I love the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, and several of them feature frosty landscapes and snow creatures.
One such story is "The Snowdrop", which I felt would make a marvelous Page of Cups for our Snowland Tarot.
I consider the Pages "Fool-like", in that they are often naive, premature, spontaneous and youthfully exuberant. In "The Snowdrop" by Hans Christian Andersen, the lovely white flower emerges while the snow still covers the ground.
Below is the inspirational photo for The Snowdrop card:
And below is Ron's anthropomorphic rendering of the impetuous Snowdrop:
Zazzle just emailed me saying that they're running a 50% off all mousepad special! This means that you can get any Snowland mousepad for half off! Click here to go to our Boyer Art mousepads section.
Just use code MOUSEPADFFHS to get your 50% off. However, this is a 4-hour special, and ends at 4 PM EST (1.5 hours from now).
I've just created a Carousel mousepad, but if you'd rather have another Snowland image that's not pictured, hurry and email me and I'll create it for you! You can see all the images in miniature at SnowlandTarot.com
According to BookLamp.org, the question “How long should my book be?” comes up fairly often when working with early writers. It is a deceptively simple question that’s historically had very little data to help answer it.
Behold, an infographic from the Book Genome Project!
Did you know? Paying full price for book or Tarot deck does not mean more money for the author or artist.
Rather, it depends on what the retailer (the one selling you the product) pays for the deck or book!
My advice as a Tarot author and deck creator? Buy your decks or books at Amazon.com or some other place that gives you a discount (we can all use the break, right?). Please note, though, that if you buy a Tarot book or deck used or at the "remainder table" (it will have a black mark on the outside pages), then authors/artists do not get royalties on those sales.
Supporting a retailer, especially one that charges full price for decks (plus shipping and handling), does not mean more money for the author/artist in terms of royalties! In only means more money for the retailer.
So next time you're about to pay retail price for a Tarot book and deck, think long and hard why you're doing it...because a Tarot author or deck isn't benefiting from your paying full price.
Did you know that many Facebook groups and most NING Groups were created solely to sell you something?
It's a popular marketing ploy.
Create a group, pretend you're interested in community and then sell your wares to a grateful, captive audience.
How do you know if you are part of a marketing ploy as opposed to a true community?
1. The group creator is always trying to sell you a membership subscription, his new book, her new deck, his new workshop, her new Tarot reading special, his new conference or an upcoming work (that will cost money). Sure, cross promotion may be sprinkled in (because you gotta pretend that you're interested in community rather than the one-person show you've intended), but underneath it all is the scaffolding for making money now...or in the future.
2. The group creator/s bar entrance from certain people who are likely to call the Emperor on his "new clothes".
Baby Lit Books are “a fashionable way to introduce your child to the world of classic literature”.
Delightfully illustrated by Alison Oliver and conceived by Jennifer Adams, Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre features characters and objects from the beloved classic in the form of a counting primer.
We’re presented with 1 Governess, 2 Trunks, 3 Candles, 4 Towers (Thornfield Hall!), 5 Trees, 6 Chalkboards, 7 Insects, 8 Drawings (Adele! Mr. Rochester!), 9 Pears and 10 Books.
Admittedly, I haven’t read Jane Eyre since Junior High, but it doesn’t take a Janeite to realize that calling this book BabyLit is more than a stretch (and an insult to literary types, really).
If you’d like to introduce literature to toddlers in the most basic of forms (a few characters, general setting and a classic book title), then you very well may enjoy the BabyLit Jane Eyre Counting Primer. I can see how it might be a big hit at an upscale baby shower (or among intellectual wannabes).
But if you’re looking for a basic re-telling of Jane Eyre to pass on to little ones, I think you will be greatly disappointed.
A marvelous idea with charming illustrations, Alice in Wonderland is a flexible board book featuring a white rabbit, black shoes, a purple bottle, an orange cat, a blue caterpillar, a brown hat, pink flamingos, red hearts, a green frog and a yellow teapot.
Except…the blue caterpillar isn’t blue. He’s teal…which looks greenish.
This is obviously a big problem, because, after all, Alice in Wonderland is a color primer. I have another Baby Lit Book, Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre, and its cover is blue. True blue. And believe me, when compared to the green caterpillar and green font that says “blue”…well, there’s a huge difference.
I would have loved to have highly recommended this book; the bottles and the Queen of Hearts actually put a smile on my face.
But as a color primer, I’m afraid I have to advise passing on the Alice in Wonderland BabyLit book…unless you’d like to explain to your confused toddler why “blue” isn’t really “blue”.
New development 8/31/12: After querying the Editor of the ATA Journal about getting our Snowland Tarot Majors-only deck reviewed, I was told that my work was BANNED from mention by the ATA Board (helmed by Stephanie Arwen Lynch). In the past year, I've actually contributed my work to the Journal for free. Turns out, the decree went down right after the Spring 2012 issue...when my Tarot in Reverse was reviewed by John Marani. I guess Stephanie was livid that my book flew under her radar and ended up in the ATA Quaterly Journal. Interestingly, as you can see by the most recent ATA Quarterly Journal, Summer 2012, it's looking like Donnaleigh de LaRose and Tarot Professsionals are the new "stars" of the Journal...just like Stephanie "Arwen" Lynch likes it.
A little over a year ago, I paid $30 to become a member of the American Tarot Association.
Other than the fantastic ATA Quarterly edited by Elizabeth Hazel, the money was a total waste.
However, the main reason I didn’t renew my membership was because of the ATA President, Stephanie Arwen Lynch, aka Tarot By Arwen (who also sidelines as an erotica author).
She paints herself as a cuddly, seek joy, y'all southern belle...but behind the scenes, she is factious and petty.
How do I know? Well, for one, she works for U.S. Games Systems, Inc. as part of their "social media team". When I wrote my fictional eBook last year (that people had to buy on Amazon), she took it upon herself to ban me (and all my page incarnations) from the U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Facebook page. Didn't matter that my individual actions had NOTHING to do with USGS, nor its page.
Lynn Araujo, USGS Director of Communications, has tried to "unban" me, with Stuart Kaplan's regrets as to this happening at all, but apparently, Lynn can't figure out how to unblock me from participating on the USGS Facebook page. (Wait...just checked...it appears Lynn figured it out after all! I am able to post on the USGS Facebook page once again!)
Calling all Tarot bloggers. If you want to play along, comment below with your blog URL. Tarot Blog Round Robin. We will pick a topic to all blog on within the same time period. Because I know it can be like herding cats, here are the LOOSE parameters.
1. You have a Tarot blog.
2. You make the subject involve Tarot somehow (even if it's a short story.)
3. You link to the next person's blog.
We will start on Candlemas which is 2/1 and also Groundhog's day. The subject is "How can I be a better candle?"
I'm going to ask that we do this so each post links to the next person's post. For instance, my post would be blah blah blah and the last line would be something like "read the next Tarot Blog Round Robin post from Louise Underhill" and link to her post.
If you want to do this, just sign up with your link in the following comments by January 21st. That way I can compile all the names and let folks know whose blog to link to.
Sound good? Share this out to other Tarot bloggers, please and thank you.
So I sent a request to join on behalf of our group Tarot Blog Tarot Pals, which includes seven bloggers from all over the world.
I get a generic note from Stephanie saying, in effect, "Your membership was declined. Try again in a year."
If, in fact, the Tarot Pals were declined merely because of my fictional eBook, one has to wonder why Stephanie allowed Lisa Frideborg of Tarotize to join the group blog hop (Frideborg wrote a nasty post titled Why I Am Boycotting Janet Boyer, as well as another one ridiculing my apology...but, she probably realized how stupid she looked, and deleted it), as well as allowing someone named Violette Kitty (Krysten), who penned this nasty post called The Janet Boyer Situation. (Don't you just love the black background and unreadable purple font? Believe it or not, the owner of this blog isn't 13 years old...) However, Frideborg does make a guest-appearance praising Violette Kitty's post in the comments section, so you can see her "brightest blessings" there... (P.S. Anyone want to fill me in on what Jordan Hoggard said...and where? Curious Scorpio minds want to know!)
The point of my blog post is this: if perceived "negativity" on the part of a blogger/author is grounds for preventing access to little online Tarot clubs and clusterfucks...then how is direct attacks on other Tarot bloggers/authors (often using the cards to justify their actions) somehow hunky dory? Yet, a fictional piece that had to be bought from Amazon somehow precludes inclusion and cameraderie in such groups, even to the point of engendering boycotts, marginalization and harassment?
Allow me to take this opportunity to answer Stephanie "Arwen" Lynch and company using their own first blog topic How Can I Be a Better Candle?:
You can be a better candle when you stop cursing others as "darkness", acknowledge your shadow parts, shed your hypocrisy and truly practice the gospel of inclusivity, joy and kindness that you preach from your Tarot soapbox.