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The Lone Warrior: Once Upon A Time in the West, a book review

Lori Austin has written a compelling post civil War Western romance, about a farmer’s wife in search of her daughter who was stolen by dog soldiers and taken to a Shianne camp to live. Along the way she meets a former soldier who is known as the “white ghost”, wanted in both Colorado and Kansas as well as being chased by indian warriors.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that as I read this book via the NLS talking book program for the blind and physically handicapped, I laughed, cried, fought, and fell in love with these fabulous characters, and if you’re an avid reader and love a good story, I believe you will too. This book is an action packed ride from Kansas to Colorado territory where in order for Rose to find her daughter, She and Luke must fight off Indians, outrun lawmen, and they get into several scrapes, fall in love, and even get married among the Indians along the way. The little girl is not found by her, it happens the other way around. You won’t be able to put this one down, but you’d better have a hanky or a box of tissues close by, because you will need them.
Happy reading and God bless.

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A bit of news, and a question for you all

If you all remember the post I published last week about iwriter.com being inaccessible for the blind, this fact still holds true, no matter how many times I visit the site. However, that particular post sparked an interesting freelance job that I truly enjoyed.
Dan Antion, owner of the wordpress blog titled No Facilities, hired me to write an accessibility review for his company’s website. I am here offering the same service to anyone on this blog who has a site they would like me to check out for them. If anyone is interested in hiring me to render this service for your site, please let it be known in the comments below, and I will give you my email address so we can discuss the price you are willing to pay for this service.
Please note, I am not a web designer, therefore I cannot give you suggestions as to how any changes should be made, but I can let you know what works and what doesn’t in order to make your website accessible for the visually impaired. Many people are unaware that these changes are needed to make their sites user friendly for everyone, so I would like to help companies and individuals strive to make their sites accessible for all users.

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The lack of accessibility for the blind where freelance writing sites are concerned

Have you ever seen these freelance writing sites that pay people to write web content, articles and blogs? Well, I have discovered one site in particular that pays writers to write blogposts, ebooks, and articles, including rewriting, articles. However, when I try to submit an article to be approved by the requester, there is no place to submit the article, or paste the text into. Oh the registration process is accessible enough, but you can’t submit your work for payment.
It totally infuriates me when supposedly topnotch sites like oDesk, eLance, and iwriter and writer friendly sites like watpad make trying to be a part of the community or work in their site practically impossible for blind people. Not only that, but when you try to tell them that their site is not screenreader friendly for blind members, and suggest how they can make the site more accessible, they either totally ignore you, or they think that since other people can use the site, they are not required to make it accessible for the blind.
Don’t get me wrong, today’s technology enhancements are very helpful in some ways, but in others, they can be a headache. Please bear with me today, but I am frustrated beyond belief at those who only think of the ease of clicking a mouse rather than making the site easy for all visitors to access.
Please excuse me for venting, but I had to get that frustration off my chest, though maybe I should have saved this for my journal. What do you think? Does anyone know whether there are any accessible writing platforms paid or not for the blind?
On a more positive note, I will have a story published in one of two anthologies that are being put together by the facebook group called get down with the authors. I’ll let you know when the book will be published, and where you can download it for free. We all love a freeby, right? Well, keep your eyes and ears opened for this one!

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Feelings of Winter in mid August

It’s the middle of August, and very hot outside. Even though the AC Is running, I have this laid back feeling that started last evening. I picture myself seated in my chair, with the wood heater going, and the fans pulling the heat back to every bedroom in the house. I am wrapped in my robe and nightgown or a pair of sweats and sitting wrapped up in my snuggie. In my mind, I am wearing a pair of warm slipper socks, with my feet warming and being massaged in my foot massager, with a good book in my lap and a steaming cup of coco or coffee beside me.
I often see myself seated by a roaring fire reading a Braille book or listening to an audio book with headphones, while everyone is watching television. I don’t know if there’s a story in these wintery images, but they are relaxing and make me feel very comfortable to say the least. I have seen such images at the beginning of the spring season, as well. I don’t think I could survive in a snowy climate, because I get cold so easily, but I would love to bundle up with a good book on such a day.
Have you ever felt this way? If so what stories do these images and memories from your childhood?
Here’s a writing challenge for you. write a story centered around the mental pictures I’ve shared, or write a story from your own winter memories. Please share your stories here, as I would love to read what you come up with.

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Man In Search of Meaning, book review

I just read a book called Man in Search of meaning, by a psychologist with the last name of Frankl. In Frankl’s book, he recounts his story of bserving time in a German prison camp during WWII throughout the first part of his narrative account. In this account, the author describes the psychological state of some of the prisoners, including himself. In one incident, one of the prisoners tells of a dream, wherein a voice tells him that he will be free on March 31, 1945. When this didn’t happen, the prisoner worked himself into such a state, that he expired the next day after he believed he’d be released from prison. This is one of many such accounts given during the author’s imprisonment.
The second part of the book explains the author’s use of what he called logo therapy. I won’t go into a long description, because, it’s much easier for you to understand if you read the book. However, I must say that as I read this, the author didn’t bog me down by writing his narrative in textbook format, he used a conversational style that keeps the reader engaged, and interested in his concepts. I highly recommend this book if you are fascinated with some aspects of psychology, or just want an interesting piece of narrative nonfiction to wrap your mind around.
One more point I want to make, since I try to make this as inspirational as possible, the author didn’t try to make the reader believe in one religion or another, or deny his patient’s spiritual beliefs. However, the author did encourage his patients to use their spiritual beliefs to tap into their own spiritual resources, to accomplish their lifelong goals and reach their full potential. I give this a five out of five stars for narrative and informative nonfiction.