Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Kind of Church



I passed the undoctored version of this church sign today, read the first two words and thought, "Wow, how great that they're finally letting the pagans . . . oh, wait, Sunday worship."

I like my version better.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Arthritis

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wishing You



My edible centerpiece didn't turn out quite as planned -- they didn't have pretty white or concord grapes at the market -- but I found some gorgeous blush grapes the size of walnuts and decided to add a couple pieces of fruit and some nuts I already had on hand (the gold-wrapped coins are Godiva chocolates, an annual indulgence):





Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Faker

I was taking some shots of the cassia in our yard that nothing, not even a hard freeze, can kill, when I noticed what I thought was a mutant, rust-spotted leaf:



I came around to take a closer shot, and lo and behold:



Totally faked me out.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Pup's Big Day

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Not Even a Mouse

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Creeping



The vines on the wall look painted on, but they're real plants. I snapped the shot because the way they've grown into one window and are creeping up toward another gave me a spooky story idea.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Skyfire

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cover Art (Not)



This is a mock cover for my novel Dreamveil that I made last week to send up to NY. I sometimes make mock covers to better communicate my ideas about cover art, color themes, composition, etc. (and please note, this will NOT be the final/official cover.) It's probably the only decent art project I've done in weeks.

It cost me about three dollars to make. I downloaded the smallest version of this image from Dreamstime, added a transparency of some snow from my own photo collection and the lettering in my photoshop program.

Man's image credit: © Yuri Arcurs | Dreamstime.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Lady's Dragons



My daughter discovered the magic of puppets at the very first RenFaire she attended, when she fell in love with Gryffyn (on the right.) Now every year she adds a new friend to her collection -- Winter (center) just came to live with us this year. Sunlace, on the left, is one of the few crystal dragons made by the clever folks at Midsummer Knight's Dream.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mistress Archer



Kat's second-favorite spot at the Faire is the Archery booth.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Waiting

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sudden Egret



I wish I knew what he used to keep his feathers so white.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Snowlight

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Backseat Driver



One never realizes how dirty the windshield actually is until one is sitting in the backseat trying to read street signs at midnight.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sir Thomas

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Curb Your Chickens

You know you live in the country when . . .



. . . you go to park and the locals have already pecked, I mean, picked the best spots.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pals



I wanted to get a quiet shot of this trio without using the flash, but the original turned out too dark. So I fiddled with the exposure and lighting on my photoshop program until I came up with this B&W version (to see the original, click on the image.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Friendly

I stopped by the side of the road today to take a shot of this early bird, who I thought had very interesting coloring:



I lowered the camera and fiddled with my settings because I was facing the sunrise, which can cause the dreaded purple spots to appear. When I finished fiddling and raised it to take another shot, guess who had come to take a look at me?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Waiting

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

NaNoStuff



Today is November 1st, and the first day of National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo.

I'm (unofficially) joining in this year, and here's a shot of my NaNotebook and other writer stuff I'll be using over the next four weeks. Yes, I love office supplies. :) There are also a couple of nonfic mags and a new how-to book I plan to read in the mornings just before I get to work.

There's also my personal NaNoBanner, which I will happily slap on anything related to my creative toils this month:



Now all I need is some peace and quiet to work (yes, Lord, that was a hint.)