Archive for November, 2011

One of my favorite bloggers recently posted this and I felt I should share it as a public service.  Mind you, I have four kids of my own, mostly grown now, so I know how difficult it is to keep the little heathens under control.  If my kids acted up while we were out, I would remove them from whatever public venue we were at and teach them the error of their ways back at the car.  Please refer to the flowchart below to see if you should subject the general public to your children yet, or if you should take remedial parenting classes and/or hire the services of a kid-whisperer.  May the Force be with you.


The art of husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball has been featured in several publications including Somerset Studio, Somerset Digital and Smashing Magazine.  Angi and Silas are veterans in the digital art movement and their website ( and blogs have won numerous awards including Smashing Magazine’s Top Fifty Blog Designs, Pixelatic’s Top Stunning Websites, Blogosphere’s Top 45 Most Creative Blog Designs and Inspiredology’s Top Flourish Designs.

Together, they are known as “The Dazzling Duo,” and for good reason.   They are the creative masterminds behind Duirwaigh Gallery in Taos, New Mexico and their incredible home on the web, Duirwaigh Studios .  They specialize in mythopoetic art, creating a dazzling array of  imaginative, soulful pieces, including films, music and books, that have inspired and created a sense of wonder in thousands of people.

Silas is described as a true Renaissance Man, creating incredible graphics, films, and musical compositions.  Angie is a writer, poet, artistic blogger,  performer and film-maker.  Two of her books are Doorways and Dreamfields: A True Fairy Tale  and Flaming Muse: Matchstick Tales That Ignite the Soul.   Their film, A Knock at the Door, has been viewed by over 4 million people.  I have included below several examples of their artwork.  I really hope that you will check out their website. It’s entirely possible you’ll be there for several hours, lost in the beautiful world that is Duirwaigh Studios .

P.S.  They also have a really cool mouse named Zeus .

Flaming Muse

Charon's Lullaby

A Knock At The Door


Singing Up The Moon

Water Dome


Little Big Love

Gandalf and Fellowship Exposed!

I stumbled upon this funny little site this evening and, in my infinite geekiness, decided to share it with you.  The author, Cassandra Claire, wrote the imaginary diaries of the main characters in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.  They are just parodies, people.  If you take your Tolkien too seriously, you may want to have a shot or three before reading these…


The Very Secret Diaries
Welcome! Here you may find the brilliant “Very Secret Diary” series by the wonderful Cassandra Claire. These are also published in her LiveJournal, but she was kind enough to agree to let your humble servant here publish them here. Enjoy!And do be sure to check out her LiveJournal.To receive email when (which includes this site) is updated, please sign up for Ealasaid’s mailing list. I’m afraid that if you were on the old list, it’s been demolished by my webhost, and you’ll need to sign up again. *sigh*~ Warning! ~
These are works of parody, and as such include content which may result in loud laughter, drinks sprayed across keyboards/monitors, et cetera. The creators of these works and this site assume no responsibility for any censure or damage which may occur. Use at your own risk.These are also archived here.
Fellowship of the Ring Aragorn, Son of Arathorn
Legolas, Son of Weenus
Boromir of Gondor
Frodo Baggins
Samwise Gamgee
Gandalf the Grey
Peregrin Took
Saruman the White
Gimli, Son of Gloin
Meriadoc Brandybuck
Ringwraith No. 5
Arwen Undomiel
The Two Towers Aragorn, Son of Arathorn, Part 2
Legolas, Part 2

Alas, Cassandra Claire has announced that she won’t be writing any more Very Secret Diaries. However, it’s worth noting that the livejournal post where she announced that she wouldn’t be writing more VSDs is now inaccessable. Maybe there’s hope…

This website is not affiliated with The Lord of the Rings films in any official way. The works found herein are strictly the works of their authors and should not be associated with J.R.R. Tolkien’s books or Peter Jackson’s films (may their names and works be praised!) in any official way. These are works of parody, done strictly for amusement, and we’re not making money, so please don’t sue us.
If anything here offends you, well, that’s what the “Back” button is for.


I have avoided video games for the past few years because I have a tendency to become obsessed with them, forgoing sleep, food, communication with my family and, at times, work, to play them. With the release of Skyrim, I am sorely tempted to give up my voluntary exile and plunge back in. My kids are old enough to fend for themselves now, my husband cooks better than me and I feel I deserve a few self-indulgent months as an elf. I may not come back. Can you get paid for playing video games? Maybe make an advertisement for Skyrim: “See? Even moms get into this game! It overflows with awesomeness and you need to buy it. Now.” Whaddya think?
On a different note, I made the yummiest oatmeal scotchy cookies last night. Took some to work and spread the love and even saved some for the hubby. If you all lived closer to me, I would have shared with you, too, because that’s how nice I am. Really. Of course, if I get Skyrim, they just may be the last batch of cookies I make in quite a while. The Keebler elves will be providing the sweets for the foreseeable future. Let me know if you like the game, describe your character, etc. Also, since I AM going off the wagon, tell me about any other games that you feel my life would be incomplete without. In for a penny, in for a pound, as my Gramps would say. Goodnight!