a sea queen emerged from the deep

An excerpt from “The Day Before the Story”

“…Lollie observed the noise their shoes were making. She recognized the hidden significance of the sounds, the clues left behind by the sound of their walk.

Talented detectives know these things“, mused Lollie.

If noises had a smell, all of the noises that bounced off the walls today in the Great House, beginning with the Storm of the Chattering Monkeys up to and including the clamor the women made with their heels, would have a very complex bouquet.

Any DuBois would recognize this immediately.

The bouquet would be best described as the lingering scent of cinnamon cake baking in an oven, competing with the asphyxiating smell of strong patchouli, blending with the pungent tang that freshly watered tomato plant leaves release in the air. All of these notes meshed with the sneeze-inducing, sharp aroma of freshly cut garden grass.

Mind you, these are not scents that were in the air at that time. They were the scents that the noise gave off.

Yes, the DuBois were very sensitive to smells. They could smell noise.


from The Day Before The Story (The DuBois Family Saga, Book 1)

it has its challenges…

bitchy and stone faced having a chat…

have you seen some of the prints on sale?“, she asked.

absolutely defining.

AN amazing excerpt

some works of literature are ‘timeless’

“…where Darnay is taken to restore himself after’ his liberation’ “…quote and image from wikimedia commons.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

a tale of two cities, charles dickens


15 Psychological Conditions Named After Literary Characters | Mental Floss


If you’re a chemist and you make a crucial discovery, chances are they’ll name the particle or compound after you. But psychologists have always had a liberal arts flair when it comes to their discoveries. Serious psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud and pop psychologists alike have used fictional characters from their favorite stories to describe all sorts of mental conditions. Here are 15 of those literary psych disorders. You’ll probably grow out of that Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan syndrome, but if you’re suffering from Rapunzel syndrome, please: see a doctor.

1. HUCKLEBERRY FINN SYNDROME Huckleberry Finn syndrome is sometimes used as a loose term for childhood truancy—think unruly kids “going out on the raft to go fishing,” or, perhaps more likely these days, kids staying in to play video games. But it also appears in books as a psychodynamic complex. In The Dictionary of Modern Medicine, J.C. Segen explains that it often begins as youthful rebellion but evolves into “frequent job changes and absenteeism as an adult.” It’s thought to be a response to parental rejection, or deep-set feelings of inferiority and depression.

2. OTHELLO SYNDROME In 1955, John Todd and Kenneth Dewhurst published a paper detailing the so-called “Othello syndrome.” This Shakespearean moniker referred to “a dangerous form of psychosis … [whose] central theme consists in a delusional belief in infidelity of the spouse.” …

15 Psychological Conditions Named After Literary Characters | Mental Floss
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