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Very excited to be able to finally share the illustrations that I did for Heinemann Publishing. http://www.littlejolit.com/1/post/2014/01/excited-to-share-published-work.html
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Always worth listening to this man. Exposing the truth about what is really going on in Canada.
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It was also around that time that the media started to seriously spin the " party line " out of control.  That didn't help either.
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Really interesting approach to self-publication. Great strategy I might have to steal for Paris Ballad. 
 
WRITERS: Experimenting with Distribution.

I have no idea if this will work or not, but I appreciate the approach that +Garrett Robinson and +ZC Bolger are taking with their most recent release.

They have arranged to have the 600 page book printed through CreateSpace (I believe) and have made it available for pre-order directly from their website.

Pre-order customers receive an autographed paperback now and will get the ebooks emailed as they are released (this is a serialized story) for FREE. Additionally, pre-order customers will receive a short story, Greystone, that isn't available anywhere else.

I like how they are doing more than just releasing another title. Instead, they have created a spectacle. They are doing something to make this event special for their fans.

If you would like to take a look at their website or maybe learn more about the book, you can do so by visiting this link: http://therealmkeepers.com/

What do you folks think about this approach to releasing a title? Too much work or a fitting expression of gratitude for the fans who enjoy their stories?

Update: Just had Garrett clarify something. He writes: "Pre-order customers get the book in September, a week before it releases. They get the ebooks once a week leading up to that time."
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We are handing over willingly our rights like they are worthless to those who know just how valuable they are to control us.
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This documentary is highly well-researched with experts on both sides. Well worth watching, If you know nothing about HAARP this is an excellent introduction. It affects us all. 
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Something is VERY fishy. Boston Bombing. Tsarnaev brothers and murders that occurred to friends of theirs, and the FBI murder of another friend. Seems like a complete set up murder in all instances by the FBI/and other covert ops to me. Why? who knows---but doesn't look like we are going to find the truth out anytime soon.
 
... and people wonder why people think there are conspiracies ... well maybe if they were up front with what they are doing we wouldn't have to try to figure out the rats nest they make
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Now I'm starting to question the so-called "objective" media. I've decided, if I'm not there to see it, I'm not hopping on any bandwagons. 
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Dream last night:
I am at a table with a bunch of pageant ladies. One says: 
"I'm Miss USA", another says "I'm Miss Georgia", then I say "I'm Miss Smartypants" and I crack up laughing. No one else at the table is even remotely amused. I am still laughing. ‎#thiscouldhappen
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Another example of the definition of 'terrorist' being anyone against what the corporations are doing with government approval - regardless of the impact on the environment or the people. The issue is who defines the terms. When you no longer have a voice - the tyranny is complete.

It is critical that we oppose spying on ordinary citizens. It is critical that peaceful protesters, journalists, etc. are not classified as terrorists to justify tyranny.

http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/06/14/anti-keystone-xl-activists-labeled-possible-eco-terrorists-internal-transcanada-documents
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Fantastic app. Hopefully available in android. I will definitely use this!
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illustration - digital & traditional, writing, graphic design, creative direction, sculpting.
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    author/illustrator, 2005 - present
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(littlejo) author & illustrator, lover of all creatures great & small, dreamer.
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Well, I really hate writing bios for one, but, I do love to write. And Illustrate. And sculpt. I enjoy creating the words and pictures for stories that celebrate multiculturalism, inspire character development, elevate social values, and break boundaries and stereotypes. I tend to create work that is appealing to all ages, and believe you can never be too old to enjoy a picture book so I also create picture books for adults.

I love learning about other cultures and researching is half the fun of doing what I do.  The more I learn about other cultures, the more I fall madly in love with them. I have now worked on 3 books that take place in Japan, so I have become a little obsessed with Japanese culture, and highly knowledgeable. 

enjoy illustrating folk and fairy tales, and working with any cultural or spiritual theme. I love drawing people of diversity, animals both anthropomorphic and realistic,  beautiful costumes, and just about anything that requires research, thoughtfulness, and detail.

I have always loved to draw and write, but it wasn't until two full careers later that I found a way to combine these passions. I first studied fashion design in Paris, France finishing top of my year in design. I began as a designer and illustrator for Pierre Cardin and continued on in Canada designing high-end fashion with other major companies. Later, I became a creative director with my own company developing marketing and brand identities for a wide variety of businesses. I have also worked on both the licensee and licensor side developing merchandise for The Muppets, Biker Mice from Mars, and many others.  I am now writing and illustrating children’s books and lately, a graphic novel for adults. It is the most fulfilling, joyful 'work' I have ever done and I can't wait to get at it each day.

I love living in Toronto where the multicultural environment has played a huge role in my identity. Both my palate and palette have been influenced by the wide range of cultures I grew up with here. Having embraced the food, music, art, theatre, dance, celebrations, and stories of so many cultures throughout my life, I really feel that ALL cultures have become my culture.

Contact me to illustrate your next project. 

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