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100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #159

Time for another challenge. To join in the fun, click below:

http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week-159/

This week’s prompt:  I need to remember… +100 words

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HOME SAFE

“Where are my gloves?”

Mrs. K’s fingers combed through her hair. “You’re burning up.”

“Can’t leave without my gloves.”

“They’re tucked into your belt. Here.”

He rubbed puffy eyes.  “I need to remember something. What?”

“Make it back in time for breakfast?”

“No-no. Where’s the new GPS?”

“In the sleigh, dear. Take Nelson tonight.”

Kris pulled on his bottom lip. “Nelson?”

“The doctor treating you.”

“Don’t think so…”

“What if you get drowsy? Or need meds to get through tonight?

“You’re mighty persuasive, Mrs. K. Ho, ho, ho—but no.”

A green and black blur dashed out the door.

Safe home, Kris. Safe home.

 

© 2014 TAK


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Sally’s Grotto – The Christmas Gift Emporium of Unique Indie Endeavours – Week Four

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Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

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It is week four of the Christmas Emporium and there are more books and book covers on the shelves. Next week I will be encouraging my Elves to bring me more E-books that can be downloaded before Christmas and gifts that might need to be posted but might just get there in time or at least by New Year. I have a few things up my sleeve…

The new entries this week are in bold type.

Enjoy and please do feel free to reblog as it spreads the word about these talented people and their creative work. If you have a book or project that is going to be ready before Christmas do not keep to yourself – give me a shout by email on sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Music

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/buy-music-for-christmas-handa-mccraw-the-internationals-a-trip-around-the-world/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/buy-music-for-christmas-william-price-king-the-album-home/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/buy-music-for-christmas-egokillers-52-singles-in-a-year-for-charity/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/buy-music-for-christmas-garry-george-wilkes-rock-and-classical-composer/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/buy-music-for-christmas-the-big-band-sound-chris-dean-and-the-syd-lawrence-orchestra/

Books

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/buy-a-book-for-christmas-david-m-prosser/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/buy-a-book-for-christmas-kevin-cooper-the-wizard-the-girl-and-the-unicorns-horn/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/buy-a-book-for-christmas-m-c-v-egan-defined-by-others/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/buy-a-book-for-christmas-tess-teresa-karlinski-two-anthologies/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/buy-a-book-for-christmas-joan-porte-astrological-cook-book-signs-of-the-tines/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/buy-a-book-for-christmas-jane-kirkpatrick-author-and-motivational-speaker/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/buy-a-book-for-christmas-teagan-riordain-geneviene-urban-fantasy/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/buy-a-book-for-christmas-special-william-frederick-reveals-state-secrets/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/buy-a-book-for-christmas-mira-prabhu-southern-india/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/buy-a-book-for-christmas-pauline-rowson-crime-thrillers-united-kingdom/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/buy-a-book-for-christmas-from-around-the-world-jo-robinson-south-africa/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/buy-a-book-for-christmas-from-around-the-world-olga-nunez-miret-spain/

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/buy-a-book-for-christmas-ailsa-abraham-fantasy-from-france/

Art and Design…

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On the Yangtze River: Day 13, Part 1

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I awoke at 5:50. Outside, the weather looked dull and overcast and / or foggy—not smog, I hoped.   I called it misty because we were on the water after all. The previous night, we’d set sail around 10:00 p.m., but were stationary when Sue and I went to breakfast.

Sue had played with the alarm clock the night before, not sure if it would work. It buzzed at 6:20 a.m., exactly as she’d set it, but we were already up.

The shower tiny, but efficient, had a rounded, two-door closure, one shoved toward the other till they met in the center. If I hadn’t been forced in front of this seam blocking water like a shield, the floor would have been drenched. I’m pleased to report the water was hot.

 

BREAKFAST

We went to the Early Bird breakfast (7:00 – 7:30 a.m.) for the free coffee and arrived at 6:55. It was pleasant to linger over three coffees and sweet rolls.

I didn’t take inventory at breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.), but I had a hard-boiled egg, buns covered in sunflower seeds, strawberry jam, yogurt (plain and watery, but sweet—maybe too sweet), white cheese slices. No need to rush to Early Bird the next day as the coffee was free at the regular breakfast as well. What was Ivy, our presenter the previous night, thinking when she advised it was only free at 7:00 a.m.? Maybe it was the way she said it that we’d misunderstood. I had the feeling she was quite proud of her English and I confess it was quite good and 1000 percent better than my Chinese. Maybe she meant coffee was available for early risers?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Red_Cliffs

I chose to pass on the morning excursion to the Red Cliffs (9:00 – 11:00), not because I had a need to be alone, but because I wanted some free time, and to wash out a few things and relax. Sue, however, looked forward to this tour.

Images of Red Cliffs Ruins in Chibi

https://www.google.ca/search?q=red+cliffs,+images+of+ruins&rlz=1C1EODB_enCA562CA564&espv=2&biw=1093&bih=514&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=z3eLVJXOJJegyASA0IHoCQ&ved=0CCoQsAQ

While I enjoyed some lazy time sitting on the balcony, the maid came in to make up the room. I told her she didn’t need to, we would. No. She had to do it. After making the beds, she’d gone into the bathroom and came right out again. “One towel and one face cloth missing.” Eyes wide, her hands and voice trembled. I almost laughed aloud.

“I washed some tee shirts and wrapped one in the towel to draw out the water faster.”

“You can give to Laundry.” She pulled herself together and reached for the pricing brochure on the desk.

“Maybe next time,” I said even as I had no intention on following through with my lie. I unrolled my Tees and handed over the towel and face cloth.

The Yangtze is a true yellow, and dirty, harboring floating junk here and there. All the junk was small and a few branches, not large chunks of anything. I couldn’t help picturing someone emptying a bucketful of cigarette butts as I saw those as well. In spots I noticed large and small ripples as if there were a sandbar underneath—I hoped not. I knew the ripples weren’t from the ship stirring the water because we weren’t moving, but waited for the excursion group to return.

Lots of rusting barges and tugboats transported coal, sand, and gravel. I couldn’t imagine anyone fishing in this river. Would they? A blue ship with three white decks passed by. Automobiles took up every square inch of deck space. I can’t recall what make the cars were, though.

After Sue left, an alarm went off. An announcement over the PA advised this was a fire drill, but to stay in our cabins. The drill was cancelled a while later, and I decided to go to Reception to use the Internet.

The second floor was chock full of crew members wearing life-jackets over gorgeous blue uniforms. It appeared a health and safety meeting was in progress. A handsome, thirty-something man in a navy uniform (the only one with gold braiding on the cuffs and outfitted with a life-jacket as well), stood aside to allow me past. Face hot, I plodded through the other end of the same group again as I burned my way to Reception.

 

Next on December 19, On the Yangtze River, Day 13, Part 2 (

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Buy A Book For Christmas – Tess (Teresa) Karlinski – Two Anthologies

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I’ve never been in a real emporium before. Life is full of wonders lately.

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

Tess (Teresa) Karlinski

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Tess has become a warm and encouraging friend who supports others without a moment’s hesitation. I had the pleasure of interviewing her recently and you can find a link to the Sunday show below.

For the last few months I have been following the trip that Tess made to China and enjoying every minute of her daily accounts. China has been hidden from us in the West for so long and whilst some of their customs and their culture do seem a little bewildering at times it is wonderful to see beyond the official tourist promotion.

Apart from articles on a number of subjects Tess has contributed to two anthologies and I think that they would make wonderful gifts for Christmas or at any time of the year.

I love collections of poetry, real life experiences and short stories from several authors that you can dip into…

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#Authors #Bloggers #Readers – Be aware of Intellectual Property Theft Laws!

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Blogger beware. I’ve heard several stories of stolen intellectual property already. Check out this post by Susan Toy.

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:

Intellectual Property Theft – a growing problem that hurts everyone in this writing business

By Susan M. Toy

Recently, I’ve become aware of the increasing amount of Intellectual Property (IP) theft that’s taking place online. It’s been happening for a long time: artists—visual, photographers, musicians and writers—seem only able to stand by and watch as what they have created is either copied and pasted elsewhere on the net without permission or no attribution at all is given for their work. Yes, there are copyright laws in place to protect us and the illegal use of our IP. But internet users seem unaware of these laws, or blatantly flout them, or truly believe that, whatever is on the Internet is free for their own personal use and by anyone who wants to copy and paste it into their status update or to their blog.

I’m going to speak specifically to the…

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100-word Challenge for Grownups – Week #158

To join in the fun, click below:

http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week158/

This week’s prompt is those special berries… +100 words

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PI or PIE

“Frankie? You can’t walk in—what do you want? Rocky’s on his way home.”

“I miss you, Babe—us.”

“We’re done, remember? Get out.” Rose rolled the pastry around her rolling-pin. Frankie gawked with starving eyes.

“Leave now and I’ll make your favorite.”

“Deal. Cherry?”

Rose rubbed her nose, leaving a trail of flour on her cheek. “It’ll be at our old hiding place in two hours.”

Frankie grabbed for her.

“Don’t.” She jerked away, holding out the dough like a shield. “Go!”

A handful of those special berries and I’ll shake you once and for all. You won’t ever eat pie again.

 

© 2014 TAK


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Wuchan: Day 12, Part 3- The Cruise Ship

A quick supper was offered shortly after our arrival on the cruise ship. Although, we’d been provided with a meal during our flight, I have no memory of what it had been. Salad is all I remember at dinner on the ship around 8:00 p.m. Most everyone in our group tucked into romaine salad because we’d been told food served on board was washed in bottled water. Our first non-Chinese food in 12 days!

No spirits were free on our first night, but local beer and wine were promised beginning with the next day’s lunch and onward. Of course, we could purchase a bottle of wine if we wanted one.

Soft drinks, water, coffee, local beer and wine would be gratis, as much as we wanted. Any alcohol, other than the local product supplied, had to be purchased. (i.e. Australian wine: Jacob’s Creek was $40.00 a bottle) Chinese wines are competitive world-wide and supposedly quite good. I didn’t understand why imported wine was on offer. Why not push their own top-of-the-line wines for tourist sampling and free advertising?

The Wine Market and Drinking Habits in China (not same as tour guide informed)

http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/industry-markets-and-trade/statistics-and-market-information/by-region/asia-pacific/the-wine-market-in-china-opportunities-for-canadian-wine-exporters/?id=1410083148667#d

The Importance of the Yangtze River:

 

Sue had trouble opening our room safe. We advised the Registration desk and a young girl with limited English arrived. She wasn’t successful, but left for help. It took some finagling and at last, the man (non-English speaking) set the safe to rights.

Our room was a little cramped, but that’s to be expected and we’d lucked our with a balcony.

After our welcome, yet unexpected buffet, (I can’t remember anything but the greens and lots of vegetables), I asked one of our group if I he had a corkscrew I might borrow. Indeed he did. Meanwhile, I took a chance, (adventurous me) and asked at the bar  if I might borrow a cork screw temporarily. They gave me one. Remember the wine I purchased off Nanjing Road during our previous day’s shopping spree? It was good, considering the price of wine on boardindeed a bargain.

There wasn’t time to allow my wine to breath. Still, it wasn’t bad at $12.00 CAD (label name Dynasty, the other one advertised as decent, had been The Great Wall, I think). This is around the price we’d pay for a similar product at home.

I enjoyed two half-glasses before bed while typing up my China notes. Sue wanted to sleep so I cut it short. Other nights I’d been the party pooper; tonight was her turn. I would have liked to stay up another half-hour to complete my notes, but it had been a long day and I fell into bed. The ship had begun to move and I fell asleep.

For the first time since the start of this trip, I felt my cat, Lady Gaga’s absence and missed my fur ball. We’re only half-way home, and I don’t know if I can wait that long to see her. I wonder what she’ll do when I get home. Will she pout and turn up her tail, or come running for a hug?

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 NOTE:

I have been fighting with WP last night and the past two hours this morning. It kept freezing up on me. Now I have a headache.

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Next on December 12, On the Yangtze River, Day 13, Part 1

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© 2014 All Right Reserved TAK

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