Artist Interview: John Carenen

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John Carenen
Copyright John Carenen


 

L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
John Carenen: “My home town is Clinton, Iowa, an old Mississippi River town and the birthplace of Lillian Russell, the first sex symbol in the movies.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
John Carenen: “My artistic expression is words, fictional, novel-length.”

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Back to the Daily Grind: Goals, Mail, Coffee (Not in that Order)

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It's still a long road ahead. Copyright LeeAnn Adams (L. N. Holmes)

I would like to be a light to others in many ways. A light illuminates one’s surroundings, provides a bit of warmth, and can enable one to move forward with confidence. As I travel through the unknown territory of the literary world, I hope to create a small path for those behind me that will make their own journeys — if only for a moment — a bit easier.

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Flash Fiction, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi, Lit Mags?

While researching literary magazines to submit my work to, I’ve run into a snag. As expected, most of these publications have different submission guidelines. What I didn’t expect was how few of these took anything outside of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of my work does qualify for this — but not the majority.

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The Battle for ‘Chick Lit’: Jennifer Weiner and Exposure Equality

Photo taken by Rodrigo Fernández.

Jennifer Weiner at Miami Book Fair International.
Photo taken by Rodrigo Fernández.

A New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner has been battling big names for quite a while now. You may know her from her books Good in Bed and In Her Shoes — as well as from many other books, short stories, and articles. She is successful and knows the industry, which is why she is speaking out.

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Jeff Koterba Copyright LeeAnn (Holmes) Adams a. k. a. L. N. Holmes

I had the privilege to attend a reading by Jeff Koterba today. He is a political cartoonist and an independent. During the reading, he mentioned that he disliked the current squabbling in congress and carefully chose his political commentary on an issue-by-issue basis. Witty and humble, Koterba has been a political cartoonist at his local paper for the past 25 years. He dedicated his book Drawing You In to his mother because she has clipped and kept every single cartoon he has illustrated from the paper to date.

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Jeff Koterba
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Notes for a Novel

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Copyright L. N. Holmes a. k. a. LeeAnn (Holmes) Adams

So I discovered quite a bit when researching for my NaNoWriMo novel. I learned that chicken of the woods makes a good meat substitute, hence its name. I learned that Valerian root is rumored to help with insomnia among other things. Also, I reaffirmed the difference between a lamb and a sheep.

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Copyright LeeAnn (Holmes) Adams a. k. a. L. N. Holmes

It was my goal to write 60,000 words by the end of October. Instead, I met that goal yesterday. I am still trying to figure out how this happened. I took a picture of it to prove it to the world.

Yes, it happened.

Yes, it happened.

I also wrote a flash fiction story, a poem, conducted research on 30+ literary agencies, and have written at least one blog post every day since beginning A Vase of Wildflowers. I am going to wrap up my story within the next couple of days and then it is on to revisions. I am hoping prayer and hard work will be my ticket into the big leagues. Wish me a blessed journey.

Artist Interview: Taylor Hayes

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Taylor Hayes/Copyright Taylor Hayes Art


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Taylor Hayes: “My hometown is Roanoke, Virginia. It is about 2 hours north of where I currently live, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It’s not too far, but just far enough.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Taylor Hayes: “
As a visual artist (visit Taylor Hayes’s official site), I work in mixed media, which basically means whenever I create a piece I use multiple mediums in overlapping layers. Sometimes those mediums are acrylic paint, pencil, pen, marker, collage, screen printing, you name it. I stick to 2-dimensional art for the most part and sometimes I play around with design but my main focus is on printmaking and painting.

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Mind Tricks: Avoiding the Sticky Trap of Procrastination

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As a writer, I am naturally curious. I’ve scrolled for hours on blog feeds, killed half a day interacting with people on Facebook, and devoted a great deal of time to industry research. When inside of a bookstore, it’s like I’m sucked into a vortex or a maze and can’t find my way out because there are so many traps keeping me inside (Neil Gaiman books, Marvel comics, books by emerging authors, and interesting Christian fiction titles). When I am at festivals — especially food festivals — I get caught up in the medieval magic of live, upbeat music and merchants hawking their wares.

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Awkward Author Photo Contest: Yours Truly Needs Your Vote

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The OTHER photo I didn’t submit./Awkward Author Photo Contest/Copyright L. N. Holmes

So today I was featured in the Awkward Author Photo Contest on Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds blog. I can honestly say that I am honored and thrilled to be part of this nerd clown contest. I am number 62 in the flickr album. I would really appreciate your vote.

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Artist Interview: Mark Marshall

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As an attempt to support other artists — of any type — I will occasionally post some interviews of people who work in a particular artistic vocation. These interviews allow for a closer look into different artists’ lives and raises awareness for their talents. The first artist in this series is Mark Marshall, a professional photographer.

L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Mark Marshall: “Wherever I live. Okay, originally Wilmington, Ohio. To be even more specific, it was a wide spot in the road named New Antioch, Ohio.”

L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Mark Marshall: “My chosen artistic profession is photography and I generally do landscapes/ cityscapes but I also use the images I get to blend with scripture, poems, personal writings and quotes to express my views and outlooks on life.”

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Banned Books Week: Be a Rebel

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

It is Banned Books Week and I am excited to participate. As an attempt to combat censorship, this event encourages people to read books that have been targeted for removal from libraries, schools, and bookstores. For more information about the event, please visit the website here.

While I appreciate the opposite side of this argument (often parents concerned with the mental well-being of their children), I stand firmly with the idea of no censorship. How are we to learn and grow if we cannot have the opportunity to see the world through multiple perspectives? How can we defend our own beliefs if we do not know the arguments of others?

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The Remnants of Summer: A Writing Prompt

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I cannot help but feel a sense of nostalgia and sadness when summer begins to meld with autumn. I try to look to the trees as they change their leaves in dramatic fashion instead of the flowers dying in their beds. The chilly weather is not a welcome long-term guest. The only thing that pulls me through this season toward the inevitable demise of winter is the availability of apples and pumpkins.

Here is a writing prompt for those who love summer as much as I do.

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Mr. Patience Grasshopper

I am extremely impatient. Although I’ve made considerable progress on my novel, all I can think about is the day it is accepted by a publisher. It’s good to have goals, but I also have to tell myself to live in the moment. If I don’t appreciate the journey, then the destination won’t be very satisfying.

I will be still, for I know from Whom all blessings flow.