Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Grandfather - the Town Drunk

I know my relatives have a problem with me revealing nasty truths about my late mother on the internet. They even had her estate attorney send me a scare letter to try to get me to stop saying such "despicable" things online. Not that I truly give a damn about what my relatives think, but I thought I would shift focus today and talk about that abusive drunkard who was my maternal grandfather. You see, when it came to my mother, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

My grandfather was something of the town drunk. He would frequently be seen stumbling down the sidewalk along Main Street as he roved from bar to bar. My wife and I witnessed this at least once, one of the various times we went down to my hometown to visit my grandmother. I must say, it was a sorry sight indeed!

Going further back, I recall one night I was staying over at my grandparents' house and heard a ruckus coming from downstairs. Apparently, my grandfather had come home so drunk that he couldn't find his keys to unlock the backdoor. Undeterred by such a small detail, he broke in the backdoor window. My grandmother called the cops. When the police arrived, I was in bed, but wide awake. Even though I was in a room upstairs, I clearly heard my grandmother speaking to the policeman (acoustics were strange in that old house). Of course, my family thought I had slept through the whole thing, but that simply wasn't true. I heard a lot more that night than anyone ever realized. At least I can say things stayed relatively calm that night, which I can't say about other times I witnessed my grandfather in action.

My grandparents oftentimes got into drunken rows, some of which turned violent. One time, when I was just a child, I tried to stop my grandfather beating on my grandmother by flinging a laundry basket upon his head. I was rewarded for my valiant efforts by having the laundry basket slammed onto my head so hard my ears burned. I vividly recall bawling while trying to phone my mother to have her come get me.

Such rows were in no way restricted to ordinary days. Holidays could be pretty damned tense. Whenever the family gathered at my grandparents' house, the threat that a verbal altercation or even a physical brawl might erupt at any moment always hung over our heads. I recall at least one family gathering (Christmas Eve, perhaps?) during which my aunt and her boyfriend suddenly whisked me away on a trip to the store, ostensibly to pick up a necessary item, but more likely because my grandparents were gearing up for yet another of their infamous fights. Even though I was just a kid, I felt the tension in the air in that house that day, and knew something wasn't right.

If more proof is needed that my grandfather was a violent abusive drunk, there is the matter of his stint in county jail. Yes, my grandfather had spent time behind bars, for hitting a police office, nevertheless! One of those nights my grandmother actually called the police, my grandfather slugged the responding officer. Though I don't recall being there that night, I do seem to recall being with my grandmother when she either visited my grandfather in jail or picked him up after he got out of jail (most likely the latter). I was quite young at the time, but I do seem to recall visiting the jail for some reason. That's the sort of memory that sticks with a kid. It's certainly not the sort of memory a young child is likely to fabricate out of thin air.

Yep, my maternal grandfather was quite the upstanding citizen, NOT! Anyway, it's all just memories now (though I still carry psychological and emotional scars because of what I witnessed and what I experienced). My grandfather died in 2001, and good riddance to bad rubbish! If any of my relations have a problem with me saying such awful things about such an awful person, too bad! As far as I know, I was one of the few in that dysfunctional family to ever stand up to that abusive bastard, and I did so WHEN I WAS JUST AN EFFING KID! So, there!

College Makes Men Transgender - Say, What?

According to Christian Looney Tune Pat Robertson, "...College Turns Men Into 'Transgenders’ Who Believe in Evolution And Global Warming".

Jesus Christ, what a nutter!

Well, I accepted the scientific theory and fact of evolution before I went to college, but seeing as how I went to college for biology, I'm sure it reinforced my acceptance of evolution as both theory and fact. I also took atmospheric science 101 in college, which means I have enough basic knowledge of climate to accept the findings of all those science articles I've read explaining that global warming is real. As for college turning men transgender, I might not be the manliest man going, but I am still a man. I'm also a husband and a father. I was actually married by the time I went to university, and my daughter was born before I graduated.

Anyway, I guess the Pope is actually a disciple of Satan because the current Pope also believes in evolution and global warming.

"Got to market it."

"Got to market it."

Yes, I agree. If an artist/designer wants to sell his or her artworks/designs or merchandise featuring his or her works through PoD sites, they have to market it. They have to promote their stuff. That's why I promote my stuff on places like my "Richard H. Fay - Artist" Facebook page:

And my Azure Lion Productions Pinterest profile:

And my Richard H. Fay Twitter account:

And, for what it's worth, my Azure Lion Productions Tumblr blog:

I even promote here, on my Azure Lion Productions Blogger blog.

I also promoted my stuff on Google+, but Google sent me a warning claiming I was spamming. After that, I closed my Google+ account.

I even posted some stuff on StumbleUpon, but I haven't posted anything new there in quite a while now.

I'm always working at getting my stuff out there and getting it seen. I  do understand the importance of marketing and self-promotion.  Having a distinctive style that stands out from the rest certainly helps. However, I think the most important thing of all is to have artworks and designs people like on items people want to buy. Everything else is ancillary.

Over at Redbubble: 20% off Posters, Art Prints, and Art Boards

Today at Redbubble:
20% off Posters, Art Prints, and Art Boards.
Use code HAPPYWALLS20 at checkout.
Expires July 20, 2017 at 11:59pm PT.

Richard H. Fay - Posters

Richard H. Fay - Art Prints

Richard H. Fay - Art Boards

I do sell art prints and posters on occasion, but I don't think I've sold any art boards yet. I would love to see an art board featuring one of my works sell through my Redbubble shop. I think art boards are kind of cool.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Been Sellin' For a While Now

Just to clarify...

When it comes to selling my art, or selling merchandise featuring my art, I'm no newbie.
I've been selling my art, which many people have called "unique" in style, before there was ever a Zazzle, or a CafePress, or a Redbubble. I sold my art, as framed art and bookmarks, at a local medieval fair before there were ever such things as Zazzle, or CafePress, or Redbubble.

Before I ever sold merchandise featuring my art through PoD stores, I sold artworks and illustrations to various small-press publications. My interior illustrations and filler artworks have appeared in a plethora of publications, while my cover artworks have also appeared on a number of different publications.

My art sold on PoD merchandise before I ever had a store of my own. An editor/publisher friend of mine once had a Zazzle store and featured some of my works on merchandise she made available through her store )I got a cut of the royalties). And, yes, items featuring some of my works did indeed sell through her store.

I've had my own Zazzle store since June 2010. I sold my first item (a "Robin in Sherwood" T shirt) through my own store July 8th of that same year. I've been selling fairly regularly through my Zazzle store ever since.

A 2-fer Day! Sold a Sticker and a Greeting Card

Just to prove yet again that my artworks do sell, and oftentimes sell on stickers...
SOLD 7/19/2017 through Redbubble to a customer in Canada: 1x Sticker of Three Medieval Swords 2016.

More proof that my works do sell, sometimes on greeting cards...
SOLD 7/19/2017 through Redbubble to a customer in the UK: 1x Greeting Card of Crusader Knight, Early 13th Century.

Would love to see more days like today.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sold a "Mechanical Dragon Sticker"

Sold something through CafePress, something over than a thistle sticker...

SOLD 7/16/2017 through CafePress to a customer in Warwickshire, GB: one Mechanical Dragon Sticker.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I'm especially pleased whenever merchandise featuring an artwork or illustration of mine that I originally sold to a publication (in this case Issue 36 of BEYOND CENTAURI) sells through one of my PoD stores. I see it as extra validation of my work (yes, I'm insecure enough to crave such validation). It also means I'm getting a little extra income out of a pre-existing work, which is always a good thing.