A true friend ™

I think that God has a design for everything and everyone.  Who dares question God’s design for humanity?  Who are they that judge others because they are different and even what to hurt those that are different than the general run of the bunch.  Love is love and those that hate are simply just as God designed them, and for those that love all humanity, must endure their self-afflicted hate and help them to see the light of God.  God does not see color, race, beauty, mixed-genre, or affliction. He designs by reason alone. It is for us to learn acceptance of our differences and more, he wants us to love each other just as we are, warts and all.  That is what make us more like him in his image. Just love.

Originally posted on Purplerays: ? ? A true friend is not like the rain, which pours and goes away. A true friend is like the air, sometimes silent but always around you. ? ? ? ? Text & image credit: Cynthia Davies https://web.facebook.com/cynthiadavies1976

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In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

In time of great upheaval, sometimes solitude is really important, especially or writers. https://kopitiambot.com/2018/01/22/in-a-distracted-world-solitude-is-a-competitive-advantage/

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Technology has undoubtedly ushered in progress in a myriad of ways. But this same force has also led to work environments that inundate people with a relentless stream of emails, meetings, and distractions. A significant volume of research has outlined the problem with this onslaught of information: Studies show that when we’re constantly distracted, performance decreases. Having the discipline to step back from the noise of the world is essential. To stay focused at work, build periods of solitude into your schedule, as you would for a meeting or an appointment. Use some of that time to reflect on your top priorities. Don’t fill your schedule with so many commitments that you consistently prioritize urgent tasks over important ones. Starve your distractions by logging out of social media accounts and blocking certain websites during work hours. Finally, create a “stop doing” list to help provide clarity on…

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Impasse

This is incredible prose, poem, fantastic. This says what many people think. You, Laura are a brilliant artist, and Paul,  I have never read anything so amazingly true, yet still, a poetic  political piece that is gutsy.  https://poesypluspolemics.com/2018/01/21/impasse/

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impasse “Impasse” by Laura Bifano

shut it down
click the locks
light it up
burn it down

spend your
plug-nickel words
on old whores
wrinkled déclassé
dogmas who
smell of Chanel
number five
as if stink can
be hidden by
bottled sincerity

play at debate
with affected
indignance beneath
sacred domes
so that even the
hollowest voice
mimics gravitas
soundbites that
tongue-lick the
glib echo chamber

continue to
strike at the
nerves of a nation
asserting your
treacherous tenets
just know that
come judgment day
Dante’s reserved
his ninth ring
for your soul

shut it down
click the locks
light it up
burn it down

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Words To Remember

Kim, thank you so much for the very wise and true words written by Octavia Butler. Facts can never be altered to fit a lie. Octavia speaks with facts.  https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/ by Hook or by Book

By Hook Or By Book

I know I usually do a Whimsical Wednesday post here, but to be honest, with everything going on right now in Washington, I don’t have a single drop of whimsy in me. So, I found this quote by one of my favorite authors and thought I’d share it instead due to its relevance. I promise next Wednesday I’ll have another whimsical post that will hopefully make you all smile. 

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Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and…

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A Good Review is Hard to Find – Part 2

Part 2 of A Good Review is Hard to Find reveals the truth about who decides whether a book is good or not and I agree. This is a great overall depiction of the importance of getting critiques and reviews prior to publication of a book.

 https://journieswithliz.com/2018/01/12/a-good-review-is-hard-to-find-part-2/

 

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Who decides if a book is good? I’ll give you 3 guesses and the first two don’t count. I’m certain you don’t need 3 guesses. Just in case you’re exhausted, running a high fever and the walls are talking to you, or you just woke up from surgery and you’re still groggy from the anesthesia, I’ll go ahead and say it very clearly. The readers. The readers ultimately make that decision.

You can write that first book that you think is great. You can market the hell out of it. You can learn all the tricks to get that book to top ranking on Amazon and you can even use all the ways to manipulate that book to the NYT Bestseller list. In the end, if readers that love the genre(s) of your book don’t like your book, that may be the only one you ever sell.

What does any of…

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A Good Review is Hard to Find – Part 1

This post, by Liz Leighton, part 1 of 2, is excellent and very important, because many beginning writers, like myself, need to feel confident when putting their book on display for good and not so good reviews. However, what I have learned is that in reality, there are no bad reviews. Each review or critique plays an important role in helping the writer be a better writer. I will blog part 2 tomorrow. Thank you Liz! You are awesome. And, I give this post 5 stars! 🙂   https://journieswithliz.com/2018/01/03/a-good-review-is-hard-to-find-part-1/
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Liz Leighton Writing Adventures

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and so it is once again time for the ISWG Blog Hop. I would like to thank Alex Cavanaugh and also the other members of this wonderful group for making this possible and for the support they provide. Special thanks to the co-hosts of the January 3, 2018, posting of the ISWG:  Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!

One of the most challenging steps for an insecure writer is putting your writing out there for reviews and critiques but it is also one of the best things you can do to help your growth as a writer. Conversely, giving reviews and critiques to other writers is also one of the best things you can do for your own writing skills. Giving reviews can help you develop your analytical skills and apply those…

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Looking for a Place to Promote Your New Book? R&R Blog Tours is the Place!

Looking for a great experience and the opportunity to promote your story, receive honest reviews, make new friends, who discover you and your story and love your story? You will find it all, here, at R&R Book Tours with the creative expertise offered by Shannon, who puts her heart and soul into each production at R&R Book Tours. I am completely impressed and I am thrilled by the results! Thank you so much Shannon! 🙂

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The Stone Arch Secret (Release Date: January 2018)

Twenty-eight-year-old cultural anthropologist, Lilly Allaire, receives a phone call telling her that Dax is dead.  The cause of death is unknown.

At the age of fourteen, best friends, Lilly and Dax, experience a traumatic incident. After the incident, Dax is institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital with total memory loss.  For Dax, his memory loss is an act of self-preservation.  Lilly still suffers a blocked memory of that day and has frequent nightmares.

Lilly decides to go back to Salmon Brook, her hometown, to find out the truth about the mysterious incident that left Dax in a catatonic state. Lilly has a chance meeting with a former high school classmate, Noah Hawthorne.

Noah remembers Lilly as his high school secret crush and offers to help her. Together, they try to unravel the mysterious incident that plagues Lilly’s dreams and turns them into nightmares.

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