And welcome to my newsletter for August, 2014! Please feel free to forward this to anyone whom you believe might be interested in keeping up with me! To receive these newsletters regularly, drop me an email or subscribe online from my website ( http://www.JefMurray.com ) or at: http://groups.google.com/group/Mystical_Realms .
- The 2015 Fantastical Beasts & Beings Calendar is complete and now available! To learn more and to purchase your copy, you can go to my website and click on the Fantastical Beasts Calendar image on the front page slider, or go directly to the following link: http://sales.jefmurray.com/books/calendar_2015_Jef_Murray_Fb.html
- I’ve added 3 new painting images to my website at www.JefMurray.com . These include La Traveling East, Echoes on the Road, and The Counsel of Boromir. All three of these can be found in my Middle-earth -> The Third Age -> Lord of the Rings gallery. You can also find them all by going to http://www.JefMurray.com and clicking on the “Newest Works->Paintings” link at the top, left.
- In addition to the above, I’ve added some nine new sketch images to my website. These can be found in the Middle-earth Sketches, Fairy Tale Sketches, and Soul & Spirit Sketches galleries, or you can see them all by clicking on the “Newest Works->Sketches link at the top left of my website.
- A new, revised, and expanded edition of “Seer: A Wizard’s Journal” has been announced and will be available for sale later this year. The 2nd edition of this collection of tales, poetry, images and reflections sports a new cover, many interior illustrations that are now reproduced in full color, plus two “follow on” tales to the opening story, “The Watchman”, that more fully introduce characters that appear regularly throughout the remainder of the book. For more information, see: http://olorispublishing.mymiddleearth.com/2014/03/25/oloris-publishing-announces-expanded-version-of-seer-a-wizards-journal-by-jef-murray/
- The discerning among you may be surprised when going to www.JefMurray.com. My website has been re-hosted and has a slightly different look and different menu layout. Please let me know what you think!
- The game is on for Tolkien fans in Kentucky! A Long Expected Party 3 (acronym AL3P) is completely booked, but you can still be put on the waiting list for lodgings on-site. You can also stay off-site and register to join us. I’m delighted to announce that I will be one of three guests at the event, along with Dr. Michael Drout and Dr. Amy Sturgis. For more information, see: http://www.alep-ky.us/
This month, instead of providing a written reflection, I wanted to share a video that I created to introduce Fantastical Beasts & Beings: A Wizard’s Calendar 2015. This is my first full venture into storytelling in film, so, although I apologize for it being a shameless advertisement, I hope you will enjoy the look and feel of this “teaser trailer”. If folks enjoy this, I may venture into video “Ponderings” in the future. In any event, do let me know what you think!