Professional Publication

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Are you hankering for a good read on the resource sharing trends in Latin American libraries?  Well, look no further; I just got one such article published and I’m giving you (at least the first 50 of you) a free copy:

Schmidt, LeEtta M. (2015) Interlibrary Lending in Mexican, Caribbean, Central American, and South American Libraries.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  published online first May 21, 2015.

Penelope Sea in print

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Two format options of Penelope Sea and Ocean End available on Amazon.  Buy the print and get the Kindle edition free!

▶ The Andrews Sisters – Rancho Pillow (1941) – YouTube

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Penelope Sea and Ocean End

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It’s all true.  Penelope Sea and Ocean End will be sold through Amazon, published by me.  The Kindle edition is out now!  A print edition is on its way.  Once it is out, if you buy the print edition you can get the Kindle edition for free. You have so many options!

Etsy awesomes

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Olivia M of Paradox Now Creations initiated a zine trade with me; my first ever!  I am so glad she did, and that a few days later  Dark Light, Ailenn and Mark, and In Veritas Lost were waiting in my mailbox.

I just finished reading In Veritas Lost.  I am really impressed in how Olivia developed the idea of being lost in truth.  The prose is mostly stream of consciousness, but maintains the tension of the story by routinely returning to comment on the action and environment.  Olivia says that she originally sought to write a “post-apocalyptic dystopian Great Gatsby with lesbians” and that it developed its own direction.  Elements of the original idea abound and are very well handled.  It is post-apocalyptic dystopian without falling prey to the more typical depictions of such a world.  It is also highly descriptive and poetic without falling prey to a confusing mass of floral adjectives.

Your book shelves could use this story, so you should check out Olivia’s shop via the links above.


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Something a little different

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Because every now and then you need rainbow farting ponies.


Proof of pineapple

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I finally have definitive proof the humongous spiky plants we moved in the back yard are actually pineapples!

Chromolithography and the mystery of Henri and Anita LeRoy

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It all started with a print called “Spirited Horses”  diningroomwallon my dining room wall.  I had inherited it from my grandmother.  I remember sleeplessly looking up at it on the wall of her den during ‘nap time.’  A notation on the bottom says it was copyright in 1900 by Jos. Hoover & Sons.  The signature reads ‘LeRoy’ with a circular flourish around it.

Then I saw the same picture in a magazine spread of an interior designer’s home and I was so captured by coincidence that I found out all I could on the artist and wrote a short post on my blog:  Vintage Prints and Small Worlds.

At that point in time, I found that the print was attributed to a Henri LeRoy (1851-), still life painter in France.  I have since found that the true artistry of Spirited Horses is much more convoluted.

A dealer on an auction site had a 1904 edition of Spirited Horses that lists it as a no. 2 in a series of images.  While researching his find, he found from a discussion list (no longer active) that Spirited Horses no. 2 was part of 4 companion images.  No. 4 in this series apparently shows the horses dead.  These images were attributed to Anita LeRoy, signing simply as LeRoy.  On yet another auction site, a dealer with a 1908 edition of Spirited Horses #2, spots it in the movie A Christmas Story in the scene where the leg lamp breaks.

I hate to say it, but all my researching didn’t turn up any definitive answer on whether Henri or Anita was the author Spirited Horses, or the many other prints that came out of Jos. Hoover & Sons printing with signatures like:

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On the contrary, I wonder if there may be another answer and another artist for the prints out of Jos. Hoover & Sons, separate from Henri LeRoy (1851-) and Anita Pemberton (nee LeRoy).  The only person who may really know the answer is the printmaker himself:  Joseph Hoover.  The Philadelphia Print Shop Ltd., and the related Antique Prints Blog describe Joseph Hoover as the maker of elaborate wooden frames who later began producing prints under other publishers of the day including James F. Queen.   The Library Company of Philadelphia adds that Joseph Hoover, of Swiss-German heritage, was born in Baltimore in 1830 and became one of the most prolific chromolithographers of late 19th century parlor prints after he opened his own shop.  By 1893 his business was booming and he was working closely with his son, trained lithographer Henry Leander Hoover (b. Sept. 1866).


Mark Twain stories, 150 years old, uncovered by Berkeley scholars | Books | The Guardian

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Cache shows Twain working as a newspaper man in San Francisco.  As a young man at the Berkeley archivists describe, the stash is ‘like opening up a big box of candy.’

Source: Mark Twain stories, 150 years old, uncovered by Berkeley scholars | Books | The Guardian

Are you excited?  Mark Twain’s short stories, essays, and satirical pieces are what I love about him, and now…there are more!


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I made a couple of new patterns with my tattoo designs.    And, while reorganizing my files, I found a pattern I had never posted or used.  I really love how this one turns out when on repeat.  After some refining, they will be available at my shop on Spoonflower.

Clement Skitt’s word of the day

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“He’s real blowed-in-the-glass, you’d never smoke he’d go caterwauling and end up in monkey and parrot time.”

Let’s dissect:

Blowed-in-the-glass:  a genuine, trustworthy individual (Wikipedia: Hobo Expressions used through 1940s)

Monkey and parrot time: a lady left her favorite bird in company with a monkey and during her absence the two animals had a fight.  When she returned the monkey was wiping his scratched face and the almost featherless parrot called out, ‘we’ve been having a hell of a  time.’  a general row or free fight is a ‘monkey and parrot time.’ (1891 American Slang Dictionary by James Maitland)

CATERWAULING: Going out in the night in search of  intrigues, like a cat in the gutters. (1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose)

TO SMOKE: To observe, to suspect. (1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose)

To sum up “He’s real blowed-in-the-glass, you’d never smoke he’d go caterwauling and end up in monkey and parrot time” means “he’s a really genuine and trustworthy, you’d never suspect that he’d go out on the town all night and get into to fights.”

a visit to Neptune

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So hey, I went once again to the International ILLiad Conference in Virginia Beach.  I think I have at least two pictures of the giant Neptune statue from every year that I’ve gone.  That equals a lot of pictures.  This is one of the best though.

Ishbuku is looking at you

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Profile of a weed

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SpanishNeedles002My garden nemesis:  Spanish needle, AKA Bidens alba, Shepherd’s needles, beggarticks, or butterfly needles.  It can grow 5 feet tall, and spreads wide along the ground where it can.  This makes it especially hard to get to the root of the things when you are pulling weeds from around and under other plants.

Why do I wage war against this plant when I have given a flower bed over to the wild vinca?  When I have nodded my head at the, now huge, milkweed in my side yard? Spanish needle is supposedly edible, feeds bees and butterflies and has medicinal values.  Surely that would compare to the simple, pretty, and easy to control nature of the vinca, or the fact that the milkweed is the only food of the monarch butterfly caterpillar.  Yet I cannot make peace with the Spanish needle.

Mostly it’s because of the seeds:  1/2 inch little black needles that thread themselves through my clothes and scratch my skin.  Each plant can produce 1200 seeds.  After that, it’s the virulent way it spreads, sucking nutrients and choking every other plant in the yard.

But I must admit, it’s defense mechanisms and sneakiness are impressive.  I often find it growing as close to the base of another plant as possible – long established plants, so I know it is not simply my hapless sowing of weed seeds as I am planting.  It also sacrifices limbs like a lizard will sacrifice it’s tail.  Though relatively sturdy and thick, the stems of Spanish needle will break away easily, leaving the tap root and other spreading roots to recover and re-sprout.

And, I swear that the new leaves of a Spanish needle can often look like those of the plants next to it.  I’m getting better at spotting them, so maybe this was a learning curve for me.  Maybe it’s all in my head, but it still throws me for a loop some times.

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