naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Awesome)
Three nifty things.

First off, Tor is offering free digital books and wallpapers if you sign up for their mailing list. I mention this not only because it is just plain cool, but because Cherie Priest, aka [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest, has a novel available: Four and Twenty Blackbirds is her first book, and you can get it, totally free. It is a really great read, and a free introduction to her work is not to be sneezed at.* There is a lot of other really cool stuff available, too, so I suggest you check it out.

Second, lost Vivaldi opera found, performed. This is not huge news or anything, but it is just so cool. I love the idea that there are still artistic treasures out there, waiting to be discovered. I love the idea of something that is old and new at once.

Third, the most awesome tee shirts ever** at The Retropolis Transit Authority. Shirts for the world of tomorrow. These are most excellent. Death ray shirts, space pirate shirts, all you could ever want, in fine pulp science-fiction style. Better living through merciless experimentation!

* Unless you are allergic to awesome.

** With the possible exception of BPAL shirts, which are usually pretty girly.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Awesome)
Three nifty things.

First off, Tor is offering free digital books and wallpapers if you sign up for their mailing list. I mention this not only because it is just plain cool, but because Cherie Priest, aka [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest, has a novel available: Four and Twenty Blackbirds is her first book, and you can get it, totally free. It is a really great read, and a free introduction to her work is not to be sneezed at.* There is a lot of other really cool stuff available, too, so I suggest you check it out.

Second, lost Vivaldi opera found, performed. This is not huge news or anything, but it is just so cool. I love the idea that there are still artistic treasures out there, waiting to be discovered. I love the idea of something that is old and new at once.

Third, the most awesome tee shirts ever** at The Retropolis Transit Authority. Shirts for the world of tomorrow. These are most excellent. Death ray shirts, space pirate shirts, all you could ever want, in fine pulp science-fiction style. Better living through merciless experimentation!

* Unless you are allergic to awesome.

** With the possible exception of BPAL shirts, which are usually pretty girly.
naamah_darling: Tribal design of a wolf's head. (Wolfie)
This is at the very last minute, but I want to make you aware of a Very Cool Thing.

[livejournal.com profile] shadesong has a brilliant and talented daughter who wants to go to the Awesomest Camp Ever.

No, seriously. Did YOUR summer camp offer classes in stop-motion animation, pillaging for plunder, cryptozoology, Norse myth puppet theater, advanced pond scum analysis, and how to be a medieval despot?

I thought not.

The long and short of it is that they are just a hair short of their goal, and I really really really want to see Elayna go to Explo.

So does [livejournal.com profile] shadesong, naturally, so she's put together a raffle. You can buy tickets for items like jewelry by [livejournal.com profile] sihaya09, [livejournal.com profile] kythryne, and [livejournal.com profile] never1eighty, custom writing from [livejournal.com profile] cbpotts, [livejournal.com profile] lightcastle, [livejournal.com profile] samhenderson, and [livejournal.com profile] shadesong herself, and lots and lots of other goodies.

I have contributed art, too.

The following ink paintings are up for raffle:







These are original ink paintings, not prints. I have painted others like them, but these are real ink on real parchment, and those are scans of the actual paintings you will receive.

Each ink drawing is 4.5 x 6.5, and has been matted in black to fit a standard 8 x 10 frame. They are lightly tacked on with surgical tape, so that they can be removed from the mats if desired and put in a different setting. The paper is heavy gold parchment stock. The actual pieces don't have the watermark, obviously, and I will sign and personalize them on request.

I am also offering a custom animal-head drawing in the same style as the above.

You can see other examples of my tribal animal style here. If you request an animal I've already done, I will do it again, and do it differently (or you could always just request one exactly like one you've already seen; totally up to you).

Again, you could win a custom piece by me for a ridiculously low sum.

Tickets are cheap: $1.00 for 1 ticket, $10.00 for 11 tickets, and $20.00 for 25 tickets, which can be spread among all the goodies as you wish.

Bidding closes tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST, with winners announced by 5 that same day.

I am dreadfully sorry I haven't given more notice. I have been so incredibly busy that my head feels like it is coming off, but please, go drop a dollar in the box. You have a chance to win some very cool, beautiful stuff, and it's all for a good cause.

Go, bid, spread the word!
naamah_darling: Tribal design of a wolf's head. (Wolfie)
This is at the very last minute, but I want to make you aware of a Very Cool Thing.

[livejournal.com profile] shadesong has a brilliant and talented daughter who wants to go to the Awesomest Camp Ever.

No, seriously. Did YOUR summer camp offer classes in stop-motion animation, pillaging for plunder, cryptozoology, Norse myth puppet theater, advanced pond scum analysis, and how to be a medieval despot?

I thought not.

The long and short of it is that they are just a hair short of their goal, and I really really really want to see Elayna go to Explo.

So does [livejournal.com profile] shadesong, naturally, so she's put together a raffle. You can buy tickets for items like jewelry by [livejournal.com profile] sihaya09, [livejournal.com profile] kythryne, and [livejournal.com profile] never1eighty, custom writing from [livejournal.com profile] cbpotts, [livejournal.com profile] lightcastle, [livejournal.com profile] samhenderson, and [livejournal.com profile] shadesong herself, and lots and lots of other goodies.

I have contributed art, too.

The following ink paintings are up for raffle:







These are original ink paintings, not prints. I have painted others like them, but these are real ink on real parchment, and those are scans of the actual paintings you will receive.

Each ink drawing is 4.5 x 6.5, and has been matted in black to fit a standard 8 x 10 frame. They are lightly tacked on with surgical tape, so that they can be removed from the mats if desired and put in a different setting. The paper is heavy gold parchment stock. The actual pieces don't have the watermark, obviously, and I will sign and personalize them on request.

I am also offering a custom animal-head drawing in the same style as the above.

You can see other examples of my tribal animal style here. If you request an animal I've already done, I will do it again, and do it differently (or you could always just request one exactly like one you've already seen; totally up to you).

Again, you could win a custom piece by me for a ridiculously low sum.

Tickets are cheap: $1.00 for 1 ticket, $10.00 for 11 tickets, and $20.00 for 25 tickets, which can be spread among all the goodies as you wish.

Bidding closes tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST, with winners announced by 5 that same day.

I am dreadfully sorry I haven't given more notice. I have been so incredibly busy that my head feels like it is coming off, but please, go drop a dollar in the box. You have a chance to win some very cool, beautiful stuff, and it's all for a good cause.

Go, bid, spread the word!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
First, [livejournal.com profile] nighthellcat posts about Melvin Grady. No, it's not likely you've heard his name, which is sort of the sad part. Melvin was beaten to death for his tax refund, and, adding insult to injury, his family cannot really afford to bury him.

This kind of thing just . . . really bothers me. If you can spare even a little, Hellcat is taking donations here. It won't take much to make a difference.

Second, I am sure many of you read Joss Whedon's excellent piece about the tragic "honor killing" of Dua Khalil. She was seventeen, a Yazidi, and stoned to death for associating with a Sunni muslim. Her murder was recorded by people with camera phones, modern technology recording a stone-age crime. Those people didn't intervene. They just stood there and watched her die.

It's been just over a year. Author and artist Skyla Dawn Cameron doesn't want the memory of this horror to fade, and so she created Nothing But Red, an arts anthology.

The purpose of Nothing But Red is to bring attention to the issue of violence against women worldwide, as well as the continuing need for equality, through art — both written and visual — and by raising money for a charity that strives to help women of all faiths, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with the support of dedicated volunteers who share a desire to promote equality.


All proceeds go to Equality Now, a worldwide organization dedicated to ending violence and discrimination against women.

You can read the foreward here.

A list of contributors is here.

The book is available here in both print and downloadable formats.

I think it's a wonderful idea for a wonderful cause, and I'm only sorry I didn't hear about it in time to contribute something.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
First, [livejournal.com profile] nighthellcat posts about Melvin Grady. No, it's not likely you've heard his name, which is sort of the sad part. Melvin was beaten to death for his tax refund, and, adding insult to injury, his family cannot really afford to bury him.

This kind of thing just . . . really bothers me. If you can spare even a little, Hellcat is taking donations here. It won't take much to make a difference.

Second, I am sure many of you read Joss Whedon's excellent piece about the tragic "honor killing" of Dua Khalil. She was seventeen, a Yazidi, and stoned to death for associating with a Sunni muslim. Her murder was recorded by people with camera phones, modern technology recording a stone-age crime. Those people didn't intervene. They just stood there and watched her die.

It's been just over a year. Author and artist Skyla Dawn Cameron doesn't want the memory of this horror to fade, and so she created Nothing But Red, an arts anthology.

The purpose of Nothing But Red is to bring attention to the issue of violence against women worldwide, as well as the continuing need for equality, through art — both written and visual — and by raising money for a charity that strives to help women of all faiths, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with the support of dedicated volunteers who share a desire to promote equality.


All proceeds go to Equality Now, a worldwide organization dedicated to ending violence and discrimination against women.

You can read the foreward here.

A list of contributors is here.

The book is available here in both print and downloadable formats.

I think it's a wonderful idea for a wonderful cause, and I'm only sorry I didn't hear about it in time to contribute something.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (BPAL)
Hey!

Pimping eBay BPAL sales for [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva, who

5 ml bottles of:

Blue Moon
Lady Luck Blues
Gibbous Moon
The Phoenix Forum-Only!
Libra 2007

All have been clean-tested or clean-decanted only, and kept climate-controlled. Go, look, bid!

I may bid on The Phoenix myself. Have to test out my decant again.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (BPAL)
Hey!

Pimping eBay BPAL sales for [livejournal.com profile] bat_cheva, who

5 ml bottles of:

Blue Moon
Lady Luck Blues
Gibbous Moon
The Phoenix Forum-Only!
Libra 2007

All have been clean-tested or clean-decanted only, and kept climate-controlled. Go, look, bid!

I may bid on The Phoenix myself. Have to test out my decant again.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
I've been making you look at a lot of pretty stuff lately, I know, but you guys have to see this.

For the past several weeks, I've been watching [livejournal.com profile] harmanhay make this dress. Painstakingly. She worked from a 17th century pattern, with a passing nod to Kiera Knightley's dress from the first Pirates movie, but I think this one is prettier.

In fact, it's stunning, so I'm making you look at it. If I'm stuck ogling it and lusting after it, then by golly, you are, too. This goes way beyond costume quality, and is easily worth twice the current bid. The level of detail is just breathtaking.



GAH! LOOK AT IT! )

More? There are tons more pictures on her journal here. And in case you hadn't noticed . . . it's for sale. More pictures in the auction, too. Go check it out, even just to look at it.

No, this isn't for the benefit auction. I just want to make you look at something gorgeous. But hell, bid on it if you have the money. Just, uhh, be aware that you're going to be bidding against me.

'Cause I so very much want this for my inner pirate babe.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
I've been making you look at a lot of pretty stuff lately, I know, but you guys have to see this.

For the past several weeks, I've been watching [livejournal.com profile] harmanhay make this dress. Painstakingly. She worked from a 17th century pattern, with a passing nod to Kiera Knightley's dress from the first Pirates movie, but I think this one is prettier.

In fact, it's stunning, so I'm making you look at it. If I'm stuck ogling it and lusting after it, then by golly, you are, too. This goes way beyond costume quality, and is easily worth twice the current bid. The level of detail is just breathtaking.



GAH! LOOK AT IT! )

More? There are tons more pictures on her journal here. And in case you hadn't noticed . . . it's for sale. More pictures in the auction, too. Go check it out, even just to look at it.

No, this isn't for the benefit auction. I just want to make you look at something gorgeous. But hell, bid on it if you have the money. Just, uhh, be aware that you're going to be bidding against me.

'Cause I so very much want this for my inner pirate babe.
naamah_darling: Still from The Last Unicorn animated movie of a springtime forest with a path leading through it. (Road Home)

Fuuuuuuuuck!


From [livejournal.com profile] bpal_excathedra, emphasis mine:

BPAL & BPTP will be at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA on Saturday, February 10th for a mutual Valentine’s Day event! We’ll be there from 3-5pm, and will have the whole of the Lupercalia, Carnaval Diabolique, and the Eight Heroines in tow, as well as an exclusive scent that we created for Dark Delicacies. Much of our general catalogue will be available, as well as a few surprises.

Black Phoenix’s Dark Delicacies blend is the embodiment of sinister sensuality. It is a heady and darkly romantic blend of devil’s trumpet accord, black orchid, tonka, coconut meat, fruit gums, osmanthus, smoky resin, myrtle, and Indonesian patchouli.

Dark Delicacies is the best damn horror-focused bookstore on the planet. They have a phenomenal selection of ghoulish books, many signed by the authors, as well as a great selection of cd’s, dvd’s, and a stupefyingly cool collection of spooky tchotch. There really is nothing like DD in all of earth and hell, and even if you cannot join us on the 10th, please visit the shop or poke around their site!

Dark Delicacies is located at:

4213 W. Burbank Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91505
(818)556-6660
http://www.darkdel.com/

Also on February 10th… Dark Delicacies is having a signing, starting at 2pm, for the Hellboy Animated dvd. Composer Chris Drake, Doug Jones and creator Mike Mignola (schedule permitting) will be there, so you really don’t want to miss out!

Please join us on February 10th, and support both your neighborhood diabolical bookshop and Alchemist’s Local 93!


Shit. I really wish I could go! How cool would it be to meet Mike Mignola and the Lab crew?

If any of you are going, please let me know.

In other news.


Fans of [livejournal.com profile] ursulav (and if you aren't a fan, you should be) you can get a Blackbeard Brand Rugged Tampons shirt. Arrr! A shirt after me own heart!

The Last Unicorn


And, last link, I promise, Conlan Press is offering the 25th anniversary rerelease DVD of The Last Unicorn signed by Peter Beagle himself. This is a fantastic opportunity to support Peter; more than half the purchase price will go to Peter himself, and that won't happen if you buy it elsewhere. For those of you who have been following the saga of how the producer has never paid him for the movie, you will be pleased to know that this money will be supporting his efforts to correct the situation.

This my favorite book in the world. I encourage you to order it, or its forthcoming sequel, Two Hearts, all available here.

That concludes our broadcast day.
naamah_darling: Still from The Last Unicorn animated movie of a springtime forest with a path leading through it. (Road Home)

Fuuuuuuuuck!


From [livejournal.com profile] bpal_excathedra, emphasis mine:

BPAL & BPTP will be at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA on Saturday, February 10th for a mutual Valentine’s Day event! We’ll be there from 3-5pm, and will have the whole of the Lupercalia, Carnaval Diabolique, and the Eight Heroines in tow, as well as an exclusive scent that we created for Dark Delicacies. Much of our general catalogue will be available, as well as a few surprises.

Black Phoenix’s Dark Delicacies blend is the embodiment of sinister sensuality. It is a heady and darkly romantic blend of devil’s trumpet accord, black orchid, tonka, coconut meat, fruit gums, osmanthus, smoky resin, myrtle, and Indonesian patchouli.

Dark Delicacies is the best damn horror-focused bookstore on the planet. They have a phenomenal selection of ghoulish books, many signed by the authors, as well as a great selection of cd’s, dvd’s, and a stupefyingly cool collection of spooky tchotch. There really is nothing like DD in all of earth and hell, and even if you cannot join us on the 10th, please visit the shop or poke around their site!

Dark Delicacies is located at:

4213 W. Burbank Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91505
(818)556-6660
http://www.darkdel.com/

Also on February 10th… Dark Delicacies is having a signing, starting at 2pm, for the Hellboy Animated dvd. Composer Chris Drake, Doug Jones and creator Mike Mignola (schedule permitting) will be there, so you really don’t want to miss out!

Please join us on February 10th, and support both your neighborhood diabolical bookshop and Alchemist’s Local 93!


Shit. I really wish I could go! How cool would it be to meet Mike Mignola and the Lab crew?

If any of you are going, please let me know.

In other news.


Fans of [livejournal.com profile] ursulav (and if you aren't a fan, you should be) you can get a Blackbeard Brand Rugged Tampons shirt. Arrr! A shirt after me own heart!

The Last Unicorn


And, last link, I promise, Conlan Press is offering the 25th anniversary rerelease DVD of The Last Unicorn signed by Peter Beagle himself. This is a fantastic opportunity to support Peter; more than half the purchase price will go to Peter himself, and that won't happen if you buy it elsewhere. For those of you who have been following the saga of how the producer has never paid him for the movie, you will be pleased to know that this money will be supporting his efforts to correct the situation.

This my favorite book in the world. I encourage you to order it, or its forthcoming sequel, Two Hearts, all available here.

That concludes our broadcast day.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Humbug!)
This is my only Christmas icon. I need a slightly less cranky one.

But anyway, in the spirit of the season, I give you . . . links!

I have so many talented people on my f-list that I have to pimp just a few of them. Take a minute, please, and check out what these folks are sellin'. Might be you'll find a nice gift for someone on your nice (or naughty) list!


[livejournal.com profile] gaaneden runs The Edge of Propinquity, which is a webzine devoted to exploring the liminal world, the world at the borderland of real and fantasy, hallucination and conspiracy, truth and the supernatural. In addition to being a first-rate little 'zine, the Guest Quarters features fiction by yours truly, and also by [livejournal.com profile] wicked_wish. What's to lose? It's totally free!


Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] wicked_wish, Cherie Priest has two books out, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, and its sequel, Wings to the Kingdom.

I have read Wings To the Kingdom, and it's a damn good book. If you like ghost stories, voodoo, weird tales, and rudely interrupted poetry slams, this is your novel. I should really praise it at greater length, but I think you should discover what it's all about on your own. Go forth! Read!

More links to her purchaseable goodies can be found here. And she does sign books, people, so if you want one inscribed, there's still time before Christmas. Just send it on over.


I'm talking to geeks. You are either a Star Trek or you know someone who is. [livejournal.com profile] marccarlson has a story in Strange New Worlds 9, an anthology incorporating tales from all five Star Trek iterations, all by new writers. You're looking for "The Immortality Blues," by, obviously, Marc Carlson.


[livejournal.com profile] nonnycat writes under the nom de plume of Elisabeth Drake, and her novel The Twilight Deception is available from Cobblestone press. Vampires, witches, murder! Romance! You have been warned.


Eugie Foster, aka [livejournal.com profile] eugie, is a prolific and award-winning author of beautifully-crafted short stories and also editor at Tangent and keeper of a very adorable skunk. One of her stories is forthcoming in the Japanese Dreams anthology, edited by Sean Wallace, now available for preorder. More details about her pending publications, her bibliography, and her biography can be found on her livejournal, or at her personal site.


I am profoundly honored to point you at [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner and [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman. They are women of many talents -- check out Ellen's website and Delia's website to get an idea. Swordspoint is one of my favorite books. The Fall of the Kings is a follow up set in the same world, and The Privilige of the Sword is perhaps the best novel I've read this year. I recommend the entire Riverside group, together or alone. In fact, I recommend you just search for their stuff on Amazon and start buying. They are wonderful writers and wonderful people, and if you haven't read their stuff, you probably should.


[livejournal.com profile] goldenwolfen is the livejournal handle of one Christy Grandjean, an absolutely stellar artist specializing in therianthropic and anthropomorphic art. Her website at www.goldenwolfen.com is well worth a look. Keep in mind, folks, that she paints with colored pencil. Amazing, isn't it? She offers prints, shirts, and more – lots of irresistible swag. Werewolf fans definitely need to take a look.


Sandra SanTara is another livejournaler and artist I want to single out. I have several of her pieces, and I have loved her work since I was a teenager. See it at www.windwolf.com. She does feather painting, fantasy beasties of all sorts, tee shirts, prints . . . you're bound to find something you like!


And what would life be like without [livejournal.com profile] ursulav? Less surreal, we're sure. Catch Ursula Vernon's odd and irregular art at www.metalandmagic.com. Be sure to check out the lovely Celadon Toadstool. I think she looks a little like me.


Michael Manning is a wonderful artist. His books are available through Amazon, but I suggest you go take a look at his site, The Spider Garden.

He specializes in darkly beautiful BDSM-themed art. Some of it is moving, some of it is unsettling, all of it is electrically erotic. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Inamorata for Christmas last year, and it's honestly one of the most beautiful art books I own. His work moves me like very little else.

Michael offers original work for sale on his site, and he has a few special deals for the holidays over on his livejournal, [livejournal.com profile] metalweb. Details are in this entry.


No roundup would be complete without a plug for Nene Thomas and her site. You've seen her art, I know you have. Her fairy women are everywhere, on tee shirts, mugs, calendars, and at conventions around the country. You can go to freakin' Hot Topic and buy Nene Thomas fairy pants. Well, she sells prints and a lot more on her site, stuff you can't get anywhere else, so you ought to go check it out. I've loved her for years, I have about 10 of her pieces, and she just happens to be from my state. Her livejournal is [livejournal.com profile] nenethomas.


[livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman pimps his prints, either in digital format or in hard copy, here. I especially want to direct you to excessive baby dragon cuteness.


The fine jewelry of Amanda Fisher, aka [livejournal.com profile] cissa, can be found here, but if custom one-of-a-kind work is out of your price range, there's The Electric Celt. The Electric Celt features beautiful jewelry, tee shirts, greeting cards perfect for holiday sending, and lots of nifty Celtic doodads like Celtic switchplate covers. More jewelry can be found at her Etsy.com store, including lots of seasonal stuff perfect for the holidays. Her work is top notch, reasonably priced, and just generally shiny.


Since you are all dirty, dirty fuckers, I want to plug [livejournal.com profile] lady_fox for her handcrafted soap. Want a testimonial? Look at my face. Look at it. Her soap is all that touches my face. It's great stuff – very silky and great-smelling, easy on the pores, and never drying to my skin. Get in touch with her; she makes it by the batch, custom, and her prices are extremely reasonable. Can't sing its praises highly enough.


Dog collars. Because when you need one, you really need one. And they make great gifts. [livejournal.com profile] bitis_gabonica makes custom leather harnessing, with a special focus on pit bulls and err . . . people. In the market for some tough, functional BDSM gear? Just ask! (Picture here, more details forthcoming, or available on request.)


And last but not least, gratuitous silly fandom-related parody songs? Check! Get your silly songs here, free downloads. Gratuitous Gollum goofiness provided by [livejournal.com profile] speakerwiggin.


I tried not to leave anyone on my f-list off, but if I have, sing out.

And I'll extend the party in the comments: those of you with crafty folks on your friends lists, or who do crafty stuff of your own, comment here with a link to more info so everyone can have a look-see. Maybe I can send some business your way!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Humbug!)
This is my only Christmas icon. I need a slightly less cranky one.

But anyway, in the spirit of the season, I give you . . . links!

I have so many talented people on my f-list that I have to pimp just a few of them. Take a minute, please, and check out what these folks are sellin'. Might be you'll find a nice gift for someone on your nice (or naughty) list!


[livejournal.com profile] gaaneden runs The Edge of Propinquity, which is a webzine devoted to exploring the liminal world, the world at the borderland of real and fantasy, hallucination and conspiracy, truth and the supernatural. In addition to being a first-rate little 'zine, the Guest Quarters features fiction by yours truly, and also by [livejournal.com profile] wicked_wish. What's to lose? It's totally free!


Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] wicked_wish, Cherie Priest has two books out, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, and its sequel, Wings to the Kingdom.

I have read Wings To the Kingdom, and it's a damn good book. If you like ghost stories, voodoo, weird tales, and rudely interrupted poetry slams, this is your novel. I should really praise it at greater length, but I think you should discover what it's all about on your own. Go forth! Read!

More links to her purchaseable goodies can be found here. And she does sign books, people, so if you want one inscribed, there's still time before Christmas. Just send it on over.


I'm talking to geeks. You are either a Star Trek or you know someone who is. [livejournal.com profile] marccarlson has a story in Strange New Worlds 9, an anthology incorporating tales from all five Star Trek iterations, all by new writers. You're looking for "The Immortality Blues," by, obviously, Marc Carlson.


[livejournal.com profile] nonnycat writes under the nom de plume of Elisabeth Drake, and her novel The Twilight Deception is available from Cobblestone press. Vampires, witches, murder! Romance! You have been warned.


Eugie Foster, aka [livejournal.com profile] eugie, is a prolific and award-winning author of beautifully-crafted short stories and also editor at Tangent and keeper of a very adorable skunk. One of her stories is forthcoming in the Japanese Dreams anthology, edited by Sean Wallace, now available for preorder. More details about her pending publications, her bibliography, and her biography can be found on her livejournal, or at her personal site.


I am profoundly honored to point you at [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner and [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman. They are women of many talents -- check out Ellen's website and Delia's website to get an idea. Swordspoint is one of my favorite books. The Fall of the Kings is a follow up set in the same world, and The Privilige of the Sword is perhaps the best novel I've read this year. I recommend the entire Riverside group, together or alone. In fact, I recommend you just search for their stuff on Amazon and start buying. They are wonderful writers and wonderful people, and if you haven't read their stuff, you probably should.


[livejournal.com profile] goldenwolfen is the livejournal handle of one Christy Grandjean, an absolutely stellar artist specializing in therianthropic and anthropomorphic art. Her website at www.goldenwolfen.com is well worth a look. Keep in mind, folks, that she paints with colored pencil. Amazing, isn't it? She offers prints, shirts, and more – lots of irresistible swag. Werewolf fans definitely need to take a look.


Sandra SanTara is another livejournaler and artist I want to single out. I have several of her pieces, and I have loved her work since I was a teenager. See it at www.windwolf.com. She does feather painting, fantasy beasties of all sorts, tee shirts, prints . . . you're bound to find something you like!


And what would life be like without [livejournal.com profile] ursulav? Less surreal, we're sure. Catch Ursula Vernon's odd and irregular art at www.metalandmagic.com. Be sure to check out the lovely Celadon Toadstool. I think she looks a little like me.


Michael Manning is a wonderful artist. His books are available through Amazon, but I suggest you go take a look at his site, The Spider Garden.

He specializes in darkly beautiful BDSM-themed art. Some of it is moving, some of it is unsettling, all of it is electrically erotic. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Inamorata for Christmas last year, and it's honestly one of the most beautiful art books I own. His work moves me like very little else.

Michael offers original work for sale on his site, and he has a few special deals for the holidays over on his livejournal, [livejournal.com profile] metalweb. Details are in this entry.


No roundup would be complete without a plug for Nene Thomas and her site. You've seen her art, I know you have. Her fairy women are everywhere, on tee shirts, mugs, calendars, and at conventions around the country. You can go to freakin' Hot Topic and buy Nene Thomas fairy pants. Well, she sells prints and a lot more on her site, stuff you can't get anywhere else, so you ought to go check it out. I've loved her for years, I have about 10 of her pieces, and she just happens to be from my state. Her livejournal is [livejournal.com profile] nenethomas.


[livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman pimps his prints, either in digital format or in hard copy, here. I especially want to direct you to excessive baby dragon cuteness.


The fine jewelry of Amanda Fisher, aka [livejournal.com profile] cissa, can be found here, but if custom one-of-a-kind work is out of your price range, there's The Electric Celt. The Electric Celt features beautiful jewelry, tee shirts, greeting cards perfect for holiday sending, and lots of nifty Celtic doodads like Celtic switchplate covers. More jewelry can be found at her Etsy.com store, including lots of seasonal stuff perfect for the holidays. Her work is top notch, reasonably priced, and just generally shiny.


Since you are all dirty, dirty fuckers, I want to plug [livejournal.com profile] lady_fox for her handcrafted soap. Want a testimonial? Look at my face. Look at it. Her soap is all that touches my face. It's great stuff – very silky and great-smelling, easy on the pores, and never drying to my skin. Get in touch with her; she makes it by the batch, custom, and her prices are extremely reasonable. Can't sing its praises highly enough.


Dog collars. Because when you need one, you really need one. And they make great gifts. [livejournal.com profile] bitis_gabonica makes custom leather harnessing, with a special focus on pit bulls and err . . . people. In the market for some tough, functional BDSM gear? Just ask! (Picture here, more details forthcoming, or available on request.)


And last but not least, gratuitous silly fandom-related parody songs? Check! Get your silly songs here, free downloads. Gratuitous Gollum goofiness provided by [livejournal.com profile] speakerwiggin.


I tried not to leave anyone on my f-list off, but if I have, sing out.

And I'll extend the party in the comments: those of you with crafty folks on your friends lists, or who do crafty stuff of your own, comment here with a link to more info so everyone can have a look-see. Maybe I can send some business your way!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Swept Away)
Author, editor, educator, and all-around amazing woman Susie Bright is offering a truly fantastic deal. Donate five bucks to help her keep her blog going, get a Clits Up! button and a copy of Best American Erotica 2006. She'll sign books, too.

Folks, this woman has shaped modern erotica in so many ways it isn't even funny. Her tireless and groundbreaking work has helped to make possible that pesky publication thing. You know, that thing where people sometimes pay me to print the sex stories I write. Without her, erotica wouldn't be the vital, vivid genre it is today. And we'd be out a really cool lady. And I'd probably have a harder time finding respectable outlets for my smut.

I've subscribed to her blog, I'm getting the book and button, and I'm damn well going to send her a Christmas card and a check. No, I can't afford much, but I owe her big-time. The work she's done in the past makes it possible for me to do my own. The work she is still doing is worth supporting.

I don't know how long she's going to be able to keep up with demand for books, so go take a look. Come on. For a minimum donation of five bucks, you get a book chock full of erotica and a pin you can use to horrify harried salesclerks throughout the Christmas season. How can you go wrong with that?

Personally, I can't wait to curl up with my copy.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Swept Away)
Author, editor, educator, and all-around amazing woman Susie Bright is offering a truly fantastic deal. Donate five bucks to help her keep her blog going, get a Clits Up! button and a copy of Best American Erotica 2006. She'll sign books, too.

Folks, this woman has shaped modern erotica in so many ways it isn't even funny. Her tireless and groundbreaking work has helped to make possible that pesky publication thing. You know, that thing where people sometimes pay me to print the sex stories I write. Without her, erotica wouldn't be the vital, vivid genre it is today. And we'd be out a really cool lady. And I'd probably have a harder time finding respectable outlets for my smut.

I've subscribed to her blog, I'm getting the book and button, and I'm damn well going to send her a Christmas card and a check. No, I can't afford much, but I owe her big-time. The work she's done in the past makes it possible for me to do my own. The work she is still doing is worth supporting.

I don't know how long she's going to be able to keep up with demand for books, so go take a look. Come on. For a minimum donation of five bucks, you get a book chock full of erotica and a pin you can use to horrify harried salesclerks throughout the Christmas season. How can you go wrong with that?

Personally, I can't wait to curl up with my copy.

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Jan. 24th, 2005 07:09 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
I'm pimping a great fucking band.

Brave.

I've been a fan of theirs for a couple of years now, and they are simply amazing. I really can't describe what they're like . . . not folk, not metal, incredibly layered and beautiful music.

And I just learned that from now until the end of the month they're donating 100% of the proceeds from their new album to the Red Cross tsunami relief fund.

The album is just $10, and they take Paypal.

Go do some good, and get some awesome music.

http://www.bravemusic.com/

Edit: I'm trying to find song samples online, but am having little luck. The Amazon reviews of Searching for the Sun might be helpful to you, though.

Pimpage

Jan. 24th, 2005 07:09 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
I'm pimping a great fucking band.

Brave.

I've been a fan of theirs for a couple of years now, and they are simply amazing. I really can't describe what they're like . . . not folk, not metal, incredibly layered and beautiful music.

And I just learned that from now until the end of the month they're donating 100% of the proceeds from their new album to the Red Cross tsunami relief fund.

The album is just $10, and they take Paypal.

Go do some good, and get some awesome music.

http://www.bravemusic.com/

Edit: I'm trying to find song samples online, but am having little luck. The Amazon reviews of Searching for the Sun might be helpful to you, though.

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