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Happy New Year 2023

Here's to a Happy & Prosperous New Year! After the New Year's celebrations are over, you might feel like a bit of reading. Here are a couple of suggestions on how you can share your thoughts on a novel, or participate in the storytelling, or just sit back and enjoy a good read...  * Review * Beta Read* Add to …

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Coincidences?

My wife and I were watching the news a few weeks ago when the terrible USA arctic blasts hit the country. The announcer said it was minus forty degrees. My condolences to those affected. My wife asked if that was the American report in Fahrenheit or a European translation into Celcius. I did a quick …

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A Merry Christmas!!

Here we are again, snow on the roof in the north and beachside barbeques in the south. But it's Christmas everywhere!(Also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Mid-Winter Fest, Yule, and belated Rohatsu.) Have a wonderful time... feasting, family and friends, not to mention gifts! Many of you will be getting Kindles, notepads, or gift vouchers in your stockings. …

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Cynophobia

Source: Newsweek.com As a child, I was attacked by a German Shepherd: not a human herder of sheep, but a wolf-sized bundle—four feet, fur, and fangs. Especially fangs. Walking from the bus stop with my mother after a shopping expedition, I was at peace with the world, chattering about something or nothing. There was no …

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Apples?

I was describing a futuristic device in my upcoming novel "EXODUS!" and tried, "the size of a small apple". Hmmm... It occurred to me how often apples appear in fiction and myth, a veritable harvest:- Garden of Eden (probably not an apple, but apples get the blame) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (poisoned apple) …

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Paradoxes

Ever heard of Russell's Paradox?"Consider a barber who shaves exactly those men who do not shave themselves." So who shaves the barber?The barber shaves every man who doesn't shave himself so can't give a self-shave.This always puzzled me. Not because it was hard to answer, but because no one seemed able to answer it.When I first heard this, …

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Advertising’s Future?

We might be headed for another Covid year (variants yet to be named), with only novels and electronic entertainment to ease the pain. (Read more novels!) But there's something lurking under the surface of these entertainments... On May 8, 1704, one of the first newspaper ads appeared in the Boston News Letter, offering Oyster Bay …

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Mid-Year Views

(An update of "Mid-year Review, 2022") Belated "Happy Longest Day" greetings to half the world and "Happy Shortest Day" in the other half. Summer hit with a vengeance here, melting the flowers, browning the grass, and melting my brain. Then it rained... off and on... for days as if in apology. Ah, well. I write …

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Mid-year Review, 2022

Summer seems to have hit Luxembourg already - blazing sunshine in recent weeks with enough occasional rain that I don't have to water the flowers. Of course, the lawn-mowing has become more frequent! Sigh... swings and roundabouts! At least the Covid restrictions have been easing at long last. More good news: Galaxies and Fantasies (my …

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Upcoming: Galaxies and Fantasies

Publisher, Elsewhen Press,  says..."Galaxies and Fantasies is an eclectic collection of tales from master-storyteller Andy McKell, crossing genres from mythology to cosmology, fairytale to space opera, surrealism to hyper-reality. What they all have in common is a twist, a surprise, a revelation. Leave your pre-conceptions aside when you read these stories, prepare for the unexpected, the extraordinary, the …

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