Category Archives: Miscellanea

Whatever doesn’t fit exactly in the other categories.

How Not to Get Happily Published

Originally posted on Liz Burton's Portable Soup:

Education Concept. Read Books Sign.Now that what used to be sneered at as vanity publishing has been embraced by the mainstream, one thing that has been lost in all of the discussions that have gone before is that there are other options besides the two that have been the center of attention for all this time. By that, I refer to a fair number of digital presses that operate using the best elements of traditional publishing while adjusting their processes and their relationships with authors so that the end result is to everyone’s benefit.

However, all too often, writers who are interested in doing all the work of publishing themselves but who, for whatever reason, aren’t all that interested in seeking the attention of the Big Five have some misconceptions about how the digital publishing industry does business. Some of this is in the form of myths I will attempt to clear up.

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Arthur, the unwelcome visitor

Have you ever had the experience of a visitor who came uninvited and left not a moment too soon?

Have you tolerated the overbearing presence of that visitor knowing it was a limited stay?

Have you had major clean-up after the visitor finally left?

Arthur … Hurricane for some, but tropical storm for us here in Nova Scotia, was just such a visitor. Some areas were a week without power after that visit, some still have serious damage to clean up.

At my house we had no storm damage, but here is what it looked like at my dad’s after Arthur left.

downed hummingbird vine.This is the hummingbird vine that grows up against the two-storey house all the way to the roof. The trellis was pushed over by the ferocious wind and the vine was damaged so had to be cut to half its height once it was hoisted back up into place. 

downed hummingbird vine2It had fallen into the lower driveway, blocking it.

This vine will be covered in gorgeous red trumpet blooms the hummingbirds love to feed from in the summer.

 

wrecked mapleThis is the side of the house on the upper driveway. The huge maple trees, one in particular, took quite a beating.

The driveway was totally blocked until my husband, and my cousin who happened along, sawed the heavy limbs and got the wood out of there.

wrecked maple2You can see the limbs from one tree hung up on  the tree next to it.

Dad and I heard the crashing of the limbs when they were being torn off the tree.

 

top of tree downI apologize for the poor quality of this photo which I took through the screened window overlooking the driveway at the back of the house. What you see there is the top of the tree in the above image. The wind had snapped it off and driven it over the roof and onto the driveway at the far corner of the house. The thing about that is I’d had Meyya (my Schnoodle pup) out awhile before and I am very thankful we were not out when that happened because it probably would have hit us.

Arthur was a blustery, noisy, destructive visitor. Fortunately, his stay was a short one because, unfortunately, the impact of that stay was longer.

Every season has its wonder, its beauty, and its hazards. Even so, I love it here in Nova Scotia.

What do you contend with where you live? What about where you live keeps you there?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Book Review: Drowning Mermaids – by Nadia Scrieva

Drowning MermaidsBook: Drowning Mermaids
Author: Nadia Scrieva
Publisher: ThunderWords
Date: January 7, 2014
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 316
Price: paperback under $12.00; Kindle – may still be free
My Rating: interesting fantasy that adds dimension to one’s imaginings
 
 

There are depths of the ocean no one has ever seen, where no human could possibly survive. Or can they? There are places in the ocean that exist only in one’s imagination. Or do they?

What if a person has mermaid abilities? What if a person has mermaids in the family but doesn’t know it?

In Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva – book one of the Sacred Breath series – we get to find out the answers to those questions. In this book we follow the life and struggles of Aazuria and her sisters who are living on land despite being better accustomed to living under the ocean waves. There is the fight-to-the-death battle with opposing forces, fisherpersons in grave danger, events and misunderstandings that lead to tragic circumstances. And of course there is the love interest, the impossible dream, the hope for a future worth pursuing.

A warning to young readers: unfortunately there is some nasty language in some places and a few suggestive mature scenes, otherwise this would have been a suitable book for them to read.

Despite what I mentioned in the above paragraph, and some editing that was missed, Drowning Mermaids is a story depicting strong female characters and a storyline that holds one’s interest. If you ever wondered what it would be like to live under water, or if there are really mermaids in the ocean (or in your family), you may like to read Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva to find out what one creative author thinks about all that. Experience the fantasy.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

A heads-up: Hurricane or tropical storm coming

I just want to let you know that Hurricane Arthur is on its way up the east coast to beautiful Nova Scotia, due this morning, Saturday. By the time it hits here it is expected to have downgraded to a tropical storm, which means lots of rain along with the wind. Hopefully, there will be no injuries during this weather event.

rain and windWith all that nature-busyness in the form of a summer storm going on I could lose my internet connection, so I may not be able to respond to emails and comments on my blog until things get back to normal. If it happens to interfere with the draws for Walter Danley’s book, I will take care of them once power is restored.  Thankfully, my pre-scheduled posts, including this one, will still activate.

IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE BE SURE TO COMMENT ON MY INTERVIEW WITH WALTER DANLEY TO ENTER THE DRAWS. WALTER IS LOOKING FORWARD TO ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS YOU MAY HAVE FOR HIM.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Book trailer for An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – by Chris Hadfield

Just a quick post today…

On July 1 I posted my book review of Chris Hadfield’s book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. I should have also mentioned again the post I had written about his talk about facing one’s fear; you can watch it here.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on EarthToday I am posting the trailer for his book, which I would have included yesterday had I thought to look for one.  (Thanks to Erik for the heads-up about this.) It is so funny and I hope you will enjoy it.  Click here to watch it.

 

Do book trailers increase your interest in a book? Do they help you make a decision about buying a book?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Inspirational music of faith

I hope you have enjoyed a pleasant weekend. Here Summer has finally taken hold and temperatures have risen from the chill.  yay!

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My post will be brief this time.  I found some wonderful music … actually, it is worship music, but even if you are not a Christian you may really enjoy this.

Hillsong United performs an acoustic version of “Oceans” from the album “ZION”.

Click here to listen.

Blessings on your day!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!

Facing one’s fear – a talk by Chris Hadfield

Do you have a dream? A fantastic plan? A seemingly impossible goal? but you can’t seem to move forward to achieve it? Could fear be holding you back?

Do you know who I mean by Chris Hadfield? He is the Canadian astronaut who became very well-known when he went into space in 2013. He sent images back to Earth and communicated with thousands of people through tweets from Space. You can read about him here. He is a man of many talents.

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Here is a very interesting talk by Chris Hadfield, spoken in his funny and calm way. I’m sure you will enjoy it. He talks about mastering fear, and about when he went blind in space. Literally in space during a space walk!

So … what scares you?

Do you have a dream? What’s holding you back?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)