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December 2015

1969 To Today . . . The More Things Change . . .

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Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
But she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And ’til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
But she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

The blue and gray they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war was over
They stuffed it just like a hog

And though the past has it’s share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it’s protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it’s a monster and will not obey

The spirit was freedom and justice
And it’s keepers seem friendly and kind
It’s leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won’t pay it no mind

‘Cause the people got fat and grew lazy
Now their vote is like a meaningless joke
You know they talk about law, about order
But it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told

‘Cause there’s a monster on the loose
It’s got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin’

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin’ the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can’t understand

We don’t know how to mind our own business
‘Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who’s the winner, we can’t pay the cost

‘Cause there’s a monster on the loose
It’s got our heads into the noose
And it just sits there watching

America where are you now?
Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
Don’t you know we need you now
We can’t fight alone against the monster

America where are you now?
Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
Don’t you know we need you now
We can’t fight alone against the monster

America where are you now?
Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
Don’t you know we need you now
We can’t fight alone against the monster

America where are you now?
Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
Don’t you know we need you now
We can’t fight alone against the monster
America

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The Bartimaeus Trilogy and A Couple Others

Books I haven’t read in a while? The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Supposedly for “Kids 10 and up” I actually found the series quite satisfying. Better than Harry Potter, in my opinion. We all need a little fantasy in our lives, right?

KindleNationDaily.com was advertising the series today, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the books. They have a very Victorian feel to them, something of Steampunk, something of foggy London days. Satisfying.

Bartimaeus Trilogy http://bit.ly/1JHn0sc

The Amulet of Samarkand – Bartimaeus Volume 1 (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $7.99)
Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss.

 

 

The Golem’s Eye – Bartimaeus Volume 2 (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $7.99)
The second adventure in the Bartimaeus trilogy finds our young apprentice magician Nathaniel working his way up the ranks of the government, when crisis hits. A seemingly invulnerable clay golem is making random attacks on London.

Ptolemy’s Gate – Bartimaeus Volume 3 (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $7.55)
Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an established member of the British Government, he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly; Britain`s enemies are mounting attacks close to London; and rebellion is fomenting among the commoners.

A book I haven’t read, but sounds interesting for children and adults alike, is

The GriffinThe Griffin’s Boy (The Griffin Riders’ Chronicles Book 1)

by Julia Hughes

4.6 stars – 40 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

When the mischievous griffin, Balkind, is rejected by the Griffin Master as a difficult ride, lowly orphan Neb is determined to change the old warrior’s mind. Stealing Balkind, he flies off on the adventure of a lifetime, risking his life, heart and finally his very soul.

Of course, if you love Griffins, as I do, you can’t go wrong with

Grand Theft Griffin eBook CoverGrand Theft Griffin: Book Three of ‘Fantasy & Forensics’ (Fantasy & Forensics 3)

Dec 16, 2015 | Kindle eBook

Of course, Michael is a buddy of mine, so I can’t help but brag on his works – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t Awesome!!
And you have to read books One and Two as well, they are just that much fun! http://tinyurl.com/gsmy2bl
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I Want A “She Shed” For My Own . . No! A Rockin’ Roundhouse!

DIY Studio Garden Cottage to build, link to plans to build yourself a fabulous place to create, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comBut maybe I will call it my “Haute Hut”? Pamela at Flower Patch Farmhouse builds the coolest toys, and has the most beautiful gardens! I have all these plans to mimic some of her things. I gathered free woodIMGP1890 for her Potting Bench from a building site in the neighborhood, and though I didn’t get the bench built before the snows, I did get two garden beds finished, and three more started. I still have the wood for the bench set aside. I will need to pick up 2″x2″ pieces to build garden obelisks (about $20.00 worth of wood if you buy new wood, maybe more if you buy Picture of Build a SeedHouse/MiniGreenhouse!redwood and leave it raw – I want to paint mine wild colours so I will need paint, but just cheap wood for the obelisks themselves).

I also need to build a covered seedbed for my starts for the spring. I founA Connected Greenhouse for Easy and Productive Gardeningd this on Instructables.com. I have one window I found at the Habitat for Humanity store, but I want to make a really long one so I need more windows toBuild an Easy 5 x 5 Home Greenhouse for under $25 make a really long box so I pile hay bales around it in the winter and try to overwinter plants. I would like a greenhouse like this:

But I imagine I will end up with something like this given my budget. Although . . .

Look what else I found on Instructibles! Earthbag Roundhouses, by Owen Geiger. He built this one in Thailand (no, the grass roof definitely wouldn’t work in Colorado!)  but other than that, it would be perfect to build a studio for my quilting and dyeing!

And if I extended the square footage, I could put up a half-wall inside and do my gardening on the other side… I bet I could get sliding glass doors from Habitat and install them across the back of the garden extension.  Hum….. The measurements for the house, as it stands: 18’ exterior diameter; 15’ interior diameter; 177 sq. ft. interior floor space; total cost of materials: $2,045, which is about $11.50/square foot. Gravel bags are used for the footings and partway up to allow for drainage. Fill dirt and gravel for the rest. There is a gravel pit not too many miles from me, and I bet I could find fill dirt free or cheap if I look on Craigslist. Hum….. (Note to self: you need more garden soil and manure for garden beds anyway…. hire a dump truck again in the spring to haul gravel, dirt and manure!)

Bring in a work sink (already have one) connected to a hose (Have that too), install an on-demand water heater ($151.06 at Home Depot. Those have Really gone down in price!), put up shelving built from recycled wood, a good space heater or two, use the worktables I already have, and there ya go! Recycled materials means no newly dead trees or new chemical wastes from factories manufacturing plastics, etc. Putting up plastic and PVC over my garden beds would mean new plastics . . . ISuntuf 26 in. x 8 ft. Polycarbonate Roofing Panel in Clear would love to build out covers for the beds so I can keep plants wintered in for next winter . . . hum…. 26 in. x 8 ft. Polycarbonate Roofing Panels from Home Depot are $21.62 each. If I use those for both the Roundhouse and the garden bed greenhouses, that would be inexpensive. Steel T-Posts are $6.98 each. Six per garden bed (one at each corner, one at the middle of each long side) with one Panel on each long side, one panel cut in two for the ends. Throw in the fitted braces to hold the panels, “The Sunlite 24 in x 96 in. Sunlite 24 in. x 96 in. Polycarbonate Clear Twinwall Roof PanelPolycarbonate Twinwall Roof Panel features an air layer that bolsters its insulation strength, making this a powerful roofing option.” ($35.63 each and maybe I should consider those for the walls as well, since they are insulated?? Yeah, maybe!), recycled wood to build roof braces…. a couple of recycled house fans to move air… Yep. This could work! Now, if I just had a couple big strong Shifter Boyfriends to do the hauling stuff around for me! ROFL!!!Bear Shifter | RP Chars: Wolfcry Chronicles | Pinterest

I have a studio in the basement – but the thing is, it is in the basement, and even though it is finished and really cozy down there . . . there is no sunlight! And I really, really miss sunlight!

Why am I talking gardens at three in the morning when it is 15 degrees outside? Simply because it IS 15 degrees outside and three in the morning! BRRRRR!  And besides, that whole no sunlight thing….. my office is down there as well, so no sunlight there either.

Sunlight! I need Sunlight!!!!

 

 

 

When the Tik-Tik Sings by Doug Lamoreaux

26031060“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

On the banks of the Mississippi, the tiny town of Duncan, Iowa seems so very quiet. Historical Duncan, an oddball blend of shabby industrial plants and quirky, charming historical districts. But Duncan will never be the same. For in the darkness, the Tik-Tik bird sings.

Tik-tik, Tik-tik, tik, tik, tik . . .

The sweet birdsong of Hell.

It begins in the silence of the dawn, above the river, where Police Sergeant Erin Vanderjagt ends her early morning run. Tik-Tik. Tik-Tik. The flap of leathery wings, a monstrous shadow. And then, silence. Silence filled with terror. With pain. And with the cold assurance that nothing will ever be the same – in the worst, most horrific ways imaginable.

A house explodes, taking a neighborhood with it. Bodies begin to fall. And the only person who may hold all the answers is badly burned, locked in a hospital isolation ward – and apparently doesn’t even speak an understandable language. Aswan! Mennon! Gal! Tick tick! Tick tick!

When the Tik-Tik Sings is one of the more creative horror stories I have read. The story is chilling in its very inanity at points – simple sounds, shadows in the night. The beat of wings and the simple Tik-tik from the dark.

A police sergeant. A fireman. A simple man with the mentality of a seven-year-old and a gentle heart. And, an undying monster. Will it end? Or can it?

A story for campfires and dark nights, When the Tik-Tik Sings is the perfect shivery, bump in the night tale.

This is the first Doug Lamoreaux book I have read, and as much as I loved the story, I admit to being disturbed at how a book by an author nominated for the Rondo, Lord Ruthven, and Pushcart prizes, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Horror Society’s Igor Award for fiction, could feel comfortable publishing a book with the number of editorial errors I found doing a simple read, not even looking for them. It was disappointing.

“Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have memorized every last word. Then, when you are certain you are on the verge of insanity…edit one more time!”
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Spells and Spirits: An Urban Fantasy Collection

Need a last minute gift for a Paranormal and Fantasy reader? What could be better than anthologies? There are a lot out there, but this one has Charles deLint’s Memory and Dreams – and if you haven’t read it? I highly recommend it! A couple of “new to me” authors here as well, so what a great deal at 99 cents!

Spells and Spirits: An Urban Fantasy Collection

27433220Ghosts, hags, vampires, and werewolves—all of your favorite supernatural creatures can be found in this bundle of 6 urban fantasy novels, featuring Memory and Dream by World Fantasy Award-winning author Charles de Lint.

Betrayal, curses, magic, friendship, and snark. Battles against demonic foes, your own nightmares, and your closest friends.

This is a LIMITED EDITION bundle that won’t be available for long!

This haunting set includes:

  • SPIRITS RISING (Spirit Caller: Book One) – Krista D. Ball

  • DARK WHISPERS (Spirit Caller: Book Two) – Krista D. Ball

  • MUCH ADO ABOUT MACBETH – Randy McCharles

  • SEEING THE LIGHT (A Marie Jenner Mystery: Book One) – E.C. Bell

  • FURR – Axel Howerton

  • BLOODLINES (Demons of Oblivion: Book One) – Skyla Dawn Cameron

* MEMORY AND DREAM – Charles de Lint (Yes, my ALL TIME favorite author!)

Artful Flows the Don

The Walking Woman always has beautiful photos from her travels – but these statues are so amazing, I had to share!

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15 December 2015 – A play on Sholokhov’s epic novel, Quiet Flows the Don, but can you blame me? When I have Toronto’s Don River on one side, and this duo on the other?

Bridgepoint Hospital sculpture

I have no expectation of any of this. I am minding my own business, following a shortcut through Bridgepoint Hospital grounds to Riverdale Park East, where I’ll take the pedestrian bridge over the Don that also allows me to drop down to the Lower Don Trail at river’s edge.

I knew that Bridgepoint had commissioned a lot of public art, but I did not know about all these leaping sculptures, flying down the stepped walkway between the hospital and the river’s east bank that leads to the park. (I’m headed for that first, low green bridge.)

view northward, Bridgepoint sculptures

Wowzers, I think, and do a bit of leaping myself, to catch more images.

Like this trio, silhouetted against the city skyline…

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Boxer Pile!

I haven’t been posting – too much to do in December! But here is something that makes me smile…

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Stevie interviews Chris, the Story Reading Ape

If you aren’t familiar with The Story Reading Ape, you should be! 😉

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

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There can be hardly anybody left on WordPress who is not familiar with the logo above, or has not heard of Chris, the Story Reading Ape.  Chris runs a promotional platform here on WordPress, and publishes valuable information and advice for Indie authors like myself.  Today for a change I thought I’d turn the spotlight around so that you can all find out a little bit more about Chris, the Story Reading Ape.

Thanks Chris, for answering my 20 questions!

  1. You say you’re not an author, but have you ever thought of writing a short story, poem or novel?

Yes I have posted several (very) short stories, you can find them under TSRA TALES in my blog NAVIGATION Tab ( http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/blog-navigation/tsra-tales/ )

  1. Whereabouts in the world do you live?

I currently live in Manchester, England, but I don’t originate from there (big furry pointy fanged grin)

  1. What made you decide to champion the Indie author?

In December 2012…

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