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Tarot Cards Celtic cross spread shows a happy reading.

T is for Tarot: to Celebrate Card Playing Day 2017

Tarot started out as a card game. The ornate hand-painted tarot cards were expensive, so the deck was more than likely played by the aristocracy . Finding their way to Europe in the late 14th century, playing cards seem to be a Chinese invention. Legends that Tarot came from Egypt or that the Gypsies brought them seem to be just that, legends. Cards of all kinds are used for divination, and Tarot cards lend themselves nicely to that endeavor. […]

A Cold Spring–Episode 16: Pilgrimage

Before we get to Episode 16: Zoraida Grey is up for a RONE Award!! Voting for the Long Paranormal category in Week 2  begins on April 24, but you need to register to vote. Go to www.indtale.com and Click the Subscribe button at the top of the page. You can opt in or out of additional emails and the whole thing is FREE. You will get an email to confirm your subscription. Be sure to do that to be eligible to […]

A Cold Spring–Episode 7: Goblets of Fine, Old Wine

Welcome to Sorchia’s Universe—A-Z Blog Edition. This post marks the end of the first full week of the 2017 A-Z Blog Challenge. How’s it going? Be sure to leave comments and Likes on the posts you visit–including this one. Have you missed an episode? Here are posts to the Story So Far. Episode 1: A Cherry Tomato Episode 2: Burning! Episode 3: Coils of Enchantment Episode 4: Down, Down, Down Episode 5: Everything Changed Episode 6: Fashionably Late If you […]

A Cold Spring–Episode 6: Fashionably Late

Welcome to Sorchia’s Universe—A-Z Blog Edition. “A Cold Spring” is a serial story about witches and magic and romance. Have you missed an episode? Never fear! Here are links to the Story So Far. Episode 1: A Cherry Tomato Episode 2: Burning! Episode 3: Coils of Enchantment Episode 4: Down, Down, Down Episode 5: Everything Changed If you enjoy this story, take a look at the Books link to see what else I write. Likes and comments are the heart’s […]

A Cold Spring–Episode 5: Everything Changed

Welcome to Sorchia’s Universe—A-Z Blog Edition. This year, my offering is a serial story—a Gothic fantasy featuring vengeful witches, disappearing castles, betrayal, and romance (PG only for this one.) Remember to Join Sorchia’s Universe to be eligible for the giveaway at the end of April. Have you missed an episode? Never fear! Here are links to the story so far. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 If you enjoy this story, take a look at the Books link to see […]

A Cold Spring–Episode 4: Down, Down, Down

Welcome to Sorchia’s Universe—A-Z Blog Edition.   Day 4! Have you just discovered the story? Never fear–Here are links to the previous episodes (300-500 words each.) Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 If you enjoy this story, take a look at the Books link to see what else I write.   A Cold Spring Episode 4: Down, Down Down   I fall to my knees. Earth and air vibrate like an earthquake in a bottle. Steel gray clouds boil […]

Ogres and Giants and Trolls

A short and sweet post today. Exciting Times are coming to Sorchia’s Universe after this April Blog Challenge. Stay Tuned. Giants, ogres, and trolls have certain things in common.  They are large, not too bright, and have a penchant for eating children. Orcus was an Estruscan and later a Roman god of the underworld—not the main god, just a lesser one. He was also the god of broken oaths. From Orcus, one theory goes, came the word ogre and, in […]

Things That Go Bump in the Night–Nessie

Those of you who frequent Sorchia’s Universe—I like to call you Sorchialites­­––know that I am obsessed with Scotland and all things Scottish, not least, the beverage known as Scotch. And you will not be surprised that I  am compelled during this  Things That Go Bump in the Night series to mention  the Loch Ness Monster.  As it happens, a new development hit the headlines only a few days ago. Breaking News—Loch Ness Monster FOUND April 13, 2016.  Kongsberg Maritime, […]