Saturday, May 5, 2018

52 Week Reading Challenge 2018 - UPDATE!

I am a updating this about every month now, so hope things are going well for you.  Found some help in Goodreads which has many lists and other helps to find many of these.  In fact, I have already created a list called the 52 Week Reading Challenge 2018 to help me and anyone else who needs the help.

I have really enjoyed this challenge and I have found some new writers to dive into and read.  But I have also found a subject that really hit me this last book.  Prelude to Glory, Our Sacred Honor is about the Revolutionary War and it really piqued my interest in that era of History.  I have marked a bunch of books in Goodreads for reading and look forward to trolling Amazon for some others.

So if I have anything to say about this challenge, it has been wonderful in getting me to expand my horizons and get back into reading!  Yes, a few of the books have been slogs and have made me wonder why even picked them up but others such as Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child showed me some action and adventure that really got me rolling again.  I have had more than a few days where all I wanted to do was read!  That is awesome considering there are so many other things out there vying for our time and attention.  It feels good but I also feel it challenging me to write on my own novels.

OH and I have completed 29 of the 52 challenges with 6 and a half more months to go so maybe I can accomplish this challenge!

I hope you have found some enjoyment from this and find some authors that you can further explore their world with.

52 Week Reading Challenge 2018 (one for each week of the year):
Completed:  29/52
1. A book by your favorite author.
2. A book by an author whose work you haven't read previously. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
3. A book released in the year you were born.
4. A book released in 2018.
5. A book released in 2008.  Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child.
6. A book released in 1998.  Prelude to Glory Volume 1, Our Sacred Honor by Ron Carter.
7. A book released in 1988.
8. A book released in 1978.  Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe.
9. A book released in 1968.
10. A book released in 1958.
11. A book released in 1948.
12. A book released in 1938.
13. A book released in 1928.
14. A book released in 1918. My Antonia by Willa Cather.
15. A book released in the 20th Century [outside the years above]. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
16. A book released in the 19th Century.  Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe.
17. A book that has had a movie or TV adaptation. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
18. A book written after a movie or TV.
19. A female author. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
20. A male author - The Last Exodus by Trever Bierschbach.
21. A graphic novel.  Star Wars - Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
22. A fiction. My Antonia by Willa Cather
23. A romance. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
24. A fantasy.  Firebolt (The Dragonian #1) by  Adrienne Woods.
25. A sci-fi.  Star Wars - Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
26. A suspense/paranormal.  Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe.
27. An action/crime/adventure - The Last Exodus By Trever Bierschbach.
28. A war.  Prelude to Glory Volume 1, Our Sacred Honor by Ron Carter.
29. A thriller.  Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child.
30. A mystery.
31. A historical fiction.  Prelude to Glory Volume 1, Our Sacred Honor by Ron Carter.
32. A Native American.
33. A young adult book.  Firebolt (The Dragonian #1) by  Adrienne Woods.
34. A western.
35. A literature classic. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
36. A non-fiction - The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
37. An author's debut book - The Last Exodus by Trever Bierschbach.
38. An author from your state/province/[country] - The Last Exodus by Trever Bierschbach.
39. A book originally published in a language other than English - The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
40. A book by an African author.  Firebolt (The Dragonian #1) by  Adrienne Woods.
41. A book by an Asian author - The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
42. A book by an Australian author.
43. A book by a European author. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
44. A book by a North American author - The Last Exodus By Trever Bierschbach.
45. A book by a South American author.
46. A book set in Africa.
47. A book set in Antarctica.
48. A book set in Asia.
49. A book set in Australia.
50. A book set in Europe. The Scarlet Pimpernil by Emma Orczy.
51. A book set in North America - The Last Exodus By Trever Bierschbach.
52. A book set in South America.

Friday, March 2, 2018

3D Poem, well ok maybe just 2D

Here is a poem in multiple dimensions.  I thought of this a lot of years ago and decided to try this one.

You can read it backwards or forwards, top to bottom or bottom to top.  ENJOY!!

Darkness             Above         Sand             Below
Everywhere         love             roses            Lilies
None                    shows          their             Color
Despair                Riddle         Black           Clouds

Not sure but this seems to work.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Calling for Guest Bloggers!

I am recruiting for Guest Bloggers to post an Indie Publishing experience.  It can be anything having to do with Indie Publishing from lessons learned to stories to just general overviews.  ANYthing that you feel would be helpful for Indie Authors or their audiences.

Comment below and I will put you on the schedule!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

52 Week Reading Challenge

I was behind on getting this going, but I found it on a forum earlier this year.  I revised it for my goals.  Many are very challenging but I think they will be fun!

ENJOY!

52 Week Reading Challenge (one for each week of the year):
1. A book by your favorite author.
2. A book by an author whose work you haven't read previously.
3. A book released in the year you were born.
4. A book released in 2018.
5. A book released in 2008.
6. A book released in 1998.
7. A book released in 1988.
8. A book released in 1978.
9. A book released in 1968.
10. A book released in 1958.
11. A book released in 1948.
12. A book released in 1938.
13. A book released in 1928.
14. A book released in 1918.
15. A book released in the 20th Century [outside the years above].
16. A book released in the 19th Century.
17. A book that has had a movie or TV adaptation.
18. A book written after a movie or TV.
19. A female author.
20. A male author.
21. A graphic novel.
22. A fiction.
23. A romance.
24. A fantasy.
25. A sci-fi.
26. A suspense/paranormal.
27. An action/crime/adventure.
28. A war.
29. A thriller.
30. A mystery.
31. A historical fiction.
32. A Native American.
33. A young adult book.
34. A western.
35. A literature classic.
36. A non-fiction.
37. An author's debut book.
38. An author from your state/province/country.
39. A book originally published in a language other than English.
40. A book by an African author.
41. A book by an Asian author.
42. A book by an Australian author.
43. A book by a European author.
44. A book by a North American author.
45. A book by a South American author.
46. A book set in Africa.
47. A book set in Antarctica.
48. A book set in Asia.
49. A book set in Australia.
50. A book set in Europe.
51. A book set in North America.
52. A book set in South America.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ol' Friend

By M.D. Robinson

Hello, ol' friend,
It’s been a while, I know,
But here you are again,
Greeting me, just as before.

Hello, ol' friend,
I’ve returned, it’s true,
I know I left without goodbye,
I left mostly because of you.

Hello, ol' friend,
There you are again,
Embracing me, welcoming me,
As if I never left.

Your enfolding embrace,
Brings such memories,
Such a wellspring of feelings,
Of a life not many know.

You were with me as a boy,
Being constantly there,
Watching me grow and play,
Always near yet far.

You were there again,
As I went to college,
Torturing me with your fierceness,
Unforgiving with your love?

Later as a man,
You embraced me on any day,
Not really aware of my mood,
Just there for the reminder.

Now having left,
I have returned,
And found that I missed you,
Your icy chill refreshing all the same.

Many curse you, you know,
You’re not liked by any,
I have found though,
That you carry my memories.

You remind me of my childhood,
My years of love, and pain,
You were there as I grew,
From a boy to a man.

There aren’t many who'll admit,
But having returned to Wyoming,
I have found my ol' friend, once again,
I missed you, your embrace, your rush.

Now, I have returned,
Things seem so right,
I know my purpose,
As well as yours.

Many still curse you,
But not I,
I know you,

My ol’ friend, WIND!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Not Just Crossing Genres But Crossing Creativities!!!

Yeah, I know, creativities is not a real word.  I can see the squiggly red line under it from my 'Spell Checker' saying, hey, idiot, that isn't a word I know.  Well, sometimes the words we know just do not convey the meanings we want!  I found this runs true in Chinese as well as Taiwanese.  The rules of language try to keep us within bounds set up to keep us all understanding each other.  Otherwise we would all speak gibberish and never understand each other.  But as anyone who is an artist or writer or any other creative practitioner has found, sometimes thinking outside the box gets us where we feel we need to be.

I have been finding that crossing 'creativities' is very rewarding.

First, on a personal level.  I have really enjoyed writing but I am also starting to find that there are other things I had never tried that I am beginning to enjoy.  Learning to play the guitar, while frustrating, is still very interesting.  Sketching has also peaked my interest.  These new interest in other creative avenues have had an influence on my writing and promise to help it grow.

On another front, I have found that working with those outside of writing has had a different influence.  In working on the book covers for books 1 and 2 in the Way of the Horse series, I met a wonderful designer who sadly isn't with us anymore.  Digital Donna helped me so much and I consider it a blessing and honor to have been able to work with her digitally, having never met her in person.  She was a very kind and dear person and I miss her, even today.  We worked hard on the first cover and came up with a good design that made me appreciate working with another realm of the creative arts.  When it came to book 2 though she really wow'd me when she hit it on the first draft.  I just sat back and said, "That's it!"  It was SIMPLY awesome and still gives me goose bumps to this day thinking about it.  She also helped me get the Series cover designed as well.

Lately, I went looking for another designer and I teamed up with Aidana WillowRaven.  It was a bit different process with Aidana but JUST as rewarding.  I haven't seen anything yet and it is all I can do not to drop her a line to ask for a progress report, but I am confident that something will be coming soon, and that I will be pleased with it.  While Aidana was interviewing me on my book, I also had a 'oh, wow' moment and felt the creativity just flow from our discussions.  She gave me some GREAT ideas for my book to enhance to the visuals that she was going with.  It was simply awesome!

So, what is my point with all of this?  I guess what I learned is to let go of what I wanted to see as the author for the book cover and just give them a few ideas that you have, including the synopsis.  Let them run with it and see where you both end up.  It is a really neat journey that I really look forward to with each book.  The experience has enhanced my outlook and shown me to look for things in my book that can be brought out visually that can help bring expectations to the readers minds.

The other thing I learned, this crossing over helps each of us to take some time away from writing and try other things, use other parts of our creativity and venture into the unknown.  It seems to add to the tool box and hone our tools.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Love to Set Goals

I love to set goals, but how do you attain them?

In  Marc Guberti's blog 5 Ways To Get Your Goals Accomplished Faster we find five ways that I love.  Check them out.  I like #5 myself.