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How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?

How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?
  Uzo and I discuss the flood that forced him out of his house. I sympathize with his predicament and comment that I have some understanding of living in rough conditions. When I was a child we lived on a farm in Saskatchewan—no electricity and no running water. In the warm weather my dad lowered pails with butter and cream and milk down the well to just above water level and that acted as a fridge, but no freezer of course so vegetables, fruits, meat and chicken had to be canned. Our house was very small – 2 rooms and we had to fight the cold in winter. Water came from a well and my mother melted snow in big pots on the stove to do laundry and wash dishes and bath us. If she hung clothes on...
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My fantasy Christmas


Today’s #MultiTalented “22 Days of December” #Author is Donna Maree Hanson Donna Maree Hanson, Author and PhD Candidate I love the Christmas season….but! I don’t like all the stress. So my Christmas fantasy is that there really is a Santa Claus and he/she/it buys all the presents and maybe cooks the dinner as well. Photo by Fionna Sullivan Talking about fantasies leads me to think about wishes…I wish that Christmas wasn’t so commercial and that we were less materialistic generally. We live in a capitalist society where the dollar is the key. At times I think it’s a great machine that has run mad, eating up everything in search of profit, destroying the planet, churning through people and sel...
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Amazon Steps Up Its Antifraud Efforts


Nicholas C. Rossis Image: frostmediasolutions.com Since 2015, Amazon has been actively trying to stomp out scammers exploiting authors. As I first reported in 2015, foremost among these were fake reviews , but a couple of months ago it upped the ante by filing arbitration complaints against five individuals who it says offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading platform for financial gain. Amazon is demanding a combination of injunctive relief, account termination and, in some cases, triple damages. As Publishers Weekly reports , Amazon alleges that five people used a number of prohibited strategies to manipulate customers reviews and worked to...
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The things we take for granted

The things we take for granted
“I can relate with your excitement as a child when you and the rest of your family moved to Edmonton—and my goodness, your story gave me a good laugh,” Uzo writes. (I was 9 when we moved and I had told Uzo that I was so fascinated with the flush toilet that I got up several times to use it until my mother finally told me to get back to bed and stay there.) “The day I left Mambilla plateau,” he adds, “I was so eager to browse the Internet, to watch TV, and to enjoy other modern conveniences. That night in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba, I couldn’t sleep; even as an adult, I was so excited about just everything. Everything looked new. I remember I did stare at the bulb in my room from time to ...
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Book Group topics for Xaghra’s Revenge

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I attend a couple of book groups in Chester. Often the books generate plenty of points for us to discuss, but sometimes it is useful for the publisher or author to provides questions. Many of these book group topics apply to any fiction so feel free to copy. Possible Book Group topics for XAGHRA’S REVENGE  1. What did you like best about this book? 2. What did you like least about this book 3. What other books did this remind you of 4. Which characters in the book did you like best? 5. Which characters did you like least? 6. If you were making a movie of this book, who would you cast? 7. Share a favourite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out? 8. What other books by this author h...
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The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Istavan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. a Summary, Discussion, and Review


#SciFi #IndieAuthor reblogging ‘Infinite Text’s’ #BookReview of “The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction” by Istavan Csicery-Ronay, Jr. Infinite Text “…science fiction is more than a literary genre or a social passion. It is a way of organizing the mind to include the contemporary world…SF is an art that delights in vision, intelligence, and the infinite possibilities of change.” My overall impression of this book was that it was trying so hard to be exclusive and elite that it almost became nonsensical. Yes, I understand that it contributes to a larger conversation. However, if you look at Joanna Russ’s discourse on feminist science fiction, or Sterling’s, LeGuin’s, and Atwood’s nonfiction wr...
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Welcome to December!


#SciFi #IndieAuthor #Update #Blog #AmWriting This will be a short post – I’m fighting off a migraine and staring at the computer screen is making my squishy brain, even more-so. Here are a few updates for you: Good News: Just in case you didn’t know, “The Korpes File,” recently won Best Sci-Fi in the ‘Authors Talk About It’ – Book Award Contest. Also, I had a 10-minute radio interview with Mike Murphy of “Stoke FM,” and I had my first ‘in-store’ book signing. Thanks to Vanessa and those who purchased copies at ‘Grizzly Books,’ it was a big success. Thanks too, to my sister’s in crime, Lena B., and Cindy P., for supplying me with water, coffee, and bonbons afterward. Other Writing Projects So...
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Who knew the munchkin’s field trip to the dump would be so interesting?

Who knew the munchkin's field trip to the dump would be so interesting?
I’m the designated driver for the munchkin’s school field trips. Some are more interesting than others, but who knew the trip to Hartland Landfill would be so fascinating? The site is huge with a gas-to-electricity plant, a recycling and salvage area, a yard waste area…. We tour the 400 acre site by bus and our guide explains that there are 82 categories for recycling – bikes are sent to be refurbished and given to charity – that the solar panels spotted by the kids are used to create electricity to run the water testing stations. When we reach the “garbage” area, the kids (grades 3 and 4) are most impressed with the piles of mattresses and the huge compactor and the fact that 3 hawks help t...
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Thanksgiving?


We are so lucky. Live & Learn A student in her uniform balances on stones over sewage water on her way to class in the Cite Soleil slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Notes: Thanksgiving is a not a statutory declared holiday in Haiti.Photo by Dieu Nalio Chery, AP. wsj.com, Nov 21, 2017 View original post Original link
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Free Kafka-esque story


I did a reading today at the launch of the Chester Writers’ Anthology 2017 in which is a surreal short of mine called View From… Our chairperson, Stanley, called my story Kafka-esque, which is a huge compliment. The launch was at Storyhouse, a new theatre / cinema / library / restaurant cultural hub in Chester. I was nervous to read my story until I realise that it was being relayed to speakers in the washrooms! I kept thinking as I read, how bizarre that folk will be in the bogs listening to me reading live! Anyhow I reproduce it here.  VIEW FROM… Geoff Nelder  I refuse to open my eyes.The six-thirty alarm bleats. My arm flails in the air, but misses. My eyes refuse to open so I close my ea...
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We need a temperature test before marriage

We need a temperature test before marriage
    He owns dozens of heavy sweaters and jackets. I have one that hangs in the closet. He wears jeans, long johns, boots, a sweater, a jacket, a hat, and gloves. I wear jeans, a t-shirt, and runners. We look unbelievably incongruous walking side by side. He turns the heat up. I turn it down. He turns on the gas fireplace. I turn it off. He piles on extra blankets. I drag in the fan and set it up on my side of the bed. He wants to cuddle. I can’t take the heat. We knew none of this before we got married. Really, there has to be a better way. Original link
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Language & Culture: The Alien in Fiction


#Alien #Language and #Culture – Oh My! s a gibson This week I thought about how we portray alien cultures in our writing. How do you handle different cultures, or alien groups. Should we use the spelling and pronunciation of names to distinguish the cultures we want to write about? Do we create a dialect, a patois that sets the culture apart, that conveys their foreignness? How do we indicate this is a different culture? I believe an advantage for science fiction and fantasy writing is that we can infuse our stories with different creatures and peoples. This opportunity to explore different types of beings is wondrous. But the challenge is complex and difficult to clearly show aliens in ways...
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Do we really need k?

Do we really need k?
Playing word games in my head trying to combat insomnia brought me to the realization that “k” is a pretty useless letter. I mean, how many 2 letter words can you make with it? Kf isn’t a word. Kh isn’t a word. Kn isn’t a word. I get nowhere trying to sleep with k. M on the other hand? Ma, me, my and assorted abbreviations—ml, mc, md, MP, Mr., MS, m…zzzzzzzzz. This observation got me to thinking about k words. We can neel on our nees without the k. We can nit without the k. We can cut with a nife just as well as a knife. And then there’s the question of words like cat. Why not kat (after all it’s kitten not citten)? Or why circus and not cirkus? Try explaining those anomalies to an English a...
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5* Reviews and more

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Wow, an outstanding and astounding review from that old favourite SFF magazine Amazing Stories for XAGHRA’S REVENGE.  http://amazingstoriesmag.com/…/xhagras-revenge-geoff-nelder/ The same day as I read this review I saw this good one on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3JNFJFKE93SG3/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv Please, if you’ve read Xaghra’s Revenge, consider scribbling a short review for it for Amazon or Goodreads or both. Thanks. Note to McAfee virus protector. This is the only virus checker that throws up an issue with my website. We don’t know why and they can’t tell me. Norton, AVG, Microsoft Essentials and all the other checkers say this website is clean. Get your a...
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Halloween update – a new tradition

Halloween update - a new tradition
Our munchkin goes to a Montessori school which holds a special event on October 31 each year called “Historical Halloween.” Each child chooses to play a character and prepares a report to be presented to the class. The characters range from Henry Ford, to Jimi Hendrix, to one of the Brothers Grimm, to the first Canadian  woman, Agnes Macphail , elected to The House of Commons in 1921. In grade 1 the munchkin was Frida Kahlo, grade 2 Jane Goodall, and this year Juana Ines de la Cruz. Here’s her report: Hi, my name is Juana Ines de la Cruz. I was born in 1651 and lived during Mexico’s colonial period. My family was poor but well educated. I was very curious child and taught myself to read by a...
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A ROAR from Mark Iles


JUST this last week, Mark Iles, a friend of mine had another science fiction novel released by Solstice Publishing. I am delighted to be part of a blog tour to promote his scintillating books. ROAR OF LIONS is book three in your Darkening Stars series and I’ve had the pleasure of following the story from the beginning. It is military science fiction, but loaded with rich characters, making your stories an enriching experience for any reader. Mark, I have a few questions if you don’t mind, followed by an excerpt to whet and wet our appetites for the full story. Q1) Military science fiction has always found a following, often with readers with no personal experience of the armed services. Do y...
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The Travelling Wedding Dress

The Travelling Wedding Dress
  A while back I wrote about sorting through my photos. Of course I found wedding pictures and seeing them brought this to mind. Mom: When do you want to go shopping for your wedding dress? Me: I’m going to wear yours. Mom: You’ve been saying that since you were a little girl, but are you sure you really want to? We dig the dress out from the back of the closet. Ivory satin with a row of tiny buttons down that back that I love now as much as I did when I was a kid. I breathe a sigh of relief when I see that none of the buttons are missing. As the satin was never pure white, the slightly yellowed look is not a deterrent to wearing the dress. I try it on. The hem needs to be straightened, but ...
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Nash Xander Korpes (of The Korpes File by J.I. Rogers)


The Protagonist Speaks Dear readers, tonight with me is a master technician, formerly with the Korlune Military Research and Development. He is also the first from the diasporan population to win top prize at the prestigious Symposium. As Nash’s time is limited, I’ve arranged to meet with him between appointments. He indicated that he is willing to answer questions about his early life and talk about some of  the difficulties he’s faced, career-wise, in a country ruled by xenophobic traditions. Congratulations to you and your team on your recent Symposium win, Master-Tech Korpes. Do you have a moment to share with my readers? Certainly, it would be my privilege, Assaph. I’m a big fan of your...
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Uzo survives

Uzo survives
I haven’t heard from my friend Uzo in a long while and then I get this message. “I am currently writing you from a low-cost hotel. I lost “everything” in my apartment to a flood which devastated many homes in my vicinity (it rained heavily for six hours). Ah! It was really bad. In one case, neighbours had to break into a man’s fortress-like house (he wasn’t present at the time) to carry off his bedridden wife. I think I can now relate on a deeper level with victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” I Google his city (in Nigeria) and find pictures like this. Yes, I think, he can relate. I write back and comment that a “low-cost” hotel can’t be very nice. (I’ve seen enough in many parts of the w...
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Awe of ancient Malta


When tourists and historians discover the Maltese islands they are bowled over by the golden glow of the ancient limestone streets. Many roads in the Mdina – the ancient island’s capital – are narrow and tall to keep out the sunlight and to make it difficult for invaders. Then shocked yet filled with admiration at the WW2 Siege of Malta followed by horror at the mass abduction of Gozo’s people in 1551. Hardly written about in fiction until XAGHRA’S REVENGE: a mix of contemporary lovers in France thrown together by ancient Gozo spirits and Ottoman pirates. Turgot Reis by Ali Sami Boyer These are not the swash-buckling Hollywood pirates with an eye patch, parrot and peg leg, but intelligent, c...
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