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Having a lot of fun this morning looking up vocabulary, slang and phrases from the 18th and early 19th centuries! 

Probably too much fun, and I should do some actual work. 

 56 Delightful Victorian Phrases

How to Speak 19th Century - Brought to you by a guy who saw George Washington wear a "surtout." And "oakum" isn't something you stick in your pipe and smoke... There are a lot of words on here I already know, because, yup, I like old stuff. 

Manly Slang from the 19th Century - is just a fantastic site! It comes up a lot when I'm doing story research. If you enjoy writing historical stuff, be it novels or fanfics, artofmanliness is a stop you have to make along your research journey. (Unless you know everything already.)

Here are some interesting books... 

The Humors of Falconbridge

A Journey to Ohio in 1810

Journals and Letters of ... a Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion - the Old Dominion in this case is Virginia. Sorry, Canadians. (I was slightly disappointed, too.) I spent most of the morning reading this, and it's really fascinating. Only if you like old things, though. And if you can stand to read awkward English, with lots of ampersands (&'s!), and Random Capitalization of Letters, including Improper Nouns, and Verbs that do not Open sentences. And I skipped the first two chapters...  


Friday, 10 October 2014 17:25
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Long time, no post... Things are better. Going to collect some wayward short stories into another collection. Release date TBD. As soon as I figure out if I can write the fifth and final addition to the collection...

In the meantime, enjoying what I can of the outdoors.

At the pond.

Friday, 23 May 2014 10:29
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 Passing by the pond on my daily constitutional this morning, I happened upon a charming sight!

Four baby turtles surrounded by a parent turtle! All were sitting on a log with their faces raised to the sun! 

After I snapped the really awful digi-pic below, I noticed the egret wading in the background. It's also in the picture, looking solemn and pale like some heroine from a long ago novel. All egrets should be named Isolde. 

I put circles around the objects because, as I said, the picture's not very good. 

at the pond with an egret, five turltes

On the log you can barely count the turtle heads left to right: three babies, parent turtle, one bigger baby on the far right. 

Still, a pretty sight to see on a pretty morning!

Also, this pond is monstrously loud with singing (breeding) toads! Probably a combination of American Toads and Fowler's Toads.
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Favorite things lately found on the internet…

Don't let the world define you. In the world of acting, and I think in any profession really, people are really eager to put you in a box and categorize you as one particular thing. Make sure that you always follow your heart and your gut, and let yourself be who you want to be, and who you know you are. And don't let anyone steal your joy. - Jonathan Groff

Amon's Fire Sale Audition - will make no sense to you unless you've watched some Legend of Korra and Arrested Development. I still think it says something about me that I found this so funny… 

The Actor's Guide to Greed - I finished reading this, the last Jarrod Jarvis mystery by Rick Copp. It was good, and I read it all in one day, but it's sad knowing there isn't another one! Rick Copp has been writing a cozy mystery series with his sister, under the name Lee Hollis, published by Kensington. 

45 Hottest Guys of 2009 - Found this while doing editing research for a book of mine that takes place in (you guessed it) 2009. How do your picks for hottest guys add up five years later? 

Firefox CEO's Antigay Donation Leads to Boycott - The most interesting part about this is the first paragraph. It's hard to believe it's been six years since Prop 8 passed. While I've started using Safari more often, that really has nothing to do with this. But it does explain why I'm so frustrated writing this update - trying to get used to a different browser can be really gurrafying! I've had to restart this entry twice… 

And on that note, the best for last….!

100 Layer Cake 1920's themed Wedding, Dixie + Shawna - found this while trying to get ideas for The Information Man cover. I hope they don't mind that I fell in love with their wedding. The setting, the clothes, THEIR SHOES (their epic, epic shoes!), the food, and the splendid photography that made it look like something from a glamour magazine! I hope they're still together and happy! (Although this was only a year ago, so yeah, I definitely hope they're still together.) And now read item number one again… 

Apple Jacks

Saturday, 8 March 2014 12:02
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Received my Apple Jacks t-shirt from Arteesel. It fits well and it's very cheery. I feel very much like a MLP fan now. Of course, my three books and plushie soft MLP blankie might've helped get that sensation rollin' along... Mind a bit scattered today (and plagued by eye-irritant allergies), so I completely forgot to watch the new MLP episode this morning! Thankfully, that's what the DVR's "record series" setting is for! Phew! Coincidentally, today's episode is centered on Applejack and her lil sis.

What the shirt says, top to bottom:

Sweet Apple Acres' APPLE JACKS crunchy sweetened three-grain cereal with apple & cinnamon Honestly Delicious! Element of Harmony inside! See package back Made with love and integrity and only the highest quality apples in Equestria

(That's a lot of text for a shirt. It's practically half a drabble!)

In other news... working on a writing application which requires essays, and still plodding along through the interesting future-history of Dan and Steve! Also, mild weather (which has been classified as anything above freezing) has swept this way, and I've been trying to enjoy it with many walks in the park.
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I think this is an episode of cultural significance.

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Best gift box EVER! I love my friend. Thanks for thinking of me, and cheering up my late-winter blues! Bonus: My Little Pony stickers on the outside of the box!

The wrapping was so pretty, I hated opening everything! (But didn't hate it that much!) I took photos to capture how gorgeous everything was. Dalliann always goes the extra mile in her creative craftsmanship, that's for sure. I'm so fortunate to be on the receiving end of her graceful artistry!
Extra bonus: A VHS (yes, VHS) copy of THE MUMMY! Kickin' it old-school, Egyptian style!

*right-click on images to see them bigger; select "View Image."

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Hiring myself out as a freelance editor now. Charging no fees for anyone who brings me a story to work on (anything >115,000 words, that is). For more details, see my website's newest page!

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The 50 Cutest Things that Happened This Year.

Number 6 made me laugh so hard I cried. Just goes to show what sort of sense of humour I have.

Ditto Number 18.

Ditto 32.


41 makes me happy. if only I had a friend with that much enthusiasm!

Bunny Shaming is both hilarious and sad.

Yes, I'm still up. Waiting for Santa Claus, of course. Or Hans Trapper.

But going to go feed my cat now...
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It's stuff like this that makes me love the world. I can't help it.

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