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“I wonder how old we are when we stop thinking like kids?”  – This Kid Reviews Books  (Quote used with permission. Thanks, Erik!)

My 9th Giveaway of 2016; Your chance to win a book!

I gave away the surprise again, didn’t I?  :)  Well, I have a good reason. I know many people love free books, and this way you can see right off the top that a book is being offered for September.

This book is different. It’s one that, although outdated in some ways, is a very helpful guideline and filled with information to help you build a financially secure future for yourself. The time to start is NOW, no matter if you aren’t even out of school yet. Don’t wait until you’re nearing retirement to start planning for it. That would be a huge mistake. 

Here’s my giveaway for September:

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If you want the chance to win this book, please leave a comment telling me when you started your planning. (No one else is going to take care of us.)

I am offering this giveaway to my readers in the United States, but also in Canada if you don’t mind that this information is geared mainly to US financial services. There are ideas and guidelines in there for everyone, the specifics being more for the US. If you live outside those countries and you know someone in either of those countries who will keep it for you should you win, please feel free to enter. Just give me the Canada or US address if you do win.

I will use Random.org name picker to find out which of you is the winner. Watch here the morning after the draw for the announcement, and don’t forget to check your email. This could be yours!

Draw date for this giveaway is at 10 PM AST, that’s 9 PM Eastern, on Wednesday, September 14. This gives you over two weeks to pass the word on to others, too. I will post the winner’s name on September 15.

Remember, you have until September 14 to get your name into the draw, but don’t put it off!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

You can’t read all day.

You can’t read all day.  Huh?! And why not?  Well, besides doing all the things that HAVE to be done … why not?

Read it in full —

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Ahhhhh!    I love it!  :)  

YOU CAN’T READ ALL DAY. If you don’t start in the morning.

You can check out my progress for 2016 HERE. It’s not as much as I would like to read and if you could see my TBR (to be read) stash you’d agree I will probably never read enough. Although I have many paper books and more on my Kindle Fire (on which I can also listen to books on Audible.com) on the go, I just can’t seem to stop buying MORE BOOKS! I picked up a few more secondhand ones yesterday. Somebody STOP ME!  … On second thought, don’t even risk trying.  🙂

On the other side of things, I haven’t felt inspired to write for quite a while — until this morning; I wrote a little story for 12×12! It’s a very rough draft and needs a lot of work, but it’s a good beginning.

Enjoy a day of reading, as much as possible as often as possible.

How is YOUR reading coming along? Or are you writing more? 

Thanks for being a reader, and … Creative Musings!🙂

Quote about comparison

I have been reading a lot more lately and got behind in having this post ready for this morning. It’s a quote I’ve had to think about.

Comparison, a great teacher once told me, is the cardinal sin of modern life. It traps us in a game that we can’t win. Once we define ourselves in terms of others, we lose the freedom to shape our own lives. – Jim Collins

Wow!  This is a good quote. I think it is true that when we compare ourselves to others we’re setting the standard of trying to be like them – and feeling ‘less’ because we aren’t meeting that standard. Their successes and accomplishments become our guide. That limits us!

Why do we think that others are better, smarter, cuter, wiser, or … anything-er? WHY?

Maybe because we don’t trust ourselves, we don’t believe the abilities God has placed within us is enough, or good enough.

I have to stop and think about that myself. As a shy person I have to always be pushing myself out there. It can be quite daunting and exhausting. I’m a person who, after being around a lot of people – or even a few people for a long period of time (or what seems a long time) – needs to find a quiet, restful place to replenish my energy. Also, being a caregiver is very draining that way, perhaps more so for someone who is uncomfortable around people all the time. As a writer, I draw back and don’t even allow myself to shine – afraid it won’t be good enough anyway. By what standards, though? (guilty!)

So, my question for you today is … Have you ever found comparison has held you back? If not, has anything? Do you have advice for anyone who struggles with moving forward?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

We have a winner of my 8th Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered my August giveaway contest!

We have a winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used Random.org name picker and found out that the winner …

with this comment:

“I haven’t read any of this author’s books but I’m willing to.” :-)

is:

Faith!

Congratulations, Faith! I’ll get this to you right away.

To everyone who is interested in my giveaways, I’m always watching for and setting aside fun things that, in some way, have to do with reading and/or writing.  The SEPTEMBER giveaway will be posted in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

A reminder: you could win A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf!

This is a brief post to remind you of my 8th giveaway soon to have a winner.

If you want to enter the draw for your chance to win a copy of A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, then go here and leave a comment as indicated. The draw is set for tonight (Aug 17), as you will see, with the winner being announced tomorrow (Aug 18).

After this giveaway has ended I will select something to give away in September.  September!!  Yikes!  The year is passing quickly!

I hope you are enjoying these giveaways. It’s fun for me, and I hope I’m coming up with things that are of interest to you.

All for this time. Remember … you have a few more hours for this one.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

 

Book Review: Rocket Man – by Jan L. Coates

Rocket ManBook: Rocket Man
Author: Jan L. Coates
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Date: May 2, 2014
Genre: Middle grade (age 9-11; gr 4-6)
Pages: 120, paperback
Price: $12.95
My rating: many youngsters will relate

Rocket Man is a story I’m sure both male and female MG readers will really enjoy. Jan Coates‘ books are always appealing, and this one covers more than one topic to which many readers will relate.

Her main character is an eighth grader named Bob who is awkward around girls, bullied by a couple of guys at school and on his basketball team, feels he has to live up to his older brother’s example as an athlete. All that, and his dad, who also was a basketball legend, is fighting cancer. Bob considers himself to be Mr. Invisible.

The reader gets to like Bob right away. He practices hard to try to move up to the Division 1 basketball team, but things just don’t seem to go his way until one of his bullies gets into trouble. Bob’s brother starts paying more attention to him, impressed by his earnest efforts, and comes up with a more positive nickname for him – Rocket Man. You have to read the book to find out the reasons behind that.

Bob also puts a lot of work into an idea for a major fundraiser because of his dad having cancer, and that has exciting results.

Jan Coates has created a story of hope. She has touched on family dynamics and the emotions of a young boy in the midst of the struggles going on in his life, in a way that makes the reader care.  If your pre-teen boy (or girl) is a reluctant reader, give him/her a copy of this book – even if he/she is not into basketball. Don’t let the cover fool you, it’s not really a book about basketball but the main character finds a way to make the sport work for him. Rocket Man is a good read.

You can find Rocket Man on my BUY THE BOOK page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

Quiz: What would be your pirate name?

Today I have a short quiz for you to do. Just something fun and silly for the weekend.

Have you ever pretended you were a pirate? Or did you love those old pirate movies? Or the new ones?

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Here is your chance to discover what your pirate name would be … in case the occasion should arise that you’d need one.

GO HERE FOR THE QUIZ.

 

After you find out what your pirate name is I hope you’ll come back here and let me know who you are. It’s all in fun.

In case you’re wondering, when I did this quiz several weeks ago my pirate name was … Captain Willynilly.  (hahaha  yep, that seems about right some days. Sadly.)  Here’s what it said:  A mildly effective pirate, you have only acquired your ship through a large inheritance. There are almost certainly men and women aboard your ship, probably two or three, who are far better and more natural pirates than yourself. If you don’t control them they will rise up against you.  

But when I did the quiz again yesterday it came up a different name. I must have had a total mood change during that time span.  :)  Here’s what it said: Your pirate name: Captain Swindler. Feared by some and ridiculed by others. You are an acquired taste, so it is essential that you spend time finding the right crew members. Do that and while you may not own the Seven Seas, you will certainly be a major player.

What’s your pirate name? As a child (of any age) did you make-believe you were a pirate, and if so what name did you have for yourself then?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)   Arrr!!