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Death Sparkles Blog Tour

Sat Oct 20, 2012, 9:04 PM
Death Sparkles Anthology by PJFriel    Stop #4 on the Death Sparkles Blog Tour – Murder & Mayhem in Nine Voices!


In case some of you were unaware, I made my publishing debut on October 12th.  I am one of nine authors who wrote stories for the anthology, DEATH SPARKLES.  This anthology centers on a prompt sentence – "The diamond necklace dangled from the dead woman's hand."  Being associated with such talented authors who each have such wonderful, distinct voices is truly an honor.
As an artist, I have been a part of the "support team," I guess you would call it, of several authors.  I offer my talents as a graphic designer to publishing companies and self-publishing authors in the form of book covers and marketing materials.  For DEATH SPARKLES, I was both support and author.  

It has been an eye-opening experience.  

My inbox has exploded with emails about editing, galley proofs (that last chance copy of your story to catch anything wrong before the book goes to print), cover issues, publishing formats, marketing materials, advertising and blog tours.  It's been wildly chaotic, but magnificent.  The energy generated by nine authors all focused on a single endeavor could power a starship.  I feel like I'm standing on the bridge of the Enterprise, looking at George Takei saying, "Warp factor 5, Mr. Sulu!"

Awesome.  :)

Knowing all that, you'll understand why I think the following picture is so funny.  Beam me up with Mr. OCD Darcy by PJFriel

I received it from my friend and fellow contributing author of DEATH SPARKLES, Nina Benneton.  Nina had been on a trip with her family to Madame Tussauds, the famous wax museum in Hollywood.  While there, her husband came up with the idea of putting her book, COMPULSIVELY MR. DARCY, on the various figures and taking a picture.  

Hilarity friggin' ensued.  

Nina sent me pictures with subject lines like "Forest says read Compulsively Mr. Darcy" and "Robin likes the book."  At first I thought she had used Photoshop on pictures of the actors to put her book with them.  (I'm an artist!  What else was I supposed to think?!)  THEN she told me what she had actually done.  Reference the afore mentioned hilarity.  When she told me that she had gotten a picture of William Shatner's figure with her book, I begged for a copy.  I'm a huge Star Trek fan and I loved Nina's contemporary take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, so that was one photo I had to have.  Nina's subject line for that picture?  "Beam me up with Mr. OCD Darcy."

One ticket to Madame Tussauds?  $20.  William Shatner's wax figure recommending COMPULSIVELY MR. DARCY?  Priceless.

So now that we know that the stars are all recommending Nina's book, I'd like to ask you a question, dear audience.  What actor, actress, singer or author recommendation would inspire you to instantly purchase a book?  I have a book to sell, after all, and I want to know whose recommendation will give me the most bang for my buck.  *wink*

You can purchase a copy of DEATH SPARKLES at Amazon www.amazon.com/dp/B009OX9V2W/r…  and Smashwords www.smashwords.com/books/view/…  

Coming soon to iBooks and Barnes & Noble!

It's reasonably priced (only $1.99!) and the proceeds are marked for donation to a literary charity.  Help us help them.

-PJ

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Excerpt from my story, THE NEEDING:

The diamond necklace dangled from the dead woman's hand.  Or had it? The woman's hand was empty now. Where had the necklace gone? Moments earlier, her hand had been clenching it, but now there was only blood, gathering from her slit wrist.  

"Detective, are you OK?" a man said behind her.

She looked around. Detective? Who was he speaking to?  There was no one else in the bedroom. She was alone with a dead woman. She turned and faced the man, who was dressed in a police uniform. "Are you talking to me?"

"Um. You're the only other person in here, ma'am. You were first on scene and asked us to leave you alone with the...with her almost an hour ago," the young officer said, giving her a confused look. "The CSI team would like to come in now."

She glanced down at her belt and saw a shiny badge clipped there, felt the weight of a gun hanging at her side. Her eyes went out of focus and she sucked in deep breath. I'm a detective? She scrambled for some logical explanation as to why her mind was a complete blank, but her thoughts were a fog, wispy and formless.  She decided to bluff her way through it and pasted a smile on her face, nodding.  "I'm fine. I was just thinking."
"Are you sure? You're looking a little pale." He stepped closer to her.  

She held up a hand. "No, really. I'm fine. I'm done here.  You can take her away...or whatever." She brushed by the officer, praying that he didn't try to stop her. What the hell is going on? Where am I? Who am I?

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Next up on the DEATH SPARKLES blog tour is Nina Benneton!  Nina interviewed yours truly about my story, THE NEEDING, and about my process as an artist.  I was stunned to discover that I actually DO have processes.  Wow!  View the interview here - www.ninabenneton.com/37-death-…

KT Wagner, author of the short story SHINY THINGS, also posted about our Anthology.   - northernlightsgothic.com/blog

Also, please check out the 3rd stop on the DEATH SPARKLES blog tour--Devon Ellington's post about how her story, SEA DIAMOND, took form. - biblioparadise.wordpress.com/

  • Listening to: Soundtrack from 300
  • Reading: a little Terry Goodkind
  • Watching: Nothing this weekend
  • Playing: At life
  • Eating: Healthy for a change
  • Drinking: Crystal Light Peach Tea (AWESOME!)

EPIC MOVIE POSTER CONTEST!!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 4, 2011, 6:55 AM
  • Listening to: Adele
  • Reading: Whiskey Sour by JA Konrath
  • Playing: with Poser
:iconscreeners:  is doing it again!  It's time for another Epic Movie Poster Contest!  Get the details here screeners.deviantart.com/blog/… and enter to win fantastic prizes!

Tales of Obscuro

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 12, 2011, 1:16 PM
  • Listening to: Adele
  • Reading: Whiskey Sour by JA Konrath
  • Playing: with Poser
My friend David :iconezekielcrowe: has started a graphic novel and I'm so excited about it that just had to share it with you all.

David's artwork has always amazed me because of the details he works into every image.  Seriously, I could stare at one of his pictures for an hour and still find something that I hadn't noticed in the past 60 minutes of staring.  

This newest project of his is a collection of tales about the imaginary town of Obscuro.  Set in an Victorian-Edwardian era, the tales will feature that most mysterious of creatures...cats. :)  

And now, without further ado, I introduce the beginning pages of David's first tale from Obscuro...

Sanctus Sanatorium!  www.talesofobscuro.com/

Enjoy.  I certainly am!





                     P.S.  Isn't this journal the most beautiful
                     thing that you've ever seen?!  If you like it,
                     please visit :iconlockjavv: and check out his
                     work.  You won't be sorry.  :D

We did it!

Journal Entry: Sun May 1, 2011, 3:18 PM


Thank you to everyone who voted for my book cover for the April Sassy Brit Book Cover Award!  Your votes took me into the winner's circle!  I'm so fortunate to have so many people willing to go out of their way to campaign for me.  I can't thank you enough.  :hug:  You're all awesome!


www.alternative-read.com/ourbo…

Need your votes!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 11, 2011, 9:00 PM


My book cover is up for a Sassy Brit Book Cover Award!   The name of the book is "Kissed from Beyond."

Kissed from Beyond Book Cover by PJFriel


It's #2 on the list to the right hand side of the page.  Just go here - tjbook-list.blogspot.com/2011/…

I'd really appreciate the vote if you think it's worthy.  :)

Shylydrya here!  It's my pleasure to bring you the next in our Featured Artist lineup at Dazzl3d -  chenoasart!  

After the Battle- H.S. by chenoasart     Winter's Embrace by chenoasart    Na'ilah--A Walk In The Forest by chenoasart    Gift of the Magi by chenoasart    Can You Keep A Secret by chenoasart

From adorable fairies to kick butt warrior women to pensive beauties, chenoasart's gallery has something for everyone.  Her combined skills in 3D and photomanipulation create a rich, intricate visual experience that makes her gallery a must-see.  Each piece is a study in not only human anatomy, but a delving into the emotional rollarcoaster we call life.

Please stop by her gallery and show her some love!
Check it out!  They're doing a viral marketing experiment.  See below:

We're doing an unprecedented viral test marketing campaign where your success in sharing this offer will allow you and others to get our amazing award winning animation and rendering software ( messiahStudio5 ) for the unheard of price of just $10 (regularly $499) or choose the Pro version for just $40 (regularly $1195).  When this experiment ends, the prices will return to normal.

Rules:  Everyone can only receive their license when the goal is met.  That's your incentive to spread the word and share the offer.

This offer is open to: Individuals, small businesses, hobbyists, starving artists, the unemployed, schools, students, CG studios, game developers, plugin developers, architects, tinkerers, compositors and aspiring movie makers, in any country.  Limit 4 copies per customer, mix and match.

  
Read more here - www.projectmessiah.com/x6/shop…

HOLY CRAP! Messiah Studio for $10. Pro for $40

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 9, 2011, 7:55 AM


Check it out!  They're doing a viral marketing experiment.  See below:

We're doing an unprecedented viral test marketing campaign where your success in sharing this offer will allow you and others to get our amazing award winning animation and rendering software ( messiahStudio5 ) for the unheard of price of just $10 (regularly $499) or choose the Pro version for just $40 (regularly $1195).  When this experiment ends, the prices will return to normal.

Rules:  Everyone can only receive their license when the goal is met.  That's your incentive to spread the word and share the offer.

This offer is open to: Individuals, small businesses, hobbyists, starving artists, the unemployed, schools, students, CG studios, game developers, plugin developers, architects, tinkerers, compositors and aspiring movie makers, in any country.  Limit 4 copies per customer, mix and match.

  
Read more here - www.projectmessiah.com/x6/shop…

OMG! I'm in love with Smith Micro!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 2, 2011, 3:22 PM


I just got an email from Smith Micro telling me that my artwork is going to be on the box of a new version of Poser they're releasing called Poser Debut!  Apparently, they went through their gallery and had an internal contest and my image was one that they've picked to be on the box.  :faint:

This is the image:

Mind's Eye by PJFriel

I am just beside myself.  I never would have dreamed that my work would be on the box of a software package.  

Much :heart: to :iconnmsmith:  You helped make this happen with your awesome tutorial, man!

  • Listening to: Proud by Heather Small
  • Reading: the email for the millionth time
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew - nectar of the gods
I'm a little late on the announcement (life is a pain sometimes), but the December issue of 3D Hobby Magazine is out and available for purchase on the 3D Hobby site!

This issue we have artwork and articles by the below very talented Deviant Artists!

Tales of Liyerath - Chapter 2: Justice Among Men
Featuring the artwork of the ever creative and awesome :iconnightsongws:
and the plotline work of that diabolical genius :iconrt73:
and my own humble wordsmithing. :iconpjfriel:

:iconiamuman: - Shares his secrets to breathtaking lighting in Daz Studio

:iconrussel2512: - Featured Community Artist - His Christmas artwork is absolutely gorgeous!

:iconmikejensen: - An interview with the talented author of Zen of ZBrush

:iconj-o-r-d-i: - Jordi shares his knowledge of Sculptris with us



And the Community contest winners!

Dazzl3d Victorian Age Contest Winners:

1st place - :iconnorellaangelique:

2nd place - :icondarknightgraphx:

3rd place - :iconecathe:

Honorable Mention - :iconean-sze:


3D Artist Club Mini World Contest Winner:

:iconchoudryarif:

A special thank you goes out to our sponsor: :icondarksealstudios:


And much more!  Get your issue now!  3dhobbymag.com/3d-hobby-magazi…

3d Hobby Magazine - December Issue!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 8, 2011, 8:17 PM


I'm a little late on the announcement (life is a pain sometimes), but the December issue of 3D Hobby Magazine is out and available for purchase on the 3D Hobby site!

This issue we have artwork and articles by the below very talented Deviant Artists!

Tales of Liyerath - Chapter 2: Justice Among Men
Featuring the artwork of the ever creative and awesome :iconnightsongws:
and the plotline work of that diabolical genius :iconrt73:
and my own humble wordsmithing.  :)

:iconiamuman: - Shares his secrets to breathtaking lighting in Daz Studio

:iconrussel2512: - Featured Community Artist - His Christmas artwork is absolutely gorgeous!

:iconmikejensen: - An interview with the talented author of Zen of ZBrush

:iconj-o-r-d-i: - Jordi shares his knowledge of Sculptris with us



And the Community contest winners!

Dazzl3d Victorian Age Contest Winners:

1st place - :iconnorellaangelique:

2nd place - :icondarknightgraphx:

3rd place - :iconecathe:

Honorable Mention - :iconean-sze:


3D Artist Club Mini World Contest Winner:

:iconchoudryarif:

A special thank you goes out to our sponsor: :icondarksealstudios:


And much more!  Get your issue now!  3dhobbymag.com/3d-hobby-magazi…

(A little bump of the news article would be much appreciated.  :D  news.deviantart.com/article/14… )

  • Listening to: Firework
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew - nectar of the gods
Voting for the Dazzl3d Victorian Age Contest is officially over and the winners have been announced!

Congratulations to the following:

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen:Honorable Mention:bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
Victorian Vintage by Ean-Sze
Victorian Vintage by Ean-Sze

:bulletyellow::bulletyellow:3rd:bulletyellow::bulletyellow:
Victorian Dream by Ecathe
Victorian Dream by Ecathe

:bulletred::bulletred:2nd:bulletred::bulletred:
Please suit yourself by DarkNightGraphX
Please Suite Yourself by DarkNightGraphX

:bulletblue::bulletblue:1st:bulletblue::bulletblue:
Portrait of the Princess by NorellaAngelique
Portrait of the Princess by NorellaAngelique

Prize List:
:bulletblue:1st place will receive:
Choice between a one month premium membership or a $5 voucher from DAZ3D.com.
$25 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com.
Full page feature in 3D Hobby Magazine with mini-interview

:bulletred:2nd place will receive:
One month membership to DeviantArt.
$15 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine

:bulletyellow:3rd place will receive:
$10 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine

:bulletgreen:Honorable Mention will receive:
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine (this may be more than one entry)


We've already started the next contest and are accepting submissions!
The theme is The 7 Deadly Sins and you can browse the entries thus far here.  Submissions will be accepted through January 31st.
Voting for the Victorian Age Contest is officially over and the winners have been announced!

Congratulations to the following winners!

:bulletgreen::bulletgreen:Honorable Mention:bulletgreen::bulletgreen:
Victorian Vintage by Ean-Sze
Victorian Vintage by Ean-Sze

:bulletyellow::bulletyellow:3rd:bulletyellow::bulletyellow:
Victorian Dream by Ecathe
Victorian Dream by Ecathe

:bulletred::bulletred:2nd:bulletred::bulletred:
Please suit yourself by DarkNightGraphX
Please Suite Yourself by DarkNightGraphX

:bulletblue::bulletblue:1st:bulletblue::bulletblue:
Portrait of the Princess by NorellaAngelique
Portrait of the Princess by NorellaAngelique

Prize List:
:bulletblue:1st place will receive:
Choice between a one month premium membership or a $5 voucher from DAZ3D.com.
$25 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com.
Full page feature in 3D Hobby Magazine with mini-interview

:bulletred:2nd place will receive:
One month membership to DeviantArt.
$15 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine

:bulletyellow:3rd place will receive:
$10 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine

:bulletgreen:Honorable Mention will receive:
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine (this may be more than one entry)


We've already started the next contest and are accepting submissions!
The theme is The 7 Deadly Sins and you can browse the entries thus far here.  Submissions will be accepted through January 31st.

  • Reading: Moonlight Bleu
  • Drinking: Peach Tea
The coming issue for 3D Hobby Magazine will be out in just a few weeks and we we're running a cover contest! Deadline is December 20th!

Winner will receive:
1. Featured on the cover of the December issue.
2. Several pieces of their artwork featured and (if winner wishes to participate)a mini-interview in the December issue
3. Free year's worth of 3D Hobby Magazine. (Dec 2010 - Dec 2011)

The requirements are as follows:
1. Images must be portrait NOT landscape.
2. Images should be 935(w) x 1210(h) and 110dpi
3. The theme is the Christmas/Holiday Season. Snowy or tropical, pine trees or palm trees...the vision is yours.
4. No nudity!
5. Image must be a 3D Render.  Postwork IS allowed!

Entries not chosen as the cover winner, may be selected for inclusion in our Holiday Gallery feature in the December issue. Images will only be used with the artist's approval, of course.

Entries should be submitted to the 3D Hobby Mag Contest thread here - www.3dhobbymag.com/kunena-foru…
The coming issue for 3D Hobby Magazine will be out in just a few weeks and we still have spots open for Holiday images.  If you're interested in submitting an image, send me a PM!

We're also running a cover contest!  

Winner will receive:
1. Featured on the cover of the December issue.
2. Several pieces of their artwork featured and (if winner wishes to participate)a mini-interview in the December issue
3. Free year's worth of 3D Hobby Magazine. (Dec 2010 - Dec 2011)

Entries not chosen as the cover winner, may be selected for inclusion in our Holiday Gallery feature in the December issue. Images will only be used with the artist's approval.


The requirements are as follows:
1. Images must be portrait NOT landscape.
2. Images should be 935(w) x 1210(h) and 110dpi
3. The theme is the Christmas/Holiday Season. Snowy or tropical, pine trees or palm trees...the vision is yours.
4. No nudity!
5. Must be a 3D Render, postworking IS allowed.


Please bump my news thread if you get a chance.  :)  news.deviantart.com/article/13…

  • Listening to: Proud by Heather Small
  • Reading: 3D Hobby Magazine
  • Drinking: Baja Blast
I am SO excited about this issue!  I did a redesign that's really clean and colorful and more importantly...The Artist and Scribe Guild makes its debut!  The ASG is the collaborative project of Rob Teubert, :iconnightsongws: and myself.  

In simple terms, the ASG is a modern day version of the bards of old.  Each issue we'll be telling the "Tales of Liyerath."  Liyerath is Rob's brain child. :)  He has spent years building this world and when I approached him with the idea of the ASG, he offered it up as a backdrop for my writing and Nightsong's artwork.  Working closely together with him, the story was plotted out and written and then illustrations were created to show key moments of the story.

Chapter 1 - And Never to Return introduces our readers to K'van, a young man carrying on the family business--burying the dead.  You can imagine what happens...or you can read about it in this issue of 3D Hobby Magazine.  ;)

You'll also see some familiar faces in this issue of 3D Hobby Magazine...

:icon3dstage: and :iconmichelle--renee: created the cover art and submitted an article on their collaborative process.

:iconnytcrawler: is our featured Community Artist and we show off some of his Halloween artwork which is just off the hook amazing.

We did an indepth interview with :iconfkdesign: and featured many of her gorgeous images.  It was such a pleasure interviewing her.  She's really an amazing woman.  :)

And the winners of the :icondazzl3d: "Favorite Movie" contest were all included in this issue along with a mini interview of the 1st place winner, :iconavia-sunanda:!

And we also talked to Paolo, the creator of Reality!  The man is seriously brilliant.  If you're using Reality then you want to read his tutorial in the magazine.  He share how to get realistic water with Reality in a step-by-step tutorial.

And our own :iconamethyst25: has a gorgeous render in our Halloween gallery!

And yeah...I'm going to shut up now cause I'm totally rambling.  Pick up the mag!  

October Issue of 3D Hobby Released!

Fri Oct 29, 2010, 7:38 PM
I am SO excited about this issue!  I did a redesign that's really clean and colorful and more importantly...The Artist and Scribe Guild makes its debut!  The ASG is the collaborative project of Rob Teubert, Nightsong and myself.  

In simple terms, the ASG is a modern day version of the bards of old.  Each issue we'll be telling the "Tales of Liyerath."  Liyerath is Rob's brain child. :)  He has spent years building this world and when I approached him with the idea of the ASG, he offered it up as a backdrop for my writing and Nightsong's artwork.  Working closely together, the story was plotted out and written and then illustrations were created to show key moments of the story.

Chapter 1 - And Never to Return introduces our readers to K'van, a young man carrying on the family business--burying the dead.  You can imagine what happens...or you can read about it in this issue of 3D Hobby Magazine.  ;)

You'll also see some familiar faces in this issue of 3D Hobby Magazine...

:icon3dstage: and :iconmichelle--renee: created the cover art and submitted an article on their collaborative process.

:iconnytcrawler: is our featured Community Artist and we show off some of his Halloween artwork which is just off the hook amazing.

We did an indepth interview with :iconfkdesign: and featured many of her gorgeous images.  It was such a pleasure interviewing her.  She's really an amazing woman.  :)

And the winners of the :icondazzl3d: "Favorite Movie" contest were all included in this issue along with a mini interview of the 1st place winner, :iconavia-sunanda:!

And we also talked to Paolo, the creator of Reality!  The man is seriously brilliant.  If you're using Reality then you want to read his tutorial in the magazine.  He share how to get realistic water with Reality in a step-by-step tutorial.

And our own :iconamethyst25: has a gorgeous render in our Halloween gallery!

And yeah...I'm going to shut up now cause I'm totally rambling.  Pick up the mag!  




  • Listening to: Proud by Heather Small
  • Reading: 3D Hobby Magazine
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew - Elixir of the Gods

OMG! I'm famous!!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 19, 2010, 10:34 AM
I found out yesterday that I won the Essay Contest that Smith Micro held for Poser's 15th Anniversary, but I wanted to wait until there was an official announcement before I said anything.  I had nightmares of getting an email saying, "Um.  I'm sorry, but we made a mistake.  You didn't win."  lol!

But here's the official announcement and that's my story!  :D

blog.smithmicro.com/

I'm just so completely blown away.  lol  :iconcheerplz:

  • Listening to: Skillet
  • Reading: Smith Micro's Blog
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew
We're proud to announce that we have our winners!  

:icondazzl3d: runs a contest for our members with a changing theme.  This time it was "Favorite Movie."  Below is our list of members and the prizes they receive.  To view all entries, check out the contest gallery...dazzl3d.deviantart.com/gallery…


1st place - Number 9 by Avia-Sunanda by Avia-Sunanda
2nd place - The Price by BergOne by Berg One
3rd place - by isikol
Honorable Mention - Man of Action by Le-Arc-7thHeaven by Le-Arc-7thHeaven

1st place will receive:
Choice between a one month premium membership or a $5 voucher from DAZ3D.com.
$25 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com.
Full page feature in 3D Hobby Magazine with mini-interview

2nd place will receive:
One month membership to DeviantArt.
$15 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine

3rd place will receive:
$10 in merchandise from RuntimeDNA.com
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine

Honorable Mention will receive:
Inclusion on the contest winner's page of 3D Hobby Magazine

Dazzl3d Contest Winners!

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 9, 2010, 3:46 PM



This last contest was based on Favorite Movie and we had a lot of great renders!  See them here...dazzl3d.deviantart.com/gallery…

And our big winners were:

1st place - Number 9 by Avia-Sunanda by Avia-Sunanda
2nd place - The Price by BergOne by Berg One
3rd place - by isikol
Honorable Mention - Man of Action by Le-Arc-7thHeaven by Le-Arc-7thHeaven

Congratulations!



  • Reading: 3D Hobby Magazine
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew