Monday, November 20, 2017

"The Darker Side of Fairy Lore" is up on CLASSICALLY EDUCATED

My non-fiction article "The Darker Side of Fairy Lore" now appears on CLASSICALLY EDUCATED. This one originally appeared in the Killer Holiday Issue of Doorways Magazine back in January 2008. Writing-wise, it was actually one of my best sales. Too bad Doorways is long gone! Anyway, Doorways may be gone, but my article lives on! Funny how it works out that way.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Latest Crazy-Net Nuttiness!

POW! Crazy-net has done it to me again!

In response to a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post in which I said:
“I’m not a robot!
I’m not a robot!
How many times have I gotta prove that…
I was told that I am a robot, that I love Wikileaks, that I’m too gullible, and that I don’t use logic when evaluating posts.

WTF? Where the bloody hell is THAT coming from?

I don’t put up with that sort of garbage from close friends and family, so I’m certainly not putting up with it from a mere crazy-net acquaintance! That’s another added to my “block” list.

What surprises me the most about this latest crazy-net craziness is that, this time, it’s not coming from a miserable writer with an over-inflated ego or a nasty wing-nut troll, but from a fellow PoD designer.

Anyway, I gotta ask: if I’m such a robot, if I’m so gullible and illogical, why remain my friend and/or follower? Why pay attention to what I say? Why comment? Why not simply ignore me? Hmm?

BTW, robots are gullible and illogical?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Speculative Poetry Article on CLASSICALLY EDUCATED

My article "Speculative Poetry: Past, Present, and Future" now appears on the CLASSICALLY EDUCATED blog:
This piece, which may be my most important non-fiction article to-date, originally appeared in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, January 2009, and was also published in print in the Autumn 2012 issue of Illumen. It also appeared online in Altered Reality Magazine.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day Sale at Zazzle!

Up to 50% Off Business Cards, Ornaments, Pillows & More 
20% Off Sitewide
Offer is valid through November 14, 2017, 11:59 PM PT.

(Those products with links are available in my Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store.)

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Business Cards
Canvas Prints

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     Square Pillows
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Rubber Stamps

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Greeting Cards

My Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Started Reading Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: Some Observations

I've finally decided to make a real effort to read Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE cover-to-cover. I have made previous attempts over the years, but always ended up distracted by other things. I read the first few pages, but never seemed to get much farther than that, until now. This time, I intend to finish the book! I've already made it through the first chapter.

After having completed chapter one, I can make a few observations. In the Penguin Books 1984 edition of the novel, the dialogue and action doesn't kick in until two-thirds of the way down page ten. Even with title page and the like, that's about six or seven pages without dialogue or much in the way of action. The first few pages consist mostly of a telling info dump, though a beautifully written and evocative one. Additionally, Shirley Jackson was not afraid to use adverbs on occasion (at times, more than occasionally).

AND YET...THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (first published in 1959) is considered a classic of supernatural literature.

AND YET...THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE was a finalist for the National Book Award.

AND YET...THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE inspired two major motion pictures, one (the more faithful adaptation) made in 1963, the other in 1999. I gather there is also to be a Netflix series based on the novel.

AND YET...adverb-hating Stephen King listed THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE among the finest of twentieth-century horror novels.

AND YET...the book has been reprinted many times. Amazon currently lists a 2016 Penguin edition, along with a Kindle edition.

I could go on, but I think I've made my point.

Monday, November 6, 2017


My non-fiction article "Vampiric UFOs" (yes, they really are a thing), which was originally published in Hungur, Issue 7, All Souls’ Night 2008, now appears on the CLASSICALLY EDUCATED BLOG (that's my illustration, too):

Recent Sales...Early November Edition

Haven't posted one of these entries in a while, so I figured it's overdue. Now is a good time to post one, since November is actually off to a decent start:

Sold 11/2/2017 through CafePress to a customer in MD, US: one Tudor Rose Travel Mug.

Sold 11/4/2017 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in the US: 1 Sticker of "White Rose of York".

Sold 11/5/2017 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in the US: 4 Stickers of "Three Medieval Swords 2016".

Sold 11/1/2017 through Zazzle to a customer in Chandler, AZ: one pair of Knights Templar Cufflinks.

Sold 11/2/2017 through Zazzle to a customer in Montrose, CO: one Cyberdragon Accent Pillow.

Sold 11/4/2017 through Zazzle to a customer in Northampton, UK: two Tudor Rose Ties.