Thursday, November 17, 2016

So Much For Promoting My Stuff On Google+!

Message I received this morning from The Google+ Team:
“Dear Richard Fay,
"We’ve determined that your posts may be in violation of our User Content and Conduct Policy.
"Spamming, including sending unwanted promotional or commercial content, or engaging in unwanted or mass solicitation, is not permitted.
"Continued violation of our policies can lead to the loss of your ability to use some or all features of Google+. Learn more
"Sincerely,
"The Google+ team”

I went on Google+ and received this pop-up message:

“Warning

"Your content has recently violated our policies.

"Spamming, including sending unwanted promotional or commercial content, or unwanted or mass solicitation, is not permitted.

"If you continue, you may lose the ability to use some or all features of Google+ and other Google services.”
I assume this is in reaction to the fact that I’ve been posting a lot of links to merchandise and sales in my Zazzle Store and Redbubble Shop. PoD sites expect their artists and designers to promote their own stuff, but when we do, we’re seen as spammers. Sometimes, I get the feeling it’s a “no win” situation.

At this point, this might be a sign for me to stop using Google+. If I cannot promote my products and sales on Google+, then Google+ is useless to me. I cannot afford to lose other Google services over something that might be of little use to me anyway.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

On This Halloween

Another Halloween poem, this time one I've been sharing around this time every year since 2009:

On This Halloween

By Richard H. Fay

Knock, knock, knock
Sounds upon front door
Clad in frightful garb,
While quickening gloom
Darkens Autumn sky
And a dying breeze
Swirls crisp fallen leaves
On this Halloween.

Who could it be?
Heroes and villains,
Princesses and ghouls,
Witches and wizards,
Monsters and goblins,
Werewolves and robots,
All waiting for treats,
Stand upon my step
On this Halloween.

Knock, knock, knock
Sounds upon front door
Bathed in porch light's glow,
While dimming candle
Behind grinning face
Of grim hollowed gourd
Sputters and snuffs out
On this Halloween.

Who could it be?
Nothing but a chill
Carried on a breath
Blowing from nowhere
Stirs at the threshold.
Not a living soul,
No visible thing,
Treads upon my step
On this Halloween.

Knock, knock, knock
Sounds upon front door
Silvered by moonlight,
While night creatures call
And tattered grey ghosts
Scoot swiftly across
An eventide sky
On this Halloween.

Who could it be?
Unearthly black forms
Reeling to fell tune
Send scared heart racing
And steal frightened gasp.
Devilish sprites loosed
To play impish tricks
Dance upon my step
On this Halloween.

Copyright © 2009 Richard H. Fay

Spooks and Frights

It’s become something of a Halloween tradition for me to share this poem on or about October 31st every year, so here goes…

Spooks and Frights

By Richard H. Fay

Spectres take flight!
Phantoms and ghosts drift into sight.
Bogles and bogies,
Goblins and ghouls,
Join all strange things that go bump in the night.

Skeletons chuckle!
Graveyard moulds heave and buckle.
Creatures and critters,
Monsters and mutants,
Rise up slowly from the miry muckle.

Leaves fall and blow!
Corpse light candles flicker and glow.
Witches and warlocks,
Devils and demons,
Wing through the sky to frighten those below.

Zombies must roam!
Bats take off in the gloam.
Maniacs and madmen,
Frankensteins and fiends,
Dig dead bodies from the cemetery loam.

Something’s at the door!
Strange beings recite spooky lore.
Wraiths and wizards,
Bugbears and banshees,
Appear from the dark to scare you once more.

Copyright © 2007 Richard H. Fay

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Forest Park Cemetery, October 2016

Photos taken on the Brunswick Historical Society's tour of Forest Park Cemetery, October 23, 2016.












































Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Seven Poems Published in ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE

Seven of my poems now appear in Altered Reality Magazine:
"Last Thoughts of a Cosmic Fighter Pilot"
"Pixies in the Porridge"
"Silicon Searchers"
"The Brownie"
"Tipsy Rambler"
"Wondrous Gobbledygook"
"Woodwose"

All seven have been previously published. "Last Thoughts of a Cosmic Fighter Pilot" originally appeared in Aphelion, August 2011. "Pixies in the Porridge" originally appeared in Aoife's Kiss, Issue 43, December 2012. "Silicon Searchers" originally appeared in Tales of the Talisman, Volume 8, Issue 1, August 2012. "The Brownie" originally appeared in FrostFire Worlds, Issue 1, August 2013. "Tispy Rambler" originally appeared in Aphelion, Issue 182, Volume 18, March 2014. "Wondrous Gobbledygook" originally appeared in Aphelion, April 2011. "Woodwose" appeared in Aphelion, December/January Issue, December 2011.

"Father Ryan's Fright" Published in ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE

My Irish fairy tale "Father Ryan's Fright" now appears in Altered Reality Magazine. Check it out:

This work originally appeared in Anotherealm, November 2013.

Gallery of Artworks on ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE Site

A gallery featuring ten examples of my art now appears on the Altered Reality Magazine site. Check it out:

Also, keep watching that space. I'll probably be sending the editor more examples in the future.

Illustration Published in ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE

My illustration “Tiger and Dragon” now appears alongside Vince Gotera’s “Menage à Tiger and Dragon”, a series of four poems, in Altered Reality Magazine. Check it out!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Shedroid on Tentacles" Tied for 2nd Runner Up

Over at Redbubble, my "Shedroid on Tentacles" tied for 2nd Runner Up in the Sci-Fi Group's “Robots/Androids/Cyborgs” challenge.
http://www.redbubble.com/groups/sci-fi/forums/4832/topics/442056-challenge-winners-robots-androids-cyborgs

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Horror Illustration: "It Wants to Come In"

“It Wants to Come In”
Originally published in Night to Dawn 27, April 2015 Issue, February 2015.
Copyright © 2015 Richard H. Fay

Monday, October 3, 2016

Today Over at Redbubble: 15% Off Everything

Today over at Redbubble:
Everything's on sale. For real. Like really real.
15% off everything. Art you love, printed just for you.
Use code YOURTHING15.
Expires October 3, 2016 at 11:59pm PT.
http://www.redbubble.com/people/rhfay?ref=account-nav-dropdown&asc=u

Friday, September 23, 2016

Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store Banner and Logo

Here's the new banner for my Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store. What do you think of it?
Here's the logo for my Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store, now appearing in the logo spot.
http://www.zazzle.com/richardfay

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Three Imps Happy Halloween" on Redbubble

Had no problems at all adding my brand-new original artwork "Three Imps Happy Halloween" to my Redbubble portfolio:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/rhfay/works/22997140-three-imps-happy-halloween?asc=u

Bye, Bye, Society6 Account!

Today, I tried in vain to add my new "Shadow Imps Happy Halloween" to Society6. I changed the keywords, I changed the title (to "Three Imps Happy Halloween"), to no avail. I don't know why it's not working, but this is the last straw!

Being a new original work, there is NO WAY IN HELL "Shadow Imps Happy Halloween" violates anyone's IP rights (if that's even the problem - who knows?).

So, I just deactivated my Society6 account. Considering I've seen few sales and have had some trouble on S6 (like the trouble I had over "Legion"- which was never resolved to my satisfaction), I've decided I'm going to concentrate on Zazzle, CafePress, and Redbubble. I'm done with Society6!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Recent Sales

I thought I would list my sales since my last "Recent Sales" post:


Sold 7/12/2016 through CafePress to a customer in Helena, MT: one Scottish Thistle and Saltire (on blue) Sticker
 Sold  8/16/2016 through CafePress to a customer in Melbourne, Australia: one White Rose of York (On Blue) Necklace Circle Charm

Sold 7/26/2016 through Society6: one Three Medieval Swords 2016 T-shirt / Mens Fitted Tee Black
Sold 7/16/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Glen Head, NY: three Polish Eagle Pacifiers.
 
Polish Eagle Pacifier
Polish Eagle Pacifier by richardfay
Browse additional Pacifiers for baby at Zazzle


Sold 7/17/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Atlanta, GA: one Polish Eagle Poster.
 
Polish Eagle Poster
Polish Eagle Poster by richardfay
Look at Polish eagle Posters online at Zazzle.com

Sold 7/17/2016 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in  Sherman, TX: one Norman Knight Circa 1066 Poster.
 
Norman Knight Circa 1066 Poster
Norman Knight Circa 1066 Poster by richardfay
Shop for Knight Posters online at Zazzle.com

Sold 7/17/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Ocala, FL: ten sheets of Lion Rampant Gules Return Address Labels.
 
Sold 7/18/2016 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in Milwaukee, WI: twenty-five Polish Eagle Can Coolers.
 
Sold 7/19/2016 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in Minneapolis, MN: one Polish Eagle Pacifier.
 
Polish Eagle Pacifier
Polish Eagle Pacifier by richardfay
Find other Polish eagle Pacifiers at zazzle.com

Sold 7/22/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in  Moses Lake, WA: ten Polish Eagle Can Coolers.
 
Sold 7/23/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Earlston, Scotland: two Thistle Tote Bags.

 
Sold 7/23/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Waterford, WI: twenty-five Polish Eagle Can Coolers.
 
Polish Eagle Can Cooler
Polish Eagle Can Cooler by richardfay
Look at other Polish eagle Coolers at zazzle.com

Sold 7/25/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Vomp, Austria: one Psychedelic Skull Invitation.
 
Psychedelic Skull Card
Psychedelic Skull Card by richardfay
Check out more Skull Invitations at Zazzle

Sold 7/25/2016 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in Brunswick, OH: one Scottish Basket-Hilt Broadsword Hat.
 
Sold 7/30/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Newport, MI: one Polish Eagle Can Cooler.
 
Polish Eagle Can Cooler
Polish Eagle Can Cooler by richardfay
See another Drink Cooler at Zazzle

Sold 8/1/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Gardner, MA: five sheets of Fleur-de-lis Return Address Labels.

Sold 8/6/2016 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in Highlands Ranch, CO: twenty-five Polish Eagle Postcards.
 
Sold 8/9/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Thulin, Belgium: one Polish Eagle Polska Bumper Sticker.
 
Polish Eagle Polska Bumper Sticker
Polish Eagle Polska Bumper Sticker by richardfay
Look at other Polish eagle Bumper Stickers at zazzle.com

Sold 8/11/2016 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in La Fayette, NY: one Leprechaun Lunch Box.
 
Leprechaun Lunch Box
Leprechaun Lunch Box by richardfay
Shop for another lunchbox online at zazzle.com

Sold 8/11/2016 through Zazzle to a customer in Los Angeles, CA: one pack of Cthulhu Cookies.
 
Cthulhu Cookies
Cthulhu Cookies by richardfay
Shop here for Sugar Cookies at Zazzle


Sold 7/26/2016 through Redbubble to a customer in the US:
1x Sticker of Thistle
Size: Small (3.5" x 3.0")

Sold 7/27/2016 through Redbubble to a customer in the US:
1x Sticker of Tudor Rose
Size: Small (3.0" x 3.0")

Sold 8/6/2016 through Redbubble to a customer in the US:
1x Sticker of Thistle
Size: Small (3.5" x 3.0")
1x Sticker of Thistle
Size: Medium (5.5" x 4.7")
1x Sticker of Thistle
Size: Large (8.5" x 7.3")

Sold 8/9/2016 through Redbubble to a customer in the US:
1x Sticker of Scottish Thistle & Saltire
Size: Small (3.7" x 3.0")
1x Sticker of Scottish Thistle & Saltire
Size: Medium (5.5" x 4.4")
1x Sticker of Thistle
Size: Small (3.5" x 3.0")
 
Sold 8/12/2016 through Redbubble to a customer in the UK:
2x Sticker of Lion Rampant Gules
Size: Small (76mm x 88mm)
 
Sold 8/16/2016 through Redbubble to a customer in the US:
2x Sticker of Scottish Thistle & Saltire
Size: Small (3.7" x 3.0")
2x Sticker of Thistle
Size: Small (3.5" x 3.0")
 
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