Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
UFA United for Adoption blog through the 26th. The directors said that the painting "beautifully illustrates the deep and abiding love that a man can have for a child not his own, a love that is known by adoptive fathers all over." These people are engaged in a good work.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
- Each card is 5.5 in. wide and 4 in. tall.
- 14pt gloss coated white cover stock with UV coating (C2S).
- Printed front and back, blank interior.
- Includes 4.25 x 6.25 in. A4 white gum-seal envelopes.
- Ships within three days of receipt of order.
Price: $25.35 per box of 10 cards and envelopes, domestic U.S. shipping and handling included.
These are very good, quality cards. I hope you like them! Thank you very much for your interest. God bless you to have an excellent Christmas and new year.
Monday, December 3, 2012
"I am in the middle of reading your book and I want you to know it is very gripping. It's gotten me to shout out in surprise! Very good read and I hope to read the others someday."
"Thank you for the book. The only problem is, it kept me awake until I finished it. There must be a sequel."
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I just got my first Amazon review for my book Welltower: First Run. The reviewer gave it 5 stars: "This is a book that's a little frightening to read. The details of the world Lester created are so real that it hurt sometimes. I didn't want to put the book down, yet it haunted me long after I had. This is a riveting book, and one that I highly recommend. Lester says that he has more coming. I'll be first in line to pick one up." Great!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Welltower: First Run, my young adult science fiction thriller, is now available in paperback and Kindle edition from Amazon.
Be sure to write a review of the book in the Amazon page when you've read it! If you are interested in this world we live in, you will like this book a lot.
More info on my website at lesteryocum.com/welltower
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I just finished proofing my novel, "Welltower: First Run." It will be available soon on Amazon in softcover and Kindle versions; the site is accepting pre-release orders. I will post here when the book becomes available.
My next step is to send out endorsement copies to industry movers and shakers to get their feedback on the book. Exciting times!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Here is the promotional lead-in for my soon-to-be-released book, Welltower:
The world is an inferno of poisonous gasses and mutated beasts, some of which used to be men.
Welltower was built to keep them out. Over two miles high, the fortified structure rises over the burning landscape like a colossus: unbreakable, impenetrable, unyielding.
But after hundreds of years the residents have become beasts themselves, humans in the last stages of social decay. The sanctuary has become a prison.
Young Kaehl will travel the heights and depths of this battleground city in order to save his crippled sister. Along the way he will discover his heart as he uncovers the terrible secrets of the looking-glass world that is Welltower.
Monday, August 27, 2012
This will be my second published book. The first, The Christmas Orange, is available from Amazon and other vendors and has garnered very favorable reviews.
Secondly, people have been asking for prints of my painting While Mary Sleeps and Deseret Book has asked to license it. Very cool. This will be my first professional print arrangement. I’ll let you know when the prints become available.
All in time for the holidays!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
This weekend I attended the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! event in Kansas City. Very much enjoyed spending time with James Gurney and Jean-baptiste Monge and their wives, Kathleen and Margot. Also very much enjoyed meeting two more of my heroes, Scott Gustafson and Paul Bonner, and buying their books. The place was crowded with great artists in many fields, including Greg Manchess, Donato Giancola, Dan Dos Santos, Mike Mignola, Tim Bruckner, and many others. Great to be able to hobnob with these inspiring, generous people.
Also got more information about TLC Workshop's Professional Art Series, sponsored by the energetic and very able Tara Larson Chang.
These conferences can be very inspiring once you get past the seeing how great they are at only 1/3 my age. Makes me want to do much more much better. Great stuff!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
“The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.” ― J. Paul Getty.
A good family would have to be another of those real and lasting products; a true work of art and an urgently needed benefit to mankind.
I'm heading to the Getty Villa, a recreation of a Roman villa, in Malibu this morning before taking a plane back to Maryland. Superb architecture and art on the California coast. Free admission, too. Astonishing! It's been a good trip.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Tell me a story about your dad! I know everything about King Benjamin (Benjamin is for the Book of Mormon king, right?); but I don't know much at all about your dad. I only remember that he hit you all on the head with a knife and it hurt a lot.
I'll tell you the origin of your name, Benjamin Bruce Yocum, and along the way tell you why you were named after your grandfather.
There are two Benjamins in the scriptures, King Benjamin and one of the sons of Jacob whose name was later changed to Israel. We know about the Book of Mormon king and how great he was; Benjamin in the Old Testament was faithful enough that his descendants hewed close to the tribe of Judah and escaped being taken captive with the other ten tribes, who were punished because of their extreme wickedness. They eventually disappeared from history; the tribe of Benjamin continued. The apostle Paul was a descendant of Benjamin.
Truth be told, as I recall we chose that name for you not because of any special connotations but because the name seemed to fit; it felt good for you. Spiritual guidance, I believe. It certainly was a name of honor.
My father Bruce grew up in Ohio. He had a rough family life and joined the Navy early to escape the problems. He served on an aircraft carrier in the Korean war. His job had some similarities to what Isaac is training for. Although he wasn't a fireman per se, when aircraft hit the deck and exploded, every sailor on board became a fireman.
He married my mother while he was still in the Navy, I believe, and stayed with her until her death from cancer at age 41. They brought the family into the church when I was 9. He later married Joyce Burke, to whom he is still married.
Although he never had what you would call a glamorous life, he really loved and supported his family. He worked for Sears most of his life as an appliance repairman. Most of the children were born in Tacoma, Washington. We lived near Tacoma's baseball stadium until moving to our farm near Eatonville, Washington. He then opened Yocum's Grocery and Appliance in nearby Graham, Washington, where Dad tried his hand at running his own business. Failing there, he rejoined Sears and transferred to Ketchikan, Alaska where we spent a year, the first few months in two tents and a trailer on the shore of Ward Lake. We then moved into a double-wide mobile home that he shipped from the "lower 48" for us. I was in 9th grade.
A year later we moved to Eugene, Oregon so my mother could be near her extended family while she was being treated for her recently-diagnosed lung cancer. Even though she enjoyed a short recovery, her return to cigarette smoking helped precipitate a downward spiral that ended with her death at home three years later. I was 16 at the time.
My father had always had a powerful physique, developed through years of farm work and hauling refrigerators and freezers and other large appliances into many homes over many years, including up and down the very extensive networks of long, wooden staircases in the Ketchikan hills. He was impeccably honest and very fun-loving. Our family was marvelously rowdy; when we would get too much out of line at the dinner table he would lean over and thump one of us on the top of the head with the handle of our very solid Navy-issue table knives. Yowch! He didn't have to do it very often. The noise was astoundingly loud. There would be a moment of shock, the offender would rub his head, and then we would burst out laughing and continue eating, albeit quite a bit more calmly.
Dad retired from Sears and the US Naval Reserves. He always loved electronics and fixing things; in his later life he ran for office and became a city councilman of a small town in southern Oregon. Completely honest and value-driven, he avoided the uglier political taints, going fishing instead of campaigning and still being re-elected.
He now lives outside Portland, Oregon with Joyce. He is 82 and very frail. We don't know how much longer he will live. I plan on seeing him this August and will be there for his funeral, whenever it is.
Dad always struggled with self-esteem issues, always thinking first about his failings instead of celebrating his successes. I inherited some of that tendency, and you may have as well. But I think we are overcoming it.
His children, however, adore him. So do those grandchildren lucky enough to know him. I do especially, and lavish praise and fond memories on him whenever I call him. He modestly brushes it aside, but I believe he appreciates it. He gave us a life of fun and adventure and variety and love, and contributed massively to who I am today. In my eyes he is a great man, a very great success, and we pray for his comfort and joy wherever he is. And we are very grateful to Joyce for sustaining and loving him after Mom's death and over these many years.
I hope this helps you understand a bit more about who he is so that you can pattern your life from the best he offers. To some degree I am a reflection of him. There are many more stories to tell and even a collection of videos which you may remember and see when you return from your mission in Guatemala. He is a very good man. I love him very much.
I love you too, son. Thanks for asking.
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Christ Healing the Daughter of Jairus|
The annual Illustration West competition is sponsored by SI-LA, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, which describes itself as "the major professional art entity on the West coast." It was an honor to be selected by them.
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
Christ Healing the Daughter of Jairus