Sunday, January 26, 2014

Do you know your Sherlock? In celebration of Sherlock BBC's 3rd season, I am conducting a little Trivia competition. All you have to do is answer this question:

According to the brilliant Sherlock scholar, William S. Baring Gould, what was Sherlock's full, given, name?

If you think you know, post a comment with your answer. Better yet, e-mail me at :
Competition closes next Sunday, Feb 2nd, at 10pm when the final episode airs.

All correct answers will be placed in a deerstalker (no foolin') and the winner will be drawn at random. The person picked will get a new paperback copy of "A Slight Trick Of The Mind" by Mitch Cullin. This is soon to be made into a movie starring Sir Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock Holmes. Read it before you see it!

If you don't know, take a guess...but keep it non-pornographic, please! As Sherlock would say...Do your research! Good luck!

                                                                                                                                               UPDATE: I have managed to score a sighted copy of the book, which will now be 1st prize. 2nd prize will be a new paperback copy. Contest ends Sunday, Feb 2nd at 10pm EST. Better hurry! You can do this, folks!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

It's A Good Thing...They Tell Me

Alrighty then. We were told, very recently, that this here Oracle thingy that Natalie and I created is now available for Android.  Before, it was available for ipad and ipod. Wanna know the truth? I don't have ipads, ipods, Androids, or minions (that last one is on my wish list).  I have SEEN the Oracle on ipad, and it looked very cool, but technology and I are virtually at odds (kinda a pun).  I have a mobile phone. People call me on it. I can set it as an alarm clock. Life is good. I have a computer. I can sorta still use it, even though I have neuropathy in my hands. "Applications" to me are things you topically put on wounds. I am told, however, that Graven Images is a good one.  That makes me happy. My name is on it.

However, if you are looking for "click me" places to go check it out..erm..I don't know how to do that...big surprise.  Why don't you folks go to Natalie's blog at: . She has a post announcing the above, plus she has clicky places. If I even see her face again, I will rip the knowledge of how to install clicky places from her mind and send her back into the mundane world as a blank slate, upon which the sorrow and depravity of this earth may write.  (Smiley face. I don't know how to do that either.) See, now, if I had minions I wouldn't have to get my hands dirty doing stuff like that myself. (sigh).

So, OK. Go to Natalie's blog for the site shortcuts, and thank you Galde Press and the folks at The Fool's Dog for believing in our deck and working so hard to bring it to your devices. ..and Natalie? If you're out there reading this?  Thanks for the good times we had bringing this project to life...
         but if I ever get minions....

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ring In The New

Ah yes, 2014 is the year of the horse. I was born in the year of the horse, so this should be a productive 12 months.

According to the Chinese: “2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse, bringing with it plenty of positive vibes. The horse is regarded as an intelligent and reliable animal that supposedly helps men achieve success and victory most especially in battle. The horse is the seventh sign in the Chinese zodiac, looked upon with favor by many Chinese who equate the animal with elegance, power, energy, stability and perseverance” (The Philippine Star). 2013 was the Year of the Snake. I should have known.

I was going to start in on the typical resolutions, but then I gave it some real, serious thought. Will I resolve to be grateful? Hell, I'm ALREADY grateful. In the last two years I once again faced Death and told it to wait outside. (I've done this at other points in my life, as well. My Karmic waiting room should be chuck full of Reapers by now).
I'm grateful for my life, my family, my friends, my doctors, the fact that I still have my left leg... Nothing new.

Am I going to try and be more aware, more open to learning from experience? Yeah, sure. But again...not new. Then, I started to dig deeper until I hit a reality from which I often shy away. What I really need to do this year myself.

Me and mine were not raised with this concept. We were to put ourselves last . Our Mum lived by this principle, good, solid, Irish Catholic that she was. She would keep going through sickness, injury, grief, and upset. It was like a thorny crown of glory, reminiscent of the caricature of old fashion nuns. (“Today I polished the chapel on my knees, kneeling in cactus.” “Oh? Well I said 40 rosaries while balancing one footed on a bed of nails..”).

I never understood why it was nobler to drag yourself through your duties while barking sick, rather than lie down, heal, and get on with it. But we did. It's deeply ingrained. To love yourself was wrong, selfish, vainglorious. In many ways, a sin.

I lived that way for nearly 60 years, but I'm ready now. I need to change. So, in that regard, I do have a few goals for this Year of the Horse, beyond the usual:

I will remain my authentic self. “ In existentialism, authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one's own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures; the conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures and influences which are very different from, and other than, itself.” I will continue to do what my heart tells me is right, despite the opinion of others.
I will not be victimized by the unkindness of others. That's a tough one, because I am sensitive. I will strive to realize, in the moment, that I can refuse unkindness and simply walk away.

Recognized when I am being devalued. I'm a fan of talking things out, airing differences, and coming to a resolution. This is hard when the other party responses with crickets and tumbleweeds. When this happens, I will value myself enough to move away and carry on.

Be kinder to my physical self. This is a big one! It includes healthier foods, reduction of this:

and more this:

The number one reason I keep unreasonable hours?

Yeah. I have become enslaved. I am limiting my computer time to no later than 10pm. If you have a sudden brilliant idea, or a pithy comment on Facebook, I'll read it the next day. (BTW: there are a ton of you up too late as well. You answer my messages at 3am!)

So, that's it: simple but massive. I have to look at myself in a whole new way and – love me; finally accept the truth that...

On the Sherlock front....

There was a little Xmas present aired on BBC which didn't show in the States. In case you missed it, I present “Many Happy Returns”

And so it begins, a brandy-new year. Enjoy, get out there, and knock 'em dead!