Time to Do A Little Catching Up


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Don’t let those doe eyes and that cheeky smile fool you

I realize I haven’t been around much lately, especially on my YouTube Channel, so I’ve recorded a vloggy vlog to let you know how things have been going lately. Hope you’ve been well. Check it out and leave a note in the comments to let me know you you’ve been. I think all of us are struggling with some kind of COVID blues at this point, so if you’re going stir-crazy, let’s talk about it.

I’ve not been doing terribly well. Don’t let that delightful face up there fool you—I’ve been in a deep depression since my mom died. But I’m dealing with it. I’m doing all the thinking and processing of grief that one is supposed to be doing, in my own special, albeit dark and seemingly bleak manner. I tend to hit these things head-on and then drown in them, spiritually, and if you were too see me in the spirit realm, all you’d see is one hand, flailing around above the waters of terrordarkness and every now and then my head would pop up, gasping for air, and I’d gurgle, “I’m okay!”, before sort of slowly sinking back down into the swampiness.

It’s so much fun.

But needful, I daresay.

Please join my Patreon so we can chat about all these distressing times on my Discord. We’ve got a blossoming community over there and it’s the perfect place you make your voice heard.

As always, I bid you love and peace.

Time to Do A Little Catching Up

I realize I haven’t been around much lately, especially on my YouTube Channel, so I recording a vloggy vlog to let you know how things have been going lately. Hope you’ve been well. Check it out and leave a note in the comments to let me know you you’ve been.

Illusion by Paula Volsky: Chapter Eleven


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Eliste finally succumbs to Feronte’s summons, and their assignation takes a shocking turn. Meanwhile, the defenses of the Beviere itself are crushed, while the Exalted within attempt to escape the teeming hoard that is determined to speak with King Dunulas.

Illusion by Paula Volsky: Chapter Eleven

Eliste finally succumbs to Feronte’s summons, and their assignation takes a shocking turn. Meanwhile, the defenses of the Beviere itself are crushed, while the Exalted within attempt to escape the teeming hoard that is determined to speak with King Dunulas.

Illusion, by Paula Volsky: Chapter Ten


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What starts as the narrow escape of Shorvi Nirienne in the Eighth District, turns into a demonstration and then a full march of the people of Shereen upon the gates of the Beviaire, and we see The Crowd Queller use his terrifying device.

Illusion, by Paula Volsky: Chapter Ten

What starts as the narrow escape of Shorvi Nirienne in the Eighth District, turns into a demonstration and then a full march of the people of Shereen upon the gates of the Beviaire, and we see The Crowd Queller use his terrifying device.

Illusion, by Paula Volsky: Chapter Nine


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The People’s Reparation Party has grown in power, and the Cavalier vo Meureille tries valiantly to convince Eliste and Zeralenn to leave Shereen. Meanwhile, Feronte sends a peculiar gift to Eliste that seems she can finally accept.

Illusion, by Paula Volsky: Chapter Nine

The People’s Reparation Party has grown in power, and the Cavalier vo Meureille tries valiantly to convince Eliste and Zeralenn to leave Shereen. Meanwhile, Feronte sends a peculiar gift to Eliste that seems she can finally accept.

Tarot Tuesday: Week of May 5, 2020

A simple 3-card spread for you this week to highlight the main areas of focus.
Card 1: the main focus for this week
Card 2: the main issue or blockage this week
Card 3: the main gift for this week

This was a very beautiful reading for me to give, and very fulfilling, so please let me know if it helped you or what you thought of it in the comments.

Illusion, by Paula Volsky: Chapter Five

Wherein Eliste finally meets her indomitable grandmother, and sees the shocking reality of non-Exalted Shereenian life. (Please forgive my recording quality, I’m trying to find the right equipment.)

Illusion, by Paula Volsky: Chapter Four

Where Dref Zeenoson’s flight from the Derrivale Estate is curiously questioned, then accepted, while Eliste must find another ladies’ maid and finish preparing, and then travel in excitement to her new post in the wondrous city of Sherreen.

Illusion by Paula Volsky: Chapter Three

Where Eliste solicits the help of her curious Uncle Quinz to aid in the release of Dref Zeenoson.

Illusion by Paula Volsky: Chapter Two

Wherein Dref Zeenoson tries to intercede on behalf of Zhen Suboson to the Marquis vo Derrivale to belay Zhen’s punishment for reading forbidden and inflammatory pamphlets, and ends up being punished himself.

Illusion by Paula Volsky: Chapter One

In Chapter One, we meet Eliste vo Derrivale, the daughter of the Marquise vo Derrivale, and member of the Exalted of Vohnar, as she prepares for her upcoming ascension as ladies maid to The Queen next week.

Little House on the Prairie-Ch. 3 Camp on the High Prairie

The family has traveled far and long and Pa finally selects the perfect place to settle. They make camp one last time before building a house. There are themes in the book that describe attitudes that would be considered backward and racist today. It is not the intention to either highlight or censor these, but to let them stand as they are in the book, as a record of historical interest.

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Little House in the Big Wood: The Wonderful Machine

The harvest is a busy time, and Laura’s father arranges to have a machine help with the work.

This is one of the later chapters, as the earlier sound clips have been lost. With positive feedback, I’ll consider re-recording them, so you can enjoy the whole book.

Laura Ingalls Wilder on Wikipedia
The Little House Books on Wikipedia
More about the American Homestead Act of 1862

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Little House in the Big Woods-Harvest

It’s harvest time, and there’s lots to do. But one child decides it’s more fun to play than work, and finds a heap of trouble for doing so. This is one of the later chapters, as the earlier sound clips have been lost. With positive feedback, I’ll consider re-recording them, so you can enjoy the whole book.

This is one of the later chapters, as the earlier sound clips have been lost. With positive feedback, I’ll consider re-recording them, so you can enjoy the whole book.

Laura Ingalls Wilder on Wikipedia
The Little House Books on Wikipedia
More about the American Homestead Act of 1862

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Public-health physician urges more targeted and less of a “shotgun” approach to stemming the pandemic

I’m reblogging this to hopefully widen the audience as I was heartened and shocked by some of the views expressed by the physician interviewed. How we are handling this epidemic could be vastly more intelligent and effective. What we’re doing at the moment will create unintended economic consequences that will continue for months after we’ve reestablished the health of our people.

This new article largely echoes the one below: it emphasizes the need to get healthy people back to work, which requires more testing, and to…

Public-health physician urges more targeted and less of a “shotgun” approach to stemming the pandemic