Creativity Project – alternate bookcover 09/02/2018

This one?  This one’s an alternate cover for ‘Even A God Of War Pays Overdue Fees‘…  Grecian, godlike, nude…

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I wouldn’t quite describe it as NSFW, but I wouldn’t submit it to Amazon either… you never know…  Or not without making the supplementary text a WHOLE lot bigger, right?

image – Nagarjun Kandukuru https://www.flickr.com/photos/nagarjun/, licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

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Creativity Project – alternate bookcover 08/02/2018

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image – Marina Aguiar https://www.flickr.com/photos/12725519@N07/ under licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ and modified using a Canva element.

Like it?  Pretty!  This is today’s alternate cover, for my fluffy romance title ‘Cupcake Kissin”.  Read on…

Caspar is a new post-grad with no money, no job, no boyfriend and no options. Then his sweet old aunt Gertie leaves him a cupcake bakery in her will. It’s based in LA, with a starry clientele, in the shape of gorgeous soap star Mack – who has a snooty academic boyfriend, but seems to like Caspar more than he should. Has Caspar inherited more than he bargained for?

Cupcake Kissin’ is FREE to read here on the blog or downloadable HERE!

Me and Pam, Week 5

Fifth chapter of ‘Art and Soul, Reloaded’, and my efforts at the tasks set by Ms Grout.  Wow.  Seems like this is really a thing, at this point.

This week’s chapter is called – oh, fortuitously – Dare To Be Mediocre.  And the essay part, the bit of inspiration from Ms Grout before the actual tasks, is about how if you let go of an anxious worry about producing perfect results, then you’re free to fly, to take action.

Oh, my.  Has she seen my wolfy drawings?  It’s like this chapter was written just for me!

Moving on – right along!  The main task for this week’s chapter is, I quote, ‘Come up with the title (just the title) of your forthcoming memoir’.

Ehhh.  I do love a memoir.  By almost anyone.  Don’t matter if you’re a filing clerk with a couple of pugs and your most exciting hobby is joining the local Gilbert & Sullivan society.  Still love ’em.

Ehhh, so, – ‘Under The Bus’, I think.  Yeah.  Yeah.  We’ll go with that.

I guess now is the time for that promised simply appalling wolf drawin’, right?  Seein’ as how it fits with this week’s subject, and all.  Boy, it’s difficult to pick the least worst, though.  They’re all pretty bad.

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Hey!  As a thumbprint it doesn’t look too bad!  I’ll have you know.

The Daily Bookcover – Thursday!

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image – Internet Archive Book images https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/ licence https://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/

Here, a daily book-cover for one of my titles, just like I promised, in the holy names of Pam Grout and creativity!  Or, er, not very daily at all.  And this book cover could only be classed as creative by a very, very generous soul.  Seeing as it’s an image sourced on Flickr and a pretty font, and, er, that’s about it.

In my defence:-

a) I tried to draw a wolf yesterday and, oh my Lord.  It’s been a long time, but I used to at least be halfway competent at getting a likeness.  This is going to be a long, long row to hoe…

and b) I think I’m coming down with the flu, or at least a flu-type bug of some type.  So yah boo *snivels* I want ginger tea and liquorice and *sneezes* a cheerful cry of sweet sodding buggery to actual writing and drawing and all that palaver.

Not, mind you, that I am going to be hiding my half-hearted scribbles of the lupine sort permanently away from the universe.  No – I will post at least the least-worst one, though that’s not saying much.  Not today, though.  Dear reader, you might be able to take it, but me, I’m in a delicate state, and today I can’t.

So have a pretty picture by some long-dead geezer’s hand, with some curly writing on it, instead.

 

 

What I’ve been reading – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read it a long time ago, and to the best of my memory I just didn’t agree with at least half of King’s assertions. But you can’t argue with his sales, and The Dead Zone is one of my favourite books ever. He’s got to know what he’s doing!

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Me and Pam: Week One, Day Seven

Oh!  You want more ideas?  What you think this is, an idea-shop?

Yeah, yeah it is.  You want fries with that?

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a) Grab your crafting box, get out the beads.  If you don’t got no beads, break apart the necklaces you don’t like.  Voila!  Beads!  Make earrings, decorate t-shirts… make creepy little beaded voodoo dollies.  Do a little voodoo on your ex-boyfriend.  Not too evil.

b) Find something broken in your home.  Either throw it out, mend it, or use it to make something else. ETA: don’t break something just in order to have something to use!  Unless, you know… you wanna.

c) Go through your pile of to-be-thrown-out newspapers and magazines, make a collage.  Make a my-life-in-five-years collage.  Include a Tesla!

Ha, think I’ve got the hang of this…  oh no, that was the last one of the week!

 

image – ~Dominic Tootell https://www.flickr.com/photos/dominictootell/ licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ not altered.

Zumba for the soul week one – SHAKE IT, BABY!!!

This is about the Zumba section of ‘Art and Soul, Reloaded”s weekly tasks.  This is like a little section of additional ‘fun’ tasks.  Yikes!

And this week, it involves buying a crazy outfit from a charity shop (or thrift store, if you’re located a long paddle away from where I am.)  A little historical research (can do).  And making body-part shaped biscuits.  (Again, or cookies, if you’re a champion doggy-paddler.)

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Ehhhh…  maybe.  I make no promises.  The ideas alone are making my brain squeak and seize up like an old banger.

The book really is fun to read.  The ideas, a little unnerving in places!

 

image – Shari https://www.flickr.com/photos/28998778@N00/ licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Me and Pam: Week One, Day Three

OK, three random ideas required for the third day of this crazy project. And frankly, the old noggin is running dry. But here goes nuthin’. The point is the doing, right?

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a) Take an old band t-shirt, cut it up and take a Barbie. Dress her in it – even if you’re just knotting together a makeshift muumuu.

b) Take a clip from an old public domain b&w film – maybe Sherlock, maybe Triumph of the Will – and give it a completely incongruous voiceover.  How about Hyacinth Bouquet?

c) Come up with a convincing argument for why the least enthusiastic cook in your family/social circle ought to make you dinner tonight.  hint hint hint. 

 

image – tim https://www.flickr.com/photos/frumbert/ licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ not modified

 

 

Me and Pam: Week One, Day Two

Woohoo, Day Two!  Only twenty-four hours late!

Well.  As discussed, the task for this week is social media monitoring, using some of that time creatively instead – and three zany ideas a day.  Yep?  Buckle up, bitches.

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a) Pretend you’re a car salesman.  Pick out the runtiest, tattiest motor on the lot – and write a personalized sales pitch for it.  Focus on and highlight everything about it that makes it the bargain of the week, a marvellous find for any motor-vehicular connoisseur.  Sell the chuffin’ heck out of that dilapidated old vehicle!

b) Cook with an ingredient you’ve never bought before.  And, if you’re brave, eat the results!

c) Spend five minutes brainstorming a ghost-story – then, instead of writing it down, record it and upload it somewhere.  There are plenty of sites available for such uploads – give us all a few chills!

 

image – Terry Bain https://www.flickr.com/photos/axis/ licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

me and Pam: a New Year project, Week One, Day One

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image – Inga Vitola https://www.flickr.com/photos/360around/ licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I got Pam Grout’s new book, ‘Art and Soul, Reloaded‘ for Christmas.  Lucky me!  And since it’s structured in the form of weekly projects, I figure I will make a serious stab at them, and at finishing them by next New Year.  Gotta try, right?

The first week’s project, as advised by Ms. Grout, is simply to log amount of time spent on social media for the week.  Then to cut it in half, and spend the freed-up time on creative pursuits instead.  And in addition, to come up with three new ideas a day.  No matter how ridiculous!

Well, we’re already halfway through the week.  So I’ll come up with my best estimate of the time I waste daily – say two hours.  And, yes, make an effort to cut it down.

And today’s three ideas?

i) write a Gothic novel summary with a clown as the hero

ii) decorate a mug to celebrate a national holiday that doesn’t exist

iii) build a ladybug house.