Bonus Track: “Ooh La La”

Well, friends, this is it: the last post in my By Special Request series. I saw Ron Wood at San Francisco’s Fillmore Theatre. He was touring with Bo Diddley whom, oddly enough, I did not get to see. I was staying overnight with a friend and had to catch the last bus to her place … which ran, as it turned out, before Bo ever left the dressing room. This footage is from that tour, but not the show I attended.

Thanks for sticking with me over this 152-day journey. Enjoy!

Weekend Reads: “This is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch”

This Is Not a Book about Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something--Anything--Like Your Life Depends on ItThis Is Not a Book about Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something–Anything–Like Your Life Depends on It by Tabitha Carvan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Tabitha Carvan is a young, married mom when she finds herself crushing on Benedict Cumberbatch. The crush is unexpected, to say the least, and Carvan decides to figure out what it might mean.

Through interviews with other Cumberbatch fans, as well as her own introspection, Carvan reaches an interesting conclusion (with which I happen to agree). Unlike men, whose enthusiasms for any number of things (primarily sport-oriented, though) are not only socially acceptable but lauded, women’s enthusiasms are discouraged as we’re told not to be childish. So, the things that women loved and enjoyed unabashedly, the way kids enjoy things, become secrets that we are told to be ashamed of. Especially if we’re married and have crushes on actors (Carvan is asked repeatedly what her husband thinks of her crush on Cumberbatch, just as I am about what my husband thinks of my crush on Ramin Karimloo. Answer: both men are fine with it).

Anyway, the book is an interesting look about how women, particularly those of us in mid-life, might be searching for meaning/feeling after feeling squelched a bit by the world around us. Definitelyworth the read.

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Summer/Winter Promotion: Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes Series

Hi, everyone. Starting July 1, and running until the end of the month, my award-winning Seen Through The Phantom’s Eyes series will either be free or heavily discounted on Smashwords. You can choose the format to fit your preferred eReader.

The first book in the series, In The Eye of The Beholder, will be free of charge. This is a savings of $3.99 USD.

Through the Opera Glass, a transitional book of short stories, will be 99 cents USD, a savings of $1.00. This book was the 2014 runner-up for best short fiction in the eFestival of Words Independent Book Awards.

In The Eye of The Storm, a silver medalist in the Global eBook Awards, will be $1.99 USD, a savings of $2.00.

Finally, the omnibus of all three books, Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes, will be marked down to $2.99 USD, a savings of $3.00 compared to list price. The overalls savings, compared to list price for all three books purchased separately, is $7.98 USD if you choose this option.

Thanks, as always, for having a look.

What ails you? Medical treatment through time – The History Quill

The Romans brought to Britain new foods and a different approach to health from the continent. They excelled in public health, demonstrated by their gymnasiums and public baths. Public hospitals were established and attended by public doctors who treated the poor, although most people were treated at home by friends or relatives. Still, medical knowledge of how the body worked and how disease spread, was still primitive.

Prevention was placed in the hands of individuals through personal hygiene. Think about your characters. Did they attend the public baths, or were they affluent enough to have luxurious bathing at home? How might their everyday, personal actions show their personality or add authenticity to your story?

What ails you? Medical treatment through time – The History Quill

Click through for a look at how both prevention and cures were managed in different time periods.