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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating tales filled with romance, conflict and magic. Prior to being a writer, I played bass guitar in an all-girl hard rock/metal band in southern California. When I'm not writing, editing or reading, I enjoy practicing target archery.
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

bigarade
      noun bi·ga·rade \ˌbē-gä-ˈräd\
Definition of BIGARADE

1
:  sour orange
2
:  a brown sauce flavored with the juice and grated rind of oranges

Origin of BIGARADE

French, from Occitan bigarrado, from bigarra to variegate
First Known Use: 1658




Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Musings: More Backyard Wildlife: Mr. and Mrs. Godzilla

There are two desert iguanas in my yard now. Since they are hanging out together, they must be male and female because males will fight. Anyway, I'm expecting to see some tiny lizards running around soon.









Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
http://www.kelleyheckart.com        

My author page at amazon.com with all my books listed

Friday, July 24, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite beauty product

I started using coconut oil for my skin. I buy the oil and add some to my lotion. I've noticed a difference--my skin is softer now. You can also use it on lips, nails and hair. It's a great beauty product.



Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
http://www.kelleyheckart.com        


My author page at amazon.com with all my books listed

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

Biedermeier
      adjective Bie·der·mei·er \ˈbē-dər-ˌmī(-ə)r\
Definition of BIEDERMEIER

:  of a style of unostentatious furniture and interior decoration popular especially with the middle class in early 19th century Germany

Origin of BIEDERMEIER

after Gottlieb Biedermeier, satirical name for an uninspired German bourgeois

First Known Use: 1905

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
http://www.kelleyheckart.com        


My author page at amazon.com with all my books listed

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Musings: Symbols under fire

In the wake of the shootings in Charleston, S.C., the Confederate flag is under attack. Now, I’m not a southerner and really have no opinion of this flag, but to many, it represents support of slavery—specifically, black slavery. Do only racists fly this flag? Maybe. I can’t say for sure. But another side of this is that some people view this flag as a symbol of freedom from government control. That sounds credible to me. Would getting rid of this flag stop racism and violence directed at black people? Probably not. Racism is something that needs to be stopped at home.

The problem I have with the call to get rid of the Confederate flag is that this isn’t the first symbol to be twisted into something evil. I can think of at least three that have suffered this fate—the swastika, the pentagram and the cross.

The swastika is an ancient symbol, dating back to at least the Neolithic Age, and possibly earlier, and is believed to be a symbol of good fortune. It is more common in India, its name comes from the Sanskrit word svasti (sv = well; asti = is), meaning good fortune, luck and well-being. The right-hand swastika is associated with the Hindu god Vishnu, is a symbol of the sun and the Hindu sun god, Surya. The symbol imitates the sun’s rotation. The left-hand swastika (sauvastika) is associated with the Hindu goddess Kali, night and magic. It’s not considered “evil” and this form is more common in Buddhism. The swastika is also associated with the worship of Aryan sun gods and this may be why the Nazis chose it for their symbol. Whatever the reason, they turned the swastika into a symbol of evil.

The pentagram has a long history. The word “pentagram” is of Greek origin, but it’s possible the five-pointed star dates back to ancient Mesopotamia at Ur of the Chaldees. In ancient Greece, it had metaphysical associations. To the ancient Celts, the number 5 was sacred and this is revealed in Cormac’s Cup of Gold. Early Christians associated the five-pointed star with the Five Wounds of Christ. At times it represented the senses and the elements. Nowhere is it considered an evil symbol until The Inquisition when it was judged a demonic symbol.

We forget that the cross, another sacred symbol, used to be shunned as a representation of suffering thanks to the Romans and their penchant for crucifying their enemies.



So, is it fair to proclaim the Confederate flag an evil symbol and stop selling it in well-known stores like Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Etsy? Probably not. But as with everything controversial, it’s all about politics and being politically correct and not offending anyone. And I’m getting tired of it all. Maybe the Confederate flag has no place in government buildings, but to some people it has a deeper meaning that may or may not have to do with anti-black sentiments. I do believe people have the right to display their chosen symbols whether it’s a pentagram or a Confederate flag. What it comes down to is this: symbols have different meanings to each individual, and it’s not up to the government to decide something that should be a personal choice.

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
http://www.kelleyheckart.com        

My author page at amazon.com with all my books listed

Friday, July 17, 2015

Favorite Friday:Sharing a favorite scent and body spray

I don't like heavy perfume. It gives me a headache. Instead, I use body spray and love vanilla because it is a light scent. This one is my favorite vanilla blend from Bodycology.



Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
http://www.kelleyheckart.com        


My author page at amazon.com with all my books listed

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

bifurcate

      verb bi·fur·cate \ˈbī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkāt, bī-ˈfər-\
: to divide into two parts
bi·fur·cat·edbi·fur·cat·ing
Full Definition of BIFURCATE

transitive verb
:  to cause to divide into two branches or parts
intransitive verb
:  to divide into two branches or parts
— bi·fur·cate \(ˌ)bī-ˈfər-kət, -ˌkāt; ˈbī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkāt\ adjective
See bifurcate defined for English-language learners
Examples of BIFURCATE

The stream bifurcated into two narrow winding channels.
bifurcate a beam of light
Origin of BIFURCATE

Medieval Latin bifurcatus, past participle of bifurcare, from Latin bifurcus two-pronged, from bi- + furca fork
First Known Use: 1615

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
http://www.kelleyheckart.com        


My author page at amazon.com with all my books listed