Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Reviews!

I just finished reading "We Have Always Lived in the Castle", by Shirley Jackson.  I really did buy this book because of the cover.  I have long admired the Penguin Classic edition of this book, and finally took the leap of faith and bought it.  



I read this in one afternoon, and immediately started raving about to anyone that would listen.  This is a great Gothic piece, and it's creepy and I love it!  I think teen fans of Horror will enjoy this too.  It really is wonderfully unsettling, but has a great humanity to it.  I couldn't help but think of Stephan King and his exploration of small town horrible behaviors during this book, and further Googling seems to confirm he is a Shirley Jackson fan.   Some of you may already be familiar with her work, but this was my first Shirley Jackson novel.  I don't want to spoil this read for anyone with any further details, so if you are looking for a great quick, creepy read, go for it!


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My other recommend is Emily Carroll's "Through the Woods", which I think is her first graphic novel.  I was familiar with her work from different anthologies like "Spera" and the Kazu Kibuishi edited "Exploror: The Mystery Boxes".  I had also spent many an hour, in the dark, on my tablet, reading her web comics here: http://www.emcarroll.com/

It was thus with a literal squeal of glee that I grabbed a copy of this when I saw it had come in at work.

  

This book is a collection of her short illustrated stories.  They work really well together, and create an anthology of "horrible things happening because of the woods" stories.  Each story becomes progressively more intense, in my opinion, the last piece ends on an excellent high note.  As a graphic novel and illustration fan, I highly recommend you check this book out.  Carroll has a great handle on saying many things with sometimes just one image, and reminds me of the great horror manga artist Junji Ito.  Although stylistically different, there are some great similarities between their works.  Again, this works for teen horror fans looking for a new read.

I could go on and on, but the best thing for anyone reading this is just to go out their and buy these booksl. If you are local, I'll let you borrow my copies.  ;) 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Playing D&D in the family....

We started my first ever real tabletop campaign.  I made a rogue dwarf lady.  Of course, I had to make a portrait.  The first one is just laying out basic colors.  I am using procreate on the iPad.  Because I lurv it!

Below we have our finished (for now) dwarf.  She's pretty confident in her rapier wielding skills


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Macro magic fun time show!

I really have been enjoying the world of macro photography lately.  These are all from the last few weeks of awesome summertime bug spotting.

You can get great shots out of the regular Canon Elph on macro setting.  I just get reeeeal close, and hold still, and say a prayer or two or three.  And try not to curse when I miss the shot.

Here is a honey bee, and a dragonfly on the bottom.  The two guys in the middle are called, "Henry" and "Margaret".




Sunday, June 22, 2014

Water! And more...

Just photos that are fun.  I love lily ponds.  This one is at a shopping center, and I think that is wonderful.


Momma and her ducklings.  She had to wait to get back to them, after a rival duck family chased her away.  Nature, what's your deal??  It was a crazy thing.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Merchandising, merchandising....!

I have reopened my etsy store!  I hope to post some prints, paintings, and ACEOS soon.  Right now, though, please peruse some lovely skulls, well ahead before the skull buying rush of October!  www.etsy.com/ch-en/shop/Peablossom?section_id=11514169