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Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Special Guest Post"

Journeying Into the Dark to Find the Light
Hello everyone, my name is Rommy. I want to give a big thank you to Stacy for agreeing to let me guest post today. Her artwork often feels like a visual fairy tale. Take for instance, her recent piece, 
“I Am Safe to Be Me.”

There’s a story in that painting. You can see it in the small heart that looks like a kiss from the wind, the alertness in the crow sentinels, and especially in the smile of the figure at the center. There’s more to it than the knowledge that she’s safe; that smile is beginning to dream of a future where she can thrive. It may not be a faery tale in a traditional sense, but wonder and enchantment are all there.

I like to play with these ideas in my writing. My new collection of short stories, The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faery Tales, takes faery tale themes and spins them out in ways that are different from the classics. “Her Homesick Spirit,” might be the least traditional of all the stories told, but the heroine, Rina, has to navigate a strange new world as intimidating as any dark, mysterious forest. Things might look familiar but they feel wrong as she wrestles with moving away from her family’s expectations to finally find a space she feels safe. The following poem elaborates on some of the themes in the story:

Light In An Eclipse
There is blood on the end of the sickle moon, though no one but me can see it. 

It's the same moon that hung over the place I was born grown gaunt with homesickness. 

Or maybe I've just seen myself reflected in the moon as darkness inches across it, engulfing it so nothing of its past remains.

The most familiar things look wrong under a moonless sky. I recognize nothing that looks like home. 

I embrace my darkness, but I do not let it consume me for I have the brightness of the stars in my soul.

I let them point the way, if not towards home, towards a future where I shine steady as souls wax and wane around me. 

Have you ever taken a walk off the beaten track to find yourself? Tell me about it in the comments section for a chance to win a copy of the e-book. The contest closes on November 25, midnight EST. I will choose the winner and announce their names back on my blog. Stacy will also add the name of the winner to this post. Good luck!

Cover art by Michelle Kennedy. Find her on her blog and Instagram.
The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
😁

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all doing well!
Happy November! I love when it's dark by 5:00pm.
Just to let you know, I've taken my art out of my Etsy shop for now, until the Canada post strike has ended. It is "rotating" strikes, but there is such a back log of mail right now, that I don't want to get any of my art lost. I've kept my leggings for sale, because the manufacture in Montreal, is doing a different company for posting. I guess I could do the same, but, I don't think people want to pay for the extra. Crossing fingers, this doesn't go on for much longer!

So, I've been playing around with my designs on my leggings. I created a new pair, from my last painting.
"I Am Safe To Be Me"
I finished a new drawing too.
"Hugs Of Love" (9" x 12" on paper)
And, guess what? Yes, I did leggings in this design too!
Big Hugs 😀

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're well! 😃
I'm back! What an amazing time! I met people from Ottawa, Winnipeg, Montreal and even Cleveland!
This all took place at The Church of the Holy Trinity, in Toronto. This church does so much for everyone in Toronto. It was built in 1847. (click on pics to make them bigger)
But, before I go any further. This is me, in the morning, getting ready to go and the trees in front of the church.
Here are some pictures of the inside.
There was lots of tears, hugs, smiles, laughter, letting go, realizations, and truly being YOU! We all talked and shared. The church was buzzing! It was amazing!
I don't think I should show any pictures of anyone, without them saying it's ok, but I will leave you with one "cropped" smiley picture. This was taken Saturday night, before going for hot chocolate! LOL!

Monday, when I got up to go to work, I was crying in the car. I can't wait to go again!

Guess what? The sun was out today, so I took pictures of the painting! First, some of the progress pictures.
(Finished Painting) "I Am Safe To Be Me"  (15" x 30" Canvas)
Close ups!
Please give me some time to get around in blog land! I know I'm really behind! I'll probably won't be posting anything until I get caught up!
Big Hugs 😀