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Showing posts from November, 2013

Book Signing Next Week

If any of you are in the Medina NY area next week, come by and visit me. The book signing is a part of Medina's Christmas season celebration. I also have a fair on December 6, which I will post on Monday, once I learn the times.

Happy Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! I hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating with their families or friends. This is the first Thanksgiving with my sister home from Afghanistan, so I know there are many out there who have loved ones estranged, far away, gone, or otherwise unable to be home for Thanksgiving or Hanukkah. I offer a prayer for those who have loved ones away: while this time may be a time of sorrow, I ask the Lord of Lights that He provide you with peace in the dark times; joy in the sorrow; and hope for the season.

I hope that each of you take the time to reflect on the reasons for the season: the thankfulness of Thanksgiving; the re-dedication and hope of Hanukkah; and the hope that we always find in the darkness if we look.


Over the summer I began a Christianity and the Arts Series. This post continues along in the same vein.

Why do we love quotes? What is it about what other people have said that connects with us; that says what we wish we could say? We purchase cards for each other because they say what we wish we could say.

There are quotes that we use to motivate ourselves:
"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable; those that are movable, and those that move." Arabic proverb
There are quotes that inspire us:
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." C.S. Lewis
Quotes challenge us:
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." Albert Einstein
We keep quotes handy in journals, on the computer, on soci…

Sympathy Pains

Most every woman who has ever been pregnant understands the concept of sympathy pains whether from a husband or sometimes a family member. My mom jokes that her nephew (my second eldest cousin) experienced sympathy pains for Mom while she was pregnant with me. Sometimes if we or a loved one is in pain, all we want to do is have the pain taken away, but it isn't always the case. Often, we simply require a warm cup of tea to settle ourselves, and proceed.

It's interesting to me, how much the arts depend upon sympathy pains - those times that bring artists together to support one another. The New Testament calls it bearing one another's burdens, and some churches do this well; some not so well when considering artists among them.

Within the arts community, being a solitary artist is impossible so far as how long it can be sustained. By limiting our interactions from people and places, we limit impute into our creativity as well as the sharpening from others.

In college, one…

Notepad Covers

I mentioned on Facebook last week that I was working on a new project. For lack of a better title, I call them Notepad Covers.

The initial idea came from a bookstore owner in Albion NY. Carolyn, the owner of Bindings Bookstore had one that she used and wanted some more like it. I took some notes, and created my own version of it.

These covers come with a pen and a small notepad (5" x 7") inside. So far, I have only used fabric for the covers, but since I have a collection of handwoven material, I can utilize those fabrics as well.

To create the covers, the front of the cover is a hodge-podge of a fabrics that I have. Some covers are more eclectic while some are more mundane. The interior is created using only one piece of fabric. Sandwich between the two layers is cotton batting to provide a little weight to the object. Each one of the covers comes with a button and a loop of fabric to close it. As I progress with the styles, I will probably change the closure style, but f…

From Lancaster to Niagara

I don't know about any of you, but I enjoy traveling - absolutely love seeing new places, meeting people, and generally just enjoying myself. Usually, I plan all the places I want to visit before I arrive at a location, but always I find something new.

Earlier this week, I started a new blog called From Lancaster to Niagara (see here) to record the journeys I have learning about my two hometowns. All right, I admit, I am from neither location specifically, but I am from both regions: the Greater Niagara Region which includes my home county of Genesee, and the greater Pennsylvania Dutch Country that includes my portion of Chester County, PA.

The blog will give you a local's perspective on the two regions, and will most decidedly take you out of the normal locations. After all, there's more to Niagara than the Falls, and more to Lancaster than bonnets and buggies. Both locations are full of history from Early American (Lancaster was the capital of the United States) to …

Sometimes, you just find a song

People ask where the ideas for Azure Maris and others come from when I tell them I'm a writer. Sometimes, I find or hear a story and it intrigues me; sometimes, I attend church, and the idea comes.

At church, we've been singing the following song: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United. I have a video of the song below, but take a moment to listen to it. I've thought many times how much the lyrics remind me both of Azure Maris, and my own walk of faith right now.

I know that walking by faith is never easy, and often, the deeper I dive into faith, the darker my walk becomes. In the darkest spots, I must remind myself that I trust God, no matter what happens. It isn't easy, but it's always worth it.

I hope you enjoy the song.

Fiction Friday Sale - Azure Maris

Hey, just thought I'd let everyone know that the e-book of Azure Maris is on sale for $2.99 as part of Ambassador-International's Fiction Friday Sale.

The sale price is good through the weekend as well, but on Monday, the price goes back up to normal.

If you're looking for something to read on the plane, train or however you might be traveling for the holidays, purchase the e-book.

On a side-note, I'm working on some new items for the holiday season gift-giving. I'll have some up on my Etsy store on Monday.

Remember that all the items on the Etsy site are ready to ship for your holiday gifts. I can ship them directly to the recipient or to you.

Home Again

As I said in the last post, I took a trip, and now I am home again. It was a good trip that provided great ideas for writing and my arts, although it was primarily geared towards social entrepreneurship. Thankfully, the trip was uneventful until Mom and I reached Ashtabula OH where we found rain ... and snow.

Thankfully, it took until early November before I experienced my first snowfall of the season, but it's now here ... fun.

Anyway, it's good to be home and safe.

Road Trip!

Mom and I are traveling out to Texas this week for a meeting. This post will probably be the only post this week, although, I will continue to update my Facebook page. Like me on Facebook (Bridgette nĂ­ Brian), and you'll be able to stay-up-to-date with the latest news on Azure Lights and Shamrocks of Stone.

The latest updates so far: We have finished editing, and are starting towards the cover designs.