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From Beyond the Pale

January 2, 2010

This is the online version of a hand-bound encyclopedia formerly known as Beyond the Pale ~ The Lost Child’s Guide to Imbroglio.

It is now titled From Beyond the Pale ~The Lost Child’s Guide to Wayward Lands.

We are still living in kingdoms, and the pales are still sharp.

25 December, 2012 09:39

December 25, 2012

From beyond the pale has moved to blogger

July 14, 2011

Please visit From Beyond the Pale at its new home at blogger.  Sorry WordPress, but I am too busy to worry about embedding content in your tempermental themes.

Wish you were here!

June 17, 2011

Dear Hero,

Very Truly Yours,


Buy From Beyond the Pale!

May 14, 2011


Notes on Lost Child, Vulnerabilities, and Pets

May 8, 2011

There has been some speculation on the possibility that a Lost Child who, spending eons beyond the pale, may metamorphose into a Madman. While typically, the Lost Child’s ability to navigate the dominion beyond the pale remains unrivaled by Hero, Clown, and Scapegoat, we should not assume that the Lost Child is at any time safe beyond the pale.  Quite to the contrary, the Lost Child is so adept at walking around landmines and invisibility that she wanders the beyond without hazard because she is uniquely equipped to do so.

In a sense, by remaining beyond the pale, the Lost Child often achieves the role of Hero in her own mind, and indeed functions as one.  Like any Hero, she possesses a proverbial Achilles Heel.  The Lost Child’s sensitivity to animals and perpetual search for a long ago velveteen rabbit creates a temporary cataract of sorts, one that can sometimes blocks her peripheral vision.  While the gentle Lost Child is not one to disturb sneaks of weasels or other dangerous animals, she does bond with chipmunks, prairie dogs, and marmots.

When the Lost Child adopts an animal as a pet, the animal’s well-being fuses with the Lost Child’s own weak inclination towards self preservation;  any ill befalling the Lost Child’s companion will send her spiraling into madness. If the animal is harmed, the Lost Child’s pain will destroy her invisibility, making her an easy target for the known dangers.

Those who are mad beyond the pale appear irretrievably beyond.

The watchful quivering rabbits, too timid to approach her, will continue to cluster around the Lost Child. It is there presence that alerts travelers to the possibility that a seemingly random Madman may indeed be a former Lost Child who is unable to cope without his or her pet.

The fact that the Lost Child will behave in exactly the same way if she loses a pet within the pale is further proof that to her, the region beyond the pale appeals to her because she is less likely to be harmed.

Anyone who wishes to help a Lost Child must consider the pet’s needs equal to or as is often the case, greater than the needs of the Lost Child.

See also:  fylgja, catatonia, madman.

Reading and Book Signing Thursday 03/24

March 21, 2011

Reading and book signing from Tara Jill Ciccarone’s

From Beyond the Pale

– the lost child’s guide to wayward lands


Thursday, March 24, 2011


Who Dat Coffee Cafe

7 pm

2401 Burgundy Street New Orleans, LA 70117 – (504) 872-0360

Click HERE for map!






Weasels, sneak of

February 27, 2011


Group of cunning animals that can understand human vocabulary and should never, under any circumstances, be cooked. Those wandering beyond the pale should avoid throwing yard waste at them. Thousands of weasels have been known to attack when avenging the death of one of their kind.