The Poisoned Garden Continued

The Poisoned Garden Pt. 2

Way back in February, I wrote a post about the debut of Kari-Lise’s latest series, The Poisoned Garden. Well, I am excited to share that the next installment will premiere Saturday in Melbourne, Australia as a part of Beinart Gallery’s upcoming group exhibition: Dreamer, Lover, Maker, Fighter.

I love this series, and I’ve enjoyed watching her create each piece. There is a narrative richness in The Poisoned Garden that I find quite appealing. Each piece carries a shadowed sense of wonder tinged with beautiful melancholy. They’re haunting. I’ve included a few of my favorites in this post, but I’d encourage you to click here and check out the full show. It’s amazing.

Kari-Lise Alexander — "Picking The Perfect Poison #2"
Kari-Lise Alexander — “Picking The Perfect Poison #2” in the studio
Kari-Lise Alexander — 'When You Bite The One You Love" Detail [Left] In the Studio [Right]
Kari-Lise Alexander — ‘When You Bite The One You Love” [Left] Detail [Right] in the studio
Kari-Lise Alexander — "Collection"
Kari-Lise Alexander — “Collection” oil and graphic on paper, 8″x10″

Unfortunately, neither of us will be in Melbourne for the opening this weekend, but if you live nearby, you should swing by and check out the work in person. There’s a luminous quality that is impossible to communicate via the screen. The opening is Saturday night, June 2nd, from 6pm–9pm and the show will be on display through June 24th. Contact the gallery with inquiries about any particular piece.

Kari-Lise is planning a print release as well. If you’re interested, I recommend you sign up for her newsletter. It’s an excellent way to stay up to date on what she’s doing.

🎬 Overlooked Details

If you haven’t taken the time, make sure to watch the short documentary about Kari-Lise’s work: Overlooked Details, An Artist’s Journey, directed, edited, and filmed by Scott R. Wilson. (It partially documents her work on Inflorescence.) It’s fifteen minutes long and very much worth your time. It’s a raw, heartfelt, and vulnerable glimpse into her journey. I’ve embedded it below, and I recommend watching it full screen. You can view the full credits here.

🖼 Previous Work

Interested in seeing Kari-Lise’s previous shows? I’ve written about them before, and I’d encourage you to check them out, there is some excellent work, but it’s also amazing to document her growth as an artist:


2014 In Ten Awesome Photos

2014 In Ten Awesome Photos

So, a friend of mine challenged a few of us to summarize our 2014 in ten photos. At first I figured this would be daunting, since I spend a large majority of my time in my home office hunkered down and writing, however, in looking through my Instagram account it seems like I had a pretty epic year and it ended up being really hard to choose! So follow along with me as I revisit my 2014 in ten awesome photos…

Shipping signed copies of #TheStarsWereRight to the giveaway winners!I started the year off by wrapping up my first giveaway. In the end I had over 1400 people sign up! It was a great feeling and a great way to start the year. (I ended up doing two more over the course of the year, and there’s one going on right now!)

Southern Hemisphere bound.In late winter my wife, Kari-Lise, and I packed up our bags and flew to Melbourne, Australia for a solo-show at Auguste Clown Gallery in Fitzroy. Love that country.

At Kari-Lise's show! Nearly sold out. :D The show sold-out! You can see the full show here. Was awesome to see so many folks come out. We had a blast.

Today is @karlise and my last day in Melbourne. Amazing city. Going to miss this place.Together, this babe and I ended up spending two solid weeks exploring Melbourne. We met and made some great friends and fell in love with the city. We’re planning a return, and have even talked about making it permanent.

#PacificNorthBestAfter we returned the spring became a blur. I was working on the first draft of Red Litten World and starting edits on Old Broken Road, but we still found time to be among the mountains. (This was taken at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.)

“Going to the mountains is going home.”

John Muir

Incredible holiday weekend here in the #PacificNorthBest. …it was a trend. (This was taken in the Buckhorn Wilderness.)

Let me tell you about #SpoCon. In August I went to SpoCon, my first convention as an author. Sold a bunch of books, met some incredible people and came home exhausted. It was worth it. I’m planning to heading to more in 2015.

UPS just delivered a Fresh box of Old Broken Road. :D Yay!!Oh yeah! I wrote another book! And you can buy it today!

Today (as a surprise) everyone at work came dressed like me. Black teeshirt, jeans, beanie/ball cap. ☺ Feeling pretty loved. Ain't going to lie. Here's a pretty epic selfie from the gathering.For Halloween, everyone at work dressed up like me! It’s a flattering and surreal experience but it made for a pretty epic selfie.

Last day! Photo 5 of 5 for the #5shotchallenge - Go Hawks!Finally, this November, I went to my first NFL game at CenturyLink Field. (Seahawks vs. Cardinals, the Hawks won.)

So that’s my 2014! I’m excited and looking forward to what the next year holds. Why not keep this ten awesome photos thing going? Post ten awesome photos of your own on your blog and leave a link in the comments so others can see what happened in your year. I’ll even update this post to include links to your ten photos!

Getting Back In The Groove

12 Apostles
Vacation is over and I am jetlagged.

Melbourne was great. We made some great friends and left really liking the city. The city itself is super walkable. There’s tons of great places to eat and explore, loads to do. It might be one of the best cities I have ever visited. It’s the best parts of Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland all rolled into one.

We also took a few days to get out of the city drive down the Great Ocean Road. (Which is where the pic above comes from.) It was by far one of the most beautiful roads I have driven on, saw some wildlife, an incredible shoreline that easily rivals the views on America’s own Highway 101. I would very much like to do it again. If you get a chance you should go.

Kari-Lise’s show (which was why we went to Melbourne in the first place) went fantastic. It nearly sold out, I believe there’s only one piece remaining. While we were down there she was also interviewed for Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s blog. It’s a good read. She gives much better advice than I do.

So with vacation behind me it’s time to get back in the groove. After all I got writing to do. Here’s what’s coming:

  • More Old Broken Road news. Still shooting for a early 2014 launch. Thanks for everyones patience.
  • I’m signing up for a few local-ish cons running a booth and slinging signed copies of The Stars Were Right. More info as they are confirmed.
  • Work continues on the mysterious book three. I was able to unravel a few small things on my trip. Hopefully it’s pace will pickup.
  • I got insanely inspired with an idea for a non-traditional fantasy while I was in Melbourne. Which is both good and bad. I have two books I am working on dammit! I shouldn’t be focusing on a third. So for now I am taking copious notes, and drawing a couple of maps. Which counts as notes! Don’t judge me!

Finally, a huge thanks to Drew Gerken for picking up my slack with the Friday Link Pack while I was away. As I expected he killed it. Lots of good stuff to share. If you missed his posts check them out over at his blog. Also give him a follow. He’s a good guy and has a great perspective. Can’t wait to read his stuff.

All in all it’s good to be back. I love traveling. I love removing myself from my own comfort zone and experiencing the world. I love what it does to me, and how I come out afterward. Travel sharpens me, makes me more aware and encourages me to explore, it broadens my horizons. All things I believe are critical to the creative process. It has me excited to get moving on all my projects again. Big things are coming. Stick around.


Going to the Moon, BRB

Starting tomorrow my blog will be on temporary hiatus. I will be traveling to Australia to accompany Kari-Lise to her solo show “Here Amid the Wild Woods” in Melbourne. Afterward we’ll be hanging around the city for a few weeks. There we will eat good food, drink good drinks, hang with good friends, explore the city (and surrounding Victoria.) Calling this a hiatus is probably bit disingenuous, I may or may not post depending on time/muse/weather/etc but my first goal is to unplug, not blog.

Friday Link Packs will still be posted! Fellow writer Drew Gerken will be picking up the slack in my absence. So make sure you head over to his blog on Fridays for the next three weeks to get your weekly fix of fantastic links.

In my absence there’s also four other blogs I’d recommend you check out:

The Shatzkin Files
Mike Shatzkin is by far one of the best sources for opinions and news on the publishing industry. It doesn’t matter how you publish, you should be reading his blog. Lots of insight.

Dave Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants
Tips and trick on the craft. Farland is a speculative fiction veteran with a lot of solid advice. I’ve called out specific articles in the past but I’d recommend you visit him on a regular basis.

Lauren Sapala
My friend Lauren is a writing coach based out of San Francisco and she offers a lot though on the process of writing. If you’re looking for encouragement look no further than Lauren.

The Passive Voice
News, quotes, and opinion pieces collected from around the web. The Passive Voice is to writing and publishing what Engadget is to technology. A fantastic resource.

I’ll see you all in March.