Monthly Archives: March 2011

Happiest of Happy Days, I Must Say

Happy, happy day for me!  I was poking around the Sony Reader store (because some of us are old school when it comes to eReaders) and I happened upon THIS!

That’s right, baby!  Those are my two short books.  I didn’t even know they had been picked up by the Reader Store 🙂  If you click the picture, you can get them for FREE at the Sony Reader store.  If you want other download options (such as PDF, Epub, Kindle) you can click on this picture instead and go to my page on the publisher’s site.  After you click a book, you will be taken to the different options.  Don’t worry, they’re FREE there as well.

And for those of you who have read the books and have asked about the 3rd book in the series… I, um… I’m not entirely sure it’s gonna happen.  I’ve begun work on a full length novel and I’m not sure when I’ll be heading back to my little space pirate, Isambard Tims.

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They are always right

They say, “Write what you know,” and they are always right.  At least as far as this is concerned.  I started outlining the plot of a book I want to write and was amazed by how much comes directly from my own experiences, even if they are then used as a springboard to something else.  When I described a bar, I thought of the Flatiron in Greensboro.  When I chose a place for a breakup, I said, “Alaska.” When choosing the name for the lead male, I chose the name of someone I had toured twice with.  And when I created the female love interest, even though I didn’t choose anyone I’ve ever dated/had feelings for,  she is based off a woman I have deep admiration and respect for.  The funny part?  None of it was intentional.

No, I’m not writing anything biographical, but parts of my biography creep in, don’t they?  I don’t think “Write what you know,” is so much of an instruction, a limiting command.  I think it’s more of a comforting assurance.  “Don’t worry, you will write what you know.”

 


Art for Fun; Art for Cheap

On Monday night I took part in an Etsy Labs Craft Night.  It was a mini drawing workshop with Carla Sonheim.  I was so impressed and excited with what I learned that night, that I signed up for her two and a half hour workshop the following evening: The Art of Silliness.  The biggest lesson that Carla imparts is: “We used to love drawing when we were kids, before our inner critic kicked in.  Stop trying to draw ‘perfectly’ and just have fun with it.” (my paraphrasing of her class)  What’s funny is, when you embrace that idea, when you stop trying so hard to do it “right” you get amazing results.  Results you actually LIKE!

I used to draw all the time as a kid.  In second grade, I wrote AND illustrated my first book.  Even in high school, after I finished taking tests, I would highly decorate my cover paper.  But somewhere along the way, I started worrying about how good my drawings were.  I started saying things like, “Well her nose doesn’t really look like that.  I screwed up.”  I quit having fun.

What’s funny is that in reality, I’m actually a pretty decent realistic artist.  When I took a drawing class in college, I turned out some good work.  But those pieces take hours, sometimes even days, to create.  For some reason, I held myself to this weird standard, that my quick, fun drawings of people and things, should look as “right” as the ones done for hours at the easel.

Anyway, here is some of my work from the class this week, taken quickly with my cell phone.

The rabbit is my favorite one  🙂  Anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with: I want to keep drawing for fun, drawing just to be drawing, but I live in a one bedroom apartment with one other person and a cat.  In other words, I don’t have a lot of room.  So I’ve decided that anything I make that isn’t just in my sketch book, any piece that looks nice enough to actually display, I’m going to sell on Etsy, but only for like $1 or 2.  Seriously.  Mainly just enough to cover shipping.  I think it’s a great way for friends and family to get some Kerr made art (see what I did there?) AND to keep my apartment from becoming too cluttered.  I’ll keep you all up to date as to when I add stuff.

OH!  And if there’s anything that you’d like me to draw, just drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.


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