Shaping the world

A beautiful thoughtful post by Sue Vincent.

The Silent Eye

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Back in the earliest days when mankind had his beginnings, it was the land and our response to it that had shaped us. It has been suggested that it was the long grass that caused us first to stand on two legs… a need to spot potential predators at a distance. As animals our physical defences are minimal. It is our intellect, adaptability and ability to use what comes to hand to serve our needs that allowed us to thrive. It was the land, the environment and climate that offered the raw materials to the responsive hunter, moving with the game and the seasons and which later planted the first seeds of agriculture from which our modern societies have sprung.

We are not very old as a species. It is thought that the earliest homo sapiens dates back a mere 200,000 years. On a planet that is 4.6 billion years…

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Meet the Mr. and the Mrs. interviewing Mrs and Mr Shey without the dudes.

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Meet the Mr. and the Mrs.

Unless you’re in Hollywood, it’s not often that you come across a husband and wife who both make their living in the arts.  My dear friend Shehanne Moore, a/k/a Lady Shey because of her work in writing historical romance, and her husband John Quigly, a/k/a the Mr., which is how the Lady refers to him, both have a passion for creating.  For years, Shey labored under a publisher, putting out title after title, only to be told that several of her books had shelf-lives and were soon going to be out of print.  So what did this Scottish-born lassie do?  Not acquiesce, I can tell you that. 

Rather than tow the antagonistic and inhospitable line, she did what any self-respecting woman would do?  (Well, maybe not any woman, but as you will note from her writing and…

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The Red Pill? Or, The Blue Pill?

This is not a post about the movie “The Matrix”.

Although it is thought regarding that movie which influenced this writing.

As a child, I constantly asked questions. I grew up and I continue to ask questions and to seek the truth about the ones people can’t answer.

I became aware of a plan headed by millionaire companies, government officials, millionaires, and others to launch a rollout of 5g which will blanket the earth. At the moment we are on 4g of communication speed. 5g, when it arrives, will be faster, e.g. you can download an HD movie in 10 seconds. Mobile networks will stream faster, internet connections will be in the blink of an eye and “Hallelujah” welcome to the new world.

You might now be shrugging your shoulders or shaking your head. What is she bleating on about?

Here are some of the effects of 4g on humans, animals and the planet herself which have already occurred.

Children are very susceptible to electromagnetic waves. In schools around the world, who have already brought in wi-fi connections which blanket the building, children are falling ill, experiencing blinding headaches, nausea, and other symptoms that disappear when away from the school. I have heard of one child who has died from continued exposure to the waves.

There is a growing body of research which links increased radio frequency radiation to the crisis affecting our bees, other insects and birds, as well as pesticides.

So, they plan to have 5g base stations on the earth as well as 20,000 new satellites in space. Why? What for? So we can have faster download time? Pay more for fancy new mobile phones and get ill quicker?

Now back to the question at the beginning of this post. “Will you take the blue pill? Or the red pill?”

Too late now if you have taken the red pill, but bravo. Here is the link to explain everything far more succinctly than I can.

Please take the time to read this article.

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – Fairies, Myths and Magic – A Summer Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro

Sally’s fantastic review of Colleen’s Fairies Myths and Magic.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am delighted to review the lovely book by Colleen M. Chesebro, Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration.

About the collection.

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the…

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The Writerly Witch

Well, I shake my whiskered face. You’d think she, being the author, would come up with a better headline than, “The Writerly Witch,” I’m not sure it’s grammatically correct.

Anyway, let me introduce myself. I am a witch’s cat and let me tell you it’s a hard job. However, I excel in a particular area of advice, yes my adoring fans, because you will adore me, I will appear on here every so often to throw you scraps of my fantastic wit and wisdom.


No. The tea is mine, leave it alone.

Now, you’ve finished your novel. Fantastic, wonderful, how clever and talented you are. I am now about to burst your little bubble, with kindness. Okay with my sharp claws.

The work, dear readers, is just about to start.

Put your finished work away, file it, store it, print it out and hide it in the cellar, where ever you can’t get access to it for at least two weeks. Don’t look at it. 

After two weeks retrieve your work and, this is important, make sure you have a bevy of your choosing at the ready. Sit at your desk, open the electrical device you can’t live without and begin.

First edit, not so hard. There are so many editing tools out there which will help you, apart from me.


Okay, so it’s going well, fantastic. Now, put it away again. Yes, yes, you heard me. Hide it away again, 1 week this time.

Poor dears, I know I’m cruel, you love it.

Resurrect the work once more. Read over and over noticing where you might have head hopped, (writerly term for mixing up your point of view.) Called a character by the wrong name or spelled, (heaven forbid) their name wrong. Read it and read it until you see double. Then save and file.

Next time:  What happens when you open the file again?

I am here and there,

Forever on my whim,

Will, I appear,

My advice to give.

Until next time:


“Ma haw! I scorched my whiskers,”


Carol brings attention to the barbaric practice of catching sharks for their fins to make soup. Yes, to make bloody soup, Jeez, get a tin and leave the sharks alone.

Retired? No one told me!

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I am sure we have all seen the films, news and headlines over the years…Shark Attack!

Very scary and at certain times of the year more prevalent:-

Chris Lowe, the director of the Long Beach State University Shark Lab in California, said in a statement that shark attacks on humans were “exceedingly rare considering the number of people who use southern California waters, but people do need to be aware that the fall season is a time when more large juvenile and adult white sharks may be moving along the coast.”

Taken in context though we wouldn’t walk into a Lions Den and there have been cases where even cows have surrounded a person and crushed them to death…Because you had entered their field.

Why have I chosen to blog on The Shark??

A headline on Facebook posted by my granddaughter… Caught my eye so I googled it…

Shark Finning!


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New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt

A new feature speculative fiction writing prompt from

Myths of the Mirror

I wish you all a wonderfully creative, happy, healthy, and safe new year, full of laughter and love.


After 5+ years of blogging, I thought I’d try something new… finally. How about a Monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt? Sue Vincent was the inspiration for this idea since I’ve loved participating in her weekly prompts (check out her extremely popular feature here.)

If you’re interested, here’s how it will work:

On the first of every month, I’ll post a speculative fiction prompt from Pixabay. These images are attribution free so you can use them on your blog without worrying about copyright restrictions.

Throughout the month, I’ll reblog your prompt-inspired stories, poems, reflections, writing. And on the last day of each month, I’ll share a complete round-up of all contributions with links to the original posts. Visiting the blogs of participants is a great way to meet other…

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