Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Vampire spring break

By Lucianne Poole

A photo of umbrellas and deck chairs on the beach in Rimini, Italy.
See if you can spot an ancient Egyptian on the beach in Rimini, Italy, one of Europe's most famous seasides. By L. Poole.
It's almost that time of year again: spring break.

I wasn't planning to but I've generously succumbed to my characters' demands for a spring break. Apparently, vampires and ancient Egyptians get the winter blahs, too.

Assuming I will have to resolve any trouble (such as centuries-old feuds and holiday romances) they get into, I anticipate being off-line for a while.

So, thanks for reading my humble offerings, and I should materialize back here sometime in April.

Where do you (or the monsters in your life) go for spring break?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Nine rules of reincarnation

By Lucianne Poole
A sketch of a stylized eye (called a wedjet eye) used by ancient Egyptians to ward off evil.
Here's a list of reincarnation "rules" that I gleaned from various sources while researching for my urban fantasy novel, The Obsession Begins.

According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary, to reincarnate (verb) means to bring the soul of (person) into another body after death.

In particular, my novel relates to rule number nine: sometimes it's better to avoid people from your previous lives!

  1. Every reincarnation gets you a new physical self, but your subconcious awareness contains knowledge of your soul and past life memories. From Discovering Your Past Lives by Gloria Chadwick
  2. Often a person will resemble their former self, especially the eyes or the expression in the eyes. From Old Souls: Scientific Evidence for Past Lives by Tom Shroder
  3. A birthmark could signify injuries or means of death from a prior life. From Old Souls: Scientific Evidence for Past Lives by Tom Shroder
  4. We all have abilities far beyond what we use. From Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss
  5. Check your vices (eg. greed, lust, etc) in the present life or you'll carry them over to another life. From Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss
  6. With each life you go through and don't fulfill your debts, the next one will be harder. If you fulfill your debts, your next life will be easier. From Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss
  7. When you have a problem with people or relationships, it is almost always due to negative karma you created in a past life. From Discovering Your Past Lives by Gloria Chadwick
  8. What you do to another person in a past life and in your present life, will come back to you until it is resolved. From Discovering Your Past Lives by Gloria Chadwick
  9. You may sometimes recognize someone from the past, but it can be a bad person, someone to avoid. From Past Lives, Future Healing by Sylvia Browne

What or who were you in a past life? Feel free to be perfectly honest or outrageous (as the mood takes you).

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

A Little Romance

By Lucianne Poole

Everyone wants to be loved, especially on Valentine's Day. That's when the illusion of love becomes particularly beguiling.

Ottawa photographer Maria Vartanova beautifully captures young love in this photo, but is it fact or fiction?

In fact, it's a scene from Arthur Miller's All My Sons. The play was performed at the Ottawa Little Theatre in January 2013 as part of its 100th season.

So if you are without a valentine on Valentine's Day, don't despair: call a loved one eg. your mom and be grateful for real love!


    Wednesday, 6 February 2013

    My anticlimactic bike accident

    By Lucianne Poole

    Sketch of a 10-speed bike
    I wrote this prose poem years ago when I was stuck in the humbling limbo that finds new and unemployed university graduates living with their parents in the 'burbs.

    I fell off my bike today
    On my parent's driveway.
    I grazed my knee.
    The flesh unbroken
    but angry red.
    My mother picked up my bike
    and pumped up the tires.
    I got back on
    and peddled tentatively.
    It was easier to balance.
    I am 23.

    Have you ever been involved in a mildly humiliating bike accident?