I was playing around on my computer and figured out how to make the cover of my book, Prophecy, into a colouring page. In fact, several colouring pages. Here they are, so feel free to download. The reason that there are several is because of Antigone’s hair — in most of my attempts to make a colouring page, her hair just turns into a big white area. So I had an idea. I ran the cover through several different filters on a free app called Dreamscope (completely addictive, by the way), until I found some likely results. Then I took that image and ran it through another free program called Rapid Resizer that has a Free Picture Stencil Maker. This is what I came up with!
And, just for fun, I found a few images related to my book and made those into colouring pages too.
Here is King Oedipus contemplating the Sphinx’s riddle:
Here is Antigone and her sister, Ismene:
And here is Antigone with her father, Oedipus:
If anyone else tries this, I’d love to see the results, along with any completed colouring projects.
Happy Canada Day!!
Summer’s here and if you are looking for some great things to read, Smashwords is having a huge summer sale. My book, Prophecy, will be on for 50% off for the entire month of July. All you need to do is go to Smashwords by clicking here and use the coupon code SSW50 at the check out. For those of you who don’t know, Smashwords is an online distributor of ebooks. It is free to join and you can download in the format of your choice. While you’re there, be sure to check out all of the great books on sale.
Several year ago, I wrote a Greek myth, historical fiction Nanowrimo novel about Clytemnestra, the twin sister to Helen of Troy called Betrayed. Recently I’ve come back to it and have been revising it — and I have to say that I’m having a lot of fun. There are parts of this novel that I think are fantastic. Of course, there are other parts that still need work, but I’m getting there.
I’ve also been going over some poetry I wrote awhile ago and, funnily enough, came across this one about Clytemnestra. It’s not too bad, so thought I’d share it here.
A Farewell to Agamemnon from Clytemnestra
I say to Agamemnon, my husband,
Who today returned home,
From the Trojan War.
Tonight the victory is mine.
His eyes grow wide, he sits up,
Sloshing water from the tub.
I throw the net over his naked body,
And watch him struggle,
A fly in a web.
The knife at his throat
Stops his fight.
“Why?” he gasps,
Like he really doesn’t know.
“To gain a kingdom,
You ravaged me on the night you made me
A childless widow.
You shredded my life with your knife.
But that wasn’t enough for you.
Hate festered when
You traded a ten year battle
Leading the thousand ships,
To return Helen, my beautiful, fickle sister,
To the husband who couldn’t keep her
In the first place,
For the life of our daughter.
Iphigenia was an innocent sacrifice.
Though you have blood on your hands,
I sacrifice you to Nemesis,
The goddess of revenge.”
I look up and meet the eyes of my lover,
The usurper, Aegisthus,
And pull the knife across my husband’s throat.