Cover Your Face!

Something fun for you guys today – I’ve been futzing around with making Facebook cover images for my Timeline, and I’ve also had a couple of people mention they really like the one on  my fanpage; so, I thought, why not share all of that with you?  I’ve made four cover images – click on each to go to the full size and save (usually with a right-click).  Credit isn’t necessary, though if you’d like to plug my work in some way I certainly wouldn’t object.

I changed the fanpage cover, of course, so that people besides me could use it.  Enjoy!

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You are fabulously invited…

something newEvery year it seems my social media make it harder for me to have any sort of relationship with my readers.  It’s bad enough to be painfully introverted; at least I had the internet, right?  But then Facebook started making it damn near impossible for my readers – people who had purposefully opted in on my posts, who wanted to read them – to even find new posts.  As I understand it they’re about to make it even harder…unless of course you pay them.


It turns out the best way to keep in touch with your readers is the old-fashioned method:  an email list.  I’ve resisted having one for a long time because I didn’t know what I’d do with one, but I think 2015 is the time to really get back into my author-life, and I can’t do that without all of you.

I’d love it if you would sign up for my newsletter – you can either click one of the links in this post or come to my site and sign up on the sidebar.  Fear not, I don’t plan on clogging your inboxes with self-promotion; newsletter subscribers will receive at most one email a week (unless something really amazing happens), and it will absolutely be worth your while, because you will have:

  • Access to new Shadow World extras, Agency stories, and other writing before anyone else
  • First crack at giveaways
  • Freebies I make before I release them on the blog.

Don’t worry, Facebook/Twitter/Blog lovers – I’m going to stay on those too.  In fact I’m going to try to be more present everywhere.  But I want this list to be something special, something that makes it worth inviting me into your inbox when I know how full it already is.

To show you how serious I am:

If you sign up by January 5, the first newsletter you receive will contain a link to download the first chapter of Shadow World Book 6.

That’s right.  The book doesn’t even have a name yet, and it’s only 1/3 written, but if you join the mailing list, you’ll get to read the entire first chapter – free.

The chapter will not be available on the blog, via Facebook, or via Twitter.  Only newsletter subscribers will receive it.

It’s important to me that you all know how important you are to me.  *laugh*  I mentioned in a previous post (somewhere) that I was considering releasing parts of new Agency stories online for free the way I used to, then compiling them with new material into books for sale later.  If I do that, only subscribers will get them for free.  It’s very easy to join in and reap the potential rewards:

Just click here or visit my website to sign up for the newsletter.

I hope to see you there!


A New Year Thing I Made for You


Not the most creative title, I grant you, but it’s been a long couple of weeks.

I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say at the moment, but I do have something I want to share.

I started off just wanting to make you guys a 2015 calendar as a wee gift, but it sort of blew up into this 26 page creature with a mind of its own.  I thought about offering it for sale on my Etsy shop since it had taken so much (enjoyable) work, but then I decided that it started as a gift, and it would be a gift – something to play with during the transition from one year to another, hopefully a little different from all the usual resolution-setting business that’s either too hardcore or too woo-woo.  If nothing else, the calendar did turn out prettily, and you might want to print it out and hang it up.

Thus, without further ado:

Download your Free Magic Words E-Book Here!



Calendar Girl

Greetings all! In the midst of my frantic packing to move over to my BFF’s house next weekend, I’ve found a bit of time for online shopping, in this case for that marker of time that seems so quaint to a lot of people but is indispensable to me:  calendars.

I’ve always loved wall calendars in addition to my planner fixation – I used to have as many as five per year, giving me an endless cycle of changing artwork that I could take apart in December and frame or collage or whatever my little heart desired.  That love hasn’t changed, but nowadays it has a new outlet…you guessed it…Etsy.

So without more ado, I give you my favorite calendars and planners for 2015…with a surprise at the end!

Fandom Editions:

Doctor Who Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey 2015 Calendar – The awesome thing about having a new Doctor is that now calendar makers can rejoice; there’s a Doctor for every month!

made by thejoyfulfox

Harry Potter Divination Planner 2014-2015 (Pick your starting month) – I like the relative simplicity of this one, and that you can get it in an ultra thin month-in-view-only version if you like.  You’ve got to love a planner that asks for your Patronus and House on the ID page.  Also available are two Doctor Who planners (one called a Time Lord’s Companion, which is awesome) and a Sherlock version.

by Ruskerville

Kitty Krishna – Hello Kitty, Hindu style, done up like those restaurant calendars you get from your favorite Indian takeaway.  Art by Vicki Berndt, perfect for an auspicious and adorable New Year.


Sass and Kick Ass

 Quit Slackin’ and Make Shit Happen 2015 Weekly Planner – Nothing like a little sass to liven up something as pedestrian as a weekly planner.  Nice and uncluttered on the inside, “retro” on the outside.

by ninjandninj

Printable Minimalist Calendar Template – endlessly useful for folks who, like me, can never remember birthdays.  Put ‘em front and center (or left-column, as the case may be) and still have room in your monthly grid for holidays and happenings.

created by empapers

Fruits and Veggies 2015 Printable Calendar – an adorable 5″x7″ calendar, simple and colorful.  It’s just so freaking cheerful, it would be perfect in a kitchen or breakfast nook.

by eloycedesigns

2015 Doodle Monthly Planner – So. Cute. Each month is a different kind of grid – there are fish, a dirigible, picture frames, Autumn leaves, a beehive, and more.  This one’s also a printable, letter-sized.

by SkyGoodies

Typographic Wall Calendar – I’ve been looking for an all-on-one-page 2015 calendar; at my day job it’s really handy to be able to go from month to month without having to stop and turn pages.  I love the feel of this one, the gorgeous dark blue, the elegant script.  What can I say? Love me some printables.  Make as many as you want, no shipping costs, and no waiting.

created by SimpleSerene2

Printable Calendar – Coloring Pages with Kolam Indian Motifs – Grown ups should color more.  There’s something so therapeutic about it, and these designs have the added meditative benefit of working with a mandala.

by InkBiteDesigns

Last but not least, I’d like to introduce my very first attempt to join the calendar fray – a printable 2015 monthly wall calendar of my own artwork – drawings, paintings, art journal pages, and ACEOs!  Step right up for your very own copy, $7, no waiting.

Wings & Branches, 2015 Printable Calendar by Dianne Sylvan



A Picture of Words is Worth 1000…hmm.

I think, and I hesitate to say this at the risk of jinxing it, that my overall Bipolarometer might be tipping ever so slightly toward the more positive end of the scale.  There’ve been some wretched days and nights lately, but I keep getting little flashes and glimpses that remind me there are other ways to feel besides depressed.

Meanwhile, I started a new journal; Daisy Jane, my faithful art journal, was finally full.  So far this new one (as yet unnamed) is just ink and pasted-in pictures, but I’m sure it’ll be good and messed up before long.  I’ve been doing some self-analysis as it is a week (exactly) before my 37th birthday.  Thus we have one of the first pages, my “To Be List”:

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And just to show you I don’t believe in guilty pleasures (if your pleasures hurt no one, you should never feel guilty about them), we have my current playlist, a bunch of albums I threw together and have been jamming out to all week.

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I bought this notepad from Eclectic Notecards to go on the inside front cover of my planner. I love it – the paper is absolutely luxurious. Click on the picture to see more of her wares.

More soon – enjoy your Day of Humping!