Spotlight On…Maggie Stiefvater

Welcome to another semi-new and hopefully weekly post for Here There Be Dragons…The Spotlight On Art segment is meant to do the same for illustrators, musicians, and artists as my Author Interview Fridays do for us writers. However, I don’t have as many artist connections and, as such, have had the Tuesday Interviews kind of fall by the wayside. Therefore…I am going to start spotlighting a mixture of the famed, infamous, unknown, etc etc etc in the rest of the art world.

This week the spotlight lands on Young Adult author Maggie Stiefvater. Many of you may know her as the author of such books as The Raven Cycle Series and The Shiver Trilogy, among others. However, were you aware that Maggie is also an accomplished musician and artist?

WELL SHE IS! I just finished listening to The Raven Boys on audio book this past week. At the end of the final chapter a haunting Celtic melody flows behind and between the last words, tugging at the sleeping bits of your brain and prodding at your creative heart until the final notes die away and you think…”WAIT WHAT?? THAT’S IT?? NO NO NO…WHERE’S THE REST? WHAT HAPPENS? ACK!” (Or I did anyway). Turns out…that would  a Maggie Stiefvater song. Check out the making of video HERE, or just look at her YouTube Channel and plotz because she’s bloody well amazing. There are videos of drawing, music making, talking, and many other wonderful things I can’t begin to describe well enough for you (Like the video below!).

This woman draws, writes novels and music, plays several instruments, works on her own vehicles, and is just the kind of super cool that makes you a little bit afraid, a lot in awe, and even more a fan. Kudos to you Maggie Stiefvater…I wish to be like you when I grow up.

Here are a couple of other places you can find her snazzy wit and great work:






If you have a favorite artistic type person you’d love to see featured, or if you or someone you know would make a good time dancing in the spotlight…LET ME KNOW!

Until next time…have a Blessed and Artsy inspiring week!

Tattler Tuesday

I am going to go ahead right now and just tattle-tell on myself. I know that today is supposed to be a book review day, and I know that I have 3 (or more) books on my computer and two hardcopies on my table just waiting on me to finish up and give them the review they deserve. However, I haven’t read any of them yet.

I could do a review on my calendar notebook (a 3-ring binder with gallon size storage bags that I edged in duct tape and hole punched so that each month’s numbers and decorations could be stored in an organized manner!), or perhaps my daughter’s My Little Pony books (here’s a hint: Rainbow Dash is FAST and Twilight makes friends). OR…I could just boast a little bit about how awesome my classroom is beginning to look as it comes together. It rocks.

My mother drew trees on the far wall for me and I spent many hours writing down quotes and parts of speech on to different sizes and shapes of paper leaves. The central tree will be home to leaves that my students sign on the first day of school…at the end of the year I intend to have them place the leaf as the front to their portfolio binders so they can have a lasting memento of 5th grade writing!

I cannot even begin to explain what a journey it has been to even get to a classroom, let alone the emotions of seeing it come together. So instead, I’ll just drop a couple of pictures on you and be on my merry way!

I spent over two weeks working on this beauty and creating the binder for it! I’m so proud of this calendar!

Ok, the branches are a little wonky and I probably need to add at least two more…but I love it

Ms. Tyree’s Blooming Authors will post up their leaves here, thus digging in their roots for a great year of writing!

I just love this view! 😉

Thanks for checking it out! I love getting to share this experience with my audience! Now go and find something to read…we have a “What are YOU Reading’ segment tomorrow 😉