The Horse Thief

First off, so sorry this is many years later. Life for me and the family took on a huge change beginning in Spring 2013. Husband’s job was transferred to a new area and we have been settling into our new environs, friends and church. It has been rather busy. I have been doing more farming and writing than artwork.

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NEW WRITING!

Nearly all of the under themes of my writing include my own insatiable “wild streak” and this new work abounds in it!

Young Adult Novel work in progress – “The Horse Thief” is complete but still in beta mode – this is my 3rd novel attempt and by far the most mature. If you are interested in being a beta reader for this manuscript, please contact me. I would classify it in the genre Christian Historical Romance. A quick introduction:

Just a few generations after the chaos of Babel, we find Erdene, an intrepid young lady of  Magog blood who flat out refuses to be married to her father’s ally, a powerful Chief of morose repute. Instead, she elopes alone, hoping to forge a new life of her own choosing. The freedom she longs for is swiftly replaced by the peculation of an unwelcome bandit and the pursuing relatives in the midst of mutiny. Just when Erdene thinks she might escape the penalty for her error, new levels of turbulence return, as well as the conniving bandit of the Ashkuz clan.

The story takes place in what is now the country of Tajikistan, along ancient trades-routes and in ancient cities. The Biblical lineages of Genesis Chapter 10 and the account of Babel in Genesis Chapter 11 are the foundation for the setting in the Sons of Japeth series. Check back for updates!!

 

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Hello Again! and new novel peek

Hey, did you miss me? Aw, so sweet of you! So many things have happened in the last two years, I cannot possibly put it all down. But I did want to revive my little webspace again.

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I have, in recent months, completed four pet portraits, and no I do not have scans of all these (that would have required an organized and planning sort of soul which I sadly lack), but suffice it to say, it is fun to do real art work. The above is Chinese ink, but the others are in pastel, and I am finding that to be my current medium of choice.

Speaking of work, I want also to simply hint at an upcoming novel work. You will soon see some of the prep-work here. No I have not abandoned the Feral Heart – just plan to get to that later, maybe much later.

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Watercolor

I am about to embark on a revisit to watercolor painting. I did a wc painting of a house a few years back and it was delicious. So I have a pad ready and some brand new paint. Just got to get the kids to the point where they go to bed earlier so I can have some time with it.  Check back for samples!

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Laying In

Apparently “laying in” is what they used to do to royal wives when they were close to giving birth. The pregnant wife would be confined to a dark chamber and not allowed to go anywhere or even get out of bed for fear the child would be lost. I sort of feel like that since getting around is quite the challenge. My new one is due soon and will be here before or on the 27th.

In the meantime, since I have not been drawing anything, here is something my 3 year old put together on the iPad.  Right now, JL is terribly interested in anything that exists under the sea – whales and sharks in particular. Last night, we watched “Hooked” on NGTv and saw some pretty impressive teeth!  Here is his imagination at work:

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Micah Sleeping

Don’t worry you guys, I will be back in author-artist mode soon. Right now, I am working to make real money at a real job with a real cubicle. Got to save up for when the new baby comes. So Micah is sleeping soundly in my laptop, and in my dreams too. Still can’t get that first chapter right and am quite honestly stumped. Hopefully I can work it out in the long run.

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Illustration Friday – Transportation

This is a photo of an old painting I did in 1995 (they used a flash so it doesn’t show up perfectly here). It is a portrait of my aunt, my two cousins and their horses. The red horse, named “Wix,” passed away shortly before this was painted, at the age of 30. A fine showman in his prime, Wix carried his riders to blue ribbons. He was the horse I first rode as a tiny child, and was the most beautiful and gentle horse soul we ever knew. Riding Wix was more than simple transportation.

My Aunt and Cousins

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In the Woods

Yesterday, despite being sick and woozy, my son and I went into the woods. We have this small park nearby and it is chock full of every imaginable species of oak and hickory tree and 14 gazillion squirrels. A refreshing time indeed.

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