Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tagged Profile

For those who are members of Tagged or would like to see my profile, here's the link:

Have fun!

End of Another Art Show & Looking to 2009

It's the end of the year and the end of another art show. The next art show will be in February 2009.

This has me beginning to think about my goals for 2009. For those who know me, you know I'm goal-oriented. You probably also know that I'm working on several goals right now. Not a single day goes by that I don't do at least one activity to bring me closer to accomplishing my goals.

What do I see for myself for 2009?

- more poetry
- even more art
- more prayer
- making an effort to remain true to myself
- healthy lifestyle changes
- love? maybe. We shall see...

What are you going to include in your life in 2009?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Upcoming Art Projects

I did this fun, simple winter scene the other day. I took some photos after each stage of the painting. I'll be posting these photos and easy-to-follow instructions for anyone who would like to paint it.

These photos & instructions will be posted on my blo dedicated to teaching others about acrylic paints, Painting with Acrylics.

Happy painting!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bipolar Disorder Website

I want to remind everyone that I have a bipolar disorder website:

Living With Bipolar Disorder

It contains general information about bipolar disorder and tips on living with bipolar disorder.

Thank you.

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Blogs

I am passionate about using creativity. Creativity is a powerful tool. I have some new blogs that focus on ways to use creativity. I hope you will take the time to check out:

Painting With Acrylics -a beginner's guide to painting with acrylic paints

How to Paint with Oils -a beginner's guide to painting with oil paints

Tonal Color -tips for using creativity to cope with stress or trauma

Poetic Forms -an introduction to forms of poetry

Saturday, October 25, 2008

December Art Show

My next art show is Friday, December 5th at Cafe Beracah on N. 9th St in Lebanon. This show will feature some new, small works of mine along with those of other artists.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Stories

I've added a few more titles to my list of stories. Some of the new stories are a bit darker than my usual work.

The Untold Story of Hell series- Katya has used sex to manipulate men and their wallets. When she ends up in hell, the tables are turned.

The Contessa- A lonely contessa seeks pleasure in the arms of the stable boy. This action does not turn out well for either of them.

I've received numerous story ideas from readers. As in the past, I try to write stories for my readers when I have the time. Keep the ideas coming, but please be patient. Several people have asked for 2nd chapters to some of my stories from last year. I may indulge a few of those requests, but most of the single chapter stories were meant to be complete stories. Instead of adding a chapter to an already complete story, I'd rather write the idea for a 2nd chapter as a new story with similar, but new characters.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Solo Art Show!

Rocky Landscape in Blue & Gray

I'm having my first solo art show tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 5th) at Higher Ground Cafe & Sushi Bar on Cumberland St. in Lebanon, PA. These are two new pieces that will be shown.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I Am Not Fiction, But My Stories Are.

It never fails. After a new story posts, I receive numerous emails from readers who mistake my fiction for a true story. I have learned to take it as a compliment. If I write well enough that readers think it's real, then I am doing my job as a writer.

I have to laugh at the illusion that my stories are true. What would I be if they were true? I'd be a gay male/ lesbian/ straight and bisexual female who is an artist, nurse, car salesman, slave, and secretary who works third shift and day shift. I'd have a foot fetish or not and in a serious relationship or not. And, those are only a fraction of the characters.

So, when enjoying my stories, just remember that they are fiction. Some were completely my own creation. Some were written by request from readers.

Sometimes, I get comments or email from people who are confused about why I write for so many different categories. That's easy to explain. The website that posts my stories hosts a Survivor contest every year. The goal of the Survivor contest is to write as many stories as you can in as many different categories as you can. Therefore, I try my hand at as many different categories as I can.

Saturday, August 02, 2008


Yesterday, I started a 30 in 30 challenge in a poetry forum. Yes, a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days! I kicked off the challenge with this as my first day's poem:


Reflection stuck
replaying early wrongs-
mistakes of innocence,
dusty images of humanity.
Polish clears the image
until streaks remind me
of imperfections.
Darkness assigned
to beige experience-
a sense of “less than”

A new poem of mine posted on Literotica:
Summons to Growth

It's a terzanalle.. which varies from my favorite form, the villanelle. If you read this poem and one of my villanelles, such as "A Dream from Grandpa," you'll see the difference in the rhyme and repetition.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Still Life with Wine & Fruit

This is a painting I made a few months ago. It's simply called "Still Life with Wine & Fruit." It's in my living room now. It will probably be included in my next art show.
I used it for a background for an illustrated poem that has been submitted to Literotica. It's a rather serious poem called "Discrimination." I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I shut my eyes in order to see."

-Paul Gauguin

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Here's what I painted today. It's called "Recovery." I don't currently have a digital camera right now. The picture is from my cell phone, so it isn't the best quality.
The painting is a 24"x36" oil painting. It will not be included in my upcoming art shows due to the size. Since it is an oil painting, it will take a few months until it is ready to show anyway.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Attending University of Phoenix

As many of you know, I am taking classes online at the University of Phoenix. I'm finishing up my bachelor's of science in psychology. I don't intend to seek employment in that field any more. At this point, I just want to finish my degree before my daughter gets her degree.

If you ever consider getting your degree online, you should be aware that there is a lot of writing involved. I have an individual or team research paper due every week beginning with the very first week of each class.

Overall, I think the classes are easy. My final grade for my last class was 99%. There really isn't a valid excuse any more to not have a degree or at least be working towards one.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


I'm telling your dad! Is he hot? LOL


Monday, March 31, 2008

Art Show

My next art show is this Friday, April 4th, 5:00-8:00 at Cafe Beracah in Lebanon.
I hope to see you there!