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Off My Feet & Crash Kittyโ€™s 6 month anniversary

๐ŸŽ‰ Itโ€™s been 6 months since my twins have hit the shelves! To celebrate, Iโ€™m hosting a giveaway on Instagram. Head over there if youโ€™d like to play! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ @racheltremblaybooks ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ

BLURBS!
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OMF: Lone wolf coffee-slinger and accidental oneironaut Edie Stacks has her life turned upside down by reality-altering lucid dreams, and space cats!
Off My Feet is a Neverwhere-meets-Inception psychedelic chronicle of female experience where trust is learned the hard way, the hard knocks of life are explored, and love and friendship are pushed to their limits. Watch Edie make a mess of everything! Shit gets weird!
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CK: About 30 years before Off My Feet. Five women share an apartment and Friday nights. Wine and creativity keep them well entertained and always on the brink of trouble. One doomful evening, an alien craft lands onto their building and brings mystifyingly charming creatures into their lives. Creatures they would never have suspected were sinisterโ€ฆ
Boy, were they wrong!
Read the Tragicomedy that started it all!
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Have a great day!! ๐Ÿ–ค

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Make Life More Bearable

yours truly, some paintings of mine, pic taken by my son.

โ€œThe arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heavenโ€™s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.โ€

~Kurt Vonnegut (a man without a country)

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2020 writing update!

โ€ข 2 0 2 0 โ€ข W R I T I N G โ€ข
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Hey! Howโ€™s it goinโ€™? Good I hope!
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Rare and twisty writing recap /update:
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On the 16th itโ€™ll be Off My Feet and Crash Kittyโ€™s twin 6 month anniversary. (Just like with our babies we count in months at first). I published them this June! Time flies! Days slip by like (something clever) on a banana peel. Seriously, gimme something clever to put in those brackets.
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I applaud those who have done #Nanowrimo this year, whether they attained their goal or not.
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I did it last year, first time and last, tyvm. I had rushed to finish the first draft of a dystopian novel so I could try the โ€œNansโ€ (Iโ€™m calling it that. Fuck it.) December 2019 comes, i put the Nans project aside and I start editing said dystopian. Then I received Crash Kitty from my editor. So I stopped editing and gave CK a last sweep, sent those with OMF as ARCS to my amazing sci-fi kitty team, and then decided to edit my Nans project โ€œDead Gretchenโ€ instead of going back to the dystopian. Whiplash yet? Lol. And so Iโ€™ve been editing DG all ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ fekking ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ year ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. I still am, 6-7 days a week. Iโ€™m halfway through what should teeechnically be my โ€œlastโ€ big edit.
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Iโ€™m an indie author, but Iโ€™ll be querying DG. While I query, Iโ€™ll be editing the dystopianโ€”a stranger to me now. Iโ€™m very excited. And so, I feel like my work is a pile of worms, everything overlapping and intertwining soft and swift. Whereโ€™s the tail? Whereโ€™s the head? Itโ€™s bananas and itโ€™s also fun.
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Thatโ€™s my sort of cumulative writing update since November last year. If you read this far and can make sense of this mess, free hug for you!!!!
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If youโ€™re a writer of the wordsโ€”Howโ€™s your writing year going? I hope itโ€™s going good.
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๐Ÿ’‹Bisous (little kisses) my friends! Thanks for being awesome ๐Ÿ–ค

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Kissy Scenes

โ€œโ€ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต. ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข.
๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง, ๐˜ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ, ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฎ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ.โ€
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OFF MY FEET excerpt ๐Ÿ’‹
(Go here for blurb and synopsis!)
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Itโ€™s soooo hard choosing a quote from my own books. Something solid enough on its own and that wonโ€™t spoil anythingโ€ฆ I spent way too much time trying to find something for you, I settled for kisses ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹
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๐Ÿ‘โ€๐Ÿ—จ Letโ€™s talk kissy scenes. In what book have you come across your favourite? Which ones gave you butterflies?
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Hope youโ€™re having a good day, being kind, keeping an inner eye out for implicit biases and weeding them out. Itโ€™s a work of awareness and itโ€™s constant and scary but also intensely satisfying. Growing hurts but itโ€™s still the very best thing for us and the world we live in.
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Yay Book Drop!

โ€œ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€,โ€ ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ.
๐—œ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ตโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต, ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป, ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป. ๐—œ ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: โ€œ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ, ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป!โ€ ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—œ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜†, ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ. ๐—œโ€™๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ.โ€

โ˜€๏ธ Yesterday was the publishing day for my twin releases – OFF MY FEET & CRASH KITTY.

I am not very disciplined with my blog posts here. You will mostly find me on Instgram (@racheltremblaybooks for books and @swell_rachelle for art)

But, I will try to do better. For now, this is my news, my excitement of the moment. Share with me and grab some copies! You can read about them here: OMF or here CK

You can also check the photos below for the blurbs on the back of the books, as well as a blurb written by the amazing Sylvain Neuvel (author of the Themis Files), and on instagram (@racheltremblaybooks) you check my highlights called OMF for some early reviews ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

I hope these books can bring a bit of entertainment into your lives.

๐Ÿ“ธ Also: instagram photo challenge!

Whoever posts pics of both books on instagram (and tags me, so I know they did) over the summer will be entered into a draw to win a space cat candle like you see here, a book-inspired bookmark and stickers that I will show soon, and 2 signed bookplates. I hope you play!

(I realize mail is slow for many so the deadline for the challenge will be August 31st)

Have a great day!!

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Off My Feet & Crash Kitty COVER REVEALS

TWIN RELEASE COVER REVEAL!

Hello hello!! So happy to share the covers for my upcoming novels OFF MY FEET & CRASH KITTY, twin releases sneaking into your tbr on June 16th!

Check OMF & CK pages pre-order links! and yes the sizes match with the Topaz paperback too!

๐—ข๐— ๐—™ is the story of Edie stacks, an accidental oneironaut (dream explorer) with trust issues, a love of free plants and cheap records, and a serious alien problem. Watch Edie shape reality with lucid dreams and make a mess of everything.

Expect: Cussing, realness, psychedelic dreams scenes, Phil Collins, and hotness (not with Phil Collins.) Also, cats.

๐—–๐—ž is a prequel novella to be read afterwards, though really itโ€™s up to you. This story happens 30 years prior, one where we learn about the arrival of the aliens and the lives of four women and the ridiculous trouble they get into on a particularly creative, inebriated night. Shit gets dark, but itโ€™s a hella fun ride first.

Expect: giggles, bad ideas, a bit of gore, John Mayer, and some hotness (not with John Mayer). Also some emotional shit. And cats.

You guys are the best!!!

Ps. You can find these on goodreads!

๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™ˆ๐™” ๐™๐™€๐™€๐™ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™-๐™–๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™—๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ž๐™–๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ก๐™š๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™จ. ๐™๐™–๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™ก ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™ก๐™–๐™ฎโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™ฅ, ๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ฎ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™›๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. ๐™…๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™ , ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™ , ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™™๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™– ๐™๐™š๐™›๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™œ๐™š-๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ-๐™›๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™ก๐™ช๐™˜๐™ž๐™™ ๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. ๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฅ!โ€ ~ Sylvain Neuvel , author of ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™š๐™จ, ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ, and ๐˜ผ ๐™ƒ๐™„๐™Ž๐™๐™Š๐™๐™” ๐™Š๐™ ๐™’๐™ƒ๐˜ผ๐™ ๐˜พ๐™Š๐™ˆ๐™€๐™Ž ๐™‰๐™€๐™“๐™

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Topaz now in Paperback

โ€œ๐™ธ ๐š ๐šŠ๐š๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š•๐š’๐šŒ๐š”๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š›๐š˜๐š– ๐š–๐šข ๐š๐š˜๐š ๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š˜๐š› ๐š ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š๐šŽ๐š•๐š ๐š•๐š’๐š”๐šŽ ๐š‘๐š˜๐šž๐š›๐šœ, ๐š–๐šข ๐š๐šŠ๐šฃ๐šŽ ๐š๐š›๐šŠ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š๐š›๐š˜๐š– ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐šŽ๐šข๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š๐š˜๐š ๐š— ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š‹๐š˜๐š๐šข, ๐š–๐šŠ๐š”๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šŠ ๐š๐šŽ๐š•๐š’๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š•๐šข ๐š‹๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š— ๐š๐š›๐šŠ๐š’๐š• ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š’๐š•๐šœ ๐š˜๐š ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šœ๐šœ๐šŽ๐šœ, ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š‹๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š” ๐šž๐š™ ๐šŠ๐š๐šŠ๐š’๐š—. ๐™ธ ๐š˜๐š›๐š‹๐š’๐š๐šŽ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐š’๐š›๐šŒ๐šž๐š’๐š ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š›. ๐™ท๐šŽ๐š› ๐š ๐šŠ๐š๐šŒ๐š‘๐š๐šž๐š• ๐šŽ๐šข๐šŽ๐šœ, ๐šž๐š—๐š•๐š’๐š”๐šŽ ๐š–๐š’๐š—๐šŽ, ๐š๐š’๐š๐š—โ€™๐š ๐š–๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ.โ€

๐šƒ๐š˜๐š™๐šŠ๐šฃ: ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šƒ๐š›๐šž๐š๐š‘ ๐™ฟ๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŠ๐š• & ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š•๐š˜๐š› ๐™ผ๐šŠ๐šข๐š‘๐šŽ๐š–

All ages quirky dystopian high fantasy quest ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

Dear friends, Topaz is now available in paperback! Itโ€™s exactly the same as the hardcover on the inside โ€” map, moth pages, glossary โ€” and itโ€™s available everywhere online ! Voilร !! Tis done and iโ€™m happy that this option is out there now!

I hope you are all doing wonderfully!
๐Ÿค

literature, Topaz

Mirth as per Topazโ€™s Glossary – โ€œWโ€

See Topaz: The Truth Portal & The Color Mayhem to learn more about Mirth and all its weirdness!

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the trees would open

โ€œOur first day traveling down the river ended. There was a sense of anticipation in the air, a hint of the importance of what was to come. Burma yanked at a blanket with his teeth. I took it from him and pulled it up over our snuggled bodies. Fiddling through my slingbags, I found some dried fruit, which we ate while staring expectantly for the moments when the trees would open above us and allow us to see the immense beauty of the night sky, its brilliant starlight showering the eventide with charm. Every time the trees closed up again, our eyelids drooped a little more, until they shut.โ€

Excerpt From

Topaz: The Truth Portal & The Color Mayhem

Anticipation can keep us going sometimes when we hit a lull. What are some things youโ€™re looking forward to before then end of the year? ๐Ÿ–ค

Iโ€™m looking forward to watching my kids dance in the nutcracker, finishing editing my new novel, finding a new apartment to live in that has a yard (and hopefully a brick wall!)

Happy Tuesday! ๐Ÿ–ค

book quote, literature, Topaz

little pygmy globe

“The sunlight gently lit up the orb from the inside, just as a candle is used to kindle another. He sighed with pleasure and passed me the little pygmy globe. I cupped my palms, surprised by the offering, and held it like a fragile, soft-shelled queepfluff egg. It was heavy and warm, and throbbed with a tiny pulse that vibrated gently through its crystal wall.โ€

๐Ÿ–ค

Topaz: The Truth Portal & The Color Mayhem