Friday, January 05, 2007


The Tournament from In Fairyland by Richard Doyle, 1870.

Just noticed that yesterday marked my 500th post.

Should mention, though a little late, that Jason sent me an email Tuesday announcing that Clarity of Night is holding its next nifty short fiction "contest." The entries, based on a photo, always make great reading.

Also, Pat of SV ORION - my favourite constellation - has a significant deal with all those bells and whistles of auction, pre-empts and foreign rights. It doesn't get much better than that.

Tuesday as Cliches in a 7th rate novel:

Waking up from a dream:
A standard anxiety dream where Ray Charles was singing
Now it's cryin'time again/ You're gonna leave me...

The mirror:
Thinking it was cruel and unusual to have to put on war paint at five o'clock in the friggin' morning.

Coincidences and Contrivances: The step-down nurse was from our town. The lady and her husband in the next cubicle were from our home province - and he was ex-military.

Tired Metaphors:
A fancy, as I paced the long hospital corridors, that the steady thud of my boot heels maintained his heart beat.

I wont even get into the flashbacks.

Thank you again for your kind and comforting wishes.
For your warmth and caring.
Each and every one of you.

Noticed, among my reference books, that I have three dictionaries/compendiums dealing with symbols: The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols (ed. Becker), The Dictionary of Symbols (Cirlot) and An Encyclopaedia of Occultism (Spence).
I imagine, like me, you all prefer to do your own research.
However, should the internet/library fail to provide an answer to something specific and obscure, I would be happy to check out information from these volumes for you.


December Quinn said...

Another coincidence (that feels like a big deal to me but is probably stupid): Orion is my favorite constellation too!

Steve G said...

Thanks, for the offer. Much appreciated.

Bailey Stewart said...

You're welcome. I'm glad everything turned out good.

I never thought of the pacing as a heartbeat before - so true.

I may take you up on that offer sometime - Thank you.

Ric said...

Bouncing along. I like the mirror one - can picture sleepy woman growling at her fuzzy image trying to get ready to go somewhere she doesn't really want to go.

Bernita said...

Don't think it's stupid, December.
Another point of connection, ineffable and simple as it may be.
He was my friend in the night sky.

You're welcome, Steve and Bailey.
I owe you all.

Bernita said...

Difficult to apply mascara, Ric, when one's eyes are still crossed.

Robyn said...

I like Orion, mostly because it's the only one I can identify. Hubby is all, "There's Ursa. See the bear?" and I answer, "I can see an amoeba. Is that a constellation?"

Five o'clock makeup usually looks like five o'clock makeup, alas. Again, so glad he is doing well.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I love all the reference resources that I have compiled from the makes me feel invincible in research!

How's the hubs making out? When are they going to let him get out of the hospital?

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Oh, and the Orion thing...I've named my next book...The Orion Reliquery

Bernita said...

Big and Little Dipper, I can manage, Robyn and also Cassiopea's Chair, the string pictures of the others are mostly beyond me.

Thank you. He is doing extraordinarily well, considering.

I'm sure you are, Bonnie.
I did not mean to imply anyone was deficient in these skills.
"The Orion Reliquery" is a great title.
I make mention of The Hunter in my book.
Some sort of synchronism going on here.

writtenwyrdd said...

I always identified with the Pliedes (sp). I called them the Kite, because they look like one.

I like the idea of seven stars as seven sisters looking down on the world. Looking down on me.

I know, that sounds like one of those fairy tale kid imaginings where you just know you are really a fairy princess waiting to be rediscovered.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

"...extraordinarily well..." is the operative words! I'm still praying for a complete healing...praise the Lord!

ROFLOL...this morning I didn't wait for the picture to completely load...blogger was being buggy...LOL...I didn't see that they were bug cool is that!

raine said...

Me putting on makeup at 5 a.m. would most certainly lead to a rousing hospital chorus of "Send In The Clowns"...

Bernita said...

And what is wrong with that, Written?
Absolutely nothing.
A charming fancy, I think.

Thank you, Bonnie. Certainly the prayers, good wishes and positive energies were beneficial.

Grim, Raine.
Hand-eye co-ordination isn't the best.
Yet one wants to present a cheery face and a positive expression for the patient's benefit.

anna said...

Love the graphic!
and 'and he was ex-military'
what a treat finding the annals
love the picture of the sword
silver then red
superb Bernita!!

Scott said...

I just put in my entry. I'm sorry I haven't been around much, although I have lurked from time to time. I'm trying to concentrate on my writing, and blogging, as you well know, is so time consuming.

So, it is with sadness that I say I don't know what the well wishes have been for. But put me down for wishing you, your family and all your friends the best of health.

writtenwyrdd said...

Nothing is wrong with it, bernita! Didn't mean to sound apologetic, was just voicing the adult view that it's not a likely possibility.

Doesn't mean they won't finally find me and take me home, though!

Exeunt said fairy princess Some Day Soon...

Bernita said...

Thank you, Anna!
He entertained our son (RCR's) with his anecdotes of his service (SIGs).

Most kind of you to spare a thought, Scott. Thank you.

You know, Written, it has plot possibilities - adult or not.

Kate Thornton said...

Obsessively, I check the night sky in the morning (I leave the house at 5:30 am after putting on makeup!)looking for the reassuring three stars of Orion's sword (or belt, depending on the fanciful astronomer of choice)

When I can't find Orion, I search for the Dippers, large & small.

So much in the sky depends upon the season and the time of night. Everything changes constantly!

So glad to hear your DH is recovering. Our hearts can be very strong when we need them to be.

Bernita said...

An immoral hour to apply make-up, Kate.

The Orion conglomerate has such an interesting combination of myths connected with it.

EA Monroe said...

Hi Bernita. I'm flying in late from Orion. :) I was over at Miss Snarks and I saw the post someone posted about your post on the HH Crapometer. Too funny!

Bernita said...

Saw that, Elizabeth, and wondered if I had stepped on someone's toes and if they hoped Miss Snark would slap me down.
Also wondered if they had made attribution - as they quoted the blog post extensively.

Marie said...

So pleased that your husband's doing well. Warmest wishes to you both.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Marie.