Stacey at “Whispering Stories Book Blog” recently reviewed “The Clever Cat That Could” here.
“The Clever Cat That Could” is available on Amazon Kindle here.
Laurie Lee Brom grew up in the historical town of Charleston, SC, the local ghost stories and folk tales of the swampy Low Country and rich gullah culture stirring her imagination. She studied illustration at Parsons School of Design in NYC. After a long sabbatical spent raising two boys she returned to the inspiration that first stirred her imagination and paints a spooky brand of imaginative realism. She regularly shows at Roq la Rue gallery in her current home of Seattle, WA.
Q. What subject matter most piques your interest these days? And, does that translate into your artwork?
A. I seem to always be stuck in the past! History really piques my interest. It’s not that I kid myself into thinking times were better then, but I tend to spend a good bit of time surrounding myself with things that have had past lives with previous owners. Often when I paint I look at things in my studio and come up with a story about it, and often incorporate stuff I’ve found into my work. That and nature are my two biggest inspirations. We recently moved to what feels like the country (but really isn’t), abutting a forested wilderness. The flora and fauna, the changing of seasons, my soul really feeds on it.
Q. Mine, too. Switching gears, how did you hear about the ‘Baby Tattooville Event’ and will you be attending this year? When and where is it held?
A. Bob Self (owner of Baby Tattoo publishing) runs the event with his wife, Rani, and they invite a bunch of artists as guests and sell just 50 tickets to people who spend the long weekend together as an immersive experience. http://www.babytattooville.com/home.html We’re really excited about participating in it!
Q. Awesome! Please tell readers about ‘Boxes of Death’ (traveling art show). Will you be contributing to the show?
A. Boxes of Death is something I was chomping at the bit to do because it was pretty far out of my comfort zone. Each artist is given a little coffin to paint. The show tours like a pop up event, I think, down the West Coast with stops in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco and LA. At first I thought I’d do something over the top and flowery, but then I settled on the idea of the duality of the cat. Lover and killer, adored and feared. The cat in mine has been lovingly arranged by his owner and the little critters are dancing on his grave on the sides of the box. It’s an issue close to home for me! http://www.boxesofdeath.com/
Q. With 7 cats as anipals, I love that you settled on that! Is Brom contributing to the ‘Boxes of Death’ show?
A. Nope. No Brom in this show, though it does seem right up his alley! He’s busy writing.
Q. Now for a fun question: What’s your fondest memory of the Lowcountry?
A. Oh man is that a tough question! I could never choose just one, especially having grown up there and returned many times as an adult. One would be a moonlight swim with my cousins on Isle of Palms. The water was filled with marine phosphorescence. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. But I loved living somewhere so full of history and SO many ghost stories! All of which seem perfectly believable in the context of Charleston. I miss the smell of pluffmud, the dripping Spanish moss, the cemeteries and churches, gaslamps, that stuff gets into your soul and doesn’t let go no matter how long you live away from it.
Q. This Charlestonian couldn’t agree more! So, what else is in the pipeline heading into 2015?
A. Well, I have several group shows lined up including the annual Women Painting Women held at the Principle Gallery in Charleston. Super excited to have a piece heading there! I also have one going to the Copro Gallery in LA next month, Babytatooville in October and then I’m taking some time and coming up with a new body of work.
Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your darkly delightful work?
A. I’m finally on Instagram and am just getting that going http://instagram.com/laurieleebrom, on facebook https://www.facebook.com/lauriebrom and I have prints for sale on my website http://www.laurieleebrom.com/
(Photo Credit: Christiana Dowdy ©2009)
Lisa Allen is an amazingly multi-talented woman who I’ve had the distinct pleasure of knowing for quite a few years now, so I fully realize that to list all of her accomplishments here is virtually impossible, but here are some of them: she’s “… a professional Astrologer, Tarot Reader, Dowser, Chakra Balancing Teacher, Energy Healer and Intuitive Consultant. She became a Master Herbalist (MH) in 2007 through the School of Natural Healing in Utah. She also became a Universal Life Church (ULC) Reverend and Usui Reiki Master. She is also an Author, published in over a dozen Llewellyn annuals, using the pen names AarTiana and Calantirniel. While being familiar with Flower Essence Therapy since the late 1990s, she took a deeper plunge and began creating flower essences with love in 2008 and has found the essences provide deep, effecting healing for her clients in a simple, gentle, and sustainably economical way” (https://www.facebook.com/LisaAllenMH/info).
I loved reading your “Varda Elentari: The Elven Queen of the Stars.” What inspired you to write this?
I wanted to originally publish this with Llewellyn for the annuals, but in that particular time, they needed a different article, so I wrote a piece that matched their theme, which covered my personal experience with a more general Star Queen archetype that toward the end talked about Varda Elentari. Interestingly, Llewellyn decided to publish my article with some information that was in the original in the 2008 Witches’ Companion. However, I decided to keep these articles separate for quite a long time, not knowing why. When I was approached to speak for the 2013 Guardian Gateway II Telesummit, these pieces were perfect and coincidentally, I had the copyrights back at that point. The result is the two of these being eBooks, of which the Varda Elentari eBook is available FREE for now on www.ElvenSpirituality.com – that may change!
To me, Varda is the protagonist and Morgoth the antagonist (simply put). Do you believe that Morgoth and those of his ilk are always necessary to further growth in the cosmos?
In a sense, yes. I believe we all have a place in this experience of the “cosmic song” that was sung in 3 parts by the Ainur (for those not familiar, they are similar to angelic beings but not identical). And because of that, we are all a mix of light and dark, love and fear – and it is our choices that really help us further define ourselves and to grow spiritually. We can learn by example and Morgoth and those like him are also lessons showing us how not to be light. There are many other stories that impart this wisdom, but JRR Tolkien to me is the most magnificent bard of our era and beyond. He also happened to be an amazing linguist too!
I also enjoyed the invaluable information in your “How the Star Queen Changed My Life”—especially the Suggestions for Finding Your Own Connection part. Please tell readers how this piece of work came about and the importance of Archetypal Exploration.
As explained earlier, I wrote this piece for Llewellyn because the original Varda Elentari article did not fit the theme in the 2008 Witches’ Companion. I also decided to warm up this article and make it more personal and experiential rather than just factual. My suggestions on archetypal exploration came from my own experience traversing the Star Queen archetype which at some point led me to becoming a professional astrologer – and even co-founding the Elven Spiritual Path, based on Tolkien’s Middle-Earth origin stories which are utterly overflowing with a deep cosmology that we have discovered to be a valid one. For those curious about obtaining this work, it was made available as one of the bonus downloads with the Guardian Gateway II Telesummit. At some point in the future, it will be available again, so if you are on the Email List, you will be in the loop for securing your own copy.
You frequently write as Calantirniel. What does this name mean?
In the later Elvish language called Sindarin, which is the one spoken in Lord of the Rings, the name Calantirniel means the Guardian of the Gift of Light. This name was created for me by a sweet young lady who studied Sindarin deeply and it was based on my nickname AarTiana, which was created by my children’s names and later became my crochet company name and morphed into my nickname inadvertently – but it worked! I like it a lot and feel it resonates with me at a deep core level.
What else have you written (Llewellyn articles, books, etc.)?
I have written almost two dozen articles for the annuals published by Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. Which includes the Magical Almanac, the Herbal Almanac, the Witches’ Companion, the Moon Sign Book, and even one time the Spell-a-Day Almanac. I began appearing in their annuals in 2007 and have been active ever since. I have several book ideas and one in the works on Elven Spirituality, which has been on the back-burner due to a few factors, including the ever-changing publishing industry. A clearer direction is beginning to show, and this work may be co-authored. Please stay tuned with the Email List or other methods available at www.ElvenSpirituality.com.
I (as Calantirniel) donated an article in “Pagans 101” published in 2014 by Moon Books, a part of O-Books in the UK. The idea was to interview 101 Pagans and to experience their diversity, for beginners and advanced alike. It is divided in 3 parts, of which my feature is in the last part, “What We Do.” My short “vignette” is on Herbal Magick and I had very limited space to impart my views and practice. It seems this book has received some pretty amazing praise from the likes of Professor Ronald Hutton, Philip Carr-Gomm and many others held in high regard in those circles! More here: http://astore.amazon.com/astroherbcom-20/detail/1782791701 or http://www.moon-books.net/index.php?id=99&p=2987
Awesome! Which Hollywood celebrities are fans of your products?
Well, of the ones that are, I am not allowed at this time to reveal their identities! 😉 Perhaps I can secure permissions at a later time but as of this writing, nothing can be relayed publically. I am sure something will open up at a later date, so stay tuned!
Switching gears again, as an astrologer, what do you think of including a 13th sign with Ophiuchus and of factoring in a 14th sign with Cetus?
I see these as constellations with their own legitimate energies, but not as signs. There were always only twelve signs, and it just so happened these signs were named after constellations nearby to make it easy to remember them! So while Vedic and some Classical Western Astrology can use the Sidereal Zodiac, which is when zero degrees of Aries begins at the Aries constellation, most Western Astrology (even most Western Classical Astrology and ALL Western Modern Astrology to the best of my knowledge) uses the Tropical Zodiac, which is when zero degrees of Aries begins when the Sun’s direct rays shine on the Earth’s Equator (around March 21st yearly). So since both systems of astrology work in their own way, we need to ignore the accusations that the zodiac is wrong! It is like a person holding an apple and thinking it is an orange while saying there is something wrong with the orange. I have some links on my Astrology Resources page on my website for anyone interested in a deeper discussion here! As an aside, I do think it is possible to work with the constellation energies directly, so if you work with Ophiuchus and the energies resonate with you and integrate into your being, that is totally OK. I have worked with the energies of fixed stars and the asteroids as well (one of which I will address when speaking for an upcoming telesummit – my topic being Pallas-Athena and a free PDF Ebook is available if you are on the AstroHerbalist Email list).
As one who’s certified in Reiki Level Two (Usui), I certainly appreciate that you’re a Reiki Master! When did you get certified? And, how has Reiki changed your life and the lives of those you’ve worked with?
Yes indeed, it is a good thing to have Reiki healing abilities! I received my Reiki I in North Carolina in early 2000 from Usui Reiki Master Staysee Yod. Later in 2000 I had a DNA Activation that deepened this ability, and since I was an astrologer, I mainly just used it for healing my family, friends and some clients – but not just astrological clients. It worked for my crochet clients as well and I have great stories about how when I made custom hats for people that no matter how many times they lost their hat, they always got it back, as if I had placed an energetic retrieval device in them! I also had a dramatic experience when my daughter years ago got her hand slammed in a car door, of which Reiki entirely healed her hand, without any other intervention and she has perfect use even to this day. When I was prompted by the Universe to pursue herbal training, it became clear it was time to step up my Reiki attunements. So in later 2007 after receiving my MH, I had a great opportunity to receive a Tibetan-Enhanced Usui Reiki II from none other than Christopher Penczak, and when Staysee visited me in September of 2009 in Montana, I opted to receive the Usui Reiki Master attunement. Since then, I have had other rather shamanic methods shown to me either by other healers or by Spirit. It is hard to explain since every case is different, but I have discovered that energy healing is a great adjunct to being an astrologer and basically a timing expert 😉
Please tell readers a bit about being an Herbalist.
While I never really saw myself as an herbalist first (and apparently neither does anyone else, since nearly all clients find me as an astrologer, dowser or through the energy healing work I do), I absolutely love LOVE being an herbalist – if for nothing else that the tuition for school was saved in health-care expenses within a year or two easily! I highly recommend everyone become proficient at some level of herbalism but instead of reading the layperson books, get the books that the professionals get. I have many Herbal Resources to get you started on my website! It adds a physical component to the healing work done in the energetic, which grounds it into reality quicker, especially if there is a nutritional component that is needed in the client’s healing process. How cool is it to recognize at least 30 healing herbs in your yard that you originally thought were just weeds and random trees? It has been invaluable to me!
So cool! Where can readers go to learn more about you and your great work? (social networking sites, etc.)
All of my internet presence can easily be found in the right-hand column of my website, www.AstroHerbalist.com as well as www.ElvenSpirituality.com and while I am not constantly on social media (particularly Facebook), I do regularly visit because I know other people do! I will do my best to be warm and responsive. The very best way to keep up with me is to be on my Email list(s) and get the freebies! Then you won’t miss anything.
What’s in the works for the rest of 2014?
Well, at this moment, besides creating the aforementioned free PDF download for my Email List on implementing the energies of the Asteroid Pallas-Athena in our lives? I plan a relocation from Western Montana after over a decade here back to San Diego, California – a really big step of exciting change indeed! Upon getting settled, I will be looking at the possibility of a membership/subscription website that really focuses on timing of events, i.e. divine timing or psychic timing, since there is a lot of misunderstanding around this area. This will include creating a book for the DIY types, an online course and group interaction for the mid-level types, and my personal one-on-one time for services at the top tier level. While I wish to reconnect locally to my loyal and dear San Diego clients, my goal is to have a more online presence so that I may make long-term visits to Ireland in 2015 after (hopefully) obtaining dual USA/Irish citizenship through proving my ancestry and thus newly-discovered relatives! THAT will be exciting! Oh – and work on the Elven Spirituality book is in progress, and I will be shortly releasing the FREE EBook on the Healing Qualities of Flower Essences – some of which will not be found anywhere else!
Truly amazing! I really want to spend time in Ireland, too. Thanks so much, Lisa! It’s always a pleasure!! XOXO
You are most welcome GL – the pleasure is mine because you are awesome!
Hunter S. Jones & an Anonymous English Poet
Overweight and dull. That’s how I felt.
My grandfather and brother died. I hid inside a black cave deep in my soul, numbed for a decade on meds, booze, and bad love, married to my glorious career.
My name is Liz Snow, from Atlanta, Georgia, and this is my story.
One hot summer I fell hopelessly in love with successful attorney, Peter William Hendrix III, from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We bonded because of Shelley and Keats. Pete introduced me to the works of modern English poet, Jack O. Savage, It was like The Poet was drawing us together through his blogs and poems, like he had a message for my life and my love with Pete Hendrix.
I lived it in my heart and soul.
It all went tragically wrong once I learned Pete’s secret.
As September ends I jet to London, England. Pete Hendrix betrayed me big time. There was no time for my revenge. With an unstable mind, and a broken heart – my life was a kaleidoscope of stabbing shards of pain.
London ignored me. Maybe I didn’t exist. I was lost and lonely in a flat in Kensington.
I hear that Jack O. Savage will make a rare public appearance. I wrangle an invitation to the art gallery where he is reading. I was curious. In some ways, he was the cause of my trouble.
It turned out my fallen rock-star-with-words was even more damaged than I.
Jack O.Savage, The Poet became my friend.
Then, an unexpected kiss at a county fair on a perfect English summer’s day changed everything forever. Jack the man became my lover.
My elusive dream of a lifelong love began.
If Pete was what I’d always wanted, Jack was what I always needed.
The mystery unraveled as the kaleidoscope of my broken life evolved and I found myself living a rainbow of perfect bliss.
Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it’s only the beginning.
September Ends is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which ensnares Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later.
September Ends is the story of sin, redemption and salvation through love, because love happens when we least expect it.
About the lovely Hunter S. Jones (in her own words):
Novelist. Exile on Peachtree Street.
Lover of all the finer things in life.
The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.
Currently, I have a music/entertainment blog @ExPatsPost.com. My debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, was published in 2012.
Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice have always fascinated me, although like any Southern girl, I will always idolize Margaret Mitchell for writing Gone With The Wind. I also adore the works of John Grisham, and own a huge selection of his books. I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, my books, too many clothes, too many shoes and way too many stacks of notepads and journals.
October 2013 will see the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements. This novel is written in collaboration with an anonymous English poet. He wants no attention. In blogs, he only asks to be recognized as the secretive collaborator from London. We have never met and we only communicate electronically and have no personal ties. His privacy and art are more important than anything.
You can connect with me at the following social media sites:
about.me/huntersjones1 has links to all the sites, books, Goodreads – Everything – on one site.