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How the ordinary can be extraordinary...

We're enjoying the sun at the moment, a rare commodity in Northern Europe. The field where I walk every morning and evening is bustling with vibrancy and activity. Within all the turmoil of life at its summer peak, we take the burst of life which this season brings for granted. Just like in our everyday lives we forget that the ordinary is equally extraordinary. We may too busy, too harassed and too self-absorbed to recognise that small gestures can be reassuring, calming and life affirming. A smile could make your day for example and equally, just smiling at someone else could lift their spirits too. I was reminded of this by watching the grass this morning, the seed heads standing like sen...
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It lulls me into a sense of security, which I suspect is false

I miss my son, in a way I have never missed him before, knowing that he is not, and never will be, the man I expected him to become. The kiss I never got from him must be rejected, it must be held back by distance, which I must increase, because if I ever face him again, one of us will die.  I have expected his forces to arrive already, but they are not here yet. Now that we have mules to carry us, our escape is somewhat faster. Still I continue to worry that it is not fast enough. And so, on and on we go, under the cover of darkness, with barely any sleep.  At midnight we arrive at the Jordan river. We walk along its bank, and hours later catch a first glimpse of something magical: a haze r...
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It’s Independence Day Here in the US!

Happy birthday, America!
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Happy 4th of July!

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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 4 #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to Day 4 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Rhani D’Chae and an excerpt from her upcoming novel, WINTER OF THE DRILL. Rhani D’Chae EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING NOVEL, “WINTER OF THE DRILL” By Rhani D’Chae Decker leaned againstthe hood of his car, talking to JT in a low tone of voice. His face wore apleasant expression, and a casual observer would have had no clue as to the seriousnessof their conversation.    “Second floor, third from the left?”     JTnodded without turning, keeping his eyes focused on Decker’s face. “That’swhat Hunt said, and it does make sense.”    “Areyou sure?”     The boyclosed...
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Down Where I Live blog post #344 Courtesy of Freepik Something a little different this week. Last week’s story got a host of hits, 2600 or so. Let’s see if our dream piece this time can beat Me’N Mazie and Nigel. ***** DOWN WHERE I LIVE I lived in an ebony world, a smothering, unchanging lightlessness filled with absolutely nothing. Then there was a faint glow, although I didn’t comprehend “glow,” any better than I understood “darkness,” recognizing it only as a miniscule change in my Stygian cocoon. Then the meaningless noises intruding on this world of oblivion magically morphed into voices discussing some poor sucker in a coma. Who was in a coma? Before I could grapple for an answer, a headac...
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  Creepy. Dark and deserted. Overgrown lawn. Whispers in the wind. The house calls. It beckons. The night falls. And so do the footsteps. Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

The Perfect Love Story…with Ghosts

Those of you who know me at all know I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts (duh, I’d have to be dead not to be), but my absolute favorite series of hers is the Boonesboro Trilogy. When I say favorite, I mean, OBSESSIVE. Favorite. Love of all time. I’ve listened to all three audiobooks at least twice. I have all three print books in hardcover, stacked on my nightstand (my good vibe writing mojo). I’ll admit, I’ve listened to books 1 & 2 the most, straying by the time I get to book 3. This week was book 3’s turn. The Perfect Hope. It really is my favorite because not only does the haunting of “Lizzy,” the resident ghost at Inn Boonesboro, play a bigger part than in the other books, but it’s because ...
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Infidelity Statistics

Infidelity statistics, hard statistics, are difficult to gather because of the many variables involved with infidelity. It’s not just a simple jump in the hay which usually turns out to be anything but. There is a myriad of external influences, internal turmoil, backstories, relationship woes, stressors real or imagined, health conditions, gender differences, brain chemistry, anthropology, economics: the list goes on and on–and on. But, statistics are a guide as to what is possibly shaping action. They’re a valuable resource to gauge a trend, unfortunately, infidelity has been a forever trend with no real let-up in sight.  My mission is not to eradicate infidelity, that’s a lose-lose situati...
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Back to the (Captain) Future

Captain Future was a pulp series of science fiction novels that started in 1940, mostly written by Edmond Hamilton. The stories, featuring Curtis Newton, aka Captain Future, aka The Wizard of Science were classic space opera with a pulp hero twist – Captain Future was sort of Doc Savage in space, complete with a team of quirky helpers and all that. Now, for us here in Italy, and for my generation, Captain Future is a special thing, not much because of the novels – only a few were translated, and quickly disappeared – bu t because in the early ’80s the Toei Animation series was distributed in my country, a part of the “Japanese anime invasion”. To me it was a special treat, because I knew Ham...
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flowersgardenlove  Deactivated DANCE BEAUTIFUL FLOWER Passion Flower Beautiful gorgeous  pretty flowers     Simple and elegant. A ballerina twirling on a stage. Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

Well, crap!

I hate things like this. I want readers to buy books because they want to read them. Because they sound interesting, and the first few pages hooks them. I don’t want to be sitting here, asking you to buy my books, simply because life happened. But it did. We’ve got a bug problem in our house. One that needs to be dealt with. Spent part of yesterday getting quotes. More coming today and next week. Exterminators are expensive. With 1 kid in college and another just a year away (he’s entering his senior year), finances are already tight. So, if you’ve ever thought about buying one or more of my books, I hope you’ll think about doing so today. Or tomorrow. Next week? Because, yeah, bugs. Ewwww. ...
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Personal Traits and Deepening Characters

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group July question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)? Personal Traits & Deepening Characters Currently writing a romance series of seven novellas, I’m starting the first draft of the fourth novella, Buried Hearts. … Continue reading → Original link Original author: Diana Stout

Frequently Asked Question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

Hi, everyone. It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to answer a question from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group . When I saw this month’s question, I was sure it had been asked before. Sure enough, back in September 2017, the IWSG wanted to know what personal information we had slipped into our characters , whether by accident or design. Here’s a quote from the 2017 post, sharing one of the two examples I gave at the time: I was still an active equestrian athlete when I wrote In The Eye of The Beholder … which features a woman whose job at the Opèra Garnier was to ride horses in some of the mid-show spectaculars that composers put in their productions.  They were des...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 3 #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to Day 3 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author A.M. Manay and her short story, MIRROR, MIRROR. A.M. MANAY MIRROR, MIRROR [Set in the world of The Hexborn Chronicles] By A. M. Manay Shiloh stood in her teacher’s doorway,pulling anxiously on the end of a pink braid that had snuck out of her hood.Brother Edmun was in high dudgeon, ranting about insults and ingrates. A woodencrate sat upon the table, straw peeking through the slats. She could feel magicpouring out of it like waves of heat; itwasn’t dark magic, but it didn’t feel like good magic, either. “Master?” she ventured. “Would you like meto m...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel

Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’ Verse 7 The next evening and Mac sat thinking in his chair. Inteachán sat beside him waiting. The coal...
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Quote of the Week – July 3

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. ~ Paulo Coelho Original link

Recipe of the Month – Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

Oh, yum! Two of my favorite things – Snickerdoodle and Cheesecake – together! I saw this recipe on Facebook and have been meaning to make it. It had great reviews. Maybe I’ll make this for the next staff appreciation luncheon at the school.       INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER 2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened 1/2 c. granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract pinch of kosher salt *** INGREDIENTS FOR THE SNICKERDOODLE LAYER 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. kosher salt 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 1 c. granulated sugar 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/4 c. cinnamon...
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Art on Tuesday: Naruto Whirlpools

via Art on Tuesday: Naruto Whirlpools This very famous ukiyo-e made by Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重 (1797-1858) is called Naruto Whirlpools in the Awa Province (1855). Naruto is located at the Shikoku coast. The  Naruto whirlpools  鳴門の渦潮 are a natural phenomenon, which can be watched even today. Utagawa Hiroshige painted another very similar ukiyo-e with wave motifs shown on  Japan Kaleidoskop on August 2013.   It is a View of Mount Fuji at Suruga Beach on the Pacific coast of Honshû.   情報源:       Art on Tuesday: Naruto Whirlpools Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


ABOUT THE BOOK Inspector Lukas Richter is a San Francisco police detective with a cybernetic eye and heightened senses. Out of a dark and obscure past, he is the future of urban warfare: smarter and faster than his colleagues and more perceptive than a polygraph. If you’re guilty, he’ll see it. 

In An Eye for a Lie, Richter’s first full-length novel, he is accused of cold-blooded murder when a firearms analysis confirms his gun as the murder weapon. In the background, the city is aflame over Richter’s shooting of an unarmed man, an incident some are calling “the Asian Ferguson.” Has Richter gone rogue? Or, is his insanity an unintentional side-effect of his augmentations? 

In prose so smoo...
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