No Hot Water Needed

We are currently in the northern part of Nevada. It is so hot here we don't need the water heater turned on to get hot water for showers, washing dishes, etc. Likewise, our society (including our politicians) are so heated up with their own agenda that we have people fighting and killing each other over [...]

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CreateSpace eStore is Closing Effective October 31, 2017

Vital information about changes at Amazon’s Create Space store. Reblogged from https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com

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CREATESPACE ESTORE IS CLOSING

Beginning October 31, 2017, customers will no longer be able to purchase paperbacks directly from the CreateSpace eStore.

If you have a link to your CreateSpace eStore and a customer clicks on it, the customer will be redirected to the corresponding page at Amazon.com.

According to CreateSpace, the reasons behind the change include:

  • It’s much easier to search for books across Amazon’s site than it is to search for books on CreateSpace.
  • Amazon offers a much better checkout process than CreateSpace does.
  • Amazon offers better shipping options, including Amazon Prime.
  • Amazon sends out tracking notifications for orders placed through Amazon.
  • Amazon’s storefront is a much more familiar interface for customers.
  • Several customers have requested the features described above.

Unfortunately, when a customer clicks on a link to a CreateSpace eStore and is redirected to Amazon, authors will earn Amazon.com royalties (not eStore…

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Beautiful Writing, Part 5: John Donne

Although I disagree with the basic tenets of humanism, I agree that we are all connected in some way, as humans. Regardless of race, ethnicity, or faith, we can all trace our ancestry back to Noah and his three sons. Thus we are all connected, however remotely. Therefore we should have much more compassion and not hate toward one another. Furthermore, we are all created by an Almighty loving, forgiving, gracious God, who offers free eternal life to anyone who will accept the sacrifice of Jesus’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection as adequate payment for their sin debt and receive Him as Savior. Reblogged from https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com

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John Donne was a poet, philosopher, and man of the church in Renaissance England. His writing covered a wide range of material, including poems, songs, and sermons. I want to quote from one of his most famous pieces: “Meditation 17”, which many readers will recognize as the epigram at the beginning of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

This quotation is an expression of Humanism and…

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Editing 101: The Price of Editing

fGreat information about finding an editor for your manuscript as it nears readiness for publication. Reblogged from https://ryanlanz.com

A Writer's Path

by J.U. Scribe

Free editing anyone?

That was the question I found myself asking when it came down to editing my own story, Before the Legend which I’m merely weeks away from publishing. This post is long overdue, mainly due to my very busy schedule, but I have editing and life to thank for that.

Things are coming along nicely with the novelette and are slowly falling into place. Yet there are still many choices one has to make, and it’s critical that one makes the right choice to ensure the best possible outcome for their book. Before I share my updates on where I’m at with the story, I would like to discuss one of the most important steps other writers including myself have to make.

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8 Sound Sculptures That Lets Nature Be The Musician

Talk about creativity! People in various places around the world have created metal sculptures using a myriad of tubes in illustrious designs to catch the sound of wind or waves in a lake, river or ocean and sing them into the air for all to hear. My question: what will happen to them in a hurricane or tornado? Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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While most sculptures are intended to be viewed, there are some that strive to stimulate our other senses as well. These eight large scale sculptures are installed at various locations around the world, and interact with natural forces like the wind and the rain to create soothing music. Let’s hear them.

Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley

The Singing Ringing Tree in Burnley, in Lancashire, England, is 3-meter tall and comprises of galvanised steel pipes of differing lengths and with holes punctured into the underside. When the wind blows, the sculptures produces an eerie sound in several octaves. Completed in 2006, the Singing Ringing Tree is part of the series of four sculptures within the Panopticons arts and regeneration project created by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN).singing-ringing-tree-1

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Carving Dead Trees Into Public Art

Some of the best art work in the world is carved in wood. These photos from various countries are astounding, incredible works of art. May they endure until that Great and Terrible Day of the Lord comes, when the antichrist sits on the throne of the temple in Jerusalem and God begins to pour out His judgment. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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Trees have long life spans, but eventually they too die of old age or succumb to diseases or get damaged in thunderstorms and hurricanes. When trees in urban spaces die and show signs of toppling over or breaking off, the city might decide to remove them for the safety of those around. The remaining stumps then provide a wonderful opportunity for wood carvers to showcase their talent and liven up the neighborhood at the same time.

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The Splendor of God’s Artwork

Just a few short miles from the town of Holbrook, AZ is the entry to The Petrified Forest and The Painted Desert. This desert area hosts a wide variety of succulent plants such as Hedgehog Cactus, Yucca, and many flowers with which I am unfamiliar. This area is the only place in all of our [...]

New Series – Guess Who I Just Bumped Into – Author Peter Davidson and Marital Advice to My Grandson

Sally, thank you for sharing Peter with us. I will definitely have to visit his website. Pennies and Marital Advice, History and Romance. What could be better? Reblogged from https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog world is filled with millions of writers that you cross paths with often by chance. The reader function of our blogs, is a little bit like Alice in Wonderland, with rich and colourful characters writing about every subject you can possibly imagine. Sometimes you read a blog post and it sends you off in another direction. This new series is about sharing those people that I meet unexpectedly on my travels around blog world, and that I feel you should meet too.

Please meet Peter Davidson whose blog I came upon unexpectedly and enjoyed his early posts. As you will see after this extract from his first blog post, Peter is not stranger to writing or books, and in fact has written 28. I thought that his theme for his blog was both amusing and also a great ‘how to’ for young husbands… and to be honest their wives…

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