Saturday, February 28, 2009

Locals, I apologize...

Locals, I apologize.

I found out yesterday that we couldn't (easily/affordably) get our hardpack* removed unless the service district called out for another snow removal**. So, I thought to myself, it would be great if we got 12 inches of snow by Sunday!

... and we woke up this morning to find about half of that already!

* Hardpack, for my southern friends, is the layered, solid snow that accumulates in moderate traffic areas - all the loose snow from the year packed down into a driveway glacier. It is very hard, and ours is at least 8 inches thick.

** 'Mobe' (Mobilization) is a big part of the expense of hiring equipment where we live - it can cost as much to GET the equipment here as it does to run it. If the equipment is already right here clearing snow off the roads, though, we can get the job done for much, much less and everybody wins. And the hardpack our driveway is bad enough now that a truck with a plow can't do the job, it will definitely take a loader or bulldozer.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Art of the Business of Fantasy Art Vol 2

It's here!

The Art of the Business of Fantasy Art, Vol 2 is in stock now. With a gorgeous cover by Jessica Douglas, this volume includes full color walkthroughs, tutorials, discussion about self-publishing, pricing art, work for hire contracts, dealing with art directors, maximizing your workspace and minimizing your footprint on the earth. The writers include C.E.Murphy, Ursula Vernon, Janet Chui, Theresa Mather, Layla Lawlor, R. Bail, Nicole Cadet, Annie Rodrigue, Melissa Acker, Megan Myers and Ellen Million. The very best of the articles from EMG-Zine 2007, stunningly laid out by Melissa Findley in a 92 page, 8.5 x 11 inch softcover. Currently on sale with subscription packages, bundled with vol 1, and individually.