Monday, April 6, 2009

Authors & Artists (Part 1)

As promised in my last post, here are the first ten books and CD covers. As you will see, some of the photos and titles matched up surprisingly well.

I currently have 65 pages of 40 photos each stored at Photobucket. You selected the page number and I chose the first appropriate image on that page (vertical/portrait for the book cover or horizontal/landscape for the CD). Book and CD titles were inspired by the last several words of a random quote taken from the Quotations Page. Each of those pages has 10 options and I also chose the quote which corresponded to the number you gave me. If you selected 23, then the fifth random quote on the page contained your title (2 + 3 = 5). The full quotation follows each cover below. CD artist names came from the first random Wikipedia page title and author names were generated by Behind the Name.

Presented below, in the same order as your comments, are our new authors and artists.


Photowannabe is the proud author of The Principle of Equal Partnership written under the pseudonym Alannah Aatto. After perusing her book, please have a look at her beautiful photography over at her blog Photowannabe.

"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership." ~ Ann Landers


Maggie May, writing under the name Mareike Leith is the now-published author of What You Do Not Understand. Once you've read this book from cover to cover, stop by to visit her at Nuts in May. Her posts and photography are always top-notch.

"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand." ~ Leonardo Da Vinci


Tink who is also known as author Ryanne Barney has recently published her suspense thriller I Was a Suspect. When you're done with this page-turner, head on over to Tink's always-entertaining, blog Pickled Beef where she hosts Tuesday's Weekly Words Challenge - a great photography meme.

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. ~ Steven Wright


Scientist by day and hopeless romantic by night, Protege's blog Life, Work and Pleasure reflects her wonderful quest for leisure, learning and love. Take a trip through the blogopshere and visit her in Denmark. You won't be sorry. Protege's musical career has recently come together. She and her pseudo rock band, Horn-Bad Meinberg have just released their first CD, More Healing Than Friendship.

"To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship." ~Thomas Moore


Lawstude is another fine photographer and you can see his wonderful work over at Lawstude's Journeys. His novel, If The Goods Are Worthless, was written under the pseudonym Elfrieda Jacinto.

"Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless." ~ Sinclair Lewis


My namesake, Hilary is a weaver of fine rugs and place mats at her studio Crazy As A Loom. If you visit her blog at Because Every Thread Counts she might let you take a stroll through her labyrinth. Hilary recently published her latest book By Moonlight under the pen name Sedna Jef.

"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight." ~ Robertson Davies


Shrinky is a wonderful blog writer who tugs at your emotions. She will draw tears in one post and have you giggling and snorting at the next. Whatever the subject matter, serious or silly, she always writes from the heart. Do yourself a favour and pay her a visit at Shrink Wrapped Scream. As Scarlet Boghos, she proudly displays her latest book On the Track of Truth.

"The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth." ~ George Eliot


Mental P Mama's blog always entertains. You never know what she'll post about next, but you can be sure it will be a kick. Join the fun by visiting her at Mental Pause Mama. MPM and her band, Motor Coach Industries have just released their latest CD Wish to Forget It.

"Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it." ~ Michel de Montaigne


Simply put, Lime is hilarious. Her sense of humour never fails to brighten my day whether she's giving a cooking tutorial on video or sharing snapshots of her latest visits with her relatives and fellow-blogger Suldog. If you're in need of a smile, giggle or belly laugh, make sure you drop by House of Lime. Antoinette Rūta is Lime's pen name for her recently published book, A Primal Calling.

"Part of understanding the creative urge is understanding that it's primal. Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling, it's a primal calling." ~ Hugh Macleod


Leah's is among the first blogs I've visited and I continue to do so regularly. She often posts wonderful nature photos, and always reminds us of the importance of gratitude. Wander on over to The Goat's Lunch Pail for a blog you'll likely visit often. Leah's pseudo novel as written by Guinevere Conlaoch is called Power Can But Whisper.

"Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper." ~ Dr. Thomas Fuller


I'll have a few more in a day or several.


Michelle H. said...

This was fantastic! I can't wait to see the second part!

Daryl said...

Oh this is just too fun .. and so 'splain to me did you randomly choose the photo or is there some selection process tied into the name generator?

abb said...

This is very clever! Did you take all the photos?

Jinksy said...

You are a true graphic artist! xxx

Zuzana said...

Oh my goodness Hilary, I am lost for words!;))
This became incredible! I love my cover, thank you so much, you did so well.;)I love the detail of the picture and the idea behind it.
And it was thoroughly interesting to read all the other covers. I am so impressed. You are so very talented.;)
Just like Michelle, I am looking forward to more.;)))

Suldog said...

Those are fun. Someday, Hilary, someday, for real :-)

Frank Baron said...

Very nifty marriage of pics and quotes. Bravo Hil. :)

Mental P Mama said...

Wow. Here I am just reading along, and BAM. I'm included! I am in some amazing company here. Thank you for the props, and I hope everyone enjoys my band;)

Indrani said...

Very clever!
You have linked all. Well done, Hilary!
I will visit them.

Leah J. Utas said...

"Guinevere Conlaoch... Power Can But Whisper."
I so want to use that as a pen name for something and I love my book title.
Thanks so much for letting me play.

scarlethue said...

That's too funny! Some of the pictures are more than perfect with their titles.

Thanks for the compliment on my photos. I can't wait for summer when I get to go somewhere fun and take pictures beyond my backyard and little town.

JC said...

Wow!!! Wonderful!

Country Girl said...

You've gone and done a lot of work on these. It shows. This is a great post and I'm looking forward to more!

Hilary said...

I love it, Hilary....great job. I love them all.
The link to my blog doesn't work though, and that is my fault. The address is actually and I have "Because every thread counts" on the top of the blog, and it looks like that is the address......guess I should change that.

Russell said...

Whoa! I'm impressed! Now THAT takes a lot of time, work and creativity! Congratulations on doing such a wonderful job!

I enjoyed every one. I really liked the quote from Sinclair Lewis as I enjoy his writing a great deal. My favorite quote was from Robert Davies:

"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight."

That quote deserves to be framed!

Take care.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Wowser! This is great. :)

Reb said...

Wow, good job Hilary. That is a lot of work you are putting in there. Just wonderful and the photos are perfect.

Maggie May said...

Have no idea how you do this, but they are really lovely.
Roll on part two!

Merisi said...

This is simply amazing -
I am floored! :-)

I will have to come back to study all this with more time at hand.
I am intrigued.

SandyCarlson said...

These are remarkably beautiful and imaginative. You are a great graphic designer.

Dave said...

Well done Hilary. You have sure spent some time doing this! - Dave

Bubblewench said...

These really are awesome and so much fun!! Love this concept and results!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great job! VERY FUN!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Michelle.. much appreciated. :) Part two coming up soonish.

• Daryl, the photo related to the numbers (1 - 65) that you gave me - from the 65 pages of my Photobucket images. Yours will be in the next grouping. :)

• Thanks, TSanni. Yes, all of them are pre-existing photos of mine. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Jinsky. I actually do freelance graphical layouts - just not enough of them. Thanks for the visit and for your kind email. :)

• Thanks so kindly, Protege. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post because it's going to take a few more of them to complete all of the requests. ;)

• I hope so, Suldog. That would be very cool. :)

• Thanks, Frank. I love it when you applaud. ;)

• MPM, of course you're included.. such musical genius can't go unrecognized. ;) Thanks for playing along. :)

• Thank you, Indrani. I'm sure you'll enjoy following the links to some great blogs. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Leah. I grinned when that name came up. I thought it was so YOU. I'm glad you liked your "book." :)

• Scarlet Hue, I was surprised and pleased with how well some of them fit. Others (like the ones coming up next) not so much, but it's a fun process anyway. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, JC. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much, CG. It's taken more time than expected but fun to do nonetheless. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thanks, Hilary. I'm sorry about the link error. I fixed that as soon as I got your comment alert. Thanks for pointing it out. :) And no need to change your address - many (if not most) blogs have a different URL name than blog name. It was my mistake - I managed to get an extra character into the address link.

• Thanks so much for the very kind words, Russell. I'm glad you enjoyed the covers and the quotes. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Angie. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks so much, Reb. I very much appreciate the kind words. Yours is coming up in the next bunch. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Maggie May. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you very much, Merisi. I'm glad you like them and hope you'll be back soon. There'll be more coming up in a bit.. ish. :)

• Thanks very much, Sandy. Much appreciated. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Dave. More time than I had anticipated, yes. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Bubblewench. I'm glad you're enjoying them. Yours is among those that are coming up next.

• Thanks kindly, Cheffie. Yours is among the next bunch. :)

Pat - Arkansas said...

Wonderful! I love, love, love the quotes, and the photos, and the recipients' pseudo-names. Fantastic! More, more!

the Bag Lady said...

Incredible job, Hilary! You are so talented!
Looking forward to more.

Nancy said...

Oh my gosh! This was absolutely wonderful! I can't believe how well they match up. I also enjoyed your synopsis of the blogs.

Susan said...

Aren't these just too much fun! You are so clever.

Woman in a Window said...

YOU did this all? I was thinking people submitted them. Wonderful work! Holy how, you've outdone yourself!

Tink said...

LMAO! That was awesome! Fitting that I won third place in the axe throwing contest this year *shines medal*. ;)

Crabby McSlacker said...

These came out so wonderfully!

And I think I would buy most of those books if I saw them in a bookstore.

Plus, you introduced me to some great blogs that were new for me. What an awesome idea!

Oman said...

Great Job on the book Hilary. That was really awesome. Not sure about the lady pseudonym though lol. Thank You.

lime said...

oh that was great fun. and yes some of the images and quotes matched up eerily well!

i just love the quote that came up for mine. wonderful. looking forward to seeing the rest.

photowannabe said...

Absolutely fantastic Hilary. Thanks so much for all the hard work and making me an author...too fun.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

That was genius Hilary! You really area an artiste.

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Pat. More coming up very soon. :)

• Thanks, Baggie. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very kindly, L of L. I'm glad you're enjoying the other blogs. :)

• Thanks very much, Susan. :)

• Thank you every so much, WIAW. Very much appreciated. :)

• Too funny, Tink. That worked out in so many ways. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Crabby. I'm glad you're enjoying these wonderful bloggers. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Lawstude. I thought it would be amusing to cross genders on one of the pseudonyms.. you were it. Thanks for dropping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Lime. I'm glad you enjoyed them. There's more coming up pretty soon. :)

• Thanks, Sue. I had fun with them and I'm happy you enjoyed it. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks so much for the kind words, MamaGeek. :)

Anonymous said...

I am in awe of your ability to pull this together so beautifully. If I wasn't so floored, I'd be on my feet with a standing ovation. For now, I will just clap from here. BRAVO!!

Hilary said...

Aww thank you, KC.. you're too sweet. :)

Susan English Mason said...

This was fun. I appreciate the hard work it must have taken to do these creative masterpieces. I am off now to visit the bloggers and congratulate them on their CDs and books.

SandyCarlson said...

"What You Don't Understand" cracks me up. What does that gull know?

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Pouty. I do see that you've been all over the blogosphere doing exactly that. That's so kind of you to do. Much appreciated. :)

• Sandy, gulls are all-knowing! And as Cyndi Lauper once said, "Gulls just wanna have fun." ;) Thanks for the revisit. :)

Shrinky said...

Oh, I love, love, love my book! Scarlett, oooooh, I've always fancied myself as a Scarlett - giggle - how did you know?

Hilary, thank you so much for the kind words in your review, it means a lot to have someone I admire so much have good things to say about my work. Big hugs bonny lass, you have made my day. (x)

Hilary said...

Thank YOU so much, Shrinky. I'm glad you liked your book. Thanks always for the kindest of comments. :)