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Chantal

Books, Reviews

Book Review: Swords, Sorcery & Self-Rescuing Damsels

This book contains short stories by Jody Lynn Nye, Katie Cross, Robyn Bennis, Raven Oak, Frog and Esther Jones, Dawn Vogel, Matt Youngmark, Lee French, Connie J. Jasperson, Jeffrey Cook, Katherine Perkins, Jeremy Zimmerman, Edward J. Knight, Elmdea Adams (no amazon profile available), Fulvio Gatti (no amazon profile available), Robert J. McCarter, Lou J. Berger, Ian Berger (no amazon profile available) and Sarah Bartsch.

This collection of short stories appealed to me because it has everything in it that I like in a story. Swords, magic (sorcery) and bad ass women who get shit done. As someone who normally doesn’t read a lot of short stories (I’m more of a series kind of reader) I wasn’t sure what to expect for the story lines, but most of the time I wasn’t disappointed.

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Books, Reviews

Book: The Fuller’s Apprentice

The cover of The Fuller's Apprentice by Angela Holder on a Kindle paperwhite

The Chronicles of Tevenar Book 1 – Angela Holder


All Josiah wants is a little excitement. His work as an apprentice fuller is boring, and playing in the mill’s machinery isn’t that dangerous. Everything goes fine—at first.

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Travels

Polarsteps: An Automatic Travel Tracker

For my next trip I’ll be trying out a new app called Polarsteps. This app automatically tracks where I am and where I’ve been using triangulation (via the cellular network) instead of GPS. It’s a little less accurate but it means it doesn’t drain my battery. It will also allow me to add photos and videos live even when I’m not connected to the internet.

While it’s an app, your profile can be viewed on a PC browser too. So those at home don’t have to download the app to see what you’re doing.

I’m curious to see how this works out. It is even possible to add past trips. I added my trip through Europe to test this feature and so far it turned out nicely. Showing me how far I’ve travelled, how many countries I visited and how many days.

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Travels

New Travel Destination; Canada

Just a few more sleeps and I’ll be heading out again doing some solo travelling. This time I’m taking my backpack to Canada. Granted it is only going to be a week this time, but that doesn’t make me any less excited!

I’ll be mostly in Toronto and the GTA as well as going to see Niagara Falls (which is a must do of course!). My to do list is endless, and I have a lot of great things on there I can choose from. So I’m prepared but I haven’t planned out the whole trip. There is plenty of space for spontaneity as well as change of plans. Which is how I think travel should be. Go out, be prepared so you know what you want to see and do. Yet don’t get stuck in a schedule; for me that takes the freedom of travel away a little.

The house & cat sitter is in place, my packing list is ready. All I need to do now is actually pack (lol) and get on that plane to enjoy my trip!

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Animals, Nature, Reflection

Goodbye Furry Friends

While I try to gather my thoughts about what I’m going to write, tears well up in my eyes again. Usually I keep my feelings to myself, and that’s one of the reasons I haven’t written about this yet. It’s a bit scary to open my heart to a group of people I don’t know; the world wide web.
As most of you probably know, I’m a nature person and a big animal lover. Every animal is my “buddy” but of course my own animals are closer to my heart than other animals.

And that’s where it really hurts. It hurts when you have to miss a furry friend. And that’s why the tears are running down my face in a steady stream at the moment. I miss them, yes them. Because unfortunately I had to say my goodbyes to two of my big animal friends. Horse Dribbel and dog Butler.

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