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Countdown to All Souls Con – Our Favorite Things about the All Souls Trilogy – Day Nineteen – Marthe

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Todd Quackenbush

On Day Nineteen, we’re talking about Marthe, Ysabeau’s long-suffering, oft-cackling partner in crime. Marthe has something to offer in every situation — a perfect omelette, a saucy song, a murder mystery, a cool hand — and she is one of our favorite fixtures amongst the constellation of de Clermont family attendants. We love that Marthe connects Diana to ancient traditions and that she represents a cool, calm, constant source of support and care.

What do you love best about Marthe? Cait is partial to the scene where Marthe and Matthew are singing bawdy Occitan love songs at Sept-Tours. Have something to say about Marthe? Come and tell us about it on our Facebook page, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers.

Ready for the next post? Here’s Day Twenty. 

Have a nomination for our countdown list? E-mail us at chamomileandclovecast@gmail.com, send us a message via Twitter @chamomilenclove, or send us a Facebook message!

There are still online passes available for All Souls Con 2018. Buy a pass and you’ll see us present on Friday, August 10 with the lovely Jennifer Covel!

We can’t wait to see you,

Cait and Jen

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Countdown to All Souls Con – Our Favorite Things about the All Souls Trilogy – Day Eighteen – Philip and Rebecca Bishop-Clairmont

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We know, we know — this is technically TWO THINGS. However, given that they’re infants, we decided they could share. The plight of twins, right?

Philip and Rebecca — the first of a new generation of Bright Born — represent so many things: Matthew and Diana’s enduring love, the end of centuries of prejudice and persecution, a new beginning for the world of creatures, and more. They’re a delightfully entertaining blend of their parents; it’s almost as much fun to watch their parents figure out how to, well, parent as it is to watch them grow. We cannot wait to see what the youngest members of the Bishop-Clairmont scion will add to the family and the World of All Souls as they develop.

What do you want to know about Philip and Rebecca? Tell us about it on our Facebook page, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers.

Ready for the next post? Here’s Day Nineteen.

Have a nomination for our countdown list? E-mail us at chamomileandclovecast@gmail.com, send us a message via Twitter @chamomilenclove, or send us a Facebook message!

There are still online passes available for All Souls Con 2018. Buy a pass and you’ll see us present on Friday, August 10 with the lovely Jennifer Covel!

We can’t wait to see you,

Cait and Jen

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Countdown to All Souls Con – Our Favorite Things about the All Souls Trilogy – Day Seventeen – Rebecca Bishop

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Mila Young

Onward to Day Seventeen!

Rebecca Bishop–and her ghost–cast a long shadow over the All Souls Trilogy. Rebecca gave Diana her foresight, her extra-sensory capacities, and her remarkable and rare facility with the higher, darker magics. She’s described as free-spirited, intelligent, thoughtful, caring, and a little mysterious–an unusual and complicated figure in the witching world. We meet Rebecca most often through her writing, or on the rare occasions when she appears as a ghost. In those times, Rebecca shows us the particular blend of creativity, whimsy, and grief that shaped her as a mother. Rebecca is a tragic figure–one who reminds us that our time with our loved ones is precious, and limited–but also a reminder of the tremendous love and sacrifice inherent to maternity.

What is your favorite thing about Rebecca Bishop? Come and tell us about it on our Facebook page, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers.

Ready for the next post? Here’s Day Eighteen.

Have a nomination for our countdown list? E-mail us at chamomileandclovecast@gmail.com, send us a message via Twitter @chamomilenclove, or send us a Facebook message!

There are still online passes available for All Souls Con 2018. Buy a pass and you’ll see us present on Friday, August 10 with the lovely Jennifer Covel!

We can’t wait to see you,

Cait and Jen

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Countdown to All Souls Con – Our Favorite Things about the All Souls Trilogy – Day Sixteen – Stephen Proctor

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On Day Sixteen, we remember Stephen Proctor, Diana’s funny, timewalking father. When we meet Stephen, he’s traveled to 1590 to look for Ashmole 782 in order to understand its connection to Diana. A creative, untrained weaver, Stephen managed to fashion his spells–spellbinding Diana, the protections on Ashmole 782–out of love and need. His familiar, Bennu the heron, represents his strong affinity with the element of water. Herons are symbolic in many cultures — they can represent inquisitiveness, curiosity, strength, and purity. Bennu helps Diana understand Corra, her familiar, and brings her closer to her father and his magic. We love Stephen for his humor, his intelligence, his strength, and his sacrifice.

Are you a fan of Stephen, too?

Come and tell us about it on our Facebook page, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers.

Ready for the next post? Here’s Day Seventeen

Have a nomination for our countdown list? E-mail us at chamomileandclovecast@gmail.com, send us a message via Twitter @chamomilenclove, or send us a Facebook message!

There are still online passes available for All Souls Con 2018. Buy a pass and you’ll see us present on Friday, August 10 with the lovely Jennifer Covel!

We can’t wait to see you,

Cait and Jen

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Countdown to All Souls Con – Our Favorite Things about the All Souls Trilogy – Day Fifteen – Goody Alsop

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We’re halfway done with our countdown, y’all, which means that we’re TWO WEEKS out from All Souls Con 2018!

On Day Fifteen–the turning point of our countdown–it’s only fitting that we talk about Goody Alsop, the woman (and witch) who plays such a profound role in Diana’s journey. Goody Alsop reminds us that no matter how educated or experienced we think we are, there’s always more to learn. She teaches us to be humble, to be grateful, to be centered, to be precisely who we are and no one else. Goody Alsop helps Diana weave her forspell and understand what it means to be a witch apart; she is a teacher, a mentor, a surrogate mother, and a worthy friend who brings Diana back into the community and tradition of witchcraft. Sadly, we leave her behind when we leave 1590, but her influence can be felt throughout The Book of Life and beyond.

How do you feel about Goody Alsop? Tell us in our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers.

Ready for the next post? Here’s Day Sixteen.

Have a nomination for our countdown list? E-mail us at chamomileandclovecast@gmail.com, send us a message via Twitter @chamomilenclove, or send us a Facebook message!

There are still online passes available for All Souls Con 2018. Buy a pass and you’ll see us present on Friday, August 10 with the lovely Jennifer Covel!

We can’t wait to see you,

Cait and Jen