Switching Gears

It was a little nerve-wracking to look back at 2015 and the beginning of 2016 and find that I didn’t have much new art to post up.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t creating — on the contrary it was a time of renewal and creation, but it took me in very different directions.

On the illustration front  I only finished two pieces that I’m proud of, King Triton and an illustration for the Joey Awards.  King Triton was an exercise in patience, but also a wonderful way to expand my comfort zone.  My son still wants me to draw the bottom half so he can see the rest of his octopus body, but I don’t know that I am ready to tackle all the coral and marine life yet.

 

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This past year I focused a lot on acrylic paintings and still life. I loved the exploration, the textures and the subject matter, but they are not really what I generally showcase on my site. I was pretty excited that one of my still-life paintings was chosen to be one of the banners used for public art in Port Coquitlam.

apispoppies

On the writing front some projects came to fruition and others have been temporarily shelved. Perhaps an evolution of sorts, my writings has been focused on screenplays of late.  Screenwriting ( with the aid of a couple of online courses) has been a wonderful way to explore new horizons for my writing.  I’ve managed to complete several scripts for short films as well as help a friend with her feature film one.

More importantly, a few of them have been made into short films – and I hope to shoot another one later this summer.  There is such joy in seeing your words and worlds come to life on film, and it gives me the opportunity to push forward and try new things.

Book Box
Our latest film making the festival rounds, “Book Box”

So, as ever… onwards!

Spring!

It has been a very productive and busy 2015!

Spring has come with all its glorious green shades (and less glorious pollen) and so has the long-awaited Spanish version of Bellybuttonless.

Well friends, Bellybutonless and the Spanish version (Sin Ombligo) are now on Amazon

Here’s hoping that they can go out to more people. Incidentally, if you think your PMP specialist would benefit from having the PDF available for their patients with young kids please contact me, and I can email you the PDF (in either language) to give to them.

Spring is the season of hope, opportunities and changes… so here’s to many adventures ahead.

Happy New Year!

2014 was a year of challenges of opportunities. It was thankfully also a year of good health and incredible joys.

We lost good friends, made some fantastic new ones and tried a lot of new things.

We railed against the hate and barbarity in the world; it seemed so prevalent that it was easy to feel overwhelmed. At times we were.

And still… we need only look at our kids to see that spark of kindness and goodness. May they preserve it always and help heal all the ways this world is broken.

I don’t know what 2015 will bring. Aiden and I had some discussions about uncertainty, as its something that troubles him greatly. I explained that it troubles all of us, as nothing in life is ever guaranteed.

My wish for all of us, dear friends, is for a year of good health and good news; a year of finding our personal joys and inner peace, and a year when we make a difference, however small, in someone else’s life.

Here’s to the new year.

Gallery Show Coming Up at the Gallery Bistro!

I am very excited to be participating  in a gallery show  in Port Moody’s  Gallery Bistro.

I will be displaying my art alongside Melissa Mary Duncan, Hing Kei, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, Nancie Green, Carolyn Bruce, Kevin Chase and Natorra Ferguson.

The show will run from August 19th – September 14th. Opening Reception to occur on Saturday, August 23rd between 7 and 9pm featuring a Beatles sing-along lead by Steve Fahnestalk and Tam Gordy!

You can visit at 2411 Clarke Street, Port Moody.

http://www.gallerybistroportmoody.com/

Hope that people will have the chance to stop by and check it out!

Vcon, Canvention and SIWC !

Fall is starting to look fairly busy!

Registration just opened for the Surrey International Writers Conference !

I’m pretty excited about attending, as I haven’t been there in a few years –  I believe the last time I went was 2007. The workshops are amazing, the camaraderie and energy incredible.

Early in October I will also be attending Vcon 39  which just happens to be CANVENTION as well. I’m excited to be nominated for an Aurora Award!  It has been an exciting year so far, so I’m looking forward to the rest of it!

Vancouver Sun Article

I am incredible honoured to be in the Vancouver Sun today, talking about my appendix cancer journey and the book my son and I made, Bellybuttonless.

You can find out more about the operation I underwent in this other article, which interviews other local patients.

Awareness is always key;  the more that we can talk about things, the more that we can share experiences, the better chances of additional research and medical advances.

If you want to  find more about my journey  dealing with appendix cancer and pseudomyxoma peritonei, we kept a blog which you can find here: Beating Jelly Belly

Making Bellybuttonless with my son was incredibly healing for us both. To anyone dealing with cancer, our best wishes in your journey.

Yappari Chronicles and Winterborn

I have gotten some questions about where people can find out more information on my novel, Winterborn.  I made a separate site  ( http://www.yapparichronicles.com/) to host all information that relates to the worlds of my novels.

There you can find the world overview, stories,  a pantheon and bestiary as well as illustrations by myself and others

I’ve also finished a new illustration of Quinne and Anita in the archive, which is now the new header for the site:

(2014) Who We Were - Quinne and Anita from  http://www.yapparichronicles.com
(2014) Who We Were – Quinne and Anita from http://www.yapparichronicles.com

Spring Arrives!

Here in the Lower Mainland spring has arrived –  gorgeous cherry blossoms and daffodils are everywhere.

Did you know that the Aurora Awards are coming to Vancouver this fall? If you are a fan of speculative fiction why not  not check it out, join the CFSSA and nominate your favorite writers and artists ( Eligibility: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility/ )? To nominate and later vote for your choice you must be a member of The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/membership/join-csffa/.

Really excited that Canvention and the awards will be hosted at VCON this year. Hopefully we will have a lot of Western Canada nominees!

In other news, works in progress are still works in progress. I’m hoping to have some news in the next few weeks!

A New Year!

2014 started with a whimper and has kept me on my toes.  Health issues have unfortunately derailed some of my plans; the Winterborn sequel is still not finished and there are other tales clamoring for attention.

There are a couple of other exciting projects that I’m slowly getting off the ground, so I’m hoping to be able to make a couple of announcements by the end of Spring.