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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.

Are you ready? Scroll down to find your card!

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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!

$10.00

Come find 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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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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