Monday, August 11, 2008
Hello, fellow bloggers!
My name is Christine Poe. This is my first time blogging and I am not really even sure what to say. I am a published author of romance books and most recently an artist. Writing is and has always been my main passion, until I discovered drawing ACEO cards on eBay.
What is an ACEO? Art Cards Editions and Originals, and they are all 2.5 x 3.5 inches, the size of a baseball card. Any medium of art is accepted and the talent of the artists is fantastic. ACEOs are as fun to collect as they are to create. And a very inexpensive way to collect art or give it as a gift.
For some more samples of my art visit my eBay: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZcatdancing51
I am the writer in my family, my mom, brother, and little sister were the artists, and my older sister was wonderful at decorating and interior design. I write to entertain myself, to entertain my friends, for good grades, to relieve stress and just for fun. One day I decided to become a published author and submitted to many editors with encouraging results. I was tickled when my first publisher bought all three books I submitted. Seeing my writing in a real book was an awesome experience and I am hooked on writing...forever. I have always been a fast reader too, and I devour books of all types when I am in the mood, so research is never a problem.
You can read excerpts from my books at my website: www.christinepoe.com
Finding time to write can be difficult with my large multi-generation household, but that is where I find drawing comforting. I met my second husband 11 years ago and together we have seven children and fourteen grandchildren. It can get hectic at times. :)
I love animals, nature and wildlife, and I enjoy creating them in my art, especially cats. No matter where I have lived, I have always had cats. They seem to find me as though I wear a flashing neon sign that reads "all cats accepted here"! I have included cats in several of my books as well. At present we have far too many cats, but which one do I turn away? We live on a large farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains and our property backs up upon the Shenandoah National Park so wildlife abounds. It isn't unusual to look out the door and see a herd of mom and baby deer, or a black bear scratching his back on the tree, or a raccoon begging for handouts on the deck.
I grew up in Long Beach, California, so living in the near wilderness is a perfect life for me. I moved away from the "big city" years ago because I couldn't stand the crowds of people everywhere you go, the noise, and the pollution. Okay, so I am a tree-hugger, sue me...lol. Lately, it seems we are experiencing a population growth because of the Washington D.C. folks wanting a bit of the "quiet life" too. I can't blame them, but I hate to see the wonderful old farms turn into sub-divisions or worse -- commercial expansion. :(
About me personally: I love the ocean. I miss the smell of the fresh salt air. I miss the sticky feeling of sea spray on my body as I search the sandy beaches for shells. I miss the ocean sunsets, they seem to go on forever. I love the mountains too, both the Rockies and the Blue Ridge. I love the smell of pine trees and the crunch of the dry pine needles underfoot. I love the inspiring views from the mountain tops. I love the sunsets across the Shenandoah Valley below with the river twinkling in the dimming sunlight. I love the rain, the sound of it on the metal roof, the sweet smell of the meadows once it has been and gone. I love the thunder too, it reminds me of the ocean's roar as waves crash upon the shoreline. I love the moon and the way it winks mysteriously down upon us. I love all creatures great and small, to quote a fellow author, even the ornery ones. I love children. They are my worst weakness, or maybe they are my strength. I have enough children and grandchildren of my own, but I seem to collect strays here and there along life's journey. All children need love and encouragement, and I am a sucker for them and their needs. They bring such joy into your life, it far overwhelms the trials they create. I love life and am happy I can experience the things life offers me.
That's about it. I love to talk animals, I love to write animals, and I love to draw animals, especially cats. Come visit me!