Thursday, March 28, 2013

Illustration Friday: Swim

Siamese Fighter © 2013 Sylvia Liu
A recent painting I made for an upcoming art show, part of my sea creatures series (though Siamese fighting fish are freshwater fish, so maybe I'll just make it a water creatures series).

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Monday, March 18, 2013

What I've Been Up to Elsewhere on the Intertubes

Critique Group © 2013 Sylvia Liu

Here are a couple of articles I wrote recently, found elsewhere on the web:

The Value of Critiques on Julie Hedlund's blog. How I've come to learn that getting my writing and art critiqued is one of the most valuable things to do as a writer and artist seeking to improve and take my work to the next level.

Not a Joke: Full Digression at UnderAcademy College at Where I interview my best friend from third grade, author Sandy Florian, about UnderAcademy College, a free, online "anti-degree institution" for innovative thinkers, artist, writers, and poets.

P.S. What do you think of my quick sketch, above? I'm planning to make a painting with a similar theme or look for the upcoming Norfolk Academy Art show (in early May).

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Zigby's First Day at The Academy

© 2011 Sylvia Liu

Thank you to all for helping create this story, as part of “Food Fight: Zesty Onomatopoeia Slinging.” Here is the whole story, in one piece.

            Zigby groaned. Two of his hearts sank to where his three stomachs began. Great. First day at Aliens A-1 Academy and he was already odd alien out. Not that he looked so different from the other kids in the lunch room. Other Martians like himself balanced trays, books, and drinks with multiple hands. Venutians slithered to and fro on slimy tentacles. Earthlings slouched together acting sullen and too cool to be seen with the gassy Jovians.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Zigby's First Day at the Academy: Food Fight!

Join me in this contest sponsored by Marcie Colleen of The Write Routine, “Food Fight: Zesty Onomatopoeia Slinging.” The rules are simple: between March 4-8, comment on this post and any other participants’ posts (links here at The Write Routine). Your task is to continue the story in the comments. You must include at least one word of onomatopoeia (words that are sounds, like ZING, POW, SPLAT) and one thrown item of food. You cannot repeat an onomatopoeia and the story must flow from the previous comments. Be creative and join the food fight! You can win a prize if you are the most prolific food slinger (in this & other posts), and one author's story will also be awarded a prize. 

Badge by Julie Rowan-Zach