Heirs of the Magi News Flash!

***Heirs of the Magi News Flash!***

The annual Smashwords Summer-Winter sale is on for the month of July 2018! Magi Ascension and Magi Master are both on sale this month for 50% off, so click on the links to the left and get your copies at a great price while you can!

Happy summer - or winter - reading everyone!

Cassie's Journals have now come to an end with the start of the Magi Ascension storyline on June 15, 2018! Ethan and Ehlana will now be taking over the Heirs of the Magi daily updates as Cassie prepares to move on to college - and you can read all about her story by picking up a copy of Magi Ascension - Part One! Ethan's and Ehlana's roles in the Ascension of the Light is just beginning now too; so their journals will offer a different perspective on the events going on at home while Cassie is away at college!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cassie's Journal - February 27, 2017

It has gotten a bit warmer today, with temperatures climbing to near-sixty; but rain moved into town this afternoon too; and it has been wet off and on since then.

That didn’t make for a combination we could work with for playing outdoors on our ‘day off’ with Michael’s family, but we did still manage to have fun while hanging out at his house after school and through until I came home at eleven o’clock.  We got to test out a new gourmet entree; the studying and music play time was fun; and we actually sat down and watched a movie with Jacob, Miranda, Lucas, and Rebecca.

Doing that movie part of our night is why I didn’t get home sooner – and why I’m just getting around to writing this when it’s past-three and on the way to the bottom half of the hour.  It did seem like a good idea at the time, though; and I’ll deal with the lack of sleep in the morning – probably with some self-healing.

That really is about all of the news I have for today, though, and being unconscious sounds like a lot more fun than spending even a few more minutes on my computer; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Cassie's Journal - February 26, 2017

I only worked the buffet-to-close shift today, but I’ve still ended up working late; so this is going to be a micro report so that I can crash and nap now.

Michael stayed with us for breakfast after Tai Chi today; we had a busy morning at church that included Sunday school work on the sets and costumes we’ll be using at Easter; and then I went home with Mom, Dad, and the twins for a family lunch and play afternoon.  WE had aunts, uncles, and cousins join us for that meal; the play time included a bike ride to the park even though it wasn’t all that warm out today; and then I had to do a bit of work with Michael during his break so that we didn’t need to do our homework after we finished up at the Inn tonight.  I did go home with him after work, though; so it was past-eleven by the time I got home and ready to start my bedtime work and studying.

Some Jacuzzi time was needed too, but I multi-tasked that and used a time phase too so that I wouldn’t be making a lot of noise while Mom, Dad, Ethan, and Ehlana were all trying to sleep.  I still had a lot to get done tonight, though, and had to do a couple of hours of work in ‘normal’ time; so that’s why it’s nearly-three and I’m completely out of steam.

We actually have a quiet week coming up, but you never know when something will happen to change that; so I’m going to wrap this up and get what sleep I can to be ready for anything!

Well, that isn’t likely to be a problem, but it – and getting that sleep – does sound good; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cassie's Journal - February 25, 2017

Well, it felt like winter again today; so I guess that was appropriate for the winter festival in Maple Valley; but I’d have enjoyed the pancake breakfast and the rest of the entertainment if it had been eighty out too!

The early-morning wake-up call to go to work at the Inn wasn’t much fun either; and I needed a bit of self-healing to get motivated and moving after what felt like a too-short nap.  I had fun working the breakfast shift; though it was a very quiet morning – likely because of the Maple Valley festival.  Mom, Dad, and the twins were just part of a gang heading there from our family – including Naomi, Aiden, and quite a few of my aunts, uncles, and cousins.  They left for Maple Valley more than an hour before Michael and I finished our morning shift, but that was okay; since I can drive now!

Yes, Michael could have driven too, but he was happy to go along for my first ‘real’ drive without a parent along to watch over me; and taking Dad’s truck for the trip was fun for both of us too.

The shows, food, activities, and treats at the festival were all well-worth the trip and time, but instead of writing much about that; I’ll instead comment on the maple syrup industry around here.  Maple Valley is a hub of that for our area, but the weather this winter has made for another tough year for everyone involved in the business.  Sure, they can produce enough for the festival and local needs, but there just isn’t much left over for the markets they need to supply to do more than break even – if the farmers and businesses even manage to do that.  This is hardly a problem that is going to get any attention at the lab when there are so many other serious research that they want to do there that will have a much bigger impact on the world; but we do want to help our local communities; so we’ll take a look at ways that we might help in more mundane ways – like sending compatible businesses their way and helping the farmers diversify.

That will help the people problem, but this is yet another example of the effects we are collectively having on our environment.  Don’t worry – I am not going to go off on a climate change diatribe!  Your perspective on that may be totally different whenever you’re reading this in my near or distant future; but climate changes are really just a part of the environmental puzzle that needs to be addressed much sooner than most people believe.  The wide-ranging problems with farming and food supply all over the world is affected by a lot of things, but one of the issues that just doesn’t seem to get any attention is the fact that our global population continues to grow quite rapidly; and a food supply shock – or series of them – could be catastrophic.  There are so many ways that we could end up messing up our future that I won’t go there; and my point is simply that it doesn’t matter what combination of bad ends up causing the crises we’re heading toward – we need to all get serious about solving the problems before it’s too late.

Sure, that’s daunting – even for a junior Magi Master, but we got into most of this mess in just the past century and a half or so; and we can choose to get ourselves out of it too.  That won’t happen overnight, and there will be costs, but I really love Maple Valley maple syrup on my pancakes; so I think it’s worth it! ;^)

Okay, that’s a bit too much; so I’ll move along now and get back to the news of the day.

Michael and I had to work the dinner-to-close shift too, so we played until around three o’clock in Maple Valley; hurried home; and took a break to get cleaned up and ready for work again.  Mom, Dad, and the twins made it home before I left for work; so I helped unload the van; had a short visit with them; and then I met up with Michael and we walked to the Inn.  The temperature had climbed to around forty by then, but that just doesn’t feel all that warm when we’ve had weeks now of warmer temperatures – including our week in Florida.  The dinner shift was quiet tonight too; so this was not a big tip night for me.  It was nice to get the work done early and have the Inn closed by nine-thirty, though; so I will not complain.

I brought Michael home with me; we watched a movie in the lounge with Ethan and Ehlana; and then we had time for a minor make-out session after they went to bed – and before Michael went home at around twelve-thirty.  The movie was forgettable – if that was possible for me, but the bit of play time with Michael was a lot of fun; and I’m a happy camper as I write this and wind down from another long, busy day.  We were seriously tempted to have another sofa sleepover, but Michael has to work the full shift on Sunday; so we decided not to do that this week – and maybe save them up for March Break! ;^)

There was a bit of family business work for me to deal with again tonight, but there was some family news via email tonight too.  Josiah and Christina are definitely getting married over the Christmas holidays this December; and they’re going to have the wedding and reception here instead of in Christina’s home town.  That was her choice; but I’m really glad they’ll be getting married here.  That way, I can at least go to the ceremony even if the kids don’t get invited to the reception.

That is the last bit of news for today, and I really need to get some sleep now; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cassie's Journal - February 24, 2017

Weather is the top news story of the day around here; and I don’t think that Mother Nature is as funny as she might think she is when teasing us with near-eighty-degree warmth two days ago and then giving us sub-freezing temperatures and some light snow today!

That was a good reason for spending the day indoors, but I won’t suggest that a full day of school followed by a dinner-to-close shift at the Inn is the most fun that can be had with an indoors-weather kind of day.  The movie and cuddle time that Michael and I had after work was nice, but we did that at his house; and only stayed together for that one movie because we’re working the breakfast shift too before we head out to Maple Valley for the winter festival.  Getting to sleep was high on my to-do list when I got changed and into bed after getting home, but some family business work came up that I didn’t want to leave until Sunday night; so I’ve dealt with that before getting to this report.  That’s cost me an hour or so of sleep, but the delay would have been much more expensive; and I’m glad that’s done and out of the way.

The work wasn’t exciting or newsworthy, though, and I really am ready to just crash and nap now; so, until next time – when the Maple Valley Winterfest report should be far more interesting...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cassie's Journal - February 23, 2017

Maybe it was the turn in the weather today, but the rain that kept us indoors for Tai Chi this morning really set the tone for a different kind of day – at least for me.

The rest of my morning and school day seemed a bit dull compared to the past few days; but it hasn’t been all work and no play.  Okay, the work continued after school with the dinner shift at the Inn, and then Michael and I did our homework after we finished work; but then we had some play time for two after that part of my work was finished that included a fairly-hot make-out session.  Making the time for that wasn’t just an option – it was the only way we could have time to do that before my parents, brother, and sister got home.

Yes, there are some advantages to being a teen Magi Master!  ;^)

There is a cost to all of the power use, though; and I’m paying that price now as I write this and get ready to crash for a few hours.  Mom did a Magi lesson with Michael and me after she got home and while Dad did his homework; Michael and I took care of getting Ethan and Ehlana into their beds for the night; and then Michael went home at eleven-thirty.  It was midnight by the time I was in bed and ready to get started on my family business work and language studies; and I’m even more worn-out now because I’ve continued to use a lot of Magi power to get all of the work on my to-do list finished.

I’d hoped to get finished sooner, since we’re heading into a busy weekend that will include a visit to the Maple Valley winter festival; but that didn’t work out for me this time.  While that would have been nice, I’ll just have to live with the rest that I can still have before we’ll need to be up and going again; and some self-healing when I do wake up will be an option.  The details of my work and studies tonight just aren’t very important to me right now – at least when it comes to writing about what I’ve been doing for the past few hours and change.  Sleep is my priority, and there isn’t anything else newsworthy to report anyway; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!