Time’s Passing Reflection Day Five: Percy Shelley

Supported through the efforts of A Bibliophile’s Workshop-editorial/publicity services for self-published writers-  the first inaugural Blog Tour is here. For this first blog tour, Indulge your mind with some lovely yarns of poetry, perfect as an antidote to life’s trials and tribulations!!

Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Thelma Barselow, one poem at a time….

Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour (September 14, 2014-September 20, 2014)

Like & Share these posts with a wide pool of people, to be eligible to win a special  literary prize…. more details about such a prize can be found below!

Amazon/Goodreads

Capturing the vivid intimacy of journaling combined with the photographic realism of  rich poetry, Thelma Barselow’s collection of poetry is a volume of poetry that any serious reader of poetry will not want to miss!!

Synopsis, taken from the Amazon product page:

“This collection of poetry spans the years and encompasses a lifetime of observations, broken down into simple, yet elegant and sometimes whimsical poems. Some of the poems are religious, others are merely soulful.

Thelma has spent her life caring for others, starting with her children and her husband. That career included caring for the children of others, and ultimately, taking care of Alzheimer’s patients which she did until her recent retirement.

She has many stories to tell and I hope that someday she will tell them all. Until then, please enjoy this collection of her words, her thoughts, her passing reflections.”

This is a poetry collection, which Anne Rice made sure to buy five copies for friends and family:

Anne share
Poem-of-the Day:

**If you have an eidetic memory (the type of memory that lets you recall images and sounds without mnemonic tricks), you may be able to memorize fragments of these poems. Many of the poems featured here will be short, highly visceral,as are most of the poems contained in Thelma Barselow’s poem collection- Time’s Passing Reflections

   Today’s featured poem is written by one of my absolute favorite poets, Percy Shelley (husband of Mary Shelley), a poet I was introduced to during my undergraduate years. His poems are commonly very long, so this poem aptly titled “A Lament,” is one of his shorter poems.

It is a sobering reflection on time, aging, the weariness of realizing that death is inevitable. It’s a wonderful, short poem, which encapsulates the existential struggle that sometimes occurs right vaguely under all our thoughts.

A Lament:

O World! O Life! O Time!
On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -Oh, never more!

Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight:
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more -Oh, never more!

What does this poem evoke for you? Leave your comments below, with your own deeply inspired thoughts of what you think about this poem, and what images it conjures in your mind?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another poem-of-the-day, and other tantalizing features(special Time’s Passing Reflections tea; an in-depth review of a book by this blog’s own poetry connoisseur), as part of the Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour, featuring a new post every day of this entire week

Special Giveaway:

Enter below by clicking this enchanting photo of Station Eleven, with a mugful of Station Eleven-inspired tea, to be redirected to the Rafflecopter App, allowing you to enter this contest

    Station Eleven is an excellent, darkly dramatic, slightly sardonic, piece of writing, meditating on the vicissitudes of life, as seen through the lives of various human beings exposed to apocalyptic trauma, and how art itself helps salvage us, give us a reason to claim “mere survival is insufficient.”

*Only those living in the US/Canada are eligible to enter this contest!*

If you have any questions, concerns, about this blog tour, and anything else connected back with A Bibliophile’s Workshopplease do not hesitate to email our center of our operations at the following email address:
bibliophilesworkshop@gmail.com

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Lestat Book Coven Newsletter- Queen of the Damned Discussion Questions & Reading Assignment #2-Talamasca,Jesse, and David Talbot

 At the bottom of the post, be sure not to miss out on entering a contest to potentially win a signed, First-edition hardcover of “The Vampire Lestat!” The contest is ending very soon!!

Hi Coven Members, Things are ramping up in the world of Anne Rice, as we are now only forty days or so away from the historic release of Prince Lestat. Our minds are under assault with extreme excitement, at this point, and we need to seriously ramp things up, in terms of pre-release day events, via Lestat Book Coven to find someway of keeping our excitement at bay.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to directly ask you about ideas for internet-based events to further heighten the level of celebration, to truly usher in the release of Prince Lestat with style.All discussions of this type will take place, where it always takes place, on the Facebook Group page for the Lestat Book Coven

Below, you will find more details about how to properly pre-order your copy, without insensitively deciding to buy your copy- a very rare, limited-edition bound ARC, on Ebay. We have talked extensively about it, and I won’t dredge up my rather unsparingly critical words about those that buy or sell these copies, prior to a book’s pub. date.

I completely understand the temptation, especially as someone that still checks Netgalley daily, in vain for a digital ARC, being put up someday, without my notice.. We are all very excited about the book, and it will be hard to withstand temptation, especially when some people decides to sell their copies on Ebay-pre pub. date- on Ebay.

But, please, for the sake of respecting the embargo, do not purchase copies,but rather report them via Ebay!! Also, if you have the opportunity (and you may, for legitimate press purposes) to read the book in advance, please do not spoil or divulge anything, from the book, beyond the preview first-chapter snippet!
More information about Pre-ordering Prince Lestat: 

The book is slated to  be released October 28th, 2014, and has been honorably put on embargo, to ensure that the secret of the very enigmatic, wonderful plot remains unspoiled, non-tampered till that most auspicious, exciting day comes before us…

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…

Details about Dani Hoot’s newest vampire novella (edited by your coven master), Hooh-Strah-Dooh

**Edited relying upon the services of “A Bibliophile’s Workshop:” a specialized editorial/publicity company for indie-writers, comes this wonderful vampire-themed novella, from indie-writer Dani Hoots, called Hooh-Strah-Dooh It was a great pleasure to edit this work. If you love the mobster element fused with some vampire-related action/drama scenes, this is the book to read, while you’re traveling to work either by train and bus!!

      For this Sunday’s discussion post, I have a very special surprise for all you wonderful Lestat fans, who might want to nab their own e-book copy of this insanely fun supernatural-adventure romp!!

Click the fabulous cover image below, to be taken to the Amazon page, to purchase your own copy!

    Nola Cancel’s Amazing Anne Rice Interview Compilation Book- The Next Requisite Thing, for any self-defined Anne Rice fanatic, to add to their Anne Rice book collection

If you’re not convinced of Nola Cancel’s enviably great attention-to-detail and nuance, when it comes to interviews, check out my Amazon review of her book:

“Nola Cancel’s “Anne Rice: The Interview” is impeccably organized and written with the keen eye of an adept interviewer. If you want to delve into the extremely interesting mind of a talented writer by seeing through the eyes of a careful observer, this is the definitive collection of interviews to purchase and find more about this generation’s most fascinating writers. This is a volume that is so tightly edited and so superbly written that it’s yet another noteworthy example of the top-notch quality of many self-published projects!

If you are like myself and consider yourself a fervid fan of Anne Rice’s works, this is yet another fine volume to add to your growing collection of critical literary essays and other supplementary volumes about Anne Rice’s works and the paradigmatic-shifting authoress herself!”

Click the image above, to be redirected to the Amazon page to either purchase an Ebook/Print copy of this wonderful Anne Rice volume!

Prince Lestat Book Tour Information:

Yes, several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour. I will not be able to attend one of these events, due to being currently enrolled in an evening program for Paralegal Studies. My turn of bad luck has caused almost every event for the last quarter of the year to have some sort of event interfere with plans for this event.  More than likely, I’ll be attending the New York event, for all those in the coven who are planning to meet Anne Rice at some point during her tour.

For your convenience, all events that are not free event (a vast majority, unfortunately, are) happen to have asterisks (*) next to them:

If you manage to find any more events, please leave the link and other pertinent details in the comment area below! Thanks.

*October 28, 2014- Anne Rice& Victoria Wilson Book Signing- New York , NY (ticket information pending, stay tuned for details on where & how to securely purchase tickets for this signing)
*November 2, 2014- Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Book Signing New Orleans,LA
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November 5, 2014- Anne Rice, In Conversation with Christopher Rice- Hartford, CT (for some reason, this event is a bit exorbitantly priced)
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November 6, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Philadelphia, PA
*November 8, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Chicago, Il
*November 19, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Christopher Rice- Los Angeles, CA   
(Click the hyper-linked text, to be referred to site to buy tickets!)

**Click the cover image above for Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned, to be taken to Amazon, to purchase the newest edition, containing the first chapter of the much-anticipated Prince Lestat.**

Discussion for Queen of the Damned  begins September 1st, 2014, so be sure to have your copy prepared to read analytically, for the next few weeks, all leading up to October 28, 2014: the official release date for Prince Lestat!!

Note about new format, for remainder Queen of the Damned-specific discussions, occurring over the next few weeks:

Over the last few weeks, many of you have braced my haphazard scheduling ways, in order to make sure you attended and partook in our live discussions, taking place on Google Plus Hangouts on Air. I really loved the format, for the most part, because I was finally able to somewhat emulate the feel of a real discussion, at least from my end. But increasingly, from no fault of any of the fine members of the coven, I began to feel slightly detached from the other members discussing;and even worse, the limited format of having one person be the leader of the discussion via video format (on one end) and having everyone else be restricted to mostly text-based message that no other members could see created a certain overwhelming feel of conversational artificiality, for the most part. There was no natural fluidity in these live chats, and I felt like I was the most important presence on the screen, as though I was the leader of the discussions and had the most important views on Anne Rice’s books.

   Feeling beset by this strange wall of silence and artificiality that has hindered the flow and efficiency of our conversations (through no fault of anyone’s own), I have decided to return to the original format of having (1) a weekly newsletter w/ discussion posts, posted on Thursdays here on my blog; (2) discussion posts, answering one of the discussion questions; it will be brief and somewhat ambiguous, to promote more of everyone’s own thoughts and considerations on a given issue or strand of significant meaning from the book (3) all discussions will either be in the comment areas of these blog posts, or occurring at all times on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page.

   On the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, there are many discussions occurring in real-time, and you are welcome to post quotes, songs, images, or really anything related to the expansive world that Anne Rice has created. Right now, there are approximately 1,500 members, and there are bound to be more, as October 28,2014 (the release date for Prince Lestat) comes ever closer in the light of our immediate reality.

Queen of the Damned Reading Assignment # 2:

For the next two months or so, we are dedicating our time to discussing one of the more multifaceted, complex books in the Vampire Chronicles. You may forget your excitement, for the time being, for Prince Lestat, once we start digging into the various layers that comprise this book. For this week, into the next, (till next Thursday’s newest newsletter, September 25, 2014) , your second Queen of the Damned Reading assignment will be to read the entire long chapter 6 section, of Part 1 (right before Part 2 All Hallow’s Eve), and ponder the two questions below

To leave your response to these questions, be sure to join our highly active, very popular Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group page, where you may discuss this and other Vampire Chronicle books, without fear of spoilers. You may also leave your comments on either this post, or the upcoming discussion post, being posted on this blog this Sunday!!

Discussion Questions to Ponder throughout your reading:

Questions specific to assigned reading, chapter 6 of part 1 of “Queen of the Damned”

1. How does the description of Jesse and the legacy of her household relate to a missing link in Lestat’s own family history? This is really the first, most pronounced segment of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, where we see a family history not be lost, or eradicated (or stymied) by one of the family members, or more than one being turned into a vampire. There is something esoteric about the rituals and knowledge of this family, and the house of this family has the same enchanting, enigmatic element of the Mayfair Mansion. Do you think this novel, in a sense, foreshadows the later publication and elements that are the bulk of The Witching Hour?

2. Discuss the Talamasca-anything that piques your attention about them. How does Anne Rice make us come to be enthralled in their shadowy, conspiratorial existence in the rest of her novels?

3. At the beginning of this section, Stan Rice’s poem “Their Share,” is published there, what thematic importance does it play in this chapter?  The way Stan Rice’s poetry plays a pivotal role, in telling the subtextual story of this novel, will be the theme, discussed in more extensive detail this coming Sunday, September 21st, 2014. Read the poem-isolated from the reading, and think about it, return to it, after reading Chapter 6, of Part 1, of Queen of the Damned, then think about it with a refreshed sense of the intricacies of Chapter 6.

Questions specific to the novel as a whole:
1. Watch the horrid (or least from my opinion, horrid), or campy adaptation of Queen of the Damned? Technically,what worked and didn’t work about this film adaptation? Discuss anything else you wish, in terms of comparing the film and the book (without getting too bogged down in the semantics of “the book is always better..” type discussions). Let’s focus on comparing two different mediums of telling a story, and whether or not one, or the other, in this specific instance (being Queen of the Damned) whether the film or book were more effective, in portraying the complex story of Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned?

2. In post-modern literature terminology, a novel that combines seemingly disparate (or completely diverse) types of literary elements, from different genres, are often called pastiche novels. Well, to be more proper, this technique is called pastiche (the blending of different genre elements), and novels like Queen  of the Damned. How many different genre elements can you find, from this week’s reading, or even before? Do you think Queen of the Damned is a rich example of a pastiche novel, or novel exhibiting elements of a pastiche?

Do you like the modern tone to many of the sections, in contrast to the historical retrospective sections (a larger chunk of the second/third parts of this book are dedicated to this?

3. Queen of the Damned has one of the most complicated structures of any of the novels, as the book involves almost all the perspectives of all  the diverse number of vampires. In many ways, it is truly the most multifarious of the novels, and it has fragments of perspectives that may even feel irrelevant. Focusing on the assigned pages themselves, do you feel that all the perspectives offer new insight into the different ways vampire behave, and do you personally like Anne Rice’s structural approach with this book, overall? Does it feel less introspective, as a result, thus less personal, in  any sense?

4. What do you think of the issue “paradigm shift” in relation to Queen of the Damned? Ponder this carefully, in relation to the overarching theme or purpose of the trilogy arc of the Vampire Chronicles?

Leave your own thoughts below in the comment section, and be sure to check out this Sunday’s discussion post, for what to ponder and think about, while reading the below assigned section for Queen of the Damned?

Also, be sure to check out the contest details below, for more information on how to potentially win a first edition, signed hardcover copy of “The Vampire Lestat”

Contest Details:

WIN A SIGNED, FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER OF THE VAMPIRE LESTAT!!

The following photos of the prize substantiate my claims above:

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** VERY IMPORTANT CONTEST RULES:**Due to high prices for international mailing, this contest is only open to those, living either in the US or Canada. I apologize in advance for neglecting to post these rules, but they are very important, for my budget is tight. And while I would love to be able to open up the contest to all Lestat fans, living somewhere around the world, the exorbitant costs with mailing things kinda prevents that from ideally happening.

Also, the contest associated with the Vampire Lestat musical is now completely eradicated; this is the newest contest for winning a SIGNED, FIRST EDITION Hardcover copy of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat.  Unlike past contests, due to my error in judgement, the contest’s winner is selected completely at random, and having the most entries on the Rafflecopter App. does not guarantee winning the contest, but only increases the likelihood of winning!!

The contest is being run to help promote my new editorial and publicity services, open to any interested Self-published writers. I don’t feel like rehashing all the details here about the reason for its development, and the descriptions of the services provided for this service, so I advise you click the hyperlinked text- A Bibliophile’s Workshop-to read more about this very exciting new service for self-published writers

** To access the Rafflecopter contest to enter this contest, Click one of Jo Vee’s two beautiful artworks, out of many more as displayed on the recently published art galley on my blog, to access the Rafflecopter App for this contest.**

**Random House recently released these new editions of the first three novels of the Vampire Chronicles, with the first chapter included in them. Click the corresponding images to be taken to the Amazon Product Page, for each of them, for more information on how to attain one for yourself!!**

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“Time’s Passing Reflections,” Blog Tour Day Four- Elizabeth Bishop and Power of Being an Empath

Supported through the efforts of A Bibliophile’s Workshop-editorial/publicity services for self-published writers-  the first inaugural Blog Tour is here. For this first blog tour, Indulge your mind with some lovely yarns of poetry, perfect as an antidote to life’s trials and tribulations!!

Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Thelma Barselow, one poem at a time….

Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour (September 14, 2014-September 20, 2014)

Like & Share these posts with a wide pool of people, to be eligible to win a special  literary prize…. more details about such a prize can be found below!

Amazon/Goodreads

Capturing the vivid intimacy of journaling combined with the photographic realism of  rich poetry, Thelma Barselow’s collection of poetry is a volume of poetry that any serious reader of poetry will not want to miss!!

Synopsis, taken from the Amazon product page:

“This collection of poetry spans the years and encompasses a lifetime of observations, broken down into simple, yet elegant and sometimes whimsical poems. Some of the poems are religious, others are merely soulful.

Thelma has spent her life caring for others, starting with her children and her husband. That career included caring for the children of others, and ultimately, taking care of Alzheimer’s patients which she did until her recent retirement.

She has many stories to tell and I hope that someday she will tell them all. Until then, please enjoy this collection of her words, her thoughts, her passing reflections.”

This is a poetry collection, which Anne Rice made sure to buy five copies for friends and family:

Anne share
Poem-of-the Day:

**If you have an eidetic memory (the type of memory that lets you recall images and sounds without mnemonic tricks), you may be able to memorize fragments of these poems. Many of the poems featured here will be short, highly visceral,as are most of the poems contained in Thelma Barselow’s poem collection- Time’s Passing Reflections

Today’s featured poem is written by one of my absolute favorite poets, Elizabeth Bishop. Elizabeth Bishop really spearheaded the poetic phenomenon of writing “empath” poetry, which as the word “empath” applies (without any hocus-pocus, new-age connotations attached) is more about the mysterious psychological ability for us to empathize greatly with others.The Man-moth typifies every ghostly apparition of a person, who seems to incidentally become more ghostly, incorporeal, as we become desensitized or bogged down by the mundane, mechanical constructs of the world. We forget that we are hard-wired to be compassionate, and that the ability to greatly empathize with another person’s grief, simultaneously imbibes us with a sense of being, realness. When our emotional experiences are bridged, we can salvage the ghosts and apparitions of the mortuary of the world from without our interior lives, and spare us from neuroticism, self-abnegation, self-pity, and our sorrow, melancholy, and downright feeling of stabbing impotence in the world can be used to link ourselves to another’s experience-see through their eyes- and remind them that there is a purpose for living.

Each time we give the ghosts around us, the withered, vanishing people of a depersonalized world, acknowledgement, appreciation, and above all, empathy, for some struggle in their lives; we are offering life to those people, and they are also offering us life, in a sense, as well. Real empathy is not a situation, where there is inferiority or superiority, but there is an egalitarian exchange almost of seeing, recognizing, and take each other’s burden into one’s another mind, and remembering that there is no such thing as a human struggle that is so far alienated from our experience that we can’t empathize, or learn to understand it. There is no man-moth in the structural jungle of this world, that we can’t learn to understand, and learn to love and appreciate as a fellow human being, worthy of being shown dignity.


One of my favorite portrayals of a man-moth, from literature, is the fascinating character of Miss Havisham, especially as played by the sublime Gillian Anderson.

The Man-Moth, by Elizabeth Bishop

“Here, above,

cracks in the buildings are filled with battered moonlight.
The whole shadow of Man is only as big as his hat.
It lies at his feet like a circle for a doll to stand on,
and he makes an inverted pin, the point magnetized to the moon.
He does not see the moon; he observes only her vast properties,
feeling the queer light on his hands, neither warm nor cold,
of a temperature impossible to record in thermometers.
                     But when the Man-Moth
pays his rare, although occasional, visits to the surface,
the moon looks rather different to him. He emerges
from an opening under the edge of one of the sidewalks
and nervously begins to scale the faces of the buildings.
He thinks the moon is a small hole at the top of the sky,
proving the sky quite useless for protection.
He trembles, but must investigate as high as he can climb.
                     Up the façades,
his shadow dragging like a photographer’s cloth behind him
he climbs fearfully, thinking that this time he will manage
to push his small head through that round clean opening
and be forced through, as from a tube, in black scrolls on the light.
(Man, standing below him, has no such illusions.)
But what the Man-Moth fears most he must do, although
he fails, of course, and falls back scared but quite unhurt.
                     Then he returns
to the pale subways of cement he calls his home. He flits,
he flutters, and cannot get aboard the silent trains
fast enough to suit him. The doors close swiftly.
The Man-Moth always seats himself facing the wrong way
and the train starts at once at its full, terrible speed,
without a shift in gears or a gradation of any sort.
He cannot tell the rate at which he travels backwards.
                     Each night he must
be carried through artificial tunnels and dream recurrent dreams.
Just as the ties recur beneath his train, these underlie
his rushing brain. He does not dare look out the window,
for the third rail, the unbroken draught of poison,
runs there beside him. He regards it as a disease
he has inherited the susceptibility to. He has to keep
his hands in his pockets, as others must wear mufflers.
 If you catch him,
hold up a flashlight to his eye. It’s all dark pupil,
an entire night itself, whose haired horizon tightens
as he stares back, and closes up the eye. Then from the lids
one tear, his only possession, like the bee’s sting, slips.
Slyly he palms it, and if you’re not paying attention

he’ll swallow it. However, if you watch, he’ll hand it over,

cool as from underground springs and pure enough to drink.”
(Elizabeth Bishop)

What does this poem evoke for you? Leave your comments below, with your own deeply inspired thoughts of what you think about this poem, and what images it conjures in your mind?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another poem-of-the-day, and other tantalizing features(special Time’s Passing Reflections tea; an in-depth review of a book by this blog’s own poetry connoisseur), as part of the Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour, featuring a new post every day of this entire week

Special Giveaway:

Enter below by clicking this enchanting photo of Station Eleven, with a mugful of Station Eleven-inspired tea, to be redirected to the Rafflecopter App, allowing you to enter this contest

    Station Eleven is an excellent, darkly dramatic, slightly sardonic, piece of writing, meditating on the vicissitudes of life, as seen through the lives of various human beings exposed to apocalyptic trauma, and how art itself helps salvage us, give us a reason to claim “mere survival is insufficient.”

*Only those living in the US/Canada are eligible to enter this contest!*

If you have any questions, concerns, about this blog tour, and anything else connected back with A Bibliophile’s Workshopplease do not hesitate to email our center of our operations at the following email address:
bibliophilesworkshop@gmail.com

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“Time’s Passing Reflections” Blog Tour Day Three

Supported through the efforts of A Bibliophile’s Workshop-editorial/publicity services for self-published writers-  the first inaugural Blog Tour is here. For this first blog tour, Indulge your mind with some lovely yarns of poetry, perfect as an antidote to life’s trials and tribulations!!

Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Thelma Barselow, one poem at a time….

Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour (September 14, 2014-September 20, 2014)

Like & Share these posts with a wide pool of people, to be eligible to win a special  literary prize…. more details about such a prize can be found below!

Amazon/Goodreads

Capturing the vivid intimacy of journaling combined with the photographic realism of  rich poetry, Thelma Barselow’s collection of poetry is a volume of poetry that any serious reader of poetry will not want to miss!!

Synopsis, taken from the Amazon product page:

“This collection of poetry spans the years and encompasses a lifetime of observations, broken down into simple, yet elegant and sometimes whimsical poems. Some of the poems are religious, others are merely soulful.

Thelma has spent her life caring for others, starting with her children and her husband. That career included caring for the children of others, and ultimately, taking care of Alzheimer’s patients which she did until her recent retirement.

She has many stories to tell and I hope that someday she will tell them all. Until then, please enjoy this collection of her words, her thoughts, her passing reflections.”

This is a poetry collection, which Anne Rice made sure to buy five copies for friends and family:

Anne share
Poem-of-the Day:

**If you have an eidetic memory (the type of memory that lets you recall images and sounds without mnemonic tricks), you may be able to memorize fragments of these poems. Many of the poems featured here will be short, highly visceral,as are most of the poems contained in Thelma Barselow’s poem collection- Time’s Passing Reflections.

Today’s poem was chosen, because it’s a poem that is always making deadly perambulations around my cranial navigational system- if such a thing exists. It’s thoughtful, foreboding, and so rich in its utterly deathly terse tone. John Donne was a master of poetry, but he really lived up to his name, with his best-known poem (for a good reason), “Death, Be Thou Not Proud”

John Donne- Death, Be Thou Not Proud

“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.”

What does this poem evoke for you? Leave your comments below, with your own deeply inspired thoughts of what you think about this poem, and what images it conjures in your mind?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another poem-of-the-day, and other tantalizing features(special Time’s Passing Reflections tea; an in-depth review of a book by this blog’s own poetry connoisseur), as part of the Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour, featuring a new post every day of this entire week

Special Giveaway:

Enter below by clicking this enchanting photo of Station Eleven, with a mugful of Station Eleven-inspired tea, to be redirected to the Rafflecopter App, allowing you to enter this contest

    Station Eleven is an excellent, darkly dramatic, slightly sardonic, piece of writing, meditating on the vicissitudes of life, as seen through the lives of various human beings exposed to apocalyptic trauma, and how art itself helps salvage us, give us a reason to claim “mere survival is insufficient.”

*Only those living in the US/Canada are eligible to enter this contest!*

If you have any questions, concerns, about this blog tour, and anything else connected back with A Bibliophile’s Workshopplease do not hesitate to email our center of our operations at the following email address:
bibliophilesworkshop@gmail.com

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Tea Time at Reverie: Yezi Tea’s Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea

Some of you may have read the above title and thought, “What on earth is oolong tea?” Well, it sits somewhere between black tea and green tea, because of the oxidation process. While black teas are fully oxidized (thus giving the leaves their characteristic black color), oolongs are only partially oxidized. As a result, their coloring is similar to black tea, but the taste more closely resembles green tea, with added complexity. So, if you want to avoid black tea’s caffeine jolt but crave more oomph than green tea can offer, you may want to give oolong a try.

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Which brings me to today’s tea, Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea. According to Yezi’s website, Da Yu Ling is the finest grade of oolong from Taiwan, and is grown at 7,500 feet above sea level. At this height, the leaves are exposed to drastic daytime-to-nighttime temperature changes as well as thick fog cover. By the time the leaves are harvested, they’ve had quite the workout. The resulting cup is smooth, fresh, and – in my opinion – deserving of Yezi’s high praise.

The Basics

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Yezi’s Description:Yezi’s Da Yu Ling loose-leaf tea is brought to you by tea farmer Gao Xiu Chen and has the light and smooth finish characteristic of many Taiwanese oolongs. This beautiful yellow tea, with a buttery aroma, is also distinguished by a sweet flavor topped off with floral and tangerine scents.”

Ingredients: Da Yu Ling Oolong tea leaves

Steeping Instructions: Use 1 tsp of tea for every 3 oz of water. Heat water to boiling (203 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit / 95 to 100 degrees Celsius) and steep for 45 seconds. Add 10 to 15 seconds for each subsequent brew.

Multiple Brews?: 5 to 6 times

Bagged or Loose Leaf?: Loose leaf

Caffeine Level: Medium-low

The Experience

Oolongs are one of the most enjoyable teas to watch when brewing. With Da Yu Ling, the dark green leaves are curled tightly into tiny, crooked balls when dry. By tiny, I mean smaller than a button. As the tea brews, the leaves unfurl to reveal their full, beautiful almond shape about the size of your thumb. That’s huge, compared to other tea leaves! This visual surprise is one of the reasons why I love oolong tea.

Also, oolongs have a distinct orchid fragrance compared to other teas. It’s lightly floral, with more exotic and regal hints than a typical floral or green tea. From there, the oolong scent spectrum expands, ranging from vegetal to sweet to slightly fruity. When dry, Da Yu Ling lies on the vegetal end; but when brewed, it exudes an enchanting mix of orchid, grass, and butter. I don’t detect the tangerine notes described by Yezi, yet the richness of Da Yu Ling’s bouquet is exactly what I look for from a good oolong.

Apart from Teavana’s Monkey-Picked Oolong, Da Yu Ling Oolong is the first tea I’ve tried that the vendor recommends to steep multiple times. For the first cup, I brewed about 1½ teaspoons for 1 minute. The water turns a pretty pale gold, with a minty green tinge. Of course, there’s no mint whatsoever when you sip it. In fact, the first cup of Da Yu Ling tastes like green tea – fresh, grassy, natural. Maybe that shouldn’t surprise me, since the dry leaves gave off that scent. Yet it did.

What makes Da Yu Ling a star is its additional steeps. The leaves release more flavor as the brew time increases. The steep I savored the most is at 90 seconds. Here, the liquid takes on a beautiful gold hue, and the orchid current starts to weave itself through. The tea also develops a smooth, buttery texture and a delightfully sweet finish. Whenever the 90-second brew is gone, my heart flops with disappointment because I enjoyed it so much – but then my mood flips to excitement, because the empty mug means I can make a new cup! I’d advise against brewing Da Yu Ling past 4 minutes, however. Beyond that point, a mild bitterness replaces the sweetness and eventually overpowers the floral notes.

Most loose-leaf oolongs aren’t cheap. Da Yu Ling is up there, at $13.95 USD per ounce (or per 28.3 grams) – and a single ounce of dry tea goes quickly (7 or 8 cups maximum, not counting resteeps). Thus, Da Yu Ling is a bit of a dig into your wallet, but it’s delicious enough that it’s well worth the occasional splurge.

The Aftertaste

Da Yu Ling has just about everything a tea aficionado could want from an oolong tea. The intricate mix of scents and flavors give this drink a majestic richness without compromising its freshness. The green-tea-like essence of the first brew threw me off a little, but the later steeps reassure that this is a true oolong. Also, I’m glad I chose Da Yu Ling as my first tea from Yezi. I relished this sample so much, and now I’m looking forward to the others even more than I was before!

Grade: 8.5 / 10

Recommended For:

  • Tea Drinkers Who: Like oolong or green tea, or are looking for a fresh, flavorful tea without the caffeine kick
  • Time of Day and Year: Mid-morning through mid-afternoon, year-round
  • Possible Book Pairings: Somehow, oolong tea reminds me of Ursula K. Le Guin’s work. Try Da Yu Ling with The Left Hand of Darkness (science fiction), the Earthsea cycle (fantasy), or Lavinia (historical / mythological fiction).

You can purchase Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea directly from Yezi Tea here.

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In addition to being a tea enthusiast, Sara Letourneau is an avid reader and a writer who… well, enjoys writing! Currently she’s working on a novel, and she writes book reviews and articles on the craft of writing. She’s also a published poet with works available in various print and online publications. Visit Sara at her personal blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

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“Time’s Passing Reflections” Blog Tour Day 2

Supported through the efforts of A Bibliophile’s Workshop-editorial/publicity services for self-published writers-  the first inaugural Blog Tour is here. For this first blog tour, Indulge your mind with some lovely yarns of poetry, perfect as an antidote to life’s trials and tribulations!!

Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Thelma Barselow, one poem at a time….

Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour (September 14, 2014-September 20, 2014)

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Capturing the vivid intimacy of journaling combined with the photographic realism of  rich poetry, Thelma Barselow’s collection of poetry is a volume of poetry that any serious reader of poetry will not want to miss!!

Synopsis, taken from the Amazon product page:

“This collection of poetry spans the years and encompasses a lifetime of observations, broken down into simple, yet elegant and sometimes whimsical poems. Some of the poems are religious, others are merely soulful.

Thelma has spent her life caring for others, starting with her children and her husband. That career included caring for the children of others, and ultimately, taking care of Alzheimer’s patients which she did until her recent retirement.

She has many stories to tell and I hope that someday she will tell them all. Until then, please enjoy this collection of her words, her thoughts, her passing reflections.”

This is a poetry collection, which Anne Rice made sure to buy five copies for friends and family:

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Poem-of-the Day:

**If you have an eidetic memory (the type of memory that lets you recall images and sounds without mnemonic tricks), you may be able to memorize fragments of these poems. Many of the poems featured here will be short, highly visceral,as are most of the poems contained in Thelma Barselow’s poem collection- Time’s Passing Reflections.

Today’s poem was specially chosen, due to its crucial importance with Chronosphere Part 1, which is tentatively titled “I Am,” as the whole book structurally reflects the deeper meaning of the poem of the same name “I Am” by John Clare  In many ways, it’s a fairly modern poem, with an existential crisis being the core psychological struggle of the poem

Something about our tenuous link to reality is made more apparent, when we are wandering through any scene of nature, as undisturbed by the presence of others.   This type of construction-nature making us reflect on our orientation in reality- is ubiquitous in poetry, and the best use of this form is seen through John Clare’s poem, which bends reality, in such a way, that the landscape of nature becomes a metaphor for the landscape of his own frenzied “mind.” Could it really be just a poetic, intangible wasteland, or is this wasteland a prescient vision of how we will inevitable destroy nature, due to our own selfish fatalism?

In many ways, John Clare’s poem is the distant prelude of an older, shorter poem that is also thematically important to my apocalyptic,steampunk story of four parts. I won’t divulge any information or specifics about it, as it is tomorrow’s poem, featured as part of this  special blog tour.

John Clare’s I Am:

I am—yet what I am none cares or knows;
My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
I am the self-consumer of my woes—
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes
And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed

 

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
Even the dearest that I loved the best
Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.

 

I long for scenes where man hath never trod
A place where woman never smiled or wept
There to abide with my Creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

What does this poem evoke for you? Leave your comments below, with your own deeply inspired thoughts of what you think about this poem, and what images it conjures in your mind?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another poem-of-the-day, and other tantalizing features(special Time’s Passing Reflections tea; an in-depth review of a book by this blog’s own poetry connoisseur), as part of the Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour, featuring a new post every day of this entire week

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    Station Eleven is an excellent, darkly dramatic, slightly sardonic, piece of writing, meditating on the vicissitudes of life, as seen through the lives of various human beings exposed to apocalyptic trauma, and how art itself helps salvage us, give us a reason to claim “mere survival is insufficient.”

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Shadows on the Highway HF Virtual Book Tours Book Blast Post

Please join Deborah Swift as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Shadow on the Highway (The Highway Trilogy, Book One), from August 25-September 15, and enter to win your own copy!

Review, from A Bibliophile’s Reverie, coming sometime in the next few weeks!! 

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Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Endeavor Press

Formats: eBook, Paperback; 200P

Series: The Highway Trilogy

Genre: Historical Fiction/YA (14+)

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May 1651. England has been in the midst of a civil war for nearly ten years. The country has been torn in two, and the King is getting ready to make his last stand against Cromwell’s New Model Army.

Abigail Chaplin, a young mute girl, has lost her father to the parliamentarian cause. But with her family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a servant at a royalist household – the estate of Lady Katherine Fanshawe.

Abi is soon caught up in a web of sinister secrets which surround the Fanshawe estate. The most curious of which is the disappearance of Lady Katherine late at night.

Why are her husband’s clothes worn and muddy even though he hasn’t been home for weeks? How is she stealing out of the house late at night when her room is being guarded? And what is her involvement with the robberies being committed by the mysterious Shadow on the Highway?

‘Shadow On The Highway’ is based on the life and legend of Lady Katherine Fanshawe, the highwaywoman, sometimes known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. It is the first book in ‘The Highway Trilogy’.

Praise for Deborah Swift

“There is no greater compliment than ‘Give me more!'” – Author Susanna Gregory

“realistic dialogue, an author’s obvious love for history, and characters that leap off the pages” – Romance Reviews Today

“genuinely engrossing… with characters you can get interested in” – The Mum Website

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About the AuthorDeborah Swift

Deborah Swift used to work in the theatre and at the BBC as a set and costume designer, before studying for an MA in Creative Writing in 2007. She lives in a beautiful area of Lancashire near the Lake District National Park. She is the author of The Lady’s Slipper and is a member of the Historical Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, and the Romantic Novelists Association.

For more information, please visit Deborah’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Shadow on the Highway Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 25

Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, August 26

Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Book Blast at Princess of Eboli

Wednesday, August 27

Guest Post at Reading the Past

Book Blast at Broken Teepee

Thursday, August 28

Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Book Blast at Peeking Between the Pages

Friday, August 29

Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Monday, September 1

Review at The Maiden’s Court

Book Blast at Reading Lark

Tuesday, September 2

Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, September 3

Review at A Bookish Affair

Friday, September 5

Book Blast at Curling Up By the Fire

Saturday, September 6

Book Blast at A Book Geek

Monday, September 8

Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Tuesday, September 9

Review at Brooke Blogs

Book Blast at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, September 10

Review at Unabridged Chick

Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, September 11

Review & Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Book Blast at Luxury Reading

Friday, September 12

Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Monday, September 15

Review at Historical Tapestry

Book Blast at A Bibliophile’s Reverie

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Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on September 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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