Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Nessiterix Attacks an Elephoid" Artwork in STAR*LINE

It looks like the April 2013 issue of Star*Line is out, which means another of my weird sci-fi filler artworks has been published. My "Nessiterix Attacks an Elephoid" appears on page 24. With this piece, I again meld medieval with sci-fi, a la "Barixas Hunt" and "Hunting the Queegiog". This time, I took a medieval depiction of a rather serpentine dragon attacking an elephant and gave it an alien twist.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thoughts on the Albany High School Nazi Assignment

Albany school district apologizes over Nazi assignment

Silly me! I thought a part of being a responsible adult meant understanding that certain things are inappropriate under certain circumstances. Apparently, that's not necessarily the case.

I applaud the third of the class that refused to do the assignment. I'm of the opinion that they acted more like adults than did the teacher who handed out that assignment. Considering the plethora of other options out there for use as a topic in a persuasive argument assignment, I think the teacher displayed very poor judgment in choosing that particular one. Yes, some people do still react emotionally to topics related to Nazism and the Holocaust. Such things should be taken into consideration by teachers in public high schools prior to handing out assignments like this one. That's part of being a responsible adult.

BTW, if some see me as being less of an adult and lacking in intellect for my opinions on this matter, so be it! I stand by my assertion that adults should know certain things are inappropriate under certain circumstances. Frankly, I get sick of those intellectuals who seem to lack any sort of common sense (although I am wise enough to know that common sense really isn't very common at all). 

Can such an assignment be done on a purely intellectual level? Of course. Does that make it an appropriate assignment for high school students? Not necessarily.

There is a bigger picture to all this, beyond the purely intellectual one

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Holiday on Phreetum Prime Illo on Redbubble

I've added my sci-fi illustration "Holiday on Phreetum Prime" to my Redbubble portfolio, where is it available on cards, prints, posters, T shirts, hoodies, kids' clothes, stickers, iPhone cases, iPod cases, and iPad cases. This work originally appeared alongside my poem of the same name in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers. The artwork also appeared on the cover of Kids'Magination, Issue 4, October 2011.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Not All Home-Educators Are Ignorant Superstitious Child Harming Morons

Homeschooled Kids, Now Grown, Blog Against the Past

Here we go again, religious nutters are giving home-schooling a bad rep. Being a former secular home-educator who saw his daughter graduate with honours from Hudson Valley Community College and then saw her graduate summa cum laude from Russell Sage College, I can safely say that not all home-educators are ignorant superstitious child harming morons. I also think the socialization argument against home-schooling is bullshit, because my daughter is a hell of a lot more social than I am. She knows quite a few people, gets along with most, and has an amazing circle of friends.

It's easy to stereotype all home-schoolers as ignorant superstitious child harming morons. It's also easy to stereotype all home-schooled kids as being socially inept. As with many stereotypes, it's a gross simplification of a complex issue.

Personally, I see the article linked to above as being more damning of extreme Christianity than it is of home-schooling.

And for those who invariably bring up the "socialization" argument against home-schooling, do you want to talk about the negative social environment of many public schools? Do you want to talk about bullying? Do you want to talk about the gang problems in certain schools (definitely a problem in some schools around here)?

Do you want to talk about the crap I had to put up with in grade school and junior high, the name-calling and bullying, from fellow students AND EVEN TEACHERS??!! My third-grade teacher made my time in third grade a living hell. I have never forgotten this. The emotional scars are still there, all these years later.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Two Illustrations in POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3

It looks like Volume 3 of Postscripts to Darkness has been released and is now available for purchase. I have two illustrations in that volume. One is for "Carl and Monty’s Prairie Wager" by James K. Moran. The other is for "Shade Creeper" by Alexander Gonzalez.

Poem and Illo Accepted for Publication in October BETE NOIRE

A double reprint acceptance! The editors over at BETE NOIRE have accepted both my "Gothic Window" illustration and my poem of the same name for inclusion in their anniversary double issue, to be published in October. Poem and artwork originally appeared together in the December 2007 issue of AOIFE'S KISS.

Now I had better get that contract ready for mailing!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"Faces and Figures in the Mist" on Redbubble

I have added my dark artwork "Faces and Figures in the Mist" to my Redbubble portfolio, where it is available on T shirts, hoodies, posters, cards, prints, stickers, iPhone cases, iPod cases, and iPad cases. This work, which was inspired by a strange image that appeared in a photo I took of a reputedly haunted house, was originally published in the September 2012 issue of parABnormal Digest.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

"Weretiger" Published in April 2013 NIGHT TO DAWN

My dark poem "Weretiger", sort of a horrorku series, has been published in Issue 23 of Night to Dawn. Apparently, this issue had actually been released a while back, but I only discovered that it was out a few days ago.

"Weretiger" has had a convoluted path to publication. It was in and out of my ill-fated illustrated dark speculative poetry collection. It was rejected by two venues and then withdrawn from a third after being stuck in no-response limbo for seven months. It then saw three more rejections before it was accepted for publication in Night to Dawn.

Well, it's out now. I'm especially glad it's finally out, because it's a bit different than my usual.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cute Medieval Knight

I don't draw cute stuff very often, but yesterday, I drew a cute medieval knight. It's a finer rendering of a doddle I did in MS Paint back in 2004. This time, I drew the knight by hand and then scanned the drawing and coloured it digitally.

I would love to know what people think of my attempt at cuteness. I hope it doesn't just look weird.

Here is my "Cute Medieval Knight", clad in mail and great helm, up on my Redbubble portfolio:

Cute Medieval Knight