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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic, and romance. All of my heroes have long hair, and my heroines are strong-willed. Prior to being a writer, I played bass guitar in an all-girl hard rock/metal band in southern California. When I'm not writing, editing, or reading, I enjoy practicing target archery.
 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Musings: Aerre Geola (Early Yule)

Since it's Christmas, I thought I'd share this bit of history on the holiday. Early Yule, Aerre Geola, is the month before the Winter Solstice. The Anglo-Saxons considered the lunar months preceding and following the solstice as Yule. The shorter days made it difficult to do any kind of work, so they used this time to gather and celebrate with family and friends.



The solstice was called Mother's Night and celebrated one's female ancestors. Burning rosemary and calling out female ancestors by name is one way to honor them.

The oldest Yuletide tradition is the burning of the Yule log, usually the largest piece of wood. Many people today don't have a fireplace, so a Yule candle can be substituted. The candle tradition started way back in England in the early nineteenth century. Light the candle at sunset on the night of the solstice. It's customary to keep a small piece of the candle for luck in the coming year.

Merry Christmas, Happy Yule!

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enosis
Pronunciation /ɪˈnəʊsɪs//ˈɛnəsɪs/

NOUN

mass noun
The political union of Cyprus and Greece, as an aim or ideal of certain Greeks and Cypriots.
Example sentences
‘The Turks invaded, in 1974, just as the island was edging towards reunion or enosis with Greece.’
Origin
1920s: from modern Greek henōsis, from hena ‘one’.
Pronunciation

enosis/ɪˈnəʊsɪs//ˈɛnəsɪs/


Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

ennead
NOUN

rare
A group or set of nine.
Example sentences
‘I think that it goes back even further, to the Ennead, the pantheon of nine gods and goddesses in ancient Egypt.’
‘Ennead refers to a grouping of typically 9 gods.’
Origin
Mid 16th century: from Greek enneas, ennead-, from ennea ‘nine’.
Pronunciation

ennead/ˈɛnɪad/


Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Arizona cloud formations photos





Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enlace
VERB

literary
Entwine or entangle.
‘a web of green enlaced the thorn trees’
More example sentences
Origin
Middle English: from Old French enlacier, based on Latin laqueus ‘noose’.
Pronunciation

enlace/ɪnˈleɪs//ɛnˈleɪs/


Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona cloud formations photos





Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enkindle
VERB

literary
1Set on fire.
‘the glare from its enkindled roof illumined its innermost recesses’
2Arouse or inspire (an emotion)
‘fresh remembrance of vexation must still enkindle rage’
Pronunciation

enkindle/ɛnˈkɪnd(ə)l//ɪnˈkɪnd(ə)l/


Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.