Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fun Facts: 18th and 19 Century Advice for Women

What sort of advice did the Colonial and Victorian eras have for women? Watch and find out (you may be surprised).




As mentioned in the video, check out the website dedicated to Eric Sloane (I reference his book Do's and Don'ts of Yesteryear):
http://ericsloane.com

And check out Mary Miley's History Myths Debunked:
http://historymyths.wordpress.com

My blogpost based on some myths presented in Mary Miley Theobald's book:
http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com/2015/12/three-widely-spread-historical-myths.html


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And stay tuned for Sex in the Middle Ages, coming soon to the blog!





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Monday, January 25, 2016

Historical Projects and a Review for a Film I'm In...

Hi everyone,

No this isn't my blogpost for the week. I just wanted to share with you a couple projects I worked on (or am working on) at the museum.

The first project was a teacup pin cushion (for those of us who like to sew), which is more Victorian (19th century) than Colonial (18th century). And as I mentioned at the end of episode three of The Parting of Veils, these will be in my new store this spring. :)





The second is a leather canteen. This passed Sunday, a group of us from the Depreciation Lands Museum and the Oliver Miller Homestead started this two day project/class. I will say that it was very tedious at times but worth it once we saw them coming together. The technique used was one called 'jacked leather'. This technique dates back to ancient Rome.
This is what we have done so far:
1. Sewing the leather
2. soaking the sewn together leather
3. stuffing it with sand and keeping a pole inside of it for a couple days in order to maintain its shape (since we made these on Sunday, we will be removing the sticks and sand on Wednesday or Thursday).
4. 'Jacking' the leather by sticking the canteen-in-progress inside boiling water for about 45 seconds.

Here is what we have so far:






I will be posting the results when we finish this projects this coming Sunday!


And last but not least, here is a like to a great review of a film I act in called "The Downfall of Mr. Difford." If you enjoy disturbing psychological thrillers with some underground film goodness, this might be work checking out. ;)

The Downfall of Mr. Difford Review:
http://xviews.extremehorrorcinema.com/the-downfall-of-mr-difford/





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Friday, January 22, 2016

It's a Mean, Mean World of Navel Gazers

Greetings lovely readers,

So yes, I was going to blog about something else this week, but then something struck me as I was listening to a podcast the other day. Something that struck me so much that I decided to reserve my post on sex in the Middle Ages for another time. I know. You're all disappointed. You're thinking, "Damn, I so wanted to read about how those medieval folks got it on and got down and dirty." Not to mention what a woman could drag her husband into divorce court over (something that is actually still on the books in some areas of the world, including American states, today). But what I am blogging about today as me so excited that it just couldn't wait. I only hope that you are just as giddy and intrigued as I am.
I also think this will be a good segue into the victimhood portion of my Human Behavior Essays. And it's just really good brain porn.
Now, moving on.

When I was listening to a podcast the other day, I heard a term that really grabbed my attention. That term was Mean World Syndrome. It stayed with me to the point of my feeling compelled to look it up and my excitement when I found that it was actually a 'thing.' It has also been around for quite some time.
Now first, what is Mean World Syndrome? Well, it's a term that was coined by a man named George Gerbner, who used it to describe a phenomenon in which violence-related content of mass media can make a viewer/consumer believe that the world is more dangerous than it really is. It was part of his main conclusion of cultivation theory, a theory of which Gerbner was also a founder.
George Gerbner was born in 1919 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1939, he emigrated to the United States where, in 1942, he earned his bachelors degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkley, He wrote for a couple newspapers and even served in the US Military during World War II. In 1951, he earned his masters and then his doctorate in 1955. His dissertation, "Toward a General Theory of Communication" won USC's award for Best Dissertation. He was a very influential figure in the journalism and communications side of academia, and in 1968, he established the Cultural Indicators Research Project.  He did this as a way of documenting the growing trends taking place in a time when having a television in many American homes was still a fairly new thing. He observed what the current content being produced was, and how such programs (or, dare I say, programming) affects the viewers perception of the world. From this, he coined the term 'mean-world syndrome.' His theory argued that the individual who watches the largest amounts of TV tends to have a much darker and sinister view of the world. Those who tell the stories of a culture actually govern human behavior by selling ideas.

According to the mean-world syndrome/George Gerbner Wikipedia page:

 direct correlation between the amount of television one watches and the amount of fear one harbors about the world has been proven, although the direction of causality remains debatable in that persons fearful of the world may be more likely to retreat from it and in turn spend more time in indoor, solitary activity such as television watching.[1]
The number of opinions, images, and attitudes that viewers tend to form when watching television will have a direct influence on how the viewer perceives the real world. They will reflect and refer to the most common images or recurrent messages thought to have an impact on their own real lives. Gerbner once said: "You know, who tells the stories of a culture really governs human behaviour. It used to be the parent, the school, the church, the community. Now it's a handful of global conglomerates that have nothing to tell, but a great deal to sell.

Gerbner also stated that such views and perceptions have only intensified with newer technologies. And having passed away in 2005, he spoke mainly of VCRs, cable, computers (the budding wider-usage of the internet in the 1990s), and DVD players...he likely knew not of more recent technologies such as smart phones, ipads, extensive social media (what did we have in 2005? Mainly MySpace and LiveJournal, as opposed to the many social media outlets we have acquired in the last ten years) and other things we have now that keep us glued to the mass media 24/7.

Mean-world Syndrome Wiki says:

The 1930s behaviorism models, the Payne Fund Studies, show that the effect that mass media has on our behavior is considerable. This is called the hypodermic needle model: people are injected with appropriate messages and ideas constructed by the mass media.[3] Individuals who watch television infrequently and adolescents who talk to their parents about reality are claimed to have a more accurate view of the real world than those who do not, and they may be able to more accurately assess their vulnerability to violence. They may also tend to have a wider variety of beliefs and attitudes.[4]


I have seen (and participated in) debates and discussions online and in person over whether we really do live in a more dangerous world or if we only believe that we do because the latest technologies now enables and allows for constant mass media message being brought to us at all times. Whereas prior to all this technology, we could much easier shut off the television or put down the newspaper. Nowadays, it's as though no matter how hard you try, you just can't escape. According to Gerbner's Cultivation Theory:

 "The primary proposition of cultivation theory states that the more time people spend 'living' in the television world, the more likely they are to believe social reality portrayed on television."[1] Under this umbrella, perceptions of the world are heavily influenced by the images and ideological messages transmitted through popular television media.
 "Television is a medium of the socialization of most people into standardized roles and behaviors. Its function is in a word, enculturation".[4]


Now of course these days, this goes way beyond television. But let's now take a look at that word that seems to be at the root of cultivation and enculturation. And that word is 'culture.'

Before continuing any further, I will note that my point of this article is not to condemn all technology, television, or culture as wrong or evil. In fact, I think it all has its use. However, these are all things that - like lie spotting - are important to keep in mind. By becoming more aware of what all is shaping your thoughts, world views, and opinions, it is much easier to arm yourself accordingly and therefore become a more critical thinker than just settle for being a lemming.

With that said, let's take a look at the meanings of the words enculturation and cultivation. Enculturation is the process in which culture is established by a certain power. That established culture teaches and instills norms and values into an individual, therefore dictating what is right and what is wrong and what is acceptable behavior in the framework of their society.
Looking at the definition of cultivation is where things start to get interesting, because the definition of the word has a meaning steeped in agriculture. However, refinement and culture do come up. And it is being done by someone planting seeds and growing crops that meet their standards (now imagine that being the so-called 'trend-setters' cultivating the masses to their liking). It is a deliberate and calculated act associated with working on something or someone for the purpose of recruitment, obtaining information, or gaining control for these or other purposes.

According to Jamie Hanshaw's book, Weird Stuff: Operation Culture Creation, Thomas Mann said that at the root of culture lies "cult." And it is true. A large portion of society defines itself with logos and attitudes that creates something we refer to as our culture. Interestingly, the arts of a culture have historically been associated with religion, principles, doctrine, and ritual, Hence, culture has always been defined as a set of shared attitudes, values, goals, beliefs, and practices that characterize and organization or group. The term comes from the Latin cultura which stems from colere or "to cultivate." A person's behavior is controlled through culture. The media, corporations, and the powers that be rely on us to observe and think with our reptillian brain (and no, I am not talking about a horde of lizard overlords taking over the world), or the id.
Our id and the reptillian parts of our brains refer to our primitive and instinctive brain functions. It gives our survival instincts to ensure that our basic needs for security is met. An example of explaining this would be Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs which I will cover in a later post. But for those familiar with Maslow's theory, humans need certain things in order to ensure their security and happiness. And those that create our culture know exactly how to speak to that. When you really think about it, such a notion is almost impossible to deny. It has also created a culture of navel gazers.

Now what is a navel gazer?
Well, naval gazing is a self-indulgent view of oneself or excessive contemplation of a single issue at the expense of the wider picture. In fact, Merriam-Webster defines it as the activity of thinking too much or too deeply about yourself, your experiences, your feelings, etc. Many integrate it with 'selfie culture.' Either way, I actually quite like the term.
In regards to selfie culture, I can understand where those who defend it are coming from. After all, I am all for everyone having the freedom to express themselves, however way he or she chooses (yes, I've taken a few in my day). But just how much is too much, and when do we become so wrapped up in ourselves (or a naval gazer) that we become completely unaware of what is going on around us? According to Psychology Today, selfie-obsession (or navel-gazing) can lead to what they refer to as the Dark Triad:

Narcissism
Psychopathy
Machavellianism
Self-Objectification


The study also showed that those who tend to spend extensive hours on social media (with their selfies or other) tended to have higher levels of these traits than those who spent less time doing so. When we combine this with Gerbner's theories and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, we can see a connection between those and the naval-gazing culture that continues to increase. When we can't seem to tear ourselves away from the media, a media that projects only doom and gloom, we come to view the world as a very dark and frightening place. When we allow ourselves to become swept up in the trends, attitudes, and opinions shoved at us by the powers that be and those in the media, we run the risk of losing our ability to think for ourselves, form our own opinions and think critically (Just Say No to GroupThink and Friends Don't Let Friends GroupThink). When we allow ourselves to become so wrapped up in our own views and needs, we lose the ability to empathize and recognize that we always have room for growth.
Way too many people are unwilling to hear new information if it is something that violates their paradigm or viewpoint, what they've been cultivated into believing. Many do "research" only on the basis of justifying his or her opinion and belief system instead of looking to really dig and get some real answers. And if someone does present a challenge to said person's belief system, instead of maybe looking into the sources presented, (both) adults and teens tend to fall into the trap of saying "that's BS becuz I say so and u r mean and stupid!!!!" (of course we can't forget the multiple exclamation points) I've seen some people REALLY flip out because their viewpoint was challenged (and it's usually those that claim to be the most openminded and tolerant). They become self-important, masters of their universe behind their laptops, cultivated into believing that they are thinking for themselves. When really, in most cases, the exact opposite is true. They've been fed their opinions and views of the world by a 24/7 mass media. They've been told that it's only their opinions and feelings that matter. They've been told that the world is a dark, cruel place and have become untrusting of their fellow man. It's been fed to them that 'the other guy' can't be trusted. They've become self-righteous to the point of not even wanting to consider thoughts, opinions, and research that might challenge a deep-seated belief held. They've resorted to knee-jerk reactions instead of rationality. They've resorted to posting often uncited rhetoric for the sake of getting facebook likes, a pat on the back, and reassurance that they've done their 'activism' and 'good deed for the day.'

I will leave it here for now and will see you all with another post next week.

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Sources:

Weird Stuff: Operation Culture Creation by Jamie Hanshaw

George Gerbner:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gerbner

Mean-world Syndrome:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_world_syndrome

Cultivation Theory:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultivation_theory

Enculturation:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enculturation

Cultivation Definitions:
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cultivation

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:
http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

Navel Gazing Definition:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/navel%E2%80%93gazing

Are Selfies A Sign of Narcissism?
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/close-encounters/201501/are-selfies-sign-narcissism-and-psychopathy

In Defense of the Selfie:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/casey-miller/teens-and-selfies_b_4218454.html






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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Witchcraft: 19th Century Attitudes, A Family Business, and Judge Brewster's Dilemma

Hi everyone,

Well after a short hiatus of sorts,it is time for me to begin blogging for real again.

As those who follow this blog likely know, my further exploration into the witch hunts and trials of old was fueled by my having the opportunity to portray 17th century accused witch Mary Parsons for a Halloween attraction at the museum. Having this role got me researching the American (along with the European) witch trials in more depth than I had done in the past. If you would like to see previous posts on my exploration of the subject, here they are:

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween: Witch Hunting Edition

"Exploring the History of Witchcraft in Salem and Elsewhere" or "Burn the Witch?"

More Interesting Witch Trial Finds

A Quick Word on Cotton Mather (Salem Witch Trials)

In addition to perusing several websites, I ended up getting some of the books on the subject, include Chadwick Hansen's Witchcraft in Salem, Thomas White's Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History and Lore, and Rick Kennedy's The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather. I have been covering these works in the postings on the subject, but for this particular post, I will be revisiting Thomas White's book. But first, I will give the man the proper introduction that I should have given him when I referenced his book in previous posts.

Thomas White is the university archivist and curator in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. White is also an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne's history department, an adjunct professor of history at La Roche College, and the author of several books on the history and folklore of Pennsylvania.

When I started this journey in researching the witch hunts and trials, I - like many others, including other history buffs - found that I was holding on to quite a lot of preconceived notions about how these events went down. And of course at the center of that was the belief that women were targeted mainly because they were women. That if they dared be more than a soft spoken, proper 'lady', she was labeled a witch and therefore punished as one, which included rather horrific methods of execution (burning was typically done in Europe and hanging was the preferred method of execution in America). However, now that I've been researching the matter further, I can at least say that it was a lot more complicated than that, and not as cut and dry as it is often made out to be. As I stated in my previous posts, a lot of early American Colonial leaders, including William Penn of Pennsylvania and the founders of New York (or New Netherland as it was called at the time of its founding), wanted to avoid the mass hysteria of the witch trials in Europe. Add to that, in the more extreme cases of witch trials (in Massachusetts and Connecticut), several men were also accused, tried, convicted, and executed. To confirm this, all you have to do is Google names like John Proctor and Giles Corey. In fact, on the day of Proctor's execution, the number of men being executed outnumbered the women. And if someone out there can offer any research or proof that Proctor, Corey, and all other men said to have been executed for witchcraft (in both Europe and America) were acquitted and given a cookie simply because they had penises, knock yourself out. I am more than willing to recant a statement if it can be proven wrong.

Here is also an interesting little chart listing the witch trials, some of which ended in the accused being executed and some of which ended in acquittal. 

In some cases, not only was the accused acquitted and sometimes not even tried, but the accusers were also sued for slander/defamation and/or fined. I will be referencing this chart again in the future.

In Thomas White's book, he gets into the history of witchcraft and the one and only official trial in Pennsylvania. Like Chadwick Hansen, he gets into the three levels of the type of witchcraft practiced in the early colonies and was especially prevalent among the Pennsylvania Dutch (Pennsylvania German) community, focusing mainly on the first two levels, powwowing ("white" witchcraft) and hex doctors (which seem to me what Hansen describes as the "level two" witchcraft, right before the level three witches that make a pact with the Devil, the latter being the one punishable by death).
One thing of interest that White notes in his book is how later 19th century periodicals scoff at and ridicule the belief in witchcraft of their predecessors. The medical/pharmaceutical industry also saw individuals seeking the more holistic practices of the powwowers as a threat to their profession and therefore worked overtime at trying to discredit and even persecute and prosecute powwowers. They would often take the absolute worst of the worst and lump all powwowers into the same dishonest snake oil salesman category. Therefore the spirit of the witch trial remained, if in a different form.
One such prominent powwower family was the Seiler family (their name was later Americanized to Saylor).

Johann Peter Seiler emigrated to American from Germany in 1738 and settled in New Jersey before coming to Pennsylvania, where he established himself a good reputation as a healer. He employed the methods of powwowers. One legend concerning Saylor (Seiler) is that his work led to the use of the term powwow as applied to braucheri (which was the original Pennsylvania Dutch term for the more holistic and spiritual healing profession). After he successfully treated several Native Americans, the natives then referred to their interactions with him as powwowing, thus the term was then widely adopted for folk healers, especially those of German descent.
In addition to his own successful career, he established a long line of powowwers in his area. Before his death, Johann trained his youngest son Peter in the profession of powowwing and hex. Peter was born in 1770 and practiced his profession until his death at age 91. He was also the most well-known powwower from his bloodline, other than his father, Johann. Numerous anecdotes concerning his methods of healing circulated the community. Interestingly, he was respected for his abilities but was never considered a "witch." He also trained his son, Peter Jr. and possibly his nephew Jacob in the ways of powwow and hex. Peter Jr. continued his practice until his death in 1868, passing the tradition and family business onto a relative by the name of John Henry Wilhelm. Now Wilhelm did come under a bit of scrutiny, not for witchcraft but for practicing a form of medicine without a license. However, due to the large amount of public support he had, the accusations died down and hardly affected his practice. Upon John's death in 1886, his son Eugene took up the torch, adding new services and elements to his inherited family tradition. He increased use of herbal remedies and traditional medications, as well as "magnetic treatments."
Eugene passed away in 1905 and his son Arthur took over. Arthur did go to school and received a traditional medical doctorate (out of mounting pressure of society at the time), though favored practicing powwow and homeopathic remedies. His success and good reputation garnered him many clients, both in and out of his county and state. He passed away in 1950, leaving him as the last of his lineage to prominently practice powwow.

Another interesting account covered in White's book is the impromptu witch trial that Judge B.F. Brewster oversaw, much to his dismay. He had bought his home in Harmar Township in 1798 (now known as Twelve Mile Island) on the Allegheny River. In 1802, he found himself awakened to the sound of an angry crowd that had taken a local woman from her home. He emerged from his house to the demands that the woman be tried as a witch (I have not found record yet as to why the woman was accused).
Brewster was not a believer in witchcraft and was actually disgusted over the attitudes of those in the crowd. He tried reasoning with them but it was no use. Despite the laws set in place by Pennsylvania's founders, the crowd insisted on the woman being tried. He hoped that the accusers would be unable to produce sufficient evidence and that he would be able to find her not guilty and diffuse the issue. But that would not be the case.
As more individuals from the crowd came forward with accounts of bewitchment from the accused woman (testimonies that are not recorded though it is clear from Brewster's records that he placed no merit in them), they began to demand that she be executed.
At this point, Brewster is finding himself incredibly alarmed and in a very tight situation. Finally, he announces to the crowd that he needs to consult his legal books in order to proceed in a proper punishment. During this time, the accused woman would remain in custody inside his home.
Apparently, this was enough to appease the crowd. Once Brewster had the woman inside, he arranged for her to escape his house and sneak away to safety. His records don't offer any detail of how she escaped or to where, but what we do know is that after stalling for a long enough period of time after the woman was able to escape and get into the clear, Brewster emerged from his home to announce that she was gone. She was no longer present, therefore he could not legally render a verdict.
Many in the crowd became enraged, even threatening the judge's life and home, but he refused to relent. Eventually, the crowd dispersed and everyone went home.

Now, my purpose for giving some more light to these accounts is not to make light of the horrors that the women accused and executed faced. But I do feel that simplifying it down to "they were targeted just because they were women" trivializes the issue and events. While I'm sure that merely being a woman played a role in some of the cases, saying that was the only reason and those were the only cases is an insult to not only the accused and executed women and men, but also those who were openminded and saw through the hysteria, because there were many. Many powwowers were respected and freely practiced in their communities without problem, and even hex doctors were often left alone. And Cotton Mather, one of the more prominent and very misunderstood figures of the Salem Witch Trials very much supported the education of women in Puritan New England (as per Rick Kennedy's book The First American Evangelist: A Short Life of Cotton Mather... see my post A Quick Word on Cotton Mather (Salem Witch Trials). In fact, based on what I'm seeing, he actually insisted on education for women and minorities.

Interview with Rick Kennedy by Eerdmans Author Interview Series





I will continue next week with sex and the Middle Ages.

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SOURCES:

Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History & Lore by Thomas White

The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather by Rick Kennedy

More information on Johann Peter Seiler
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11382708


More information on Judge B. F. Brewster
http://www.akvhs.org/local_witch_trial.htm







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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Performing The Parting Glass with Chuck Owston at Medieval Twelfth Night

Hello lovely readers,

I was working on a new blogpost that I intended to finish tonight, but alas, my brain seems to want to call it a day. Since I do not want to release sub par content, I will allow it a break until tomorrow.

Until then, I am uploading video footage from the Medieval Twelfth Night celebration I took part in (and also filmed the second episode of The Parting of Veils TV at). Here is one of the songs I performed with my good friend and musician, Chuck Owston at the event. An old traditional.

Enjoy and I will be bringing you the new blogpost tomorrow or Friday. We will be returning to explore America's witch trials and what would have been grounds for a woman to divorce her husband as far back as the Middle Ages (and it's still permissible in some areas today). :)



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Monday, January 11, 2016

Damn...

David Bowie.
RIP to the Goblin King.




#mcm: Dick Powell

Hi everyone,

As I flex my researching and blogging/vlogging muscles for 2016, I decided to do a #mcm (Man Crush Monday). I've never done Man Crush Monday before but I will begin by saying that most of my celeb crushes are dead. Which kind of sucks. Damn it.

Among these posthumous celeb crushes are Oscar Wilde, John William Polidori, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dick Powell (among others). Today for this #mcm, I will focus on the latter.

Powell was a very multi-faceted performer (and apparently a very astute businessman) in early Hollywood. But for a while, before he switched gears to rid himself of his 'good guy' image, he was very well-known for this awesome vocal abilities.

He is also the inspiration for the character Reginald Johnson in my book series, The Birthrite. 

So here are a couple videos demonstrating this:

One of his performances with The Mills Brothers:



And with Ruby Keeler, whom he also performed with frequently in the beginning.






So that is my first #mcm (Man Crush Monday)






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Friday, January 8, 2016

New Webseries and Preview of Medieval Twelfth Night

Hello everyone,

Hope you all are having a great new year so far.

I am getting things in motion over here for 2016 and will resume with the blogging you all know and love next week. :P

But first, I want to fill you all in on my new webseries, The Parting of Veils TV. As I said before, this webseries will feature literary works, music, the paranormal, and adventures to discover and hopefully uncover the mysteries of the past. Webisodes will air every Friday. :)

The first webisode featured a reading of the works of the late great Edgar Allan Poe.




And a preview of next week's episode, featuring my participation in a Medieval Twelfth Night (an old tradition that I will explain further in the episode).





Here also is a look behind the scenes at the preparations for Medieval Twelfth Night.



And some photos. :)






The Parting of Veils TV will first be posted at The Parting of Veils Webzine first, before being posted in other areas of the internet.

And I'm just getting started. :)  I will be back next week with more news and a return to blogging. :)






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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Blogging to Resume Next Week

Hey all,

Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year!

I am spending this first week being quite productive and a lot of cool things are happening over here. But I do need to take the time to set it all in motion. :)

Next week, I will be resuming my blogging and bringing you all a lotta news.

:)




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Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $21.00 at my Official Website


My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb

"The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK
 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
Tiffany on Goodreads
Support great authors and independent bookstores at Smashwords and Indiebound