Bell Caravan Patch

Bell Caravans Patches Are Now Available

Show your loyalty to the company with this three-inch black and white Bell Caravans patch. Put it on your jacket, your bag, your keff, or whatever you want! Patches are only $5.00 and are available in my store. Get yours today!

Bell Caravan Patch Now Available Bell Caravans Patch Now Available In My Store

The logo was based on a concept by Ray Frenden and illustrated by the talented Sean Cumiskey. Long time readers will remember that Sean did some amazing fan art for The Stars Were Right last year. After I saw it, I contacted him and asked if I could use the logo above the door for a Russel & Sons bookmark and he agreed. I loved his work so much that I hired him to work up the Bell Caravans logo. He hit the ball out of the park and the result is this incredible patch.

Check out more of Sean’s work at his website. He is available for freelance projects, and is open to commissions, so seriously consider hiring him if you’re looking for an illustrator on your own projects. I cannot recommend him enough.

Friday Link Pack 08/08/2014

Elliot Alfredius' Three Blades

It’s Friday! That mean it’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Let me know!


On Writing Fantasy
So what is fantasy for? What good is it? I am in the thick of writing a fantasy myself. So this post from Dave Farland on the importance of fantasy and fable really resonated with me.

Do Not Despise These Small Beginnings
Loved this piece from composer Royal Teague on creation and the creative struggle. Very much worth a read.

The Two Most Powerful Behaviors Of Successful Writers
San Francisco writing coach Lauren Sapala discusses two behaviors—focus and boundaries—used by writers to get things done. Invaluable advice, both are tough to master but critical for success.

The Persistent Stigma Of Self-Publishing
Janice Hardy explores the stigma surrounding self-published works.

London’s Book Benches Highlight The Capital’s Great Literary Works
I thought these benches built in the shape of books were too charming not to share. My favorite has to be the Ian Fleming one. What’s yours?

Thug Note’s Covers At The Mountains of Madness
On Sunday I shared this excellent synopsis and analysis from Sparky Sweets, PhD. If you haven’t been exposed to Thug Notes, I’d encourage you to give it a watch. It’s not only educational it’s also quite entertaining.


Elliot Alfredius’ Three Blades
There something incredibly charming about this illustration series (featured above.) Each piece shows a different set of three sword-swinging warriors, from battle hardened barbarians to highfalutin aristocrats even wandering vagabonds. If you loves these as much as I do the good news is Alfredius has collected these pieces as a book! Sadly, there is bad news: it’s out of stock until September. I eagerly await the next edition.

How Do I Become A Full Time Illustrator
I debated putting this in the Writing category or here. Illustrator Ray Frenden shares his advice on how to succeed at art. I think this same advice could apply to writers or any creative. Good stuff. Also, go buy his pizza shirt.

Beautiful Architectural Alphabet Engravings Should Be Built For Real
Typography and architecture have a lot in common. So it’s no surprise that Italian artist Antonio Basoli created these beautiful drawings combining the two.


Octopus broods eggs for over four years—longer than any known animal
Pretty crazy story from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute about one devoted cephalopodic mother.

Photographic Inventories of British Soldiers’ Kits From 1066 to 2014
I really like it when someone takes the time to do this. Seeing the evolution of something throughout the years is always a fascination. It’s amazing to see the amount of stuff a soldier carries into battle these days.

Pepper and Salt — Hunter S. Thompson: Huevos Rancheros
So, Pepper and Salt might be my new favorite blog. As the author Nicole says, it’s: “Part historical discussion, part food and recipe blog, part literary fangirl-ing, Paper and Salt attempts to recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction.” This article, tackles Hunter S. Thompson’s love of Huevos Rancheros. I know what I am making for breakfast tomorrow.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Phantom ‘Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling
Okay, so it’s not a Lovecraft story. However, I highly encourage you to check out this tale, when you’re done, make sure you head over to the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast at and check this months free episode (which I sponsored.) Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer are great hosts and really enjoyable to listen to as they analyze and analyze and discuss of some of weird fictions greatest stories. Very much worth a subscription.

Farewell Gif of the Week:

My spirit animal.

Friday Link Pack

Friday Link Pack
It’s Friday so I figured why not take the time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. (I will fully admit I am stealing this idea from Swiss Miss.) Some of these I mention on twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do!


Baiting Your Characters
Setsu Uzume shares a handy tips to flesh out and fully understand your secondary and minor characters. (Would work on main characters as well.)

The Hidden Key to Creativity
Lauren Sapala writes a quick article about how to get out of your head and refresh yourself creatively. For me it’s reading, designing, and hiking, what works for you?

50 writing errors that make you look like an amateur
Charlie White compiles a list of things authors need to look out for in their writing. It’s good stuff. He has another list of 25 more errors here.


Peter Bellerby – The Globemaker
Great short about Peter Bellerby an artisan globemaker in London. It’s really well produced and shows the outcome of dedication and hard work.

The Monsters of Ray Frenden
My buddy, illustrator and and Harley Davidson spokesman, Ray Frenden was featured on Juxtapoz’ blog. Go check his work out, and give him a follow on the Twitters.


Welcome to Night Vale Podcast
I will probably do a Reading—er…Listening Recommendation for “Welcome to Night Vale” in the future. However in the meantime go subscribe (it’s free) and immerse yourself in the new weird world that is Night Vale and join me in hating on Desert Bluffs.

USGS Animal Congregations Terms
What do you call a group of fox? How about magpies? Okay smarty pants what about herring? If you don’t know the answers click the link and see the USGS’s list of animal congregation terms.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Rats in the Walls
Do yourself a favor if you have never read this: go in blind.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

Have a good weekend everyone! I’ll leave you with a couple of animated gifs for your enjoyment. I absolutely love the old guy:
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