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     Sci-Fi & Fantasy fans may recognise the title as a quote from Frank Herbert’s Dune.  Everybody else may simply appreciate the opportunity to explore new places from the comfort – and safety – of their favourite armchair or free wi-fi zone.

    This holiday season we are boldly going to Westeros (yes, really) to face the terrors of flight delays, lost luggage and untimely beheading so you don’t have to.

     We recommend that you keep an eye on Matt Copeman’s blog, “It Wasn’t My Fault…”, instead.  Matt is a journalism graduate based in Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.  He’s going places.  Literally.  He’s planning his next travel adventure right now and you could be there too – from the safety of your armchair of course 🙂  Just click the link below to subscribe…

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Lily Wight

     Updated 28/02/2014

     Would you believe that Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana is two years old today or 2,344 comments, 411 posts and over 10,500 subscribers old today!

If you are already a blog author or reader, or you are thinking about becoming one, a glance below – at this site’s very first technophobic and mildly apologetic post – will prove that award-winning, international blogs can evolve from humble origins and perseverance to recommendations by best-selling authors.

     Would you like to re-share the moment you lost your blog virginity?  Lily Wight will show you hers if you show her yours 😉

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     Dear Blogsprites,

     I always thought that keyboards were for making music and that hard-drives were arduous road-trips.

     As soon as I…

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     WordPress bloggers can head over to Facebook and join the following groups to share their posts with a wider audience.  Just click the pics to start…

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     Happy sharing 🙂

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     The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

     Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana would like to wish each and every one of you a magical Yule and a prosperous New Year!

     At the time of writing over 9,500 readers subscribe to this blog across 9 social networks.  Thank you for almost 72,000 visits and over 2,000 comments – we promise you lots more treasures and curiosities throughout 2014.

     In September Lily Wight achieved a personal best daily hit rate when an incredible 3,454 visitors dropped by – that was quite some party – so what are you waiting for?  Head to the homepage sidebar for details on how to follow Lily, you’re all invited 🙂

**MERRY CHRISTMAS**

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     Greetings Blogsprites!  Its October and autumn is well and truly underway.  This month folk at home, by the Land of Green Ginger, will be looking forward to our annual travelling fair and the usual Halloween celebrations.

     Here, at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana, there’ll be things to make you go “ooh” – cute gifs, Lego art, the latest installment of our Wheel of The Year calendar – and things to make you go “AAAaaaarrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!” – a whole month of grim, gothic and generally spooky vamp things (or vampy spook things if you prefer) including art, books, graphic novels and the odd jack o’ lantern.

     Carved pumpkins won’t be the only form of illumination this month as we’ve also received a lovely Shine On blog award from http://modernoracletarot.com/.  If you enjoy the Tarot posts you find here you’ll enjoy Ronda Snow’s work too.

     Last, but not least, a huge thank you to 7,798 subscribers who read this blog over 9 syndicated sites and helped Lily Wight achieve a daily hits personal best with 3,427 visitors on September 17th.  Keep those comments coming everyone x

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     Spamming, trolling, fan baiting and forum wars can make the internet a hostile place so congratulations to the following Inner Peace Award winners for creating some beautiful blog spaces 🙂

http://joannafay.me/

http://purplerays.wordpress.com/

http://aristonorganic.wordpress.com/

http://graveology.com/

http://skm1963.wordpress.com/

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

http://urbanwallart.wordpress.com/

     Well done everybody, here are my refined, abridged and preferred Blog Award Rules.

     1.  Display the award certificate on your website.

     2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.

     3.  Present 7 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.

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     The greatest gift is the surprise you didn’t know you needed; so gracious thanks to shiny Summer, Contributing Editor at Grow Your Innerself, for the Inner Peace Award with the accompanying words ~

Sweet you,

I’ve an award for you, for the person who you are and the things you share with the world.

Thank you for that..

Namasté, Summer

     Namasté indeed 🙂

     We’ll be awarding a little more peace to bloggers who create beautiful spaces on the web next month!

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana is proud to present the following talented bloggers with their very own Shine On awards!

     Congratulations everyone 🙂

http://izcentric.wordpress.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/diannesscribblespoetry/

http://colourfulsketchbook.wordpress.com/

http://emilyguido.com/

http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

http://foo-gos.com/

http://alienanimationstudios.wordpress.com/

     Blog Award Rules.

     1.  Display the award certificate on your website.

     2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.

     3.  Present 7 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.

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     We are still waiting for Summer at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana so many thanks to the Blogsprites who sent some shiny awards instead!

     Thank you to The Matticus Kingdom for the Shine On blog award and to Sheryl’s bloggy blog for the Sunshine Award – they’ve really brightened the place up 🙂

     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana will be presenting seven Shine On awards later this month…  will there be one for you?

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     Ha-ha, I’m it!

     My fine fellow blogger, Crazy Goblin managed to catch me before I made it to safe ground so now I must answer his questions – because you know what Christina Rossetti said about Goblin Men…

Q.  Have you ever been made redundant from your job and how did you feel about it?

A.  Thankfully, no.

Q.  If you were interviewing someone for a writing job, what 3 qualities would you look for and why?

A.  I would ask; do you live in a garret and have a laudanum habit?  Are you psychologically traumatised?  Can you hit a deadline?  Yes to any one of those three gets you the job.

Q.  What is your favorite board game and why?

A.  I hate board games.  Competition makes me anxious and I still have nightmares about Operation.

Q.  When you look at the stars, what do you see?

A.  Galaxies far, far away...

Q. When you look at the ocean, what does it remind you of?

A.  A big blue wobbly thing that mermaids live in.

Q.  How do you overcome writer’s block?

A.  A change of scenery  (which is just an excuse to head for a different coffee shop).

Q.  If you could say 3 encouraging things to another person, what would they be?

A.  I love you, in a million years time who is going to care?  And no, your bum doesn’t look big in that…

Q.  Do you prefer to write your stories/books/poetry/prose/articles on paper first, then type them up and edit them, or do you like to type them straight into your computer to edit?

A.  Despite having romantic notions about a quill and parchment everything goes straight on the laptop.  I didn’t learn to touch-type for nothing.

Q.  Do you like writing in one genre or more?

A.  I’m a fan of the darkly fantastic but that is a vast and multifaceted thing.  I enjoy entrail-draped gimp dungeons AND cute fluffy bunny rabbits.

Q.  As a writer, do you think actions speak louder than words?

A.  Definitely.  Words are tricksy.

Q.  What is your favorite quote and why?

A.  If there’s nothing wrong with me then there must be something wrong with the universe.

     So, scramble everyone because if I tag you it’s your turn to copy what you see here…

http://philipwardlow.com/

http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

http://masternickroberts.wordpress.com/

http://gothicheartsandbatwings.wordpress.com/

http://gingerfightback.com/

http://cindyknoke.com/

http://thefirstgates.com/

http://theyearofhalloween.com/

http://emikochan13.wordpress.com/

http://wilsonkhoo.wordpress.com/

http://blurppy.com/

     Ha-ha!  You’re it!  😉

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     Then look no further!

     I am pleased as punch to present Very Inspiring Blogger Awards to the following artists and wordsmiths.  Well done everyone!

http://crazygoblin.wordpress.com/

http://creatureofthewheel.wordpress.com/

http://poeticparfait.com/

http://cardcastlesinthesky.wordpress.com/

http://lunchsketch.com/

http://masternickroberts.wordpress.com/

http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/

     Click here for further information on blog awards and rules  🙂

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     Updated 08/07/2015

     Lily Wight is always available to be the sanguinous stuffing in an Anne Rice and Clive Barker sandwich – so please tuck in 😉

     The Grande Dame of Grand Guignol and The Master of The Macabre (via official administrator, Alex) were kind enough to recommend and share features from the blog at www.lilywight.com with their huge online communities.

     Just click the links below for these unmissable posts ~

“The Wolf Gift” scored this generous review by Lily Wight and I’m grateful.  Also note the cool use of Ran Valerhon’s art in this review.  Love it.

Anne Rice, 19th February 2013.

https://lilywight.com/2013/02/13/a-present-from-anne-rice-the-wolf-gift-matt-bomer-christian-grey/

Here’s a new blog post on Nightbreed by Lily Wight.

~ Clive Barker (administrated by Alex Ghastbrow) 21st February 2013.

https://lilywight.com/2013/02/21/clive-barker-cabal-nightbreed-directors-cut/

     Thank you, fellow imagineers x

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana is one year old today!!!

     That’s 315 posts, over 37,000 visitors, 4,240 followers across 8 social networks, recommendations and shares from Anne Rice and Clive Barker and a personal record of  1,835 visits in one glorious day.

     I never envisaged such an encouraging response when I launched my first hesitant blog post.

     Please re-acquaint yourself right here: https://lilywight.com/2012/12/18/blog-post-of-the-year-2012-number-3/

     What is a birthday without presents?  I would like to thank and recommend the authors who gifted me these much appreciated blog awards;

Thank you http://enchantedsolitaire.com/ for the second star on my Blog Of The Year 2012 Award.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award gratefully received from http://bellnight.wordpress.com/

     Now, time to party… 😉

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     In lieu of next week’s Oscars why not visit these Gargie Award winning Blogsprites and find out what they are wearing on the Blogosphere’s red carpet.

http://beverleyhaines.wordpress.com/

http://booksbonesbuffy.com/

http://missaliblahblah.wordpress.com/

http://erzulieredeyes.wordpress.com/

http://modernoracle.wordpress.com/

http://spidergoddess.wordpress.com/

http://clairecappetta.wordpress.com/

     Congratulations everyone!  Just click the smiley for more information about this award  🙂

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     Oh My Gooooooooooooooood!  I don’t belieeeeeeve it!  This is SUCH a surprise!  There are so many amaaaaaaaaaazing Blogsprites out there… it’s an incredible honour just to be nominated for this award.

     I‘d like to thank Stephen King for frightening the pants off me with Salem’s Lot and Dr. Who for giving me that unhealthy obsession with sinister marionettes.

     Thanks to Usborne Books’ Mysteries Of The Unknown for the sleepless nights and stop-motion animation for being so absolutely insidious.

     Most of all I’d like to thank J.E. Lattimer of Arcane Arrangements for presenting me with The Gargie Award!!!!

     Thank you…  thank you so much…

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     It’s cold and dark outside, Blogsprites – but you’ll find a warm welcome in The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana!

     We’re opening the year with books, books and more books – a few reviews, art, movies, tarot and even the odd cute animal gif or Lego curio might sneak their way in too 😉

     Now, where shall we do our reading?

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana is presenting just one Blog Of The Year Award for 2012.

     Renard Moreau is a gifted and conscientious blogger with a unique ability to speak directly and warmly to his readers.  Renard has wit, wisdom and an ability to see beauty in many things.  His blog is infinitely varied, always entertaining and enlightening by coincidence just when you need it to be.

     Renard is unlikely to be interested in or effected by this award, but his blog is heartily recommended just the same and hopefully that will make him *smile* 😉

     http://renardmoreau.wordpress.com/

     For more information click the article below ~ Blog Of The Year 2012 For Lily Wight.

     Merry Christmas Everyone! xxx

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     You try to generate great copy for your readers but what do people love?  Cute Kittens!

     Soooooooooo Cute, It Hurts My Eyes, No Kitties Nooooooooo (first posted 4/5/2012) came in at number 4 in the top-rated post countdown.

     The kittens won the most stars but their doggy rivals, The Cute Pugs, came close and clocked more views.

     Which gif is cutest?  You decide…

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     I am thrilled and incredibly grateful to receive the online blogging community’s Blog Of The Year Award 2012.

     There is a pleasing synchronicity to accepting this award on the day I renewed my website and blog’s domain name: so I would like to thank InkAshlings http://inkashlings.wordpress.com/ for presenting me with the award and awakening motivation and inspiration for 2013!

     As a special festive treat I will be presenting a single much-coveted Blog Of The Year Award to one lucky Blogsprite on Christmas Day – Good luck 😉

     Click below to learn more about the Blog Of The Year Award

     http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

     https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana would like to present the following Blogsprites with a Sunshine Award.

     Congratulations everybody, think of it as a warm hug!

http://russelrayphotos2.com/

http://musicbugsandgender.wordpress.com/

http://existentialpondering.wordpress.com/

http://rarasaur.wordpress.com/

http://fairesfineart.wordpress.com/

http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/

http://rhinoshorror.com/

     If you need any extra information about Blog Awards please click the smiley  🙂

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     It gives me great pleasure to present the following Blogsprites with a Kreativ Blogger Award.  Congratulations everybody x

http://cultfit.wordpress.com/

http://nerdygirlshops.wordpress.com/

http://lifeisbutalabyrinth.wordpress.com/

http://sarahonthego.com/

http://beinghumanish.wordpress.com/

http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

http://revealillusions.wordpress.com/

     Award etiquette can be needlessly complicated so here are my refined, abridged and preferred Blog Award Rules.

     1.  Display the award certificate on your website.

     2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.

     3.  Present 7 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.

     4.  Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

 

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     Thank you fellow Blogsprites for presenting me with the following and much-appreciated awards 🙂

Illuminating Blogger Award, August 2012.  Presented by http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com/

One Lovely Blog Award, September 2012.  Presented by http://gothicheartsandbatwings.wordpress.com/

Liebster Award, September 2012.  Presented by http://gothicheartsandbatwings.wordpress.com/

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, September 2012.  Presented by http://clairbrown1992.wordpress.com/

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     Congratulations to the authors of the following recommended blogs 🙂  I would like to present you all with a Daisy Award…

1.  http://videoandpicture.wordpress.com/

2.  http://leeajackson.wordpress.com/

3.  http://chrismartinwrites.wordpress.com/

4.  http://cashekidd.wordpress.com/

5.http://johncoyote.wordpress.com/

6. http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress.com/

7.   http://mrhipps.wordpress.com/

Award etiquette can be needlessly complicated so here are my refined, abridged and preferred Blog Award Rules.

     1.  Display the award certificate on your website.

     2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.

     3.  Present 7 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.

     4.  Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

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     I hope you enjoyed movie month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana 🙂

     I would like to say a huge thank you and send virtual hugs and squeezes to the bloggers who presented www.lilywight.com with the following awards;

Sunshine Award presented by http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com/

Sunshine Award presented by http://stayforaspell.wordpress.com/

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