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We've had quite a few snow days lately and we all rejoice. I love sleeping in and my kids are celebrating too (but not because they want to sleep in of course! Heehe!).
I found a good tutorial on Youtube HERE teaching how to make a 6 sided paper snowflake. My kids absolutely loved making their own. We had a full week of paper snowflakes all over the house!
For snow day, I made white play-dough and my kid's had a snowman building contest. I love contests because it keeps them busy! I set out melt beads and small carrot pieces to be used as decorations. That worked pretty well!
Our fluffy wild cat decided to nap by the window. I snuck up on her to take this picture and she never knew I was there.I don't think soccer and snow really mix but somehow my son figured it out.
This is a snowman that my daughter made and then it snowed again covering it up. Poor snowman!
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It is as if a massive color palette fell on earth from the hand of the Almighty. The whole atmosphere is painted with bright colors—red, pink, yellow, blue, green, and purple. Young and old, men and women—all are soaked in colored water, running around, laughing loudly, shouting, and throwing mud on each other. It is a war where a water gun is your weapon, colored water is your bullet, and colored powder is your smoke screen.
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The question came to me and I admit I was a bit stumped at first. A colleague was looking for recommendations of the best literary apps for kids. Put another way, apps with a distinct tie-in to specific children’s books. So I thought about it. I’ve toyed about with several apps for years. I could make such a list.
However, before I present it to you, I would like to point out that literary apps are in significant decline. When first they hit the scene they were prevalent because they were novel. However, publishers were quick to notice that from an economic standpoint they don’t really make a lot of sense. The amount of time and money you pour into an app is incongruous with how much one is allowed to then charge the consumer. It can take years for apps to break even, and ours is not a society where such slow money is seen as desirable. So while I don’t think apps will ever go away, literary apps will continue to be far and few between. The only ones I’ve seen crop up in the last year or two are labors of love from creative personalities (Bill Joyce, Shaun Tan, etc.).
Also please note that this list is NOT particularly good at listing nonfiction tie-in apps. There are, I know all too well, some fantastic ones out there. However, aside from the Barefoot Book World Atlas, I haven’t had much contact with them.
And now, the hits!
Animalia by Graeme Base – Allows the reader the chance to turn a simple reading of the book into a game.
The Barefoot Books World Atlas by Nick Crane – Absolutely jaw-dropping. A must-have for any child over the age of four. Allows the viewer to zero in on different parts of the globe and learn learn learn.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App by Mo Willems – I’m sort of cheating by putting this here since technically it’s based on a children’s book character rather than a specific title, but when it’s the pigeon, honestly who cares?
Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss – Pretty basic, but I like a lot of what it does. Reads the story straight through but allows the reader to hear individual words defined. Plus I like how it handles the many mumbling mice in the moonlight. Mighty nice!
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce – The rare case where there was first an app, then a short film, and finally a book. I don’t know how well this one holds up in terms of rereading, but it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a film in a book app form.
Freight Train by Donald Crews – This may be the earliest book related app out there. It used public domain music and was originally designed for phones. When the iPad was introduced it had to undergo a change, and remains somewhat pixelated as a result. That said, it’s still a beautiful piece.
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton – Boynton books make for difficult book-to-app transitions since there’s not much too them to begin with. This one relies heavily on a good narrator and small interactive options. I don’t know that a kid would turn to it over and over, but it’s not a bad app for the little bitty guys.
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills – A great book to begin with, the app reads the book straight, but also contains interactive elements that don’t distract from the storyline. A difficult balance to strike.
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone – Remarkably good. Truth be told, Sesame Street has almost never been good at books. Stone’s classic is the sole exception, and the app they made for it is stellar. Though Grover is not voiced by Frank Oz, you’d never be able to tell. The imitation is dead on. All the interactive elements work beautifully. Kids can read this over and over and never get bored.
The Numberlys by William Joyce – Joyce remains the king of the app-turned-book. Again, this was an app first, a book second. I doubt anyone minds.
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt – When I first saw Random House premiere this app they acknowledged openly that a Pat the Bunny app is an inherently ridiculous concept. That said, it’s a very good one for the younger ages.
Press Here by Herve Tullet – Also a bit of a cheat since at no point does the book appear. Then again, the book itself was a sort of anti-app, so what you’ll find here makes quite a bit of sense in retrospect.
The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan – Tan bears a lot of similarities to Bill Joyce in terms of his love of apps, cinema, and books (not necessarily in that order). He employed some truly lovely musicians when he worked on this one.
The Story of the Three Little Pigs by L. Leslie Brooke – Also a book meant to look like a pop-up but in this case the reader is allowed to see how the inner gears of such a pop-up might work. It’s actually really quite cool to watch.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – You’ll actually want the one called PopOut! Peter. There is also a similar Benjamin Bunny app that makes for a good follow-up. It’s just one of the most beautiful I’ve ever encountered. It makes a great deal of effort to resemble an interactive book down to the silken ribbon there to hold your place. A masterpiece.
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra – The designers did a very clever thing here when they found a way to allow the reader to tilt the screen so that you can see around and behind the characters and set pieces.
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Thanks Sharon for having me as a guest on your blog. I’d like to share ideas that have worked for me in growing my blog audience. I’m not an expert, but these things have worked for me.
10 Ways to Grow a Blog
1. Follow a variety of blogs, not just other writers. It will expose your name to an entirely different audience 2. Always provide links to help others find some interesting content. 3. Return comments. If some comments on your blog, visit theirs in return. They were interested in you so show you feel the same way. 4. Keep your posts short. Most bloggers are looking for quick, interesting posts. They will skim your long post and not really get the point you were trying to make. 5. Do more than shout, ‘buy my books.’ That leaves them no reason to comment or come back for the next post. 6. Be yourself so people actually get to know you. If they know you, hopefully, they will like you. I’ve made some true friends through blogging. 7. Add pictures to your posts. Book covers, the snow-covered tree, your cat or dog, make it a little bit personal. 8. Host guest on your blog and hope their friends follow them to your blog. (Thanks, Sharon). 9. Promote your posts on other media such as Twitter and Facebook. 10. Participate in blog hops. I’m administrator in two big blog hops. Insecure Writer’s Support Group had been around for more than three years. We blog the first Wednesday of every month and share our woes, successes and offer support and advise. The even bigger blog hop I help run is the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Last year over 2,000 bloggers participated. For 26 days in April, we post blogs where the content starts with a letter of the alphabet. Letter A on April first, you get the picture. I highly recommend both.
These are a few ideas that have helped me. Can you add a few more ideas in your comment? Any blog hops you recommend.
In last Monday's blogpost I shared my adventure on drawing fishing boats from the pier in a Thai marina. On that same pier, I sat again the next day, to draw one of the many tuk-tuks on the island. I found a place in the shade, with a good view on a parked tuk-tuk. There was a little terminal post I sat on. Not very comfortable, but it gave me the right point of view and perspective to draw all the details of the motorcycle and its awesome cart build around it.
Again, I found myself drawing for an hour or so (my butt was totally numb after that!), and every now and then someone would walk over to stand behind me for a while. looking over my shoulder. The last 15 or 20 minutes of the drawing, one man stood behind me to follow the process intensely and each time I looked up, he would give me a big smile and a thumb up. I don't speak Thai and he didn't speak much English either, so 'good' and 'thank you' were pretty much the words we exchanged.
After adding the last bit of colour, I told him it was finished and he wanted to take a picture of the final drawing with his mobile phone. After that, he thanked me and walked over to the tuk-tuk to drive off with it. I hadn't realized he had been waiting for me to finish the drawing. So I apologized and thanked him about a million times (I am glad I know how to do that
in Thai!). It was really awfully kind of him, and I felt kind of bad for letting him wait and maybe miss out on clients! I felt relieved when 10 minutes later I walked by the tuk-tuk, parked in front of a house in town. it had a blanket over the motor so that indicated he was done for the day. The driver had been on his way home anyway and I believe he was proud that his tuk-tuk was being portrayed and it was worth a little bit of hanging around on the pier before heading home. Otherwise I'm sure he wouldn't have waited for me to finish the drawing, and just drive off anyway.
Later that day, I added a little layer of coloured pencil, to deepen the colours and add some more depth and contrast to the drawing. I left room for writing on the right side of the page and I might as well still write this story there.
Last month we welcomed publisher Georgia McBride to the blog to talk about her phenomenal success with Month9Books, which she founded. Today we're pleased to host Georgia again, but this time we're exploring Georgia the author. Listen in to what goes on in the mind and world of one amazing overachiever. And then check out the giveaways below!
Interview with Georgia McBride, A WOW-Wednesday PostWhat advice would you give to first-time writers?
Read books in the genre and category you want to write in. Read the big books, the ones that are the mega sellers. This will help you learn the market. Take note of what books are being acquired to get a sense of what agents and publishers are interested in and or effectively selling. Know your weaknesses as a writer and read everything you can on craft and or that specific weakness. Agents and editors freely share information on social media and their own blogs and websites about the publishing business as well as their experiences and opinions. Read it. Join writers groups for in-person support, networking, and mentoring. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t assume your first draft will be THE ONE. Write as much as you can as often as you can. It does not have to be perfect. JUST WRITE. If you don’t write, you are not a writer. And if you aren’t a writer, you will never become an author!What one thing do you feel made the most difference in getting you from aspiring author to published author
Confidence. I doubted myself for so long. I worried too much about what people in the business would say. I needed (or so I thought), their approval. Turns out, I needed nothing of the sort.If you could travel back in time to tell/warn newbie writer or newbie author something, what would that be
For every 1 person who hates your book, there are sure to be 3 who love it – and that doesn’t include YOU or YOUR MOM. There will be an audience for your work. It might be a small one, niche or GIANT one. BUT, there will be one. Of course, if you never release your book, there can be no one who loves it. And yes, I am shouting in ALL CAPS.What is your writing/revision process? Is it the same for every book, or does it change from book to book
I like to revise as I write. I will usually write a chapter, then go back and revise it immediately after.How do you recover from a writing slump or writer’s block
I have found that writer’s block stems from the need to control the story, rather than letting the story develop organically. If you don’t know what to write, it could well mean you are heading down a wrong plot path – and the block is the Universe’s way of pointing you in a different direction. I see that block as a gift and hope to inspire others to feel the same. As well, writer’s block can also be caused by fear. Don’t let fear rule your writing.Who do you most look up to in the literary world and why
I was inspired by Stephanie Meyer when I read her story. She’s a mom, just like me, and she was able to make a career for herself. She wrote during her kids’ practices and whenever she could make time. It helped me do the same and not feel guilty about finding time for myself to do something I love. And, like me, J.K. Rowling was unemployed when she started penning her novel. If she could find the motivation to do so while living in her car and not give up, then so could I, despite family members telling me to give up. So, I have been tremendously inspired by these women, both moms, both told they couldn’t do what they were compelled to do, and both enjoying success beyond their wildest dreams. Finally – I cannot say enough about Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey and their influence on my life. Oprah showed the world that people of color do love to read. I’m grateful for that.What are some of your worst fears when it comes to writing
I’m always worried that I’ve missed something, or could have done something better, or that readers will hate it.Did you ever feel like giving up on writing? How did you get past that
I never wanted to give up, although I don’t have nearly as much time nowadays to write my own books.What was your biggest obstacle in getting published? How did you get over it
My biggest obstacle was finding an agent who thought the genre I write in was still viable and that readers would want to read it. It killed my confidence since fantasy, paranormal, and horror is all I care to write. So, I struck back starting my own press for works of this very kind and published my novel through that press.What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done as a writer/author? How did you turn it around
Hmmm. Stupid? Well, I released my book assuming it was going to sell on its own because I had such a great social media following. That was really, really, really stupid. I turned it around by doing live events, signings, podcasts, interviews, etc. I did the hard work!What do you struggle with the most in writing and/or in real life
I struggle with balance. I work all the time to the point where I have no time to actually read for pleasure or to read competitive titles in the market. I hope to change that this year!Do you read your reviews? How do you deal with negative comments and how do they affect you
I do read reviews. The bad ones really hurt. But sometimes you have to hear those things so you can possibly fix what you got wrong the first time. Sometimes, bad reviews can make a writer better – if they are willing to change and grow.
About the Author:
Georgia McBride is founder of Georgia McBride Media Group, home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books. She develops content for film and TV, and is also a speculative fiction writer. Georgia founded the #YAlitchat hashtag and weekly chat on Twitter in 2009.Website
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Volunteers from a small town in Missouri have been searching for seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller for weeks. Police never mentioned the note she left to say she planned to run away, or her reportedly strange behavior just prior to going missing. They suspect something sinister and more terrifying may be at play.
But Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway. She's found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help, and becomes an instant media sensation.
Grace insists on Gavin's innocence, that he didn't harm her as police suspect. But the evidence is overwhelming, and Grace will need a lot more than her word to clear Gavin's name.
So Grace does the one thing she knows will save him. Despite the potential consequences, she tells police the truth: She is an angel. She didn't run away. She left to protect the people she loves.
But authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind.
Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of angels on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse that could change everything humans believe about their origins.
But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true?Amazon
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A week or so ago we looked at the new SS15 kids fashion prints at Boden, and today I thought I would showcase some of those spotted in womenswear. There is a super bold geometric print (above & below) used on bags and clothes, stylised graphic tulips, daintily drawn seed packets and vintage plate designs amongst other delights. Here are a few edited highlights and you will find them all online
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What: Ontario Teen Book Fest
When: Saturday March 21st , 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School, 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
The Ontario Teen Book Fest is a FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! Meet 20 YA authors, hear them speak about their books and writing, and meet other book lovers like you. Books will be available for purchase on-site from Once Upon a Time. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase.
Official Blog Tour Schedule
February 28th: Spotlight on Kasie West -- Adventures of a Book Junkie
March 1st: Spotlight on Melissa Landers -- What A Nerd Girl Says
March 2nd: Spotlight on Brad Gottfred -- Recently Acquired Obsessions
March 3rd: Spotlight on Catherine Linka -- Read Now Sleep Later
March 4th: Spotlight on Debra Driza -- Read Now Sleep Later
March 5th: Spotlight on Katie Finn -- Fearless Kurt Reads YA
March 6th: Spotlight on Claudia Gray -- A Bookish Escape
March 7th: Spotlight on Shannon Messenger -- People Like Books
March 8th: Spotlight on Lauren Miller -- The Thousand Lives
March 9th: Spotlight on Elizabeth Ross -- Kid Lit Frenzy
March 10th: Spotlight on Anna Carey -- The Reader's Antidote
March 11th: Spotlight on Sherri Smith -- Movies, Shows and Books
March 12th: Spotlight on Mary Elizabeth Summer -- What A Nerd Girl Says
March 13th: Spotlight on Jessica Khoury -- The Consummate Reader
March 14th: Spotlight on Maurene Goo -- The Windy Pages
March 15th: Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci -- Nite Lite Book Reviews
March 16th: Spotlight on Jessica Brody -- The Romance Bookie
March 17th: Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil -- Movies, Shows and Books
March 18th: Spotlight on Aaron Hartzler -- Fangirl Feeels
March 19th: Spotlight on Michelle Levy -- The Consummate Reader
Spotlight on Debra Driza
Today's stop on the tour is a spotlight on Debra Driza, author of MILA 2.0 and MILA 2.0: Renegade.
About MILA 2.0
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
About Debra Driza
Debra Driza is a member of the teen lit blogging groups The Bookanistas and The League of Extraordinary Writers, and a former practicing physical therapist who discovered tormenting her characters was infinitely more enjoyable. These days you can find her at home in California, adding random colors to her hair and wrangling one husband, two kids, and an assortment of Rhodesian Ridgebacks (most of them naughty).
MILA 2.0 is her first YA novel in a planned trilogy from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. It's currently in development with Shondaland production company (Grey's Anatomy) to become a TV series for ABC.
Q&A with Debra Driza
RNSL: Writing aside, what hobbies or interests take up your time?
Debra Driza: Children! Are children a hobby? No? Because they sure take up a lot of time! If they don't count, then I guess I'd say working out (I like lifting weights), dogs (we own 3 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and I occasionally entertain crowds by attempting to show them in conformation and agility myself), and reading.
RNSL: Out of all the advice you've ever been given about getting published, what's the first piece of advice that comes to mind, and why?
DD: Never give up--often, the only difference between a published writer and an unpublished writer is perseverance.
RNSL: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
DD: Definitely a pantser by nature. The MILA books required outlining though, which was REALLY challenging for me.
RNSL: When you were a teen, what did you like to read?
DD: Not Stephen King, like tons of my friends did--I was too much of a scaredy-cat for horror. I remember reading Dune several times, Jeffrey Archer books, thrillers, and romances "borrowed" from my mom's closet. I guess I was always more of a genre girl!
RNSL: I'm a messy purse girl too. My mother keeps pens, paper, and tools in her bag-of-doom (she's an architect). What 3 things are you most likely to pull out of your purse if you just reached in and grabbed things at random?
DD: Oh gosh, this is kind of embarrassing, but I'd have to say a crumpled, year-old receipt, a stray credit card (I seem to have a wallet phobia), and a petrified clementine (my daughter loves them, and I can't tell you how many times I've reached for a pen and instead grabbed a shriveled up little orange ball. Oops).
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I've had to really add lots of easier nonfiction to my 3rd grade classroom library. I realized so much of what I have requires lots of experience with nonfiction text. But I am thrilled to find lots of great nonfiction and my 3rd graders are reading more nonfiction than ever. It is tricky to find nonfiction perfect for 3rd grade--it has to be interesting enough for 8 year olds but it needs to be accessible. I have seen nonfiction really turn some of my kids into readers this year because I've been so intentional about the nonfiction section of our classroom library.Scholastic Discover More
series is one that I have come to LOVE LOVE LOVE this year. There are three different "levels" to this series but the difference isn't so obvious to kids. The easier books in this series are 32 pages long and they are great for primary readers. The topics are interesting and I have several kids who have read all 8 books in this part of the series. Definitely one of my favorite nonfiction series as it is packed but the text level is doable for kids who have trouble finding engaging nonfiction.
I've mentioned before how much I love Brad Meltzer's picture book I am Rosa Parks
this week--not sure how I missed it when it was released. My kids love this series and this one is as good as the others. I love the way that Rosa tells her own story and how much readers can learn about the civil rights movement from this book. This series continues to impress me--just wish they were coming out faster!
The last nonfiction book I picked up recently was Kali's Story
by Jennifer Keats Curtis. It is a simple story with very accessible text. I am glad to add as many shorter, easier texts as I can because I believe volume matters and kids are more willing to read a book that seems doable for them, when nonfiction is new. Kali's Story is the story of a baby polar bear who was rescued after his mother died. It is a story my kids will love and one that might lead them to other books with similar rescue stories. The photos are adorable and they will draw kids in immediately.
So glad I committed to reading more nonfiction in 2015. I am already a bit behind but just knowing I set a goal has me reading more than I would have otherwise. You can head over to Kidlit Frenzy
for the Nonfiction Wednesday round up!
Claudia Owen has designed a brand new range of trays which will launch in April at the Hong Kong Housewares Fair. Claudia describes the designs as feminine, modern and playful and each tray design features her illustrations of flowers and fruits. The trays are made from birch wood veneer from renewable forest and eco friendly. They are single sheets of birch wood veneer with no joins. The trays
Welcome, fellow l’annabes. My name is Layla, and I will be your guide to the planet L’eihr (and the innermost workings of Cara Sweeney’s mind). To prepare for this journey, I want you to remember the following: Cara, our heroine, is fiery and passionate. You know this because she has red hair. Also, she is a woman. Aelyx, our hero, is logical and doesn’t totally get human emotions 100%. You know this because he is a man. (And an alien from a planet where they like … bred out human emotion because it is a weakness, do you hear me? A weakness! Don’t worry, they’re trying to fix it.) The L’eihr don’t believe in: feelings, compassion, humans not sucking. In this universe, it is totally realistic for one teenager to give up her life on Earth and decide to “build a life together” with her alien boyfriend on his alien... Read more »
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The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic, 2014. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to The Raven Boys (Book 1) and The Dream Thieves (Book 2).
This continues the story of the search in Virginia for a missing Welsh king. The searchers are prep school students Richard Gansey III (the driving force behind the search), his friends Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, and Noah Czerny, and local girl Blue Sargent.
By the events of Blue Lily, Lily Blue
, I'm not going to lie: it's complicated. There are a mess of characters, plus the search, plus the issues that the characters are dealing with in the present. Gansey is driven by his search; Ronan discovered dangerous family secrets, including his own ability to pull things out of dreams into the real world; Adam is a scholarship student with the drive for more and a serious, well earned chip on his shoulder. Noah has his own issues.
And Blue: Blue is from a family of psychics, without any real power herself, and with a curse upon her: her kiss will kill her true love. And since she's falling hard for Gansey, and since one of her aunts foresaw Gansey's death, it's, well, messy. Like life. Now take life and add in magic and history, myth and legend.
Readers know that I like when teen books have interesting adult characters: well, this has them and then some. The enigmatic Mr. Gray -- I mean, how often is a hired killer so sympathetic and likable? (And yes, I keep picturing him as Norman Reedus). Blue's mother has disappeared, but this allows other adults to move center. And Mr. Gray's boss also enters into the picture. It's not just magic and myth that is a danger.
The only frustration with Blue Lily, Lily Blue
is there is still one more book in the series. So while the adventure moves forward, and questions are answered, there's still so much more to find out
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I promised you more Europeans so here is another fellow-Brit, Emma Yarlett. I think when you see ORION AND THE DARK, you will realize why I shot off an email immediately to Emma to see if she would be up … Continue reading
Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love With Your Baby is absolutely brilliant! There are never enough good collections of poetry for children, let alone babies and toddlers, and poetry is such a vital part of learning to talk, read and love words. It makes perfect sense that Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love With Your Baby is brought to us by the good people at abramsappleseed, a
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NASA Blurred Out Image Of UFO Sighted Near Sun — UFO May Have Destroyed Satellite To Send Warning, Blogger Claims
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Prolific UFO hunter Streetcap1
claims he has detected in a recent LASCO C3 photo
, a massive UFO with an intricate articulated design near our sun.
The photograph was captured by the SOHO
(Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) satellite in halo orbit around
the Sun-Earth L1 gravitational balance point from where it transmits to Earth a continuous stream of near-real-time data about solar activity used to predict space weather in the vicinity of the sun.
The alleged massive UFO, about the size of the moon, has a complex articulated design suggestive of a sophisticated craft built by a very advanced extraterrestrial technological civilization.
Scott Waring, editor of UFO Sightings Daily
that the crystal-like shape of the object is unlike natural objects or space rocks.
“If you look carefully, you will see there is a geometric shape to it. This shape is impossible for any comet, meteor or natural phenomenon other than crystals. This object looks a about the size of the moon, maybe a little bigger. This explains why the helioviewer is down for…cough, cough…maintenance.”
Waring suggests that the appearance of the massive alien spacecraft near our sun could explain why NASA’s Helioviewer
was down early this week. He alleges that when he finally got the Helioviewer to work, he discovered that the image of the UFO on the viewer had been blurred out.
“I finally got the Helioviewer to work and the photo at that moment is there, however the UFO has been blurred so much that its outline can no longer be seen. The UFO appears suddenly at 07:49:00 until 08:00:00, then at 08:01:00 the UFO vanishes as fast as it appeared.”
UFOlogists have accused NASA
multiple times of deliberately attempting to hide evidence of alien UFO activity in our space locality.
Waring also tentatively links the latest sighting with a recent news report about a decommissioned U.S. spy satellite which exploded “after an unexplained spike in temperature.”
According to the Telegraph
, the U.S. Air Force space command confirmed
that the “catastrophic event came after a sudden spike in temperature was detected, followed by an unrecoverable loss of attitude control.”
The explosion caused more than 40 pieces of debris to scatter into orbit.
According to Waring, the massive UFO sighted near the sun may have destroyed the satellite to send a warning. The official explanation that the satellite exploded after “an unexplained spike in temperature” could be evidence of a targeted laser strike on the satellite.
“A military satellite was destroyed on Feb 1, 2015. The satellite detected a sudden spike in temperature and then gone… I present the assumption that this UFO near our sun, destroyed this satellite and maybe others as a warning of what it is capable of doing, and to hide what it is doing near or in our sun.”
If Waring’s speculation is true, then the incident might have sent a warning to NASA and the U.S. military that our space locality is under the control of an intergalactic extraterrestrial superpower.
But one can imagine a host of skeptics smiling indulgently at the UFO hunter’s speculation about military politics in our local system.
Notwithstanding, the alleged UFO bears a remarkable resemblance to another recent find by Streetcap1, which Waring described
as a “rocket-like craft with a tripod fin end.”
The Inquisitr described
the UFO, discovered
in a 1971 Apollo 15 mission photo in the archives NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LROC), as an “articulated tripodal UFO.” The Inquisitr
noted that while skeptics would dismiss the “tripodal UFO” as a photo glitch, its apparent intricate features suggested to UFO enthusiasts a massive spacecraft built by an very advance alien civilization.
“However, going by Waring’s description of the object, we could surmise that the craft has an intricate articulated design suggestive of a highly advanced civilization.”
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1891103/nasa-blurred-out-image-of-ufo-detected-near-sun-ufo-may-have-destroyed-satellite-to-send-warning-blogger-claims/#I3FVl6hcK24ZZHRm.99
The new UFO discovered near the sun also has a complex articulated shape. If, as UFO enthusiasts believe, it is not an incidental splotch or glitch in the LASCO photo, then we may surmise that it was built and designed by the same technological civilization that built the 1971 Apollo 15 mission photo and that the civilization is taking a keen interest in our vicinity of space.
The Inquistr pointed out
in a previous report why a highly advanced alien civilization might send spacecrafts to our space vicinity.
Going by the frequent claims of sightings of massive motherships near our sun, our sun might have been claimed by an energy-hungry Type II or Type III civilization
, farming our sun for energy, taking advantage of the fact that our civilization, the only one in the sun’s orbit, is still too primitive to successfully stake its claim on the intergalactic level in which advanced civilizations compete for scarce energy resources.
[Images: Helioviewer; UFO Sightings Daily]
This is a Green Skies promo and NOT reality despite what any UFO nut says!
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Olive Marshmallow is the newest book from Katie Saunders, and part of the debut line of books from a brand new publisher, little bee books. It may seem like there are shelves full of new baby, big sibling picture books, but during my years as a bookseller, books of this genre that I wanted to read to my own growing family or recommend to customers were few and far between. I would definitely
BookBuzzr subscriber – Luana Ehrlich’s book – One Night in Tehran has been seeing steady success on Amazon. It has garnered over 150 reviews and recently hit the number one spot on the Canadian Amazon store. We connected with Luana to learn her story.
The screenshot below was taken on Feb, 16 2015.
Hi, Luana, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Although I grew up in Illinois, I’ve lived in either Texas or Oklahoma for most of my adult life. For a short period of time, I also worked with my husband, who is a Baptist minister, as a missionary in Latin America.
I’m called “Granny” by my two grandsons who live nearby, and until my husband’s retirement from a long-time pastorate, I was identified as “the pastor’s wife.” Now, at least among my friends, I’m simply known as “the author.”
This may be more than you want to know about me, but I’m also an avid reader, a news fanatic, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Dallas Cowboy football team.
What is the premise behind One Night in Tehran?
Because I’ve been a freelance writer for several years and also a fan of spy fiction, it’s probably not surprising I’ve always had a desire to write my own espionage thriller. However, until recently, I didn’t so because, quite frankly, I’ve never enjoyed reading Christian fiction as much as secular fiction. Yet, I knew the element of faith would have to be present in any novel I wrote. Then, one morning, after hearing about how Christians in Iran were living out their faith under intense persecution, the character of Titus Ray and the plot of One Night in Tehran suddenly came to life for me. I began by asking these questions: “What would happen if a veteran CIA intelligence operative in Tehran encountered a group of Iranian Christians and became a believer? How would his conversion affect his career? How would a man trained to lie and deceive others be able to follow the teachings of Christ in the real world? What if he was involved in a murder and was being pursued by an assassin at the same time?
When did you start writing One Night in Tehran and what was the process like?
When my husband and I retired, I began writing a blog. The support I received from my followers led me to start thinking about writing a novel. Once I had the general plotline in my head, I wrote it down in the form of a brief paragraph. Then, I began mapping out some character details. After that, I did very little in the way of outlining; instead, I allowed the action and dialogue to be spontaneous. The process became like reading a book, only at a much slower pace.
What was the process you employed in getting the book cover designed?
Book covers in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre have a certain look to them. I can easily pick up a book and know whether or not it’s written in that genre without reading the description. They’re usually printed in dark color with short titles in bold white type. When I studied the covers on Amazon and noted the ones that caught my eye, I realized how important a cover was, even in deciding to read a book’s description. With that in mind, I made a prototype of my cover using Adobe software, and I used that prototype to tell my professional cover designer what I wanted. Even though she never saw my homemade design, the end result was very similar to the one I’d done. I’ve done this same thing in visualizing the cover for my second book.
What is your goal as a writer?
My primary goal as a fiction writer is to entertain my readers. I want them to experience being in the skin of a covert intelligence officer, to know what it feels like to make life and death choices, and to know the constant pressure of hiding one’s identity in the shadows of obscurity.
As a Christian fiction writer, my secondary goal is to encourage my readers to live out their Christian faith by introducing them to characters who are flawed, weak, and struggling, yet determined to follow the teachings of Christ anyway.
What is your biggest frustration as a book author?
My biggest frustration as an author is not being able to write for several hours at a time without getting tired. Although writing appears to involve merely the mental processes, writing for an extended period of time takes its toll on the body as well.
What is your biggest challenge as a self-published author?
My biggest challenge as a self-published author is that I must wear several different hats at the same time. I need to promote myself as an author—the job of a publicist—format and publish my manuscript—the job of a publisher—and create and write my book—the job of an author. Achieving that balance is the biggest challenge.
What are you currently reading? How did you find this book?
Currently, I’m reading Personal by Lee Child
. He’s one of my favorite authors, and I was notified by a book club when he published this novel.
How do you divide your time between marketing your book and writing your next book?
I usually spend 3 hours a day marketing One Night in Tehran. That includes answering emails, visiting advertising websites, staying updated on market trends, and then blogging and using social media. After that, I spend approximately 8 hours a day writing my second book, Two Days in Caracas.
Do you use Hootsuite or any other twitter scheduling tools for your social media marketing?
I use Buffer for scheduling my social media marketing; I’ve found it very useful in both scheduling and also in its analytical capabilities.
How did you find your first 100 readers?
Much of the action in One Night in Tehran takes place in the state of Oklahoma, and my first 100 readers came from this geographical location. This was primarily because a month after publication, a person of influence in Norman, Oklahoma, read the book and advertised it heavily as a thriller worth reading. As a result, I was able to sell over 100 books at my first book signing.
When is the next book in your Titus Ray series coming out and what can readers expect?
Two Days in Caracas will be published in May 2015. In this action-packed second book in the Titus Ray Thriller series, Titus travels from Costa Rica to Caracas with a surprise stopover in between. Besides hunting down Jihadi terrorist, Ahmed Al-Amin, Titus will face an old nemesis, mentor a new operative, and deal with several demons from his past.
I'm dating myself, I realize, but when my kids were little, GameBoys were all the rage. Oh! how they longed for GameBoys. But my husband and I didn't feel that children under 10 really needed to play video games for hours on end... even though all their friends had GameBoys as well as whatever the ancient versions of PlayStation, Xbox, etc... were. We figured it was easier not to have game systems then to have them and have to enforce limits. So our poor deprived children had to soldier on, the ONLY kids in the ENTIRE world without electronic games.
Cruelty, thy name is Mom and Dad.
Really, it's amazing they survived childhood :)
Eventually, we caved. One unforgettable July (well, it was unforgettable at the time... I'm pretty sure none of them remember it now! :)) the whole crew was blessed with the coveted GameBoys (because we had a Long Drive on the agenda.) But there was a Rule: the GameBoys could only be played in the car. And only while driving. There would be no sitting out in the car in the driveway or any of that nonsense!
It worked very well.
An excellent solution.
But now I'm having a problem of my own.
No. I have no desire to to give my thumbs a workout bopping turtles or whatever, especially because that would require a degree of coordination and multi-tasking I do not possess whilst driving :)
Nope. My problem is The Girl On The Train.
I know you were all waiting with breathless excitement to find out which book I picked for my March Audible selection, and yep! that was it.
And I'm hooked.
Seriously, I do not want to get out of the car!
I try to think up extra errands that will give me 4 more minutes of story!
I have become the most speed-limit-observing person on earth!
I think turtles walk faster than my car is going by the time I pull in my driveway!
But after all those years of the GameBoy Rule, I have to abide. It's the same principle. There can be no sitting in the car in the driveway just to find out what happens next!
(Plus, really, it's too cold unless the heat is running and that's wasteful of fossil fuels.)
(Plus, really, I have NO TIME for extra listening to stories since I've usually got 6 weeks of work to do on any given day.)
Nope. There can't be any cheating or any wasting of time. Only legitimate driving for continuing the story.
Which is why I ask, does anyone need a ride anywhere?
A pick up in Maryland? Or Georgia?
Because, as it happens, I'm available :)
You'll just have to listen to The Girl On The Train :)
And now that I've got you all desperate to rush out to the library and get a copy right this minute, don't even think about it! You can go in 5 minutes, but right now...
...it's time for the February Pitch Pick!
Here are the awesome February pitches for your voting pleasure, newly improved and updated thanks to all your helpful comments! Good luck picking between this bunch! :)
#1 Kirsten - Finley VS. The Fly PB ages 4-8
When a pesky fly fixes his eye on Finley’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the game is on. Armed with a magazine, vacuum cleaner, and sink sprayer, Finley is determined to deliver a final blow to the buzz. But when Finley serves up the final swat and the fly lands — splat — on the sandwich, Finley wonders whether he’s really won after all.#2 Kathy - King Of The Boards
PB ages 4-8 (formerly Son of Boogie)Dean dreams of matching his father's expertise on the boards–skateboards, surf boards, snowboards - but his flip flops at Half Pipe Park, and he wipes out at the beach. Monstrous moguls and an ice storm stop him cold on the slopes. While chillin’ at the ski lodge, Dean discovers a different board he rocks- a game board. KING OF THE BOARDS is a 332 word picture book that champions perseverance and finding your own groove.#3 Robyn - Barebones The Skeleton
PB ages 4-8
When BAREBONES loses his click-clack, he has to find it before the sun goes down, or he'll lose his Halloween job. With a little help from his pumpkin friend, he searches through water and wind trying to uncover where he lost it. Where he finds it is truly a musical surprise.
#4 Joanne - The Animal Crackers
PB ages 3-6
Meet the newest member of The Animal Crackers! Elephant wants to join his animal friends' jazz band, but every time he tries his trunk at an instrument, it ends tragically. After destroyed drums, harmonica havoc, and a tuba torpedo, Elephant discovers he's had music in him all along: it's as plain as the trunk on his face.
Please vote below for the one you feel most deserves a read by editor Erin Molta by Sunday March 8 at 5 PM EDT (because yes, we will be springing forward!!!)February 2015 Pitch Pick
In honor of today's pitch, I have selected an ENTIRE TRAIN made out of chocolate for our Something Chocolate! Have you ever seen anything so glorious? It's almost enough to make me forget it's still freezing cold and snowing!
"Confirmed to be pure chocolate and weighing over 2,755 pounds"! What craftsmanship! Lucky it's not parked near my house or it would be missing a few cars by now :)
Take your time... munch away... and when you're ready...
Today's pitch comes to us from Donna. By day, Donna is a 4th Degree Black Belt Certified Taekwondo Instructor and by night she is a Ninja writer of children's books, chapter books, and young adult novels. Her debut picture book, THE STORY CATCHER, was just released by Anaiah Press on January 20th of this year.Facebook
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Here is her pitch:
Working Title: The Chocolate Train Wreck
Age/Genre: Early Reader (ages 6-9)
The Pitch: Nine–year-old Abigail must do an essay about one of her favorite things. But train whistles or chocolate-chip-cookies don’t seem big enough for her paper and nothing new ever happens in Hamilton. That is, until an airborne diesel engine and 50 tons of chocolate create a delicious mystery still unsolved more than fifty years later.
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
If your answer is YES, please feel free to tell us what you particularly liked and why the pitch piqued your interest. If your answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Donna improve her pitch. Helpful examples of possible alternate wordings are welcome. (However, I must ask that comments be constructive and respectful. I reserve the right not to publish comments that are mean because that is not what this is about.)
Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks! For rules and where to submit, click on this link Would You Read It
or on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above. There are openings in September so you've got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Donna is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to getting back in my car... with a hunk of that chocolate train... and finding out what's happening to the girl on the non-chocolate train :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! :)
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Dred Scott, an African-American slave, appealed to the Supreme Court for his freedom based on having been brought by his owners to live in a free territory. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, writing for the majority, wrote that persons of African descent could not be, nor were ever intended to be, citizens under the US Constitution, and thus the plaintiff Scott was without legal standing to file a suit.
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The industrialized world is currently moving through a period of ultra-low interest rates. The main benchmark interest rates of central banks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the euro-zone are all 0.50% or less. The US rate has been near zero since December 2008; the Japanese rate has been at or below 0.50% since 1995. Then there are the central banks that have gone negative: the benchmark rates in Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland are all below zero. Other short-term interest rates are similarly at rock-bottom levels, or below.
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