Saturday, January 13, 2018

Viewing Through a Tilt-Shift Lens

Using a tilt-shift lens gives landscapes and similar photographs the appearance of being miniaturized replicas. Check out some results below.

San Francisco Bay



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Now Available in Print! BREATH OF CHRISTMAS, a Sweet Contemporary Fantasy Romance

Now Available in Print!

Sweet Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count: 11.2K
$1.99 e / $6.99 p

After being gone for months, there's nothing like being home for Christmas. Although Brindle has no family there to welcome her back, and the little town has grown since she left, it's still home to her and exactly where she wants to be in these final days. 

With a little help from a generous stranger full of the Christmas spirit, the holiday is sure to be perfect for Brindle. Full of love and memories, both old and new. 

She just prays she's able to enjoy it before she runs out of time and breath.

Excerpt and buy links.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Your Yearly Dementia Test (Only 4 Questions This Year!)

Yep, it's that time of year again for us to take our annual senior citizen test.

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles.

As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert.

If you don’t use it, you will lose it !!!

Here is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to your last test.

Some may think it is too easy, but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty.

Take this test to determine if you’re losing it or not.

The spaces below are so you don’t see the answers until you’ve answered.

OK, RELAX, clear your mind and begin.

#1. What do you put in a toaster ?

Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast', just give up now and go do something else.

And, try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question #2.

# 2. Say 'silk' ten times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink ?

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question.
Your brain is already over-stressed and may even overheat.

Content yourself with reading more appropriate literature such as Women's Weekly or Auto World.

However, if you did say 'water', proceed to Question #3.

# 3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from ?

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass.

If you said 'green bricks', why are you still reading this ???PLEASE, go lie down !

But, if you said 'glass,' go on to Question #4.

# 4. Please do not use a calculator for this for it would be cheating:

You are driving a bus from New York City to Philadelphia.

In Staten Island, 17 people got on the bus.

In New Brunswick, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.

In Windsor, 2 people get off and 4 get on.

In Trenton, 11 people get off and 16 people get on.

In Bristol, 3 people get off and 5 people get on.

And, in Camden, 6 people get off and 3 get on.

You then arrive at Philadelphia Station.

Without going back to review, how old is the bus driver ?

Answer: Oh, for crying out loud !

Don't you remember your own age? It was YOU driving the bus!

If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.

PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!

Sorry for all the spaces. You'd be tempted to cheat otherwise.

(Many thanks to my friend Therese for this!)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Movie Review - BEYOND SKYLINE

First off, let me admit that I liked Skyline, even though its ending was poignant and left a lot to be desired. But the story was original, and the effects top-notch.

Beyond Skyline is the sequel, and takes place at approximately the same time the first movie does. Frank Grillo heads this mostly unknown cast in a movie with a lot more action scenes and conflicts than the original. Again, the special FX are superb.

I do have one major beef, and that's because some characters were "brought back" for this installment, but they weren't portrayed by the original actors, which I feel would have enhanced the story considerably.

But I enjoyed this flick as much as the first one. Many of the plot points in the first film are "repeated" in the second, giving the two movies continuity. And kudos for the twist at the end. I never saw it coming, and that was a pleasant surprise.

I own a copy of Skyline. Don't know if I'll add this one to my permanent collection, but I do heartily suggest that you

Even though this movie can stand on its own, I strongly recommend you see the first movie beforehand, just to appreciate the flow of the plot threads.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Now Available in Print! WHEN THE HEART WHISPERS, a Sweet Contemporary Romance

Now Available in Print!

Sweet Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 20.2K
$1.99 e / $6.99 p

After losing her husband a couple years prior, Lily’s children decide it’s time for her to stop grieving and move on with her life. She’s always wanted to travel, and a few days later she finds herself in New York City. Touring the Big Apple alone on her own schedule is perfectly fine with Lily, but a guided tour from a local proves to be even better.

After repeated run-ins with the redheaded tourist from Tennessee, it seems fate is determined to bring Lily into George’s life. So he decides to take a chance for the first time in over twenty years.

Both have had heartache in their pasts. Both have loved and lost. Can they open up their hearts and risk the hurt again? Will they listen when the heart whispers?