Cannot stress this enough!

Just because a person writes children’s books, (or children’s books that adults secretly read) does not make them an automatically a good person. You all are aware of this, right? Although I am going to mention Rolf Harris, I am directing it at another child’s author. A author who transphobes are trying to use that as justification, as why she can’t possibly be a bad person.

I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot this year…It doesn’t matter if you’re a sci-fi writer, a romance writer, a crime writer, a children’s writer, a non-fiction writer…The writing, the book, does not make a person good or bad. A person is just bad or good.

Rowling, fantastic, that she got both children and adults (even though I always have…Yes, I’m gloating,lol) to read again…Stiiiiiiiiiill a bigot,lol. Just like Rolf Harris got people, children, into reading and being creative…Stiiiiiiiiill a pedophile.

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5 Things All Writers Should Keep Track of — TUTORING YOU

By Meghan Ellie I’ve been a writer, in the story kind of way, since I was about nine. I was reading tons of Magic Tree House and thought it would be awesome to write adventurous stories like that. So, I started writing a story about a girl named Anna, who, in the first chapter, is […]

via 5 Things All Writers Should Keep Track of — TUTORING YOU

If you are writing, or are writing something. There are some great tips here!

Happy Birthday JRR Tolkien

I have to say I wish that JRR Tolkien was alive today…and not in a terrifying Zombie, completely full-formed.

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I love what JRR Tolkien honoured us with and sharing with us, his beautiful magical world. Do we deserve this beautiful world? Probably not, but he shared it with us anyway.

I am not really a Potterhead and I really only love Aslan in Narnia. I like both those series, but there is something just that little bit more to Tolkien’s world for me, personally.

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Do you all have a favourite “World”

 

 

The Cabin 3

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/the-cabin-2/

NEW PORTION IN BOLD

Join us for a progressive writing experiment! Laura from  www.todaysdose.wordpress.com  and Simon from Planet Simoncame up with the idea that we work together on a story ‘seed’ and let it out into the blogoshpere she has begun the story with only a few paragraphs and a title, I’ve added a little too! Let’s see where this goes!

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She put her face upwards and let the warm water of the shower run over, into her hair, down her body, and around her feet. She stood in there for quite some time, without washing or moving anything except her hands over her face and hair. Perhaps this was more of an emotional and mental cleanse, for certain she wanted all of the past 72 hours erased from her, like the water that now so easily disappeared into the drain.

She had arrived at his apartment that evening when the sun was just sinking below the horizon. Her body went limp as she got out of the car and collapsed into his waiting embrace. Little was said between the two, for all that needed speaking in that moment was said in silence as their arms found each other. He gently pulled her sleeping children from the car as she retreated to the bathroom.

The children. She rubbed her face gently with the warm water as she thought of them now, sharing two large beds and snuggled together. They knew very little, and she had to keep it that way for the foreseeable future. Little was said to them on the day of their abrupt departure, but her calm, quiet voice and pleading eyes told them what they needed to know.

Only one person could she tell. Barbara. The kind of friend a person lives a lifetime praying to have. The friend you can tell everything and then nothing, and she would understand always.

***

She let out another sigh when she thought of her dear friend, whom she would likely not see again. And she worried for her as well. She had put her at risk by confiding in her and asking for help. But then she remembered how strong Barbara was and they had both helped each other out of many difficult situations. Barbara had lost a child to leukemia several years ago, and while the pain was unbearable, she bore it with all the grace, love and acceptance that could only be seen as admirable.

Her thoughts continued to drift as the water came down… to her husband who walked out after their third and last child was born. She had been grocery shopping after a long day at work and came home to find him gone, his side of the closet empty and drawers void of his personal effects. She never received answers to the gnawing questions, yet within a few weeks of his disappearance, she did receive a petition for divorce. Within a few months, it was settled through attorneys without her ever seeing him. Child support had been established, but as his employer was unknown, or he was not working, she never received one cent. No goodbye. No answers. No money. Just a hollowness in her heart and stomach that woke up with her every morning.

Barbara had been there for that, too. She was kind and gentle with the kids, who are also left with their own pain and questions pertaining to their sudden abandonment. How ironic was it now that she was far from her home without telling anyone. No warning, no explanation, just another emptiness in her life that left her asking why.

***

All this was now in the past though, the event so of the last few days had seemed a whirlwind and she wasn’t sure yet how safe she was. There was no way the mob could fine here here? Could they? She had done exactly as Robert had told her, she had not driven directly, there was no record of this place and she had destroyed her phone and thrown it away.

Yet there was this feeling she couldn’t shake.

The sun was setting, with the children asleep she allowed herself a moment of quiet out on the porch. Sat there in the rocking chair she allowed the sun to warm her and for a little time she forgot about what had happened and why she was here in this beautiful hideaway. As the sun started to touch the edge of the lake she walked around to the side, looking up into to the hills there suddenly as she looked up her heart froze.

A simple flash up in the hills stunned her into total fear.

Was there someone up there watching them? Was there something up there that the sun had glinted on, the thoughts ran through her like a raging river, uncontrollable at first. The she calmed and realised that if someone was watching she mustn’t do anything to arouse their suspicion.

But the next questions in her head were – should she go up and look or should she run?

***

Barbara kept telling herself that she was fine, it was all in her head, she was just being paranoid. They were always telling her that she had a habit of overthinking everything.

He had always told her that too. Barbara muttered to herself “Just because they tell you that you’re being paranoid, doesn’t mean that they are not out to get you”.

Once again there was a sudden flash of light up in the hills. Barbara squinted, looking up towards where she had seen the flash of light and put her hands up to shade her eyes from the Sun. Maybe it was just the sun, she thought to herself. What were the chances though of it being the sun. The flashes were too quick and there was hardly any wind blowing. The sun was also not behind the clouds.

Should she go and leave the children behind? Surely, if she went to investigate she wouldn’t be gone for that long. They were soundly asleep and the oldest would be able to look after the younger ones if they were too wake up. 

Barbara needed to find out.

Who do I choose to continue?

Anyone from Pencliff!

About Open Library

I just found a really amazing site and I wanted to share it with you all, especially those people who are writers and trying to discover ways to get their books out there.

Their goal is to provide a page on the web for every book ever published.

At its heart, Open Library is a catalog. The project began in November 2007 and has been inhaling catalog records from some of the biggest libraries in the world ever since. Open Library’s goal is to list every book — whether in-print or out-of-print, available at a bookstore or a library, scanned or typed in as text.

I wrote a book, and I have it in digital form. Can I make it readable on Open Library?

Yes! It’s a three step process. Here is the short outline and you can read a longer outline on this page.

  1. Create an account and upload your book to the Internet Archive (you will need to set up a second account to do this, you can’t log in with your Open Library credentials).
  2. Create a record for your item on Open Library by clicking the Add A Book link in the header and adding the proper information.
  3. Add the Internet Archive ID to the Open Library record in the ID Numbers section. To do this, click Edit to edit the record, scroll down to the ID Numbers section and add the Internet Archive identifier which is the last part of the URL. As an example for this book, the Internet Archive ID is historiaephilipp02just. Adding this link will activate the “read” buttons. Make sure you click “save” at the bottom of the page when you are done adding the link to the Internet Archive.

For more information on the uploading process, please see this blog post about uploading and metadata.

 

Share Your World … August Week 2, 2017

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Share Your World … August 7, 2017

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

https://therecipecritic.com/2016/07/easy-sparkling-blueberry-lemonade/ … I am excited to actually make this, but I probably wont make it just yet. It’s Winter here at the moment, so I tend to try warmer drink recipes during Winters and then cooler drinks during the Summer. It sounds really easy to make as well.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I do think there is an after life, not so sure about Reincarnation. My Gran believes that and I guess in some ways I do. For example, sometimes when you see a new born baby and you think it already looks so wise, they must have been here before.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I do like to write mainly for myself and I’ve written a bit of everything. At the moment I have been working on a fantasy type novel of a game that I used to play years ago. In the past though I have written a lot of “episode ideas” for tv shows. There was a online role-playing game I used to play years ago. For a while there I used to write episode ideas based on the characters my friends and I were playing. It was very X-Men Evolution type theme. Except instead of mutants, we had teenage elves and sorceress and half animal, half human type characters.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Story – Someone made a really good point about Facebook and I had never thought about it before. I find it easy to stay off of Facebook these days mainly because of the negativity on there. The “so called” and self appointed ‘silent majority’. You know the types, horrible, racist bigoted people. Who for some reason think that first of all, they’ve been silent and that they are the majority. There was a post on Facebook and of course the “silent majority” were being very vocal, as they usually are.

Someone pointed out, even though these horrible people were being horrible and VERY vocal. This one lady pointed that if you actually look at where the “Like” button is. There was something like 500 hearts, 300 likes and only 25 angry faces. Which means that MOST people reading the article could see the positive, could see the kindness, could see the good in what was happening. The so called “SILENT majority” were NOT a majority at all, and in most cases never are. They are just very loud, so to themselves they think they are the majority, but in actual fact, are not.

That really did make me think and made me happy. When I went back and had a look at a lot of things on Facebook, the majority of people ARE positive, they are just not very loud about it. Probably because they are happy in their lives and don’t really feel a need to make something it isn’t. Unless (hopefully) it is really important…Even if it’s just important too them.

Share Your World … May Week 2 2017

Share Your World

Share Your World … May 8, 2017

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

My feet get really cold whether it’s Summer or Winter, I must have really bad circulation or something. If you were to see me at home being myself with no one around I would most likely be wearing socks at the very least, during both warm and cooler weather.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

I was a weird child, I actually really enjoyed my vegetables and I still enjoy eating Brussels sprouts. It’s funny because I don’t know why but I eat so much more junk food these days, probably something with it to do with being fast and easy ~.^ lol…I’ll enjoy the first couple of bites and then think “Why did I eat that?” Yet, when I eat vegetables or fruit, i seem to enjoy every bite.

Are you a listener or talker?

I am definitely a listener, I’m not sure if it’s because everyone I know is just louder than me or if that’s just the way I am too be honest,lol…It’s probably a little bit of both…I don’t mind being a listener though because I feel like that’s when I learn the most.

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?

I guess that I’d have to go with Writing, I love to do it and I really love doing it for myself especially. Every now and then I will just get in a mood and write, and write and write. I do also enjoy taking photos, but mainly of myself, my pets and honestly of scenery. All of which would probably bore a lot of people. Yet, sometimes the scenery pictures also get me motivated to write.

This or That? #68

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

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This week I want to know…..

Have you ever read or written fan fiction?

If so, what was it about?

I actually have done both, I have both read and written. My Fan Fiction was related to myself and Orlando Bloom. It involved the entire Lord of the Rings cast and it was pretty much a love triangle between myself, Orlando and Elijah. I think I might even have it somewhere still, but I’m not sure where. I don’t think, from memory, that I even ended up finishing.  I can still remember parts of it, but this was years ago. I would have been about 18-20 years old. I don’t think that I even finished it off, I can’t remember for sure.

I DID IT!!!

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Keeping Faith – Jodi Picoult

Sometimes there comes along a book and when you start to read it, you realise that you are just never going to be able to finish. Now before I start this I just want to say that if you start reading a book, even by your favourite author, and you realise you cannot read it, then by all means PLEASE put it down. Never force yourself to read a book that you are just not going to enjoy.

I have literally had this book for years and have not finished it until this year, well, this weekend. It was one of the first books that I bought by Jodi Picoult, I had become a fan of hers. Keeping Faith first came out in 1999 (can you believe it!).

I still had my personal issues, but Jodi Picoult is such a fantastic writer! I can’t really fault her, she does a lot of research, to make sure she gets it all correct. I love how she tells things from different points of view.

To break the “story down” so to speak. The story is about Faith, literally, the theme of the story, and the name of the main character. Faith is a 7 year old girl, the daughter of a recent broken home and after an accident, she starts seeing “her guard”. An invisible friend who starts to help Faith perform “miracles”. The little girl is suddenly thrown into the spotlight, with a custody battle ensuing. The story is about those who do believe and those who don’t, and those who listen to our children, and those who don’t.

I would give this book a 4 out of 5 books. The main reason I went with this is because I felt like the guy who I’m assuming (you know that saying) is supposed to be the non-believer kind. I felt like he wasn’t very strong in his “non-believing”. Not too say that he just fell to his knees and started to believe, he didn’t start Believing. I think it comes from having a few very strong willed Atheist friends, they wouldn’t just fall over for a pretty face so quickly. Not that there’s anything wrong with being an Atheist. They just wouldn’t,lol

This or That? #57

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This or That? #57

This week Bookmark Chronicles wants to know:

If you were to publish a book which would you choose between writing a novel or a collection of short stories?

I have to confess that I was excited and both apprehensive about this question when I first saw it. Mainly because in my free time and although it would probably never get published and I wouldn’t even be able to guarantee I’ll ever finish. I have been writing a novel for probably about two years now?

Before that though I was writing a tv series so to speak, and both of these have been based off of games that I’ve been playing at the time. The novel that I’m writing at the moment in based off a character that I made with my now ex called Bloom from the Monster Hunter games. He made drawing of each of our characters (we played with a few others) and from there I made up this whole history of mine. With the tv series, it was more I was writing episode ideas. I think from memory I wrote about 20-25 “episodes”. I had all the intention in the world to write up a proper episode ‘script’ for each episode. Which might end up being like a long novel.

I’m not even sure that I could write a collection of short stories as I tend to get one idea and then it turns into this whole thing. I tend to expand, rather than keeping it short.