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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized


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An Island New Year 2018

Catherine’s monitor screen lights up.

DARQ:  Hi and Happy New Year’s Day. I’m still on the island and still enjoying the warmth of the sand beneath my feet. And, yes, Catherine, before you have apoplexy, I shucked my velvet slipper-shoes to enjoy a dawn walk on my little stretch of beach.


CATHERINE: So you celebrated all night?

DARQ: Yes, and it was a marvelous party with fireworks, food, and all sorts of libations available at three different bars around and in the swimming pools . . . Just a warm, peaceful, wonderful way to begin a new year of being on your planet Earth.

CATHERINE: And the dress? What about your dress? 

DARQ: You did a great job. The gown was all I had envisioned from the sketch I gave you out of that Erte fashion book. 

Erte JPEG 2017 Xmas gown 

CATHERINE: I know what the sketch looked like, what I want to see is you wearing the thing!

DARQ: Okay. Ta-dah!


CATHERINE: Wow!  With your hair down and that flower accenting your tresses, you look lovely!

(A loud yawn ensues from Darq), then she says:  I’m going to head on in and catch a few Z’s. All too soon I have to leave this paradise. You can expect me at the farm by week’s end.

CATHERINE: We’ve got snow here, about 6″ but the temps are going to be single digits for the coming week with below zero wind chills. Bundle up  and dress warm.

DARQ: Hmm. Maybe I can wheedle a few more days out of this island stay.

CATHERINE: Coward. You can’t overstay your welcome no matter how warm the tropics are!

 DARQ chuckles, then says: So true. I’ll see you soon. Enjoy your New Year’s Day!

(The connection ends.)


To one and all who visit this blog, Darq and I wish you

A Very Happy New Year’s Day and wonderful 2018!

Catherine E. McLean


Darq will return for Valentine’s Day wearing a new outfit. Be sure to visit.

****Note to Sewers and Crafters – Darq’s outfit is a sparkling velvet fabric that is lined with a shimmering silver-gray satin. This is the first time I’ve used a backdrop twice, but I liked my sister’s handiwork with the frosting for the palms. It’s very cold  here in Western Pennsylvania and 6″ of snow on the ground. Besides, when I look at this tropical setting, I feel warmer and thinking about Spring.

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized


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An Island Christmas Greeting!

Clicks signal an incoming message and then —

DARQ:  Hello, Catherine! I wish you the Merriest of Christmases.

CATHERINE:  Same to you Darq!

DARQ: I hesitate to expound on the weather here, well, it’s heavenly —

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CATHERINE: Oh, how I envy you being in the tropics. Hey, what’s with the bear?

DARQ: Actually, it’s bears, plural. You see, the theme of this island getaway holiday is Christmas Bears. I’m holding a stuffed bear in my right hand, a genuine Teddy Bear, and in my other hand is a bear of a gingerbread cookie. The cookie-bear is holding a green striped candy cane.

CATHERINE: How can you be sure that you have a genuine Teddy Bear? Stuffed bears are just stuffed bears.

DARQ: Because the ribbon around its neck says Teddy Bear. Beside, the MIB — my Men In Black bodyguard detail gave this cute little bear to me as a Christmas gift.  Speaking of Christmas gifts, I received your gift, Catherine  —  the Erte-Inspired Creation is gorgeous! I can hardly wait until New Year’s Eve to wear it.

CATHERINE: I’m glad you liked the gown. So when do you leave for the New Year’s Eve party? And is it in some alpine-ski area?

DARQ: No. I’m celebrating New Years right here in the tropics!

CATHERINE: Lucky, lucky, you. I get snow and single digits. Brrrrr!

Darq chuckles.

CATHERINE:  Okay, before you go imbibe more punch or frolic on the beaches, let’s see the shoes.

Darq’s cheeks flush.


DARQ: Ah . . . Well, you see, it’s like this —

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Catherine gasps before saying:  OHMYGOD — you’re barefoot!

DARQ: Yes, I am.  You can blame it on the MIBs.


DARQ: They talked my host into resurfacing this section of beach outside my guest bungalow to resemble the sands of my homeworld. At home, I never wear shoes on the beach. No one does. But I did put on a new coat of nail polish. (Darq wiggles her toes.)

CATHERINE: Blinged out toenails. No two toes the same color.

DARQ: Of course not. Readers of JEWELS OF THE SKY wouldn’t expect the heroine to deviate from that little quirk, now would they?

CATHERINE: No they wouldn’t.

DARQ: Oh, I have to go. It’s time for our Christmas luau.  Merry Christmas!

CATHERINE: Merry Christmas!

(The connection ends.)

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Darq and I wish you a wonderful Christmas Day! 

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Stop by New Year’s Day to see Darq’s party gown, another Erte-inspired creation.


NOTE TO CRAFTERS AND SEWERS:  Darq’s muumuu is a silk-polyester border print,the design is a composite made after browsing Pinterest for ideas.

As to the palm trees, that’s not paint on them –  it’s cake frosting. My sister, who loves to decorate cakes came for lunch and a visit. She also brought her cache of frosting tips and jars of food colorings.  I whipped up a batch of simple frosting (powdered sugar, shortening, and milk) and divided up the mix into four bowls. My sister then piped the bark and leaves using leaf tips.  She had the easy part, the frosting of the palms.

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The hard part was mine  — scaling and cutting-carving the palm forms out of corrugated cardboard, then reinforcing the trunk sections and fronds with Popsicle sticks to keep the thin areas rigid.

Once dry, I slid the palms onto the cloud board, used brads (through the coconut area) to secure the trees to the cloud board.

By the way, those are real rocks, sand, gravel, and pebbles used for the “beach.”

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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in Uncategorized


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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) . . .


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


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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Interview by an English Witch


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


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!


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 –


and, of course, there are the shoes!


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!


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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