Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Time Has Come

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings." ~ 
from Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll 

It is time, my friends, to retire That Rebel, and now that it's here, my heart is heavy. I am saying goodbye to a dear friend.

Why today? It's my fifty-fifth birthday. And it seemed right. Something about that number feels powerful. Double nickels. Five five.

As a child, fifty-five was ancient. But I don't feel old. Just wise. And worn a bit thin around the edges, thank you Bilbo.

I celebrated. Got lots of calls, texts and Facebook birthday well-wishes, making me feel very loved and remembered. Thank you all. This evening I ate an enormous ribeye at Gabe's, followed by an obscenely delicious berry cobbler, warm with vanilla ice cream.

Can you say waddle?

Afterward, we listened to EG Kight and Lola Gully play some blues, R & B, a little funk and some soul in 100-degree temperatures, in spite of the evening hour. Then ended the evening with fireworks viewed from the air conditioned comfort of my home. Well. It was a backdoor window view, but still.

June 30, 2012. A day of moment. For me. For this blog. And for my new blog Blessed Are The Peace Makers.

So no, I'm not going away quietly in the night. I'm shifting focus. Or rather, gaining focus. I hope you'll stop by. I'll be on WordPress, rather than Blogger. But there's a Follow button at the top left of the page, and a 'subscribe by email' button on the right. If you're interested, I'd love to have you.

Thank you to each and every one of you: my readers, friends, family, countrymen, worldmates. Thank you to my writer friends and my commenters. I will not take That Rebel down. I couldn't. There is too much of me in here, too much of you.

Yeah. I'll leave the old girl up. For posterity.

Goodbye to That Rebel with a Blog. Hello to Blessed Are The Peace Makers.

~ Olivia J. Herrell

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

That Rebel Retiring

In a few more days I'll be retiring That Rebel with a Blog. Why?

Many reasons. First, and foremost, I have evolved over the last three years. That Rebel changed with me, yes. But I have reached a crossroads. Changing the name and revamping the look won't work. Not for me. Call me a wuss, but with today's political climate and freaky law changes, having a blog with the name 'rebel' in the title probably isn't a good idea.

So. I have a new blog that I'll be debuting this Saturday, June 30th.

Blessed Are The Peace Makers will be similar in format to That Rebel, but the emphasis will be on the birthing of a trilogy, not just life and writing in general. I will continue to rely heavily on creative nonfiction, sharing research snippets, fascinating historical characters and tidbits, plus any noteworthy writing shortcuts and resources I discover along the way.

Want to know more about Blessed Are The Peace Makers (The Blog)? Read on.

"Here you will read about an unconventional life: the life of a writer, a philosopher and a sage. You will get glimpses in to the world of a novelist, and likely be subjected to aha’s, scraped knees, triumphs and frustrations.
If you are fascinated, or even mildly interested, in metamorphosis and alchemy, join me on this journey. Be prepared for magic: the kind that occurs when ideas become words, words become stories, and stories beget dreams that overcome the nightmarish.
It is an epic journey, and one that must be undertaken in every lifetime.
This one will be ours. Come along for the ride. ~ Olivia J. Herrell
Thank you, to all my wonderful friends and followers. You each have a special place in my heart. Many of you have helped me become the writer I am today. Thank you for that. Thank you very much.

I'm not saying goodbye. 'Cause I'll be back again before we retire.

See you soon, Olivia J. Herrell

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lightning Crashes, Can You Feel It?

While researching the smell of lightning, I ran across a great Q & A by lightning expert Joe Dwyer on the NOVA website. Some of it got a little technical, but the article was fascinating and confirmed a few things that I'd been told over the years.

Things like: don't wash dishes or take a shower during an electrical storm. Don't swim during one, either.

And I now know what physical mechanism causes the sound of thunder, woohoo!

I hope you'll take a few minutes to click over and check out the NOVA article. Who knows, maybe one day it'll save a life .

~ Olivia J. Herrell

P.S. The embedding was disabled, but click to listen to Lightning Crashes, a poignant song by Live. This one's for Dastan Trant. May you live on and on.

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