T’was the night before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas
When all through the world
No crowds were expecting
that one humble birth
Could set in motion
A marvelous plan, Our Savior
God incarnated, with us
The true hope of man.

 

Merry Christmas

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Who is an immortal and who is not.

The question a reader asked about Immortals. I am not sure, but I believe I answered this question some time ago.

According to the ancient legend, a true immortal can not be die nor be killed. At least not by a humans or other immortals. Anything that can be killed by a human is not an immortal. An immortal means ‘one who can not die.’

In all ancient myths, legends or whatever it is called in that particular culture. Only the creator of all things can kill a true immortal.

Vampires, werewolves and such monsters are not immortals. Fairies are. Demi fairies are not immortal. They are a Nephilim. They can be killed. According to some ancient texts vampires and werewolves are a form of Nephilim.

In other cultures they are a form of revenant. No, not zombies. Again, meaning they can be destroyed.

With a revenant an immortal has reconstructed and is indwelling in that body as to why it doesn’t perish. A zombie, a demon has animated it as to why it perish.

Zeus, Odin, Jupiter, Wolden, Juno, Quetzalcoatl, Van, Lugh, are all immortals.

Vampires, werewolves, cthulu are not.

I don’t write by the modern definition of what these beings are. I stick to the original text. 🙂

I hope this answers your question.

 

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An older story of Perseus and Andromeda

The original story of Perseus and Andromeda. Andromeda  is an  Ethiopian Princess she wasn’t Greek. Many stories we b know are not originally from the society we learn them from. Sometimes there’s no way of who the original story tellers were.

Aphrike in Greek means “without cold.”

The word Ethiopia in Greek means “dark smooth complexion.”

This maybe one of the oldest surviving ancient writings of an Interracial Couple but back then there was no such thing as an Interracial Couple. There marrying among nations, tribes and clans but subject of race as we know it probably didn’t exist over 3,000- 5,000 b.c..This concept came about during the age of the Roman Empire.

The beautiful Andromeda was the daughter of the Ethiopian King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. One day, the Queen had bragged that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, the sea nymphs. The sea nymphs got angry when they hear that and complained to Poseidon, the god of the sea. A furious Poseidon unleashed the sea monster, a kraken named Cetus to frequently ravage the coast and devastate the coast land of Ethiopia in order to avenge the insult to his wards, the Nereids. The desperate King Cephus appealed Zeus, who suggested the sacrifice of Andromeda as the only way to appease the wrathful Poseidon.

[Poseidon just liked to drown people and was just looking for an excuse.]

[There are other version that say her mother said she was more beautiful than Aphrodite or  Amphitrite- the wife of Poseidon. ] Anyway, back then the gods punished you for petty things.

As Perseus was flying over Africa in his return home, Perseus encountered Atlas the Titan, a mythical giant, who challenged him. In their confrontation, Perseus used Medusa’s head to turn the Titan into stone. Perseus continued his journey home and, as he passed the kingdom of Ethiopia, he came upon the beautiful and helpless maiden Andromeda, chained to the rocks waiting to be devoured by a sea monster.

The story doesn’t say according to Medusa cave is supposedly located and why was he flying over Africa? I guy it’s a guy thing.

Thus it was that our hero Perseus finds himself face to face with the beautiful Andromeda chained helplessly onto the rocks, awaiting her doom. Perseus immediately fall in love with the lovely maiden and promptly killed Cetus the beast. Perseus took Andromeda to her father Cepheus and asked for her hand in marriage. This infuriated Andromeda’s uncle Phineus, to whom the maiden was already promised. During the ensuing quarrel, Perseus turned Phineus into a stone by showing him the head of the Gorgon Medusa.

[That’s one way to end an argument.]

Perseus would go on to find Mycenae where Andromeda would be queen, but first, she gave birth to their first son Perses, who stayed behind in Ethopia to rule when his grandfather died. (Perses is considered the eponymous father of the Persians.)

Perseus and Andromeda’s children were sons, Perses, Alcaeus, Sthenelus, Heleus, Mestor, Electryon, and a daughter, Gorgophone.

After her death, Andromeda was placed among the stars as the Andromeda constellation. The monster who was sent to ravage Ethiopia was also turned into a constellation, Cetus.

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You know you are becoming a fairly well-known author when people start psychoanalyzing you.

You know you are becoming a fairly well-known author when people start psychoanalyzing you. Especially if you’re a new author. One they know little about.

Why?

I don’t know, but readers do it.

I think they are curious as to where the material comes from in the book?

Sure, they read your profile but that tells them doodle about who are you as a person.

Most authors and writers are simply people with very vivid imaginations. Most live every days lives just as anyone else. With the same ups and downs and all a-rounds. Growing up, some were perhaps an entertainers to their families and friends.

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Christmas Laugh. Holiday Humor.

Running my mouth

Learn to laugh.

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A professional in marketing said it takes approximately three years for an author to receive recognition online.

This is the continual of the earlier post:

A professional in marketing said it takes approximately three years for an author to receive recognition online.

One of you all were unable to see the cover. Here’s the cover he designed in a matter of minutes to give me an idea of what he was talking about in making your cover look different from the crowd.

He said use bold contrasting colors. Develop your own signature style design that make your books recognizable from other books.

He said books covers could be like handbags. (Yes, I was surprised a guy paid our bags any attention too. He said as much money as his wife spent on them over the years. Yes, he know one from the other.) For example you can take a glance and tell a Gucci from a Louis Vuitton. He said a person could be able to take a glance at a book and recognize your signature writing style. But if they all look alike how are yours going to stand out from the crowd?

He showed me an example of an obvious certain era cover. Saying that if things don’t change most covers today are going to follow the same demise by time as the dime store novel covers.  He used the example of the dime store novels. Saying most were nearly a hundred years ago and but no one know who they were today.

I wrote him again Monday and asked more questions. I asked supposed one is writing pulp fiction, action, or thrillers?

He explain to me that he didn’t mean that action on covers were necessarily bad but just don’t over do it with people and action graphic scenes because to keep the writing career alive in the midst of such stiff competition from all sides one has to be innovative about everything. And perhaps update the book as time goes by which can get quite expensive if you’re using a professional designer.

He explained that in the days of the dime novels the authors had very little competition so it was quite easy to sell hundred of thousands of books.

 

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Dime Store Novels

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A professional in marketing said it takes approximately three years for an to receive recognition online.

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine’s father about marketing. Asking him for advice. I couldn’t afford his service because this man was marketing before the days of the internet.
He asked what have I been doing so far?
I told him what I had been doing. Spending a lot of time in on and offline marketing but I explained the days I’m offline takes away from my online marketing.
As a professional marketer he said it takes approximately three years for most author to receive recognition online in contrast to almost instantly offline.

I agreed with the instant offline recognition.

He said he has seen books put out by big companies fall to the wayside although big bucks are spent in marketing it. According to him, the amount of money spent doesn’t always guarantee the book will become popular.

The wasn’t very encouraging news.

I asked him I thought the internet reached more people than you can reach offline? He said it does but if they aren’t paying attention then what good is the reach. Those you reach offline are listening to you and will remember what you said. They don’t a million other things to distract them from you. There’s no rankings or algorithm to push your book aside for another. During a book presentation it’s all about your book.

I agree, no one else can walk into your book presentation and start yelling “Herald! Herald!”

He suggested starting a local fan base first and then venturing onto the internet, so you will have supporters to help market your book. To start building your fan base before the book is published by asking local bookstores, libraries, and such will they carry it on their shelves??

Ask local book clubs to discuss it.

One thing he said is the second I spoke to someone who said. He said look the covers on the best sellers’ lists. He wishes authors would quit making book covers that look like a poster for a movie or a Marvel Comic book.

I asked what about if it’s an action or thriller?

He asked do you want your book to be dated?

I said no. I don’t.

He explained that what dated mean in the literary world is that someone can look at the cover and instantly pinpoint when it was written. Like for example all the tats on guys in romance novels. Twenty years from now, tattoos maybe passĂ©. That’s great if you write something that becomes a classic or you become famous. But otherwise with all the covers start looking alike you get lost in the mass of eBooks.

He said select an iconic design so that anyone seeing it from afar can easily recognize it and say that “Such and Such”

He helped me created this cover for a short story that probably won’t be published until who knows when. But anyway, he was showing me what he means by creating an iconic image that people can easily recognize if they see it again. He said building, animals, and places are fine but don’t use a lot of modern human faces because people don’t actually remember them if the person’s face isn’t already famous.

He admitted that most online readers are between the ages of 12-30 and other genres outside of young adult aren’t going to do well online because what does this segment of society really knows about the real struggles of life? Or can relate to things they haven’t experienced.

He explained that earlier generations were exposed to the reality of life such sooner so yes, they could relate to not having the rent money or sitting in a cold house because they can’t pay the heating bill. Adding that all these elements play a role in whether or not you get the attention you are aiming for.

I asked about the keywords, SEO’s and such. According to him all that is fine if the reader wants to read that particularly book. But a site can get a thousand visitors per day and yet make no sale.

He said people must realize that all the marketing ventures are businesses. And that all businesses are out to make money. All are going to sell you a bunch of stuff you don’t need to make money. You must choose wisely in which you employ to market for you.

He did say that if other businesses had to depend solely on someone’s rating, word, opinions, and marketing to sell something they wouldn’t exist. Everyone would be out of business in a month or so. There would be no supermarkets and such.

He said he understand the literary rating and review system but he thinks it should have been devised in the last 150 years.

Wow! I didn’t realize it was that old!

He also said that every author could have mailing list online and off.

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Misunderstanding what someone may mean when they say they’re thankful.

Someone asked me how does this person I know who deals with many different ailments and asked does she handle all of this.

Truthfully, I really don’t know.
However when I do know that when  someone say they find something to be thankful for it doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering because they are.

It means they seek something or can find something to be thankful for despite their suffering. Being thankful doesn’t lessen their suffering as many believe it does.

It can mean they maybe thankful for the simple things in life that others overlooked. They may see something like a lovely flower and be thankful it exist to be able to appreciate it’s beauty.

It may be a pleasant day outside and they may be thankful for it.
One thing she has and that is a very strong belief in God and I think that carries her through a lot.

 

Original Post About Being Thankful

 

It’s All Well With My Soul

 

1. When peace, like a river,
attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul”

Chorus: It is well (it is well)
with my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

2. Though Satan should buffet,
though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded
my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.(Repeat chorus)

3. My sin, oh the bliss
of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross,
and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!(Repeat chorus)

4. And Lord haste the day
when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound,
and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.(Repeat chorus)

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Welcome New Arrivals and Thanks to all You True Blues.

As the end of the year draws near and Christmas Day approach.

The weather is growing colder in many parts of the country and world and a time to bundle up.

However, I would like to take this time out to welcome all new comers and to thanks all the true blues for pushing the blog as they have been here from the very beginning.

I must say this has been quite an exciting journey. I didn’t foresee getting to know other bloggers nor getting to know o many readers. When I started this blog a little over two years ago I had no idea if anyone would read a single post.

I want to thanks for looking, liking, reading and giving their input over the past two years. I am forever graceful to you. It was you all who make it work. All I did was placed the contents. Many of you are also writers and authors, so I know how busy you’re but I want to thank you for taking the time out your already crunched to schedule to drop by and say hello or simply review the contents.

 

Have yourself a Merry lil’ Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

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