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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 where...
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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 d...
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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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The Memory Painter – Gwendolyn Womack

The Memory Painter: A Novel by [Womack, Gwendolyn]
                        A mind-bending drug, a series of time-travel dreams — or are they reincarnations? — take the reader on a dazzling trip around the world into history. Reading these segments that gift Bryan with unusual skills and the ability to speak obscure languages is, for the reader, akin to “living” history. When Bryan meets Linz, he senses that they have loved in the past. Encountering her brings on more dreams. He is determined to convince her of their connection. Initially skeptical and even afraid of Brian, she takes the drug, and together they find the truth. The Memory Painter is a well-written intriguing story, which I enjoyed for the most part. Unfortunately, the connecti...
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#WorldCon in Dublin 2019


The international science fiction convention WorldCon is in Dublin as we speak! I can’t be there because I am recovering from a hernia op but my books are there for me. I hope they’re having a blast. Authors who are there who know of my SUPPOSE WE is Jaine Fenn who said the book has original touches, and Jon Courteney Grimwood who once said I wear science fiction like other people wear clothes – haha. My books are in the main hall on a stall manned by the facebook authors’ services group BooksGoSocial. So if you’re in Dublin please pop in, say hello and pick up a 5 euros copy of Suppose We. If you cannot do that it is on sale as ebook or paperback at https://mybook.to/SupposeWe   You can rea...
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Free Trip to Egypt – the movie

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  See Official Trailer here. Muslim, born in Halifax, raised in Ottawa, Tarek Mounib, dons a Make American Great Again cap, attends a Trump rally and asks:  Would anyone like to take a free vacation to Egypt and see what life is like in an Islamic country? Eventually seven Americans  accepted his offer. An Arizona single mom, a Kentucky beauty queen and born-again Christian, an African-American police officer, a soldier and one of his friends, and a retired school teacher (and her husband) who said she was a former liberal scarred by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I’m so racist now, I can’t stand myself,” Ellen Decker says when she introduces herself during the film. Mounib paid for the Americ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Death”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Today’s challenge is “Death” “Stop!” Brakes squeal – Impact. Then silence. I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “World”

4 images; concept art for DNA, Tamyrh planet, Harlo-Fyre building, Alien as viewed under an electron microscope.
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuilding Images from my world of “Tamyrh” Today’s challenge is “World” Myriad lives stem from alien encounter. I challenged myself to summarize my series in six words, but this can be taken to mean the literal world as well. I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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