Discovering #Oregon. The Town of Antelope #Photo The Attic of Sand and Secrets by Medeia Sharif

Earlier this summer, we started on a trip together on a tour of ghost towns in Central Oregon. I took you to Ashwood and on the lonely dirt road between it and the next ghost town, Antelope. Now we arrive at Antelope.

Antelope was incorporated in 1896. It was orignally a stage and freight wagon stop on the Old Dalles to Canyon City Trail. In 1898 it had a population of 170. It had three livery stables, a blacksmith, three mercantile shops, four hotels, a butcher, seven saloons, a church, a drug store, a barber shop, a bowling alley, a funeral parlor, post office, jail, city hall, and a community center  called “Tammany Hall.” In its hayday it enjoyed many formal dances, a gaslight, and a boardwalk.

In the summer of 1898 most of the town burned, destroying most of the business district, which was never rebuilt. Then came the sheep wars. What? Yeah, seriously, this region of Oregon had a huge war. Cattle vs. sheep. It’s no wonder the cows here are gangsta. The fire, the death of over 10,000 sheep, shed and hay burning (to mess with the sheep), and the railroad locating north of Antelope in Shaniko all lead to the town’s decline. Another deathblow was dealt in 1917 when Highway 97 was relocated (the main north/south high way in Central Oregon). 

In 1981-1985 Antelope was part of the invasion by Rajneesh, a West Coast cult led by a charismatic Indian guru (and started in India). The guru bought tens of thousands of acres of land near the town, the Rancho Rajneesh. Friction soon developed with the locals, then things got worse when the Rajneesh tried to poison the county council with salmonella. A plaque stands in the town to honor all those who resisted evil.

Learn more about Antelope. Here are some of my photos:

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More photos of Antelope can be found in my Pix.

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And now the Winners of the Joust. Huzzah!

The third annual joust was great fun and a great success. The valiant knights jousted their hearts out. Grog and mead were enjoyed by all.

The daily winners:

Monday – Jo Wake

Tuesday – Rachel

Wednesday – Andrew S.

Thursday – Miranda

Friday – Chris

The winner of the huge VelociRaffle – Tonja Drecker

 

And the winning knight, winner of a set of paperbacks, a championship badge hand forged by the Husband Unit, a virtual badge, a year of promotion on the sidebar of my site, and bragging rights is….

Sir Smitty

Paul Smith!

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Huzzah! Huzzah Huzzah!

Mark your 2015 calenders for the 4th annual joust. Same place, same week in November. And let’s have some huzzahs for the previous years’ winners Angela Brown (2012) and Nicki Elson (2013).

And another thank you to the game hosts, sponsors, and participants.

 

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The Attic of Sand and Secrets

by Medeia Sharif

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Middle Grade Historical and Fantasy, Featherweight Press, November 2014

 

Lily, a learning disabled girl, attempts to unravel the mystery of her abducted mother using supernatural clues from an ancient stranger, even when it means posing a danger to herself.

Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems – such as her mother’s abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there’s something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that’s normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother’s whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper.

The book takes place in 1976. Gas was 59 cents a gallon.

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And Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble.

I’ll be back the first Wednesday of December.

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Ran into these turkeys a few weeks ago.

 

 

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The Knights Say Never Surrender! 2014 Joust Day 5 #giveaway Come have some fun #grogz

The final day. Cheer loud and proud! The exhausted knights need to hear it.

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The Rules:

1.  Every knight can be cheered for all five days. To find the special words that score points for the knight you’re rooting for, visit the knight: Lady Margaret ~ The Black Queen ~ Dame TF Walsh ~ Ninja Knight ~ Sir Dragonstone ~ Lady Esta ~ Sir Smitty ~ Sir Mist

2.  Each cheerer may leave a comment 3x a day. Any comments beyond that will not count in scoring points for the knight. A cheerer may cheer for different knights, but still only 3x.

3.  Comments will be cut off each day at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

4.  The joust ends at 10:00 p.m. November 14th. All winners – cheerers, the champion knight – will be announced here on November 19th. Prizes up for grab daily will change. Daily winners chosen via Random.org

 

Today we feature all the brave knights:

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Cheer them all on as we bring the joust and the Realms Faire to a close.

It’s a close contest. The current standings: Sir Smitty 88, Ninja Knight 67, Lady Margaret 47, Sir Mist 28, Sir Dragonstone 27, The Black Queen 23, Dame TF Walsh 20, and Lady Esta 20.

All the knights have displayed such valor. Hearty huzzahs for all!

 

Today’s Prizes. From Alex J. Cavanaugh: ebooks of CassaStar and CassaFire. From Elizabeth Seckman: ebook of choice. From Josh Hoyt: ebooks of his three books. From C. Lee McKenzie: Princess of LasPulgas. From M. Pax: complete set of the Backworlds series in ebook.

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The Clash of Steel. The Wails of Maidens. 2014 Joust Day 4. #Giveaway Come have some fun #grogz

What a contest! The grog is flowing, the lances, lancing. Spectators beware!

 

The score stands at: Ninja Knight 59, Sir Smitty 43, Lady Margaret 39, Sir Dragonstone 22, Sir Mist 20, The Black Queen 18, Lady Esta 10, and Dame TF Wash 9. Don’t stop cheering now! Huzzah!

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The Rules:

1.  Every knight can be cheered for all five days. To find the special words that score points for the knight you’re rooting for, visit the knight: Lady Margaret ~ The Black Queen ~ Dame TF Walsh ~ Ninja Knight ~ Sir Dragonstone ~ Lady Esta ~ Sir Smitty ~ Sir Mist

2.  Each cheerer may leave a comment 3x a day. Any comments beyond that will not count in scoring points for the knight. A cheerer may cheer for different knights, but still only 3x.

3.  Comments will be cut off each day at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

4.  The joust ends at 10:00 p.m. November 14th. All winners – cheerers, the champion knight – will be announced here on November 19th. Prizes up for grab daily will change. Daily winners will be picked via Random.org.

 

Today’s Featured Knights:

 

Dame TF Walsh can command wolves and not just ordinary wolves. I’ll avoid her under the moon.

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From Cloaked in Fur by TF Walsh:

My emotions tore between apologizing and confessing everything, yet all I managed to do was stare at his bare torso.

 

“Your institute has been issued passes to travel into the woods, and Vasile has yours. I can give you a lift there.” Connell cleared his throat and took my cup to the sink. “You’re awfully quiet.”

 

Heat exploded across my skin, and I climbed to my feet. “My mind is a swirl of thoughts, but I can’t pin any of it down. I’m devastated that my neighbor is dead, the police suspect me, and even worse, I feel you slipping away from me. So, what am I supposed to say?”

 

Instead of collecting me into his embrace and kissing me, Connell stood there like one of those God statues in museums that wore almost nothing, but were sculptured to perfection. I wanted to forget everything the day was about to bring and beg Connell to make love to me until I passed out.

What would you do for love?

 

Showing no fear is Lady Esta. She keeps company with horror and evil. A definite match for the wolf master.

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From A Slow Burn by Shah Wharton:

I glared out the window, hoping to attract attention from a passer by. They might help a girl out. But the more I looked, the more the view outside appeared as odd as inside the room felt. Grey skies—nothing new there for the UK in October—but at four in the afternoon, not a soul moved. 

The second hand’s moving on my watch, it hasn’t stopped.

No sign of traffic. Many cars appeared abandoned, parked haphazardly on the road. What’s the last thing I remember? Think. I closed my eyes, determinedThursday evening, in a taxi on my way home from a meeting at Jules Nightclub. Yeah, it went well, too. And then I shared the fare with… dammit. How did I get here? Have I lost time? Have I lost days?

“Think, Bernie. Think.”

No cats slept on car bonnets. Uninhabited cars left with open doors, as though deserted in a hurry, and empty shops with doors left ajar had no one visible on the inside. Slowly the unnerving scene wrapped around my chest until its vicelike grip made me gasp.

“Okay, keep moving, keep it together. Help’s out there, somewhere,” I whispered, looking through the window down to a tiny front yard. I’m on the first floor of a house or an apartment.

I listened for movement elsewhere in the building, but an intimidating silence encased me like the putrid stink.

“Are we alone in this place?” 

 

 

Wolves versus Horror. Who will prevail?

Today’s prizes are generously offered by the knights, host, and sponsor. From Dame TF Walsh: an ebook of Cloaked in Fur. From Lady Esta: a package of horror. From Medeia Sharif: ebook of Snip, Snip Revenge. From Nicki Elson: an ebook of choice. From M. Pax: audiobook of choice plus an ebook of choice.

 

 

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New this year is the VelociRaffle:


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Churning Hooves, Battered Knights. 2014 Joust Day 3. #Giveaway #grogz Come have some fun

The trumpets are blaring, the crowds are cheering, the hooves of the horses hammer like drums. Huzzah!

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The Rules:

1.  Every knight can be cheered for all five days. To find the special words that score points for the knight you’re rooting for, visit the knight: Lady Margaret ~ The Black Queen ~ Dame TF Walsh ~ Ninja Knight ~ Sir Dragonstone ~ Lady Esta ~ Sir Smitty ~ Sir Mist

2.  Each cheerer may leave a comment 3x a day. Any comments beyond that will not count in scoring points for the knight. A cheerer may cheer for different knights, but still only 3x.

3.  Comments will be cut off each day at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

4.  The joust ends at 10:00 p.m. November 14th. All winners – cheerers, the champion knight – will be announced here on November 19th. Prizes up for grab daily will change. Daily winners will be picked via Random.org.

 

Today’s Featured Knights:

 

Lady Margaret hails from the hills of Dixie, most likely plotting her opponents’ ends. With such beautiful curls, how can we not shudder?

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Lady Margaret’s story:

Be still my beating heart, I have never been called a knight! Perhaps a lady? Are those giggles I hear? Why, I could be a lady. I suppose I could even be a knight. I mean if you tell me you love me, and I’ll tell you some pretty lies. Now, don’t go thinking I lack morals. By lies I mean some stories of happily ever after complete with swoons and kisses, and some hot, hot men. Ooh la la. What a life. Sipping coffee and making things up. So much better than the reality of kids, homework, housework, and dinner. Meh. Who needs that? Playing pretend is so much more fun. Just this morning I had tea with Bella. Lovely girl. A little daft in the head at times, but she has a heart of gold. And speaking of gold, did I ever tell you she bought her last husband from prison? No? Well then, grab a cup of tea and get comfy….

 

Showing no fear is The Black Queen. An imposing name to make the most stout quiver. 

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Excerpt from: Sacrifice HER, The Sacrifice Series Book One

When a city is at stake is the life of one sixteen-year old girl worth risking thousands? Deidra Moore goes on the run after escaping from a group of human sacrifices for Bane: God of Gore. She doesn’t believe he exists and sees uncertainty in the scorching desert as a better alternative. But Faux City isn’t finished with her and their leader Lord Brinn is ordered by Bane – through one of his maiden worshipers- to bring her back or face dire consequences. In the desert Deidra meets a wanderer named Kale and as feelings spark can they find a safe place to lead a new life before Lord Brinn and his soldiers catch up with them? Yet the question remains. Does Bane really exist and if he does what will happen if either side succeeds or fails? Told in alternating perspectives of both the runaway servant girl and the blonde strong willed leader. 

Note: This is Deidra’s POV and is when she is thrown in with others to be sacrificed.

“Move along,” the voice said again and I looked to see guards ushering us in two by two, “your sacrifice won’t be forgotten. Honour to those willing to do their duty and shame on the bound who refuse.” I could his eyes boring in on me.

I nearly tripped when my turn came. My sandals added another rhythm to the chorus of movement and heavy breathing. Lady Apology still held my hand and we both moved slowly though the impenetrable darkness.  An ethereal shriek made the earlier growling seem natural. The human screams began and I removed myself from the fools trying to die early.

A tug told me my self-appointed buddy had something in mind. My feet barely kept up as she pulled us to a corner and our backs hit a wall. “Listen, there’s a way out. A weakness in the walls.”

“What?” The words didn’t register. This female was top class. The class most accepting of sacrifices to God of Gore. She couldn’t be doing this. According to our laws an incomplete sacrifice would result in severe consequences. Worst being complete removal of divine protection or total annihilation.  Ten years ago something happened during the sacrifice that infuriated Bane causing the number to jump from five to twelve. Lord Brinn who came into power months ago struggled to keep up. “Are you serious?”

 

 

Pretty Lies versus a Queen.

Today’s prizes are generously offered by the knights, sponsors, and the host. From Lady Margaret: an ebook of choice. From The Black Queen: $5 (US) Paypal cash or $5 worth of Smashwords ebooks of your choice. From Patricia Lynne: ebook Being Human. From M. Pax: Backworlds ebooks 1, 2, and 3. From Cherie Reich: ebook The People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors.

 

 

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New this year the VelociRaffle:


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Get on over to Dueling Bards

Two writers take a hero or heroine of their own creation and the readers get to decide who’d win if a battle took place. Join us on the blog at www.cassandrawebb.com to cheer your fav character on and meet some new characters to fall in love with. Daelin Long from The Rifters is dueling today. Go and cheer her on. Huzzah!

 

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Broken Lances. Dented Aromor. 2014 Joust Day 2. #giveaway #grogz

The first day was spectacular. Lots of hits and stomping hooves.

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The Rules:

1.  Every knight can be cheered for all five days. To find the special words that score points for the knight you’re rooting for, visit the knight:Lady Margaret ~ The Black Queen ~ Dame TF Walsh ~ Ninja Knight ~ Sir Dragonstone ~ Lady Esta ~ Sir Smitty ~ Sir Mist

2.  Each cheerer may leave a comment 3x a day. Any comments beyond that will not count in scoring points for the knight. A cheerer may cheer for different knights, but still only 3x.

3.  Comments will be cut off each day at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

4.  The joust ends at 10:00 p.m. November 14th. All winners – cheerers, the champion knight – will be announced here on November 19th. Prizes up for grab daily will change. Daily winners will be picked via Random.org.

 

Today’s Featured Knights:

Sir Smitty hails from the elusive draconauts. What an unusual lance.

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 Excerpt from Jason and the Draconauts by Paul D. Smith:

Jason sprinted into the house and grabbed the largest kitchen knife he could find. Then he took a second in his other hand. Then he put a meat mallet in his back pocket. And then, for some reason, he grabbed a carrot peeler, just for good measure. He ran back to the front of the house and burst out of the screen door into the yard as he shone the flashlight ahead of him and mumbled, “Stupid, stupid, stupid” all the way to the barn.

But in the short run to the old barn, the rain stopped. It was enough of a dramatic contrast that it made Jason pause in mid-run. He looked curiously into the sky and saw the clouds dissipating as stars became visible again. Had Jason been in any other state but sheer terror, he would have asked himself questions about the phenomenon, out loud, and probably made fun of weather forecasters again. But all he could do was keep going to the barn.

Arriving at the barn’s large doors, Jason swallowed hard, insulted his own common sense one more time, and then slowly pulled them open.

He saw nothing…mostly because it was night, and he hadn’t bothered flicking on the light switch yet. Jason always wondered why the previous owners had run power out to the red wooden structure. But he decided not to complain about it that night, and he groped along the wall until he found the switch and flicked the lights on.

And there it was.

 

Showing no fear is Sir Dragonstone. Those petals he wears are something. 

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Excerpt from Order of The Rose: Black Petal by Joshua Hoyt

 

The roar of the vehicle grew and Tom glanced down the road. A huge vehicle, half as tall as the buildings it passed, with a large grate on the front rumbled toward them. Several manned guns, mounted to the top of the monstrosity, swiveled toward them as the men zeroed in on their target. One of the guns glared red and a large ball burst from it followed by a flash of fire surrounded by smoke. The ball flew toward them and everything slowed. The ball went high and smashed into Vick’s house, blasting a hole the size of the van into the side of it. The house crumbled and folded in on itself. Vick moaned from inside the van.

Tom’s stomach wrenched as Aithnea tugged suddenly. Her right leg stepped back as she went into a squat at the same time both of her hands went to her waist and opened into a fan as if she pushed on something. Her green eyes flared bright and she exhaled sharply as she pushed her hands forward.

A gust of wind swept past Tom and knocked him into the van, and opened several of the deeper cuts on his face. He reached to his face to block the unseen energy that swept by him.

The vehicle now covered in a large shell of rock and debris stopped in its tracks. No longer a threat to anyone.

 

Is the rose mightier than the lance?

Today’s prizes are generously offered by the brave, fearless knights, sponsors, and the host. From Sir Dragonstone: A set of ebooks including Order of the Rose: Forsaken Petal, Order of The Rose: Black Petal, and How to Diagnose Your Character: Using Psychology to Create an In Depth Character. From Sir Smitty: ebook, Jason and the Draconaughts. From Dean K. Miller:  paperback (US & Canada only – thus there may be more than one winner today. Huzzah!) Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry and Verse. From M. Pax: a set of Rifters ebooks.

 

 

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