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Just got home from DC's Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Street Festival).  The weather was grim, but the performances were great.  (I'm listening to the new Aun CD I bought after their show and will post pictures...soon.  Soon.  Really.  ;-))  But all the fun meant I'm slow posting the link to my new Beyond the Veil blog, "Foxfire".  Appropriately, considering the occasion, it deals with foxes, among the most iconic creatures of Asian folklore--and among the West's most reviled.  Enjoy!
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Thanks to the kindness of Diane Whiteside, I'm blogging at History Hoydens today. The article covers the joys and frustrations of building a fantasy world set in Ming Dynasty China. If you're working in that period, too, maybe the links will help--or maybe you have better ones to share. ;-)
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For reasons beyond human ken, the good folks at Samhain Publishing thought I'd be the perfect person to open the next decade of the company blog. You can read the damage here. One thing you can be sure of, it fits right in with the Cartoon Network's New Year Looney Tunes marathon. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone the best of the New Year!
Cheers and cyber-confetti,
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Wicked Queen

Want to see--and read--more?  It's all at Beyond the Veil.  Enjoy!
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Desperation is the mother of invention in this house. 
I was trying to line up the August blogs I owe to blog sites other than my own.  The goal was to get it all over with now, so I'd have more time to write next month.  They were all playing nicely except my August 22 Samhain blog.  Given the date, I'd be a fool not do something related to DragonCon, but what?  The program schedules are almost never finalized until the week before Labor Day, and I was pretty sure I've written everything there is to write about the con.
Should I do something about the balls?  The Masquerade?  The guests?  My costume changes?
Then it hit me: Sixteen Ways DragonCon Is Like a Regency Country House Party.
The weird thing is, it works.
'Til later...
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I'm deep in the writing cave.  The last batches of art for Fantasy Art Templates are landing fast.  As a result I missed my Saturday blog date at Beyond the Veil.  I made up for it today, blogging about (what else?) Fantasy Art Templates.  Enjoy!

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Posted my latest blog at Beyond the Veil.  This time I tackle caffeine and ghosts. 
Hmm, caffeinated ghosts.  Now there's a story idea!
Cheers and grins,

Test 3

Mar. 8th, 2009 02:34 pm
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Once again cluttering up the LJ airways to see if I can get WordPress to pick up on this.  Argh!  This is hard!
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Is this crossposting mic on?
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I'm down to the last tweaks and twitches with JeanMarieWard.com.  One of the most important is making sure my LJ posts appear on the WordPress blog.  And that's the only reason you're hearing from me on Daylight Savings Night.  I've got to see if this works.  Fingers crossed!
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Entirely by accident, I'm sure, Greg and I got jeanmarieward.com back on line with a blog.  Whew!  Now to get back to adjusting the visuals and adding the plug-ins.
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Still not 100 percent, but I did manage to commit my scheduled Valentine's Day blog at Beyond the Veil.  And yes, I included all of the items listed in the title.  Would I lie to you?
Well, would I lie to you about chocolate or Dracula?
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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My latest Samhain blog, "Friends Don't Let Friends", is live at the company web page.  Couldn't resist using Greg's photo of the Duz as an illustration one more time.  It's such a perfect writer shot--and so true.  I'm reaching over the cat to type this, and it ain't easy, especially since I'm using one of the larger laptops instead of the little Asus captured in the photo.  Not that the Duz cares.  But I'll have my revenge.  One of these days I'll catch him in a LOLCAT pose, and I'll upload it mercilessly.  Mwahahahaha!
But that could take years.  In the meantime, I need to get back to work on the siren story.  Another beta reader weighed in tonight with some great comments--and I'm not just saying that because some of the things she mentioned in her cover lletter were things I'd been fratching over and rewriting over the last couple weeks.  Now I just have to work up the courage to go past page one of her commentary.
I always take what my beta readers say to heart.  It just takes me a while to nerve myself to read it.  :D
Yeah, cowardly and cat-whupped.  I so am a writer!
Hugs and headshakes,
Jean Marie
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 Yep, it's that time of the month again, time for me to blog about writerly stuff over at Beyond the Veil like I know what I'm talking about.  This month's topic is the natural storyteller.   I planned to make this announcement a little wittier, but that was before I realized I'd be typing with the laptop balanced on my shins cradling Duzie the Octo-Cat.  If it's rainy he must be needy.  LOL
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I blush to admit I've been committing Blogspot again.  My new posting is up at Beyond the Veil.  Today's entry is seasonally appropriate--if you happen to live in Washington, DC.   April 12 is the high point of our annual Cherry Blossom Festival.  In honor of the occasion, Greg and I attended the geisha dance program sponsored by the Japanese Information and Culture Center--the same folks who feed our yen for live action anime movies.  (Hey, it's a totally guilty pleasure.  Why shouldn't it come with a bad pun attached?)
The free geisha dance program, which anyone who's ever been to Japan can tell you is a very, very big deal.  Man, I love living in DC!
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 I should've mentioned it sooner, but I posted another blog at Beyond the Veil.  This one shares a couple of my real life ghost stories.  Enjoy!
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No, that isn't my new tag line.  It belongs to the reconfigured co-op blog for Samhain's fantasy, futuristic and paranormal authors, Beyond the Veil.  I posted my first BtV blog a few minutes ago.  It's just an introduction, but it does include links for some of my more interesting contributions to the old Fantasy and Enchantment blog and the main Samhain blog.  I'll add a permanent link to BtV in the next few days.  But first I have to survive Katsucon.
Let me put it this way, you don't normally see the fire trucks lined up, sirens wailing, until the second night at DragonCon.
Hugs and sickly grins,
Jean Marie
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That pic of the Japanese maple on our deck wasn't taken last fall.  It was taken twenty minutes ago.  If you squint hard enough you can even see the budding azalea budding behind the fence at the far right.
Told Greg it was his fault for getting all emotional about Karl Muck's version of Parsifal last night.  Some things are just wrong.  Like snow in April in northern Virginia.  Or like a left-leaning Valentinian gnostic loving Wagner.  (Have I mentioned his cartoons lately?)  He still didn't get it.  LOL
Not too much else to report.  Been burrowing in what one of my fellow Samhellions calls "the writing cave" all week.  I'm going to finish Highway from Hell by next Saturday if I have to write non-stop.  Well, starting Monday.  Still have to survive Mom's Easter plans first.  ;-)
Also joined the Fantasy and Enchantment blog with a great group of Samhain fantasy writers: Jennie Andrus, Bianca D'Arc, Dayna Hart, Carolan Ivey, Melissa Lopez and most especially Gia Dawn--who will kill me for that when she finds out I wrote that.  Heh heh.  The group blog is just getting started, but we plan lots of great things, including a regular Thursday Thirteen and a newsletter.
And not a minute too soon!  The prospect of filling a regular mailing all by myself was giving me chills.  My life's boring.  That's why I became a writer, after all.
Wishing you lots of chocolate and the best of the season, however you celebrate it.  Cheers!

Happy 2007!

Jan. 1st, 2007 02:06 am
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Wishing everyone, myself included, a much better year than 2006.  May you and your loved ones stay healthy, happy and read lots and lots of good books.
And blogs.  *g*  Don't forget to check out the Samhain blog, live every day except Sunday...and New Year's.  LOL  The schedule starts again on Tuesday.  And on Friday, Twelfth Night (trumpet fanfare, please), yours truly will try to come up with something amusing.  
While you're waiting, you can rev up with some of those good books I was talking about.  Kate Johnson's "The Twelve Lies of Christmas" is already available for download at My Bookstore and More.  On January 2, yaoi fans can revel in Soul of the Night by Ann Cain and Barbara Sheridan, and on January 16, Ann Vremont's luscious erotic historical novel Sacred Heart Diaries hits the electronic stands.  Enjoy!

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