Our guest post today is from Darlene Jones author of several books including Embraced.
In Nairobi I join five other tourists, all of us keyed up and anxious to begin our first safari. I climb into the land cruiser and compete for space with backpacks and telephoto lenses so big they obscenely dwarf the cameras attached to them. Not an auspicious start, I think.
I have my camera with me, of course. I even take a picture or two. I photograph the big five, the little five, and a number of fives in between. I take a picture of our guide, a few of the landscape and a couple of our luxury tent camp.
My fellow safarians are not so casual about their picture taking. Three minutes into the first game drive the conversation goes something like this:
“How many gigs have you got?”
“Me too. I brought four cards with me. I hope that’ll be enough. I might have to buy more.”
Now where in the Serengeti, I wonder, will we find a store selling gigs. I cradle my little Canon on my lap, protective of the runt of the litter.
The conversation switches to zoom power. I know I’ve got a one-gig card and that I can zoom. But zoom power? I glance down at baby Canon and see 4X. That must be it. My relief is shattered when I hear numbers like 14, 20, 300. 300?
“Zebras on the left,” someone shouts. Click, click, click go the cameras. The zebras begin to move away. Click, click, click. Just how many pictures of zebra bums does one need? Read more »
Our guest post is by Max. L. Billington author of The Libertines Motorcycle Club series.
Bikers writing books? Good books? Really? Yes, it’s true!
Let’s try a little word association. What comes to mind when I say “BIKER?” Well, most would probably answer with a stereotypical description of a large, uneducated, bearded man riding a Harley-Davidson and raising all kinds of hell while not being able to sign his name on his paperwork with his parole officer.
Believe it or not, there are “bikers” out there who are authors, and fiction authors at that. Some names you probably would recognize from television or the media such as Sonny Barger who has just finished up filming a movie based off of his latest book or Edward Winterhalder, who just released his 4th book in his “Biker’s Stories” series. Both of these guys have written several books, some fiction and some non-fiction, and are all great reads.
Sure, there are plenty of tell-all books written by folks who have supposedly “infiltrated outlaw biker gangs” but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them biker authors, and it’s always the same old rehashed story, over and over and over.
Then you have the lesser known biker authors, and I don’t mean that in a condescending way, but these guys aren’t exactly household names. Guys such as Iain Parke who has authored a series of three books entitled “The Brethern Trilogy” which have received great reviews on Amazon.com.
So, the next time you see a biker riding down the road, don’t always assume he’s a criminal, he could actually be an author!
Max L. Billington is the author of “The Libertines Motorcycle Club” series currently available at Amazon.com.
Our guest blogger is Cynthia Sue Larson author of several books including Reality Shifts.
How to Host a Spoon-Bending Party
In the fall of 1999, I went to see Uri Geller give a talk at a Learning Annex class in San Francisco. I was delighted when Uri demonstrated how he bends spoons with one of the spoons I had hopefully brought along with me! My spoon was a solid one, stamped with the words “ONEIDACRAFT STAINLESS” on the back side of the handle. There was nothing unusual or weak about this spoon, and although I didn’t attempt to bend it forcibly, it seemed quite sturdy to me.
Uri held my spoon up in front of him as he stood facing the audience of some hundred people in the room, holding my spoon in one hand by the cup part as he gently stroked the UPPER side of the handle with his free hand. He asked all of us in the audience to shout “BEND!” at the spoon, and to visualize the spoon bending. We did this, and within seconds, we could see the spoon’s handle beginning to move UPWARDS towards Uri’s still gently moving hand!
Uri also sprouted some seeds in the palm of his hand, which grew at an astonishing rate with little green tendrils popping out of the seeds within moments of the audience shouting, “GROW!”
These sights were so inspirational that I decided to organize a small spoon bending party at my home, to see if we could bend a few spoons.
(1) Invite Friends
The first step in hosting a spoon bending party is to decide who you’ll invite. Make sure you invite people you truly love to have around, and people who will at least be open-minded about the idea of bending spoons! I invited several close friends and their children. Read more »