I often have fictional crushes.  I never really crush on actors…I crush on characters, how they inhabit the roles and what they bring out of themselves to fill out the character.  I once sat and tried to see if this was a window into what I wanted in an ideal mate, and I had to say, probably not. I loved Tom Pullings sweetness and confidence, William Mowett’s poetic warrior spirit.  Boromir – and Richard …

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  This one was hard because of the sheer plethora of songs I like…and my horrid love of…erm…love songs. So.  Let’s see.  “Love Me Tender” by Elvis – that’s rather lovely, isn’t it?   Love me tender, Love me sweet, Never let me go. You have made my life complete, And I love you so. Love me tender, Love me true, All my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin’ I love you, And I always …

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I am doing SO well on these, am I not?  I meant to do favorite love poem, but they were both sort of dreary. Day 5:  Favorite Love Poem (sort of.) When We Two Parted, but Lord Byron.  I don’t know why, but I find it so beautiful: In secret we met– In silence I grieve, That thy heart could forget, Thy spirit deceive. If I should meet thee After long years, How should …

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In my head, she is a magician.  Perhaps she got her name because she was a mistress of the card trick, “Following the Queen”, “Whispering Queen” – back and forth no matter how hard you try, you cannot hide from the Queen of Hearts. And at first, she played up to it.  But it is a name with chains.  People expected a rare beauty, a Venus, someone who breathed sexuality and sensuality.  And then …

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I associate pink and red with Valentine’s Day…or, as I sometimes call it, Vilentine’s Day.  Being single and almost always ready to feel less about myself, I am sometimes not prepared for the 14th of this month.  I used to be really down on it vocally, and then a wise friend, who is also single, said “Let people enjoy it.”  I felt a little ashamed – I mostly was down on it in public …

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Ugh.  These past couple of weeks have been less than ideal in this part of the world.  I heard news about a friend, very disappointing news, and since I genuinely liked him it actually hurt.  It’s funny, we go through our world doing what we do and thinking no one cares…I do, I tend to think I am very out-of-sight-out-of-mind…but maybe, maybe people do, and maybe it all does matter. Yes.  I tend to …

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Woot. Getting this in under the wire. I wrote it partly over lunch, which was basically shoving oatmeal in my mouth and hoping to have a few minutes to myself…the beginning of this semester has been a madhouse. Tonight I went and worked on some illumination. Might get started on that again…I love the painting aspect, once you’ve gotten the design down it’s like a medieval coloring book. Currently I am scribbling in a …

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This sticky post is so that you can follow along with my journal attempts. Check out the Journaling Junkie: http://journaling-junkie.tumblr.com/ If you participate, please comment and I’ll go read your post!

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One of the things I allowed myself to get excited about was that a friend of a friend paved the way for me to submit to his agent. I’ve cold-submitted so many times that this one felt…especially hopeful. I had a brand new query letter written more by a friend who’s dead good at queries than myself, and I thought my package was good. And I got a very nice email…just the right amount …

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So, I wanted to wish you all a wonderful New Year. I love this part of the year — the cusp of something new. S much hope, so much possibility. This was not a bad year, I finished a new book that my current editor loves so much that she has encouraged me to use it to seek an Agent, in the hope that my career can take the next step. I took my …

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