My Blog Day on #RB4U & Happy 4th!


I’m back! Lots of twists and turns in this author’s life of mine and I’ll blog them all in a day or two. To begin…

RB4U purpleToday is my blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. I’m talking about the mystery of messages that wash up on beaches in bottles . Very interesting, if I do say so myself.  Come see!
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/07/message-in-bottle-by-rose-anderson.html

Today is the 4th of July, and as I so recently completed edits on my newest– The Changeling— I thought it might be interesting to post a historical tidbit regarding one of the most important editing jobs in history.

jeffersonAfter Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he sent copies to several close friends. One friend, fellow Virginian Richard Henry Lee took issue with the changes Congress had made and told them so.

“I wish sincerely, as well for the honor of Congress, as for that of the States, that the Manuscript had not been mangled as it is. It is wonderful, and passing pitiful, that the rage of change should be so unhappily applied. However the Thing is in its nature so good, that no Cookery can spoil the Dish for the palates of Freemen.”

The idea wasn’t original, people had been trying it for hundreds of years. The concept gained reason and strength during the period of history known as the Enlightenment (a fascinating era to study, by the way).

Cherished American mythology simply paints both the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War that followed as rebellion against a tyrant king. The truth is, there is far more to the document and the war than what the myths tell us. The founders based their bold idea upon the best of concepts of human rights in the free (notice I said free) Ancient world, namely Ancient Greece and Rome. The United States of America was designed from the get go to be a democratic republic based upon ideals of a democratic Greece and the republic of Rome. It was to be the “golden temple on the hill” — In other words, the ideals of the Enlightenment made tangible. But there was more to it than even that. In fact, the golden hill philosophy was the frosting on the cake. The bakers of this cake were the founding fathers of the United States.

These Declaration drafters and signers were the cream of the crop. They were educated, self-made men of standing sent to represent their colony’s interests. At the time, raw materials were being harvested at a tremendous rate and the lands harvested laid waste. The products from these materials were manufactured elsewhere and then sold back to the colonies at high cost rather than the colonies making their own goods with local materials to be sold in local markets. These men saw the benefit of keeping resources to be used here, and profited from, here.

The truth behind our beloved myth wasn’t simple, and it wasn’t about tyranny alone. It was reason and finance. And you know what? That doesn’t make it any less potent than the myth of ragtag colonists telling the mean king they weren’t going to pay tax on their tea anymore. I think it makes the idea even bolder because money talks, and armies march on their stomachs. It was a huge risk. King George was loathe to give up the cash cow. Had there been no ocean divide to make the war a drain on English society across the pond, we’d all have free health care and inexpensive education.  :)

American children grew up with this document as mandatory learning in the 8th grade. I recommend reading it with an adult’s eyes. It really is an astounding act of defiance. The unedited version must have been amazing. Read it and follow it up with the Bill of Rights. These fluid documents were made to grow with us. The romantic idea of a self-governing people was a good one. I certainly felt Enlightened after I read them with my adult perspective.

More~
The Declaration document
Jefferson Exhibition at Library of Congress online
Biography of Thomas Jefferson
Vote of the Colonies to Declare Independence
Declaration of Independence, Original Draft – Page 2
Declaration of Independence, Original Draft – Page 3
Jefferson Changes Page 3 – Replaces “Subjects” with “Citizens”
Declaration of Independence, Original Draft – Page 4
Sole Surviving Fragment of Jefferson’s Declaration Notes

Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

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A to Z Road Trip!


Post A-to-Z Road Trip [2013]I’m still busy as heck but came back to the ol’ blog for the 2015 Post-Challenge Road Trip. I haven’t done this before so I’m not sure if this is an annual ending to the event or new for 2015.


What’s a Post-Challenge Road Trip?

The folks running the annual A to Z Challenge are encouraging people to take a final look at all the blogs participating this year.  The blogs I’ve already visited were fantastic, but with family plans looming I don’t think I’ll have time to stop by all 1509 participant blogs this year. I’ll give it my best as time permits.  If you have yet to see the many marvelous posts put up this year, here’s the A to Z participant link.

To Road Trippers stopping here for the first time, the following was my A to Z line-up. I’ve made links so you won’t have to scroll yourself into a hand cramp. Just right click and open a new tab. The information is unusual and fun and if you like to learn as much as I do, there are links on each post to take the topics further. All have historical perspective and some posts are truly strange.

A for Archaeoastronomy
B for (Linear) B
C for Chladni & Cymatics
D for Dreaded Sweat
E for Echo
F for Frost Fair
G for Ghost Ship
H for Heaven & Hell Clubs
I for Ice Harvesting
J for Jersey Devil
K for Kaleidoscope
L for Legends or Lies

M for Monopoly
N for Necropolis Railway
O for Overtoun “dog suicide” Bridge
P for Prehistoric Pigment
Q for Quills & Pens
R for Rat King
S for Spectacles
T for Tree Circus
U for Ukulele
V for Volkswagen
W for Witching
X for XOXO
Y for Yo-yo
Z for Zildjian cymbals

Thanks for stopping. See you next year Road Trippers!

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My 4th of the month blog post can still be found at Romance Books ‘4’ Us
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Weekend Writing Warriors
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There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
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My Sexy Saturday
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Snippet Sunday & more
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Buttering that bread


bread“Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.”
~Bilbo Baggins
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

I’ve just come off the month-long A to Z Challenge, ten days of the Authors in Bloom blog hop, 12 weekend posts, and assorted writing obligations. For the rest of the month, my laptop and I will temporarily part company, but not because I’ve run out of words. I have party plans to see to for my son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law. So much to do!

Until then, do scroll down for the A to Z Challenge posts and follow links to excerpts, wild foods, and more. I hope you enjoy my various posts, there’s a little something for everyone on all my blogs. 

See you soon.
~Rose

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My 4th of the month blog post is still up at Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/05/time-for-flowers-by-rose-anderson.html

Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday & more
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My A to Z Challenge Reflections post


A-to-Z Reflection [2015] - LgWelcome to my A to Z Challenge Reflections post!  First off, thanks so much to the organizers. Well done, folks.
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This is my third year sharing my particular interests in history and historical science. I’m disappointed to say this year’s visitor numbers were considerably lower than last year. I had outstanding numbers last year and gained quite a few blog followers from both 2013 and 2014’s challenges.  I didn’t see that this year. I promoted the same so I’m not sure why the results were so much less. Still, I really enjoy mining information, so in that respect I had a blast. I have big plans for all my A to Z posts and every year gives me more to work with.
That said, I’m grateful to the organizers for a reason to write them!

Here’s my month of posts. By far, the most popular was N for Necropolis Railway. The least was P for Prehistoric Pigment. Do scroll down and enjoy. The information is unusual and fun and if you like to learn as much as I do, there are links to take each topic further.

A for Archaeoastronomy
B for (Linear) B
C for Chladni & Cymatics
D for Dreaded Sweat
E for Echo
F for Frost Fair
G for Ghost Ship
H for Heaven & Hell Clubs
I for Ice Harvesting
J for Jersey Devil
K for Kaleidoscope
M for Monopoly
L for Legends & Lies
N for Necropolis Railway
O for Overtoun “dog suicide” Bridge
P for Prehistoric Pigment
Q for Quills & Pens
R for Rat King
S for Spectacles
T for Tree Circus
U for Ukulele
V for Volkswagen
W for Witching
X for XOXO
Y for Yo-yo
Z for Zildjian cymbals

As far as suggestions go, I would love to be on a mailing list that sends a reminder email in March saying the A to Z Challenge sign-up is on. I checked the site several times a month since the first week in January because I just didn’t know when it opened. If the date for sign-up was posted somewhere, I missed that info.

I visited quite a few participant blogs when time permitted and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hope to do the A to Z Challenge again next year.

Thanks again!


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It’s my 4th of the month blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us
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Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
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My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday & more
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Romance Books ‘4’ Us
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Taking a Breather…


survivor-atoz [2015] - 2Whew! I’ve just completed April’s month-long A to Z Challenge where participants blog the alphabet six out of seven days a week. I hope my visitors found my posts interesting. The A to Z event is always fun for me because I really get into research. There were some great topics this year. As some topics are broader than a single post can cover, all posts have extra links to more information.

If you haven’t been here before, do scroll down and enjoy them.  Some are truly strange.


Z for Zildjian cymbals
Y for Yo-yo
X for XOXO

W for Witching
V for Volkswagen
U for Ukulele
T for Tree Circus
S for Spectacles
R for Rat King
Q for Quills & Pens
P for Pigment
O for Overtoun “dog suicide” Bridge
N for Necropolis Railway
M for MonopolyL for Legends & Lies
K for Kaleidoscope
J for Jersey Devil
I for Ice Harvesting
H for Heaven & Hell Clubs
G for Ghost Ship
F for Frost Fair
E for Echo
D for Dreaded Sweat
C for Chladni & Cymatics
B for (Linear) B
A for Archaeoastronomy

Sometime in the next few days I’ll take part in the participant wrap up and share my thoughts on this year’s event. Until then, I’m going to take a well-deserved blogging break. See you soon!
:D

Read more interesting posts of all kinds. Check out this year’s participant list.


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Weekend Writing Warriors
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There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday & more
**A promo op for you too!**
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/

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Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

Authors~ check out our promo services.
And…Our May contest is coming up. We’ll have prizes!
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

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The A to Z Challenge – Z for Zildjian cymbals #atozchallenge


Last day for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist.

I’ve been blogging the alphabet throughout the month of April (It’s not as easy as you might think). This year’s alphabet was about history and historical science– all things that tickled my fancy or captured my imagination when I stumbled upon them. I hope you’ve found them interesting too. If you’re here for the first time, do scroll down to the rest of April’s offerings. I’m a detail person so all my posts have links to more.

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ZToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter Z ~ Zildjian cymbals

I was an empathetic kid who always felt the emotions of others. If someone somehow got hurt, I swear I could feel it too. If someone cried because they were sad or happy, my heart ached for their pain or swelled with joy for their happiness. Either way, my tears would fall along with theirs. I’ve always been a softy this way. Given this hypersensitivity of mine, marching bands in parades always make me tear up. I never knew why until recently. I’d be fine watching the parade until the band came marching along. When the blasting horns, pounding drums, and clashing cymbals pass by, I can feel the vibration in the hollow of my chest and it feels like emotion to me–a powerful bombardment of emotion that makes my eyes brim with tears. The odd thing is, I’m not alone. There are other parade criers out there. It’s a matter of sensory overload. This occurs when the brain and nervous system get bombarded by too much sensory input and are unable to process and sort out those sensory messages. Call it a pressure release. That said, I love parades –the blasting horns, the pounding drums, and the clashing cymbals. All of it!

As a world drummer, percussion sounds of all sorts works their way into my music. I even have a Zildjian cymbal and what an impressive sound it makes.  And that leads me to this last post for the A to Z Challenge.

That ol’ parade standard ~ The cymbal

Humans are drawn to cause and effect and because of this we like to hit things for sound. Music began the first time someone clapped their hands together rhythmically. From clapping hands and slapping thighs it’s a safe to assume percussion instruments followed. If clapping hands made this sound, what sound do two sticks or bones make when you strike them together? If sticks and bones make that sound, what happens when you strike a stretched hide or a skull? You can see how it may have progressed.  When bronze came on the scene in approximately 3,000 B.C. E., a whole new world of sound experience began with the cymbal.

As far as anyone can tell, cymbals originated in either India or Turkey and have been around a while. Cymbals were also used in Greece to honor Dionysus (The god of wine and ecstasy. Yeah I can see that). They were discovered buried in Pompeii and depicted in ancient mosaics. They were also found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians.

It’s hard to imagine the famed Zildjian cymbal has its roots in alchemy but it does. Sometime in the early 1600s, an alchemist by the name of Avedis was looking for a way to make gold by combing tin, copper, and silver. What he got instead was a metal alloy that could make musical sounds without shattering. From there, inspiration followed.

At the time, cymbals were used for daily calls to prayer, religious feasts and royal weddings, and by the Ottoman army who used the clashing sounds to intimidate their enemies in battle. But Avedis’ newfangled metal cymbal had more going for it than other cymbals of their day. His metal made his not only more pleasant to the ear, the auditory reach went farther. Sultan Osman II, who reigned in this time, was so impressed by the new cymbals, he give the alchemist eighty pieces of gold and bestowed a distinctive name upon Avedis. From that day forward Zildjian was the family name — literally cymbal maker.

Zildjian cymbals have been played by some of the biggest names in music for centuries and are known for their distinctive “bright” sound. They would eventually make their way into the orchestral music of Europe to be used by such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Wagner, and Beethoven. Even Ringo played Zildjians on the Ed Sullivan Show when the Beatles made their American debut.

Since that wayward quest to turn base metals into gold, fifteen generations of Zildjians later, the family now resides in Massachusetts and controls 65% of the world’s cymbal market. Their formula for making their cymbals is a guarded family secret.

More~
5,000 Years In 3,000 Words: Cymbal History

Coming soon ~ The A to Z Wrap-up!

My Other Happenings~

Weekend Writing Warriors
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There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
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My Sexy Saturday
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Snippet Sunday & more
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Authors~
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The A to Z Challenge – Y for Yo-yo #atozchallenge


It’s time for the A to Z Challenge! Hello and welcome to my main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a novelist. Join me and nearly 2000 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason Q and Z are worth 10 points in Scrabble!

For me, this year’s alphabet will be about history and historical science– things that tickle my fancy or capture my imagination. I hope you will find them interesting too.

Keep the topic rolling! If you’ve enjoyed the today’s offering and have comments or questions, add them at the end of the post in the comment section. And…if you enjoy romances with unique twists, a good deal of steam, facts, and characters full of personality and depth, scroll down for a free chapter sampler. I love to make the impossible sound plausible. Suffice to say, I have an unusual mind.
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YToday’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter Y ~ Yo-yo

When you were a child, did you ever see another kid do something and wished you could too? There were several things like that for me. Alas, I wasn’t a very coordinated child. For instance, some of my childhood chums could play paddle ball. Not me. I’d hit myself with the ball or miss the paddle completely.  Twirl a baton? Nope. Jump double dutch jump rope? Not a chance. I could barely handle one rope let alone two. Another one was the yo-yo. I recall having only three good drops before the yo-yo stalled at the end of the string. But I had friends who could do tricks with their yo-yo’s, cool tricks like walk the dog where the yo-yo spins on the floor and actually comes back to your hand with a flick of the wrist. “It’s all in the wrist”, they said. Ha. It was all in their wrist.

The yo-yo ~ not just another toy

Early_Yo-yo_playerBelieve it or not, the yo-yo has been around a long time. Some consider it to be the second oldest toy in history (the doll being older) but there isn’t concrete proof of that opinion. That the yo-yo shows up in many cultures around the world does suggest the yo-yo is a very old invention. A version of the yo-yo (what we’d call the diablo today) shows up in China nearly 4000 years ago. They also show up on Egyptian temple walls

Yo-yo’s used as toys in ancient Greece around 500 B.C.E. were discovered in archeological digs, and were made of metal, wood, and terra cotta and decorated with images of the gods. Though some historians argue these findings could simply be spools of thread, artwork on Grecian urns depict children doing yo-yo tricks such as walk the dog.

What’s in a name?

The word yo-yo is from Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines. Translated it means come come. I’ve found conflicting opinion on what the native people there actually using the yo-yo for. Some say it was just a toy. Others say it was a weapon and point to yo-yo artifacts at least 400 years old with knife-sharp edges and studs attached to 20-foot ropes for flinging at enemies. Hmm…why not? Bolas and slings were used as weapons. If you could fling a spinning blade at an enemy 20 feet away, you’d certainly have an edge. No pun intended. lol 

The yo-yo arrived in France in the 1700s and became all the 1791-Yo-Yo-Bandalorerage among high society. Even future King Louis XVII’s portrait was painted with him with a yo-yo in his hand. Later, the toy would be called l’emigrette, (the émigré), named for the aristocrats who fled France when the revolution began. To the English aristocrats, the toy was the bandalore or quiz. Illustrations from this time clearly show the yo-yo’s common appeal. From soldiers to kings, everyone played with the yo-yo. There are even paintings and sketches of Napoleon playing with his.

yo-yo-kitchenerThe yo-yo as we know it begins in the 1920s with Pedro Flores, a young Filipino émigré. While yo-yo’s were  a common toy for passing the time in the Philippines it was virtually unknown in 1920s America. Pedro worked as a bellhop at a Santa Monica hotel and played with his wooden yo-yo on his breaks. He soon found himself drawing crowds of interested people. Seeing opportunity, he carved wooden yo-yo’s by hand and sold them. Before long, he had his own company– the Flores Yo-Yo Company.

Donald F. Duncan, inventor and entrepreneur, discovered Pedro’s yo-yo during a business trip to California and was intrigued. He bought the Flores Yo-Yo Company along with the yo-yo name in 1929. After tinkering with the toy, Duncan added the looped slip-string that allowed players to make their advanced yo-yo tricks.

Whatever their age, origin, or use, since the 1930s, over half a billion yo-yos have been made and sold.

More~

Yo-yo Ninja Part 2

A brief history of the yo-yo

How to be a yo-yo player

The Duncan Yo-yo Youtube Channel — more awe-inspiring yo-yo champs here. Warning: Turn your volume down!

More~

Tomorrow is the last ~ letter Z!!

My Other Happenings~

Weekend Writing Warriors
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There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
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My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday
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Romance Books ‘4’ Us
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Authors~
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And…Our April contest is on. We have prizes!
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