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I'm almost ready to release the next installment of Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest. That's not today though.


I have some big news that I've been quiet about other than with a very tiny handful until the contract was signed. An author that I met in one of my author and book club books alerted me that Pen It! Publications was looking for an illustrator. I immediately turned around and sent an application as I had some free slots in my client space. Each client, long or short term, makes it that much easier to make ends meet. I was very certain I'd have time to do work for them as well.
A bit of back and forth conversation ensued. The result: I signed the contract when it came in and sent it back. I found word today that it's been received, logged, and accepted.
I'm now on staff for Pen It! Publications as well.


This should not impact my writing or personal projects. I won't be posting work for Pen It! on my Patreon, as projects received through them will be for books, though I retain rights to my work. I will be posting though when books I've illustrated through them go to print and are available (and where to get them), and probably include a sample or something similar.

I am still available for editing, freelance illustration, services through THG StarDragon Publishing (starting prenegotiation rates are posted on the Facebook page, but are not on the site yet due to life events), and narration.
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Most of you know that the good laptop died. The motherboard on my newer Toshiba died after the dvd drive driver problem started, leaving me on my older Toshiba that does not handle the heavier tasks well (or in some cases, at all). Several people have been helping me out by sending me links to good deals on laptops that would fit my needs. I ended up buying one off of the Microsoft store that I was pointed to, as well as a stylus/brush for tablet/touchscreen for the artwork. I managed to save about $200 that way, which as everyone knows goes a long way.
At about $650 or so though the new laptop will still take a few payments to my credit card company to pay off. At least I have one and so was able to get one fairly quickly, certainly much faster than if I'd not. Part of the Patreon funds that I receive are going to go toward paying that off in my tally of income and expenditures, and part will be set aside to help with getting the office built, probably during the deck revamp (none of us are happy with the big hole in it, but at least it is safe to walk on now, unlike when the house was bought). The laptop came in earlier than I expected. Today. The stylus will hopefully arrive tomorrow. I already unboxed the laptop. My room is still in such chaos trying to get all my office, bedroom, and closet things settled that I will spare you the bags and boxes. I will, however, attempt to have things cleared enough to do a short video with it in the next few days, probably AFTER the weekend, so that it can be seen where the combined funds are going. I probably don't need to do so, but I do enjoy being able to show that what you are so generous to give me to help truly does go to things for work and to help with the care of the kids.

Man, do those kids eat... 

With the end of the moving tasks approaching and the arrival of the laptop that also means more writing time is in the future (finally, right?) and thus more poetry and more Selkies' Skins.   Hopefully soon I'll also be able to do a recording of the other poems for Youtube. Sadly I haven't gotten a chance to check on if the latest edits of the readings that had been meant for Halloween are in my backup hard drive, or on the laptop waiting for me to reclaim with the data backup that was done in shop.
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The art for the print edition's cover was delivered to me on the 17th, St Paddy's day. There have been a few complications at home that slowed getting the text elements laid onto it...but it is ready and the proof will be on the way very soon.

For those that would like a poster version of the artwork without the bookcover's textual elements, it is available on Zazzle to purchase for $19.90. Proceeds from any sales of the poster art will be split between myself and the artist, Samantha Buckley.

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