Words – Typography On My Mind

 

I decided to try something new this week, venture outside of my artistic comfort zone and embrace the creation of some typographic posters. I do this every once in a while, move my focus upon a subject matter or a creative technique I have never tried before, and dive in. Sometimes, I find myself completely lost and drop it like a hot potato, but other times, like this week, I find a new creative outlet I actually enjoy. I enjoyed it enough to open a printable only Etsy store “No Plain Paper”.

These designs, like all of my other art work, are still available in my RedBubble and Zazzle stores, so you can purchase them on the many applications available there, like mugs, or as gratitude journals.

What do you do to push yourself outside of your comfort zone?

This week is the first time I am participating in the To-Know-Me Tuesday, where we are asked to post 10 things about ourselves.

So here they are:

  1. I was born in Germany
  2. My Dad was an organic gardener, in charge of our local gardening club, teaching green gardening techniques. I learned a lot from him on that subject.
  3. I speed read – not as fast as I would like, yet – but I can get through a full-size novel in about 2 hours.
  4. I am a fan of Chase Charvis, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferris
  5. I can not dance – at all. Neither can my husband, so that works well.
  6. I wrote, directed and performed in my first play when I was 10
  7. I want to write the script to a featured film
  8. I am a published Author. One of my books is available on Amazon
  9. I can lip-read in two languages  РGerman and English
  10. I wish there were 36 hours in the day – then I would probably find a way to fill them all, and wish there were 48 hours, lol.

Your turn!

This blog post is a part of the following blog hops:

Be Inspired Link Party

Amaze Me Monday

Inspire Me Wednesday

Tuesdays With A Twist

Manic Monday

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Sleepless Nights – A Romantic Haiku

 

your turquoise eyes stole
many nights sleep since we met
every breath a gift

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

 

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Book Review: Bound To Danger by Katie Reus

Bound to Danger - A Review

Title: Bound To Danger
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

A strong, intense plot, Bound To Danger is a romantic action novel just the way I like it. Big action scenes, coupled with a steamy attraction between the two main characters, made this novel an enjoyable, intense read. Maria, the heroine of the story, was a refreshing character, who’s reaction did not seem forced, but flowed naturally, no matter what the situation she found herself in. Cade, her hero, a trained operative, a well crafted alpha male character with a tender and caring side, was balanced by the Author just right, without loosing his credibility as a strong warrior, protective of the woman he loves.
This is my first experience with this author, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. Fierce and romantic, action packed, and steamy, this romantic suspense novel, is just the right thing for a hot summer night. I am looking forward to reading more from Katie Reus.
This book can be read as a stand alone novel, but I am surely going to pick up the first book in the series, and will read the next one.

(Copy of book provided by Netgalley – thank you)

Here is a list of what other book reviewers are reading this week:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Moss

On The Fence by Kasie West

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Book Review: Hamlet’s Ghost

Hamlet's Ghost - A Review

Title: Hamlet’s Ghost
Author: Jane Tara
Publisher: Momentum Books
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Release Date: July 24th, 2014
“Rhiannon Dee, a gorgeous witch, moves to a country town to reopen a theater and finds herself torn between the man who owns it, and his father who haunts it.

Kip Daniels has been haunting the Hamlet Majestic for thirty dull years, ever since the stage roof collapsed on him during what was meant to be his piece de resistance: his performance of Hamlet. All he really wants is to get to the end of the play, but that won’t happen while the theater stands abandoned and boarded up. He’s resigned himself to an endless limbo … until Rhiannon Dee moves to town to bring the theater back to life.

Rhi has fled a failed life in New York. She can’t find work as an actress. She’s overshadowed by her mother who has a hit TV show about witchcraft. Rhi is sick of being seen as a witch and intends to turn her back on the craft. But she quickly discovers she can’t escape her gifts, especially when she needs to use them to help one very sexy but sad ghost cross over. Surrounded by new friends and supportive townsfolk, Rhi breathes new life into the Hamlet Majestic, and helps Kip accept his death.

Hamlet’s Ghost is a story about those moments in life that define us, and how to truly move forward we must find peace with the past.”

I expected a unique book, and that is exactly what Jane Tara delivered. Well written, in a modern and fun voice, that made this one of the better reads of the year, Jane managed to grab my attention from the beginning, and never let it go. A light-hearted romance that is a part of the Shakespeare Sisters Series, but can be read as a standalone book (but why would you? This book will make you want to read all of them!) Jane Tara is a fresh voice in the sometimes stuffy world of romance. Well done!

Serena – A Short Film (Review)

I love artfully done short films, may they be a documentary, a extended music video turned into a short film, or a story. Wigs has brought forth a few short films on their channel (available to stream on their channel as well as their YouTube Channel). “Serena” is one of these creations, masterfully done, staring Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) and Alfred Molina (Not Without My Daughter).

Centering around a very confined space – the confessional of a Catholic Church, both manage to capture the essence and power of a tender story, a woman falling for the “wrong” man, the man on the other side of the confessional, turning the setting almost romantic. This short film, and the expressive performances, are a real gem. ¬†Watch it for yourself:

I truly think that the casting for this project was precise, and could not have been better, with Alfred Molina using his close-ups to portray an deeply convincing Priest.

I invite you to explore more of the short stories and documentaries, as well as ground-breaking series that Wigs has to offer.