Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

As several others have mentioned in reviews, I too was surprised at the format of this book and just how short a time it took to read. Having read and enjoyed one of Andy's other books which was more full-length, this one was not what I expected. It's a little shiny picture book that outlines the basic principle of the "Butterfly Effect" without really going into much depth. But perhaps that's enough to introduce someone to the concept.
International readers might want to note that the book is quite America-centric.

So this is a brief reminder to be aware of your every action because you never know what effect it might have somewhere down the track. In the book, just a few stories are traced back through history, just enough to get you thinking.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Interview with K. Dawn Byrd

What's your genre and subgenre? Why do you think that is?
I write romantic suspense. I absolutely love suspense and write what I love. However, a little romance doesn't hurt anything!

Do you like to read the same genre as you write? What other genres interest you? Favourite authors?
I do love to read romantic suspense. I like romance also, but only if there's enough tension to make it suspenseful. James Patterson is a favorite. Also, Michelle Sutton

Tell us about your published work, and where we can go to find out more.
I have two books coming out through Desert Breeze Publishing in 2010. The first, Queen of Hearts, came out in April and was their bestseller for the month. Killing Time will release in August. I have several five star reviews for Queen of Hearts on Amazon. Here's my favorite:

"Queen of Hearts by K. Dawn Byrd kept me turning pages so quickly, I rested my finger on the page-turning button the whole time! All the characters are clearly drawn, as are the settings. The main character, Daphne, is very likable and capable, but has her foibles. She's a cub reporter during WWII, gets in over her head in a spy situation stateside, and fights her way past adversity to triumph in the end. This first novel is amazingly well done and could compete with all veteran writers of suspense for quality of plot and structure. The message of faith underlying the story gently reminds readers that faith and prayer are the guiding forces to survival in any and all circumstances. Watch out, suspense writers. K. Dawn has burst on the scene and I believe she is here to stay and to rise as a bright and talented star in the realm of Christian fiction writers!"

What are you working on right now? How's progress?
I'm working on a romance that I've rewritten several times. This one has been the hardest to write yet due to my changing the plot so many times.

Your best writing tip?
Write something every day. Even if you only have fifteen minutes. You'll be surprised at how quickly your word count will increase.

What else are you up to that our readers would find interesting?
I'm planning to attend my first conference ever. It's the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference in IN in September. I can't wait.

How do you deal with writer's block?
I deal with writer's block by getting up and moving around. If I hit a brick wall, I'll jump on my jogging trampoline or sweep the floor. It gets the creative juices flowing again.

Where do you usually write, and is the location important?
Location is not as important as sound. I must have total peace and quiet when I write. For that reason, I am unable to stay in the room while my husband is watching TV.

How have you dealt with rejection in the past?
I've not dealt with rejection much due to the fact that I submitted my early work only to contests. This is a great way to get feedback. I believe rejection to be a way to improve writing ability. Every time I received a negative comment from a judge, I'd take a hard look at my writing and take steps to improve it.

What is your opinion on the state of ebook publishing today, and where do you see it going?
I'm an ebook junkie. I read them on the go on my netbook or Blackberry. I believe the ebook market is exploding and will continue to grow.

Do you plan your stories, or just sit down and write them? Elaborate.
I'm a plotter. I plot for hours before I start to write. I fill out character worksheets too. Even though so much time goes into plotting, I still give my characters freedom to change the plot.

Your advice to aspiring authors?
Write something every day and never, never, never give up! Write for the right reason...because you love it.

Your website or social media profile?!/group.php?gid=128209963444 (Facebook Christian Fiction Gathering)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

  • 09:16 I write in church (divine inspiration): I huddle in the crowd standing around meforest-like, branches wavingamidst... #
  • 18:43 RT: @ImprovEvery: brand new Improv Everywhere video just went live. Star Wars Subway Car: #
  • 23:18 The Lost Genre Guild News for July 14th 2010: Chris Solaas says: Check out a short prequel exc... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Monday, July 12, 2010

  • 11:30 @find_ch I have to get it critiqued and polished and submit it somewhere...but dm me your email address if you want a look at the draft! #
  • 11:30 @coolvstar650 I haven't got to that one yet. Sounds good! #
  • 12:05 New Review: The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin: This book is subtitled A Fairy Tale, and that is what it is. The not... #
  • 19:03 Last week, my post on abuse got a lot of responses. Today part two got none at all. What's with that? #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for July 12th 2010: Karina Fabian says: The July 2010 issue of A Dra... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

  • 23:25 Whoo, I am liking Doctor Who a lot these days! Both new eps I've caught have been awesome :) Never got into it much before... but now! #
  • 23:28 One very happy writer here.Have done another short story this w/end which is actually 4 stories inside each other.Messing with reality,yeah! #
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Friday, July 9, 2010

  • 09:52 Anse Vata, New Caledonia: Itchy feet again? Yep, it's your neighbourhood globetrotter reporting in from a tiny cor... #
  • 13:43 I uploaded a YouTube video -- Splashdown Books - The First Year #
  • 23:04 The Lost Genre Guild Ray Gun Revival Magazine, Issue 56: Ray Gun Revival magazine celebrates t... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

  • 18:11 THE VOICE'S WORDS TO PILGRIMS: As recounted in the history of the Legendary Space Pilgrims, these are the first of... #
  • 21:09 SplashdownBooks Blog Cars, brick walls, and learning to drive.: I was fifteen years old when I first sat behind th... #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for July 7th 2010: Two new releases this month from Splashdown Books... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

  • 07:00 Short stories in text or audio formats! This is something new for the ezine scene: #
  • 09:38 Ooo! Just realised my story A Stretch of Time has been published in the July edition of @ResAliens magazine! #
  • 12:49 @cldyck Hey, thanks for the RT :) #
  • 18:36 It was TODAY that the DeLorean travelled to, here's proof! Well for me it's yesterday since I am in the future hah #
  • 21:10 @terrimain G'kar was cool. #
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Monday, July 5, 2010

  • 07:00 Today is day one for the Flagship ezine run by @spiritualtramp et al: #
  • 09:00 On Surviving Abuse, Part 1: I'm a survivor.It's been a long time coming, this post. Even now I'm trying to avoid w... #
  • 10:00 Feeling in need of a little support on my blog post re surviving abuse. First time out of the closet. Anyone? #
  • 10:03 Made some good progress on CyberDublin novel last night. Yay! Pulling threads together, adding a more sinister villain, etc. Lots of work! #
  • 10:16 @beanchef thank you! much appreciated #
  • 10:31 RT @ghostwoods: Oh no! RT @londongeekgirl In Back To The Future Christopher Lloyd sets the DeLorean for "25 yrs in the future" THAT'S TODAY! #
  • 19:00 Did ya see it yet? Did ya? Lost Genre Guild member Scott Roche @spiritualtramp has started a new ezine #
  • 19:54 @jeanettemarsh thanks for the RT! I'm chewing over something to submit there myself. #
  • 21:29 Oh, this is hilarious! Ga ndalf Goes to the World Cup #
  • 00:06 SplashdownBooks Blog Ask a Superhero: Origins of the Superfan: Welcome to our weekly feature where we ask a questi... #
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

  • 19:00 A new ezine I'm definitely going to keep my eye on, both as reader and writer: #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild Announcing Flagship Ezine from Flying Island Press: Enjoy Your Sci-fi and... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Saturday, July 3, 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

  • 08:05 New Review: The Victor by Marlayne Giron: What stood out the most to me about this book was Marlayne's voice. The ... #
  • 09:00 Rural Bavaria:     For a country with only a little more land area than my own and twenty times the population,... #
  • 10:18 I subscribed to JoMaLiMum's channel on YouTube. #
  • 12:16 Oo! Moon pics, incl the far side! @terrimain RT: @bethbookcoach: I love to geek out on space... Maybe you do too! < a href="">#
  • 13:42 @rhyder Thanks! I picked a different one in the end that's kinda similar: What do you think? #
  • 16:44 Redesigning my inspy spec-fic ezine listing - there are currently seven, how cool, plus a new one to be born this weekend - lots to read!! #
  • 18:11 moro bar to keep me going nom nom nom this might be a long night! #
  • 18:22 just been out sneaking around to film some dusk lighted sky for upcoming video projects, among other things - all without getting out of car #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for July 2nd 2010: Fred Warren says: My flash story, "Bullies With B... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
  • 23:07 Website going! - Still in beta, will work out any kinks over the weekend. #
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

  • 09:26 yay for sunshine!! #
  • 16:31 @cldyck As long as you got the 2009 edition :) #
  • 17:09 What's this--my tweeps showing up in my google searches? Woo, freaky :) #
  • 17:49 ow sore back...was gonna get a massage at the mall today but they didn't have time for me. Too much overtime lately! and voluntary to boot #
  • 17:56 Oy oy oy what am I going to do with this CSS? I'm of a mind to dump it and go back to HTML so's I can get the site done on time. #
  • 18:55 @cldyck There are 2; they may not ever de-list the old one as long as traders sell it. I'm honoured - never been a Christmas gift before! #
  • 18:56 @simon_w Menus can't be placed in-line with header graphic; the code is messy. I'm doing HTML dropdowns, may replace later. #
  • 18:57 @yomcat what's a GUI? #
  • 19:22 @simon_w Well, I wanted them to be, but it seems that is not possible. So I caved and put them on the next line. Don't look so bad. #
  • 19:24 @simon_w beta version now testing here: #
  • 19:36 @simon_w Well, I had them stacked two by two, was still too wide. Wanted an option to wrap on small screens but this is better I think. #
  • 23:33 there are so many files on my desktop that many are not visible. yes, it's been that kind of a week. aargh! #
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

  • 09:00 On Parking: rainy day, rainbow hazeparked at the waves breakingon shelly beach and concrete walls.clar... #
  • 09:42 @jeanettemarsh thanks! I did! #
  • 09:44 Enjoyed playing pool last night at Ponsonby snooker club, on the tables once used by U2. Good times! #
  • 11:01 Publishers! "Do as I say," God thundered, "and you will save your soul and a place in the value chain." #
  • 11:04 @HMarieYoung Hey, thanks for buying it! Much appreciated :) I only did the text on that cover. Art by #
  • 11:50 @HMarieYoung @cldyck wow thanks Cat! I need more people like you!! #
  • 12:13 Is about to start wrestling with CSS for even sleeker site menus. Wish me luck! #
  • 12:32 @BookieMonsterNZ Ooh yes! My first cat smelled like my favourite campground, current cat more like talcum powder. #
  • 12:34 With help, I found a css menu template I actually understand: @simon_w #
  • 12:39 @simon_w &lt;hand flies over head&gt; sorry, I'm really only a hack and don't know what that means! #
  • 13:05 @simon_w umm...okay...thanks...but I think I'll try a straight code copy before venturing there. #
  • 13:53 @BookieMonsterNZ Oh, add me? I write and publish too, so take your pick. :) #
  • 16:29 Another option for new online presence photo. What do you think? twitpic.c om/215b3y #
  • 16:38 Blog interviewer wants to know something about me that surprises people. Heh. I don't know what to say. Nothing's surprising to me, y'see! #
  • 17:01 @IcarusForde I speak German if I can be of any help... #
  • 22:53 I'm still fighting with CSS. And the CSS is winning. Argh! #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for June 30th, 2010: You can read an excerpt of Sherry Thompson's Ea... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

  • 10:42 has a new letterbox at last! woohoo! #
  • 12:39 If you didn't see it late last night, here's my new website preview: Opinions please? #
  • 17:01 is suddenly sick of web design. But there are, um, 12 more pages to make! Aaagh! #
  • 17:47 Note to self and anyone listening...Uh...Don't listen to the same 10 songs on shuffle ALL DAY, it will make you crazy! #
  • 18:22 @jeanettemarsh Silence, a hot shower, and a night out, methinks! #
  • 18:40 Calling it a night. Six or seven web pages are done - maybe ten more to go? (I'm not counting!) All good. Laters, peeps! #
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Monday, June 28, 2010

  • 09:00 On Being Happy: Sometimes I think I'm the luckiest girl in the world.However, that didn't stop me from spilling co... #
  • 11:07 Being woken by the phone four days in a row might have made me just a little bit grumpy. Just sayin'. And no it wasn't only just now. #
  • 11:11 New Review: Swords of the Six by Scott Appleton: Scott Appleton terms Swords of the Six a "prelude novel" to his i... #
  • 11:43 @floatingmeme Ooh, that sounds interesting. Anything particular you plan on using it for, or is it for everything? #
  • 12:19 has actually finished all the stuff that was urgent today, and can move on to things that are urgent for this week. Yay! Vids. Websites. Etc #
  • 12:46 @floatingmeme Woo, yeah, if the functionality is similar, absolutely. Looking forward to reading your experiences! #
  • 18:31 is excited about the new website taking shape for Splashdown Books! DM me if you want a sneak peek #
  • 21:28 New look for Splashdown Books website: (links not all active yet) - Your opinions, please? #< /li>
  • 22:33 @velofille aha I've made the grade then? thank you!! #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for June 28th: The big news of the weekend is that Jill Williamson o... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
  • 00:40 SplashdownBooks Blog Ask a Superhero: Book Title: Welcome to our weekly feature where we ask a question of a Super... #
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

  • 13:12 Watching the Christy Awards presentation on live chat here & rooting for friends: #
  • 14:39 Congrats to all the Christy Award winners and finalists! Wow, what a night! #
  • 14:41 Good news for all indy publishers - Jill Williamson won a Christy Award with By Darkness Hid from Marcher Lord Press! @marcherlord woohoo!!! #
  • 14:46 Would it be right that Speculative is the first genre in which an indy publisher has come so far? CONGRATS @JillWilliamson @marcherlord !! #
  • 15:11 Hey everyone an AWESOME dreamy new ambient track by my friend Mike aka Eleon, listen to DIVE here: #
  • 21:15 likes going barefoot into the wet cold garden for delicious fresh silverbeet because you can't be bothered going upstairs for your shoes. #
  • 22:16 Noooo...I cannot use a headache at this precise moment in time! Lots to do! 20 more pages of edits due right now, lol. Getting it over with. #
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

  • 19:05 What an icky day #
  • 21:50 is it just me or are there a LOT of people having a bad day today #
  • 22:16 Lunar eclipse beginning! First signs visible. #
  • 00:02 @cldyck yeah just a partial, but very pretty. had to go outside to see it just now as my window faces east and the moon is straight up now. #
  • 00:02 @eddiesnipes thx for #ff! #
  • 00:04 Sigh. I have got exactly nothing done today. Back hurts. Head hurts. Not even a lick on that art proje ct. Or anything else. Oh well. #
  • 00:08 The lunar eclipse is lovely. The shadow's curvature lets me imagine how big the earth would be when seen from the moon. #
  • 00:25 Ick. That is all. #
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Friday, June 25, 2010

  • 12:55 Here is why I won't use stock images on my book cover designs. Be sure and scroll down for more modern ones. #
  • 15:11 My hands are not working. Could be the cold? Off to find my warmers. #
  • 15:33 Wow - patients' own stem cells restore blind eyes #
  • 17:00 Rangitoto Island: Sleeping Volcano: By far the largest—and youngest— in the Auckland volcanic region, Rangitoto si... #
  • 17:18 Apparently my post on singleness came across sad and some people are feeling sorry for me. Don't! :) #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild June 25: Fred in Audio, DDM Interview, MLP Update: This from Fred Warren:... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

  • 13:01 RT: @WritingPassion: The Biggest Mistake Writers Make? Multitasking!!! (via @rileymagnus) #
  • 14:27 listening to some awesome ambient tracks at - join me? I love this stuff!!!! #
  • 17:08 Didn't know until now there are people in the world who aim to play chess on rollercoasters & get photos of it #
  • 18:01 Liquid Mountaineering: Making a sport out of walking on water! /06/liquid-mountaineering.html #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild June 23: Member News: R. L. Copple, author of the Reality Series (Infinit... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
  • 01:24 Auckland in the rain: This was written a few weeks back. It's been drier lately!amphibious naturewinter has struck... #
  • 01:47 Have just completely finished this book cover design for @Caprice_Hokstad: I'm stoked! 1 more to do before the weekend. #
  • 02:02 LOLOL and ROFLNUI!!! Photo: Product Fail Spree - God Almig hty?? via @spiritualtramp #
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

  • 21:37 At times this publishing biz feels like ninja-ing my way through a tangled bog filled with wild creatures and booby-traps. Sound fun? It is! #
  • 22:02 @Stockhausens Yeah I am around, got two books coming out on the 1st so crazy right now finalising covers and interiors! Getting there. :) #
  • 22:36 @Stockhausens One sci-fi and one fantasy. can't get the cover template to work at the mo, grr. House is great :) still need another flattie. #
  • 23:00 @Stockhausens Aw, it was just returning the wrong spine width for the page count I put in. I got it now, thoug h! Online generator was crabby #
  • 23:07 Aha, the Americans are starting to wake up, but it's time for me to go. Back in 10 hrs or so. Cold again tonight, brr! 3 hot water bottles!! #
  • 23:09 @Stockhausens yeah I should do that, been too crazy lately! would like to target language schools / foreign students - small cheap room #
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Monday, June 21, 2010

  • 09:57 New Review: Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos: There might be many ways to describe this book. Funny. Crazy. Insan... #
  • 10:53 has been offline for two whole days, now that's what I call a weekend! Began a large painting, fixed stuff round home, went mall-cruising. #
  • 13:37 @elpie Oh dear. Our thoughts are with him. Hope it is not serious. #
  • 21:53 On Being Single: There's that word again. Single. As if it was a disease or something. Just as well I don't look m... #
  • 23:01 The Lost Genre Guild News for June 21st, 2010: Sherry Thompson says: I'm a member of Delaware... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze

I sat down to read this book one evening, never intending to finish it in one go - but that is exactly what I did! For three and a half hours, Vicki Hinze took me completely away into an immersive story that wouldn't let me go.

So we have the unidentified woman suffering amnesia after a carjacking. The bitter widower disenchanted at life and not at all pleased to see a lookalike of his dead wife show up. And a support cast of doctors, counsellors, lawmen and security guys, plus a whole swathe of different types of villains, from petty hired thugs to international terrorists.

It is also a fairly intense love story in among all the action, which never lets up. Just when you think there's going to be a breather, another gunman shows up, or a piece of the puzzle is revealed to discover the woman's identity. Even after she is known, there is still much to resolve. It'll take a good deal of brainpower to think through all the convoluted connections very cleverly connected in this plot.

Highly recommended if you like a lot of romance with your suspense, plus a strong faith element on the side.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010

  • 11:44 Awesome! Voyage of the Dawn Treader Though I'd very much like to know why Peter and Susan are in it! #
  • 12:21 @BryanThomasS Yeah, definitely weird. Implies they're in it. Isn't there usually a non-3D version as well? Hope so. It makes me queasy. #
  • 12:37 read my blog: Balbriggan Town: The name alone conjures up memories of the sweet summer I spent there, scribbling i... #
  • 14:21 New Review: DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul: I had to laugh when I took a first close look at the cover of this book... #
  • 14:24 I believe "hiccupped" is American spelling, like focussed, and the Brit version is hiccuped. Can anyone confirm? #
  • 15:52 @joegreenz Yep I lost several thousand tweets last week. Nothing before December has survived. #
  • 16:26 Hey guys, what do you think of this for my new author pic to go on the back of books and stuff? #
  • 16:43 @jasonarmishaw General audience. Science fiction books. #
  • 16:43 @jeanettemarsh Thanks! :) #
  • 22:26 SplashdownBooks Blog Yet more excuses not to write: I've been trying my best to think of something interesting to ... #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild June 18th News - Terri Main, Jeff Gerke, MLP: Terri Main says: Come meet ... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

  • 11:59 Turned the computer on "just to listen to music" while doing housework. Fat chance! Inbox cleared. House dirty. Better do something bout it. #
  • 12:24 @Loz62 Maybe for some people. I keep the inbox fairly tidy but the house is utterly neglected and has been for..gulp..weeks! Ah, singleness! #
  • 20:12 Signing off to go work on Caprice's back cover. Computer doesn't like running browser and graphics program at the same time. Later! #
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

  • 10:09 Odd. I seem to have lost several thousand tweets overnight. #
  • 10:12 read my blog: Random Wednesday Poetry: coming of the nightthe evening shade slips across the gentle hillsthe higgl... #
  • 19:58 The soccer is really stuffing up twitter. Replies delayed by a day! How long is this going on for again? #
  • 22:45 OH. Just discovered the 2k job I thought due tonight is actually due tomorrow night. Oh well, it's done now. Tomorrow will fill up easily! #
  • 22:58 @ishtar_ Richtig! Danke :) Und es ist noch gar nicht so spät.. .23 Uhr, hmm...gähn...Ich glaub ich geh trotzdem schlafen. Morgen kommt bald! #
  • 22:59 @yomcat Oh dear. Doesn't sound good at all. We shall just have to resort to real life a little more... #
  • 23:03 The Lost Genre Guild News for June 16th, 2010: Bryan Davis Interview, Mike Lynch & Brandon Bar... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

  • 10:52 Wow--funny! Calling all cyclists! Lightweight Eco Porsche and cute Austrian #
  • 11:20 Sorting out @Caprice_Hokstad 's chapter headings. Might be a long day. But I'm keen to knock it on the head. #
  • 14:25 @ms_effective Never printed any pics till last week. Glad I did! And certainly more to come. But very selective - I take 1000's each month. #
  • 00:30 Phew--finished the book chapter formatting and it's only a little past midnight. Should celebrate, but just wanna sleep... #
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Monday, June 14, 2010

  • 09:00 read my blog: On Blogging: Join me for a coffee? Or in this case, a hot chocolate that is truly a work of art, cou... #
  • 14:36 @cameocreams Oh, is that tomorrow? I thought it was Saturday. But hmm, yeah maybe :) #
  • 18:22 @cameocreams yes anything with a choc fish just has to be awesome #
  • 20:23 @IcarusForde either doc or rtf is fine.. Just no docx #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for June 14th, 2010: ResAliens new edition : The new edition of Resid... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

  • 17:30 Lovely post on revisions: "Because I don't fart glitter and unicorns." thx to Kat who doesn't tweet. #
  • 18:05 That was fun today, guys! Mmm, tea :) @iplaytea @cameocreams @dharmeshnanu @alanagray @lewisbostock @jeanettemarsh @jakelso #
  • 18:29 Ate quiche. Fed cat. Heater on. Now settling into the start of my rather bizarre work rhythm. The night is very, very young! #
  • 18:31 @jeanettemarsh Hi! A list of my writing, published and in progress, is here: :) #
  • 19:51 Cool video clip for the new single from New Zealand band Opshop thx to Neil White on FB for that #
  • 20:14 Ooo! A new paying market for just my kind of speculative fiction - in all e-formats and audio! #
  • 20:26 Agreed! RT: @velofille: Me too! RT @rgoodchild: best story i've read all weekend :) #
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

  • 11:34 read my blog: Basics 4: Grace as Activist and Star: ...the activistGrace is the newsgatherer for the Lost Genre ... #
  • 13:58 .@JanalynVoigt @HolidayHaven Thanks for the #FF, gals! Tweet at ya soon! #
  • 14:28 @AmaliaTd Blog looks nice! Did you see mine? ..To make Pages go into New Post and there is a link. #
  • 14:51 @AmaliaTd It has 2 p's in British English, one in US. #
  • 16:20 @AmaliaTd Well, seeing as it was the Brits who invented English :P I use that version of the language myself, being a Kiwi and all #
  • 19:44 Loving - what fun! Transforms photos into a variety of artsy styles. #
  • 20:18 A bacon and egg sammy is a thing of beauty on a rainy Saturday night. Secret tip: zap toast spread with tomato sauce prior to constructing #
  • 20:22 Going to be another late night. I can feel it in my bones. So much to do! Book covers, pencil drawing, interior format, website -what first? #
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Friday, June 11, 2010

  • 09:00 read my blog: More on that tall ship: It was Captain James Cook who named many places in New Zealand on his tour o... #
  • 10:45 @HMarieYoung Thanks, hmmm, not sure how to do that stuff! It was as much as I could manage to get the gif transparency! Will investigate! #
  • 11:01 Since I finished it at 2am, here again my new blog layout: What do you think? #
  • 12:45 @Schnicker ah, okay. That was a while ago. No wonder I was confused... #
  • 13:24 Seven blog posts scheduled! And all of them pretty meaty. Gee, I hardly know myself! The new layout must have inspired me... #
  • 13:53 @WhittakersNZ Ooo I love nuts, specially the way you dress 'em. I'd fill my whole house if I could! Nut chocolate from floor to ceiling, mmm #
  • 14:18 @WhittakersNZ How's this? I &lt;3 whittakers nutty chocolate #
  • 14:20 Every time I put up a twitpic, it has like 20 views by the time I click on it right then. Are there bots to account for that, or is it real? #
  • 15:58 @talios They must be doing it pretty quick. Like, a second after it's up. I didn't think I had that many followers to cause such! #
  • 16:11 OH YEAH it's #FF time @IcarusForde @AmaliaTD @cldyck @5hameless @povbootcamp @BryanThomasS @RTuckerThompson @HMarieYoung @Schnicker @talios #
  • 16:12 @Swiggs chocolate o'clock over here! #
  • 16:14 #FF and of course @velofille @nessliddell @ClaireDel @miuraworld @Giapo @KMWeiland @theladyisugly @amiemccarron @yomcat @JanalynVoigt @bwagy #
  • 17:41 Phew, glad I caught that one: Novel heros don't know what language is, yet I used it in the book before the scene where they find out. Gone! #
  • 19:02 @alex_bettylou It's just nice seeing you around again. Everyone's got something to say, be it ever so mundane. That's most of life after all #
  • 19:17 All right, time for some eats. Indian butter chicken, I think. #
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

  • 08:45 I subscribed to slkcivilrwr's channel on YouTube. #
  • 11:09 My latest article: a tall ship in the Bay of Islands, to match the video #
  • 11:34 Web designers, what say you? Is it just me or is it *really annoying* to see Times New Roman on websites that otherwise look quite sharp? #
  • 12:15 @5hameless Yeah it occasionally works okay with certain antiquey styles. But not with slick modern stuff. #
  • 13:1 2 @BryanThomasS Good review! You going to put that on your blog? #
  • 13:43 I've been scribbl'n: A Tall Ship in the Bay of Islands: #
  • 14:18 @BryanThomasS Let's say June 20th? Absolute deadline is the 25th. #
  • 14:30 @BryanThomasS I thought the review was new, oops #
  • 14:40 I have to shut off twitter, facebook and gmail for a bit to get some translations done! ta-ta for now... #
  • 2 0:14 @RTuckerThompson Thanks! Maybe I will someday! #
  • 21:01 @timtabuteau @Schnicker huhh? did I miss something? #
  • 21:55 @alex_bettylou Oh, hello! You've been missed. #
  • 01:45 @IcarusForde Cool! Waiting anxiously for feedback, when you're ready. :) #
  • 01:46 All right. I've stayed up quite late enough. Here's the latest incarnation of my blog layout: Thoughts??? #
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

  • 10:44 @AmaliaTd mine is white letters on black keys so I can't do that anyway. My fingers know where the keys are, that's the main thing! #
  • 12:46 The two bugs I couldn't be bothered knocking off the ceiling last night are now gone. I wonder where they went. #
  • 18:54 Join me at "Giapo Whittaker's Tweet up" on Jun 19th. RSVP at #GiapoWhittakersTU #twvt #
  • 22:24 Got some unexpected paid work in the hour before 10:30PM. Well, I'll take what I get. Especially if it means tomorrow's work's already done! #
  • 22:27 Tomorrow: more book interiors and proofing, cover design tweaks, and marketing marketing marketing! But for now, it's goodnight. zzz #
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Starlighter by Bryan Davis

by Bryan Davis

This month, CFRB presents Starlighter by Bryan Davis.

About the Book:
In the first novel of a new four-book fantasy series for young adults by bestselling author Bryan Davis, human and dragon worlds collide when Jason Masters enters the dragon planet and meets Koren, a descendant of humans who were kidnapped and are now the dragons’ slaves.

About the Author:
Bryan Davis is the author of the bestselling fantasy series Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire and Echoes from the Edge. He and his wife, Susie, have seven children and live in western Tennessee where he continues to cook up his imaginative blend of fantasy and inspiration.
Visit Bryan's website.

Purchase Starlighter from
Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Unfortunately I was not able to get a copy of this book in time for the tour, but you can find actual reviews at some of the links below.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.

Monday, June 7, 2010

  • 10:00 New Review: Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet: I waited a long time to read this book, so mixed were the opin... #
  • 11:49 A little Web research tells me a beeswax salve can help protect my bodhran from humidity. I found some online and ordered it. Hope it works. #
  • 13:07 @velofille hmm that's interesting. good or bad? outdated feelings or nostalgic retro? & do you mean all the covers? #
  • 13:28 @velofille ok...what do you suggest? is there a lesser tweak that could help? it's too late to change the cover much, but can fix site. #
  • 14:00 @velofille ok no worries. it's just that I never saw it that way so was fishing for specifics, lol... #
  • 15:30 @AmaliaTd lol that's funny, it's my N and H that are all gone, and most of the B, M and L #
  • 16:15 @AmaliaTd I coulda told you a sharpie wouldn't do it, lol #
  • 16:28 @RTuckerThompson Thanks! And thanks for linking to my video :) #
  • 20:16 @rocalisa T hanks! Nice to meet you :) #
  • 21:07 Read awesome short stories by great authors in a brand new edition of ! & part 4 of my serial Comet Born :) #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for June 7th, 2010: Keven Newsome says: My first radio interview is ... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

  • 09:48 Ew, too many bugs. Three in one day! Good thing I kept the last honey jar to catch em in. #
  • 14:49 On a high after first time playing bodhran with a band in public. Small audience, but hey it was a lot of fun! Let's do it again! #
  • 16:32 Okay, if I finish my book edit today I might allow myself to have some fun making movies tonight. Looking good so far. #
  • 16:38 I've been scribbl'n: Basics 3: Grace the Publisher: ...the publisherSplashdown Books is an independent publisher... #
  • 17:44 Feet up on desk. Warm cat sleeping on my shins, only poking me with o ne elbow. Favourite music playing. Novel to edit. This is the life! #
  • 18:01 @bloggeratlarge There r 2 ferries/day that stop there on the way back from Rangitoto, but I think you can only get on with harb cruise pass. #
  • 19:37 @BryanThomasS Well, it won't always be your "last" will it now? lol #
  • 20:24 WOOHOO my last edit of Legendary Space Pilgrims is DONE, anyone want to review it / help look for typos? Almost ready for release on July 1! #
  • 21:02 @miuraworld thank you! #
  • 21:03 @IcarusForde Cool! dm me your email address & I'll send the manuscript through! #
  • 21:04 @velofille it's about these teens who escape from a mind-controlled planet and find their own freedom in order to return and free their home #
  • 21:05 @velofille which daughter? & is it sci-fi? I wrote my first space opera at 9... a silly story, but it was my start #
  • 21:46 @nessliddell I don't think I have your email. dm me? #
  • 21:50 @velofille awesome! I'll get it on the way! Thank you :) #
  • 21:52 Yay for NZ tweeps wanting to read my novel. You guys are a real boost! :) #
  • 22:02 @ClaireDel oh that would be awesome! dm me your email address? #
  • 22:03 @5hameless the more the merrier, and the cleaner the manuscript! glad to have you help! #
  • 22:10 OH nearly forgot, this is what the book cover looks like: @IcarusForde @velofille @nessliddell @5hameless @ClaireDel #
  • 23:15 As promised, a new video today: A Tall Ship in the Bay of Islands. #
  • 23:23 @IcarusForde Hey, tomorrow's free, right? You can finish it then. Sleep's important, dude! #
  • 23:29 @thecreativepenn Yep! Just tonight I got 5 new proofreaders from one tweet about my novel! #
  • 23:30 Goodnight Interwebs! It's been a great day!!! see y'all tomorrow. #
  • 23:38 OK. Last surf for tonight. For the writer s: The Generic Award-Winning Movie Plot Trailer (hilarious video) #
  • 05:04 I uploaded a YouTube video -- A Tall Ship in the Bay of Islands #
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

  • 13:47 Just joined - connecting book clubs to authors #
  • 14:03 @PegPhifer Ooo, thank you! #
  • 00:21 @Giapo mint green with caramel or choc streaks, and chopped choc fish? #
  • 00:26 Ha! Funny. RT: @MichaelHyatt: "Bad Church Names." What can you add? (via @Maurilio) #
  • 00:27 @Giapo well it's almost like what I said, so yeah...Choc fish are a given. if they are chopped up it might symbolise the me ss. #
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Friday, June 4, 2010

  • 08:48 Brrr! So cold today I expected to see frosty ground outside. A plague of insects coming inside in this weather, too. Ew. #
  • 08:49 @calypsogozzo Thanks for the FF! #
  • 09:48 @KMWeiland I have a huge stack of books, too! Isn't it the best thing...Just don't have time to get into them yet. #
  • 11:14 Yay! Go Christina! RT @authorchristina Can words express how this makes me feel??? Imitation as Flattery #
  • 11:36 New Review: The Word Unleashed by Steve Rzasa: I would say that Steve Rzasa has done it again, but technically tha... #
  • 11:58 OK, going offline for editing purposes. This one's going to be a marathon: all the way through 90,000 words by tomorrow. I hope. #
  • 16:32 Pausing the edit work to pop a roast beef in the oven. Mmm! Gotta clean up a bit before the famz arrive later too. On page 83 of 334 so far. #
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

  • 12:14 Got a doozy of a muscle ache after playing bodhran in a 2hr band practice, without having built up to it at all. Ow! But it sure was fun. #
  • 12:15 @IcarusForde You're right, it is similar, but I agree it still looks bad. Honestly with all the bazillions of fonts out there they could use #
  • 12:49 Right. I have been putting this off far too long: final edits due for Legendary Space Pilgrims, my novel releasing July 1! Hard work ahead. #
  • 13:01 My latest travel article at the Colorado City Record is all about Ireland: a general introduction. #
  • 21:15 Eradicating most instances of the word "began" from my novel. It's a killer. Slows down action every time, yet I find it in my action scenes #
  • 23:24 OK, finished tweaking a pivotal scene in my novel. Sexual tension correctly channelled can be amazing. Now only a full read through to do. #
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

  • 13:37 Oh, the shoes! And the hair! But still very much a classic. Slice of Heaven - Dave Dobbyn. Gotta love it! #
  • 13:55 @theladyisugly no you're not! I do that all the time... for weeks, months, even a whole year! #
  • 16:17 @IcarusForde That's not Comic Sans. It has serifs! (Sans means sansserif?) - Sorry, font geekism shows, doesn't it? Still not a good look... #
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

  • 10:26 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 31st, 2010: Here is an in-depth interview with Kerry Nietz, ... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
  • 10:45 Left the puter on overnight because Gimp was chewing a move layer operation in a back cover image(2.5 GB) - thank goodness that's over with! #
  • 11:35 @amiemccarron I use a cushioned TV tray like this: #
  • 11:54 @amiemccarron oh and I use a real mouse too - hate touchpads - but my work chair has a flat wooden arm which is perfect as a mousepad. #
  • 12:33 Pretty cool. RT: @petapixel: Time-lapse of an empty Los Angeles: #
  • 19:16 mmm just got a 4x normal batch of self saucing choc pudding ready to go in the oven! wow that was a lot of sugar though. I'm all out #
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Monday, May 31, 2010

  • 11:05 woah...oil spill visualisation tool, enter your location and compare it to where you are #
  • 17:48 Is now going to go and wrestle with the graphics program again. Hope it doesn't crash this time. Doesn't like these big book cover files... #
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

  • 18:30 mmm porridge and manuka honey, just the thing for a quickk working dinner...yeah not much of a life right now heh #
  • 21:51 wanted: gloves without fingertips for typing. Oy it's cold! Even the cat is snuggling up to my hot water bottles. I have 3 of them. #
  • 22:22 @yomcat Thanks! Yeah I keep forgetting to look in there... #
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

  • 11:16 I've been scribbl'n: Basics 2: Grace the Author: ...the authorGrace began to pen her first science fiction tale a... #
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Friday, May 28, 2010

  • 21:34 AARGH have lost almost total book cover in progress due to program crash while saving. Anyone know how to rescue corrupted PSF files?? #
  • 23:02 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 28th, 2010: Rick Copple says: I'm a guest blogger for a seco... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

  • 13:04 Ha! A breakdancing panda, a singing giraffe and a crowd-surfing pig...very cleverly done #
  • 14:04 I am writing a press release and designing a book cover at the same time. Fun! #
  • 14:09 OH, btw, my cat is now happily using the litter pan on top of the toilet seat with this gadget #
  • 14:27 .@bloggeratlarge No what? Whyever not? cats are SMART, they can do it! Everyone I've told thinks its a huge joke... #
  • 14:47 @bloggeratlarge Well, no. Even a fully trained cat will not flush the loo. I have to do that for her. But it's far preferable to litter pans #
  • 16:18 Yay I wrote one press release! Now on to the next... #
  • 17:23 Looking around at the team in my mind, I'm truly humbled and amazed. Authors Fred Warren, Caprice Hokstad, Adam... #
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

  • 21:15 @amiemccarron ohhh that face - gotta love em! #
  • 21:19 CAT RESCUE RT: @nessliddell: Love it!! @belindanash: Adopt a Ginga! Pls RT #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 26th, 2010: Randy Ingermanson, the mad professor of fiction ... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

  • 11:44 @joegreenz Firefox add-on "Ad Blocker Plus" means I haven't seen an ad in years. But even before that I never once clicked on one. #
  • 11:56 @joegreenz Links in tweets - all the time! It's one of my chief timewasters, if not the very top contender. #
  • 13:16 RT @AmandaPRNZ CATSITTERS WANTED Please send this around! Hi all, Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a home #
  • 13:19 @AmandaPRNZ I'd think about it if no one else offers. I have a 10 year old lady cat (who doesn't go out much) and n ot much garden though. #
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Monday, May 24, 2010

  • 10:46 @idahoguy Well, the Superman show stuff is certainly relevant... #
  • 10:56 @idahoguy Oh! I didn't know about that account. Right, I'll do that then. Thanks! #
  • 19:01 This guy is hilarious! Random rants on lampposts. Must see! #
  • 20:54 @virb Any chance of adding a rotate image function to the photo albums? That would rock. See #
  • 21:13 Typing around a cat is not easy, but not impossible, either. You just need a good footstool and long enough arms. Oh, and touch typing skill #
  • 21:55 I got some digital photos printed out today for the very first time ever. Been shooting the pics for what, 4yrs? Lot of catching up to do! #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 24th, 2010: Rick Copple has published an extensive article o... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

  • 22:59 Cat is insisting on sleeping in front of heater, even after it's turned off! Warmer in bed. I'm sorry, but that's just not smart! #
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

  • 11:16 I've been scribbl'n: Basics 1: Who Is This Grace: Who is this person? In brief: Grace Bridges is a sci-fi author ... #
  • 11:30 Followed up on a bunch of promotional opportunities that have been waiting for me a while. Good feeling! #
  • 11:47 Right. Off to dig in my other fruit trees - mandarin and lemon. Fun! #
  • 12:11 SplashdownBooks Blog This Year's Lineup: I have been assembling publicity blurbs for all the books due out from Sp... #
  • 12:28 Have tweaked my website www.g - hope it makes sense now. The history page is new. Opinions? #
  • 12:29 @kalena certainly not, LOL. A zip file, yes! Then you can make your own binder or not, as the notion takes you. #
  • 12:30 Comments are invited on the first part of my basic author info at #
  • 12:31 @karinafabian Oh, that's good to hear. Glad your equipment's running again! #
  • 21:30 @JanalynVoigt @hmariey Thank you! :) #
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Friday, May 21, 2010

  • 08:03 @Giapo I'm in town this morning, so will come by and see you before lunch! Not much of a day for ice cream, but I've been wanting to come... #
  • 13:11 Starting to feel human again - as opposed to amphibian - after one of the wettest days out I ever had! Soaked to the skin. But we need rain. #
  • 17:58 Anyone else get free soup in the mail from Onecard today? The timing couldn't be better, really. Onset of winter and all that. Mmm, soup. #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 21st, 2010: Bruce Parsons' Trek fanfic novel Second Federati... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

  • 11:51 Hello @CelebrityPizza - beats me why I'd follow a restaurant in Ohio, but welcome to my followers anyway! Waves from New Zealand "o" #
  • 13:37 @nessliddell Hello!!! (waves) #
  • 14:57 Aw man, I keep having plans and then bailing on them. Was meant to go out last night but plain couldn't make myself. Same today. What up? #
  • 15:56 Bamboo backscratchers for the WIN! Ahhh... #
  • 15:57 @jasonarmishaw About $25 US per year at doteasy. Less if you buy on a special, usually US public holidays #
  • 15:59 RT @AnneRiceAuthor Here's one of those articles that inspire writers to dream up fabulous speculative novels #
  • 17:38 OH! Did these guys like totally NAIL it or what?? Church Parody - you gotta see this! #
  • 21:19 This hoomin's mine, and I make sure she don't forget it! #lolcat (kludged) #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 19th, 2010: Terri Main says: You can check out the cover for... Sci-Fi & Fantas y Lit #
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

  • 17:26 @andreawong_nz @natobasso @GabrielleGem There's a doozy of a cloud hanging over Motutapu right now. Pink and puffy and very, very tall! #
  • 17:32 Fascinating clouds above Motutapu #
  • 17:35 The sunset cloud over the water. I wonder how high it is? #
  • 17:39 @GabrielleGem you're welcome! did you see the second one? #
  • 20:18 Tea Total Tweet Up: Cool! /via @ CameoCreams @LewisBostock #TeaTotalTU #
  • 21:17 @cameocreams Oh sorry, was it private? I didn't mean to crash it! #
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Monday, May 17, 2010

  • 18:37 @ellenmaze only if people are birds! #
  • 19:00 Wow! 3 year old photographer! She's short, but she's got an exhibition... #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 17th, 2010: Kat Heckenbach's short fantasy, "The Artist," wh... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

  • 14:17 @velofille more than welcome! your sis knows where #
  • 14:18 @idahoguy LOL that had to be a very, very funny dream. At that very moment I was watching detective movies. #
  • 17:16 When I played this vid, my cat perked up her ears and listened #
  • 19:28 @cldyck Yeah, you definitely have a point. "Toy" is the right word in any case. #
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

  • 12:37 Ooo, thunder! And yay for more rain :) I just planted four little feijoa trees in my front yard, this is great for them! #
  • 12:57 It's at times like this I am very glad the household washing is hung up in the carport as a matter of course. #
  • 12:59 Typical, Waiheke got no rain. At least according to - can anyone confirm? #
  • 13:49 Having borrowed Mum's breadmaker, I've set Tomato Pesto loaf to knead. Mmm! Yeah I've not eaten bread for months but hey everything changes! #
  • 16:19 Woah, when the notion takes me it's not to be sneezed at...I have baked 3 cakes, 1 doz muffins, 1 loaf of bread, and 4 batches of pikelets! #
  • 16:22 However, I forgot sugar in the pikelets so they have to be eaten with honey or jam. Now trying to decide whether to do choc bread & pavlova. #
  • 16:24 ...or whether to stop now, since the pikelets made a royal mess of the kitchen. Hmm. Maybe that's enough of a good thing for now. #
  • 17:45 woah my aunt just brought the rather large remnants of an afternoon tea to add to my baking...there is a LOT of food at my house! #
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Friday, May 14, 2010

  • 12:36 Ok, off to have lunch and then my first drive by myself!! Woo... #
  • 17:29 @Frederation Of course! What do you take me for? :P Nah, it was fine, no need for nerves :) #
  • 17:30 Enjoying the latest track of my favourite ambient electronica at - mmm, nice groove! #
  • 21:38 @calypsogozzo Hey Thanks for the FF! Much appreciated :) #
  • 22:32 @Thomas_J Heh, im Englischen kommt das auch nicht vor! Hab mich neulich gefragt wi e ich das übersetzen würde...ich weiß es nicht #
  • 23:00 The Lost Genre Guild News for May 14th, 2008: It's that time again - nominations are open for ... Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit #
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

  • 10:38 @ellenmaze Thanks for the RT!! #
  • 10:41 @techtigger Thanks! I'm so glad you like it. I have just written episode 3, but after that it's anyone's guess where it goes, LOL :) #
  • 12:30 @techtigger Oh! btw my good friend @lifeledlearning also has a great SF serial running at #
  • 13:49 Someone could make a very decent living working online PR for authors who'd rather spend their time writing. #
  • 14:56 @hmariey @c_putman All it needs is someone to do it. I bet they'd get lots and lots of takers right away! Kinda like the Virtual Assistant #
  • 18:23 SplashdownBooks Blog How the Sith Slipped Into a Novel: This is my first post on the Splashdown blog. In Tales of ... #
  • 19:03 Wow my cat just full on meowed in her sleep, that must be some dream! She didn't budge a muscle though...How odd! #
  • 19:06 @autobees I did 7mths backpacking! But only Ireland & USA. Definitely recommend NZ - but I'm biased, I live here! #
  • 19:48 Phew I got my work finished and it's not even late. Now to catch up on some of these great blogs #
  • 20:11 Translation and significance of the All Blacks haka provided by @bloggeratlarge #
  • 21:39 Alert! Facebook app "Great Gifts" spams all friends as soon as you allow it access to your data! BLOCK IT! I fell for it - SORRY! #facebook #
  • 21:41 @MenwithPens Audacity for recording, every time. I have yet to explore all its options, but it's very powerful! #
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