wyld_dandelyon: (Guitar Angel)
I journeyed for far too long through far too much snow and traffic, leaving early to arrive late at Capricon, where I was scheduled to guide whoever showed up at my table in the Midwinter Faire through the mysteries of acrylic painting.

Well, people not scheduled to be doing things at the con mostly stayed home, but I acquired a companion and we painted wet things. I got one painting done (or almost done) and another started.

The next day I was scheduled pretty solidly with panels and readings, but Saturday I got to two different art workshops, Intuitive Watercolor (the first time I've been pleased with the results of me playing with watercolors) and The Eraser Is Your Friend.

So, art:

Guy from Capricon-001
Look! )
I haven't decided whether I will add to the watercolor, so I haven't removed the tape yet, and the others may be edited a bit still (the rockscape is definitely not done yet, and the sea monster probably needs edits to be Torn World accurate), but this is as far as I got on these at the con.

Oh, yeah, the invitation:  We have a new contest at Torn World with the theme "travel". http://www.tornworld.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1127  Entries can be poetry, fiction, metafiction (or for that matter other cool things like songs) paired with art.  Entries can be from one creator or from more than one creator collaborating.  Would anyone like to collaborate with me?  I'm willing to work with you on canon details, or if one of these (or the blue bird I did last Sketchfest) inspires you, but the results aren't canon, they can still be shared on the site.  Alternatively, if you're an artist, I could work on some writing to go with a piece.  You can, of course, also do something without me--I'd love the competition!

I should note here that right now automated registration for the forums on the Torn World site has been disabled due to persistent hacking attacks.  However, a real person can contact [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion directly and become a registered member of the forums by administrative fiat.  Questions left on the forums (about the contest or world-details or whatever)  get friendly answers.
wyld_dandelyon: (sleeping dragon by Djinni)
Perhaps I should say D is for extendeD Deadline for the Torn World critter contest (May 1st), but really, I should have done C is for Critter Contest yesterday. Never mind that I did a C post here and then a second C post over on DreamWidth (C is for Coyote)  I meant for the Coyote bit to cross-post, but apparently in the muddle of resetting passwords I couldn't remember after losing my hard drive, I un-linked my two accounts.  I'll fix that this weekend, I guess.  But in the meantime, if you like songs or poetry, or if you have an affinity for Coyote, you are welcome to go peek at one of my absolute best songs, Coyote Afoot.  For best effect, imagine me singing it to a group of Pagans.

So, anyway, D is for Daydreams.  Maybe because it's Wednesday, and I had work and errands today and have work and errands tomorrow.  Maybe because there was a big lottery jackpot recently, and I wasn't one of the winners.  I do always daydream when one of the lotto drawings is really big, though I start with boring stuff like paying bills and fixing up the house.  But wouldn't it be lovely to set up a trust to pay for my daily bread, health insurance, and the like, make sure my kid doesn't end up to her ears in debt after college, and be able to focus on storytelling and making beautiful things, whether they're evanescent like music or more durable.

The dreaming, once I get going, doesn't stop when the numbers roll out and don't match my ticket.  Then I might as well get grandiose.  What would it be like if I could fly, or breathe water?  What if I could sense electric fields or taste radar?  What if...

I find myself itching to open a word wars chat room a let my imagination free, my fingers dancing on the keyboard, a new story growing in front of my eyes.  I want to stay up until the first draft of the story is finished or at least until I can't prop my eyes open with toothpicks despite the bright sunshine streaming in the windows.

Sadly, I have to respect the fact that it's bedtime, I have to be at work (and awake and intelligent and ready to juggle phone calls and figure out screwed-up medical bills or whatever else is needed in the moment) at 8:00. 

I guess, for tonight, I'll have to settle for D is for Dreams.  The restful, restorative kind that happen while a person sleeps.  And I'll have to settle for enjoying the while the sun is below the horizon. 

Too bad I can't type in my sleep.  Some of my dreams are pretty cool!

The day job is a good thing, and I like it.  But I also like letting the muse catch me up in inspiration and diving into an imaginary world, ignoring the passage of time in this one, until I've pulled a good serving of it into this world where I can share it with you all.

So here's wishing you all good dreams and fantastic daydreams.  Perhaps we'll find each other in one of those otherworlds some night--or even some day!
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
Win some books from my overstocked library!  Details here:  http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/190392.html 

Here's a picture of part of the library.  I have a big old Victorian house, of the vintage that has two parlours. My Angel and I turned the gentleman's parlour into a library, with as many bookshelves as we could stuff into it and still have a couple of places to sit. Almost all of it is speculative fiction--and I have no room left for new books.

I bet I have some treasures in there that you'd love.



As you can see, I've already filled up the tops of all the bookshelves, occasionally with more shelving!  

(No, the dragon sculpture is not available as a prize!)

wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
Win some books from my overstocked library!  Details here:  http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/190392.html 

Here's a picture of part of the library.  I have a big old Victorian house, of the vintage that has two parlours. My Angel and I turned the gentleman's parlour into a library, with as many bookshelves as we could stuff into it and still have a couple of places to sit. Almost all of it is speculative fiction--and I have no room left for new books.

I bet I have some treasures in there that you'd love.



As you can see, I've already filled up the tops of all the bookshelves, occasionally with more shelving!  

(No, the dragon sculpture is not available as a prize!)

wyld_dandelyon: (Torn World)
Torn World is having a new contest! There are four categories: Art, Poetry, Fiction, and Meta-fiction, and Ellen has made some suggestions for possible topics of all of the above, though those are far from exhaustive. The ones in the announcement are to help get people thinking, not to limit your options!


More thoughts! )
New creators are welcome!
wyld_dandelyon: (Torn World)
Torn World is having a new contest! There are four categories: Art, Poetry, Fiction, and Meta-fiction, and Ellen has made some suggestions for possible topics of all of the above, though those are far from exhaustive. The ones in the announcement are to help get people thinking, not to limit your options!


More thoughts! )
New creators are welcome!
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)


The story that RJ Astruc and I wrote for this anthology, Scrapheap Angel, started with a friendship on LJ.  RJ asked if anyone wanted to collaborate on a story, and I thought what the heck.  I've had both very good experiences collaborating and experiences that, well, didn't work out.  Anyway, we chatted a while on Skype--well, she chatted and I typed, since I couldn't get that old laptop to pick up audio no way no how.  And then we took turns writing.  Finally, happily, the editor liked it!

The book goes on sale today, and if you're inclined to buy it--for yourself or as a gift--please consider ordering today.  A good first day showing can make a big difference to a book's success in the marketplace.

You can order Subversion:  Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm  here: 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615533299  (PRINT)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GG90JE  (EBOOK)

In honor of this release, I'm announcing a contest--If during the month of December you review any of the three anthologies that my stories appeared in this year (Family Ties & Torn Skies, Re-Vamp, and Subversion) on your Amazon, Goodreads, a similar venue and/or on your blog, and leave a link here, I'll enter you into a drawing for however many SF&F books from my library I can mail to you for $10 US (That's a medium flat rate box if you're in the US).  The winner will get a chance to share their preferences as to authors and/or sub-genres before I raid my bookshelves to choose the prizes.

I suppose I should share links for finding the other books:

Family Ties & Torn Skies   This can also be found on Amazon.

Re-Vamp:
+Amazon paperback (US edition)
+Lulu paperback (worldwide edition)
+Amazon Kindle
+Smashwords (ebook, multiformat)

I'll pick a winner on January 1st--two winners, if you guys really blow me away with the number of reviews!

If you are inclined to boost this signal, please feel free, and thank you.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)


The story that RJ Astruc and I wrote for this anthology, Scrapheap Angel, started with a friendship on LJ.  RJ asked if anyone wanted to collaborate on a story, and I thought what the heck.  I've had both very good experiences collaborating and experiences that, well, didn't work out.  Anyway, we chatted a while on Skype--well, she chatted and I typed, since I couldn't get that old laptop to pick up audio no way no how.  And then we took turns writing.  Finally, happily, the editor liked it!

The book goes on sale today, and if you're inclined to buy it--for yourself or as a gift--please consider ordering today.  A good first day showing can make a big difference to a book's success in the marketplace.

You can order Subversion:  Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm  here: 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615533299  (PRINT)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GG90JE  (EBOOK)

In honor of this release, I'm announcing a contest--If during the month of December you review any of the three anthologies that my stories appeared in this year (Family Ties & Torn Skies, Re-Vamp, and Subversion) on your Amazon, Goodreads, a similar venue and/or on your blog, and leave a link here, I'll enter you into a drawing for however many SF&F books from my library I can mail to you for $10 US (That's a medium flat rate box if you're in the US).  The winner will get a chance to share their preferences as to authors and/or sub-genres before I raid my bookshelves to choose the prizes.

I suppose I should share links for finding the other books:

Family Ties & Torn Skies   This can also be found on Amazon.

Re-Vamp:
+Amazon paperback (US edition)
+Lulu paperback (worldwide edition)
+Amazon Kindle
+Smashwords (ebook, multiformat)

I'll pick a winner on January 1st--two winners, if you guys really blow me away with the number of reviews!

If you are inclined to boost this signal, please feel free, and thank you.
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
Halloween is a lot of fun. You wander around, in a world of fairies, witches, and vampires, and there's candy (and scary ghosts and spiders) at every door. You never know what you'll come across next, and life's an adventure.

Urban Fantasy is like that. You're walking down a perfectly normal street, watching people doing perfectly normal things, the sort of things you spend your boring daily life doing, and then suddenly, it isn't boring any more.

You wonder, or at least you daydream: What if the mundane world really isn't all there is?
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
Halloween is a lot of fun. You wander around, in a world of fairies, witches, and vampires, and there's candy (and scary ghosts and spiders) at every door. You never know what you'll come across next, and life's an adventure.

Urban Fantasy is like that. You're walking down a perfectly normal street, watching people doing perfectly normal things, the sort of things you spend your boring daily life doing, and then suddenly, it isn't boring any more.

You wonder, or at least you daydream: What if the mundane world really isn't all there is?
wyld_dandelyon: (Creative Dragon)
http://jongibbs.livejournal.com/217907.html

It may win the writer only a meagre puddle of limelight, a story, and an un-grammatical mug, but a meagre puddle is better than no puddle at all to make a splash in.
wyld_dandelyon: (Creative Dragon)
http://jongibbs.livejournal.com/217907.html

It may win the writer only a meagre puddle of limelight, a story, and an un-grammatical mug, but a meagre puddle is better than no puddle at all to make a splash in.
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
You can go vote, if you've been reading. Or you can use the poll to hop from story to story, reading and then vote.

http://mad-docs-of-lit.livejournal.com/28205.html

There's just 13 stories, and the one that wins will make it into the Re-Vamp anthology, which will be published on  Halloween this year. 

wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
You can go vote, if you've been reading. Or you can use the poll to hop from story to story, reading and then vote.

http://mad-docs-of-lit.livejournal.com/28205.html

There's just 13 stories, and the one that wins will make it into the Re-Vamp anthology, which will be published on  Halloween this year. 

wyld_dandelyon: (great wizard by djinni)
Re-Vamp is holding The Monster Makeover Short Story Competition, and my story Monster Meal is entered. You can stop by here: http://mad-docs-of-lit.livejournal.com/26730.html to read the story, and you can go to their "recent entries" to read the other contest entries that have been posted so far.

Voting will take place September 11-17, and the winner gets their story published in the Re-Vamp anthology.

I invite you to check out my competition!  I know I plan to do so.
wyld_dandelyon: (great wizard by djinni)
Re-Vamp is holding The Monster Makeover Short Story Competition, and my story Monster Meal is entered. You can stop by here: http://mad-docs-of-lit.livejournal.com/26730.html to read the story, and you can go to their "recent entries" to read the other contest entries that have been posted so far.

Voting will take place September 11-17, and the winner gets their story published in the Re-Vamp anthology.

I invite you to check out my competition!  I know I plan to do so.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
All of the polls listing titles entered into the Meagre Puddle of Limelight contest for best short story title are now open. I have titles in rounds 1, 3, and 6. Here's a link to the poll that includes Monster Teeth and Art Glass; there's links to all the other polls there too, as well as a description of the prizes--which I must admit seem suitable given the title of the contest.

But it's all in fun. 

Your votes are appreciated!

The Meagre Puddle Of Limelight Award For Best Short Story Title
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
All of the polls listing titles entered into the Meagre Puddle of Limelight contest for best short story title are now open. I have titles in rounds 1, 3, and 6. Here's a link to the poll that includes Monster Teeth and Art Glass; there's links to all the other polls there too, as well as a description of the prizes--which I must admit seem suitable given the title of the contest.

But it's all in fun. 

Your votes are appreciated!

The Meagre Puddle Of Limelight Award For Best Short Story Title
wyld_dandelyon: (night is good)
You can vote for all the short story titles you think are worthy of Best Short Story Title. So far, four rounds are open; the winners of rounds 1-6 advance, the second-place titles go into Round 7 to see which of them advance.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, you can go vote for Dance to Fend Off the Sky in round one, or for Monster Teeth and Art Glass in round three, and for all of the other titles you like. 

I'll try to post again when rounds 5 and 6 are also open.

In other news, I'm still tired, though I slept about 10 hours last night.  I'm sneezing less for stray allergens, though.
wyld_dandelyon: (night is good)
You can vote for all the short story titles you think are worthy of Best Short Story Title. So far, four rounds are open; the winners of rounds 1-6 advance, the second-place titles go into Round 7 to see which of them advance.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, you can go vote for Dance to Fend Off the Sky in round one, or for Monster Teeth and Art Glass in round three, and for all of the other titles you like. 

I'll try to post again when rounds 5 and 6 are also open.

In other news, I'm still tired, though I slept about 10 hours last night.  I'm sneezing less for stray allergens, though.

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