Posts Tagged With: Horses


Hullo again.

Mother and I have finished proofreading! In fact, we finished awhile ago, however, due to complications involving a certain book cover, my novel is taking longer to publish than I had anticipated.

I, honestly, don’t know when I am going to learn my lesson.  But it will be fine.  As long as it comes out right in the end, I’ll accept the amount of time it’s taken.  The last novel I published, I got it published right away and it didn’t turn out well, so I will try and deal with the delay.

(Still, me being me, I am frustrated with the whole thing…)

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The Making of a Cover

What else makes writing novels fun? … doing the artwork for said novel!

Here is the cover artwork I did for my latest book.  I drew it back before NANO started, just to give myself some inspiration on what I want my characters to look like.

This—as you can see—is the start.  Here we have the main character and his trusty horse.  (Well, their heads anyway…)

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This fellow here, well, he’s a main c. too, but not the title character.

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He is the little brother—if you will.  Ready and waiting is he, with his bow (not seen) and quiver full of arrows.  Hopefully he’ll never run out…

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And now, everyone is all drawn out.

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And almost all coloured…

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And done!

From left to right: Bernard, Farerick, Parish, Broderick, Deyorn, and Eryn.

(As for where Bernard’s quiver is, I do not know…Mistakes will happen!)

So anyway, for this picture, I used mostly watercolours, with some pen—Pitt Pens, that is—and a little bit of coloured pencil.

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10/31/14: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…(No, Really)

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I never thought I would work so hard in my life.  It was long days, trying to convince everyone that this was the right path to take.  I know it is going to be hard, I know it is going to be painful.  I worry for my life, for the life of my little brother as I watch him sleep beside me.  We both know what the outcome of this fight could be, but in the end, we remind ourselves what the cost will be if we cower into the shadows as they wish.  I wonder what the future holds for us when we cannot stand together like brothers in arms? 

(Excerpt from my novel this year)

Is everyone ready? Good luck and happy writing!!

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In Training

So I am in the midst of writing a book about Horsemen.  In this particular chapter I am working on now, the main character is training a colt so that one day they can ride together.  Naturally, I wanted to research “How to Train a Colt”.  While looking, this video happened to pop up and well, I just felt I had to share it.

So here it is:

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Artful Thursday: When Art Goes Wrong

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I ask all ye artist who may come upon this post…is there anything more disheartening than your artwork gone wrong? When you have a dark surface and you want to make it look as dark as possible, but when at last you have finished the picture—which you have been working on for quite some time—you look at it and realize, you went too far… Is there anything you can do to save it? Can you press of rub your eraser over the drawing and try to lighten it? No.  It only makes it worse…the shines don’t shine, his eyes don’t sparkle like they should.  It is finished.  The end…you must start over…

P.S. No, I am not in a drama class, I just naturally am one.

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Ride the Wind

“I had a vision, yes sir, a vision of this land.  I saw the populous east and the great growing west tied together with a single thread.  A thread of courageous young horsemen riding the wind, never leaving the saddle.  And every changing group of horsemen, whose determination and strength and courage, will make the Pony Express a living reality.  That was my vision, my hope, my dream.” …

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Photos taken in St. Joseph, Missouri, May 2014

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Chapter Two: The Tour

Here is the second post about our adventure in Kansas.

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The first day started with going to the College—Benedictine College—to pick up my brother and his girlfriend.  After that, we drove around town for a while, looking at some of the more beautiful scenery there—and a few scenes we stumbled upon unexpectedly.  The Picture above is a picture of the Church right by B.C..  (St. Benedict Catholic Church.)

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First, we went to visit the place where brother works.  Can you guess what kind of work it is?

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If you said farming, well, no…but sort of…anyway, these are pictures of the vineyards where he works.  Yes, it is in fact a winery.  The couple who owns it are very kind.  We got to go on a full “behind the scenes tour”, which was pretty fascinating.

After that, we went back on the road just to see the sights and have some lunch.

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You can’t really tell, but there are some horses in the picture. With all the horses in that state, it was very hard to get a good picture of them.

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This one, for instance, was bound to be the greatest picture of horses—or anything—I’ve ever gotten, but by the time I noticed them and got my camera out, it was too late.  “Too bad, so sad…”

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I did, however, manage to snap a picture of some “stray cows”.

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This is a Church we drove passed on our way back to the school.  We didn’t get to go inside—because we couldn’t stop—but we later saw pictures of the inside, and let me just say, they were beautiful.  (For anyone who wants to know, it’s Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.)

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Right outside one of the dorms, there is a statue of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus.

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And here is their new student center.  Wonderful name, ay?

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This is one of my favorite spots on the entire campus! A beautiful shot of the Missouri River.  On the walkway there words carved in the cement that say, “the most peaceful place on earth.”  And that it is.

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So that’s the end of that day.  A final picture of the sunset and river on the way back to the hotel.

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