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Those Blah Days

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Motivation. That evil little serpent that promises greatness then turns around and bites us.


We might imagine ourselves sitting on a balcony overlooking a serene Irish lough (pronounced lock) while we ponder the depth of life and the greatness of small things.

Most often, we're scrambling to find time to write, and hoping that when we do find the time to write, we'll have something witty to say. We look at prolific writers and wonder how they can write so many books. Honestly, I wonder some days if I am even supposed to be writing because while I enjoy it, the research, the writing and the emotional levels make me really wonder.

The past two weeks have been quite unmotivated. Now, part of this has been due to the weather since I can develop migraines from changing weather. Some of the lack of motivation has come from not want to deal with story developments. I know what the character has to face, and I don't want to face it. Some of the delay is a result of Easter, birt…

Shamrocks of Stone Release

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For those of you waiting on the latest of my newest series, Shamrocks of Stone has been released for e-books (here). You can pre-order Shamrocks of Stone as well.


This book is a historical mystery series set in the 15th century (1400s), Ireland. Orfhlait ni Sorcer, the daughter of the local king, lives in a nearby convent where she is expected to become a nun. Orfhlait (pronounced OR la) has other plans. When her friend, Aidan is found murdered, Orfhlait insists she should help her older brother investigate the crime. Her brother reluctantly agrees, realizing that tapping his sister's intelligence is probably the best way to help her.

As the story progresses, Orfhlait soon learns that not everything is at it seems, and she isn't the only one who faces trials in her life. The hand of God has touched the kingdom, but no one knows if all the turmoil is going to be beneficial or not.

The Courage to Create

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There are a few things in my life I refuse to put on my bucket list: jumping out of planes, skiing down mountains, and racing cars at two hundred miles an hour. These are just not things that I wish to do. That being said, should I ever find myself in the middle of a action adventure experience in which I need to do those items, I will.

My personality likes adventure, just not reckless (to my mind) adventure. I find it hard enough to talk to people about my books and arts when I'm not at book signings or art fairs. It's even harder to converse with someone about art in general because most of the people I know couldn't tell a Matisse from a Picasso let alone know who Matisse is from Rembrandt.

Some people believe being an artist is easy. All we have to do is throw paint on canvas, write a few pithy sayings, or play a song. It's not hard at all, really. For many of us who do create, no, it isn't hard to do those things. I have stories coming out my brain, and for …

Walking through Rough Roads

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Darkness has been a theme on the blog of late, partly because darkness is something that I fight daily. It isn't inner demons from my past or present, but often, my struggle comes from pursuing a path without seeming support.

This past Saturday, I had a book signing - a wonderful opportunity for the Lord to provide money I needed for upcoming bills, and ones I need to pay. My previous two signings had yielded no sales. In fact, the first one this year yielded no people.

It was frustrating to say the least.

All my life, I've been taught that God would provide for my every need. When he doesn't, I struggle with the reasons. For me it is simple: God provides an opportunity therefore he will provide the means to pay for it.

Right?

Mission trip? Check - God provided the money.
Bill to pay? Check - God provided the money.
Food on the table? Job? Whatever it happened to be? Check - God provided the money.

Until now.

It isn't as though I expect God to shower me with bles…

Book Signing Today

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Light in the Darkness

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The past twenty-four hours have been interesting. First of all, it hasn't been crazy, just interesting. My mom owns a rental property, and we've been finishing that up ... fun stuff. Today, I spent my morning at the DMV helping a friend, but that ended up being problematic when not all the papers were signed, and I couldn't reach the insurance company to change something. Yeah, it's been interesting.

Unfortunately, life happens to all of us. Sometimes it's the normal things: DMV stuff or our homes. Sometimes it's those dark times in the art when we have no clue where we are presently, where we're going or even how to go there.

I wish I could say that life as an artist will be easy, but it isn't. Currently, I'm in one of those places where I cannot move one way or another. I do what I'm supposed to do, but money isn't coming in ... and bills need to be paid, and more money is needed to generate more income. It's tight, hard, and by no m…

The Truth in Art

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Last week, I talked about how hope remains with us; the week before that, about how the church views art. This week, I want to focus on something similar, but slightly different: how the church views truth in response to art.


Art is, for many people, something that hangs in galleries and museums. Wealthy people buy it ... or the people who want to be wealthy. Art isn't always about beauty; sometimes, and most often, it is about something just as ethereal, just as uncertain, and just as fluid: truth. On my wall, I have a quote by Willa Cather:
"Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artists, the great artist, knows how difficult it is."

One of my greatest pet peeves is when people ask for my opinion in something then are offended when I tell them exactly what I think about the topic. Sometimes, I admit, individuals happen upon a sore spot, but often I do tell peo…

First of the Month Review

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Today I'm focusing on my latest purchase: A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight.

I first saw this book while flipping through Amazon* for design books. It intrigued me, and I wanted to borrow it from the library, but the system didn't have it.

Thankfully, while interviewing at the local art store to be a bookbinding teacher, I found the book. To be honest, I thought it would be one of those books that gives a lot of patterns and projects. Not that books like those are bad - actually, they can turn out to be good inspiration, but I find that they don't provide the answers I need.

After all, I design my own woven items, and I would like to design my own fabric as well. It isn't simply enough to take another author's design and make it my own. There is this nasty little thing called copyright. When I saw two pages dedicated to copyright laws in this book, I knew it would be worth the money.

Kight steps you through the process of designing. She doesn'…

Take a Chance

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One of the hardest things involved with being a writer, or an artist in general, is the choice to take risk. There are few things in life that don't require some sort of a risk: asking that someone special out on a first date; applying for a job; choosing a different path than what is expected.

We all face daily challenges often without realizing it. It's a challenge to take your stories, thoughts and dreams from this:
 To this:
People who don't write, those who only read if that much, don't fully understand the horror and fears wrapped up in the submission process. Some people compare it to sending a child out. I have no children, so while I accept that as a valid comparison, it never reflected my feelings.

In all honesty, I felt as though someone had suddenly turned back my defenses to look inside my being. Not just to the me I projected, but to the me I hoped few would find. Writing is an intimate process. Artists pour themselves into their art, revealing portion…

Yet Hope Remains

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On April 19, 2014, my church is going to produce a play called Yet Hope Remains. The story focuses on the character of Tikva who is one of the two Jesus' visits on the Road to Emmaus after his resurrection. The play, however, takes place the night before the resurrection and will be preformed on the Saturday before Easter.


First of all, I'm exited that my new church is doing a play. Second of all, I'm excited that the play will focus on a time we don't often discuss during Easter season. Third, I'm thankful that it is my play being produced.

Hope is an interesting topic. It can be fleeting, easily broken or a surety in our lives. We hope it won't snow again; we hope for that someone special to ask us out; we hope in our Lord and Savior. Hope, to the Ancient Greeks, was considered the worst of all curses laid upon humanity. It's part of the reason that hope was the last thing Pandora released from the box. Ancient Greece was a cynical place to be, apparent…