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The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book Cover Reveal

Colleen at Silver Threading’s Book Cover reveal for The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book 1 The Swamp Fairy. So excited for her. The book cover has been designed by Wendy Anne Darling who is launching a new book cover business –  Bookxeedo.

I have just contacted Wendy with an initial book cover enquiry for my upcoming book which hopefully will be launched in the autumn too. Fingers crossed..

Exciting times!

Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

While on a walk during a warm foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. We were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it had been carved into my memory, something I will never forget.

The road I took on my morning walk

I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I thought it might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. At first, I thought I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird with brilliant green feathers. However, that was not so.

Instead, I saw a tiny green swamp fairy fluttering on delicate wings that looked like transparent leaves. She had hair the color of corn silk. Bottle green leaves adorned her miniature body. The heady fragrance of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood wafted on the air…

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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge, Writer’s Quote Wednesday and BeWoW

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I have been tagged by Janice who blogs at On the land to participate in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge’.  Many thanks to Janice for inviting me to participate in this fun challenge.  Janice blogs about our world and how important it is to care and nourish it:  Caring About Our World; Reflecting About Life. She hopes to encourage us to move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future and away from the worst consequences of climate change.

Here’s a link to her blog, do pop over and support this wonderful world we live in by visiting her blog: https://ontheland.wordpress.com/

The rules for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge:

1. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

2. Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything that inspires you… Which means, it can be from yourself, too!

3. On each of the three days, nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this mission impossible endeavor (if they dare!).

I’ve decided to join in three activities in one blog post this Wednesday:

Janice’s 3 day 3 quote challenge: https://ontheland.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/3-days-3-quotes-challenge-thich-nhat-hanh-love-letter-to-the-earth-bewow-writers-quote-wednesday/

Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday. An open invitation to join in some quote sharing fun: http://silverthreading.com/2015/10/21/writers-quote-wednesday-the-winds-of-change-rumi/

Writer's Quote Wednesday

Ronovan’s BeWoW, in which he suggests we consider what brings cheer to our lives, his prompt is ” A Cheer Full Life, ” and he quotes Thomas Carlyle, so do take a look at his blog and see this wonderfully inspiring quote. What cheers me up is staying as young at heart for as long as possible, so that’s my BeWoW suggestion,  whatever you do don’t turn into a grumpy old misery guts! Resist it!  Do whatever it takes to keep yourself fit, happy and healthy. Be Wonderful This Wednesday, and Thursday, and Friday, keep it up for as long as you can! https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/bewow-writers-quote-wednesday-is-tomorrow/

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so with all these challenges I had to come up with something new so what better way than to have a go at writing my own quote? So with autumn in mind I came up with us, words only:

I am in the autumn of my life, winter is still to come. In my final season I will resist approaching age. The shell of my body will crumple, but I will continue to live with a full heart. Wrinkles will be a snapshot of life’s colourful memories forever imprinted in the crisp reds, yellows and golds of the leaves of time.

Marje @ Kyrosmagica.

My autumnal quote on the theme of getting older has been  inspired by the following Mark Twain quote:

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” 

What a gem!

Mark Twain’s quote sums up how I feel. We should try to respond to the aging process by fighting against getting older, embracing each day with a happy heart and don’t spend too much time worrying, just be thankful that you are living, loving, and breathing in the beauty of each new day in this wonderful world that we live in. Not everyone is as fortunate, so enjoy those birthdays, even if they seem to be coming faster than they used to !! One day I hope to be one of those grannies who still thinks that everyone fancies her, who stands up on the swings, and lives life to the full. Yes I’m going to be an embarrassingly cheerful, unstoppable Grannie!!!

I hope so anyway…… Just like my mother in law, she’s always been full of life and I do admire that about her. She’s 89, and still going strong. Oh, and my Great Grandfather was still walking miles at the ripe old age of 90, and flirting with the ladies, and my dad is still pretty fit and he is in his eighties! So I’m modelling my future on these inspiring elderly characters. I have plans to be a glamorous Grannie! Just not anytime soon….

My nominees to take part in the 3 day 3 quote Challenge, if they would like to are:

http://dreambigdreamoften.co/

http://michelleclementsjames.com/

http://crazychinesefamily.com/

I hope you liked my quotes. Please do feel free to comment.

Bye for now,

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

 

 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Halloween

 

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This week for Colleen’s Writer’s quote Wednesday I am celebrating Halloween quotes. Colleen is doing a flit, not by witch’s broom, I hasten to add, she’s packing up and going house hunting in Colorado. So here’s hoping all goes well for her and that her move is a big success. So let’s cast a spell for a successful trip. In the meantime, Ronovan, from his blog Ronovan Writes, and Mel, from her blog, Melissa Barker-Simpson are going to post occasionally for her while she is away. More details about that here: http://silverthreading.com/2015/10/03/inside-silvers-brain-the-great-move/

Here’s the link to her open invitation to join Writer’s Quote Wednesday: http://silverthreading.com/2015/10/07/writers-quote-wednesday-audrey-hepburn/

 

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‘Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
~William Shakespeare

“Tis the night—the night
Of the grave’s delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without,
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they—it is they!”
Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Halloween: A Romaunt

Nobody moved.

Everybody sat in the dark cellar, suspended in the suddenly frozen task of this October game; the wind blew outside, banging the house, the smell of pumpkins and apples filled the room with smell of the objects in their fingers while one boy cried, “I’ll go upstairs and look!” and he ran upstairs hopefully and out around the house, four times around the house, calling, “Marion, Marion, Marion!” over and over and at last coming slowly down the stairs into the waiting breathing cellar and saying to the darkness, “I can’t find her.”

Then… some idiot turned on the lights.
(“The October Game”)”
Ray Bradbury, Long After Midnight

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title.

~From Scooby-Doo.

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

-Arthur Conan Doyle,Sr.

 Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

– Mark Twain
In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.

-from “Mean Girls”

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
~Scottish Saying

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”
~Dexter Kozen

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want — it’s like an excuse for Halloween everyday.

~Gwen Stefani

Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/halloween

http://www.quotegarden.com/halloween.html

http://www.e-junkie.info/2011/10/collection-of-funny-spooky-halloween.html#sthash.SpiEbduU.dpuf

Hope you liked my Halloween quotes. Have you any favourite Halloween quotes too?

Bye for now,

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Sara Raasch Snow Like Ashes

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Yes, it’s another  Writer’s Quote Wednesday, via my blogging pal Colleen over at SilverThreading. If you’d like to join in the fun here’s the link: http://silverthreading.com/2015/08/12/writers-quote-wednesday-roald-dahl/

The quote I’m going to feature this week is about the shivers, yes, wicked cold, a freezing dose of torture that gets right into your unsuspecting bones and just settles there. I hate the cold, my body just doesn’t like it, not one bit. My skin does this weird puckering thing, it squeezes itself into defensive mode and starts to resemble an orange, (without the bright colour I hasten to add,) yes crinkly peel skin that’s what I have when it’s cold. It’s not a look I’d recommend! On top of that I get chilblains on my feet, oh, and joy of joys last year I even managed to find a few of these beauties appearing on my hands. UGH…!!!!

So when I read this particular passage in Snow Like Ashes, I shivered a lot, can you imagine an orb of eternal winter? Eek,well if that’s on the cards, I’d wish for no long for some of that Winterian blood flowing in my veins! Yes a Winterian blood transfusion that’s what I’d be needing!

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“It’s so cold that foreigners have to wrap in layers of fur to walk from building to building, while our natural Winterian blood keeps us warm even in the worst conditions. And snow is everywhere, always, so much that the grass beneath it is white from lack of sun. An entire kingdom wrapped in an orb of eternal winter.”
Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes      

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

 A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

To follow Sara Raasch on Tumblr: http://sararaasch.tumblr.com/

My review of Snow Like Ashes: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-snow-like-ashes-by-sara-raasch/

Thanks for stopping by for Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Hope you liked the quote, and my whingeing about the cold. Sometimes it’s good to have a good old moan, gets it out of your system! Now I feel all hot and toasty!

Do you love or hate the cold? Do leave a comment and let me know.

kk

Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Terri Guillemets

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Welcome to Writer’s Quote Wednesday an open invitation from Colleen at Silver Threading to join in the fun.

Here’s a link to her blog: http://silverthreading.com/2015/07/15/writers-quote-wednesday-ann-patchett/

This week I’ve had a go playing around on one of the photo editing sites that Colleen recommends: http://www.picmonkey.com/

It seems easy to use, so thanks for the great tip Colleen.

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If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don’t remove it I might

be writing in my dreams.

Terri Guillemets.

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Just love this quote from Terri Guillemets.

Writing whilst dreaming! That would really be something. Can you imagine how wonderful your writing would be!  Dreams can be such a wonderful source of inspiration, especially if you have very elaborate, and exciting dreams!

About Terri Guillemets from her website Quotegarden:

Terri Guillemets is a quotation anthologist from Phoenix, Arizona who has collected quotes since age thirteen. Her passion is sharing literary, inspirational, thought-provoking, and humorous quotations with a worldwide audience via her website The Quote Garden at www.quotegarden.com, one of the most long-standing online quotation collections and the first to offer a wide variety of special occasion topics. With a specialty in reviving vintage writings from the 1800s, she shares her love of old books, the art of writing, and the beauty of words with a personal, heartfelt approach — “spreading quotatious joy” as she calls it. A curmudgeonesque optimist whose inner child will never grow up, she also enjoys nature, photography, cloudgazing, and family.

Thanks for joining me for Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Hope you dream some wonderful dreams, come share some here if you’d like.

 

kk

 

Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Isaac Asimov

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If you haven’t discovered this weekly open invitation from Colleen over at Silver Threading here’s the link: http://silverthreading.com/2015/07/15/writers-quote-wednesday-ann-patchett/

What do I have in mind for Writer’s Quote Wednesday?

Let’s see, ah this has to be the one:

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”
― Isaac Asimov

Absolutely! It’s a bit crazy! What dedication.  Get those words down fast!

Of course I do hope that none of us get the six minutes to live message but if the worse case scenario does happen then there is always the option to get typing….

What else can you possibly do in six minutes? Eat something I suppose. That would rate quite highly on my list of things to do. Sit in the sun. Another great option. Yes, what about type and eat in a sunny market stall in Malaysia? The ultimate fast food delight, freshly cooked satay, and a notebook to get down my final words. Ah, yes perfection.

Well this is the second Isaac Asimov quote that has captured my attention for Writer’s Quote Wednesday, there seems to be a bit of a pattern going on here.

I’m a bit of a fan of Isaac Asimov’s quotes! Yes most definitely.

About:

Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).

Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified “future history” for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them “Nightfall”, which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

Most of Asimov’s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery.

Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as “brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs” He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov’s Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor. (Via Goodreads)

Hope you like my chosen quote for Writer’s Quote Wednesday. What would you do if you only had a few minutes left on this earth?

Bye for now…… Remember each and every six minutes is precious…. Enjoy.

kk

Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Isaac Asimov

It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday, via Colleen at Silver Threading.

Here’s the link to her blog if you’d like to join in her open invitation to take part in Writer’s Quote Wednesday: http://silverthreading.com/2015/06/24/writers-quote-wednesday-silver-inspiration/

 

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It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
– Isaac Asimov

Such wonderfully inspiring words from Isaac Asimov. Let’s take this dandelion, blow gently and scatter its tiny but powerful seeds of creativity far and wide. If we can nurture the imagination of our youngsters then indeed we have achieved something worth celebrating.

Writing for children and young adults is so inspiring and exciting too. This is the age when there are so many possibilities, and opportunities for growth. That’s not to say that there aren’t a multitude of difficulties too, growing up is never easy, and the teenage years can be particularly challenging. So many issues can and do rear their heads, bullying, gender and sexuality, peer pressure, these are just some of the obvious ones that come to mind. But if we allow children and young people a chance to dream beyond their current capabilities then who knows what they can achieve? My husband is always saying, “Reach for the stars,” to my two daughters, it may sound a bit over the top but it’s such sound advice. Yes, reach for those twinkly stars!

Do what you love, follow your dreams, and enjoy life to the full. Those stars may seem far away but with hard work and dedication, encouragement and belief in yourself those stars may not be as far as you think.

DREAM BIG…….

 

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About Isaac Asimov (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).

Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified “future history” for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them “Nightfall”, which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

Most of Asimov’s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery.

Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as “brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs” He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov’s Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor.

 

Hope you enjoyed Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please do leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

 

kk

Marje at Kyrosmagica xx

 

Writing Challenge: Allergic to the Letter E. Grit A Giant Quandary

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Well I’ve been nominated to do an unusual challenge from Colleen over at Silver Threading.

I’m not one for reading the rules too well, so I’ve just stumbled upon no. (3.) Do the challenge within 24 hours, EEK!!!! Anyway, why not?  I’ll have a go. I’ve got a feeling that this will be a useful exercise, and I reckon that the end result might be ridiculous. But that’s okay I like ridiculous, so with that in mind I think I’ll just make it a monster story. Oh dear monster has an E in it, so does just about every other word too. Quick re-think? Me thinks. Giant perhaps? Yes Giant works.

Well starting this and my computer’s got other ideas it keeps on over heating. I reckon my husband has cast a spell on it, he gets a bit fed up when I spend too much time blogging! UGH!!!!

At last it’s cooled down.

So on to the task in hand:

Here’s the link to the original post from Colleen: http://silverthreading.com/2015/06/18/allergic-to-the-letter-e-challenge/

Here are the Rules: (Courtesy of Colleen at Silver Threading)

1) Write a whole paragraph (A WHOLE PARAGRAPH??) without any words containing the letter “e” (still easy?)

2) By reading this, you are already signed up.

3) Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.

4) If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.

5) If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.

My effort:

GRIT A GIANT QUANDARY

Grit A Giant only had a passion for words. Nothing could rock him. Only words. His passion for a,b,c,d.

“Oops what’s a wrong?” his giant pal Frank would say.

“I can’t find a way to go past D.”

His giant pal saw his chin drop as Grit had a hasty gulp, and a swallow.

Frank did a crack out grin. “How about a work past it pal, try a frightful F?”

“F stands for fail and I don’t want to, I’m grit, I’m in this until I crush that  …..oh, I can’t say that word.”

His pal pat him on his back. It was all too much. Grit’s crying was not Giant protocol.

Grit would fizz and his brain would fog on its way past d. It was no good. What a bum job. How could Grit A Grizzly Giant show a chink of pitiful?

His rivals would find it so tantilising to taunt him.

This is what a rival bunch of giants would say, “Such a choking bumbling fool of a giant, Grit’s such a stupid git.”

Grit’s soul was bust.

That fifth word would always haunt him. Poor Old Grit. A giant fan of Sci-fi but no split infinity would cross his lips you know which s.i. I’m thinking of.

So his pal said, “Why don’t you a grab and shout out an X for that a word you can’t say?”

Grit found a grin in hiding, put it on, and said, “to boldly go whxrx no man has gonx bxforx.”

Grit was a happy, grinning  giant.  Still a git, but that’s not this story. All his Xmas’s had found a way to roll in right now!

 

My nominations:

https://samannelizabeth.wordpress.com/

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/

http://barbtaub.com/

http://blog.jeffcolemanwrites.com/

 

Hope you enjoy!

kk

Kyrosmagica x

 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Ray Bradbury.

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It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday. I’d say that all you quote lovers out there should stop by Colleen’s blog, Silver Threading, to join in the fun. Here’s the link to her wonderful blog, which is choc-a-bloc full of all manner of interesting things: http://silverthreading.com/2015/06/17/writers-quote-wednesday-a-silver-quote/

Well, before I begin my chosen quote let me tell you what’s been happening here chez the Kyrosmagica household. Well, it’s been a bit busy recently. I’ve been sorting out our kitchen removing about eighty percent of its contents into boxes. No I’m not moving house, we’re having a kitchen makeover. My husband and I didn’t quite agree on this makeover business, I wanted a light touch up, you know nothing too crazy but he wanted to knock down walls and add patio doors. Guess who won in the end? Yes, I am a bit of a pushover. I just don’t like arguing. Anyway, that’s my little rant for the day. I’ll let you know how it goes, hopefully the house won’t fall down around my ears while I’m typing up my next blog post. If it does I’d just like to say, “it’s been sure nice to meet you guys.”

Right, back to Writer’s Quote Wednesday. I really love this quote from Ray Bradbury, particularly the lurking in libraries and climbing the stacks and sniffing books parts. Yes, I like a bit of crazy, so this appealed to me. As to writing every single day, yes, that’s most definitely the number one tip.

You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
Ray Bradbury

And this quote is so touching too. It’s one of those quotes that just makes you feel as if you know Ray doesn’t it?

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, “The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you’ll come along.”

Sadly Ray Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91 after a long illness.

Here’s some pictures that I hope Ray would have approved of :-

Here’s my fantasy perfume:

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Library:

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Ladder:

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Book:

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Ray Bradbury Biography via Goodreads:

American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a “student of life,” selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He became a full-time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947.

His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences. Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury’s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden. In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state. Other works include The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric!, Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind. In all, Bradbury has published more than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays. His short stories have appeared in more than 1,000 school curriculum “recommended reading” anthologies.

Ray Bradbury’s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr. Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City.

Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary. He has been nominated for an Academy Award (for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright), and has won an Emmy Award (for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree). He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television’s Ray Bradbury Theater. He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro-Disney, France.

Married since 1947, Mr. Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats. Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren. Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Bethany Hamilton

 

 

 

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Here’s my post for Writer’s Quote Wednesday, if you’d like to participate too, here’s the link to Colleen’s blog: http://silverthreading.com/2015/05/27/writers-quote-wednesday-j-k-rowling/

I love the sea, and I would have loved to surf, so the story of Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton really touched me.  On the 31st October 31, 2003, thirteen year old Bethany Hamilton was enjoying the waves  on Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana’s father, Holt, and brother Byron. A tiger shark attacked Bethany severing her left arm just below the shoulder.  This terrible tragedy rather than curtailing her surfing career led her to inspiring surfing fans from all over the world. The first thing she asked after the surgery was “When can I surf again?” and just three weeks after this life threatening incident she returned to her board.

I learnt of her amazing story just this week whilst watching Soul Surfer on Netflix. This wonderfully inspiring film features an all-star cast, including Anna Sophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid.

Here’s just one of many wonderful quotes from this remarkable woman:

“Life is a lot like surfing… When you get caught in the impact zone, you’ve got to just get back up. Because you never know what may be over the next wave.”

Taken from her autobiography:
Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board    

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Goodreads synopsis:

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing—not even the loss of her arm—could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery after the attack, the adjustments she’s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing—perhaps even less so—than the soul.

 

 

And because I couldn’t just stick to one quote I had to include this one too:

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In 2004 Bethany won the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete[7] and also received the Courage Teen Choice Award.

 

To finish off this heart-warming post what could be more wonderful that this:  on February 9, 2015, Bethany Hamilton and her husband announced that they were expecting their first child, a baby boy due in early June. Many congratulations to her, such an amazing role model, and a wonderful human being.

http://bethanyhamilton.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethany_Hamilton

https://www.facebook.com/SurferBethanyHamilton?ref=br_rs

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