Welcome to the Blogger Daily with some of the posts that I have enjoyed over the last couple of days. The first is from Paul Andruss who is celebrating the work of not only Donata Zawadzka (who illustrated Tales from the Irish Garden) but all of us who are indie authors and artists, trying to carve a little bit of success for ourselves. Apart from a magnificent Griffin that Donata has created for one of Paul’s projects.. he in turn has produced a stunning gif of over 80 images… including some from Tales from the Irish Garden.
I will give you the start of the post and ask you to go over to Paul’s and spend just a few minutes enjoying the amazing artwork that he has included.
New work Donata Zawadzka
The artist Donata Zawadzka and I have been friends for many years. In that time she produced 4, now 5 magnificent illustrations, for Thomas the Rhymer, along with illustrating many other books. including Sally Cronin’s Tales from the Irish Garden
Many of us independant artists and writers, work hard and tirelessly for years, without ever catching that one lucky break which might propel us into the public’s heart. Sometimes it is easy for people not involved in either music, writing or art to think creative people do not succeed because their work lacks quality or appeal.
But as you now, that is simply not true.
The world market is saturated. There is so much product competing for public notice, even those with big publicity budgets from traditional publishers often fail to excite the public – no matter how good they are. As independants, with no budget, it is little surprise we find it hard to reach the people who would most love what we do.
In truth, it has always been hard to become successful.
Success is not simply about talent, or contacts, or having people constantly fighting your corner, there is a huge element of luck.
Like all the soldiers that have gone before us, all we can do is soldier on with fierce determination, resiliance and hope. Keeping our fingers firmly crossed that slowly we will capture the hearts and imaginations of those who will love our work.
This Gif is not just for Dona to showcase her wonderful art. It is also for all the unsung heroes, of both sexes, beavering away alone in the shadows – waiting for a turn in the sun.
Hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed making it.
And here’s to friendship, the one thing in this life worth having
Apart from, hmmm let me see …
… Hell, just fill in your own blanks
Please head over and see this amazing gif of illustrations that Paul has designed of Donata’s work…and if you are looking for an illustrator in pen and ink or colour then I can highly recommend her art: http://www.paul-andruss.com/art-of-illustration
Now time for part five of Carol Taylor’s Waste not Want Not series.. Carol not only vents her frustration at the waste we produce as individuals and organisations but also offers practical solutions and tips.
Wow, some of you are real stars with your war on waste and I will say that with regards to picking up rubbish that we see we do need to be careful.
If you signed up for the monthly I value food too much too waste challenge I have reduced my waste by over 50% and going down…Mainly by planning and only buying what I need and know I am going to use and also by freezing some things which I know will spoil if I don’t use them…So in essence, I am thinking more and planning…It works!
A comment on last weeks post made me think …It came from Will Dare has a lovely blog on music and we should all have music in our lives …Don’t you think? So please pop over and have a look at his lovely blog …Thank you, Will, and please let us know how you get on with your Sushi and that little strip of green plastic…
Hurrah that you are making changes in your daily life and also writing to raise awareness among the rest of us! I remember reading a story a while ago about the huge changes that plastic bags had brought to an island culture which for hundreds of years had used really large leaves to wrap and transport items to and from a marketplace… until some enterprising capitalist introduced plastic bags. Everyone in this culture had been accustomed to throwing their wrapping leaves by the wayside because they would soon decompose… but plastic bags don’t decompose. Rapidly this island became littered with plastic debris! Today I (somewhat ambivalently since it is indeed served in a plastic container — and right now it is a huge question mark if anyone is going to step up in the USA and start recycling all of the various plastic objects which until recently we’ve been sending to China for recycling/reuse/disposal) bought a container of vegetarian sushi for lunch. It was served with a small strip of green plastic which serves no purpose other than some sort of decoration (or nod to cultural history?) It started me thinking that grocery stores (this was a Whole Foods, now owned by Amazon) could STOP including these little pieces of green plastic trash in their packages of sushi. The next time I go there I will speak with a store manager to ask how s/he recommends I send this idea to their corporate headquarters… Obviously, this is a tiny drop in the ocean of plastic contamination on planet earth — but all of those tiny, unnecessary, purely decorative, green strips of plastic probably add up to millions per year! Thank you for blogging about this hugely important topic!!!
Comments like Will’s make my day as those of you who blog know…It makes you feel all the time you have spent agonising over a blog post is worthwhile… It also sent me hot-footing it over to the sushi counter where I purchase my sushi… I was armed with the info on the company I found online and ready with my spiel…
Please head over and read the rest of the post and see what you might do to reduce waste: https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/15/waste-not-want-not-2/
Time to meet a guest of the Story Reading Ape Chris Graham has helped many an author (including myself) get a few rungs up the ladder of author promotion.
My name is Emily Klein, and I’m an historical romance novelist. Rather, it happened to me by chance. That’s why I am a self- proclaimed accidental romance novelist.
I’m a mum of two. Four years ago, I gave birth to my youngest wee lass. She took many hours to eat, many hours to fall asleep. What’s an anglophile mum to do? I was swept away with musings and daydreams about forgotten times. I made up stories and they served me well, or rather, saved me.
Entire narratives came to me as I sat near my weeping babe. These took place in castles, in a land dear to my heart and inspired by the ballads I loved so well. But, busy, tired mum that I was, I had no time to sit and write them down.
The months passed, and my wee daughter now went to daycare. I had a short break before I needed to go back to work, so I sat myself down at my favourite coffee shop, and wrote. And wrote. And wrote.
Shortly, I had my first short story written, because I had it all in my head before it was put to pen and paper. It was titled The Fair Flower of Northumberland, like the border ballad, and took place in the middle ages, in northern England.
And then, just as my writing endeavour started, it was done. And I craved more. So I started again. This time it was a novel, The Draughtsman Damsel
Please head over and find out more about Emily’s books and her inspirations for her stories: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2018/11/15/meet-guest-author-emily-klein/
Thank you very much for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and read the posts in full. Thanks Sally