Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Publishing and Vegetables

It’s almost October and the end of the year. My favorite time of year. The weather is finally cooling down in Phoenix. We are in the double digits rather than triple digits. Not quite full on Autumn but getting there. I have been busy finishing my first installment for Brain Bites – The Bloody Queen. I have also been working on illustration and design. I will be finishing MacBeth for Shakespeare Year at the end of the week. Now that I have learned typesetting in Scribus I am able to make the e-books look more pleasing.

I have contacted a manufacturing company that will put my designs/images on wallpaper, wrapping paper and fabric. Super excited about that.

I went to Brass Armadillo yesterday and basically cleared them out of Halloween papers and craft packs. I think I will be doing homemade cards for people or maybe if I can scan the pages, I can create unique cards. Or maybe I can create spell books. Obviously, I don’t have firm plans yet. But Halloween is creeping up so I better figure things out.

I have been reading a biography of King John since my next Brain Bite is on him. I have also been re-reading Jane Eyre. Wish I could say I was reading more but my time is limited and I have much to do on the business end of the spectrum.

I went to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. It was fun and there is something exciting about searching for fresh fruits and vegetables. I bought a bag of beans for $5.00. I made Portuguese kale, sausage and bean soup. It was delicious and nourishing.

It’s Tuesday. Plans for the rest of the week: Publish The Bloody Queen and MacBeth, A Brief Exploration. Also, complete one design and three images for Very Long Ago. Busy week. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mary is Done

Just finished my bio of Queen Mary I of England for my series, Brain Bites. It ended on a flat note. Mary had a short reign and seemed to accomplish little. She also got the moniker “Bloody Mary” after death due to Protestant propaganda during Elizabeth’s reign. I actually feel sorry for Mary. Elizabeth was a political schemer like her mother though her life did not end with her head being chopped off. Elizabeth would have made Anne Boleyn proud. Mary was just the unfortunate first born of a man who stopped loving her mother well before Anne came on the scene.

I managed to finish a painting this weekend. Another abstract about snow. The temperature in Arizona is still hot thought it hasn’t been in triple digits for the past few days. As September unfolds, I am becoming more in the spirit of the holiday season. It’s a long march to Halloween but I am starting to savor the days as they get cooler and the autumn moon begins to glow and the starlight starts to sharpen.

I finished Game of Thrones a few weeks ago and am still missing it. I considered reading the books but my time is limited and I have far too many non-fiction books to read. I got a book on Old English and Chaucer’s Middle English. I also bought books on Old Norse, Icelandic, Inuit, and the Sagas of the Icelanders. This interest arose from Game of Thrones, which borrows from the North Atlantic languages and stories in much the same way Tolkien did.

I started watching Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on Netflix. When did magic in the West die? When did it begin? Was it the Druids? The Goths? The Vikings? The Picts? The Celts? Probably all of them and the slow progress of science and civilization eroded the power and use of magic.

Now that Mary is done, I will be starting a biography on King John. I am excited to explore the Magna Carta.