Looking for answers…

The Silent Eye


It wasn’t a dark and stormy night… this book that lies open on my desk begins with a rather less evocative phrase. More mundane  and far less atmospheric…though the writer who had penned them both was the same. I’ve never really seen what was wrong with that opening, though it has passed into the realms of ridicule as ‘purple prose’ and the Right Honorable Lord Lytton now has an anti-literary prize named after him, awarded for the worst opening phrase of a story. A tad unfair, I feel. His style was the product of a bygone era and a society that held different tastes close to its tightly corseted bosom.

This particular book, I haven’t read in a good many years, but as it is fairly obscure yet has been mentioned by three people in as many weeks, I thought I should rummage through the shelves and find my battered…

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Scam Publishers…Beware.

A must-read for writers looking to publish

Plaisted Publishing

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®

I’ve been expending a lot of words and time lately warning about the latest scam phenomenon to hit the writing world: fake publishing and marketing companies that, through outrageous prices and worthless services, extract enormous amounts of money from unwary writers.

Based in the Philippines (despite their apparent US addresses, phone numbers, and telemarketer names) and focusing primarily on small press and self-published authors (particularly authors who’ve published with one of the Author Solutions imprints), these companies recruit writers with relentless–and highly deceptive–phone and email solicitations. Some do provide the services authors pay for, albeit at seriously inflated prices and often of poor quality. Others just take the money and run. I’m hearing from a growing number of writers who’ve paid five figures in fees to one–or, in some cases, more than one–of these scams, with next to nothing to show for it.

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Directives on the Healing Road

With the recent passing of Neil Peart, I would like to post something from “Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road”.  These five maxims have helped me greatly since I first them & in the subsequent years.  Indeed, I have had this on my wall over my desk for YEARS … so long that I have internalized these tenets.

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I wish I could reference exactly where in “Ghost Rider” these are written but I don’t own a copy of the book & back in 2004, I didn’t write down the page number of where Neil gives this excellent advice.  But it’s in there.  Believe me.  & it’s a decent way to live … it’s gotten me through these last sixteen years.

RIP, Neil.  Thank you for your great music, lyrics, books, and a way to live.

Lunar Year of the Metal Rat

The Lunar Year of the Metal Rat starts January 25 this year.   If you are like most people, maybe celebrating the Chinese New Year by going to your favorite Chinese restaurant or ordering take-out (like I do), all you’re going to hear is that it’s “The Year of the Rat”.  But it’s much more involved than that!

This explains it … from one of my favorite blogs … I had to copy & paste the URL, since I wasn’t able to reblog … but here is the link ~~~>

Lunar Year of the Metal Rat & Navigating Natal Years

All I know is that I’m going to be buying red underwear!

Soleimani was one of history’s great commanders


Phil Ebersole's Blog

I had only vaguely heard of General Qasem Soleimani prior to his murder last week.  But from what I’ve learned about his career, I think he will go down in history as one of the great commanders.

Qasem Soleimani

He came up from the ranks.  Even his enemies acknowledge that he was motivated by patriotism and not personal gain.

He won a long series of victories against enemies with greater firepower and resources than his.

He deserves the chief credit for the defeat of the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) and Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.

He was not a terrorist.  He waged war against military forces, not unarmed civilians.

He led troops in foreign countries who welcomed his leadership.  He was not the kind of guerrilla leader who had to kill defectors and dissenters to keep his own side in line.

His enemies were unable to…

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5 Bitter Truths of Blogging You Need to Know About if You Want to Be Successful

The Art of Blogging

Even though at times it is almost impossible to admit it, you blog because there’s this drive within you to create. You want to inspire, to share ideas and thoughts, you want to have an impact on others.

But that is not enough if you want to be a successful blogger. And you know what sucks even more? No one will tell you the bittersweet truths. I didn’t know them. I used to believe that all it took was a good idea once in a while, or that it was all about charisma…or luck…or being the right man at the right time.

I thought that just by showing up, no one would ever dare challenge your value, worth, or genius.

Well, lucky for you, I am writing these words after nearly eight years of struggling and striving, because I think you must know these five bitter truths of blogging.


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Inspiration❤️☀ . . . . and Gandhi spoke


“𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲,
𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵, 𝗶𝗳 𝘄𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘁,
𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘂𝘀
𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘀.”

– 𝗠𝗮𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗮 𝗚𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗵𝗶

Image Credit: Michaela Fukacova
Text & image source: Luminous Spirit https://www.facebook.com/LuminousSpirit/

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