Need Vs Want

Originally posted on Dr. Shay West:

Need vs want

They might sound similar but are actually very different. I think both tend to get thrown around, especially when it comes to relationships, and it got me thinking of the fundamental differences between needs and wants. I think most people get the idea: needs are things you can’t live without and wants are things you wish to have, maybe crave even but you can live without them.

Although I wonder about Sherlock and Doctor Who… ;)

It’s common to hear people say that they need their significant others, can’t live without them, etc. I was guilty of this with several exes which of course isn’t true because here I am, single and doing just fine. So I obviously didn’t need them, did I?

So why do we say things like that? Is it to just make the other person feel special, important? Or do we really mean…

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Northern Maine:Home


Pictures like these are some of the reasons I miss the northeast. Thanks for sharing, Sharon. :)

Originally posted on The Musings of A New Englander:

I was raised in Northern Maine, just a few miles from the Canadian border. It is a piece of heaven with the scenery that is before the people who live there. I just want to share some shots.

This one is the lake behind the house I was raised in.


This is from the mountain showing a great view of Long Lake.


The natural border between Madawaska, Maine and Canada.


The bridge in Madawaska that carries you into Canada.


The natural border between Fort Kent, Maine and Canada.


A view from Frenchville, Maine.


This is home.

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In the Books featuring Source of the River by Lana Axe

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition on In the Books, featuring Source of the River by Lana Axe.

I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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As a huge fan of epic fantasy, I really enjoyed the easy flowing style the author uses to weave her stories. The good versus evil is a clear cut divide, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. If anything, it helped me settle in and enjoy the trials of the characters even more.

Each of the main characters were likable in their own way. As is typical with most youths, River and his friends only want to help the mountain dwarves that suffer from a magical plague and, with the benefits of River’s elemental magic, travel up the river to the dwarf colony. There they meet a dwarf girl named Kaiya who is powerful in magic, but her ability leads to her being an outcast among her people.

My favorite was an evil elf that wishes to capture the soul of an elemental. He was your typical bad guy and that made him all the more fun. What can I say? I love bad guys. Lol

This was another fun read from Lana Axe and I can’t wait to read her next novel.

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Playing by my own rules — A guest post by Alex Laybourne

Originally posted on Anna Dobritt -- Author:

 Playing by my own rules by Alex Laybourne
When it comes to my writing, and my general conduct in life, I play it all by my own rules. I am not saying that I am a hellraiser, at least not with any malicious intent, but rather that, I have a strong view point on what I will and will not accept in my life. If something comes along that messes with these morals, then I will speak out.
Now, as I am sure you can understand, this has often landed me in some rather hot water, but I accept it. Because at the end of the day, I have stood up for what I believe in.
I am a staunch supporter of my friends. I don’t have many, not that I hold close to me, but those I have, will always have my support. Be that in my writing career…

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Don’t Let a Few Beta Readers Throw You Off Course

Originally posted on Making 'Baby Grand,' the Novel:

In the past 24 hours, I’ve heard from no fewer than three fellow authors talk about reworking their books, second-guessing their instincts, or scrapping their manuscripts altogether based on comments from a few beta readers. Now while I’m the first to admit that novel writing is a two-way street — books are meant to be read and loved and cherished by other people or else we’re simply writing diary entries — I am seeing authors put way too much emphasis on early reader input.

I can hand Baby Grand to 10 people and get 10 different opinions about it — all of them valid, of course, because reading is very subjective and personal, but that doesn’t mean that I, as the author, should be adapting my book to honor each and every one of them. As with parenting, I think ideally we should listen to what everybody has to say…

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Reading Makes Us Better People?

Originally posted on Comparative Geeks:

I feel like I’ve kind of said this before. In talking about the purpose of education. In defining and defending genres like science fiction and fantasy from discrimination. But today my dad sent around an article that does a better job than I have in explaining just how much reading can affect you, can change you – for the better.

Readers, like voicemail leavers and card writers, are now a dying breed, their numbers decreasing with every GIF list and online tabloid.

The worst part about this looming extinction is that readers are proven to be nicer and smarter than the average human, and maybe the only people worth falling in love with on this shallow hell on earth…

Because reading is something that molds you and adds to your character. Each triumph, lesson and pivotal moment of the protagonist becomes your own.

Well okay then! You can…

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In the Books featuring Their Forbidden Desire (The Incubi Series Book 1) by Angela Fattig

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Their Forbidden Desire (The Incubi Series Book 1) by Angela Fattig.

I was given a copy of this novel on exchange for an honest review.

First, I think it’s fair to say I’m not a huge paranormal romance type of guy. I prefer my monsters a little more bloodthirsty, but I was surprised at the twist the author took with this book.


Nate Sanders is a three hundred year old Incubi that was sent to Earth to help produce enough Incubi offspring to eventually take over the world. After falling in love with Melody Andrews, he decides it’s time to take a stand and change things when the Elders sent an assassin to kill Melody. With the help of others like him, he sets in motion a revolution among his people.

The only thing I noticed was it felt rushed, but when considering it’s the first part in a much larger planned series that resolved itself in my mind. It was a fun read that kept me interested. I’m fascinated with the backstory of the Incubi given their legend and look forward to reading the rest of the series when it comes out.

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