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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, November 22, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enlace
VERB

literary
Entwine or entangle.
‘a web of green enlaced the thorn trees’
More example sentences
Origin
Middle English: from Old French enlacier, based on Latin laqueus ‘noose’.
Pronunciation

enlace/ɪnˈleɪs//ɛnˈleɪs/


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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona cloud formations photos





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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enkindle
VERB

literary
1Set on fire.
‘the glare from its enkindled roof illumined its innermost recesses’
2Arouse or inspire (an emotion)
‘fresh remembrance of vexation must still enkindle rage’
Pronunciation

enkindle/ɛnˈkɪnd(ə)l//ɪnˈkɪnd(ə)l/


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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona cloud formations photos






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


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enkephalin
(also encephalin)
NOUN

Biochemistry
Either of two peptide compounds occurring naturally in the brain, related to the endorphins and having similar physiological effects.
Example sentences
Origin
1970s: from Greek enkephalos ‘brain’ (from en- ‘in’ + kephalē ‘head’) + -in.
Pronunciation
enkephalin/ɛnˈkɛf(ə)lɪn/



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

Monday, November 06, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona sunset photographs







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

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enjambed
ADJECTIVE

(of a line, couplet, or stanza of verse) ending part-way through a sentence or clause which continues in the next.
Example sentences
‘In the last four lines, all of them enjambed, Ryan begins to break against the units of grammatical and syntactical sense that give the first nine lines their air of balanced authority and control.’
‘Another aural effect created by it in highly enjambed poems is a counterpoint of the pauses expected at the end of lines with the pauses that occur mid-line as they frame a completed thought or grammatical unit.’
Origin
Late 19th century: from French enjamber ‘stride over’ + -ed.
Pronunciation

enjambed/ɛnˈdʒam//ɪnˈdʒam/


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

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona sunset photographs






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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enisle
VERB

literary
Isolate on or as if on an island.
‘in the sea of life enisled, we mortal millions live alone’
Pronunciation

enisle/ɪnˈʌɪl//ɛnˈʌɪl/


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

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona jet stream photographs







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


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enharmonic
ADJECTIVE

Music
1Relating to or denoting notes which are the same in pitch (in modern tuning) though bearing different names (e.g. F sharp and G flat or B and C flat)
‘double flats and double sharps are replaced by their enharmonic equivalents in harp music’
More example sentences
1.1 Of or having intervals smaller than a semitone (e.g. between notes such as F sharp and G flat, in systems of tuning which distinguish them).
Example sentences
Origin
Early 17th century (designating ancient Greek music based on a tetrachord divided into two quarter-tones and a major third): via late Latin from Greek enarmonikos, from en- ‘in’ + harmonia ‘harmony’.
Pronunciation
enharmonic/ˌɛnhɑːˈmɒnɪk/



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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Musings: Moon photographs









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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enfilade
NOUN

1A volley of gunfire directed along a line from end to end.
‘they were mown down by an enfilade of artillery’
2A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other.
Example sentences
VERB

Direct a volley of gunfire along the length of (a target)
‘a sweeping crossfire enfiladed our riflemen’
Origin
Early 18th century (denoting the position of a military post commanding the length of a line): from French, from enfiler ‘thread on a string, pierce from end to end’, from en- ‘in, on’ + fil ‘thread’.
Pronunciation

enfilade/ˌɛnfɪˈleɪd/


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

Monday, October 09, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona cloud formation photos





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

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

enfeoff
VERB

(under the feudal system) give (someone) freehold property or land in exchange for their pledged service.
‘he enfeoffed trustees with the lands’
‘the enfeoffed knights and overlords’
More example sentences
Origin
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French enfeoffer, from Old French en- ‘in’ + fief ‘fief’. Compare with feoffment.
Pronunciation

enfeoff/ɪnˈfiːf//ɪnˈfɛf//ɛnˈfiːf//ɛnˈfɛf/

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


Monday, October 02, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona cloud formation photos






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


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

endarterectomy
NOUN

mass noun
Surgical removal of part of the inner lining of an artery, together with any obstructive deposits, most often carried out on the carotid artery or on vessels supplying the legs.
‘endarterectomy has proved successful’
count noun ‘many carotid endarterectomies were unnecessary’
More example sentences
Pronunciation

endarterectomy/ˌɛndɑːtəˈrɛktəmi/

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona Sunset Photos





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


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

encapsidate
VERB

Biochemistry
Enclose (a gene or virus particle) in a protein shell.
‘each piece of dsRNA is encapsidated separately’
More example sentences
Origin
1980s: from en- + capsid + -ate.
Pronunciation

encapsidate/ɪnˈkapsɪdeɪt//ɛnˈkapsɪdeɪt/

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Musings: Game of Thrones Season Seven Finale

This one fell a little flat for me, but maybe nothing could compare to the awesome season six finale. My expectations were too high. Anyway, there were still some bright moments in the final episode of season seven.

The Starks finally got to put an end to the person who started everything, the person who got their father executed. I kind of felt sorry for Littlefinger, but not too much. My only gripe is that it felt forced and rushed. The writers had the viewers thinking Arya and Sansa were going to go against each other and then, wham, Littlefinger is getting his throat slashed. I’m all for twists and surprises, but it seemed like we were deliberately misled. It could have been handled better.

This whole season, ever since Jon Snow and Daenarys met, I’ve been bothered by them getting together. At first I thought it was because of the incest factor, but I realized it’s because now that they’ve consummated their relationship, they are doomed—star-crossed lovers. There are no happy endings in Martin’s world. I like both of these characters and now I’m sure they will both die after they do what’s necessary to save the world. I get the feeling Daenarys is fated to die giving birth just like Jon’s mother. Jon will probably die in battle. I doubt they will live happily ever after. They are destined to save the world so others can live happy lives.



There’s a lot of talk online about the identity of Azor Ahai, The Prince Who Was Promised. Everyone thinks it’s either Dany or Jon, but I have a different theory. That’s too obvious. I think it’s Jaime Lannister. He’s not the obvious choice, but he’s gone through major changes since season one. I hated him when he pushed Bran out the tower window, but then the Starks captured him in battle and he lost his hand. With Brienne’s help, he changed, he grew a conscience. I’ve liked him ever since then. And now at the end of season seven, he finally had the balls to leave his treacherous harpy sister. It looks like he’s headed toward the North to fight the whitewalkers, which fits the prophecy. He’s is also probably fated to kill his coldhearted sister/lover Cersei. I know it’s a farfetched theory, but that’s what I’m going with. I’d like to see him become the hero. I’m a fan of redemption.

My other gripe is we only got to see one brief flashback of Rhaegar and Lyanna. It was cool seeing their secret wedding, but come on, I want more.


I sure hope the final season lives up to what we expect of Martin’s world. Please do not give us some cheesy happy ending. There must be sacrifices at the end of this tragic story, even if it means the death of some favorite characters.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

emu-bob
VERB

Australian
Carry out a detailed search of an area.
‘the men form a line and emu-bob through the waist-high scrub’
with object ‘after emu-bobbing the surroundings for potential clues, they return along the track’
More example sentences
Origin
Early 20th century: with allusion to the movements of an emu bending its neck towards the ground in search of food.

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



Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Musings: Arizona cloud formation photos






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

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

empaestic
(also empaeistic, empaistic)
ADJECTIVE

Art Architecture
rare
Of or relating to embossing or embossed ornamentation; (of ornamentation) embossed, stamped.
Origin
Mid 19th century. From Hellenistic Greek ἐμπαιστικός of or relating to embossing (in ἐμπαιστική τέχνη the art of embossing) from Byzantine Greek ἐμπαιστός embossed (although this is apparently first attested later; from Hellenistic Greek ἐμπαίειν to beat in, emboss, already in ancient Greek in intransitive, figurative use + -τός, suffix forming verbal adjectives) + -ικός.
Pronunciation

empaestic/ɛmˈpiːstɪk//ɛmˈpʌɪstɪk//ɪmˈpiːstɪk/

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

Monday, September 04, 2017

Monday Musings: Jet Stream photos







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