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31 Nightmares 2016: The 31st

Once again it seems like we traveled here at light speed, and I’ve loved every passing moment of it with you.

Today is the final nightmare of our



So there you have it, friends. I am working on a little side-project web cartoon that I will be featuring here on CardCastles. Some friends of mine have showed interest in chiming in on this. I’ve already been working on storyboard concepts and comic-style sketches of this for months.

Recently, little Alicia took a breather since I just took on some important clients but she is still being stitched together behind the scenes.

Bittersweet Conclusion

With all that said, I would like to thank all of you for your support during these last few months and during all 31Nightmares.

All of your kind words, enthusiam, emails, social sharing, and referrals have not gone unnoticed. There are some wonderful people watching here and you all have me so proud to call this series my brainchild. That being stated, you all know we are here for one reason, and this year another special reason—to pay tribute to Master of Horror, one of my greatest inspirations, Mr. Wes Craven—and a masterfully gifted Sorcerer of Horror himself, Mr. Grayson Queen.

Before Grayson passed on, one of the last conversations I had with him was a nerdy exchange (often our preferred, favorite and only type of conversation) about The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

I joked to him after he posted about zodiac, tarot, and his beautiful Ra. I said “You seem more like a mystic than an agnostic.”

Anyone that knew Grayson as Dave knew he was a stark atheist, but his mind had a way of needing to know every which and possible possibility. I always knew Dave had read something I wrote because he had a way of letting me know. The “horror” tag would always be clicked on & one or two pieces in the genre had also been read. It was his stealth-like way of saying “Hey friend. I’ve been here. I hear you.”

When October began and I set things in motion to be dedicated in our friend’s memory also, I remembered back to that conversation that went on for months that we never got to finish. Always two sentences at a time.

Then the final quote from the movie popped into my head and I thought of Dave.

I had a fear of going as far as I could once.

It was a fear that gripped me and kept me from my dreams.

Now I am no longer afraid.

“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

– The Exorcism of Emily Rose


~For Dave and Wes~

This has been Day 31, The Final Nightmare.

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31 Nightmares 2016: The 28th

Not Forgotten
Not Forgotten

Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had started with exchanging ghost stories. There’s always the skeptic, the non-believer, and the “on-the-fence” person. Still, a striking amount of people I’ve come into contact with have these stories to share, whether they believe it was something otherworldly or not.

This piece is based off of a story exchanged between friends. My friend was both the skeptic and the storyteller. According to him, whatever it was at the end of his hall, had a staring contest with him for a good thirty seconds before he moved into the next room. When he returned to the hall, whatever it was had departed.

This has been Day 28 of


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Sleepy Sundays: Summer Days

Summer Days
Summer Days (header version) © 2016 | Snapping Turtle Publishing

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Preparation for this event was lackluster on my behalf. I should have foreseen such a financial blow but, as most responsible adults know, sometimes these things seem to happen when we’re broke.

Thankfully, I still have mobile access to my site, and my laptop is hanging on by a thread. Still, I need to start saving up for a replacement. My laptop is my main work station for every aspect of my art and design. The software is going to need some expensive upgrades, and my laptop, just a flat out swap-out for a newer, more capable model.

As a result, work will get finished at a slower rate, and some of my internet presence will be sporadic at best. Still, however late, I will do my best to continue bring you the scheduled Sleepy Sundays posts every Sunday. As for my other work in between, thankfully a lot can be done with a smart phone these days.

It’s not the end of the road, but it is however a tiny speed bump.

I’m thankful for days like the one pictured above. We got to see some family I hadn’t seen in a while. During our trip, we got to take in some old views I hadn’t set eyes upon in quite a stretch. Days like that full of good conversation and time to reflect are something I live for.

When was the last time you had a chance to “breathe” and reflect?

Have a pleasant Sunday!

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Sleepy Sundays: Gathering


Fall colors tend to bring about a warmth in the minds of some. One of the activities I enjoy most this time of year is all of the ritualistic “gatherings” between family and friends. As soon as the air gets a chill, you can expect sweet aromas drifting outward from my kitchen, and the sound of laughter settling in.

Abstracts have been absent from my art library as of late. So, I decided to change that with this piece. The palette selection, shape arrangement, and title were all inspired by the fun of close friends and seasonal togetherness.

What was your latest “gathering” like? Do you have any planned this fall?

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday!

* & Enjoy that lunar eclipse!