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Getting to know me.
One of the goals I set for myself this year was to create a blog. There are a lot of reasons I wanted to do this.
1. I think a blog will encourage me to write more often.
2. I want people to get to know me better, and hopefully I'll know more about you from your comments.

The grammar won't be perfect, but a blog is a more relaxed type of writing, I think. I want to share my, and Sir Trevor's, adventures and lots of other things too!
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December 21, 2018 at 5:03am
December 21, 2018 at 5:03am
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DAY 2224 December 21, 2018

Prompt: Discuss your plans for this winter solstice? Are you going to watch the meteor shower?
It will be cloudy and raining here so the meteor shower won't be visible. Nor will the full moon.


I'm probably going to be taking a lot of Tylenol Arthritis Strength as I try to wrap Christmas gifts.

About four or five years ago I had a severe arthritis flare which began on the 21st of December and there was a full moon. By Christmas Day I could barely move and I was in a lot of pain. Ever since that Christmas, I've been recording my flares. You guessed it they all coincided with a full moon. (Do not discuss this theory with a doctor.) *Crazy*

The solstice, Yule, and Christmas are all Pagan celebrations. Perhaps I need to ignore the doctors and their costly drugs and research some Pagan remedies.
So these are my plans for the solstice, but I'd much rather be watching the meteor shower.

River *Heart*

December 15, 2018 at 9:14am
December 15, 2018 at 9:14am
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DAY 2218: December 15, 2018

Prompt: Does the winter weather put you in a Bah Hum Bug mood this time of year? If so, how do you change your mood?


Although winter has not officially arrived in my little corner of *CountryCA* the beautiful fall colours are long gone. Instead of a carpet of orange, red and gold a blanket of snow covers the ground.

The temperature rises and falls creating chaos on the roads. This morning we are at the freezing point and sleet is pouring from the sky. Large trucks have been roaring by since 3:00 am. spreading sand over the icy roads.

Bah Hum Bug? Yes, I do get into that mood. How do I get out of it?

There is beauty in nature even on the nastiest days. I have only to look out my patio doors to see the tree branches coated with shimmering ice or thick with heavy snow. Woodpeckers tapping on a suet block, colourful birds at the feeder, squirrels chasing each other around, and best of all deer eating apples and carrots on my patio.

I also like to cuddle up in bed with a good book until my eyes grow heavy and I fall into a long winter's nap.
*Sleeping*

River *Heart*
May 20, 2018 at 7:13am
May 20, 2018 at 7:13am
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River's Unofficial Newsletter - "Reviewing with River



Hello Friends!

First of all, I want to thank all the generous people who responded to my plea for help by sending their generous donations. *Heart*

2018 Donations

HWinB.C.
Mary Ann MCPhedran
Chief Coffee Elf, Lilli
The bald writer
🌙 HuntersMoon
Jaynelf the Reindeer Caretaker
Princess Megan Rose
The Solstice Faery 🐾
Anonymous!

Thank you very much. These donations allow me to send GPs and MBs each month.


Monthly Discussion Topics:
Each month there is a new Discussion Topic in the forum. My favourite topic so far this year was " April Discussion Topic: Review Requests "   suggested by Dandelion Man

At the end of the month, each participant will receive 1,000 GPs and an MB of my choice will be drawn by virtual dice. The Discussion Topics are open to all members of WdC so please come join the current discussion, "May Discussion Topic. Non-fiction"  

The Plug Page is a quarterly Reviewing Competition for Group Members only.

Winners of April Plug Page Contest – Mythology Genre

1st 🌙 HuntersMoon Review of "A Vision of Magic" Mythology MB
2nd Rima: Back To Work Review of "Loki's Portion" 4,000 GPs
3rd Mary Ann MCPhedran Review of "The Last Journey - Chapter One" 1,000 GPs

500 GPs were credited to all reviewers.

The three winners also received gold coins for 1st,2nd, and 3rd place from "Invalid Item Thank you, dog pack:saving4 premium renew for your contribution and support.
500 GPs were credited to all reviewers.


Next competition is July 1st. To 31st. If you'd like to enter, just send me an email and I will add you to the group. *Heart*
Awards may be increased depending on availability of funds.


The One–on-One Reviewing Workshop is open to all members of WdC. To ensure commitment and reward the Coaches, there is a fee of 2,000 GP's.
Please note, this fee is non-refundable. I've been blessed to work with some awesome students. If you'd like to take this course, please post in the forum and attach the 2,000 GP fee.


I was honoured "Reviewing with River received a Quill nomination for Best Educational Program. This is a new category this year. I suspect a very sweet person who took the One-on-One Reviewing Workshop put forth the nomination.
We were up against some pretty stiff competition! I'd like to congratulate Winnie Kay who won the Quill for her Comma Sense Class Home Page and Cinn who got Honourable Mention for her "WDC Video Help Desk" Congratulations!


We will soon be starting the second half of 2018! Depending on available funds, I may be adding new activities to the forum.

Thank you all for the love and support that shines through Reviewing with River from your participation and comments!

See you in the forum.


River *Heart*



May 10, 2018 at 5:46pm
May 10, 2018 at 5:46pm
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DAY 2002 May 10, 2018
Prompt
You are thrown back into your past, but you find it totally different than what you recall. Are you happy or do you try to solve it and put your past back as it was?


If I was thrown back into my past, I wouldn't try to change it. If I were to change any one thing it could change the present dramatically. Or perhaps I wouldn't be able to change anything at all and would end up living through the horror of the past again.
Here is an item I wrote that shows what I think could happen.

STATIC
Carrie's Locket  (13+)
What happens after a young woman buys a locket in an antique shop.
#1990278 by River the Jolly Jingler


River *Heart*



April 6, 2018 at 6:55pm
April 6, 2018 at 6:55pm
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DAY 1968 April 6, 2018
Prompt: 50 years, a lot has happened in the technology field. What change has made you the happiest in the past 50 years?


The internet has made me the happiest. The ability to re-connect with old friends and cousins that have scattered with the four winds, through social media, is amazing. I like to keep up with everyone while having my morning coffee on FaceBook.

Email is a blessing. Communication is so much faster than it was when I had to depend on the post office.

Google is a wonderful tool for finding information. Fifty years ago I had to depend on a cumbersome set of encyclopedias.

There are so many websites I can join that help with my hobbies and interests. And, where would I be without WdC?

River *Heart*



April 1, 2018 at 8:01am
April 1, 2018 at 8:01am
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February 2, 2018 at 11:28am
February 2, 2018 at 11:28am
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DAY 1905 February 2, 2018

The groundhog in Pennsylvania was given the name "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary'' and his hometown thus called the "Weather Capital of the World.''

Phil wants a starring role in your blog, short story or poem. Have fun.


Groundhog Day

In my region, it is cold and sunny today. I don't think any self-respecting, relatively sane, groundhog will pop his head out to look for his shadow. If he did, he would see his shadow, though.

It has been my experience, living in Canada, that on February 2nd there will be at least six more weeks of winter either way.

The legend is "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary''sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, then that means there are six more weeks of winter. If not, an early spring.

I suppose we should respect poor old Phil's wisdom as he must be at least 132 years old, according to the Inner Circle of the Groundhog Club in Punxsutawney. That's pretty old considering most groundhogs only live 6-8 years.
Still, Groundhog Day is an amusing little tradition in the midst of winter. Happy Groundhog Day!

River *Heart*



January 2, 2018 at 4:52pm
January 2, 2018 at 4:52pm
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DAY 1874 January 2, 2018
What is/ was your favorite part of the New Year celebrations? fireworks, music, highlights of the past year, getting together with friends?


Getting together with friends was my happiest time this year.

New Year's was very quiet at my house. Frigid temperatures kept me inside snuggled under a furry throw New Year's Eve. I had a glass of wine and was in bed well before midnight. I did watch some of the highlights of 2017, but found that a bit depressing!
Our town doesn't have fireworks. That would definitely be my favourite part, though.

Happy New Year Everybody!

River *Heart*



December 5, 2017 at 8:57am
December 5, 2017 at 8:57am
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DAY 1846 December 5th, 2017
On this day in 1848 US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California.

What type of physical commodity (not something found on the internet) do you think would trigger that kind of reaction in today's world? Would you be tempted to join the masses and go for it or would you be a bystander?


I think as the world wakes up and realizes how much the earth is changing due to pollution, climate change, and global warming the masses will be looking for clean energy.

I foresee a big explosion in the sale of electric cars which would eliminate exhaust fumes. Instead of gas stations, every few miles there would be charging stations. Electric cars don't need gas or oil.

More and more people will be using electricity or solar panels to heat their homes; once again reducing the need for oil.

I would join the masses in an attempt to heal Mother Earth through cleaner energy. We already have enough bystanders!

River *Heart*


December 4, 2017 at 9:14am
December 4, 2017 at 9:14am
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DAY 1845: December 4, 2017, Prompt: "Write about something you don't know. And don't be scared, ever." - Toni Morrison. What are your thoughts on this quote?

*Shock2* I don't agree with the quote. To write about something you don't know opens you up to the probability of making many errors.

Even if you research the subject thoroughly, you wouldn't have the experience or the feelings to make your story believable.

Your work would be criticized and lead to bad reviews. You could also lose your reputation as an author.

In my opinion, the quote is bad advice.

River *Heart*




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