Sep. 20th, 2017

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Excerpt from "A Wizard's Dozen: Stories of the Fantastic" edited by Michael Stearns

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wizard's dozen
1. any magical number from eleven to fifteen
2. the charmed numeral that gives a wizard's spell its power
3. the number of teachers at a wizards' school



What is a wizard?

A wizard is a mage, a wonder maker, a person who injects a jolt of the marvelous into the everyday. There are wizards everywhere, though these days they've traded in their magic shops and their spellbooks for libraries and storybooks. Today's wizards wield paintbrushes or pens or typewriters or computers instead of wands.

...Mage --- image --- imagination.
That is enough for any wizard.



..... Or is it?
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Title: Spells of Magic
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 193

Books surrounded her in neat piles, inside the ebook reader on the table beside her, and on the internet itself accessed through her laptop. All these stories, each begging to have their words read, to resonate inside her mind and each was more captivating than the last before being interrupted as another captured her attention in its turn. Yet still below the surface the unfinished stories tugged irritatingly for her to finish absorbing them.

“Tomorrow,” she told them, “tomorrow I’ll finish reading you. Really. I will.”

The television’s seductive song drew her attention. So many stories there too but more immediate, more important, for the feeling was if you missed even a moment it would be gone, its story unable to be recaptured.

A feeling welled inside, ‘I too have a story’ and her fingers moved over the keyboard; the letters appearing one by one, word by word upon the grey backed whiteness of the page. And for a while, all the other stories were pushed away as she created her own world and characters; her own story. It wasn’t real. But it was beautiful and it went where she guided it… usually.
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Log-cabin inspired Summer Camp Quilt





https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/summer-camp-quilt/assets/summer-camp.pdf

62" x 78" 6 blocks by 8 blocks

1 roll 2 1/2" strips
1 yd background fabric & includes inner border
3/4 yd complementary fabric
1 1/4 yd border fabric = 5 1/2" wide strip outer border
4 3/4 yd backing fabric

Sew 6 sets
10" squares of background and complementary fabrics
Draw lines from corner to corner in X pattern
Sew on either side of these lines.
Cut in half from center of side to other center of side.
Repeat this for the perpendicular sides.
Then cut on drawn lines from corners to corners.
= 8 half squares that are 4 1/2" X 4 1/2"
Square them up.

Sew a strip along side of half square that is colored, trim off excess. Short strip
Sew another strip along other of half square colored side. Long strip
Equals square.

Repeat this; short strip then long strip to form square with half square block in one corner.

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