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... as Depeche Mode say in the delightful '80's ditty, But Not Tonight.

After a lengthy wallow in self-pity, navigating the depths of angst both self-inflicted and circumstantial, and feasting on my own bitter marrow, I've finally, albeit ever-so-slowly, emerged anew and somehow changed. Changed for the better, stronger and confident in my being.

Since March I've been obsessively devouring George R. R. Martin's Ice and Fire series on audiobooks, which are masterfully read by Shakespearean actor Roy Dotrice (who also played the beloved character Father from the '80's show Beauty & The Beast.) An amusing side note: I was a fan of George R. R. Martin because of his work on said Beauty & The Beast TV series and his excellent werewolf novella, Skin Trade. His work beyond those efforts never raised a blip on my readar until last year's first season of the show Game Of Thrones aired on HBO. I quite liked the show, and when I searched for the books on audiobooks and noticed they were read by Mr. Dotrice, I knew I had to covet them. It's curious; when I was young, eight until fourteen, I adored fantasy books. Then, inexplicably, they no longer held my interest. So, indeed, it's interesting that these books have captured me so intensely. It probably has more to do with the fully realized characters, the animal spirituality (more developed and discussed in the books), the many nods to nature-based paganism, and the physical challenges of several characters that has me ensorcelled rather than purely the fantasy element (dragons, mammoths, giants, great battles, courtly intrigue, political espionage, and such--though it's all grown on me as well). Such amazing, life-expanding books. And being read to nightly by Roy Dotrice--heaven! I'm currently more than halfway through the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, and then it's onto A Dance With Dragons. I don't want this to end! This has been my magic journey since March most nights. I can't wait to see how it unfolds, though. ❤

Tomorrow I'll be 40. Yikes! I have much more to write, but it'll have to wait until tomorrow. Until then, thank you all for being so patient with me. Thank you for your support and selfless encouragement. I love you, and thank you each.

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