Monday, October 31, 2011

Cowgirl/Cheerleader Sarah (Halloween Pics Part I)


Cowgirl/Cheerleader Sarah1

photo © 2011 by A. Dameron

We were at the Dollar Store earlier and she fell in love with the pink cowgirl hat. When we got home, she grabbed her stuffed horse and that was pretty much that. She had a princess costume that her sister had outgrown, but I think she likes this better.

And that's a Virginia Tech little cheerleader outfit she's wearing. It's the closest thing she's got to anything 'western' to wear, and she's wearing the colors of her mama's alma mater!



Cowgirl/Cheerleader Sarah2

photo ©2011 by A. Dameron


More pics of the other kids to follow!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Admin Post: In time for Halloween...

In time for Halloween, my collection of dark fiction and poetry, "From the Dark
Side of Shadow". Smashwords version (kindle, epub version
here: s/view/96971) and version
(here: 5780/From-the-Dark-Side-of-Sha dow).
Downloads only $1.00 from both sites! 


Friday, October 28, 2011

New Art: Evening Elegance


Evening Elegance

Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Derwent studio pencils, prismacolor blender

  © 2011 by A. Dameron

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Admin Post: PDF and free download of poetry samples of "Traveling Through Dimensions" now available!

Poetry transcends worlds, languages, cultures...and dimensions. Join me on a new journey!

A PDF of new poetry samples from my "Traveling Between Dimensions" collection is now available from my website and on here. (also free to download)

More to come soon! 





Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Art: I Have a Bad Feeling About This...


I Have a Bad Feeling About This..

Derwent coloursoft pencils, Prismacolor blender, Sakura pen 0.6

 © 2011 by A. Dameron

Monday, October 24, 2011

One of the strangest books I've ever read...(book review)

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen.

I found it in Barnes and Noble on the clearance shelf. The first thing I noticed was that the book was completely square, not rectangular like most other books. It looked interesting at a first glance, with pictures and captions in the margins. I went ahead and bought it, at less than $7. The narrator is Tecumseh Sparrow (T.S. Spivet), a 12-year-old cartography genius who lives with his parents and sister in rural Montana. His father is a quiet rancher; his mother a scientist is search of a rare and exotic beetle. 

A call from the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. changes his life. He's offered a fellowship, although the museum director has no idea that T.S. is only 12 years old. T.S. decides to leave his family and go cross-country to D.C. So starts his very strange trip.

The first part of the book introduces his family: practically-minded sister Gracie, silent Tecumseh Elijah Spivet, and distracted Dr. Clair (his mother...he only refers her to Dr. Clair, not 'Mother'). We find out that T.S.'s brother Layton has recently died in a shooting accident, but no one really mentions Layton, except T.S. After the Smithsonian call, T.S. leaves on a train heading East.

The middle part of the book focuses on T.S.'s great-great grandmother, Emma Osterville. Dr. Clair kept a notebook about her illustrious ancestor: Emma was one of the first female geologists in the country. Why did such a strong-willed, practical woman give up everything to marry a rancher in the wilds of Montana?

It's a strange tale-within-a-tale, a definite mirror to T.S.'s journey in the opposite direction. There's one problem: we (the readers) never know the reason. Emma's story just ends on that vague note with no conclusion. Of course, Emma's tale lasts long enough to occupy T.S. during the entire cross-country trip (wormhole effect?)

The last part of the book has T.S. involved with a conspiracy group in Washington D.C., but that storyline doesn't go anywhere, either, and is never resolved. The story ends on a rather abrupt note (won't give it away, but my reaction was, "That's IT?!"), as if the book just runs out of time.

I actually enjoyed the illustrations and the footnotes in the margins. T.S. manages to include all sorts of trivia and pieces of information in those drawings. If footnotes drive you crazy, it can be a real distraction. Some of them are directly related to the story, but most are not. It's a fascinating look into T.S.'s mind; a 12-year-old genius whose thoughts are random, yet organized at the same time.

I enjoyed some parts of this book, but others seemed to drag out, and you have to suspend a lot of disbelief while reading this. Out of five stars, I'd give this book about a two and a half.

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Art: Crossed Wires

Crossed Wires

acrylic, ink, glitter glue

©2011 by A. Dameron 

postcard size

Baby Pics Show How Similar They Are...



Michael at less than a year old

photo © 2004

by A. Dameron



Yeah, right!

Christina at less than a year old

photo ©2006

by A. Dameron


Future Hokie (aka Sarah on Virginia Tech's Drillfield)

Sarah at less than a year old

photo ©2009 by A. Dameron


Yes, those last two are two SEPARATE photos of my girls when they were babies. Many assume those are both of Christina or both of Sarah. Michael did a lot of funny faces when he was a baby.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An Unexpected Blast from the Past

Not long ago, I carted a lot of old books to the used bookstore. I was hoping to get some money back, or at least some store credit, for them. Unfortunately, they couldn't take them, and I ended up donating them. 


This was placed in my book bin, even though it wasn't mine. Apparently, someone tried to trade this in and couldn't, and the bookseller had thought it was mine:




That's a box of "French: Level One" practice record sets. Yes, RECORD, as in 33 1/3 RPM. 14 Longplay microgroove, hi-fi records, copyright 1960. There were only 6 of the 14 in the box:




At the bottom there's a strip titled, "Care of the Record".

1. Store in this protective sleeve, to avoid scratching and dirt.

2. Handle this record by the edges and center only.

3. Use a microgroove needle only. Keep it clean, and have it checked occasionally to be sure that it is not too badly worn.

4. Keep record away from heat. Do not lay it in direct sun or on a radiator. (on a radiator?)

5. Always store records upright (not flat)

6. Play manually at 33 1/3 RPM.


And this is Practice Record Side A of Unit 8:




Most of my students wouldn't know what to do with this. In fact, they'd think it was a weird, oversized CD or a frisbee. Considering this set is 41 years old, it's in pretty good shape. I remember records like this, though I'm not going to tell you just how old I am.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

E-books now on (available for e-readers!)

My three e-books are available on, available for download on your e-reader (Kobo, Nook, etc.).

Here is the link to my Smashwords Author Page. The links to "A Patchwork of Life", "Under the Sakura Tree" and "From the Dark Side of Shadow" on the page (under my contact information).

Here is the link to the same e-books on

All downloads on both sites are $1.00.


New Art: "Galaxia"



acrylic and glitter glue

 © 2011 by A. Dameron

postcard size

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Art Store on!

My new art store on Zazzle is up and running! All items will be available by the beginning of next week!

Here's the link to Annie's Art

Each piece is featured in one of my e-books published on Click on e-book titles for the direct link on Downloads are only $1.00!


A Patchwork of Life

A Patchwork of Life (cover)


Under the Sakura Tree

Under the Sakura Tree (cover)

Cherry Blossom in Pot


Stormy Seas

Lots of Stars

Chocolate Lava

The Watcher


River and Mountains

What's Out There?

Music of the Spheres

The Mariner's Wife

Ying Yang Invites You to Tea


From the Dark Side of Shadow

Midnight Run (cover)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Technological Gods Hate Me, Part II

I swear, whatever Gods are in charge of laptops and databases, USB ports and CD/DVD drives are after me with a vengeance. I'm still wondering what I did to tick 'em off. Yeah, my laptop hard drive decided to die on me, just like that. Hubs spent the entire day this past Sunday trying to a)figure out what's going on b)retrieve stuff from the dead hard drive and c)make the laptop functional again. 

Laptop is kinda functional. I've got internet access again, and I've spent most of this week re-installing and reorganizing everything I had. Most of my stuff is backed up on an external hard drive (esp. my e-book stuff and art), but the Tech Gods declared, "Uh-uh."

The laptop refuses to ackowledge the USB ports. Can't use my mouse, can't plug in the external hard drive. I had to plug it into Hubs' desktop, download stuff onto CD-R and re-install it that way (at least my CD/DVD drive works). I've tried unplugging the computer and restarting it...Hubs insists it isn't the USB port drivers or whatnot. >.< It won't acknowledge the SD card from my digital camera, either. So I've got to go the CD-R download route again...which is do-able, just a real pain.

I'll be back-posting art and writing and other things, once I get everything downloaded, processed, etc. in between episodes of real-life, of course.

I keep telling myself this is a challenge to improve on my patience. I hope.

Thursday, October 6, 2011



Dress #1 Design

pencil, Derwent color pencils

 © 2011 by A. Dameron



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Happy birthday to my baby girl, Sarah!


Sarah and Me

Minutes after her arrival

October 5, 2008

Is she winking at us?




Sarah at 3

October 5, 2011

Just after lunch

(bowl of Apple Jacks, 2 Leggo Strawberry Waffles and milk)







Tuesday, October 4, 2011