The Ciel Show

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"Many's the slip..."

You ever get so excited about something, so full of your bliss that even though you know you're jumping the gun, you jump anyway? The exchange of emails between me and Mary representing the magazine began with some formatting changes including one offered as optional, my choice. I could have just said, "Whatever you like..." but instead, told her why my original formatting choice had been in fact careully thought out and intentional. I explained my reasoning and sent an amended version of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

good news, bad news...

First, the bad: my PC had a fit today and I had to wipe everthing except personal files back to factory settings. So much to now re-install... so many passwords to recover or reset... Now, the good! FAERIE MAGAZINE wants to print one of my Middle-earth poems in their upcoming Tolkien tribute issue! Hey, all you in the East, button up and stay warm! I hear you are going to get socked with winter in the next little while. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Nice start to the New Year

Woke in time to catch the last of the full moon and then the pretty colors of 2018's first sunrise. https://flic.kr/p/221cbEN Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Another end of year farewell and welcome to changes

It is done: we completed the move out from the Willowstone Market this afternoon, and began the restructuring of the inventory, and in fact, of the whole business. It had stopped being fun out there at the market, my enthusiasm flagged with every piece of clothing I had to pick up from the floor because someone couldn't clean up their own mess. I added up the numbers and realized I was paying rent 13 times a year. This made it necessary to pay rent by an odd schedule where monthly just seems... Sign in to see full entry.

the last day

So here we are, at the end of 2017, a year of challenges socially, politically, personally... Unthinkable, unimaginable challenges for some of us, some long overdue, some unbelievable: How could this even happen? This was the year of consequences including really unwelcome surprises: How could they even do that? And here we are on the verge of 2018. I, for one, am hopeful that we will see consequences of last year's consequences. Like the first three STAR WARS movies, the Obama years were A NEW... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

5 AM

Here it is, Saturday again already. Another broken night's sleep, waking half a dozen times for a few sips of water, and bothered by a persistant, uncomfortable dream. I dreamed that I had accepted a role in a Christmas movie set in Tudor times. But the history was casual, far from accurate, and there was nothing in it actually Christmassy at all. There were no miracles nor magic, nothing sentimental... I kept wondering why it was a Christmas movie, what was the point of making it. They had had... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Along with other Christmas gifts...

I brought home a sore throat and a bit of a fever I think, which frustrated all attempts to sleep last night. Embers walking about on me and petting my face, threatening to lick me didn't help either. Today, after I take Charlie off to work, it is likely to be nap time again. Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Someone gave this one to Charlie for Christmas: https://www.artifactpuzzles.com/products/diego-mazzeo-mechanical-griffin This company, Artifact, makes some amazing puzzles, many with no outside... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

flying into winter

The flight from Seattle was not terribly long, between 2-3 hours. It was cold in Seattle and the Christmas snow was still on the ground in many places in the early evening. Sunset was over my shoulder for a long time as we flew southeast towards Denver. There was a counterpane of fluffy clouds for a while, then I could discern a snowy landscape below with clusters of lights. There was a first-quarter moon brightening the snow a little. Across the Rockies, approaching the prairies beyond the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Homeward bound

And here we are, once again all packed and ready to head out to my old 'home' airport, SeaTac. So many times, I have flown out of it, and into it, it is so familiar, I know where the best shops are and the best food spots. We will have a good couple of hours to hang out before time for our flight. Between 2 and 3 hours later, we will come into the Denver airport, DIA, my now 'home' airport. This one, too, has become very familiar. After a long long day of travel, after much anxiety, of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 25, 2017

To Everyone--

Here's to a day of lovely lights and warm hearts, of welcome, sharing, and acceptance, miracles of all sizes! Here's to suprises and delights! Whatever your religion or beliefs, may you celebrated them in peace and in joy, in gratitude, awe, and happiness! Sign in to see full entry.

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