Inspiration

Reblog: What’s the Problem with Men?

Hello, Dear Reader – it’s been awhile.

My life is finally starting to approach something resembling normalcy, but I will get back to that.
I’m easing into this, so have patience with me.

My first reblog in far too long, this one is from Mark Manson and deals with the struggle of traditional masculinity vs modern society – well worth the read:

What’s the Problem with Men?

Reblog: In defense of my adopted country

My reblog for this week is on a current hot topic – the one of my homeland, crime and immigration – from a foreign national who have adopted Sweden as his new country.
I do not know Neil, but I have at least a dozen friends and acquaintances from abroad who have come to call Sweden their home, and almost every single one of them have expressed views and opinion that mirror what Neil writes here:

Watching the Swedes


Sweden’s reputation is currently under attack and I feel I must respond, however unpopular this might be. I feel angry, frustrated and saddened about recent events. This is my angle….
I am proud to live in Sweden and I am proud, and fortunate, to have received Swedish citizenship. This is a country that, in my mind, builds on equality and solidarity. This a country that tries to do the best for its people. This is a country that stands up and does the humane thing, even in difficult circumstances. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

In some foreign media, Sweden is currently being dragged through the dirt. Stories based on lies and fabrication are spreading. Sweden is falsely being depicted as a failing country on the edge of collapse. This is total and utter bullshit. It is nothing more than the poisoned school gossip trying to bring down the…

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Reblog: How to write 52 short stories a year

My first Reblog in awhile – and perhaps something I should consider, since my writing has fallen to the wayside…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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It was the great Ray Bradbury who said: “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad stories in a row.”

Chris White at A Writers Den posted a lovely picture quoting him.

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I’ve been writing a short story each week, posted on my blog on Fridays, since May 2013. I was going to say two years, but it’s three and a half already! I started taking it easier last summer, reblogging an earlier story at the end of the month with the Flashback Friday meme.

I couldn’t have done those stories without without a prompt.

I found a guy called Chuck Wendig, who has been posting prompts for around 1400 followers each week, who then added links to their efforts the next week.

Chuck’s blog is not for those that shy away from rants and bad language, but his take on all sorts of…

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Feature: Hopeless, Maine

Here it is – finally – as promised and teased early last week:

Hopeless, Maine – The Gathering!

“Welcome to Hopeless, Maine. An island steeped in evil—I mean—steeped in history.

Meet Salamandra, an ordinary orphan girl, just one of many other orphans on the island (come to think of it, where did all the grown ups go?)

Sal faces the normal, everyday struggles of growing up in a small town—avoiding fell creatures of the night, trying not to get eaten by the aquatic fauna and mastering her supernatural powers.

Like all young people, Sal can’t wait to get out of her dead-end home. If she doesn’t get out she probably will wind up dead, after all.
At least Salamandra has a best friend! It’s a shame that no-one else can see or hear her friend, but then nobody’s perfect are they?”


Created by Tom and Nimue Brown, published by Sloth Comics, and you can buy it online here:

International:

http://www.bookdepository.com/Hopeless-Maine-Volume-1-Nimue-Brown-Tom-Brown/9781908830128

Or why not pop over to your local comics store and ask for it?
If they do not already have it in stock (they should, and be sure to tell them so) I am sure they can order it for you!

(Did I mention it makes a great christmas present?)

Now excuse me while I go off to secure a copy for myself!