My sneaky crusade to play “Louie Louie”, and why it failed


And another loss to our generation. Now I have to go listen to all the songs he mentions – forwards, AND backwards… Goodbye Jack. May you always sing…

Originally posted on M J Wright:

Jack Ely died last week. Jack who? The guy who sang “Louie Louie” for the Kingsmen, back in 1963. His rendition was so garbled the CIA investigated the song for seditious content. Which was a bit of a waste because actually, there’s nothing to the lyrics of ‘Louie Louie’. I mean – nothing. They’re moronic. So’s the music, which is a three-chord ostinato riff.

The panel of one of my analog synths... dusty, a bit scratched, but still workable. The panel of one of my analog synths. Hard to play ‘Louie Louie’ on as it’s monophonic.

It’s a few years now since I went on a crusade to sneakily play it on famous public instruments – you know, the glockenspiel in the clock tower at Brugges, (No!), the 200-year old piano in the commander’s house at Port Arthur, Tasmania (No!), and so on (No! No! No!).

And yet – and yet – Berry’s little ditty’s gone down as one of the enduring classics of the…

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What cupcake should be featured in Dowser 5?


I think that “Buzz in a Cup” would be perfect for Drake – he has such Boundless Energy! What do you think? Dowser 5 will be coming out, and Meghan needs your help. And if you haven’t read the books yet? They are GREAT!

Originally posted on Made by Meghan:

At the beginning of Dowser 5 *spoiler alert* Drake eats three different cupcakes. Two are new creations of Jade’s, and the fledgling has previously tasted the third one.

Dowser Series cupcake Masterlist                                                           The Cupcake Masterlist for the Dowser Series

As I was working through the third draft today, I thought it might be fun if readers of the Dowser Series decided on the ‘previously tasted’ cupcake.

To that end, I have embedded a poll below – which I seriously hope works – with five possibilities. All of the cupcakes on the poll were mentioned in Dowser 1, and therefore could have previously been consumed by Drake (which is the main criteria).

Pick one. Majority rules.

I promise to release the cupcake recipe a couple of weeks before I release Dowser 5. Yum!

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Humm . . . If I Were A Programmer


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CRS Can't Remember ShitI hate having lost my mind. We were such good friends! But apparently I am not the only one whose memory has turned into a sieve, given the number of questions on the Goodreads page, What’s The Name of That Book??? Discussion Group. 5,034 listings of “I can’t remember shit”…
Here is one from Timothy that is bugging me, as I could swear I read this one at some point!
It was a series i read about 10 years ago, it was about an) alpha were-lion, there was something about councils and meeting between all the were species. there was a were-komodo who was the last of her kind working for i think the werewolves as an enforcer. there was a were-serpent who was also the last of his kind. and a were-tiger was one of the main characters, i think she becomes the mate of the lion alpha. i remember in one part the mother of the alpha lion showing the alpha photo’s of the savannah and in it there were starving lions. and something about were-spiders killing other weres.

Now, maybe I am crazy, but wouldn’t it be amazing to have a “Search Engine” for keywords in Goodreads (or even a separate site, but having it at Goodreads would make things really simple.) that would allow the reader to conduct a Boolean search for specific books by putting in specific keywords. Maybe most unusual words first, in this case, Genre: Urban Fantasy OR Fantasy Keyword: werekomodo AND wereserpent AND werespider AND werelion AND weretiger AND werewolves AND enforcer Year Range: 1990 TO 2000 (or whatever you think it is). I bet it would get a TON of use – I know I would certainly use it!

Come on, Goodreads! You have a lot of great things on the site – how about a lovely little search engine for those of us who have a bad case of CRS? (Can’t Remember Shit!)

Published! Night Without Stars: Supergirls 2


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Henrietta can choose when to remember and when to forget, when to feel, and when to let go. To survive, you must become.

 25460423After Jenn escapes the Pig’s house of horrors, she wanders the countryside with May, her dead sister’s ghost, until a rogue priest finds her and tucks her away in his uncle’s deserted cabin.

Jenn cares for Tina and Tony, children rescued from the sex trade. Together they find the peace she and May had always dreamed of. But her dark past catches up with her, and it has a helluva big knife.

She turns to the priest for help, but he has a dark past of his own, and even darker enemies. Together they have a decision to make. Fight or run?

“I’m just asking you to accept that there are some people who will go to extraordinary lengths to cover up the facts that they are abusing children.
What words are there to describe what happened to me, what was done to me? Some call it ritual abuse, others call it organised abuse. There are those that call it satanic. I’ve heard all the phrases, not just in relation to me, but also with regard to those I work with and try to help. Do you know what I think? It doesn’t matter how you dress it up, it doesn’t matter what label you put on it. It is abuse, pure and simple. It is adults abusing children. It is adults deciding – actually making a conscious decision, a conscious choices that what they want, what they convince themselves they need, is more important than anything else; certainly more important than the safety or feelings or sanity of a child.” – Laurie Matthew, Groomed: An Uncle Who Went Too Far, a Mother Who Didn’t Care, a Little Girl Who Waited for Justice


22742696October 31 of last year I reviewed Supergirls by Mav Skye. You can click the title to read the review.

At that time, I quoted the following:

Jason Michel, in Pulp Metal Magazine said of Mav Skye’s Supergirls: . . . (It) is grounded in the mundane reality of poverty, yet as it unfolds becomes an increasingly surreal and cinematic experience; as if Sam Peckinpah or Tarantino had directed the girls from Scooby Doo, who were all grown up and had taken some real bad life choices.

This second installment ramps up the surreal, cinematic experience to eleven, then breaks off the dial.

Can you handle the pain?  If you read and loved Supergirls, number two cranks up the story to 80’s GG Allin levels.
Prepare for the REAL, Baby!



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I went to my local yarn shop’s Fleece Day Market the other day. Fun had by all, and lots of beautiful fleeces!

There were also goats, sheep and llama there – my favorite was one particular llama: at that FACE!! They were so cute, all the little creatures, but it would be fun to have this little girl in my back yard, I have to tell you…. These babies are so spoiled – the best food, the best living space and handling. They are nearly as spoiled as my dogs ;-)

St. Augustine Quote


Thank you, Erin!

Originally posted on Erin Waldie:



Happy Friday!!! I took advantage of a sunny Thursday afternoon and went to the harbour, I made a list of a few things that will be changing on my blog in the next few months.  One of the big ones..  you will be seeing better photographs. Adobe, has been something I have been wanting to learn for a while but haven’t had time, over the next few months I’ll be focusing on Photoshop.

I’ve also been learning code this past year,  you will be seeing a few changes in web design over the next few months to help make the blog more interactive .   If you are interested in learning a little more about code, thought I would share ahelpful websiteThe  website is called Code Academy , Code Academy takes you step by step and teaches you HTML and CSS so you can build…

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Review: Omega Mine by Ailene Hunter


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12509806Yes, Virginia, there IS such a thing as too much sex in PNR.

Last night (if you know me, you know that I have vampire tendencies – I mostly sleep during the day and work at night) I decided to put down my tablet and attack spring cleaning. Also having two different pairs of Bluetooth headphones to test, I decided to find a PNR author I hadn’t read before on I found Omega Mine by Aline Hunter, narrated by Maxine Mitchell, a narrator I hadn’t listened to before. Nearly 10 hours of audio? Bonus.

First, Maxine did a great job. I will be looking for other books narrated by her. And Ms. Hunter’s actual story concept was quite good. Ava Brisbane is a bartender in a shifter bar, well loved by those she works with. Shifters aren’t “out” in this world, and they work hard to hide their existence. Ava has to hide hers as well – she is a telepath, who can read humans, but not shifters – hence her understanding that the bar she works in is ‘different’. The world building is good, and different enough that it held my interest, and I wanted a lot more of the storyline, characters and world building. The thing is, a good ¾ of the book is just sex between the main characters. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am perfectly fine with sex in my PNR – I like it, in fact. But the amount of nookie in this book overwhelmed everything. It became more about the sex than the story, and I found myself hitting the “scoot forward 30 seconds” button over and over to see if we could get back to the story by 1/3 through the book. And as the nookie got more and more violent? I just skipped through the moment the main characters got anywhere near a flat surface . . . or a wall . . . or a stool . . .

Overall, I would have really liked this book for the story. But the sex was, literally, too much. Which is a shame, as it took away from everything for me. Now, if you are one of those who would prefer to read sex scene after sex scene with basically no story other than the nookie, grab this one fast, you will love it. If you don’t like sex at all in your books? Run. For me, give me sex that contributes to a good story and I am way happy, but this one was just over-the-top for this reviewer.


A Bealtaine Poem | The Old Ways


Hard to believe tomorrow is Beltane! Time moves so swiftly – make the best of it.

Originally posted on aliisaacstoryteller:

bealtaine fire

Sun has slipped beyond the rim, and

on the hill,

fiery petals unfurl,

a towering blossom of flame,

summer’s herald,

an omen of peace and plenty.


Around the Beal-fire maidens sway,

yellow wrapped with starry strings of gorse,

their eyes light filled,

heat leaping in their blood,

summer’s song sweet on their lips


while men compete at warrior’s sport.

They attempt the hero leap

over the fire,

urged on by mead, camaraderie, bravado,

a lover’s glance, and

the need to prove their own prowess.


Children run between the fires,

soot covered, laughing,

or listen, slack jawed,

to the tall tales the fili tell.


And then the cattle drive,

no small feat of a man’s skill

to manoeuvre that fire-crazed stampede

successfully through the inferno.


Eriu’s eye has opened. She sees all,

as the fires rise and fall

like the washing of the tides,

the wax and wane…

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Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female


See. Told you women kick ass! ;-)

Originally posted on aliisaacstoryteller:

Now, isn’t that a surprise? In most ancient societies, warriors were an elite class. If women were equal with men on the battlefield, it is more than likely they were equal in other areas of society, as well. This appears to be true of early Ireland, too, until something happened round about the C5th…

Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female.

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#Authors, why use #hashtags in your blog post titles?


Huh. I never thought of that…

Originally posted on deborahjay:

You may have noticed that I use hashtags in my blog post titles, and I wouldn’t blame you for wondering why – that used to be me, too, when I noticed an author I follow cluttering up her titles with those rather unattractive tags.

But we want people to share our posts, don’t we? After all, that’s why we have all those ‘share’ buttons after our posts – to make it simple and fast for people to share – but how effective are they?


If you’re sharing to Facebook, then its likely to be to your closer group of friends; to Google, your like-minded associates.

But to Twitter?

Have you looked at the tweets generated by the share buttons, before you click on ‘tweet’?

They include the title of your piece – but unless the sharer takes the time to add hashtags, they go out with, often, a title that strangers…

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