Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

 

roses-and-rot-by-kat-howardI found this little gem on the New Arrivals at the library and it looked like it had some real promise.  Neil’s comment did help in making my decision to walk it to the checkout though.  I have since been told that it is listed as a YA book.  If that’s the case, I shall be looking at more that fall under this category!

Roses and Rot was a surprise and a delight.  The stunning revelation was that this is Kat’s first novel.

Its about two sisters who are accepted into a coveted artist retreat for 9 months.  One, Imogen, is a writer, the other, Marin, a dancer.   No evil stepmother here, its the real mother that has the evil heart.  And much of the girl’s drive comes from attempting to escape from her.  And the retreat?  It borders on the land of Faerie.

Is sort of a “Sell Your Soul to the Devil for Riches and Fame” story, but replace Devil with Fairy and add some interesting mythology, Evil mom, and a whole resort full of artists who don’t blink an eye over something less than ordinary.  She speaks the voices of artists with all their jealousies and quirks and generosities and daring to live out loud.  She lays open their fears, their dreams and the price they are willing to pay.

I think one of my favorite quotes is when she offers up the truth of faeires.

“They are beautiful and without mercy.  Cruel.
Stories of the Fair Folk are not at all then what we think of as fairy tales, those moralistic stories wherein evil is punished and virtue triumphs, that were set safely in once upon a time, and had happy endings guaranteed.  True fairy tales are horror stories.”

And though the main story plot is not new.  The reality is, how many really are?  It is told with a lot of interesting twists and turns and through a very unique voice.  Her biography says she was a lawyer, turned writer.  I think she found her true calling.  Though I am sure she was silver tongued as an attorney, her skills are better employed at weaving tales to be enjoyed by the world.  Hers is a voices whose prose is so beautifully wrought and cast down to paper that we will be combing the new releases for anything that has her name.  Which makes one wonder, how long was she a Tithe for???

SephiPiderWitch
11/26/2016

Art Journal

 

Some of the artists in the you tube videos have these really cool art journals with all different kinds of papers.  Some of them even sell these books, but they are a bit pricey and I also started thinking, what if they don’t have the right amount of papers I like?  So, I decided to just make my own.  Went down to one of the local thrift stores and picked up an old photo book.  That’s it below
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It has different colors of drawing paper, some tracing paper, writing paper and watercolor paper.

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So, I can take notes, write down thoughts and find characters for my book.  🙂

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I like it!  Its a nice size, not too big, not too small.  Maybe I should rename the cover “Precious”  One Book To Rule Them All.
I’m so funny!  hehehehe
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The Eyes Have It

 

So, I thought it would be a good idea to work on my people skills and broke out a couple books to help me with the endeavor.  So, here are the eyes, but there will be more of these to follow.

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Lily Pad

 

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Get it?  Lily Pad.  hehehehe  Calla Lily Pad.

Spring’s First Touch

 

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I was also thinking I could name it “Beauty and the Big Hairy Beast That Smells Like a Herd of Rutting Elk in Mating Season and Finding Only 3 Females”

Tulips

 

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Departure

 

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Sephi

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