Month: May 2013

Delayed Publication

Hey guys and gals,

Unfortunately this week I must announce that I have to delay the publication of “Fire Concoction” for a week. I fully intended to be uploading it tonight and made available for purchase tomorrow across my book stores but as fate would have it there were some priorities I had to switch to the forefront of my schedule this past week. As such I’ve been struggling with the cover image and the last bit of edits for “Fire Concoction.”

That said, this next Kaleidoscope story is going to be longer than its predecessors. Anise and Raylan have returned to Kaleidoscope but will they stay? Anise is confronted with an old reoccuring nightmare from her past, reawakening her to questions she is determined to find answers to. A summons from Raylan’s clan head and the protection of his cousin Chloe is enough to drag him home but is it enough to make him stay? Will he find any clues to locating the girl who helped save his cousin so many years ago or will he be forced to search outside Kaleidoscope’s borders?

One of my goals with Kaleidoscope is to explore the body language and the interactions between a certain group of people. When more of the series is out I’ll give you a little insight to the research that goes on behinds the scenes for this particular series but for now just enjoy the stories as they are. They’re short with the understanding that you have a busy life and may only be able to spare a short time on break or between tasks to read.

Have any questions about Kaleidoscope or the characters? Post them on the Kaleidoscope Tumblr blog and I’ll answer them! You do not have to be a member to post questions or view the site.

Now, it is time for me to return to edits but here is a teaser work in progress shot of a print I am working on:

ThroughTheFire-preview

and off I go. I’ll be back next week with news on “Fire Concoction”‘s publication and an animal story for you! Until them, take care, and happy adventuring~

sorting music and new business cards

Hey guys and gals,

I just spent longer than I should have sorting through copious new music files. Over the years I’ve acquired a lot of music and while I am aware there are plenty of people out there with music players far more loaded than my own over 2,000 songs of music that I like in such a wide variety is a lot – and the list doesn’t even include all the songs I like listening to, let alone artists.

You see, my music files contain songs that I like just because, parody songs, and then there are the songs from games and such that I’ve enjoyed. On top of that there are playlists I sort them into, several of which are themed for when I’m writing in a particular tone. Do you do this too? Perhaps you have a playlist for when you’re working, painting, sculpting, designing, etc.

That aside my last week has been rather busy. I’ve acquired several possible commissions (I’ve to discuss details further with the clients) and I’m preparing the next Kaleidoscope piece for publication. The next story in the series is entitled “Fire Concoction” and deals primarily with the character Raylan. This short in particular is ¬†following whether or not the moody detective in training decides to stay in Kaleidoscope or not. You see, his mother Esera likes to keep him under thumb for reasons that will be revealed in the piece. It’s due out next week, hopefully uploaded and set for you to download on Wednesday evening!

As far as art I have not had a chance to do terribly much except for a concept equine piece and a minor print available on my art site:

Heal by AmaraInsevi

The concept for this piece is obvious to me, but what does it mean to you? If you click on the picture, you will be linked to my art site where you can see the process I used to compose the picture in my gallery under the “WIPs and Tutorials” folder.

Earthy Dapple by AmaraInsevi, print available just click on the picture

Also recall that I ordered business cards recently and they came in at the beginning of this month! Let me know what you think:

post cards (front & back above), business cards (back & front below)

That’s it for this week, guys n gals. Remember to try something new this week. Maybe write a journal entry, go sky diving, dance outside in the rain, or you could make a new friend/speak to a stranger. Life can be an adventure but the adventure is only what you make of it. Always always remember to celebrate your small accomplishments too, not just your huge victories. Be your own morale booster!

Take care, and happy trails until next week~

Fiftieth Post!

Hey guys n gals, this marks my fiftieth post on my wordpress blog! So much has been happening recently, I feel so busy but also much happier. I find my cheeks hurting at the end of the day from smiling so much and I’ll randomly burst out laughing – then quickly walk on to avoid the staring people in my vicinity. I probably look crazy but it feels good to be on the move!

That being said, the move isn’t going very far physically, it’s more of a mental and spiritual shift, a bloom or burst if you will – a spark. Lately I’ve been getting more involved with creating art – specifically art prints and I’m starting to take commissions as a freelance artist! So far I’ve sold a few prints, worked with Farrell Piano to redesign and paint a piano board, and donated a piece to Equestrian Inc. for an auction. The piece hasn’t sold yet but you can take a look below:

want to see the process? click on the image!

The print on the bottom is 8in x 10in and the top one, 24in x 30in, is the auction print on gloss paper. The bottom one is for sale and you may contact me about purchasing it if you’re interested. Speaking of, would you like to contact me about prints or digital commissions? Check out my personal, original business card below!

I’ve also been improving my horsemanship skills.¬†Apparently I catch on quickly and I have a natural posture. I always like being up on horseback, most especially when there’s a challenge involved. Said challenge can come in the form of learning a new skill, increasing the complexity of an old skill, or from when the horse is testing you. In a more recent lesson I was attempting to make my mount advance to the far corner of the pasture and he was seeing something in the woods and acting barn sour, attempting to run back towards the barn. What I did in order to get him to the far corner was sit deeper, lean with him, and kept turning him back. The key to success in this case is reading when to pull and release, which is a sensory skill I will delve further into in the future, and pure stubbornness. I did not want to be mean about it, however, just communicate to the horse via body language that, “Hey, I’m up here and I’m working with you at the moment. It’s safe to go there and we are going.” That being said I’m glad this lesson was in the open pasture and not the small round pen. I don’t like fences around me unless there’s ground work to be done. Even then I prefer a long lead line and open space.

That’s all I have for you this week so I close with a question to you: most of you seem to like the posts involving horses and lessons I’ve learned either actively or passively from and around them. Would you be interested in little compiled booklets of these lessons? The booklets would be half memoir half do-it-your-self-handbook collections for anyone.

Until next week, happy trails~

Hissing Ducks

Alright guys and gals, I have two mini stories for you this week!

USF Botanical Gardens

During my time attending USF and studying for a biology major, I joined the veterinarian’s club. The club sent out emails, hosted events rarely, and notified members of opportunities working with animals in the area. On occasion I would help feed the feral cats on campus for the club. Every weekend a club member would pack the communal bag of dry cat food and tin food on campus and replenish the available food at key locations. I was on campus most of the time anyways without a car. If it turned out I was feeding one weekend and also hanging out with friends I’d bring my friends along to help distribute food and chase off the ducks.

Yes, I did just say chase off the ducks.

You see, by the time I finished dumping out the old icky water and filling the bowls with fresh water and food, the cats would be looking on from under bushes Рbut they were not alone. Prowling just behind the underfed felines was a posse of ducks. Not just any ducks, hissing ducks with cute fuzzy ducklings.

It would take only the short span of time for me to step away from the food bowls for the ducks to swoop in and chase off the cats. I’d spend a few minutes chasing off the ducks after I laid the food down just so the cats could get in a few mouthfuls. It turns out this is what the club asked me to do as best as I could in that situation. I never thought I’d see ducks bullying cats before then!

Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)

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In my second to last year at USF I took a technical writing course. During this course we were grouped with partners to complete a project. I was placed in a group of three. One partner invited me over to get started on the project and we were walking to where she’d parked (I didn’t have a car quite at this point) and discussing the animals on campus. It was evening but there was more than enough sunlight left for us to see by. On the way she said something about the ducks being a nuisance (which was true) and we round the walkway by a series of bushes. Then, out of the shadows, it comes right for my partner, swooping low over the bushes at shoulder height: a hissing duck! My partner yelped and ducked, skipping a few steps to the side as the duck passed by inches from her head. Well, it was hilarious at the time to me. No worries, she started chuckling over it by the time we reached her truck.

walkway passing the USF bookstore, marshall center, both theaters, down to the old music building.

That’s it for this week. Like I said not much. I’ve got an article in mind for next week and possible a new art print. We’ll see how things go. On another note, my first business cards came in! I’ll upload photos for next week. Also, this coming Saturday I’ll be at the Tampa Bay Downs race track supporting Equestrian Inc at an event from 11am to 6pm. Stop by if you’ll be in the area, if not, happy trails until next Wednesday~

*Disclaimer: all the pictures in the post were taken by myself via an old cell phone.