Skip to content

The Wolf Banner by Paula Lofting – Review

Featured Image -- 9209

I’m not much of a history buff, but I do enjoy a good read. The book I’m reading on my Kindle is set back in the Wild West days and has been more interesting than I expected. The Wolf Banner sounds like a good read. ~ Connie

David's Book Blurg

Title – The Wolf Banner
Author – Paula Lofting
Genre – Historical Fiction
Length – 474 Pages
Publication – 20 Aug 2016.
My Rating – 5/5 Stars


1056…England lurches towards war as the rebellious Lord Alfgar plots against the indolent King Edward. Sussex thegn, Wulfhere, must defy both his lord, Harold Godwinson, and his bitter enemy, Helghi, to protect his beloved daughter.
As the shadow of war stretches across the land, a more personal battle rages at home, and when it follows him into battle, he knows he must keep his wits about him more than ever, and COURAGE AND FEAR MUST BECOME HIS ARMOUR…


The Wolf Banner is the follow up book to Sons of the Wolf which I loved! This has to be one my my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I didn’t let me down.

First off I must says it’s…

View original post 408 more words

Pay it forward


Recently a gardening client gave me a gift card for Starbucks.  Someone had gifted it to her, but she does not go to Starbucks, so she passed it on to me.  I occasionally go to Starbucks for a non-fat, vanilla latte when I am driving between gardens and my energy needs a boost.

Yesterday was such a day.  As I paid for my latte with my gift card, I told the cashier at the drive-through window to use the card to pay for the person behind me in the lineup too.  

Anyone can “Pay it Forward.”  It does not have to be expensive or difficult.  When someone does something nice for you, pass the kindness on, even to a complete stranger.

Random acts of kindnessmake the world a better place!

View original post

“THE MOODY BLUES – GO NOW” with lyrics …


Go Now
For the 1995 television film, see Go Now (film).
Not to be confused with If You Gotta Go, Go Now, a song by Bob Dylan.


“Go Now” is a song composed by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett. It was first recorded in January 1964 by Bessie Banks, and later became associated with The Moody Blues.

Bessie Banks version

“Go Now”

Single by Bessie Banks
B-side “It Sounds Like My Baby”
Released 1964
Format 7″
R&B soul
Length 2:40
Tiger Blue Cat
Larry Banks Milton Bennett
Producer(s) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Bessie Banks singles chronology
“Do It Now”
(1963) “Go Now”
(1964) “I Can’t Make It (Without You Baby)”

The song was first recorded by Larry Banks’s former wife, Bessie Banks. A 1962 demo recording by Bessie of the song was heard by songwriters and record producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who re-recorded it…

View original post 351 more words

28 Ways to Describe Geeks

Featured Image -- 9203


For the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. That includes:

  • colorful and original descriptions
  • pithy words and phrases
  • picture nouns and action verbs
  • writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice

I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated how authors can–in just a few words–put me in the middle of their story and make me want to stay there. This one’s on how to describe geeks.

Click for the complete list of 69 writer’s themed descriptions.

A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).

geek humorGeek Speak

  • Sigh
  • Happy happy
  • Waves
  • Wrinkles nose
  • shudders
  • blush
  • I was buffering
  • See you in the stream
  • pain in the Net–Slang for a very annoying flamer.
  • Didn’t ping on…

View original post 439 more words

Solitude is Your Friend

In So Many Words

A little solitude. Yes, that would be a fine thing. Time to myself. Time to meditate; to day dream and, perchance, to rest.

Hmmmm … a fine thing, indeed.

And I suppose, as I watch my niece 12-year-old niece, Amy, snuggling with Max the big orange and white tabby who’s basking in the sun by the big ol’ barn door, I am in solitude. By myself, certainly. Enjoying my own company? Of course! While observing the innocence of youth interact with the trust of another species. It’s quite special, actually.

I want this for her. I want Amy to always feel safe and strong, so that even when the seas of life start to billow and bluff she will feel anchored and secure. Solitude helps us find that place within ourselves ~ that quiet place of strength. Lord knows I’ve had to discover this for myself along the passage of life…

View original post 1,474 more words

8 Hysterically Bad Ideas That Actually Worked Out Well

This was on On Reader’s Digest by Andy Simmons. They email me some of the craziest stuff. ~ Connie
Return to Sender
Bad Idea: Dogs are wonderful creatures with one major flaw—they refuse to pick up after themselves. This is especially challenging in Brunete, Spain, where dog owners 
don’t pick up after the dogs either. But the advertising firm McCann concocted the ultimate nudge: Send the poop back to the owners. The idea, which it dreamed up without being asked, works this way: A volunteer chats up a non-scooping owner and finds out the canine’s name. After the dog walker and pooch leave, the volunteer gets the owner’s name and address by matching the dog’s name and breed in a database accessible on his cell phone. He then scoops up the poop, places it in a package marked “Lost Property,” and messengers it to the owner. 
It Worked! During the campaign, 147 deliveries were made, resulting in a 70 percent decline in the amount of dog droppings littering the streets.

Potluck Pigs
Bad Idea: With marijuana legal in Washington State, pot growers pondered how to profit from all the plant’s leftover stems and roots. Meanwhile, local pig farmers were coping with expensive feed that cut into their bottom line. One farmer proposed a solution: Combine the cheaper marijuana remnants with the feed, and serve it to the pigs. 
It Worked! The surplus pot lowered pig farmer Susannah Gross’s feed costs and produced another benefit: the munchies. Pigs that snarfed down the pot gained an extra 20 to 30 pounds compared with hogs that didn’t. Gross told Reuters, “They were eating more, as you can imagine.”

Barking Out Bad Guys
Bad Idea: After two suspected car thieves in New Haven, Connecticut, refused to come out of the house they were holed up in, police announced that they would send in the K-9 force. Only trouble? A serious lack of police dogs on the scene. So a couple of cops snuck up to the front door and began barking. 
It Worked! The petrified intruders ran out and surrendered to police.

Flushing Trouble Down the Drain
Bad Idea: A severe drought and poor maintenance had done 
a number on the sewers of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 
And because of insufficient water pressure, the pipes kept clogging, causing some to burst. So, without the benefit of a massive plunger, what’s a city to do? Simple, said the town council. Twice a week, citizens will simultaneously flush their toilets in order to produce enough water pressure in the sewer system to dislodge clogs. 
It Worked! One resident told the Associated Press, “So far, the flushing of the toilets has been a success.”

A “Relations” Strike
Bad Idea: As long as anyone could remember, the lone road that linked the small Colombian village of Barbacaos to the rest of the world had been awful. So bad that it took half a day to make the 35-mile trek to the next town. Demands that the road be fixed went unheeded. The last straw came when a young woman and her unborn child died in an ambulance after it got stuck on the road and couldn’t reach a hospital in time. Women hit the streets last June in a mass protest dubbed “the cross legs movement.” In short, there would be no lovin’ until the road was repaired. Even the town’s mayor fell victim: His wife took to sleeping in another room. 
It Worked! The strike was called off in October as bulldozers and heavy machinery began repairs. The new road is expected to cut travel time to the nearest town by 
six hours. Source:

Skirting the Job
Bad Idea: When a heat wave struck north of Stockholm, 
Sweden, last summer, male train workers began wearing shorts on the job. But management pointed out that their sartorial choice ran afoul of the railroad’s dress code. So the men switched to wearing skirts. 
It Worked! If men want to wear skirts, that’s OK because women wear skirts, said a company spokesman. “To tell them 
to do [otherwise] would be discrimination,” he explained. Said one cool male driver, “The passengers stare at us, but so far, no one has said anything.”

Mountain Mirrors
Bad Idea: Winter in Rjukan, Norway, is a depressing time. That’s 
because the town is situated in a deep valley and goes up to seven months without sunshine. To lighten the mood, so to speak, the town acted on an idea that had been bouncing around for a century: Construct huge mirrors on a nearby mountainside to reflect the sun’s rays down into the town square. 
It Worked! Thanks to computer-driven motors that allow three massive mirrors to follow the sun’s path, the sun shone on Rjukan’s town square for the first time ever last fall. 
To celebrate, some Rjukans sipped cocktails while tanning on lounge chairs; others played volleyball on a makeshift beach. “The idea was a little crazy, but madness is our middle name,” a local project coordinator told Agence France-Presse. “After basking in the sun, people are beaming themselves.”

Music to Flee From
Bad Idea: Either Portland, Oregon, is not a happening place or its train station totally is, because young men have taken to hanging out in it. Numerous attempts to disperse the crowds have all failed. Now, apparently, the authorities have delved into their own youths for a solution by asking themselves, What would drive me away? The answer: opera. And classical music. Blared over the station’s speakers during a pilot program. 
It Worked! There was a drop in 18- to 25-year-olds loitering once the fat lady sang. In one incident, a young guy stormed out of the station just as Bizet’s Carmen proclaimed her love for he who does not love her. Half a world away, the British Royal Navy is blaring Britney Spears at Somali pirates. “These guys can’t stand Western music,” an officer told “As soon as they get a blast of Britney, they move on as fast as they can. It’s so effective that the ship’s guards rarely need to fire guns.”

What Every Aspiring Writer Should Know about Writing

This was posted on Quora. I loved his touch of humor. ~ Connie

What should every aspiring writer know about writing?
Zachary Norman, Video game designer – worked at Activision and EA and founded Jamdat Mobile

My father is a writer. A good one. His name is Marc Norman.
He wrote Shakespeare In Love and a hundred other scripts and novels and has two oscars on his mantle.
He told me this about writing…
It’s a full time job. To be successful you must be disciplined. You do it from nine to five, five days a week. Focus on your work for forty hours and put it away at night and on the weekends. When you’re blocked write something else, sonnets, poems, the “other novel”, love letters. The point is you must write full-time. A writer’s talent is a muscle that must be worked out, and like a bicep it will strengthen with use.
Writers write alone, in quiet. Writers don’t write in coffee-shops. Silence is the blank canvas onto which the world of the work is drawn.
— — —
Update: I felt compelled to update this post after a couple years of it being live. Many commenters have criticized my note above about silence and my recommendation that aspiring writers shun coffee shops. Allow me to clarify…
The Japanese are very serious about learning things. They rank their progress with belts (called Dan) and apply ranks to learning and apprenticeship broadly. They teach the concept of Shuhari, “Shu, ha, ri” which literally translates “Obey, digress, separate”.
The question is what every “aspiring writer should know”, not what every “successful writer should know”. Aspiring writers are in the Shu phase…
•    shu (守?) “protect”, “obey” — traditional wisdom — learning fundamentals, techniques, heuritics, proverbs.
Neophyte writers must focus on writing fundamentals and discipline. My father’s point is that one must master technique and become accustomed to having your butt in the seat, without distraction for 8 hours a day, no more and no less.
Once the aspiring writer has built a foundation of discipline and technique, then and only then can they move on to style, voice, differentiation and indeed writing in less regimented environments… to the more advanced ha and ri phases.
Coffee shops are filled with ‘wannabe’ writers who think, ‘whats good for J.K. Rowling is good for me’. Maybe. If you’re lucky. That’s my father’s point. Successful artists rely on technique and discipline; and with those skills, avoid needing luck.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 325 other followers