Sunday, August 28, 2016

Frustrating week take 2--August 21st and the turtle.



Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
 

 
Sunday August 28.
 
Can you believe we're already at the final Sunday of the month? I can't. This month has flown, hasn't it?

I meant to show y'all the turtle we ran across... Sometimes I realize I take way more pictures than I'll ever post, but oh well. It's one of my hobbies. :) Anywho, no time like the present. Tada! Mr. Turtle!

turtle by Juli D. Revezzo



You really can't tell from the picture, but he was fairly big. I guess with a bulk like his he'd have to be a little slow, but with the heat of the path, I think he booked a little faster that day! ;)


So, how was your week? Mine wasn't too bad. Those of here at the Tribal Grounds (as I call the homestead) had a few appointments (no worries, all's well!) And around those, I spent a lot of time (a lot) working on my blog behind the scenes. Meanwhile, researching stuff for it. I'm so tired of looking at templates! *laughs* Give that a few days and I'll probably be back to it. Well, really, in this case, it might be more like a few days.

Reading: Yes, still reading Kristen Britain's Green Rider. I'm going to finish one day! I did, however, finish Vigil For the Bulls by Jolene Dawe (which I mis-titled as Vigil of the Bulls, in last week's post. Mea culpa). I just haven't had a chance to post the review yet. I hope to get that done this coming week.

New Books on the TBR list
Though I admit I've been reading more non-fiction lately, I picked up a few fiction too.

Did I list Heart of Stone by Willa Blair? (*looks back*) Oh. Right. I did. Well, yes, that.

Burned by Magic by Jasmine Walt. She had a free day and the book looked interesting so I picked it up. Yes, I download freebies too.

And Poseidon of the Ponds by Jolene Dawe.
(Yep, I couldn't resist picking up the next in her devotional series.))

Going Candid by Thomas Leuthard.
From Good Reads: A book about street photography in the digital age. Forget what you know about street photography and read how Thomas Leuthard (85mm) explores the street with his camera. Find useful tips and tricks on how to approach people, getting closer to them and get the best out of you street experience.

It sounded interesting. Yeah, I'm a nerd. ;) I found it through the Lightstalking blog but it's also available on Mr. Leuthard's site.


The Fine Art of Photography by Anderson, Paul Lewis, 1880-1956
 A freebie over at Archive.org. It looked interesting.
Daily Journal: A Powerful Habit to a Bigger Life by Brenda Nathan
(And yes, one on Journaling. Just out of curiosity)

On the writing front...I finished the new story I've been revising. *happy dance* I just have to get it off to my editor. I also got to have lunch with my friends Marsha and Patty. (A day out, woohoo!) I should've taken some pictures but alas, no. (I know, you're shocked, aren't you?)

Blogging:

 I made the acquaintance of some new bloggers. Kimberley (of course), Writing Pearls, and Lola.*Waves* Hello, ladies!

Let me see....Oh! As for my posts this week, I posted the following:
10 Books On Your TBR pile From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet


Dragon Knight’s Ring by Mary Morgan--Bewitching Book Tour and giveaway #romance (And, yes, there's still time to get in on Mary's giveaway, if you'd like)

My latest rant post :): FED UP

and finally, Tarot Perspectives: 8 of Pentacles, August 26

Oh, and I got a planner. I'll take some pictures and get them posted this coming week for you.
And that was last week. How was y'all's week?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tarot Perspectives: 8 of Pentacles, August 26

Here we go with the Pentacles again. The 8 of pentacles.


photo by author Juli D. Revezzo, decks Llewellyn Tarot (copyright Llewellyn), Druid Craft Tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm, Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck (copyright US Games)
Llewellyn Tarot (copyright Llewellyn), Druid Craft Tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm,
 Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck (copyright US Games)


 I see this tarot card  a lot. I realize when cards pop up repeatedly it's supposed to mean you haven't gotten the message, but if it means the beginning of a new project then, fine. That's true. If it means more work is needed, believe me I've got the message. I know I have more work to do; I always have more work or writing to do. Some might say I'm a bit of a workaholic as far as my work goes, my writing and so forth.  As soon as I finish one story, another pops into my head. :)

The fact of the matter is, I just finished something that is on its way to my final editor and I have a galley of something else to sit down with.So yep. I get it.

Or if it's a sign--you take this work thing  thing too seriously. That might be true. (My writing ladies would agree, I'm sure!)

Biddy Tarot's site says the 8 of Pentacles means learning a new skill, which, of course, as far as tarot goes, I  am. Diligence and hard working describes me. Perseverance, yep (some might say I'm hard headed ). So if the question is "what energies do I need to work with" my question with this card draw would then be, when do I  get a break and to go out and enjoy that countryside in the background of the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck? Hopefully, soon!

What do you think of the 8 of pentacles?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.
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FED UP


 
I'm sorry, you guys. These templates are driving me f()(( crazy. I haven't found one that has exactly every aspect I want without having to recode most of them. It's driving me insane! I've just wasted a month trying to get every duck in a row the way I want it. And failed. Font awesome? Not so awesome at all. In fact, I think it sucks. All I want is for my @ name to fill out when you touch any of the share tweet buttons. I found one tutorial (here) that works with only one template. (And, my thanks to Ed Greenlee for taking time out of his writing day to help me wrangle with it).
 
Unfortuantely, I wasn't exactly happy with that template. When I changed templates and tried to reinstall? That code failed. *sigh* Every single template seems to have something broken in it. If the social share buttons work right, the advance doesn't, or if it does, it has no all important sidebars (hint, at the moment, with the Daily Blogger, they're down at the bottom of the page in desktop and mobile view, and I don't like that),  or if it's all working, it's not truly responsive, or if it is, the Twitter handles work on one view and not another and I have to add extra button code and tell you to use those and not the installed ones. *bites keyboard*
 
So here we are a month later.
 
 
I've seen it done, so I know most of you aren't having to spend hours rewriting code. I just haven't found a good tutorial to explain what to put where, where, where and where (because apparently, there's more than one place.) GRRRR.... It's totally not Zen/blood pressure-friendly for sure! 
 
I'm sorry. I'm a little fed up with this stuff right now. I have to go kill some characters and get this anger out. ;)

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.
 
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dragon Knight’s Ring by Mary Morgan--Bewitching Book Tour and giveaway #romance



Once again our friend Mary Morgan has a new release in her Order of the Dragon Knight's series. If you love time travel and Scottish knights, do put this on your to be read lists! There's also a giveaway below, so do check that out.



Dragon Knight's Ring by Mary Morgan, time travel Scottish Romance, available at AmazonDragon Knight’s Ring
Order of the Dragon Knights
Book Five



Genre: Paranormal Time-travel Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: August 12, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5092-0983-5
ASIN: B01HDWY852
Number of pages: 366
Word Count: 89,500
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Book Description:

Death destroyed their love. Yet, can a trio of Fenian warriors roll back time to reunite two lost souls?

Crusader, Adam MacFhearguis is on one last quest to the standing stones in Scotland where he seeks to bury the past. However, a silent prayer sends him to an unknown future and to his beloved Meggie. When he uncovers a shocking revelation, Adam questions everything about the woman he thought he knew and loved. He may have traveled the veil of ages, but time is now his enemy.

Margaret MacKay lives a life in the future without the memories of her past—her death. When Adam arrives at her door confessing he knows her, she is confused and wary. With each passing day, she yearns to learn more from this stranger. Yet, when a truth is revealed, can she trust the man to unlock the chains from her mind and heart?

Will love free the bonds to unite the two lovers who were doomed centuries ago? Or will evil finally claim victory over the Dragon Knights?

Amazon       BN      Kobo     The Wild Rose Press     ARe



First Excerpt:

Meggie brushed her fingers over the leather pouch. “It feels empty.”

“Are you not tempted to take a wee look inside?”

She snatched her hand back. “I’m not peering inside the man’s belongings. As soon as he wakes, he and his horse can leave.” Giving the horse a firm pat, Meggie walked out of the stall and away from her smirking cousin—only to run smack into her other cousin, Lena.

“Blast,” snapped Meggie, grabbing her cousin by the arm to help steady them both. “Sorry, didn’t see ye,” Seeing the excitement in Lena’s eyes, she stepped back. “What?”

“I hear you have a Highlander in the guest room,” she replied, giving Meggie a wink. “Are you going to share?”

Meggie placed her hands on her hips. “He’s not my Highlander. Feel free to have him, though as soon as he wakes he’s gone from here.”

Lucas strode out of the stables, wiping his hand on a cloth. “I think I’ll go introduce myself, since I think this man bothers you. You keep stating he must leave as soon as he wakes.”

Lena pushed her cousin aside. “No, Lucas. I will go check on him.”

“Ye are both crazy,” protested Meggie. “He’s just a man.” Stepping past them both, she marched away from the stables.

Approaching the entrance of the castle, her nerves tingled and the air cooled. Halting on the gravel courtyard, she slowly glanced up at the guest bedroom window. Gazing down at her was the dark Highlander. His hands were braced on either side of the glass, and Meggie could swear for an instant, she recognized him from somewhere. A dream, perhaps? The look he gave her pierced her soul, and she shivered.

“Impossible,” she muttered. “I don’t dream. And ye are leaving now.”

Breaking from his stare, Meggie entered the castle, almost running up the stairs. By the time she reached the guest room, her hands were shaking. Not even bothering to knock, she pushed open the door and stormed inside.

Her mouth became dry, unable to form the words to order this giant out of her home. His bulk blocked the light from the window as he leaned against the ledge staring at her. She was not one prone to swoon at men—any man, but this one made her a jumbled mess. Moving to the table, she picked up his sword and took it over to him. His eyes widened as she approached and she fell into their dark blue depths. 

“I…um…” she stammered before continuing. “Ye should leave.” There, she got the words out.

Instead of reaching for his sword, the man lifted two fingers and caressed her cheek. She gasped, the touch searing her skin, and she took a step back. She could see the look of shock pass over his features, as if he felt the same reaction.

Meggie shoved the sword into his arms and ran for the door. Yet, when her hand touched the handle, she heard him speak.

“Dinnae leave me again, Meggie.”

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Second Excerpt:

Shocked by her words, Adam shoved the spoon into his mouth. Savoring the flavors of the meat, he handed the spoon back to her. Licking his lips, he arched a brow at her. “Needs more salt and meat.” Drinking the last of his beer, he set the bottle down.

“The first time I saw ye was in the hills near Urquhart. I was attempting to calm said beast.” He pointed to Ciar. “He was fierce in the beginning. Yet, ye ambled over to him, singing. Ye have always had a way with the animals. Your voice soothes them.”

“And that’s how we met, right? Ye did share this, but was there more?” She handed him another spoonful of the meat mixture.

“Aye. Ye followed me down to the loch, and we talked for many hours. It was the start of our kinship.”

Meggie rested her chin on her knees. “For how long, Adam?”

“Several summers.” He watched her closely, trying to gage her thoughts.

“Hmm…we were in a relationship.”

Baffled by her word, he shrugged. “I dinnae ken your meaning.”

“Were we a couple? Was I your girlfriend? Sweetheart?”

Adam took his thumb and captured a lone bit of food near her lip. Popping the tasty piece into his mouth, he heard her indrawn breath. “Ye were mine, Meggie. Stubborn, defiant, strong, and ye embraced each day with love for all.”

“What happened?” she asked.

“Ye left.” Standing, Adam moved away. Never a patient man, he wanted to blurt out everything, shake her into remembering. Frustration slithered inside of him. Walking over to an old oak, he braced his hands against its rough bark. He heard her approach, but kept his back to her.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered, and then surprised Adam by placing her arms around him.

Her touch seared straight to his soul, fracturing a place within his heart that had been sealed since her death. He broke free from her embrace and turned around. Grasping her face with his hands, his eyes roamed over her features. Seeing her lips part, he could no longer control the man that longed to taste what had been stolen from him. His entire being seemed to be filled with waiting, and he grew weary of the fight.

Lowering his head, his tongue traced the soft fullness of her lips. Then he brushed a feather light kiss on her mouth. It was divine bliss when their lips touched. “Do ye want me to stop?” he asked, breathing the words against her cheek.

“Nae.”

Reclaiming her mouth, Adam crushed her to him. This time, he devoured her soft lips and drank in their sweetness, slipping his tongue inside her mouth. Her moan slid deep within him, and he trembled.


About the Author:

Author Mary Morgan
Scottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

Website: http://www.marymorganauthor.com

Blog: http://www.marymorganromancewriter.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/m_morganauthor

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mary.morgan.564

Facebook Book Page: https://www.facebook.com/Order-of-the-Dragon-Knights-1618877245066640/

Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8271002.Mary_Morgan

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Morgan/e/B00KPE3NWI/


Tour giveaway

A signed print copy of Dragon Knight’s Ring. $25 Amazon gift card. Jeweled bookmark, and a Keychain with cover of book.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please do fill out the rafflecopter above to get your names in for the giveaway, folks! Thanks for being with us again, and good luck with the book, Mary! I hope y'all have enjoyed this guest post, and do please leave Mary any comments or questions about Dragon Knight's Ring that you might have! 

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 Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

10 Books On Your TBR pile From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet


A meme by the Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet

Oh, let's see... This is easy. Sort of. In fact it would be very easy to double the number! I've been blogging for many years; my first site was built in 2000 and centered around, you guessed it, books (yes, that long ago), and (unrelated) I've been collecting books for longer than that. So I've got a huge collection. Alas, yes, there are books on the shelves I've never gotten around to reading, even though I've meant to. In no particular order:

The Fortress of Grey Ice by J.V. Jones.
I started the series, with the first book, never actually finished it, and so that left book 2 sitting on my shelf. I loved her other series.I don't know why I couldn't finish this one.


 Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson.
Like Fortress, I keep meaning to get to this one and just haven't had a chance. I like the era, I like the character of Robin Hood, I like Jennifer's writing, I just haven't got to this one yet.


In Conquest Born by C.S. Friedman
Another I bought round about 2004, with the intention of reading years ago.

Idoru by William Gibson.
Probably got this one around 2005. Nope. Still haven't read it.

The Ten Thousand by Michael Curtis Ford.
I got this around 2002 in another fit of trying to find something different to read, still haven't gotten to it. (Jo, you want a book?)

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
Another, got but not yet read. Luckily, this one was only bought, like, last year.

Decision at Doona by Anne McCaffrey
I bought this book the year she died, yes five years ago, or the year after, I forget which but it was fairly soon after she passed.

Bard by Morgan Llywelyn

Red Branch by Morgan Llywelyn
Yep, yep. Had these a few years (since 2010?) and I've put them on and off my reading list for years. They're back on so I hope to get to them this year.


The Trouble With Demons by Lisa Shearin.
I got this (brand new) right after I read Armed and Magical, about the time it came out. Alas, it too still sits there.

The Opposite of Fate  and also The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan.
I read The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Kitchen God's Wife, and The Joy Luck Club in 2004 and 2005, fell in love, so got this one. My relationship with literary fiction waxes and wanes and, these two poor books, it waned before I got to them. I still love Amy Tan's stuff, though. Definitely check them out if you haven't!

Also, Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings  by Amy Kelly and Duchess of Aquitaine by Margaret Ball, when I was in a fit of reading about the queen. I have actually read bits and pieces of Eleanor and the Four Kings, though.

Why haven't I gone back and read any of these? *shrugs* My own writing got in the way, interest in the titles waned, ebook reading got in the way, review reading got in the way (when I was reviewing).  In some cases (like The Ten Thousand and Duchess of Aquitane) I decided I'd rather read non-fiction about those subjects. Take your pick. And too, I think some of these were bought not just out of sheer curiosity, but as a learning tool while I was digging around getting a handle on writing, and deciding what to concentrate on (Or I'm just a book collector, that has a lot to do with it too). I'll probably get to them some day or thin the herd, but gods know, other books will take their places. :)

Ooops! That's more than ten. So what are your "books you haven't gotten to yet"? Do you have any?

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Post--For the week of 8/15/2016


Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


What I've read this week:
 
Green Rider by Kristen Britain--yep. Still plodding along in that one.I'm only about a third of the way through it. It's not that it's not good, just ...slower than I'd hoped.
 
 Also reading a bit of non-fiction, Vigil of the Bulls, by Jolene Dawe.
 
 
 
Last week on the blog:
 
Well, in truth I'm going back two weeks now, aren't I?  There has been lots and lots of work going on behind the scenes. I meant to put this up last weekend but...well, the weekends are no good for internet stuff. But no doubt you've noticed all the work that's gone on around here. I tweeked some of the look (again), and looked into Google Analytics for the blog. Color me confused! Not sure I necessarily need that given how the blog has its own, and shares out to Google+. Any thoughts, y'all?
 
Now that that's settled down, I can sorta breathe again (sort of).

What I posted:


The post yesterday announcing Jolene's new book--Yea, Jolene!


This top 10.

This on the #tarotperspectives challenge. The queen of Pentacles.

and this one on the dreaded Devil card.

and, in case you missed it, this one about the blog post and giveaway regarding my Victorian romance novel, Watchmaker's Heart.




Other News:


Aside from that I went out to the park last weekend and caught a few really good pictures of a turtle. Big, huge turtle too. That's one of the things I love of about our park, besides the nice path that gives me no choice but to get some exercise, there's always some lovely animal to catch on film. Most of them like to try to get away from me ("Oh, lord, there's the girl with the camera. Quick, hide!" ). It seems like it, definitely. Especially when it comes to the birds. But sometimes I get lucky, like last weekend and this huge (okay, I've seen bigger but still) turtle crossed right in our path. Stopped traffic on the path for a while too. It was pretty darned neat.


And on a totemic/esoteric level, I've read that, if turtle has a meaning for you it's: slow down, slow and steady wins the race. It's a-okay to take your time. But..but, Turtle dear, do you realize the year's half-gone? (Yeppers, ain't that something, folks?) School's already back in session! Yeesh! I meant to have so much more done by now. Feh. So I continue to plod along.

Writing Update:

Also, I've gone back to actual business and writing. Butt in chair only works if you're typing the right kinds of words and me, that's fiction, baby, all fiction every day! :) I should get said-story off to my editor by the time you read this. I hope.

New books on the pile?
Poseidon of the Ponds, which I posted about yesterday.
Heart of Stone by Willa Blair (romance)

So, it was a slim buying week. If you're a book horder--um, reader--what'd you get?


PS. Apparently, in this new template, the comments are there. They're just not showing unless you click "Post comment". Oh, the joys of templates! *snort* That was facetious, by the way. I was serious when I threatened to learn to write my own! ;)

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Release! Poseidon of the Ponds | Strip Me Back To The Bone


new release blog banner, Juli D. Revezzo


So, my friend Jolene Dawe (who, you know, I have reviewed and talked about before here, here, and here) has another new  book out, another in her Poseidon themed devotional. For all my readers (especially my pagan friends!) You should go check it out. I have it on my to be read list, currently.






She says, in part: Poseidon of the Ponds is the second volume in my Poseidon Liturgical Year project. It can be read alone, or as part of the series. In this volume, I write about the ritual I hold for Him....
 
You can see more about the project on her blog here. Go, now. Shoo. Check it out!
 
 (And, FYI, I am currently reading her previous devotional Vigil of The Bulls, and I think you'll enjoy it too.)

 
 
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Tarot Perspective catch up for August 10

Oops! Sorry folks. I forgot to post one. The Six of Pentacles, from August 10 This one is a bit simpler. Men give out alms in all three cards (The Smith-Waite Centennial Deck Copyright US Games; Llewellyn tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson copyright Llewellyn; and the Druid Craft tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm )seems relatively straightforward: you will receive praise. (Or share the wealth. One or the other).

Is the message "don't be such a tight-wad" apt to this card?


six of Pentacles tarot card,Druid Craft Tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm, Llewellyn Tarot, by Anne-Marie Ferguson, copyright Llewellyn, The Smith-Waite Centennial tarot Deck copyright US Games, photo by Juli D. Revezzo
L to R: Druid Craft Tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm, Llewellyn Tarot, by Anne-Marie Ferguson, copyright Llewellyn, The Smith-Waite Centennial tarot Deck copyright US Games.

 The scales, however, make me wonder. Perhaps don't be so stingy with your notions of justice? Just a thought.  I realize this is a bit more of a ...surface type look at this card but. I'm still processing a lot of these so yes, I'm doing a wee bit of research, draw to draw, so to speak. I do see in a little bit more in the Druid Craft one. He reminds me a bit of a tired, old druid ("Oh, my when are these students going to stop asking me questions?") or I dunno,is it just me or does he seem a bit like Gandalf when Pippin comes up behind him in the middle of the battle at Minas Tirith. (*like, "Oh, it's you again") and then Pippin proceeds to ...well, spoiler. It's in the movie version of Return of the King.

Anyway, so what do you think of the six of Pentacles?


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Thoughts on the Ace of Pentacles--Tarot Perspectives

Yeah, finally posted on draw from the actual week! :)

My draw for August 15 was the Ace of Pentacles--reversed.


Ace of Pentacles, tarot cards by Phillip Carr-Gomm, Llewelly, and US Games; photo by Juli D. Revezzo
Aces of Pentacles, (LtoR) Druid Craft Tarot, by Phillip Carr-Gomm; the Llewellyn Tarot copyright Llewellyn, and The Smith-Waite Tarot deck, copyright USGames.


I'm still learning the ins and outs of the decks (even having been studying for months), and so if this is elementary for some of you, I apologize. Call them notes for my later use (or for other newbies to the tarot)! Anyway Aces (from what I've read) are "beginnings". So, I am trying to be a good tarot student and understand reversed cards. So logically, the reversed Ace of Pentacles probably means the opposite of the usual meaning "the beginning of a profitable endeavor". So, the end of one?*

Taking a look at these cards in my other decks, I see the poppies Anne-Marie Ferguson chose in the Llewellyn deck replaced by a rose gateway (in the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck ), whereas Will Worthington chose a stone dolmen for his depiction in the Druid Craft Tarot deck. Oddly, to me (and it might be my intuitive sense here) rather than seeing things in beginning stages, here, all three cards seem to give off a sense of things long begun before the outsider comes upon the scene (or long after she's gone). For instance, see how well the garden's growing in the Smith-Waite deck? Take it from a gardener who tends to fail more often than succeed that ain't easy (yet, conversely, the experts tend to think if humans weren't around to tend vegetation it'd go wild. so, ending does apply there. Have you ever seen the documentary Life After People? FYI I love that SF Author David Brin was involved in that show... Yeah, go check that out, I'll wait. But, I digress....)

Getting back to the tarot cards and away from videos to inspire future stories/authors, the bear in the Druid Craft tarot deck keeps my attention. Why is he there? The fantasy writer in me wonders, is he a shapeshifter? Did he go into the dolmen so no one could witness his transformation?  :) Or, the boring side of me thinks maybe he's *just* a bear interrupted in the middle of, or emerging from, his hibernation. All still speaks of things in the middle of a cycle, somehow. 

I must admit on first seeing this card a few months ago, I was a little puzzled by the bear because the bear, to me, always made me think of Artemis and the Athenian goddess Callisto who was raped by Zeus, and in a very odd twist, the rape pissed off Artemis and Hera. Artemis threw Callisto out of her group and the jealous Hera turned the poor nymph into a bear. (Um.... yes, those Athenian writers were a little backward.)

So what's she doing in a deck dedicated to the druids? I know, I know. I could be wrong, but I do see some historical parallels. (Readers who've followed me around the blogosphere know I love this kind of thing, right? :)) Well, for one thing, both the Romans and the Greeks occupied Celtic territory, at one time or another (or the Celts invaded their territory, however you want to look at it and whatever area of the world you happen to be discussing), so some blending of the mythologies is to be expected. A little more research turned up some sources that say the mother bear was venerated in northern Britain as a fierce protector. So that suggests keeping a close/fierce eye on that budding endeavor/inspiration and so can fit into that beginning stage.

And, gods know, I'm always looking ahead to start the next thing. :) *eyes pile of works in progress*

On the other hand, the card (reversed) could mean something mundane and cautionary like be careful with ye ole finances? That doesn't sound good either, but it's possible.


*For other new students I've run across quite a few ways to read reversed cards, this is just the first one that always seems to jump to mind for me.


So, those are my perspectives on this card, circa August 15th. What are your thoughts on the Ace of Pentacles?




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Tarot perspective from August 9--The 10 of Swords.

This is part 1 of the previous post regarding #tarotperspectives for this week. For August 9th, I drew the 10 of swords. The end of a conflict(?).

Again, I always like to take a look at the differences in the art. So, here, in the Llewellyn deck, Anne-Marie Ferguson (copyright Llewellyn) stepped back from the traditional imagery. Her image (left) doesn’t have the poor woman stabbed where the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck (Copyright US Games) and the Druid Craft decks' men are. She does seem to be mostly drowned and trapped by them. So, whatever their battles they still all came to bad or exhausting ends.

ten of swords, tarot cards by Llewellyn Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson, Druid Craft Tarot by Phillip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm, Smith-Waite Tarot copyright US Games; Photograph by author Juli D. Revezzo
Ten of Swords, L to R: Llewellyn Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson, Druid Craft Tarot by Phillip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm, Smith-Waite Tarot copyright US Games


And yet, an end is just an opportunity for a new beginning, and can I just say "woohoo!" to that? New beginnings are awesome, aren't they? (Pay no mind to the pile of newly-started manuscripts behind the curtain!) But it's still an ending of some kind. I look at these cards and I see what various interpretations say about it, that it might not be a horrible end, and I have to agree. (Ironically, I'm almost finished with something I've been working on, so hey. Ending. Not so bad).

Yet when I draw it, all I can think about is, yes, she's going to have some sort of headache there (back ache?). Taken altogether with the draw from the other day (that I've posted here), would anyone be surprised if I wonder if I should be the teensiest bit nervous? Again, newbie me could still have this all wrong.

And yet, looking at the gal in the Llewellyn card, maybe it's not so bad. Maybe she just needs a breather. A few moments and she'll be up, grabbing one of those swords, Xena style, and charging back in. Not so bad!

On the other hand, it would make for an interesting story: Some girl walks into a bar, ten swords sticking out of her back and... Herm... Scuze me. I think I have an idea! ;)

What are your thoughts on the 10 of swords?



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Top Ten Books With X Setting--fantasy settings I'd love to visit.

A meme by the Broke and the Bookish.



The question for this week (and yes, I realize I'm late!) was your Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc) you'd like to visit.

I chose fantasy settings. :)


Temple Dragons, Thailand by Simon/All Free stock photos, my top fantasy worlds to visit
Temple Dragons, Thailand by Simon/All Free stock photos
My top ten Fantasy settings
(in no particular order, really)

1. Camelot. Come on, think about it. King Arthur, knights. Avalon? Enchanted Wells? King Arthur? Why wouldn't I want to visit (and probably stay in!) Camelot?

2. Michael Moorcock's Melniboné. This is set in the beautiful and corrupt world of Melniboné, and is rife with dragons and sorcerers. who needs more? :) I didn't know it when I first read the books, but now that I look back on it the Dreaming City of Imrryr feels very baroque, to me.

3. The Duke's East, Three Firs and their surrounding counties, from Elizabeth Moon's Deed of Paksenarrion. This series is set in a gritty countryside kingdom. Its landscapes remind me of the rolling farmlands of North Carolina in certain ways.

4. Petaybee from Powers that Be by Anne McCaffrery. This one took place in a futuristic Alaska, but add in beautiful waterfalls and the existence of ...well, no spoilers but "certain creatures" and I'm sold! If its inhabitants could just do something about the incredibly cold weather, I'd be there.

5. The world of Game of Thrones. The landscapes are diverse and vast. I think I'd like to visit the Southern Islands, myself.

6. Neo Seoul from Cloud Atlas. I have to admit, this book is still on my TBR list, but I love the movie. So yes, I'd like to visit Neo Seoul. (not sure you'd be able to get me out on one of those extending walkways the rebels use, however. Eep!

7. Tolkien's Rivendell. The pastoral, peaceful beauty of it, the very artistic houses, wouldn't it be a lovely place to spend a week in. It's relaxing just thinking about it!

8. Tortall. The Medieval-esque world of Tamora Pierce's Alanna series. I'd love to see the castles and schools.Also, a visit to Port Cayann might be fun. :)

9. Anne McCaffrey's Pern. I'd love to visit the dragon caves, and see Thread falling, as well as seeing the Dragon Riders at work!

10. 10 was hard to come up with. There are a lot of books that tumble through my mind--I'd say Piers Anthony's Xanth, but it's basically Florida so.  Ha! I'm there. I've seen it. More come to mind like Melanie Rawn's Lenfell from Ruins of Ambrai, (except for the slavery they engage it it'd be wonderful) the world in Michael Moorcock's Corum series (which I can't remember or find the full name of, but yes. That world), even (and I hesitate to add this because of the icky controversy surrounding her) Marion Zimmer Bradley's version of Avalon.Thus, we cycle back around to Camelot. :)

What are your top ten fantasy world destinations?



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Devil card--Tarot Perspectives

Oh, lord! Of course this one would show up now. Nothing like starting off (so to speak, I did pick this on the 9th) with a bang. I actually chose two cards this day. The Devil (reversed) and the 10 of swords. This post covers my thoughts and "perspectives" on the Devil card.

In a word? Aww...nuts. Now what?

devil cards by Llewellyn Tarot, Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck, copyright US Games, Druidcraft Tarot deck by Phillip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm
devil cards by Llewellyn Tarot, Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck, copyright US Games, Druidcraft Tarot deck by Phillip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm


Ahem. The Devil card, reversed.

 Reversed cards drive me nuts. But then, aren't they the bane of most readers? So I've read.... Looking at this one... Eh. I guess I feel like it means whatever had hold over you is truly gone. The imagery holds true in the Carr-Gomm deck and the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck (Copyright US Games ) but not so much in the Llewellyn deck (copyright Llewellyn ) as no human (other than the "huntsman/devil guy") is involved.

The Horned One/devil card by Llewellyn Tarot
Llewellyn Tarot, The Horned One/Wild Huntsman/Devil by Amne-Marie Ferguson, copyright Llewellyn
 He's just.... hermit-like. (While his companion fox might be Mr Trickery to others, I think foxes are adorable, so the traditional interpretation of him doesn’t hold for me either). So maybe for me, his appearance here means "you're not so easily tricked" and (reversed Druidcraft devil)  not complacent. Or maybe even you are clever, wily, and artful--and you know it!

That doesn't sound so bad. Although, yeah don't we all have our favorite illusions?

So, maybe some skepticism has its advantages! ;) I do love that fox, though.

Meaning aside, honestly this card just always makes me groan. The image and even the name of the Devil card is another one of those that make me wonder, historically, wtf were the creators thinking including a devil in this deck that they wanted not to freak people out? Yes, yes, I know what they wanted it to mean, but didn't they know anything about the fundamental leanings of the Christian world they lived in? (Didn't Waite know that people were executed two centuries before based on fear of this mythological creature? *shakes head*) Or did they just want to screw with people's heads?

(And if that's so, what does that say about the creators?)

I mean, come on, cards themselves were being denounced as devil's tools right there in the beginning of its life (some sources say) . It's one of those images that, if I had been on the consulting committee about this, I would've suggested picking some other image. *sigh* I'm not sure that the "Wild Huntsman" (like in the Llewellyn Deck and the Druid Craft Deck) doesn't still hold the same superstition-inducing mask for some really staunch fundamentalists. Look, I've been pagan for a long time but some of the decisions of the creators of the Craft just leave me shaking my head, and this? This (along with the pentacles, hello!) leave me wondering at how  ... unproductive the perpetual use of such imagery seems. I guess they were never cornered by well-meaning Bible thumpers. Explain its "true meaning" all you want, but it's still THE DEVIL about which a huge swath of the population are paranoid, and have been for millennia.And you don't change millennia of feeling by waving a red flag in the proverbial bull's face. (In fact, cynical me wonders if some of the interpretations of this card aren't fueled by that paranoia and superstition about the figure of THE DEVIL, whatever the writer might want you to believe they believe or don't about the Judeo-Christian pantheon from which the devil springs). It's why I don't think I'll ever have anything but head-shake relationship with this card (but never say never).

Just my two cents.

Whatever. We're stuck with it. Now what? At least it can help with writing villains...muwahahaha! What do you think of the Devil card?


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Monday, August 15, 2016

The Queen of Pentacles--Tarot Perspectives

This post was actually written sometime last week, edited somewhat from what I posted on Instagram for the  #tarotperspectives challenge there.

The Queen of Pentacles has shown up for me multiple times this month (latter half of July through even last week). Most of that I think has to do with my revisions on a story starring Frigga, but...?  When I consider myself more of a water baby, having an earth mother tarot card show up so often is a little, well... odd. I think, for me, the stubborn business thing that the Queen of Pentacles represents is apt. I've been a bit of scattered lately. All last year I worked very hard on several different projects. This year has seen the release of a few of those but I'm sitting on, er...that is, editing a few more. Into the midst of that, others have butted in.

queen of pentacles. Cards by Llewellyn Tarot, and the Smith-Waite Tarot Deck by US Games

(Yes, I'm looking at you, Phoebe, dearest! You and your watchmaker are buttinskis! Deal with it! ;))

Anyway, perhaps the Q of P wants me to ground into something. I'm trying. Maybe the latter half of the year will see it so (yeesh, I hope so!).

Aside from gussying up this blog, this past two weeks, I've been (as I mentioned above) editing a story I hope to have out to you before too long here. We'll see. I haz a cover, but haven't nailed down the synopsis yet. (Worst part of the whole process!) But soon, my friends. Soon!

In the meantime the Queen Of Pentacles. As this queen is all stubborn business, I guess I will be getting down to some sooner rather than later!

If you noodle around with the tarot, what does she mean to you?


The pic above uses the Llewellyn tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson and Llewellyn, and the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck Copyright US Games.


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Weekend busyness and a giveaway

Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, steampunk, Victorian Romance, borrow free with Kindle Select!
Just a quick note to let y'all know, the blog Romantic Historical Reviews is spotlighting my Victorian steampunk romance WATCHMAKER'S HEART and (here's the most important bit) there's a giveaway for a free e-copy of the book involved. You can check out their post here, and add your name to the Rafflecopter here: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6ba85815251/.

The Giveaway ends in six days! Good luck, if you try for it!




Also, while I'm updating you on my business (or is that busyness?) things, author Marsha A. Moore is hosting me regarding my paranormal mystery novel, Mourning Dove Locket. If you'd like to learn a little more about that book, you can see the post here.



Until later, then, have a great day!


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Never quite satisfied

That's me! I'm sorta back where I want to be(regarding this blog, anyway) but I still am pretty darned frustrated with some things. Don't get too close, I might bite you! lol* Kidding, but omg, frustration!

What am I grateful for today? Friends who listen to me rant.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Catching up on tarot perspectives

For those of you new to my blog and writing, several years ago, I wrote a short story based on the tarot, at that time I was making a casual inspection of the cards for the use of storytelling...mainly. I'd had tarot readings at renaissance fairs in the past and some missed key incidents in my life that made me pooh-pooh their use but I got the idea for this story and started investigating meanings and so forth for the characters' use. I also had a deck I used occasionally and other than occasional use, I didn't use it very much. Meanwhile I had a specific deck I wanted, that I'd seen the cover of once, a billion years ago at Borders (I want to say it was about 2008 or 2009), and that picture stuck in my head and I was trying to find it--unsuccessfully, thanks to the fact that I don't know.... What I'd seen wasn't what I remembered or the company changed the cover or something. But I never found it again. One year, for my birthday, I had a tarot reading and discussed it with the reader. At that time, the reader suggested the search for said-deck might be part of my journey. I knew the deck was based on a Celtic mythological system somehow and that was all. Not a lot to go on when you're trying to find a specific image, especially when there are so many decks out there.

 Well, this past Christmas I finally found the one I was after and since then, I've been making a more detailed investigation of the use and history and all such things about the cards. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen some of my posts about it, as I participated in Ethony's Witchytarotchallenge in June.

Cut to August and the #tarotperspectives challenge. I get involved with these challenges once in a while, but always fall behind. #tarotperspectives is no different. (A couple days ago (last week?) I drew the Queen of Pentacles which I'll post here.) Now here we are 10 days in and when I made my draw today its accompanying text turned out so long, I figured I'd just save the trouble and post it on my blog. :) For the challenge, I'm using the Smith-wait commemorative deck, the Druid Craft tarot deck, and the Llewellyn Deck--that's the deck I damned near went crazy looking for! Due to copyright stuff, I'm just going to post my one picture. For close ups of the decks you can search through Google. For yesterday's #tarotperspectives (and I say yesterday because I'm always seeming to be a day off in posting these...) I drew the 10 of wands.


10 of wands, tarot cards, Photo by Juli D. Revezzo
Tarot decks used: Druid craft copyright Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, The Smith-Waite Centennial tarot deck, copyright US Games, The Llewellyn Tarot, copyright Anne-Marie Ferguson and Llewellyn.

Now, the traditional image on the Smith-Waite/Rider-Waite (the center card in the pic above) decks always confuses. Sometimes, I think some of Pixie's imagery doesn’t make logical sense even though I get what Waite wanted her to depict: Your daily burdens obstructing your view of things and/or extra burdens weighing you down. I get that, I do. Maybe just the first glance of the picture triggers my intuition or something because then the logical part of my brain looks at the SWR picture and goes, "Well, dingbat, why would you carry a bundle of sticks in front of your face like that? Of course you're going to trip!" It doesn't make logical sense. (You'd carry your groceries that way [and too bad that couldn't somehow make its way into the Housewives Tarot or I'd be sold on that one! If you're at all into kitsch that certainly qualifies.]I digress. Anything else, I can see, but a bundle of sticks? Me, I wouldn't carry them that way. But then, I trip over unseen cracks in the floor.) The way Pixie's cards and some of its copies are painted, you'd likely be tripping over the sticks at your feet rather than anything you didn't see in front of you. Anyway, I don’t know, it's just another example of how the traditional imagery (irony on irony) trips me up sometimes. There are just so many logical ways to accomplish what the fool in the picture is trying to accomplish that I wouldn't even try that way. So the picture itself trips me up (like the lobster/crawfish problem in the moon, no logical sense--even though I get the provenance of the imagery). And yes, I get the meanings, that's not where I'm complaining. I'm thinking logically; why would these interpretations even be in the artist's mind in the first place. *sigh* So set hers aside for the moment.***

 Now, the 10 of wands in the Druid Craft and Llewellyn decks make more sense to me. In those two decks, the overburdened man has at least had the sense in his head to carry his bundle more comfortably. Sure, it might still be too much for him, but, at least he doesn't make himself look like an idiot. So, don't overburden yourself. What can you drop? (Herm.....I'll need to think about that one). However, it's good advice, in this day and age where we're "on" nearly 24/7. (And don't be a fool! ;)) To the perspectives part, the Llewellyn Deck and the Druid Craft deck both show the carrier as old (or older) in age vs. the character on the SW deck that seems...well, his hair's not gray so younger. So that puts forth the idea in the former two decks "with age comes reason"? Maybe.

(Yes, there are a lot of things about the traditional decks that, were I the artist, I probably would've argued against including, but I digress... I'm betting you're not supposed to be distracted from the meaning of the card by the imagery itself, but even the art historian in me has yet to let a few things go in these artistic representations. Patrick from @inthe78cards,  who dreamed this challenge up, is right about narrowing perspectives of the cards, at least as far as this one goes for me! I hope, in time, as I learn more, I won't be so distracted by the art. )
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***I stand corrected but it still doesn't mean it makes sense to me. To each his own.


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Frustration sets in


blogging, coding troubles, frustrations, Desk photo by Death to Stock
So, here I am, again. Things are finally starting to level out, but there are still some things frustrating me. I'm sure I'm not the only blogger out there that has certain visions of the ideal way things are supposed to go. I know,I know we must all have them. Before you ask, no, I am not one of those who thinks I'm going to get rich off this or even make a penny. (I mean, it would be nice but no).

As I said before,I started building my own websites, way back 16 years ago, stumbling into it, really, as something to gussy up my emails. Back then this thing existed called Webtv, and they gave us the ability to add pictures and change the colors of our text with simple codes. So, thanks to that, I knew what an IMG tag was long before most of my friends did. Long before most people stumbled onto blogs or personal websites. So there are certain things that to me, are intuitive in code writing.  I know how to change pictures, link them out to external links, make external links of my text--all without a WYSIWYG system (like, say Blogger, Wordpress, etc, give you) to edit my  blogs with. I know raw html and I know how to fix broken images and stuff. For the most part. What I don't know, I have friends who do or I know how to seek it out in Google to find what I need. (Which we writers all know how long researching anything online can take!)
What burns my tail feathers is when people spend 4,000 strings of code and don't bother to make sure everything works, so that I have to go behind them and fix their mistakes.
  So sue me, I'm an idealist. If I download something from someone I don't want to spend a week trying to fix their broken mistakes!  I want things to work the way they are advertised to work!

That's what I've done this past two weeks. Not spent 5,000 keystrokes on a story I was trying to finish, not spending 68 hours revising another book I have to get out, no. I was wrangling with not one, but three different themes trying to fix them so I could squish their square-ish pegs into this round-ish Hobbit hole. *sigh* I'm still not entirely happy with the way everything "works" but it'll do. (My husband's worried I'm going to, as he says, bite the keyboard in half so I'm just letting it go...or trying to!)

So, anyway, friends, fans. Now you know one of the things I do when I'm not writing. Explains the carpal tunnel, doesn't it? (And one, two, three, and breathe.... do not bite keyboard in half! ;))
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Just to keep you all abreast of the move...


...Hey y'all, just so you know, I'm importing some old(er) posts from my wordpress site into this here blog. They'll probably be sent out to your inboxes as I set each live--ugh! Please don't abandon me for it. I didn't think about that when I started working (and it looks like I lost some of you over it). I apologize. I'm just trying to get everything working in tandem again. I won't be reposting everything, but probably quite a lot. I don't know how to keep the feed from sending out everything to y'all (I'm looking into it!). For now, please just delete the emails about older posts, if you want. I don't mind. Thanks for your patience!
Posted 8/8/2016

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Gratitude for today





I hope everyone had a good weekend. We did. It rained here so I wasn't able to actually get to the park like I like, but I did get to the movies. We went to see the new Star Trek movie: Star Trek Beyond and that makes me grateful for good movies! And air conditioning, because, baby, it was *hot* this weekend, despite the rain. How was your weekend?

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Behind the scenes-ing this Gratitude Project thing--day one


Butterfly and Chinese wisteria, by Xü Xi. Early Song Dynasty, c. 970
Jo's post reminded me that the Gratitude project, that's been around for (as my grandmother used to say) Donkey's years is back. So, why not? There's enough in the world to not be grateful about  (political jibberjabber fifteen million times a day, websites that make you log in just to see a picture that might not be there anymore and yet take up HALF the search engine results, or want you download their app just to look at something to see if it's what you're looking for--yes, I'm looking at YOU, Pinterest)....

Ahem, but today, we're about gratitude. So!

I've had a relatively weird summer. Family wise it's been...um,yeah. Well we'll not go there. Weather-wise, it's been dry and hot. I know what you're thinking. She's a weather nut! Well, maybe. I always have tried to make a point of catching the weather, or at least ever since round about the dreaded hurricane season of 2004.

So, I am grateful that (so far *knock on wood*) we haven't had any massively crazy weather yet this summer! Hot yes, rainy yes. But hurricanes? Not yet! So, thank you, weather gods for giving that godly Xanax to the storm lords! *hehe* And that's kept me inside writing and coding, so woohoo!

If they could just stay nice and quiet for the rest of the year, then we'll really have something. 


I'm also grateful to friends and family for all the help they've been--in both the completion *gigglesnort* of this project, as well as of certain writing projects I am still working out that are projected to hopefully get out of my computer in the latter half of this year. We shall see.

Now about those stupid "you must log in to look" sites....

(Didn't this used to run in November?)

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