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Off the Rails

I've been reading a lot about tarot cards lately because a friend bought me a book on it, suggesting it might help me with some ideas in the novel. I've decided to insert a tarot card reading scene, serving the functional purpose of (a) Eva seeking answers/actions that are quick, (b) one of many possible, wacky solutions to her wacky, paraweirdo predicament and (c) foreshadowing.

Tarot cards have been used for centuries. They used to be playing cards before they became fortune telling cards. Basically, there are 78 cards in a deck, each with a different, illustrated picture. There's the Major Arcana (these cards depict scenes with a lot of symbolism) and the Minor Arcana (four suits, more like regular playing cards, consisting of Wands, Coins, Cups and Swords). I've decided to go with the tarot reader giving Eva-as-Jade a reading called a Celtic Cross spread: ten cards, each placed in a certain position in relation to each other, each cards standing in for a specific r…

100 Pages of Revision

Oh, yeah! I've reached a small milestone--100 pages of revised novel. Woo-fucking-hoo!
I'm in Chapter 9. Two more scenes to go and then I'll be in Chapter 10.
I'm at 27, 001 words of a total 72, 554.
And Brix is starting to become suspicious of camera-liking, coffee-drinking Eva-as-Jade.
So now, I can plan a trip into the city to eat Cajun food. Why? 'Cause it's research! Catfish and gumbo and collard greens, here I come!

Family Records: Anna, Ann, Anne, or Annie?

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, I always tend to think about the ancestors who left Ireland and came over here. In my family's case, we are not Potato Famine immigrants. We are early 20th century immigrants. I've watched episodes of Henry Louis Gates's Faces of America on PBS. com and am now an avid watcher of Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC--both historical, genealogical shows.

I'm a history geek, so that kind of thing is fascinating to me. I tried a quick, free subscription on Ancestry.com today--it's rainy, so it's perfect to look up Irish relatives, don't ya think?--to see what I could find. Here are some facts that I already knew about my family :


The Athys are from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The McManuses (my paternal grandmother's family) are from the West, like County Mayo. Both sides settled in the Bronx. Hence, we are Yankee fans. My first ancestors to set foot in the U.S. were Edward and Ann Talbot, the parents of Annie Talbot McManus…