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Time is not Linear.

Time varies for each person and is fluid rather than linear. A sweeping statement, yes, but provable by each person by applying memory. Think of time as grains of sand stored in a huge hour glass. When a person is born then the top chamber is filled with grains of sand and time passes when a grain drops to the bottom chamber. However, sand is abrasive and takes a tiny film off the gateway with every passage of every grain. What starts out as a slow and endless passage turns to a trickle and then a stream, followed by a torrent.

Who remembers the golden days of summer in childhood? They went on forever, didn’t they? A whole lifetime spent in the sun, or it felt like that at the time. Who remembers waiting for xmas and it never seemed to be getting any nearer?  Now listen to an older person when they say they don’t know where time has gone since it is passing so quickly.

On that note, who is ready for xmas? I am almost there.

Life After Sears.

Very soon, in weeks or even days, there will be no more Sears department stores in our malls. It is going to be very strange and I have to wonder if the malls will survive without what is one of their last anchor stores. The single survivor is the Hudson Bay Company and for how long?

Sears has been a way of life for ever. We lost Woolco, Zellers, Kmart and a few years back, Marks and Spencers as well as Etons, but Sears was always there. All the stores gone put up xmas displays and it was worth going in to just look. Sears had an awesome display but now? Shells of stores remain with what is left of stock being condensed for sale at not very enticing prices for a closing out sale. It seems what it not sold will go to Sears in the U.S so they mostly have things at only 30% off.

Yes, the Bay stores will have their xmas displays and still be there but I note their stock is much reduced from what it once was.  If they go, what will happen to the malls? Probably closure and redevelopment into housing.  This will be a major nuisance as then we will be left with the shopping common complexes, which means driving from one store to the other and that miserable search for parking, especially in winter, unlike the multistory car parking in the malls. In turn, this will probably mean more people will buy online and have stuff shipped to their door. Not good for the economy with the loss of retail jobs. Sometimes change is not good, or progressive.

800 year old forest.

In case anyone wanted to know what one of these looked like, these pictures were taken on Vancouver Island.



Walking on the trails is free. The only rule is that if the wind picks up then one must leave with alacrity. The trees are likely to fall over and if they land on a person, that is where what remains of that person will be staying. It would be too difficult to remove such a huge tree in order to shovel up a smudge.


Interesting sights.


This is a picture of an active volcano on Big Island in Hawaii. From this point it is a five mile trek to the edge to see the lava. Quite a few of our party decided to venture forth, but I did not. There was a very nice cafe/gift shop and that is where I got a grand view from the terrace, comfortably seated with my coffee and dh while we watched the grand trek. Unfortunately, when they got there, the lava was not at home. IMG_0242







Look what just got banned in Russia!

There is a story in this anthology from Moi called Dragon’s Bane. Ever wondered how Connor, the Drakken from Darkspire Reaches got stranded by himself? Here is where you can find out. And yes, we are banned in Russia. I wonder why?

Find inside, dragon stories of every sort. This is a candy fest for dragon lovers.




Book Review: Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

Joanne Hall

Source: Book Review: Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

A fine review of “Children of the Shaman” by Jessica Rydill, which is available from Kristell Ink – don’t forget that if you review any Kristell Ink book between now and the end of September let me know here on on Twitter (@hierath77) for the chance to win a paperback of Fight Like A Girl!

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Thoughts of Fall

Not sure what brought this on. Maybe it might have been the overcast skies, made that way by the huge fires in BC, or it could have been the really soggy weather we have been having. Nevertheless, the thoughts are now there and with them come memories.

I think it starts with the sharp crispness in the morning that heralds a change in the colors of the leaves. Some trees go flamboyant before others and not all go red, so there is a bright fall palette that evolves over weeks. Shortly after there are those smells; the rich fruity scent of crops waiting to be gathered in mixed with a sort of damp, smoky smell from the bonfires filled with dead leaves, raked up to be disposed of but still not completely dry and maybe dripping with morning dew. Flowers dwindle and dye back, except for the chrysanthemums and the fall asters. Sounds accompany all this, from the restless rustle of the leaves to the honking of vees of geese flying south. Some say the humming birds hitch a ride with them but I don’t know if this is true of not.

As the temperature drops, and then rises with the Indian summer, there are different sights of less than enthusiastic students heading back to school after the long summer break. I think in the back of everyone’s mind is the thought of snow coming, as it does and usually before Halloween. I guess this is when winter really starts, despite the official date in December. There again, our winter will hang around until the end of April or early May if we luck out. Not yet, though. Summer has a few weeks left to run.

The Book of Dragons – Cover Revealed!

I love this cover, too. Look, one of my stories is in there.

Joanne Hall

Now it’s been revealed on Fantasy Faction, I’m delighted to be able to share the cover artwork for A J Dalton’s forthcoming The Book Of Dragons. This highly anticipated follow-up to The Book of Angels, includes stories by A J Dalton, Michael Victor Bowman, C N Lesley, and me (yay!), and the cover is by Hong-Kong based artist Charlotte Pang – isn’t it beautiful?

The-Book-of-Dragons-by-AJ-DaltonThe Book of Dragons will be published by Kristell Ink some time in the very near future and will be available from all good booksellers in e and dead tree versions. More news when I get it!

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