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History Outside the Page

If you've ever been to a zoo, you know how cool and amazing it is to learn about animals by watching them instead of only reading about them. But when you're out hiking in the woods and happen to spot a bear lumbering down his own path, nosing around a bush full of berries, not even twenty feet from you ... Well, that'll get your heart racing! Did you know that history is the same way? Most people know that if you want to see history, a museum is a good place to go. But even better is when you ...

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Deja vu Lions

History has this uncanny way of popping up all over the place. A while back, I was able to visit the Istanbul Archaeology Museum in Turkey. It was an incredible place for a writer who loves inspecting ancient artifacts. For the first time, I got to stand next to one of the famous "striding lions" that had been part of a Processional Way in what was once the city of ancient Babylon. Some 2600 years ago, there were about 120 such lions that guarded the way through the city. There I was, looking ...

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Photo of the Day: Denver Dress-up

I spent the weekend in Denver at two separate events. As always, I dressed up for both. For Smoky Hill's annual HUGE craft fair, I came as Pernille, freckles and pink goggles included. It was funny to have people ask me if my hair was really that red!   At the Colorado Country Christmas event, I hung out with some of my fellow authors from the Colorado Author's League. I went with Idolette's flair, one day showing up with straight jet black hair, another day with vibrant pink.  ...

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Photo of the Day: Albuquerque

Recently, I made a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The landscape throughout the area seemed to change everywhere I went, which was crazy impressive! I'll post some of the photos I took for you to see.   Some areas of Albuquerque offered amazing views of the rest of the city and the mountains.   Albuquerque used to be (and, in some ways, still is) a bustling train hub. Some of the old train yards are no longer used as a main hub, so now "The Yards" employs itself as a cool spot for ...

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Me and my costumes, part 3

The Gypsy You've seen my Idolette look and my Egyptian costume. Now, I'll tell you about my gypsy outfit. This costume is based on the "fortune-teller" Arthur meets in The Minotaur Riddle. She's called "gypsy" in the book because that's the name popularly used and what kids would understand. However, she would actually refer to herself as Roma. The Roma are a people who were originally nomadic, which shows in today's world because you can find groups of them not just in Greece and Romania, ...

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Me and my costumes, part 2

In a previous post, I gave an insider look at my character Idolette and her outfits, several of which I've used for my own costumes. Now, let me tell you about another costume I wore on a few occasions:     Isabelle as Goddess Isis I have to admit, this costume was a fun one because I was dressed as someone who was dressed as someone! Isabelle Siegfried is a character we meet in

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Running with the Wolves

Do you remember reading Little House on the Prairie and shivering during the part about the pack of wolves surrounding the house, their howls rolling through the dark night air? Well, when I recently visited the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, I got to hear something like that for myself. Granted it was daytime, and the wolves were comfortable and well-fed, but still -- hearing them howl in unison in their own wild conversation definitely sent shivers down my back. It was pretty darn ...

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Me and my costumes

Maybe it's a side effect from my days in drama, but I really like dressing up. For one thing, I think it helps me connect with my characters on a different level, getting to actually "stand in their shoes," so to speak. For another thing, it's really fun -- for both me AND my readers! Everyone usually loves it when I show up in costume. For most of my events, I dress as a character from one of the Discoveries of Arthur Grey books. But I don't always get to explain my costume at these events. ...

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Photo of the Day: Bronc Day

On August 1st, I tended the Panama Hat Publishing booth at Bronc Day in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. The sky was blue, the weather perfect, and I got to talk to so many new people! Here are some photos from the day. The pyramid puzzles were a big hit! Someone made his very important debut today! Look for adorable plush Griffin on Panama Hat Publishing's online store beginning October 2015!      

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Photo of the Day: Birds of a Feather

I live near the US Air Force Academy, and they frequently do some pretty awesome stuff for the public. Last weekend a few of the cadets brought their mascot birds out to my local library for a demonstration. One bird [pictured above] was a peregrine falcon, which—as Penelope Riffert would tell you!—is the fastest bird in the world. The other bird was a gyrfalcon. The gyrfalcon [pictured above and below] is not only the largest falcon, but it also happens to be the type of bird featured ...

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