Weekend Wrap-up: July 17

The Road Trip

I made a trip that I haven’t made in over a year. Each turn and curve of the road revealed a familiar scene, barely changed. The highway is smoother in spots and rougher in others. Some of the roadside stores are overgrown, victims of the past year’s events.

Fuel is more expensive now, so I keep my speed slower than I did the last time and draft behind the transport trucks for added economy. Four hours later, I pull into the gravel driveway.

The house looks the same except for a fresh coat of paint, and a new patio. The occupants look the same, a little smaller maybe, but as spry as ever.

I hug my parents for the first time in over a year. I relax my embrace, but mother keeps a tight hold. I guess it’s not over yet, so we remain here a little while longer.

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: The Little Library that Could

Thursday Thoughts: To be(ta) or not to be(ta) – Getting close to this next step

Weird Wednesday: July 14 – Food for Thought

Tuesday Tidbits: On the right track! – New reviews for my poetry book.

Monday Musings: Out of Touch – Away for the weekend

From other blogs: Poems

lapses in memory – From Shrubaboti


Rebirth (haiku)
– From eob2



Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weekend Wrap-up: July 10

On my way out the door to be out of touch for a few days. Back on Tuesday.

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: July 7 – Is free a good thing?

Thursday Thoughts: Cruisin’ at 30 000 (words that is) – How’s the novel coming you ask?

Weird Wednesday: July 7 New Followers

Tuesday Tidbits: It’s a Small World

Monday Musings: Motivation

From other blogs:


Spooky Goings-on
– Maybe Stevie should lay off the paranormal books…

What I’ve Been Reading: Short Reviews – I reblogged this already, but it mentions me, so hey, here it is again!

Today’s #Picture 08/July/21 – Stuart always has great photos.

Blogging: Content Is King – Yes it is!

Story or Illustrations, Which Comes First?


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weekend Wrap-up: July 3 – Out of this World

It was World UFO Day yesterday and I missed it. I was busy working on my Quantum Lithium Injectors – they get so clogged with dark matter if you forget to engage the Resonance Field Relays. That’s my one beef with Universal Hyper-Vehicles: the RFRs should be automatic, but they still insist on a manual select function. Anything to keep the cost down, I guess. Yet there is a cup holder. Go figure.

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: July 2

Thursday Thoughts: National Holidays. Canada, eh? – Some peaceful protests later that day, and a few…well, not so.

Weird Wednesday: June 30 – A little bit on the English language

Tuesday Tidbits: “I’ll take Quotable Quotes for 500 Alex.”

Monday Musings – Paying it forward

From other blogs:


Book Release – Unvanquished – Another blogger becomes a published author!


1st July 2021…Plastic Free July…Be the Change… – Good way to start.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weekend Wrap-up: June 26 – On the Eve of my Second Shot

Yikes! That’s a big needle!

Tomorrow I will be getting my second shot. Due to shortages, could be Pfizer, could be Moderna. Whatever. It’s like going to to a restaurant (which I’ll be able to do, but I’m in no rush) and asking for Coke and getting Pepsi. Mix it with enough rum and even Pepsi is tolerable.

Are shortages worrisome? Not due to the cause that more people are rushing to get their second dose of Pfizer so as to not mix doses. At least the vaccination rate is going up.

Update: Yesterday, I wrote about updating my book categories on Amazon. The CSR at KDP was very helpful and informative, and in less than 6 hours it was taken care of, with only one late change still outstanding because I forgot to include some information.

What I learned:

  • Not every country has the same book categories.
  • There are different categories for paperback and Kindle books
  • Not all interactions with Amazon end with me pulling out my hair.

Pretty cool alert: My free poetry book made it to the Top Ten in 3 categories!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083Y6DPLY

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: June 25 – Finally free. Now on to categories.

Thursday Thoughts: Coincidence

Weird Wednesday: June 23 – The Mask – Now that masks are becoming optional, are you ready to show your lower face?

Tuesday Tidbits: Childhood Everlasting – Remembering my favorite comics

Monday Musings – Golf. Not as boring as Baseball? – Some thoughts after the US Open

Father’s Day – I don’t think my dad has seen it yet.

From other blogs:

Butterfly – A well-penned poem
Today’s #Picture 25/Jun/21
– Another one of Stuart’s photos

The Forest Bed: Free ebook – Thought I would share this since it is only available for one more day.

Review – Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut – I read this book so long ago I forgot about it.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: June 19 – On the Eve of the Solstice

Tomorrow is the longest day of the year for everyone in the northern latitudes. North of the Arctic circle, that means the sun doesn’t dip below the horizon. As you move south, night creeps in, although twilight is a better term.

The longest period of daylight that I have experienced is about 20 hours. I do remember finishing my round of golf at around 11 PM, without having to resort to night-vision goggles.

Henges and structures around the world have been set up to mark this day (among a few others), so it you are so inclined and able to safely, enjoy the experience.

The sad thing about this is – wait for it – the days start getting shorter, so for everyone in the southern hemisphere: Right back to ya!

From my blog this week

Thursday Thoughts: Words and Letters

Weird Wednesday: June 16 – Change in the Pocket

Tuesday Tirade: Yet Another Aggravation Courtesy of Amazon.

Music Monday: Deja…kind of vu?

From other blogs:

Self-editing your own writing – Editors appreciate (expect) this.

Music and Song in Books! – Not just the hits

You Need to Meet this Wonderful Lady @sgc58 #WritingCommunity #ReadingCommunity #Authors – Sally does a lot of work for authors.

Smorgasbord Afternoon Video – An abandoned puppy follows a couple back home.. tissue alert – Dogs. Awwww.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: June 12

Just a quick recap before I start my day:

From my blog this week

Thursday Thoughts: Poem to Story – One of my poems inspired a short story.

Weird Wednesday: June 9 – Cartoons and Aliens – Conspiracy theory anyone?

Tuesday Tirade: The Trouble with Teens (the numbers, not the kids) – Math mayhem

Music Monday: What Goes Around Comes Around – Disco comes back, but not the bellbottoms. Whew!

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: June 5

I’ve been trying to write everyday. At least something. Blogging helps because it gives me a schedule of weekly topics. My main writing project, a continuation of one of me short stories into a full length novel, moves ahead like a sputtering car, slow but sometimes jumping ahead in spurts.

If I’m stuck, I will often just write the dialogue, then go back and fill in the thoughts and descriptions. I go back to previous chapters and see where I can elaborate; I am in no danger of having to pair down my word count.

I try to keep track of details, so that I don’t contradict what happened or repeat myself. You would think that since I am writing it, I would know what has already been said, but things slip by.

I had a good writing day yesterday, not on the novel, but on a short story. I saw a writing prompt for a contest on Reedsy and I instantly had an idea. I actually took one of my NaPoWriMo poems and reworked it into a story. I almost got in 1000 words, which is the minimum length. OK, about 70 words were from the poem, and I used 10 words from a line from one of my lyrics, but I’m counting them.

I also came across a fun prompt (see Fibbing Friday below), so there’s a few more words for the tally.

From my blog this week

Fibbing Friday: Complete the – I stumbled upon this prompt in the afternoon and couldn’t resist

Weird Wednesday: June 2 – The Survey returns and CartoonsThe Day Before continues, and an unscientific survey

Tuesday Tidbits: Longevity – What’s the oldest thing you own?

Music Monday: I’ve Heard That Song Before – Sound familiar?

Second Chance Sunday: Blog ‘Bout Book Blogs – A long lost post I found

Here are a few other blogs I have enjoyed:

playgrounds and graveyards / poem-hubris – Shawn wrote 2 poems in response to the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC.

Today’s #Photograph 3/Jun/21 – Stuart always has some wonderful photographs


Tuesday Tunes 59: More Seventies – The greatest decade in music? Maybe not, but there were a lot of great songs.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: May 28

Quick! How many days in May? August? What about March? Can you instantly recall that information? You are lucky. I sure can’t. If you are like me, you had to start to recite: “Thirty days, has September, April, June…” and once you eliminated those ones, you came to the answer of 31.

Did you know if you put your fists together with your index fingers touching, starting from the left, each knuckle is a 31 day month and the dips are all 30 (except for that weird February which I can never remember what year is a leap year). Sure you have knuckle left over, and you have to point with your nose, but hey, it works.

I can recall many facts when I watch Jeopardy, many more if I have recorded it and press pause (not to Google, just to think). When I comes to math, I wish I was able to recall certain facts without resorting to tricks. I suppose mathematicians and scientists have a good memory and are able remember and recall what they learn instantly. Same goes for musicians. There’s an upcoming post in there – if I remember to write it. Now where was I…?

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: May 28 – Review Copies

Thursday Thoughts: NFTs – WT#? – Should I jump on the NFT bandwagon?

Weird Wednesday: May 26th – Cartoons – Another The Day Before

Tuesday Tidbits: Life Lessons Learned From Exercising – Deep thoughts? Maybe?

Music Monday: You Oughta’ Tune – Yer Makin’ Me Cry – Autotune: Yay or Nay? Plus a song that makes me cry.

Here are a few other blogs you should visit:

Shards of Broken Glass – What did you collect as a child?

Stop and smell the roses? You should.

Short Story Collections – Free books courtesy of Stevie

Questions for Americans – The snacks are different. Not just the accents.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Laughter is the Best Medicine – The health benefits by Sally Cronin

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: May 22

I was able to get get back to my weekly blog schedule this week. I would like to plan out my posts better, but I’ll admit, most of the time, it’s a night before or morning of routine. Like right now…

I do keep a running Word doc with my ideas and thoughts to build on. Recently I had tried out a program called Shaxpir which I wrote about here: Tuesday Tune-up: Writing Tools / Programs. I was having some difficulty logging—Oh. You’re not done reading the linked post yet? Sorry. I’ll grab a coffee then…

Done? Great!

As I was saying, I was having some difficulty logging in and accessing my work, and the support that I was getting was substandard. Finally, Someone on a community board offered a solution that worked. Now the task is to remove my content—which thankfully did not have much new material—and delete the program.

Speaking of support, here is an update on my Wattpad vs. Inkitt experience (see this week’s Free Book Friday for context). I was having difficulty in Inkitt creating single spaces between my lines of poetry because each ‘Enter’ key stroke created a new paragraph.

After posting on the support forum, I received a response a week later, which did not work, and I haven’t heard anything since. Several other writers in the community offered solutions, with the same result.

I had abandoned Wattpad many months ago, but decided to give it a try. Experiencing the same issue, I emailed their support staff, and received an answer the same day, which worked! Want to create single spaces? Shift + Enter. Ta-Dah!

Wattpad: 1 Inkitt: 0

Have a great weekend! Here’s something else to read:

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: May 21 – Reading & Writing Sites – A new promo, plus my thoughts/questions on Wattpad and Inkitt.

Thursday Thoughts: Aroma Therapy – Smells. Yes, smells.

Weird Wednesday: May 19th – Cartoons and Rhetorical Questions – Just what it says. Is it funny? I think so.

Tuesday Tirade: ROI – I rethink my reviewing strategy.

Music Monday: Riviera Galliard – I finally record one of the first pieces I wrote for classical guitar. It only took [cough] years.

Here are a few other blogs you should visit:


Twitter: Why do I bother? – Do you like Twitter?

Thoughts about letter writing – When was the last time you hand-wrote a letter?

The Anti-TBR Tag – Everyone has a “I won’t read that, list.”

Bags For Life Or Bag For The Week? – Plastic shopping bags. Do you still have them?

Still looking for some readers to go over my NaPoWriMo book:

Send me an email!

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: April 17

Wow. Sixteen poems so far. Has it been difficult? Yes and no. Sometimes the prompts from NaPoWriMo seem a bit too specific, but they are just suggestions and I have taken some liberties with them. A few of them I knocked out fairly quick, most took a bit of brainwork.

Here are the first 2 weeks. If you have a moment you can read them on Medium or on my Poem Page: National Poetry Writing Month

NaPoWriMo : Day 7 – Poem with strict syllables 😀
NaPoWriMo : Day 6 – Poem based on line from a book 🤔

NaPoWriMo : Day 5 – Imitation 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 4 – Odd transitional spaces (think Escher)  🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 3 – Use of random words to inspire 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 2 – The road not taken 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 1 – April fools 😀

NaPoWriMo: Day 14 Name Origins 😀
NaPoWriMo: Day 13 A news story you wish to see 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 12 Past and Future 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 11 Letter from the Cat 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 10: Junk Drawers 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo Day 9: A to-do list 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 8: A monologue from a deceased person 🤔

As for regular posts:

Sunday Catch-up: Tools of the Trade – My tool/injury escapade (Yes, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.)

Weird Wednesday: It’s Been Awhile – Yes! Weird Wednesday returned.

Oops, I Did it Again: Author Interview – Another self interview. This time for Lunarian Press

Book news: If you have been reading my posts this week you will know about my book sale. If you haven’t heard:

Two weeks left to get your copy of Lines by Leon!

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Notable Posts this week:

Story Info: How Much is Too Much? – Kinda why I mostly write short stories

Writing the short story part 3: extremely short fiction – Sensing a theme?

Alright. Now to write another poem…


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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