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  1. It’s now been over 90 years since a single French soldier slain on the battlefield of the first World War but whose name and origin remained unknown, was buried on November 11, 1920, under the monumental Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. But every year since then, on November 11, the date which marked the end in 1918 of World War I, once optimistically but mistakenly hailed as “The War to End All Wars,” France solemnly celebrates the occasion with a high-level wreath-laying ceremony on the Unknown Soldier’s tomb at the Arc. However, nearly a century later, what fe
  2. You would do what you must to survive, there are no heroes. 92-year-old Robert Middelmann uncovered a secret about himself when he was very young. Keeping it was a matter of life and death. But, after many years, Robert decided to share that secret, along with the rest of his extraordinary life story, online. It all started in Nazi Germany… Be careful when waving the patriotic flag, righteousness is a dangerous emotion... https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2020/01/31/robert-middelmann-nazi-germany I was picked, I don't know why, but I was picked for special commander’s, tan
  3. Sleep my darling, on my bosom,Harm will never come to you;Mother's arms enfold you safely,Mother's heart is ever true.As you sleep there's naught to scare you,Naught to wake you from your rest;Close those eyelids, little angel,Sleep upon your mother's breast.Sleep, my darling, night is fallingRest in slumber sound and deep;I would know why you are smiling,Smiling sweetly as you sleep!Do you see the angels smilingAs they see your rosy rest,So that you must smile an answerAs you slumber on my breast?Don't be frightened, it's a leafletTapping, tapping on the door;Don't be frightened, 'twas a wave
  4. Interesting article on sci-fi predicted disasters... now read on. Algorithms rule the world. You can't process all the data collected without them. Problem is, not even the engineers who write these algorithms know exactly how they work. First of all, there’s virtually no regulation of data-collection in the United States, meaning companies can create detailed profiles of individuals based on huge troves of personal data—without those individuals knowing what’s being collected or how that information is being used. In Europe it's a bit better and you have to consent, plus you h
  5. I took a look at Safari and the only way to adjust the screen appearance is with font smoothing - see item 4 and how to change it: https://www.wikihow.com/Change-the-Appearance-Settings-on-Safari It's worth a try!
  6. You might try this: Go to Internet Settings, you will find it on the menu where the address bar is, far right, three horizontal bars. Click the three bars. Click Settings. Scroll down until you find High Contrast Mode, toggle it ON. Those black on black menus will now be clear in green on black. Note: this works for versions of Chrome browser other browsers may vary, but it is High Contrast you need to switch on.
  7. This is a weird thread about the story. Is it old, new, written by someone else, or simply a theme common to similar stories? All that apart, I picked it up and started reading. As I wrote the author, I'm not going to critique it. Only say the story was interesting. It was a pleasant read - so far. Although I thought chapter one condensed weeks into a couple of days. Oops! I'm starting to critique. Guess it's unavoidable? Are there really any nerds at school anyway? Sure, there are the so called cool people, and the studious people, the non-sporty people, but I don't recall at my sch
  8. This story is well worth checking out, the writing is excellent if you are willing to forgive the differences occasioned by an author for whom English is not the mother tongue. Nevertheless, what counts is the story and plot and how it's put together. https://gayauthors.org/story/gor-mu/southward/ They say misfortunes never come singly. For me, my parents' divorce came along with the news that I would be leaving my town, the country I'd been raised in, and the best friend I'd grown to love, all at a moment's notice. From that point on, it was a race against time to lay it all out and
  9. No you didn't and I didn't mean to imply you did. Where did I find that little blurb of yours, well I was looking around. It's on here, on your page, just a little way down your blog. But I was, truth be told, looking around the net and stumbled, as you do, on a review of Cole's work. I think it goes back some years, but it was extremely interesting. The sort of review that might have it's place here, because it examines a lot of issues brought up by what Cole has written about over many years, basically teenage gay relationships. Anyway, that is for another discussion, but somehow one t
  10. I suppose I am in danger of labouring the point about a synopsis being good for a story and helpful to readers. I can't help this because some responses are full of contradictions. This is not about Cole, but all authors, and online publishing is still publishing,. Besides Camy, sometime back around 2011 you wrote your own blurb for your own book, Hellion. Far from the hustle and bustle of London, way to the west of the madding crowd lies Hellion, a Cornish village that has almost magically remained apart from the modern world. The Hellion Arms has been run by Moon’s for generations.
  11. It is not easy to write a good synopsis, I looked around for advice sometime ago and to a certain extent used the guidance below as a basis. I use three paragraphs usually, in this pattern: (1) About Character #1 / about the tension in his/her life. (2) About Character #2 / about the tension in his/her life. (3) What they face together in this book, and a sentence to sum up the story in its entirety. Your blurb should address: The genre (romantic suspense / romance / crime / paranormal etc).Your main characters / protagonists.The overall mood of the book (hard-boi
  12. Sorry about that (I changed the summary), I think like Derrick I was distracted by Brandon 😉
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