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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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     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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     Updated 03/06/2015

     If you enjoy a little “Scary Fairy” just click the pics to view an album of inspired images and why not send us a Facebook Friend request while you are there.  xx

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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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The year’s best blog posts were selected by readers of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

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     18/12/2013 TOP BLOG POST     

It took seven months and approximately 40,000 Lego bricks for Romanian artist Mihai Marius Mihu to create The Nine Circles Of Hell from the Literary Classic Dante’s Divine Comedy.

     Where will you end up?

     ~ Visit the previous post for another unique interpretation of The Divine Comedy ~

1. Limbo, Lego Hell.  Mihai Marius Mihu. 

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     The year’s best blog posts were selected by the readers of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

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     Updated 30/9/2015

     TOP BLOG POST #3     We hope you all enjoyed Book Month at The Arcade of Arts and Arcana.  Just before we step into June and ponder a wealth of quirky Victoriana here is another enchanting glimpse into our album of Fairy images… 

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     The year’s best blog posts were selected by the readers of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

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10/12/2013 TOP BLOG POST!

     We hope you find this month’s Lego pick horrifically good!

Pumpkin carving

Count Blockula

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Frankenstein Xenomurphy

Ichabod Derfel Cadarn

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Monsterbrick

The Bridge That Spans The Brook Sir Nadroj

Next Post 29/10/13 (18.00 GMT) ~ Lily Wight’s Guide To The Wheel of The Year: Halloween

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     Here are your latest insights for the season, courtesy of Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot, cast in the Lunatic Spread (Position 1. left-centre, continue anti-clockwise)…

1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The King Of Swords (inverted)

The previous spread featured The Knight Of Swords (inverted) suggesting a continuing situation of conflict.  The Enquirer feels controlled and powerless in their own life with a need to defend themselves from an unfair judge.  This King is angry and over-reactive with a mind to spread dishonest gossip.  The Enquirer has genuine concern for The King; empathising with his instability and refusing to play mind-games could lead to the necessary detachment to break free from a stalled relationship.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Six Of Pentacles

Distributing resources is an act requiring discrimination.  In the upright position the lucky 6 suggests a wise investment in which an act of generosity or assistance has led to a binding relationship.  This card is a reminder to balance give and take; as too much control and responsibility can create underlying tension in a partnership.  This may give clues into what has gone wrong with the relationship implied in Position 1.  What follows could offer a solution.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal, unknown) ~ The Four Of Cups

The Enquirer is clinging to past unhappiness and choosing to brood in an isolated tower of their own making!  Obsessing about the pain caused by lost loves has made The Enquirer blind to their achievements and closed to the potential of other friendships.  The picture on the card is perfectly clear;  throwing away the empty cup will leave hands free to reach for other possibilities and the key to escape has been in The Enquirer’s keeping all along.  Knowledge of the need for emotional self-awareness is buried deep in the subconscious – sometimes, when you have done all you can to fix a situation, the best and only option is to walk away.

4.  Secret Desires & Wishes ~ THE HIGH PRIESTESS (inverted)

This Enquirer’s wishes are frequently powerful and destructive.  Repressed feelings and guarding the secrets of others has made them long to smash their good intentions and subvert their positive instincts.  Here is a wish to be rid of problems rather than solve them – to be less emotional and caring.  The Enquirer is probably known to be compassionate and amiable but their fantasy is to act the opposite!  The low number of Major Arcana cards in the spread suggest The Enquirer is positioned to start taking back control of their life.

5.  Hidden Forces (external, unknown) ~ The Eight Of Swords

The cards in Positions 3, 4 and 5 all suggest a tussle to break free from stagnant conflict and external control; with cards 3 and 5 revealing opportunities to escape negative circumstances via small and unlooked-for windows of opportunity.  We are not to blame for the faults of others; The Enquirer should not be afraid to reach out, ask for help and seek better company.  Once more the best advice is to drop the cup, leave the tower (even if it takes a fall from the window!) and walk away.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Five Of Cups

The Enquirer has outgrown a relationship that once brought happiness.  The picture shows The Enquirer finding their “off switch” and literally blocking their ears to negativity and turning their back on a soured situation.  It seems certain that The Enquirer will at last break free and feel less burdened and controlled.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Page Of Cups

Dropping a negative relationship creates more time and space for a positive one and there is no better company than The Page Of Cups; a youthful, imaginative and caring guide for the lost.  The Page is shown returning a fish to water and receiving a pearl for his/her kindness. This is an example of a perfectly balanced give and take relationship.  The Page understands The Enquirer’s need for a loving, natural and more nurturing environment.  Pages sometimes bring invitations to uplifting social events; parties, weddings – although the cup and water suggest a christening.   Here is the better company The Enquirer can rely on.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Two Of Pentacles

Now that The Enquirer is free from their “tower” they need positive examples of how to handle difficult situations and conflicting schedules.  Someone may offer a new course of action or release The Enquirer from a commitment that was troubling them, either way an end to conflict is likely.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Ace Of Cups (inverted)

Despite good company and positive influences The Enquirer will not be able to ignore the lingering sense that their foundations have been rocked, love has been lost and abrupt changes have taken their toll.  A search for resolution and clarity has proved fruitless and loving someone unworthy has left insecurity behind.  It has been fascinating to track the images of cups in this spread, the suit of emotions and the heart.  The Enquirer has had to throw away and ignore empty or poisoned cups but has been carried to safety is the cup guarded by The Page.  The Ace is the single remaining cup.  It is upside down but The Enquirer must cherish and refill it by being kind to themselves and saying “no” to harmful influences.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Ace Of Swords (inverted)

There has been a long struggle with no resolution.  It is hard to accept absent closure but this has been making The Enquirer feel anxious, edgy and alone for too long.  The Ace’s blade points towards The Enquirer so they still feel a need to defend themselves or put themselves in hostile environments.  The cards have told The Enquirer to let go, to turn their back on the hurt caused by conflict, to escape and move on.  Better company is available but they must choose to turn to it and release old heartache to find peace and calm.

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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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2013-05-23-073     A brave and determined Yorkshire schoolboy is set to cycle an astonishing 75 miles to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (registered charity no. 1103253).

     Lex Stephenson, age 13, will be taking part in the Capital To Coast Cycle Challenge on Sunday 30th June 2013, starting at The London Eye and finishing at Brighton Pier.  Lex will be riding as part of a four man team, The Crazy Wheeler’s, with his Dad, his Uncle and his sixteen year old cousin.  The Wheelers were inspired to take part in the fundraising challenge after losing a family member to Pancreatic Cancer suddenly last year.

     Lex hopes his 75 mile journey will raise awareness of the vital need to fund research into cures for all types of cancer.  In 2004, when he was just four years old, Lex was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and underwent a gruelling three years of continual chemotherapy treatment.  Despite great discomfort and long stays in hospital Lex continued to ride his bike regularly and believes that fresh air and exercise helped him to stay fit and keep positive throughout his illness and recuperation.  Lex remains in remission and celebrated the end of his treatment with a Star Wars Fundraising Party for Children With Cancer UK (registered charity no. 298405).

     During the last forty years survival rates for Childhood Leukaemia have risen from few to 80% whilst survival rates for Pancreatic Cancer remain low at just 3%.  Lex is now focusing his continuing fundraising efforts towards helping to beat a deadly disease in need of greater awareness.

     You can read about Lex’s bike ride challenge and support him with an immediate donation via the link below.  If everyone who reads his story shares it and donates £1 Lex will be well on his way to reaching his fundraising target.

Donate here ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

Thank you 🙂

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Children With Cancer UK ~ Lex’s Story

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Website

Capital To Coast London To Brighton Charity Bike Ride Website

PLEASE SUPPORT LEX ON HIS CYCLE RIDE  ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

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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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     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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     Click the picture for a review of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana’s year on Facebook.

     Send a friend request while you’re there for access to exclusive material 🙂

The Eight Of Cups (detail) Deviant Moon Tarot ©Patrick Valenza.

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     Throughout December Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana will be inviting you to open an Advent Calendar of highlights from the blogging year.

     We’ll be looking back through the site’s monthly themes; from Fairy Tales, Books, Victoriana and Puppets to Film, Art, Middle-earth and The Macabre.  New readers will have a chance to catch-up with some posts they may have missed while old friends can join a trip down Memory Lane and add to their comments.

     There will be a countdown of The Arcade’s Top Rated Posts Of The Year – you might be surprised by what’s included – and a Tarot reading from Halloween (the original Celtic New Year).

     There are seven Wonderful Team Member Readership Awards to present and one talented Blogsprite will find a Blog Of The Year Award 2012 in their online stocking on Christmas morning!

     Let the countdown commence!

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     Congratulations to the following websites whose authors have truly earned their One Lovely Blog Awards!

http://hardcoversandheroines.com/

http://cherryandcinnamon.com/

http://matildabjork.com/

http://elenacaravela.wordpress.com/

http://kamillaberdin.wordpress.com/

http://nonoymanga.wordpress.com/

http://gingerfightback.com/

     Please click the smiley for information about Blog Award Rules 🙂

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     Summer blockbuster season is well underway so, throughout August, there will be a red tip-up seat waiting for you at Lily Wight’s cinematograph.  I will be sharing and musing upon thirty days of eclectic viewing and hoping for your comments and recommendations as always.

     August’s Magickal Thing, a top recommended link, will be appearing in the homepage sidebar all month, so I hope you check it out.

     Also this month I have seven shiny One Lovely Blog Awards to give away and I will be posting my Tarot spread for Lughnasadh.

     Last, but not least, I would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful On Oxnard Shores for presenting me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I will strive to continually deserve it xx

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     As a winner of The Versatile Blogger Award I am thrilled to present three more bloggers with the same certificate 🙂

     Do check out their excellent work…

     http://brideofthebookgod.wordpress.com/

     Smart, insightful and diverse.  A library in blog-form.

     http://countryandvictoriantimes.com/

     Everything you ever needed to know about American Victoriana.

     http://rhiarti.wordpress.com/

     A talented crafter and lover of Steampunk.

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     Updated 30/9/2015

     TOP BLOG POST #3     We hope you all enjoyed Book Month at The Arcade of Arts and Arcana.  Just before we step into June and ponder a wealth of quirky Victoriana here is another enchanting glimpse into our album of Fairy images… 

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A wonderful and though provoking post from a wonderful Blogsprite.
Pop over there for a visit http://myvoyagethroughtime.wordpress.com

My Voyage Through Time

Today I read a post about The Fool card in Tarot. One of my favorite gals- Lily Wight of The Arcade of Arts & Arcanaposted Tarot art – The Foolon May 9, 2012. I absolutely loved the art work created for that card. Ms. Lily reblogged the tarot post from Tiana Setka’s Divination Blog. After reading the post, I started to contemplate what it means to be foolish? The word foolish can be interpreted in so many ways. The synonyms for the word foolish include: stupid, silly, idiotic, unwise, imprudent, thoughtless, and of course irrational. The antonym for the word foolish is simply wise. At any given time I could be described as all of thee above. Since I take pride in wisdom, how is it that all of thee above can possibly describe me? I am at a loss for words it seems. I guess that…

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