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“Bridged”

Published December 29, 2016 by glgiles

Goddess Be with Ye, 2016! (A year of challenges with lots of brilliant artists of many kinds passing, et cetera. Yet, it was also a year of wonderful new beginnings for me~~~)

Hel-o, 2017! (Speaking of Goddesses, I have been fond of the Norse Hel for some time) So looking forward to you, New Year~~~

 

 

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***I have titled this piece I painted “Bridged.” It is symbolic of bridging the old year with the new, etc.~~~

***2017 is also the year that my fun-filled ‘gap years’ come to a close, as I am excited to be inspired again creatively, so 2017 will (hopefully) be the year that the fictional world inside my head is successfully bridged by real world publication again.

***In addition, there are also plenty of hilarious high jinks already ensuing with me playing around on the illustrating side of things thanks to my new iPad Pro (I so dig it!)

Love, Light & Darkness,

GL Giles

 

Had a Rollicking Time at XCON World in Myrtle Beach, SC!

Published May 27, 2016 by glgiles

***Best part of being there:  Meeting a lot of cool people!

***Worst part of being there:  Typing with my stiletto nails! 🙂

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Moi, with my warpaint freshly applied, getting ready to head out to Myrtle Beach, SC on 5-20-16.

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My stiletto/coffin nails~~~

Hair done in prom curls

Nothing straight about my hair~~~LOL

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Now I know why it’s bigger on the inside—for more storage, of course! 🙂

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Fortunately, nobody was exterminated whilst there. 🙂

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Not saying I’m crazy about the DC Universe, but I was wearing these boots. 🙂 ^V^ ❤

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Why, yes they are!

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Forget YOLO, I’m thinkin’ YODO (You Only Die Once) would be cooler~~~

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Not at Xcon, but at a store in Myrtle Beach. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Interview with Artist Karen Emma Hall!

Published June 7, 2014 by glgiles

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“Karen Emma Hall is a creative new children’s author. Her first series of stories for children…combines skills of illustrations and words to draw children into the magic world of stories and reading. Karen discovered her love of writing a long time ago while reading to children as an auxiliary nurse and a nanny. She helped children in the classroom with their art, and soon decided to put the two together – writing stories with illustrations for children.
Eventually she started working with the elderly, and found that they loved art and painting as well, so her stories are not just for the young but everyone, aged one to one hundred. Her first series of children’s stories are a little bit magic. They leave readers with that magic feeling after reading them. If you love owls and you love cats, then you are going to adore her fully illustrated books. All the illustrations in the books are hand drawn and painted.
The very first book in the Teeny Pheeny Tales series is very appealing, as it is the introduction of the main characters, Mrs Phoenix and Teeny Pheeny, (Pheeny coming from the word Phoenix) and the owl folk of Boohoo Village. This series brings you teeny bits of teeny magic. The owls are almost living and breathing as they’re very endearing, funny and even a bit grumpy! It’s all about the owls!
Karen has four daughters and two special cats (who turn up in the stories). She is very active on social media, and is very happy to reply to messages in person on twitter, where she also writes her own quotes. You can follow her on google+ facebook and her blog. Karen’s blog is very popular and very amusing and a must read. Karen is currently illustrating more sketches and starting on her next children’s amusing stories about cats… but I can’t give away too much about that just yet…’Follow’ said the pied piper, and they did follow
Twitter @PeachyEmma https://twitter.com/PeachyEmma
http://captnjacksparrow.wix.com/books
peachyemma.blogspot.co.uk” (Amazon).

 

 

 

 

Q: Please tell us where your inspiration for your wonderful illustrations has come from?

A: In a couple of words, children and animals. My children and the children I have worked with, and my pets I have. Children love art in one form or another, and no child is bad at art. It is an expression of themselves, their feelings, their personality.
Even when my daughter said she wanted her room newly decorated to get rid of the mess on the wall, (it was covered in various pictures, drawings, writings, notes, posters, etc.) I told her it has her art, her expression and her creation. It showed us who she was, how she expressed herself, and her personality comes through those pictures and how she placed them on the wall. She did look on it with different eyes, and changed the way she thought about art. But she still wants new wallpaper….

Q: Where can readers find your artwork?

A: Originally I had never thought about showing my artwork, as a lot of it I had done years ago before I even got a computer. I did self-portraits when I was a teenager, which I will never show anyone ha! Then I started painting. Water and oils. I could never get away with oils, but then discovered these amazing pens from a craft shop and I loved how they worked and blended. I never felt I was any better at Art than the next person, they were always pretty, colourful, but because I loved illustrating that was all that mattered. I did not originally set out to show them off, I just loved drawing and found it relaxing and therapeutic. I really must decide which website to use to show them off… when I get a little time.

Q: Which medium do you prefer to work in? What other mediums have you tried?

A: I try everything. I don’t like working with oils as much I found, but I really admire oil paintings. I love water paints, and plain and simple coloured pens and pencils the best.

Q: What can readers discover at your blog here?

A: Silly quirky fun stuff mainly, as I always used to just write whatever comes into my head. I wasn’t writing for anyone else but me. It is always good to get stuff down, so I thought I would start a blog to see how it went and if anyone wanted to read it. These days I blog about the KLA and children’s literature.

My primary concerns are, of course, books and reading, particularly encouraging children to read in a world full of technological distractions, but I talk about anything that catches my eye. It’s intended to be a five minute coffee break – leave whatever’s stressing you out alone for a few minutes, put your feet up, and let’s chat about whatever comes to mind.

Q: Speaking of KLA, you started the popular ‘Kid Literature Authors’ Facebook page—which has already had over 1,000 likes in a little over a month. Why is it such a ‘happening spot’?

A: I think I managed to stumble upon a real gap in the market. There’s a wealth of pages on Facebook dedicated to specific books, authors, series or genres, but nothing that’s a meeting place for bringing together readers, authors and books all in one group. It really started out on Twitter while I was working on Teeny Pheeny. I was looking to build up interest in my own book, of course, but found so many people there with ideas and suggestions and their own needs, and we made a bit of a loose group out there in the ‘Twitterverse’. It soon became clear that we’re all pulling in the same direction – we want our children reading, and we want to get books into their hands. So a Facebook page seemed to be the next logical step. I put the page in the hands of those core people I met on Twitter – after all, it’s intended as a democratic arena for the promotion of reading. With a handful of administrators and editors, we were able to pull together plenty of relevant material and all of our collective contacts, and the page just flourished from there. Ironically, once I started setting the Facebook page up and then organising the website, I had little time left for poor Teeny Pheeny. So now I have to be very strict with my time, as I have so much to do in one day, and I must try to not feel guilty for taking time for myself and my books.

Q: I think that many altruistic personalities will find that entirely relatable. You also founded the wonderful ‘Kid Literature Authors’ site at http://www.Kidliteratureauthors.com where there are book reviews, free books and information for parents and teachers. What else can readers find there?

A: The reviews have just started at the beginning of this month (June), and we’ve had a great batch to start with. We’ve got a ‘free stuff’ page which includes short videos of stories being read aloud, and these are great for parents and children to watch together. We’ll be keeping our news up-to-date on the front page, so any events we think are relevent to our visitors will go there. We also have individual pages for our key collaborators, so you can find out a bit more about our authors and illustrators. The site has only been live a couple of weeks and already we’ve got a lot of content up there – and we will only be adding more and more! In the near future we’ll be looking to add to our reviews, and introducing a guest blog feature.

Q: Now for a fun, random question: Do you see yourself taking a trip ‘across the pond’ to meet many of your fellow children’s picture book enthusiasts here?

A: I couldn’t think of anything better! I’m ridiculously busy at the moment, what with keeping an eye on the Facebook page, getting the website up and running, promoting many people, and of course with my own books, but I’d never rule out a trip ‘across the pond’ It is one of my ambitions. Now I have a reason to go, as I have come to know a few super people since starting the KLA.

Q: Where can readers go to connect with you and your work (social networking sites, etc.)?

A: Lots of places! The website’s at http://www.kidliteratureauthors.com. The KLA is also on Facebook, with a lively community waiting to meet you there. I’m also very active on Twitter, and always pleased to welcome new followers. The first in the Teeny Pheeny series is available at Amazon to download for your Kindle or PC, and it’s a great introduction to my range of characters. Really if you want to know the instant anything happens go to Twitter, as that is where I go to escape—for timeout. If you are on Twitter and you follow me, you will be the first to know what I am up to!

Q: What’s on the horizon for the rest of 2014?

A: Plenty of work will go into the Kid Literature Authors website, adding in additional features, working on reviews and promotions. From the perspective of my own writing, there’s another Teeny Pheeny book on the way with more brand new illustrations, as well as a collaboration on a book for middle grade readers, called ‘Corey in Cold Cliff Castle’. It’s a wild adventure with gruesome characters that will hopefully attract boys to reading. Very fun, Scooby doo meets Hammer Horror. What is more thrilling for me is that Eric Heyman is illustrating some drawings for Cory in Cold Cliff Castle, and they are so good they are spooky-rific! You all must keep checking up to see the goings on from Twitter and the website.

Interview with Author David Scott Pointer!

Published May 4, 2014 by glgiles

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David Scott Pointer’s forthcoming horror poetry book is entitled “Beyond Shark Tag Bay,” and it will be sold online at “Blurb Books.” He’s also recently had children’s poems included in a charity anthology entitled “Bleed” which will help raise funds for a children’s cancer ward in New York. Moreover, he’s a frequent contributor to his local homelessness newspaper in Nashville. A paper which lets the vendors keep the profits in order to try and improve their situations. He was also published in “Battlespace,” a military science fiction anthology. The book is sold at Amazon.com to raise funds for the “Warrior Cry Music Project.” Other publications he’s been a part of are: “Tales of the Combat Zone,” “Blue Streak,” “Proud to Be: Writings By American Warriors, Volumes I & II,” “Stone Canoe,” and others. In addition, he’s written social justice/political poetry for many years and was asked to serve on the advisory panel at “Writing For Peace,” in 2012. This group teaches young people 13-19 how to write for world peace. And, recently he’s had pieces accepted at Horrified Press, Thirteen Press, Barbwire Butterfly Press and James Ward Kirk Fiction. It’s been my pleasure following his Facebook posts here.

Q. How have your degrees of Criminal Justice/Psychology and Sociology directly and/or indirectly influenced your work? Please give examples.

A. I arrived in the college creative writing class with a certain worldview already in-place. I was interested in writing about social and economic justice and related topics. So, I noticed the corporate influence or hegemony that had already sanitized poetry and narrowed the definition of what was good or highly awarded literature. I had just finished a tour as a Marine military policeman before entering college, so I wanted to know more about how the world really worked at all levels. The above listed fields of study were just a partial starting point for expanding my complexity horizon about the world. Later I hoped this “expanded vision” could be reduced down to make small pieces of “art.” Here is an example that I feel is representative of the spirit of my work. It appeared in “Dreaded Legacies” anthology published by Editor George Wilhite formerly with “Static Movement” now a founding editor of “Thirteen Press.” Poet Stephanie Hiteshew told me that she thought this poem was my best one.
The Elephant Woman Lovingly Remembered

-Dedicated to Mrs. Virginia
Foster in Memoriam

Look, I didn’t bring you here to remember the
Fine glow on my grandmother’s Mason jars,
Nor do I have any pardon-me dwarf day lilies
To pass out like bottled water after the poem.
The amputated extremities of my well wishers
Are wrapped and refrigerated in the mind’s
Morgue of memory, and so it is with Mrs.
Foster’s unexamined crash file, unautopsied
In images so bleak I can’t measure the
Neurotoxicity in each dreaming night since:
I met the widowed Elephant woman, Mrs.
Foster at 12-B Bradshaw Drive in 1973,
She had swollen purple lollipop fingers
Soothing her children’s daily lives, had
Happy clacker-style clapping hands
When kid’s played housing project baseball
With house fire hot singles and homeruns,
With crowdlessness overcome by her
Generous encouragement. In 1991, I
Learned she had previously adorned
Perfect high school attendance (1948-1952).
And that a silver-plated plaque (retroactive)
Commemorated this iconic school event.
What had those hallway years been for her?
Perhaps, like a horror movies hospitality
Committee her classmates cometh and down
Gauntlets of goodwill she went four years
Club-foot steppingly faster until her diploma
Bloomed with delivery. Had she learned to
Circumnavigate the nonviolence of smiles
Better than the blue heron at Stones River,
Lifting, low still over the gladiator water lilies,
Better than the struggling bank robber’s son
Who would one day shoot for this poem-
Who could come down hills from his own
School faster than a Lakota kid riding winter
On a buffalo-rib sled slicing past the first
Fists of social class exclusion, lifting
Low still over the rocket red larkspur
Her luminous smile rouge-cheek-red
Honoring the children rowdy over bases or
Royal with romp-n-chomp summer recess.
Look, Mrs. Foster’s inner spirit was as the
Moon’s glow on my mother’s favorite music box.

Q. How did you come to be affiliated with “Writing For Peace?”

A. The President and Founder of Writing For Peace, Mrs. Carmel Mawle, sent me an email asking me to consider serving on her advisory panel that teaches young people ages 13-19 how to write for world peace. She has seen some of my work in the small press over time. That was one of the nicest things that ever happened to me. I was also honored to join-in the 10th Anniversary online edition of Poets Against The War that included poets such as Sam Hamill and W.S. Merwin among many fine others.
http://writingforpeace.org/commemorating-ten-years-of-poetic-resistance-paw-post-no-4/

Q. Which of your works was included in the science fiction anthology titled “Battlespace?”

A. Battlespace: A Military Science Fiction Anthology included a micro-fiction story entitled “Special Aptitudes and Space Sensibilities.” This anthology helps to raise funds for the “Warrior Cry Music Project” that pays for musical instruments, lessons, supplies and repairs for veterans involved in the healing process. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615665225/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Q. Your children’s poems were included in the charity anthology entitled “Bleed.” Which poems and why are they relevant?

A. Two poems were included. This is a “horror anthology” for children. One poem is an untitled Haiku/Senryu style and the other one is entitled “Bumper Car Bandit.” Both poems brought hope or humor. Lori Michele edited this collection that was published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. I’ve heard that the response has been very positive. http://www.amazon.com/Bleed-Lori-Michelle/dp/0988748886/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Q. Please tell us more about “Beyond Shark Tag Bay.” Available in Spanish and English, correct? Will it be available in other languages, too?

A. This was the first time that I had ever received an affirmative response for a collection that included a foreign language. I hope that there will be other collections with different languages in the future. “Beyond Shark Tag Bay” is an attempt to let speculative readers have as much enjoyment as I’ve had in past years. It attempts to go further than a lot of other collections have gone while still being understandable. Once again, I got to work with artist Justin Jackley and I loved the front and back covers of the book. I don’t know yet if anyone will translate it into more languages. http://www.blurb.com/b/5236075-beyond-shark-tag-bay#comments

Q. Switching gears, do you believe that writers should constantly be evolving—even insofar as to challenge oneself by writing in new genres—or that it’s better to just concentrate on one genre ’til one’s work is more or less perfected?

A. I guess every writer will determine that for him/herself? I have known writers who basically write the same poem over and over with the same subject matter. I enjoy many areas and writing about different things. I want to keep evolving and exploring new ground. If familiar terrain pops up at the end of the ink pen that is fine, too.

Q. What’s on the horizon for the rest of 2014?

A. I have a lot of things on the horizon. I have work accepted in “The Great Gatsby” anthology at “Silver Birch Press,” “Blues Form” anthology at “Red Paint Hill Publishing,” multiple anthologies at “James Ward Kirk Publishing,” “Silent Fray” and many others. Also many other places that I am waiting to hear from. I am waiting for the chapbook “Bookmobile” from Crisis Chronicles Press and a re-release of “MPs, Snipers and Crime” from “Writing Knights Press” to be sold on the amazon.com website. I don’t know yet what I will try for next in chapbook or book form beyond that.

Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your darkly delightful work?

A. My email is dspointer@hotmail.com. I keep a site on Facebook and get on “Twitter” every once in a while. A “Google” search for “David S. Pointer” in quotes should pull up quite a bit of poetry-related information.
I’d like to thank Gia Lee Giles for taking the time to interview me about my work. I’d also like to thank all the editors, publishers and readers. Have a blessed day with a dark speculative vibe if you are that way inclined. All the best in future word worlds.

GLG: Thanks, David! Appreciated. And, Bright Blessings to you!

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***Like a hidden track on a CD, here’s a final poem for your reading pleasure!