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Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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What is the difference between a cat and a comma? One has a pause at the end of its clause and the other has claws at the end of its paws!

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What do you get when you cross Neil Gaiman with A.A. Milne?

Tigger Warning.

 

How about sharing a literary joke of your own?

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

The Industry Insiders: Making a Living as a Hybrid Author event I attended spurred me on to do something about my blog. It has been successful but I feel it requires a boost! I connected with one of the panel authors, who agreed to review my blog and give me some pointers on improving my presence on the net. I will keep you posted.

I also spent time editing Life in Slake Patch prior to submission to the Writer in Residence. Unfortunately I did not complete the manuscript revisions (life gets in the way) but hopefully during this week I will. Then it will be back to The Twesome Loop revisions prior to sending it out to beta readers.

My other project over the weekend was to review and detail a ghost writing request from a client. There was quite a lot of research involved, which was interesting but time consuming. My proposal is now in the hands of the client.

Books:

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I am enjoying this book but it is not as good as the previous two by this author. It seems a bit contrived. However, I am intrigued as to how the protagonist will survive and the story conclude so will continue. I am half way through at the moment.

On my TBR pile are two novels by a local author, Joss Laundry (see her interview here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2016/12/05/joss-landry-interview-5th-december/) I’m looking forward to reading them.

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“The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.”

What writing project are you tackling at the moment?

Do you have a writing tip to share?

What book can you recommend?

 

Blogger Q & A Tag – My Turn…


I have been tagged by Eva Blaskovic at https://evablaskovic.com/ to play along with this Q&A, so here goes.

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Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you. Thanks Eva (I think!)
Answer the questions you were given by that blogger.
Nominate 10 bloggers, give them 10 new questions, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

The questions I received were:

Country or city?  Most certainly country – I like my space, the sound, smells and sights of the great outdoors. I grew up in the  English countryside and find cities too noisy and crowded to stay very long.

For writing: silence, music, or other? Depends on my mood – sometimes silence, other times classical music, however once absorbed in my words everything around me disappears.

What/where is your favorite writing retreat? A difficult question as I have quite a few – Strawberry Creek Lodge, anywhere I holed-up on road trips, my local library or coffeehouse or even when alone in my house for several hours.

What do you consider to be the most meaningful book to you and why? Another difficult question as different books meant different things to me as I grew. I loved Stig of the Dump by Clive King as a child, the idea of befriending a caveman appealed to me. Ferney by James Long is a book I re-read over and over, it is beautifully written and I love reincarnation theme, it is a subject I researched in depth when nursing and again when writing my novel, The Twesome Loop.

Can you write in a language other than English? If so, what is it? Nope – English is it for me! If I thought I could do it I would love to learn Italian.

Would you like to live in the past, present, or future? If past, what is your favorite time period in history and what do you like about it? If you are asking for the ‘romantic’ view of past eras then porobably Elizabethan England, however if you mean to go back as it actually was then 1950’s. The reality of the 15th century with poverty, short life spans and dreadful mortality it is less appealing. For the 1950’s I could enjoy the music, dance and experience the cusp of the sixties movement.

Spring, summer, fall, or winter? Can I say I love more than one? The sudden greenness of spring after winter brings me joy. The possibilities of road trips in the summer and fall are exciting and a chance to discover new places.

What is your dream goal or dream job, if you’re not already doing it? A multifaceted goal – to write for a living travelling the world for inspiration and publishing novels reflecting the places I stay in.

Have you ever wanted to do anything “out there” like skydiving, spelunking, deep sea diving, or visiting Antarctica? I would love to skydive, go in a hot air balloon, swim the Great Barrier Reef, walk the Great Wall of China, visit Victoria Falls (the place of my birth) and live in Rome.

Would you go to the moon or to Mars? To be honest neither – there is so much to explore in the beauty of our planet.

Now for my blogger nominees:

http://www.mikederegowski.com/

https://ethanjonesbooks.wordpress.com/

https://marthareynoldswrites.com/

https://tobreatheistowrite.com/

https://biancarowena.wordpress.com/

https://kellysamarah.wordpress.com/

http://www.rebeccabradleycrime.com/

https://gerribowen.wordpress.com/

https://authorcharmainegordon.wordpress.com/

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/

You are my potential nominees. You may post your answers here in the comments or create your own blog post, as I have done.

There is no time limit on this Q&A Blog Tag. Please do not feel rushed or even obligated to take part, I know we all have a lot of projects to complete and life stuff to do!

Your questions are:

Which do you prefer – tea or coffee or something else?

Vacation destination – beach, city, cruise or adventure?

As a writer do you plot your novels step by step or free flow allowing the idea freedom?

Given the choice would you either write your memoir OR the autobiography of someone else?

What inspires you to write?

Do you prefer one genre or many to read? If one genre – why that one?

Which TV show from your childhood was your favorite?

What is your preference for a pet? Dog or cat or some other animal?

List two items you would rescue in the case of a house fire.

What skill do you wish you had?

Thank you for joining in, Mandy

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How To Control An Out Of Body Experience…


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The technique of ‘leaving’ your body has been around for a long time. With practice and being careful to adhere to the safety guidelines, anyone can experience a ‘journey’ outside their body.

It allows you to float around the astral plane, exploring the cosmos and being free of your physical body for a while. Out-of-body occurrences have been reported by people dreaming, through mediation and near-death experiences.

***These steps are not to be taken without serious study of the technique, safety guards in place and a conscious decision to limit the time you are in the mental state.***

Preparation

Choose a quiet place you find relaxing, either indoors or outdoors, just ensure your are comfortable. Also make sure you won’t be interrupted the most common time for these experiences is in the morning at 4:00am-6:00am. Trying these techniques late at nigh will probably result in you falling asleep. Next find a comfortable position, whichever is your preference – sitting or lying down. Many people choose to lie down on their backs, however be forewarned temporary sleep paralysis is likely in this position, if you do fall asleep. These occurrences may consist of dark figures, ghosts or other ‘beings’ you fear entering your room even though it sounds scary do not fear them, they cannot physically harm you because they are your mind’s creation.

This step is the most important, you must affirm to yourself that you are going to have an out-of-body experience. Repeat over and over “Mind awake-Body Asleep” or “I will have a lucid dream.” until it is the only thought left in your mind.

Now close your eyes and relax your body clear your mind of your external surroundings, thoughts and ideas. Meditation techniques can bassist with this while still remaining focused and aware. Allow yourself to almost fall asleep – drift close to sleep while concentrating on being conscious of your sensations and mental state.

Method 1
Controlling Your Vibrations

As you relax  you will become aware of what’s happening inside your mind and body rather than the room around you. Feel the vibration of your body, the pulse of your blood and rhythm of your breath to the individual movements of your cells. Sounds may become amplified like a tornado/wind. The urge to move will be tremendous, especially if it’s your first time, but just relax deeper and deeper until the sounds passes, but avoid falling asleep.

Now slow the vibration, visualizing the movements of your body slowing and the sounds and sensations of vibrations getting fainter. Until everything is completely silent and your body is still. Let your body become paralyzed. This sensation has been likened to being covered in a lead blanket. You may realize you can’t move your arms or legs, now is not the time to panic. Forcing yourself to move now will wake you up, however, you can still move your eyes, mouth, nose, and face, so try moving those slightly instead.

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Method 2
Leaving Your Body With the Rope Approach

Once you are completely relaxed visualize your hands grasping an invisible rope but do not actually move your  hands or visualize the rope. This “rope method” relies on an imaginary feeling of the rope, not a mental image. Focus on the ropes texture, thickness and heftiness. Feel the tension in your arms between the strength of the rope and the pull of your weight.If a rope image is too difficult try using a ladder instead.

Now using the rope pull yourself up and start ‘climbing’. Feel your muscles contract when you pull and your body moves upward. Don’t visualize: imagine your actions in pure darkness. Keep going up. Soon you will find yourself out of your body, triggering the “projection reflex.”
If you experience vibrations as you climb, relax more, or  you will  lose energy and it will become harder. Climb up as you inhale and rest when you exhale. This method is a more practical variation than the iconic technique of visualizing yourself floating up, which is more of a ‘movie’ representation.

Once you know you are out of your body, open your eyes – your astral eyes. You should view your room from the side of your bed, looking at your body still lying there.

Method 3
Leaving Your Body Using the Point-Shift Approach

Take a good look at your surroundings before you lie down then visualize every detail of the space. Once you are relaxed try to recall and feel your location, the shape of every object in the room, as it looks from where you are resting and then from a different point of view. Now shift your perspective to try to as though you are standing over or near your body. You should already feel like you have left your body, so rise from your body to the spot you were visualizing from. Stay relaxed, but force your will to gently bring yourself to that point. Feel yourself moving up and over to that space, and visualize your perspective changing. Then open your astral eyes.

Method 4
Leaving Your Body Using the Interrupted Sleep Approach

Set an alarm for the middle of your sleep cycle. When it goes off, shut off and lay back or if you prefer sit in a comfortable chair. Envisage ‘falling’ very close to sleep then mentally ‘pull’ yourself back awake. Try to feel falling into the mattress or cushions as you near sleep, then pull yourself back up to near awake.
Repeat this near awake and close to sleep several times Eventually when you pull yourself back to nearly awake, you will actually pull yourself up, out of your body.

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Writing Prompt Contest – Trapped…


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Use this as the starting or finishing point of your story or poem.

Enjoy this prompt and leave your response in the comments. 1000 words maximum for a short story. Poems can be any length.

A quarterly prize will be given for the most voted for response.

Faerie World – Writing Prompt Contest…


Some of you may know I published a chapter book called Ockleberries to the Rescue. Two woodland sprites helps their forest animal friends. It combines my love of the natural world with that of the faerie realm. After the book cover was created a friend told me about a local woodworker who made faerie doors. So using the door as your inspiration, write a poem or story about what magical beings live behind this door.

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Enjoy this prompt and leave your response in the comments. 1000 words maximum for a short story. Poems can be any length.

A quarterly prize will be given for the most voted for response.

Are You An Old Soul..?


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So how do we know if we are an old soul or not? Let’s look at the most common traits for an old soul. Firstly, they are able to relate better to older people and that their views on life are more mature – a bit before their time, so to speak. Old souls are able to enjoy their own company and are more self sufficient when it comes to entertaining themselves. That is not to say they are lonely or introverted, just confident in themselves and old in heart, old in mind and old in soul, whose outlook on life is vastly different and more matured than those around him/her.

Here are some common personality traits:

Homebodies & Solitary

Someone who would rather stay in on Friday night instead of hitting the bars because they are disinterested in the pursuits and interests of the people in their age groups. A perfect partner would be someone who shares this sentiment.  A bottle of wine, candles, and a relaxed night of conversation and good company, is an old soul’s idea of a great evening.

Not materialistic

The material trappings of life do not hold with an old soul, they dismiss the short-lived things in life and do not see the purpose of pursuing things that can be easily taken away from them. Affection will be expressed through grand gestures that have deeper meaning, like love letters or poems, rather than diamond rings or luxury cars.

Strong Communication Skill

Old souls do not play games when it comes to communication.  They will express their feelings honestly and tell you like it is. Remember their intentions are good and from the heart.

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Careful with their Emotions

An old soul only responds to those whom they’re emotionally invested in.  Relationships without emotion, or a deeper connection, is meaningless to them. They will not open up immediately, careful with their emotional well-being until they get to know you.  Consequently, old souls tend to have placid, stable natures as a result of their approach to life.

Everything is Done with Purpose

An old soul sees the future picture rather than the superficial or shallow emotions of a passing crush. If a relationship is seen as not worthy then it will not be encouraged or valued. In other words settling for a person is not something they do.

Love of Knowledge, Wisdom and Truth.

An old soul finds himself gravitating towards the intellectual side of life with an inherent understanding that knowledge is power, wisdom is happiness and truth is freedom.

Transience of Life. 

Plagued with reminders of their own mortality, and that of everything and everyone around them can make an old soul weary and at times withdrawn. In many ways this dictates the way they live their lives.Their ability to reflect and learn from their actions and those of others is their greatest teacher in life.

Some people describe themselves as being “young at heart”, so too can young people be “old at heart”.

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