Kicking Into The Proverbial Gear..

Well here we are in the month of April already.  Where the hell do the days go?  The sunshine has deserted us and the rain seems to hinder any attempts to encourage any spring-type activity.  Boo.

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It’s been very high and low already this year.  I just want to bury my head in the sand and sleep until I magically end up somewhere else with some bloody sun and no trace of anyone I know.  Who’s with me?!  I’m serious.  But.. no progress comes from feeling sorry for one’s self for too long.  A good gripe with a jug of cider (I’m back into my cider these days, a beautiful cider hole is literally  but one minutes walk from my new home haha) and a paintbrush can do miracles.

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I have decided to dig my dusty paintbrushes from the back of the cupboard, sharpen my blunt pencils and drag out the warped canvas.  I mustn’t forget the table-cloth over the new rustic wooden table or The Dorchester shall string me up, so don’t let me get too carried away.

We have since moved house to the ‘posh part’ of Southsea, to a lovely terraced cottage-type place – all wood and cosy, we have a dog called Mister Guss and we have a modest garden (bugger off rain) that is the happy part of recent events.  I no longer have my painting space so I must be very careful not to get trigger happy *slurps more cider* or The Dorchester will have my neck.. we are renting you see and it’s not our furniture.

I am hoping to kick myself back in to gear now we have settled in, so expect a bit of a move around on my humble page here, and eventually some new paintings.  It feels very homely, much more like a living space which has started to do wonders for my creative side.  I have been partaking in Free Art Fridays – a bloody fantastic little thing you can do to share your work with the world, have some fun and feel good because someone, somewhere, has found a little hand-made gift.. if only people would actually post a pic or a message to say they found it on my Facbook page, like my little note says. Oh well, you can’t have everything.

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I would post photos of our little family and the new awesome digs (and all the lovely food I’ve been creating in our mahoosive kitchen, hell yes)  but I lost my phone which is where all my photos are!  You can stop by https://www.facebook.com/pages/ArtByZowieLouan/373086462749861?fref=ts  and snoop about and see what I’ve been up to 🙂

Speak again soon – ZLouan

Check out my favorite inspirational tracks of this moment:

Ben Howard – Everything

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZzL9W7jscA

Ben Howard – Only Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy5Nbo0pgb0

Bjork – All is full of love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDYMfm0JQOE

Pantera – Walk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkFqg5wAuFk

Kills – Future Starts Slow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiLjuRG3hoE

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The Oxymoron of American Gun Control.

The Oxymoron of American Gun Control..

My blog space has been neglected of late.  My words have been failing me even though my fingers are itching to shape the thoughts that have been swimming around in my head.

This blog was so thought provoking and touching that I had to share.  It is a sensitive subject that is very close to many peoples hearts and he uses his words so effectively that they stick to the walls of your brain and repeat, repeat and repeat their storey.

What if the sheep decided they didn’t like being sheep any more?

What if people (god forbid) decided to actually think?

What if people stopped buying guns. Got rid of the guns.

Stopped feeding the machine.

Then maybe, just maybe the government actually might have to listen to what the people actually want.

Introducing: Chronicles of The Fallen – By Yas Hamood

“Hope was the phantom friend, the elusive relative that arrived just in the nick of time with no real purpose or reason.”

‘Fallen’ Part 1

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fallen-Book-One-ebook/dp/B0060VMWTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321446892&sr=1-1

“A solid piece of storytelling that takes a fresh angle on a phenomenally popular genre.” Gregory Jameson.

‘Awakening’ Part 2

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Chronicles-The-Fallen-ebook/dp/B00B0GAAY4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358970476&sr=1-1

Review from ‘Book Lover’

“I enjoyed this book as I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. The detail in the book was also very good and you could just imagine it really happening!! Can’t wait for part 2!”

Sharing the Love!

I have to take a moment to send a shout out and share some love for a great, new writer who has just published her second novel in her ‘Fallen’ series.  They are available with Kindle, you can check them out on the links above and I can honestly say that I could not put them down!

Recently I have been reading some quite heavy SciFi (Steven King’s The Stand, I had to put it down because it’s massive!) and a bit of Romance in the form of Time Travelers Wife, which was nice, but I needed something different and I am quite partial to a bit of fiction.

Fallen was just the thing.  I won’t give anything away, you will have to give it a read yourself… ok, just a little bit!  It’s a classic good vs bad, but with a humorous and graffically grousome edge that you really don’t expect when you start reading and get into the first few pages.  In the first 2-3 pages I was already hooked on the central character, Aurora, with her sarcastic, dry humour and wanted to find out if her love interest, Lucian, saves the day as always happens… brilliantly the storey unfolds with some great twists and vividly bloody fight scenes.  Fantastic!

Awakening is just as gripping as the first.  Here you get to know the back storey behind the central characters, learn their history and their making.  Her discriptive talent is perfect, in both books Yas really paints a beautiful scene enabling you to picture everything from the buzzing streets of cultural Camden to the huge and beautiful, shimmering, soft, angel wings (this was a favourite of mine).  You really bond with the characters even more and Yas leaves you satisfyingly hungry, wondering what in the hell is going to happen to everyone next!

Nice one, Yas!  Don’t keep us hanging too long for the next installment! 🙂

Yas Hamood

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Yas grew up in London. She has a passion for young adult fiction, and spends most of her spare time writing short stories. Her favourite childhood authors are Christopher Pike, L.J. Smith, Stephen King & Richard Laymon.

Follow her on Twitter: @yassminh

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YasHamood

‘I’ve heard there are troubles…’

‘I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind, some come from ahead and some come from behind.

But I’ve bought a big bat, I’m all ready you see.  Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me!’

Dr Seuss

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No I can’t…

No I can't...

Niece: Can I have some toast?
Me: Ok, can you help me tidy up your plasticine then?
Niece: No
Me: Why not?
Niece: Because I can’t
Me: Why’s that then, Tehya?
Niece: Because my hands are in my pockets

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Go Placidly Amongst The Noise And Haste…

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there  may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to  the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and  aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy  your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career,  however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of  time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of  trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many  persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about  love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as  perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things  of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.   But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.  Many fears are born of  fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a  child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a  right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the  universe is unfolding as it should.  Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And  whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful  world.  Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

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A single page.

 

Being quite a bookworm when I was a child this immidiately spirited me back to my memories.  Famous Five was also a favorite, The Faraway Tree, Wind in the Willows to name a few.  This blog was so touching I had to re-press.  It brought to mind thoughts of one day sitting with my own child and sharing the magical, exciting moments that only a book can open.

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