The Itch to Create

Welcome to the blog! Today I have Janice Seagraves talking about the itch to create.

Here’s Janice!

Whether it’s writing a novel or crafting a drawing, the itch to create is there. I find I can’t sit still and have to either write or draw. But sometimes I find way to combine the two.

For instance, being an artist I tend to use color and textures to describe the world around me. This is just off the top of my head: the sunset painted the sky in mauve and lavender. Fluffy white clouds resembled cotton candy, until she wanted to take a big bite out of them. As the evening wore on, the heavens darkened to indigo and the stars appeared one after the other.

Recently while I edited, Matrix Crystal Hunter, with my editor, I itched to work on a pen and ink drawing of the crystals in the book. I found a wonderful photo on fotolia and bought it. After printing it out, I went to work with my art pens. It’s now in the book, between the title and my name on the opening page, so when you buy my book, you’ll receive not only my story but one of my drawings too.

Here’s an excerpt from my book where I used color and texture:

Toward sundown, they left the watching pillars behind and the landscape began to get rockier. Hills appeared in the distance. The wind had sculpted rocks into interesting shapes, known as hoodoos. Near the trail was a balancing stone, the top part a perfect circle.

Vach disappeared into what appeared to be a crack in a solid rock wall. When Maya got closer, she could see it was a rock canyon. Brawley picked his way along, entering the chasm at a leisurely pace. His huge feet made an echoing clatter as he strode deeper into the stone rift. A creek gurgled to their left, clear and deep. Swirls of coral, yellow and peach colored the stone walls. There was evidence here of tool work, which had made the canyon wider.

Maya felt a rush of excitement. We’re getting closer to the mine. We’re nearly at the ancient site where they actually quarried the matrix crystals.

The setting sun soon darkened the canyon. Maya strained her eyes, looking for more signs of the ancients. She turned a tight corner and saw Vach standing in a wide, open area with a campfire at his back.

He greeted her with a smile. “We’re here.”


Matrix_Crystal_Hunte_Cover_for_KindleBlurb: Team Alpha Three’s spaceship is out of power after fighting a wormhole, and parked on the primitive world of Zenevieva. With half the team sick from radiation poisoning, the team commander entrust geologist, Maya Gladstone, to find enough matrix crystals to power up their spacecraft, so they can go home to Earth.

Vach Namaste of the powerful Clan Namaste, a native of the planet, has desired the lovely Maya since she stepped off the spaceship on that astonishing day a year ago. He’s hounded her every step since. As Hymeneal Night approaches, he makes plans to take her as his bride… willing or not.


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Cindy here again!

Thanks for being here today, Janice. The book sounds very interesting.  I love science fiction. I will have to check it out.

Until next time…



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