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Welcome to my blog
I'll share my creative life
I hope you share too!

I value friendship and good conversation.  I look forward to talking with you all. 

For the 2014 A-Z challenge, I'm doing ficlets in a new fantasy world, featuring catkin and other fantastic beings.  Here is the A-Z prompt list, with links to the posts as I write them. As I write this, I'm still hoping for prompts for many letters of the alphabet.  Thank you in advance for your questions, prompts, and comments!


You can find links to my flash fiction, to my serialized story, Fireborn, and to my poetry and songs over at my new (under construction) website, www.wyld-dandelyon.com.

You can also find some of my fiction, poetry, worldbuilding, and artwork over at www.tornworld.net, along with the fiction, poetry, world-building, and art of my talented co-creators there.


If you miss my old, long-winded landing page, you can find it and the landing pages for various projects by searching on the "landing" tag.


Thank You to everyone who's supported me
with your comments, nominations, and sponsorships!



I look forward to chatting with all of you!

Rose and Bay Nominations are Open

The Rose and Bay Awards are for excellence in crowdfunded creativity. If you haven't heard of them, [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has a nice informative post here: Rose and Bay Awards

Anyone can make nominations, but you cannot nominate yourself. If you want, you can nominate Dandelyon's Readings in the Other category in this post here.  You have to make nominations in January.

I will be making some nominations in the next two or three days. If you are doing a project that qualifies, please let me know about it and I'll check it out. I do already have some projects in mind, but I'm happy to at least take a look!

I've found some cool things in years past, looking at other people's nominations.

 

Edit:  I meant to list the categories!  They are Art, Fiction, Poetry, Web Comic, Other Project, and Patron.

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We took Amitiel to the vet again today for a blood pressure recheck. It's still a little high, but no longer dangerously so. He has lost some weight, even though he's still happily eating. It's clear he's getting close to leaving us, but not how soon that will be.

He purred and purred again for the vet and his assistant.

More details below for people who are interested in the medical stuff.

He was having a little trouble breathing, so the vet did an ultrasound. The kidneys are huge and filled with fluid. No kidney stones (which is what the vet expected since there's no evidence of blockage--he's still peeing on the floor). The current kidney diagnosis is either hydronephrosis or perhaps a genetic disease similar to cyctic fibrosis (which the vet says usually kills cats within a year). They can't do anything significant for either disease.

Amitiel also had fluid in his chest cavity, which we had the vet drain. There was quite a lot of the pinkish stuff, and the vet said that meant either lymphoma or FIV. We have two other cats, so paid for the FIV test, which came back negative. That's good news for the other cats, at least. But that leaves him with a diagnosis of kidney disease and cancer.

I did ask about calcitriol, which the vet said would not do him any good and might stress his poor kidneys even more. That was also the reason given for not prescribing a diuretic to try to slow the recurrence of fluid buildup in the chest cavity. They did give him a shot of steroids to reduce inflammation and hopefully slow the return of the fluid. That should make him more comfortable for a while, at least.

So we're back to loving him, feeding him as much as he wants (while trying not to overfeed the two younger cats, who are getting chubby), giving him the blood pressure medicine daily and hydrating him when needed.

Even though this clinic tries hard to keep things affordable, all of this has put a significant dent in my budget for stuff like conventions. (And never mind that people like our President probably have spent a lot more on a single night out for just him and one dinner date.)
In other news, I've had a sore throat for two days, and am pretty foggy-brained. I hope this is the worst of it and not the start of one of the horrible flu strains going around.
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New Moon Readings

I'm going to try something different this time around.  ( Being a New Moon, it should be a good time to experiment.)

I have a Tarot post due at my Patreon, but between the work I'm doing to try to get better elected officials into office, some totally unnecessary interpersonal drama, and my head full of the work in progress, I open a blank page to write about Tarot and it stays blank..  I'm also getting ready to perform at the 19th Street Coffeehouse in their Midwinter Talent Contest on Saturday, I've got a Writer's Group meeting on Sunday, and a sick cat who needs extra care in his old age.  So, I've lots of non-Tarot things cluttering my brain, and I'm finding that I don't seem to have any handy topic-hooks handy for a proper reasonable-sized post.  (I know there's lots of possible hooks, they're just evading me.)

So, instead of free readings, I propose the following:

  • Anyone who poses at least one question/topic about Tarot, writing, music, art, or some other creative thing I do can request a card.
  • If you don't want a card, you can still ask a question or suggest a topic (or more than one), and receive my thanks for your kindness.
  • All of my Patrons over on Patreon can ask for a card, and people who are Patrons specifically for my Tarot work get two.  Just remind me.  Please feel free to ask a question or suggest a topic if you want, but it's not required of patrons.
  • Anyone who tips can also get a card whether or not they pose a question or topic hook.  The guitar case below is my personal PayPal link, featuring my own artwork, which still inspires me even though it isn't Tarot-related. 
  • Patrons, people who have tipped, and people who have signal boosted (for this draw or for my Patreon) can ask a clarifying question after I do their reading, and I will draw another card for you.
  • I am continuing to offer a five-card reading for $25, or if you want a larger reading we can discuss costs.  
As always, new friends and old are very welcome.

About the readings,

You may ask about real life or a creative project, even for a character you play in a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for your protagonist or villain, or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts, and I can modify a more-traditional five-card spread into a prompt for a story focusing on plot or characters or a little of both. Let me know if you have any particular request.

You can pick from my decks, including the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, the Daughters of the Moon Tarot (one of the round decks), or the Shapeshifter Tarot. If you want a Guide to companion you in the new year or the holidays, the Susan Seddon Boulet or Fairies Oracle both work well. If you don't pick a deck, I might pick from any of the decks available to me (I have a whole shelf of them).

I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration. Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip--just let me know some topic or question you'd like me to post about.  

If you're not a Patron, and I use your question for a patrons-only post, I will privately share that post with you as a thank-you.  If I use it for a public post, I'll reply with the link.

When you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your Paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $2 (Paypal charges fees). If Paypal doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I will reply to all requests, though with the contest and writers group this weekend, there may be a little delay, depending on when I see your post.

Thank you, and Blessed Be.

Status: Open!   I plan to leave this post open through Sunday night.

As always, while I work hard to offer insight and inspiration, all I can legally promise is entertainment. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

This entry was originally posted at https://wyld-dandelyon.dreamwidth.org/451094.html. Be welcome to comment wherever you prefer, but be warned that LJ has not, under the new management, been sending me notifications of comments. I will check LJ periodically, but life being what it is, commenting on DW will likely get you a faster response.

I hate paying bills.

That's all, I guess.

I'll stop procrastinating now.


...


Or now...

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The holidays are always busy, and always fraught with food-danger. I lost most of Christmas Day to food allergies, but had a good Christmas anyway, getting to see family and being gifted with way too many Deirdre-safe cookies and even a pie by my daughter. Oh, well, those will keep.

But that put me behind on writing things, and I ended up working on a story far too late into the night today. But I did finish it by the deadline to submit it--and when I read it aloud after submitting it, found almost no typos. (I'd rather none at all, of course, but a 4000+ word story with only a couple of typos isn't horrible.)

So, here we are on New Year's Day, looking at a new year that, I hope, will bring better things to us all than the old one did. Come, visit a while, and I'll do a reading if you want.

As always, New friends and old are very welcome.

(Edit: I tried to put a picture in here and kept getting an error message. *sigh*)

About the readings,

You can simply ask for a single card (with the usual clarifying card for people who tip). The guitar case below is my personal PayPal link, featuring my own artwork, which still inspires me even though it isn't Tarot-related.

I am also offering a five-card reading for $25, or if you want a larger reading we can discuss costs. A signal boost for readings or for my Patereon will allow you to ask for a clarification card on some part of this reading, if you wish.

Regardless of the length of the reading, you may ask about real life or a creative project, even for a character you play in a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for your protagonist or villain, or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts, and I can modify a more-traditional five-card spread into a prompt for a story focusing on plot or characters or a little of both. Let me know if you have any particular request.

For free one card readings, you can pick from my decks, including the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, the Daughters of the Moon Tarot (one of the round decks), or the Shapeshifter Tarot. If you want a Guide to companion you in the new year or the holidays, the Susan Seddon Boulet or Fairies Oracle both work well. If you don't pick a deck, I might pick from any of the decks available to me.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration. Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

When you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your Paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $2 (Paypal charges fees). If Paypal doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I will reply to all requests, though with the holidays, there may be a delay in getting to you.

Thank you, Blessed Be, and may your new year be full of joy and dreams made happily true!

Status: Open!

As always, while I work hard to offer insight and inspiration, all I can legally promise is entertainment. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.



This entry was originally posted at https://wyld-dandelyon.dreamwidth.org/450705.html. Be welcome to comment wherever you prefer, but be warned that LJ has not, under the new management, been sending me notifications of comments. I will check LJ periodically, but life being what it is, commenting on DW will likely get you a faster response.

Joyous Yule to you All

We got out to a proper Solstice party today, and a ritual. As part of the ritual, we were invited to talk about our intentions for the new year.

Now, I've never been much for New Year's Resolutions. They're usually rash promises for radical change, things we think we ought to do, and hope that a public declaration will give us some magical resolve or insight that makes us different people.

I listened to people talk, asking for change, or intending things that I just don't feel up to, and I thought about what I want in the new year, and what the world needs, and which parts of that I might be able to actually do. And I came up with this:

I want to make good art.

(The echo of Neil Gaiman resonated in my head. He meant all art forms, but my listeners wouldn't know that. And I don't want to be only arting, I want to be singing and writing stories and songs. So I added to that.)

And good music and good stories.

(And I am doing volunteer work, hoping to get the worst of our politicians out of office, and replace them with good people, people who care about all of the citizens, not just their own pocketbooks and people like them. I don't really 'want' to be doing those things, in and of themselves. They are a means to an end. But what is the core of that? I finished:)

And bring people hope.

(I didn't know I was going to say that, but it's true. I wish you hope for the New Year, and for future years. I wish hope for the natural world, hope for all people, hope for future generations. Hope for achieving your dreams. Because it's really hard to work toward your dreams if you don't believe you can achieve them. I know that one all too well.)

None of those things are new. All of those things are things I'm doing already, at least a little. But in this coming year, I want to do them more and better. No radical changes, just more and better.

That's a new year's intention I think I can keep.

Over the weekend, I visited my sister, and we made Irish Soda Bread with Deirdre-safe ingredients. Yum!



Reminder: I'm still open for card readings, if you want one.

This entry was originally posted at https://wyld-dandelyon.dreamwidth.org/450391.html. Be welcome to comment wherever you prefer, but be warned that LJ has not, under the new management, been sending me notifications of comments. I will check LJ periodically, but life being what it is, commenting on DW will likely get you a faster response.

Readings for New Moon and Solstice

The interwebs tell me that this is the "Micro Moon." I'm not quite sure what to make of that, except of course that it's time to read cards for people. The Winter Solstice is coming up too. Given how busy things are for everyone (including me), I'm leaving this open until December 23.

Feel free to ask about the new year if you want, since magically the new moon and new year are the same kind of energy, but I do plan to do a Full Moon reading on January 1, so you can, instead, ask for advice on handling the holidays or on new projects or, really, anything you want.

If you want to give me a present this Yule, please go look at my Patreon, I'd love to hear what you think. I'll be posting a 1st draft chapter of my Quirky Writer's Guide to Foiling Writer's Block in the next day or two, and then will start work on a post for my very first (and treasured) patron.

Would people be interested in a more expensive reading for the new year? If so, a month-by month reading or something else? If there's interest, I can arrange to do that on the Solstice or as part of the January 1 readings.

As always, New friends and old are very welcome.

About the readings,

You can simply ask for a single card (with the usual clarifying card for people who tip). The guitar case below is my personal PayPal link, featuring my own artwork, which still inspires me even though it isn't Tarot-related.

I am also offering a five-card reading for $25, or if you want a larger reading we can discuss costs. A signal boost for readings or for the Patereon will allow you to ask for a clarification card on some part of this reading, if you wish.

Regardless of the length of the reading, you may ask about real life or a creative project, even for a character you play in a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for your protagonist or villain, or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts, and I can modify a more-traditional five-card spread into a prompt for a story focusing on plot or characters or a little of both. Let me know if you have any particular request.

For free one card readings, you can pick from my decks, including the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, the Daughters of the Moon Tarot (one of the round decks), or the Shapeshifter Tarot. If you want a Guide to companion you in the new year or the holidays, the Susan Seddon Boulet or Fairies Oracle both work well. If you don't pick a deck, I might pick from any of the decks available to me.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration. Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

When you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your Paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $2 (Paypal charges fees). If Paypal doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I will reply to all requests, though with the holidays, there may be a delay in getting to you.

Thank you, Blessed Be, and may whatever holidays you celebrate be low-stress and joyful!

Status: Open!

As always, while I work hard to offer insight and inspiration, all I can legally promise is entertainment. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

This entry was originally posted at https://wyld-dandelyon.dreamwidth.org/450238.html. Be welcome to comment wherever you prefer, but be warned that LJ has not, under the new management, been sending me notifications of comments. I will check LJ periodically, but life being what it is, commenting on DW will likely get you a faster response.
So, I now have a paid DreamWidth account and have set up one final import. There's not a lot that I expect to change here except that I'll get all my icons imported. Sadly, DW isn't set up to import photos hosted on LJ, so the old posts will lose their photos. It's imperfect, but it's the best I can do. I will not give money to people who not only imposed objectionable TOS on people, but did it without warning and made it impossible to even back up your blog to another site without pressing that "agree" button.  Next, I will see about crossposting without using LJ as an intermediary.

Also, as I noted during the last readings, I've set up a Patreon. Naturally, shortly after I did that, Patreon decided to change how they charge people, which caused a lot of uproar. Unlike the GOP, the people running Patreon listened to their Creators and Patrons and changed their minds, sending out an e-mail this morning. But until that happened, I felt weird about asking my old and new friends to send me one or more dollars, knowing that Patreon had said they would be charging patrons more than the pledged amount.

But now, that is no longer the case, so instead of saying, "I'm aware of this and will be investigating other options", I can simply invite you along for the adventure.

So, with butterflies in my stomach, here it is:  Deirdre's Patreon.

I just put up a second free post, and will add some more Patrons Only posts soon.

This entry was originally posted at https://wyld-dandelyon.dreamwidth.org/449910.html. Be welcome to comment wherever you prefer, but be warned that LJ has not, under the new management, been sending me notifications of comments. I will check LJ periodically, but life being what it is, commenting on DW will likely get you a faster response.

Full Moon Readings

I've been busy.  I made a Patreon Page, but what with conventions and Thanksgiving and so much else, I've had the start of a post telling people about it hanging out on my computer for days.   So there's a couple of posts (one free and one for supporters) there that no one  has seen or commented on, and I have no patrons at all yet.  

I also have started to figure out all the things I should do before I close my LJ account. 

And I won NaNoWriMo, finishing a young adult novel and starting the sequel.  I also rewrote the prequel, though I didn't count that toward my word count. 

And I called my congress critters. (Shame on my Republican Senator for allowing a vote on an unfinished and unread bill!).  I even managed to catch Ho-Oh.

And now I'd better pay bills and sign up for healthcare and make my lists (and check them twice) and...lots of stuff!

So I feel reasonably accomplished, and yet totally behind too!  Oh, well, such is life. 

And here it is, the full moon again.  It's allegedly the "Cold Moon", though it's been in the 50s out during the day.  Climate change is no joke, folks.  

But still, it's the full moon, and so it is time for readings.  New friends and old are very welcome.

About the readings,

You can simply ask for a single card (with the usual clarifying card for people who tip). The guitar case below is my personal PayPal link, featuring my own artwork, which still inspires me even though it isn't Tarot-related.

I am also offering a five-card reading for $25, or if you want a larger reading we can discuss costs. As always, a signal boost will allow you to ask for a clarification card on some part of this reading, if you wish. Alternatively, for at least $10 you can ask for a Torn World reading and get an in-character reading set in Affamarg or the Breidalam Mountains using that world's standard layout for the divination disks.

Regardless of the length of the reading, you may ask about real life or a creative project, even for a character you play in a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for your protagonist or villain, or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts, and I can modify a more-traditional five-card spread into a prompt for a story focusing on plot or characters or a little of both. Or I could do something completely different.  Let me know if you have any particular request.

For free one card readings, you can pick from the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, the Daughters of the Moon Tarot (one of the round decks), or the Shapeshifter Tarot. If you don't pick a deck, I might pick from any of the decks available to me.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). Paid readings, short or long, also let you ask me to use any of my other decks, including but not limited to my combined Susan Seddon Boulet Animal Spirits and Goddesses cards and my Fantasy Showcase Tarot deck where each card was done by a different science fiction/fantasy artist.

Tipping can also be used to request a private reading.

Signal boosts are very much appreciated, and also earn you the right to ask for a clarifying card. (If you only signal boost, please do not ask for two cards to start with. A clarifying card, if the reading is unclear to you, is fine.)

I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration. Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

When you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your Paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $2 (Paypal charges fees). If Paypal doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I've written before about why I do readings and about some of the decks I use here, feel free to hop over and check me out. I'll wait.

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this card draw by changing the status line below rather than risk leaving anyone without a response.

Thank you, and Blessed Be!

Status: Open to free one-card readings until I go to sleep Monday night (which will doubtless be well after midnight) and open to tipped readings until this status message is changed.

As always, these readings are for entertainment and inspiration only. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

This entry was originally posted at https://wyld-dandelyon.dreamwidth.org/449112.html. Be welcome to comment wherever you prefer, but be warned that LJ has not, under the new management, been sending me notifications of comments. I will check LJ periodically, but life being what it is, commenting on DW will likely get you a faster response.

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