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Meet and Greet Saturday…

MEET and GREET

Hello everyone,
how your Summer is going? Are you still here on the Blogosphere?

After a long time, today I have decided to host a Meet and Greet event. I hope that you like the idea to get to know new bloggers especially if you’re new to the community please join in! Today I like to share my blog and my art with you and try to get the Bloggers friends old and new to connect together here!

At times, I miss the weekly Meet and Greet sessions I used to host here every Friday, we enjoyed the event ongoing for more than two years Great connections were made during that time. My long time followers and friends sure remember about that nice and successful event!

Let’s make today a successful  “Meet and Greet” and for that I need everyone help!
I invite you to leave a comment, not just a like! Please tell us what are you up to or leave the link of one of your latest blog posts! And if you’re new here please briefly introduce yourself and your Blog and leave a link! Read through the comments, engage visit blogs and meet other awesome bloggers, leave comments and a follows I am sure everyone appreciate it! This is a great way to help each other to grow our blogs, meet new friends and share what you love!

❤ About me lately I have been busy creating my Art and I am focused on developing new ideas! Working on my watercolor paintings and  Illustrations. My door is open I love to collaborate with writers for illustrations and working on commissions!

Sorry these days I have been posting a little bit less than I would like to, I took a little Summer break! I am also working on updating my Etsy Shop  check it out! ❤

I am happy that today you found again your way here if you are an old friend I am so grateful for you! And welcome if it’s your first time visiting my Blog thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoy my art feel free to browse around and come back to visit!

Meet and Greet is a great time to connect with new and old Blogs!
I like to give thank to all my “New Followers” and to the ones that are still here from long time following my journey!
Thank You! ❤

I wish you a great weekend!
Please share, Reblog, Twitt, Pin, anything is great!

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Happy Easter!


HAPPY EASTER!

I wish you all a wonderful and Happy Easter Day filled with joy and happiness!

 

Thank You!

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Poetry – My Interview with Author Sylvester L. Anderson

Angels – Digital Art ©CarolinaRusso


My Interview with Author and Poet SYLVESTER L. ANDERSON

Sylvester L Anderson

Today I am very happy that I can finally share my New Interview!
I like to introduce you with my dear friend and long time follower of my Art and Blog my special guest is Author and Poet Sylvester L. Anderson also known in our Community Aka “Syl”  the name of his Syl65’s Blog I am really honored that he accepted to do this interview with me. Syl is a great soul and inspiring Author he writes beautiful poems, his flowing words are encouraging, motivating and filled with strength and positive energy. For some mysterious reasons it happens to read them just when you need them in your heart. Syl post daily on his Blog  his poetry, haiku, quotes and inspiring music he introduce his Blog with these words and verses….

Poetry, creative writing and a desire to inspire…..Isaiah 40: 31 But they who wait upon the Lord will get new strength. They will rise up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weak…”

I wanted to illustrate our interview with a mystical, ethereal and powerful image as Syl creative writings are. I think that my Digital Artwork “Angels” that you see above is just right because I see Syl like the encouraging and supportive  Angel in our Blog’s community. Since the day he started to follow my art and blog years ago, he is always there leaving encouraging and beautiful heartfelt comments which I appreciate very much.

Right now here are my questions, let’s get to know Syl better let’s get started! Enjoy the interview….

1. For who doesn’t know you and your Blog, can you please introduce who Syl is?

First, thank you Carolina for having me on your blog. I have always appreciated your art and creativity. Now, who is Syl? I am a poet, blogger and author trying to inspire and help others see that they do matter in this life. Aside from writing, I enjoy music (a part of my blog), movies and I’m always open to learning.

2. When did you discover your talent and love for writing?

I would say at an early age. I use to sing out these little rhymes I had made up and my very first poem was a mother’s day poem (to my mom of course). I was very shy growing up so writing was my way to express what was going on inside of me, especially in my high school years. For as long as I can remember I have been writing, whether it was extra little notes in birthday cards, writing down my thoughts, or poetry.

3. You have a beautiful way to create your poetry expressing your words giving beautiful messages, there is a superior presence in your poetry and you often mention God? How much he inspire and influence your creative writings?

Thank you for your words. I will say that I am a born again Christian. I have no denomination, I follow Christ and He is the center of everything I do. I believe I was blessed with a gift to write and I want to use my gift to inspire others. I want to share what God does for me on a daily basis and that is love me unconditionally. I am so very happy that it comes through in my poetry. That right there is my central purpose and also to entertain. If you can smile after one of my poems, then it’s all good.

4. Can you describe your writing process? Do you plan your writings or do you write whenever words come to you?

My writing process is simple. I think the only time I plan my writings is when I am doing my Monday Thought post or when I am working on a book. I do a lot of spontaneous, whatever pops into my head writing. When the inspirational spark hits I get to writing. Sometimes the words come like a flood, line after line, or I am writing down one line and see what comes from it. Also, I find photos to go with my poetry and many times I choose the photo first and write about what I see in it. The most important part of my writing process is not forcing anything. If it’s not there I don’t write. I write because I enjoy it, not because I feel I have to.

5. You published several Poetry Collections can you tell us about it? And where we can find them?

I have published four print books and two eBooks, all self-published. I will list them in order and where you can find them.

Life through Celestial LensesAmazon (print and eBook)
The Darkness, The Light and The GloryAmazon (eBook available at smashwords)
Heartspeak, God and LoveAmazon (print and eBook)
Soul EmbersAmazon (print and eBook)
33 In The Name of Jesus – smashwords (eBook)
The Sevens – smashwords (eBook)


6. What suggestion or advice can you give to someone who wants publish their poetry for the first time?

Poetry is expression, so write what you love, be authentic and be original. Amazon Publishing Services offers free publishing tools and guides to help you get published. You will be doing the work yourself as far as formatting and editing but it is worth it if you are looking to publish your poetry. Winning Writers is a website where you can find legitimate poetry/literary contest (also a great way to get your poetry published). You can also look for poet/poetry forums or writing communities. No matter what your goal is, do your research and don’t give up.

7. What is your creative Dream Project?

Wow, that’s a great question! I would like to do some type of visual/spoken word videos and take my poetry to another level. Another dream project is to do some spoken word in whatever audio format and I definitely do not mean me reading some poetry in this robotic tone, but something with some oomph to it. I don’t think we should put limitations on our creativity. Also, I am open to doing collaborative projects with any of my fellow creatives out there.

8.  I love to ask this question to everyone I interview because is personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color would it be?

I picture my inner soul as an observer, standing in the background, taking notes about what is going in and around me. My favorite color is black but I believe my inner soul would be blue. Blue has a calming, tranquil affect and I hope that I bring that type of peace and calm with my everyday presence. Another thing about the color blue is that when you look up and see a clear blue sky it looks never-ending, limitless. I believe we shouldn’t put a cap on our dreams or goals, not limit ourselves.

9.  This is my last question you are one of my long time followers and I can call you my friend I know by now that you like my art and I like to ask you what do you like about my Art? What do you see in my paintings?

I believe when I first started following you, you were doing these digital portraits and I was blown away immediately. Your art is so original has such a distinctive, vintage look and quality about it which I can say is your signature style. What do I see in your paintings? I get a sense of hope,  especially within the eyes of your characters. There is this good vibe flowing beneath what you put on canvas. Lastly, I see you, maybe it your facial features that show up but I see you. You are your art.
Thank you so very much for this interview, Carolina, and for having me on your blog. It was fun and very much appreciated.

Ectoplasma – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

 

In conclusion of this Interview…. 
I am leaving you with one of Syl  latest Haiku – The Stars Are Speaking Again

A clear sky tonight
The stars are scattered just right
Speaking their language
Clasping your hand much tighter
Vivid in my mind

 

 

 


You can find  and follow Sylvester at:

WordPress Blog Syl65www.syl65.wordpress.com
Twitter@SylvesterPoetry
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sylvester.l.anderson
LinkedInhttp://linkedin.com/in/sylvester-anderson-7536259a

 

I hope that you enjoyed the interview and to discover Sylvester L. Anderson.  I want to thank you Syl very much! I loved this opportunity and I wish all the best for you and for all your future projects!

And to you all I always love your comments, let me know what you think about this interview I know Syl  would love to read them!

❤ And if you like to read more of my previous Interviews to other talented and amazing souls check my Interviews Page

 

Until next time have a great weekend! ❤

Thank You!
Thank You!

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Music – My Interview with Viktor Norðir

Digital Art Portrait Viktor Norðir by ©Carolina Russo

My interview with Musician Composer and Independent Artist:  Viktor Norðir

Today I am very excited and happy to introduce you with my special guest for this interesting interview. My dear friend musician Viktor Norðir from Germany.  Viktor is also the founder, song writer, vocals and guitar of band RIGNA FOLK and has a Solo Project as  Norðir.

RIGNA FOLK

RIGNA FOLK Band members:

Viktor Nordir (vocals, guitar) 
Jens sounds (guitar, synth) 
Vladimir Müller (drums) 
Chriss Fakler (bass, vocals, synth)

I like this band very much, they produce some great alternative music. If  you’re following my Blog for a while you had the opportunity to read about them other times. Recently I had a collaboration with Viktor creating  a short video, featuring a combination of his Music with my Art. I love to collaborate with other artists it is a great way for me to create and experiment new creative ways of visualization with my art in combination with others, you can see the video here “Stillness”  Art And Music together can create magic!
We had a great collaboration that led us to a beautiful friendship and I am sure more artistic projects to come in the future!

NEW Release! My Digital Art Portrait
Today I am celebrating also a “New Release” of my latest Digital Art Portrait, it is part of my Project  “ART FOR MUSIC “  and for my Concept Collection “When Nature Meets Humans” the artistic portrait that you see featured as the opening image of this post is my new digital creation. This artwork is dedicated and inspired by Viktor Norðir,  there couldn’t be a better day to release it than today!
I am very thankful that Viktor kindly accepted to do  this interview, I am happy to introduce you with his world of wonderful music and creativity. It is very interesting to get to know  who behind the music. If you don’t know Viktor Norðir and his band yet, this is a great opportunity to discover a multi talented very inspiring Artist that plays multiple instruments,  has a beautiful unique voice that he can tune in different ways, has an experimental open mind a kind heart and an intriguing soul.

Viktor in his solo project goes  by the name “Norðir” on September 21st, 2018 he released a new Song and Video “No Hell No” which is the first single of his new project.

Thank you so much Viktor for accepting this interview, I wish you great success for the new song, video and for all your music projects coming in the future.

I am very excited for your answers to my questions, let’s get started!

Here there are my questions:

***Also a last minute Great News directly from Viktor

Indie Music Nation added my new Song “NO HELL NO” to their Monthly Playlist on Spotify!!
Now Im on the same Playlist like The Twilight Sad (Official) and White Lies !! Amazing week so far 😎 Thank you   

Listen: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6kLDq11zzYdx8CjwDA0dTv…

I am also including here the link to  Norðir Livestream on Facebook it was live at the release day for the launch of the new song and video but now you can still see it as post!
https://www.facebook.com/events/240110230009278/permalink/240956673257967/

Amazon: https://lynxinbio.com/gdqq8/05fd9acf-cae9-4f70-8d66-5cfc35086e3a
iTunes: https://lynxinbio.com/gdqq8/fb63b830-e434-478b-936c-7d305bbc71dd
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFyD2CmFdrU
Spotify: https://lynxinbio.com/gdqq8/3bfdeb1e-fc28-42b6-a27d-0db02ea42078

 

I hope that you enjoyed my interview it wont be last more will come in the future!

I love to follow the new projects and I will check back in, from time to time, to update you with  Viktor Norðir and the band RIGNA FOLK  coming projects! I hope you enjoyed to watch the videos included and if you want to listen more… which I highly suggest, go to discover their music, please visit the YouTube Channels, stay connected, share if you can, please leave them comments they are motivating to artists. Best wishes to Viktor for all his projects as solo and with the band, I can’t wait to see what he is creating next, it is always an unpredictable surprise! ❤

I love your comments, please let me know… what do you think about this interview?
I am sure Viktor Norðir would love to read your comments!

If you like to read more of my Interviews check Here!

Credits Source photos: Viktor Norðir

In conclusion, I leave you with one of my quotes:

“Art and Music will take you where words often cant, let your feelings and imagination flow with it into the magic!” -©CR

Until my next post wish you a great week!

Thank You!
Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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My Interview With Author MJ Mallon

The Curse Of Time One Bloodstone ©MJ Mallon – Illustrations ©CarolinaRusso


My Interview With Author MJ MALLON

Author MJ Mallon

 

Today post is my interview to British Author MJ Mallon, a nice way to get to know her and  discover her latest work, the new released book  “The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone”  I am very happy to introduce you with MJ Mallon,  she is a debut author and blogger, her interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. MJ write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka.
Some of you that follows my Blog remember one of my latest posts:   “Characters Illustration – A Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon”  where I was announcing my artistic collaboration with Marje Mallon.  We had a wonderful collaboration together .

Today post is my interview to MJ, a nice way to get to know her better and  discover more about her new released book “The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone” that includes my art in form of character illustrations.

 

 

Thank you so much Marje for allowing me to do this lovely interview with you and give the opportunity to our readers to get to know you better.

Let’s get started!

Here there are my questions:

1. For who doesn’t know can you please introduce who is Author MJ Mallon?

I’m a debut author based in Cambridge, UK.
I published my first book The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone in kindle and recently in paperback.
The Curse of Time is a YA magical fantasy series with many intriguing themes: time, crystals (representing light,) and self-harm/darkness/shadows. The magnificent clock featured on the book cover is the world renowned Corpus Christi chronopage invented by Dr John C Taylor, OBE. The chronopage is a popular tourist attraction in Cambridge which draws much attention, comments and gasps from passing tourists.

The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone is available to purchase via Amazon. You can buy the book here:  “The Curse of Time”

Kirosmagica Publishing

I set up my publishing company Kyrosmagica Publishing with the intention of publishing my own books under this name. In the future, I hope perhaps to extend this to publishing for like-minded clients who wish to create magical writing which aspires to be different.
Allie Potts created a beautiful logo of a dragon and a unicorn twirling in an endless dance to represent my vision for Kyrosmagica Publishing.

2.  You have a very nice writing style, can you describe your creative process and what prompt and inspire you while writing?

Thank you Carolina that is very kind of you to say.
I begin with an initial idea and often look to art to inspire my creative process. Visuals are important; I visualise the scenes in an action movie of my creative imagination! Then I type the words up on my laptop.
I love poetry so I included short Tanka poems at the beginning of each chapter (or puzzle piece,) to add a further creative dimension to the story-telling.

3. What are you working on right now? Any new project?

Several! Of course one of my priorities is to focus on the second book in the series which I have entitled The Curse of Time Book Two Golden Healer.

But, I intend to submit to at least two anthologies. One involves flash fiction for publication in Charli Mill’s carrotranch.com/ second Carrot Ranch anthology and I also hope to be included in Claire Plaisted’s Ghostly Writes Anthology

First Prize in the Bloggers Bash Blog 2018 (UK)

Oh, I must also mention some amazing news. I discovered that I won first prize in the Bloggers Bash Blog Post Writing Competition with my entry “The Queen’s Dress Down Day”.
What a wonderful validation of my writing. Here is the trophy.
It looks as if it was made with me in mind! It’s so beautiful and is cut glass, crystal!
Winning this has encouraged me to enter more competitions. The next one on my radar is Dan Alatorre’s 1000 Word Sprint.

4. What is your writing “Dream Project” if there is one?

To be honest, I have so many wonderful projects in mind. I’d love to write a poetry/flash fiction/short story compilation. I have the rough draft of a middle grade novel featuring a dragon and a half Scottish/half Chinese girl that I would love to develop. I have so many plans but not enough time! I truly have been cursed! So my focus has to be on my current dream project — The Curse of Time. It’s an ambitious debut project but with hard work and dedication I hope it will be successful. Only time will tell how this dream develops.

 

5. This question is very personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color it would it be?

Fantastic question Carolina! My soul colour would be green. I believe green is the colour associated with the Heart Chakra which links with love, earth, growth, and abundance. My very first crystal selection was green Malachite. Apparently, my green soul colour makes me a healer, mediator, balancer and harmonizer. Perhaps that is why I love meditative exercise such as Tai Chi and explains my attraction to alternative medicine and crystals.

6. Reconnecting with your latest book “The Curse of Time” which character do you love the most and why?

Oh, this is so hard! I love all my characters. If I had to pick just one it would have to be Amelina, the main protagonist. I love how her character develops as the story progresses. Perhaps there is a little of Amelina in me, (even though I don’t have a dysfunctional family!) I’m such a different person from the young girl I used to be. Writing has made me a much happier and more confident person. Amelina is changing too. Perhaps that is why she is my favourite.

7. I loved to create the paintings of the two characters Esme and The Creature as illustrations for your book, what did driven you about my Art that you thought I was the right artist to visually bring to life your characters?

I’d been following your beautiful art for a good while and been so impressed by your portraits. There is a definite sense of fragility in your portraiture (I particularly love how you portrayed Esme the Mirror Girl’s eyes and mouth,) and a beautiful use of colour and movement in The Creature’s portrait. Those key elements attracted me to your work and of course you are such a lovely lady!

Character’s Portrait – The Creature – Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

8. At last, what you would like to say to our readers about The Curse of Time story and why they should read it?

The Curse of Time is a unique, imaginative story.
Time is life. Life is Time. Each hour, minute and second is precious, don’t waste a moment! Read a magical story that encapsulates so much of the light and darkness of life. It will mystify and puzzle you, make you laugh, wonder and cry.

Character Portrait “Esme And The Mirror” – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Visit my ETSY Shop where you can find my illustration of the character “Esme and The Mirror” available in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, only 20 high quality numbered and signed prints of my original watercolor painting.

In conclusion of this interview I want to thank Marje for the beautiful and interesting answers to my questions! I hope that you all enjoyed to read this post and the opportunity to get to know more about Author MJ Mallon, visit her Blog and if you get the chance to read the book, please leave her a review and comments. I am sure she would love very much to hear from you. Best wishes to Marje for this new release, may “The Curse of Time One Bloodstone”  project be very successful and of course to have a sequel! Can’t wait to see what she is writing next and if we will collaborate again you will see more of my illustrations to come in the future! I always love to read all your comments, please let me know what do you think and thank you so much for taking your time to read it!


❤ You can find MJ Mallon on Social Media at:

Have a wonderful day and stay connected!
If you haven’t yet follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

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Thank You!

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Meet and Greet Fridays…

Majestic Ocean – Photo ©Carolina Russo

“Remembering” MEET and GREET Fridays…

Hello everyone,

today after a long time I decided to host a Meet and Greet Friday….just for today!

At times I miss this event that we enjoyed for far long, so today I feel to host a session of  Meet And Greet in remembrance of the great two years of weekly Meet And Greets we had during the 2015 and 2016 I know that my long time bloggers friends remember how each Friday we used to get together here on my Blog open to connect with other bloggers.

❤ I am very happy that today you found your way  here again and especially if is your first time on my Blog, welcome and thank you for stopping by!

Meet and Greet is a time to connect with new and old Blogs!

If you would like to introduce your Blog, meet other awesome bloggers,  don’t be shy please leave a comment introduce yourself on this post leave your Blog link! Don’t forget to check out other Blogs links and connect!

 

I wish you a great weekend and coming week!

 

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Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny! Not my Art! But I love this image found on Pinterest!


HAPPY EASTER!

I wish you all a wonderful day filled with joy and happiness!

My Lovely Grey!

 

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