Archive for March 2nd, 2013

March 2, 2013

Liebster Award

by darkjade68

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First of all I’d like to Thank Alina @ Blackrooster’s Stories for Nominating “Legends Undying” for The Liebster Award.

Usually I accept Awards on Behalf of Our Blog, but in this particular case she specifically aimed it at both me, and the Site.

That being the case, I’ll go ahead and Answer her Questions Below directly from myself.

But I have to say, though I may be the Captain of this Ship, the Site’s Life and Anima is based on all of the Writer’s Associated with the Site Combined… We are a Team… But I thank you none the less Alina. Alina has also been a Backup Writer for “Legends Undying”.

The rules:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award on to 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the bloggers that you nominated them!)
  • You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blogger who nominated your blog!
  • You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image; there are plenty of them!)

Because we are a Multi-Writer Site, I won’t be passing this Award Along.

11 Facts About Me:

1) I pursued Film Making From 2000-2003, Screenplay Writing from 2003-2005, and began pursuing Writing Books in August, 2011, through the Present

2) I am a Huge Yankees Fan

3) I have a Cat Named Baron (Named after Timothy Dalton’s Character in the 80’s “Flash Gordon” Film, Lol

4) My First Car was a 1980 Chevy Monza, which originally was owned by my Grandpa who had passed away, and left it to my Uncle

5) Favorite Color Blue

6) Favorite Number 7

7) I was Married once for a year

8) Favorite Fast Food is Taco Bell (Eating it now, oh yeah, Lol)

9) Favorite Actress is Maggie Smith

10) First Dream was to be a Professional Baseball Pitcher (Thanks to Nolan Ryan), Second Dream to be a Movie Director (Thanks to George Lucas)

11) Favorite Food as a kid, Chicken and Dumplings

Answers to Alina’s Questions:

1 ) Your favorite book is…

“Hamlet… Though I guess that is Technically a Play, so I’ll also say “The Sword Of Shannara”.

2) What bugs you the most about the times we live in?

“Lies… The Truth is kind of a big deal to me”

3) What do you love the most about the times we live in?

“Freedom… And Medicine is a hell of a lot better these days as well”

4) Do you have a nickname, if yes, what it is?

“Argh, where do I begin, Lol Jimmy was what I was called until I was like 10 or 11… Mom also called me JP (James Patrick). Then I was Jim until I was like 31, now I go by my Birth name of James, which I prefer. Some do call me Jade these days as well, which I like”

Do you have a pen name, if yes, what it is?

“Well, I have an Internet Pseudo-name, DarkJade… But I decided to stick with my Real Name on my Published Work”

When did you start writing?

“Wow… Young… I always Loved Creative Writing… My first actual Book Effort was when I was somewhere between the age of 9 and 11 I believe.”

Is computer your friend?

“Yes… I’ve always Loved Computers… Ever since Apple way back when… Though I’ve never owned an Apple, mainly because of the price. My first Computer was a Commodore 64, Lol I took typing at the age of 15, because I felt Computers were the way of the future… And so since then I’ve always been able to type at least 50 to 60 words a minute… Which helped with Data Entry Jobs many years ago, but makes Writing a Breeze. Computers Kick A$$, Lol”

What’s your most pronounced personality trait?

“Wow, that’s tough picking one about yourself… I’d say my ‘Shyness’ was definitely it up until I was maybe 19, after I had done several years of Theater Acting. That opened me up to people at least, which helped me ever since in my being able to communicate and relate to people. Now though? I’d like to hope my Kindness, or maybe my Ability to Communicate. Not sure, hard to say about myself these days.”

When do you think robots will be “smart” enough to do our dirty work for us?

“Well, I suspect they already do some of it for us… But I hope never much more than it is now… Have you seen “IRobot”? Bad stuff, Lol Or “Stealth”? Not much better… Then there’s always “Terminator”, Lol BOOM!!”

Who’s the funniest person you know?

“My Brother… Without a doubt… When I don’t reach the phone in time, there’s hell to pay on that Answering Machine, Lol And it Echoes all through the house, Lol”

Horror or comedy?

“Comedy… But more specifically, ‘Romantic Comedy’… “Sleepless In Seattle” is probably my Favorite Romantic Comedy. I’m not big on Pig’s Blood as far as Horror, Lol. Though I do like Suspense, like “Silence of the Lamb”.”


After Reading Alina’s Great Questions, if any of Our Writers would Like to Post Answers to those same Questions, consider them passed on to you from me. You can Post them whenever you’d like. Very Cool Questions.

Thanks again Alina for Nominating both “Legends Undying”, and myself.



March 2, 2013

Ornamental Drive

by cobbies69

Sunday 3rd March 2013

Rhinefield or Ornamental Drive or Rhododendron Drive. (Locally known)

At the time of bloom this length of road is probably one of the most beautiful parts in the whole of the New Forest.  I have been along this road many times by car and by foot, and I cannot praise it’s beauty enough. It just has to be seen to be believed.

Rhododendrons on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive

Rhinefield! It’s an unusual name that is thought to derive from the Old English for ‘the open land where rye was grown’.

Rhinefield House, built in 1877 on the site of an even older New Forest lodge, the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive and the nearby Blackwater Arboretum are all on Rhinefield Road – the road leading from Brockenhurst towards the A35 Lyndhurst-Christchurch road.

Rhinefield house

Back in the years of 1972 -74 Rhinefield House, the hotel, was owned by a man called Oliver Cutts, and it use to have themed medieval nights. Dinner banquets. My mother used to work at the hotel as a cook and hotel attendant, and on the banquet nights she dressed the style and became a Wench. No knives and forks just fingers and mugs of mead. This she use to do this for the fun of it. She had a great reputation as a cook.

The house is now a hotel and apartments,  and health spa, whilst the Ornamental Drive and Arboretum are home to a wonderful collection of exotic trees, many of which were planted in the late 1850’s. Mature specimens line the road, whilst a way-marked trail has been created to take visitors on foot past many other notable specimens.

The Tall Trees Trail, a clearly marked circular 2.5 kilometers (1½ miles) walk, starts close to the Blackwater car park – go under the wooden arch on the edge of the car park, cross the road, continue for a short distance along the gravel track leading to the Arboretum, and turn right by the handrails. It also passes the Brock Hill car park which provides an alternative start point, and is on fairly level ground over a quite smooth, graveled track.

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Look out in particular for the enormous coast redwoods, giant sequoia, black spruce, red spruce and Douglas firs, and also for the wide range of birds that find food and shelter in the trees – bramblings, siskins, redpolls, bullfinches, goldfinches, goldcrests, firecrests and hawfinches are all regularly seen.

The nearby Arboretum contains an impressive collection of often colourful trees from around the world, and is also well worth a visit.

There is no entrance charge for either the Tall Trees Trail or the Arboretum.

I had recently been on this trail and the tree pictures are mine as is the Rhinefield house. Many years ago before all these trails were done, I met up with some campers who were in to collecting bug and insects, and several warm days several of us would scour the ground, lifting rotting wood and leaves and trying find that elusive rare beetle or insect.  I believe he actually found one, have no idea what though.



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March 2, 2013

Footprints – Part XII

by Gaston Prereth

“By the decree of Cristden, head technician, all should gather at twelve noon in the hall of stars.  At this time, all functions of the universe should be switched off. This means all doors unlocked, all lights turned off, all medical equipment shut down. Failure to do this will result in this continued pestilence and corruption. If all comply, then by this very afternoon, this whole crisis will have been resolved and all who live in this universe shall be moved towards a greater understanding of God. Do not delay. We must all do this together, or the universe will collapse and we shall all meet God sooner than he wishes. He has shown us the path. Do not listen to the Monks. All must gather at the hall of stars at noon today.”

A technicians stood on each corner of the centre square of the village repeating this message in loud clear voices. As they bellowed their way through each line, the words reverberated up the residential roads. The villagers seemed to be caught in a loop with the criers, standing and listening to the message a few times before rushing to their house, only to then come bustling back to listen again.

The Deacon was sitting on the stone bench that had so often been frequented by Frederick, with the rest of the monks sat on the grass before him. He led them through the prayer cycles, his soft drone doing nothing to block out the repeated calls of the technicians.

As they finished their third cycle, the Deacon felt the enthusiasm of some of the younger monks falter and wane. The constant barrage of the proclamation was having an obvious effect on his order. He could already see the doubt rising in the younger monks eyes. This was to be expected, but what eventually stopped the Deacon in his recital was the demeanour of his more experienced brethren. They were becoming distracted, almost fidgety.

“Brothers,” he said when the final words of the last prayer disappeared into the sea of Cristden’s decree, “sometimes the Lord wants us to live in the luxury of his world so that we can marvel at his magnificence, but other times God wants us to show our devotion to him and to show that we do not take him for granted. It is times like this that we must keep our faith close to us and guard against the doubts bred by those who have fallen from God’s grace.”

“But what if we are wrong? What if Cristden has found a solution to the problem? What if he can stop the world from dying?” said a monk with wandering, restless eyes.

“Brother Thomas, I cannot answer those questions, because in asking them you have already removed God from the universe. Come here, come here.” As he spoke the Deacon got off the stone bench and bent onto the floor on all fours. “Now Brother Thomas, do what I do. Place your ear to the ground and tell me what you hear.”

“I hear nothing, but the background hum of the universe.”

“Then you do hear something. You are hearing God, my dear brother. You are hearing that he is still with us. So when you ask questions like ‘what if the technician’s can stop the world dying’, you are forgetting one important thing. God is still with us, and if God is still with us the world cannot be dying.”

“Or the world cannot be saved.” Said Brother Compton in his flat voice. “It may be that God wants us to perish, and if that is the case then nothing the technician’s can do will save us.”

“Thank you, Brother Compton.” Said the Deacon swiftly. “Brothers, do not think that because the villagers have become caught up in the excitement of the technician’s false promises, that we too must join them. We must stand firm and hold our faith up high for all to see. They will see God again, and it is by our example that the village will return to one of God’s luxury. Let us turn all the lights on. Turn everything on. Let us show the village the true greatness of the Lord.”

Continued in Footprints- Part XIII