Argh! Midlife crisis!

I jest, I jest.

Well, maybe I have a little midlife crisis.  I’m about to…. (drumroll please) switch from acrylics to oils.

It happened like this.  Due to the neighbor problems that caused me to buy a house in the first place, I hadn’t felt much like painting in quite a while.  Who knew acrylics can go bad inside a sealed tube?  When I was transferring my stuff from apartment to house, I realized that nearly every tube and bottle of acrylic paint was lumpy, half coagulated, and resistant to re-mixing.

ART DISASTER.

Or is it?

Living in this house with all its possibilities has caused me to think a little more creatively – and since I’ve always wanted to try painting with oils, and have rediscovered the wet on wet painting technique via Bob Ross, why not replace my acrylics with oils?

Problem solved, opportunity found.

The cost is a little higher, yes, okay maybe a lot higher, but like the watercolors and colored pencils I used on the greeting card you see above, oil paints take a lot more punishment before going bad.

For cleaning I am going to use orange oil (similar properties as lavender spike oil, used by artists before turpentine was common) and for those really hard jobs, stinky mineral spirits.  I don’t want to use odorless mineral spirits because most of the danger is still there without the warning signs.  This will be supplemented by an open window, and open door, and an exhaust fan in my study/studio.

Some of my brushes will still work.  My canvasses can be reused.  Same with my gesso.  I think this will be an interesting adventure, and hopefully start a love affair with oils.

So there you have it… my version of a midlife crisis.

 

Entanglement – a story that transcends time and space

Dave Plassman’s patient fans finally have something new to read.  There is a new science fiction novel out, called Entanglement, and wow is it a rollicking journey!

Our main character is a recent graduate of  the University of Washingon,  Somewhat at loose ends, all they want to do is make enough for rent and gas.  They sign up for what advertizes to be a dream study to make an extra hundred dollars. That sleep study is more than it appears, and it turns into something that involves both virtual reality and interplanetary travel!  Will this intrepid student ever get home?  Will they want to?

People who are interested in the mind, memory, space travel, and ancient civilizations will enjoy this book.  Best of all, there’s a bonus prequel story at the end that has several surprises of its own.

An eBook version is available now and paperback is coming soon!

https://www.books2read.com/u/3J0PDv

If you want to read more of Dave’s thoughts about space travel and the future of humanity, visit him at his blog:

Energy Minimum Road to Outer Space

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Love, in fact, is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.

Hello, we’d like to share a story from one of our fellow bloggers, Brittany aka Blissful Britt… Every Life Deserves a Fighting Chance In July of 2017 I said a painful goodbye to the cat that I grew up with. His name was Shampy, and I was eight years old when he entered my life.…

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The suspense is over

In case anyone was on tenterhooks about this, I actually decided to celebrate the winter holiday this year.  We made a pretty neat tree with more lights than I thought possible to put on one, topped off with a stuffed penguin.  There are gloomy days right now, even here in sunny Arizona and the lights are a welcome touch of brightness.  Though it’s difficult to see, I have small folded paper cranes among the branches as ornaments.  It’s a great reminder of light, life, and good cheer!

Along with the annual holiday story that I do with my family, I’ve also updated the anthology that we published last year.  Yuletide Lights now has sixteen stories and a fresh new look.  It’s available in eBook and paperback formats.  Personally, I recommend the paperback format, as it’s a nice weighty little volume, but the eBook version still has all the pen and ink illustrations so you won’t be missing out on anything.

The stories, as the subtitle suggests, are all heartwarming tales of home and family, both in farm and city, and sometimes with a dash of humor sprinkled in.   These aren’t stories of big, extravagant Christmasses – but rather ones where a few boughs of freshly picked holly and maybe a store-bought box of cordial cherries make or break the day.  There are little girls who dream of ponies and find out what having a real one is like, hard working moms, old houses, shabby towns and always plenty of love.  I hope you’ll decide to check it out, even if it’s just to read the sample excerpt on Amazon.

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A Book to Help Cats

Yes, it’s out!  Also, it contains a story I wrote about my own cats.  Check it out!

Completely Cats – Stories with Cattitude is Published! To say the Completely Cats team has had a roller coaster ride over the past few days would be a huge understatement. At around 10 am UK time on 21st August we announced the publication our book, Completely Cats – Stories with Cattitude, on Twitter and Facebook.…

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Abby Vandiver – Passport to Mystery

Mindflight welcomes Abby Vandiver, mystery author, who is announcing the launch of a new boxed set, and a new novel!

When did you know you wanted to write?  Abby1

I didn’t realize I could write until I got to college, and didn’t realize that I wanted to write until my late thirties. Never too old to try something new, right?

What is your favorite genre and length? Novels? Short stories? Flash
fiction?

Mystery is my favorite genre. I love following clues, and trying to figure out what happens. No short stories, and no “War and Peace” length books.

What is your biggest writing challenge?

Ironing out the logic gaps. Although, I’m good at seeing them, sometimes I have to really think how to bring everything together logically.

What is your favorite part of writing?

Making my characters come alive. I usually base my characters on people I know, so translating that to paper (computer) can be fun.

What do you like to read?

Mysteries.

Did you read a book or series that was really influential to you?

Nope. I read for fun.

What is your latest book about?

I am actually working on several books. They are all mystery books. One is another installment in my Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery series. Then, I’m starting a new series, where all the books take place in the same place, but each book tells a different story, and then I’m thinking about doing a sci-fi-ish kind of mystery book. We’ll see how all of that goes!

If you could do anything as a writer, what would you do?  

Write a million copy seller.

Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

Yes. Get your work critiqued and find an editor. Beta readers are excellent, and a lot of them are free. All authors should utilize their services.

If you could have changed one thing about your early career as an
author, what would it be?

I would first learn the rules of writing. Who knew any existed. I just thought I could sit at the computer and punch out my story. Doesn’t work like that. So, now with learning the right way to write, I have to also get rid of my bad habits.

I can relate!  What does success mean to you?

That people enjoy my books.

Thank you for appearing on Mindflight!  I wish you much happiness and success in your career.

Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Boxed Set Books 1-3 became available for pre-order on March 29!

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I’ll put up the link for South Seas Shenanigans when it’s out!  In the meantime, here’s a foretaste:

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It’s the sixth installment of an Amazon #1 Best Selling cozy mystery series by Author Abby Vandiver! South Seas Shenanigans continue the adventures of amateur sleuths, Logan Dickerson, archaeologist, and Vivienne Pennywell, aka, Miss Vivee, a five-foot nothing, ninety-something Voodoo herbalist.

Fans of this series have enjoyed the unusual, rarely heard causes of death that only Miss Vivee and her new husband can recognize and this one doesn’t disappoint! Sail away with amateur sleuths, Logan, Miss Vivee and Mac as they vacation in Fiji where they suffer the shenanigans of a prankster, dance the Meke, and solve an untimely death. Oh, wait! Did I say “a” death? Make that two!

Additionally, Abby is offering a boxed set the first three books in the series. Both South Seas Shenanigans and the Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Boxed Set are to be released March 29, 2017. Meanwhile, Abby had only planned to write one more book in the series, but she listened to her fans and has decided to continue writing the series a little longer. Check out her website for more information.

Website: http://www.abbyvandiver.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbbyVandiver
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorabbyl.vandiver
Email: abbylvandiver@aol.com

For more information about Abby Vandiver:

Through her various occupations, Abby discovered her love of writing. She’d always been told she had a gift for telling stories, combining the two, she became an author.

Her debut novel, the mystery/sci-fi, In the Beginning, Book I in the Mars Origin “I” Series was an Amazon #1 bestseller. It was written on a whim, packed away, and rediscovered some twelve years later. After publishing it in 2013, Abby decided to make writing a full-time endeavor. She’s penned a slew of novels since then and has even more in her head. Although she writes mostly mystery, she has co-authored a historical/women’s fiction novel with author and friend, Kathryn Dionne, under the pen name Kathryn Longino. Currently she is working on several Cozy Mystery series, including the Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Series which was an Amazon #1 International Best Seller and soon-to-be released Normal Junction Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series.

A former lawyer and college professor, Abby has a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master’s in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctor. A lifetime resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Abby spends all of her time writing and enjoying her wonderful grandchildren.

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