Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Thursday, September 21, 2017

#APC #Spotlight: In Times Of Violence By Karina Kantas!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Karina Kantas in my APC spotlight, today! Karina is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her motorcycle women's fiction novel, In Times of Violence, looks great! Here's the description:
Have you ever felt like an outcast? That you didn't belong and that somewhere, someone was waiting for you?
Jade had been sheltered most of her life. Living in an isolated village with only sex and drugs to entertain. Her mother is an alcoholic and her father doesn't give a damn.
Her only way out is to beg her Aunt to allow her to stay as a guest in their London house.
Jade meets fate head on. She finally finds a family that love and respect her and are not BLOOD.
A raw emotional story about love, betrayal and sacrifice.
Sound good?  If you think you might enjoy this, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 607

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Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log

Day Six-Hundred-Seven:
Earlier today, the adolescent felid spent an extended period of time engaging with the canid. I remain unsure of the purpose of this interaction, so I will content myself with simply describing what took place. Though, for the record, I must note that I am beginning to wonder if there is any form of sane intelligence on this planet.

At first, I thought the small pest merely wished to amuse himself by tormenting the canid. He carefully stalked the dumb beast to where it slept on the floor of my hominid-servant's sleeping room, and then watched it from concealment until it was clear that the canid was sound asleep. Once he was certain that his approach had not been noticed, the young irritation leapt onto the sleeping animal's back. For reasons that are still not clear, since there was no threat apparent, the adolescent felid felt the need to deploy the C.L.A.W.S. from all four of his feet.

Understandably, the canid was both startled and perturbed by such an abrupt and violent interruption to his slumber, and in his confusion he rolled over onto his back to dislodge his attacker. The irritating juvenile yowled quite loudly at this, though he must have known it would happen, and sprung from the canid's back onto his chest, slashing at the confused creature's nose and biting his ear. The canid, in turn, flailed his limbs at his small attacker and whimpered pitifully.

Naturally, all this noise drew the attention of my hominid-servant, who is surprisingly protective of her canid companion, and she reacted to this attack on him with extreme displeasure. Once again, she deployed her stream of liquid H2O, this time against the adolescent felid. He displayed astonishment at her actions; though, again, he must have known his behavior would bring retaliation of some sort. And, after directing a look of extreme disgust towards my hominid-servant, he fled to hide under her sleeping platform.

For her part, my hominid-servant turned her attention to the canid and, after assessing his condition and ascertaining he was not seriously injured, called him to accompany her into the room in which she prefers to play with her electronic gadgets. The adolescent felid, on the other paw, remained under my hominid-servant's sleeping platform glaring balefully at the world beyond.

Despite my repeated efforts to coax an explanation from him, the young pest refused to enlighten me as to the motivation behind his behavior. Thus, as I have already stated, I am relegated to merely recording the sequence of events as they occurred. I will continue to observe and report back if tensions between the adolescent felid and the canid continue to escalate.

Oh, my! Attacking felids! ;-) You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. ;-) Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Something Worth Watching?

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. I just thought this video did a good job of refuting the idiotic notion that anyone was responsible for Hillary Clinton's loss of the 2016 Presidential race other than Hillary Clinton. We just can't afford for this nonsense to become accepted if we want to have any chance in the 2018 midterms.

Monday, September 18, 2017

#September2017 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

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It's the 18th again, so time for my #IndieBooksBeSeen monthly indie author book review. Enjoy!

Simon's Song by C.A Sanders:

From the wilds of suburban Westchester County, NY to the magical land of Algavar, Simon Kale's journey from adolescent to man is both strange and thought-provoking. Young Simon is ripped from the world he knows and cast into a war he doesn't understand. The world he finds himself in is full of strange magic and gods, both old and new.

Simon is surrounded by strange people with strange customs and is forced to prove himself to them, and to himself. Just 16 years old, he's faced with questions that mankind has struggled with since the dawn of time. When is one justified in taking a life? What is the cost of such an action to one's soul? What does it mean to have honor? And, perhaps most important, how does one know where the line between right and wrong lies?

I enjoyed this book. First, because as a native New Yorker, I felt a certain connection with young Simon. But beyond that, in spite of the heavy subject matter that often focused around duty and sacrifice, I found this story charming. Whether it's the odd Super Mario Bothers reference, the survey of folk music, or the surprisingly detailed swordplay, I think this book probably has a little something for everybody. And, just like with the gods, you never quite know when it will strike out violently, or offer a helping hand in the most unexpected ways just when it's needed most.

When I finished this book, I felt sort of like I felt when I read The Hobbit for the first time; there was no cliffhanger, the story ended and all the loose ends were tied up, and yet I can tell there's going to be more. It's a good note to leave a book on, satisfied but also ready for more. Five stars, and I'm looking forward to reading more about Simon's adventures.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Keep You Going On The Go #Recipe!

Hey Everyone! :-)

This is a really simple recipe for those days when you just don't have two minutes to rub together. It's quick and easy with almost no clean up. And it's delicious! :-)

1 English muffin or 2 slices of bread
1/2 cup hummus (your favorite flavor)
1 carrot
1 apple
1 zucchini
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts or sesame seeds

Toast the muffin or bread and spread the hummus over it while still warm. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off a strip or two from the carrot, apple, and zucchini and lay the strips on top of the hummus. Sprinkle nuts or seeds over the top. Eat immediately or wrap up to take with you and eat on the go. Wrap the unused portions of the carrot, apple, and zucchini tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate to use in other recipes or to eat later as snacks.

Bon Appetit!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spooktacular #Author #Giveaway! $150 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

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There's a new giveaway for Halloween!  Please take a moment to check out the Spooktacular Author Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 100 prizes, and the grand prize is $150 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details:

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Friday, September 15, 2017

#Animal #Rescuer's #Guide To #Staying ( #Relatively ) #Sane! #Free! :-)

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Just a reminder, for those who haven't checked it out yet, I've collected all my animal rescue/care posts together and published them as a small book.  If you'd like, you can download the book for free from Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.

Thanks for stopping in today, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

#APC #Spotlight: Tissue Of Lies By Carole Parkes!

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I've got Carole Parkes in my APC spotlight, today! Carole is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her psychological suspense thriller, Tissue of Lies, looks great! Here's the description:

Julie Simpson has the perfect life; a loving husband, beautiful twin daughters, and the kind of loving parents others can only dream about. Yet, it's true; she sometimes has a niggling suspicion that her mum and dad might not be her real parents. To her amazement and horror, Julie discovers her fears are well-founded; they are not her birth parents. Even worse, she learns they’d played a part in her abduction when she was just a baby.
Julie longs for the truth, but she’s reluctant to start anything which might result in her mum and dad being prosecuted for her abduction. Despite what they may have done, she can’t help remembering her wonderful, happy childhood. She still loves them and wants to protect them but, ultimately, the overpowering need to know her roots wins. Secretly, she searches for her birth parents, but digging in the past brings her unexpected danger; a real threat of harm. Will she find that out before it's too late?

If you think this sounds like something you might enjoy, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 602

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Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log

Day Six-Hundred-Two:
Today, I tried a new tactic intended to modify my hominid-servant's behavior, and I have come to the conclusion that she may possibly be untrainable. Since my previous attempts to engage her attention resulted in undesirable consequences, I decided to use persistence instead of dramatic gestures. The results were not encouraging.

I stood in front of her and explained, at length, why her behavior is problematic and how I expect her to change. But she largely ignored me, preferring to focus on her electronic devices. So, I proceeded to wander from room to room in my domicile, expounding on the problem and my proposed solution to it, progressively increasing the volume of my dissertation.

I thought she was continuing to ignore me, so I returned to the room in which she sat with her electronic devices, intending to drive home my point through proximity and decibel level. Unfortunately, I had miscalculated her response, and she was ready and waiting for me.

As soon as I entered the room, she accosted me with a stream of liquid H2O. It didn't truly harm me, but it was most disturbing to be suddenly drenched in such a disagreeable way. Especially, since she refused to cease and desist, following me from room to room until I finally resorted to hiding under her sleeping platform.

When I emerged, much later, after having recovered from such an unexpected and unprovoked attack, I sought her out for an explanation. By that time, she had finished playing with her electronic devices, and was willing to accept my presence on her lap. She stroked my fur in the way I find soothing, and proceeded to explain that I need to learn to behave. Me! I'm the one who needs to learn to behave?

It is clear that my efforts to modify my hominid-servants behavior are having the opposite of their intended effect. For now, I will forgo any further attempts and devote my efforts to better understanding the way hominids think. Because it is clear that hominids are congenitally insane, and the only way to deal with them will be to take into account and compensate for their madness.

Oh, my! Agent Thoth seems to be having a little difficulty in dealing with the troublesome hominids. ;-) You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. ;-) Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Is That A Right?

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I want to share a couple thoughts on the events in Charlottesville, VA and the terrorist attack that occurred there, which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who was peacefully expressing her stance against fascism. Once again, I find that I'm hearing an awful lot of people yelling about their rights, and that many of those people seem to have little to no understanding of what those rights are or what they mean. So, I thought it might be helpful to state those rights explicitly and then discuss what they mean and how they do and do not apply to what took place in Charlottesville.

First, to be clear, the rights everyone is talking about are those that are guaranteed to every US citizen by the First and Second Amendments to the US Constitution. So, let's take a look at those amendments, shall we?

Constitution of the United States of America, First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Constitution of the United States of America, Second Amendment:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Okay, there they are; that's what they say. Now, what does that mean and how do they apply to what happened in Charlottesville?

Well, the first rights that clearly apply are the "right of the people peaceably to assemble" and the "freedom of speech."  Now, these rights belong to all citizens of the United States.  All of them. Which means that, as disgusting and abhorrent as their message is, the Nazis had the right to assemble and to speak their minds. I don't agree with them; I think they're despicable and that they're exceedingly unAmerican in their viewpoint. But none of that changes the fact that they had the right to assemble peacefully and to spew their nonsense, as hateful and disturbing as it is, to their hearts' content.

But, again, those rights apply to all citizens. So, for those of you who are trying to blame what happened on the anti-fascist protesters, you're wrong. Point blank and period. You. Are. Wrong. The anti-fascist protesters had just as much right to assemble and speak as the Nazis did. The fact that they chose to march and sing and speak their minds on the same day and in the same city as those who were defending fascism and hate in no way excuses the violence that was committed against them. In other words, Heather Heyer's actions, and the actions of those who were injured in the same terrorist attack, were protected by her rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The actions of the terrorist who murdered her were not.

But, frankly, it's my opinion that the Nazis overstepped the bounds of their rights before one of them drove a car into a crowd of peaceful marchers. To be honest, I think the police should have disbanded at least part of the Nazi rally before that act of violence was committed. Why? Well, it comes down to the other Amendment they were hiding behind. The Second Amendment.

To be fair, this doesn't apply to all of the Nazis who were in Charlottesville. But some of them were walking around in fatigues and carrying assault rifles. They claim they were exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms, but were they? Is that what the Second Amendment says? Well, look at it. It says that the people's right to "keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" because a "well regulated militia" is necessary for the "security of a free state."

They may have been wearing fatigues, but were the Nazis acting as a well regulated militia?  Well, by definition, a militia is supposed to be a military force that is raised from a civilian population to supplement a professional army in times of emergency. So, they're supposed to be an additional fighting force to help defend the populace when the regular military needs reinforcements. Which implies that a militia is to act under the direction of the same authority that controls the regular military.

Which is clearly not what the Nazis were doing. On the contrary, so far were they from cooperating with the government authority in Charlottesville and protecting the civilian populace, the Nazis broke the law and murdered an unarmed, peaceful US citizen who was doing absolutely nothing wrong. So, what do we call a group of insurrectionists who take up arms against a lawfully instituted government and commit acts of violence against a civilian population to make a political point? Ummm....hmmm...let me think... Oh, that's right! Terrorists.

And, for those who insist that the actions of the Nazis are protected by the First Amendment. Um, nope, you're wrong there, too. The First Amendment specifies that peaceable assembly is protected. Peaceable being the operative word. Armed thugs waving assault rifles around in an effort to intimidate those who disagree with them politically and so stifle dissent is the exact opposite of peaceable. In short, if your intent is to be peaceable, there's no need for you to carry a gun to a political rally.

Is the fact that the murder of Heather Heyer was committed with a car and not a gun therefore somewhat ironic? Yes. But the point stands. If you want to be able to claim First Amendment protections, you cannot present yourself as an armed terrorist group and threaten your political opponents with violence. Your right to speak your mind is protected, not your right to silence others.

What happened in Charlottesville is a tragedy on multiple levels. Because of the violence and loss of life, yes, but also because it has made clear how many people in this country have completely missed the point of what this country stands for and of the principles on which it was founded. To sum up, Heather Heyer was right. "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."


Monday, September 11, 2017

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This is another issue I don't think is getting enough attention in the press. So far, these bills have been defeated, but they keep getting proposed in different places. There's no excuse for this kind of legislation; its only purpose is to suppress political dissent, which is an anathema to democracy. So, I think this video is worth a watch, and if one of these bills is proposed where you live, you might want to think about calling your elected representatives and giving them your opinion on the matter.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

With The Grain Fall Salad #Recipe!

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Since we're starting to get close to Fall, I've got a delicious salad recipe that incorporates some of those Autumn flavors for you. :-)

2 cups uncooked quinoa
3 cups vegetable stock
1 cup pureed tomatoes
1 20oz can chick peas drained
2 ears corn broiled or grilled and removed from cobs
2 roasted bell peppers any color chopped
1 small pumpkin
2 onions chopped
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup pine nuts
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup olive oil plus some to drizzle

Combine the quinoa, stock, and tomatoes and cook as you would normally cook quinoa. Set aside to cool. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the "guts." Then cut the two halves into "smiles" and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until fork tender. Cool and remove from rinds. Cut pumpkin meat into small chunks.

In a saute pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and onions. Cook until onions start to caramelize. Add the garlic, pine nuts, and raisins. Cook until pine nuts start to toast and then deglaze pan with wine. Simmer wine for a couple of minutes and then remove pan from heat and cool the onion mixture.

In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa, pumpkin, corn, chickpeas, onion mix, and peppers. In a separate bowl whisk together remaining olive oil and vinegar. Stir into quinoa mixture. Serve chilled.

Bon Appetit!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Revelations And Realizations

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I thought I'd share a little peek at Petri's adventures, today. Enjoy! :-)

Excerpt from Intrinsic Connections:
When Chessie fell to her knees and slumped over onto her side on the floor, the power that had been collecting within Petri came to a head and energy suffused every cell of her being. Time slowed and every barrier in and around her seemed as flimsy as tissue paper. Effortlessly, Petri stepped away from the Arcanum who had been holding her and held up her hand.

"Stop!" she ordered, her voice reverberating through the room and the minds of everyone in it as she snapped the connection between Chessie and the Arcanum who had been slowly killing her.

In that moment, the remnants of the barriers fell, and Petri thought she could see all the way to the end of the universe. The separations she had always felt between herself and others were gone. Chessie's mind was open to her in a way it had never been before, and it took quite a bit of effort for her to stop herself from invading her friend's most intimate thoughts.

Likewise, the Arcanum were open to her. Not just the two in front of her, but every Arcanum in existence. She saw all the way into the heart of the Collective and out the other side, and it was clear to her that the Arcanum were far more numerous than she had suspected. Everything about them was on display. All their thoughts, their plans, their desires, and their fears were hers for the taking. None of their shields mattered any more; Petri could see straight through them all. And it had never been clearer to her just how alien they really were. Because, while she could see everything contained in the Collective and the individual minds of the Arcanum, she understood very little of what she saw.

And it wasn't just the minds and their contents that were open to her, it was also the connections between them and the fabric of the Collective that was clear to her. She could see how all the minds wove together and why it felt so good to be a part of it. The Arcanum, as asexual beings, never experienced the endorphin cascade associated with sex that was such a strong drive in most species. Instead, they had apparently sublimated the drive into the Collective.

Petri didn't know if they did it deliberately or if it was an evolutionary mechanism that ensured the Arcanum wouldn't war with each other. But whatever its origins, when the Arcanum joined their minds together, they experienced a biological reward on par with what other species experienced when they joined their bodies together. But in the case of the Arcanum, that sensation was magnified and reflected hundreds of thousands of times through all the minds that had joined together. No wonder it was such an addictive feeling.

Friday, September 8, 2017

#NewRelease #Announcement: Lost & Found By Julia Blake!

Arianna Santorini has had a hard life. Abandoned by her husband, left alone to raise their child for six long years, she’s made the best of things. Then, she meets Luke Blackwood. Initially, he seems perfect, strong, kind, understanding and loving, everything she could possibly want. But, Luke has a secret, he’s rich, very rich, and Arianna has a deep-seated prejudice against wealthy men, believing it turns them into men like her husband, manipulative, arrogant, bullies.

When she finds out the truth about Luke, her first response is to send him away, harden her heart to what might have been. Then the worst thing that can happen to a parent, happens to Arianna, and the one person who can help her, is the one she’s vowed never to see again.

Sometimes, you have to lose everything, to find what’s really important…

A fast-paced, punchy, rollercoaster of a read, Lost & Found is one story you won’t forget in a hurry

Thursday, September 7, 2017

#APC #Spotlight: Fire In The Dawn By Justin Fike!

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I've got Justin Fike in my APC spotlight, today! Justin is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and his fantasy adventure novel, Fire In The Dawn, looks great! Here's the description:
A prince in hiding. An empire in turmoil. A gathering storm.
Kyren e'Cania is the last son of a fallen House, raised in secret in the shadows of the city his family once ruled.
Trained by his father in the ways of his people, Kyren has avoided the notice of the tyrant who murdered his family by never giving anyone reason to suspect he is anything more than a nameless peasant.
But when an ambitious noble sets dangerous events in motion, Kyren must find a way to reclaim his heritage and unite his people, before everything he loves is swallowed by fire and sword once again.
Sound good?  If you think you might enjoy this, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 601

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Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log

Day Six-Hundred-One:
I began my experiment in hominid behavior modification techniques a couple of days ago, and so far I can only report what does not work. My first attempt involved extreme measures to focus my hominid-servant's attention on me. I inserted myself between her and the electronic device she was focused on, but she just shooed me away and then physically picked me up and put me on the floor.

Since it was clear she was not amenable to responding to direct requests for attention, I proceeded with the next stage in my experiment. I jumped onto the horizontal platforms she has made it clear she does not wish me to perch on and knocked off many of the items she had placed on the platforms, breaking some of them in the process. While this method did succeed in focusing her attention on me, it was not in a way that could be considered productive.

When the first of the items she had placed on a platform hit the floor and shattered, she jumped up from her chair with an expression on her face that I have come to understand represents extreme emotional perturbation. She came towards me, but her movements were stiff and jerky. It has been my experience that allowing her to lay her hands on me when she is in such frame of mind rarely works out well for me, so I ran.

Unfortunately, it is hard to evade a determined hominid in a restricted environment, such as my domicile, and it wasn't long before she cornered me. I am fond of my hominid-servant and don't wish to harm her. Besides which, she has never truly injured me, no matter how wild her emotional response, so I resisted deploying the C.L.A.W.S. and instead registered my objection verbally. It was to no avail, however, as I soon found myself contained within the box she uses to express extreme displeasure with my actions.

Obviously, she did release me from the box, after she had cleaned up the broken pieces of the items I had displaced from the platforms, but she remained cool in her treatment of me for an extended period of time. I can only conclude that this is not an effective means for modifying her behavior. I will continue to test other behavioral modification techniques and report back on my findings.

Those crazy hominids, so unreasonable! ;-) You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. ;-) Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Computers Have Ears! ;-)

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I'm back with another peek at what Alyce is up to...and a little food for thought. ;-)  Enjoy!

Excerpt from sci-fi satire novel:
"The recording, and the exhibits, are programmed to play in whatever language the closest sentients communicate in. When we entered this room, the station computer noted the language we spoke and responded accordingly."

"So, the computer is always listening?"

He blinked at me. "Of course."

"That's creepy!"

"It's efficient."

I just shuddered.

He looked at me as if I was insane. "Is this an example of your species' resistance to technology."

I glared at him. "No. It's an example of me not wanting my every word and action recorded so that strangers can listen in later."

"Ah." He waved a tentacle at me. "That is not a concern. No recordings are made, and it is only the computer listening."

"How do you know? Someone could be saving recordings of everything you say and not telling you that's what they are doing."

He stared at me. "You truly are paranoid. Why would anyone do such a thing? Besides, even if someone wanted to, they would be subject to severe penalties under galactic law."

"What if it's your government doing the recording?"

"Do you think the government is not subject to the law? Naturally, if anyone in the government abused their power in such a way, they would be held to account."

"Hmmm…maybe." I shrugged. "It's your risk, I guess."

"There is no risk. Are things so different on your planet?"

Monday, September 4, 2017

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. Honestly, I had a lot of trouble choosing just one video for today. There are so many things going on that aren't getting nearly the attention they deserve. Should I share a video about how a Florida court ruled that it's just peachy for the DNC to defraud voters? Or how about the ongoing shredding of the Fourth Amendment with the recently passed legislation legalizing warrantless searches in DC and parts of Maryland and Virginia? Or how a DC judge ruled that US citizens no longer have Fourth Amendment rights on the internet and allowed Big Brother's jack-booted thugs access to the personal information of millions of people who are guilty of nothing more than visiting a website?

All of these are important stories that aren't getting nearly enough press time, but I decided to share a different video. On the surface, it's about a story that doesn't seem to be as important in the grand scheme of things. But if you watch the video, I think you'll see how it really might be the opening salvo in the war against our entire system of government. It's a little bit of a roundabout path, but I think it's worth the patience to follow where he's going with this. So, go ahead and watch the video, and if you'd like to respond in the comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Peace.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Veggie Fritter #Recipe!

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I'm back with another summertime recipe for you! Enjoy! :-)

1/4 cup flour
1 large or 2 small zucchini grated
3 large carrots grated
4 tbsp chives chopped fine
1 tsp cumin
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss the shredded zucchini and carrots with half a teaspoon of salt and let stand 10 minutes. Wring the veggies dry in a clean kitchen towel and then put them in a large bowl and mix in the egg, flour, chives, cumin, and cornstarch. Season the batter with salt and pepper to your taste.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Drop 1/4 cupfuls of the veggie mixture into the skillet. Press down with a spatula to flatten a bit.  Cook until golden and crisp and turn over and cook the other side to the same doneness. Put the fritters on a paper towel–lined plate and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Serve warm.

In a separate bowl, mix the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes until the sugar is dissolved. Serve as a dip for the veggie fritters.

You can add some frozen spinach that has been thawed and drained and/or some finely chopped onion to the fritters, but you'll need to adjust the amount of flour and egg to fit the additional vegetables. Also, you can add some sriracha to the batter, if you'd like to add a little kick to it.

Bon Appetit!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Now, That's A House! ;-)

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I'm starting to do my Fall cleaning, and it put me in mind of this passage from Taken By The Huntsman. I'm really glad I don't have to organize and clean anything this large. ;-)

Excerpt from Taken By The Huntsman:
Cassie paid closer attention this time and tried to memorize all of the twists and turns but she lost track about halfway there. She sighed in exasperation. “How long did it take you to learn your way around this place, Maeve?”

Maeve looked over her shoulder in surprise. “I’m not sure, dearie, it was several hundred years ago. And at the first, I was only allowed in the lower levels. The newer staff is confined to the scullery, stables, and servants’ quarters. It takes years before someone is trusted enough to start working upstairs.”

Cassie blinked. It hit her how little she knew about the type of household in which she found herself. It seemed as if it might be more like a small city than a house. “How many people work here?”

“Well, that depends, dearie. Do you mean here in the house or do you mean in personal service to the master?”

Cassie thought about that, she hadn’t realized there was a distinction. “Either. Both, I guess.”

“Well, if you mean here in the house, then there are about 500 staff members and their families. If you mean total for all of the house and grounds, including security, then several thousand. Though, you’d have to ask Arthfael for a more accurate estimate. He’s the master’s steward and overseer when the master is not about. If you mean in personal service to the master, then I’m not sure even Arthfael would know. You’d likely need to ask the master himself, though I’m sure he’d tell you. They’re all your people now too, you know?”

Cassie was starting to feel dizzy. She was supposed to be responsible for thousands of people? And why did all these people serve the Erlking? Did they have a choice? Why did he need people beyond those he employed to care for his house and grounds to be beholden to him?