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Creation Day 22 – Gentle

Below is my mom’s Christmas card that she painted. Isn’t it beautiful? She does a fabulous job with light in her watercolors.

We focus on “light” during Christmastime. Kansas City kicks off the Christmas season with the lightning of the Plaza lights on the Thursday, Thanksgiving Evening.

IMG_0684 At St. James, we light candles before each celebration of the Holy Mass, and we light a candle on the advent wreath each Sunday during Advent. We always have a light nearby the Tabernacle in our churches or home chapels to signify the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. IMG_0720 3Jesus Christ is called the “Light of the World.”
The Holy Spirit came down as “tongues of fire.” They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. Acts 2:3

There are so many references to God as “light” in the Bible. Here are a few more:
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Psalms 119:105

The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. Matthew 4:16

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:5

Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. John 12:13

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:23

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Hope for Folks & the Planet: Don’t Mourn, Set up!

I’ve  been feeling a little hope lately, which is scary. “Don’t get your hopes up,” my mother used to tell me. Well, why the hell not? I’d be just as devastated either way, if the current president ends up staying in the White House.

The thing is, trump is (literally) banking on progressive people in this country feeling hopeless and helpless. Because hope, even a sliver of it, may lead to action. It can lead us to make phone calls or write letters or call our legislators.

If we feel it makes no difference and we’re doomed, we will just numb ourselves with social media or TV or alcohol or chips or outrage or whatever it is that allows us to survive these perilous times. Worst of all, we may not make the effort to vote if we think it doesn’t matter. Especially if trump has made it more difficult and confusing to cast a vote.

Our Health and Heritage Under Attack

This week, buried in the on-going chaos that is America, there was news of the trump administration’s final preparations to sacrifice to the voracious Oil God, one of America’s most sacred and iconic wilderness areas: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Since his election, trump has taken direct aim at our natural heritage of wildlands and wildlife, and he’s undercut programs that promote clean air, clean water, and climate stability.

It’s mind-boggling how quickly he has reversed our nation’s progress and dismantled much of what I spent my thirty-year environmental career doing. This is not about me, of course, but I have to say, it hurts. And many of the people I love and served with in the environmental field have also been stunned and demoralized.

One of the longest and most intense battles of my career has been the effort to protect the Arctic Refuge from oil drilling. So when I heard the news of how close we are to losing this treasure, how trump is trying to make sure this pristine wilderness is destroyed before he leaves office, I will admit to hopelessness.

But when I wailed about it on Facebook, my dear Sierra Club friend BB wrote in response, “Resist. Organize.” He says that a lot lately. But this time it sunk in.

The Arctic Refuge
Photo: Natural Resources Defense Council

You and I Can Make a Difference

I immediately poured my pain and passion into a letter to the editor of the Washington Post to share what I know of what’s at stake in the Arctic Refuge. Off it went, and the next day The Post called to say they wanted to print it. I was so excited! You mean, I can still do something useful? I am not powerless? I can do more than march in the streets waving signs and yelling till I’m hoarse?

I desperately needed this reminder that we *all* have everyday tools that can make a difference. I’m talking to YOU! I challenge you to find something that you feel passionately about and write a letter to the editor, preferably responding to something they have recently printed. Below is my letter :

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“I am sickened by the Trump administration’s last-minute effort to sacrifice one of the country’s most sensitive and iconic wilderness areas to oil drilling [“Drill plan for Alaska refuge is finalized,” front page, Aug. 18]. Most Americans will never take an Alaskan bush plane north of the Arctic Circle to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Yet a clear majority opposes drilling there, honoring our nation’s generous tradition of setting aside irreplaceable parts of our natural heritage for future generations.

As director of the Sierra Club’s public lands program during the 1990s, I was privileged to visit the refuge and to celebrate the annual porcupine caribou herd migration with the Native Gwich’in community. These hardy people depend on the caribou for food, clothing and tools, just as they have for thousands of years, and their spiritual and cultural traditions revolve around the animals. They call the caribou calving grounds in the Arctic Refuge “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit,” meaning the sacred place where life begins.

 

President Trump’s desperate push to desecrate this precious and pristine piece of God’s creation before Jan. 20 dishonors indigenous culture, denies the climate crisis and gives the definitive answer to the question we have been asking for four years: Is nothing sacred to this man? No, nothing is.”

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And here’s a note (edited) I just received about easy and safe ways you can help make sure there is hope for the future:

  • Make calls: share your enthusiasm and hope with potential voters. You could be the reason why someone votes for Biden/Harris.
  • Download the Vote Joe App: This organizing tool allows you to reach out to organize your friends & receive updates from the Democrats.
  • Join Biden for President’s volunteer Slack: Connect with Joe Biden’s campaign and learn about the latest volunteer opportunities. You’ll meet other volunteers as well — virtually, of course!

In the words of the martyred union organizer and songwriter, Joe Hill:

Don’t Waste Time Mourning, Organize!

Courtesy: Alaska Conservation Foundation

"Nearly all the time, I’ve chosen heroes and greatness, in life and literature"

Friday, September 10, 2010: Fallon Johns Interviews Journalist and Author Sriram Karri about living and the struggles in his homeland India by Million Dollar Book Reviews (MDBR)

Fallon Johns: I am very humbled and honored that you have chosen to interview with Million Dollar Book Reviews… I appreciate the opportunity.
Sriram Karri: I am hoping this opportunity – a privilege indeed for me – will make me as famous as MDBR, besides adding as many dollars to my bank balance.
FJ: We appreciate the compliment we take major pride in all that we do here at MDBR and all that we accomplish… Sriram you are most definitely going to be a house hold name because you are a great writer and an awesome person. (Smile) Sriram tell our audience members who are not too familiar with you and your work a little about yourself.
SK: I was born in small town in central India during its socialist seventies… no, this won’t do. It is too much like the David Copperfield thing and all… and much as I love Dickens, we must afford to take an approach la Catcher in the Rye. I was born in a mentally retarded country (the first line of my novel). I have always wanted to write, ever since I started reading story books and realized some people actually wrote this stuff. It gave me a sense of wonderment, a feel of power, to be able to script events in a way one wanted. Being part of a huge joint family, rather poor, albeit at times when India was a poor nation too… books was all there was; to read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, with a hope to be able to write that way, some day, soon… almost everything else in life was a consequence of this desire to be such a great writer.

FJ:
I can definitely relate in a way, books were a great escape for me at times growing up because life in my household was very tough at times. I grew up in a poor neighborhood and my mother didn’t allow me to play outside because of the danger so books were my salvation. I can feel the passion in your words and can imagine what it was like growing up in a “mentally retarded country”.
Throughout your 14 year career you have experienced a lot of fantastic positions, you have been a journalist, technical writer, corporate communications and branding professional, technology and social entrepreneur, corporate trainer, orator(eloquent skilled public speaker) and now an author… Where does your great work ethic and drive come from?
SK: There were spiders in my crib when I was a baby. This gave me the creeps and I have been moving quickly and keeping my eyes open ever since.
Seriously, understand the source of inspiration came from the bedside stories my mother narrated and read to me as a kid. These would often be improvisations of Ramayana and Mahabharata, the two great epics of Hindu mythology, besides great tales of historic and mythological heroes, which molded my sense of heroic in life. The embers of a fire such planted into your soul don’t die easy.
Almost always, I have chosen heroes and greatness, in life and literature. Since I was into the business of writing for life, yet aware the writing break will take time, I tried various things in life.
After school, I made it to the Indian National Defense Academy (Air Force), but was medically rejected. After college, I worked for two leading Indian newspapers, and then moved to corporate branding with large software corporations. The core of everything I did revolved around the twin passions, and skills, of being able to speak and write well. And a larger zeal to ensure yet another life does not go without making the inner gifts worthwhile.

FJ: Sriram you have an amazing way of looking at things, very positive! Your mother sounds like a very inspirational woman who helped to mold you into a great man. Positive heroic stories give people a sense of hope, especially children. Making the inner gifts worthwhile is where our legacies will come from… Sriram that was very well said (smile). I noticed that you are an atheist. Can you explain your reasons for disbelieving in the existence of a higher being?
SR: About India, you would know there are a few millions of gods to be shared amongst a billion people. It has occurred to some of us who are the reason everyone thinks all Indians are very smart that to worship any one of these gods would create divine jealousies among the rest of them. So we feel safer to die and go nowhere in particular, rather than picking the wrong god. Our system may seem strange to Westerners who have always each one invented a particular version of a ‘One True God’, who may forgive a few million misconceptions about him in exchange of permanent residence in your Western skies.
Actually, my Indian roots are terribly religious, ritualistic and often, given bad governance, god is often the only hope in life for millions of people. Even in the socialistic sixties and seventies, while the politics of communism found favor, its atheism was never in popular acceptance. I have never liked the idea of a “god” governing my life too strongly; and we have lived reasonably autonomously since.

FJ:
Wow! That’s a very interesting story and also some interesting facts about religion in India… I believe everyone has the right to choose if they believe in a higher being or not. We are all taught in different ways. I respect that you choose not to pick a religion and definitely understand your reasons why.
Sriram, you reside in India; for all of us who have not been there, take us on a journey and explain to us what its like to live there.
SR: Fallon, we now have jeans, T-shirts, sneakers and call centers. Oh, yes, and also, very cheap music. Throw in some elephants and palm trees; the rest would tax the patience of all but the sleepiest scholars. Conveniently, however, I have written a little piece in my novel called “India in 90 seconds,” which will cover a few thousand years for those accustomed to sound bytes and PowerPoint presentations.
Like most Asian developing nations, India is a fascinating balance of the modern and the ancient, the rich and poor, the intelligent and stupid, all thrown in together in a slushy, chaotic, blender; which keeps churning fascinating spectacles, kaleidoscopic and phantasmagorical. It contains contradictions, hope and despair co-exist, and the overall sense of impact is heart-churning and mind-boggling. And yes, makes a great canvas to paint a large-scape literary masterpiece.

FJ:
I love the way you explain things… so intelligent with a hint of humor (smile). India sounds like an interesting place and is definitely on my list of places to visit.
Are there things going on in your country that you would like to bring attention to or change?
SK: You must be psychic in asking me about it. I have written a whole novel about this, besides having devoted my columns in The Guardian (Comment is Free) and The New Indian Express (Sedition and Perdition) about it. It is the challenges of managing the extremes: of reason, of fairness, of wealth and power, of opportunity and hope – there are those who have so much of it, the world seems too small; and then are those, who have nothing. We have nuclear weapons and are headed for the moon. Somehow this path will sound vaguely familiar. But with luck, we may stumble into even more useful pursuits. We have loads of cars, little space to drive them; we have mobile phones and nothing much, or time, to talk to; we have television and no entertainment; maybe, amidst our new wealth creating phase, my country will realize its soul is missing, and maybe even search for it, outside the Google god, and perhaps even find it.

FJ: That’s really deep Sriram, I have read a few pieces you have written and I love your writing because you know exactly how to appeal to the reader. When reading your work I actually feel like I’m there experiencing all that you write about. You are giving your country a voice and I know that will make a huge difference in the long run, Change always starts with one person who has a heart of gold and exceptional mind power and you are that person. Are you an active member of your community?
SK: I do not understand this question. Do you mean, do we have Homeowner’s Associations and do I go around to each yard making sure that the clothes lines are exactly three inches below visibility over the resident’s fences?
Today in India, community as an idea itself is changing. We used to have a good well connected social living a few decades ago, in smaller towns. Bigger cities have more organized societies of common interest, but little sense of belonging. That is the one thing I see about say America, where people are linked through activity to others. So we do go and participate in Organizations for Cleaner Cities, or Save the Snakes, but have no idea who our next-door neighbor is.
There are of course less petty ways of being helpful to my community. I like to think that I am constantly involved, in an unorganized, absolutely-individualistic way, an intellectual battle to make my country more introspective and a bit less unfair and oppressive.

FJ: It is a lot like that here as well, people don’t take the time anymore to know who there neighbors are and in my opinion that’s kind of sad. I know growing up as a child everyone in my neighborhood knew each other, a sense of “family” in a way. Things have most definitely changed.
Tell our audience about your first book “Spiritual Supermarket”. What sparked you to write this book?
SK: The book is about a supermarket, where only four companies are allowed to sell their wares since time immemorial. These four companies are: Religion, Politics, Reason and Violence.
Hence, when Religion launches ‘God’ as a product, Politics responds with its competing ‘Nation’. Violence creates joint ventures with both God and Nation to create Crusades and War; while all along Reason suffers, with low acceptance for its products.
Their competition, collaboration, joint ventures, and major products, shape entire stretch of human history… demonstrating that the same forces which poisoned Socrates were responsible for 9/11.
As to how the idea happened… a little studying of the matter, which gave me a small case of insanity and a lot of humor, which helped return it. I mustn’t say too much though. Nothing is more boring than reading about an author’s process of writing a book, which hasn’t made a billion dollars or been converted into a major Hollywood movie.
FJ: Sounds like a great book and I know that all of our readers today will be looking forward to reading it!
You have a novel making its debut next year called “Autobiography of a Mad Nation” can you give us a snippet of what it’s about?
SK: It is like a ‘My India and Me’ story; only the me in this story is very angry. It is like your relationship with your mother; you love her and at times of irritation with her, wished she was dead, or maybe had never born.
A story of a generation of people who have witnessed the most significant events of the nation, seen its own impact on their lives… and decide to impact the nation in return.
A story, at another level, also of will you betray your friend for your country, or rather sell of your country for your best friend?
It is about a young man who confesses to a murder he did not commit; because that is the only way he can draw attention to an international terrorist ring. A series of questions, thrown to the country by the accused, and a saga unfolds… I hope I have intrigued you enough to read it when it is out.
One of my favorite lines is, for instance, when young Vikrant Vaidya sends his queer mercy petition to the President, he writes… Mr. President, I hope you have read Catcher in the Rye. Else, what is the point in being a president of a country but not having read Salinger?
FJ: Your book sounds really amazing! I am very intrigued and I can not wait to read it! MDBR family here is another fantastic book for you all to look out for. Sriram were can you books be purchased and how can you be contacted?
SK: I blog and post my writings at oratorgreat.blogspot.com. I write columns for The Guardian (Comment is Free) and a column named, Sedition and Perdition, for The New Indian Express. I can me emailed at oratorgreat@gmail.com. My book, The Spiritual Supermarket is available online in all Indian online stores.

FJ:
Before we end can you leave our audience with some inspirational words that keep you inspired and motivated?
SK:Be careful of spiders! They are not to be trifled with, mentally OR physically! And on a more serious note, to all those who write, never, never give up. It will surely happen one day. Your brilliant words will find the people who will enjoy it. Till then, just write, and write more… and wait till someone like Fallon at MDBR happens to email you.

FJ: I couldn’t have said it better myself (smile)
Thank you again Sriram for this amazing experience I wish you the best of success.
SR: Thanks to you for the opportunity to look within and look back, hope to be able to report back on various successes in times to come, and of course, to read your interviews with various fascinating voices from across the globe. I think you are doing an awesome job, and count me in as a fan of yours.

FJ:Your kind words warm my heart and I thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. You are truly an awesome person who we all will be seeing a lot of in the near future. You have without a doubt gained a new fan (ME) and interviewing you has been such a pleasure… And again welcome to the MDBR family!

Overview: Ten Sleepy Sheep

Ten Sleepy Sheep is an adorable board book set on a farm in the Australian bush.

Gently counting animals who are ready for bed down from ten sheep to one snuggly, sleepy joey, this new book from Renée Treml is as sweet as they come. Each spread features a group of gorgeous, very sleepy animals to count, including puppies, foals, calves, ducklings, lizards and more.

I adore the Australian farm themed illustrations, featuring delicately drawn line art of flora and fauna with soft pastel background colours, they set a dreamy sense of open space and rich night skies. 

Ten Sleepy Sheep is perfect for babies and toddlers learning about counting, animals, farms, Australia and of course those who are or should be sleepy. With durable board pages, it’s strong and ready for repeated use by tiny hands. 

Renée Treml is an Australian author and illustrator, some of her other books include Roo Knows Blue, Sleep Tight, Platypup, and The Great Garden Mystery.

Title: Ten Sleepy Sheep
Author/Illustrator :  Renée Treml 
Publisher: Penguin, $14.99
Publication Date: 4 August 2020
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9781760896768
For ages: 0 – 3
Type: Board Book

Write higher sentences with Joe Moran

Joe Moran’s First You Write a Sentence. suggests an exercise to help you learn to write better sentences.

Try this exercise

Learn from the artistry of others when you try this exercise described by Moran.

Find a sentence you like and look at it for a distressingly long time, until you start to see past its sense into its shape. As with a painting, the trick is not to exhume some buried symbolism or esoteric meaning, but only to make time to look. Take the sentence apart and reverse-engineer it, the way computer programmers do when they dismantle software to see if they can copy it without infringing the rights. Turn its shape into a dough-cutter for your own sentences. Learn to love the feel of sentences, the arcs of anticipation and suspense, the balancing phrases, the wholesome little snap of the full stop.

My analysis

I’m not a good literary analyst. I often felt like the “weak link” in the writers group that helped me give birth to Financial Blogging: How to Write Powerful Posts That Attract Clients. However, I’ll share my analysis to keep you from feeling intimidated by the exercise.

Moran’s paragraph is striking for its use of metaphors. I especially like “Turn its shape into a dough-cutter for your own sentences.” That’s a nice short sentence—and I love short sentences.

However, my love of short sentences suggests that perhaps I should look at Moran’s work for how to use long sentences gracefully. The last sentence of his paragraph has 24 words, yet it flows easily. That may be partly because the sentence is not a mishmash of dependent clauses. I can read about each of the loves—”the feel of sentences, the arcs of anticipation and suspense, the balancing phrases, the wholesome little snap of the full stop”—without worrying about which other part of the sentence they relate to. It also uses some unusual word combinations. How often have you thought about the “feel” of a sentence? “The wholesome little snap of the full stop” made me smile.

Try it, you may like it

The next time you see a sentence that you like, pause. Copy it for later analysis, or, if you have the time, analyze it on the spot.

If you learn something from this exercise, I’d love to hear about it.

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Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan lives on in one other film

Authors are always hoping their books will become classics and live on with generations of fans.  Edgar Rice Burrough was able to actually do that.   Below is my movie review for the newest summer blockbuster: The Legend of Tarzan

Movie Title:     The Legend of Tarzan
  
Grade:   B
Rating:   PG-13, 109 minutes
In a Nutshell:  Director David Yates is most known for his work with the last four Harry Potter films.  This time he brings us a new take on Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan. 

One of Hollywood’s first silent films was the Tarzan story, shortly after the original book came out.  While the story is flawed, and many feel like there was no need for a remake, the lush, romantic images in this movie will make you feel like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bocall could float down the river at any minute.
Did you ever see the 1984 movie “Greystoke”?  I loved it and highly recommend it.  This story…sort of….begins where that movie left off.
Uplifting theme: 
  • “A normal man can do the impossible to save the woman he loves.  My husband is no normal man.” – Jane Clayton
  • Honor, friendship, loyalty, revenge, respect.
  • The value of human an animal life.
Things I liked:
  • The musical score sounded very exotic and mysterious from the very beginning.
  • Christoph Waltz is fantastic in anything.
  • Alexander Skarsgard makes for a perfectly believable Tarzan.  I loved it when he greeted the lions he had known since they were cubs.  So sweet.  Great CGI moment!  As a 6’4″ hunk of muscle and abs, Alexander convincingly plays a kind Tarzan who can easily kick butt when needed.
  • Margot Robbie makes a lovely, spunky Jane Porter.  She’s a British actress playing an American, while Alexander Skarsgard is an American playing a Brit.  
  • Samuel Jackson.  Ha ha  He looks like he’s having fun.  His character is actually based on a real person.
  • Beautiful scenery and settings.
  • Tarzan thinks those pincer ants taste like bacon.  Ha ha
  • There is a lot of action and movement from start to finish. 
  • There are some emotional moments akin to Bambi losing his mother.
Things I didn’t like:
  • The movie jumps back and forth in time and could become confusing for some people.
  • Sometimes the apes and animals looked real; other times the CGI looked too fake.
  • There is a LOT of narration so that the audience can understand what’s going on.  The problem is that the movie almost talks down to the audience.  Show us; don’t just tell us.
  • Samuel L. Jackson’s existence in the movie is merely for comic relief.  He represents an American emissary, which doesn’t make a lot of sense in the story line.
  •  You hear Tarzan’s famous yell, but you never actually see Alexander Skarsgard do it.  You also hear him growl like lions and other animals, but again, it’s a soundtrack behind him and you never see his face while he’s making those sounds.

  Funny lines:

  • “I’ve already been to Africa.  And it’s hot.” – John Clayton (Tarzan)
  • “I never take the stairs.  I usually take the curtains.” – John Clayton
  • “You DO know that the right side of your mustache is just a little bit lower than the left?” – Jane
  • “How are we supposed to catch a train going 40 miles an hour?” – Samuel L. Jackson    “Gravity.” – Tarzan
Interesting lines:
  • “He’s Tarzan.  You’re Jane.  He’ll come for you.” – Captain Rom (Christoph Waltz)
  • “They say an elephant’s eye speaks the greatest language.  Who else can say so much without speaking a word?”  – Tarzan
  • “These are what you came for?  What will you do for them? – Chief Mbonga (Djmon Hounsou)
“Whatever is necessary.” – Leon Ron (Christoph Waltz)
* No man ever started with less.” – Jane
  • “Your husband’s wildness easily disturbs me more than I can easily express, whereas your spirit…” Captain Rom
  • “That woman!”  – Captain Rom
  • “What was that?” – Captain Rom’s assistant
“Tarzan, although it sounded different than I thought.  Better.” – Captain Rom
Tips for parents:   

  • There is a LOT of violence.  Man vs. man.  Man vs. animal. 
  • Some profanity, usually out of the mouth of Samuel L. Jackson.
  • The issues of African slavery, mistreatment of the American Indians, and “blood diamonds” are addressed.
  • There is a before and after sex scene, but the audience doesn’t see what happens in between.

Guide Evaluation | All That is Truthful by S.H. Cooper

All That’s Fair is a horror short story collection by S.H. Cooper. 

A maiden looking for love in all the wrong places.

A mother in an endless search for missing children.

A crone whose passing is marked by the tinkling of tiny bells.

All That’s Fair is a collection of twenty-two short horror stories themed around women who are made up of anything but sugar, spice, and everything nice. Be they human, ghost, or something else entirely, one thing holds true for all: These are not the girls you’ll find (or want) next door.

All That’s Fair contains 22 horror short stories. These short stories really are short which helped make All That’s Fair a fun book to fly through. Several of Cooper’s stories made me think this would be a great collection for adults like me who grew up loving the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark volumes.

Don’t get me wrong in my comparison to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The comparison fits because she has such a fun storytelling style that I love, but her stories are also disturbing.

After loving her novella The Festering Ones my review, I jumped at the opportunity to read All That’s Fair, and I’m so glad that I did.

My favorite stories in the collection were The O’Sullivan Song, Twelve Hands, The Crone’s Woods, The Wishing Sisters, and The Hardest Lesson.

⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Content warning: suicide

Review copy provided by the author

Completely happy New 12 months . . .

Ugh…what a crazy few months! Glad we’re now in 2020.

My last post (aside from the one where I shamelessly plugged my free book offer, and about UK tornadoes) was about my plans for Nano. Yes, that same nano that started back on November 1st. All that time ago. So, how did I get on, you ask?

Well…

Started off great. I actually managed to write just short of 20k words. This was within the first 2 weeks. Then everything kicked off. Work went crazy, I’ve had a few health issues, helping the parents plan a house move. Then arrived Christmas, more CRAZY workness seeing almost 12 hr days, more moving plans, the husband shifting jobs. I actually had 2 weeks off over Christmas and New Year and planned to do something pro-creative during that time. But did that happen? Did it b***cks.

So, my Nano piece, Rose Black, made it to 20k words. It’ no 50k but it’s a big chunk into it and it won’t end there though. I’ll pick up the pace again and continue with it at leisure now that things are starting to settle down again.

Why did they choose November to be National Novel Writing Month? It’s more like National No Time To Write Your Novel As You’re Too Busy With All Other Crap Leading Up To Christmas Month. February would be more suitable – or March (50k in 28 days? 29 in a leap year? I’ll take the extra few days in March…) Hell, there are 10 other months to choose from that would be more ideal!

Still, moan over, lesson learnt, moving on.

In other news, my good friend, Simon Walker, actually published his first novel on Amazon. It’s a dark science fiction based in an alternate London. It’s a good read. Sounds like your sort of thing? Go check it out 🙂 (the link is for Amazon UK but it’s also available on .com)

Battlebridge by Simon J Walker – 

Happy New Year folks 🙂

6 Causes Why You’ll All the time Wrestle to Discover Running a blog Concepts (And What To Do About It)

“I’ve been staring at the computer screen for the last two hours and can’t think of anything to write. And this is not the first time either. There’s a feeling of helplessness every time I sit down to write a blog post. I just can’t come up with any ideas!” If this sounds familiar, chances are … Continue reading “6 Reasons Why You’ll Always Struggle to Find Blogging Ideas (And What To Do About It)”

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