Travels & Travails

[A letter, to those of you who don’t see my News.]

I’m not sure if you, my dear Friends and Readers, have all just been super busy with the new academic year, or too swept up in the election to focus on anything but else, but the deadline is fast approaching for a contest that so far has only generated one response. And although it’s a lovely entry, I was really really hoping to have some new panels to put into the new, professionally-created video of The Travels (Travails?) of Russell & Holmes. (Here’s Sabrina’s, of Dreaming Spies. Gorgeous, no?)sabrina-flynn-dreaming-spies

There are prizes!


A complete set of signed Russell & Holmes paperbacks,

including Mary Russell’s War & Other Stories


Four full-sized broadsheets for framing

(“A Venomous Death,” “Birth of a Green Man,”

Pirate King movie poster, and “Dreaming Haiku.”)


A collection of 8½ x 11” art from

“The Illustrated Russell & Holmes” (including the four above)

Any scene, any book, from The Meeting in Beekeeper’s Apprentice to the balloonist uncle or Christmas tales in Russell’s War. Acrylic or needlework. Photoshop or Pastels.  You simply need to have your image meet the colors of the frame like Linda has done here:linda-hay-dreaming-spies

And truly, you don’t need much artistic talent, which I proved by printing off a bunch of Japanese art and taking out my scissors and glue stick:lrk-dreaming-spies

Please, let’s make this a really fun project that can become a proper video on YouTube, showing the world how the Friends of Russell know how to have a good time!

The deadline is now October 20th. Instructions and the frame to print off are here.

And please, please tell all your Russell-loving friends!


  1. Marjorie of Connecticut on October 17, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I know this might sound stupid, but in my case I don’t own a color printer and so I have no easy way to print off the template to enter the contest! Maybe I’m not the only one?

    • Laurie King on October 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Could you maybe just print it in black and white so as to get the correct lines, and try to match the colors from your screen?

  2. Libbi on October 22, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Oh my. I am very sorry and feel very badly that I am only just now checking in here. What a fabulous idea and prizes and I’ve missed it. Hope it eventually drew more response.

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