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Spiritualism During WWI

Ghost stories have been part of our popular consciousness from ancient times. The Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Celts, and the Mesopotamians all believed the spirits of the dead could return to earth. In China and Mesoamerica major festivals evolved around honoring and pleasing the dead. From the Vikings to ancient India, Africa to… Continue reading Spiritualism During WWI

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Things Made on Break

As you might expect, I did a lot of crafting while I wasn't blogging, though as always it wasn't as much as I wanted to get done. Bast Bed What does one do with two skeins of yarn one can't actually wear? Make a cat bed, obviously. This was a very off-the-cuff crochet project, just… Continue reading Things Made on Break

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Lord and Lady Fluffington Purr Again

Yes, I'm the kind of crazy that writes silly stories about my cats. If you want to read the first installment, you can find it here. There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. However when one is forced into staying home, such as during a quarantine of extended period, it does become… Continue reading Lord and Lady Fluffington Purr Again

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A Catch-Up Blog in Bullet Points

I'm backIt's been busyBY THE GRACE is currently up for pre-order here in my shop. Still working on getting it on Amazon, etc. I'm working with a completely new platform and haven't worked out the timing/kinks yet. It's unfortunate, but it should be up soon. I did a lot of crafting while I was away.… Continue reading A Catch-Up Blog in Bullet Points

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Annual Blog Break

Yes, it is that time of year when I take a couple of weeks off from blogging to get caught up on my to do list before we get into Halloween, Nanowrimo, and Holiday season, and to prepare for my fall book release. No worries, I'll be back at the beginning of September, I just… Continue reading Annual Blog Break

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Podcasts du Jour

I go back and forth on listening to audio-only podcasts. Typically, I prefer to listen to audio books rather than podcasts, but lately I've been on a huge podcast kick. It all started when I stumbled on The Ghost Story Guys on Instagram. Their Instagram isn't anything to write home about, but the podcast most… Continue reading Podcasts du Jour

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The Baroness of Flight

On August 22, 1882 in Paris, one of my favorite figures from history was born: Élise Léontine LaRoche. Élise was solidly middle class, the daughter of a plumber. This perhaps explains her interest in all things mechanical from an early age. She loved motorcycles, cars, and eventually started flying hot air balloons before taking up… Continue reading The Baroness of Flight

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An Open Letter to Ravelry

For those unaware, in June the yarncraft website Ravelry.com suddenly and without warning rolled out a full site redesign and rebrand. Immediately reports of migraines, dizziness, and nausea appeared, as well as reports of seizures. While I won't go into detail here, the following is a copy of an email I sent to the Ravelry… Continue reading An Open Letter to Ravelry

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Works in Progress

This week has been busy, which means I'm procraftinating more than previously. Poor Decisions After Midnight My fireworks socks got put on the backburner briefly, but I'm back to working on them again. I'm hoping to finish the foot this week. Lace Yardage The lace for my Victorian underwear got off to a rough start.… Continue reading Works in Progress

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Challenge Check in

Last month I posted about a reading challenge I set for myself, to read more authors of color, particularly Black authors. I will be posting full reviews over on my book blog, but so far I've finished 3 books from my  list this month. I have two more checked out from the library, but haven't… Continue reading Challenge Check in