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What Is Subversion? These days?  It seems to me that it's considered subversive simply to be polite, in the States at least.  It also seems to be subversive to want to do your best in anything you do.  Don't believe me?  Okay, consider this.  Have you ever noticed how much hate and negative feedback is…
The Ancient Plain
2018-04-29 21:46
Concept sketch – On an ancient world once known as Stronghold, there is a gate between worlds.  A simple, unadorned stone ring, it stands alone and waiting for the distant descend… Read More
Ramping Up
2018-04-27 01:19
While I (the painting part of our little organization) await funding to get a graphics machine, I am taking this opportunity to explore doing less with more.  Though I can’t do th… Read More
All Good Stories Have A Beginning
2018-04-25 18:47
Rainy Day Studios is a team of artists who work together to create book covers, illustrations, stand alone artworks, and more, primarily for the hard sci fi and military sci fi genres. … Read More
Inherited Tales
2017-12-14 00:57
Both my parents are storytellers.  I have become a storyteller too.  Deep in my family history on both sides are bards, singers, and tale spinners, hard workers who like a good jok… Read More
Beginner’s Tips To Improve Your Photos
2017-12-09 20:11
Do you want to improve your photos by quite a bit, without getting a degree in art or photography?  Make them stand out, and really shine?  Improve the contrast and crop it properl… Read More
The Suspense Is Over
2017-12-03 17:31
In case anyone was on tenterhooks about this, I actually decided to celebrate the winter holiday this year.  We made a pretty neat tree with more lights than I thought possible to put o… Read More
Cat Nests
2017-11-22 00:48
Have you ever noticed how cats love to nest? They love boxes, bags, shelves, drawers, dryers that are turned off, foots of beds, piled up blankets, and any other soft place and hidey hole yo… Read More
Publishing Particulars For Draft2Digital
2017-11-19 19:36
Read below for my special offer for authors! As many of my fellow authors know, Pronoun is closing down.  Pronoun was actually a really great eBook publishing platform, and gave authors… Read More
2017-11-12 16:29
If you talk to some painters, they will tell you that black is an unnatural color and it shouldn’t be used.  I’m not one of them, I use black even in paintings with color.&n&hell…Read More
2017-11-11 16:30
I’m in love with a six stringed lady. I jokingly call her my “mistress” to my spouse. She’s got a rosewood fretboard and a mahogany body, with a rather battered wine… Read More
2017-11-10 00:51
I clearly remember a time when people with reddish hair called themselves “redheads.”   If others were being a bit rude to that redhead they might call them “carrot to… Read More
Peeking Feline
2017-11-05 16:00
Do I peek through the supplies and canned goods at Nezumi-chan? Or does Nezumi-chan peek back at me? Here’s a hole in my backyard I like to peek through… lizards often live t… Read More
Ghoulish Painting
2017-10-31 19:52
Okay, here’s my idea of a ghoul – done in MyPaint.  He looks like he’s about to go after a grave or two.  Just a simple sketch but sometimes simple is best.&nbsp&helli…Read More
Did Somebody Say Fluffy?
2017-10-31 03:26
Ohai.  I, Nezumi, have taken over the blog again.  You see, this is one of my favorite words.  Fluff.  Fluffy.  Or better yet, FLOOFY. Mom, you see, keeps building u… Read More
Wild Orange
2017-10-27 17:24
On my recent zoo trip and photo spree, I saw all kinds of orange things.  Flowers, birds, a butterfly, a rather orange camel, the list goes on.  Here’s a break from Inktober… Read More
Surrealist Inktober
2017-10-26 21:39
How much of horror art is surrealist?  Quite a bit.  When I try to make a surreal piece of art, I will take some aspect of reality and make it into a metaphor, or take a fairly rea… Read More
Glowing Flowers And Butterfly Wings
2017-10-25 00:15
Today’s a day for something pretty… I love this photo.  I was so happy to have taken it.  The butterfly is a Queen Butterfly, if anyone is curious. This flower did… Read More
Enlightened Art
2017-10-22 19:44
I was given a children’s book to read, called “Monument” by Gary Paulsen.  The person who gave it to me said the book reminded them of me – it’s about an a… Read More
Energy Balls And A New Guitar
2017-10-22 04:22
I’m taking a bit of a break from Inktober to bring you, by request, my recipe for Energy Balls.  They are a no-bake snack that can be customized infinitely and make a great altern… Read More
You’d Be Brave Indeed…
2017-10-19 00:55
…to confront this elephant cow on her home turf.  She might be gentle, but she’s so big that you’d have to be careful anyway!  Elephants fascinate me.  They… Read More
Risky?  Or Just Frisky?
2017-10-18 02:11
(Inktober will continue as of this post, and I’ll delete this message as soon as I upload the art.) This gazelle kept staring at me during a recent zoo trip.  He might have just… Read More
Inktober – Tame
2017-10-11 02:54
More of a rough sketch than my usual but I had fun playing with the idea. Read More
2017-10-08 23:19
It took me a while to come up with a drawing for this prompt.  Who knows what may lurk in the icy deeps? Read More
2017-10-08 01:06
Ever notice just how elastic cats are?  They can curl up into a ball, bunch up small, stretch waaaaaaaay out, make themselves tall. Nezumi won’t take any long walks (say, across… Read More
Inktober Day 4 – New Banner!
2017-10-05 04:43
The banner needed updating, so I did that today, as well as creating a color version. Here’s the black and white version, in the original ink: And here’s the color version! (Ne… Read More
Inktober Is Here Again!
2017-10-03 01:47
It’s October 2nd.  I should have started yesterday.  However, I’ll make up the time!  October is my very favorite month and a truly beautiful time in Arizona.&nbsp&hell…Read More
Launching A New Obsession
2017-09-29 02:01
(and helping those who want more time for theirs) For everybody who has kids, busy lives, jobs with long hours, long commutes, and no time, I feel you.  This post is all about doing som… Read More
Gazelles May Fall But Grunts Continue
2017-09-02 22:08
There’s an old concept in the military.  It’s a concept often held to by strong men and women doing dangerous jobs, but it’s just as valuable for people who live gentl… Read More
A Book To Help Cats
2017-08-30 00:34
Yes, it’s out!  Also, it contains a story I wrote about my own cats.  Check it out! Completely Cats – Stories with Cattitude is Published! To say the Completely Cats t… Read More
Pairing Poetry With Pictures
2017-08-23 01:39
If you want to draw your readers to your poetry, add color.  Better yet, add a drawing or photograph.  It can be surprisingly easy to pair a poem with an appropriate photograph.&nb&hell…Read More
Spicing Up Your Workout
2017-08-10 01:05
We all know why it’s important to exercise.  So why don’t we do it? Often, it’s inconvenient, expensive, and boring. Really, really BORING. What’s a budget cons… Read More
Her Casual Suggestion
2017-08-05 16:30
“When the Zombie Apocalypse comes, don’t forget your kitty…” As if I ever would.  This fluffy girl is my best four footed friend, just as my wife is my two foot… Read More
Friday Feature – Free Children’s EBook!
2017-08-04 14:23
The Big Cheese Festival eBook is #FREE for three days August 5th through 7th! Grab your copy today and help children build their self-esteem! There are issues that plague all children as th… Read More
2017-07-29 17:40
Originally posted on Blue-Collar Bookworm: The inflexible reality of the self-publishing boom is that author websites are everywhere. Whether you’re publishing through traditional chan… Read More
My Motives Aren’t Hidden
2017-07-28 02:13
…not like this cat is, anyway.  She does such a good job of blending in! I’m taking a bit of time here to explore the goals of this blog, because everyone who follows shoul… Read More
Great Tips For Improving Your Blog
2017-07-26 14:30
This isn’t a new topic, but it seems worth a mention every now and then within the WordPress blog community. I love connecting with other bloggers and occasionally a website makes tha… Read More
Gateway To Wonder
2017-07-22 01:13
There’s something you can do right at this moment that will transform your life.  It won’t suddenly make you wealthy, or get rid of all your problems, or give you the perfec… Read More
Now That’s A Spicy Lollipop!
2017-07-21 01:58
Mexican kids are tough! That’s what I always think when I look at the candy section at my local carniceria.  Not only does it carry things like custom-cut meat, tortillas, and dri… Read More
Max Your Writing Moxie
2017-07-15 20:55
Do you want to be the best writer you can be? If you want to write good stories, read good stories and pay attention. That looks a little too simple, doesn’t it? It’s still the t… Read More
Author Tips On Establishing Your Brand
2017-07-13 00:39
Originally posted on Story Empire: Ciao, SEers. I’m just getting back into the groove after a long overdue trip back to the homeland. No, not Italy, although that’s on my bucket… Read More
Fantastic Sunset Art
2017-07-04 18:32
See artist’s amazing cardboard cutouts that come to life at sunset When nine-time Emmy award-winning TV producer and writer John Marshall found himself living alone for a month on Fry… Read More
Stellar Cave Photos From New Zealand
2017-07-04 04:47
Glow Worms Turn New Zealand Cave Into Starry Night More info: Shaun Jeffers Photography Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the cou… Read More
2017-06-30 18:40
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little bite of philosophy to go with the rest of your day, much like a savory snack to get you to your next meal.  It’s an interlude, a bit of… Read More
2017-06-18 18:14
If you could write a message in a bottle to your former self, what would it be? For the longest time, I didn’t have a clue. Now, I know what I’d write to myself when I was in hig… Read More
2017-06-16 17:55
When looking for ideas for drawing, painting, poetry or sculpture, it can be helpful to think outside the crate. Or think outside the corrugated cardboard container. Or the cube. Or the cont… Read More
2017-06-10 20:43
As I go higher into the corporate ranks, I learn that the interview process becomes both longer and less certain. No longer do I see the exact pay they are offering, they are vague about it… Read More
2017-06-09 17:05
Using Metaphor and Simile Both metaphors and similes are great tools for livening up your writing. Stories without them are dry as baked parchment, yet having too many makes a narrative toug… Read More
2017-06-08 16:39
I saw my first Palo Verde beetle for the year. These are large, glossy black, spiky looking insects, about three inches long not including their formidable antennae. They are gentle creature… Read More
2017-06-04 17:51
One of my favorite bloggers just posed an interesting question.  Rather than listing five things you would like to do before you die, what are five things you would like to be before yo… Read More
2017-06-03 17:00
Most of you have probably encountered spam comments. Those can be bad enough. Lately, I’ve had some occasions where spammers will actually post entries on my blog. It hasn’t happ… Read More
2017-06-03 03:03
I have had several betta fish, otherwise known as Siamese fighting fish.  They are smart, rather tough fish who can learn to be quite responsive to their keepers.  Oddly, they are… Read More
Not Yet The Day For Detonations
2017-05-29 17:07
We aren’t quite to the point where everyone sets off fireworks for the US Independence Day, but today is still a day where we honor the men and women who fight for us. Today is Memoria… Read More
Evanescent Flycatcher
2017-05-28 17:11
Meet the lovely Phainopepla, a Central American bird who graced a treetop near my backyard.  He landed in the middle of the city, as so many other exotic birds do.  My neighborho… Read More
2017-05-25 16:38
You don’t need to spend a bundle on a survival kit just to feel more secure as you are out and about.  Sure, there are a lot of things that would be nice to have but if you buy th… Read More
2017-05-21 17:38
So many times we yearn for peace. We want a true serenity that makes our problems seem far away. This is possible – though meditation, it can be possible. Walks in nature, a good back… Read More
2017-05-17 22:33
I’ve been scared of heights my entire life. Mostly cliffs and steep stairways, steep hills, things like that.  It makes my knees go all watery when I look at pictures of that city… Read More
A Wonderful Cat Rescue
2017-05-14 09:09
The featured image and the one below shows our latest rescue from Bulgaria. She is the 9th cat we have adopted from Eastern Europe and we haven’t regretted a single one. They are all… Read More
2017-05-03 16:41
I love my car. It’s battered, it has 163,000 miles on it, and it was built in 2006. It’s put up with minimal maintenance, a paper route, a drive across the country while carrying… Read More
2017-05-03 05:04
I remember what it was like when everyone was used to owning things. Increasingly, the trend is to pay for the use of something, but it’s not really yours. We rent houses and apartment… Read More
2017-04-28 18:54
I have a new book out, a novel about a call center worker who encounters a vengeful spirit on her phone line.  It’s what I might call light horror, with almost no gore.  More… Read More
2017-04-26 04:46
Life is interesting. We each only have one at a time, and yet we all know people who waste theirs waiting for it to begin.  I certainly have! When I was growing up, the formula seemed… Read More
2017-04-22 19:00
Quite a few people are frightened of job interviews.  Here’s how I got over that fear. I started thinking in a more harmonious way.  I realized, once and for all, that the em… Read More
Frying In Tucson
2017-04-21 05:01
The dry season is upon us. In Arizona, it lasts from late fall through midsummer pretty much.  Summer contains the wonderful, fickle, thunder-filled Monsoon.  But the rest of… Read More
Living Blindly
2017-04-11 02:12
I’ve thought a lot about what it means to  live blindly.   My father is completely without sight, so I know what it means literally.  I do it all the time in a more figu… Read More
2017-04-09 21:47
To be any kind of an artist, tenacity is a critical skill.  Whether you are writing, painting or dancing, you must continue to push your limits.  When others don’t believe in… Read More
2017-04-08 08:12
This is a variation on a basic recipe but I find it quite delicious.  These cookies are very quick and easy to make.  Depending on how you make them, they are slightly chewy, rathe… Read More
My Fluffy Security Guard
2017-04-07 17:44
Our site mascot, Nezumi, makes a good security guard.  She watches out the front blinds to make sure I get home safe, she puts us to bed when it’s time, and she does a great job o… Read More
2017-04-05 04:53
Disaster preparedness is not something to be ashamed of. It’s just good thinking. When I read comments about being prepared for a natural disaster, I often see traces of embarrassment… Read More
Abby Vandiver – Passport To Mystery
2017-03-31 17:05
Mindflight welcomes Abby Vandiver, mystery author, who is announcing the launch of a new boxed set, and a new novel! When did you know you wanted to write?   I didn’t realize I co… Read More
Great Free Book Event!
2017-03-30 16:33
What better way to kick of Read Self Published month than with a whack-load of amazing indie reads? Be sure to visit the #SIAFBB event page each day for updates, one-day only bargains, and… Read More
Dense Textures In The Desert
2017-03-29 16:49
Some of these photos have been featured in other posts of mine, but they all have dense visual texture.  I find that Arizona offers a lot of opportunities for this, whether in the rugge… Read More
2017-03-27 22:07
Many readers shut the book or turn off their eReader when they see too much prose that’s purple!  It’s really best to avoid it.  First, though, what’s purple pro… Read More
Spring Book Festival!
2017-03-26 17:16
Navigating Indieworld is pleased to present The Spring Book Festival Starting on 27th March and running for 3 days is The Spring Book Festival, a collaboration event between the authors of… Read More

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