Zee turns minerals and crystals into works of art. He cuts out pieces from steel and copper. He then “paints” with transparent slices of gemstones. I could go into the details of the polishing of the metal to the desired color and sheen, and how each gemstone is selected and placed individually and fixed into place, but I feel art such as this should be simply enjoyed.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of describing Zee’s version of Curtis, I’ll let you see it for yourself.
I have several pieces of Zee’s artwork on my walls, but this Curtis was made just for me.
Even though I’ve created the Curtis Curly-tail stories (inspired by my close encounter with the REAL Curtis Curly-tail), many talented artists have brought Curtis to life visually. Each of the Curtis Curly-tail series’ books has had a different illustrator and they each put their own individual style to his image.
The first was my dear friend, Art Winstanley. He didn’t consider himself a reptile person, but his Curtis had a lot of personality. He was also the one who set Curtis’ unique coloration. Curly-tails in real-life are a mottled brown, but Curtis is green and always will be. This helps him stand out from the other characters. Art drew his illustrations on paper using colored pencils. Sadly, Art died shortly after creating Curtis.
When I needed an illustrator to carry on the Curtis books, I asked Anderson Atlas to create a style similar to Art’s and he did. He captured the innocence of Art’s work but brought his own energetic, fun concepts to the pictures.
In George Town, Great Exuma, I was introduced to one of the famous local artists, Jessica Minns. I asked her if she would be interested and willing to illustrate the third Curtis Curly-tail book. Jessica brought a unique Bahamian style to Curtis in the book about poaching.
However, Jessica didn’t have time to repeat her illustrating for me, so I asked an Eleutheran artist to create the picture for the fourth book.
Monica Carroll has recently completed the illustrations for Curtis Curly-tail is Blown Away, scheduled to be published in 2019. Her beautiful pictures are definitely worth the wait.
The talented Anderson Atlas has also created the animated Curtis Curly-tail. He brought Curtis from the limited two dimensional drawing to a three dimensional, talking lizard, sharing his adventures with viewers. Check out Curtis’s YouTube channel!
Many people go to exotic locations, like the Bahamas, to enjoy the beach and various water-related activities. I go for inspiration and time to write. Of course, not all locations are conducive for intensive writing. Some don’t have a desk. Or the sun glare is too bright to read the screen. Then there’s the issue of having electricity accessible to keep your laptop charged. However, sometimes, the situation comes together to make for a really special place to write.
Now if I could just keep my mind on the task at hand and ignore all the stories that are inspired by the location from taking over my writing time! Don’t worry, I made notes. (Ahhh, retirement. So many books to write, so little time.)
Yes, that’s the ocean beyond the pool.
I’ve been told that some writers go into a room with minimum distractions or an office with limited windows to do their work.
I just can’t imagine . . .
Elaine A. Powers is inspired by life and nature. It was a little fellow, well, bigger than her big toe, who climbed onto Elaine’s shoe on a Bahamian beach and hung out for a couple of hours, curling and uncurling his tail. After he left, Elaine went back to her room and the entire story, Curtis Curly-tail and the Ship of Sneakers, came to her in one sitting. Talk about your destiny calling! She weaves science into fun adventure stories or rhyming stanzas that kids and adults alike simply love. As we say here at Lyric Power Publishing, “Science is Fun!”
Here’s the REAL Curtis who inspired the Curtis Cuirly-tail series of books. Heck, he even has his own YouTube channel now!
In my previous posts, I mentioned the wonderful lizards I met in the Bahamas National Trust’s parks on Eleuthera and Grand Bahama. I continued my lizard encounters in Fort Myers, FL., as well.
I was fortunate to meet this individual, an anole. He or she was perched upon a decorative rock sculpture outside the front door. You’ll notice, of course, that the sculpture is a frog, another favorite animal of mine. Carefully, I crouched down to get a close-up of the lizard with my cell phone, not wanting to scare him/her off. I was so focused on this lizard, that I missed seeing the second one!
Both lizards were worthy of admiring. Have you ever found yourself looking so closely at something that you miss important details or information? I learned I needed to stop back and look at the whole scene, not just one small area, like a frog sculpture with a lizard on it.
That’s true in life, isn’t it?
New lizard stories are percolating in the mind of Lyric Power Publishing’s author, Elaine A. Powers. In the meantime, check out her entertaining and educational lizard adventure series: the perfect Curtis Curly-tail and the adventurous Lime Lizard Lads.
In a previous post, I mentioned the anole lizards I met while walking in the Leon Levy Preserve on Eleuthera in the Bahamas. It turned out that the Bahamas are filled with friendly lizards.
After my visit to the Leon Levy preserve, I was off to Grand Bahama, after an overnight stop in Nassau. I visited two wonderful places, the Rand Nature Centre and the Lucayan National Park. Walking through both, I met a variety of very friendly curly-tailed lizards.
Unlike the Anolis species on Eleuthera, these are members of Leiocephalus, which are curly-tailed lizards. They are called curly-tails because they . . . you guessed it, curl their tail. The Bahamas have five species of curly-tail lizards.
Usually when I come across a curly-tailed lizard, it takes off before I can get close enough to take a photo. However, these lizards were very helpful and stopped so I could admire them. I think they were relatives of my dashing protagonist, Curtis Curly-tail.
Now I realize not everyone finds as much joy in lizards as I do, so find out what in nature brings you joy and take a moment to stop and enjoy.
To learn more about Curtis Curly-tail, visit him at You Tube.
Jimmy Buffett has a song “Off To see the Lizard.” As I walked through the Leon Levy Preserve on Eleuthera in the Bahamas, I changed the words to “Stop and Meet the Lizards.” I was inspired by the number of lizards I saw on the trail. I had hoped to find an amieva like the ones with the bright blue tails but didn’t. Fortunately, the anoles were very friendly.
I couldn’t make it “Stop and Meet the Snakes” because the racers raced off and the boas were hiding.
Cleo, a Bahamian boa, one of the misunderstood animals of The Bahamas, rescues Tabby, a Five-Finger Fairy. In trying to find Cleo a safe place to live, this unlikely pair help each other and the people they meet. Tabby loves Bahamian wildlife, Bahamian bush teas, and making friends with both animals and humans alike. This book focuses on important conservation issues that threaten Bahamian wildlife, such as wildlife smuggling, habitat loss, invasive species and human intolerance of animals such as snakes and spiders.
Everyone needs nature in their lives. One of my friends calls it Vitamin N, one of the essential vitamins.
So as you go about your life, stop and meet something in nature. It doesn’t have to be lizards or even an animals. Stop and meet the birds, squirrels or flowers along your way.
Hello, I’m Curtis Curly-tail of Warderick Wells Cay, in the Exumas of the Bahamas.
I’m simply delighted that Lyric Power Publishing asked me to write some guest posts for their website. You see, I kind of owe them for making me somewhat famous. I really get to show off my perfect curly tail over at my You Tube Channel!
Let me start by introducing myself and my species. I am a member of the Leiocephalus carinatusspecies. We are found in the Bahamas, Cuba and on the Cayman Islands. I am planning a trip to visit the Lime Lizard Lads on the Cayman Islands, who are the exact same species as me. Isn’t that incredible? What is curious is that the Bahamas has four other species of Curly-tail lizards, but my species is the only one to travel to the Cayman Islands.
We all like to live along the coast in dry areas. We’re called xerophilic or arid-loving. We live on the ground among rocks, shrubs and even pines, but my favorite spot is along the beach. I’ve noticed humans like the beach, too. Maybe I’ll see you there! And, If you’d like to join me on my wild adventures, the Curtis curly-tail series is available here.
My book business started with the publication of Curtis Curly-tail and the Ship of Sneakers. In this story, a Curly-tail lizard named Curtis travels from his home island of Warderick Wells to the big city of Nassau to see where the tourists come from. When he gets homesick, Curtis must figure out how to get home. Not to worry—Curtis is a smart Curly-tail lizard and he would be bored if life didn’t get exciting from time to time.
Then—and how fun for me!—several people in the Cayman Islands requested their own Curly-tail adventures, and the Lime Lizard Lads, Gene and Bony, were born. The first book in their series, The Dragon of Nani Cave, explores the animals, plants and sites on Cayman Brac, as the two adventure off to find the island’s dragon for themselves.
But, “One is not enough,” the people said. I was asked if could I adapt one of the Bahamas books for the Cayman Islands. Yes, I thought. I can adapt Ship of Sneakers fairly easily. Ha! It turned out I had to rewrite the entire story, but it was worth it. In The Lime Lizard Lads and the Ship of Sneakers, Gene and Bony leave their home on Cayman Brac, one of the Sister Islands, and travel to the tourist sites on Grand Cayman. And since the only way in or out is by airplane, they have quite the adventure!
I spend enough time writing my books–why do I blog as well?
Many reasons come to mind.
It’s nice to be able to finish a writing task in a short amount of time. It takes a long time to finish an entire book. I get a feeling of accomplishment when a blog post is completed.
But the more important reason is the opportunity to share with the readers.
I can tell you about
my writing journey, the animals in my life,
the places I’ve visited,
a little about myself, and
last, but certainly not least,
I can share science information
beyond the scope of my books.
Blogging, you see, can be very beneficial.
One can also be creative writing for blogs. Here at Tails, Tales and Adventures, Oh, My!, I write as myself. But at my author website, www.elaineapowers.com, my blog is “written by” Curtis Curly-tail, the Bahamian lizard I met several years ago who inspired me to write the Curtis Curly-tail series of books. The world can be a very interesting place from a lizard’s point of view.
I hope you’re enjoying the posts here. If you have a topic you’d like written about, please let me know by commenting below, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to write about what you’d like to know.
Living on a Caribbean island can be wonderful, but it is also rather isolating. Just as we humans enjoy having visitors, Curtis Curly-tail enjoyed seeing people come ashore from their boats. When he watched them leave again, Curtis wondered where they had come from and where they were going.
One day the curious and courageous little guy decided to find out for himself. He crept into a sneaker and traveled to the big city, delighting in the many sights and sounds a small cay doesn’t have. Eventually, though, Curtis wanted to go home. It didn’t take him long to realize that getting onto a tourist boat from his beach was much easier than catching a ride home would be. He would have to get on the right boat and he had no idea how he would cross the water between the boat and his beach.
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