It is just so exciting to read what people think about Disrupted Worlds and I appreciate so much the effort that reviewers make, so thank you to Yacouba T for making my day with a review on amazon.com under the heading “Great sampling of indie authors” quoted below in warts and all style:
“Independent authors and publishers need more offerings like Disrupted Worlds. All too often, independent works get rushed to market without thorough editing or a professional look.
This collection provides a good sampling of what indie authors and publishers are capable of when they respect the readers enough to work on their craft and present a clean product. So thanks to the authors and editor!
As for the stories, I generally second the review from Oh Yeah! There are a few places where it feels to me like the writing craft is still being honed. I suppose it’s somewhat like watching a college baseball team in action – flashes of Major League talent with the occasional over-throw of the cut-off man. I’m going to give the MVP award to Gotcha.
I have really been letting this blog go slack lately and I apologize. I know I don’t have that many readers in the first place, but at the rate I’m going that’s hardly going to change for the better. Know that I am still here and at this point I have no intention of letting this blog die.
It’s just that sometimes I get caught up in personal drama and it diverts my energies away from more positive ends to become a Sucking Vortex Of Doom™. And that’s what’s happened in the past several days, I’m sorry to report.
I think I mentioned here several weeks ago that I had signed up for an account at Reunion.com and discovered that someone had been looking for me, and that upon plugging a certain person’s name into Google and locating him at Classmates.com,
A couple of days ago I was doing one of my increasingly rare stints in school. You might remember how I forgot to tell the school that I don’t work there any more? Well yeah, they still don’t know! The bell went and I learned first hand why that place has a one way system in the corridors.
I only knew one way to get to where I was meant to be headed next so I found myself battling against the tide. Edging gently in the wrong direction I made very slow progress. It helped that, with my teacher hat on, I was seen as someone in authority. They kinda had to let me pass.
Ever since internet browsers appeared the term bookmark has taken on another definition and several sub-definitions associated with it’s use. Anyway, today bookmarking usually refers to actually saving one of more of your favorite sites in a folder named bookmarks or favorites that’s stored under your browser’s menu and in an html backup file.
First, there’s basic bookmarking that we’ve all come to know as the ‘bookmark’ or ‘favorites’ button on our browser menu bar, or CTRL D
on the keyboard, or the right-click drop down menu selection ‘bookmark this page‘.
Travel with me. Through my home’s back doors, across the cracked and broken patio, and up the pitted zigzag of cement steps hemmed in by straggling weeds. Past my lawn-turned-jungle to the left and my neighbour’s land-grabbing bamboo to the right.
On and on, beyond even the perforated greenhouse–and there, in dappled shade, you’ll find my place of solitude and salvation. Black and silent, the compost bin beckons me like some ancient desert temple, its bulbous contours rudely defying my modernist taste.
Shine a Light
Now I’m glad I completed my GED diploma, and thanks almighty internet for finding this awesome website for free ged prep! It’s time to reflect a little on the old days. Forty years ago last June, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by the Rolling Stones stormed singles charts the world over. It also features in the new Martin Scorsese movie about the band, Shine A Light.
When the house is a mess there is someone else to blame!
Someone to hang out with on your day off!
There is always someone to give you a hug!
Someone to make you feel better after fighting with your sister.
Someone to tell you it’s time to say good night to twitter and go to sleep!
Having someone to make you smile when you are sad.
Getting to make your hubby feel better when he’s feeling sick.
Know that “anti-slip” liner you can put into the bottom of the shower? When you lift it up from the shower floor it makes a large noise. My hubby heard it and came running to the bathroom door to check on me!
Next time you’re in whip/ride mode (you know–like a jockey on a racehorse) trying to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, try these simple steps to get out of your own way and LET YOUR GOOD UNFOLD. It’s always waiting for you, and sometimes the more you TRY TRY TRY, the more you push it away.
1. BECOME AWARE OF ATTACHMENT: Clutching certain outcomes might be pushing them away–possibly through your increased stress and the way you’re dealing with others–or through signaling the Universe that “I need that thing outside me to make me happy.” This perpetuates the illusion of separation and distance.
D and I had a great night out last night! First, D found an amazing deal on Living Social for two movie tickets for $9. I mean amazing! Especially considering where we live you can’t get one ticket for that price!
Now I tried to find a coupon for the concession stand but no luck. So we did pay full price for our med popcorn/soda. Last night we went to the movies to see the King’s Speech. Great movie.
Although we haven’t seen any (save one) of the other movies nominated for Best Picture, I will say it was an Oscar-worthy movie. Colin Firth gave a great performance. I am not a movie reviewer so I won’t really try.
But I would strongly recommend it! (If you have any specific questions feel free to comment/message me!)
Apparently, a lot of people wanted to see the movie because it was a packed house. We were 20 minutes early and already most seats were taken. So I scoured looking for two seats together and found them in the last row of the theater. Right next to a couple. That was looking way to close for a movie. They were smooching and giggling with each other.
D says I take death harder than most. Maybe this is true. I’ve lost all my grandparents. Two of our family dogs have been put to sleep. I lost a friend when I was in elementary school after getting struck by a hit-and-run drunk driver.
I lost another friend who was studying abroad when he went on a hike and slipped. I remember these deaths. I remember the anniversary of the deaths. These days will always be days that have significance in my life.
Losing B (elementary school) and losing M (college) were really hard. Really hard. They were both young and died from tragic accidents. B’s could have and should have been avoided. But they were both accidents.