After having been an ‘official’ author since 2008, I’m finally going to go to a convention for authors of my genre! I’m so excited my brain hasn’t stopped fantasizing yet over meeting new people, getting to showcase a couple of my books, etc.
This isn’t the 1st time I’ve wanted to go, mind you. I wanted to. A lot. I had reservations made, and talking to people about it; but what stopped me?
That little green paper that rules our lives. Idiotic, huh? Yet…that was the main reason. However, there was another one…and it ties with the first one. Fear.
Yup, fear. Believe it or not writers of my genre (and romance particularly) get the short end of the stick. We’re not taken seriously, we get eye rolls, gasps, a chuckle, or just a shake of the head. Even my own family doesn’t understand it. Alas…here we are. This is who I am, this is what I write. I don’t want to write anything else!
Plus the fear of bosses, coworkers, etc seeing my out of my ‘day’ persona….I suppose to be free and myself. I really truly hope I can be like that at this convention.
So…who’s going with me? Or will you let Money and Fear stand in your way?
I know a few of my fellow authors will be there already; I hope to meet you all!
Do you love what you see? I’m on my 12th painting (in two years) and love it! Now you can get kits to recreate the MASTERS of painting,,,like Van Gogh, Monet, Gustav Klimt…etc. There’s even a custom set to create your own, unique painting from a photograph.
Primed and ready canvas shipping from the US. 🙂 Take a break from BBQ and sit indoors with a tall lemonade and start your own work of art. Click below to peruse the site.
This weekend only use code EASTER30 to get 30% off your order at my paint by numbers’ site 🙂 All of these were ordered from them and I love doing them. Great for relief from anxiety or a hangover from too many dyed eggs or chocolates. 🙂
Today’s kits can be as intricate as you can muster. From the masters like Monet to modern works from Thomas Kincaid, these kits are wonderful for reaching out to your inner artist without needing an art degree first.
I’ve personally painted nine pictures in the past two years. It’s funny really how all of it came about. My then fiance and I saw bright pictures you could buy for your walls. I touted that I could do better than that.
Challenge accepted! I then went into a search for ideas of what to paint and came across these kits. I was amazed at the difficulty level of some of them…my first took me about 60 hours worth…but was time well spent. I’ve learned soo much about brushes, the types, gesso, varnishing, and how to mount and frame them.n
My first painting was finally put on display (with my husband-chosen 2nd painting) a year later. It took us that long to figure out how to mount it, pricing frames, buying them, and figuring the rest out, all while dancing around his work schedule (about 60 hours a week) plus kitties, life, my jobs, etc.
So, onto the three companies whose kits I’ve tried:
I’ve done the most with this company. These are canvas rolls that feel like vinyl (sometimes) but need to be flattened due to being shipped from overseas in a tube. The paint is good quality and comes with brushes (which are decent quality) plus mounting hardware for when your masterpiece is finished and framed.
Here are some examples:
They offer a wide variety of painting from the great masters to cute smaller painting just for the kiddos.
The next company I’ve tried is Plaid paints. These come on a stiff canvas covered board and are easy to sit on an easel. (the canvas rolls I attach to a foam board)
The paints are a good quantity and quality. My kit contained brushes too, and was shipped in a nice box (since it’s a board) and was in tact. I’ve done just two of these so far, but want to do more.
You can find Plaid on Amazon, Herschnerrs, or their own site: Plaid
Last but not least, FramedPBN
This was an unusual item that I found but loved it right away. I love lavender fields and wanted some color after all of the earth toned paintings I’d done…so I found this:
I found this on Amazon and loved that it’s already a pre-stapled canvas. You can hang it up as-is when dry! No fussing with mounting, etc. This came with just the canvas, paints, and instructions. I love the bright morning yellow and the blue mountains especially. It lives up my office nicely.
Life is in a bit of a holding pattern for me at the moment; my latest book, Cid, is with a final-check beta reader (who is fabulous) so I can’t wait to get it back and create the pre-orders items (plus the paperback setup).
Also, I go to see a medical person today about my high anxiety. Unless you live with it, or have experienced it, it’s not something you can easily explain. Each sufferer is different. Mine seems to be isolated to driving these days; I went out last night (with hubby as co-pilot) and still, had that tight feeling in my gut.
Otherwise, I have one new book in the works, but after that I am considering using Patreon exclusively to showcase my work. The world of book piracy has me fuming (I found a site where one of mine had over 1,000 copies out there for FREE) can you imagine the royalties lost??? I can, and on that book alone, at $3 a copy, that’s a $2,000 loss to me. Money I deserve for creating that book. The blood, sweat and tears involved.
Oy. OK I’ll go all crazytown if I stay on this topic. So let’s move on.
I will say, this is the first day in a couple of months where I actually feel like working. I made some muffins earlier (of the six, two remain), plus hopefully the muse has not left me for good and I will write again. I feel that’s coming sooner than I think. (thank goodness). I did knit some, and have painted too. Job hunting is in there as well, but after this length of time I wonder if anything will ever break this record.
I know this is a long, rambling post for me…so if you’ve made it this far, thank you!
Today is a nice day out, we had rain yesterday, so the plants look happier. My mood is improving and I hope new meds will boost it even more. My husband and cat are my loves and I spent as much time with them as possible. They are my support system in this strange town since I know few others, and my online family. You rock!