Broken Toyland Newsletter #01 for 2018

pickleHello again, and happy 2018. It’s going to be an incredible year!

First off, I have a coupon code for 15% off everything in my etsy shop
The code, FIFTEEN, is valid until the 13th, no minimums.

Secondly, I have a LOT of 11×14 prints available, that are not in the shop, but can be purchased directly from me, via paypal invoice. Price is 30$ each (regularly 40$). Want two? Then it’s 50$ for 2. Want more? I’ll give an even better price. Just contact me to discuss it. They fit easily into a standard 11×14 frame you can buy almost anywhere.
I’ll show what prints I have, below, and I’ll post the brand new available art at the very end of this newsletter. But for now, here’s the 14 prints I have for purchase:

aperfectfit
Title: A Perfect Fit

unconditional
Title: Unconditional

wearethefood
Title: We Are The Food

wemetatnight
Title: We Met At Night

diversion
Title: Diversion

theliar
Title: The Liar (a parody of, The Scream, by Munsch)

thepainisrealbutsoisthehope
Title: The Pain Is Real But So Is The Hope

bang
Title: Bang!

truefit
Title: True Fit

asmallmatter
Title: A Small Matter

loveisanextraeye
Title: Love Is An Extra Eye

lovetransfusion
Title: Love Transfusion

keepongiving
Title: Keep On Giving

theburial
Title: The Burial

Ok, that does it for available prints. I have more than one of most of them, too. To inquire, please send me an email at jupytr@fluxfire.com and I’d be happy to answer any and all questions.

Now, here’s the new art 🙂

ghostbunnyinthegraveyard
Title: Ghost Bunny In The Graveyard, 8×10. Find it in my etsy shop

who
Title: Who? find him in my etsy shop

littlepinkbunnyhabit
Title: Little Pink Bunny Habbit, 7×14. Find him in my etsy shop

Those are the 3 new ones so far this year. More to come so keep at eye on my socials because I won’t send another newsletter for at least another week.

About my short story, Mermaid and the Raven King…
I have rewritten parts of it and added some visuals, over on my steemit. If you haven’t read it yet, and would like to, check it out, here. <<<

That’s it for now.
Until next time, take care and never give up hope 🙂 ❤
…v

 

 

 

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Broken Toyland Newsletter #16 for 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! My hope and prayer for you all, is as you reflect on 2017… its details and events, you can put some things to rest, find hope, forgiveness and thankfulness and welcome the new year with a clean slate. I’m not one for making resolutions… I make them all year long lol. But if you are so inclined, may yours be successful, with good intentions. I think 2018 is going to be an INCREDIBLE year! 😉

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Please be safe in your celebrations tonight. And if you don’t go out, be safe in whatever you do. If you’re lonely, email me . I can’t stand the thought of anyone being sad and alone due to depression or whatever. Just don’t be isolated unless you want to be. Very often, I like to be. But not always. I’ll probably be playing World of Warcraft, per usual lol. If any of you would like to join in, contact me and I can send you an invite. I’ve been playing for almost 8 years now (in March it will be 8 years), and it’s just so much fun. I don’t watch any tv (and haven’t for about 11-12 years now) so this is my fun time.

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There’s an 18% discount off everything in my etsy shop until midnight, January 3rd. I think I made it so the discount will auto apply to all items, but if not, you can enter the code, HAPPYNEWYEAR at check out. And if you use a mobile device for that, make sure your etsy app is updated. Some of the options won’t show up if you need an update.

I have one new painting since the last newsletter. I haven’t much felt like painting. That, in and of itself, is depressing. I love to paint but with my sales being so gigantically low, it doesn’t help with inspiration. Especially when I see my couch disappearing under a pile of new art lol. I ended up pulling all my newest ones out of my etsy shop and taking it to the local gallery (Masks Y Mas, in Albuquerque) that’s been showing my art, since before moving here. So almost 10 years. All the social media platforms will block your posts now, if you’re trying to sell something (unless you pay them). The little money I’m making, is mostly now coming from this gallery. It’s not much, but it’s something I’m very thankful for.

So, here’s the newest one, titled, Cuervo Negro:
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This is another painting inspired by the music of Cuervo Negro. A band from El Paso, TX. They do indrumental, very trippy, kind of old cowbow on the prairie music. I just love it.
(you can check them out on youtube, here, follow on IG, @cuervo_negro_music and listen on soundcloud, here.) Almost spooky balladeer type stuff. Hard to define, but super cool.

The only Broken Toyland character in the piece, is the lone raven silhouette, flying near silently through the forest of dark trees. You can see his reflection in the water beneath his low flight path. Life can be like that… like you’re navigating through a dark forest. But one thing’s for sure… life isn’t actually a dark forest. And there is always a spark of hope to find. And always something to be thankful for. ALWAYS. That’s my goal.

I will be doing more abstract pieces like this. I feel like I’m running out of things to say with Broken Toyland. But maybe it’s just another phase. We shall see. I do know that Broken Toyland has been a healing journey for me. And it served me well. It got me through some exquisitely painful and tough times. Those things became art. But that cannot be all there is to say and paint about. It shouldn’t be never ending.

I hope your Christmas was a nice one, filled with good memories and blessings.

That said, I will again wish you all a very Happy New Year. Bid 2017 a fond (or even not so fond lol) farewell, and let’s be the change we’d like to see, in 2018. What do you say? You with me?

Don’t hesitate to let me know what you’re saying goodbye to, from 2017, and hello to, for 2018. And I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love,
…v

HNY2018

 

 

 

Broken Toyland Newsletter #15 for 2017

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Greetings and Merry Christmas!
This will be the second to last newsletter before the year’s end. And last one before Christmas. I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope your holiday gatherings are memorable and filled with love. If you are alone (like many of us are), please reach out. And if that’s not something you feel like doing, then please do something nice for yourself and be safe.

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There are 4 new paintings since the last entry, and here they are:

youarenotuniquelyflawed
Title: You Are Not Uniquely Flawed. Find it in my etsy shop.

sometimeswegoback
Title: Sometimes We Go Back. Find it in my etsy shop.

waitingonateardroptoexplode
Title: Waiting On A Teardrop To Explode. Find it in my etsy shop.

onemagichearttoseize
Title: One Magic Heart To Seize (the aeronaut). Find it in my etsy shop.

I do special pricing for multiple purchases, so please contact me (jupytr@fluxfire.com) if you want to inquire about that kind of discount pricing.

Until next time
…valery

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Broken Toyland Newsletter #14 for 2017

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Greetings 🙂 I hope all is well.

There’s one active coupon code for my etsy shop. It ends on the 18th at midnight MST.
The code is, MERRYCHRISTMAS. You’ll get 15% off anything 30$ or more. I guess there’s no longer anything for 30$ in the shop anymore, as all the ornaments are sold.

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Here’s the new art:

ghosts
Title: Ghosts

whenfaerytalesgetold
Title: When Faerytales Get Old. Find it in my etsy shop.

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That’s all for now. I will probably make another newsletter with new art before Christmas. We’ll see.

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Until then, I hope you’re enjoying your December. I hope it’s warmer wherever you are. It’s so cold here. This California girl is FREEZING lol.

Take care, until next time.
…v

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Merry Christmas

Broken Toyland Newsletter #13 for 2017

Greetings. New art and some great discounts in my etsy shop. AND free items with every purchase. I need to thin out the amassed art. That’s good news for customers ❤

Use the codes below, at checkout, to get 100$ off purchases of 300$ or more, or 50$ off purchases of 200$ or more. If you want 15% off 30$ or more, you can enter code, MERRYCHRISTMAS, at checkout.

100off300 code: https://www.etsy.com/shop/brokentoyland?coupon=100OFF300
50off200: https://www.etsy.com/shop/brokentoyland?coupon=50OFF200

If you have any questions at all, about any of this, feel free to contact me.

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Here’s the new art:

mermaidandtheravenking
Title: Mermaid And The Raven King (there has a short story, too. I’ll post it below)
Find it in my etsy shop
mermaidandravenking2
Title: Mermaid and Raven King II.
Find it in my etsy shop

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I have 12 ornaments left and will not be making more. Some of which are in this photo, below. But not all. Some of those have sold. You have to go to my etsy shop to see what’s available.

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If anyone wants several or even all, message me and I’ll give you a super deal.

That’s all for now. I hope everyone is well and having a good December.

…v

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Sunday Rantasaurus Rex

This is not part of my newsletter. The MAIN purpose of this particular post, is to help people understand what’s going on in social media and how small business owners are affected (DISCLAIMER: This is going to be a rant so if you’re triggery or snowflakey, don’t like to read, prefer pictures to words, leave now lol. But if you really want to learn and understand, pull up a chair and bear with me.)

Yes, I desperately need a new social media platform.  One that is unbiased, believes in free speech and free market and equality. All the big ones that everybody uses, are now corporate owned (by the usual cronies) and corrupted with algorithms, bots, virus spawning ads, blocking mechanisms, data mining, etc, owned and run by the biggest, wealthiest cronies (cronyism or crony capitalism, which is  NOT at all, classic free market capitalism) out there, enriching themselves on our backs. But if you aren’t a small business owner or an anti establishment truth teller, you won’t notice. Furthermore, you probably won’t even care because it doesn’t directly affect you. But it actually does. You see, the struggle is real. I hate to use that overused stock phrase, but in this case, it’s spot on. And if you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. No grey areas here.  It will eventually directly affect you.

I wanted to address what Facebook (FB) is doing to us small business owners. Yeah, yeah, I’ve talked about it a hundred times in the last 3 years. You’ve heard of the frog in a boiling pot, story, right? They’re using this tactic on FB, so you don’t even notice you’re being boiled alive. Or boiled right into invisibility. As they hold your customers hostage, soft-mafia style, to extort money from you so you can supposedly get your posts seen to the large customer base you worked so damn hard to acquire. This is not drama. And this is no joke. I am being harassed by FB, daily, with their stream of incoming notices, trying to harass me (see image further down) into giving them money. They ruined my income because I relied too heavily on their platform for my business. I don’t need anyone to tell me that was a huge mistake. I’m well aware. But it was working and when this is my sole source of income (my art), and something is working great, you focus on work and not other social media. I had been exhausting myself with other platforms (that no one really used and / or didn’t work well) and galleries (who are politicized and prejudiced) who act like your employer and not an employee (which they are!), to sell your art, taking a whopping half of all sales. It’s not right. So I focused on what I had control over, what worked and what felt right. That being, running my own show and using FB as the main means to do it. Then they stuck the knife in and began blocking my visibility. Consequently, I have lost 90% of my income. I. Am. Not. Kidding. I cannot pay them to boost my posts. I tried all that for over a year, and I can swear to you , it doesn’t work. It’s not designed to work. It’s designed to extort an endless stream of money from you. There’s been countless videos done by people who have proven this fact. They give you fake ‘reached’ numbers to trick you into thinking something is working. But the proof is in how many people will like, comment and share the posts. And those numbers never change from when I boosted or not. It’s a scam. I have been wanting to get away from FB for a long time now. But everything I’m trying, either uses the same methods as FB or they just don’t work at all because no one’s really using them. I need something new and have exhausted myself looking and trying. If anyone has info on a great platform that is open, honest and works, let me know. And DO NOT send me links to video how-to’s, or suggest twitter or deviant art or steemit. I HAVE TRIED THEM AND THEY DO NOT WORK. You can see the ones I use by going to my website but there are 3 times more that are not on my site, that I have tried. There must be something. I cannot believe the entire internet is fouled up now, the way FB is.

I’m gonna tell a story. Let these words paint a visual. Immerse yourself in it and pretend it’s you. Try to feel it…
Imagine you own a little shop somewhere, doing what you love in a nice place you live. You work every day and own an honest business. You’ve been at it a long time and it’s slowly grown into something you can rely on and be proud of. You offer something unique. People come from all over to enjoy your products. You don’t live a lavish life, but you have enough, and that’s what matters. Oddly, you suddenly gain the support of another larger store in your town nearby and they drive business your way. You reciprocate. You’re doing ok. Everyone is. You can breathe. Then one day, unprovoked and out of the blue, the large store owner decides they want some of your money. Why??? Well, just because they consider you their competition now, regardless of the fact they are way bigger, have tons more customers and are actually wealthy and live a lavish life style. They set up road blocks and obstacles that block access to visibility and parking for your shop. They build an extension to their already huge store, that directly covers your shop entrance. They hire someone to tamper with your phone lines so anyone calling, gets an ‘out of service’ recording. They pay someone to intercept your outgoing mail, delivering it to them, instead. They open your mail and collect your customer data and start offering your customers, a similar product. Most of this you are unaware of, as a small business owner. Sure, you know the annoyance of the big store building and expanding, now covers most of your shop’s visibility, but you have no idea about the thing with the phone and the mail. You start wondering why no one returns your calls. Why no one is calling you. Why no one responds to the ads and discount coupons you send them in the mail. Things that usually proved to be great marketing, have zero effect now. So you physically start asking around. You go in other small shops in the area and find that similar things are happening to all the other small business owners. You start connecting the dots and discover the common denominator. The BIG store that is expanding by leaps and bounds. You see your old customers, streaming into the big store, so you approach a few and ask how they’ve been… small talk, They mention  this big store is now offering a similar product like you do. The customer thought maybe your shop closed because they hadn’t heard from you and they didn’t even think to come check, after hearing a ‘out of service’ recording when they phoned you. You had become invisible, because of the big store. You are furious. And rightfully so.  You decide to hire someone to look into things. That’s when you find out about the mail stealing, customer interception and phone tampering. You storm into the big store’s main office, and demand to speak to the owner. Not willing to wait and be put off, you just barge right into their office and confront them with their criminality. They are smug, in their expensive suit and surroundings. They do not deny your claims. Rather, they smirk at the power they have attained and offer you a deal. They know you can sue them but they also know they can drag it out for years and bankrupt you in the process. Besides, they’re friends with the courts and can easily pay them off. And you cannot afford all that drama and stress. Your little shop is your livelihood and your only source of income. They offer to put up a sign so people that go to their shop, will know your little shop is back around their expansions, if you pay them a certain amount, every day, of course. If you don’t pay them, they won’t put the sign.  So you reluctantly agree. You already have no money because they have drastically cut your sales by their expansions and control, but you do it anyways, having a shred of hope that things will turn around. The sign they put up, has a counter on it, that records all the people who pass by it, so you will know it’s working (lol yeah, right!). You can trust those numbers because the big store owner told you it’s reliable (lol trust a crook lol) and that in no time, you will see great progress. So you pay. You watch the sign with it’s reliable numbers, going up, up, UP. Yet no one is coming into your shop. You pay a little more, for a slightly bigger sign. You see those numbers increase a bit. But no one is coming into your shop. Now, you haven’t completely lost all your customers. You have 6 or so that keep coming back. Making their way around all the road blocks and expansions, to gain access to your little shop that they love. You are so thankful for the faithful ones! But honestly, you feel guilty because they are the only ones supporting your business now. You know it can’t last forever and you don’t want it to because it’s not fair. You pay for a slightly bigger sign, in hopes to generate some new customers or catch a glimpse from some of the old ones going into the big store. Nothing changes but those numbers still keep going up. It makes no sense. You have become obsolete, unneeded, unwanted, forgotten and invisible. You decide it’s time to relocate. So you close up shop and move out. You sell your little home in the little town you loved and lived in for so long. You say goodbye and go on an adventure, in search of a new place to call home. But everywhere you go, you see more of the same BIG STORE. They’re everywhere now! Then you notice that everywhere these big stores are, there’s little shops blocked out. You also see the signs… Most are now empty and long closed. Tragic! You see the endless streams of people going into the big store. They do not see the little shops or the signs pointing to the fact some are still there, in the shadows. No one sees the signs. They have tunnel vision on the big store. They feel good about giving their money to the wealthy and ruinous, small business killers because it makes them feel… I don’t know… empowered? That’s hilarious lol. They can save a penny, buying from the big guy. Oh, that’s so damn thrifty! give that schmoe a cookie for the shear brilliance of that idea. /facepalm.  So then, the small business owner (you)… the one who closed up shop and took off on an adventure to find a new home, kept traveling and searching. No one cared. No one thought, “Wow, I haven’t see so-and-so for ages… I wonder how they’re doing?” They were too busy picking up the crumbs under the table of the mega wealthy, daddy warbucks, big store owner. And they felt good about that. End of story.

Back to my rant…

I want to show an example of what I’m being harassed with by FB, on a daily basis on all the pages I own and run. They do not give you a means to opt out. The option finally did appear on my big art page, after weeks of harassment and I have used it a few times, then it disappears again. Doesn’t stop them from continuing though. The option is absent from my other 5 pages.

This is a screen capture of the usual harassment. The equivalent to a paid sign:
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I now get more notices from FB, trying to squeeze money out of me than I do from the 4k+ people that have liked my pages. Something is VERY wrong with those stats. My big art page has been reduced to an audience of about 6-12 people who always see my posts. That’s it. 12 max. Out of 4,173. Four thousand, seven hundred and forty three. It is being done on purpose, by design and relentlessly, with the sole purpose of getting money. Because, after all, I’m their competition. How can anyone think this is ok? This is not even paying for a service, which I am totally ok with, IF IT WORKS. This is a platform that plasters every page with ads they’re making a ton of money on. Last time I checked, FB was a mega corp worth about 165 billion dollars, owned by some of the world’s wealthiest people (who are very biased, mega crony and evil, in my opinion).

A lot of us are being affected by this. Sadly, a lot of us give up because we cannot fight this monster anymore. It’s impossible for me to stop doing my art, so I won’t give that up. But I do want to quit FB. They collect our private info and use that, too, for gain. It’s not right. It really bugs me when I hear people go on and on about hating stores like Walmart, because they’re gigantic corporate mega monsters who ruin small business, yet they don’t bat an eye at using and supporting FB. There. Is. No. Difference.

I’m going to keep struggling and trying to win this battle. I know there has to be a way.

I also know people can help by clicking the ‘like’ button, instead of just apathetically scrolling by for more eye candy. If you really want to help, then do. I have grown so weary of asking for such a simple little thing. But then, the way FB works, is they stall your posts from appearing in the short time window you have to get the most likes so your post is organically boosted without having to pay. See how they work? I have studied this for years now, so I see the facts before my eyes. There is no arguing it. It is what it is and it is CORRUPT by design, for gain. Classic, problem> reaction> solution. (look up,  hegelian dialectic.) Their solution. An endless hamster wheel run to nowhere.

Back to the story I told…

I have started off on a journey (again) to find a new place to relocate (cyberly speaking). But everywhere I go, I see the same Big store conglomerates (think FB, etc), overshadowing the small shops, imposing rules, demanding money and eventually putting them out of business. The same tactics are being used. It’s no coincidence. They WANT to destroy small business. This is not capitalism. It’s the opposite… It’s cronyism, with the socialist end goal of monopolizing everything, owned by a few. This is what it always does. It’s bad for everyone else but the cronies. There has to be an answer, other than exterminating every last rotten one of them lol.

So, in conclusion, if anyone reading this has some real answers, some well proven ideas that work, let me know. Do not… I repeat, DO NOT toss me a bunch of links, videos or stupid advice. That doesn’t help me. I’ve been wracking my brains with this for over 3 years now, so I’ve pretty much covered it all. I need something new. Something that works. Not FB, not Twitter, not steemit, not SEEN, not MINDS, not Tumblr, not Deviant art, not Pinterest, not LinkedIn, not Instagram (owned and ruined by FB), not print ads, not galleries (on or off line). Gosh, I’ve tried them all, I think. I want to know what works for small business and why it works. Not assumptions, not hearsay. Something online has to work. All hope can’t be lost…

Broken Toyland Newsletter #12 for 2017

BLACK FRIDAY SALE is live right now, until the clock strikes midnight, the 26th.

 Click here to go to my etsy shop <—

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If you have ‘liked’ my facebook page, and you want to make sure you do not miss any posts, then please follow these steps:

Go to my main facebook art page and find the ‘following’ button.  Hovering over that button should open a drop box. Inside there, find where it says, ‘notifications’. To the right of ‘notifications’ you will see a little grey pencil icon. Click it and another box will open (they don’t make this easy, do they…). Inside, you will see an option that says, ‘posts’, with a little square box to check. Check the box, then click DONE. Only then will you know when I post. Otherwise, my posts will be blocked. Much appreciated. I need help with likes, too, so if you see a post, just click the like button. There’s 4,173 people on that page and on an average, only about 5-6 people see the posts. It’s downright depressing. So any help is hugely appreciated.

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Here’s some new art:

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Title: Lagrimas (teardrops)

 

whatsomecallbeinginlove

Title: What Some Call Being In Love

 

3littlebirds

Title: 3 Little Birds

 

onawalkwithmyballoon

Title: On A Walk With My Balloon

 

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Title: Numb

 

noche

Title: Noche

 

veiloftears

Title: Veil Of Tears

sugarskullfaerie

Title: Sugar Skull Faerie

 

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Title: Patched

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Title: Star Collector

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I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving ❤

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I still have Christmas ornaments available, too. I may or may not make more for this year. Kind of burnt out on them. I have14 left. Here’s just a few.

Ok, that’s all for now. Take care then.

…v haveagoodday