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“Elvis Presley’s famous hairstyle was named after her, a French champagne glass is believed to have been modelled after her breast and, according to the legend, the ‘marquise cut’ diamond was commissioned to resemble the shape of her mouth… Yet, Madame de Pompadour left her legacy way further, as she was the uncrowned queen of France and the arts. See Madame de Pompadour in portraits:! 


Madame de Pompadour: The Queen of Arts in Portraits by Magda Michalska
Daily Art Magazine
François Boucher, Portrait of Mme de Pompadour, 1756, Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.

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An Excerpt…

“…The three ladies walked out of the drawing room, through the grand hall of the house and out the back terrace doors.

A haphazard and arrhythmic clicking and clacking, loud enough to crack the thick walls of the house, began to thunder throughout this palatial home as the ladies walked towards the terrace doors. The echoing noise, generated by their heels jabbing and poking the baked stone tiles of the house as they walked, resonated throughout the Great House.

Those who know how to translate noises would have recognized this timber immediately.

The noise they made as they walked along these floors was the noise of determination and fervor.

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.


Excerpt from: “The Day Before The Story: The DuBois Family Saga, #1” by Suzy Valtsioti. Scribd.

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have you seen these characters?

Most authors are aware of characters that tend to pop out of a plot in search of a new one. It is a well kept secret among those that write, to be held in secret from those that read.

Here are a few characters that have escaped from their stories and are known to be lurking about looking for a place in books yet to be written, or in the works.

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The Hung Over Living Room.

Photography Prints

The aching room was struggling to open its eyes, squinting against the glare of the sun brazenly bursting in through the blinds.

Yet once more, though out the night before, its very own people drank without giving any regard as to how hung over the room would be the next day.

Rooms embrace all that they contain. The walls have ears, listening and holding onto all that they hear. The furniture holds the energy of the moments, they are the pure tellers of the tale – if only they would be asked.

The room absorbs all that goes on within it like a sponge. And in turn the people continue to experience, and the room continues to absorb.

Every thought that crossed a mind, all words uttered, the gestures made, the grimaces revealed, each of the secrets confided or betrayed within those walls remain in the room. Literally. Isn’t that why people always say “Whatever we say will stay within these four walls?”

A constant and silent conversation takes place between the room and its people, archiving the experiences of life. That is a part of every day life for the room, to collect and contain all that occurred within it. That is why it is called a Living Room.

“Another night of merriment. Another morning of recovery. When will they ever learn? “, the room sighed as it faced the new day.

excerpt from Reality Yet Unpublished by Suzy Valtsioti
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To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Did the title grab your attention????

It grabbed my attention. But the credit goes to Robert Herrick. It’s his title, and it’s his poem!

Was he literally referring to virgins as representing phases of time, or was he inferring that virgins are flower pickers? Is it really the life span of the blossoms, or the need to put a timer on virginity that was his issue? (Well, maybe he didn’t mean to dwell on one or the other. Whatever.)

Either way, the gist of the thing is what matters.

It’s about SEIZING THE MOMENT!!!! Live for the NOW and in the (K)NOW.

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

an excerpt from the poem
To The Virgins, To Make Much of Time
by Robert Herrick

Waterhouse thought that the image from Herrick’s poem was worth painting.

Gather Ye Rosebuds. 1909 Waterhouse. Public Domain

Waterhouse-gather ye rosebuds-1909