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What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and understanding?

I was reminded over the weekend how much I love living in the Bay Area, and am extremely proud of how San Francisco and its major Ed Lee, residents and our connected community handled the various protests taking place on Saturday. Everything from shutting down the far right extremist group Patriot Prayer rally at Crissy Field by encouraging hundreds of dog owners to come and carpet the field in advance with l ots and lots of dog poo (which they did) to show how welcome they were, to the peaceful counter protests taking part throughout the city, to the “Peace, Love and Understanding” rally downtown that we attended as a family and with friends. The brown carpet treatment at Crissy Field seeme...
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Love and War

John Holland is a poet, writing  about life and the question of where we fit into an uncertain universe. He has a lovely  blog  featuring his poetry and authors he enjoys.  I am thrilled to find his review of my WWII spy thriller, Marriage before Death : 5.0 out of 5 stars Love and War By John Holland on August 28, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition This is another satisfying story from the gifted pen of Uvi Poznansky. This is essentially a WW11 spy thriller, but also a love story. The love between Lenny and Natasha takes place amidst the chaotic violence of war and intrigue. Written with maturity and clarity and coloured with deft imagery, this story takes us deep into a place where love struggles...
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Playing in the background

I’ve often mentioned I keep music playing in the background when I write. It keeps the real world away, it gives me a rhythm when writing, and it helps set the mood of some scenes, sometimes. In the past I have shared some of the records that form my personal soundtrack when writing – often records specifically connected with certain series or stories. What I’m doing now is a little different – just a gallery with the records that are in rotation as I write in these days. The specific records are also there to represent the full discographies of these artists and bands, that are my personal writing background music. Here goes. See anything you like? Anything you hate? 1 Anything that makes y...
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Every story needs a bad guy…

…and when I am looking for a scene-stealing, show-stopping, elegantly evil and subtly deranged bad guy, my first stop is the late, lamented Klaus Kinski. Photo references are important, for my writing, and they are also fun to share. So here he is, the ruthless head of an evil corporation… Original link

Music Monday: “Texas Flood,” by Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King

I debated posting this at all, but decided to do it.  Please consider donating to the Red Cross or local relief organizations in Texas , who can all use your help at this time, while you listen. Original link

Link to Local Charities in Texas Who Need Your Help

I am told local charities in Texas, esp Houston, can use our help. Here are some links to give. #TropicalStormHarvey — Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 27, 2017 Please click through on this tweet.  The images have URLs to charities on the ground, particularly in Houston, who can use our help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Here’s the truth:  we can’t all go put “boots on the ground” (although God bless the ones who can and do), but we can help in other ways.  Even if it’s only a $5 donation, that matters in the grand scheme of things. Let’s do our part to help those who have lost everything, okay? Original link


“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lu...
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Unusual places

Sometimes writing takes us to some pretty unusual places… sometimes it takes us to old familiar places we have not visited in a long time. Original link


Once I’d dragged DH out of the fort, we discovered the island was a mini Disneyland. Spotlessly clean, as you’d expect and I was too busy rubber necking to take many pictures. The cable car stopped at several levels and you could get out and explore at each one. The merlion is a mixture of a lion’s head with a fish body, used as a promotional symbol by the tourist board. Singapore was originally a fishing village but its original name was Singapura meaning lion city. The other picture is one you may have seen before and I’ll leave you to decide which is which. UNBELIEVABLE HISTORY Now it is said that George V didn’t like to sit to have his portrait painted, so he stood up instead. Here he is...
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Meet Victoria Danann & Check Out Paranormal Romance SIMON SAYS

SIMON SAYS D.I.T., book 1 by Victoria Danann Genre: Paranormal Romance Simon Tvelgar wasn’t always the staid and steady director of the Order of the Black Swan headquarters in Edinburgh who manages the most unruly congregation of talented misfits ever assembled into one organization. No. He was once a young, beautiful, athletically gifted knight, wild and lustful as any, until he fell in love with a Scottish fae girl who on bereavement leave. He lost her to the stones of the Orkneys as they picnicked there on Lammas twenty years before. She was swallowed up and faded from view, a look of panic on her face as she reached for him while her mouth silently formed his name. He lunged to grab her,...
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Houston is Paralyzed by Flooding

There are some great resources here if you want to try to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Those of you in Texas, please stay safe. Glover Gardens Cookbook It’s not my first Big Bad Storm Rodeo.  I’ve lived in Southeast Texas almost all of my life, and have seen my share of dark and stormy nights, hurricanes, floods and disasters. But I’ve never seen anything like what’s going on in the Greater Houston area right now. I grew up on the Bolivar Peninsula along the Texas Gulf Coast, about 200 yards from the shore. Here’s the view from our deck in Gilchrist, Texas. As you can imagine, evacuation was a pretty common process for us. We left our little tropical paradise to flee oncoming hurric...
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Sunday Glow

Most of my readers know that I fell madly in love with New Orleans during my first visit, part of which was spent doing research for Bayou Fire and part of which was spent doing business for my day job. This image, by photographer Ray Laskowitz, captures some of the magic that took hold of me on those days in May 2016. STORYTELLER St. Louis Cathedral A little different look. Not only did I make this picture during normal daylight hours, but I used completely different production software. Because. Two reasons. I do like to experiment and tinker. But, my usual software, On1, has some new downloaded upgrades. The company seems to be struggling when it comes to new products. Especially with new...
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Progress report and French cuisine

I’m past the 5000 words mark as I stop and go invent something for dinner. And once again I spent about one hour of today’s first writing session doing extra research for flavor. The big surprise of the day – research-wise – was discovering the contents of the French RCIR, military-issued rations, called the “Ration de Combat Individuelle Rechauffable” (Combat Ration Individual Reheatable). My only personal experience with military rations was during my service in the Italian Air Farce, on the single occasion in which we were taken to the field. To call the experience underwhelming would be an understatement. And Italians are supposed to be good with food, but the general wisdom was that som...
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Watching the sun rise

As the sun rose and the darkness faded, the sky took on a burnished amber hue. Birds started to welcome the dawn with the melody of their chorus. I breathed in the sharp crispness of the morning air and looked up, a few wispy clouds hung motionless in the stratosphere. It was such a fresh, bright morning I predictably recalled the hymn ‘Morning has broken’; in this instance, my mind heard it being sung by Cat Stevens. I half consciously found myself humming along, out of tune of course. This was soon followed by the voice of Bob Marley and ‘Three little birds’. I smiled inwardly as I realised both these voices were inside my head. However, the realisation itself began another thought process...
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Bonus Track: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”

As most of you know, I’m heading to Memphis in two weeks.  Part of my time will be spent doing research for a story in Bayou Non-Standard Time, for which the working title is “It Happened in Memphis.”  I’ll be visiting Sun Studios and a number of other sites related to the early days of rock and rockabilly.   So, just for fun, I’ll be sharing some music from those days. This video of Jerry Lee Lewis was shot on August 24, 2017.  He’s 82 years old now and still rocks that piano.  Jerry Lee has the best-selling Sun single ever, “Great Balls of Fire.”  Please enjoy this very current performance of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Original link

Special Guest Post by Sarah Gristwood, Author of The Queen's Mary: In the Shadows of Power...

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US Mary Seton is lady-in-waiting to the legendary Mary Queen of Scots.  Torn between her own desires and her duty to serve her mistress, she is ultimately drawn into her Queen's web of passion and royal treachery - and must play her part in the game of thrones between Mary and Elizabeth I.  Mary Seton is lady-in-waiting to the legendary Mary Queen of Scots. Must she choose between survival, and sharing the same fate as the woman she has served,  loyally and lovingly, since a child?         Believing your own stories There’s been a lot of talk recently about historical fact and historical fiction, with writers from Hilary Mantel downwards getting in on the ac...
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Getting personal with R.L. Chambers

R.L. Chambers is an incredible guy, father, friend and writer. He has loads of talent and is so very creative. I have had the privilege and pleasure of reading several of his stories that he has out for submission. They are original and fresh and flow smoothly. He is always willing to lend a hand to another writer or to help a reader find a book he knows they will love. If you haven’t met him you are missing out. Please take a minute and introduce yourself and make a wonderful new friend with an up and coming writer. Please welcome R.L. Chambers to Roadie Notes……..     1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story? The first story I wrote, I was little, if I remember rightly I wa...
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Throwing caution to the wind

I used to think that ‘throwing caution to the wind’ was an overblown expression—until I found myself doing just that. I hurried in the direction of the glow and then, upon arriving at the village square, found the sight of the fire to be nothing short of hypnotizing. So did a crowd of Frenchmen. There was not a young man among them in sight. Most of them seemed to be in their fifties and sixties. Their faces reddened by blows of heat, there they stood, watching the flames engulf a building with a frightening roar.  There was a bursting of timber as the door collapsed into the blaze, its mass reduced to embers. Hot air rippled, one sheet over another, over the equipment inside, which included...
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Artistic inspiration: Michael Whelan

Yesterday, while taking a break from writing, I was browsing the Facebook updates and I stumbled on an image that I remembered from my high school days. This one. It is an illustration for Poul Anderson’s story Tiger by the Tail, part of the Dominic Flandry series. It’s been thirty-five years, yet I still remember when I first saw it, and I still get the same feeling, the same thought… I must write something like this one day or another. The artist is the multi-award winner Michael Whelan, and I’m surprised and pleased at the number of my favorite books he illustrated. Here’s a small gallery of my favorite paintings by him. Original link

House of Jaguar | Mike Bond | Rougeski Review

H ouse of Jaguar by Mike Bond oozes testosterone.  It is a visceral thriller that combines elements of corruption, deceit, mass-murder, death squads, drug running, covert operations, torture, bravery, selflessness, nation building, and even a touch of love. Murphy, former American military pilot, flies through the darkness in Central America on a mission to trade thousands of dollars for hundreds of pounds of marijuana.  Just as he is about to take off with his illegal cargo, his plane is ambushed.   Bullets fly.  Unable to save his companions, he escapes into the jungle, leaving behind a trail of blood.  He is seriously injured.  After a horrific journey through the jungle, he is rescued by...
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