Count Your Blessings

Come count your blessings!
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Stay Strong, Daily Warrior!

Dear daily warriors,

This post is VERY special.

We will talk about blessings and spread the positivity all around.

According to an article at positivepsychologyprogram.com,“Gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying. When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life. Also, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them” (Seligman, 2012).

So for this post, I encourage you to write 3 things that you are grateful for TODAY.

  • You can write it in the comments; OR
  • You can publish a post about it, and use pingback  or link back to this post for us to read.
  • Make sure to include why you are grateful for each thing.

To give you an idea, you can ask yourself some of these questions:

“Is there something in my situation that I can be grateful for?”
“What made…

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Celebration and Promote-A-Blog Fest!

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Today, just in time for my favorite holiday, Halloween, I am pleased to announce that I now have 1000 WordPress followers on this blog! (Don’t pay attention to that count over there to the left that says I have 2000+ followers because that also includes those who follow me by email and are not all apart of the WordPress community) I am humbled and in awe of all of you who have followed me and continue to support me.

Please visit my 1000th follower – Wee Ditty

And now, in celebration of this awesome news, I would like to open my blog up to you, my followers.

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Today, you can promote your blogs here at A Whispered Wind. It is time to post links to your blogs and/or your friends’ blogs. If you have something you’ve written on your blog that you wish others to read, post a link. If you’ve read something on a friends’ blog that you’ve enjoyed and want others to read as well, post a link. Know someone who’s just starting out at blogging and has only a few followers, post a link. Have something special planned on your blog for Halloween, post a link. Hell, post as many links as you’d like. Mingle with others by visiting their blogs too! And to insure that this gets around to as many people as possible, please REBLOG this on your own blogs and post a link on Twitter and Facebook to get the word out. Help me help YOU!

Let’s get out there and promote our arses off, share, mingle and CELEBRATE with me!

And for your listening pleasure while you visit my blog, some nice creepy Halloween music:

Blog Party: Eat, Drink, and Play Charades

Time for another party! Stop by for some fun and leave a link to your blogs.
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I am throwing a party, Beautiful People, and you are invited! A few days ago I realized that this blog has gathered 300+ followers. I decided right there and then to celebrate it by having a blog party.  I thought I would get that cute Bing! from the WordPress telling me about it, but it still hasn’t come. Meanwhile, I have everything ready for a party, so I am following the immortal dictum of the Russian scientist I. Michurin: “We cannot wait for favors from nature,” and I am opening the doors of this blog for THE PARTY!

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This is my way of saying Thank You to all of you, Beautiful People! Thank you for your likes, thank you for your comments, and most of all, thank you for taking the time to follow and read the stuff this funky cat puts together! I have never expected it to be…

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It’s A Blog-O-Ween! Let’s Party!

Jacqueline is having a Halloween-blog party! Won’t you come join us?
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Welcome to my house. I’ll try hard not to terrify you to death 😉

We’ve got Black Magic, Bloody Mary ,Skulls and Bone, Flesh Juice, Crushed Bones, Pickled Veins, Marrow Worms, Boggle The Eyes’ Scary pumpkins etc, etc, Just talk to the ghoul in the house and choose your poison.

Let’s meet & mingle, shake a leg & jingle, connect & interact with other awesome folks in here.

If this is your first-time visit, the house rules of play are outlined below, if you are an old-timer, you know the drill.

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Just some little party rules:

  1. You must mix and mingle with others. Don’t be a wallflower. Go say hello to someone and you can participate in the Tag a poem, a thought or quote below.
  2. Let us know where you are blogging from.
  3.  Please leave your blog link or post link in the comment box below along with introductions.

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Book Review – All Good Stories by Linda G. Hill

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Linda G. Hill‘s All Good Stories is a light-hearted novella. It is fast-paced, quickly moving the reader from scene to scene with each new chapter. For a quick read, the characters are well-developed, well-described and unique. Linda tells a story within a story within a story. When you read it, you will know what I mean (and you definitely want to read it!)

The two main characters, Xavier and Jupiter are long-time friends. Xavier runs a book store and Jupiter is a writer and works in a gym as a receptionist (near the end of the novella). The other characters are Bob the Blogger, Gloria the waitress, and Harry the Horrible. Xavier and Jupiter’s lives are intermingled with the other three characters in what turns out to be a hilarious, off-the-cuff, near-disastrous story-line. The twists in this story keep you reading and the strange, mega twist in the last few parts of the story will leave you in awe of Linda’s talent as a yarn-spinner.

You won’t find any spoilers here. You must read this one for yourself. It is a delightful, hysterical tale that can be read within an hour or two. Well worth the time!

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rating: 5 Stars

To Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Amazon AUS | Kobo

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 3

The lovely Valerie over at Life and My Insights has nominated me for the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge. Thank you, Valerie. I am humbled and honored for the recognition.

The Rules:

  1. Three quotes for three days .
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Day Three’s Quote:

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.
~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath’s work has inspired me since I was 13, which is when I first read The Bell Jar. It wasn’t until I re-read it in my late teens though, that her words began to sink in and make sense to me. This quote helped me through a very dark period in my life and remains a favorite.

Nominations:

As many know, I do not do the nominations part of these challenges. So many of my lovely blogger friends here on WordPress have nomination/award-free blogs and I respect them for that choice. So as always, I will say… if you want to join in on this lovely challenge, snag the rules, share your quotes and link back to my post so I can read your quotes.

Thank you, my lovelies, for joining me during this challenge. I hope you found my choice of quotes inspiring.

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 2

The lovely Valerie over at Life and My Insights has nominated me for the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge. Thank you, Valerie. I am humbled and honored for the recognition.

The Rules:

  1. Three quotes for three days .
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Day Two’s Quote:

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I love this quote because it reminds me that sometimes we become too enamored with the words we write, even when those words may not fit our narrative or be quite right. King gives us permission to slaughter those words without remorse. I will admit though, I don’t kill AND bury my darlings. Often, I just copy and paste those darlings into a file that I keep in case those words ever fit somewhere else more appropriately.

Nominations:

As many know, I do not do the nominations part of these challenges. So many of my lovely blogger friends here on WordPress have nomination/award-free blogs and I respect them for that choice. So as always, I will say… if you want to join in on this lovely challenge, snag the rules, share your quotes and link back to my post so I can read your quotes.

See you again tomorrow for the final quote.

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 1

The lovely Valerie over at Life and My Insights has nominated me for the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge. Thank you, Valerie. I am humbled and honored for the recognition.

The Rules:

  1. Three quotes for three days .
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Day One’s Quote:

“Thou art to me a delicious torment.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson from Essays and English Traits, on Friendship 1841

There is just something so darkly savoring about this quote. Relationships often feel like this ~delicious and tormenting~ at the same time.

Nominations:

As many know, I do not do the nominations part of these challenges. So many of my lovely blogger friends here on WordPress have nomination/award-free blogs and I respect them for that choice. So as always, I will say… if you want to join in on this lovely challenge, snag the rules, share your quotes and link back to my post so I can read your quotes.

See you again tomorrow for another quote.

“Confessionalist” by Mary Sukala

Powerful poeming in the fashion of the Confessionalists. Brilliant!
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As a first post, I felt it only fitting to put up a poem that is closely tied to the name of this chunk of cyberspace. I wrote this a while back, when I first stumbled upon my all time favorite poet, Sylvia Plath. There was something addictive about her cool-as-all-get-out tone. I clamored to find more poets like her and discovered the tribe of poets known as the “Confessionalists,” and fell head over heels with every piece from that era. I quite liked the term and subsequently applied it to my own honest, raw, slightly dark pennings. Despite the way my voice and subject matter in my work has evolved, the name has stuck.

So without further ado, here’s “Confessionalist.”

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1. Outside

My people are unsmiling, as if

our mouths will not tug themselves

into grins, low slung valleys. Our sin

is not knowing the…

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Book Review – The Oracle Philon by Gerald and Kristopher Kubicki

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The father and son writing duo, Gerald and Kristopher Kubicki, have authored another intriguing adventure/mystery novel titled The Oracle Philon which is part of the long-running series of Colton Banyon Mysteries.

The plot of this novel is that a couple of corrupt organizations – Radical Islamists and the Effort (as welll as the US Government) – have taken calculations from a manuscript by the ancient Greek philosopher Philon and invented devices that can create sinkholes and unusual weather conditions by using the Earth’s magnetic vortices, for their own nefarious means (perhaps the destruction of Earth that would make it a wasteland like Mars). The MAD team (Mysterious Artifacts Department of Area 51), fearing that these devices could be used between warring factions for global destruction, is working to stop them by recovering the devices and locking them away in a special hangar in Area 51. MAD is a four-member team – Kaley Wells who does the physical work of recovering the artifacts (she’s even described as a contortionist), Malcolm Short who locates the artifacts (he’s a lawyer with an unusual “psychic” ability), Lisa Lange who does the research and identification (she’s a professor), and Simon Stone who gives out the assignments (he’s the owner of The Aurora Insurance Company who insures unusual artifacts and the head of MAD).

Other characters in the book include gang members of The Wild Rebels (a biker’s gang) who follow Malcolm and Kayle around for the Effort (another corrupt organization); several officers (Pride, Joy and Pine) who are investigating the Mosque where the Radical Islamists attend; Ben Brown who is a white supremacist and the owner of the book Philon’s Mechanics treatise – the missing artifact and where information about how to create the devices is discovered; and many other government officials. I actually think for a fairly simple story, there are far too many minor characters to keep up with, and at times it created some confusion for me (because I have memory issues) to remember who’s who and what their roles were. This will probably not be a big issue for other readers though.

While the plot of this novel is exciting, one thing early on doesn’t add up for me – Malcolm Short’s lack of knowledge about MAD. If he has been working for Simon Short for a while and with Kaley, why has he just been “read-in” to MAD? If the artifacts have all been unusual to begin with, he should have known about MAD all along, or at the very least, been more curious about these unusual artifacts.

There are other problems with this novel, mainly technical in nature. For example, some of the dialogue is way too long and it feels like information is just being dumped on the reader. Yes, this information needs to be told, but shorter back and forth exchanges would work much better for the reader. This can be seen in the Prologue with the Captain and his first mate, as well as when Malcolm is being read-in to MAD (it happens in other areas as well, but these two stood out prominently to me).

Other issues include some of the dialogue tags being used repeatedly or just not adequately describing what the speaker is trying to relay. One such usage really rubbed me the wrong way:

the millennial aged woman — meaning she was under thirty — complained in a whine

First, we don’t need the explanation “meaning she was under thirty” because in our modern age, we all know what a millennial is. Secondly, when someone complains, we take for granted that the person is whining. This is redundant. Technical issues like this are peppered throughout the novel and while they may not be big deal-breakers for many readers, and they didn’t prevent me from reading this novel, they were a little unsettling for me and caused me to pause while reading. I guess it is the English major in me that cringed. All of this could be resolved with some extra editing.

Sometimes the authors used descriptions that were off-putting (for me) as well, especially when Malcolm described women in the book – calling Kaley and Lisa ‘blonde goddesses’, and his leering at Kayle and Lisa’s bodies, with internal dialogue. I am not sure any of those things needed to be in the book if the authors want this to be read by both men and women. It makes Malcolm out to be a sexist character, and maybe that is how the authors wanted him to appear, but for me, he isn’t a likable character because of it and it doesn’t make me want to cheer for him as one of the heroes of the story. Perhaps it creates ‘realistic’ characters to have Malcolm as a sexist and Kayle and Lisa as erotic, exotic females, but is this realistic of how people act with one another on a job? I am not sure. Perhaps it is in our current society and perhaps I am being too prudish.

Of course, these are just personal issues with the book for me. This does not mean that the story isn’t good or that the plot doesn’t work. It is an exciting story and it is a workable plot. The story is fast-paced, intriguing and filled with lots of great action. It is set in a modern world with all of the issues that we face today with terrorism, hate, and insecurities, but with unique twists that will definitely keep readers reading to the very end. If you enjoy face-paced adventure/mysteries, then the entire Colton Banyon series is worth reading, as well as this one which isn’t centered around Colton Banyon.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars (for technical issues)

Genre: Action/Thriller, Paranormal, Science Fiction

To Purchase: Amazon

Gerald J. Kubicki’s Website