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"My Peculiar Family" is fully funded!!!

I'm now a published author.  :D  What happens next?  Stretch goals and more rewards!

www.kickstarter.com/projects/2…

Check it out! And thank you for the support!

L

K
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The kickstarter I'm part of, My Peculiar Family, is almost fully funded! 

This is my debut!  I wrote a story in an anthology with some pretty amazing writers.  What did I write?

Isabelle, A young artist in New York during the Civil War is a gifted young lady.  Gifted enough to make a living off of painting portraits.  But, an eccentric, wealthy man has an unusual commission for her.  All Isabelle wants to do is try to earn a living and not fall prey to traditional gender rolls.  Instead she's put in the middle of a battle between good and evil. 

Help us fully fun this amazing project! 

Check us out, read about the project, share with your friends and donate. :) 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/2…
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Happy belated new year!

I've been away a bit, I know. Lots going on.  So much so that I've had to back off social media for a while. 

As always, thank you for the comments, favs and watches.  :)  I always appreciate it.

And, I fear I'm beginning to move away from DA.  It won't happen all at once. The transition will be a slow one. 

I'll be creating my own site.  DA has been wonderful, and I've been able to reach out to other artists and make new friends.  But, it's not fulfilling all my creative needs and desires.  As my art changes and grows, and I finish writing my stories, getting them ready to share with others, I find I need something more.  I need something more tailored to how I want to present my art, share and sell my art, and build my stories.

I'd still like to keep in touch with you all.  I've made some great friendships here.

Who knows, maybe I'll still keep the DA site.  It's not set in stone.  But I definitely feel I need something more.

Love to you all!

KG
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  • Reading: A story a friend wrote.
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Something is disturbing me.  The conventions I attend and love are feeling less like a community and more like a battle ground.  I'll keep this short.

The battle between disenfranchised artists, authors and Indie comic/story creators vs cosplayers.  

Each side is feeling like they're being belittled and marginalized for one reason or another.  There's been name calling, finger pointing, yelling, snubbing. Conventions WERE a community where we all could celebrate the same thing.  They've  become something else.  The fix isn't easy because it involves listening to each other when our emotions are running high.  REALY listening.

Some of the community is still there.  Artists and authors of varying flavors and styles supporting each other.  I see and hear them sharing info about conventions to go to, people to talk to and network with for publishing or more work. 

I can't speak to what the cosplayers do for each other, but, I'm sure they do similar.

But these two groups have splintered over the years.  "Creators" (Authors, artists, craft creators, etc) roll their eyes at cosplayers.  Cosplayers walk by Creators without really seeing them. (Neither of these examples are absolutes so, I beg you, don't give me the "you're generalizing" comments.  This isn't what this journal is for.)

Hard work is being unappreciated on both sides.  We're in this TOGETHER, for better or worse, like a family.  

So, I'm pleading with everyone.  PLEASE, PLEASE, support each other.  SEE that there is hard work to be appreciated from your fellow convention attendee.  STOP, TALK, SHARE, SUPPORT.  Don't just blow by, or roll your eyes at each other. 

Many of us on either side are doing this to pay the bills.

Let's bring these communities that splintered apart BACK TOGETHER. 
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One of the authors is an idol of mine from high school! Tracy Hickman.  :D If you had asked me back then that I'd have a short story in the same book as his I'd have laughed and said you were joking.  :)  But , there's my name with his and so many other wonderful authors.  And, to top it off, my friend Peter Vinton has a wonderful piece of artwork that spoofs Norman Rockwell's "Thanksgiving" painting.  And there's Sara Richards who's done a great cover for the Anthology.  :) 

There are 14 days left.  We appreciate your support.  :)

Imagine you've had no contact with your family for years.  Imagine that one day you suddenly inherit the family's entire estate! You return to the estate.  You start cleaning through the attic and you find a box of photos of mysterious people you never heard of before. These people are your relatives!  And they each have a story to tell. 

Each story in the anthology "My Peculiar Family" is about some of the photos the main character finds. 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/2…

The list of authors are:

Christopher Golden and James A. Moore, Stacey Longo, Jason J. Mooers, Robert Mayette,William Meikle, F. Allen Farnham, Samantha Boyette, David Schechter, Rob Watts, Kristi McDowell, Karen Gosselin, George O'Conner, Derrick Belanger, Bracken MacLeod, John Pallisano and Tracy Hickman.

Tracy Hickman - the Author who wrote the Dragonlance series. www.trhickman.com/  Also responsible for the Darksword Series, Batman: Wayne of Gotham and so, so much more!

Rob Watts - Who wrote "The Crooked Roads Through Cedar Grove"  www.facebook.com/robwattsonlin…

Derek Belanger - Wrote
“A Study In Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Revolutionary Stories of Fear and The Supernatural"

F. Allen Farnham - Who wrote “Angry Ghosts”, “Black Hawks From A Blue Sun” and “The Exhausted Dead”.

Christopher Golden - The author who wrote "Tin Men", "King of Hell", "Snowblind", "A Winter of Ghosts", and "The Grave of Saints, just to name a few. www.christophergolden.com/#

James A. Moore - www.jamesamoorebooks.com/  The Author of "The Blasted Lands" Series and "Snafu" and "Congregations of The Dead".

Stacey Longo - One of the very talented writers of the New England Horror Writers. 

And I'm only scratching the surface of the talent I've been included in.  Some of these people are heroes to me so it's really quite an honor to be part of this anthology.

I'm really excited about this!  There are some very wonderful rewards.  This promises to be one hell of a book.  Please, pass this along, donate, share, donate. :D (Big Grin) 

And there's some great artwork by a friend of mine Peter Vinton and another talented artist Sara Richards.  :D (Big Grin)  Some of their art is linked to the rewards.

Thank you for your support.  Thank you for the likes, the favorites and the shares and the watches. 

L

Karen Gosselin
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  • Reading: A story a friend wrote.
  • Drinking: Ice Tea
I wrote a story that is part of an anthology filled with other stories by some amazing authors!  Imagine you've had no contact with your family for years.  Imagine that one day you suddenly inherit the family's entire estate! You return to the estate.  You start cleaning through the attic and you find a box of photos of mysterious people you never heard of before. These people are your relatives!  And they each have a story to tell. 

Each story in the anthology "My Peculiar Family" is about some of the photos the main character finds. 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/2…

The list of authors are:

Christopher Golden and James A. Moore, Stacey Longo, Jason J. Mooers, Robert Mayette,William Meikle, F. Allen Farnham, Samantha Boyette, David Schechter, Rob Watts, Kristi McDowell, Karen Gosselin, George O'Conner, Derrick Belanger, Bracken MacLeod, John Pallisano and Tracy Hickman.

Tracy Hickman - the Author who wrote the Dragonlance series. www.trhickman.com/  Also responsible for the Darksword Series, Batman: Wayne of Gotham and so, so much more!

Rob Watts - Who wrote "The Crooked Roads Through Cedar Grove"  www.facebook.com/robwattsonlin…

Derek Belanger - Wrote
“A Study In Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Revolutionary Stories of Fear and The Supernatural"

F. Allen Farnham - Who wrote “Angry Ghosts”, “Black Hawks From A Blue Sun” and “The Exhausted Dead”.

Christopher Golden - The author who wrote "Tin Men", "King of Hell", "Snowblind", "A Winter of Ghosts", and "The Grave of Saints, just to name a few. www.christophergolden.com/#

James A. Moore - www.jamesamoorebooks.com/  The Author of "The Blasted Lands" Series and "Snafu" and "Congregations of The Dead".

Stacey Longo - One of the very talented writers of the New England Horror Writers. 

And I'm only scratching the surface of the talent I've been included in.  Some of these people are heroes to me so it's really quite an honor to be part of this anthology.

I'm really excited about this!  There are some very wonderful rewards.  This promises to be one hell of a book.  Please, pass this along, donate, share, donate. :D 

And there's some great artwork by a friend of mine Peter Vinton and another talented artist Sara Richards.  :D  Some of their art is linked to the rewards.

Thank you for your support.  Thank you for the likes, the favorites and the shares and the watches. 

L

Karen Gosselin
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This is humbling.  Thank you so much for all the fav's, watches and comments.  :3  You are what keep me passionate about creating.  :3 

In other news:  I'll be attending Boston Comicon coming up at the end of this month!  Woohoo! Can't wait.  I always loving going to this event and meeting old friends, making new ones.  Seeing and feeling the energy of the event always leaves me feeling high as a kite.  Love it. 

Busy, busy, busy!   I have portraits and more to do.  And I'm really working on pushing my art forward to the next level, improving, adding, challenging myself.  So far, I'm pleased with the results.  Not everything is a success.  There are some stutters, and mistakes.  But that's how we learn, right. :D

Love you all!

K
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Hello,

It's been busy, busy, busy.  Convention season has hit.  So have Commissions.  Some new art may be delayed due to this and vacation coming up at the end of the month.

Thank you for the watches and the favorites!!! I'm always humbled by the response, even if I can't respond individually to everyone anymore.  :3 

L

Karen
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The kickstarter for Monkey See-Sea Monkey is fully funded!  Thank you for donating!

And, as always, thank you so much for the fav's and watches.  I can't get to all of you like I'd want to, but I DO appreciate it 100%. 

:hug:  :heart:  :hug:
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The Monkey See-Sea Monkey kickstarter is doing really well.  Just a little more to go! 

Share! Get the word out on this wonderfully fun project!  Donate if you can.  It still needs more money. 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/4…

Thanks in advance for any and all support!

L

Karen
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www.kickstarter.com/projects/4…

My friend Matt Herring is doing a really fun Sea Monkey book that he's funding on kick starter. Matt is a talented, imaginative writer. Annnnnnnnnnndddd..............guess who one of the artists happens to be! ;) Check out the kick starter! Share the link with others. Get the word out that Sea Monkeys are terrible horrors bent on enslaving us all and taking over the WORLD!!! (In a PG kind of way.)

Please support this! This is going to be an awesome project! I'm really excited to be part of it. And it helps defeat the Sea Monkeys, and defends FREEDOM and the AMERICAN WAY....or just defeats sea monkeys. Either way! Let's Kickstart this bad boy!!!!

www.kickstarter.com/projects/4…
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Unfortunately I have way too many favs and wonderful comments and watches to respond to this week!  

One: Thank you so much for the favorites and comments!  I appreciate all of them.  :heart:  It's wonderful to see your hard work get so much love.  :)

Two:  I wish I could comment on all of the favorites!  I wish I could individually thank every single one of you.  The good new is, there are a lot of you!  The bad news is, I can't get to you like I used to. 

I hope you see this, if nothing else. 

THANK YOU!  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:

L

K

Keep on creating!    :D
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I did a complete overhaul of my art studio.  Found 6 sketch books that were completely unused.  1 that's 1/2 used.  A set of water color paints that I gave to my daughter.  And a bunch of old artwork I never put up.

I'll be posting the artwork in a few minutes. :D 

I also have new caricature commissions and fantasy commissions I'll be posting soon.  They were Christmas presents for the clients' family(ies) and I didn't want to post them until AFTER the family members receives them.  Don't want to ruin any surprises.

Thanks again for all the Favs and wonderful comments!  I always appreciate them, even If I can no longer reply to all of them. 

L

KG
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Hi Folks!

We will be at Super Mega Fest in Framingham Mass this weekend!  If you're going, come on over and visit. :D 

L

K
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Hello wonderful people.

Thank you for the watches, great comments and the favs!! I'm behind on my catching up with folks.  I'll get there eventually.  It's been a hellish kind of month, full of busy art commissions, (Some of which I can't post until Christmas), and other things.  I'm hoping things resume to normal in a bit. 

Until then, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! :heart:


L

KG
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We will be at Boston Comic Con this weekend at table 325D, in the back but a straight shot from the main entrance.  :)  We'll have a red banner with a steampunk skull clock on it.  Hope to see you there!

www.bostoncomiccon.com/
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Wow! Again, so many people to thank!

Thank you for the favorites, the wonderful comments and the watches. :D  I will try to get to all of you.  It's gradually getting harder and harder to keep up!  :3

:heart: :heart: :heart:
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Actually I've been back for  while, but got sick.  So, I'm posting now that I feel 100% better.

OK.  WOW! Um, over a 1,000 things to respond to.  O_O I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get to everyone.  I'll try. 

In case I don't.  THANK YOU!  Thank you for the favs, watches and wonderful comments!  :3  :heart: 
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Hi everyone!

This Saturday and Sunday Tom and I will be at Pop Culture Expo in Wilmington MA!  Come on down and have fun!

www.facebook.com/popcultureexp…

L

K
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  • Reading: Something I wrote for the 40th time!!!
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As always, thank you, thank you for the favs, the comments and the watches! They are all appreciated.  I'm still wading through the mail box, but I'll try to get to all of you. 

We are headed to Pop Culture Expo this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, in Wilmington Ma!   www.popcultureexpo.com/ 

Come in, visit with us and have a blast! This is our first year for this convention and it looks like it's going to be a fun one. :D  We'll be selling prints, book marks, buttons, original art and ESU (Evil Scientist Union) T-shirts. 

Hope to see you there! 

L

Karen and Thomas
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