Reading Self-Isolating The Blues Writing

January 15 . Issue #73

Country of Freedom

Country of freedom, be free in thy heart:
Free from the shackles of prisoning pride,
Free from the liar’s contemptible art,
Free from allurements that tempt thee aside,
Free from the crafty and treacherous guide,
Free from the ravening greed of the mart,
Free from the snares that in opulence hide,—
Country of freedom be free in thy heart!

Amos Russel Wells (1862 – 1933)

Hello all and welcome to this weeks journal, where I share with you 5 things that I found to be of interest and I hope you will enjoy it too.

1.  This week I worked on my new book trailer for Samba in Brazil.

I also started to plan for the virtual book release party, set for February 14th, the release date of Samba in Brazil and you’re all invited. We’re going to be touring Salvador, Bahia; join us.

This is the start of my new book promotion, timed perfectly for lockdown. Searching for something new to read this year? Look no further! My author friends have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day. Available for a limited time. “New Year’s Book Giveaway

2.  Our mini – NaNoWriMo of the WCYR writers group that I belong to features some of what was written during the November session.

The featured photo, courtesy of Pixabay was chosen by author M.J. Moores who requested some of our creativity so that she could put together some of her own cool memes.

3. Eye candy for this week; there was plenty, the best one to enjoy with the young ones or even the young at heart, Being Elmo. Do you remember the characters from Sesame Street? Elmo is one of my favourites.

Another interesting and entertaining movie The Trial of the Chicago Seven, very reminiscent of last weeks events in Washington D.C.

4. Audio delights this week were all about the blues, from Howlin’ Wolf to  John Lee Hooker and taking in Buddy Guy and Luther Allison too. Joyous blues, “Smokestack Lightning.”

Ontario has declared a state of emergency and it looks like I’ll be working from home instead of a nice video/recording studio.

Back to playing and listening to the blues with one of my favourite harmonica players, Indiara Sfair.

5. My reading interests; The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart, Kahlil Gibran. This is a wonderful book that is designed to open the heart.

And for what I am writing and rewriting; which is my newest Sci-Fi, comedy-thriller, The Snowaxe Café.

A story about an alien running a coffee shop that caters to the top musicians and artists in the world and provides the best coffee in the universe.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Autumn Reading Writing

October 23 . Issue #61

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day;

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow

Blossom where the rose should grow;

I shall sing when night’s decay

Ushers in a drearier day.”  Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848)

In this weeks newsletter, young authors, listening to nature and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. Happy to share my love of writing with some young authors this week. During the workshop, we reviewed the ingredients required to create a story. I read excerpts from two books; a few pages of my book Samba on a Snowy Day and one chapter from Roald Dahl’s, The Witches.

The writing organization I belong to WCYR presented me with an opportunity to share a creative writing workshop with children as part of the East Gwillimbury Public Library virtual programs. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020.

2. My reading pleasure took me back to Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. A great writer’s resource that includes thirty-five “Try this” exercises to get your pen in motion.

I am also enjoying a book I work on regularly, Just Write One Thing Today – 365 Creative Prompts To Inspire You Every Day by John Gillard. An inspirational gift from my daughter Nadia.

3. My ear candy is all about autumn. Especially Autumn Leaves. My inspiration for raking up the falling leaves.

Watching the RCM virtual presentation of The  Resounding Concert took up one of my evenings; a dazzling mix of eye and ear candy. Available to Livestream until October 24.

4. A friend recently mentioned that she had watched everything on Netflix, her question, “what next”?

I responded, “get outside and watch nature.”

5. Road trips, I used to take road trips; visiting martial arts dojo’s or friends cottages in the near north and jazz festivals, lots of music festivals. This Friday I will venture off on a road trip to distant Guelph to help my daughter’s dog, Samba.

Yes, that Samba; the protagonist of my book Samba on a Snowy Day.  He has injured his leg and needs to be fitted for a brace.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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