Thoughts & Sayings (October 2013)


Here are some thoughts and sayings I posted on Twitter and/or Facebook in July, August, and September. To my knowledge, I made these up (for better or for worse). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the write!

Encouraging Words

1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Fermented, and they’ll drink with you all day.

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2. I have some words of wisdom to share with you. Excuse me while I take them out of Pandora’s box.

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Twisted Words

3. It’s harder to herd kids than goats.

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4. A sacred cow cows a scared cow.

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In Its Own Write

5. Fiction writing is the novelist concept.

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6. Poetry may set you free but to make it rhyme takes time.

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Holidays & Events

7. Today is Outdependence Day for those who don’t celebrate the 4th of July.

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Random Musings

8. We interrupt this report about yelling fire in a crowded theater for breaking news about a fire in a crowded theater.

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9. “Because I can,” said the man when asked why he works at a packaging plant.

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10. “What’s so great about sliced bread?” asked the baker.

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11. Out of the mouths of babes comes drool.

 

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Images courtesy of Microsoft.

WAfK Front Cover (mini)M.G. Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the mystery, thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. He is author of Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, a non-fiction account of his attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and a short story collection called Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories. He also wrote and illustrated three picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series:  Alexander the Salamander, Ellie the Elephant, and Zoe the Zebra. Edwards graduated from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in China Studies and a Master of Business Administration. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex.

His books are available in e-book and print from Amazon.com and other booksellers. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or his blog, World Adventurers. Contact him at me@mgedwards.com, on Facebook, on Google+, or @m_g_edwards on Twitter.

© 2013 Brilliance Press. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted without the written consent of the author.

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Thoughts & Sayings (March 2013)


Here are some thoughts and sayings I posted on Twitter and/or Facebook in February. To my knowledge, I made these up (for better or for worse). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the write!

Encouraging Words

1. Everything I need is right here. Why would I ever travel?

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2. Time slows down whenever I exercise, so I replaced my chair with a treadmill.

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Twisted Words

3. If you think sophomoric humor is annoying, try freshmanic.

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4. To air is human, to give forth, sublime.

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In Its Own Write

5. My book is so spooky, it’s paraabnormal.

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6. Where are all the pre-apocalyptic stories?

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Holidays & Events

7. The award for best actor should go to the guy who’s home sick watching the Oscars.

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8. The Academy Award “Oscar” statuette could very well have been called the “Harmon,” “Nelson,” or “Pierce.” Why? (*answer below)

9. Oh, sorry, I thought you said today was Vampire’s Day.

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10. The glow from the computer screen makes you look absolutely radiant. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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11. I tried to think of something that rhymes with "Pope," but nope.

12. It’s the 21st Century. Time to rename the Grammys the MP3ys.

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13. Happy Chinese New Year After the Dragon Year!

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14. In this year’s Super Bowl, “MVP” stands for “Most Valuable Power.”

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15. The Milk breaks two Blueberry tackles for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

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Random Musings

16. Times change. Someday Justin Bieber will be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

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17. Retweet this if you want more followers! Well, at least one.

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* The actual origin of the Academy Award statuette name “Oscar” is unclear, but legend has it that it was named after actress Bette Davis’ husband Harmon Oscar Nelson or Oscar Pierce, uncle of the Academy’s one-time executive secretary, Margaret Herrick.

Images courtesy of Microsoft. Chinese New Year photo is property of M.G. Edwards.

buythumb[3]M.G. Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the mystery, thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures. He is author of Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, a non-fiction account of his attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, a collection of short stories called Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories and Alexander the Salamander, a children’s story set in the Amazon. His books are available to purchase as an e-book and in print from Amazon.com and other booksellers. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex.

For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or his blog, World Adventurers. Contact him at me@mgedwards.com, on Facebook, on Google+, or @m_g_edwards on Twitter.

© 2013 Brilliance Press. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted without the written consent of the author.

Verda: The Green Moon


verdaImagine a world where a green moon capable of sustaining life orbits the earth. The verdant orb lies close enough to the earth to intrigue humankind but too far away to reach — until the dawn of space exploration makes space travel possible and unleashes a race to explore this new world known as “Verda.”

What awaits discovery on a moon long coveted by humans but unattainable…until now?

Discover “Verda,” the story of this moon. It is one of 15 stories in Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories, a collection of short stories written over three decades with themes ranging from adventure, fantasy, mystery, spirituality, mythology, to love and war.

Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is available to purchase in print and e-book from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords. Also available at The Wordshop.

For more books and stories by M.G. Edwards, visit www.mgedwards.com.

Real Dreams Now Available in Print


Real Dreams Front CoverA French prisoner struggles to survive in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

A delinquent youth is obsessed with a cemetery ghost.

Good and evil fight for the soul of a zombie.

A grandmother thought to suffer from mental illness predicts the future.

A mysterious maintenance man haunts a college dormitory.

Car trouble leads to an encounter with an angel.

The Greek god of the unknown fights his nemesis, the god of light.

A chief must calm a volcano before it destroys his village.

A human tries to dissuade elves and dwarves from going to war.

A bride confronts deception in an effort to reunite with her bridegroom.

A child dreams of an alien invasion.

Humanity races to colonize a second moon orbiting the earth.

A boy encounters superhuman army ants that escape from a military laboratory and move into his closet.

A foreign exchange student learns baseball and tries out for a championship team.

These stories and more are featured in Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories, a collection of 15 short stories written between 1981 and 2011. The stories are from multiple genres with some common themes, including hope, dreams, light, darkness, perseverance, and spirituality, wrapped up in some novel ideas.

Enjoy these diverse and timeless works three decades in the making.

Now available to purchase in print at Amazon.com and Createspace. Also available to purchase as an e-book for the Kindle at Amazon.com and for the Nook at Barnes & Noble.

To read more books and stories by M.G. Edwards, visit www.mgedwards.com.

Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories


dreamscoverReal Dreams:  Thirty Years of Short Stories is a collection of stories I wrote between 1981 and 2011. Each reflects changes in my writing style and interests over time. I wrote the earliest story, How Little Big Chief Calmed the Mountain, in 1981 at the age of ten, and the latest, Evil | Live, thirty years later.

The book is a story sampler rather than a cohesive collection. The stories are grouped by genre to help the reader identify each style. You will find some common themes, including hope, dreams, light, darkness, perseverance, and spirituality, wrapped up in some novel ideas. In some stories, the reader is left to ponder their deeper meaning. I hope you enjoy these diverse and timeless works three decades in the making.

Real Dreams is Now Available to Purchase at:

Amazon.com

Smashwords

Story Synopses:

Vichy (1990) tells the story of Jean-Marie Daubert, a spy for the French Resistance during World War II who was captured and sent to Gross-Rosen concentration camp. It’s a sobering story of love and loss told through letters from Daubert to his wife Corinne.

The Ballick Eye (1988) is a ghost story about a delinquent youth sent by his parents to live with an aunt who is determined to straighten him out. Can a cemetery ghost turn his life around?

Evil | Live (2011) is a twist on the traditional horror story. Good and evil engage in an epic struggle for the soul of a zombie.

The Grandma Conspiracy (2004) tells the story of an elderly woman with the ability to predict the future whose family believes she suffers from mental illness. The story is narrated by one of her grandchildren who struggles to help her.

Room G-13 (1993) is a horror story with an ironic twist. Strange sounds emanate from the maintenance man’s room at a college dormitory, leading one student to investigate what’s really going happening there.

The Factory Worker in the Corner Office (2007) is an allegory about a white-collar worker who deals with a difficult boss.

Saved by Hope (1988) is a true story based on an encounter I had with an angel during the summer of 1987.

Mysterius, Lord of the Unknown (1987) tells the tale of the Greek god of the unknown. The ancient Greeks dedicated some temple altars to an unknown god. Mysterius is an interpretation of this deity.

How Little Big Chief Calmed the Mountain (1981) is an allegory inspired by the May 1981 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. A village leader must appease an angry volcano before it erupts and destroys his village.

The Emissary’s Battle (2005) is a story set in a fantasy world. A human envoy must use diplomacy to diffuse a conflict between elves and dwarves before it leads to war.

Kirche and the Mirror (1992) is an allegory of the Church. On the day her bridegroom returns, the bride must confront deception and illusions on her way to reuniting with him.

Suits (1989) is a science fiction short with an ironic twist. A child dreams of an alien invasion.

Verda (1997) ponders the existence of a second moon orbiting Earth capable of sustaining life and humanity’s efforts to colonize it. The story explores themes ranging from space exploration to environmental preservation.

G.I. Ants (1983) is a story about a boy’s encounter with a group of superhuman army ants who escape from a military laboratory and move into his closet.

High Flying Deutschman (1988) tells the story of a German exchange student’s quest to learn baseball and join a championship high school team.