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Two Book Give Away--Contest Ends 10/15/09
Winner Announced: Kayla! See post below for full details!


Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Thursday, March 1, 2007

There be Dragons. . .

On the floor, in my mind, on plywood. Oh, they are just everywhere. This is actually my *first* commissioned piece. The size of the shield (or canvas) is 2'x4' and it took me three coats of paint to get that black field *black*. Now I know they make primer for dark paints, I didn't when I was working on this though. *'d'oh* And plywood is thirsty stuff! Took I think two coats of primer on each side just to get the wood covered and the grain filled in (I didn't want a grain texture for the shield I wanted it to be smooth). Yes, the back is painted as well, this really cool effect I got with three different shades of silver is covering it from top to tip and it looks like beaten metal. Anyway, after I had the black field *gasp* I had to transfer the drawing of the dragon rampant from my gridded poster board to the surface of the shield. For that I used transfer paper (in this case yellow graphite paper sold only at art stores) and then painted the red over the black, sponging and layering and fussing till it looked just right. After that, it was time for the gold accents, the white bits, more shading, more cleaning up, and then packaging and taking to my client. I've wanted to post this somewhere for two months now (did I forget to mention this was a Christmas present commission?! No pressure there) and so, *ah* I finally have. Sorry the pic's blurry if you click on it, it's really the best one I have.

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Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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I tell stories all day long. Some with my pen, some with my keyboard and if you can find me, buy me a coffee and I'll tell you one too!