Friday 27 September 2013

Celebrate the Small Things - 27 Sep

Time to Celebrate the Small Things ;) The Rules are simple: post celebrations for the week, however small, whatever you like ;) Sign up on the linky, and hop and celebrate with others. Today's the anniversary of my Dad's death and although it's many years now, I always feel a bit mournful today. So Celebrations are needed most likely. I am off to a 100th birthday party this week for my boyfriend's Grandfather, all being well, so I am celebrating him reaching a ripe old age! Those celebrations also mean I won't make it around anybody's posts this week due to lack of being near the interwebs, so I apologise. I love visiting everyone but by the time I'm able to, we'll be at next week. So I wish you all well.

Friday 20 September 2013

Celebrate The Small things: 20 Sep

Greetings! It is time to Celebrate The Small Things Once Again! The rules are simple: sign up on the linky, post celebrations and comment and celebrate with others!

This is a quick one for me this week. Quite simply I am celebrating all of you. Thank you, for joining in and commenting. I enjoy my weekly posts, especially when I feel like I don't have much to celebrate and all of you so help. Thank you! I hope you enjoy celebrating as much as I do.

Now, eat cake ;)

Friday 13 September 2013

Celebrate The Small Things: 13th September

Friday the 13th Everybody. Time to Celebrate again! 

This is a simple weekly hop to join in on as all we do is CELEBRATE and the items we celebrate can be as small, medium or large as you like! Just sign up on the linky, post your celebrations and then hop around and celebrate with others!

My celebrations are:

  • This weekend is my anniversary of my first date with my boyfriend, ah, so we are off out to celebrate! :)
  • I worked last weekend so also excited about TWO DAYS OFF IN A ROW. Not to be sniffed at!
  • I ate gourmet popcorn which was being handed out at the shops for people to try. Goats Cheese Popcorn. Gin n Tonic Popcorn. It was weird but I am just celebrating that it EXISTS. Good for you man who puts whiskey in popcorn!

What are you celebrating this week? What weird popcorn flavour would you want?

Here's the linky:

Friday 6 September 2013

Celebrate the Small Things - 6 SEPTEMBER edition

Greetings all and how are we in September? What are you celebrating this fine week?

Celebrate The Small Things is simple: sign up on the linky, find something to celebrate, and hop around and celebrate with others.

It is September, and the children return to school and people return from summer holiday. So what are you celebrating?

I'm celebrating that I haven't taken my week off yet, so in a month or so when everybody's forgotten their holiday I'll still have mine!

I had a fun day with my nieces, as I said last week - ahh I do love the cries of 'Auntie Vikki.' :)

I am working this weekend, so I'll hop and visit people on Monday  ;)

What are you celebrating?

Here's the linky:

Wednesday 4 September 2013

IWSG: September

It is September, and time for the Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Today is the 2nd Year anniversary of this group, which is an amazing achievement. Many thanks to Alex for all the writers and their insecurities he's helped over the past 2 years.

I wrote a Dear Diary on the Writer Diaries recently, and about how much writing is about keeping faith in oneself. The full post is here if you are interested.

I wanted to talk on a similar theme for this month's Insecure Writers post. At times it is hard to have the faith, or self-confidence to believe that one day we'll make, or that this manuscript will turn out okay, or that we have the ability to do it. It's hard to keep on going. We can rely on other's at these moments to lift us up and say we can do it.

We can celebrate those in between achievements. It can be hard to feel like you'll ever get to celebrate the published book or agent found or finished manuscript when you are in the throes of a difficult chapter, but you can celebrate getting 100 words done or sorting out a plot point. They all add up.

We'll all get there, and when we do, we'll only set ourselves another goal to aim towards and worry we won't make.

So perhaps we should just quit worrying. Easier said than done! Any thoughts?

Monday 2 September 2013

Tara Tyler Blog Tour: Pop Travel!

Today I'm really excited to be hosting my good friend Tara Tyler as part of her Pop Travel blog tour. Handing over to Tara!

I'm so happy to be visiting Vikki today. We've both been pretty busy lately and need to catch up with each other! Thanks, sweet friend, for letting me come over and talk about future technology for my Pop Travel blog tour.

I've said this before and I'll say it again: If necessity is the Mother of invention, laziness is the Father.

We don't really need more technology. What we need is a cure for cancer! I wish all these techies who keep upgrading us could put their genius brains to work in that field.

But, being the insatiable techies they are, they will keep getting ideas for newer, better, faster stuff. (and mostly from us sci fi writers!)

In Pop Travel, I have lots of cool future gadgets. Pop travel itself, is teleportation, created by Hasan Rakhi, a quirky bio-medical engineering student who first invented the bio-gen laser. Then, there's the QV – like a smart phone that projects 3D images from a wristband. Some other items from the future include:

  • the electrogun – delivering varying intensities of electric shock, like a wireless Tazer gun
  • receptionist and civil servant androids that look more like humans all the time, but are annoyingly friendly, like customer service prompts, go ahead and tell me what you need… why can't I talk to a person!
  • hovercarts – golf carts that hover, hover technology is still too expensive for cars
  • and of course, everything is voice and/or touch activated

I came across this surprising new discovery in my research for Simulation the next book in The Cooper Files – Adventures in the Future series

blood battery - Panasonic is looking into using human blood to power electrical devices. It's researching how blood could break down sugars to generate power like it generates energy for the human body. This type of "human battery" could ultimately power nano-devices implanted in the body. (source)

And I found more exciting ideas being researched here.
Lucid, dude! (future slang for cool)

What inventions would you like to see come to life in the future?

Thanks again, Vikki, for having me! Here is a little about me and my book =)

Cooper thought he could get through
life without having to pop...
Pop Travel by Tara Tyler
A tale of deception and teleportation.

When a distraught client enters J.L. Cooper's small town detective agency ranting about a pop travel teleportation cover up, Cooper takes the case. He blames pop travel indirectly for his wife's death and would love to expose a glitch in it.

But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there's all the webcams watching his every move. So, Cooper has to find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he's not sure he can trust. No problem.

Available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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After having a hand in everything from waitressing to teaching math to rocket engineering Tara Tyler now writes and teaches in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. In addition to her novels, she has published short stories and poetry in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Humor. So many stories to tell!

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