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Happy Halloween 2014

Dear Friends, Readers and Followers,

 

Once again the frightening time of Halloween is near – and I do feel the need to say THANK YOU!! Thank you so much for your loyalty, for your efforts and time to step by , click on my blog and read my latest effusions. Thank you for your help when I needed it – and thank you for just being here for me, leaving your comments and giving me the feeling of appreciation! Thank you for making this blog as much fun as it is!!

Thank you note

 

 

 

But of course this isn’t the only “thing” I published this post for! I of course enjoy Halloween as much as you do, enjoy the time, the season, the Holiday, and I  wish you and your families a

 

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Pictures to find at:

 

Thank you pic: http://www.hd-wallpapers9.com/Images/quotes/THANK%20YOU-4

Happy Halloween pic: http://izismile.com/2010/10/30/happy_halloween_56_pics.html

Yesterday, checking my mails quickly I learned that “Dragonbride” got its next 5-star review!! Oh, I’m sooooo happy, and amazed. It is such a wonderfully written review!!

 

And then, finally it was there: The next 5-Star review for my book!! I could dance and celebrate…

 

I am happy and thankful for this. Like last time I feel that my work, my heart blood is appreciated and marked with 5 stars – this is such a gift for me!!

 

For the ones being as curious as I am: The review can be found here:

 

 

DRAGONBRIDE [e-book format]http://www.amazon.com/Dragonbride-Dragon-Chronicles-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00O6COSRE/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414673980&sr=8-1&keywords=Dragonbride

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https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1092426426?book_show_action=false

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Thanks so much for making me so happy!! It’s almost like Christmas and Birthday together. :-)

 

 

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T is for Tiger

Tiger1The tiger (Pathera Tigris) is the largest feline in the world, with the tiger growing to around 2.5 metres in length. The tiger is the most powerful of all the big cats, and is native to east and southern Asia. The tiger is feared by most human beings who inhabit settlements within the tiger’s territory.

 

(July 29 is the Day of the Tiger)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are six different subspecies of tiger which are the Bengal tiger, tiger, the Indochinese tiger, tiger, the Malayan tiger, tiger, the Sumatran tiger, tiger, the Siberian tiger and the South China Tiger. The white tiger tiger is actually a Bengal tiger tiger and is therefore not a subspecies itself.

Let’s check some of the differences between the sub species:

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From top left clockwise: South China, Siberian, Sumatran, Bengal tigers

 

The average tiger weighs around 300kg (500 lbs) and a tiger can stretch its body (and tail) to roughly 4 meters. Tigers hunt snakes, boar, buffalo, crocodiles, deer, leopards and camels and are extremely effective at catching their prey due to their silent, stalking approach and their powerful bodies.

 

The tiger can reach speeds of up to 90km an hour, making the tiger extremely fast. Tigers have even been known to conflict with rhinos and elephants with the tiger generally winning.

 

Tigers are generally orange with black stripes although it’s common to get tigers with white and sandy colored markings. The white tiger tiger is a rare type of tiger, with bright white fur and black stripes, these tigers occur from a genetic mutation when in the mother tiger’s womb. It is not certain that these white tigers tigers will produce white offspring, many white tigers tigers have been known to produce orange cubs.

 

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(Tiger cubs)

 

 

Today the tiger is a near endangered species with only a handful still roaming the Asian jungles. The tiger is still a completely dominant predator in it’s environment particularly due to their extreme power, and ability to run, swim, jump and climb trees very effectively.

Compared to what many people think about cats disliking water, Tigers love to swim and play in the water. Here a picture of a waterdancing tiger.

 

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The tiger is a highly adaptable animal with the tiger’s territory ranging from Siberia, to open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps in central and south-east Asia. The tiger is also an extremely territorial animal and the tiger is generally a solitary animal.

 

Due to the tiger’s size and the tiger’s want to be solitary, the tiger often requires large areas of habitat that can support the tiger’s prey demands. Because of the tiger’s need for a large territory mixed with the fact that the tiger is native to some of the more densely populated places on earth, has meant that there have been significant conflicts between tigers and humans.

 

Tigers usually mate from November to April and after a gestation period of just over 3 months, the female tiger gives birth to 2 or 3 tiger cubs. When the tiger cubs are first born they are blind and extremely vulnerable. By the time the tiger cubs is around 18 months old, it is able to hunt for itself. Tiger cubs are known to grow rapidly and can put on 100 g of weight every day. The tiger cubs usually stay with their mother until they are between 2 and 3 years old and the tiger cubs are then big enough and strong enough to venture out into the jungle to live a life of solitude.

 

(Thank you http://a-z-animals.com/animals/tiger/ for all the animal facts!)

 

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Tigers are the biggest cats in the whole entire World, because of this- tiger stands for ‘strength’.

Tigers are huge, they are orange with some white speckles on their body, along with their common symbols: their Black Stripes. Their bones are large and strong, scientists had prove that tigers can break a human femur (the strongest bone in our body) in one bite, which is another proof of Strength.

Long time ago in Asia, people had marveled at the beauty of Tigers, sadly many of the Asia people killed them for fur and used their meat and bones for medical use. In China, people in their homes tell of a legend of a Tiger. In Korea, they call the Tiger their Guardian and warm friend. Tigers were used in alot of stories, folk, legend, traditional, and tales.

  • Beauty
  • Bold
  • Fierce
  • Power
  • Invincibility
  • Loyal
  • Companionship
  • And yes, a true Guardian
  • Speed
  • Amazeballs

 

 (Thank you: http://symbolism.wikia.com/wiki/Tiger)

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Pictures to find at:

Tiger: http://tigerday.org/

Tiger comparison: http://pictures-of-cats.org/Tiger.html

Tiger cubs: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2009/03/siberian-tige-1.html

Tiger in water: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2214176/Cry-tiger-The-moment-Bengal-big-cat-emerges-lake-roar.html

 

You will find Renee Scattergood here:

Shadow Stalker Seller Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487052

Social Media Links:
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Google Plus: /+NayaScattergood/posts
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clipart_interview_animaatjes-50A couple days ago I had submitted my interview on the Book Reader Magazine Website. Today I was informed by Vinny O’Hare that I had been made Featured Author and that my interview has been published.

 

I’m so happy to be able to present you my interview by clicking here:

 

http://bookreadermagazine.com/featured-author-raani-york/

 

(And of course I know the picutre is a little bit “over the top”, but believe me, even after three interviews it is still something very special to me and I’m flattered and a little poud… *blush*)

 

 

I hope you will enjoy reading it. And please, use the oportunity and become new Featured Author on Book Reader Magazine!

 

Thank you for taking your time to read it!

 

R.Y.

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Picture to find at: http://www.animaatjes.de/cliparts/interview/clipart_interview_animaatjes-50-199764/

DRAGONBRIDE [e-book format]After publishing “Dragonbride” a couple weeks back, I was contacted by Eamonn Gosney from Australia. He is the writer and blogger who publsihed my “September” Interview on his “InterviewU” Blog. (You can find it here)

 

Eamonn congratulated me and wished me good luck with the book. I let him know that it hadn’t been an easy journey until Self-Publishing and that I had a hard time with some people who tried to screw me over.

 

 

Eamonn then came up with the idea of me writing a guest blog and telling about some of the experiences I had made during the long and hard path to Self Publishing. This is what I did. With his help I wrote an article about some of the things happening to me on the road through “hell”.

Read on Eamonn’s blog about the “Wonderful Characters I Met”:

 

http://eamonngosney.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/wonderful-characters-i-met.html

 

Thank you very much for this wonderful oportunity to guest-blog, Eamonn! And thank you for all your help and efforts!

R.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

HaikuWhat is a “Haiku”?

 

Haiku (俳句 haikai verse?)About this sound listen (no separate plural form) is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:

  • The essence of haiku is “bolding” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[3]
  • A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku?) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[4] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[5]

In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.[6]

Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.

(Thank you, Wikipedia)

 

It seems, nowadays, the tradition isn’t practiced with Haiku’s anymore. I personally do keep the 17 syllables but not always within the three phrases of 5-7-5.

 

I have, however tried to combine the traditional Haiku including it’s three phrases, within 2 Haiku’s that had cost me hours to write.

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Dog Haiku

Mommy calls my name

I run ’cause I know the game

tell – where is my bone?

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Cat Haiku

Mommy is a sheep

She never gives me nice sleep

Not the home for me!

(Raani York, Copyright 2014)

 

And yes, I laughed too… There are excellent Haiku poets around and I therefore decided to give up on this form of poetry. Even though I like reading and hearing it, I figure it isn’t really made for me to try and revolutionize World’s Haiku community with poetry about dogs and cats… (And I’m sure, knowing me, I’d find a few rhymes about horses, racoons and possum’s. *grin*)

Haikus are very different of Western poetry, and sometimes harder to understand. At least that’s what it seems to me. But different does not at all mean “bad”, “worse” or “difficult”… it just means, incomparibly different. That’s all.

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Of course it is incomparable to the western poetry which I personally like the VERY most, when there are rhythmic verses which rhyme (preferrably at the end)…

 

It usually doesn’t take me that long to write a poem – but it takes me plenty of time to complete it the way I want it. For example do I hate it when the rhythm is weird.  Shakespeare for example does have excellent rhymes and rhythms within his poems, even though I do find him a little morbid once in a while.

 

Let’s take one of Shakespeare’s excellent poems and compare it to really bad poetry. And since it’s fall, the subject “autumn” is a quite good choice I think.

 

 

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Excellent poetry:

 

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

(Sonnet 73, by William Shakespeare (1609)

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Terrible poetry:

The leaves fall down, the leaves fall down,

their color is some red and brown.

The year slows down to lower gear,

and now I know that fall is here.

(In consideration of the reputation of this Author, my name will kept secret… whoops! – Copyright 2014)

 

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But of course there is another poem I find absolutely hilarious. It was presented in the movie “10 things I hate about you”, written by “Katharina Stratfort”:

 

I hate the way you talk to me,

and the way you cut your hair.

I hate the way you drive my car,

I hate it when you stare.

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I hate your big dumb combat boots

and the way you read my mind.

I hate you so much it makes me sick,

it even makes me rhyme.

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I hate the way you’re always right,

I hate it when you lie.

I hate it when you make me laugh,

even worse when you make me cry.

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I hate it when you’re not around,

and the fact you didn’t call.

But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you,

not even close…

not even a little bit…

not even at all.

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Do you have your very own opinion about good and bad poetry? About Haiku’s? What it is that attracts you about poetry? Let me hear your thoughts, please I’m curious!

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Pictures to find at:

Puppy and kitty: http://jessesays.com/fitness-guilt-trip/puppy-and-kitten/

Film scene 10 things I hate about you: http://filmeye.wordpress.com/ 

Fall picture with bench: http://futuku.info/beautiful-autumn-forests-nature-background-wallpapers-on/beautiful-fall-pictures-of-naturebeautiful-autumn-forests-nature-background-wallpapers-on-zgiwki/

 

Dear Friends, Readers and Followers of the Cat Prince Diaries,

 

Again it’s time to publish an entry in Jake’s diary. This time it will be a photo album of our newest family member, Esme. Esme is a beautiful Maine Coon girl, very talkative and cuddly. She does not only ask for attention, she demands it. She’s very eccentric, just like Mommy, and she loves Jake and “only tolerates” Charlet.

 

She’s a wonderful Calico Torbie color, nearly as beautiful as The Cat Prince himself.

But build your own opinion about her…

Enjoy;

Raani York

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Or watch Esme’s slide show here: Fotoalbum_Esme_October_2014

 

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(Please respect that I hold the Copyright of these pictures, and if you’d like to use one or more, do me the favor and ask me. Thank you)

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was a little girl, I had one major dream: I wanted a Barbie Doll. All of my Classmates hat Barbie Dolls but me and they builded Barbie Play Groups where, of course, I was excluded, not having my own doll.

Years later I had found out that my godmother had warned my parents that Barbie Dolls weren’t good dolls for girls, they had tiny bikinis on, long lengs, hips, a waist and BREATS!! OMG!! She found that immoral.

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Now, whether or not that’s true… my sister and I didn’t care. We both wanted a Barbie Doll. At the end we saved our pocket money and bought us a cheap swim suit Barbie Doll and from that moment on were happy. We were part of the Barbie Play Groups, couln’t life be any better? Even though I have to say: no matter how many times I played with my friends, my sister and I were always so similar in interests and thinking, I personally had the most fun playing with her alone!!

Since we never, like other girls, got the Barbie Ferrari, the Barbie Trailer, the Barbie Castle, all Barbie dogs and kittens, we were finding replacement within our other toys and happily playing! The only thing we bought by saving our pocket money again, were each a Barbie horse. And we had been saving up quite some time for those.

We got a few beautiful ball room gowns for Barbie Dolls for birthdays or Christmas from our parents, but that was about it.

Of course Ballroom Gowns are the dream of every single little girl planning to become a princess, believing that they permanently run around in Ballroom gowns every minute of the day, with a crown or tiara in their hair.

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Nowadays the only dresses for Barbie Dolls can be bought in toy stores are short and average ones… the ball room gowns have to be ordered particularly from certain toy stores or online shops. One hilarious example was found here:

 

http://www.topdresses100.com/Beautiful-Aqua-Blue-Party-Clothes-for-Noble-Barbie-Doll-Tulle-p-9224.html

 

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Of course a wonderful example of designing art and sewing handcraft – if you feel like spending between $65 and $120 PER DRESS!!! (And no, don’t speak it out: I do have outfits for ME that cost less. LOL) – Honestly, I love Barbie Dolls until today. I find them beautiful and think, if nowadays a girl feels like developping her fantasy by playing with Barbie Dolls, there’s nothing wrong with it!! (Barbie Ballroom gowns as well can be bought at Amazon much cheaper…) However, I don’t think there’s much wrong with having girls dreaming of being princesses and playing with Barbies.

 

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A few years back a huge discussion was started about the Barbie Doll proportions. I do agree that they’re way off reality. In July 2013 newsfeed from “Time” has published an excellent article about this subject and has informed that Pennsylvania based artist Nickolay Lamm has designed a Barbie doll with human proportions called “Average Barbie”, not being endorsed by Mattel but being designed off the proportions of an average 19 year old American girl.

Here’s the difference:

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For the ones who are curious please find the entire article at: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/07/09/barbie-meet-average-barbie/

Feminist groups have informed that the classic Barbie Doll in reality could neither keep her head up since her neck is too thin and long, nor stand or walk because her feet would be the ones of a four year old girl, instead of the very much needed women’s feet. As would her measurements be the one of a sadly anorexic young girl. They warned mothers to allow their girls playing with classic Barbie dolls to not promote the anorexic idea within their daughters heads.

Nickolay Lamm is apparently not the only person seeking more reality within the Barbie doll. Not long ago Mexican artist Eddi Aguirre drew a make-up free, frizzy haired, and brace-face version of the doll:

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Yes, the “Average Barbie” as well as the makup free version look more “real” and more “human” than the “classic” Mattel Barbie Doll. But seriously: Didn’t we “old Barbie Doll owners” dream of looking like a Barbie Doll princess in a bridal gown once we would be grown up and ready to get married?

 

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I can’t help myself: I still love the “classic” Barbie Doll and prefer her before all real and human versions. And maybe mother’s shouldn’t get nightmares over their little girls “playing princess” with this doll. Just let them develop some fantasy story within their little heads, that will be just as unrealistic as the doll itself. Their daughters will get older, and I bet most of them will grow up completely normal, sensible and logical and will rather take their Moms as a good example on how they want to be one day, than some princess doll they once played with, eons ago. But they might have, just like me, a wonderful memory, when they were lost in a fantasy world with just a beautiful doll… nothing else… and believe me: I never felt the urgent need of losing enough weight to look like a skeleton in a Halloween movie only to resemble a doll I once had.

In my apartment there are a few collector Barbie Dolls standing on a shelf and looking cute. And I still don’t think there is anything wrong with that! (As far as I remember nobody has ever complained about the “Ken”-doll being too far off reality and demanding a Ken-Doll with a penis…)

 

What do you think about Barbie Dolls in general? Have you played with Barbies (or Ken’s, when it comes to that?) Have you enjoyed it? Do you agree with the demand that the “Average Barbie” replaces the classic unproportional one? Do you have a daughter who plays with Barbie dolls and do you have a problem with that? Let me hear your thoughts: I’m curious!

 

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Malibu Barbie: http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/malibu-barbie-doll-trina-turk-x8259

Peaches Barbie Doll: http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Favorite-Peaches-Cream-Doll/dp/B002IAYY3Y

Bridal Barbie Doll: http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Collector-2013-Holiday-Doll/dp/B00C81LYH2

Averge Barbie: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/07/09/barbie-meet-average-barbie/

http://www.topdresses100.com/Beautiful-Aqua-Blue-Party-Clothes-for-Noble-Barbie-Doll-Tulle-p-9224.html

 

Back to School

girl sleeping with her head on an open bookIn September 2014 I started an additional educational school within the Real Estate Business. I don’t think this is a bad thing, in particular since all fees are being paid by my employer. The timing is the bad thing about it.

 

As for the fact that I have been publishing my book End of September, I’m intensely working on the Marketing of the book and that my work is getting harder and more intense towards Christmas, school at this time is really not what I need.

 

Let’s say: after a 8 1/2 to 10 hours work day at the office, I drive over to school and sit in my chair for another 2 1/2 hours twice a week!

 

After listening to about 30 minutes the monotone voice of the teacher my eyelids start drooping… (I always think as long as I only fall asleep it’s not too bad – only when my head bangs onto the desk or I start snoring and drooling like a dreaming Rhinoceros, it really turns nasty…)

 

And then the co-students! Holy Smokes, some of them permanently ask the same questions. It’s even kind of scary to hear the same questions over and over again in different words – and you KNOW all they want is to hear the answer they had planned to get as compared to the one they really receive. It’s a nightmare…

 

On the other hand, knowing me, there’s as well part of me having fun… like today… the teacher asks me a question, well knowing, I missed the last lesson because I was sick. Of course I didn’t know the answer and she grins at me, saying: “Really, you’ve got NO idea?” I just stare at her, replying in a serious death voice: “All I know, Madame is, that I had a fever up to 300 degrees and I don’t think you can’t blame my brain to be cooked…”

Her facial expression was more than we could take… We all laughed – and of course she laughed with us….

 

School will take until December – and shortly before Christmas we’ll be having final exams which make me a stomach ache. I’ve never been good in exams since I’m suffering from “Testophobia”, fear of exams… *sigh*

On the other hand: Maybe I’m just a coward… *chuckle*

 

Did you go to school again lately, what did you like about it? What did you not like so much? Did you easily get over the extra work load? How did you do? Let me hear it please, I’m curious!

 

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Picture to find at: http://www.kallikids.com/en/KalliKids/For-families/learning-articles/Overall-child-learning/When-to-let-children-quit.cfm

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