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About Catherine McLean

Author, Writing Instructor, Workshop Speaker. Home Web page for Readers is www.CatherineEmclean.com and for Writers it's www.WritersCheatSheets.com *** SPECIAL NOTE: My novel, Karma and Mayhem, earned a Night Owl Top Pick Review! ***

I’m Back!

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DARQ: As you can readily see, I’ve returned to Earth for another season of ambassadorial duties. This is a Wysotti outfit for those who are interested. Simple, and in my humble opinion, gorgeous. Even my sandals and hairpiece reflect the dress’s designs. Have a look—

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 Because of the hurricanes that hit the U.S.A., my arrival party had to be delayed but little stops the MIB (Men in Black) from seeing that they —and I— have a good time in Texas. There’s nothing like beer and burgers and BBQ ribs!

Speaking of Texas and the Old West, this Halloween I’ll be going to a dude ranch, at an undisclosed location, of course. There will be something called a Chuck Wagon Cook Out with a square dance in a barn. The theme for the costumes is “Prairie Dress.” That ought to keep Catherine busy at the sewing machine.

Oh, and don’t tell Catherine, but I decided on wearing another Erte-inspired gown for New Years.The celebration theme is “At the Ritz” and I have already picked out the illustration.

CATHERINE: Geez, Darq, you do know I get notices of your blog, right?

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DARQ: Oops. I forgot about that. Must be one too many beers . . . (hiccup) . . .

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For sewers: the fabric is a lacy knit with cotton trim. The floral touches are scrapbooking decals.

Stop back on Halloween to she Darq’s Prairie Dress and hear all about Darq’s chuck wagon outing.

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Getting Some R&R – be back Oct. 1

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CATHERINE:  Well, it’s that time of year when even an alien ambassador like Darq needs a little R&R – as well as to reconnect with her husband and children back on her homeworld. According to the Men In Black, ETA for her arrival back at my farm will be October 1st. I wonder what Halloween party she’ll be going to and what will she be wearing for a costume?  Stop back Oct. 1st – or better yet, follow this blog and be the first to know.

Oh, and regarding the shoes Darq’s wearing, I made them from the trim off the plastic table runner that’s currently adorning my dining room table.   Don’t tell Darq. She thinks they’re some kind of exotic leather.

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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Easter 2017

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Video Chat – DARQ: Sorry, Catherine, I don’t have any time to chat, I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date –

CATHERINE: Hold it right there, Darq. You’re quoting Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit. And how can you be late? You’re never late. Besides, you left day’s ago with your team of Men In Black for who-knows-where. I really wish the MIB or you would tell me where you get to go in the world.

DARQ: I know, but you know I can’t say anything. It’s the old top secret alien on Earth kind of thing. (Darq whispers): I left you a clue in the picture – BALLOON rising. Whirligig spinning in the wind . . .

CATHERINE ponders, then whispers: Hot air balloon? You’re going on a hot air balloon ride.

DARQ (still whispering): More of an airship kind of thing.

CATHERINE: Airship? Steampunk air ship?

DARQ: You know I can’t divulge that! And, besides, this is my last fun excursion before I head back to my homeworld and my family. Oh, I really have to go! 

Connection ends.

CATHERINE:  To all who celebrate it, I and Darq wish you a Happy Easter.

****Stop back May 1 to see what Darqwears for her trip back to her homeworld and learn when she’ll be back on Earth visiting me again.

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Note to Sewers: Darq is wearing a Wysotti fashion designed jumpsuit. Darq said not to call it that because it reminded her of  ugly shipsuits, but, hey, it is what it is! As to shoes, which Darq did not show off, her’s have ‘rabbit ears’ at the back. Kinda appropriate for Easter, don’t you think?

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Posted by on April 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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DARQ:  I’ve danced through a field of clovers until my shoes turned pale green!

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CATHERINE: Yeah, right. Those shoes were shamrock green to begin with. And here’s the proof-

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DARQ: Not shamrock green, Catherine – clover green. Don’t you know the difference?

CATHERINE: There’s a difference?

DARQ: Here in Ireland – oops, wasn’t supposed to divulge that – don’t let the Men In Black know I said that.

CATHERINE: Mums the word.

DARQ: Anyway, about the shamrock versus clover – botanists are not be entirely in agreement with which plants are shamrocks and which are clovers.

CATHERINE: So who is?

DARQ: The Irish are. You see, Irish legend claims that St. Patrick used a small clover with three leaves called shamrocks to illustrate Christianity’s holy trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost.Anyone who slays dragons must be right, right?

CATHERINE: Ah, yes, Christianity and good old St. Patrick. Okay, smarty, what’s with the four-leaf clovers, those shamrocks associated with St. Patrick’s Day?

DARQ: Those four-leaf clovers are a rare genetic mutation of three-leaved clovers. Did you know four-leaf clovers are considered lucky?

CATHERINE: I did. So, what’s with all the three leaf shamrocks you’re dancing about?

DARQ (cheeks turning slightly red): I was trying to find a four-leaf shamrock.

CATHERINE: Doesn’t look to me like there are any except for those embossed on the coins and the caldron.

DARQ: That’s not a caldron!  That’s a pot-of-gold.  And there is one four-leaf shamrock, but it is really hard to see. It blends in with all the green stones and coins.

CATHERINE: In other words, flash from the camera blitzed it out so it can’t be seen?

DARQ: Exactly. Now, I’ve had it up to my knees in shamrocks, so how about we wish everyone who celebrates it –

CATHERINE: I’m way ahead of you –

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

*****Stop back at Easter to see Darq in a new outfit, this one of her native Wysotti design.

*****Note to Sewers:  Darq’s outfit is a wrap-around skirt that took 60″ of gathered iridescent netting to form the “lace.” Her golden cummerbund was once (many decades ago) a shoe buckle pulled from the “Junk Jar.” After all, you never know when something so pretty will be re-purposed. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Valentine’s Art In The Garden

DARQ: Bet you’ll never guess where I am this Valentine’s Day?

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Oh, right, you read the sign – Art In The Garden Charity Event.

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Yes, that’s where I am, in this beautiful ten-acre, landscaped “back yard” of a mansion in a warm part of the U. S. of A. You know the drill – I can’t be specific about my whereabouts. Just don’t tell Catherine it’s a balmy 70 degrees here. When I spoke to her last night, the rain had yielded to a blizzard-like, wind-driven snow, small tree branches were littering her dirt road, and the snow has coated everything.

Interestingly enough, here at the art show the judges picked an oil on canvas of a winter scene that looks almost like a view from Catherine’s house, like the artist peered down her driveway.

Of all the art, my favorite so far is the gnome with his shovel, digging flowers next a huge rock topped with purple crystals. Well, I have to go check out the next path to the pond where there’s supposed to be some awesome sculptures. So let me official say – 

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I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Oh, wait. I almost forgot. My outfit isn’t fancy but then again I’m only walking about a garden. However, my shoes are modest but bling-worthy. All red sparkles and gold hearts.See-

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Stop by next month to find out where Darq will be for St. Patrick’s Day and if she’ll be wearing green.

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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Interview by an English Witch

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Catherine here– If your day can use a smile or two, go to

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because Darq is in England as a guest of none other than Mrs. Baker, the English witch, who invited Darq to tea  today (and to interview her).

The two are even baking Darq’s Fruity Cake for the orphans. The recipe is also revealed.

There are lots of pictures of Darq and Mrs. B that Darq, Mrs. B, Penny Blake, and I think you’ll enjoy, so please feel free to comment. Or, if you’re curious what elements were used in the photos that makes the food (or anything else) look real, leave a comment!

Have fun (I and Penny sure did!)

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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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2017 – The New Year!

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Darq here – as you can see, the gown Catherine made for me is sensational. It’s this rich, fire-orange-red velour with a glitter netting vest of eight layers with an enormous train.  Here’s the back view –

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and, of course, there are the shoes!

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All in all, I had a very nice New Year’s eve party and will soon be back at the farm. Then it will be off to England where I’ll be interviewed by a witch and baking Fruity Cake for her orphans.

I wish you and yours a peaceful, joyful, and happy New Year!

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and me, Catherine E. McLean, author of JEWELS OF THE SKY, a sci-fi adventure novel where two weeks after the book debuted, I found a doll that looked just like Darq, the story’s starfighter pilot and heroine. The story is  about –

Survival or extinction? 

Mercy or miracle? 

One woman’s choice.

    Being a direct descendant of the captain who massacred the Mayans, Darq is a Wysotti woman and a duty-oriented, pragmatic interstellar fighter pilot. She doesn’t believe in miracles or forgiveness, or that J’Hi-inti (god) would ever rescind the death curse on her people for what happened to the Mayans. Only J’Hi-inti hears one compelling plea for reconciliation and decides to let chaos rule— and test Darq. After all, she’s a wild card like her nefarious ancestor. What will she do when she faces the ruthless alien fleet commander who spearheads the blitzkrieg that is to finally destroy her homeworld, and who she once witnessed murder her cadet comrades?  Blinded by hate and survivor guilt, all that stands between survival and extinction, heaven or hell, for Darq and her people is mercy— or a miracle.

For other books and stories by Catherine, go HERE

New, lighthearted, sci-fi short story with a romantic twist has been published in Nebula Rift – check out “Christmas on Kifel”here.

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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