Artist(s) of the Week: The Artists of Tiadaghton House

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I had a lovely outing filled with good food and exquisite, whimsical art. We began at “Flamingo’s,” originally called “Maxwell’s” located off West Main Street in Belleville. You can see in the pics below why the restaurant ultimately changed its name. I was famished, so we ordered toasted ravioli, garlic cheese…

Artist of the Week: Jason Chan

My chosen Artist of the Week is Jason Chan. Let me just say one thing: This guy is absolutely amazing. The first artwork I saw from him, discovered by my boyfriend, was a book cover for So Silver Bright, which I’ll include, along with some of my other Jason Chan favorites, at the end of…

Majora’s Mask “Perfect” Playlist (Parts 1 and 2)

I would also like to share the “perfect” playlist I compiled for Majora’s Mask. Parts 1 and 2 are both included here. Thanks for listening! May you be just as inspired as I have by these songs filled with fantasy, adventure, magic, and a lot of heart. Part 1: Part 2: Here are links to the artists…

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 3 of 3)

Last but certainly not least, here is the grand finale to my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist: Once more, many thanks to the brilliant musicians who made this playlist possible: Artists I found on Youtube: Hylian Ensemble Theophany Jam2995 or Jake McCoy Synthetic Orchestra Tanner Voloshin Zelda Reorchestrated Elspeth Eastmen Rebecca Tripp…

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 2 of 3)

Here is Part Two of my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist: Again, a special thanks to the artists whose songs make this awesome playlist possible: Artists I found on Youtube: Hylian Ensemble Theophany Jam2995 or Jake McCoy Synthetic Orchestra Tanner Voloshin Zelda Reorchestrated or ZREO Elspeth Eastmen Rebecca Tripp M. Bulteau Artists I…

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 1 of 3)

            I love instrumental music, in particular anything orchestral–and especially soundtracks that carry me inside favorite stories and remind me of all the things I love to feel and see and experience while inside those stories. Over the past few months, I have quite quickly accumulated a collection of arrangements…

Artist of the Week: Ralph Vaughan Williams

I grew up listening to classical music and have to say it is my favorite genre to this day. From pieces by more traditional composers like Beethoven, Mozart, and my personal favorite, Tchaikovsky, to pieces from more modern composers, like Nicholas Hooper, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Howard Shore, and all those other amazing soundtrack composers,…

First Sketch from “Bloodmaiden” Manga

Hi, all! Just wanted to share the first real, official-ish sketch from the manga version of Bloodmaiden. In the extremely early stages, but Philip and I will be working on it shortly after finishing The Adventures of William the Brownie.

2014: Celebrating Belleville’s 200th Anniversary

Tonight, my sweetheart and I had the awesome opportunity to watch fireworks at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), in celebration not only of Independence Day, but also of the 200th birthday of Belleville, IL, our hometown. I will admit I haven’t really cared about fireworks in some years, but I wanted to go tonight–and I am…

Enter to Win Signed Paperback of “Lily in the Snow”!

Hi! In honor of my new release, Lily in the Snow (Second Edition), I am hosting another give-away on Goodreads! As the book contains four stories, I am giving away four copies. Here is the link; be certain to read the blurb below to see what the book is all about! Best to all who enter!…

Artist of the Week: Philip San Gaspar -aka- Kishiro-Kun

Hullo, fellow readers, writers, artists, musicians, and other creative spirits everywhere! I am going to start something new on my blog; each week, I will be showcasing a new artist I have discovered that I think is really brilliant. This might be an artist I have hired to do some illustrations or cover designs for…