Friday, 2 October 2015

Zazzle Store Opening

I've talked about this on Twitter, but it's now time to make it a bit more widely known. I've started up a Zazzle store. This is a print-on-demand art site, where they'll print designs on many things. Postcards, badges, clocks, t-shirts, cookies... all sorts of thing.

The initial designs are mostly older pictures of mine, including the clouds from above photographs and my shiny blue mushroom. Some of my older work can't be sold. For example, a lot of zoos have a no commercial photography agreement. And some of it is too small to print well. But I'll put up the things that don't have those issues.

My first new design is also finished, which came from thinking it'd be great to have a smiley face design, only with spiders. I'll be adding to the store when I can, but until then, here it is:

My Zazzle Store is here!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Story at Lackington's

Raindrops in a puddle

I have a new short story at Lackington's, as part of their beldam issue. It's based around English river hag folklore, with a side helping of cosmic knowledge and imaginary time.

Story Link: After the Rain

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Solstice Octopus!

I got an Amazon giftcard for the solstice and I used it to get this octopus. It's very soft! And made by Wild Republic.

Cuddly octopus

Cuddly octopus from the top

Cuddly octopus is watching you

Monday, 1 December 2014

Story/Art at Unlikely Story

Cartoon Honeybee

In my (probably) last story of the year, "On Shine Wings" is up at Unlikely Story. It's part of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology and it's all about bees! In space!

Story Link: On Shine Wings

You'll also note the artist for the story has a stunning resemblance to me, making this my first art sale. The art piece is titled "Spacebees", because my ability to title doesn't when it comes to pictures. It's acrylic paint, tea and ink on watercolour paper.

Monday, 29 September 2014

New Fighter Fish - Shimmer

The tank I mentioned in my last writing diary now has a resident. Shimmer is a female fighter fish, and is probably between six months and one year old. She's white, with iridescent blue highlights on the fins and tail. As it's her first day, I didn't hassle too much with photographs. The best I got was this one:

White female fighter fish by an anubias plant

I also took a few videos, which I'll likely put together later in a setting-up-a-tank video series. But here are a few still shots from them. The last shows how blue her tail can look as she moves:

White female fighter fish with light shining through her

Back view of white female fighter fish, with her tail shining bright blue

She's generally settling in well. She's clamping her fins a bit (not so much in the shots, but other times), which is usual after a scary day moving to a new tank. She's really enjoying picking off little critters from the driftwood and plants, so I can recommend spending a little extra time on setting up a proper soil-based planted tank. It's not that my previous fighter tanks were bad, but this one is much more awesome for the fish.

In about a month, I'll introduce amano shrimp. The place I get my fish keeps the fighters in with other fish, so I've had a chance to see how she deals with tankmates. She had some very tiny fish in with her and was ignoring them, which is a good sign for being a tankmate-friendly fighter.