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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Uncomfortable”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Uncomfortable” “Haven’t we met?” Blank stare. Dismissal I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Waiting”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Waiting” “Today?” She scanned e-mail, hopefully. “Nothing.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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The Flood — Part 2


The flood waters have receded, the streets are more or less dry and we are–dare I say it?– almost finished the cleanup. BUT take a look at this.     Yep, that’s the drainage canal. Just how much water can it hold? Enough to prevent another flood during the next one or two or ten storms predicted for the area in the coming weeks? NO, there are no signs of backhoes or excavators coming to the rescue. So we wait with fingers crossed for the end of hurricane season.   http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Elixir”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Elixir” “To youth.” She drank, then gagged. I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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It rains and now it’s personal.

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  It rains. Within an hour a river is running through your house. We’ve seen it on the news hundreds of times. The destruction. The devastation. The panic. Terrible, yes, but so far away. This time, though, is different. This time it’s your family fleeing the water. Now, you truly understand the horror that people face. Overwhelmed with the task of cleaning, as you survey your property in the aftermath and search for valued possessions — the mementos that hold so many memories.  Where do you begin? And when you have restored your home, will you ever feel safe again?   Original link
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Some books are more special than others


DARLENE JONES I love the ebook revolution. I love my ereader. I love that my books are available in ereader formats as well as print. I love being able to carry a library with me. So many pluses for the book lover. See a book that sounds interesting. Download a sample. Enjoy the sample. Check out a few reviews. Reviews are encouraging. Buy with one click. Do all of this from anywhere in the world. Unlike other readers, I’m not tied to print books. I don’t think there is any loss of enjoyment in the story if I read an electronic version. But … and it’s a big but, I do bemoan the following: Nothing matches the joy of an uncle handing you a book from his laden shelves, one you undertake to read...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Sudden”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Sudden” “Earth toasted by a solar spitball.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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Diverted by Movies


Lately I’ve been diverted from reading by several movies. A new experience for me as I’ll take a book any day before a movie. Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. For years, my friend and I read the foreign movie reviews in Friday’s Edmonton Journal and and then went to the Princess or Avenue theaters on Saturday to see the movie of choice. We saw a number of unique, bizarre, and amazing movies over the years. I miss those. So what has partially drawn me back to movies? The Starz Channel. In the past couple of weeks I’ve watched: Woman in Gold – Helen Mirren amazes — as usual — in the real-life story of a Jewish-Austrian woman’s efforts to reclaim her family’s famous “Lady in Gold” painting stolen b...
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Novel Reading Peeves


Okay, here’s the thing. I love reading. Always have. But…. Some books drive me crazy. Not the ones I start and don’t like. Those are easy to deal with. Just stop reading. It’s the ones with an intriguing story line–a new twist on a familiar tale. For example, I’m enjoying the novel I’m reading now immensely, but the author and editor missed some big irritants. I don’t need to be told twelve times that the heroine’s reputation must remain unblemished or she will lose her status in society and her livelihood. Tell me once and get on with the story. Then there is the hero (who of course will fall in love with the heroine — at least I hope so as they’re a great pair) who has struggled and manage...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Farewell”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Farewell” “Mission failure… O2 low… Tell my…” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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“Visit Tamyrh”


#ScienceFiction #Dystopian #SpaceOpera #WorldBuilding #Experiment #mp4 I was testing mp4 creation software and I came up with this. It’s a short, visual tour through the known areas of my world, Tamyrh. It isn’t perfect and there is no sound, but it’ll do for now. Constructive feedback is welcome. Cheers, J. I. Rogers I replaced the mp4 animation with an mp4 video after I added a few panels and corrected the bottom banner. There’s still no soundtrack/narration – that’ll come. Here are all of the images in the order that they appear. Original link
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SUN DRAGONS


I’ve been taken over today by another writer, Gillian Rooke. We’ve known each other for many years online and unless she tells me differently, we actually met at a literary event in Derby many Earth orbits ago. Gillian was an early member of the British Science Fiction Association Orbiters, where members send chapters or short stories to each other for critique before submitting them to publishers. SUN DRAGONS is a debut children’s science fiction ebook by Gillian. While it is a fantasy, there is some very interesting solar science behind it. This blog piece is her promo. Read and be amazed then buy her book for your children, nieces, nephews, neighbours. Sun Dragons By J K Rooke I see no re...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Black Hole”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Black Hole” “Way aliens bypass time/space?” “Theoretically…” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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An OMG kind of day.


Left home at 8:20 for a 9:00 am appointment as the doc’s office was at the other end of town (practically half way to Alaska!). I had, wisely, checked Google maps and written out detailed driving directions the night before. Followed directions and took exit 14, went past Costco and ended up headed back to the highway so turned around. Back at Costco corner, turned the other direction. Went up a mountain. Finally found a place to turn around. Went down a mountain. Stopped and called the doc’s office. Followed directions and drove past Costco. Ended up on the highway going back downtown (where I live). Turned around and found a service station to ask for help. Followed directions. Turned wher...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Astronomy”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Astronomy” “That ‘debris’ was once a planet.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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The Glass Room – Simon Mawer


Inspired by a house, Simon Mawer has woven in intricate and intriguing story of a couple building just such a house and just such a room of light. Their lives are idyllic until Hitler looms on the horizon.  The couple and their family are replaced by Nazis using the glass room to run genetic measurements of phenotype, then doctors and therapists using it to work with handicapped children. Mawer subtly weaves the original owners back into the story bringing it to a natural and satisfying conclusion. Strong characters throughout and excellent writing make for a satisfying read. If you’ve read The Only Woman in the Room , you will immediately recognize Hedy Lamar and her husband (Austrian arms ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Mythological”


#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Mythological” “Your story grows with each telling.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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Next Year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton

Next Year in Havana by [Cleeton, Chanel]
  Two worlds separated by 60 years and 90 miles. Elisa Perez belongs to the world of wealth and power in pre-Castro Havana. Her granddaughter, Marisol, belongs to the world of Cuban families (hers one of the wealthy) that fled and established their lives in Florida. Cleeton alternately immerses us in the life and times of the late 1950s and life in today’s Cuba. Armed with her grandmother’s ashes in her purse and searching for a place to scatter them as he promised, Marisol also plays detective as she tries to discover her grandmother’s secrets. Two periods in history and two love affairs make for captivating reading. I enjoyed the book, but found the ending somewhat rushed containing length...
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Is Ggantija an astronomical portal?


Watching a documentary on an ancient Irish dolman the other night, in which a theory was proposed that it was built to observe and time the equinoxes, it seemed to me that perhaps the Ggantija ‘temples’ in Gozo’s Xaghra was built for a similar reason. The Irish dolman reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaulstown_Portal_Tomb One thing to bear in mind is that the sea level around Malta was 5 metres lower when Ggantija was built 5 to 6k years ago. Not really important though is it? Relevant though is plate tectonic activity. Much of northern Europe is in the middle of a plate but the Mediterranean still has tremors and quakes because of the northerly migration of the African plate. Over t...
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