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Trent P. McDonald Musician, composer, author, photographer, general creative.

Gull and Crab

A Few Photos from Cape Cod

Since I need to go through all of the photos I took in Colorado and I know I’ll be taking 1000 more photos at the end of the month, so I decided to edit some photos I took the last weekend in July when I was down on Cape Cod.  This was a short trip to the cottage, so not tons of photos, but a couple of pretty good ones.  Or at least I like them ;)

Not a great photo, but I thought it was cool to see a bunch of seal off of Chapin Beach (in the full photo there are about a dozen others stretched out in a line).

Seals

Also on Chapin is this guy with his fresh seafood breakfast.

Gull and Crab

What would be a group of Cape photos without an Osprey?

Osprey taking off

Or two?

Osprey flying

And, of course, there are always Great Blue Herons around.

Great Blue Heron

I hope you enjoyed this little taste of Cape Cod!

Wisps – #writephoto -Towards the Light

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Photo by Sue Vincent

Note – this is the latest part of the story, Towards the Light.  Click here for previous.  Go to the Table of Contents. Or start at the beginning: (click here for part 1 – The Tunnel)

“Be patient, my friend,” a voice whispered in my ear.

I jumped.  I had fallen asleep on the vast, stony plain waiting for the deep, rocky voice to make up its mind.  The eastern sky was beginning to lighten and showed me that it wasn’t really a plain.  There were hills and outcroppings, yet nothing lived in the desert of stone.

“Who…?” I started to ask.

“Shhhh,” the voice said, like a breeze through the trees.  “Just listen, don’t speak.  Don’t nod.  Don’t acknowledge me in any way.”

I felt a deep rumble and heard a voice, like an earthquake, repeating, “What to do?  What to do?  What to do?” over and over. Continue reading

Preorder for Kindle – the Fireborn

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The Kindle version The Fireborn is available.  If you purchase it, it will be delivered to your device on Monday August 21.

For the US it is here.
For the UK it is here
For Canada it is here
For Australia it is here

It is available other places, so if you want to preorder from someplace else, you can search your Amazon for Trent McDonald The Fireborn.

I hope you enjoy!

Hidden Figures – Almost a Review

hidden-figures

A few weeks ago, I read the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.  I really liked the book and can’t imagine the movie covering one tenth the ground it did.  There is so much context and background in the book, and yet I know the author was still only scratching the surface.

This is not a review of the book (review = excellent.  Read it).  I just want to say something about the book, something that I thought about as I read it but that is even more relevant after the recent events in Charlottesville.

A lot of this book is about racism at its ugliest, but also how some people were able to rise above it, or perhaps “rise in spite of it” would be a better phrase.  A little background about how hard it was for people of color, and blacks in particular, to get ahead in the pre-World War II era was needed to place the events of the book in context.  There were black professionals back then, but for the most part they were segregated, dealing with the black community at much lower pay than their white counterparts.  The idea brought out in the book that they had to accomplish twice as much to achieve half of the recognition, unfortunately, is still with us to some degree to this day. Continue reading

Weekly Smile 85 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I’m sorry this is so late.  I was supposed to get in mid-afternoon yesterday but got home after midnight.  Oh well, so it goes.  In case you didn’t see my other posts, I was away for most of the last week.  Where was I?  Colorado.

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If you follow my blog you will see more about this trip in a later post.  I’m not sure when I’ll be able to go through all of the photos, but you can be sue I’ll have a photo post.  I did send a few phone-photos to social media before I broke my phone (another story for another day ;) ), like this one: Continue reading

Weekly Smile 84 Recap!

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I wasn’t around much last week, so I didn’t really have as much time to follow your smiles as I would have liked.  With a week that hatred and violence dominated the news, I do need to concentrate even more on the smiles.  We need to smile at each other more.  I truly believe there are more of us out there than there are those with bigotry and hatred.  One of the things I smile about the most is how open this little corner of the blogsphere can be.  There are no borders, no boundaries.  Different skin color is something to celebrate, not hate.  People of different religions speak freely with each other as friends.  Gay, straight, trans, or any of the rainbow collection of sexuality, all are welcome with an open hand.  If I find a blog that discriminates, i don’t follow it, and luckily, nobody has ever posted a nasty comment on my blog.  If they did, it would be gone.  This is a great group of people here and it makes me smile :) Continue reading

Cover Reveal – The Fireborn!

Fireborn Cover

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…

Do you see that wonderful picture at the top?  That’s right, that is the cover of The Fireborn!  Don’t you just love it?  As with the cover of Seasons of Imagination, this picture was created by the multi-talented Belinda Borradaile from over at Idiot Writing.

I couldn’t be happier with the cover.  I hope you like it too!

Mark your calendar – the official release will be on August 21!

Promo Video – Again

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In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…

I have put up a series of posts about The Fireborn talking about some of the main ideas – the main character, Elliot; the Cauldron; the fireborn; and the sword.  You can get to them all at The Fireborn page.

So, after reading those pages, I want you to revisit my little promotional video.

(Click here if you don’t see the video)

Now that you know a little more about the book, does the video make more sense?

The Fireborn will be released on August 21.  Look for links to preorder the Kindle version soon!

 

 

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile 84 Reminder

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Some of you may know that my big smile is that I am not here!  Actually, I am writing this on Wednesday.  I am out in Colorado.  So I am sure I am smiling!  Obviously Colorado will be smile for next week too, so for this week, I will say that the anticipation of travel is what I was smiling about when I wrote this.

So, what made you smile this week?  Write about it and put your link in the comments below or do a ping back to this post.  (InLinkz has been getting funny so I dropped it.)   Next week I will do a recap post before I put up my weekly smile and include all of the links and even the short smiles people leave in the comments.  Yes, that’s right, if you just leave a smile as a comment, i.e., you don’t do a post, I’ll include that in the recap too!  So let me know what you smiled about!

Not sure the “rules” for the Weekly Smile?  Check here.

Last Week’s Smiles!

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Note – the Weekly Smile runs Wednesday Morning to Wednesday morning. I post in the morning (Eastern US) and put up the link usually between 7 and 8 AM EST. I also try to post on Sunday as a reminder. People can and do join throughout the week.  Sometime Wednesday morning before I post a new smile, I will post a Smile Recap of the week before.  have fun and Smile! :)

If We Were Having Coffee on the 12th of August

Coffe on the Road

Hello!  I can’t come to the blog right now.  Please leave a message at the…

Oh, hi!  I’m sorry, I’m not home.  I’m traveling.  Yep, I am far from home and have a full agenda so I don’t really have time to talk.  We can sip some coffee and such, but…

Where am I?  Well, I have no idea since I am writing this on Wednesday, but i do know it is someplace in Colorado.

Don’t worry, there will by photos to come!! Continue reading