Twittering Tales #160: Shift Change

I’m a bit late so sue me…

Welcome to this week’s Installment of my Twittering Tales participation for a weekly event from a fellow blogger at:

She does a 280 character challenge weekly where she posts a prompt pic and encourages creativity. Please VISIT her site for an explaination of the rules. Please let her know if you’re participating also and if you could drop a line here too for us to follow, that would be fantastic. As for my entry… Here goes.

As the witching hour drew closer, he saw the headstones begin to glow with a preternatural light that he’d only seen once before. On the night of his own rebirth, 5yrs ago. Sod and dirt began to move. A boney hand reached up to take his. “Tag. It’s my turn now. Your time is up. ” (280 characters)

Now it’s your turn. -mike



Currently Reading for Non-fiction November

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I’ve been sickies most of the last 7 days but I am getting better with the help of green tea and adult libation. My goal is to once again start participating in weekly challenge posts such as the Friday Haiku Challenge, Six Word Saturday, and the like.

But I did want to throw out a post as well for having finished the second book in Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune, just last night. I did enjoy both it and The Lost Hero, and although they were good reads and enjoyable enough to read the whole 5 book series, I will not be doing so. At least for now. I only have the two books and most likely could get the other three from the library, for now I’ll be putting them down for more adult fare.

It’s Non-fiction November tomorrow and I’m introducing my initial picks for reading this coming month. I’m starting off with Erik Larson’s National Book Award Finalist The Devil in the White City to be followed by Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa.

I’ve read Larson’s Dead Wake about the sinking of the Lusitania and have his In the Garden of Beasts about a family in prewar Germany still unread on my shelf. I enjoy his writing, history telling and ability to make even the most dry and dusty facts sound like a fast-paced, action packed thriller.

Winchester is also one of my favs for his skill at opening up and explaining historical events and places with intelligent, insightful and gripping prose. I have several others by him that I’ve read and are still on my shelves. The first one I read by him and made me an instant fan of his writing was Korea – A Walk thru the Land of Miracles. Krakatoa is a book he did in 2003 shortly after the beginning of “The War on Terror” in 2001 and one my wife bought me for Christmas, yet I haven’t read yet. Sadly, I’ve read a couple of his others, as well as many other non-fiction books by other authors, since then. Now is as good a time as any to finally do the deed.

My hope is to finish these two books by the end of November and if I do, I’ll have a surprise book at the end to see if I can get to. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.


Still sickies

Sorry I haven’t been able to participate in the weekly posts over the weekend like I’d like to. And its prob gonna take a few more days to get the motivation back while I recover more from the flu.

I’m not ignoring. I’m just healing. Cu soon

Currently Reading: The Son of Neptune

Having finished just today The Lost Hero, I turn attention to the second book in the five book series The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame, The Son of Neptune.

This is a series immediately following the Percy Jackson series and immediately preceding Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo. I’ve only read two other Young Adult Fiction series before. Last year I read both The Hunger Games Trilogy and the four book set of the Divergent Series.

Although the book and the writing is definitely intended for a much younger audience than yours truly, I still enjoyed Hero as is sets the stage for the series as a whole.

Greek Gods, and their Roman named counter identities, actually exist and have communication/concourse with the Real World we all experience. Their half-blooded human children called Demigods are are equally a reality as we learn of a growing plot to once again overthrow the Gods of Olympus and destroy the world of mortals.

Jason, a demigod named for THAT Jason, wakes up in a summer camp for teenaged demigods fashioned after their Greek God parentage only to find he has no idea who he is, why he’s there and with whole chunks of his memory and identity missing.

He learns thru the story that he has been one part of an exchange that’s been made to bring two sides together, not only Demigods and Gods, but also two different groups of Demigods, to prepare and fight a growing world threat to all sides.

Im just starting the second book The Son of Neptune named for the Percy Jackson of the first series before this one who it would seem is the second part of the exchange of the two camps of Demigods, designed to build a human bridge of trust, understanding and cooperation between factions separated purposely for centuries to maintain balance.

I did enjoy the first book, and i will probably enjoy the second, despite the series being written as children’s fiction. I think it’s an amazing way to teach kids about both Greek and Roman mythology and history and help them have a greater appreciation for classics that even most adults these days would rather ditch for the easier “I’ll just see the movie”. I’m game if the books are Good enough for this old guy. Good reading.


Explanations that don’t Explain

The problem is mainly that it’s a circular argument that doesn’t support the actual existence in reality of the God you are trying to prove. It also can be made support anything creating the universe:

His argument goes like this:

(1) – Everything that exists has an explanation for its existence.

(2) – If the universe has an explanation of its existence, then that explanation is a purple dragon.

(3) – The universe exists.

(4) – The universe has an explanation for its existence.

THEREFORE – a purple dragon is the explanation of the universe.

It assumes the answer it’s trying to demonstrate. Circular.

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “sickies”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge.

Good news though, we had our first participant check out Nan’s haiku for last week’s Repose.

Good books and coffee
Best way to start the morning
Body and mind boost

The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Sickies.

Body aches and chills

Ten hours of sleep, still same

Crap, I have the flu


No story this week. No energy for it. 😦

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!