Pictures and Power

Watched the new episode of House last night. Does Michelle Trachtenberg only play imperiled-and-annoying teeny-boppers??

In a fit of cat waxing, I scanned in and printed out some of my favorite illustrations from various stories I’ve had published. I’m adding them to the existing decor on the walls of my library office. Pretty and inspirational to combat those times when I’m hammered by writerly angst and frustration.

Like now.

In the process, I Googled the artists, and I was delighted to stumble across the full painting of “Returning My Sister’s Face” by Allen Douglas. The one in Realms of Fantasy had text across it, and I think they cropped it slightly when they published it.

Now I’m wondering what contracts for magazine illustrations and other commissioned artwork are like and how they compare to the sorts of contracts I see as a writer. Also wondering whether the original is for sale. Not that I could afford to buy it even if it was . . .

And I need more frames.

   


Writing Stuff

Still haven’t heard back from Tangent‘s webmaster regarding our forum spamming problem, so armed with a greater understanding of cPanel features after my virtual move, I went into Tangent‘s back end and banned the IP addresses of some of the most egregious offenders all by myself.

I have the power! . . . I think.

Editing:
- Finished up the edits on “Nothing of Me” and sent them back for approval.

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15 Responses to Pictures and Power

  1. aimeempayne says:

    Does Michelle Trachtenberg only play imperiled-and-annoying teeny-boppers??

    She’s not particularly imperiled in Eurotrip, though at one point she ends up in Eastern Europe.

  2. grendel317 says:

    Michelle Trachtenberg

    Well, she was in a couple episodes of “Six Feet Under” as an annoying-but-not-imperiled teeny-bopper. Does that count?

  3. wolflady26 says:

    I’m so stupid. I looked at the picture and thought, ‘Wow, it looks just like Eugie!’

    Then I realized I’d never seen you, and I was thinking of your userpic. Of the picture. *headslap*

  4. alladinsane says:

    You know its Tuesday when Dawn’s on TV and in trouble..

    Lots of known guest stars seem to come in for treatment from Dr. House lately…

  5. ellameena says:

    Bah. That old cliched tick-in-the-vagina trope is way overused. :-)

  6. elvesforeyes says:

    You show those spammers who is the boss! NOT TONY DANZA, THAT’S FOR SURE!

  7. palmerwriter says:

    I THOUGHT she looked familiar.

  8. cyber_pagan says:

    “I have the power! . . . I think.”

    By the power of Greyskull!

  9. aliettedb says:

    I’m adding them to the existing decor on the walls of my library office. Pretty and inspirational to combat those times when I’m hammered by writerly angst and frustration.
    I’ve done the same (well, I only have one illustration, the rest are encouraging rejection letters, and my few contracts photocopies). It does help when you’re feeling bluesy.

    Hope the Tangent spammers stop bothering us (grr).

  10. basletum says:

    RE: SPAMMERS

    Too bad we can’t can them and ship them to our enemies.
    I can picture it now: Taliban fighter opens up a can of what he thinks is rations, only to find a note that says: “Buy fluffy kitten shoes now!!!”

  11. Anonymous says:

    Also wondering whether the original is for sale. Not that I could afford to buy it even if it was . . .

    Contact the artist. Most artists/illustrators will sell prints of their work, which should be inexpensive, but close to the quality of the original. Often, the illustration contract won’t preclude the artist from selling reprints of the work, although the reprints won’t contain elements specific to the publication, like titles and such.

    (Though I can’t speak for the artist, I suspect some might just send you a print “just because” you were the writer who wrote the story.) Goodwill among artists and all that.

    Pat Kirby

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