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Dogsled Dreams

  Posted by Jemi , 04 April 2012 · 607 views

[i][font=inherit]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/font][/i][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][i][font=inherit]Lee’s blog[/font][/i][/url][i][font=inherit] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/font][/i]
[b][i][font=inherit]Dogsled Dreams[/font][/i][/b]

[font=inherit]This is a recent read of mine. I’d known Terry from her blog before her book came out. I ordered myself a copy and won a copy on another blog. I read the book myself and loved it. I decided to read it aloud to the students in my class. (I’m very selective about the books I read aloud!) The kids LOVED it. There were lots of groans when I finished reading each day – they didn’t want me to stop. Since then, many of the students have reread the book. If I didn’t have so many of the students again this year, I’d read it again. I know the students next year will love it too! [/font]
[b][i][font=inherit]Do you remember any books your teachers read to you that completely sucked you in?[/font][/i][/b]




  Posted by Jemi , 03 April 2012 · 214 views

[i][font=inherit]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/font][/i][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][i][font=inherit]Lee’s blog[/font][/i][/url][i][font=inherit] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/font][/i]


[font=inherit]This book is really called Flowers for Algernon, but the cover I read had the name Charly written across the front with one of the letters spelled backwards. I’ve always called it Charly. I read this book in grade 9 or 10 and was amazed by the whole book. It’s written from Charly’s pov and it follows his journey as he is given medication to make him super smart and then his journey back as the meds stop working. It’s heartbreaking and brilliant. And makes you really think about scientific research and its impact on people. Very powerful stuff in this book.[/font]
[b][i][font=inherit]Have you read any other books about scientific research that have scared you? Or inspired you?[/font][/i][/b]




  Posted by Jemi , 02 April 2012 · 197 views

[i][font=inherit]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/font][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][font=inherit]Lee’s blog[/font][/url][font=inherit] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/font][/i]

[font=inherit]I’d read several of Kathy Reichs' books before I found the TV series. Tempe Brennan is a really great character. She’s brilliant, but she’s so much more. There’s a lot of history in the books that never makes it on screen. In fact, the two versions of the same story are very, very different - even though they have the same bones (sorry, couldn't resist). I like that. The characters and storylines in the books and on TV develop in very different directions, and most of that is because of the format delivering the story. Really makes me think as a writer. [/font]
[font=inherit][b][i]Do you enjoy any books that have been turned into TV shows?[/i][/b][/font]



And Then There Were None

  Posted by Jemi , 01 April 2012 · 242 views

<span style="font-family: inherit;">I’ve done it to myself now! In yet another moment of insanity, I signed myself up for </span><a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Arlee Bird</span></a><span style="font-family: inherit;">’s Infamous (oops, I meant Famous!) A to Z challenge. It’s not the posting daily which scares me (much), but I’m worried about not keeping up with the commenting on other blogs. So if, I’m not there as often this month, I apologize! Blame Lee and his crew of crazies. (Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m one of them...) :)</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><em><span style="font-family: inherit;">As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy!</span></em><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><strong><em>And Then There Were None</em></strong>. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">This is my favourite Agatha Christie book. My mom introduced me to Christie’s mysteries in Grade 6. Thankfully, the library stocked all of her books. I devoured them! I loved this one especially because it really kept me thinking and wondering and guessing. The concept of ten people trapped on an island and being killed off one by one is fabulous. I’ve read this book to every Grade 8 class I’ve had – they love it. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><strong><em><span style="font-family: inherit;">Do you enjoy murder mysteries? Any Agatha Christie fans out there?</span></em></strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0wHSlOi-MHE/T1KO2xXsjUI/AAAAAAAAAxM/dGc-MG8D_-M/s1600/and+then.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0wHSlOi-MHE/T1KO2xXsjUI/AAAAAAAAAxM/dGc-MG8D_-M/s320/and+then.jpg" uda="true" width="199" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(<a href="http://www.all-about-agatha-christie.com/and-then-there-were-none.html">source</a>)</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6913682603555541882-7485321181255806689?l=jemifraser.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/JustJemi/~4/Tkb2nyC4g-k" height="1" width="1"/>



Sad Songs Blogfest

  Posted by Jemi , 30 March 2012 · 253 views

[center](this pic reminds me of Ode to Billy Joe - another great sad song!)[/center]
[i]"Sad songs say so much..."[/i]
Did anyone else hear this as soon as they saw Diane's announcement about her blogfest? I adore Elton John and this one popped right into my head! He's had a lot of great sad songs: [b][i]Your Song, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Candle in the Wind[/i][/b]...
[indent][i]And it seems to me you lived your life[/i]
[i]Like a candle in the wind[/i]
[i]Never knowing who to cling to[/i]
[i]When the rain set in[/i]
[i]And I would have liked to have known you[/i]
[i]But I was just a kid[/i]
[i]Your candle burned out long before[/i]
[i]Your legend ever did[/i][/indent]So, what other sad songs are my favourites?
[b]Hallelujah[/b] -[/i] KD Lang's version at the Olympics tore at my heart. Her voice is such pure beauty! [indent][i]Maybe there’s a God above[/i]
[i]But all I’ve ever learned from love[/i]
[i]Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you[/i]
[i]It’s not a cry you can hear at night[/i]
[i]It’s not somebody who has seen the light[/i]
[i]It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah[/i][/indent][i][b]Mandy[/b] -[/i] Barry Manilow. Yup, I'm a Manilow fan :) I think this song was my first favourite of his! Love it.
[indent][i]I'm standing on the edge of time[/i]
[i]Walked away when love was mine[/i]
[i]Caught up in a world of uphill climbing[/i]
[i]The tears are in my eyes [/i]
[i]And nothing is rhyming, oh Mandy[/i][/indent][i][b]Angel[/b] -[/i] Sarah McLachlan. Such a glorious voice. She can make you feel all kinds of emotions :)
[indent][i]There's always some reason[/i]
[i]To feel not good enough,[/i]
[i]And it's hard, at the end of the day[/i][/indent][b][i]The Rose[/i][/b] - Bette Midler. This was one of my dad's favourite songs. He loved Bette and this song touched him. I will never, ever be able to hear it without having such strong memories of my dad.
[indent][i]It's the heart afraid of breaking[/i]
[i]That never learns to dance.[/i]
[i]It's the dream afraid of waking[/i]
[i]That never takes the chance.[/i]
[i]It's the one who won't be taken,[/i]
[i]Who cannot seem to give,[/i]
[i]And the soul afraid of dyin'[/i]
[i]That never learns to live.[/i][/indent]My only quibble would be the That in the last line should be Who... My dad laughed when I pointed that out. He probably wouldn't be surprised I'm wearing an aspiring author hat these days! :)

I could go on ... and on... and on. I have so many favourites!! But I won't put you through that!
[b]So, tell me, what's your favourite sad song?[/b][/i]



Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays: Shug

  Posted by Jemi , 26 March 2012 · 251 views

[url="http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/"]Shannon Whitney Messenger[/url] created Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays to bring attention to some fabulous books. I'm playing along this week! :)

[url="http://www.dearjennyhan.com/shug.html"]Shug[/url] by [url="http://www.dearjennyhan.com/"]Jenny Han[/url]

This is a charming book. I loved the main character, Shug - short for Sugar. Being 12 is pretty tough for Shug - she`s too tall and has too many freckles, and she`s not developing like some of the other girls. She`s starting to feel differently about her best friend Mark, and she doesn`t have a clue how to handle it.

Underneath the adorable story of young love is a deeper level which deals with families (dysfunctional and otherwise) and jealousy and friendships and the real trials of growing up in less than perfect circumstances. Shug will tug on your heart strings and make you care.

Ì really enjoyed this book and so did many of the girls in my classroom.

[b][i]How was life when you were 12? Did you find it tough fitting in?[/i][/b]



A Little Sunshine

  Posted by Jemi , 23 March 2012 · 224 views

We could all do with a little sunshine! And thanks to the lovely [b][i]Siv Maria[/i][/b] over at [url="http://sivmaria.blogspot.com/"]Been there, Done that[/url], I've got a little extra to spread around :)


[left]Here are the questions that go along with the award...

[b]Favourite Number[/b]: don't really have one, but my son wore 10 in hockey so let's go with that[/left]
[left][b]Favourite Colour[/b]: to wear? Blue. To have around me? Green. To enjoy? Red & purple.[/left]
[left][b]Favourite animal[/b]: wolf or gorilla[/left]
[left][b]Favourite non-alcoholic drink[/b]: chai tea[/left]
[left][b]Facebook or Twitter[/b]: Twitter - I haven't joined FB yet :)[/left]
[left][b]My passions are[/b]: my family, teaching, reading, writing, music, sports [/left]
[left][b]Getting or giving presents[/b]: giving![/left]
[left][b]Favourite pattern[/b]: 1, 4, 9, 16, 25... (square numbers) (sorry, couldn't resist - plus I don't wear patterns)[/left]
[left][b]Favourite Day of the Week[/b]: Saturday[/left]
[left][b]Favourite Flower[/b]: Daisy[/left]
Thanks as well to the wonderful [b][i]Kela McClelland[/i][/b] over at [url="http://teardropsonmybook.blogspot.ca/"]Teardrops on My Book[/url]. Kela awarded me the Versatile Blogger award. I'm supposed to tell you 7 random things, but I've already shared enough for today. :) I hope you'll pop on over and visit Kela though!

I'm not going to follow the pass-along rules (shock, I know!), but I'd like anyone who wants to, to snag either of these awards. If you visit here, you definitely bring me some sunshine!

[b][i]Choose one of the questions and give me your answer![/i][/b][/left]



Pro(logue) or Con

  Posted by Jemi , 19 March 2012 · 194 views

How do you feel about prologues? I hope you'll pop on over to [url="http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/"]From the Write Angle[/url] and join in the discussion! See you there :)

[i](I've turned off comments in the hopes you'll join me - thanks!)[/i]




  Posted by Jemi , 14 March 2012 · 209 views

So, how do you...

... feel when you delete 15 pages - but know your story is better?

... like your steak? I don't understand 'blue' and 'rare' myself. I don't want that poor beast mooing at me from the plate!

... add your blog posts to Goodreads? (yeah, I haven't figured this one out yet *sigh*) (edited to add: Now I know! Thanks Stephen! :))

... deal with telemarketers who continue to call despite our number being on the 'do not call' list?

... stop your characters chattering away in your brain at 4 a.m.?

... choose in Rock, Paper, Scissors?

... like doing those taxes?

... choose which book to read next from your TBR list?

[b]Yup. My brain is very random today. Any answers? :)[/b]



Stephen Tremp & The Higgs Boson

  Posted by Jemi , 12 March 2012 · 324 views

You wake up in the morning and step on the scale. You take a sip of coffee and the gears in your brain start to crank up. You smile because even though you may not have lost any weight, you understand scientifically how your weight is determined. The quantity of your mass and the force of gravity determines your weight.

Okay. You get it. Mass + the force of gravity = weight. But wait. You take another sip of coffee and your brain picks up speed. You dig a little deeper, scratch your head, and wonder just what the heck determines your mass? What gives mass its mass? You’re not quite satisfied as you want more answers but don’t have them. Well, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in great company. This is one of the most-asked and hotly pursued questions in all of physics today. What determines mass?[/size][url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Sq5ZtHneJ1o/T1hOREu8ARI/AAAAAAAAEUg/PfS5EjDOirw/s1600/fermilab.jpg"][size=2][img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Sq5ZtHneJ1o/T1hOREu8ARI/AAAAAAAAEUg/PfS5EjDOirw/s320/fermilab.jpg[/img][/size][/url][size=2]
[color=#3333ff][b]Enter the Higgs Boson and the Standard Model.[/b][/color]

[size=2]“The standard model describes the behaviour and interactions of all of the most fundamental particles we have seen. The model was developed throughout the 20th century and finalised when the existence of quarks, the particles that make up protons and neutrons, was confirmed in the 1970s. At the time many of the particles predicted by the standard model were yet to be seen. Over the years since then, physicists have ticked these particles off, one by one, like items on a shopping list. Now they are left with just one remaining unfound particle — the Higgs boson.” ([/size][url="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/basic-space/2011/11/27/why-the-higgs-boson-matters"][color=#993399][size=2]Kelly Oakes[/size][/color][/url][size=2])

Eureka! After years of frustrating tests, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at [/size][url="http://public.web.cern.ch/public"][color=#993399][size=2]CERN[/size][/color][/url][size=2] detected events that hint at identifying the sub-atomic particle called The Higgs Boson. Then, just last week. “new measurements were announced by scientists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory indicate that the elusive Higgs boson may nearly be cornered. After analyzing the full data set from the Tevatron accelerator, which completed its last run in September 2011, the two independent experiments see hints of a Higgs boson.” ([/size][url="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120307083629.htm"][color=#993399][size=2]Science Daily[/size][/color][/url][size=2])[/size]
[b][color=#3333ff]Why Should I Care?[/color][/b] (Doing a spit take with the remainder of my coffee) Why indeed! LHC experiments will address questions such as what gives matter its mass, what the invisible 96% of the Universe is made of, why nature prefers matter to antimatter and how matter evolved from the first instants of the Universe’s existence. Some are talking increasingly of the "New Physics" on the horizon that could totally change current views of the universe and how it works.

Yes folks, we may very well be unlocking more of the secrets of our universe and our place in it! Exciting stuff for sure. So stay tuned!

Stephen Tremp, author of the BREAKTHROUGH series, has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers.

His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other scientific research facilities around the world. These potential advances have the ability to change the way we perceive our universe and our place in it!

You can visit Stephen Tremp at [/size][url="http://breakthroughblogs.blogspot.com/"][color=#993399][size=2]Breakthrough Blogs[/size][/color][/url][size=2]. BREAKTHROUGH and OPENING can be downloaded:

Download Opening: [/size][url="http://tinyurl.com/7x57ua9"][color=#993399][size=2]Amazon Kindle $1.99[/size][/color][/url][size=2]

Download Breakthrough: [/size][url="http://tinyurl.com/29zwtkc"][color=#993399][size=2]Amazon Kindle for $1.99[/size][/color][/url][size=2]
[size=4]Thanks so much for dropping by, Stephen! I wonder if all these discoveries will help us figure out how to lose some of that mass??? [/size]

[b][i][size=4]So, anyone out there pondering some of these mysteries of the universe?[/size][/i][/b]



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