Question of the Week: 11/27/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite holiday?

The brunt of them are coming up (or have recently passed) so I feel the timing of this question is appropriate.  I also feel the answer to this is difficult.  I am torn between Halloween and Christmas.  I love Halloween because it makes my dark, little Goth heart happy, also be what you want, bitches!  Plus, it’s the one holiday that doesn’t require you to deal with wayward family, and eating candy and drinking too much are like a requirement.

But Christmas…ah Christmas has the memories.  I even love the music.  So much sehnsucht.  So I guess I have to call it a tie between Christmas and Halloween.


What’s your favorite holiday?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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Question of the Week: 11/20/16

<–Question of the Week: 11/13/16          Question of the Week: 11/27/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite type of flower?

Roses.  Always have been always will.

red-and-black-roses

I’m also fond of calla lilies even though I’m allergic to them, lilies that is.

calla-lillies

I suppose this is the reason I chose these two for my wedding bouquet, but the calla lilies only came about because I needed another flower besides roses.  Roses have been my favorite forever.


What’s your favorite flower?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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I’m Sorry

I’m writing from my phone so no featured picture, no links, and I apologize in advance for any typos. 

It’s been a few days, and I’m still trying to process the turn of events. I won’t say “new” turn of events, because honestly, it should’ve been expected. The signs were all there, but many of us, the expert pollsters included, ignored it. 

To say I haven’t struggled would be a lie. To say I’m not still struggling would be a bigger lie, and I’ve told myself enough lies prior to Tuesday night. I am truly frightened, and reading the numerous accounts on social media does not allay my fears. Whatever happens in the coming months cannot erase this, regardless what our new leaders do even if they do well or not as bad as feared. The psychological damage is devastating, and the despair is as deep as I’ve ever gone. This has broken me. 

I appreciate beyond what I can say all the messages, tweets, and comments you’ve sent me. I’m sorry I haven’t answered. I have a huge backlog of those and your posts to go through. I haven’t done any blogging, writing, editing, reading, or gaming since the results. All of my pursuits have pretty much come to a standstill. I’ll try to address what I’m going to attempt I do. Hopefully by saying this, it will prompt me to push past my hopelessness and establish some normalcy again. 

The State of the Reader – I will try to update the Reader from Wednesday. It’s in my drafts since I add to it every day. 

FF Tarot – since this is tonight I should be able to keep on schedule. 

Comments and Posts – as stated above I’ll be slowly going through them all your blogs are so important to me, and I receive an email when you post so I don’t miss anything. You’ve all been so supportive and awesome, and I feel awful when I don’t have the energy to read your lovely posts. It might take a bit, but I go through from oldest to newest so you may see likes/comments on older posts. 

The Broken Rose – …this is hard. I want to continue editing and posting this, but it is hard to edit a story about sexual assault and how that should be treated when an individual who has done it numerous times has not only never been called to task for it, but has been rewarded time and time again, this final with the running of our country. I don’t have words for how much this hurts. I don’t know how to express how invalid I feel. I can’t explain how knowing your worth as a person means nothing to the systems in place. I’m happy I don’t have a daughter. I don’t know what I would say. Sometimes the bad guys win? As true as that is, it’s still hollow and doesn’t encompass how wrong and shameful the situation. This has told sexual predators that their actions are acceptable even more than a thousand Brock Turners. He was at least convicted. 

Writing The Broken Rose in our broken time was hard because as terrible as the things I wrote were, someone is living that today, but it was also incredibly powerful because I was able to shape a reality that benefited the victim. What kept me going was our world as a whole seemed like it was moving in the right direction. While rapists weren’t typically punished, there was still vehement outcry and castigation towards their reprehensible behavior. Now, their legions have received a major boost, and while fantasy may force use to suspend out disbelief in the magical, I did not want this to apply to decency. 

I will try to continue editing. A few people have told me that now is the time when stories such as this are needed the most. That this could be my own small dissension against depravity. My doubts as someone of significance stymie this thought though along with my knowledge of fanfiction stigma. I’m no one of consequence writing a story that many will see as being of no value due to what it is, a cruel reflection of how I feel today. No one will discuss this in classrooms. There will be no dissertations or lectures about the content. What does it matter? I attempt to keep the rallying cry of “If this reaches just one person, then it’s not a waste of time.”  If a victim reads this, takes in what I’m trying to express, and they realize how they should be treated even if they aren’t, then that’s a small but significant step. I’ll continue as best I can, trying to fight the demons of despair and invalidity for that reason alone. 

“We all have grief. We all carry despair, but these things are not all we are.”

Question of the Week: 9/18/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite accent?

Unsurprising to no one who’s followed this blog for five seconds, my favorite accent is the English one, but saying something like that without qualifications is akin to saying “My favorite accent is the American one.”  There are numerous English accents.  I recently located a video that explained all of the different ones, which was invaluable to someone who was currently using British and English interchangeably. in all areas.

One day I’ll edit my videos or more like upgrade my blog so I can use audio, and you’ll all hear my “video recording” accent.  Since I’m from and live on the US east coast and Pennsylvania specifically, we have some very nasal vowels that are entirely not conducive to singing, which I used to do much more religiously until a little bit after college.  We were taught to round out our vowels and make them sound more Latin, but I discovered it was just much easier to sing with an English inflection.  There’s apparently a connection between musical inclination and the ability to emulate accents.  I think I’m okay at it, and unlike many people I actually like my speaking/recorded voice, which makes me worried I sound like a big snob or (wait for it) narcissist.

If I had to specify my favorite British accent, I think it would have to be Received Pronunciation.  During a wiki walk a while ago I stumbled upon the concept of the rhotic R, and everything about English accents just came together for me.  Knowing about that, I could also attempt to hone my emulation.

If anyone from the UK is reading this, please know I’m a total anglophile, and mimicry can be considered the sincerest form of flattery.  I don’t attempt this for mockery or the like, especially since I’ve experienced bullying and detest cruelty in all it’s forms.  I do love talking about accents though and what defines/differentiates them.


What’s your favorite accent?  It can be your own (no shame in liking who you are!).  What draws you to the accent?  Can you emulate it?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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Profound Paragraphs V

I have few extra words for this. The author’s reverberate through my soul. I understand loneliness on a level that I understand nothing else.

Cafe Book Bean

Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”

Janet Fitch, White Oleander

The last sentence is profound indeed. I prefer however to “know what it is I
believe in / stand for.” what we want can be a dangerous thing.

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Question of the Week: 1/24/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite eye color?

Easiest. Answer. Ever.

I don’t think I’ve ever written a story where a character/characters didn’t have green eyes.  I’ve always loved that eye color, probably because it’s so rare.   This may be a mitigating factor to why I love cats so much.

I’m also not averse to heterochromia.

Especially when strands of gold are shot through.

But green will always be my top pick.

What’s your favorite eye color?  Do you have more than one?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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Damnation Preview Chapter

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There was a cold breeze in the air as Michael stood at the podium. In front of him, the Choirs of Angels filed into the main meeting hall little by little. The bitter chill complimented the rather dismal scene in front of him. The general of the Most High’s armies had seen worse over the years and did the best he could to ignore it.

Seated on either side of him, were the other 6 great Archangels, leaders of the Celestial World. The large council hall seated thousands of angels, all of whom listened intently waiting for Michael to speak. The last of them had taken their seats sucked in a deep breath.

The long war had dragged on for eons, costing uncountable angel lives. For years, the angels fought against the armies of Lucifer to no avail. It seemed as though the war would continue until…

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