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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.
 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

echelle
noun \ā-ˈshel\
Popularity: Bottom 10% of words

Definition of echelle
:  a diffraction grating made by ruling a plane metallic mirror with lines having a relatively wide spacing
Origin and Etymology of echelle
French, literally, ladder, from Old French eschele


First Known Use: 1949

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Musings: Jet Streams and Moon photographs







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


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

ecesis
noun  ece·sis \i-ˈsē-səs, -ˈkē-\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words

 Definition of ecesis
:  the establishment of a plant or animal in a new habitat
Origin and Etymology of ecesis
New Latin, from Greek oikēsis inhabitation, from oikein to inhabit — more at ecumenical


First Known Use: circa 1904

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona Cloud formation photographs








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


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

Ebullience

noun  ebul·lience \i-ˈbu̇l-yən(t)s, -ˈbəl-\
Popularity: Bottom 40% of words

Definition of ebullience
:  the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings :  exuberance
1749
First Known Use of ebullience

1749


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

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Musings: Finding the right puppy for your lifestyle

Most people find puppies irresistible and want to take one home. Before making an impulsive decision, there are a couple of things to consider:

1. Are you prepared to make a commitment for ten to fifteen years? A puppy isn't a pair of shoes or a purse that can be shoved in the closet when you tire of it.

2. It's important to consider adopting the right companion animal for your lifestyle. Compatibility is essential for a happy life together.

Puppy Spot sent me a flowchart test that inspired me, which I've posted below. It will help you find the right puppy. Puppy Spot has a lot of information you can check out regarding puppy safety care. They also have a core policy: No Puppy Mill Promise

I took the test and discovered my Chihuahua is the perfect companion for me and my lifestyle.



Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

dybbuk
noun  dyb·buk \ˈdi-bək\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words

Definition of dybbuk
plural dybbukimplay \ˌdi-bu̇-ˈkēm\ also dybbuks
:  a wandering soul believed in Jewish folklore to enter and control a living body until exorcised by a religious rite
Related to dybbuk

Origin and Etymology of dybbuk
Yiddish dibek, from Late Hebrew dibbūq


First Known Use: circa 1903

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