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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) . . .

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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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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 –

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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Steampunk Darq!

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CATHERINE:  As you faithful readers know, Darq was invited to a Steampunk themed Halloween Party at a castle in a faraway land. As usual, the MIB and Darq would not disclose the location to me. And when Darq learned of the bat-shapeshifting Count Dracula, who was to be there, she got the Men In Black to give her a ray-gun-stunner for the occasion (and to go with her steampunk outfit). Using the instincts and quick reflexes of a starfighter pilot, the bat didn’t have a chance. Darq zapped it. Funny thing is, the stunned bat just grinned and grinned, mumbling Happy Halloooween!

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For those that are not familiar with Steampunk, it’s a subgenre of science fiction/fantasy about machines and technology based on steam power that utilizes gears, chains, mechanical automatons, clockwork mechanisms, etc. and is usually set in a Victorian era world. Darq’s outfit includes 11 pieces (clothing and accessories) made exclusively by me from trolling Pinterest for ideas. The foundation is, of course, “unmentionables” (underwear) befitting a Victorian Lady–this is two pieces, top and “petticoat.”

10-halloween-2016-undiesNext came the taffeta blouse with mutton sleeves, metal cuff links, and a lace jabot with heart-gears-cameo worn with an overskirt with an underskirt. All cinched in with a bustier laced up the front and tied off with a large (and expensive, $7) medallion-watch-gears buckle. Dangling from the tie ends are gears. An intrepid Steampunk Victorian Heroine can never have too many throwing stars–I mean gears.

Various chains and links, a pouch (for necessities), a magnifying glass (handy for starting fires), and a blue bottle (the content is an explosive liquid).

And, yes, Darq did lament about how tight the bustier was. She also complained the weight of all that metal on her felt equal to 20 g’s.

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Keep in mind that for the dauntless heroine of the era, one of the necessities is to make a swift getaway by running away — or maybe sprinting after villainous villains. To do that means raising the skirt and petticoats, which is done with straps, loops, and chain fasteners (which hang off the bustier).

 

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The overskirt, which is heavy wool, is lifted by leather straps with stud reinforcements. The petticoat is a metallic cotton, with heavy lace, and is lifted by cotton cord.

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A swifter departure is guaranteed with comfy boots —

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The boots come with a few woman-warrior necessities. Inside that large key is a dagger. The gear is a njnja throwing star.

Are you wondering about the ray-gun that doesn’t have a holster on the busier?

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Take a look at the hat. Note the gear-weapons, the veil that keeps her hair tidy under exertion, the feathers (lethal quills), the various ribbons (to strangle or tie up a foe). Don’t see the weapon? Look under the hat–

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Pretty elaborate steampunk weapon, right? Can you guess what it originally was before it was converted it into the ray-gun? Need a better look at it? The original size is 2.5″ long but here it is enlarged–

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To the first person (who isn’t a relative) that comes up with the identify of this common, household part, I’ll send a $5 gift certificate. Deadline is November 30th, 2016.

Here is a look at the detail of the jacket and the sleeve cuffs–and Darq’s official photo to wish you all a Happy Halloween!

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NOTE FOR SEWERS:

I broke two needles and blunted the tip of a third. The first needle broke pounding through the wad of gathers on the mutton sleeves – taffeta is one tough fabric when bunched together. The other needle broke while zigzagging through the thick Naugahyde leather of the bustier.

When hand sewing the chain trim around the jacket, despite the faux-leather being thin, soft, and supple, I bent a couple of hand sewing needles (they now look like parentheses). Doing the hand work on the leather was also hard on my old fingers.

I calculated I have over $100 in materials and 30 hours of time in making this outfit.

Don’t tell Darq, but– I HAD FUN!!

I wish you all a very Happy Halloween!

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Darq returns to the farm for Thanksgiving and will blog on December 1st.

JEWELS OF THE SKY tells Darq’s story of Survival or Extinction. Mercy or Miracle. One Woman’s Choice.

Available at most eBook outlets in hardcover and eBook.

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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas 2015 & Karaoke ?

CATHERINE chuckles and sets the black T-shirt Darq gave her under the Christmas Tree:  This is one great T-shirt, thanks, Darq.

DARQ:  I thought the saying appropriate considering you’re a novelist who makes up stories!

CATHERINE:  Very fitting–I love it!

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DARQ swats aside another dangling ribbon:  Good grief, Catherine, I know you decorated your Christmas tree with all 36 of those fair ribbons you won this year, but really, it’s like plowing through a jungle.

CATHERINE:  Stop exaggerating. I see you found the gift your squad of Men In Black left for you.

DARQ: Yes, I did, but with all the gifts that were piled under the tree last night, it was shoved back, and way around to the other side of the tree.

CATHERINE: Stop complaining and go open your gift.  You’ve been curious ever since it arrived. (Catherine begins opening another Christmas gift.)

A minute later, Darq has her MIB gift unwrapped and squeals: “Karaoke!”

CATHERINE:  What?

DARQ scrambles to the nearest blank wall and starts singing into the handheld microphone–the MIBs gift to her–

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Darq’s voice booms through both stories of Catherine’s farm house: Have yourself a merry little Christmas…

CATHERINE grins and says:  Okay, okay, enough with the caterwauling–I mean singing. Go unwrap something else. Save the tunes for after we open all the presents.

When Darq finishes opening her gifts, Catherine says: Beside the karaoke mike, what else did you get?

DARQ: J’adore perfume, a box of Belgium chocolates, and a CD of tunes that accompanied my mike. Oh, and a stocking full of cookies, M&Ms, and chocolate covered cherries. If I don’t suffer a sugar-high, I’m going to get fat eating all this candy.

CATHERINE laughs, then says: What gift do you like the most?

DARQ eyes Catherine: The three you gave me.  The Christmas Tree earrings–  IMG_4334

The Christmassy slippers– IMG_4309And this lounger you made for me, why it’s as colorful as Christmas wrapping paper. (Darq’s voice changes to a lower, quieter tone): It’s especially heartwarming to wear this robe because it’s like something I’d wear on my homeworld. And beautiful and comfy.

CATHERINE: It should be.

DARQ: What does that mean?

CATHERINE:  I bribed Agent M with four dozen chocolate chip cookies for a look at some Wysotti clothing catalogs.  Now, grab that mike and let’s sing a wish to everyone who reads this blog–

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be . . .

Have a wonderful Christmas Day.

**** DARQ will be attending another New Year’s Eve party at an undisclosed location, and wearing a new Erte-inspired outfit. Stop by New Year’s Day to see what she wore.

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Posted by on December 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A Letter to Darq

August 10, 2015

Hi, Darq,

Got your note and noted it was delivered four weeks after you wrote it–likely the MIB bureaucracy and all that security scrutiny of theirs.  Anyway, so happy to get your pictures. Loved the one of you and hubby Atlatl at sunset along the pier. And, wow, that picture of the turquoise sea with that huge wave cresting over was astonishing. You’re as good a photographer as I am–maybe better! LOL

As to news from here? August is like Christmas for me because of the annual fair. This year’s was a milestone one, my 30th consecutive year of exhibiting. So, yeah, I went all out. I entered 38 projects and came away with 36 ribbons, 60% of those ribbons were first place blue ribbons. Which brings me to the photo below of your Valentine’s Day, Erte-inspired outfit, which took a first-place ribbon!

Fair week also included my volunteering in the home show building, which I’ve been doing for the past dozen years or so. And the Tuesday all-day stint left me bedraggled going into August 5’s Release Day Celebration for my third novel, HEARTS AKILTER.  And get this–I made a HEARTS AKILTER keepsake for myself–an apron (see picture below), which won a blue ribbon.

Speaking of HEARTS AKILTER, I’m on a blog tour to promote the book. The tour includes a Facebook Party with a group of other authors. There’s a $50 Amazon gift card as one of the prizes, and I’m giving away a gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press (publishers of HEARTS AKILTER). This Facebook Party is something new to swallow up my time to promote. LOL

Anyway, I’ve posted the blog tour stops, and I’ve also posted more information at my hub website about the Facebook Party.

Continue enjoying your R&R, Darq, and I look forward to your returning to Earth and visiting me this fall,

Catherine

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****Details of the Facebook Party are here

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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