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Bowie

Posted in Heroes, Music, Music Video, News, Writing with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2016 by darkjade68

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“How do you capture a Moon Beam… You Don’t”

DAVID BOWIE

1947 – Four Days Ago

We All Grieve In Our Own Way

I recently joined Instagram, and that’s where I found out that David Bowie had passed

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I was like… Loss? What are they talking about… So I clicked it

Bowie had just Released a New Album on Friday, January 8th (Also His Birthday), so I was totally confused by the Tweet, until I checked it out…

I immediately started crying… And pretty much couldn’t stop for the next hour

Ironically he’s in a Photo with Freddy Mercury in the Tweet, who was, and is my all time Favorite Vocalist… However, David Bowie was my Second Favorite Vocalist…

And beyond that… They’re both ‘beyond human’ to me… Truly ‘timeless’… ‘Enigmatic’… More than words can say actually

bowie-red-hairMy Personal Relationship (Meaning when he became important to me), was in the 80’s

In 1981 with Freddy

And 1983 with the “Lets Dance” Album

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He also starred in a Movie that my Brother and I both really liked

merryAnd in 1986, “Labyrinth”

labyrinth-1986-posterHe was Amazing in “Labyrinth”… Magical… Alluring… And Hilarious… He was Bowie

This one below is one of my Favorite Bowie Songs

 

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But in truth, the more years that went by, the more important, and meaningful David Bowie became to me… Not because of any new Music, but rather I came to realize more and more how Iconic and Amazing he is

At one point I heard he owned a Bank… Maybe he did

The thing is, I’m not a ‘traditional fan’ of anyone really… When people mean something to me, I keep it in the inside mostly… No posters on the wall… Or constant focus on them… Mostly when I catch wind of something about them, or come across a piece of their work, part of me just pauses… And appreciates… Such was the relationship with Bowie over the last 30 years

He became a Mystery to me really…

And I always hoped he’d reemerge… In fact, I was so excited about the New Album… Not for the Music… But more to Hear and See him more again in our Society

But to be honest, all of that was Dashed away when I found out the news

And for the first time in my Life, I find myself wanting Posters of him… I created a David Bowie Pandora Channel, and have been listening to it

There is a whole world that I don’t know about him from the late 80’s to now… And before the 80’s, there are songs that I love by him, but I never really owned any of them… And so sadly, as he leaves, I will begin my Journey into his last 30 years… And his life prior to the 80’s

This is one of my all time favorite songs by Bowie Below

I’m not really sure this post truly conveys how much he means to me… He’s truly one of the most important human beings in my life

Not, like I say, in the traditional ‘super fan’ way… But more as an Artist, and Human Being

I am truly saddened, and changed by his departure

Though he will always be with me… People don’t really die for me… I think of it as more of a loss at a chance to actually meat them, and tell them what they mean to me

God Speed Bowie…

Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

(Horatio To Hamlet)

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PICTURE CREDITS – ToxicStills , David Bowie

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New Author’s Blog

Posted in Author's Blog, Editing, News, Writing on July 25, 2012 by darkjade68

Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know about my New Author’s Blog

It’s just something I’ll be putting into the inside page of My Novella “I Died Once”, in addition to a list of my other blogs.

Jump over there and Follow it if you like, The Follow Button is at the Bottom of the Page.

I’ll just be doing Updates Etc. on there in regards to anything, and everything Editing, Book Cover, and Self Publishing related Etc…

Nothing’s going to change on this Site, The Author’s Blog is just Designed to Focus on what I’m going to be Publishing at any given time.

But I’ll still be Writing about it here as well… So, like I say, nothing’s changing on this Site.

Thanks Guys

DarkJade-

Kickstarter Was A Success… Soon My Novella Will Be Self Published!

Posted in Fiction, I Died Once, Kickstarter, Life, News, Novella, Self Publishing, Writing on July 12, 2012 by darkjade68

Kickstarter Was A Success… Soon My Novella Will Be Self Published!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I was able to Hit My Kickstarter Goal for Editor Funds, and My Novella “I Died Once” should be Edited, and Self Published within 3 to 5 weeks!

 

 

Here’s the Final Front and Back Cover, Designed with My Good Friend Kirsty’s Help…

I’ve begun Editing it with My Sister, and trying to Convince her to TAKE THE MONEY! I just Collected with Kickstarter, as I really feel she is a Good Enough Editor for My Book.

She showed up on Tuesday with her English Rule Book, and away we went…

Besides, she brought me Taco Bell, what else can you ask from an Editor?? Lol

Worse case Scenario, if she won’t take the money, then I told her she could Contribute it right back towards Hiring an Artist for My Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha“, which is the next thing I will be Focusing on.

We got 1/3 Done, and after she left, I looked over the work, and I really feel she knows what she’s doing.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know, thanks for all your Encouragement, I’m really rather Speechless about the fact that I reached the goal… Like I said, I don’t know all that many people, but the one’s I don know, I am very close to… And My other Sister, My Mom, and My Friend Heloise all helped to Let People that they knew, know about it, which also helped.

Nuff Said

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“I Died Once” Kickstarter Project

Posted in Editing, Fiction, I Died Once, Kickstarter, Life, News, Novella, Story, Writing with tags on June 20, 2012 by darkjade68

“I Died Once” Kickstarter Project

After much deliberation, and truly determining that My Eldest Sister just doesn’t have time to Edit My Novella “I Died Once”, I finally decided to give “Kickstarter” a go…

I’m going to need to Hire an Editor for the Project, so I want to make sure I have a Budget for it…

And money is tight at the moment, but I really don’t want to hold up the Project any longer.

Like I said in a recent post, My Nephew, who is a Professional Ballet Dancer, recently used Kickstarter to To Fund a Small Ballet Piece that he’s Choreographed, Written and will Dance in… Which will be happening at the end of July.

I figure I only want to Budget a couple hundred dollars for an Editor, but one of the things that Kickstarter suggests is Giving Appealing Rewards to Contributors, so you need to include the Costs of the Rewards into the Overall Budget.

My Rewards range from PDF Copies of My Novella for the $5 Contributors, all the way to Signed Copies of both My Novella, and Poetry Book, coupled with a Book Cover Poster, which I intend to have Created next Month.

Some of the Rewards also Include a DVD Copy of My Short Film, “If Not Now…”.

I don’t actually know all that many People, I mean I have a Large Family, but I’m not all that close to many of them… Just a hand full.

So I E-mailed The Project Link to maybe 11 People that I am Close too… But My Mom also Sent it to 11+ other Friends and Relatives, and one of My Sisters, who knows a lot of Artists, sent out maybe 50 E-mails… She also set me up a “Facebook Event” Page, which I had never heard of, Lol I’m not exactly “Savvy” on Facebook, Lol

To My Surprise I got Three Contributors in the last 24 Hours, so who knows, maybe I’ll be able to Hire an Editor, and Finally get this thing Self Published, and in to Our Local Bookstore by July or August.

So Wish me Luck, we shall see how it goes… Oh, and Here’s The Link, in case any of you would like to Check it out… “I Died Once” Kickstarter Project

Thanks for Listening/Reading… I shall Keep You Updated on how it goes

DarkJade-

The “Oddness” To Self Marketing… Kickstarter & Editing “I Died Once”

Posted in Editing, Entertainment, Fiction, I Died Once, Kickstarter, Life, Marketing, News, Novella, Writing on June 15, 2012 by darkjade68

The “Oddness” To Self Marketing… Kickstarter & Editing “I Died Once”

There’s something very strange… And something very “Unnatural” Feeling about Marketing yourself… Don’t you think?

“Hey, I Wrote A Book, I really Think You’d Like It!! It’s Written By Meeeeeee!!” Lol

Yeah, very odd indeed, Lol

But something I have noticed is, Self Marketing seems to have become an even Bigger Reality than ever, and I don’t just mean for Writers… I mean in “Every” Industry…

Maybe part of it is the Economy, actually I’m pretty sure that is indeed a big part of it… But I see Successful Actors and Athletes Marketing their Asses off on Twitter… Even the Hugely Successful ones.

Moving on… Editing My “I Died Once” (Novella)

So as many of you may, or may not know… I’ve let go of the idea that My Sister will find enough time to Edit My First Novella, “I Died Once”… And frankly come to the conclusion, that I’m likely going to have to “Hire” an Editor to Edit it.

The only problem is, I’m a bit Tight on Money at the moment, largely to do with the Field I’m in, which an Admin./Marketing Consultant for an Architect… Lets just say, included in the Long List of Professions that are Struggling right now with Our Current Economy, “Architecture” has to be near the top… There’s just not a lot of People Building New Homes at the moment… In fact, most are just trying to “Save” the Home they’ve got…

But I do feel the Economy is Slowly Improving/Growing… Slowly.

That being said, one of My Three Nephews is a Professional Dancer, and has been for several years… As you might imagine, he’s been struggling a bit with that as well, as the “Arts” are probably the First to be Hit/Cut when Money is Tight in our Economy.

He, however, Wrote, Choreographed, and Basically full Blown Created a “Short Ballet Piece”, that he wants to Produce (He will also Dance in it), and it was highly recommended that he use a Tool Called “Kickstarter”, in order to Find/Get some Financial Backing for the Project.

Now when I first received an E-mail for it, it was like “$3,000”, and he needed to get it in a Month… The way Kickstarter works is, if you don’t Achieve the Full Number, You Don’t Get Any of it… Some People are very bugged by this, but what it does is Create a Sense of Urgency for the Investors…

I get it, and they’re right… But still, when I saw this “$3,000” Number, in 30 days?? I thought “Uh, I don’t know Damon”, that’s My Nephew’s Name, Lol

But low and behold, by the Third Week, they had like “$2,000”, and so needed “$1,000” More… At that point I was like, man, “$1,000” more in a Week, I don’t know… Well let me tell you, that in that last week they achieved not “$1,000”, but “$1,600″… And that’s what I’m hearing now, that that last hand full of days is when People really start to Invest… And, I have to say, I think part of it is the fact that You “Have” To Achieve it by a Certain Time, or you get Nothing.

Nuff said about that.

After 2 or 3 months of deliberating, and waiting to see if My Sister would have the Time to Edit My Novella, I finally, like I say, came to the Conclusion that I’m going to Need to Hire an Editor… And so I’ve decided, since like I say I’m a bit Broke at the Moment, to give this “Kickstarter” a go…

Now, keep in mind, I am someone who “Never, Ever” Borrows Money, or Asks for Money… I’m basically as “Independent” as it gets… But at this exact moment in time, it’s either try to Generate Funds (I Tried to Sell some of My Comic Collection recently, that was a no go, Lol), or let my Writing continue to just sit there and Gather Dust…

And Being I Write on Average 1,000 Words a day, let me tell you, I have a lot of work just waiting to be Edited…

Now Part of this Kickstarter thing is, People that Contribute Certain Amounts, will Receive Rewards for their Contributions… So that’s Cool… And they recommend that they’re Pretty Good Rewards…

So for me I created Rewards of such things as, “A Signed Copy of My Book”, or, “A Signed Copy of both My Poetry Book, and The “I Died Once” Novella…”.

And for the Higher Amounts, Contributors will Actually get, In Addition to the Copies of The Books, an Actual Like 24″x 18″ Book Cover Poster, which I think is cool, mainly because I Love the Art on the Book.

So that in mind, when Creating the Goal Amount for Kickstarter, you need to Include the Costs of Supplying the Rewards to your Contributors…

So I’ve Designed it, and am Currently in the Process of getting it Approved… Part of it is a Video of Me Explaining the Project as well…

Now I’m not going to be trying to Acquire anything near what My Nephew Needed, as I surely don’t need that much… It will be somewhere around 10 to 15% as much.

We shall see how it goes… Like I say, I’m not one to Ask For Money… Truth be known, I don’t really know all that many People either, Lol… I’m not exactly a “Social Butterfly”, Like My Nephew… But I’m hoping the “Rewards”, and the Idea of Getting My Work Out there will maybe pull in a Few Contributors… We shall see…

I’ll let you all know how it turns out

Thanks for Listening/Reading

DarkJade-

The 7 x 7 Link Award & Reader Appreciation Award

Posted in Blog Award, Editorial, News with tags , on June 14, 2012 by darkjade68

The 7 x 7 Link Award & Reader Appreciation Award

I Recently Received a Couple of Awards, and I wanted to take a Moment to Thank Each of the People that Gave them to me.

First of all Ledrakenoir, Awarded me “The 7 x 7 Link Award“, which I really Appreciate… Ledrakenoir is one of My Best Followers as of late, and I really Appreciate all of their “Likes”… It’s Very Encouraging.

Next Paige @Paige Addams Awarded me The “Reader Appreciation Award“, which really means a lot to me.

Paige has been not only an Amazing Follower, but has Also Reviewed several of My Piece’s of Work, and has done some “Line Editing” on My Up and Coming “I Died Once” Novella (I have not Applied The Line Editing to The Actual Posts)… She is just an awesome, and Gifted Person.

So Thank You Paige for this Award.

 

 

The Rules;

Here are the rules to the 7 x 7 Link Award:

1: Tell everyone something about yourself that nobody else knows.

Hmm… I once Set My Cubical (Back when I worked in a Cubical, Lol) Up using Feng Shui… I would have people come sit in my Chair, and they wouldn’t want to leave My Desk, Lol… FENG SUI WORKS!! Lol I’ve mentioned it to a couple people, but somehow, I really don’t think they remember, Lol

2: Link to a post of your own, you think fits the following categories:

The Most Beautiful Piece; This One Always Comes To Mind For Me “A Grip On The Darkness“… I think perhaps the Use of Music, Combined with the Words, really worked for me.

Most Helpful Piece; Hopefully This One “Fear Of Success – Writing“. Though I will say, I don’t think I’m as Afraid of Writing Success as I used to be (I Wrote it 9 Months Ago)… LET IT COME!! I AM READY!!! Lol

Most Popular Piece; DarkJade – The Beatles… And Abbey Road Hands Down, Lol… Need I say Why? I think it has to do with those Floppy Haired Lads from England, Lol Or maybe it’s My Great Writing?? Lol

Most Controversial Piece; Hmm, I think I might Skip This One, Lol… The Reason? I have to say I haven’t really had what you might call a “Controversial” Piece… Or at least, not one that anyone told me about, Lol… I’m not really a “Shock” Value kind of Writer, if you know what I mean… And I have yet to have anyone Complain to me about the “Misuse Of Dragons” in My Stories, and how “It’s Just Not Right”, Lol So yeah, I’ll skip this one, Lol

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece; Well This One “DarkJade Presents – Love Is In The Air” in a little over a Month has become My 2nd All Time Viewed Post… That is Surprising to me… What isn’t surprising to me is, a Post about “Love”, or in this Case “Love Music”, ended up seeing a lot of Views. So I guess you’d call it a Not Surprising, Surprise, Lol

Most Underrated Piece; Well, there is a Piece that comes to mind, that I Wrote back in November of 2011… “The Blue Suit” Somehow, probably because of the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, I’m not sure many people actually saw it… Or maybe they didn’t like it, I don’t know… But I always kind of liked it, and kinda felt that it just didn’t really get seen… There were times where I would do 3 or 4 posts in one day, Lol… Which kinda buried some of My Work… I’m a bit more Tame now, Ha

Most Pride-Worthy Piece; Well, back in September of 2011, I was watching a Special on the Japan Tsunami from Earlier that year… And I turned from Writing one Piece I was working on, to this one Japan – Compassion… I’m not as Prideful of The Actual Writing, as I am The Content/Subject Matter… Now there’s another Cool Part of this Story, The Original Post was Posted on September 29th, and Beyond whoever Checked out My Home Page that day, basically Saw 19 Views… But On March 12th, 2012, as My Way of Showing Honor, and Respect towards the “One Year” Anniversary of the Tsunami which was right around when I Posted, I “Re-Posted” My “Japan – Compassion” Post on My “The Dark Globe” Site… And for some strange reason, that Post over there has had 4,194 Views in the last 3 Months, Lol… I have to say, I am very “Humbled”, and “Proud”, and “Hopeful” that some of those were from “Japanese”, as I Dearly Respect them as a People.

3: Pass this on to 7 fellow bloggers.

I am Going to “Skip” the Passing of these Awards this time, as I have Recently Given Several of The Blogs I Follow, and that Follow Me, Awards recently, and I don’t like to Inundate People.

 

Reader Appreciation Award rules:

1) Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.

Both Awards Can Be Seen Here My Awards Page

2) Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.

The Questions for the Reader Appreciation Award:

1) What is your favorite color?

Blue (Though Black is a Close Second)

2) What is your favorite animal?

I’d have to say A Tiger (Though Cats for me are Pretty Much My Favorite Animal, Tigers Mean Something Special To Me)

3) What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Milk… Love Milk, always have… Drank a Half Gallon a day when I was a kid

4) Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter… As someone who never planned on using Either, I have found that Twitter has become a Fun way to keep in touch with people that I know, and/or Follow on WordPress (Not just as a “Star/Celebrity” Tracker, which is what I thought it was Originally, Lol) Though I do follow a hand full of Actors, and Musicians that Interest me.

5) Favorite pattern? A very Odd Question I think, Lol… I’m not sure I can answer that… In fact… I SHALNT!! Lol (Stars are Cool though, Lol)

6) Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving… Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving Gifts… But Giving Gifts is the Absolute Best… Most People don’t expect anything, or very little… So when you WHAM! em with something that is “Totally Them”, or “Something They’ve Really Wanted”, or “Something They Would Never Get Themselves”, there’s nothing like the Utter Joy that comes Across them, inside, and out… It’s the Best… Highly Recommend being a Giver, the Indulgence is in the Joy You Feel from seeing their Reaction.

7) Favorite number?

7

8) Favorite day of the week?

Thursday… Thursday is My Friday, it always has been, even in Mon-Fri Work Weeks, on the Inside, I was Chill starting on Thursday, and it Lasted through to Sunday Night

9) Favorite flower?

Morning Glory

10) What is your passion?

I am a Storyteller… Morning, Noon and Night… I have a Vast Array of Characters and Story Lines Going Through My Head… Most of them end up here. But I am also Passionate about “Life In General”… The Gift that is Our Every Breath… And Love, I’m definitely Passionate about Love… All Sorts  of Love… Family… Friends… And Romantic. Music, Music, I think, is the “Heart and Soul” of most of us, in a certain Respect. I’m Passionate about Family, Friends, The Sky, The Ocean… The Ocean is one of My Main Passions… I Love to Cast My Gaze upon it… And have the Ocean Breezes pass right through me. Film Making… Film Making Was My Second Dream, after Being a Professional Baseball Pitcher, Lol… I’m Passionate about Film Making, Movies, and Baseball. My Cat, Lol… I Love My Cat, ha… The List goes on and on really, so I shall stop here, Lol

3) Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.

As I mentioned with the other Award, I shall Skip the Pass on Nominating People this time… So that they Might Rest, Lol

4) Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.

Another Day My Friends… Another Day, Lol

5) Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Done, and Done

Thanks for Listening/Reading

And Thank you Paige and Ledrakenoir for The Awards

It’s Very Much Appreciated

DarkJade-

 

I Died Once (I.D.O.) Third Draft Cover

Posted in Editing, Fiction, I Died Once, News, Novella, Self Publishing, Story, Writing with tags , on May 19, 2012 by darkjade68

This is the “Third Draft” of My Up Coming Self Published Novella Cover, “I Died Once” (I.D.O.)… I’m really liking how it’s coming out. I Designed one a While Back, using This Drawing that I Found Online, and Got Permission from The Artist to use… I then Handed it over to Kirsty, One of My Assistant Editors over at My “Dark Globe” Site, and she did some good stuff… But I had her Change it a bit, and Man Do I Like how this came out.

What do you Guys Think so Far?

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