Fictional and Real Pirate Women that Inspired my Character

Meriden Cummings, the main character from Death Island, is living her life during the Golden Age of Piracy (1650 to 1730). It’s during this age that women made their mark at sea. Some you might have heard of while others you might have not, such as Mary Read, Rachel Wall, and Cheng I Sao. Many … Continue reading Fictional and Real Pirate Women that Inspired my Character

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, California

The past week, I visited the Bay Area of San Francisco, and one of the places I went to was Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. According to their website, the buildings are all inspired by the Temple of Amon, and that this Museum holds the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in western North America--including items from pre-dynastic to Egypt's early … Continue reading Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, California

Gods of the Dead: A Comparison of Anpu (Anubis) and Ah Puch

Looking at how different cultures perceive death, we can start to understand how they embrace it. Especially when it comes to how they shape their afterlife, the gods who run it, and the roles those gods play in everyday life. From first glance, one can detect several similarities between ancient Egyptian and ancient Mayan perspectives … Continue reading Gods of the Dead: A Comparison of Anpu (Anubis) and Ah Puch

Isis (Aset)—Goddess and Queen of Egypt

Now a days, when we hear the name Isis, we automatically think of terrorism and destruction. This is mostly thanks to the media continually using it to refer to a group known for these attributes, which has actually switched between many different acronyms in short periods of time. However, the name Isis once was revered, … Continue reading Isis (Aset)—Goddess and Queen of Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Names

Have you ever considered your name? What does it mean as a whole? What does it represent? In ancient Egypt, names were vital to a person's life and afterlife. One of the five elements of man. It defined with a single expression their personality, their essence, and in some cases, their power. Because of this, names of ancient Egypt were … Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Names

Ketch’s Sketches: Bleeding Out (The Broken Heart Series #1)

Sometimes you can't see how much pain somebody feels. This is a first of a series of sketches: the biological, the symbolic, and the mechanical. A heart battered, broken, and bruised by a series of events that occurred last summer. When shedding tears wasn't enough, I poured everything I was feeling into my novels and sketches while listening to Imagine Dragons, particularly their song Bleeding Out. Fortunately, my heart has … Continue reading Ketch’s Sketches: Bleeding Out (The Broken Heart Series #1)

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Since they no longer publish full reports for our blog posts, I screen snapped some of the more important information. For instance, you don't need this summary to know that all my giveaway posts did the best. Next year, however, that's going … Continue reading 2014 in review

The Weighing of the Heart: the Sins and Virtues of the Descendants of Isis

In my series, the Descendants of Isis, one of the ancient beliefs I refer to regularly, especially when it comes to Seth O’Keefe’s sacrifice, is the Weighing of the Heart. In saving Natti, a sin in itself, Seth has given up his god’s protection over his heart, and with it, his chances of an eternal … Continue reading The Weighing of the Heart: the Sins and Virtues of the Descendants of Isis