Category: Olivia “Ollie” Dormier

2015 Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop!

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Happy Halloween, Humans!

Here’s a little something-something as a Halloween treat from the world of Styx…

THE REAPER’S KISS Excerpt:

After raiding Lethe, the underground lair of the Head Reaper, Brent and I convened around a piping hot radiator in my livingroom. The temptation to sit on it and warm my buns was there, but I resisted. What was impossible to resist was standing side by side with Brent without touching. And the more we sought warmth, the closer we became. Too soon we were all but hugging in effort to regain our body heat.

Had he suggested removing our clothes, I would not have partaken. I would have liked to know what the rebel Brent Hume was like in the bedroom, but not right before Lethe, in Lethe, or after Lethe, and certainly not standing over a radiator, shivering ourselves silly.

My clicking teeth slowed as the radiator, and Brent’s body heat, melted a layer of ice on my clothing. “Did you… you get the Reaper’s name?”

He pulled down the collar of his shirt to expose a white notecard inside a plastic bag—the prize from Lethe. A name was scribbled on it, but from what I could see the writing had bled. Brent noticed a second after me.

“Mother fucker,” he groused. “The ink got wet.”

“Of course it did.” It was too much energy to roll my eyes. For now, I needed heat. Lots and lots of heat.

He held the baggie up to the overhead light. “I see a name. Baird.”

“Is that a last name or first? Is it a male or female? Who is it?” My shivering worsened my panic, which in turn worsened my shivering. “We did this all for nothing, didn’t we? Didn’t we?”

“Good Hades, calm down, Scrivener.” He turned from me when I tried to get a peek at the name through the soggy baggie. Not one to take such an obvious cue to give him space, I went for it, using my own shivering to launch into the air. Quick as he was, he underestimated my determination. The baggie was in my hands before my feet touched the floor. Being short and swift was a fine offense against tall and slow.

“Hey!” he barked.

“It says Baird. It’s a last name.” I ducked when he reach around my shoulders, thwarting his effort to retrieve the baggy. “But I can’t read the first name. No knowing if it is a guy or gal.”

“Give it back.” Brent refused to continue reaching for the prize, as if little ol’ Olivia outplaying him was a front to his ego.

“I don’t know a Baird,” I said.

“Neither do I. This means I can’t just look the Reaper up and distract him or her like I had planned.”

“So I was right?” I dropped my arms to my sides as we faced each other, Brent looking as bewildered and broken as I felt.

“Seems so.”

I sighed to keep from breaking into tears. My shoulders and head felt heavy. The couch seemed a great place to throw myself down and let my emotions pour out. I would’ve found out, if Brent did rush at me and grab the baggie. There was only a small glimpse of his wicked smile before we found ourselves entangled, both vying for the prize. A moment after, I found out what it would be like to collapse onto the couch, only with the Eidolon, too, falling over top of me. The springs of the IKEA beast cringed from our weight.

Thoughts of Eve and the name Baird flitted away in exchange for one very real thing hovering above me.

I grew tense but hopeful when his eyes turned to my lips. I knew what that meant. Every woman did. However selfish and grossly out of place it was, I was okay with one kiss, more curious than frightened to discover what it is like to kiss an Eidolon who could drain my life. Perhaps my motivation was to ridicule Fate by kissing the lips of Death himself. Or maybe I was cold, tired, and downright horny.

Peace out.

xAbby


Book Cover Reveal on July 27th!

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Check it out! I’m all smiles today. Wanna know why? Nope, I didn’t just meet Spiderman in person or finally recover from jet lag after a month in South Africa. And no, I didn’t just save a kitten from a tree. Well, maybe I accomplished some of those things.

The real reason I’m smiling today is because I can finally announce that the book cover for THE REAPER’S KISS, A Deathmark Novel will be shared on July 27th! It’s beautiful and perfect and deserves a little love from you!

If you run a blog, etc, then please sign up here to be the firs to share the cover with the world: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1h-E4TEVeySZVnfrP9MNf2KptHSLcG7j2PBTpa2JPEw8/viewform?c=0&w=1

And if you just want to see the cover and ogle it, stay tuned. July 27th is rapidly approaching.

xo


P.Ink and Sacred Tattoos

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Some women who have these massive surgeries feel like they lost their “womanhood” and they want to put something beautiful over the scars to show they survived.

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For the past two weeks I had the privilege of asking tattoo artist, Jessica Weichers questions. This week, dear readers, Jessica has answered your questions.

  • I’ve always been curious what types of ink are available to choose from. Are there some that are ‘healthier’ than others? More natural, etc? Or is there an industry standard product that everyone uses?
There are many different brands of ink out there. Unfortunately, a lot of them don’t even give an ingredient list… some, very few companies, have submitted their recipe and are approved in areas, like Europe and Canada. From what I hear the U.S. might be next. So, I stick with the approved companies. There’s word that they are making an all vegan line of inks but I haven’t heard much about it… just a whisper in the air at this point.
 
  • Can Jessica tell us a little bit about her involvement with P.Ink? I think this organization is wonderful!
P.Ink is something I got into when I was asked to fix a botched masectomy surgery. This client was very unhappy with her scars, so we made them into pretty flowers. She was so happy. She wasn’t afraid to take her clothes off again. And she added that she felt much better having a woman do it too.
 
It was really nice to be able to give that feeling back to someone. Some women who have these massive surgeries feel like they lost their “womanhood” and they want to put something beautiful over the scars to show they survived. It’s a much different level of a tattoo at that point. I feel like it’s part of what I can give back to women.
 
  • I want to know more about your Sacred Tattooing. That sounds really neat, but I’ve never heard of it.
The Sacred Tattooing is a much more energetic, holistic side of tattooing. I’m trying to bring it back to its roots. Tattoos have been around almost as long as mankind and it was done to represent a special time in someone’s life, like an achievement or a right of passage. It was special and sacred to that person. I feel with the popularity of tattooing, the process has lost that original feeling of achievement.
 
I have a strong pull toward the vibrations of matter, feelings and disease and as a result I have been combining this type of energetic healing with the use of crystals, breath work and meditation before the session. Some clients use if for deeper meditations, some use it to relax before a session, some to try and remove a block of energy. There are so many uses for it that I’m just skimming the top right now. I love doing it and my clients have really enjoyed it too! The world is shifting and a lot of us can feel it.
 
  • What do you say to people who want to get armband tattoos?
Hehe… armbands…. in the famous words of another tattooer “friends don’t let friends get armbands”…. that is all I have to say about that…. hehe
 

As Bugs Bunny says, that’s all, folks. I’d like to thank Jessica Weichers for sharing her time and passion with my readers and me over the past three weeks. Anyone who wants to contact Jessica, please visit her Facebook page. She regularly posts pictures of her latest work and updates with her whereabouts.

Thank you, Jessica. You make this crazy world a better place.

Namaste.

xx


Tattoo Mystery, History, + Jessica’s Ink

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Continuing from last weeks post, Tattooist Spotlight, where we met artist, Jessica Weichers and learned how she got into tattooing, what she thinks of being a female in a male dominated industry, and what she wants clients to know about her industry, below are five more questions.

1) Skin art is an ancient practice—something I’m not sure a lot of people know. Although tattooing is widely accepted, a stigma lingers. How funny that something so ancient could be taboo, right? How do you deal with tattoo “haters”?

We have always tattooed. It’s a part of who we are, where we came from, who we can be. Not everyone is meant for tattoos—yes, I agree with that—but individuals in ancient tribes (like Scythians) who did not get tattooed, didn’t have passageway to the afterlife or never went through the life’s trials to achieve a status worthy of body art. Tattooing has become more popular, giving us the chance for a solid career. But when people get tattooed because it is the popular thing to do, it waters down the meaning. I remember getting beat up and being treated horribly by some of my peers for having tattoos in high school. Now if you don’t have one you’re “uncool”. It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. I’ve even had a man come up to me once and say “who would marry you looking like that?” or the oh-so-favorite “If you were my daughter, I’d smack you”. Both of those comments came from men that I didn’t know. I believe tattooing is an ancient art form that deserves the respect it had long ago. If you don’t like it, don’t look and keep your mouth shut.


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Everything else in your life can be taken from you, but the tattoo is there forever. You might not remember my name, but you will remember how special that tattoo is to you.

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2) Have you ever experienced something mysterious surrounding a session or client? For example, you couldn’t get your gun to work right or you couldn’t get to the shop for strangely odd reasons.

I have noticed several odd things over the years. I perform Sacred Tattooing where I combine energy and crystals with tattooing. That has always ended with very interesting results. When you work with people so closely and are in their bubble, you almost get a 6th sense about some of them. I’ve had clients look sick and weak coming in and, when usually I won’t tattoo someone like that, after healing sessions their coloring comes back and they have a glow about them as they skip out. That is what I want to give back to my profession. This my purpose for this business.

3)  What are your biggest career achievements?

This coming March I have been tattooing for 9 years. The first 3 years were spent going to seminars, conventions (not working them), and getting tattooed by better more knowledgeable artists. And I learned so much getting tattooed myself. Since first holding a machine, I have had the ability to travel all over the world and tattoo—New Zealand, Costa Rica, all over Canada, all over the states, Norway—so I have a pretty good following worldwide. Thanks to my work, this past year I got my first sponsorship by a tattoo machine company, Neotat. I love their machines and was honored when I got that email (I almost didn’t believe it and asked if the email was suppose to be sent to me, LOL.). I’ve also been invited to other areas of the world to tattoo and do my Sacred Tattooing but have not quite gotten there yet.

4)  Aside from the shop, where can people find you this year? Conferences or conventions?

This year I won’t be traveling as much as I usually do because I will be honing in on my art and spiritual skills. On the schedule for now I will be at the Detroit Motor City convention in February and The NIX convention in Toronto, Canada in June.

5)  What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is being able to give the feeling back to others the feeling that I get when I get tattooed. I know that when I look at myself, I see my tattoos as a part of who I am and that’s what I love to see when my clients look at their finished piece. Everything else in your life can be taken from you, but the tattoo is there forever. You might not remember my name, but you will remember how special that tattoo is to you.

And here’s a bonus question, lovelies:

You aren’t just an artist. You have ink too and lots of it. Tell us about some of your own favorite tattoos? 

I have so much work done on me that I’m running out of room. Haha. Some of my pieces are very personal and others are just for fun. Right now I have a very personal backpiece in progress. It has a lot of symbolism to me but I know when others look at it they would never know. To them, it would be just a pretty picture, which I am absolutely fine with, but to me my backpiece makes me a little closer to who I am. There was one session on my back when I went into a deep meditative state and learned a lot more about my tattoo than I ever thought possible. After that session, I knew I was getting the right thing. I have several tattoos of my furbabies. I have pugs and adore them—they are my children. So of course they are tattooed on me. My right sleeve was done first. It is a Japanese themed piece all about geishas, but not because they are pretty (but it does help make a nice drawing). The meaning behind the geisha is what drew me them. Being some of the very first women to hold their own by being living pieces of art was very appealing to me. So it’s my dedication to female artists and making it on your own. My left sleeve is all nature, which is my sanctuary. I also have mandalas from Cory Ferguson that mean a lot to me. I have a little more room to go but I’m quickly filling up. It just means my temple is almost where it should be!


 

Now it’s your turn. Have questions for Jessica? Have you been dying to ask a tattoo artist a particular question but too nervous to ask? Post your queries in the comments and Jessica will answer them next Monday.

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Tattooist Spotlight: Jessica Weichers

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Tattooist Spotlight is a blog series featuring the talents of tattoo artists all over the US and world. For the next three weeks my first guest, Jessica Weichers from Tattoo City Skin Art in Lockport, Illinois will answer questions asked by yours truly and you–the readers.

But FIRST, let’s learn a little about Jessica’s background. :)

Born and taught in St. Louis, MO and tattooing since March 2005, Jessica Weichers is the manager and also one of the full-time tattooists at Tattoo City in Lockport, Illinois since June 2008. She’s been working in tattoo shops since 1999 with odd jobs here and there, so she’s no stranger to the tattooing world. 

Back in 2007, I discovered Jessica after an extensive search for Chicago artists with a feminine touch. As of 2014, I have a full back piece, hip and wrist piece, and a partial sleeve all done by this one special person. Jessica is an artist of boundless talent and you can view her amazing collection here.

What sets her apart is not only her talent, but her personality. Jessica is a strong—dare I say, badass—woman in a male-dominated industry. She’s a beautiful soul, with amazing insights, a caring touch, and full of laughs. Ours is a relationship born out of hours of sitting in a chair, talking over the buzz of her tattoo gun. So it is with great honor that I introduce my dear friend and artist.

1) Every great tattooist is an artist first. What do you do when you have a creative block and need inspiration?

Oh! Creative block and inspiration… this is annoyingly obvious to an artist who is constantly putting out work for the public and on time schedules. I get a lot of my inspiration from my clients and then I can run with it. But being around nature helps me a lot. I am an introvert and love it, so time to myself allows me to practice my art and grow. There’s something that a cool breeze, with stars, and no police sirens or no electrical hum that clears a mind of all the clutter that can cause artist’s block.

2) Have you always wanted to be a tattooist?

Ever since I visited my first shop at 15-years-old, I wanted to tattoo. Where I grew up, I was told in the shop that women don’t tattoo, but I could be a counter bitch or a piercer. So screw it! To get my foot in the door, I started my piercing apprenticeship at 18. Then I climbed the ladder as a piercer or a shop “bitch” as they call it. I managed a shop, set up everything for other tattooists, and stayed late all while going to college for fine arts. This was what I was going to do!

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3) The industry has been dominated by men. Even though you are successful and talented, you’ve probably gotten pushback from people because of your gender alone. Do you still face pushback? How do you deal with it? What advice can you offer women who want to pursue tattooing as a career?

I have had a very hard time at certain points in my career, especially in the beginning. Other times I get treated like everyone else. Artists who are comfortable with what they do don’t mind what sex you are, only that you’re doing good work. I’ve been told “women don’t tattoo, so get an art degree and you’ll be taken more seriously” (so that’s what I did). It’s not an easy job for a soft-skinned woman. This career has hardened me. That badass tattooist image is what most clients are looking for. But since there are more women coming into the business, there are more clients who respect who I am. Instead of trying to fit the “old school tattooist” façade I can be myself. What I would recommend for women trying to get into this field is prepare yourself for clients to make you cry and if you’re good at what you do watch other artists get jealous as you rise above it all! More men and women want to get tattooed by women, so we secretly have the upper hand. :)

4) Some people get ink because it is the trendy thing to do. But there are a lot of people out there who get ink for spiritual, personal and/or meaningful reasons. Considering how intimate the tattooing process is, how did it make you feel to design the work and etch it into their skin? 

I have done a lot of personal tattoos on clients who have cried from happiness after they see the finished product. We joke around the shop about being therapists because a lot of pieces are cathartic for clients. I tend to have much more of a connection with regulars. I know if a regular gets married or finalizes a dream and wants to commemorate it or has an illness and survives it. Stories like that are always more touching and I can’t help but feel for them. Pet pieces are some of my favorites because of how I feel about my dogs. I’m a huge dog lover so when I get pieces like that, I have a lot of fun talking with the person about their pet and what makes them special to that person.

5) My main character in the DEATHMARK Series tattoos unwitting people for grim reapers. She doesn’t want to continue with this job after she has to mark her best human friend for a reaper. DEATHMARK is an allegory, saying “Stand up for what you believe in even if it means starting a revolution to be heard.” Tell me about something that means a lot to you with regard to your industry? What needs to be heard from tattoo artists?

“Stand up for what you believe in even if it means a revolution” is interesting to me because I have felt that way my whole life. Artists are the ones who think outside of the box, we are the dreams and the dreamers, the ones that make women swoon with their music, that can make someone cry with just the colors in a painting. A lot of us are introverts at heart, nerds, dorks, and regular people like everyone else. Clients need to understand that we work with a living, breathing canvas. Not a single one is the same as the other. Just because one person gets something it doesn’t mean your skin or body will work with that piece. Be patient with your tattooist. Besides working with a living, breathing, healing canvas we also work with people and all of their special needs. Don’t piss off your tattooist because they won’t want to work with you. Art comes form the heart. So keep your artist happy.

Hey Readers! Want to know Jessica’s favorite part of her job? Want to find her in 2014? What she thinks of armband tattoos? Stayed tuned a week from today when I will post five more questions and Jessica’s answers.

And don’t forget to ask Jessica your questions about tattoos and the industry in the comments of this post! I will post your questions and Jessica’s answers here in two weeks. (Remember to keep questions polite and relevant)

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Shazam! BOOK DEAL!

 

Let’s see. How should I announce that my debut novel, DEATHMARK (the working title), a Quebec City urban fantasy about a world of grim reapers and a one rebellious tattoo artist, will be published? Should I say it with balloons? Cupcakes? Fist bumps for all? Chippendale dancers?

Since completing the novel and signing with my agent, I have been longing to hear that DEATHMARK has a home. I’ve imagined various ways to announce that Ollie and Brent will be heard and the world of Styx and grim reapers will finally be “seen.”

Someone suggested that I post a gif or video of me expressing my excitement in my blog announcement. But I don’t twerk when I’m told good news. (Fact: you will never find me dancing in a flash mob, unless it is a grim reaper flash mob and that’s only because it’s better to blend into the crowd than go noticed by some soul-hungry reaper. Just sayin’.)

So let’s pretend in the below gif that I am the celebratory reaper on the right, m’kay?

Bam! Book Deal!

This past year has been an emotional roller coaster (depression, goodbyes, x-country move, cool new job, wonderful friends, old and new). Because of the support from New Leaf Literary, my friends, and family, and because I’m finally taking names and chewing bubblegum (or is that chewing bubblegum and kicking ass?), I have zen-like peace for my debut book deal. I’m grateful. I’m relieved. My eyes get misty when I think about setting Ollie and Brent free on the world. And I smile too. Yes, yes, lots of smiling.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to Suzie Townsend & Danielle Poiesz

Here’s to DEATHMARK and my talented, sweet-as-pie editor Allison Blisard and Entangled Publishing LLC. I am so thrilled to be part of the Entangled family.

Merci beaucoup.

xo

Deal Announcement:

November 5, 2013
Digital: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Abigail Baker’s debut DEATHMARK, featuring the last Scrivener, a young woman who works for the Grim Reapers, marking humans who have cheated death, until she must mark her only human friend, to Danielle Poiesz at Entangled, with Allison Blisard editing, in a three-book deal, bySuzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media.

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