Who Else Likes Strange Stories & Strange Art?

THERE WAS ONCE A DAZZLING AND MAGICAL CREATURE who was unlike any other creature in the world.  She was unique and amazing.  But she felt awkward and strange because she had forgotten that she had magic.  

IT BECAME A HABIT TO HUNCH OVER as she sat, stood or walked around.  She hoped no one would look at her and notice how strange she was.  Having no friends, she felt lonely, but she didn't know how to fit in.   One day as she was bumbling along, hunched over, not paying attention to where she was going, she stumbled down a hill.

TUMBLING OVER AND OVER, DOWN A STEEP INCLINE, she shut her eyes.  Her fall was finally stopped by something hard against her side.  It knocked the wind out of her lungs.  Lying on the ground, catching her breath, she felt pain all over.  She opened her eyes to see where she had landed and to check for any cuts and bruises, but it was so dark she could not see her hand in front of her face.  

SHE STOOD UP, hoping her blindness was only a dizzy spell from the fall.  The darkness persisted.  Her heart jolted with fear.  She was lost, alone and blind.  How would she get back home?  What if there were monsters lurking in the darkness who could see that she was blind?  How would she escape them?  She didn't know.  She couldn't think.  But her impulse was to run to safety.  That meant light.  Where was some light?  

SHE CAUGHT A GLIMPSE of a glowing ember.  Where was it coming from?  Was it a fire in the distance?  No.  It seemed near.  Very near.  She held her hand up to gage its distance from her, then realized the glow was from her heart.  What was happening?  How was this possible? Her hand reflected the faint, orange light coming from her chest.  In this strange, dark land, her heart was a fire.  She was no longer blind. She gathered her courage and took a step forward.  Now, there was hope.   

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YOU ARE THIS DAZZLING & MAGICAL CREATURE who is unlike any other creature in the world.  When darkness surrounds you, it can be hard to remember that you have secret powers.  What if you could discover them and your magical creature?  Click on the link to be taken on a magical adventure where you uncover all the secrets of your magic and power.

The Top 10 Reasons You Watch Fantasy Adventure Movies

How many of these movies have you watched?  

Harry Potter....

Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them....

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children....

Alice in Wonderland....

Percy Jackson & The Olympians....

Spirited Away....

Coraline.....

And how many more am a I forgetting that belong on this list?  If any of them make your heart race a little faster when you think of them, then you and I are of the same world. We love these fantasy adventure movies.  We can't get enough of them.  At some point, you'd think we'd get sick of them.  But we don't.  

Why do we keep watching these kinds of movies, the Secret Society of Magical Creatures has some ideas. In Secret Message #24, they reveal the top 10 reason we'll always watch fantasy adventure movies. Click on the link above, to get the secrets.

Who Else Wants Magical Powers? The Top 10 Magical Powers

Have you ever wanted magical powers?  Wouldn't they be handy if you wanted to avoid an annoying neighbor or get even with someone who made fun of you?

In Secret Message #23, The Secret Society of Magical Creatures reveals the top 10 most wanted magical powers and why you want them.  Click on the link above to be taken to the secrets.

The Secret Society of Magical Creatures has many ways to use magical powers.

The Secret Society of Magical Creatures has many ways to use magical powers.

Yes, There's Actually A Secret Coloring Book to Teach You A Secret Language

Have you ever wanted to be a member of a secret club with exclusive rights and privileges?  I'm nodding yes. And if that club happened to be all about magic and mystery, would that make it twice as intriguing?  I'm nodding yes even harder.  Now, if there was such a club and if you got into it, would it mean that you were something special?  Ummm.....YES.....you bet it would!  I think that's what the Secret Society of Magical Creatures is all about.  

And guess what?  They have a secret language that they teach you in secret messages as well as in their secret language book.  Below are some of the drawings before and after they were colored by a secret member of the secret society who owns the book.

Can you guess what these words mean?  Hmm...I'm not sure.  Whatever their meanings, they sure look mysterious and magical.  And what better way to learn a new language than in a magical coloring book!  Below is the secret link to get your secret language coloring book.  Now, you'll be able to feel extra special with exclusive rights and privileges that only magical creatures have!

Sometimes I Lose & Sometimes I Win, But I Always Keep Trying

Have you ever worked really hard at something, not given up, yet you weren't able to hit the mark?  People around you tell you to keep trying.  People say if you don't give up, you'll make it.  But inside, you're saying, "But I've been working at this for years and still nothing is budging for me.  What's wrong?  Why is everyone else winning and I'm losing?  Is is time to give up?  Am I just a loser?"  That's the self-doubt.  That's the inner negative bias.  That's the inner critique telling you to walk away and go cry into your pillow.

If you've felt that way, then you know how sad and frustrating it can be to be an artist.  Believe me, I've wanted to give up.  But as often as I say I'm going to quit, I pick myself up after a good cry and start over again.  I'm starting to understand myself.  I'm starting to see that sometimes I lose and sometimes I win, but I never really give up.  I actually keep at it.  I keep trying.  I'm not sure what keeps me going.  I don't really have family who believes in me.  And I don't have deep friendships or buddies who support what I do.  I just keep at it.  I guess it's just that I love making things.

I've been making little post-it art for the annual Post-It Art Show at Giant Robot in Los Angeles for a few years.  Sometimes, I sell and sometimes I don't.  I never know what will excite and thrill art buyers and I've never known who buys my artwork.  For the 2016 show, I didn't have a lot of time to make anything, so I only drew 1 little post-it.  You can see it below.  

Since hundreds of little post-it art pieces are made and sold, it can take a long time before the artists know if their artwork sold.  The show is in December each year.  A few days ago, I finally heard that my 2016 post-it drawing sold.  That's 5 months later.  Yes, it was a win this time.  My little drawing of bunny girls connected with an art buyer.  Whoever you are, thanks for giving the bunny girls a new home where art is cherished and loved.  I appreciate it.  And it gives me hope to carry on making more artwork.

If You Love Harry Potter & Fantastical Beasts, You'll Die To Get This Custom Portrait

Who else wants to enter a world where magic is the norm like in Harry Potter and where you get to live side by side mythical creatures like in Fantastical Beasts?  I do.  I do.  That's me jumping on the next Hogwarts Express or signing up to help Newt Scamander find some magical beasts.  If you want to do more than just imagine you're part of that world and instead see yourself inhabiting a magical realm, you'll die to get one of these custom portraits by The Secret Society of Magical Creatures.

Who or what is The Secret Society of Magical Creatures?  They hold ancient, magical secrets and they believe you are a magical creature.  In fact, they have a secret formula of how to discover yours.  How many magical creatures are there?  Would Newt Scamander be able to categorize all of them?  Well, yours won't be like anyone else's because it's customized to you.  

The secret formula to discovering  your magical creature.

The secret formula to discovering  your magical creature.

Once you fill out the secret formula, you begin the adventure of getting your magical creature drawn or painted.  You choose either a small or large portrait.  You'll be asked to provide photos of yourself.  Finally, the magic begins with sketches of you as a magical creature.  It's not just in your head, tucked away and hard to imagine.  It's there in front of you, making your heart beat faster as excitement builds in your veins.  It's you, but magical!   

Below is the custom drawing of a guy who filled out the secret formula and discovered that he is "a peregrine falcon boy who teaches and encourages others by flying around the world".  He provided photos of himself and then sketches revealed what he looked like as a magical creature.  

Sketch of the peregrine boy custom magical creature.

Sketch of the peregrine boy custom magical creature.

Below is the custom drawing of a gal who is "a butterfly woman who leads an empire and owns dragons by flying anywhere on a whim".  She discovered this when she filled out the secret formula.  After she submitted it and photos of herself to The Secret Society of Magical Creatures, the magic began.  The butterfly woman was born.

Sketch of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Sketch of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Small drawing of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Small drawing of the butterfly woman custom magical creature portrait.

Can you imagine how magical it will be to have your magical creature drawn or painted?  You'll feel like you have entered that world where magic is the norm and you live side by side with mythical creatures-----because you are one of them.  That's what The Secret Society of Magical Creatures believes.  Do you believe it too?  Get yours at this link.

Who Else Wants to Go on a Magical Quest Like Harry Potter?

When I read Harry Potter, I could relate to him being ignored and being abused by his cousin, aunt and uncle (The Dursleys).  It made me angry how they treated him like trash and like he was a burden upon them.  I knew what it was like not to fit in and yet to try.  Could you relate to this injustice?  Did you want some kind of revenge for the years of his mistreatment?  Discovering that he had magic felt like the most satisfying revenge he could get.  They thought he was nothing, but it turned out he was more amazing than they could have imagined.   

I had wanted my whole life for something like that to happen to me too.  You know, like guess what?  You're not really a loser.  You're not really just a misfit.  You've got something special that no one else has.  Plus,  you get to go on a magical quest and prove how amazing you are.  Who else wanted to go on a magical quest like Harry Potter?

Years later, I stumbled upon a whole world for those who felt like they didn't quite fit in, and who were daring and itching for adventure.  They looked danger straight in the eye without flinching.  Maybe, they even snarled to bring it on.  This world is "The Secret Society Of Magical Creatures".  And now, they have a complete book to guide you to discovering  your very own magical creature and magical quest.  Click on the link to get your book and to get your revenge for being ignored and abused.    

Mysterious Cards That Hold Secrets, Revealed When You Lift the Magical Flap

You want to believe all mysteries can be solved.  If you could figure out who, what, where, when, why and how, you could stop more pain and sorrow from spreading.  At least, if you had the answers, you could stop any more confusion or further worry.  

Even when someone has committed a crime like murder, you want to believe that despite how horrific it was, it was done for a reason.  You could understand if someone got greedy and wanted someone else's money because who couldn't use help with their finances. Or someone got jealous of someone's affection for another because you are never sure if the one who you love loves you as much as you love them.  

Yes, the criminals took it too far.  Yes, they made an irrevocably bad decision, but you can understand some of the feelings that incited the crime. That's what draws you in to solve a mystery.  You must know what compelled someone to do it.  What were they thinking?  What were they feeling?  What were the dramatic circumstances that lead to the heinous crime?  And do they really believe they'll get away with it?   You won't let them.  You'll hunt down the clues, puzzle together the scattered evidence and finally have the satisfaction of knowing and preventing any more harm.  

These little cards I created also hold mysteries.  I don't think there was a crime committed in them.  But maybe, there was.  You'll have to decide.  You'll have to put on your Sherlock Holmes cap and tell me.  Unfortunately, they ask more questions than supply answers.  

First off, we have a "Ghost Bunny Girl" card.

The sketch of the ghost bunny girl.

The sketch of the ghost bunny girl.

The finished color pencil drawing of the ghost bunny girl with the flaps revealing an orange moon and flame-colored flowers.

The finished color pencil drawing of the ghost bunny girl with the flaps revealing an orange moon and flame-colored flowers.

Who is this bunny girl?  Why is she a ghost?  How did she die?  She must have had a deadly accident while dancing in the moonlight among the blooming flowers.  What other explanation is there (I bet you can think up 1 or 2 more)?  

Next, we have an "Invisible Ghost Bunny" card.

The sketch of the Invisible Ghost Bunny.

The sketch of the Invisible Ghost Bunny.

The finished color pencil drawing of the Invisible Ghost Bunny with his mask on.

The finished color pencil drawing of the Invisible Ghost Bunny with his mask on.

The Invisible Ghost Bunny with his mask opened up.

The Invisible Ghost Bunny with his mask opened up.

What is the Invisible Ghost Bunny signaling with his hands?  Is he part of a secret society or club?  Is he benevolent or malevolent?  He must have a very important secret code or message that he had to came back to tell the living.  What other explanation is there (I bet you can think up 1 or 2 more)?

Finally, we have a "Ghost Bunny Home" card.

The sketch of the Ghost Bunny Home.

The sketch of the Ghost Bunny Home.

The finished color pencil drawing of the Ghost Bunny Home.

The finished color pencil drawing of the Ghost Bunny Home.

The Ghost Bunny Home with the door open to reveal a bunny girl inside.

The Ghost Bunny Home with the door open to reveal a bunny girl inside.

Why is the ghost bunny a home?  Is the bunny sad?  Is it a haunted house?  Who would live in this sad, haunted house?  A bunny girl must have wished her dead pet bunny back to life, so she could forever be comforted by him being near her.  What other explanation is there (I bet you can think up 1 or 2 more)?

There are a lot of mysteries to solve around here.  If you'd like your turn at uncovering secrets, discovering magic, and getting into a little bit of trouble (aka adventure), may I suggest getting on "The Secret List" for "The Secret Society of Magical Creatures".  Click on the link to start getting secrets and going on a magical adventure.

How to Speak Like A Magical Creature in the Secret Society

If anyone ever made you feel like you were stupid......if someone made you feel like you weren't good enough to hang out with them.....if you felt that wasn't fair.....then listen up.....because we want you to know that they were wrong.  Yep!  They were wrong.  

They might have whispered in front of your face like they were laughing at you or spoken in codes to make you feel like they were better than you.  No more.  It's your turn to be in on a secret that they don't know.  What secret is that?  

You get your own secret language when you become a member of the Secret Society of Magical Creatures.  Now, you get to speak in front of them like a magical creature.  

This mysterious society has words that are magical and hold the secrets to you becoming your magical creature and to discovering  your magical quest.  You can get all the secret language in a secret book at this link.  When you memorize the language, you become magical.  In fact, you hold the keys to becoming the magical creature that The Secret Society know you are.  Get all the secrets by clicking on the link above.

My Mysterious Artwork for Faerie Magazine Finally Revealed!

You know that feeling----your stomach has butterflies----you can't eat----because you're too excited for a date or a gift or a holiday or something really special to happen?  Well, that's what it's been like for me before the release of the Spring 2017 issue of Faerie Magazine.  I can't believe my artwork is in this beautiful publication!

I created a special warrior goddess paper puppet that you can cut out and create yourself when you get the magazine.  It's only for those who pick up a copy of this magical quarterly magazine.  But here is a little peek of it before you go out and grab your very own copy of it.

Her sword actually comes out of its saber and she has a magical companion in her waist pouch when you open it.  She also becomes a magical white wolf.  How?  How is that possible?  Well, you'll see when you get your Warrior Goddess issue.  It's waiting for you to uncover the secrets.