Yulemas and happiness

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Today is Yule.
The year’s shortest day and longest night in the Northern Hemisphere (although it varies in date astronomically) and the Midwinter Solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere (a place I would like to visit some time) it is Midsummer Solstice.

These days it’s just one in a myriad of Midwinter Holidays that we Humans can celebrate. And as much as I love the celebrations of the rebirth of the Sun, I can’t help wishing that all the Religions could stop fighting over whose celebration is the “true and correct” one.

Actually, I wish all the fighting would stop.

There is too much hate in the air. Fundamentalists of all religions hate each other. They throw nasty words at each other and when these run out, they throw bullets, bombs, missiles, rocks, arrows… anything they can get into their hot, blood stained hands.

Happiness and Peace seem to be a long way away for our poor planet. Bombarded by explosives, creatures hunted for their fur and bones, children made homeless and pain ridden due to all the diseases of Homo Erectus – War, Fundamentalist Religion, Poverty, Starvation, Greed…

It’s a sad state of affairs and unless we all stop fighting and start agreeing to disagree, nothing will ever change.

Sadly I very much doubt it will ever happen.

This time of year is supposed to be about peace and happiness. About being with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company. Celebrating the passage of the earth around the sun and the positive things in life that Humans have achieved.

So today / tonight…

Pause for a moment in whatever you are doing and send out a positive, peace filled, love laden thought. It doesn’t have to be to anyone in particular. You don’t have to pray to a God of any sort for this. Send out a Midwinter / Midsummer wish to the world.

Maybe if everyone does this, the tide of Positivity will be so strong, it might just combat the Hate that is poisoning our atmosphere…

Happy erm….

Kira Morgana:

I like to see alternative midwinter celebrations… why get wound up in the whole “It has to be perfect thing”?

Originally posted on Ailsa Abraham:

It’s that time of year again. Many of my friends and folks on TV are getting horribly stressed about “having a great time.” At the risk of sounding smug, we are very fortunate in not having to do this. Our families live in other countries and celebrate their own way. We don’t do cards, we give the money to charity and presents are more little tokens, something silly that the other one wouldn’t have “wasted” money on. The grandchildren haven’t expected gifts since the first year I was a new Granny and spent a fortune on postage for which we didn’t even get a phone call in thanks. Their Granddad informed them that was the end of present-giving.

Badger is a confirmed scientist and atheist who only believes in what he can see and prove. I will happily celebrate with anyone, whatever their reason. Being happy and wishing happiness is…

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Darkest before Dawn ~ waiting for Sun Return

Kira Morgana:

The Sun is not gone forever… seven days to Yule… and I can’t wait!

Originally posted on Zen and the art of tightrope walking:

Darkest before Dawn ~ waiting for Sun Return

 

In the middle of all the excitement and glitz of the approach of Christmas, I’ve noticed something. My own mood has plummeted to below the bedrock and every task seems to take ten times the effort. I’m tired and feeling generally unwell most of the time and the entreaties of others to feel the Christmas spirit is failing.

Even writing this is a huge effort. I question whether it’s worth making an effort at all to write posts any more, at this time of year. Is it worth bothering to do anything much? It took me till mid morning to have a shower and get dressed. I’ve no work on at the moment, and even if I did have, it’s as likely as not that it’d be a massive expenditure of energy to get to it each day.

I made myself…

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THE CRY OF PLAGIARISM!

Kira Morgana:

Spreading the word about this – Jerri Hines has had book stolen blatantly and AMAZON have done nothing about it. Let’s see if we can help her!

Originally posted on Romance In Books:

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AMAZON LINK FOR THE REAL BOOK:Winds of Betrayal Books 1 & 2: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of Enemy

I’m hoping that by the time this is posted that the fake book is down on Amazon. A copy and link to the fake book is below. If it’s not, please go and report it…there are over 30 books this guy has stolen. Here is the fake cover…go there and he has taken the whole of my book.

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I’m not flattered. This is my book…my cover…even my credits inside the book.

Indie authors have enough issues with pirate sites. This, though, is a step above the pirate sites. It is so brazen. This person hasn’t even attempted to conceal his plagiarism.

The question becomes why is this guy so blatant about his plagiarism. Then the question becomes how was this allowed to happen. What kind…

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Review of Unseen Academicals – a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

Kira Morgana:

This is one of those books that requires more than one reading because there is just so much going on in it…

Originally posted on Brainfluff:

This post appeared on my blog back in the early days when only those lost or truly intrepid ventured for a visit, so has only been viewed by a wandering spider and my doting mother. I thought perhaps it could stand a second outing…

Unseen Academicals is the thirty-seventh Discworld novel, which, for those who don’t know, is set in a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants, standing on the back of the Great A’Tuin – a giant turtle – that swims through space. Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old-fashioned grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else.

unseen academicalsThe prospect of…

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Christmas Holly

Kira Morgana:

A dog is for life – especially at christmas… be kind to your pets!

Originally posted on Ailsa Abraham:

We don’t do Christmas in our house. I know what it is because I see it on the box. When the cold weather comes I see gorgeous food and happy people and it makes me sad. Sometimes my mouth fills with water and I dribble which makes Mum smack me and call me a cretin. She hits me often. Last year I got obsessed by Christmas so when she was drunk and reeling around, trying to find a reason to beat me up again, I slipped out of the open door, out into the night.

It was cold. Snow was falling but I just ran until I was in a street  I didn’t know.  I peered through a window and  spotted it – Christmas, just like on the TV! ! I rattled the letter-box. This would be tricky. I can’t speak, you see, which makes people think I can’t hear…

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Taking Sides. Maybe. On Kindle Unlimited.

Kira Morgana:

I’m still holding fire on this issue – I do not like the exclusivity thing and what worked for Nya may not work for me… essentially I am waiting until I have a few more books out there to take a risk with KU.

My sales have dropped into nothing in the past year – mostly because I haven’t had the energy to do more than just write for most of it (the baby is an energy vampire, I swear!) and once I’ve managed to get something else off my hard drive and into the world, I will look at the issue again…

A lot can change in a few months though.

Originally posted on Love's Last Refuge:

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On the matter of Kindle Unlimited

downloadThere’s been a boatload of discussions around whether or not Kindle Unlimited (KU) is the Second Coming or the death knell for indies and publishing in general.

There are allegations that it is a two-tier system favoring the high rollers and leaving the rest of the pack in second-class-citizenship. Mark Coker of Smashwords decries the exclusivity requirement (KDP Select), and while nodding in admiration for Amazon’s “brilliance” he claims: “We should also recognize when Amazon’s business interests don’t align with author interests.”

Others dive into the royalties issue and see indies drawing the short straw.

Apparently Amazon has noted some of the harsher criticisms and might relax the exclusivity clause.

cliff-notes-funny-imageAs with every issue, there are more pros and cons than you can shake a stick at. I’d like to give you a taste of my experiences with Amazon and KU in particular…

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