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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from The Sacred Traveler Oracle

It’s time once again for Tarot Tuesday to see what the rest of the week holds for us!

This week’s pull is from The Sacred Traveler Oracle by Denise Linn. The bold, otherworldly images on these cards really called out to me, and there’s just so much energy in these cards.

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or visit me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

Are you ready? Scroll down to find your card!

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#1 – Ascending the Mountain: Press on! Even if things are tough, even if it seems as though the mountain is just impossibly high, you have to keep going. You know that what’s at the top of that mountain is totally worth all that hard work in the end, but it’s easy to forget when you’re struggling up the slope. Is that mountain your own barrier that you’ve set up to stop your own success? Then this is the time to trudge right up and over it.

#2 – Breaking Trail: Something new and exciting is coming, and sometimes you have to find your own way to it. If someone hasn’t already blazed that trail for you, then it’s up to you. You’re working through all the emotional blockages that have stopped you before and pushing away anything that stands in your path to success.

#3 – View from Above: Just as this card says, it’s time to look at the big picture. It’s too easy to get caught up in all the little things in life that might stop you, so now is the time to take a step back and see what’s truly important. That’s the information you need to make major life decisions. This card also invites you to get a different perspective on your troubles, whether it’s seeing someone else’s viewpoint or simply looking at things from a different angle.

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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The Kindness of Strangers

We all know Scarlet O’Hara’s famous old line, but in modern times we’ve been focused more on stranger danger and internet safety. You can’t trust anyone these days, right?

And while to a degree I agree with that, there are some encounters with complete strangers that I simply can’t forget. Some of these incidents are literally decades old at this point, but they still cross my mind from time to time.

-A couple of months ago I had to run into the grocery store for a couple of things. I hadn’t actually been in the store for a long time due to the pandemic, so it was a weird experience for me as I flew through and grabbed the items I needed for dinner. I happened to notice an older gentleman in the frozen section. He was dressed in a black Stetson, a black shirt, black cowboy boots, and a black and white bandana for a mask. He caught my eye because I thought he just had the perfect post-Covid-apocalypse outfit on, and as a writer I thought he would make a great character. Anyway, he saw me looking at him, and he tipped his hat at me! This old-fashioned gesture took me by surprise and completely made my day!

-Mother’s Day, 2009: I was sitting in an out-of-town IHOP with my daughter. A crazy storm had come through our area and left everyone without power. With a 3-year-old and another baby on the way (one who would be born just a few days later with a cancerous tumor), it only made sense to head across state lines for the comfort of a hotel. I sat there at that restaurant, tired, worried, and feeling very alone in the world. But then an older couple passed my table on the way way out, and they stopped to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. It was so touching. The thing is, they weren’t the only ones! At least three different times that morning, someone stopped with Mother’s Day greetings. I was nearly in tears by the time I left.

-Back in college, there was a Vietnam veteran in my speech class. he seemed very uncomfortable, and he had a very hard time doing the required speeches. I had a few short conversations with him, and I really felt for him. He gave me a handmade pendant he’d made as part of his demonstration speech, and I still have it to this day. (I wrote a little more about him here.)

-My daughters and I were walking into Home Goods last weekend. My youngest dropped her ring in the parking lot. She’d just bought it on her birthday, and it means a lot to her. It’d rolled off from where she walking, and we couldn’t find it. I was really starting to worry, and then I noticed another customer who’d overheard us had doubled back and was helping us look. She found the ring, and she was my hero of the day!

These are all such small things, but they mean so much to me! Never underestimate the power of a smile, a word, or a simple gesture. You might make someone’s day, or you might even make such an impression that a random stranger remembers you for the rest of their life.

Has a stranger been kind to you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from Shadowscapes Tarot

It’s time once again for Tarot Tuesday! The energy of Monday is cleared away, and it’s time to look toward the rest of the week.

This week’s pull is from Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore. It’s a beautifully illustrated deck with a guidebook that reads like a fantasy novel.

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or come visit me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

Are you ready? Scroll down to find your card!

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#1 – Ten of Cups: This card is about emotional contentment, such as reaching that point in a relationship when you know everything is truly going to be all right. There’s always work to do in any endeavor, but you can now see the culmination of your efforts. There is a security and happiness in this card, whether it’s a romantic relationship or a familial one. Since the suit of cups is about creativity and emotions, this card could also be symbolizing the pinnacle of an emotional challenge or hitting a high point in your creative endeavors.

#2 – Page of Swords: The page brings a message, and here it is one of clarity and change. Look to the stars to guide you as they always have, and try to see things for what they truly are. Just as there is a balance here of black and white, keep yourself balanced as you head into the next phase of your life.

#3 – The Hanged Man: Though the name of this card sounds intimidating, it’s probably not what you think! The Hanged Man willingly sacrifices himself in order to gain knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual strength. This card is about letting go and giving up control for the greater good. It can also be suggesting a change in perspective in order to see the world around you in better detail.

This is the card I chose for myself, and it’s so very relevant! Sometimes I really need to let go and listen to what the universe is trying to tell me!

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

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Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Book Review: The Chase by Clive Cussler

When selecting a book from my overloaded shelves, it’s always easy to pick up a Clive Cussler novel. I’ve read several of his novels before, and I figured it was about time to grab The Chase.

From the Cover: In 1906, the western states of America suffer a string of bank robberies by a single man who then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of “The Butcher Bandit,” the U.S. government brings in the best man it can find: a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers from coast to coast.
 
But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to Colorado to the streets of San Francisco during its calamitous earthquake and fire, he pursues a fiend who seems to draw pleasure from the challenge and a woman who may to hold the key to the man’s identity. As Bell begins to suspect a new term used among top psychologists, sociopath, may describe his target, the Butcher Bandit turns the chase around on him. The hunter becomes the hunted. And soon, it will take all of Bell’s skills not merely to prevail . . . but to survive.

What I Loved: What’s not to love about a Clive Cussler novel? He was always an absolute master of detail, something that’s extremely important when writing historical fiction. I was completely catapulted back to 1906 as Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency tracked down a murderous bank robber. True historical events were blended seamlessly into the plot with only the most necessary exposition. The characters were deep and well fleshed out, and the plot was twisting and turning every minute. The Chase is a book of action, suspense, intrigue, and even a little bit of romance.

What I Didn’t Love: I wouldn’t consider a novel like this an ‘easy read’ simply because there’s so much to keep track of and so much happening. That’s really my only complaint, but it’s something I knew going in. It’s only really a problem because life has been chaotic lately, and I haven’t had much time to just settle down and focus on a book.

Rating and Recommendation: It’s no surprise that The Chase is a 5-star book. Clive Cussler was an absolute master.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Shadowscapes Review

Hey everyone, and Happy Tuesday! Monday is over with, and it’s time to get on with the rest of the week! One of my personal goals for this week is to do a lot of work with my tarot cards, and that includes getting to know my newest deck: Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore.

I was immediately drawn to this deck when I saw it online simply because it’s so beautiful. Eventually I knew I just had to get it, and the beauty I saw in it on a computer screen was nothing compared to real life! Every single card is absolutely stunning.

There’s such incredible detail and movement in these images, and so much care has been put into them that the meanings practically leap to life as soon as I look at them. The silver metallic trim is a nice touch, and even the backs of the cards are just gorgeous.

Beyond the visual pleasure of this deck, I have to talk about the quality and the setup. I opted for the kit with the larger guidebook. The box has that lovely magnetic closure you find on some decks, with the guidebook on top and the cards recessed underneath. I know some people take their cards out of the original box and put them in something different, but I have too many decks to really justify that. This makes the manufacturer’s box important to me, and I love this one.

The guidebook for this deck is also worth talking about. There’s always some general information in the front of any tarot book, but I felt this was just a particularly good introduction to this deck. The book includes a great general overview of tarot as well. All of this front matter is difficult to really explain without going into far more detail than you’d probably want to read here, but trust me when I say it’s good.

The rest of the book goes into the meanings of the cards, of course, but it’s so well written! Each card not only has it’s general meaning but also a fantastic little story. I’m never one to sit down and read a guidebook cover to cover, but this one makes me want to do so!

Every single thing about Shadowscapes Tarot so far is fantastic. I’d highly recommend it whether you’re brand new to tarot or an old hand.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Please consider using my links to do your shopping and help me out at no extra cost to you!

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Latest eBay Find: Cameo Ring!

I love vintage items. There’s something exciting about finding the life and excitement in something that others would donate or throw away. I’m not saying I never buy new, but I can say that most of our furniture is secondhand. Some of my treasures have even inspired me to include them in stories I’m writing.

My sister has recently been talking to me about all the cameos she’s found online. I was working on a story that took place in an antique shop, so it seemed like a great opportunity to go gain some knowledge. I fell down the eBay rabbit hole, and my first purchase was this beautiful thing.

This is a glass cameo ring made by Whiting and Davis. My best guess is that it’s from the 40s or 50s, but I’m no expert. While I was actually on the hunt for a carved shell ring, I just couldn’t pass up this beauty when the seller sent me an offer for a small percentage off. I just kept staring at all that detail, and I thought she was so beautiful!

The ring looks a little bit different depending on the angle, which I think is really part of the charm. I don’t even mind that some of the black paint has chipped off over the years.

Do you know how hard it is to find a vintage ring that’s not in a teeny tiny size? I’m not saying my fingers are complete sausages, but part of what made me buy this ring was the fact that it would actually fit me. It’s adjustable, but look at the way the adjustment works. You push part of the band into the setting instead of pinching the back of it together, avoiding that typical adjustable ring look. Also note the way the back of the ring is scooped out, which makes it super comfortable despite its cumbersome size.

I don’t have a lot of occasions to wear this big ring, but I’ll have to find some. I can totally just put it on while I write, right? Right.

Do you have any great vintage finds? I’d love to hear about them!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from The Spirit Animal Oracle

It’s time once again for Tarot Tuesday to see what the rest of the week holds for us!

This week’s pull is from The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid. I love the beautiful, misty artwork on these cards. And of course I always love anything that has to do with animals!

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or come find me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

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#1 – Grasshopper Spirit: What have you been waiting for? Why not? It’s time to jump up and forward into something new! It isn’t always easy to let go of the ground beneath your feet, but right now you need to trust that spirit will guide you and make sure you land properly. If you’ve been waiting and wondering if the time is right, the answer is yes!

#2 – Horse Spirit: Movement, freedom, travel, and adventure are what the Horse Spirit is all about. This could refer to an actual trip or a spiritual journey, but you are the one who holds the reins and makes the decisions. That being said, don’t get too caught up in control. This card is about freedom, after all! Get down off your high horse and enjoy that freedom.

#3 – Electric Eel Spirit: Like a jolt of electricity, this card is here to say epiphanies are coming. Right now is the time of great ideas, inspiration, and creativity. Did you have a great ‘Aha!’ moment, but you dismissed it because you thought it was just a pipe dream? The electric eel asks you to see where it could lead and transform that idea into something you can use.

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Great Words to Use for Romance

Are your love scenes feeling a little deflated? Can’t seem to figure out why your characters are in the room together in the first place? Romance is often dismissed as being cheap or poorly written, but those of us who actually read (or write!) in the genre know that’s not always the case! Sometimes it’s difficult to build all the required emotional tension between two characters, and great words can have a great impact.

I’ve seen some advice out there that says if you have to use a thesaurus, you’re probably doing something wrong. I respectfully disagree. I think great words can be truly inspiring, and they can really help bring a scene to life. Feel free to use this list to give your scene the ol’ razzle dazzle, and check out my other helpful posts on my Writers’ Resources page.

Got a word that you think should be on here? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Abandon

Accommodate

Agony

Alive

Angle

Anticipation

Athletic

Awe

Beast

Bewitch

Blazing

Brawny

Bubble

Building

Burgeoning

Burning

Buzzing

Caress

Carnal

Cascade

Celebration

Cherish

Claim

Cling

Compelled

Complete

Contract

Crave

Crest

Curl

Damp

Dazzling

Delight

Delirious

Desire

Desperate

Dimension

Dissolve

Dream

Drugged

Eager

Echo

Edge

Entranced

Evaporate

Excitement

Exquisite

Fascination

Feline

Fervent

Fire

Firm

Flooded

Floodgate

Flush

Gifted

Glide

Glimpse

Glittered

Glowing

Growl

Guttural

Heady

Heat

Heaven

Hell

Honey

Hunger

Ignite

Impact

Infatuation

Inspire

Instinctive

Intrigued

Juncture

Languorous

Linger

Loiter

Marrow

Meaty

Melded

Melt

Mesh

Mindless

Muscular

Nestle

Passionate

Playful

Pliant

Plunder

Possession

Power/Powerful

Provoke

Pulse

Pulse point

Quake

Quest

Quiver

Ragged

Raw

Recesses

Regret

Relief

Respond

Reverence

Rioting

Ripe

Roughened

Rugged

Rush

Savor

Secret

Seductive

Shimmer

Shiver

Silk

Simmering

Sizzle

Skim

Slid

Soar

Soften

Spiral

Splay

Steady

Strength

Stroke

Stunning

Subtle

Surrender

Swelling

Swirl

Tame

Tease

Tempt/Temptation

Tense/Tension

Tighten

Tingle

Torment

Torture

Trap

Tremble

Trusting

Tumble

Vanish

Velvet

Virile

Vision

Vulnerable

Warm

Weak

Welcome

Whirl

Whisper

Wild

Yield

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from The Good Tarot

It’s time once again for Tarot Tuesday to see what the rest of the week holds for us!

This week’s pull is from The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid. These cards are just gorgeous and have so much energy when I’m working with them!

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or come visit me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

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#1 – Four of Earth: There is a solid foundation underneath you, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Things might happen in a way or in an order that doesn’t make sense to you, but divine spirit is moving things in your life with purpose. You are where you’re meant to be, and everything that you need is available to you.

#2 – Nine of Earth – This card represents discipline and self-reliance. You’re focused on completing the work you’ve laid out for yourself. Keep going and see the results come to you.

#3 – Empress: The Empress represents fertility. This could mean literally, as in a new baby, but it also means the abundance of the world around you. Life is rich with possibility, and you have the capability to manifest and create. You can make things happen!

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

$10.00

Come visit me on eBay!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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