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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, D. G. Kaye, (aka Debby Gies)

A wonderful interview of Debby Gies (D. G. Kaye) from Conversations with Colleen. Head over to read it and find out more of Debby’s insight about writing.

Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Conversations with ColleenThe October Edition

Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you, my dearest friend and Canadian author, D. G. Kaye, (Debby Gies) as my guest. Debby puts up with my silliness every day, so when I begged asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE she was willing to give it a go.

We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. Debby has answered so many of my questions about book publishing that between us, we could write a book!

As many of you know, Debby also shares her goodwill through our blogging community by sharing our posts across the web and in the various Facebook groups, she belongs to, and by always cheering us on. I don’t know what I would do without her love and optimism that she…

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Authors’ Day

The Authors’ Day for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Fullerton, California was on October 4, 2018. OLLI is a program for the semi-retired and retired individuals. The program offers a couple hundred classes and are conducted by volunteer retired professionals. One class is Publish Before You Perish. The OLLI members have published many books. On this day, the authors promoted their books and did the book signing.

There were fourteen authors at the October 4 Authors’ Day. I’m still in the final stage of editing my poetry book but was invited to take part for the pre-launch promotion.

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The next Authors’ Day will be on October 27, 2018 at the Fullerton Public Library. Besides the book promotion, there will be three panel presentations by the best-selling authors and some OLLI authors. Read more

SoCS September 1, 2018 – Roundabouts

The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, September 1, 2018, is “round.” Use it as a word by itself or find a word that contains it. Bonus points if you start and/or finish your post with it. – Linda G. Hill

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Roundabouts are where several junctions meet from a different direction. The design of roundabouts is to keep the traffic flowing. Traffic only flows in one direction around the island in the center of the roundabout. This circular road is a one-way street and may have one or more lanes. The traffic entering the roundabout must give way to traffic already on the roundabout unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic light.

The first time my husband encountered a roundabout was in Australia. He loved it because the traffic kept flowing.

It was also the first time he drove a car with the driver’s seat on the right. Even though I was in the passenger’s seat on the left, my eyes looked at the right when the car turned to left. When we walked across the pedestrian, there was a sign on the ground to remind people to look RIGHT for the oncoming cars.

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I read the news about roundabouts in England. Some tourists were new to drive on roundabouts. They entered the roundabout but couldn’t decide which street to exit, so they kept going around and around on the roundabout. They drove slower because they tried to read the signs on the streets or the exits. The local folks were not happy about the hesitant drivers.

In 2016, one website posted a video on The Brilliant Sorcery of England’s 7-Circle Magic Roundabout This would be more confusing to the tourists.

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Roundabouts are not frequent road designs in the USA, one roundabout per 1,118 intersections. There are stop signs in the intersections. In a 4-way intersection, the car comes to the stop sign first has the right-of-way to cross, followed by the next car comes to the intersection. In the residential areas, there are no traffic lights but have the stop signs every few blocks. The drivers make many stop-and-goes before they go through the street.

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I have a friend who drove his manual transmission Porsche to work. When he was ready to buy a new car, he counted that he made 147 stops from home to office. He later bought an automatic transmission new car.

In Orange County, California where I live, I have only seen three areas with roundabouts.

Linda G. Hill’s SoCS September 1, 2018 – Roundabouts

SoCS August 25, 2018

The prompt for the Stream of Conscious Saturday, August 25, 2018 is “Notice.”

My husband and I divide up the jobs of gardening. He mows the lawn once a week. I do everything else. I take care of twenty-four rose bushes, sixteen Date palms, three hibiscus trees, two plum trees, one apple tree, and all the smaller plants and annual flowers. The Date palms are getting taller than me. It takes a lot of energy to trim them. I let them grow for almost nine months without doing anything.

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When we came back from our Portland trip before summer, I trimmed two or three palm trees a week. At least I could finish in five weeks. When I came to one palm, I trimmed the leaves from the lower ring and moved up. Out of a sudden, I NOTICE a bird nest. It horrified me. When female birds are incubating, they don’t like noises or movements. Trimming the palm leaves exposed the nest means the female bird wouldn’t come back to the nest.

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I grabbed a bunch of leaves and arranged them to surround the nest. After that, I observed for the whole afternoon, peeking out the window. There were no birds nearby. I got a step stool and got up high enough to take a few photos of the nest. There was one small egg in it. I went on the website to search for similar eggs.  The search showed the robin eggs look like the egg I found in the nest.

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After observing the nest with the egg in it for many days, I decided that it was an abandoned egg. My research showed that some female bird senses something wrong in the eggs and abandon them. I wouldn’t find out the truth because we were not home when the birds built the nest and the female bird laid the egg.

I kept the egg!

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Linda G Hill: SoCS August 25, 2018 – Notice

 

Travel Highlight – London

My husband’s family lived in England before moving to Australia. After they moved to Australia, he was born and lived there until ten years old. His grandmother and some cousins still lived in London. Before migrating to the United States, his family went back to London and lived with his grandmother for two years.

As we continued our travel journey, we wanted to go to Europe with London being part of the itinerary. We bought the land tour package and purchased separate air tickets because we wanted a flexible flight schedule.

My childhood friend Shirley lives in London. We arrived five days before the travel tour. Shirley and her husband took us to the cities outside London. We went to Stonehenge, Longleat, and Bath.

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During my husband’s eleven and twelve-years-old in London, there was no fence around Stonehenge. He remembered going around and under the stones. Due to tourism and preservation of the historical site, there was a fence with signs prohibited tourists to get close to the stones.

Longleat is in Wiltshire, Somerset, 97 miles west of London. It is the first stately home open to the public. The Longleat estate includes the first safari park outside Africa.

Bath is famous for its Roman-built baths. While in Bath, we visited Jane Austen Centre. I am a Jane Austen fan, so the visit was a treat. Our visit was after the BBC Masterpiece Theatre broadcast the show Pride and Prejudice. The handsome actor’s portrait was on canvas painting, stationeries, CDs and other souvenir items.

My husband’s cousin picked up us from the hotel, took us to visit the house where his grandmother lived. We also visited the school he attended. There were two entrances to the school courtyard, with one marked Boys and the other one marked Girls. He bought some candy from his favorite store.

Another cousin lived by a river next to his backyard. He would take us on a boat, but there was a pouring rain. We had a barbeque and a good visit, catching up with the latest news.

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When the tour started, the coach took us to go around Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. Some members wished to visit these sites on their own, the coach took them back to the hotel. The others who paid additional for the excursions went with the guide for the guided tours. We were on the guided tours.

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August 2: Flash Fiction Challenge – Yellow Tent

August 2, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a yellow tent. Where is it and who does it belong to? Think of how the color adds to the story. 

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“How was your sleep last night?”

“Awful. I’m not the camping type. My back hurts.”

“You slept in a cot. Didn’t it help?”

“It’s just the idea of not having walls around that gave me a nightmare.”

“The tent is our wall.”

“But that yellow color is so light that I could see the moonlight.”

“That should be soothing and relaxing.”

“But, but… it’s like transparent. I felt like sleeping in the open air. I heard growling and saw a bear chasing me.”

“The bear didn’t chase you. We had a bear visit and stole our food last night.”

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Charli Mills at Carrot Ramch – August 2, 2018: Flash Fiction Challenge – Yellow Tent

#Blue Sky Tag – Time for a little fun and distraction…#TGIF

I have not played any tag since January 2018. Sally G. Cronin at Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life tagged me with the Blue Sky Tag created by Rachael Ritchey

This tag sounds a lot of fun and here are a few rules to make sure the game is passed on smoothly, but these are easy to remember as they all revolve around the number 11.

11 tags, 11 answers, 11 questions

Use the Blue Sky banner 

It is sort of polite to mention the person who tagged you 

You need to answer the 11 questions set by your tagger        

You will need to make up 11 original and interesting or funny questions for those you tag.

You need to tag 11 people 

Here are the eleven questions from Sally…♥♥♥

  1. What was the name of your first pet and what did you love most about them? (if you have not had a pet, substitute, boyfriend, girlfriend, or film star!)

I didn’t have pets, so I go with my girlfriend. The name of my childhood girlfriend is Shirley. She is my fifth-grade music teacher’s daughter. I love music and visited her often in fifth and sixth grades. I love listening to her playing the piano. We’ve kept our friendship throughout the years. I got to visit her and her husband when my husband and I traveled to London. They took us sightseeing for five days.

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  1. If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?

I would like to meet President Abraham Lincoln because I admired his desire to learn credited to his mother and stepmother. Even though schools were not available, he managed to study law, became an attorney, congressman, and President of the United States. He was the only President who has a patent for his invention.

  1. What are the most common misconception people have about you?

This is a good one, people usually think of my age a lot younger than I am. Overall, people look younger these days, so the number doesn’t really matter.

  1. If you could buy any car in the world what would it be and why?

When I bought my current car which is an Acura, I made a spreadsheet listing all the features I wanted for a new car. I compared the prices among Audi, Lexus, Infinity, and Acura. They all have the features I wanted, but Acura was less expensive. I’m practical. I want a reliable car, not something that impresses somebody. My next car would have a navigator and a rear mirror that shows how far I back up the car.

  1. Do you have a hobby your friends don’t know about?

I play computer scribble (against a computer player). My husband and my daughter know about it, but it didn’t come up in the conversation with my friends, so they don’t know about it.

  1. What was the last movie you saw at the cinema?

Oh, it was the Metropolitan Opera – Live HD Encore of Puccini’s La Bohème.

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  1. Describe your perfect day

Have morning coffee in my garden and no appointments for the day. Better yet, visit my daughter in Portland, Oregon and spend the whole day babysitting my 10 months old granddaughter.

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  1. Summer or winter?

Winter, because it rains, we need rain storm. Our winter is short so it won’t get too cold.

  1. Looks or Personality?

Personality. The look won’t last for too long. ♥♥♥

  1. City or countryside?

I’ve lived in different cities my whole life. I don’t know what it is like living in the countryside.

  1. Action or comedy?

Comedy with the replay of my favorite comedian.

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Here are my eleven questions should you accept this fun play.

  1. When was the last time you handwrote something lengthy?
  2. Does your birth order affect your achievement?
  3. Do you listen to music while you read or write?
  4. What was your favorite childhood holiday?
  5. Are you open to try strange food?
  6. Are you a collector of anything?
  7. What is your natural talent?
  8. Are you adventuresome?
  9. Sleep with the door open or closed?
  10. Morning lark or night owl?
  11. Tea or coffee?

Here are the 11 lovely bloggers I tag. You know that you’re not obligated to accept the tag. I would be delighted to read your answers. If I didn’t make the list long enough to include you, feel free to jump in.

If you do accept the tag and participate, please share the link of your post to me in the comment so that I could read and share it.

Irene Waters

Susan Sleggs

Brigid Gallagher

Norah Colvin

Liz Husebye Hartmann

D. Avery

Bella

Heather

Ruth

Grace

Radhika

Please make sure that you’re not obligated to accept the tag. I would be delighted to read your answers. If I didn’t make the list long enough to include you, feel free to jump in.

If you do accept the tag and participate, please share the link of your post so that I could read and share it.

Tag Link: Sally G. Cronin at Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

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