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small owl light  The 2014 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll is accepting votes until midnight, January 14th. I’d really appreciate it if my readers would take the time to vote for my work in one or more of the following categories.

Young Adult Book: Owl Light http://critters.org/predpoll/novelyoungadult.shtml

Book Cover Art: Owl Light http://critters.org/predpoll/bookart.shtml

Spaceports and Spidersilk 10-14

Magazine Cover Art:

Spaceports and Spidersilk – Oct.

http://critters.org/predpoll/zineart.shtml

 

Poem: Fish Story http://critters.org/predpoll/poem.shtml

Garden Skull2 Published Art: Garden Skull

http://critters.org/predpoll/artwork.shtml

Thanks for reading my blog, and for your support this year.

Continued good wishes to each of you.

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2 Pawprints large art The Day of the Dead customs celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere are fascinating. The Dead are welcomed. Seemingly macabre toys, food, and costumes are actually colorful and festive symbols encouraging ancestors to return to this world for a visit.

Here’s a link to a site with lots of Day of the Dead information.

And a link to the complete version of one of my Day of the Dead stories, “Gifts in the Dark,” included in my newest story collection, Owl Light.

Gifts in the Dark  Like what you’re reading? You can check out Owl Light and my other books on Amazon.

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Owl and Pussycat

Rush of Wings owl close up This is the seventeenth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

Owl art: One of my owl images.

Owl fact: “Scientists believe that domestic cats’ night vision is as good as owls’. Also like owls, cats see only in black and white and shades of gray.” – Raptor!, Laubach, Laubach & Smith, p5.

Owl children’s poem: The Owl and the Pussycat was written by Edward Lear (1812-1888). Here are the first 3 stanzas: “The owl and the pussycat went to sea/ In a beautiful peagreen boat/ They took some honey and plenty of money/ Wrapped up in a five-pound note./ The owl looked up to the stars above/ And sang to a small guitar,/ ‘O, lovely pussy, o pussy my love,/ What a beautiful pussy you are!’/ Pussy said to the owl, ‘You elegant fowl,/ How charmingly sweet you sing./ O, let us be married, too long we have tarried,/ But what shall we do for a ring?’”

Owl link: Well, there’s no peagreen boat involved, but here’s an interesting video featuring an owl and pussycat.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.  Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

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Owl Light back cover This is the sixteenth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

Owl art: One of my owls from Owl Light.

Owl fact: Burrowing owls can imitate the rattling sound of an angry rattlesnake. This is a good defense when predators are around.

Owl saying: “The owl thinks her children the fairest” (Danish)

Owl quote: “Moon light and star light, owl and moth light,/ Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade./ O Light Invisible, we worship Thee!” – TS Elliot

Owl link: Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife sponsor an annual Burrowing Owl Festival (next one in February 2015) and also provide information on their website including a chance to sponsor a Burrowing Owl. In addition, not to be missed is a video of Burrowing Owls.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.  Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

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Cardinal in Holly “Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.” — Henry Van Dyke

I think this quote is one of my favorites. Not everyone will write the “Great American Novel,” but there are lots people who enjoy writing and create worthy poems, stories, plays, and books. Not everyone will stitch a blue-ribbon quilt, but there are many quilters whose hours of cutting, piecing, and stitching result in beautiful quilts. Not everyone will paint a “Masterpeice,” but there are countless people who find joy in art. The same can be said of playing the piano, dancing, singing, crafting, carving…the list is endless.

The most important thing is for each of us to use what talent we’ve been given. The beauty of an orchestra or choir isn’t the soloists — it’s the combined sound of different voices and different instruments.

I urge my readers to use your talents, and celebrate the talents of those around you.

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mermaid My story collection, Owl Light, includes several reprinted tales along with brand new stories. In order for a reader to read the reprinted stories in their original versions, he or she would have to hunt for, locate, then purchase various anthologies and magazines.

One of the reprinted tales, “By the Sea,” was an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Honorable Award Winner,  released as an eShort (no longer available) as well as being included in Tales of the Talisman. It was also voted one of the Top Ten SF/F Short Stories in the P&E Reader’s Poll. Though it has been updated, the storyline and mermaid theme remain the same. I thought readers might like to read 2 brief reviews of “By the Sea.”

Author Robin Bayne: “I really enjoyed this lovely tale. The story was short but conveyed an interesting world and characters you could care about.”

Editor/author WH Stevens: “”Ms. Crist’s story, “By the Sea,” will take you to a land of seaside delights and carnival excitement. Bordering on a dreamy current of fantasy and reality, the story of Dusana, the 17 year old sideshow mermaid will keep your attention for a fast, easy read. The characters, so real you can see them, the sights of the neon lights and the sound of the calliope will transport you to Dusana’s world where she dreams of being a normal person. And the poetic, smooth language will engage you and seep into you like the ocean itself. The charm of the merfolk, candied apples and sideshow barkers will draw you to a touching and unexpected conclusion. Welcome to the fantasy world of Vonnie Crist. This is her moment and it is a fine one, indeed.”

Like mermaids, boardwalks, and sideshow? Buy Owl Light, then turn to “By the Sea.” (And if you’re a fan of shape-changing sea creatures, the next tale in the book features a selkie).

 

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owl light cover 300 Something a little different for an owl post – I was a guest author promoting Owl Light at the Snap, Crackle, and Popping Blog of writer Sharon Buchbinder. A link to an excerpt of one of the stories (“Feathers”), the entire intro poem, and details about the first story in Owl Light, “The Clockwork Owl,” are included.

Please stop by the post, and maybe even comment!

By the way, the artwork included in today’s post is the full painting for the cover of Owl Light. And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.  Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

Happy owling to all! – Vonnie

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