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Elements of Joy tea

Join event hostess Joy for the oh so official launch of her dream biz,
The Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences
20 years in the noodling, 10 years in the making

to be celebrated at an
Elements of Joy Tea
Saturday, 21 March 
at Pamela's Tea Room

Please come dressed as your 'element' of choice
Ignis {fire} . Terris {earth} . Arbis {wood} . Aquis {water} . Nitris {air} . Platen {metal}
Need help deciding which element fits you best? Click here to take our free quiz

$38.75 includes 3 finger sandwiches (cucumber, egg salad, cashew chicken), shrimp crostini, sausage roll bite, scone, tea
(as well as tax, gratuity, and PayPal fees)

$28.75 optional LiteraTea package includes 2 novella's in Joy's new Omni Tales series, the Piddlypedia academy student handbook, 
and a handful of themed surprise goodies

Your Options

Our first Omni Tale novella! Marked for Adventure

What if you could choose a different reality?

A buried secret . A mystical portal . A world-altering decision.

During yet another move to another Marine Corps base, a browbeaten and dispirited fourteen-year-old yearns for the stability and solace of a settled and happy homelife. But when a pair of peculiar people in the new town confronts him with secrets about his family’s past, his reality is threatened. To get to the truth and get back to normal, he’ll have to defy his father and enter an exotic, ancient world where the fantastical is the norm and danger is a way of life. 

Marked for Adventure is the first installment in Peyton Drake’s seven-part Mind the Portal story. The 25,000-word fantasy novella prepares readers to venture from 1974 California USA to the interdimensional Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences.  [129 words]

To find out what’s on the other side of the portal, continue with part two of the story, Destiny by Design, releasing March 21st, 2020. But be warned, once you go through, you may never want to come back.

Peyton Drake's Omni Tale is written by J.S.D. Johnston
The e-book is available for pre-order on Amazon now. 
Paperback to release on 29 February 2020

Saliolum Celebration 2020

Take a Leap and try something new and oh so festively fun!

Celebrate Leap Day at a Traditional Saliolum Brunch
Saturday, 29 FEBRUARY 
at Paris In A Cup tea salon
with optional activities to follow at the Orange Public Library

Sunflower holiday attire welcomed & encouraged
click here for a complimentary Saliolum traditions booklet
Please come prepared to share how YOU intend to leap into this new decade with abandon!

10am - Brunch includes Egg & Veggie Frittata, Spinach-Strawberry salad, Cinnamon knot, petite Pumpkin Scone with Lemon Curd, Tea (as well as tax, gratuity, and PayPal fees) - $39.75
The following is optional
11:30am - Stroll around the corner to the Orange Public Library
11:45-1:30pm - Escapish room game created for the holiday: Sophia & the Last Scroll of Sapientiae
Themed mystery goodies gift (10 items) - $15.50

Gnusletter #004 - THANK YOU, Fiddleheads!

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude"
G.K. Chesterton
The holidays are a-comin'. Lock in your zen with a regular practice of Tao Cheng. It's like a combination of Tai Chi and Qi Gong but with an elemental Omni twist. Whether you wish to teach others or merely start your day with balance and flexibility, this no-impact form of movement makes you feel fantastic mind, body, and soul.
A huge heartfelt bear hug thank you to our Fiddleheads Unite! group who is the backbone of this Omni project that has been 20 years in the making with tons of blood, sweat, tears, bewilderment along the way.
Share your abundance by choosing our arts nonprofit, WHIMSICALIDOCIOUS, as your charity beneficiary when you buy on Amazon. Just click the link and start shopping! Amazon will do the rest
Do you have an OMNI TALE in you? We're here to help you get Indie published, on your own or as part of one of our anthologies.
Click here for our Fantasy Publishing Intensive
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
from Taste of Home
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk the next 6 ingredients; beat into creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets; flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Bake 10-11 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For filling, combine flour and salt in a small saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate, covered, until completely cooled.
  • In another bowl, beat shortening, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add chilled milk mixture; beat until light and fluffy, about 7 minutes. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts:
1 sandwich cookie: 344 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Happy Absurdist Day!
November 20th

Readers' characters come alive

guest post from chronicler JSD Johnston

While it may look like I've been inattentive and neglecting my Omni duties, just the opposite has been going on beneath the surface. In order for us to launch the behemoth that is Omni, I need to complete the first draft of all novels in Pete Drake's 7-novel series. That's in excess of 1.1 million words of writing—that's the length of nearly 14 standard novels when all is said and done. The good news is, I've only got an estimated 250K words to go, so the home stretch is nearly in sight.

What this post highlights is the collaborative nature of the Omni project. A couple years back, a darling gal named Genevieve (part of the Fiddleheads Unite core team on Facebook) submitted a character for inclusion in the primary novel series. Tallulah Marin, or Tali as Genevieve calls her, is a naiad, a mythological fresh water nymph who featured prominently in book #2. Now in book #6 Tali returns!

Including the characters created both those in the Omni circle is incredibly rewarding, not to mention fun. Better yet, when I informed Genevieve that Tali was coming back, it inspired her to get back to her own writing, and she's going to pen a short story that goes with the novel scene I told her about.
If you'd like a character of your creating to be included in the final novel, drop me a line. Omni's all about inclusion, in the most magical and whimsical of ways. See you all soon. I have 4K more words to get down on paper today xo