Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Here's another from my science geek collection of chemistry glassware and strange specimens and bottles acquired through the years. I fell in love with the elixir bottle (back) as the label was hand written and yellowed. It also has some residue of some substance of yore in the bottom still. It's a beauty.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Wasp's Nest And A Liquid

Last weekend I took a bunch of photos of specimens I've collected over the years. Some included an assortment of bottles apothecary and otherwise. Wanted to pepper them into my book that's due out soon, Strange Vintage Fictions, The World of HaggisVitae. I'm uploading the interior file as I type this. The cover next. Hopefully it meets all specs and requirements and I can get my proof copy to approve soon.

It's going to be one of the strangest books you'll ever want to own--filled with my SVF images, Victorian Haiku, narratives, photos, etc.

For any readers who are interested, I'll keep this blog updated with any and all info about ordering. Also, remember to check my website.

For now I'll keep posting these little goodies. I truly have an addiction to strange tiny specimens of a biological nature--bugs, wings, bones, ex-creatures, exoskeletons, nests, eggs, fossils, feathers, etc. My other collections include a small one of chemical glassware, the older and more patinaed the better. And bottles, mostly tiny, strange and old bottles that are uncommon. But also anything that smacks of an old apothecary shop. I have no control when it comes to this stuff. If I see something I want, it ends up in my curio cabinet. Hope you enjoy seeing these wee treasures. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Girl Who Reads to Birds? OUR BOOK IS HERE!!

Yes, our book is finally available. After a year of trials and tribulations, I finally took the bull by the horns and designed the book myself (thankfully!) I can say with pride and relief that it's now available. And it's beautiful. Michael's wondrous tale of Avery Street, an eccentric young girl who follows her heart in all matters, paired with my illustrations have come together as a very special book.

From the Michael Titus, the author:

"The Girl Who Read To Birds tells the tale of Avery Street, an eccentric young girl who is urged by those around her to conform and be practical. But she has friends in high places - birds - and she refuses to abandon her belief in the power of the imagination; it's in her blood, and she'll do anything, even if it means following a dangerous path, to overcome the odds and keep herself terrible alive in a world where magic and wonder are all but extinct."

Should you have any questions about ordering your copy or multiple copies, please see the link above or email me. Many thanks for taking a look at our creation. :) To order either go to our WEBSITE or directly to our eStore.

We want to thank all friends and family who've stood by us and listened to our tales of woe throughout the last twelve months. And most especially, I'd like to thank Eveshka "Peanut" Guranich for being our perfect Avery. It's because of you this book is so beautiful.

NOTE: This is not the cover of the book, but rather one of the interior illustrations.  Here's the true cover.

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Watchful Eye

A Watchful Eye

Once his wings were fully formed Danny Fly puffed out his chest and exuded a confidence like he never had before. Yes, he was a sideshow, and yes, people were skeptical of his dragonfly-like wings but to Danny it mattered not. He knew who he was. He wanted nothing more than to take flight and show them all but knew he was under the close supervision of his older brother at all times. He'd wait till the time was right. He could wait.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Watching The Darkness Descend

Watching the Darkness Descend

Starting a world's end series. No, it's not the Mayan calendar that has me thinking. It's climate change, the lack of humanity all around, the focus on the self more than the whole, the bad news on TV every hour of every day, failing economies, unprecedented storms, I could go on and on.

Maybe too much CNN? *sigh*