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You are what you write. Illusion and Reality...I reside in between. Where are you?
UNDERSTAND THAT REDIRECTING CIVILIZATION is a major undertaking. You can write volumes about it and who will listen? But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn. You know that.

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August 12, 2015 at 1:01pm
August 12, 2015 at 1:01pm
Blog City image small Prompt: She Shed or Man Cave?
What would it look like?
What would you keep in there?

What a funny idea, a Man Cave.

In the Pania Sailboat (the yacht), I have a cubby hole that has my narrow, single bed, cupboards, 2 drawers under the bed and a shelf as a desk almost overlaping my bed with two drawers under that. The ship’s system radio is above my head with another set of shelves with my dictionaries, thesaurus and style book. The power charger for the boat’s batteries is at the back of the desk as well as the power outlet for computer and lights. The computer takes up over half of the desk top with just enough room for the mouse and my coffee cup.

Beside the foot of my bed is a nice wooden stool that holds a large basket with essential stuff like bug spray, keys, sun screen, moisturizer, t-paper, some tools, etc. Everything contained for boat motion. There’s a long shelf on the hull side as long as the bed space with folded t-shirts, shorts, a bagged copy of Apex Project, a cribbage game, coconut oil, hand towels, and a couple hats. My roll-up rubber keyboard and old mail folders are at the end..

Squeezed under the stool are the box of rags and plastic bags, over cans of boat paint, thinners and brushes. Theres a space for my shoes and slip-ons. The actual floor space is about 24” X 18”. There’s a wall behind the desk. The other side is the entrance ladder-steps in and out of the boat. There is a half-partition behind the end of the bed and the stool. A 12v fan is installed there. A narrow boat window is above the bed that locks with four screw-down bolts. The window is screened. If it rains the water comes right in if not sealed shut. The tiny bit of wall has the ship registration and the Captains License.

Across the asile is the kitchen sink, stove and cooler with shelves and cubbyholes. There are cover plates in the teak floor that open to the water tank and rear bildge. Note that half of this space is below the water line of the ocean. The boat goes wobble-wobble when a boat moves in the marina. Our neighbor boat is about one-and-a-half-yards away. We have the dock on the port side. We’re moored in a corner with more dock behind the boat.

How/s that for a Man Cave? >>>iggy

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August 11, 2015 at 9:55am
August 11, 2015 at 9:55am
Think about this: Today’s ruling class is a monoculture that has little in common with the rest of the nation.

Blog City image small Prompt: Several creative people, such as artists and authors, claim that relaxing and ‘doing nothing’ can be extremely beneficial for the creative process to follow. Do you believe this could work, I mean doing absolutely nothing? Has this been true for you, if ever?

You lay there, in the dark, absolutely motionless. There are no outside sounds. Are you doing nothing? I think not. Under those conditions, your brain can be going a mile a minute. Where’s it going? Well it’s called IMAGINATION, REFLECTION, MEDITATION. There’s lots of names for the so-called doing nothing.

Where do ideas come from?

When you say something, DON’T YOU THINK IT FIRST as a total block of an idea, concept, expression? The speed of the brain while doing nothing is astounding! And it works just as fast when you are talking. When you are reading a story, your mind is very active creating images of the story.

I’m not sure what happens when you watch television. Maybe then you are truly doing nothing. A passive recepticle. If you can’t remember what you’ve watched, then you have accomplished NOTHING.

For me, when I have a difficult moment in my novel, I almost always go take a nap. I try to see the scene and review everything I know about that moment---and gradually different possibilities come up so I can play them out in my mind. Somewhere in the process I fall asleep. And guess what? When I wake up the scene is much clearer and I can go back to adjust the outline or actually write the scene.

Take a moment and check what is going on INSIDE...>>>iggy

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August 10, 2015 at 12:46pm
August 10, 2015 at 12:46pm
Blog City image small Prompt: Debating
“In a battle of believability, the winner is the one with the best body language, not the clearest logic.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
Do you think it is an acceptable practice to stretch truths or use effective body language in order to win debates?

In it’s truer form, a debate is a contest, a competition to win. The person who presents the best argument with facts, reasoning, logic, and the clearest voice of communication usually wins. Body language would have little influence if the judgement is for reasoned logic of the topic being debated.

HOWEVER, when it turns to a political debate, body language, apparent truthfulness, use of language, clever asides, expressions of sincerity, expressions of scorn, disbelief, distain are all played for effect. Attempts to embarrass, humilate, and belittle the opponets is often a goal. Beliefs are expanded and distored to please the target audience. Statement of truths are very selective and a great deal of correct facts are ommitted or glossed over. And certain topics, however important or current they are---are NEVER mentioned. A great deal of campagn funding and media advertising is dependent on using the correct words. Promises have price tags and commitments.

As we’re seeing, one has to have their own billions of dollars in order to actually say what you want and ask the questions that are never asked.

Watch and listen, and follow the money...>>>iggy *Boat*

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August 7, 2015 at 10:44am
August 7, 2015 at 10:44am
Blog City image small FOR YOUR AWARENESS...

- August 8, 2015 (888) at 08:08:08 (888) cosmically resets humanity back to an accurate universal solar/lunar calendar/cosmic time stamp.
Don’t know who’s tuned to 8’s, but something to watch tomorrow

For Today. I have learned from a Belize postal employee, that USPS Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Boxes offer no additional service over First Class International packages except that they are priced 50-100% higher. In other words no tracking outside the US, no insurance, nothing. My latested packet left Miami on June 6, and has yet to appear. They told me US mail takes from 30 to 60 days to reach Belize. My last mail, which was one envelope cost over $64.00. I’m giving up on that kind of service.

The prompt today left me puzzled and scratching my brain, so I’m ignoring it. I’m on my own.
Yesterday I posted a blog early, read some news and then the allotted amount of memory (5G) on my USB stick ran out and I lost the Internet for the rest of the day and night. More money was committed and it’s back by 9am this morning.

The day before (Wed) we had a big electric, thunder and lightening storm. Of course the power went out about 4pm and stayed out until I guess about midnight. I was long asleep being in a totally dark house in the totally dark wilderness of our jungle.

This house I’m sitting, has no provision for power outages. We had one good flashlight. There are no candles, lanterns, etc for emergencies. The gas stove has an electric starter, so we found one small cigarette lighter to light the burner to heat dinner, no matches. Am I prepared? I’d say NOT. There is a new shopping list.

If we’re on the sailboat (the yacht), it’s all 12v systems with backups and solar charging. I think houses should be more like boats, they can exist independently.

I used to get upset about all this stuff failing or not working. Now it all seems to be the texture of life and not worth the emotional energy. Not that I’m accepting---it will change, it will get fixed. But the big things like the weather are to be accepted and adapted for---unless it’s some deliberate modification that humans have caused with HAARP or similar spraying nonsense. They we all have to be mad as hell! But that’s all another rant I will save you from.

Peace and Love for this day...>>>iggy
If you are a novelist check this out>>> "WYRM

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August 6, 2015 at 5:50am
August 6, 2015 at 5:50am
BUILDING AWARENESS... How much is $1.5 quadrillion?
When investing becomes gambling, bad endings follow. The next credit crunch could make 2008-09 look mild by comparison. Bank of International Settlements(BIS) data show around $700 trillion in global derivatives.
Along with credit default swaps and other exotic instruments, the total notional derivatives value is about $1.5 quadrillion – about 20% more than in 2008, beyond what anyone can conceive, let alone control if unexpected turmoil strikes.

Blog City image small Prompt: An author is only as good as their last novel. Do you agree?

If the author’s last novel is the only one you’ve read, then yes. But I believe you have to know all the novels of a writer. No one is perfect and some stories are more appealing than others. Also different readers have different tastes. There can not be a set rule for which author’s are good or when.

Remember best sellers are often created by the media hype. Who is saying the writer is fantastic, and how much are they being paid?

It’s simple. Read the book. If it’s a great story, you’ll know it and respond to it.
How many novels have you started and never finished because you lost interest? Try not to write one of those stories.

Happy reading...>>>iggy
*Boat* "WYRM

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August 2, 2015 at 9:46am
August 2, 2015 at 9:46am
Blog City image small BUILDING AWARENESS with a Sunday Blog

Think about where to focus your prayers or your meditations.
Spiritual energy is needed here:

about 60 to 65 million; refugees are on the move every day on our globe.

These forced migrants are in temporary camps, in transit to nowhere and under the most horrible human and abject hygienic conditions, no running water, hardly any medical attention, sparse food if any. At least a quarter of them originate in the Middle East.

And most, if not all of these tens of millions, are fleeing countries destroyed directly or by proxy by the US empire and its European vassals. They try to escape as their homes have been burned to the ground, their families in many cases decimated. They are under constant threat of being bombed, by the ISIS and sorts, all fully funded by Washington, the EU, Turkey, the Saudis, Qatar – and militarily supported and trained by the CIA, Pentagon and NATO.

This is not new. It has been known for years. But known to whom? The truth does still not penetrate the brain of most people. – Why? – Because the west is totally brainwashed with lies and distortions by its own corporate presstitute media.

To know more switch channels from the bought rightwing, CNNs and BBCs of this world –to TeleSUR, CCTV, PressTV, RT and other emerging truth news channels.

We all live on ONE Earth...>>>iggy

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July 31, 2015 at 8:42am
July 31, 2015 at 8:42am
Blog City image small Playwright Anton Chekkov said, "People don't notice whether it is winter or summer if they are happy." Do you agree with him? Why or Why not? Would you say you are happier during the summer than other seasons? Why or Why not?

Funny question for me...

I live in Belize. That's in Central America, east of Mexico's Yucatan, Guatemala and Honduras. That's tropical, Caribbean climate, SUMMER ALL THE TIME. Well, we do get cold fronts blowing down from southern US, and the temps drop down to 75 degrees. I have to wear a long-sleeve shirt and use a light-weight quilt at night. Brrrr...

When I left Wyoming, I left a big box of winter gear: parka, snowboots, snow pants, scarfs, gloves, long underwear, heavy socks, sweaters, wool shirts, heavy pants. That went along with the snowmobile and sleds. I lived on top of a mountain at 8,600 altitude. We had WINTER for at least six months. The roads were usually plowed open by mid-June.

The car had to be parked about two miles from the house. I used the snowmobile to commute to and from the parking area. The rest of the road was groomed as a snowmobile trail, which was great. Then the twenty-two miles to town over snowpacked mountain roads down to the town. It meant changing outer clothes several times each day. There was always the consideration of staying in town after dark and having to do that clothing and snowmobile process up where there are no lights. Also there were a couple very steep, icy, snowpacked, rutted hills that had to be negotiated. A few times I had to give up back down and return to town to stay at a friends place. Not a happy time for my dog and cats up on the mountain.

Usually everything worked OK. I loved the mountain forest in the snow. Shoveling it was not fun, and bringing in extra fire wood was not fun, and shoveling snow into the cistern for summer water was backbreaking, but still. I LOVED THE WINTER ON THE MOUNTAIN.

That's all behind me now, and tropical paradise is the place to be. I notice that it snowed in Wyoming yesterday at higher elevations. I imagine what I'm missing and laugh!

Living in Summertime Happiness...>>>iggy *Boat*

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July 30, 2015 at 10:03am
July 30, 2015 at 10:03am
Blog City image small Prompt: What's No. 1 on your to-do list right now?

Well, thanks to Weekly Goals, I usually manage to post my immediate to-dos every Monday. And that means going on the Internet to WDC to see the daily prompt from Blog City. I try to do a new blog post every day, but lots of real-life stuff can get in the way. Like our third-world quality Internet service that can slow down or disappear for a while (or a day). My time online is limited to about 100-megabits a day. So I'm downloading almost everything to read offline. This really limits my reading other blog posts on Blog City. I get to that maybe once a week.

I have a commitment to post an in-depth review every week for the WYRM group. These are chapter by chapter reviews of novels. The group is reviewing my novel, Knights of Sparrow. Right now I am working on what I hope will be the final chapter, number forty-four. That would be No. 1 on my to-do list!

I am also reviewing another novel, War Queen on a review exchange through FSFS. And that can be more than one review a week if the chapters are shorter.

Now I am house-sitting and not aboard the sailboat. So life gets interesting and more complicated. Just photographed a wedding last Saturday and this week finished processing and editing the 90 photographs that are going on a DVD for the bride and groom. Prints and albums are up to them or their families. So I can check that off the to-do list.

There's daily stuff like feeding the dogs, watering the plants, dishes, cooking, laundry, etc. But that's not to-do, that's life! And I love my life.

Peace and Love...>>>iggy
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July 29, 2015 at 9:14am
July 29, 2015 at 9:14am
Blog City image small Prompt: What is the best dream you ever had?

The best dreams I ever had were of FLYING. Being weightless and able to move in the air, through the air with grace and ease. This was not once, but many times over many years. The flying dreams still occur once in a while.

I was trained as a dancer and often in dreams I would be on stage performing and in some kind of turn or leap, I would simply leave the floor and continue in the air. Other times I would be in a gym or on a huge stage and just practicing floating and flying. The transition to weightless always was in the mind with some concentration. The feeling is amazing.

When I was much younger I had many dreams of flying face down over an endless patterned carpet, like Persian designs. There was never a beginning or an ending. And somehow I knew I was sleeping to accomplish this. Those dreams were vivid and I’ve never forgotten them.

I have no idea what these experiences mean except they were very pleasurable. Flying is a definite skill set of my dream self.

Happy dreams...>>>iggy *Boat*

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July 27, 2015 at 12:54pm
July 27, 2015 at 12:54pm
Blog City image small Prompt: What would it be like to have a secret place, imaginary or real, where you’d like to go to escape from the grind of everyday life? Can you describe the landscape of such a place for you?

I think when I moved into the sailboat in the marina in Belize, I left the grind of everyday life behind. And now I’m housesitting for several different places. All tropical paradise kind of locations. This would include the Caribbean Ocean, palm trees, some beach, palapas and docks, swiming pool. Big house, big screen TV, and food to eat. I shot a wedding on Saturday so even have some more income. How’s that for escaping the ‘grind’?

And another bit of news, I enjoyed this morning.

How Arctic ice has made fools of all those poor warmists

Two events last week brought yet further twists to one of the longest-running farces of our modern world. One was the revelation by the European Space Agency that in 2013 and 2014, after years when the volume of Arctic ice had been diminishing, it increased again by as much as 33 per cent.

The other was that Canadian scientists studying the effect of climate change on Arctic ice from an icebreaker had to suspend their research, when their vessel was called to the aid of other ships trapped in the thickest summer ice seen in Hudson Bay for 20 years.

It seems the created illusion of warming has a frozen solid reality. Ha!

Peace & Love...>>>iggy

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