Saturday, August 29, 2009

  • 10:27 @Travelwriticus haha like you can look at my profile and not figure it out :) It's sci-fi all the way bro - and a little fantasy on the side #
  • 10:28 @gram2five Thanks for the FF dude! but I'm not sold on the political label, I don't even live in your country man, what's with that? #
  • 10:30 Wonder if I can set Google Alerts to NOT show me any results from my own web pages. See, I know about those already. It's the others I want. #
  • 10:47 @simon_w @matt_stephenson thanks gus, good tips #
  • 10:52 @hellonearthis have done that now. thanks! #
  • 13:29 Ok I got a little necessary housework done, time to chill a bit with Voyager. It's hot today for winter! I bet humidity's way up. #
  • 13:32 Going to a German play at the university later on tonight. Should be fun. One of the actors in it goes to my church. #
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Friday, August 28, 2009

  • 08:08 @lifeledlearning Tht #
  • 08:09 @lifeledlearning (too early in the AM) That's good because I haven't seen any change. Glad if it helps you. #
  • 08:10 @Samuraidad Cyborgs seem to be in everything these days, that's all. I guess they're becoming a staple of sci-fi same as aliens etc. #
  • 08:11 RT: @titletrakk: Our movie review of The Stone of Destiny by @gracebridges #
  • 09:31 In case you missed it yesterday: Check out my short sto ry Second Site in Digital Dragon zine: - RT if you like it! #
  • 09:43 RT: @EntirelyKiwi: Only 3 days left to get your entries in to travel New Zealand for FREE #
  • 09:44 RT: @mrbarnard1: Just as anybody does when money gets tight: California holds giant garage sale. #
  • 09:57 RT: @Travelwriticus: RT @whereivebeen: 6 creative bus stops that make you look twice #
  • 10:01 @PianoGeek I hav e heard some of that played and i think it's awesome but I won't pretend to understand it, lol...can you play it? #
  • 12:42 RT: @Kiwiseabreeze: RT @cffnz New Zealand gets its first 1000 ebooks free (including The Edmonds Cookbook!) #
  • 14:01 I do like Second Life but it's ahead of its time. Makes my not-so-old machine crash every time I run it. Will work better on new fast PCs. #
  • 14:11 @debbieohi I'm GraceBridges Cyberstar :) but I haven't been on for months. Always have to shut down computer after use. Crashes on closing. #
  • 14:17 @debbieohi yeah that is my second avatar. I didn't know either on my first one so I started over to get a better name & newer default design #
  • 14:19 @debbieohi I found that they give you differing lastname options according to the firstname you enter. I messed round till I got a cool one. #
  • 14:33 @nitecapp Affect=verb. Effect=noun, except in "to effect changes" when it means "accomplish". The effect is affecting me. Make sense? #
  • 14:35 @PublishingGuru I have switched to LSI, yes it's worth it, but their UI and support is abysmal compared to lulu. You get what y ou pay for. #
  • 15:13 THANKS!!! That's me :) RT: @DDragonMag: Great story, by one of our favorite authors. #
  • 15:14 @PublishingGuru True enough. But better to learn the ropes on lulu even just messing around. Just my experience anyway. #
  • 15:26 Raucous birds sing of spring, the Tui the loudest among them. It's been a truly gorgeous day - and it ain't over yet :) #
  • 15:28 @PublishingGuru Good point. There's not a lot of difference if you ignore the Amazon-only distribution, wouldn't matter for messing around. #
  • 15:49 @gram2five here's a tui I filmed not long ago: #
  • 15:50 RT: @Aotea9: - Another 'spring shot' towards Auckland city. Photo taken from Devonport, Auckland, NZ. #
  • 15:51 RT: @Kiwiseabreeze: RT @lyndons SteamPunk mouse. [Nice, - I want!] #
  • 16:03 Aucklanders take note! RT: @twisst10: @gracebridges ISS will cross the sky at your location at 18:52! more details: #
  • 19:52 RT @WritingSpirit Louisa May Alcott Didn't Need a Computer. Includes pdf of 1892-93 issues of The Writer Magazine!! #
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

  • 11:33 RT: @tonyeldridge: What You Should Know About Web Design for Books- by @MillerMosaicLLC #
  • 11:36 RT: @thecreativepenn: Novels by podcast: how to make money from 'free' (via @sethharwood ) #
  • 12:25 wow check out these vids of Auckland lightning last night: The real thing was definitely more impressive. Filled the sky. #
  • 12:54 RT: @tonyeldridge: Can you sell books by giving it away for free? @Edwin_Crozier thinks so: 6 Reasons to Blog Your Book #
  • 12:55 @ItStartsWithUs try I like that music for working #
  • 13:39 @nzlemming Yes, he's really onto it. I suppose I should do that for my books. I'll have time in December, that's as good a time as any :) #
  • 13:41 @ItStartsWithUs yay! isn't it cool! I like the space ones best, eg Unknown Energy Rush, Celestial Time Pieces, Billions, And The Stars... #
  • 13:41 hehehe RT: @thedavewiggins: I'm now following Jesus on Twitter #
  • 13:42 @lifeledlearning not cruddy, just's always good to get away! thanks for the garden :) #
  • 13:43 Let's say I want to serialise novels online. How best to do it? Blog posts with BUY buttons? Downloadable PDF? Podcast? What do you think? #
  • 13:55 @tweetthebeav what the flip are you doing? it's not doing any good you know. But hey, if it floats your boat. Have fun. #
  • 13:56 @lifeledlearning Currently trying to convince print company that I do own the rights to images I designed. Rather odd problem to have. #
  • 14:01 Check out my short story Second Site in Digital Dragon zine: - RT if you like it! #
  • 14:08 Listening to @LifeFM in an attempt to decipher whether I'm too old to go to @Parachute2010 - Used to love em but music is different nowadays #
  • 14:53 @axtens thank you very much! :) #
  • 14:54 @lifeledlearning thanks!! Remember I know nothing at all about gaming. Sounds like I got lucky :) #
  • 15:25 @LifeFM thanks! but I am wistful about 90s: &qu ot;old" parachute band, the lads, krusty - ya know? Sigh...will learn to like noobs I guess. #
  • 15:25 @lifeledlearning I suppose so. But I rather suspect it was auto-filtered for faces and names and that's where it got stuck. #
  • 15:26 @lifeledlearning yeah it was fun messing with all those clich├ęs. wrote that at Polly's house in Colorado last year. #
  • 15:39 @spacewriter Day skies here - what's up where you are? #
  • 15:42 I knew I was in trouble when the Task Manager refused to make an appearance. Total s ystem crash. Darned ancient technology. #
  • 15:46 ooo! The zine my story's in - RT: @DDragonMag: I love to find the occasional shout out! #
  • 16:09 I got mentioned! I'm a favourite author, woohoo! #
  • 16:15 Confessions of a Book Reviewer: #
  • 16:31 @lifeledlearning yes it's my shot, my design,'s got the author's name on it though. Maybe it just looks too good? Who knows. #
  • 16:50 @lifeledlearning well maybe they think he's the third party I'm infringing? #
  • 17:37 Well I tried it, now to see if it's any good. 3 Hacks for Firefox - Double Your Internet Browsing Speed - #
  • 20:05 Out to dinner, I have a sudden urge to ask someone if it'd be too derivative to include a military cyborg in my novel. I'd get blank looks. #
  • 22:29 I wasn't really at dinner, I was in a future dystopia swinging a cyborg on a winch between buildings carrying two escapees. Now that's fun. #
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

  • 09:36 @vye awesome! I hope you had fun. How long are you in town for? #
  • 10:16 RT @clairednz: All ladies will love this... The Big Clothes Shwop hits Auckland 26th September at the Langham, cool! #
  • 11:08 Pretty cool! RT@RussAdams Awesome! 100 Years of Special Effects #
  • 12:01 I say, it's positively HOT in Auckland today. Tropically damp though, too. Bare feet up on the desk to work. Yay for laptops! #
  • 12:06 @ConnieBrz Eww, fries. Don't you know what they put in that stuff! I used to love em too till I found out. You may as well eat plastic! #
  • 12:44 Gah, that lunch was awful today, same as usual but salad was like chewing a haystack & I'm getting sick of edam. Ah well, at least I'm full! #
  • 16:35 @ConnieBrz Pretty cool. But I loved the bus one too. #
  • 20:59 @axtens haha very funny #
  • 21:00 That makes about 12 hours of work today. Think that'll do. Now...Voyager, or not Voyager? I think so. Been a week at least. #
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

  • 10:19 @lifeledlearning Thanks for the mention :) You do realise that putting my @ at the front means only the followers we share will see it? lol #
  • 10:20 Help change the world one tweet at a time! - follow @FeatsOfTweet !! #
  • 10:51 .@lifeledlearning all you have to do is put a dot in front like this and it will go to all your followers. Or mention tweeps later in tweet. #
  • 11:06 @lifeledlearning you're not to blame if they keep changing the way stuff works! so how has your day been? #
  • 11:51 @lifeledlearning That sounds very productive. Warm winter coming up? #
  • 12:04 Bookkeeping: check. Fridge magnets designed: check. New cover uploaded: check. Now: finalise interior & order proof copies. Fun! #
  • 12:13 @ConnieBrz funny that, I was just thinking there's gotta be a way to retrieve your posts from a search cache.There's stuff in there you know #
  • 12:31 @audaciousgloop ooo that does sound like groovy! #
  • 13:19 @audaciousgloop I found, that's a lot of mixes! which do you recommend? #
  • 13:48 mmm giant mushrooms fried in butter lightly on each side...add eggs, avocado, and all my usual salad stuff, it is divine! #
  • 14:41 @oharris69 I don't know what a portobello is. Best guess: some type of sausage?? #
  • 14:48 @vavroom ah well in that case count me in! thanks #
  • 14:53 @oharris69 yum! #
  • 17:27 RT: @WritersDigest: High-Concept Hooks for Books: Whether you're w riting a kids novel, adult genre novel... #
  • 18:21 @ConnieBrz Go to google, enter your URL, and when the results come up, click on Cache and see what you find. #
  • 18:26 So tired...yawn...just 3 monster files to upload before I can order a proof copy of upcoming books...yay! #
  • 18:27 Wish me luck, I am about to brave the book printer's upload site! I may be some time! #
  • 18:33 Uh oh, Word crashed, taking with it my latest changes and a new document I wait for the eggtimer to let up or is it really lost? #
  • 18:59 Well I took a dinner break and Word is still not responding. Time for more forceful tactics. Task Manager here I come. #
  • 19:31 Thanks to Word crashes I now have to re-insert 40 graphics (which were not involved in lost changes) and they aren't behaving. Grrr. #
  • 19:31 @yomcat what the flip is that? #
  • 19:37 @yomcat seriously I just think it's my machine's incapability to open folders and files without crashing itself. For a whole year now. Ugh. #
  • 19:46 @yomcat I tried that...unless you're talking about twitter, lol. No, this is a generalised failure and happens even with just one window. #
  • 19:46 Ok so I got the graphics (one of em anyway) to behave; now it's messed up my drop cap. Next attempt coming up. #
  • 20:10 @yomcat Oh right! you meant the actual window, not the Windows window. Gotcha. Yeah, that is in the future as soon as I snag a replacement. #
  • 20:11 I now have my graphics more or less in order, only to discover that I lost page numbers in the process. This is getting weirder and weirder. #
  • 20:22 Okay I have fixed my file again...thank goodness for that. Now REALLY only the uploads remain. Whew... #
  • 21:21 I sure didn't think I'd need this many hours just to upload my proof files to the printer. They keep getting messed up. Nearly done now. #
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Monday, August 24, 2009

  • 11:56 Excuse me for not tweeting yesterday. I spent much of it walking the length and breadth of Glenfield and back in not-quite-suitable shoes. #
  • 12:25 Awesome post for independent publishers: #
  • 12:41 @lifeledlearning My feet are fine, thanks... were a bit sore last night but just fine now. Will leave those shoes well alone for a while! #
  • 12:48 @ksuyin that is interesting but sadly I am not that fond of squash! #
  • 12:49 Just discovered that surimi meat is more than one-third wheat flour! Ick. Carbs hiding out everywhere. #
  • 13:21 Lunch (no pic sorry, I was too hungry!) mixed salad, fish with seafood sauce, avocado with mayo, mozzarella with pesto. I'm SOOO full now! #
  • 13:34 Facebook stats, eh? I have 741 friends, 27% male, 73% female. 66 single, 486 dating/married. My posts are typically viewed by 40 people. #
  • 13:42 @yomcat Dunno. That was a FB app. Got any tips? #
  • 14:01 @yomcat thanks, will give it a go! #
  • 14:11 @cl airednz That might be leftover stock of older choccy batches. There's been a fair bit around all through the last months. #
  • 14:19 Now that's cool! Putting money in your pocket... RT: @vavroom: Huhhh, this is interesting: #
  • 14:29 100 views already on my latest video: I think you'll like it too :) #
  • 15:57 RT: @WritersDigest: Mind-Boggling Horrible Query Letter: This is a "Blast From the Past" post.&nbsp; To celebrate.. #
  • 18:09 @lifeledlearning you're welcome - I don't remember doing it but glad it helped! Was it even me? lol #
  • 19:22 it's funny, I'm always enormously relieved to finish a paying language job, no matter how small. This one was an hour's work or so. #
  • 19:24 Does anybody remember those plastic elephant moneyboxes banks gave kids in the 80's? and didn't they have something to do with Kashin ? #
  • 19:52 @AdageBusiness Yes there was something like that in the back of my mind but it was such a long time ago that I wasn't sure any more! Thanks! #
  • 20:03 I blogged two random poems from the weekend: #
  • 20:22 RT: @FeatsOfTweet: Please RT! New blog post: "We launch next Thursday – can you help us reach 1,000 followers?" #
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

  • 09:34 Thanks @samnzed: this is cool! Everyone should read this. Will fascinate the international community #
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

  • 11:00 @axtens Just me Irish influences showing but yeah we use that in NZ as well :) Your conjugation is correct #
  • 12:18 RT: @ggSpirit: I'm Not Hatin'…Maybe Just a Little Bit #
  • 12:20 A cat's love is worth seeking! RT: sarahjpin: Why the Chinese Should Stop Eating Cats. #
  • 12:23 @anemulligan The body text font is a bit hard on the eyes, but otherwise a very nice site! Did you make it yourself? #
  • 12:28 @ggSpirit nice to meet you! welcome to my random world :) sunny winter day here in New Zealand #
  • 12:30 Sharp white clouds hover over Coromandel, Rangitoto and Hunua; otherwise brilliant blue sky. I love living here! - in NZ, & this house too. #
  • 12:44 - Looking over Takapuna to the Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel Ranges left, Rangitoto right. #
  • 12:47 - Looking over Northcote and Bayswater/Narrowneck to Browns Island, Waiheke Island, and in the far distance the ... #
  • 12:49 - Sunny day in Auckland city #
  • 13:00 @rileymagnus Thank you :) I didn't make it! You'll have to come see it someday #
  • 13:16 @ggSpirit About 16°C which I think is something like 55 in F? It's very pleasant. #
  • 14:06 - Yummy no-carbs lunch: salad, bacon, eggs, avocado, and cheese with sundried tomato pesto. #
  • 14:13 @vavroom maybe yeah but not like bread and pasta! it's like saying spinach is a good source of iron (rememb er that ad?) #
  • 14:24 @vavroom Twas a long time ago I guess. The iron in a heaped 2-foot platter of spinach was shown to equal the iron in one average beef steak. #
  • 14:25 Wow, this twitpic thing is really effective, I had no idea so many people would want to look at my lunch! Hee hee. Experiment successful. #
  • 14:26 @lifeledlearning aw pshaw, you're in better shape than me - don't worry about it. Sounds like a Chocolate Day to me! #
  • 14:43 @ksuyin It's just your average common camembert. The brand is Longbush I think. A Kiwi one. But it's the sundried tomato pesto that's magic! #
  • 14:57 @ksuyin I agree completely! #
  • 15:00 Oh I forgot to mention I booked two flights today: Paris to Dublin and Dublin to Munich. Odd sensation. It's been a while. #
  • 15:06 @ksuyin oh sorry wait, that was cheapo generic mild block cheese. But a dream with the pesto! #
  • 15:26 wow pretty freaky but such good work! via @jencorbett #
  • 15:34 @lifeledlearning Another time I will for sure. Not able to get to Britain or USA this time round either. Gotta leave some time for working! #
  • 16:35 Kids watching Supergirl again. Odd how the evil magic is mostly identified by peculiar 80's sounds. But then, I'm not really looking. #
  • 16:36 Note to self: save work before switching to another window. My poor old taskbar/file manager can't cope and stuff crashes. #
  • 16:38 @lifeledlearning Not so much writing as publishing, but yes, progress this week was good. Graphics and videos and stuff. How's your book? #
  • 18:13 @lifeledlearning Oh, yes, the Pilgrims...they are sleeping. I don't have time to deal with them just yet. But their day will come! Bwahaha #
  • 18:15 - Tall postcard promo design for The Muse, including print bleed rims. #
  • 18:42 I'm partying again tonight! @Chewyrissa is turning 20, yay! Wonder what I'll wear? Yep a little late to be thinking about that. But hey. #
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Friday, August 21, 2009

  • 11:24 @KleinerWalter (waves) Hi Walt! To what do I owe this honour? :P #
  • 11:26 @axtens I use all sorts of software on my XP laptop. Mainly: Word, Netscape 4.5, FF, PhotoStudio2000, GIMP, Irfan, Text editor(HTML), FTP. #
  • 11:33 This is pretty fascinating - how the Internet sees you: (via @idealogmag) Works best if you have unique name. #
  • 11:51 - Print ad for Legendary Space Pilgrims #
  • 11:51 - Print ad for Splashdown Books #
  • 13:11 @justinflitter A used car dealer! #
  • 13:25 Very keen on this DIY tiltshift lens: I've wanted one for ages! Possible in NZ? #
  • 13:47 I quit sandwiches! For real, no kidding! Find out why: #
  • 13:49 @audaciousgloop What does google gears do again? I suspect it runs google chat...which I use a lot. Hmm. You got me thinking. #
  • 13:54 @lifeledlearning @Frederation Thanks! I just threw it together actually...wondered if it's professional enough but you have reassured me! :) #
  • 13:57 @audaciousgloop hmm well I don't use those but I think it is involved in the voice and video chat functions attached to gmail. #
  • 14:02 Yay nothing more that's urgent right now so I can delve into one of my top secret pet projects Mmmmmmm! (rubs hands together) #
  • 14:25 @audaciousgloop I see. Well, FF is slow and freezy almost all the time for me. Maybe due to 2yr old XP laptop, I don't know. #
  • 15:07 Okay...this is a weird one. The Photo-Crashing Squirrel #
  • 16:51 The kids are watching Supergirl. All I can think is that the flying ought to be making a terrible mess of her hair. Or is that a superpower? #
  • 17:26 well then. I am off to a pancake party at the Mafi's, this should be fun. tweet at youse tomorrow! #
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

  • 10:08 Of writers, critics, thieves, and attitudes: by @rileymagnus #
  • 11:28 I am a publisher and I don't believe in agents :) why do you ask? #
  • 11:36 @kalena Authors with agents have advantages. My genre (SF) is marginalised and rarely picked up by agents. I'm about giving people chances. #
  • 11:45 Today: Manuscript formatting touch-ups (so far so good), and graphic design for a couple of page ads, coming up shortly. #
  • 11:50 @frankcreed That one I got you has most of those colours on it, right? :P I know, I know, same name, wrong sport. #
  • 11:55 just voted "Star Trek" on "Best 2009 Film?" vote too ➔ #
  • 17:01 @ConnieBrz O Muse of mine do you have a moment for a very short brainstorm? If so please log into google! #
  • 17:39 @ConnieBrz I love the bus in your new design! #
  • 18:26 @axtens remind me what we were talking about? It's been a while #
  • 21:03 Want to know what I did today? Created 2 full-page book ad graphics (exhausting!) & chatted with Andrea @povbootcamp most of the day (fun! ) #
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Not Far from the Tree
by Ruth Smith Meyers

This month, CFRB presents Not Far from the Tree by Ruth Smith Meyers.
About the Book:

Those who lived in the twentieth century saw more rapid changes than any previous century. Born at the beginning of this era, to a family that had already faced dramatic change and challenge, Rina seemed to come into the world with a zest for the revolution the 1900’s would bring. Based on the story of a real person, the narrative alternates between the daily activities of a still spunky 99-year-old Rina and her vivid memories as she relives vignettes of her life. The impetuous and sometimes capricious nature of young Rina almost exasperates her parents Jake and Ellie.
When she is barely a grown woman, marriage to an imaginative and sometimes impractical dreamer husband, the arrival of babies, the great depression and life in general take over, moulding her into a strong woman not unlike her parents, proving the apple indeed does not fall far from the tree. The unbelievable twists in the lives of Rina and her beloved David will keep readers fascinated with the indomitable strength of the human spirit when there is a solid foundation of love and faith. Although this is a sequel to Not Easily Broken, it can readily stand on its own.

About the Author:

Ruth Smith Meyers is an Inspirational/Motivational speaker, a regular contributor for Rejoice Magazine, a daily devotional resource, the editor of Marriage Encounter Newsletter and has had her poetry published in Purpose and Christian Living Magazine.

Purchase Not Far from the Tree at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
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