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About The Originally Scheduled Release Date for The Magical Legacy

Release Date Back Story After publishing The Golden Telescope on December 22nd, 2019, I decided I wanted to release at least one book in my Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series each year until it’s done.  I also discovered fiction author Sarra Cannon’s YouTube channel and learned about the Rapid Release method for building a large following for your book series, which is brilliant. This system says to write several books before publishing any of them. Then release them within a few weeks or months of the others. In this way, you keep your audience engaged and wanting more. I

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How To Start A Profitable Side Hustle

Having a profitable side hustle that can provide additional income, and be easy to maintain, both in cost and time is the dream of everyone with the entrepreneurial spirit. This can be a challenging balance to reach. But the lure of financial independence, as well as the ability to control your own schedule, are strong motivators. When it comes to building a side hustle, there is a big difference between a hobby and a genuinely successful home-based business. How do you build a profitable side hustle? Building a successful home-based business takes consistent, persistent effort, and some marketing. But it

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My New Obsession: Juliet Marillier Audio-Books

I just finished listening to Book Two in Juliet Marillier’s amazing Blackthorn & Grim audiobooks series: Tower of Thorns. Wow. Just wow. This series is captivating. I have to admit, her writing has sucked me in, and now I am a devoted fan! Not only will I continue listening to this enthralling story, but I will go on to listen to, or read, the rest of her books. Ms. Marillier is an incredible author, spinning tales that feature engaging, complex, yet approachable and wonderful characters. Blackthorn and Grim are so human and relatable. And the way the author develops their

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Pyrography Projects – In Progress: July 13, 2021

Current Pyrography Projects I pretty much always have several pyrography projects in progress at any given time. Unless these burnings are for a paying client, I take my time on pieces, working on each as the mood strikes me. For some, I might set them aside for weeks or months before I feel like getting back to them. Sometimes that’s because my schedule is just too full with other work to devote time to my personal “just for fun” projects. But other times the stall might be due to the fact that I’m not getting something just right in the

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Introspection – What Causes Fear and Anger and What Can We Do About Them?

(This post about introspection was originally composed on December 16, 2005, but I have edited it and brought it current as of July 5th, 2021) Sometimes emotions can get the best of us. It can be difficult to know what triggers a particular feeling, and if we let our emotions run loose, they can even produce physical symptoms and conditions. It can be helpful to write things out and take time for personal introspection to manage these emotions. Taking inventory of what we are feeling in a certain situation and why can help us resolve the problem. I find that

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Plant-Based Keto – Is It Possible? Is It Healthy?

Plant-Based Keto sounds like a crazy idea, when you first consider it. Right? I mean, isn’t one of the biggest attractions to a keto diet the fact that you can eat all that meat, poultry, fish, and eggs with abandon? Oh, and cheese. Omg…the cheese! Well, maybe. If that kind of food makes you feel good. And I’m talking physically here. I’m primarily about health. But animal cruelty IS something to think about. Let’s talk about that later. For now, I’m just talking about the impact on your body. And I can only speak for myself…but I’ll tell you, I’ve

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Sneak Peak: Meet Ross and Faith

COMING SUMMER 2021! Millions of years before Jack Mac Paidin was born, a rift existed between the forces of good and evil, foisting one energy against the other. Each side possessed its proponents and initiates, seeking to sway all humankind to their way of thinking. Only a rare, magical anomaly, known as The Power of Three, could tip the balance in favor of one side or the other. Fast forward to 20th century Ireland, where the Mac Paidin family has held lands and influence for more than 100 years, and their magical legacy can be traced, through bloodline, to the

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Mimi Kirk Interview for Eighty Percent Raw

MIMI KIRK INTERVIEW – FEBRUARY 23RD, 2010 “Eighty Percent Raw online magazine editor, Tracy Partridge-Johnson chats with 71 year young Mimi Kirk about her designation as PETA’s 2009 pick for America’s Sexiest Vegetarian Woman Over 50. Listen in as Mimi shares her secrets to youthful energy and lasting beauty!”   THROW BACK INTERVIEW This video has received the most views of any videos I’ve created over the years, so I thought I’d re-post it here for all of you. If you have followed me for any length of time you will know that I published an online magazine called Eighty

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Review of The Good Chocolate

We decided to do this video review of The Good Chocolate because I’m an affiliate for the company. I recently received a sampling of their products, so I invited my daughter, Rachel, to join me for another video product review. THIS REALLY IS GOOD CHOCOLATE! Not only do Ben and Miki, owners of the company, care about the taste of their product, they are also “committed to using the simplest ingredients found in Nature and sourcing only 100% organic ingredients to make the best & lowest calorie bean-to-bar chocolate.” Listen to their story HERE. Their website proudly states that their

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Video Trailer: The Golden Telescope

Video Trailer for The Golden Telescope – Book One in my Jack and the Magic Hat Maker middle-grade fantasy series. Hey Everyone! I’m SUPER EXCITED to have received this video trailer back from my videographer this morning! I got the initial version from him yesterday, but on the screen where he zooms in with the “ONE RELUCTANT 12-YEAR-OLD-HERO,” he had the focus on Bart, standing over Jack on the floor. So, I needed him to change that focus to be on Jack instead. I got the revised version back this morning, and I’m just thrilled with the job my guy

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