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Thursday, January 5th, 2017 04:30 am
It's nice when a credit card company looks out for you. Really, it is. But it can become a PITA too, especially when it's the card on which you have renewals and auto payments set up. In 2016 my Discover card was replaced two times - my original card was compromised in mid-year, they cancelled that account and sent me a new card, then sent another new card - a chip card this time - later in the year. So, in 2016 I had three different Discover cards.

I really like my Discover card. I like their service, their
interest rates, and it's the one card I use that DH doesn't
have so I can track my expenses really easily. But four
cards in a twelve month period? Really?

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 02:27 pm
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Day 15

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm actually pretty happy with the fandom as it currently is. I wish there were a few more monthly challenges similar to LOTR Community Challenge or Teitho, but realistically, I probably wouldn't have the time to take on a lot more and still keep working on my novel. So, I'm content. However, if you've got good friends in fandom and they are not friends with me, I'd love to add them. 

I promised a day or so ago that I would get braver. I've been posting most of my work on the individual challenge boards and my own name, but kept them friend-locked on my personal boards. I'm going to loosen that up a bit and unlock my friend-lock for my fiction. I will keep things locked for my daily blog. It's easy enough for people to find and read my blog if they really want to, but it's the principle of the thing. 

I also want to continue working toward getting caught up on posting my stories to Fairie, AO3, and MPPT/SWG depending on the time frame of the tale. I prefer Fairie and AO3 because they accept all ratings and I do have pieces that are PG13 or higher. That way I don't have to worry about stepping on anyone's toes. I'll continue to try and get caught up, even though I'm not the best at it. 

And I'll continue to comment on fics I have time to read and posts that interest me or that I feel should have a comment. I like the interactive part of LJ/DW and I want to keep that aspect of fandom in my corner for as long as possible. 

So there we go - Fifteen Days of this and I'm fairly amazed that I managed to do it. 

- Erulisse (one L)

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 05:15 am
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Day 14
In your own space, write a love letter. Write it Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

A letter to all of you below the cut... )
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Saturday, January 19th, 2013 05:43 am
 Weird post, I know, but it's sometimes the little things that make my life worthwhile and the dinner I had last night combined with the dinner I will have tonight makes me happy. I know - silly of me. But moving into the day with a positive attitude is a serious plus.

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Saturday, January 12th, 2013 06:03 am
We've been experiencing an unusual January warm stretch, but that came to an end last night and we're back in the deep freeze starting today. The thing that will make for an interesting day is that it was raining for the past day - yes, raining in the middle of winter in Minnesota. That means that everything will have frozen overnight, and although I doubt I'll have anything this pretty to look at, walking might be very challenging for a while until salt gets laid down. I thought I'd share four very lovely photographs of winter ice for today.

These berries frozen in a casing of ice are just a stunning
reminder of the beauty that can be found in these low temperatures.

Three more frozen photos below the cut... )
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Friday, January 11th, 2013 05:58 am
Let me see how quickly I can get this post together since I got caught up in emailing a good friend and I'm running about 20 minutes late today. I have six more things of beauty from the Minneapolis Institute of Art to share with you today - things that I love that I wanted to share with all of you. I'll start with the oldest and one that I so adore...

This is a Corinthian Bronze warrior's helmet from 540 BCE. This is a functional piece of beauty and when I compare the sleek lines and patina with those shiny over-the-top metal condoms that PJ had his Gondorian warriors wearing in Return of the King, I am once more appalled at how truly horrible the armor in Lord of the Rings really was. I've had the opportunity to see a lot of different plate armor, helmets and weapons as I grew up - I'm a museum nut. Those helmets from Gondor always make me laugh. They are so stupidly ridiculous. Why couldn't PJ have allowed his warriors to be lean, mean, fighting machines instead? Why not use a helmet like this one?

Five more spectacular items below the cut... )
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Thursday, January 10th, 2013 05:29 am
Back to the Minnesota Institute of Art and three very different sculptures for you to look at today. These pieces are made from vastly different materials and really have nothing in common except that I love them and the skill and vision that allowed them to come to life. So instead of dwelling on all of the computer crap that just didn't work right yesterday, I'll share beauty because it's always so much better to concentrate on the positive...

Pictures of items that will challenge your perception below the cut... )
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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 05:19 am
Dragons - the word evokes large beasts with unfurled wings and spouting flame. The word can also the Oriental dragons; sinuous snake-like beings riding among the clouds, treasuring pearls and bringing the rain. Dragons, or the tales of such beasts, are found throughout the world. Personally, I have always been on the side of the dragon in most stories. Looking at pictures of Saint George slaying the dragon, it was always the dragon that evoked my pity. It gave me great pleasure to submit a story to Untold Press for their short story collection, Dragonthology.

My story, "Dragon Seeks a Wife", takes the format of a traditional fairy tale similar to those spoken in verbal storytelling traditions world-wide for centuries. The storyteller, in this case an elder of the tribe, tells the tale of a feathered green dragon whose blood had been joined with an ancestor of the King of their land while Dragon searched for the wife he had to have. Because I wanted a different spin than standard European or Oriental dragons, I placed my dragon's tale in the highlands of Central America, a land of pyramids, blood sacrifice and witchcraft and the home of yet another dragon type - the feathered serpent, Quetzalcoatl. It was an occasion of great joy for me when my story was accepted and I am proud to join the six other authors and stories in the pages of Dragonthology. I invite those reading my blog to purchase the book (available in e-book format from Amazon) and to register to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card which will be awarded on January 25th.

Short descriptions of the seven stories below the cut... )
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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 05:22 am
Even though I have to work today, it is the weekend and I have an open Sunday again. I have plans, though, happy plans. One of my favorite things is going to museums. In fact, my ideal vacation would be spending some serious time in Florence, Barcelona and Paris doing nothing but going to museums. I know - weird. But they make me happy. If I could have my sketchbook and camera, my happy time would transcend to my joyous time. But on Sunday, this Sunday, I'll be in a happy time at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I have tickets for DH and I to see....

Terracotta Horse

China'a Terracotta Warriors - The First Emperor's Legacy. So kewl!!!!!
More pics and more bubbling below the cut - surely you can handle some bubbling?.... )
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Friday, January 4th, 2013 05:58 am
I have always claimed to be so blessed by the friends I have made in my life. Some of them are only friends for a short time - a year or two - and then they wander away for a variety of reasons. They always leave me richer for having known them and whether we part in friendship or anger, I'm still grateful for their influences while we were friends. Why speak of this today? Because I received the most amazing and unexpected gift from a friend in Germany who I've never met except on-line and I had to share my good fortune.

A network of friends can make life so interesting and fun!

Take a look at my marvelous gift and why I love routine... )
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 05:11 am
So did everyone have a good New Year's Eve and first two days of 2013? I took the time off - such a rarity - so I didn't even post my blog although I did do some writing and some beta work. I also worked out the image I wanted for one of my shoes and got that printed out onto Frisket, ready to begin cutting it out soon. Such fun! I also had the first chance to have a nice long conversation with Aearwen for several weeks! I was having withdrawal from our weekly phone talks, so I'm ever so much happier today - I had my friend fix for the week - :D

Dragonthology has now been published. You can find it here, on Amazon. If you visit the Amazon page, please click the "Like" button, the more we get and the faster we get them, the higher we'll go in the rankings.
Amazon gift card give away and reviewers wanted below the cut... )
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Monday, December 31st, 2012 09:24 am
New Year's resolutions are quickly said, quickly forgotten, and often quite temporary. As we pass into the next year, I propose a single life-long resolution for you - Make Your Mark. Do something that will live outside of yourself in some fashion. Whatever fashion it takes, Make Your Mark. I'm even going to push one step farther and specify that you should Make a Positive Mark. There is no doubt that negative actions can also make a mark, but do you really want to be known and remembered because you caused pain or anguish? Those whom I know would not, and I suspect most of you reading also would not.

Make Your Mark sounds so easy, but how to do it? Here are some suggestions...

Carve a sculpture. Don't know how? Get a piece of stone, a chisel and a hammer and try. Down the line you'll need a few additional tools - a rasp, some sandpaper and a polishing cloth - but the basic way to accomplish this is really pretty easy. So give it a try. OR...

How to make your mark continued below the cut... )
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Thursday, December 27th, 2012 05:15 am
So the publisher has come to us with a firm date for the publication of Dragonthology, which will be available as a Kindle Loan Book for 90 days, so we're hopeful that we'll get some good lends as well as purchases over the time span. Amazon is not accepting pre-orders (yet) so we just have to be patient until...

JANUARY 3rd....January 3rd....hmmm, was that January 3rd?

OK, I know...obnoxious? Yeah, a bit. But publicity is part of my author contract, so you'll be getting some. I also have friends who have asked to be kept in the loop, and my blog is how I do that. So...January 3rd.
Why it's been fun working on this project below the cut... )
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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 08:51 am
For those of my friends who celebrate this day, I offer the following from Luke:

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Happy Christmas to all of my Christian friends.

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 05:25 am
So the Chex Mix is made (and happily being eaten), the prime rib is in the refrigerator awaiting cooking for Christmas Day, I'm picking up our ham this morning and DH bought his spritz cookies last night. Solstice has now arrived, the fires have been rekindled and the sun is beginning the return voyage to the heat of the summer. The lean season is beginning, but it is starting with a feast of friends, food and festivity. To honor my friends and to celebrate the Solstice, I have sunrise pictures to share with all of you today. Thank you for enriching and enlightening my life over the past year. I look forward to sharing the next with all of you.

More pics below the cut )
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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 05:50 am
So The Nutcracker ballet is one of the most beloved ballets in modern times and perhaps is the most performed ballet in the world. But when it debuted on December 17, 1892 in the Maryinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, it was panned and received horrible reviews. The music and the choreography were both given extremely poor reviews and Tchaikovsky was terribly depressed by its lack of success. He pulled short bits from the musical score, making a twenty-minute conglomeration which he released separately, and that was a success.

Photo of Stanislava Belinskaya as Clara (left), an unknown performer (center),
& Vassily Stulkolin as Fritz (right) in the Imperial Ballet's original production of the Petipa/Ivanov/Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker". December 1892

pics of amazing dancers, a ballet question for my readers, and bringing The Nutcracker into the present day below the cut )
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Monday, December 17th, 2012 05:09 am
So it's getting real - Dragonthology now has a cover and author blurbs to share with all of you and a publishing target of January 2012. We (the authors) just received the final text for line-item edits in emails yesterday and I'll start going through my story one last time with a fine-toothed comb tonight.Hopefully I'll find all of those things that just sneak by to make it into final print - the typos, the missed punctuation that can drive me so crazy at later times. Each author is also welcome to line edit the other stories, but our own is the priority.

Here is the cover and the story synopsis for all of you to read. When I have a positive date for publication I'll announce it, of course, and I will also put all of the information on my website at that time. I hope you will be as excited about this collection of seven stories as I am.

Enter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.

story synopsis below the cut )
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Saturday, December 15th, 2012 07:41 pm
 I have wonderful news about Dragonthology, but I'm going to hold off on talking about it until next week. I just can't concentrate on my own good fortune when the parents and relatives of twenty young children and seven adults, are overcome with sorrow tonight. The holiday season will never be the same for any of them. Gifts that had already been purchased will sit unopened. Hopes and dreams that were established the first time that each parent saw their newborn have now been buried in a flood of blood and shattered bone. Lives with potential to change our world have been snuffed out too soon at the hands of one who was not far from childhood himself.

It doesn't matter who or what is assigned blame. What matters is the dead - that they not be forgotten. Hold each name in honor, hug your children a little tighter, and treasure each moment shared with your loved ones, even if those moments degenerate into arguments and tears. My heart bleeds for each and every victim - the murdered as well as the living survivors who will never be able to forget. 
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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 06:25 am
 So I slept late today (6:00 am) and will sleep late tomorrow and I will be at the midnight showing of The Hobbit tonight along with Chickie, and maybe Meaghan and Joe.'re not getting much of a blog post this morning and you won't tomorrow morning either because I'll be letting myself get some sleep. I'll tell you on Saturday what I thought.