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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

http://www.catherineemclean.com/english-witch-interviews-darq.html

 

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 –

img_5673-use-backviewThe train’s eight tiers are alternating between pink and black netting. There are seven flowing “chains” that are incrediably lightweight. As you can see, there are “jewels” dangling from two of the upper, shorter chains. Here’s a frontal view of the dress and the vest –

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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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Christmas 2016

Darq here- Just want to wish all who celebrate it a Merry Christmas and for those who, beginning yesterday, began celebrating it –  Happy Hanukkah!  Below is a rare photo of me – rare because my escorts, the Men In Black (oft referred to as the MIB), usually keep me out of camera views. The old “don’t draw undue attention to an alien from outer space thing.”

Anyway, I’m wearing my official Wysotti ambassador’s robe, the fancy, most formal one, and that scarf-shawl with all the fringe is what we Wysotti call a tiq-wa-pah-yo-taa-pan. At the ends of the shawl are the sacred feathers of the office of an ambassador as well as the seals of the eight nations of my world along with the leaves for my tribal clan. The red feather indicates I’m a starfighter in the E-calli (our military).

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Here’s the back view –

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Yes, the dress is shot with gold thread and it weighs a lot. And as you can see, I’ve got ribbons in my hair – another Wysotti high-fashion statement. Okay, so it’s just something festive but I didn’t tell Catherine that. She half cussed braiding my hair and sewing in those ribbons!  LOL

As to where was I when these photos were taken? Well I can’t tell you exactly, top secret, you know.

img_5643I will tell you this – it’s not easy being at such affairs. I spent hours standing in a corner, chatting with Earth diplomats, wheeling and dealing on behalf of my nation, so by the time things wound down, I was more than ready for a hefty swig of beer. Agent MM of the MIB gave me a very odd-looking brew. It had quite a fizzy head and was wonderfully icy cold!

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Okay, just one last view – what else – the shoes!

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I love shoes and the more bling they have the better. Which now brings me to today, Christmas at Catherine’s and these shoe-slippers minus bling . . .

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This casual footwear goes with my more casual Wysotti top and slacks for what Catherine calls “down-on-the-farm Christmas.” But you know Catherine, she added a little festive touch for me – a reindeer – and even gave me candy cane earrings . . .

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Well, maybe not entirely a full-view but you get the idea.

What’s in the gift boxes? They’re from Catherine. The one in my hands I opened first and found these glitzy shoes and a pair of steampunk cuffs.

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The second gift was this one-piece “unmentionable” –

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There is a “key” on each pant leg, and they each hold a dagger, which may come in handy for my January 10, 2017, interview. I will be in England, the guest of the witch Mrs. Baker. We’ll be baking my Fruity Cake  and having a spot of tea, which sounds odd to me to offer someone so little tea, but Catherine says that’s just an idiosyncrasy of the British, and I will get a full cup of tea. (I hope she’s right.)

As to New Year’s Eve, once again I’ll be doing my diplomatic duty at a party – the destination undisclosed even to me at this writing!

All I’ve been told is that the theme is Art Deco Fire and Ice, so Catherine is making me a lovely gown, one with an enormously long train and a kilometer’s worth of dangling chains. She assures me the New Year’s gown won’t weigh as much as my official ambassador’s outfit. I’ll let you know how heavy the new gown is when I post to this blog on New Year’s Day.

Oh, before I forget. There was no winner of the $5 gift certificate offered for guessing what the base was of the 2.5″ ray gun I had under my Halloween costume’s hat. If you’re still curious as to what it is, contact Catherine.

Well, the oven dinger just dinged and the lamb roast should be ready. Until next New Year’s morning, enjoy the festivities of your day,

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah!

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and me, Catherine E. McLean, author of JEWELS OF THE SKY, a sci-fi adventure novel 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 just been published in Nebula Rift – check out “Christmas on Kifel”here.

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Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Thanksgiving Day 2016

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Location: New York City. A 6 a.m. email from Darq: I’ve only got a few minutes before I have to leave for the Macy’s parade, but I wanted to wish all who celebrate it a Happy Thanksgiving.

I know the sign I’m holding blocks  everyone fromseeing my outfit. It’s not any Earth design but a design Catherine made based on one of the pictures I gave her of my homeworld’s un-haute couture. LOL

Anyway, here’s a better look at this coat-dress and the matching shoes. (I love these shoes, so comfortable!)

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Well, I have to go, the MIB [Men In Black] have a limo waiting to take me to the highrise where I’ll have a great view to look down the avenue as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade goes by. I’ll see every float – especially looking forward to how huge Buzz Lightyear, Kermit the Frog, and Snoopy will be.

Okay, so there will be thirty floats, a dozen marching bands, 1500 dancers, and if Agent DD did her calculations correctly, some 8,000 participants. Plus the streets will be lined with people. I’m so excited.

Agent DD– Darq! Get a move on!

DARQ: Coming! (then madly types) Gotta go– I’m out of here!

CATHERINE: And that’s where her email to me ended. Oh, but later, I got another email from Darq and this picture–

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Seems Darq bought a souvenir for me–a coffee table book. It’s a pictorial history of the Macy Parade* from the first one on Christmas 1924 to present day.  Trouble is, I don’t own a coffee table!

NOTE TO SEWERS: I’d seen the flipped back lapel on a top with narrow pants underneath but I figured it should be easy enough to add a another couple rounds on the “skirt.” Getting the angle right from the get-go was the hard part.

About the Macy’s coffee table book when I researched the parade website for information and statistics, the site had the book offered for sale.

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Darq will be spending Christmas with Catherine and wearing another Wysotti un-haute couture design. However, she’s going to a art nouveau themed New Year’s Eve Party, and —

in January she plans on having tea with Mrs. Baker, a witch with a bakery in England who blogs here https://smithandskarry.wordpress.com/ on Wednesdays. It’s steampunk fun and a new steampunk outfit for Darq because she’ll be baking with Mrs. B.

The next posting will be Christmas Day. Until then, have a happy Thanksgiving! –Catherine

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Posted by on November 24, 2016 in Uncategorized