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New Art for Seven Days

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

ART ~ I know it’s been a bit long since the last post, but I have been working on a few things.

Thing #1: a Seven Days cover













and Thing #2: Another Seven Days cover.  (They have been very good to me this year!) I don’t have the digital cover yet that includes the text, but I will upload that in due time.












WORDS ~ I sent out a couple of query letters for HALF-PATCH BLUE, received a few rejections.  I’ll keep plugging away at it.  I also completed the NANOWRIMO challenge and have nearly completed THE RAT CHILDREN, another middle grade fantasy.  Stay tuned ~














Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked ~

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

I don’t know what to do with myself . . .

Seems I’ve gotten so used to burning the midnight oil working on new commissions these last few months, that I can’t crawl into bed before 1 AM.  No worries.  Gives me a chance to do a new blog post.

I’ll have another MovieMaker blog post in a few short works, as well as a brand new Extra! cover to unveil, but in the meantime, here are two new pieces.

The first is a portrait of the newly inaugurated, twenty-fifth president of the University of Scranton ~ the Reverend Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.  It was commissioned by the University Staff Senate and presented to him on the eve of his inauguration.  It was a very complicated piece to paint.  The illustration depicts various Scranton landmarks as well as “The Commons,” the center walkway of the school.  The amount of individual masks was overwhelming, but all-in-all, I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out.

The second, is an interior piece for one of my favorite alt weeklies, Seven Days in VT.  It was a B/W piece illustrating an upcoming comedy fundraiser benefiting flood victims.

Check back soon to see my Extra! cover.  It’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself ~

June Extra! Cover

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Hi All ~

On the Art Side ~ My June Extra! cover is at your local Borders or Barnes & Noble Booksellers, so stop by and pick up a copy.

I was quite pleased with how this piece came out, even though my blacks didn’t print as dark as I’d hoped.  Something happens between my final and the printed piece that I need to ask about next time around.  Nothing major, just not as crisp as I’d like it to be.

I’ll be sending out an emailer with it as soon as I get back from vacationing with the folks next week in the hopes of garnering some new work.  I’d love to get a brand spanking new client this year…

Pay it Forward ~

Monday, January 31st, 2011

On the Art Side ~

While today’s post lacks any new art, I do want to give kudos to my illustration idol Steve Brodner, who is being honored with a gold medal this Friday at Society of Illustrators.  Funky and twisted, with a finger on the pulse of today’s news, Steve’s work never fails to inspire.  A visit to Steve’s site will not dissapoint: http://stevebrodner.com/

On the Word Side ~

After making it to round two of the YALITCHAT query contest and months of waiting patiently for the agent/publisher crit of my letter.  I received word today.  I think I expected more than a few sentences, but I’m thrilled that these tremendously overburdened people took the time to participate.  And with the positive remarks I received, I’m going to smile, count my blessings and submit my nicely polished query to round two with a sigh of relief that I didn’t need to start over from scratch.

So after getting that nice bit of news, I happened to stumble upon a tweet that mentioned an exciting contest hosted by author S.R. Johannes, where the winner gets a personal recommendation from her to her agent, Alyssa Henkin at Trident Media!  How cool is that!

So, as part of my entry, I am happy to link to the contest, and talk about someone who’s helped me in my writing life.  There are two very different people who have helped me the most at this early point of my writing life.  One is a NY Times bestselling Author and the other my English Major, work study.

When William Bernhardt came to the University of Scranton last year to accept the Distinguished Author Award, I never expected a bestselling author would take the time to critique the first three chapters of the novel I was working on, let alone give me invaluable advice to follow.  He told me to keep writing, every day.  If this book never gets an agent or sells, that’s okay.  Write another one, a better one.

With Michele Suchecki’s help, I think I did that.  I bounced ideas off her left and right in the outline stage until I ultimately had the bare bones of Lavender’s Blue, my current middle grade manuscript.  She’s my number one beta reader, (for the second time) and tells it like it is.  I value her insight and opinions.  She makes my writing better ~

So, I hope my reader’s see this and Pay it Forward ~  & if I could get some good vibes sent my way for this contest, that’d be cool too!

Hot Halloween Costumes ~

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

With Halloween only a few days away, I was excited when I received word about a fresh new cover for one of my favorite weeklies, Seven Days in VT.  This illo depicts gubernatorial candidates, Dubie & Shumlin.

I also learned today that my query for Lavender’s Blue made it into the panel judging round where my chances of getting my manuscript read by not only a few of the biggest agents in the game but a publishing giant are one step closer to fruition!

Milwaukee Shepherd Express Cover, Among other Things ~

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

So, I know it’s been a while since I posted, and I apologize.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done between a full time job, a family, freelancing, writing and coaching (youth soccer.)  But enough boo-hooing!

I was thrilled to hear from Kevin over at the Shepherd’s Express who commissioned another cover.  (This seems to be the year of repeat business, which is awesome, since I’ve been slacking a little on my promotional mailers!)  In the midst of this explosive election season, I was happy to hear that this would be a political illustration, which are always fun to create.  The politician in the cross hairs is a woman named Leah Vukmir a Wisconsin State Representative running for Senate.

This piece was a journey into an all digital platform, an idea I’ve been moving toward for quite some time.  It’s been received with rave reviews and might even be used on television ~ a first for my art work!

My novel Lavender’s Blue is in the revision stage where I’ve been feverishly bringing the word count down to where it needs to be for the Middle Grade genre.  I’ve been receiving positive critiques which I’m hoping carries over to when it’s actually being perused by potential agents and publishers.  My query letter is currently in first place in a competition to win a chance to have my manuscript critiqued by some top agents and a publishing power house ~ It’ll only take a minute to vote.  So if you haven’t voted yet, please drop by and vote for Lavender’s Blue: http://www.wizehive.com/voting/yalitchat/10/2

An Update ~

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I know it’s been months since I posted anything, but I’ve been busy, I swear!  Something is going on with my blog, that it does not allow me to upload pics anymore.  So in the meantime, I wanted to post a quick update on recent events.

My first novel, Quintessence has been shelved for the time being, so that I can take what I learned (both good and bad) and jump into my second novel.  Thanks to some brilliant brainstorming with my husband, Brian, this book promises a much more cohesive and exciting storyline.  I’m about halfway finished, but have decided it better to take my time and really flesh out these interesting folks than to rush and have half-baked characters.

On the art front, it’s been fun catching up with old clients ~ Seven Days in Burlington VT, and Extra! Magaine in NYC.  A few more art jobs over the summer would really pad the fund in place to remove the 60 foot Silver Maple in our yard, so that the fence can ultimately go up.  A mailer is in the works to remind all that I am ready, willing and able to paint up a storm.

Hope eveyone is enjoying the last few days of spring.  HAPPY SUMMER!


Ending the Year on a High Note

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Newsweek\'s Namecalling Neoliberal This piece for Extra! Magazine (I think it’s for their January 2010 issue,) started out a bit troublesome, but I was thrilled to see how it ended.

A tip of the hat to those who hired me in 2009.  My hopes are 2010 will give me the opportunity to work with many new faces. I am excited to see what the new year will bring!

Happy New Year!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

My favorite time of year is here and w/ it a crop of new political pieces!  This is one I just completed for Burlington Vt’s Seven Days alt weekly.  I just loved this piece.  The best part is that McCain & Obama have grown to caricature stature all on their own.  I hardly had to change anything!

So safe hauntings this Halloween & please go out and vote on Tuesday!Happy Halloween!

They’re Out of Here!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Yay! My first mailer of 08 is finally out! After a crazy busy end to 2007, 2008 has been surprisingly quiet thus far. In retrospect, I did take advantage of my time to thoroughly update and research my target market database, which in and of itself could be a full time job. I hope it pays off!

Just why is it that art directors move around so frequently? Out of my now extensive database, only a handful are still with the publications I originally had them at five years ago. It’s frustrating to find that the art director you have finally made some headway with has left, unable to find.  In some respect, I imagine it is a good thing – with fresh new faces to wow.  I am grateful however for the art directors that I have worked with who are kind enough to notify me of their new ventures and welcome further submissions. I am also grateful for the new internet phenomenon of actually publishing a masthead online and for sites like mastheads.org and newpages.com for making my life a bit easier.

So now I wait – the quiet before the storm. Or so I hope!