In a few days, enrollment will close for my class at the SmART School. In order to encourage you to have a closer look, I’ve shared a portion of the document I send to my new students before class begins, to get them off to a rolling start. It’s over on the Muddy Colors Art Blog. Just click the image below to learn more.
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John Ruch at Paste Magazine did a very nice interview and review of UNFETTERED, Shawn Speakman’s standout anthology.
“If Unfettered arrived simply as a fantasy fiction anthology, it would be praiseworthy enough simply for living up to its title—these stories really do unchain our minds from the dreary mundane. The two-dozen tales include fresh offerings from such superstars as Terry Brooks and gems from emerging fantasy authors. It’s a treasure chest for any genre fan.
But Unfettered also happens to be a fundraising project. It marks the start of an extraordinary effort to unshackle authors and artists from medical bills that ruin lives and careers.
The authors of the stories collected here all donated their stories for free to create a book that could cover a $200,000 medical bill—the fee left to their friend and the book’s editor, fantasy author Shawn Speakman, after he beat cancer. Speakman now plans a nonprofit to be funded by an annual anthology like Unfettered. The anthology will offer similar help to ill artists not lucky enough to have such famous friends.
The jacket art of Unfettered depicts Speakman as a cowled prisoner, surrounded by dragons and demons. He breaks his chains in a dramatic sine curve. And so it should be—his own story reads like an adventure tale.
“The American health care system has a big hole in it,” Speakman warns in a phone interview from his Seattle home, explaining how it often leaves self-employed authors and artists with inadequate health insurance…if they can get any at all.
“Somebody should never have to worry about health payments when they’re fighting for their life.”’
“As often proves the case with anthologies, however, the biggest names didn’t turn in the best work. Browsing rewards a reader with new friends…
Todd Lockwood, who contributed a story as well as the book’s ceaselessly handsome illustrations, establishes himself as the collection’s major discovery.
Already famed as an artist for Dungeons & Dragons game materials, Magic cards, and Salvatore’s book jackets, Lockwood can also write. He had a rollicking adventure tale in last year’s Kickstarter-funded anthology Tales of the Emerald Serpent, and here he proves adept in a totally different mode with his haunting ghost story “Keeper of Memory.” Now working on his debut novel, Lockwood looks to be a rising star fans should read here first.”
What can I say. John Ruch has great taste.
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(Apologies in advance, but I’ve sort of had it …)
Background; repeat ad nauseam:
Snow, snow, snow, snow
Snow, snow, snow, snow
What do you get when it snows?
What do you see when it snows?
What do you shovel for hours and hours?
What kills your tenderest bushes and flowers?
What do you wish would just stay in the mountains
Instead of cascading for days beyond countin’
Like ashes or dander or other foul stuff,
‘Til you scream at the top of your lungs THAT’S ENOUGH!
Will we ever be done with this muh-fu¢kin’ fluff?
Oh man, I hope so.
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Saw this at Carrie Fischer’s blog, by way of Dooty and Honor.
Carrie says, “I told people this might happen, but did anyone listen to me?! NO!”
The comments at her blog are a hoot, too …
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In my mailbox today was a message from Gini at GinisMagic.com. Gini does very nice photo restoration and enhancement, including Custom Fantasy Portraits. She also maintains a blog. She has featured my website along with 9 other artists in a post she has called Top Ten Fantasy Art Sites. There is some really spectacular stuff, including Rebecca Guay, Philip Straub, Jonathon Earl Bowser, and some new artists for me like Julie Dillon and Yuehui Tang. I spent a couple of hours I didn’t have there today, and regretted not one moment of it. Check it out! Thanks, Gini!
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