THE WRITTEN WORD

Writing has been as big a part of my life as my drawing for as long as I can remember. I love words. I’ve worked in and around the publishing industry since the mid 90s, and have been working with independent authors for the past 10 of those years. I have written poetry in various forms including Ecstatic and Haiku, short stories, and nonfiction articles which were the extent of my involvement for years. Nonfiction books, novels, and scripts have since been added to my arsenal.

In my early 40s, I went back to school and got a Masters in Creative Writing – specifically screenwriting for film, gaming, animation, and television. I completed a script for my thesis and being able to hold it in my hands…my world changed. For the past few months I have been converting Stalemate to novel format. I still plan to register the script with the Writers Guild, but have also been developing the necessary elements to design it as an educational indie game. More about Stalemate below.

Two others novels are waiting in the wings along with six children’s books, all storyboarded and awaiting final illustrations. One of them, The Shawl Monster, is being illustrated by my daughter. My next novel, Odonatia (working title) was actually started in 2001 after the birth of my daughter. I’d had the idea, and had made notes after I’d gotten pregnant, but the real work didn’t start until years later. Finishing Stalemate is partly being spurred on by a growing passion to finish Odonatia, the characters of which have been yelling at me to finish them for a while now. (If you’re a writer, you totally get this phenomenon, not unlike their ability to takeover your writing and do whatever they damn well please.)

Dragonfly Press Publishing was formed several years ago with the intention of using the imprint to represent our family’s work. Though plans have since changed with the realization we could take better advantage of distribution through Amazon by using their ISBNs, Dragonfly Press Publishing remains to be the umbrella for our titles.

My biggest goal is to create and encourage more beauty in the world that my daughter is growing up in. We love developing projects that are creative in all mediums and where we can incorporate our own passions. Food, travel, education, and living life in a more creative way daily are what is incorporated into our own personal goals and I look forward to sharing that with you here.

THE AUTHORS

Ana Maria Selvaggio
Author / Illustrator
Aside from Renmeleon, “Dragonfly” is a nickname that has resonated with me for a long time. Like it’s water sign, it signifies adaptability and skill in endeavors. I love what I do and enjoying sharing that passion for creativity with others through workshops and videos (in production) on a variety of topics. You can find me on Amazon here.

Val Michael Selvaggio
Author
My husband @pauperknight is the linguist in our family and a writer as well. Holding a Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Development, he is a whiz with any language including English, and is the second set of eyes for most of my projects. Being able to work with him is a joy and we hope that love shines through what you see here.

M. Y. Seaton
Author / Illustrator
My daughter @rockpaperfox is at the beginning of her writing journey. As our family theme for 2018 is “Shine”, she has been working on her branding and is focusing on three main projects aside from doing shows and workshops with Renmeleon throughout the year: Her first novel, a book of creative prompts, and the illustrations for one of my children’s books.

The following pertains to Renmeleon and the books I am involved with…

AUTHOR | ILLUSTRATOR (as noted)

Insect Haiku – Originally published in 2013, a revised copy is being released Fall 2018.
The Owl and the Mermaid – 4th grade, September 2018 release.
A Cat Named Pillow – children’s, 2019 release.
A Dog Named Socks – children’s, 2019 release.
Clementine’s Garden – children’s, Spring 2019 release.
Scarecrow’s New Hat – children’s, Fall 2019 release.

The Shawl Monster – 2018 release. Illustrated by M. Y. Seaton.

OTHER WORK

ZINES

Kraft Paper Muse, 2006. Handmade zine. 2013, professionally printed (now digital) magazine. (see below)
Beyond Sleep & Dreams, 2000- 2003. Handmade zine, 7 staff writers.
Three Dollar Squirrel, writers zine. 2001-2006, 2013 (digital). Relaunching through Patreon. Come play!

ACADEMIC

Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL
“How the Ottoman Empire Started”. Editor’s Choice Poetry Award, issue 5.
“Unrecumbent”. Mixed media, issue 5.
“M is for Museum Mammoth” Illustration, Editor’s Choice Award, issue 5. Also used as header image online.
“Skyrooted”. Illustration, issue 6.
“Dormant”. Macro photography, issue 6.

NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Alternate Realities, nationally-distributed paranormal publication (now defunct), 1996.
Two nonfiction articles. Art Director, Editor and Publishing Assistant. Mac-based.

National Audubon Society publication, staff writer. 1993-1996.

BOOKS I HAVE DESIGNED

CREATIVE DIVINATION: Read Tea Leaves & Develop Your Personal Code
Tabitha Dial, author | Renmeleon, Illustrator and designer
Now available on Amazon here.
One of my joy projects this year was working with author, Tabitha Dial, on her first book. my contributions to the project we’re 79 spot illustrations, the cover, four diagrams, and the interior layout as well as all of the supporting print collateral.

REMNANT: A Cornelius Book
Val Michael Selvaggio, with Ana Maria Selvaggio
A centuries-old Church Inquisitor roams Europe in search of four artifacts that could change the fate of his order and the world. Seeking to protect their investment, the Church assigns him a bodyguard, a corrupted assassin that he made and abandoned in a previous life that has her own agenda.
Status: Currently editing. As we are self-publishing on CreateSpace, we made the decision to register an ISBN through them in order to take advantage of the Libraries & Academic Institutions distribution channel. Dragonfly Press Publishing will continue to be the go to space for information on this title as we continue to promote it.

UPCOMING TITLES

STALEMATE
Ana Maria Selvaggio
A graduate student returns home to lay his father’s remains to rest and discovers that there was more than just family living in the house he grew up in.
Status: Script being converted to novel. Ordering ARCs in August 2018 for distribution.

ODONATIA (working title)
Ana Maria Selvaggio, writing as C.T.Blackstone
An island in the mid Atlantic is the keeper of secrets for its inhabitants and an outsider chasing the remnants of a 200-year old ghost.
Status: Editing. Looking to publish as a novel, but will also have the film script and indie-gaming documents available upon publication.

THE JUNK MAIDEN (short for anthology)
Ana Maria Selvaggio
Status: Currently in progress.

CRONE (short for anthology)
Ana Maria Selvaggio
Status: Currently in progress.


CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Ana Maria Selvaggio, publishing as Renmeleon

THE OWL & THE MERMAID
Site: www.theowlandthemermaid.com
Status: Completing illustrations.

THIS LITTLE PIGGIE
A snarky, adult board-book remake of the classic with illustrations by Renmeleon.
Status: Written, illustrations in progress. Printer found. .

A CAT NAMED PILLOW | A DOG NAMED SOCKS
Two part series.
Status: Storyboarded, finishing illustrations. 

CLEMENTINE’S GARDEN
Status: Clementine is making her first appearance on the cover of Kraft Paper Muse’s Sustainability issue. Working out some issues with the storyline through storyboarding. Clementine’s look finalized.

SCARECROW’S NEW HAT
Status: Storyboarding and character designs completed. Illustrations in progress.

GANOMIES (gah-no-mees aka gnomes)
Created as a support piece for a Kickstarter campaign for the Once Upon a Cause project.
Status: Storyboarded.


NONFICTION
As Ana Maria Selvaggio

BORED: GET GOING
Available now on Amazon here.
Book one of a three-part series being released as an introduction to my Get GOING workbook.

FROM HERE TO THERE: GET GOING
Available mid July 2018.
Book two of a three-part series being released as an introduction to my Get GOING workbook.

DONE: Get GOING
Available mid July 2018.
Book three of a three-part series being released as an introduction to my Get GOING workbook.

GET GOING: Simple Steps to Living More Abundantly
Available August 2018.

I HAVE A GLASS
More of a workbook than a memoir,  I Have a Glass explores the healing qualities of art through play and various projects compiled by an 18-year LE survivor and Advocate.
Status: Compiling.


OTHER PUBLICATIONS

KRAFT PAPER MUSE
Geared toward creatives who work toward merging the digital and analog sides of their lives into a more creative whole. The magazine is being made available to read free on the site.
Status: On hold.