My 11th book, “The Invisible House Series” is now available in Kindle. This is free if you have Kindle Unlimited, otherwise it is $3.99. The print version will come soon. These are essays and tales about negative space and impermanence. It is more of an art piece than anything else. It is pretty non-classifiable.
Beecroft, Julian Lost Cities: Beauty in Desolation
Bonnett, Alastair Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
cummings, e e The poem titled [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] I especially like this poem as sung by Michael Hedges on his album “Taproot”
Goldsworthy, Andy Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature Anything by Andy Goldsworthy speaks to the nature of impermanence. This Scottish artist creates his work with whatever he finds on his walks in nature. He photographs them, and then they return to their natural state.
Harmon, Katharine You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
Hughes, T. John Apparitions: Architecture That Has Disappeared From Our Cities This book overlaps “then” with “now”, showing ghost outlines of buildings that were demolished to make way for new ones.
Jones, Diana Wynne Howl’s Moving Castle This is part of a trilogy. This has also been made into a movie by the famous Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. It features a house that walks around.
Miéville, China The City & the City An intriguing speculative fiction story of two cities that exist in the same physical space but have entirely different cultures, languages, and habits.
Rives, T.M. Secret New York – An Unusual Guide. Local Guides by Local People This has some nice examples of pocket parks and other overlooked negative spaces.
Castaneda, Carlos. The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (Book one in a series)
Hammerschlag, Carl. Healing Ceremonies: Creating Personal Ritual for Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, and Mental Health
Kolk, Bessel A. van der. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
McLeod, Adam. Dreamhealer: His Name Is Adam
Mindell, Arnold. The Shaman’s Body: A New Shamanism for Transforming Health, Relationships, and the Community
Myss, Caroline. Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
Olitzky, Kerry M. Jewish Paths Toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering
Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
A short list of fantasy / science fiction / speculative fiction where faith is a major element.
Bowker, Richard – Forbidden Sanctuary
Cogswell, Theodore – Spock, Messiah!
Del Rey, Lester – The Eleventh Commandment
Easton, M. Coleman – Iskiir
Elgin, Suzette Haden – Star Anchored, Star Angered
Farmer, Philip Jose – The Stone God Awakens
Foster, Alan Dean – Cyber Way
Grabien, Deborah – Plainsong
Kemelman, Harry – Friday the Rabbi Slept Late
L’Engle, Madeleine – The Wrinkle in Time series
Free Range Faith. Essays on following Jesus and not Christianity. Published 12/11/2014. ISBN-13: 978-1502367679
Fortunate Stamps. Collage using stamps and fortune cookie messages. Published 1/17/2015. ISBN-13: 978-1507623480
The Condensed Gospel. The Gospel, as one story, in order, with no repetition. Published 12/19/2015. ISBN-13: 978-1505514940
Travel by Stamps. An all-ages story using vintage stamps for the illustrations. Published 12/27/2015. ISBN-13: 978-1522947127
Some for the Road: Meditations and milestones on the road of recovery. Daily meditations on recovery. Published 4/22/2017. ISBN -13: 978-1507633588
Images of God (in color). Inspirational poetry and pictures, in full color. Published 6/21/2017. ISBN-13 978-1546815129
Images of God (in black and white). Inspirational poetry and pictures, in a more affordable black and white format. Published 6/23/2017. ISBN-13 978-1548191023
Short and Strange. 25 unusual short stories inspired by vintage photographs. Published 9/26/2017. ISBN-13: 978-1974103669
maps for lost places. 27 speculative fiction short stories. Published 1/6/2018. ISBN-13: 978-1981396856
Creating a Life. Essays about being an artist with a full-time life. Published 2/17/2018. ISBN-13: 978-1985022140
home is a place in your heart. Essays, poems, workbook-style prompts and full color pictures exploring the idea of “home”. Published 10/30/18 ISBN-13: 978-1726019750
The Invisible House series. Essays and tales about negative space and impermanence. It is more of an art piece than anything else. It is non-classifiable. ISBN 9781795706964 Kindle edition published 2-27-19
All titles are available through Amazon. Most titles are also available on Kindle unlimited.
Here are some books I’ve read that have helped me on my creative journey. Some have taught me tricks that have saved me years of struggle. Some have made me see the world in new ways. If your local library does not have them, ask for them to get them for you from Inter-library Loan (ILL). Remember, the more money you save from not buying books means more money for art supplies.
Bantock, Nick The Trickster’s Hat – a mischievous apprenticeship in creativity.
Bantock, Nick Urgent Second Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera
Beam, Mary Todd The Creative Edge: Exercises to Celebrate Your Creative Self
Berry, Jill K. Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel.
Cameron, Julia The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.
Cameron, Julia How to avoid making art.
Campanario, Gabriel The art of urban sketching: drawing on location around the world.
Conlin, Kristy Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals.
Cozen, Chris Acrylic Solutions: Exploring Mixed Media Layer by Layer.
Currie, Jim. The mindful traveler – a guide to journaling and transformative travel.
Diehn, Gwen The Decorated Page – Journals, Scrapbooks and albums made simply beautiful.
Doggett, Sue Bookworks.
Evans-Sills, Faith and Mati Rose McDonough Painting the Sacred Within
Ganz, Nicolas Graffiti World – Street art from five continents
Gregory, Danny Art Before Breakfast: A zillion ways to be more creative no matter how busy you are.
Gregory, Danny Everyday Matters
Gregory, Danny The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be The Artist You Truly Are.
Harrison, Sabrina Spilling Open – the art of becoming yourself.
Hellmuth, Claudine Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera.
Hennessy, Alena Alter This! Radical ideas for transforming books into art.
Jacobs, Michael and Judy Creative Correspondence.
James, Angela The Handmade Book
Jones, Heather. Water Paper Paint. Exploring creativity with watercolor and mixed media.
Koch, Maryjo Vintage Collage Journals – journaling with antique ephemera.
La Plantz, Sherren Cover to Cover – creative techniques for making beautiful books, journals and albums.
MacLeod, Janice A Paris Year: My day to day adventures in the most romantic city in the world.
Nerjorde, Arne Make your own ideabook with Arne and Carlos
Neubauer, Crystal The Art of Expressive Collage.
Newburger, Emily Journal Sparks. Fire up your creativity with spontaneous art, wild writing, and inventive thinking.
Pickett, Jan Decorated Lettering.
Roberts, Kelly Rae Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings.
Scheinberger, Felix Urban watercolor sketching: a guide to drawing, painting, and storytelling in color.
Schilling, Richard Watercolor Journeys: Create Your Own Travel Sketchbook.
Sharpe, Joanne The Art of Whimsical Lettering.
Smith, Keri Wreck this Journal.
Smith, Keri How to be an explorer of the world- portable life museum.
Swift, Vivian Gardens of Awe and Folly.
Swift, Vivian When Wanderers Cease to Roam.
Sonheim, Carla Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun.
Thorspecken, Thomas Urban sketching: the complete guide to techniques.
Tourtillott, Suzanne Making and Keeping Creative Journals.
Here are some gems I’ve found at used bookstores –
A Late Phoenix Aird, Catherine
Forbidden Sanctuary Bowker, Richard
Web of Everywhere Brunner, John
The Stardroppers Brunner, John
New Writings in SF-7 Carnell, John
Under the Green Star Carter, Lin
The Dreamstone Cherryh, C.J. *
Childhood’s End Clarke, Arthur C.
Spock, Messiah! Cogswell, Theodore R.
Duende Meadow Cook, Paul *
The Cloud Walker Cooper, Edmund
Sea-Horse in the Sky Cooper, Edmund
Transit Cooper, Edmund
The Overman Culture Cooper, Edmund
A.I.s Dann, Jack *
The Alchemist’s Pursuit Duncan, Dave
Swimmers Beneath the Bright Easton, M. Coleman
Iskiir Easton, M. Coleman
Star-Anchored, Star-Angered Elgin, Suzette Haden
The Stone God Awakens Farmer, Philip José
The Unreasoning Mask Farmer, Philip José
By the Time I Get to Nashville Fenn, Lionel
Cyber Way Foster, Alan Dean
Copernick’s Rebellion Frankowski, Leo
Plainsong: A Thomas Dunne Book Grabien, Deborah
Vengeance For A Lonely Man (Hawk & Fisher, #4) Green, Simon R.
The Silver Bear (Silver Bear, #1) Haas, Derek
The Mind Brothers Heath, Peter
The Sleep Eaters Lymington, John
The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn Mayhar, Ardath
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld McKillip, Patricia A.
A Place Beyond Man: The Archives of Varok Neeper, Cary
Virtual Zen Nelson, Ray Faraday
Protector (Known Space) Niven, Larry
The Crystal Gryphon (Witch World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle, #5) Norton, Andre
A Plague of Pythons Pohl, Frederik
The Cool War Pohl, Frederik
Stepfather Bank Poyer, David
The Tears of the Singers Snodgrass, Melinda M.
The People Beyond the Wall Tall, Stephen