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You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For by Kyle Carpenter & Don Yaeger

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This book is the remarkable true story of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living Medal of Honor winner, now 35 (21 yo at the time of his bravery). He was in Afghanistan in 2010 when he threw himself on a grenade, saving the life of his friend, but nearly losing his own in the process. His heart stopped 2x before he was stabilized. Miraculously, he managed to survive though he lost 1 eye and most of his teeth, his jaw was ripped off (though barely still attached, it was able to be reattached) and he is badly scarred. You can see him on the cover of his book.

His book chapter titles typically revolve around his life philosophies, things like “Hard work pays off,” “Keep your promises -- to others and to yourself,” “You’re going to fail… and that’s okay,” and one I’m sure many of you realize I still struggle with, “The past truly is the past.” In this chapter, he broke down crying, worried that no one would ever love him because he’s so badly scarred. But he was able to move past that and in physical therapy, instead of working hard to regain his lost skills such as being able to feed himself, he worked hard to beat what he’d been able to do previously, freeing himself from his past and regrets. (I’m still a bit bitter about my Iraq brain injury, what happened after, and what I’ve lost.)

In this inspiring book, he discusses how he’s been able to not just regain most of what he used to be able to do, but he’s gone skydiving, run marathons, graduated from college (miraculously, he didn’t sustain a serious brain injury), and become a motivational speaker. It's a remarkable story of humility, perseverance, and courage...not so much covering the grenade, as he didn't think about that. It was a reflex. But the courage to go on after his body was nearly destroyed. Even his words have saved the lives of others.

The audiobook is rated 4.9 on both Audible and Amazon. The audiobook is 8 hrs & 52 min. The paperback is 320 pgs.

Amazon Best Seller Rankings

Paperback
#21 in Afghan War Biographies

Audiobook
#37 in 21st Century History

Kindle:
#40 in Biographies of the Afghan War

Hardcover
#57 in Afghan War Biographies
Monty is looking for someone to take over his veterans group and contest. He's no longer able to run it due to his health.

He would like a vet to have it. If you are interested, please contact him or comment on "Note: I am looking for a Veteran who would like to be...".

Please don't comment below about your interest. He won't see it. Contact him directly or comment on his note above. ❤️
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I am ready to assist him/her who takes the responsibility. It's our moral duty.
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Well, I'm heading out for 3 weeks. The good news is my internet will be better. The bad news is I'll (I assume) be busy and not spending much time on here. *Laugh*

I'm going to Santiago, Chile for a couple of days, then to Easter Island (also in Chile) for 4 because a friend leaving the Falklands wants to go and why not join? lol

Then I'm off to visit a friend from school in Bogota, Colombia because that's not a place I'd go without a security blanket like him. *Laugh* I'll likely never go back, so thought I'd hit it while we're still friends. *Angelic*

Then I'll be in Asuncion, Paraguay for a week to see if that's a place I might want to live in the future. *Delight* When I live in South America, that will finish my life goal of living on every continent in the world. *Party*

I was going to count the Falklands as South America, until I lived here and realized there's no real South American culture here, outside of some Chileans and a few other folks living and working here. It's very British here, including the accents. *Laugh* Thus, since it's "The Gateway to Antarctica" and I don't qualify to live in Antarctica, I'll claim this as that since it's just about as close as I can live to Antarctica. *Bigsmile* I did visit, though. *Wink*
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tracker, I'm not, but I know I have over a million miles with Delta. I'm flying Latam right now, but they're apparently keeping up since I'm already "Elite" with them, whatever that means. *Laugh*

I definitely sit still and do nothing WAY too often, Elycia Lee ☮. Those are the days I'm on WdC all day. *Rolling*

I think I took the same day-trip you did from Buenos Aires to Uruguay, Jellyfish. *Laugh* It was some Old Town Colombia or something? I can't recall exactly, but it was a cute little town. *Smile* And as for folks not going to Uruguay, several folks from the Falklands have gone, though it's mostly for medical stuff because that's one of the Plan B locations when the Falklands can't handle the medical care -- there or Santiago, Chile...or fly back to England, if it's not an emergency. *Wink*

Again, thank you for all the wonderful wishes, everyone...and for the prayers, 🌸 pwheeler - love joy peace! *Heart* I'm exhausted because I didn't sleep on the plane. (I hate sleeping in public. *Yikes*) It's approaching 1 am, so time for bed, for sure! *Sleeping*
Schnujo is Late to Lannister - Just be aware, that Guaraní is a native Paraguayan language, that is much more difficult than Spanish, making it lengua intremesclan or mixed language. Some words used in Paraguay won’t be found in any other Spanish countries to my knowledge.

For instance, chipa is a cheese bread, that must be eaten in the first 24-hours or it becomes a rock-hard “doughnut.”
Jay O'Toole - Interesting. Thanks for that tip!
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I got the card today. Thanks so much. lol
I'm glad you got it, LinnAnn -book writer. Enjoy!
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The 1st 2 contests could really use some love. *Heart*

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I am joining in one of them. *Laugh* See if I make it.
YAY! *Hug1**Smile**Hug2* Good luck! *Delight*
For those who think you can't write a good novel during National Novel Writing Month, check out these NaNo novels...



As always, I'm linking the cheapest Amazon purchase option. If you prefer a different format, click the link to go to the page and select your preference. *Reading*


ASIN: B088SY4GSD
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Rated 4.7 on Audible and 4.6 on Amazon. *Up*
Also made into a series on Apple TV! *Shock2* *Party*

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Rated 4.6 on Audible and 4.3 on Amazon. *Up*

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Rated 4.5 on both. *Up*

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Rated 4.5 on Audible and 4.6 on Amazon. *Up*

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Rated 4.9 on Audible and 4.7 on Amazon. *Up*

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Rated 5.0 on Audible and 4.4 on Amazon. *Up*
Note that the Kindle was cheaper, but I could only find it in Italian. lol

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Rated 4.7 on Audible and 4.5 on Amazon. *Up*


...and now I've added several more books to my ever-growing Audible Wish List -- 3383 books and counting. *Headbang* *Laugh*


Several of the above books are now series, though IDK if they were originally planned that way or simply became one after being such a hit. *Delight*


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Granted, I'm sure none were completed in November and published in December, but that's not what NaNo is designed for. It's intended to give you a good jumpstart on your novel. *Smile* If you haven't participated before, give it a try this November.

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Jim Hall - Well, on the last night, when I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, I finally decided I wasn't going to bed until I finished it. I didn't go to bed until 3:30 am. *Laugh* There wasn't a deadline, but they were expecting it and I was sick of it. lol I still didn't turn it in for a couple of days as I worked on making it prettier and whatnot, but I did stay up super late writing the first draft. *Geek* I spent DAYS on that stupid 5 1/2 page paper (not including reference pages and cover page). In the good old days, I could have knocked that out in an evening. *Inlove2*

I remember the good old days when I wrote 1 page per hr, so I'd literally start my papers the day they were due, the night before, if it was a long one. I almost always got A's on them, but that was pre-TBI (traumatic brain injury) when I could hunt down and read the research more quickly (because that 1 hr per page included getting the research), keep all the research in my head and mentally plan out the whole paper, then write it. I only missed the 1 page per hr deadline once and only by like 10 minutes. I was tired and didn't feel like getting up so I decided I didn't need 5 hrs to do a 5-page paper. Plus, there was a lot of snacking involved, which didn't help my time management. *Laugh* I did miss 10 pts for turning it in late, but still, given that I'd done that for literally years (remember, I have 3 bachelors from before my TBI), only missing 1 deadline 1 time, not bad. *Proud*

Though I admit that it did take me a while to hone that skill. I remember my first college paper was 20 pages. It took me nearly all weekend to write. (So, about 2 hrs per page.) I started on Friday night and stayed up all weekend until I finally finished it on Sunday, late morning, early afternoon. *Sleeping* I was completely exhausted, but my paper was done. *Bigsmile* Turns out, it wasn't due until the NEXT Monday. *Shock2* *Headbang* *Sob* My roommates were so impressed that I worked that hard to finish a week early. *Think* I didn't bother to tell them it was because I got the due date wrong. *Rolling*
I think I need more sleep than you Schnujo is Late to Lannister *Pthb*
Admittedly, that weekend I stayed up all weekend was like 30 yrs ago, Jellyfish . And I consumed a LOT of caffeine that weekend. *Rolling* For the more recent times of not going to bed for school, again, lots of caffeine and I didn't have another choice than to stay up or fail projects/assignments since I work so much more slowly now. *Pthb*
s posted "Note: [Link: 'https://iwl.me/s/b3a26720'] So, ...".

It contains the link   https://iwl.me/   where you can upload your writing and see whose writing style/voice yours is like. *Delight*

I played around with it a lot and found some interesting things.


My poetry is all over the place. I tested 15 pieces and got 13 unique authors. Perhaps, if I really press myself to improve my poetry, I might write like Bram Stoker one day, since he came up 3 times. But maybe not. My early short stories (both fiction and non-fiction) showed some Dan Brown and they've now turned more Agatha Christie and Anne Rice. So, if I kept at my poetry, no telling who they would end up looking like. *Laugh*

My essays were quite consistently Arthur Clarke. Out of 8 essays I tested, 5 were Arthur Clarke and 2 were Anne Rice, which I still find encouraging, even though she was more my fiction short story person my writing looks like. The last essay looked like H.P. Lovecraft -- no idea where that came from, except that it was my very first essay here. *Laugh* But I think my consistency with Arthur Clarke is simply because I have tons more experience writing essays than anything else given that I've spent a LOT of time in school. *Laugh*

But the H.P. Lovecraft appearance was interesting and shows it's not based mostly on genre since he wrote mostly horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. The piece they said was like his writing was an essay about eggplant where I discussed different names, uses, and the nutritional value. On the surface, that has no resemblance to Lovecraft's writing, so I think this does dig a bit deeper. *Smile*

I just tested both papers I'd submitted to Regent University for my PhD application. I didn't include the cover page or references, but did include the in-text citations and both of those came up as Agatha Christie. *Think* Even more interesting, when I tested each paragraph independently, nearly all of them came up as David Foster Wallace. Huh.

Also, I tried 3 different pieces 2 times each and got the same thing, so I think there's consistency with the results, though I can't say how accurate they actually are. *Laugh*

My non-fiction short stories had 2 Anne Rice, 2 Dan Brown, 1 Agatha Christie, 1 Daniel Defoe, and 1 Cory Doctorow.

My fiction short stories came up as 4 like Agatha Christie, 3 Anne Rice, 2 Stephen King, 1 Dan Brown, 1 Arthur Clarke, and 1 Cory Doctorow.

Have fun! *Smile*
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Fivesixer - Training AI would require some sort of feedback to the AI program.
fyi, you can actually do the same with any AI program and get a more detailed analysis.
Jon Little (they/them) - It says that if we download the app, we can see the top 3 people we write the most like AND the percentage that our writing resembles them. But while I'd like to know, I don't see the need to download the app. I try not to collect too many apps as I already have a ton. *Blush* *Laugh* But if you want to download the app, maybe you can charge GPs for that info. *Laugh* People can send you the link to their work, you upload it and report back the results. *Geek* *Idea* *Delight*

Fivesixer - It would be bad if it was training AI without telling us because pretty much everything I uploaded had typos in it. *Rolling* It does say it doesn't do anything with the writing, so being a trusting human, I believe the being that wrote that statement, without knowing if they were AI or human, of course. *Laugh*
*Party* I GOT INTO REGENT UNIVERSITY FOR MY PhD!!! *Party*


You know what that means?
Yep!

*Party* NEWSFEED CELEBRATION! *Party*



Send me a MB and I'll send you 15k GPs. *Bigsmile*

MBs MUST count for CRs to qualify.

That means, you don't see the red warning on the verification page just before you send it.
(Yes, I'll honor this for a few days, so you can wait if you need to.
*Wink*)



Here's my program, if you're curious -- Counseling and Psychological Studies.
*Down*

https://www.regent.edu/program/phd-in-counseling-psychological-studies/#other-co...

I chose the Life Coaching track. (It's okay to snicker. *Wink*) I think there's a lot of crossover between social work (my master's degree) and life coaching, so it seemed like a good fit to me. *Smile* Here's the link to that, if you're interested in learning more about it. *Bigsmile*
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Merit Badge sent!

Although apparently you have every Merit Badge I'm allowed to give as I couldn't find one you needed.
Thank you, JASmith! I appreciate the effort. *Hug1**Smile**Hug2* But in the end, what I care most about is the CRs (Community Recognition points -- the numbers by our names) and you delivered that. *Delight* Your GPs have been sent with my greatest appreciation. *Heart*
Schnujo is Late to Lannister - You're welcome and thanks.
Review of My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture by Guy Branum (Author), Mindy Kaling (Foreword)

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The Kindle version of this book is currently on sale for only $2.99. If the book sounds interesting to you, I definitely recommend it. I wasn't sure how I'd like it, but it's a wonderful book, IMO.

Branum tells the story of his life from when he grew up in a rural California town up to making a semi-name for himself in Hollywood. As you may be able to tell from the cover, he's gay. This is, in a large part, a story of his coming out and discovering his own power through self-confidence and self-acceptance. But it's not just a tale of self-discovery, but also a comedy. He used to write for The Mindy Project as well as Joan Rivers and others. His expertise didn't go to waste in this book.

He's got some hilarious bits such as describing himself as someone who "dresses like a wet 3-year-old." He also chastises the listener for a heteronormative assumption and says, "Why did you even buy this book? For your penance, buy another and give it to a friend." *Laugh* He also talks about growing up and when they went to Disneyland (as all Californians do), they would have to leave for a few hrs in the middle of the day each day so his uncle could get drunk. Branum didn't understand this at the time and his mom told him that Disney was closing for lunch. At 7, he said that was a terrible business model because the grocery store didn't do that.

Branum was a lawyer and very smart, so you'll find a lot of interesting trivia. He also uses a lot of footnotes for more info. And, as it's Hollywood, so there's gossip.

There are some parts that are sad, but he could have made even those bits much sadder than he did.

The book is 288 pgs. (Interestingly, that's the exact same page count as the other book I finished yesterday. I was listening to 2 books of the same length at the same time. lol) The audiobook is 9 hrs and 9 min. The audiobook is rated 4.7 stars on Audible and Amazon rates this book as 4.5.

I won't list the best seller rankings because it came out in 2019 and is no longer on those lists in categories under 100, but there are quite a few rankings under 1000 with the lowest being 117. Considering it was written in 2019, I'd say that's quite good.
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Here are the May contests since I know you're excited to do your entry for one of the 1st two in particular...hint, hint... *Angelic* *Bigsmile* *Laugh*

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Review of Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George

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I always post the cheapest option. For once, it's hardcover. *Delight*


This is, as you'd guess, a book on how to write. As always, I took notes. I took a LOT of notes -- 10 pgs. lol Each chapter starts with an entry from her journal (called Diary of a Novel, if I recall correctly). She wrote a journal when writing a previous book and used it as a basis for writing her How-to book to share her fears, concerns, excitement, questions, etc. It was an interesting way to open each chapter and gave us more than the average sneak peek into her process.

Here are some lessons from her book.

- Dialogue is character and dialogue reveals character. Knowing things like their superstitions, pathology, and economic background help us define dialogue/character, so don't just determine their basics. Look at their psychology and what motivates them as these also determine their actions and reactions.

- Whenever possible, visit the actual locations you plan to write about and do so during different times of the day (in case your nighttime scene turns into one at dawn or midday) and during different weather so you can give accurate descriptions. Take pictures and record your feelings/emotions and all 5 senses there. Allow settings to reveal character info and describe the character through their surroundings and their responses to them. Settings also set mood, emotions, theme, and can be a character.

- You will be published if you have talent, passion, and discipline. You probably be a published if you have talent and discipline or passion and discipline. You will likely never be published if you have only talent or only passion, but you could be with only discipline. Discipline is key to writing.

There's obviously tons more info I can't include here due to space. *Wink*

The paperback is 288 pgs and the audiobook is 8 hrs and 40 min.

It's rated 4.8 on Audible and 4.4 on Amazon. I'm not listing best seller rankings because the book first came out in 2004 and is no longer ranked under 100 in any category (though it is under 1000 in several and even #108 in 1, so to me, that speaks to the timelessness of the information in this book). For consistency, I only list rankings under 100.
*Delight* Look What I Found! *Hungry*

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Schnujo is Late to Lannister - foreword... *Laugh* meaning "the word in front."
I'd prefer a Harry Potter cookbook (would that be considered potions?).
*Facepalm* Thank you, Amethyst Angel🌸📝🪽. I knew that, technically...though unfortunately, my comment wasn't an accidental typo. It was incorrect, but not an accident. *Blush* *Yikes* It's just been a very long time since I've had to pull that info out of my head. *Laugh*
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Be sure to go to your favorite contests (or challenge *Angelic* *Smile*) and double click that heart in the upper right corner of the page until it turns gold (e:hearty} to better keep up with your favorites. *Delight*
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What is this about the tv show Game of Thrones?
All April tons of people all over the site were spending tons of sleepless nights and exhausted days participating in

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Feel free to click around and check it out. It was fun, but if you want to win, your team has to give up a month of life. *Laugh* So, folks who have been super dedicated have been complaining about post-GoT syndrome. lol
I keep forgetting to post a tidbit I learned recently about search engine optimization (SEO) for those of you with websites or online shops.


Apparently, you can improve your SEO by renaming the pictures you upload in ways that enhance your SEO instead of just uploading them as the computer's default name given to them. IDK how this works or why, but I saw it on, I think, 2 different videos?

Anyway, it doesn't hurt to rename your photos something to assist SEO before you upload the photos to your website. *Angelic* *Bigsmile*

I hope this helps!
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Thank you, Massive Friendly Derg. *Smile*
Schnujo is Late to Lannister - just being friendly (and massive)!
Great tip!
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Just learned something while changing my flight from May 4 to July 6. *Geek*
(Yeah, WdC isn't the only place I'm disorganized and do things last minute. *Rolling*)


Non-Stop Flight: You flight from A to B without stopping at any other location.

Direct Flight: You fly from A to C, but stop at B to let folks on and off. However, you don't get off (or, if you do, only briefly and at your own discretion -- you're not required to get off to change planes/gates/etc.).


How do I have over a million frequent flyer miles and I'm just now learning this? *Confused* *Blush* *Facepalm*

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I avoid looking at my port, so I don't notice how much it needs to be attended to, Beacon's Light. *Angelic* *Laugh*

After the mistake of getting off a flight on the way the Falkland Islands and having the gate crew not want to let me back on (they eventually did, but were not happy about it), I am now asking more info about stops where I don't get off. I normally book my own flights and it's not uncommon to have to change planes, but apparently, I never book my own flights through places that expect me to stay on the plane when we stop. I had 2 stops like that coming to the Falklands and I'll have 1 going back to the US, but at least I know about it this time, so I won't fall for that trick again. *Laugh*
Schnujo is Late to Lannister - You need to get some information before you decide to leave the plane. Talk to the flight attendant first before you do anything. Just be careful traveling and be safe. That would scare me a lot, especially in a country I never been too.
Normally, they always announce in English, along with whatever other languages are appropriate, but this time, going through South America, it was all in Spanish once I left Los Angeles -- even the leg from LA to Lima was only in Spanish. Odd.

I'm sure they announced for us to not get off on the 2 landings we weren't supposed to get off on, but they didn't say it in anything but Spanish. I expect that if I'm leaving from or flying to an English speaking place, they should speak English, but while some crew could, they didn't make any English announcements, which I found odd. Okay, From Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile, maybe not so odd that there was no English, but from Los Angeles, USA to Lima, Peru and from Punta Arenas, Chile to Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands, it was odd that there was no English.

I remember flying from Seoul, South Korea on Air France and finding it very odd that they didn't do any announcements in Korean, but they did announce in French, even though we weren't flying to France. *Confused* They also announced in English, but that's pretty common, no matter where I'm going, as English is such an international language, I find it's commonly used, even in places where it's not the native language. But why didn't they announce in Korean? We just left Korea with a bunch of Koreans on board. *Rolleyes* *Facepalm*
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