Book Review – Instruments of War

Book Review – Instruments of War

August 2018
I was asked to read and review a book on Good Reads.  The opinions are all my own. Instruments of War by John Briggs In the vein of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, humans are fighting a losing battle against the Jaari. In a desperate attempt to hold ground, the derelicts and scum of Earth’s prisons are surgically fused with weapons systems and advanced shielding and turned into a last, lethal hope of humanity against the invading species. The story follows Joachim Lafontaine from disgraced starship captain to ‘zed. But will they be enough to stem the carnage and stop the Jaari? A gripping story with good pace and structure. The surgically altered humans are not encouraged to respond to their former names or form attachments, but still pockets of their humanity…
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To get better

To get better

August 2018
I found this on someone's post and thought, 'Yeah, that says it all.  Practice makes perfect.' Full offense but your writing style is for you and nobody else. Use the words you want to use; play with language, experiment, use said, use adverbs, use “unrealistic” writing patterns, slap words you don’t even know are words on the page. Language is a sandbox and you, as the author, are at liberty to shape it however you wish. Build castles. Build a hovel. Build a mountain on a mountain or make a tiny cottage on a hill. Whatever it is you want to do. Write. (via thetolkiengeek)
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Publishing Journey?

Publishing Journey?

August 2018
http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html August 1 question - What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? The awesome co-hosts for the August 1 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery! I'm pretty new to this publication journey and I've only self-published through Amazon so not too sure what help I can give.  I would say having someone read over your manuscript would be a major thing. There are a couple of things this does, the least thrilling is all the stupid grammar errors you make and do not see no matter how many times you've reread your work.  Fresh readers can find the mistakes like a poke in the eye.  Second thing is the flow and 'sense' of what you've written. …
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End of July – Name that Flower

End of July – Name that Flower

July 2018
What's blooming in my garden?         Row A Row B Row C Row D Row E Weather is cool today and with the rains we've had everything is looking pretty fresh in the garden.   Row A - Ironweed, Phlox, Naked ladies (also known as Surprise Lilies) Row B - Hibiscus, Lantana, Monarda (Bee balm) Row C - Hibiscus, Fern, Mullein (close up) Row D - Black-Eyed Susan, Hydrangea (Lime Light), Joe Pye Weed Row E - Some composite daisy, Rose with ? Dang forgot what this is!  Guess I shouldn't quiz you on what I don't remember. Somehow I've arranged them on a diagonal from Purple, Pink, Red, Green, White to Yellow (if you ignore the last picture).  Totally an accident.    
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Dark Queen

Dark Queen

July 2018
The Dark Queen - I wrote a short bit about this book in May.  The story revolves around blind Cassandra Wyndleigh's marriage to Matthew Rowell, which starts off horribly due to several misunderstandings.  It seems to only get worse from there.  Her husband is obviously involved in something and is using Cassandra, for what she is uncertain.  Is he a French agent?  The only person he seems to confide in is his French friend, Mr. Thierry, and with England and France not on the best of terms under Napoleon this seems almost a certainty. It turns out the answer might be in the tarot cards as Cassandra 'reads' one disastrous future after another for her friends and family.  As those futures begin coming true Cassandra is no long certain what…
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More than 3 on Thursday

More than 3 on Thursday

July 2018
Answering questions: *Have you ever written or designed a pattern? *How does your family cook their corn on the cob? *Are you embarrassed to purchase anything at a store? *Have you ever “kept” a goldfish (indoors…..not counting ponds here) ? How long did it live? Did you name it? *Does your significant other have a super power? *What is the longest your hair has ever been grown to ? *Name one way you helped the world yesterday…. *What season is most difficult for you to keep your weight down? (I'm assuming none of us has trouble gaining...or rather, no prima ballerinas out there reading my blog) *Tell us something your father always said…. *What one knit/crochet technique would you wish you could wake up and already know that’s new to…
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July Flowers

July Flowers

July 2018
There is more flowering but you've seen most of them before...Crinium lily amazingly going for one more stalk of flowers.  The monarda is on last florets-all though the bumblebees still find some nectar and are busy mining them. Below are slightly 'newer' openings. The first is the Oklahoma plant I find the most amusing..."Naked Ladies."  They are of the amaryllis family.  They send up strapping leaves first thing in the spring and the leaves disappear...then they send up the flowers in July.  The time between these two events is just long enough for the gardener to forget where they are and accidently dig them up when planting something new...  They have several names but the 'naked ladies' name comes from the fact when they show up to flower in late…
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It was a Host Nation Field Trip

It was a Host Nation Field Trip

July 2018
In earlier posts I mentioned living in Northern Germany and teaching at a small American school there.  Define small; 40 students K-8th grade.  I taught 5-8th grade...everything.  I still wonder about that as I was a 7-12 grade science/math teacher, but the principal was told he could hire one more teacher if she/he was a local hire.  What that translates to...DoDDS was not going to hire someone from the United States for the position and pay housing etc.  If he wanted that position filled he would have to find someone in the local American community that qualified. Well, I qualified, enough.  He started working on my taking the position as soon as he got back from summer leave in the early part of August.  I did protest that my background…
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“What a world, what a world.”

July 2018
Who said that? I think I joined the world of Facebook at the wrong time.  What happened to the cute kitten and puppy posts everyone talked about?  My husband is ready to move to an other country, any country, that would allow us in.  I'm not going.  Someone has to stay and be the adult in the room, or country.  A few more adults need to stand up please.  I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. Its summer and the news should be slowed down to pictures of dogs plopped down under sprinklers with children running around in the background.  Who has the energy for anything more? As for the quote above, it was the Wicked Witch of the West and when we are agreeing with the Wicked Witch...well, "What a…
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TC Cannon: At the Edge of America

TC Cannon: At the Edge of America

July 2018
Current exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa,Ok) that opened last night is on the works of T. C. Cannon.  Like a good exhibit I learned something, or several somethings.  This was someone who I was not familiar with, either his life or his works.  He was not only a visual artist, but a poet and musician also.  The exhibit tapped into all creative aspects of his life.  Last night was the opening to which we had received an invitation.  I think this is going to require another visit to let it all soak in. It was still light when we left so I took a picture of the Sacred Rain Arrow statue at the front entrance. I am always amused as I think he is aiming at his doppleganger on…
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