Greetings, 2018!

Well, here it is.  2018.  I always try to imagine what every new year will hold.  And let’s just say, I’m no oracle!  2017 had its surprises–good, bad, and in between.

On the publishing front, I kicked off 2017 by self-pubbing a novella that I’d originally written at a particular market’s invitation.  They declined the final product, so I took the bull by the horns and published it last New Year’s Day.  That’s my little thriller, Moon Over Ruin.  It’s set (mainly) in an abandoned resort we ran across on a trip to Canada a couple of years ago that got caught in my mind.

Then, around the beginning of summer, my long-time publisher, DarkFuse, closed down.  They reverted rights to me, but this of course meant my titles went off-market.  I had 6 titles with them at the time, and 2 completed manuscripts that had not yet been published.  I was very fortunate to join up with Crossroad Press soon afterward.  So far, they’ve republished my 4 novel-length works (with new cover art) and one of my previously unpublished titles (Down the Brink).  And, they published an audiobook of The Genesis Code!  The 2 novellas (Ash and Bone and Skinshift) and the other previously unpublished work (Incidental Findings) are in the works and will be out soon.  Meanwhile, I’m in the second draft of a novel-in-progress that concerns a drought of historical proportions and a young family’s desperate escape from a mega-fire into…even worse things.

This has been a big year for my artwork, too.  I picked up some cheap watercolors a couple of years ago and started dabbling around (I hadn’t painted/drawn in some years).  One thing led to another, and I also got involved with colored pencils about a year ago.  My skills have noticeably progressed, and I’ve posted work on RedBubble and Pixels.  Made a couple of small sales, too.  I also drew a blue and gold macaw with colored pencils and donated the image to Zazu’s House Parrot Sanctuary for use on their Pixels site.  I hope it’s sold a lot for them!

On the travel front, I’ve had some mighty interesting/contrasting trips!  In the summer, we returned to Canada, and took a flight to the icefields in Kluane National Park.  We actually landed on a huge icefield (see the picture below) in a Helio Courier.  Awesome!  Then in November, we visited Death Valley National Park, parts of which are well below sea level.  So from high-altitude snow to low-altitude desert, all in the same year.  Not sure how to top that!

So, a big thank you to my readers and those who have purchased my art, and to everyone reading this, best wishes for 2018!

Greetings 2018

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My work on Pixels.com/Fine Art America

I’ve been working on my art the past couple of years–in addition to writing, and working, and more.  I recently created several portfolios on Redbubble, and one piece of my work is featured on  Zazu’s House Parrot Sanctuary Pixels site.

I found out Pixels/Fine Art America was offering yoga mats and that did it (well, not just yoga mats, lots of different products, but the yoga mats put me over the edge in deciding to set up there!).  I set up a page there and uploaded my work.  It’s “live” now.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  Thanks!

My Pixels/Fine Art America Page

All my art up on Redbubble now…

Got it all uploaded!  So there are 4 art collections and 1 miscellaneous photography collection (older).  The art categories are:

Abandoned/Roadside/Retro

Bird art

Abstract/Surreal

Landscapes/Canada

The pieces are mainly watercolor or colored pencil, or the two mixed.  One is gouache and one is watercolor and pastels.  Check it out.  I’ll upload more as I complete and digitize more pieces.  Thanks!

My Redbubble Profile Page

More of my art collections up on Redbubble now…

Now I have several collections/portfolios of my art (colored pencils, watercolors, sometimes mixed) going:

Abandoned/Roadside/Retro

Abstract/Surreal

Birds!

Coming soon:  landscapes inspired by Canada.

Please check them out and let me know what you think.  Thanks!

My Redbubble Profile Page

My Art Side…

No, I don’t “just” write novels, I’ve also been working on my art.  I mostly work in colored pencil (Prismacolor Premier) and watercolor.  I finally got a chance to post a new collection up on Redbubble, entitled:  Abandoned, Roadside, and Retro.  I have a number of birds and abstract pieces I plan to post in their own collections, as time permits.

Meanwhile, please stop by Redbubble and check out my collection.  You can get the images on various sorts of products to suit your fancy.  Thanks!