Ascent

We are turning a new corner here at CardCastles and would like you to join us.

Plans are in the works for quite a few changes in the upcoming months. We will no longer be doing our regular #SleepySundays posts for the remainder or the year.

We are also unsure if we will be resurrecting #31Nightmares for this upcoming October. This will depend largely on community demand.

These pauses are for good reason. We are working on something much bigger as a team here at home for the future of our business, Snapping Turtle, that has been playing a larger role here these past few years.

I am also individually working on three book-related projects the rest of this summer, and likely into the fall.

We will certainly miss the old traditions for a while, but times, they are a-changin’ —and with it, so are we.

Updates will come as these changes go into effect. We thank you for your continued support. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for news about upcoming diaries and anything else as we near the end of this summer.

Sleepy Sundays: Nimble

Nimble © 2017 Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

The northeast region got blasted this weekend with some icy winds making it seem like the dead of winter when it’s really still fall. We’ve got a bunch of important milestones coming up for our son in his schooling. There are some changes going on in just about every aspect of my life. They are achy changes, but changes I am willing to accept. Some of this overdose of new I’m even starting to like.

This character concept that almost didn’t happen due to a busy schedule and some technical issues, was inspired by a busted mouse. No not an actual little furry guy, don’t worry. Nope, it was a busted mouse that I very much need in order to create any illustration at all. We had to replace it in order for me to be able to keep working, even in the midst of other family obligations.

I’m going to let my son name him. I think this little mouse would be cute for holiday greetings as well. He may make more appearances.

Has anything broken on you lately? Did you make the best of it?

Have a peaceful Sunday!

Friends on the East Coast, stay warm!

Clearing Out the Clouds


Above is the message sent out to my Instagram followers this morning. Right now, my Instagram account is just a close group mixture of friends, family, and clients. So, of course, they get to know everything first. If you’d like exclusive updates like this one, just pop on over to the CardCastles Instagram and hit the follow button.

As for things here, just like the above message states, #SleepySundays will resume in two weeks time to its normal scheduling. In the meantime, you may see a bunch of pieces moving and shifting about in the clouds. I assure you, this is all part of something much larger than CardCastles itself and when the full shift is made by the end of 2017, you will start to see the changes.

Everything will begin to operate from one central hub — here. My services have become a sort of small business in about a year’s time, and this place is going to start to reflect that. Thank you for being so patient with me with these ever-changing cards I’m dealt.

It’s been a fantastic journey. I look forward to the months ahead. Brace yourselves. There is so much more to show you this 2017.

Light Speed

Light Speed
Photo art made from some old photos I’d taken in NY.

It’s Monday and a lot of us are back to the busy. That thought got me thinking of how fast our lives move sometimes, much like the hustle and bustle of the city.

Do you have a busy week?

Have a wonderful week everyone.
See you on July 24th for the CardCastles Artist Spotlight. All are invited!

Share Your Stories

As some reading may know, I also contribute over at Stories That Must Not Die. Starting yesterday, I will be taking your submissions from now until June 15th. If you are interested in submitting a story here are the details:

  • Our subject matter is not limited right now. It simply has to be about a difficult/strange experience you’ve had in your life. (Usually it’s something that doesn’t quite fit in on another blog.)
  • If you wish to submit your story anonymously, that can be arranged.
  • The slots I have to fill are listed on the calendar chart below.

June 2014 scheduleSo, just to be clear, I have open slots for:

Thursday the 5th
Tuesday the 10th
Thursday the 12th

You can contact us on our submissions page, direct message/tweet us @RawrStories on Twitter or send me an email here through CardCastles.

I look forward to hearing from you! Please share this post wherever you can and help spread the word.