Spotlight: Victoria Bastedo & Pepper Allphin -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

Pepper Allphin -Old Tree 300dpi VERY FINAL

Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st. And here’s another fun post about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project.

Victoria Bastedo is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Pepper Allphin. Pepper’s whimsical birdhouse sculpture delighted Victoria. She could imagine the images appearing in her story world. And Pepper told Victoria her story was just the sort she’d choose to read herself. An excellent pairing! Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Pepper’s other work and a snippet of Victoria’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

Pepper Allphin:








Find more of Pepper’s work at Art by Pepper on Facebook and Pepper Allphin on Facebook


Children’s Story – A child’s whim nearly causes the loss of his best train-friend, Folio. Captain Spyglass keeps watch as FOLIO THE BRAVE ventures into the perils of Dreamland to keep Anatole from growing up too soon. By Victoria Bastedo * Paired Artist: Pepper Allphin

Snippet from “Folio the Brave” by Victoria Bastedo:

“What does this world look like?”

“Obviously, the trees are primary green, and the sky is primary blue. Folio knows green isn’t a primary color but it’s brave.”

I pointed out that Folio must like going on adventures, being that he’s a train and lives in an imaginary world. Anatole agreed. Folio did like those things.

“Then perhaps Folio will like going with you when you fly to see your grandpa.”

Anatole sat up, snatched Folio into his little-boy fist, and threw him hard. The train landed a few feet away. Although on his side, I could still spy Folio’s open eye. He was a stubborn locomotive, alright.

“Folio can’t come. Imaginary worlds don’t exist when a boy grows big.”

“Imaginary worlds do exist, for how else could Folio chug-chug or toot?”

Anatole didn’t feel like arguing. Instead, he cried like a three-year-old until his mother came out and spoke to him. He didn’t feel reasonable either. Boys his age get tired, she said. Even geniuses. Anatole went inside, for his hand was tugged that way… Read more…

Find more from Victoria at Victoria Bastedo Author Page, Victoria Bastedo author on Facebook and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!




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