A Gaggle of Nothing

I’m writing because I feel like I ought to, not because I have anything specifically to say. As you well know, this has never stopped me before, so it’s not going to now.

Actually, now that I’m working on a post, I just realized that I really do have something to say: I can announce that my brother-in-law wrote a book! This is the project I put together that bundle of illustrations for. And because I am terrifically lazy, I’m going to copy-and-paste Rev. Pay’s announcement from Facebook:

Hey everyone, I wrote a book! It’s no secret that I enjoy two things in movies and books: action and good theology. Sadly, they rarely mix. So I sought to write an action driven story whose characters find their hope, not in rays of sunshine or feelings, but in the Risen Savior and the good reasons we all have for believing in Him. Be warned: this is not a children’s book and is, most likely, not for the faint of heart. It is bloody and dark, but not vulgar. I hope it both entertains with action and edifies as the characters struggle with fear, doubt, sin, and death.

If that intrigues you at all, check out the synopsis and maybe give it a shot. If you don’t hate it completely, I’d love some reviews on the amazon site too. Thanks for any likes, shares, reviews, considerations, or prayers. Peace!

If you are interested in purchasing the novel (and/or admiring the accompanying illustrations), you can click HERE for his Amazon page. There’s an ebook version as well as print-on-demand copies available.

In other news, I’m nearly done with my very first picture book. I’m creating a print copy through Createspace, which is a self-publishing company that operates through Amazon. It’ll take a few weeks for the proofs to come in before I officially put it up for sale, but here’s the cover as a teaser:

So I may, on occasion, appear lazy, but I really do something with my time. I went insane and decided to try and finish the illustrations in time for my niece’s birthday, which gave me a week to finish. Crunch-time riddled deep holes into my sleep schedule, but it worked fantastically – she received a copy printed off my home printer. I both love and hate deadlines.

For Blood and Money

Today I post for my brother’s sake, who tells me that he’s tired of looking over his shoulder at work when he checks my website, afraid that his coworkers are going to think that he’s into male underwear models. Of course, he had the audacity to keep referring to Tom Welling as Tom Wellington while he explained this to me, so here’s something to really get people talking behind his back:

Proof of my slow progression into insanity.

And with that taken care of, on to business. This post, despite its unpromising start, is actually an update for my art portfolio. Awhile back my other brother (the in-law, foisted upon me nearly eight years ago through my sister’s marriage) commissioned me to draw illustrations for his book. Yes, my brother-in-law beat me to it. He’s chosen to self-publish, so I’ll be grudgingly announcing his dystopian novel some time in the near future, once he’s done with the last few editing run-throughs. Worse, he’s threatening to finish another one. I have, in fact, promised to murder him if he writes a second novel while I’m still not done putting off my first. Rumor has it that he plans to finish within the month, which gives me a couple weeks to try and beat him to it. I don’t like my chances.

While I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to do the job (strangulation is on the list, though I suspect it would be easier to just smother him in his sleep), let these illustrations distract you. Fair warning: there are very strong horror and gory action elements to his novel, and the pictures indicate as such. My brother-in-law actually paid real live money for them, which is pretty exciting to someone who rarely makes, you know, real live money for any of the freelance things she does yet.