I looked at my minion tee shirt today and noticed it said 2013.
That makes it 8 years old. I can still remember when I bought it; we were looking for curtains at JC Penney's (which I think we didn't buy). The tee shirts were hanging facing the isle and caught my eye. Since I loved minions, the rest is history.
It's not by any means my oldest piece of clothing, and that started me thinking about the comfort of old clothes, their stories, and how some items stay with you.
How old is your oldest tee shirt? Does the shirt have a story?
My new novel, Andromache's Story - What Really Happened in Troy, is a twist on the classic Greek tale.
The narration brings the old story to life with realistic characters and a touch of humor. You won't want to miss it!
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The annual summer sale at Smashwords.com is on this July!
If you like to read e-books, this is a great opportunity to load up your e-reader with free and discounted books. Most e-books have options for online reading as well as .pdf, .epub, and .mobi (Kindle compatible).
My novel, The Essence, is on sale -- free -- this month so this link is a good place to start: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1922
Here's an excerpt from the novel:
May 25th is National Wine Day.
In honor of the day, here are a few quotes from famous authors:
"Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing." – Ernest Hemingway
"Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know." – John Keats
"Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle." – Paulo Coelho, "Brida"
In my books, the characters love wine as well:
In "The Essence", Sophia avoids red wine.
But she loves champagne and has some really good vintages in "Unexpected Impact".
Quotes thanks to : https://www.ibtimes.com/national-wine-day-2021-quotes-12-sayings-celebrate-ancient-beverage-3207941
"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." -- Mortimer J. Adler
I read a blog recently with an interesting concept -- deciding early in the morning what would "win the day". It sounded intriguing, so I created a sticky note with a few items. Now some of things I do, like working on a book, or growing plants from seeds, are long term projects, so it's helpful to add some items to "win" that can be done in a day, like taking a walk or making something creative.
So that brings me to the tic tac toe below.
It's Earth Day and I made this to help you "win the day" as well.
It's my Tic Tac Toe, Three in a Row Game -- try it!
To help plant a tree or donate to help the earth, try the Nature Conservancy
Find a documentary: https://thedharmatrails.com/sustainable-documentaries-on-netflix/
Download the Earth Challenge App Apple version or Google Play
Let me know how you do! :)
Are you ready for Spring? I am. You would think a writer would like these days when it's nicer inside than outside so we'd get more writing done. Somehow it doesn't work that way, I seem more productive when it's nice and I can look forward to taking a long walk.
I was just looking at this -- do you think it would be funnier if it said "Does February like to March"?
Let me know in the comments.
Have a good weekend!
Did you know that February 1st is World Read Aloud Day?
It's a day to celebrate the importance of sharing stories.
Grab a book and read it aloud to someone -- today or anytime that seems like a good opportunity to share a story.
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Did you know that the 2020 End of Year E-book Sale starts at Smashwords.com today?
Don't miss this opportunity to load up your e-reader or computer. :)
You could find your next favorite author. :)
People have asked me if they can read these eBooks on their Kindle.
The answer is yes!
The steps are listed below, along with links on how to read on other devices.
How do I download Smashword books to my Kindle or Kindle Fire?
There are two options for loading Smashwords ebook content to your Kindle or Kindle Fire:
1. USB Connection. Plug your Kindle into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Kindle (the Kindle Fire doesn't come standard with the USB cable, so you'll need to obtain the cable separately, or, use the email option described in #2 below).
When you attach your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable, it makes your Kindle appear as a hard drive on your computer.
After you purchase the book, from the book's book page click to download the "Kindle" .MOBI format.
Next, navigate to where you see the Kindle show up as a hard drive on your computer. Next, just drop the book's file (it should end in file name of .mobi) to the Kindle's "documents" folder.
Then disconnect the Kindle from your computer and the book will be ready to read.
If you already downloaded the .MOBI file to your computer, here's a helpful YouTube video that shows how to drag the file from your desktop to the Kindle's documents folder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UPOgXDYj3M (video not produced by Smashwords).
2. Email the Ebook to Your Kindle Email Address: For both first generation Kindles and the newest Kindle Fire, you can email your Smashwords .mobi files to your Kindle email address. Amazon's support page provides complete details.
To email files to first generation Kindles (Kindles other than the Kindle Fire), click here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200140600.
For Kindle Fire only, Click here for how to set up your free Kindle email address, and how to load ebooks or email ebooks to your Kindle Fire using either the email or USB cable method.
For computers and other devices, see this handy page on Smashwords. Reading, Sampling and Buying Books on Smashwords
Now you are ready to check out the books in the special sale!
The Essence -- free!
Unexpected Impact -- only $.99!
And there are many, many more.
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!
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