Thursday, September 26, 2013

Stencil Test Drive, Book 9 and Aliens


Stencil Girl released another set of stencils designed by Jessica Sporn and I'm happy I can show you one of them today.
I thought they would be perfect for my alien art journal spread. :) If you've been following my blog, you'll know that aliens are made with a technique taught in Life Book class.

Don't forget to check out other party people that are using this stencil in their projects today. But before you do, be sure to leave a comment here because Jessica is giving away a Hands stencil to one lucky winner, and EVERY comment in the test drive will be eligible to win. The more times you comment, the more chances you have to win!"

Carolyn Dube
Michelle LaPoint Rydell
Marjie Kemper
Kirsten Reed
Janet Joehlin
Maria McGuire
Jessica Sporn


The ninth book for The Artful Readers Club is 

My review:
2-3*
I really liked the whole Alien concept in this story and it showed potential to be something awesome. But it wasn’t. 

Well, Alex was just kind of thrown into this Alien stuff and she acted like everything is normal. She does say a couple of times that she didn’t know they existed before now but she doesn’t even question it. A normal person would actually question their sanity, she just accepts it like a given. And I find it funny that she’s supposed to have a really high IQ and then gets a “security” job of checking out alien blogs. I would understand if she was some powerful hacker. But blogger? 

It’s pretty obvious from the start that Ace is her love interest but did it have to be insta love? And what’s up with Gavin? He’s acting very jealous and possessive and he never even met Alex before she came into Circe nevertheless share any intimacy to explain his behavior. 

Everything in this story was just a big drama over nothing. Like Jen encouraging Alex to seduce Ace and then scolding her for dating him. And then that entire rule breaking everyone is talking about. What are the rules? Alex doesn’t know them and neither does the reader. I know it’s supposed to portray a forbidden romance but one doesn’t really get that feeling since we don’t really know why it’s forbidden. Her Dad actually made her a prisoner with a monitor cuff on her ankle without explaining why it’s bad for her to date an alien. 

Malcolm finally sort of explains it to her that it’s somewhat like if an interracial couple would be dating back in the sixties. I’m not entirely sure this explanation and constant comparison to Romeo and Juliette is the right way to go. It doesn’t feel very much forbidden love apart from people saying so. War? Seriously? Do you want to know how they end war? They profess their love. Yeah.


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Klimt inspired ladies and fear of flying

Later today I'll be on the plane to Cyprus. Have I told you my hubby doesn't like to fly? Yes, it's an interesting experience every time I make him go on the plane. :)

One time he got drunk because he thought it would make it better but it only scared the shit out of him even more. :) So he learned his lesson.

The last time he had to fly was on our way to Seychelles and he bought some pills for it, don't ask me which, that he forgot in his luggage. He was so panicky that he bought another set of pills in Paris airport while we were waiting to transfer planes.

I'm just going to say that he doesn't speak French and the woman selling this stuff in the pharmacy didn't speak good English. Enough to say that he doesn't remember how we got to the hotel. :) He was functional and he appeared normal but he has very sketchy memories of the plane, the bus, the boat and the car that we had to take to the hotel.

I'll let you know how it went this time around when we get back.

I love flying, btw, so I have no understanding for him. :)

Anyway, above are two ATCs with Klimt inspired ladies for this week's Paint Party Friday.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

$50 Gift Card & Darkest Worlds YA Dystopian Anthology Book Blast

darkest worldsDarkest Worlds: A Dystopian Anthology

An anthology that explores what humans are made of when society falls to its knees. Darkest Worlds includes six original novellas by award-winning authors and best sellers of Young Adult and New Adult Dystopia.

All proceeds go to Girls Write Now, a charity that promotes literacy of inner-city girls.


Nessa: A Breeders Story by Katie French, author of The Breeders: Eighteen-year-old Nessa knows what it’s like to be an endangered species. Growing up in a dying world where nine out of ten babies are born male, she survives by trusting no one. When Marlin, the nineteen-year-old gunslinger, kills the man who has been keeping her enslaved, Nessa decides he might be her meal ticket. What she doesn’t realize is love is still possible, even in their decimated world.

MOON by S.K. Falls, author of World of Shell and Bone: Loyalty. Obedience. Patriotism. Moon Stewart has no doubt that the New Amanian way of life is the right way. The only way. But was there ever a time when she felt differently? In this companion novella to the dystopian bestseller World of Shell and Bone, the secrets of Moon's past are revealed, giving readers a glimpse into the mind of their favorite antagonist.

The First Unforgivable Thing by Zoe Cannon, author of The Torturer’s Daughter: When a dissident working undercover as an interrogator is ordered to torture a confession from the only girl he’s ever loved, he chooses to defy both the totalitarian regime and the resistance by helping her escape—but she has an agenda of her own...

The Keeper by A.G. Henley, author of The Scourge: a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. Peree knows his duty as the new Keeper of the Water Bearer, Fennel, is to make sure his people get every drop of their share of the water she collects when the flesh-eating Scourge roam the forest. He will motivate her, distract her, do anything he can to keep her working. He knows his duty is to his people and his people alone. What he doesn’t know is that he's falling in love with her.

Survival Lessons by Kate Avery Ellison, author of Frost: A young Farther prisoner named Eva escapes into the monster-filled wilderness of the Frost with a band of fellow inmates, all of whom are harboring secrets...but little do they know that Eva has secrets of her own. Set in the world of The Frost Chronicles.

clean slate complex by Megan Thomason, author of the daynight series: Homeless Alexa Knight agrees to help the do-gooder non-profit The Second Chance Institute in return for medical care for her sick mother. The SCI is wooing the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes--where "everything is provided" from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there's a catch...

Katie French

S.K. Falls

Zoe Cannon

A.G. Henley

Kate Avery Ellison

Megan Thomason

Girls Write Now--charity
The Girls Write Now mission is to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls from New York City’s public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices.



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Friday, September 13, 2013

Ballpoint pen drawings and random stuff

I know the scan is horrible but I can't make it any better. Anyway, these are ATCs made for a swap using only black ballpoint pen.

Some randomness for you today:
  • I am not ready for autumn yet. I need more sunshine and warmth. I've been freezing my ass off the whole week and it's raining.
  • I'm going on vacation next week and we chose Cyprus for our destination. Now, I'm pretty good with geography but for some reason I thought Cyprus was more to the left. When I searched for it on Google maps I found it uncomfortably close to Syria.
  • I'm filming my next workshop. I have first two lessons done and it's totally different than what I fist planned a year or so ago. I guess that footage is waiting for another year. :)
  • Panache Desai is another of my spiritual teachers as of late.
  • I ordered Moldevite crystal from Check republic and I can't wait to get it. 
  • I also ordered some chipped crystal bracelets and a pendant kit with cage pendant to interchange the 4 crystal stones you get with it. I get most of my crystals and now this crystal jewelry from The Crystal Healing Shop which has very affordable prices and free shipping. The company is from Ireland so if you're from Europe that means no custom fees. No, I don't get anything for pimping. I'm just sharing the love. :)
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Freaky Wednesday on a Friday and Seahorses

I made whimsical seahorses for an ATC swap. :) How fun are they?!

Tip of the week:
Funny sh*t:
Freaking YouTube:   


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

$100 Book Blast Giveaway - A Wicked Kind of Dark Blast

A Wicked Kind of Dark

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.

As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.



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