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Re: February 2020 club book pick: Empire of Chains by Ryan Mueller Now I'm terrified.

I am planning on doing a free promotion later this month. I'll keep everyone posted on the dates.

January 05, 2020, 06:06:21 PM
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) New Year, new adventure.  This Summer I going to volunteer with Street Child for 2 weeks helping to develop the teachers in Uganda so more children will have access to a high quality education.  Here is the link. 

gf.me/u/xayckp

Donations are much appreciated as any funds I raise before March 4th will be doubled by the UK government.

January 07, 2020, 08:22:42 PM
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Re: How much did you write today? Working on the "The Mission's Talent". Nearly 8K increase since 30th Dec 2019, despite cutting a lot out.
January 08, 2020, 11:28:21 AM
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Re: How much did you write today? Wrote 666 words for the Living Sword 3 today. When I saw that number, I knew I had to share.
January 09, 2020, 10:42:54 AM
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) Thank you to all here who replied to my post and sent Australia and me your kind thoughts, it is very much appreciated. Yesterday and today our air has cleared and it is wonderful, so maybe you wished that to me as well. ;D

I am not someone who sheds tears easily, but of late there have been quite a few, because of the animals, and all the lovely places I know so well -  where we went for day trips or to camp by the beaches when the kids were young or to the mountains to take visitors to see the wild horses and the snow- have all been hurt and destroyed. This is how all of Australia is feeling and far worse for many because they are now homeless and evacuated and have to start from scratch again.

But I want to write about what has brought happy tears for the overwhelming kindness of strangers which restores faith in the basic goodness of ordinary people, despite the vile actions of greedy governments.  Caring people all over the world, professional and voluntary have responded in so many ways.

The Canadians firefighters have been here from the start and their helicopters have been waterbombing where firemen cannot reach
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/us-canadian-firefighters-will-help-local-efforts-in-bushfire-crisis/news-story/b3682d095caacf22de608e1fb123a9d9

and this week a most welcome contingent of 100 firefighters from US arrived and were cheered in at the airport to their surprise.

It seems every crafter is busy knitting sewing or crocheting pouches and mittens for baby animals who are being nursed.

https://10daily.com.au/news/a200107szpkb/the-world-is-knitting-clothes-for-australias-injured-wildlife-and-darn-the-pics-are-cute-20200107

There have been fund raisers all over the world from clever people with original ideas and it is wonderful. One in particular is fun and was begun on Twitter,probably only about ten days ago and has completely taken off wildly. If you have access to Twitter you can find it by searching for  #Authors For Firies and the proceeds will go to the Country Fire Association.*   

This is how it works Writers of all genres contribute a signed book or other special things like talks, mentoring, lunch or dinner to meet them etc. Then people bid on Twitter and it will close tomorrow when final highest bids are accepted. Lost count of how many writers have offered up  great prizes . OK  thought I would put in a bid. No way they started going up into $100's and climbing early on and I can't possibly try but that is wonderful. Readers responses have been amazing, but what a great idea. I think a few of our members are involved, certainly authors we read, but it has grown too big for me to find them all.

So - a million thank-yous to good people everywhere  :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

*CFA Volunteer firefighters who train all year round and are available to help the paid firemen when needed. They have been worked to exhaustion, have left homes and businesses or jobs because so badly needed since last September. Some worked at job in day then were on duty  all night. They have to supply their own uniforms, drinks, snacks etc and have lost income.

January 10, 2020, 06:34:31 AM
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Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel Under "light at the end of the tunnel" and positive things, did you see the moon last night/this morning?
It was huge and low and BEAUTIFUL ;D

I'm not sure it looks the same all around the globe, but here in my little corner of England it made my drive to work a lovely event - I actually gasped out loud, when I turned a corner and there it was, right in front of me!

January 10, 2020, 04:17:14 PM
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Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel Positivity and happiness are a perspective.

My parents have a set of relatives and friends and a set routine which they are happy now. Me and my wife are happy doing new things, new culture, new experiences...this is what makes us happy. My parents would prefer would prefer us moving back home in a extended family under single roof which we loathe. While we would be happy if we could take our parents to some of our trips and "open their eyes" to rest of world.

It is only recently (after half a decade) that both me and my parents realized we were trying to convince each other of our own version of happiness, rather than just accept both of us have a different perspective. Now we have come to compromise, sort of. Not to full satisfaction, but a far more agreeable than arguing incessantly.

There is no definition to what'd make a person feel happy, satisfied and positive in life. Rather than trying to convince others to your views, just accept the differences and live with it.

January 10, 2020, 04:31:36 PM
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) Saw this on Twitter this morning from Fantasy Faction, don't follow there usually but been checking for news of Forum . Guess that is from Jennie Ivens

 


We're back! :D But don't look cause we're nekkid! :O

Just kidding, you can look. But right now I'm in the process of re-uploading all the images. And it's going to be a while to get back up to 100%. Good thing I've got a lot of freetime on my hands right now. XD - JI Dragon


Welcome back Forum and sending best possible wishes to everyone here, keep safe as you possibly can. xx Ty

March 21, 2020, 11:35:48 PM
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Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel @ScarletBea I'll definitely have some music on a bit louder than we normally do! I won't be dancing though. I need alcohol if there a chance someone might see me. And depending how much work I actually have, might get some reading done.

@JMack Denizen works for me!

I feel a bit better today now that I've managed to get some supplies in. It feels like I've unlocked some kind of achievement! I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that my appointment on Friday still goes ahead.

March 22, 2020, 12:18:03 PM
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
@Cherie we're back!

And calling some of the oldies: @m3mnoch , @ultamentkiller , @Doctor_Chill , @Idlewilder ...
Hey everyone! Good to see so many people that I know! I wasn't sure how high the turnover would be over the last few years. It appears I am one of the few deserters.

Hope all is well. I am in self-quarantine now because I've been exposed to someone with Corona. Still in college and everything like that. I haven't read much Fantasy lately, but I'm definitely reading more than I was a year ago, so that's good. Just started Wheel of Time a couple of months ago. I'm only on book two, but it's interesting so far.

Miss you guys.

March 22, 2020, 03:09:05 PM
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