Our trip to New York City was an incredible experience. I could probably compose a whole novel just about the trip, but instead I'll keep this short and simple. I attended the Writer's Digest Annual Conference and not only left with six agents/editors interested in The Weather Inside (with two full manuscript requests!) but a slew of new, awesome writer friends. I'm extremely thankful on so many levels for the privilege to have attended such an amazing event 💗 Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my dreams!!! Let’s see where this journey takes me.
The official blog for author and illustrator Madyson Blair.
It's that time again! This Sunday March 24th from 11 am to 5 pm I'll be selling my books at Leon and Lu Lu's Books and Author's event! I will also be doing a reading from The Weather Inside Book II :)
Also quick update: I haven’t been drawing a ton, but I have made some new sketches here and there that you can find on my Instagram account Here
I have been spending most of my creative time writing Book III—which in my case of course not only involves writing but falling into new, deep spiritual truths regarding magic brought to me by my one and only muse. That is is simply the most important thing to me right now, so social media has definitely had to take a back seat.
In other news I will be making an important trip this summer to The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in new York City to pitch The Weather Inside Book I to agents! I’m extremely excited but also extremely nervous. I know even if I don’t land a book deal, it’s going to be an incredible experience for me. The truth is I haven’t looked for an agent since 2013. Time time has come for me to pursue big publishing again and I wanted to do it with agents IN PERSON. Self publishing has been a great ride, but I’m truly terrible at marketing myself and I need someone else to do that if I’m ever going to reach a larger audience, haha!
Alright! Time for another event. This month, August 25th-26th, I'll be selling my books and art at the Detroit City Art Walk from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday AND Sunday! So please come visit, see all the amazing artists and maybe purchase an original print of mine or some copies of The Weather Inside ;) Hope to see you there!
Once again, for more pictures and updates please follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madysonblair/
Okay, I know I haven't posted in here in along time and that's primarily because I am using Facebook and Instagram more these days--not because I've dropped off the face of the earth, I promise! (Which reminds me, Please follow me on Instagram--I post a lot more things there! https://www.instagram.com/madysonblair/). I am still, however, dedicated to at least posting about my upcoming events in here. This is my first event in a while. After the whole wedding thing I needed a bit of time to wind down. I've been continuing to work intensely on book three and have currently started a few new pieces of artwork that I am chafing away at day by day. I have am also still participating greatly in my spiritual path and am constantly astonished at the uncanny things that I uncover all the time. Never a dull moment with my muse!
Anyway, the point of this entry is that on Sunday, April 29th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM I will be selling My Books at the store Leon and Lu Lu's in Clawson MI! The event is Called Books and Authors, and there will be many other awesome authors there as well!! Come join us! here is a link to the event page: https://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/
Helloo I've returned a newly married woman! Now that all that crazy wedding planning is over with I'm getting right back into the grind...I will be selling my art and books again at this year's Nonsense Night : The Ice Cream Funeral Parlor at The Tangent Gallery Friday October 6th at &:30 pm! I will also be doing my first ever reading from Book II. Come and join! It will be a delectably dark experience you won't want to miss...
On Saturday, June 24th, a HQ print of my piece "The Magician" will be hanging for sale at the gallery show "Subreality" amongst other awesome surreal art. I will also be vending there (The Tangent Gallery, 715 E Milwaukee St
Detroit, Michigan, MI 48202). This will be my first time selling The Weather Inside Book II at a show! So if you want a signed copy please come visit :)
"‘Do you see the universe above you?’
‘Do you see the universe below you?'
‘Do you see the horizon between them?’
‘This is the trinity born of the mind of that which cannot be named—the mind which precedes matter.’"
-The Weather Inside Book II
So I FINALLY finished this drawing...I printed out a version of it to give to The Birthday Massacre the other day, seeing as it was directly inspired by their song "Superstition". Since then I've had time to touch it up a bit and well...here it is... I give you, my latest work, "Intuition". Unsurprisingly, it illustrates a part of The Weather Inside Book II. Anyone out there who wants to buy the book, don't forget to message me and let me know!
It's hard to believe I'm finally making this announcement. 100+ copies of The Weather Inside Book II are now officially available!! If you're interested in a signed copy made out to you personally, please PM me and we can discuss the details. They are 15 dollars including shipping, 10 dollars if you get one in person. If you haven't got the first book I'll sell them two for the price of one and a half! :) They're not on Amazon just yet, but there are several reasons why I would rather send them to friends and family myself, anyway. ❤️
The stork delivered my new baby today... I didn't expect the printed proof to arrive this quickly! It's just so surreal to finally hold it in my hands. As you can see, it's much thicker than the first one, ha. And yes, my face looks weird because I was crying... :')
It's Time For...... *drum roll*.........The Weather Inside Book II COVER REVEAL!!! :D
Tick, tock, tick, tock...Prepare yourself for the Second Coming of Alastair Sinclair...The Weather Inside Book II will be officially available next month!
Exciting news! I will be selling/exhibiting my work at a couple shows coming up at the Tangent Gallery 715 E Milwaukee, Detroit. The first is called "Purgatory, a Cinematic Exploration of the Soul" Sunday March 12th from 4:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. I will have a booth there selling the usual Weather Inside related merchandise. :)
The second is the "5th annual Venus Rising event" on Saturday April 1st from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., an exhibition celebrating female artists--my pieces "Remembering The World", "The High Priestess", "All Human Contact Is Prohibited" and "The Burning Man" were all accepted and HQ prints of them will be on display/for sale! I will also be selling merchandise there. (Hopefully Book II will be printed by then.)
I FINISHED BOOK TWO!!!!! And some trusted people are reading it right now and editing it before it goes to print!!!
This actually happened a while ago. Why am I just posting this now, then? Well, basically, I got out of the habit of posting in here for a couple reasons. One reason is (and I don't mean to sound sorry for myself or anything) I honestly don't know if anyone even reads this blog, haha. I really haven't reached that kind of "success" yet where I know people are interested enough in me and my work to actually go to my website regularly and read things. So I keep falling back onto posting things on Facebook because it's easier--I mean, it's especially easier to upload photos there. Plus, people actually see and read and react to the things I post on Facebook. It's a bit sad because I don't even really like Facebook and yet I keep falling back on it to share things in regards to my journey as an author as my own website just sits here...
But anyway. Enough of that. Yes--Book Two is completed and I hope to self-publish it by March (that's probably a bit ambitious, but I will definitely do my best to publish it before the summer.)
When I do the cover reveal, I will be sure to post it here as well as Facebook. But for anyone out there who might read this website and not know me on Facebook (I doubt that such a person exists but just in case...) please go to my Facebook to catch upon things...it's public:
You'll see photos from DAMNED, a piece of art I started, stuff about my engagement and our upcoming wedding (egad, did I forget to mention that here too?? Yeah...I'm GETTING MARRIED TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE IN SEPTEMBER!) and other things. I will try to get better at posting in here though. It's just difficult to do that before I really have a true following, you know? I'm not the type to assume people give a crap about me, haha. Well, I guess that's all I have to say for now. To anyone out there who cares enough to actually read this THANK YOU, whoever you are!! I mean it!!
An Aspiring Author. (Not sure why this suddenly turned into a letter but okay!)
My piece "Finding the King" has been accepted into "Damned, an Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness"!!!! I am so excited about this! It will be three days of decadent performances, art, culinary curiosities and masquerade magnificence. (And I get free, VIP access to all of it, heh!) I even get to sell prints of other illustrations and my novel in the store! This fabulous event takes place October 27-29th at the Tangent Gallery on Hastings Street, Detroit. Be there if you dare.... ;)
Nonsense night was crazy awesome! Cool music, unique people, and I even sold some art :):) I want to give a special thanks to my amazing man for helping out and always being so supportive of my creative journey.💗 Also thanks again Zakery for the opportunity. I have a feeling this will not be my last Nonsense Night...
Convocation was crazy this year! I sold 14 pieces of art :) The masquerade/costume party was the best, dancing till 3 AM and playing Cards Against Humanity with fellow pagans and two of the best friends ever! I didn't take nearly enough photos this year, but at least I got some shots of my display...and my handsome dragon man all dressed up in his dragon garb of course...
Now entering 2016...now approaching my 25th birthday...now teetering at the edge of a new chapter in my life. 2015 was the year of transition, and those transitions are following me still.
Meeting my muse incarnate in 2014 has sent me in a direction I never quite anticipated--it has been a marvelous and magical direction; one that has forced me to take care of myself and my own personal life instead of solely tending to my work. I know that the quantity of my work--especially my visual art--has suffered because of this. The amazing thing I've discovered, however, is that even though the new complexity that befell my existence has slowed my creative production, the quality of my work has in no way suffered. I am mainly referring to the writing of Book II, which I have stayed consistently devoted to meticulously crafting. It turns out that the new external things I've experienced over the past few years have brought me to a higher level of internal understanding. There are no words to explain what this higher understanding is precisely. All I know is that I have, without question, channeled it, expressed it and woven it through every sentence of my upcoming book.
I've always felt that I was born backwards. l arrived here an old woman at the transcendent edge of death. Slowly I have had to learn to come alive, become younger and to bring myself down onto this planet, have fun--experience things "outside" my own mind and live here as a functioning human person. Recently I have done just that and learned in the process that my work needed it just as much as I did. All the while, I have not lost the strange wisdom I was born with. Though I still have a long way to go, I have only gained the experience to give weight and depth to truths that I already held within me.
Right now I am sitting in the house that my love and I are moving into together. Everything is still in chaos and nothing is quite in its place inside this house. And yet everything is so close--right on the edge of becoming ordered. I feel that this new home is in many ways a symbol of my state of being. The pieces of me are almost but not quite organised in my new skin--almost but not quite to that point where I can plant my roots and create the quantity of work I used to... back when I lived alone in my apartment. A new era of art is approaching, I can feel it...and it will emerge with the birth of book II. I just need some more time, it seems, to gather myself before these things can properly begin.
To anyone out there who cares or appreciates my work, I am just here to say that I have almost spiraled back to where I once was, only now understanding deeper truths and thus nearly ready to create more.
I'm almost there. I'm almost there...
With all its woes, struggle, discipline and madness--why be a writer? Why be a storyteller? When I ask myself these questions, the response that resounds from deep within me is always the same: 'Because it is magic.'
When I chose to surrender to this path, I chose to become vulnerable. And with that vulnerability I opened up and allowed myself to receive the story. The most magical thing of all about being an author is meeting that one character who is the beginning. The one who breathes life not only into your work, but into your world. When you allow that character to enter--when you allow him/her their absolute autonomy and see them as you wold see another life form--that is the beginning of the magic I speak of.
That character for me is Alastair. Today is his birthday. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALASTAIR! And thank you for seven years of unforgettable magic...I look forward to the many magical years yet to come... <3
Yes, it has been much too long since I wrote a post in here but the past few months of my life have been....chaotic to say the least. Amidst the stress and madness I have still managed to write TWI Book II when I can, and I am happy to report that I only have a chapter and a half left before I can call it 'complete'. Of course, then it will still take quite a long time to finish after endless hours of editing! But it's definitely getting there, slowly but surely :)
I have also started a new coloured pencil piece, but haven't been able to work on it much at all. So hopefully I will finally be able to focus on that some more this week. In the meantime, here are some photos of my recent Halloween escapades with the love of my life <3
Theatre Bizzare and The Monster's Ball did not disappoint. Well, at least I'm not experiencing any shortage of inspiration!!!
Don't let all his serious looks fool you....he's got a serious side of course, but he's mostly a big, lovable goofball! <3
Somehow, I don't think it's entirely sunk in yet that I actually have a live model I can look at for reference when drawing Alastair now...I spent so many years relying solely on my mind's eye when it came to capturing him, I'm really not used to this surreal and magical luxury <3 Really though, WHERE WERE YOU ALL THOSE YEARS I WAS AT ART SCHOOL, HONEY?? Lol, just kidding. It all happened as it was meant.