New Marketing Idea: Podcast

Just over a week ago while posting to my McGyver blog, I saw a button that asked if I wanted to turn this post into a podcast. I had never seen this in the hundreds of posts I’ve published. Looking for new ways to promote my books and in particular my upcoming fantasy novel, Dragons in the Dungeon, I took the plunge. Clicking the button transferred me to Anchor.

Once at Anchor, I found my way around quickly. The learning curve wasn’t that steep. There were only two confusing aspects of it.

1) All my posts for my Diane McGyver blog were imported. I don’t know if there was an option to avoid this, but there they were. That left me searching for my newest one. Thankfully, there was a notice at the top that said if I couldn’t find my post, it was on the last page, and there it was.

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Book Review: Magicians of the Gods – Graham Hancock – Audiobook

I’ve never listened to an audio book but when I saw the audio book for Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock posted to YouTube, I had to take a look… I mean listen. I had borrowed the book from the library more than a year ago, but I hardly put a dent in the pages when my three weeks were up, and I had to return it. If I had almost finished, I would have renewed the borrow, but life was extremely busy, and I knew it would take me a few months to finish.

The bonus of listening to the audio book was hearing the names I would never be able to pronounce myself pronounced correctly by someone who had not only heard the names spoken by others but had visited the places.

The other bonus of the audio book was I could listen while I worked around the kitchen washing dishes, making meals, baking and painting new signs for the garden.

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Hello Government that serves me,

I’ve got a problem. You’re too involved in my life. You’re supposed to be seen and not heard. Over the past two years, you have put great effort into taking more control over me and other Canadian citizens. While some have knelt to your demands and look to you as a father figure, there are many who just want to be left alone. We don’t need or want you to be a helicopter mom, hovering overhead and telling us what we can and cannot do. We are adults. We like our freedom. Yes, we fall sometimes and bruise our knees, but that’s okay. We understand there are risks to living on planet Earth. One of those risks is dying.

Which brings me to this medical mandate you are excited to impose upon us. While I know many who flat out reject the COVID inoculation (it ain’t a vaccine), I’ll speak for myself, but there are millions of Canadians who feel this way.

I am a healthy individual. Actually, that doesn’t matter. My age, sex or what I do for a living also doesn’t matter. Nothing in my life matters except that I am a Canadian citizen, and as a Canadian citizen…

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Merry Christmas

Christmas day is drawing near and like many years before this one, I still have many things to wrap. While I make the promise every year that my wrapping will be done before December 24th, I’ve reached this goal only once.

I’ll leave you with this Christmas wish that your days will be cheerful and bright, and they you will be surrounded by family and friends.

I’ll still be posting on my Diane McGyver site every day. It was a challenge I gave to myself at the beginning of the month: make one post a day for the entire month. So far, it’s been 23 days and 23 posts. Today’s will appear in a few hours.

I post recipes, memories of past Christmases, origins of Christmas, Yule and Winter Solstice, my moon research and similar things.

RANT: The Canadian Government Rules on a Slippery Slope

I hate you, Ian Rankin. I hate everyone like you. You believe you have the right to limit the freedoms of Canadians living in Nova Scotia unless they participate in an experimental, untested and unapproved medical treatment, one with unknown short and long-term side affects, one that doesn’t even do what vaccines are supposed to do.

What is a real vaccine? A vaccine protects the person who gets it. Think of the Tetanus vaccine. I got the booster a few years ago. When I stepped on a rusty spike last fall, I was protected. I didn’t bother going to Emergency. I kept the wound clean, disinfected it three times a day and elevated my foot for about a week. It healed with no infection. I wear a suit of armour against rusty objects, and it’s a good thing. Working like I do around nails, wire and other metals, I get scratched and poked a lot.

That’s what a real vaccine does.

A real vaccine doesn’t work for some and not others. It doesn’t leave you unprotected where you can get sick and pass on that sickness to others. It doesn’t do more harm than good to the individual.

Did you get that? Individual. The concern is for the individual, not the collective.

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Chasing Dragons in Moravia – FREE on Kindle

Download your copy today. This sale won’t last.

The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey

This weekend, I have made the kindle version of Chasing Dragons in Moravia free to download on Kindle… Please do go download it and if you read it, please do leave a review…

Chasing Dragons in Moravia: The Magic of Connecting with the Land Book 2

The Slavic pantheon is a mysterious and complex set of deities but the eternal battle between Perun, god of thunder and Veles, god of the underworld is intriguing. As Vasey invokes one and then the other of this duality, things happen. Magic happens and what seem like unrelated visits and happenings suddenly take their place in what turns out to be a shamanic process of connecting with the energies of the gods and the Slavic lands.

Dragons, Gateways to Hell (Houska Castle), Stone Circles (Kraluv Stul), Earth energies, Butterflies and Birds……… it’s all in this true and magical tale.

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A Special Blogger – Sue Vincent

I’ve only recently been reading Sue’s blog. It’s very interesting. Check it out. And, of course, if you can help in any way, please, do so, even if that’s only sharing the news about this fund-raising event.

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Sue Vincent is one of those special bloggers and writers that inspire people all over the world. Readers have long been captivated by her posts about mythology, ancient ruins and medieval churches, and her daily #midnighthaiku. Many have participated in and grown as a result of her #writephoto prompts. She is a person of considerable talents, and in addition to posting her prompts, Sue has tirelessly supported bloggers by hosting guest bloggers and sharing blog posts. She has 19,000 and counting followers.

I’ve not met Sue in person but feel I know her through her wonderful blog posts and consider her a friend. She has taken me the width and breadth of Great Britain, to places I would have never got to myself, providing amazing historic details and wonderful photographs. To appreciate just how talented and wise Sue is, pop over to her blog. I particularly love her outlook…

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Finding Don and Wen ~ Stuart France and Sue Vincent

France & Vincent

Available via Amazon in paperback and for Kindle.

Dear Don,

Whoo hoo! Finding Don & Wen is now live!

I really enjoyed getting this one put together. Who would have thought it would work out quite so well?

Can you believe how much stuff we were already working with, right back at the beginning? And we understood so little… but every quest has to start somewhere, even before you realise what is happening.

From our early speculations on how the layers of history and earth energies work together, through all the intertwined stories and weirdly interchangeable symbolism that doesn’t seem to mind to which system you apply it, and whether we found both clues and answers in stone circles, forgotten chapels or the great cathedrals… it has been an amazing journey so far. And we are not finished yet…

It goes right back to that first wander along the Ridgeway…

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Relishing Winter

Embrace winter with a little adventure and magic.

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It’s a proper winter. Cold everywhere and shattering records for snowfall and coldness everywhere from Japan and China to the Sahara. Bad news for The Guardian – more snow than I have seen in a year or two and certainly NOT a thing of the past. Why anyone should be surprised given that the Sun went into one of its cooling cycles (Oh yes, some people think CO2 is the driver of climate/weather – that gas that plants breathe and is currently about 1/3rd of where on average it has been for the last 100 million years and despite all of the published science clearly showing that it isn’t).

Apologies – I hadn’t intended this as a climate change blog at all – I just got a tad carried away!

My walk around the Castle today took place in magnificent winter sun sparkling off of fresh snowfall amid -2C temperatures…

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Nova Scotia: You Have 11 Days to Opt-out of Being an Organ Donor

No discussion. No debate. The Liberal government decided for us.

If you live in Nova Scotia and you do NOT officially register to keep your organs when you die, you automatically become an organ donor.

I’m not here to debate whether you should or not, or whether it is ethical or not. I’m here to tell those in Nova Scotia who have not heard about this legislation that if they want to choose to opt-out of organ donation, they have to do it now.

The deadline is January 18, 2021.

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The Value of Writing Every Day

My goal for more than ten years has been to write a long epic fantasy series, and while I was set on the goal, little had been accomplished. By October 2018, I had two books written and book number 3 containing about 30,000 words. It was far from the epic adventure I’d envisioned more than a decade ago.

For a few years, I’d had wonderful spurts where I’d write 10,000 sometimes 30,000 words in a month, but there were many months I didn’t write anything. And there were writing projects I took on unrelated to the Castle Keepers series. While I’m glad I wrote the humour and two romance novels, they didn’t bring me closer to my goal: author of a ten-book fantasy series.

Last October, I put my foot down and I promised to not only focus on the fantasy series but to write every day. Every day.

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