A Tui From New Zealand


This is beautiful art!

Art Expedition

In one of my latest post  (Golden Flicker), my dear friend Su from over at Zimmerbitch and I had a little chat about New Zealand´s national bird – the kiwi – and how she would prefer another one as such, since the kiwi is not only nocturnal but also flightless which contributes to it not being often seen by people.

If it were up to her, she would choose the Tui instead of which she has a pair in her garden.

The tui is a large honeyeater that appears at first glance completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in clerical attire.

On closer inspection however it can be seen that the tui have brown feathers on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen that varies with the angle from which the light strikes them…

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Happy Friday the 13th!




I hope all of you enjoy your day today and do not worry at all about the date. This is not a day that should cause any concern, unless of course you somehow had access to a time machine and were able to travel back in time to October 13, 1307 when the end of this organization was put into play by King Philip the Fair of France.  Apparently his name carried two levels of irony, because many reported that he was not handsome, and certainly his treatment of the Knights Templar shows he was not a man of honor.

He had many arrested on that day, and that began a time of great torture, horror, and death for those involved. So, certainly that day would have been a terrible day to be around on Friday the 13th!

If you had a time machine, perhaps you should choose a different, happier historical day!

But for everyone else, enjoy the Friday! Go out if you normally do, or stay home and enjoy a good book, but have fun, and please do not worry about the date!



Magic on Wings~


Here are more beautiful photographs from Cindy Knoke!

Like the hummers, we have flown away,

to a place where wi-fi doesn’t fly.

I can’t get a satellite signal consistent enough to upload,

here in The Cook Islands.

But, I am getting stunning island vistas.

Sending Holler Hummer hopes that you are healthy and well,

and looking forward to connecting with you when we fly back to civilization.

Until then, cheers to you from the incredible Cooks~

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Here is my interview with K. D. Dowdall


Here is an excellent interview with a talented writer K.D. Dowdall


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.


Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.

Hi Fiona and it is a pleasure to do this interview.

My name is Karen DeMers Dowdall and I write as K. D. Dowdall (but that may change. I have always wanted just to use my maiden DeMers.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Connecticut, Hartford to be exact. I love New England. The countryside is pastural.

Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e.:  your education, family life, etc.).

I came from a large family that migrated down from Quebec, Canada around 1900. My Grandparents, Amie and Laurenza, had seven children who eventually each had five children each and therefor I grew up with many cousins. We lived in a beautiful forested and farming community near Windsor, Connecticut. I spend most of…

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Thank You to Readers!




I want to say thank you to all the people who read! As a person who loves to read, I think that reading is crucial to society and one of the great joys of life.  It gives us a chance to walk in other people’s shoes, to experience what they do, and to expand our experience of the world.

As a writer, I also want to say thank you to readers, because without readers, writing,  books, and literature do not exist. The act of reading is a collaboration between the creators of the words of books and the readers who experience and interpret them.

So, to all who read, thank you very much!



B is for Brand!


Here is a wonderful post from K.D. Dowdall!

K. D. Dowdall

I came across this great article on Writer’s Digest, entitled Alpha-Blog Soup, by Gabriela Pereira, published this month and can be found Writer’s Digest on:  https://www.writersdigestshop.com/writer-s-digest-magazine-may-june-2-wd0618

I was totally engaged with the content. It appears there are levels to conquer before I can reach B for Brand! Great article, I thought. “But, I don’t have a brand!” I said aloud. I am a mix-match of a bit of everything,

Starting with A for Audience. Audience? I was hoping for everyone. It turns out my posts are meaningless without a Brand? So, 4 years of meaningless?  Well, I am not one to give up on having a Brand!

Now, taking my lessons from the author, I must find out the following:

  1. What themes come across in my novels?
  2. What emotions do my stories evoke?
  3. Why would readers want to read my novels in the first place?

I am told…

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The Underground Library Society – 1984


Here is another blogpost from one of my students and her poster!



The Underground Library Society is a collection of books from different places that are politically or socially controversial throughout the history. The objectives of the organization is to introduce one book that is intriguing and worth to be rediscovered. Each of us is required to draw a poster with a quote on the picture.

I choose the book 1984, a political science fiction, was first published in 1949 by George Orwell. He criticizes the current government system and mimic a future totalitarianism government in 1984 where people living in a highly censored country with no political freedom. A normal person with sense and consciousness, lives madly in the world of craziness. He cannot be completely accepted, unless he joins the party of the madness.

I made two posters about this book. One is a person who tightly closes his eyes. His mouth is taped with word…

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