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X-Wing Miniatures: Death Star trench run November 26, 2016

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I took some shots this week of a custom made scenario my husband constructed for Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures and couldn’t resist sharing them. Enjoy!




The game board was constructed of wood with a printed graphic overlay. The turrets were printed on heavy stock paper from a free downloadable template, with painted balsa stick barrels. Backdrop is a star field Gripmat  and of course the ships themselves are from the game.

An autumnal interlude October 16, 2016

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Pictures taken 10 October 2016 in Huntsville, Ontario. The third image is the only one with any post-processing done to it (and I’m still not that happy with it, but I am only using my tablet’s built-in image editing).

An arboreal interlude August 10, 2016

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Pictures taken 23 May 2016 at Hilton Falls Conservation Area.

Playtime March 29, 2016

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Up until last weekend, I hadn’t been picking up my camera much this year. Which is incredibly unfortunate, as late last year I was given an external flash and my indoor photography quality has skyrocketed as a result, though I am still learning how to use it.

However, yesterday I did an impromptu photo session and took a few (dozen) shots while my cat was feeling playful, so here are the best ones. I hope you enjoy them.

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2015 art update September 3, 2015

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In short, I still haven’t done much of it. However, in my typical way, I have done a bit of dabbling, and at times perhaps I have been doing more drawing than much of the time over the past few years, even if it is just sketches. The beginning of the year, in particular, saw me picking up the sketchbook a little more frequently:

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 I have also done some character designs on my tablet:

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More recently, after having the materials for upwards of a couple years, I finally tried my hand at some proper wire wrapping:

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And finally, earlier this year I upgraded to a proper DSLR camera, with which I am very pleased:

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Some changes around here December 2, 2012

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Finally overcoming my procrastination, I’ve updated this website in ways that should have been done shortly after reappropriating my old domain name for my publishing business. The “portfolio” section has been separated into shorts, art, and photography, each of which has been populated with all the examples of each I am not ashamed to show off at this point. (Hint: my art collection has been severely trimmed down.)

Also as notably, I’ve added a “connect with me” widget to the side bar with links to the various forms of social media and instant messaging I use, including my new Facebook page, Goodreads author page, and About the Author page on Amazon. Please feel free to add/follow/talk to me on any of those.

I still have an enormous backlog of photos to go through in search of more to share, as well as possibly one more section to add. But, one step at a time.

Photos – June 26 July 3, 2010

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Best shots from a rainy day at the Toronto Zoo last weekend:

Change is good February 28, 2010

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As regular readers might notice, I’ve updated the look of this blog, as well as some of the information on the various pages.  I also cleaned it up a bit, removing some outdated, unnecessary, or undesirable content.  The colour scheme I had before never quite suited the header image I’m still not compelled to change, so it was rather fortunate that WordPress’s theme randomizer pulled this similar format up as the first result.

Let’s hope a little change can help spark some more consistent updates.  I’m not really in a position to share details at the moment, but I can say that big things are happening behind the scenes, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, shock and awe, I do believe I am finally up to date with photos:

Photos, cont. February 7, 2010

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Also, my latest literary accomplishment.

War for the Oaks, Emma Bull – Eddi McCandry is a struggling musician in Minneapolis who gets approached by two fey creatures, who have chosen her to appear on the battlefield between the two factions of Faerie, thus imparting her mortality to those present.  Despite her objections and the danger into which she is immediately thrust, they persist, a mischievous phouka accompanying her as both bodyguard and escort as war brews.

It’s a story that’s been done, but it’s important to note that in this case, it has been done since, rather than before.  Further, this is a story that’s done very well, with good depth and concepts that are clearly steeped in actual mythology.  The characters are refreshingly real and believable, the story is gripping, and the narration has a grungy flavour that’s really catching, especially in the opening of the novel.  It’s difficult to gracefully pull off an ordinary character suddenly discovering/approached by magic that has been always present and hidden in the real world, and while this book didn’t do it perfectly, it was still very acceptable.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it.

Photos part 3 January 14, 2010

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