Friends Forever

george-rr-martin2“My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”
George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

Bio: George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin’s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: “The Hero,” sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

Source: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/about-george/life-and-times/

 

Gros Melons- Not what you think!

punkin3-sept-21-2015While doing a word search on the internet, I found this information on the word “pumpkin”,

which, coincidentally…….

is the name of one of my cats!

 

“During the crisp autumn months, pumpkins pop up everywhere — on our porches, in shop windows, and at the local melons-variety1farmers market.

They are part of the gourd family, along with cucumbers, honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe, and zucchini. Pumpkins were originally called “gros melons“ by French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1584.

 

pumpkins-variety1The English translation was “pompions,” which eventually evolved into our modern word, “pumpkin.” -By Caroline Young”

 

British Petroleum buys jet fuel made from Garbage

bp-logo1“BP Plc (British Petroleum Public Limited Company) will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which makes biofuel from garbage, in a new partnership designed to curb airplane pollution. The London-based oil-producer also signed a 10-year deal to buy 500 million gallons (1.9 billion liters) of biofuel from Fulcrum’s North American plants, according to a statement by BP on Tuesday. BP will distribute the aviation fuel to planes through its unit Air BP Ltd., which sells about 7 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually.

airplane1Airlines facing pressure to clean up their pollution last month brokered a landmark deal in Montreal. Their accord created a global system that requires them to fund environmental initiatives from 2020 that may cost as much as $24 billion annually by 2035.” By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg, November 2016

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/11/bp-buys-jet-fuel-made-from-garbage.html

Promotion for Authors

Diane as red head1-croppedAs a self-published author, I know how much work it takes to write a book, create it and then promote it all on your own. I ran across some helpful information with regards to promotion, so I’m sharing it here today. Anyone who has links to more sites that can help authors with any part of the process can add them in the comments area!

Top 7 Websites for Book and Author Promotion by Alwin Gnanaraj from the Linked In group Writers & Authors

A grand but overused tactic to improve Kindle book sales and rankings is to spread your book’s sale page link to as many free and paid book promotion sites as possible.The hope is that regardless of the quality of the site, or the amount of actual traffic that they receive, sales or downloads will occur and hopefully a review or two may show up.Whether you love this style of kindle book advertising or not, one cannot deny the effectiveness of this book advertising strategy.The below list is my compilation of websites that will promote your ebook – some free, while others not so much.Each one will have their own set of requirements in order to be accepted. So, to help you out, I did the research on each one and wrote a quick bit about their stipulations and what that website is all about.

1) Write Globe: https://writeglobe.com

2) Writers Support: https://writers.support

3) Noble Authors: https://nobleauthors.com

4) Books Online Directory:http://booksonline.directory/

5) Creative Designers and Writers( free): http://creativedesignerswriters.com/

6) Share News: https://sharenews.live/bookListings.php

7) Ereader News Today : http://ereadernewstoday.com/bargain-kindle-books/ShareShare

 

Advertise your book or product today!

Anti-Vigilante and the Rips in Time

FireWalker Publications offers you “Books That Fuel Your Imagination”!

Diane Tegarden’s wildest release “Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time” is a science fiction novel set in the distant future with its hooks deep into renewable energy, which changes the face of the planet.

 

 

crystalplanetsm“Terrax, the Crystal Planet, is an exacting world. A place where human physical contact is impossible and stepping outside is virtual suicide. The atmosphere is a hurricane of Coriolis winds and deadly scattershowers, composed of toxic metals formed into whip-like threads kilometers long. Immense Ocean Domes cover over the toxic sludge where the oceans used to be, and the surface of Terrax is covered in crystalline structures, called the Hives, where only the upper crust lives. No one can survive the raw elements; all must reside inside buildings, vicariously living through virtual reality programming.”

“Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time” is available on Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Vigilante-Rips-Time-Diane-Tegarden/dp/0974536911/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350751953&sr=1-2&keywords=Anti-Vigilante

A Sad Goodbye to Mary Tyler Moore

mary-tyler-moore1While watching the Mary Tyler Moore tribute, they used the word “eponymous” referring to her TV show, and I liked the sound of the word so I thought I’d share its meaning and origins with you.

Eponymous is an adjective meaning: 1. Of, relating to, or constituting an eponym, such as “The Mary Tyler Moore” Show.

 

 

he-man_12. Named after something else or deriving from an existing name or word: “Programs such as He-Man and Masters of the Universe … were all created with the explicit purpose of selling the eponymous toys to children”. Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/eponymous

 

 

onyma-greek-wordEtymology notes: Eponymous comes from the Greek adjective epōnymos, which is itself from onyma, meaning “name.” “Onyma” has lent its name to a number of English words, including “synonymous,” “pseudonym,” and “anonymous.” Traditionally, an eponymous person or thing (i.e., an “eponym”) might be a mythical ancestor or totem believed to be the source of a clan’s name.

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eponymous