas M. Malafarina
Hunger by Jensen Reed
Unnatural by GJ Stevens
The Package by Ryan Colley
What Happened to Emily? By C.L. Williams
Dying Days: Break Room by Armand Rosamilia
Punchline by Noel Osualdini
Are You There? By Samie Sands
The Hunger by Arnaldo Lopez Jr.
Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? By Rick Eddy
Reanimation Lab by Sheri Velarde
Happily Ever Zombie by McKenzie Richardson
When the Cameras Stop Rolling by C.L. Williams
Teacher of the Undead by Alexander Bailey
Quarantine by Samie Sands
FLASH FICTION ADDICTION is available today in either Paperback or Ebook form. It includes my story and 100 other authors jam packed into a single book. I am so proud to be included with so many other authors and I am pretty proud of my story, The Truth About Fairies! I might even start a new series based on this little short story, that's how much I love this story!
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As I have talked about recently, I have been dealing with some pretty bad anxiety and depression and I have been using art to try to get out of this negative mindset. Still, my mind was getting in the way of expressing myself so I turned to music to help inspire me and calm my soul. And it's working. So far in April I am writing up a storm, well at least for me, editing, and painting. I am working on miniature painting of course, and I have finally started to teach myself how to oil paint. Below is my first ever kind of large scale oil painting entitled "Heartbeat". This is the first time in a long time as well that one of my paintings has been more personal, something literally from inside my soul. I'm not sure that it's finished but I am pretty pleased with it so far.
And I have one album to thank for helping to open me up, one artist that I have found some inspiration in lately and helped me get back to writing and painting again. Harry Style and his solo release from a couple years back. I randomly fell into some of his music on Youtube and something about his music touched me. I'm not as sad when I listen to his voice. Some of his songs just hit my heart and make me feel something. Now those who know me and my metal head ways might be shocked by this confession, but hey no one can predict what might inspire them. And I love Harry Styles' solo music, it's helping me during a dark time and I am so happy that I found it. Fun little fact too, we share the same birthday, though obviously he is a bit younger. Aquarius for the win! Plus he supports the LGBQT lifestyle so much that I am proud to support him right back. I know that he will never see or read this, but I am so thankful to have found his music even if I am way behind in discovering him.
What was the last artist or album that inspired you? That helped you at a time of need?
I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the future of late. Sometimes it seems pretty bleak when I let my depression do the imagining, but I am slowly working my way out of said depression and am trying to envision a more positive future. When I look into the future I of course see myself continuing to write and paint, and to hopefully make more money each year from those endeavors. The goal is to obviously be able to only have creative work as my job. Someday...
But right now I must also have a day job. And while I do like my job in accounting, I have been thinking about finding a job that I can do anywhere since it is likely that my spouse and I will be moving within the next few years. I want something that I can do no matter where we move to. So I have been thinking about combining my need for flexible yet steady income with my passion for getting back in shape. So I am thinking about becoming a certified personal trainer. I would like to specialize in people like myself, people working on getting back in shape after health setbacks. I think that it could be a good career for me, something that I really care about and am passionate about. It is also something that I could do no matter where we end up moving.
I am just in the beginning phase of this endeavor, so if I have any readers who are trainers, please let me know which certifications you personally received. I want to get the best certifications that I can get for a reasonable price. I also want to make sure that I learn as much as I can. Drop any information you can share in the comments!
How is it April already? One third of the year is already gone! That means its time for me to assess my goals for the next quarter of the year. The first three months of 2019 were pretty good all things considering. I have written more each month, I started exercising again and am making slow progress in that area. I have read 17 books so far. All forward progress.
Now that it is April I am committing myself to a couple challenges to keep my momentum going. Starting on April 1 I have decided to walk at least one mile for the next 100 days. I plan on doing more than one mile most days of the challenge, but even on busy days or days when I want to do nothing I am at least doing a mile. I think it's important to get into a real habit of being consistent on my workouts and I have lots of support with this challenge.
I am also taking part of the Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Now I am not trying to write the 50K words that I would try to do in November, but this month I am trying to get 25k words in. I am hoping to finish book two of Port Stone and get it to my editor by the end of the month. I also want to get closer to finishing Quest for Self so that I can get it to my editor by the end of May. Lots of writing to be done, especially with edits in the mix.
I am also going to be working more on my art this month and for the rest of the year. I am not only painting miniatures, which is an art form all in its own, but I also am going to teach myself how to oil paint. I have a new art setup and am excited to see what I can learn and do. I have a series in mind, but first I want to get comfortable working in a new medium.
Last quarter was a good start to the year, now let's see what the next three months have to show us!
I am so happy to say that my fantasy novella, Port Stone: Dangers of the Swamp is now available for preorder for only .99 cents! It will be out April 20th and I am so ready for this book to go out in the world. I am already working on the sequel which should be out in July and the third and final Port Stone book will come out in October. Want a little taste?
Tianna and Kara each came to Port Stone by request of their respective Orders to help an unknown elf, Phinelope. She never shows at the appointed meeting place, so they go in search of her only to find Phinelope murdered and more secrets than answers. Never ones to let the murder of a woman go with no consequences, they take it upon themselves to avenge her death and find themselves becoming more involved in the mysteries of Port Stone than either of them ever intended.
Join Tianna and Kara in this female led fantasy of danger, lies and unanswered questions.
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