Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sold Ten THE DARK HOST Buttons

Sold early Saturday morning through my Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store to a customer in Sydney, Australia: ten "The Dark Host" Buttons.

This is another one that also appeared in publications, It appeared, in black and white, in Hungur, Vol. VIII, No. 1, All Souls' Night 2012, and Disturbed Digest, Issue 2, September 2013. Now it sells on merchandise.


The Poet's Workshop-And BeyondThe Poet's Workshop-And Beyond by Terrie Leigh Relf

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a well-worn copy of the previous edition of THE POET'S WORKSHOP - AND BEYOND. I have found it to be very useful and inspirational. If I recall correctly, that's what got me writing cinquains. I think this book contains enough snippets of advice, wisdom, and encouragement, that it could prove helpful, and even inspirational, for writers and poets of all levels of expertise. I would say it is extremely helpful for those just starting down the path of composing poetry.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


It looks like the print edition of Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Vol. VI) is available. My wizardly fantasy story "Sing the Bones Alive", winner of Best Story, January 2013, in the 2013 Bards and Sages Readers' Choice Awards, appears in this volume. Not bad for a story that saw ten rejections and one withdrawal.

I had already posted about the e-version, but it looks like the print version is now available as well. Print publications seem just a little more "real" to me. It's silly, I know, but I can be old-fashioned at times.

Louis Untermeyer's Translation of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe's "The Erl-King"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on this date in 1749. He is author of one of my favourite poems, "Der Erlkönig". Unfortunately, though poetry loses something in translation, I don't read German, so I am restricted to reading translated versions of the poem. I was introduced to the work through a Scholastic record I have had since I was a kid, Selections from "The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales".  The disc contains a recording of Louis Untermeyer's translation of "The Erl-King". It might be the best piece on that recording.

It has been difficult to find Untermeyer's translation of "The Erl-King" elsewhere. However, I have finally found a site featuring that particular translation of Goethe's poem:

PowerOfBabel: The Erl-King
(scroll down past the illustrations)

This is my favourite translation of the poem. I think Untermeyer's translation is much better than Edgar Alfred Bowring's adaptation of the piece (which is featured alongside the original German and a literal English translation on the Wikipedia page for "Der Erlkönig".)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Author Web Sites

I saw this article making the case for why authors need web sites:
Making My Case: Why Authors Need Websites
Okay, I see the logic in the argument for author web sites. Really, I do. However, at this point in time, I choose not to have one separate from this blog.

A few years back, I kept an author/poet/artist web site separate from my blog and on-line portfolios. Unfortunately, I found it to be a waste of time and money. I can just as easily keep an up-to-date "list of publications" right here on my blog. I can just as easily maintain on-line portfolios over at Redbubble and CarbonMade.

I have quite the on-line presence without having a web site. Doubt me? Just do a Google search for "Richard H. Fay", and see what pops up.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Writer's Diet Tool

Here is an amusing tool to see if your writing is "fit" or "flabby":
WritersDiet Test
I'm not sure the results mean much, but I ran the first part of my fantasy adventure story "An Evil in Carnlinton", the first part of my fairy fantasy story "Father Ryan's Fright", and the revised first chapter of the fantasy novel I'm currently rewriting through this tool, and all came out as "lean". The first part of my horror story "The Redcap of Glamtallon" came out as "fit and trim".

Seeing as how wordy I can be at times, I was sure I would get at least "needs toning". I was a bit surprised how lean my writing seems to be. All that time I spent writing poetry must have done some good!

Maybe I should run some of my non-fiction through the tool and see what I get...

...And, I did. I ran my article "The Alp and the Schrattl" through the tool, and it came out as "fit and trim". It did say that my use of prepositions and adjectives and adverbs "needs toning".

Friday, August 22, 2014

Heraldic Rose in Pink

My Heraldic Rose in pink. I sent this as a preview to the girls' soccer team coach who inquired about purchasing my Unicorn Rampant, possibly with pink roses added.

The coach asked for one with either the outer or inner petals a darker pink, but I think I should add it to my stores. What do you think? Should I?
(I would only ever sell a non-exclusive license for use on a team's banner or the like. I make sure I retain all other rights.)

Sold "Unicorn Rampant" Stuff Through Redbubble

Sold today through Redbubble: 20 (yes, 20) "Unicorn Rampant" Stickers and 1 "Unicorn Rampant" T Shirt. Apparently, these were purchased by the coach of a girls' soccer team called the Unicorns. The coach sent me an e-mail inquiring about the possibility of purchasing the "Unicorn Rampant" and a pink rose for use on a banner of some kind. I replied by saying I could certainly sell him a non-exclusive license to use my Unicorn Rampant and a pink version of my heraldic rose for use on a banner. I figure $50 sounded about right. Now I wait and see if he finds my terms acceptable.

Participated in Author Q & A at eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair

Earlier today, I participated in an Authot Q & A over at the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair. It went well, though the author Q & A quickly turned into an artist Q & A.  I answered questions about what inspires my art and writing, and whether or not I've had any formal art training (I have not). One person even mentioned that the style of my art reminds him of the illustrations in the old-time Dungeon & Dragons rulebooks, which is no coincidence. I am heavily influenced by the style of the illustrations in those role playing game rulebooks of the '70s and '80s.

Though I ended up talking a lot about my art, I did talk a bit about my story "Sing the Bones Alive" and my writing in general. I mentioned that reading about the singing wizards of Finnish and Welsh folklore in the Time-Life book The Enchanted World: Wizards and Witches directly inspired "Sing the Bones Alive". When someone asked if I illustrated my own stories, I managed to slip in a link to my fantasy adventure story "An Evil in Carnlinton", since I did do the illustration for that one.

Overall, I think the Author Q & A was a success. It was fun!

Monday, August 18, 2014


I just finished reading Watership Down. Okay, I admit it, I was crying while reading the last few chapters. After following the rabbits on all their journeys and adventures, I found the ending to be quite an emotional experience. THAT'S how you end a novel!

Some may think that Watership Down is merely a book about talking rabbits, but it's far more than that. It's an amazing story of courage, determination, and survival. It's also a tale about those living free fighting against tyranny.

I can't believe it took me this long to finally read the book. I'm glad I can now list is among the books I've read. It was definitely worth reading.

Friday, August 15, 2014

More Than a Mere Hobbyist...

It's funny how some people call me a "hobbyist", considering how I spend most of my time either drawing or writing (or rewriting), or promoting my art and writing, or managing the three on-line stores selling merchandise featuring my art and designs. Yeah, I might not make a lot of money doing what I do, but it's more than a mere hobby to me. It's my life.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume VI)

It looks like the Kindle edition of Volume VI of Bardic Tales and Sage Advice is now available through My wizardly fantasy story "Sing the Bones Alive", chosen Best Story of January 2013 in the annual Bards and Sages Reader's Choice Award, happens to be among the tales published in this volume.

It took me several tries to see my wizardly fantasy story published (ten rejections and one withdrawal prior to its publication in the January 2013 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly), but I've now seen it published in both a zine AND an antho. Plus, it was chosen as Best Story of January 2013 in the annual Bards and Sages Reader's Choice Award. Not bad for a story ten other places turned down!
It's funny. Way back in November, 2010, I predicted that the story might have trouble finding a home, and that it probably wouldn't find a home in a pro-zine:
Let the Rejections Begin!
Well, it did eventually find a home in Bards and Sages Quarterly, and now it's in Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Volume VI.

Friday, August 8, 2014

"An Evil in Carnlinton" in MYSTIC SIGNALS - Issue 20

I don't know if I mentioned this before or not, but my fantasy adventure story "An Evil in Carnlinton" (accompanied by my own illustration) appears in Mystic Signals - Issue 20, which contains the January 2014 issue of The Lorelei Signal and the February 2014 issue of Sorcerous Signals, plus four Mystic Signals exclusive stories. My story originally appeared in the February issue of Sorcerous Signals.

Participating in an Author Q and A Later This Month

It looks like I will be participating in the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair Author Q & A. Right now, my Q & A is scheduled for Friday, August 22, at 2PM. I gather that, after being introduced, I'm supposed share a little about yourself. Then people who join the chat will ask questions, and I answer them.

I'll have to think about what I'm going to say about myself. What might people want to know about me?

In case anyone is wondering why I will be participating in an Author Q & A during the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair, it is related to the forthcoming release of the latest volume of the Bards and Sages Publishing Anthology Bardic Tales and Sage Advice. My wizardly fantasy story "Sing the Bones Alive", which was published in the January 2013 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, is one of the tales set to appear in that publication.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Deer and Turkeys, Brunswick, NY, August 7th, 2014

Deer and turkeys, Brunswick, NY, August 7th, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Message Sent to Clip Art Site Giving Away My Roses

I discovered a clip art site giving away my Tudor Rose and Red Rose of Lancaster as free clip art. I sent them this message via their "Contact" page:

It has come to my attention that your website is currently offering "free clipart" of at least three of my designs and products. These are on the Tudor Rose Template page, namely the red and white Tudor Rose Card, red and white Tudor Rose Print, and red Tudor Rose Ornament. These appear at the following location:

Be advised I am the owner of copyright on these designs. Publicly displaying and distributing these designs without my permission is copyright infringement. Failure to immediately remove my designs and cease unauthorized distribution of my copyrighted designs through your "free clipart" website will result in legal action.
 Make no mistake, I will protect my rights.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Silicon Searchers" in APHELION

My sci-fi cinquain "Silicon Searchers" now appears in the August 2014 issue of the web-zine Aphelion. This is a re-publication of the cinquain; "Silicon Searchers" originally appeared in Tales of the Talisman, Volume 8, Issue 1, August 2012. Now it's up in Aphelion.

Check it out!

Two Illustrations in the August 2014 SORCEROUS SIGNALS

Two of my fantasy illustrations now appear in the August 2014 issue of Sorcerous Signals.

One illustration is for M. R. Timson's story "Cry Wolf". When preparing to draw this one, I searched on-line for images of log cabins and looked for a reference image of a dire wolf in one of the books in my personal library. This one was a pain-in-the-butt to draw, but it seems to work. I like the way the wolf came out.

The other illustration is for  Darryl Fifield's story "One Day in Feradon". I think the character in the illo looks a little like the "It's Man" from Monty Python's Flying Circus. It was certainly a fun one to draw!