Tina was such an energetic, bubbly person with an amazing sense of humour… it's really hard to believe that she is no longer with us…
I also had the privilege of exchanging e-mails with Tina. This is how it started. At the end of December 2013, I popped over to read her story that had been published in an e-zine. It was delightful, and sucked me in from the beginning…. a roller coaster ride, with emotions shoved this way and that… and a thousand tiny details of memories woven throughout. I left a comment asking when readers could expect the next part. Tina responded via e-mail, and… well, put it this way, anybody who's had the privilege of exchanging e-mails with Tina will know exactly what that's all about.
Here's a link to her story entitled: Sippy Cups, Earbuds, and Something That Surely Isn't Wine By Tina Downey. Check it out when you get a chance.
Rest in peace, dear Tina! You'll remain in my heart – forever!
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It's time for WHACKY WORDS! Remember, this is supposed to be FUN!
Thank you to everybody who played along for the previous word. The real meaning of the word Amazia is – a condition where one or both of the mammary glands is absent. This may occur either congenitally or iatrogenically. Amazia can be treated with breast implants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazia
The definition that captured my imagination (as I pictured a combination of her definition with the real meaning) was posted by – JULIE K PICK who described it as the land of Ageless Amazon Warrior Women who tower above their adoring fans. Congrats Julie! I'll mail you shortly…
Today's word is:
This is the intergalactic war cry used by trainee Cosbolt pilots in order to test their mental strength. These squads (pilots and navigators), are rquired to shout a loud extended BAGA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-S-S-S-S-S-S-SE just at the end of simulator training sessions. This is normally initiated by the instructor who is in charge of that squad (note: this information was part of the initial draft of the book CassaStar, but was cut during the final edits…)
That's my definition. (The word does have a meaning, but you are invited to play along by providing your own original meaning. No cheating and looking up the word. I'll post the meaning next week). So do you wanna play along? Leave your definition in the comment section below.
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Mary Pax has a new book!
The Rifters Blurb
The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty years to live over again and atone for what he’s done.
Starting over is hard to do. In current day New York, Daelin Long’s dream job at a publishing house goes the way of the dinosaurs her sister chases. With no money and nowhere else to go, Daelin accepts the librarian position in her sister’s dinky town in the middle of Oregon. Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, Daelin’s sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust.
Earl knows more than he’s saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, one he’ll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin’s sister’s secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.
The Rifters is available at an introductory price. The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available October 20, 2014. It’s up for preorder for a special price at iTunes, Amazon, and B&N. Check HERE for links. Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31, 2014. Check HERE for details.
In keeping with the sunflower theme, here are some pics from the Sunflower Festival that was hosted at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch from Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September 2014. (…and the answer is no, I didn't attend the festival…) Further info about the event:
The Cause – The Sunflower Fund
A portion of the proceeds of this event are donated to The Sunflower Fund to help raise much needed funds for their efforts.
The Sunflower Fund (Friends of the South African Bone Marrow Registry) was formed in 1999 and is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, with a vision to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.
Below are pictures of the gigantic sunflower that was crafted by Artescape, a company which specialises in creating multi-dimensional psychedelic art installations and visual landscapes for dancefloors and events. This massive structure hung over the heads of partygoers in true psychedelic glory and communicated what the festival was all about: rebirth and nature.