Holiday Shopping Spot!

Today, I have a very proud announcement to make. My enterprising nieces and crafty nephew have opened a small business on Facebook called the Sonshine Smiles Shop! Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/SonshineSmilesShop

The holidays are coming and this is a wonderfully cheap way to get some lovely gifts-I’m their loving aunt and some of these things are even more gorgeous and special than I even expected! So, if you know of anyone who would love to trick-or-treat in a beautiful Snow Queen dress…

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Or a baby in need of a fancy pink princess/birthday/holiday dress….

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Or some young ones who could use some sweet-smelling play-doh with jewels to find and decorate with…

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Or anyone in need of special Mama Necklaces, organic wool dryer balls, toddler-safe Jedi light sabers, or $4 aromatherapy bath salts, please stop by https://www.facebook.com/SonshineSmilesShop today! And they take special orders, too! Tell your friends!

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Vlad the Impaler’s Just Desserts

Lately, in honor of a birthday wish, my friends and I decided to celebrate Vlad the Impaler: inspiration for Dracula, terrible warlord, motto: “To the PAIN!AND DEATH!”  

Vladportrait

Now, most people take these images and honor him by creating things along the lines of:

Vladart

My friends and I chose a different direction:

Vladcake

Note the peaked red cap!  The bloodied face!  The bodies on spikes!  The battlefield dirt and decomposing flesh!

This is our design.

…And it was delicious.

Sever (Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)

 

Sever (Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)

By: Lauren DeStefano

(http://www.laurendestefano.com/)

Simon & Schuster February, 2013

A young adult dystopian review

 

 

Revived from Fever, Rhine needs to snatch at second chances-a second chance to be honest, a second quest to find Rowan, a second turn to find a situation she can live with before it’s her time to die.  With so much to do and so little hope, Rhine finds that her world is still filled with things that can break.

DeStefano’s lyrical prose draws you right back into the story where we left off, enhancing everything with its beauty.  The pacing moves differently than one would expect, but everywhere DeStefano took us was somewhere I felt we needed to be.  There were some plot points that were brushed past rather briskly, but the strength of Sever’s atmosphere and Rhine’s mentality held it together.  It worked for me because at the end of the day, The Chemical Garden Trilogy has never been about action.  It’s always focused on the human consequences-the coping, the confusion, the chaos.  I’ve seen several disappointed reviews about this book and I think it’s because DeStefano sticks so closely to her theme.  I think for many people this kind of dystopian work, at least at the end, is about wish fulfillment-we’d like to think we could fight and overcome even horribly depressing circumstances and overwhelming odds.  Alternatively, it’s about perspective-being wrenched into feeling that whatever life you’re living now is favorable in comparison.  Sever hits none of those usual notes.  The last of Rhine’s story is real and therefore, less than fully satisfying because we’re left with a lack of finality, tainted victories, and pure hope-not fulfilled and without the comfort of endings.

Unlike its predecessors, Sever has more of an ensemble cast than focusing solely on Rhine’s views.  This significantly altered the feel of the read and heightened this conclusion because there are now more people’s feelings to deal with and more overall to hope for.  DeStefano made bold decisions with this book and I believe she left me feeling exactly how she intended me to.  Sever brings this series around from sex and death to the realization that life takes every bit as much effort and anguish and courage.  Rules break, people change, and we live surrounded by things that Sever.  I’d say this book is well worth the time.

The Borgia Bulletin 3×7 (Lucrezia’s SPOILERS)

Glorious, bloody brouhaha.  Bring it, Borgias!

 

Dear Rodrigo: Again, I love the hat!  Also, how you make Vanozza laugh about Farnese now.  It’s all very full-circle.  Send Giulia some honey as a wedding gift.  (Also, apparently her husband she was staying away from and needed punishment for avoiding originally died sometime?)

Dear Cesare: I LOVE how without saying it you still Told Dad Off for not giving you more power and trust in the first place, because then he could’ve kept some control and now you’ve got another leader-type to satisfy better.  How nice of you to warn Machiavelli.  Was expecting you to point out that last time you guys had Benito it didn’t help with Caterina at some point, though.

Dear set people: Last episode we heard that giant statue was of a bull, why was there a horse head this time?  Eh?

Dear Lucrezia: Never trust people who care too much about their lap dogs.  It’s just a good rule of thumb.  On the other hand, we can totally overlook that lack of a nemesis thing for awhile, cause now not only have you got one, but he’s another king of Naples you get to fight with!  Excellent!

Dear Alfonso: Stop whining.

Dear Rufio: Don’t you dare call yourself Michiletto’s double, you are not good enough for that.  Fuck you.

Dear Michiletto: What were you about, letting Cesare just wander into an obviously infested house?

Dear Frederigo: Thus far, you are an excellent nemesis.  Do not let me down.

 

Dr. Seuss=the Mad Hatter

 

Dr. Seuss, the Mad Hatter: A Peek Inside His Secret Closet | Collectors Weekly.

 

“Dr. Seuss had a unique remedy for writer’s block. When the late author, the alter ego of Theodor Seuss Geisel, was penning his beloved Beginner Books for Random House in the 1960s, he’d have his editor in chief, Michael Frith, over to his house, where they’d work until the wee hours. And when they’d get stuck, according to “Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel” by Judith and Neil Morgan, Geisel would open a secret door to a closet filled with hundreds of hats. Then, he and Frith would each pick a different hat, perhaps a fez, or a sombrero, or maybe an authentic Baroque Czech helmet or a plastic toy viking helmet with horns. They’d sit on the floor and stare at each other in these until the right words came to them.”

1. Best anti writer’s block scenario ever!

2. All accessories become so much better when someone keeps them in a secret location.

3.   I hereby propose that Seuss get a holiday wherein everyone wears the goofiest hats they can find and acts their part as grandly and over-the-toply as is humanly possible.  Alternatively, others watch the behatted and uses their antics to create things.  Or both!

4. I’m going to need this to become an inspiration for as many things as possible.  Project Runway-here’s your insane headgear, now sew!  Sheldon on Big Bang Theory-this worked for Seuss, surely it should help me get my creative juices flowing enough to pass this stupid school thing whatever.  Etc., etc., etc.!

 

One Rune to find them

I have been making bindrunes lately, and decided to create a separate blog to discuss runes, bindrunes, and other spiritual matters at:  http://onerunetofindthem.wordpress.com/  It can be reached from the wheresmytower@wordpress.com homepage by left-clicking on the image in the right corner.  I hope anyone with thoughts or interest in the runes or tarot will drop by and maybe share some of their thoughts on working with them.

 

One rune to find them,

One rune to bring them all

and in the magick bind them.

Napolloween Bonaparty!

I had a late, great, and satiating Halloween celebration!  Whilst there I came across a distinguished personage:

 

Napoleon Chocoparte!

 

This broad-hatted conqueror with a sword as tall as himself came as a sweet surprise.  Unfortunately, he found his general can-dy outlook on politics caused several other nations a lot of anxiety.  Napoleon Chocoparte decided to point his sword softly and take up a big pistol:

With the General’s sword aimed right at them and his pistol in tow, many surrendered on the spot to Napartyon’s awesome hat.  However, some country’s held out.  Thus, Chocopoleon Bonapiece found he needed to charge after them.  He needed…a worthy steed!

When Napolloween Bonaparty found Marshmengo he set off on a famed campaign to bring the rest of the sugary peoples under his empire.  Yet, even the most successful Generals can be defeated and Napolebonbon was eventually caught and sent to exile on Elba.  Luckily, his horse went with him (now renamed Wagramellow).  Even in defeat, Napoleon Chocoparte is crafty.  He may well come back….for A HUNDRED DOSES OF CANDY.  So, we’d all better eat up our Napolloween Bonaparty chocolates quick, or we may wind up getting scared with Welloweenton at Waterboo.

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