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Publishing great stuff on science, spirituality, and the Bahá'í Faith
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Before the Wind!
Fall colors in Knoxville lasted longer than usual. This is a scene I shot recently during a neighborhood outing near Chilhowee Park.

Then -- this past Monday -- an all-day windstorm battered the East Side where Cheri and I live. Once it was over, most of these same trees were bare. Ouch!

Image credit: http://GaryMatthews.com

#autumnleaves   #autumninknoxville   #glm  
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Bromeliad -- or Fountain of Fire?
Bromeliads are one of my favorite ornamental plants. Here's one I photographed some time ago in the floral department of our neighborhood Kroger.

According to Wikipedia, there are around 3170 species of bromeliads, one of which is -- the pineapple!

Image credit: http://GaryMatthews.com

#floralfriday #bromeliad #pineapple  
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TGI #floralfriday !
Can someone please remind me what this flower is?

I should know, but am drawing a blank. Please clue me in and I'll update this post accordingly.

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Cloud Control --
snapped during a recent exercise-walk in East Knoxville.
Cheri and I spotted this stunning skyscape and we both took pictures -- I with my iPhone 4s, she with her Droid.

Since my phone didn't quite capture the depth and beauty we witnessed, I've sharpened this image slightly with Snapseed. So yes, it's digitally enhanced -- but only to better represent what we actually saw.

We got lucky! We hadn't walked another block and a half before these boffo clouds had smoothed out and wisped away. They remind us of skies that are common in the Caribbean (where we used to live) but rare here.

Image credit: http://GaryMatthews.com

#cloudwars   #clouds   #eastknoxville
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Cloud Control (widescreen version)
Here's a different version -- panoramic this time -- of an amazing skyscape Cheri and I captured recently in our neighborhood.

I took this shot maybe a minute or two after the previous one. The clouds already had started to dissipate and fuzz away -- but still a rare view.

At least in our current neck of the woods. As I noted before, scenes like this are commonplace in Caribbean islands like Grenada. There, no one would notice!

Image credit: http://GaryMatthews.com

#cloudwars   #knoxvilleskies  
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Cloud Control --
snapped during a recent exercise-walk in East Knoxville.
Cheri and I spotted this stunning skyscape and we both took pictures -- I with my iPhone 4s, she with her Droid.

Since my phone didn't quite capture the depth and beauty we witnessed, I've sharpened this image slightly with Snapseed. So yes, it's digitally enhanced -- but only to better represent what we actually saw.

We got lucky! We hadn't walked another block and a half before these boffo clouds had smoothed out and wisped away. They remind us of skies that are common in the Caribbean (where we used to live) but rare here.

Image credit: http://GaryMatthews.com

#cloudwars   #clouds   #eastknoxville
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Fractal Falling Leaves!
We don't have these on my home planet, Vardax. These little things called "leaves". They fascinate me!

When I got here, they were all over these things called "trees". Now they're mostly on the ground, having changed color as they fell. I guess that's why y'all call it "fall".

We don't have seasons on Vardax, either. That's how it is when your world drifts through the inter-galactic void, without any nearby sun for heat and light. Being self-aware fractal flames, my people don't need that -- but hey, I could get used to it!

Anyway, I drew these leaves using the same Apophysis software that created this digital body I'm inhabiting during my sojourn here. Enjoy!

Image Credit: http://GaryMatthews.com

#fractalart #fractalfran #digitalleaves
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Self-publishing is a great option for many authors. But if you're paying someone else to publish your book, then it isn't really self publishing (even if they call it that). It's an easy way to lose your rights forever!

Joe Konrath, in this no-nonsense article, tells everything you need to know to avoid falling into this trap and losing your rights.
Don't Ever Pay to Self-Publish!
You've written a book. You want it published. What's your next step?

Well, next is to educate yourself. Sᴛᴀʀᴛ ʜᴇʀᴇ!

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-pay-to-self-publish.html

This article by J.A. Konrath tells you ≧the≦ single most important thing you need to know, going in. (And several other almost equally important things.)

Now is the best time there ever has been to be a writer. But publishing is an ocean, infested with sharks. They want your money, and they'll cheerfully ruin your life, or your writing career, or both, to take it from you. Joe tells you how to avoid being fleeced.

Um ... fleeced by sharks. Okay, I'm mixing my metaphors! All you writers out there saw that already. I see it too. But don't waste time copy-editing my stuff! Go read Joe!

#selfpublishing #writing #jakonrath

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-pay-to-self-publish.html
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