Sunday Post – 12th November 2017

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This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

Another busy week – last Sunday was amazing as we completed filming all the major scenes, including the finale and once again, the weather was unbelievably kind with bright sunshine, though it was very cold. Monday and Tuesday were teaching days – though a number of students were off, smitten by tummy bugs and colds. On Wednesday, I attended Pilates and Fitstep again, although I still have a way to go before I regain the fitness I attained in the summer. On Thursday, Mhairi came over and provided a sympathetic listening year as I had a bit of a meltdown over the fact that I was STILL going through the line edit on Dying for Space after working on it for hours and hours… In the evening, I attended West Sussex Writers as Phil Williams was giving a talk on marketing for indie authors – it was an excellent evening with lots of valuable information. It was heartening to see such a great turnout.

On Friday, we had an important meeting regarding Tim’s progress and it was wonderful to see him talk so articulately about his hopes for his future in front of people who he doesn’t know very well. When I got back home, I got stuck into the manuscript and also worked through Saturday, so I should be able to have review copies available by the beginning of the coming week – phew!

Today is my father-in-law’s birthday and Oscar’s birthday tea. Bless him, he has kept our present unopened even though his birthday was earlier this week, so that we can watch him unwrap it.

This week I have read:

The Medusa’s Daughter – Book 1 of The Mask of Medusa by T.O. Munro
Haunted by very different pasts, three travellers journey together across a continent riven by clashes of faith and race. Odestus, the war criminal flees from justice. Persapha, new to all things human, yearns for a way and a place to belong. Marcus Fenwell, schooled in diverse talents, seeks a future beyond a wine bottle

But past and future entwine to snare them all, for the Medusa has not been forgotten nor her daughter forgiven.

This entertaining epic fantasy story is about three strong characters – one has been seriously maimed when engulfed by sorcerous fire; one is on the run from a powerful secret organisation and the Medusa’s daughter, only part human, begins to learn what she is capable of. I will be reviewing it in due course.

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 5th November, 2017

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Teaser Tuesday featuring The Medusa’s Daughter – Book 1 of The Mask of Medusa series by T.O. Munro

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross – Book 2 of The Curious Affair series by Lisa Tuttle

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

Friday Face-off – Zip it, lock it and throw away the key – featuring Keeper of the Keys by Janny Wurts

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of novella Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

The Chickpeeps – How to Go Vegan with Erik Marcus https://www.thechickpeeps.com/
This is a new podcast to assist people wishing to go vegan, or begin making changes in their diet towards veganism. I’m declaring an interest – my son is involved in this project and I’m so very proud…

How Well Do You Know SFF?
https://www.playbuzz.com/orbitbooks10/how-well-do-you-know-sff?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=Orbit+Books&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=OrbitQuiz%252COrbitBooks Test your knowledge on this admittedly very small and limited quiz

Tammy’s Top Twelve 2018 YA Sci Fi Books #RRSciFiMonth http://booksbonesbuffy.com/2017/11/07/tammys-top-twelve-2018-ya-sci-fi-books-rrscifimonth/ This is an excellent article with Tammy’s top 12 picks for the coming year – given that it’s #SciFi Month, this is a great opportunity to compile your Christmas list

The Plot Thickens: How To Improve Young Children’s Critical Thinking Skills During Storytime https://freespiritpublishingblog.com/2017/11/07/the-plot-thickens-how-to-improve-young-childrens-critical-thinking-skills-during-storytime/ Reading to children can be so much more than reciting the words on the page…

…an Author’s lament… where Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow and modern pirate’s differ…
https://seumasgallacher.com/2017/11/07/an-authors-lament-where-johnny-depps-jack-sparrow-and-modern-pirates-differ/ This is an article about the kind of pirates that don’t sail around the seas sporting a skull and crossbones, wonderful hats or a surprisingly sexy shamble…

And as this is Remembrance Sunday, I wanted to add one of the poems I grew up with – one that my grandmother used to read to me while telling me about all the soldiers who died so we could be free. The wrenching pity is that young men are still falling miles away from their homes. Lest we forget…

For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site and may you have a great week.

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32 responses »

  1. It’s Veterans Day here, and on Friday my dad told me a story I’d never heard before. His brother was married and had three children and was a farmer, but they were getting so desperate here in the US for soldiers during WWII that he knew he was going to be drafted. He signed up for the Merchant Marine and was on a boat headed for Europe when the war was over.

    • Oh my goodness! And the merchant shipping took a real hammering during the war:(. It’s interesting – my mother and grandfather never discussed the war – she still hates talking about it. But I know my grandfather struggled with nightmares most of his life afterwards and he was continually ill as his health was broken by the TB he contracted near the end of WWII.

  2. Thank you for the shout out, Sarah! The poem is lovely. It really makes you stop and think. In the US we celebrated Veteran’s Day yesterday, so it’s very timely for both of us.

    • Yes – I watched the ceremony at the Cenotaph on TV and observed the 2 minute silence at 11 am. It’s always very moving. I’m glad you loved the poem. You’re welcome regarding the shout-out – it’s an excellent article:). Have a a great week, Tammy.

  3. Line edits can be soul sucking! I totally feel ya. I edited the book that comes out next week (ps, it’s the next book in the series from the one of mine you read) last month. I had a schedule of three chapters per day, and near the end, I swear I was ready to set my computer on fire. But it was great to be done with it when I was! I did a dance. Seriously. Lol.

    • Ooo… and now I’m ready to do a happy dance! I really enjoyed the first book in the series and am DEFINITELY up for reading the second one:)). Thank you for telling me it’s soon coming out! And yes… the line edits have been doing my head in.

  4. For me, those line edits just before publication were the worst! Making sure that everything came out the way I wanted…

    My eyes started blurring over.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Wow that does sound like a busy week! Sounds like it was a good one too though, in lots of ways… hopefully the colds and illness keep their distance.

    I like the look of The Medusa’s Daughter.

    Thanks for the links- the pirate article and the vegan article caught my eye, along w/ Tammy’s post.

    • Thank you Greg – I hope the colds keep their distance too – I think I’ve had my quota for the year! Glad if you find any of the links entertaining/useful – here’s to a great week:)

  6. So much going on…I envy you your ability to multi-task. We were at our local wreath laying yesterday and seeing all the soldiers troop by just always makes me feel full of pride and sadness at the same time. Thank you for sharing the poem x

    • Thank you for your very kind words – actually I’m RUBBISH at multi-tasking. I have to take a deep breath and jump from one job to the other – and it STILL takes me too long to get my head in the right place!

      I’m glad you appreciated the poem – and I know exactly what you mean about the mixture of pride and sadness. Such a loss… such bravery… why is the world such a place that men and women have to die fighting each other when there is also so much beauty, kindness and wonder?

  7. Another busy week rolls by. Sounds like you had a good week and I love your inclusion of the poem and the picture with the poppies. They’re a very moving sight indeed.
    Lynn 😀

  8. You never cease to amaze me, Sarah, with everything you accomplish in a week’s time. 🙂 And you must be so proud of Tim! I hope you enjoyed both of the birthday celebrations you went to yesterday. A birthday tea sounds like my kind of party.

    Speaking of Remembrance Day, Veterans Day was this past Saturday in the U.S. And by coincidence my parents and I watched the movie “Megan Leavey,” which came out earlier this year. It’s a biographical drama about a young female real-life Marine, the bond she developed with her bomb detection dog, and her efforts to adopt him after she retired from the military. It was very good, inspiring but realistic in the fact that it shows how servicemen and women are rarely the same person when they come home from war (Leavey appeared to suffer from PTSD and depression) and how combat dogs can be affected as well.

    • Thank you for your kind encouragement, Sara:). Yes… enormously proud of Tim and what he’s managed to achieve.

      The birthday celebrations were wonderful – he is growing up so fast and listening to him explain how to go about building all these big Lego sets designed for children much older, is so impressive.

      I’ll look out for ‘Meagan Leavey’ – thank you for the recommendation. There’s always a price to pay. I was brought up by my grandparents and watched my grandfather struggle and ultimately die of complications caused by an illness he contracted during his service in WWII. As you say – no one comes back the same…

  9. Colds seem to be going around a lot this time of the year. That’s good to hear you finished with the edits for Dying for Space now, sorry to hear it took so long. I hope you had fun with the birthdays :).

  10. It looks like it’s been a very rewarding week – to see Tim’s progress and get the filming done. And Oskar must be a very special boy if he kept his present wrapped for a week because he thought he wanted to share unwrapping them with people special to him.

    • It was an amazing week – I still can’t quite believe we managed to get the filming done on schedule. Apart from anything else, we were unbelievably lucky with the weather! And as for Oscar – he really is a remarkable child…

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