Bits and pieces

22. Feb, 2021

I don't know what anyone else does with their Sunday, but I try to make it a relatively tech free day. I might sew, read, catch up on ironing or a few chores, but mostly I take it easy and take in a movie or two.

Yesterday the movie option was the go and I decided to watch the film, A Street Cat named Bob. What a lovely movie; based on a true story it tells of a recovering addict (James Bowen) who is adopted by a ginger cat named Bob ... so he 'tells' the fellow's neighbour. At first James is not keen on the idea, but life keeps on throwing them together until eventually James gives in. Together, they still has their ups and downs yet both the characters rescue each other in the end.

Doing some research later, I found out that James was not exactly a poor boy from a home full of abuse; he was one who could not handle his emotions, especially when his mother and father presented him with a lot of turmoil. Moving between Britain and Australia also presented a sense of abandonment, which is all too common in these situations.

While this movie is not about how to deal with the rotten things in one's life, nor is it a feel-good movie (though it does make you feel good) it is about hope; how one never knows what life may bring your way ... even on a bad day.

I gave this movie 5 stars. I think it deserves it.

Have a great day, folks.

*Pic is of the real James Bowen and Bob (now deceased)

16. Feb, 2021

It takes time to write a book and then get it published; some authors can do it faster than others. Unfortunately, I am one of the slower ones so a new publication for me is cause to celebrate ... even brag a little about it a bit.

So yesterday was the day ... #3 in the Merlin's School series - The Grail and Back Again - was published in ebook format (will get to the print asap). Yay!!! I'm so excited as this book caused me more than a few headaches. I got a bit stuck in the middle. Mind you, I did start writing another book so time is never lost.

If you're interested you can find it in most formats - kindle at Amazon, and all the rest at D2D. I will put the links in the page that I will set up for this particular book.

In the meantime, have a great day, and happy reading.

9. Feb, 2021
One thing a writer doesn't need is help with finding ideas for books. But sometimes it just happens by accident. Yesterday, while having some fun with a FB post, my lovely friend, Courtney Grayden discovered a story (I will add I also discovered the story but was trying very hard to ignore this fact) Anyhoo ... I now have another story to write ... one which is about dragons.
I have named two, Courtney will name one, and I need another name for my earth dragon. Have some fun and post your suggestions here. The one I choose will have their creator's name in the acknowledgements of said book.
In the meantime, have a great day, folks.
Facebook post in Margaret B's Books.
15. Jan, 2021

In the days where everything is a repeat of a repeat it's nice to stumble across a movie I haven't watched before ... even if it was made in 2005.

V for Vendetta is a mix of many older movies and themes ranging from the Count of Monte Christo (Edmond Dantes) to the American civil war, with a bit of modern day times (Covid-19) thrown in for good measure.

So many people are wondering at the truth behind what is going on these days and it has been said on occasion that artists - whether a writer or a painter - have an insight or sorts. I did wonder myself as I watched this film pan out, from its man-made viruses, it controlling government, the civil unrest in America (just like that of the past week) and the mysterious disappearances of people who questioned any of these things. While I could go into the a general spiel about this movie I won't. Instead I encourage you to watch it yourself and come to your own conclusions.

All in all, bloody good entertainment, I thought, so I gave it five stars.

Have a great day, folks.

6. Jan, 2021

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Baudy.

At the age of of 43 Jean-Dominique Baudy had a life that most would envy; he was editor-in-chief of the French magazine, Elle. He was in a happy relationship with his girlfriend, Florence, and had two children from his formerer marriage that he doted on. Then suddenly on the 8th of January 1996 he had a massive stroke. While normally this infliction can do one of many things to the human body, sadly Jean-Dominique was left a severe quadraplegic, with a condition known as 'locked-in' syndrome. He spent the rest of his remaining life in hospital, but rather than mouldering away, he made a decision to write a book ... The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

This remarkable tome is only short compared to some, and can be likened to a memoir of sorts, but instead of being a rendition of his life's experiences, it is a collection of impressions  based on sensual recollections. Some may even see it as a poetic journey through his very vivid mind. Jean-Dominique is at no time maudlin in his writings, and considering this very true story was dictated with only the blinking of his eye, its heroic achievement is definitely worth experiencing.

Sadly, he died only three days after the book's initial launch.

I gave this book 5 stars for its easy reading and wonderful content.