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illumen fall 2013 Thanks goes out to the editors of Alban Lake Publishing’s Illumen speculative poetry magazine and Frost Fire Worlds magazine, and Nomadic Delirium Press’s Spaceports and Spidersilk speculative e-magazine. My paintings are used for the covers of the current issues of all 3 magazines!

“Flying Fish” is the title of the mixed water media painting on the front of the Fall 2013 Illumen. Though I must admit I was surprised when I first saw the cover. The editor decided to reverse the right-hand side of the painting and use it for the cover image! After looking at the cover again, sigh, I knew the flip-flopping of the illustration made sense.

Frost Fire Worlds 11-13 “Fafnir at Raven’s Haunt” is the title of the mixed media painting on the front of the November 2013 issue of Frost Fire Worlds. It’s one of my favorite paintings (yes, illustrators have favorites). And by mixed water media, I mean I used watercolor, inks, watercolor colored pencils, and acrylic paints in creating the art.

spaceportsoct2013-DTF-200x300 “Big-eyed Beastie” is the title of the mixed media painting used for the cover of the October 2013 Spaceports and Spidersilk. I wanted to used fall and Halloweenish colors without using the typical pumpkins, black cats, and witches. I think my creature captures the season.

calendar2014crist1 If you love my speculative illustrations, you can always order a copy of the Alban Lake Publishing 2014 Calendar featuring lots of fun science fiction and fantasy related dates and my fantastical illustrations.

In the calendar, you can finally see the full painting from which a tiny square was taken for the cover of an issue of Scifaikuestscifaikuest feb. 2012 And the full-sized, non-reversed painting, “Rock Castle,” used as the cover of an issue of Aoife’s Kiss, is also included. Plus paintings never published before are included in the calendar.

Aoife's Kiss, Sept-2011 Cover If you’d like to see more of my artwork, I’m Artist Guest of Honor at this year’s Darkover Con in Timonium, Maryland. I’m hoping to display (and maybe sell) a dozen paintings, plus sell posters featuring some of my art. And of course, I’ll have my books there to sell, including my YA adventure fantasy, The Enchanted Skean.

Skean copy Have a most magical weekend, dear readers. Now, back to the drawing board!

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 2012 has started off with a bang! Tomorrow, I’ll be part of a Cold Moon Press presentation at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC at 12 noon. Besides reading an excerpt from my zombie love story, I’ll be discussing how to use traditional creatures/ characters from myths & folklore in creative writing. The public is invited if any of you are in the area and interested.

Again this year, my art work and writing are nominated in the Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll (which closes at 12 midnight, Jan. 10, 2012). For those who’d like to read the story- Blood of the Swan (published in “While the Morning Stars Sing”); the nonfiction piece originally published in Little Patuxent ReviewFairies, Magic & Monsters; or the poem published this December in EMG-ZinePenelope for free until Jan. 20th, you can go to: http://vonniewinslowcrist.com/preds__eds_nominated_work

 Also nominated are my magazine cover for September 2011’s Aoife’s Kiss, the cover of my book The Greener Forest, and one of the illustrations from that book: Ningyo (reprinted here).

I just finished designing 2 logos for new imprints at Cold Moon Press – and they’ve been emailed to the editor for approval. (When approved & with the editor’s permission, I’ll give you a peek at them later.)

The end of 2011 featured a guest blog, Holiday Traditions for the Writer, on Tracy S. Morris’ website: http://tinyurl.com/holiday-traditions-VWC-blog and 2 interviews. The 1st is about being an illustrator: http://tinyurl.com/eraserburns-interview-vonnie   and the 2nd about being a fantasy writer: http://tinyurl.com/funzone-interview-vonnie

And for those interested in reading what I have to say about what goes into choosing a cover for a book, you can check out my guest blog at Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog: http://wp.me/p18Ztn-1Fa

And now, I need to focus on completing several stories for my next book. Title and other details will be announced shortly. Till then, here’s a hint: Dusk, darkness, and owls are involved!

Here’s hoping that each of you has a healthy and prosperous 2012.

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I’m a great fan of ravens – whether the Baltimore football team or the darkly feathered bird of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem. I’ve visited Poe’s grave and attended football games. One of my poems about both the Ravens football team and Edgar Allen Poe was published in The Baltimore Review and released as part of a poetry CD. Another one of my poems, Raven, is competing until midnight Jan 26th on the Preditors & Editors Poll.

I challenge Baltimore Raven fans and Poe fans to vote for my poem, “Raven,” until Jan. 26th midnight at: http://www.critters.org/predpoll/poem.shtml Let’s put the word RAVEN at the top of the poll!

And for those who’d like to read Raven, along with my nominated Short Story-Science Fiction, Weathermaker (pub. in Dragon’s Lure); NonFiction article, Tussie-Mussies (pub. in Faerie Magazine); and view my nominated artwork, Wizard (pub. in Aoife’s Kiss), – check out a temporary page on my website: http://www.vonniewinslowcrist.com/preditors__editors_nominated_work

 If you’re so inclined, you can also vote for me, Vonnie Winslow Crist, as author, poet, and artist in the Preditors & Editors Poll. Here’s the link for Artwork to vote for Wizard – you can easily get to the other categories from here: http://www.critters.org/predpoll/artwork.shtml

So thanks to all you who decide to vote. Hooray for Edgar Allen Poe, whose birthday is later this month. And Good Luck, Ravens in tomorrow’s game!

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