A letter to my mother….

April 2, 2017
Last Hope House
White Owl Island

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This is White Owl Island Pier.

Dear Mother,

I’m not even sure if it’s OK for me to call you that. But never mind; I’m doing it, and I may be done with doing what everybody else wants me to do, at least for a little while.

You may have heard that I stepped down from being Queen in the Wylds. Yes, I can do that. Well, I did it, so I guess that means I can do it, yes? 

I don’t know where you are, so I’m going to send this off via the Wisp network and hope it reaches you, wherever you are. I don’t know if you’re still on the run, or if you ever really were on the run. But if you are, even if you think you’re in a place of relative safety right now, I want you to think about relocating. Or at least coming to visit one of the safest places I’ve ever seen.

I know I don’t have any hold over you and what you do, as you have had no hold over me and what I do. But I’d like to talk about our relationship. You know, the one we never had. All that time I was growing up thinking I was a regular mortal kid, you were doing Gods-know-what-all in Faerie, and I can accept that. But what I can’t accept is the fact that we got to know one another so briefly, and not as our true selves. I don’t think you could have had any idea that I was actually your daughter when we met, but I have a feeling Father must have told you about it at some point? Anyway, perhaps this letter will come as a shock to you, but it seems that you and I are related by more than a common, brief past.

But talking about that right now would stir up too many things, so I shall just let you know that I have walked away from the Wylds and I am now living in a place called White Owl Island. The photograph above is of me on the pier at White Owl. This is where the ferry transport lands that carries residents and tourists to the island. It may be that wherever you are, you’ve heard rumours of White Owl as a place of sanctuary, and that it is. 

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The Boardwalk.

Here is a photograph of me on the Boardwalk. You can see the bicycle rental station just behind me, and on a sunny day, you’ll find lots of people eating their lunches at these tables. It’s almost normal looking—except that everyone in White Owl is either part of the world of non-humans living among or near mortals, or a mortal who is happy to live among non-humans. 

White Owl exists in a Realm where we are not common knowledge, but the island is cloaked by strong magical redirectors that keep ships from arriving here unless we want them to. It cloaks us entirely to the non-magical population. We are in the American Pacific Northwest, a short ferry trip from Seattle, Washington, and we strive to be a place where non-humans can live together in relative peace.

It probably seems strange, with me coming straight from being a bit player in the unholy love story between Faermorn and Gwythyr Gwynn (no bitterness here, I promise!), but I do desire and have always desired to live in peace, preferably with Nathaniel, preferably near the sea.

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Closer-in to the town square.

Does that make me selfish? Probably. Maybe I’m finally manifesting enough of my Fae nature to take selfishness in stride as I always should have done. 

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My bookstore!

And I know it will come as only a small surprise to you that my mundane “job” here on the island is owning and operating a small bookstore! It’s called “Codex”. I got a giggle out of making up that name for it when I acquired the building. It’s on the high street, between a restaurant and a coffee shop, across from the greengrocers. Upstairs, I have a little office and a place to chat with people about important matters like how to glamour glittery eyeliner. 

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This is my house!

This is my house! I’ll send you more photographs as soon as we have it all decorated. The back wall is all windows and looks out over our bay; you can even see across to the forest on the adjacent island. The house on the beach that you can see in the distance belongs to Dyisi; I’m not sure if you remember her, but she’s been a constant friend and confidante since I met her shortly before you and Blaise and Lady R disappeared from Ashmourne-that-was. 

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Here’s a closer look at Dy’s house.

Here’s a closer look at Dy’s house; she has more surfboards than anybody I know. Then again, growing up in London, I didn’t really meet a lot of surfers. Perhaps we’ll change that here. 

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Our lighthouse.

On the other side of the island, there’s a lighthouse on a nice, craggy rock. Local kids assure me it’s haunted. 

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And here is our town at sunrise.

And here is our town at sunrise. You can see the bookstore in this photograph, as well. 

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An aerial shot of the whole island….

Here’s an aerial shot of the whole island, which should give you some idea of the geography of the place. It really is beautiful. There is more than this, of course—the forest is lovely and deep and full of dangers you might find in a forest, and of course there is a Faerie here, though it’s growing organically and hasn’t sprung up in a day like the Wylds did.

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Reading and re-reading

It’s late now, and I’ve been up here in the bookshop office reading and re-reading this letter. I know it doesn’t say anything much. But I hope you will take it as an invitation, and maybe think about coming to visit us here in White Owl. Perhaps you might make your way to the Great Faire? It should be starting soon. We could meet there and I could help you find your way to the Island. 

With love,
Your daughter,
Gwyneth

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Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I’d never try to put the family back together without it!

Some Enchanted Evening

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No matter where you are, you can make magic.

No matter where you are, you can make magic. You can be magic. Especially if you’re wearing a stunning new dress from Silvan Moon Designs (at We ❤ Roleplay), beautiful new hair from Wasabi Pills (at Fameshed), a magical headdress from Glam Affair (also at Fameshed), and this amazing Lelutka applier from Lumae (Yulia, available at The Avenue).

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This backdrop is from WetCat and Lemon.

This backdrop is from WetCat and Lemon, and you can get it at FameshedI vacillate about using backdrops in my photography, but this one has a lot of depth, and the poses are a lot of fun, though not all of them are appropriate for sexy gowns. And some of you know I might have a bit of a love affair going with lamp posts, so it only makes sense that I’d like the lamp post poses.

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I love it when designers successfully combine flexi with mesh.

I love it when designers successfully combine flexi with mesh: it means that garments move and flow. Silvan Moon Designs do such a great job with things like this. The filmy contrast of the flexi arm pieces with the close-fitting mesh design on this dress is just divine.

I did worry over what, if anything, I should put on Gwyneth’s head for this series of photographs, but then I decided that she needed something non-intrusive, something that might make one think of both winter and spring, since we’re on the cusp of those two seasons, and of course it had to be beautiful and not interfere with her hair or ears. Enter KasyaGlam Affair‘s lovely headpiece comes in three colours, and it makes me think of both roots branching out and shoots branching up.

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Here, you can get a closer look at the Lumae skin. And oh! Those eyes, from Mesange.

Here, you can get a closer look at the Lumae skin. And oh! Those eyes, from Mesange. The skin is Yulia, which is a Lelutka applier that Lumiya Rae made a while back. It’s now on offer at The Avenue at a much-reduced price, definitely worth checking out. The eyes are from Mesange‘s Mercury series, still available at Lost & Found.

I don’t know why, but even though the WetCat and Lemon Backdrop Number 1 is about as far from a posh ballroom you can imagine, I just couldn’t stop singing “Some Enchanted Evening” as I shot these photographs. So that’s why the post has such an unlikely name. And that’s what made me think to remind you that yes, magic is everywhere; and yes, you are magic; and yes, even on the coldest night of the year, you may see a stranger across a crowded room, or a parking lot. And somehow you’ll know.

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Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I’d never photograph Gwyneth in a dark back lot while singing songs from South Pacific without it!

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Another Kind of Contentment

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There’s something wonderful about a walk to work that takes minutes.

There’s something wonderful about a walk to work that takes minutes. I could take the scooter, but I keep wrecking it on the kerbstones. I love the way the mist rises off the water some mornings. From the back of our house, the place that I think will become the library, you can barely see the forest shore when it’s misty the way it was this morning.

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And what is it, really, about a bookstore?

And what is it, really, about a bookstore? Books are almost a dying breed. I myself read most things on my iPad these days. Nathaniel resists. He stares at my iPad with suspicion. I tried to explain to him once that files full of text are not very big, so you can put an entire library on an iPad. He does not understand how I can read on such a thing. The first time iBooks switched to night mode when he turned off his bedside lamp, I thought he was going to have a heart attack. We are slowly, slowly introducing him to modern technology. It is a series of shocks. I do still intend to have Wren around sometime just so we can make him watch the Twilight films.

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But a bookstore.

But a bookstore. Yes, I sit at my desk, in the bookstore, reading ebooks on my iPad. But most of White Owl Island hasn’t caught on to the technology thing yet, even though I’ve made sure there’s free wifi up and down the High Street. I don’t think most of our residents even own smartphones. Then again, that’s more bandwidth for me, I suppose. Of course, you can’t put properly magical books onto an iPad, or you can’t yet. That might be a job for someone on the Island, if I could only find a proper technomancer. Arahaelon at least doesn’t seem to be afraid of computers, and Dyisi has never shied away from anything new and interesting. I love the atmosphere in Codex; it’s like a bookstore and a book club and a hangout spot and a coffee shop all in one, even though the coffee shop is actually about 10 yards away, or next door.

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Speaking of coffee, I think I’ll get some before I open the shop.

Speaking of coffee, I think I’ll get some before I open the shop. The guy who owns the coffee shop is usually open way before I’m up in the morning. By the time I make my way to him, the morning crowd (all three of them) are already hanging out outside the bookstore, perusing the used stuff I leave out just for kicks. Funny how my books are never bothered by the humid weather or the frequent rain. I tell people the awning is enchanted. It’s actually the books. But if people knew they were reading enchanted books, they might get ideas.

Coffee. I definitely need coffee.

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Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I’d never make Gwyneth admit she enchants books without it!

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