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Sound Advise

Kinda interesting,

When I am writing a fiction story I really get into it if I have music  playing.  If I’m writing a quest story and there are ships or seas or pirates or just waves–well I turn on Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack from Pirates of the Caribbean or the soundtrack from Master and Commander.  It really gets me into the story.

If I’m writing about New England in the 18th or 19th Century, well, it has to be the soundtrack from Last of the Mohicans.  Love it!  And I guess soundtracks play a part.

But I also have Sci-Fi, and World War I music. I have some for western stories, one with a touch of Scotland, the Middle East and even another for adventures (somewhere or somehow) in the clouds.

It really helps me.


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String of Planets

Just the thing .  The temperature is 68 with a breeze, the sky has a few cotton candy clouds and the birds are tweeting.  (They do more than me, tweet that is.)

And the best…well, if you have a clear night, tonight, and you are not hindered by a million city lights, you can look up  and see a very cool thing.  As far as the Earth is concerned, the planets are aligned.

Okay, it is just our view but, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus are in almost a straight line.  (There’s a book in here, somewhere.)  Now the order tonight and until mid February, has Saturn before Mars, but that is because we are looking at it from the Earth.  Also, unless you have a super clear sky and super great eyes, you won’t be able to actually see Uranus.  (Take a breath and don’t giggle too much.  Here’s another.)  You can be assured, it is there.

So on the next clear night look for this string of planets in the south-southeast sky; I saw it last night at about 7:45pm CST just above the roof of the house across the street.  One of the planets (I think, Saturn) was wonderfully bright.

Eyes up



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First Things First

I know that today is my marketing/records/office up-keep day but hey–I need to go to the grocery store!

First things first; must get supplies (and a Starbucks, too).  Marketing and office organizing (tax time, you know) will have to wait.  “Oh my.  What a shame,” she said, with a smirk on her face.

Hope you are having a first things first day.


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Hope, hope, hope.

The tradition of a New Year’s Resolution is a hope to do better at what we already know we should do.  But instead of a resolution I’m declaring my “read-so-lution”.  That’s past tense there.

I’ve prepared my book list I want to have read by the end of 2016.

Now I read books for research, format, history, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, fun, humor, cooking, car maintenance, income tax and financial info, gardening, Bible doctrine, DIY stuff and more.  But this is a list as if I was in a book club.  It’s my own book-a-month self-club.  I’ve put 12 books on the list.  They are a bunch of new, some I have wanted for a while, one I’ve never heard of, one my granddaughter recommended and one re-read.  That last one, well, I needed a refresher and everyone can enjoy re-reading a book; like going to see Star Wars again.  😀

Here’s my list:

John Adams, by David McCullough
Mustard Seeds, by Lynn Coulter
Sisters, by Raina Telgemeier
Sphere, by Michael Crichton
Taran the Wanderer, by Lloyd Alexander
Fearless, by Eric Blehm
Heavy Weather, by P.G. Wodehouse
Texas, by James A. Michener
Refined by Fire, by Brian Birdwell
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Heat Wave, by Richard Castle
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Before the Awakening, by Greg Rucka

What’s Your Read-so-lution?


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