Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Authors & Artists (Part 2)

Below is another batch of pseudo book and CD covers. There will probably be one more group of them after this. Thanks everyone for playing along!


Head on over to Bubblewench's blog The Blogs of Life if you want to see her adorable cat, Karma giving step by step instructions on how to use a Wii Fit. It's quite amusing. Bubblewench's new CD In The Majority just hit music shops, placing her and her band, Polynomial Long Division at the top of the charts.

"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority." ~ Ralph W. Sockman


Daryl's beautiful photography, clever toons and wonderful writing style is her personal invitation to accompany her Out and About in New York City. Please visit her, and while you're there, congratulate her on her brand new bestseller A Reputation for Subtlety which she penned as Faustine Patton

"It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety." ~ Isaac Asimov


Phyllis is a microbiologist whose excellent blog provides daily information about food safety and recalls around the word. I know why she chose the number 60 - her recent milestone birthday. I guess aging has its downside though, among which is ailing memory. Phyllis gave me a number but didn't specify whether she wanted a book or a CD. Since it's her birthday and she's my cousin, I've decided to give her one of each. Sit back and read through the pages of her gripping novel Deeds Left Undone, written under her pseudonym Ava Moritz.

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

In her spare time, Phyllis joins the other members of her musical trio Chiasmatic Groove. Last year, they released this collection of mellow tunes on their popular CD Ordinary Days.

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Renae Meredith is a new blogger who has dipped her yellow nail-polished toes into the the blogging waters with ease. Please visit her and leave her a comment over at Autumn Leaves. Before you do, leaf through her latest novel Country of the Heart, written under her pseudonym Marjolaine Wibo.

"The family is the country of the heart." ~ Giuseppe Mazzini


DS has a wonderful blog over at Third-Storey Window. She's a lover of literature whose profile states "Peering out this window is like staring at Alice's Looking Glass; nothing is ever quite what it seems. Thank God it's only the third storey, in case I have to jump..." Why not pop over and give her a visit? Before you do, please have a look inside her latest literary release The Long Run, as penned by Hadiya Srecko.

"An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run." ~ Sydney J. Harris


If you're thinking of trying something new and delicious for dinner tonight, drop by Cheffie-Mom's blog Dishing With Debbie a.k.a. How I Overcooked My Family. She's talented, funny and always amusing. Even her newly-released CD reflects food and eating. Sit back and listen to Birds Might Eat Them by Cheffie/Debbie's family band, Skyritida. (I cheated a bit with this one. I reversed the image so that I had an open area to work with on the left. I also used a second image, that of the bird which I extracted from this image - also reversed.)

"Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them." ~ Dr. Martin Henry Fischer


You're in good company if you are one of Reb visitors over at Sibu Pegasus Power, where her fine photography and occasional mini-rants aways entertain. But lately, Reb has been In Bad Company. That's the title of her new CD released by her rock band Hachinohe Expressway. Give it a listen while you head over to visit her.

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~ George Washington


UmmFarouq is one of the newer visitors to my blog and the first (that I know of) from Jordan. She writes about her life in the Middle East in her delightful blog Southern Muslimah subtitled "She's More Than A Girl In A Headdress." Please pop by her place for a visit and then pop her band 3D Monster Maze's new CD Treat Us As Equals in the player.

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." ~ Sir Winston Churchill


Dianne keeps us entertained with her blog Forks Off the Moment where she often writes about those in the field of entertainment, and proves her fine writing skills with Wordzzle challenges. Pay her a visit after you pick up her new novel Dreams of Thy Youth as penned by Peigi Tecumseh.

"Keep true to the dreams of thy youth." ~ Friedrich von Schiller


Redbush is truly a fine artist. You can see some of her marvelous paintings over at her blog Redbush's Brambles. While there, congratulate her and her band The Accursed Kings for the release of their new CD, Sleep With the Earth.

"Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." ~ Walt Whitman


Mom to a toddler, and expecting twins this summer, MamaGeek keeps a fine blog called What Works For Us where she shares some of her lovely photography. Make sure you stop by to let her know if you enjoyed her new novel What We Pretend To Be penned as author Innes Levi.

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." ~ Kurt Vonnegut


Country Girl is a fabulous photographer who likes to work with textures. She lives in a wonderful old farm house with her husband, and a beautiful Border collie named George. Please visit her at Chronicles of a Country Girl. As Mirthe Terrence, her best-selling novel With Wind and Self Righteousness will enchant you up to the last page.

"Vegetarianism is harmless enough, though it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness." ~ Sir Robert Hutchinson


I hope you enjoy them. There will be one final groups in a few(ish) days.


steviewren said...

What We Pretend To Be brought a big smile to my face. Perfect picture to match the name. I also love the swirling skirt on Treat Us As Equals. I remember the blog entries where you used the original images of both.

ds said...

Oh, I enjoyed looking at all of these--they were so much fun! Also a lot of work for you. Thank you. I'll let you know when The Long Run is available in paperback ;)
Hadiya Srecko (watch out! I may actually adopt this as a pseudonym; it's a hoot) ds

Renae Meredith said...

I love my book cover, title and pseudonym! You couldn't possibly know how very much it brings together so many things I love. There is a special place in my heart for images of pathways that disappear around corners and curves. I love, love, love it!

Indrani said...

WoW! Hilary. Initially it sounded a bit confusing. Now I am seeing the fun in it. Very creative.

UmmFarouq said...

Treat Us as Equals! Oh my, you couldn't have penned a better CD title. Love, love, love it! Thanks for all of your work in this endeavor.

UmmFarouq said...

And I just noticed another blogger, Renae, said "love, love, love it!" Great minds and all. :)

Tabor said...

I also remember some of the images in their original blog entries and find it very creative what you have done! I did not enter because you had sooo many requests almost immediately. Really great blog idea.

Mental P Mama said...

Another amazing compilation. You have such a fun and creative vision Ms. Hilary. That skirt is wonderful!

Zuzana said...

I really do not know what else to say; except why aren't you designing covers for living??
I love them all; but my favorite is: "Country of the heart".
I love the sentiment and the picture.

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - these are amazing! You are so talented and creative.

Can hardly wait for the next installment. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Those are wonderful.

Daryl said...

I am SO totally ROTFLMFJAO .. ahem .. subtlety is my middle name NOT

This is so fun and thanks for taking the time to do it .. xo

Bubblewench said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am enjoying these so much! Think I may have perma-grin today from this post!

Thank YOU!!!

What an awesome job!

lime said...

another fun set and i have to say the image that goes with "what we pretend to be" makes me giggle since you shared the story behind it.

Michelle H. said...

I can't think of any reader appreciation that would be better than what you are doing with this series. Kudos, Hilary!

Anonymous said...

"It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety." ~ Isaac Asimov

great quote. You have given a list of blogs I do not know at all! Thanks, Hilary! I love how you did this.

Angie Ledbetter said...

These are fab and show off your talents. :)

Reb said...

Hilary, these are all so wonderful and the work you put into them is incredible. Thank you for my "Bad Company" cover ;)

Nancy said...

The are just wonderful. So creative. You are amazing. The quotes below are terrific. Thanks!

Cheffie-Mom said...

The covers are so much fun! What a talent you have! Great job!

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Anonymous said...

All very clever, Hilary. You never stop amazing me with your creativity. :)

Russell said...

Wow! I'm impressed! These images are terrific and the thought you put into this is unbelievable!

You are one very talented person!! Whoa!!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Steviewren. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Yours will be coming up in the next bunch. :)

• Thanks, DS aka Hadiya. I'm pleased that you had fun with this.. I sure did too. :)

• Reanae, I'm so happy that you're pleased with your book cover. Thanks so much for playing along. :)

• Thanks, Indrani. Yours is coming up soonish. :)

• UmmFarouq, when that title came up, it made me smile. Sometimes they just work out nicely.. despite the tartan. ;) Thanks for participating. :)

• Thanks, Tabor. Yes, there were more people participating than I'd anticipated. I didn't think the entries would take up three blog posts.. but it has. One more to go. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much MPM. Your kind words are always so appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Protege. I kind of thought you'd like that one best. Thanks always for the sweet words. :)

• Thanks muchly, Baggie. The last installment will be coming up sometime soon. :)

• Thank you, Leah. :)

• Thanks, Daryl. I'm glad that gave you a laugh. I'm sure it was a soft, subtle laugh. ;)

• Thank YOU, Bubblewench. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Your kind comment put that smile on my face too. :)

• Thanks, Lime. Pretty much all of the photos have appeared on my blog before, but that one was so recent. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks so much Michelle. Though I really enjoyed playing with the mock covers, I also wanted to link to, and share some fellow-bloggers. Thanks for noticing that. :)

• Thanks so much, MT. I'm sure you'll find some fine new reading. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Angie. Much appreciated. :)

• You're very welcome, Reb, and thank YOU for the kind words and for participating. :)

• Thaks so much, L of L. Your kind words mean a great deal to me. I'm glad you like the post. :)

• Thanks very much, Cheffie. I'm glad you're enjoying them. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind words, Sandra. I hope you're feeling better real soon! :)

• Thanks so much, Russell. That really means a lot to me. :)

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Hilary, these are incredible! I love how they all worked together, and it is a lovely way to enjoy your pleasing photography along with your gift of words.

HeatherPride said...

I would buy those CDs/books!! Very cool!

SandyCarlson said...

These are lots of fun again. I know most of the blogs you covered, so I especially appreciated your insight!

Dave said...

Well done again Hilary! - Dave

Michele said...

How neat are these?!! It's taken me a while to come around as I haven't been feeling so well but I'm glad I finally did! You are so talented and incredibly fun to do this, I'm having fun learning new blogs...


Country Girl said...

You are going to need a week's vacation after this. I have so enjoyed your series, and nearly spit out my sip of tea reading the CD with the cat on the cover. Hilarious.
Have a great Easter, Hilary!!

Dianne said...

I love my book! Thank You, it's more than wonderful

I enjoyed looking at each of these

Daryl's especially seemed to suit her
and I love the one for the woman from Jordan

this is magical Hil and I can't believe all the time and thought and work you put into it

hugs to Benny ;)

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

What We Pretend to be? Oh I love it! I was stoked to see your pick, talk about classic Hilary! You rule, that's that.

Seamus said...

Out wandering in the sphere tonight and stopping to say "HI!"

What an amazing amount of work you put into this. :)

Hilary said...

• Thanks so kindly, KC. I'm glad you enjoyed the covers. I sure had fun doing them. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Heather. They're going cheap! ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Sandy. I always like to hear others' perspective about folks I know too. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Thanks very much, Dave. :)

• Thanks kindly, Michele. I'm glad you're enjoying some new blogs. And I sure hope those new meds keep working and that you start adjusting to them, and feeling better soon. You're in my best thoughts. :)

• You're right about the vacation, CG. I'm actually taking it in between this installment and the next.. ish. I'll be posting the last batch in a few days, with a "regular" post coming up very soon. I"m glad you enjoyed the covers, and yes, I love how the CD with Skitty turned out too. Thanks always for stopping by and for the kind words. :)

• Thanks so much, Dianne. I'm so glad you're enjoying these. Some of them surprise and amaze me how well-suited these random, partial quotes work with the images. Thanks very much for the kind words. I'll be seeing Benny tomorrow. He'll be getting extra hugs from his Aunt Dianne. ;)

• Thanks very kindly, Mama Geek. I'm happy to know that you enjoyed this. Your kind words are very much appreciated. And thanks for participating. :)

• Thanks, Seamus. It's good to see you out and about again. Thanks for dropping by. :)

Andrea said...

Hilary...these are so great!! I really enjoyed going through them fun! :)

Redbush said...

What a creative c.d. cover you gave me, Hilary! I love the band's name, the "Accursed Kings", and the title "Sleep With The Earth" couldn't be more perfect. I mean, if I had a chance, I would spend a lot more time out in the backwoods, so, you obviously know me. The picture that you put it on is totally awesome. Icicles and frozen snow on trees, berries, or leaves I love to take photos of so that I can use them in my artworks. Thanks so much for all your work!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Andrea. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by to let me know. :)

• Thanks very kindly for such warm and encouraging words, Redbush. Very much appreciated. I'm glad you're happy with your cover. :)