Ushering out the kindly old year

You were kinder to us than we’d feared.

Have a nice eternity.

Hope the baby is up for some great experiences. Who ever thought we’d live in 2012, that it would ever mean more than the title of a Rush album?! We’ve come a long way, baby.

Happy New Year . . . 10. . . 9. . . 8

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For new Kindle/e-reader owners

Thanks to Santa, I now have a Kindle (the cheapest version) and a Nook Color Tablet (I asked for the cheaper version, but this one arrived in the stocking). I have a much easier time reading on the Kindle, and the way it works is so intuitive and straightforward. The Nook Tablet has been re-rooted (rerouted!) as an Android tablet and is tough to figure out, but does have far more capability. I have some free books on both of the e-readers, but I’ve bought several for the Kindle, including Harlan Ellison’s essays, _Cat’s Cradle_, _The Shallows_, and Henry Miller’s trilogy. I also have a subscription to the New Yorker, for now (it may turn out to be too expensive). It’s fun to be able to make highlights in my favorite books and have a clippings file.

I’ve managed to get a few books onto the Kindle cheap, for those who might be curious. Come on–they cost $2 or $3, the price of a large soft drink at most fast-food restaurants!

Just in case you don’t have the links at hand (grin):

Kindle editions
Murder by the Marfa Lights (An Ariadne French Mystery)

Little Rituals (literary chick lit with possible paranormal interpretations of events)

Camille’s Travels (dark YA urban fantasy accessible to adults as well, containing some disturbing elements and RenFaire gallivanting)

April, Maybe June (YA fantasy/adventure with identity confusion and adolescent angst and witchcraft)

Print editions
Dulcinea: or Wizardry A-Flute (award-winning YA fantasy similar to Harry Potter but with a GIRL as heroine)

Little Rituals

Camille’s Travels

April, Maybe June (YA fantasy/adventure with identity confusion and adolescent angst and witchcraft)

Shameless self-promo ends, for now.

Card tricks

Over at , you can take a little card reading for your stomach. I got some interesting results. Really on-target.

(o.O)

Card 1: Lesson to learn/Message/Issue from the Distant Past. (Yes, I used to haunt libraries and the university . . . have continued to be an autodidact. Still a book knowledge person.)
A. The Priest. Book knowledge. Learning from the wisdom of others. Learning through interior experience/understanding.

Card 2: Lesson to learn/Message/Issue of 2011. (Man, did THIS ever drive my year.)
F. Family. Ties we don’t choose. People we deal with that we were born to, or cannot choose.

Card 3: Message to contemplate about the Present, Right Now. (Yay–on target. I am currently polishing two more of my books for publication. Writing a jazz waltz/sonata. Going to do a lot of creating.)
J. The Loom. Card of creation, of willful making of beautiful things. Can be specifically artistic or general/symbolic.

Card 4: Theme/Message to Ponder for 2012. (Scary. I probably have neglected the “looking outside self” thing, as the Hermit is typically my card. Scary to think of being strong for others!)
N. The Guardian. Protection of others. Looking outside the self. Being strong for others/the outside world.

Card 5: Something You Should Consider Working On
(I chose two cards/letters here, feeling moved to do so. And, WOW. I so definitely do need to look at these.)
T. Agape. Brotherly love. The love of the spirit, flowing outward. Divine purpose. (YES. This past year it has mostly been about anger and rage either flowing out or being bottled up to turn to bitterness and cynicism. Not good. Acid ruins the vessel that contains it.)
X. Cuffs. The bonds we choose. We know how to be released, but we do not choose to be released. (Is this ever true! But I need to hang with something for more time and to learn what I need to learn/teach here.)

Scarily on-target.

I was working on a set of Soul Cards for myself a couple of years ago when I found that I just couldn’t live with the mess it was making (I don’t have a craft room or desk any more, so it was traveling from kitchen table to sideboard to bedroom floor back up to table, and was just a holy mess). I would like to clear some stuff out so I can have a desk area again this year. Then I’ll work on the Soul Cards some more.