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#Slavery perspective


Quite rightly, there’s a focus on Black Lives Matter after the appalling killing of George Floyd in America and the slave origins of many black people in the Americas. On July 2nd 2020, the BBC aired a documentary about the UK Slavery Abolition Act 1833 , which revealed that over 40,000 people that owned slaves mainly in the West Indies, claimed compensation for their “loss of property”. [see Britain’s Slave Owner Compensation Loan, reparations and tax havenry June 9th 2020] Interesting that of the 40,000+ slave owners who claimed compensation most were men, some were women, and a few were ex-slaves-turned-slave owners. One reverend only had one slave but the one who owned the most was Prime...
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Happy Birthday Canada!


Proud to be Canadian!  Original link
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Loteria – Mario Alberto Zambrano


I was drawn to this book by the cover as the lottery cards I’ve seen in Mexico are so intriguing. In Loteria , Zambrano  has woven the story of one family’s dysfunction through the Loteria cards. Told through the eyes of the 11 year-old daughter, the story of their ruin is all the move harrowing. Sad as it is, the reader is compelled, by the format and the writing, to finish the novel. Blurb In Lotería, the spellbinding literary debut by Mario Alberto Zambrano, a young girl tells the story of her family’s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Latin American game of chance. With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo has been t...
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The First Emma – Camille Di Maio

The First Emma
Two stories in one. The first: Emma Koehler, the Emma of Hotel Emma in San Antonio, was the wife of a German born brewer. He had two mistresses, both named Emma. When one of the mistresses murdered him, Emma, the wife, took over the brewery just as prohibition began. She was able to keep all her employees working and Pearl was one of the brewing companies not to go out of business. She also steered the company through the depression. The stuff of fiction, right? Nope. It’s all true. And a fascinating story it is. The second: Emma hires a young girl, Mabel Hartley, to write her story. Mabel, a fictional addition, flees Baltimore for San Antonio when she is offered the job. Unfortunately her s...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Scam”

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Maybe I’m an anarchist

Genre stereotyping is something I strenuously try to avoid. Are the worlds in my science fiction stories exploring right-wing or left-wing governments? No. Most if not all countries and the world are governed by authoritarian regimes by definition, but my stories avoid them. When I think about it, I write a lot of post-apocalyptic tales, or small crews landing on faraway planets where governments either don’t exist or are so different the poor Earth people have no idea but to survive. This article by Jordan Alexander Hill neatly summarises the development of science fiction’s approaches to libertarianism and authority in general and only by reading it have I realised properly that I might be...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Highwayman”

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Wise words from Robert J. Sawyer

 never got to work at the ROM, but my novel Calculating God was set there, and, as part of the Museum’s celebration of its 100th birthday, they put a placard in the sidewalk our front of the Planetarium commemorating that fact.
I have refrained from talking politics or the current world situation on my blog, but feel compelled to share this with Mr. Sawyer’s permission. https://www.sfwriter.com/ I am privileged to count Rob a friend. I first met him a number of years ago when I attended one of his writing courses at the Banff Centre (School of the Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada). Rob is a renowned science fiction author who has won numerous awards . But, if you’ve read his novel QUANTUM NIGHT  (published before Trump was elected), you will know just how politically astute he is. Recently Rob posted this on Facebook.  An old friend asked, “Robert, are you now becoming political?” My Response. Of course I’m political...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Wanderlust”

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Stories of the Sahara – Sanmao

Stories of the Sahara by [Sanmao,, Mike Fu]
I don’t remember how I found this book, but I’m so glad I did. Having spent time in Mali and traveled to Tombouctou, I was enthralled by Sanmao’s life and adventures in Spanish Sahara. Read more about Sanmao here. Blurb: .Sanmao: author, adventurer, pioneer. Born in China in 1943, she moved from Chongqing to Taiwan, Spain to Germany, the Canary Islands to Central America, and, for several years in the 1970s, to the Sahara. Stories of the Sahara invites us into Sanmao’s extraordinary life in the desert: her experiences of love and loss, freedom and peril, all told with a voice as spirited as it is timeless. At a period when China was beginning to look beyond its borders, Sanmao fired the imag...
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VALENTINE – Elizabeth Wetmore

Valentine: A Novel
I’ve read Caleb Pirtle’s  books and blogs set in Texas—enough to know that the climate is harsh and drilling for oil even harsher, In VALENTINE, by Elizabeth Wetmore, harsh morphs into downright grim. The relentless heat seeps out of every page urging you, the reader, to turn on the air conditioner. The violence and the apparent lack of caring, like a punch to the gut, leave you breathless. Yet, you keep turning the pages. You have to know. The widow, the young Mexican girl, the pregnant mother and her daughter, the young girl trying to take care of herself and her father—each presenting the oil patch from their point of view with their fear and strength and the often deeply buried tendernes...
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A Plugin Ooopsie.

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Introducing Sales Tax on Patreon

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May Update: I’ve been quietly working…

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Patreon Goal: DIY Funko Pop Figures Video

Here is the promised creation video. As I settle into being half-moved and having to #stayhome, I’m assembling a working schedule to get caught up on everything. I’d like to offer a HUGE thank you to Nick Mower for all his hard work on this vid, and on animating my logo. “The Korpes File Series” […]Original link
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AKIN — Emma Donoghue


Absolutely marvelous! Noah is about to celebrate his eightieth birthday in Nice — the city where he was born, the city he hasn’t seen since he was four years old – when his eleven year old great nephew is foisted on him by a desperate and persistent social worker. Noah, determined to get to Nice and unravel the mystery of his mother’s photos, refuses to give up his trip and takes the boy along. The ensuing adventures of this unlikely pair take the reader on a wild ride through Nice and back to WWII as they search for the answers Noah needs. A story of adventure, bonding, and finding home. BLURB Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but bor...
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#Lockdown on Malta then and now


The Maltese islands on which Xaghra’s Revenge is based is faring well in these times. My friends there tell me tourism between Gozo and Malta has reopened so that will help to stimulate their economy a little. Of course in the main they need overseas tourists but I know several folk living on the main island of Malta who have holiday lets on Gozo, who until this week have not been able to travel there. I miss the gorgeous scenery and history there so much. So lucky that I was able to visit Malta and Gozo before the lockdown. Today, May 20th 2020 Malta had only 569 confirmed cases, sadly 6 deaths with 460 recovered. Ironically, in 1551, the island of Gozo had lockdown procedures as did many i...
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Tacos de birria – Canadian style


One of our favorite breakfasts in Mexico can be found at the taco stand a couple of blocks down the street. Tacos de birria: Shredded meat served with onions (cooked or raw), broth from the meat if you like, and your choice of hot sauce (the red one) or salsa suave (the green one made from avocado). Well, we’re back in Canada and found these treats at our favorite coffee shop, La Roux Patisserie, in China Town, Victoria, BC. I know,> A french pastry shop in China Town!? But, hey, you can’t argue when everything is so tasty.. https://laroux.ca/   http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Churros on the street corner – Mexico


On our way home from dinner, we stop at the corner for churros. Our timing is perfect as the chef is just starting to heat the oil. The batter: I won’t presume to recommend a recipe. There are many on the Internet, but I have no idea which might be close to this original.   Using the pastry funnel to put the batter into the oil. :   Cooking:   The finished product: To be dipped in a large shallow bowl holding a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and (the chef’s secret ingredient) chocolate powder.   By the time the chef wraps our churros in a large sheet of brown paper a long line up has formed behind us. These treats are definitely worth the wait.   http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com     Original l...
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