What is the meaning behind the words? What's the moral of the story? You know, the theme - what does it all mean? Which theme is in all the stories? Can I answer that? Do I really know? If I don't, apparently it means I won't be able to market myself - An Author is … Continue reading A Theme-y Meaning
In fact, it's hard work, dedication, and a whip might help. What the hell am I talking about? My role is to tell stories, to write, to produce something that will transport the reader somewhere else, or into someone else for a period of time. I love reading, do it all the time, and it's … Continue reading It’s not cheap, and it’s not easy …
If you don’t have any reason to read this, go away … otherwise, you’ll fall over laughing!
And today’s joke department…..
A miracle drug is one that has now the same price as last year.
Birth Control Pills for every purpose.
An elderly woman went into the doctor’s office. When the doctor asked why she was there, she replied, “I’d like to have some birth control pills.”
Taken aback, the doctor thought for a minute and then said, “Excuse me, Mrs. Smith, but you’re 75 years old. What possible use could you have for birth control pills?”
The woman responded, “They help me sleep better.”
The doctor thought some more and continued, “How in the world do birth control pills help you to sleep?”
The woman said, “I put them in my granddaughter’s orange juice and I sleep better at night.”
Blood Sugar Levels
I went to my nearby CVS Pharmacy, straight to the back, where the Pharmacists’ high counter is located.
I took out my little…
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Behind schedule, but you knew that didn't you? Apparently, when you injure things, you have to let them rest or they get worse. So, a bit of rest (please don't look in the window) is called ... slow editing. It's still happening, just not in September. In October it will 'hit the shelves' so to … Continue reading The Horse Story Update:
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Just a quick post to let you know that ‘How to Print your Novel with Kindle Direct Publishing‘ [ebook version] will be free in the US from 12:00am, September 26, 2018 till 11:59pm September 26, 2018.
For the Eastern seaboard of Australia, 12:00am Seattle time [Amazon] translates to 5:00pm Melbourne time. So for us, it’ll be sometime after 5:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday September 26, 2018.
Gah…I hate timezones.
Now, the ebook uses a fixed format so all the pictures fit properly. BUT. That means the ebook will only work on:
…Fire tablets and free reading apps for iPads, Android tablets, smartphones, PCs, and Macs.
Sorry, but it simply won’t work on ordinary Kindles. I will play around with a different format, to see if it works, but I’m not holding my breath; Kindles are great for text heavy books, but I suspect their ability to ‘flow’ will cause merry…
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I saw his name. I read his words. I felt it. Then I read the words of someone else. Those words sparked a sensation, a rawness, within me. "This is what I want, what I need," I said. This is what I saw: ... poet Mark Strand wrote, “There is something about Neruda—about the way … Continue reading A Man Who Wrote Poetry
The Spring Equinox for those of us south of the equator. Days and nights of equal length. The crepuscular critters get out and about in the times we are more aware of them. I love those things - their sounds, shapes, the way they hide in the half-light as day fades or wakes. It is … Continue reading Equinox
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The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s now classic children’s fantasy novel, was first published on September 21, 1937. It is a quest-type novel and establishes the fictional world that Tolkien would flesh out in his later Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon literature at the time and had a strong interest in medieval studies and ancient, especially Norse, mythologies.
He started writing The Hobbit on a whim and finished it in 1932. He passed copies of the manuscript along to several friends, including a former student who showed it to a friend who worked at the publishing house George Allen and Unwin.
Illustration by Tolkien produced in colour in first US edition
According to the story, the friend gave the manuscript to Stanley Unwin who in turn gave it to his ten-year-òd son to read. The boy loved it and Unwin decided to publish it.
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