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Friday, August 29, 2014

An Update and An Apology

A few of you may have noticed that I suddenly went missing. This was not by design. The phone company, in the process of updating my account and dropping my no longer needed second phone line (the one I was using for dialup), canceled my DSL. Suddenly... with a 15 minute warning email I never saw.

Granted I was annoyed but I was warned that it might happen briefly, if it happened at all, but I'd be given notice. I was literally writing a post when it dropped. I'm surprised you didn't hear me scream.

Screaming stick figure

Anyway. I borrowed a cell phone (yes I'm the only person on the planet who does not have one) and fired off several emails and made a few phone calls after 24 hours had passed and it wasn't reinstated. 3.5 weeks later I finally have it back. Not going to bore you with the details, but I gained a whole new understanding of the desire to go "postal".

Meanwhile, I had advertisers drop me, authors upset because their promised posts didn't happen, lost SEO ranking due to no updates, my Giveaway board is woefully outdated, and there were dozens of lost opportunities because I couldn't access my email much less answer it. Oh yeah and the beloved spam traffic I had gotten rid of came back (which is why there is a captcha back on comments, sorry... hopefully it is only temporary.)

The Apology

To my loyal readers, the poor authors I broke my promises to, the publishers who offered me wonderful books to promote, plus those of you who tried to get the forum going without my help, and the folks who sent me comments, requests and messages I couldn't answer or even see, I sincerely apologize. Believe me when I tell you that I hope to never go through that again. 


Please bear with me as I play catch up. (Have you ever tried to go through 3.5 weeks of emails? OMG!)

The good news is that I got lots of reading done. The bad news is that I have to format all those posts before they can go live. Assuming we don't get a major hurricane anytime soon (those have been known to knock me offline for up to two weeks /shudders) I have some good stuff coming up for the old blogs.

Lady Reading

Hope you stick around to join in the fun cause I'm baaaccckkk!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Are Stonehenge or the Pyramids The Oldest Free Standing Structures? Nope! | Thursday Trivia

Aside from Fantasy I have a fascination with Prehistory. I've enjoyed the writings of Jean Auel and the Gearings. But new discoveries are made every day and thanks to radiocarbon dating, even old discoveries are receiving more accurate dating.

Now maybe I am just behind the times but this is the first time I have ever heard of the Megalithic Temples of Malta, some of which date from ca 3600 BC. That is approximately 6000 years old! Boy they sure knew how to build to last back then didn't they?

Megalithic Temples of Malta
Source: World Heritage Site

Some Facts:

  • According to Wikipedia, Maltese folklore describes giants as having built the temples, which led to the name Ä gantija, meaning 'Giants’ tower.

  • Not all of these temples date back quite so far but the timeline is pretty impressive with individual complexes ranging from 3600–3200 BC to 3150–2500 BC. There are additional signs of human habitation dating back to 5000 BC and continuing up to 700 BC.

  • The complex that was of special interest to me is the Mnajdra Complex built around 3000 BC.   

  • "The southern temple is oriented astronomically aligned with the rising sun during solstices and equinoxes; during the summer solstice the first rays of sunlight light up the edge of a decorated megalith between the first apses, while during the winter solstice the same effect occurs on a megalith in the opposite apse. During the equinox, the rays of the rising sun pass straight through the principal doorway to reach the innermost central niche." Source: Wikipedia

That is some amazing engineering considering that this temple predates the Bronze Age! 

There is plenty of great information on Wikipedia and the World Heritage site has some testimonials from actual visitors to the temples. Well worth a read if you are interested in prehistoric architecture as I am. 

So what ancient marvels astound and amaze you? Please share them in the comments!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekly Quote 17 ~ R.A. Salvatore

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons,

as I would not want to live in a world without magic,

for that is a world without mystery,

and that is a world without faith.”

-- R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver --

Silver Stream Book Quote by R.A. Salvatore ~ Design by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is R.A. Salvatore's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

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