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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, June 22, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

cavalcade
noun  cav·al·cade  \ˌka-vəl-ˈkād, ˈka-vəl-ˌ\
Simple Definition of cavalcade
Popularity: Bottom 50% of words
: a line of riders, vehicles, etc., moving along in the same direction
: a series of related things

Full Definition of cavalcade
1
a :  a procession of riders or carriages
b :  a procession of vehicles or ships
2
:  a dramatic sequence or procession :  series

Examples of cavalcade
The cavalcade arrived at the hotel.
a cavalcade of antique cars
a cavalcade of natural disasters

Origin of cavalcade
French, ride on horseback, from Old Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare to go on horseback, from Late Latin caballicare, from Latin caballus horse; akin to Greek kaballeion horse, Middle Irish capall workhorse


First Known Use: 1644

Beauty may be the real beast.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Story, My Way ~ An Indie Adventure: Take Five With Author Kelley Heckart

My Story, My Way ~ An Indie Adventure: Take Five With Author Kelley Heckart:   Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Kelley Heckart. And be still my heart, she follows a passion of mine...read the fir...

Weird Word Wednesday

caudad
adverb  cau·dad  \ˈkȯ-ˌdad\
Definition of caudad
Popularity: Bottom 40% of words
:  toward the tail or posterior end

Origin of caudad
Latin cauda


First Known Use: 1888

Beauty may be the real beast.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

catabolism
noun  ca·tab·o·lism  \kə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm\
Definition of catabolism
Popularity: Bottom 40% of words
:  degradative metabolism involving the release of energy and resulting in the breakdown of complex materials (as proteins or lipids) within the organism — compare anabolism
cat·a·bol·ic play \ˌka-tə-ˈbä-lik\ adjective
cat·a·bol·i·cal·ly play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of catabolism
Greek katabolē throwing down, from kataballein to throw down, from kata- + ballein to throw — more at devil


First Known Use: 1876



Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Monday Musing: Aging and hiding who you really are

What is it about being an aging woman and feeling forced to hide who you really are? Why should women feel like they have to color their graying hair? Or cut it so they “look their age.” What kind of bulls**t is that? Men aren’t pressured to hide their gray.

I hate these stupid unwritten rules. There are plenty of attractive older women with long gray hair. Lately I’ve been recalling a memory of my maternal grandmother who has been gone a long time. It’s one I haven’t thought much about until now, but it’s a powerful memory. I remember my grandmother undoing her bun and brushing her beautiful long, gray hair. Yeah, she didn’t conform and cut or color her hair.

As my long hair started turning gray, I went through a phase where I tried coloring it and cutting it short, but I always ended up letting it grow out. I turned to my grandmother for inspiration and decided I wasn’t going to conform anymore either. I never did before so why should I start now? I don’t care what anyone thinks of my long, graying hair. My hair has never been healthier since I stopped damaging it with color. Some cultures believe that having long hair gives you power. I believe it now too.

I think of my grandma now when I let my hair down and brush it, the gray streaks gleaming with defiance to anyone who thinks older women should color and cut their hair.

I smile.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s because of my grandma that I do what I want and not what others want me to do. It’s because of her example that I don’t feel I have to hide who I really am.



Beauty may be the real beast.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.