Much like a pilgrim stumping up a long, steep hill, I’ve slowed on my posting of 100 Spanish Photos series (now 200 Spanish Photos!), but I have vowed to travel onward! Next stop? Ponferrada. The name means iron (ferrada) bridge (pon). Alas, the bridge was unremarkable. But the castle? Quite the opposite.
It is called the Templar Castle, built in the 13th century atop the remains of a Visogothic fort. Underneath this Visogothic fort lay the Roman one, which overlay a pre-Roman castro.
It was such a perfect day for exploring.
Looking out from the walls, you see the city below, and the thick bricks.
The road paralleling the wall leads to the church, standing proud and distinguished at the city center.
What treasures do the towers and thick walls hold? The most valuable things of all.
Lavishly illustrated, this book is the Cosmography of Claudio Ptolomeo from the 15th century. It is on loan from Paris. What is next? What is always next, on the Camino de Santiago …
Searching for the yellow shell at every intersection, and walking onward.
If you’ve missed any of the photos in this series, feel free to backtrack over here.
I have a couple of permanently free collections – one serious fantasy with a fellow author (The Ruling Elite and Other Stories) and one humorous fantasy (A Fairy Tail and Out of the Bag). Check out my “published works” page for links.
I’ve mentioned before on this site that permafree can be a good method of getting eyes on your books, even if it is no longer as effective as it used to be. This week, Lindsay Buroker has some great suggestions on how to push those free books, despite Amazon’s attempts to hide them:
And once you have read that, you might want to check out my list of places where you can advertise permafree books.
Luck and skill to all. 🙂
If you can ignore the hideously high prices of real estate, food, gas, (and, well, everything else), the geographical disasters – mudslides, earthquakes, wildfires, droughts – and the occasional civil unrest (riots, shootings, muggings, oh my!) then the Los Angeles area has a lot to recommend it. The weather is famous with sunny skies and mild temperatures practically year round. And although the earthquakes are a nuisance sometimes, they do have nice side effects: gigantic mountains. If you’re a hiker like me, that’s a good thing.
Los Angeles also has its fair share of, shall we say, unique individuals. For example, a few months back, this made the news. Some overly muscled young men, one presumes, lugged a piano up to the top of a nearby hill. Witness:
My hiking friend Sara and I had to check this out. Which had nothing to do with the prospect of overly muscled young men, I assure you. Is it getting warm in here? Anyhow, early one Sunday morning we set off on a ridgeline path on the Topanga Lookout Trail that ended in views like these:
Alas, the piano had disappeared, perhaps pushed over the edge into the brush below? We will never know. We were too busy checking out the colorful graffiti. And the 360 degree view.
The day was a bit warm, but the breezes are nice up high here, and you’ll seldom find a better view in the round. The three muskateers, Rudy, Kima, and Misha, smiled their approval.
In case you’re in the area (about 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles), here’s another link for the Topanga Lookout Trail. Recommended!
A nice simple formula that will help you write a blurb.
Technically, a “synopsis” is the summary you write about your book. A “blurb” is an endorsement usually written by someone else, singing your praises. But, neither here nor there, we know what we’re talking about. We want a short, snappy, sales pitch that makes our book sell. We want a summary that calls to the right readers. We want a description that makes money!
Where to start…
Let’s start with a simple formula:
Plot, Problem, Possibility.
1) What’s the plot of your story? We need a general description of the situation.
2) We need a problem (usually following the plot and proceeded by the word ‘but’ or ‘however’).
3) We need the possibility that our hero may overcome the problem.
Let’s insert a book we all know into this formula. How about Green Eggs and Ham?
Plot: Sam tries to get someone to eat…
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