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Mark David Gerson has been shared in 40 public circles

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Becky Collins16,373Young Adult Authors circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-13 05:03:59465138
Becky Collins12,812Small Business Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-08 05:12:1542311513
Daniel Mihai Popescu53,047My Writers circle!Dear friends, my notification to circles doesn't work. Please don't be upset on me because I mentioned you here. You are not required to do anything, just a "+1" will be greatly appreciated. #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle   #maximumperformance   #writers   #authors   #bloggers  It is a valuable circle to add to yours, and if I forgot anyone, please just tell me :)This circle is dedicated to all its members, and I'll mention them in my comments. I hated to do that, but I have been advised to do so by a lot of my esteemed friends you all appreciate.2014-07-06 15:33:013255614103
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
CK Wylde1,228A Circle Share Of Crazy People - Also Known As WritersI've not really shared circles before but every time +Brian Buckley does it I end up with fantastic new people in my feed.  So I thought I would share my writer's circle with you all. In it you will find  a bunch of G+ Writers and people who have to do with writers (publishers for instance).  WarningI tried this a little earlier and had a couple of people say they couldn't see the people in the circle. If you can't please let me know, I'm trying to figure out why that might be happening. Also, if you happen to know why that happens I am all ears.If you want to be included in this circle, also plese let me know.  #writers   #circleshare   #circles  2013-11-18 20:32:284401519
Daniel Mihai Popescu18,582Writers in my streams! A circle I haven't shared in awhile :)If you'll add it, your stream will become wittier than ever!2013-10-12 18:53:0732361014
Daniel Mihai Popescu13,299For a long time (2-3 weeks maybe), I haven't shared this Writers circle!Add it and share it, dear friends, it's for your own good!2013-08-31 18:31:003645610
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309
The Key Maker(Fan Page)0Sense of Humor #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2013-08-10 23:39:202000414
Daniel Mihai Popescu10,685Writers - One of my first circles ever! #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle  2013-08-09 16:27:29363118
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114
Simona AN23,183+Todaysmemory THANK YOU CircleSince last year, I started to post memories of the day - celebrations, great people in painting, sculpture, music, dance, literature, film, science, etc. A tribute to the people who have left a mark in history, an international celebration, all with a short summary. I named these posts Today's Memory. When I saw that my memories captured attention, I create a page, +Todaysmemory (with big help from my friend +Angela Ghinea) and I discovered a lot of people with the same tastes and posts.Here's a BIG THANK YOU Circle with the best friends and Sources of +Todaysmemory.  A group of extremely interesting people, if you add them you won't regret!If you like the memories, I invite you to send, with hashtag #todaysmemory  and curator me, +Simona AN everything you think deserves your tribute! Thank you! #todaysmemory   #onthisday   #onthisdayinhistory   #take2seconds   #shareyourcircle   #circleoftheday   #bestsharedcircle   #CircleCount  2013-07-28 15:26:2710038930
Richard Cosgrove2,335Screenwriters Shared CircleIn the days before communities, there was shared circles. This is one I curate for screenwriters.If you'd like adding, please leave a comment. #screenwriters #filmmaking 2012-12-29 23:26:5664101
Peter Smalley10,425#12daysofchristmas   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #writing   #aperfectwritingcircle  Dear Plustopians,Welcome to my Twelve Days Writing Circles of Christmas! Each shared public circle is full of fascinating, engaging Plussers, writers and other creative folk. I encourage you to add them, share them, and engage with them - I can personally guarantee they will fill your stream with ridiculous amounts of pure Awesome. Further, anyone who reshares one of these circles will be automatically entered in a drawing for one of twelve copies of my forthcoming hardboiled detective paranormal novella, Emerald City Blues! Bonus book is bonus!Cheers, and happy holidays to all!2012-12-26 23:16:34947105
Peter Smalley (Merkabah)9,644#writing   #sharedcircles   #aperfectwritingcircle   #nanowrimo  ATTENTION PEOPLE OF EARTHIn my eleventh shared circle of the #aperfectwritingcircle  project, I give you this gem of a circle: 95 amazing people with a passion for the written word, many of whose writing cred I can personally attest to (and including some whose cred far outstrips my own). But whether you're an old hand or just experimenting with the art of writing, you'll find someone here who shares your journey.Go. Circle. Reshare. Enjoy. And keep on writing.===If you're interested in past Writing circle shares, search on the tag #aperfectwritingcircle . Want to know more about this project? Here's the summary: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117351898370193721811/posts/PA6GeQHUZWX2012-10-31 17:05:189512112
Peter Smalley (Merkabah)9,254#writing   #sharedcircles   #aperfectwritingcircle   #nanowrimo      ATTENTION PEOPLE OF EARTHIn my second shared circle of the #aperfectwritingcircle project, I give you this gem of a circle: 95 amazing people with a passion for the written word, many of whose writing cred I can personally attest to (and including some whose cred far outstrips my own). But whether you're an old hand or just experimenting with the art of writing, you'll find someone here who shares your journey.Go. Circle. Reshare. Enjoy. And keep on writing.===Want to know more about the #aperfectwritingcircle  project? Here's the summary: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117351898370193721811/posts/PA6GeQHUZWX2012-10-16 17:24:359519615
Nina Pelletier11,765I have been requested to share my writers circle many times over the last year, but I never felt right doing it. After 2 emails I received yesterday asking so kindly that I share it yet again, I figured it's time to do so.I have over 500 writers in my writers circle because, hey, that's why I'm here right? But sadly only 500 of them can be shared at once. So you won't get all of the wonderful writerly people I have met on this lovely world we call Google+, but here are 500 of them.  Enjoy and share.If I've missed any writers, please feel free to add them in the comments below.Thank you to this awesome community of literary quirkiness and genius. ♥  #writershelpingwriters   #writers  2012-09-12 15:13:0750121411
Don Sturgill57This Writer's Circle probably needs to be edited, but it's a start. Do you have a list of favorite writers on Google+ to share? Please do.2012-08-27 20:46:3870000
Meilani MacDonald2,935Small Business circle 2 of 2Hello small business peeps! I'm a small biz person and naturally I want to connect with other small biz owners. I really feel we all have so much to share with each other and to learn from one another as we navigate this world called Google+ that provides us with so many great tools and resources to support our small biz efforts. I also think it's a good thing to support each other, and lift each other up as we work towards our goals. So I've been collecting small biz people and shared small biz & entrepreneurs circles, because those are the people I most want in my own circles, to follow, to connect with, and to support. I have 700+ small bizzes in my circle, so I've split it into two circles to share with you. This is #2 of the 2. Let's hear it for small business!Btw, speaking of supporting small bizzes, I host a TGIF Biz Networking Hangout every Friday at 4pm pst, now a Hangout on Air. It is a chance to give yourself and your biz a little promo, and I feature special guests who are small biz owners and who have all kinds of good advice and info to share with other small biz owners. Please check my profile for more info or to watch last Friday's episode, where we talked about QR codes and great ideas for how to use them, and also talked about the value of keeping content fresh on your blogs and web sites, and when and why to blog, or not to blog. #smallbusiness #entrepreneur #sharedcircles +CircleCount +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Shared a Circle with you2012-05-28 18:24:39330211318
Rob Gordon22,157*Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed & Small Business OwnersUPDATED SHARED CIRCLE: Part 1 of 2: A through L (by last name).Link to Part (M-Z):         http://goo.gl/0Fcg1Link to Supplemental 1: http://goo.gl/AXXrWLink to Supplemental 2: http://goo.gl/TZKKeLike to Supplemental 3: http://goo.gl/3x6hINOTE:  This circle is no longer maintained in its present form but is still a good place to start if you are looking for entrepreneurs to follow and connect with here.  It has mostly been replace with a Google+ community of the same name that you can find at http://goo.gl/ejG9P**********************This is the most recent update to the popular "entrepreneurs" circle that posted a few months ago. As you can see, it has gotten bigger than 500 people so I have had to split it alphabetically into two parts. These two circles includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy.This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own business or venture. There are more than 800 people here, but this has been reviewed extensively since it was last published -lots of fantastic new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of really awesome business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset.This is a really diverse group and includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures and are wildly successful, others are just getting started and haven't made it yet. As can be expected, it is a little tech heavy, but represents most industries and many different types of business. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in small business issues and always seem welcome to help entrepreneurial efforts. The people in these circles post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you check this out.I do want to add the disclaimer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and this is just a tiny fraction of them - the ones I have curated. It seems that about two seconds after I publish this I always remember someone I should have included so just me know if you think you should be here. I republish this periodically and generally add everyone who comments on the post.As with all circles of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either update your existing circle, pick and choose the ones you like or use these as a trial circles - whatever works for you. I'm not even sure Google will let you add all this many names at once so you may have to come back if you want to add all of them. The technology for this is not perfect, but I am trying to do my part to help build a highly interconnected community of entrepreneurs here on Google+.I hope you find the people in this circle interesting.RobReshares welcome and appreciatedIMPORTANT: You don't want to follow people based on where their last name fits in the alphabit do you? Make sure you also take a look at the second part of this list:LINK TO PART II (M-Z): http://goo.gl/0Fcg1#smallbusiness2012-04-18 18:49:234401197169
Rebecca Jordan593Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business : 500 People2012-03-27 19:28:325001157
Gabriel Fitzpatrick3,746Writers CircleA couple people have asked me to share a circle of writers because there apparently aren't enough of those. This is the first full one, and contains most of the writers whose posts and content I've found interesting and engaging (or at very least who haven't been so insufferable as to warrant an uncircling ^.^) If you aren't here, you may very well be in the second one. Don't jump to any conclusions :)2012-03-26 22:19:06499983
Meilani MacDonald1,201If the Circle Fits, Share It! - Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and Small BusinessWow, where to begin? This is exactly the circle I was looking for: entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business. I'll begin with a thanks to +Rahul Roy, whose always helpful posts of resources for new and wanting to be more active plussers pointed the way to www.CircleCount.com. That site turned out to be a great resource for finding shared circles defined by interest. There, I found +Rob Gordon's awesome entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business circle. I know it's a quality circle, as I noticed many of the folks in it are already in my circles, and I generally circle people who make posts I find to be useful, educational and enlightening. I hope you will find them as useful and enlightening as I have! #smallbusiness #freelance #professional #entrepreneur2012-03-24 00:26:5250111715
Rob Gordon18,830Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business. This is the latest update to my shared circle for "entrepreneurs" which includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own small business or venture. Lots of time has been spent organizing this since it was first published - many new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of interesting business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset. I do want to add the disclamer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and these are just the ones I have curated. This still probably doesn't even include everyone in my own circles who are entrepreneurs or self employed so let me know if you want to be included. I republish this about once per month. This is a really diverse group of people that includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures, some have startups that are just getting going and some are wildly successful. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in entrepreneurial and small business issues. The professionals in this circle post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you at least take a look. As with any circle of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either pick and choose the ones you like or use it as a trial circle - whatever method works for you. I also recently learned that you can save circles to your Google contacts so you can save this information there even if you don't want to use this toward your 5000 limit. I hope you find the people in this circle interesting. I certainly do. RobReshares welcome and appreciated#sharedcircles#smallbusiness #entrepreneurs #startup2012-03-13 20:32:12500663852
Richard Cosgrove214Screenwriters shared circleThis circle contains screenwriters of all levels – from first-timers to veterans - on Google+.The circle also (if I have done things right) contain the +Go Into The Story's page. GITS is the excellent screenwriting blog run by Scott Myers (http://imdb.to/zTBhSy).If you're a screenwriter and would like to be added to this circle (or would like to be removed for any reason), please leave a comment and it'll be done.2012-02-23 10:40:5889300
Jacob Dix3,235Writers CircleHave you noticed how popular photographers are on G+? Well, here's a circle of WRITERS. Flash fiction, poetry pages, authors, short story writers & Pages exclusively for books and discussion of the written word.Pass this circle on to help promote the unsung writers of G+ (especially if you are in the circle). The content these individuals provide is fantastic.2012-01-20 10:25:1373152515
Kathy Morlock9,356This is very strange because I did share this, but it says people have not been included in your shared circle. Only Google+ users can be shared. WHO THE HECK ELSE WOULD I BE SHARING.. +Lisa Bimmerz (my fav) & +Debi Vaught-Thelin belong in there, if they aren't.. Please let me know if you are usually shared in this circle and are not here. +pio dal cin said he put my name in his circle and mine and a few others disappeared... Google should get their "stuff" together... I love you all, I'll share who was missed tomorrow... my circle is over 425... of people I really love and enjoy... I'm sorry it was messed up. In fact google has been so SLOW tonight I'm going to sign off... I'm THAT ANNOYED.. Love you all..2011-12-13 03:18:063751005
Jacob Dix967WritMy circle for fiction writers, authors, and pages. Let me know if you are one of these and are not in the circle, as I share the updates from time to time.2011-12-12 11:23:0457600
Richard Cosgrove214This is my shared circle of webvideo, film and TV writers. It includes experience screenwriters to complete beginners.If you'd like to be added, or removed, please leave a comment.Thanks.2011-12-06 00:31:3481010
Hermano Geoff3,394Authors and Writers Who Brighten My Day For Circle Share Sunday you'll love your stream by circling these great word-painters.2011-11-06 17:47:13166212
kat Folland1,665Part 2 of my NaNo circle.#nanowrimokat Folland shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 19:37:48388803
Alan Lodge0Hi G+been working on a writers circle for a while not all pro writers buy any means, some have added to the #writersblock project. If you have any interest in writing pro or other wise would like to add you to this circle, check it out.Battlesbridge Mill shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 16:19:58231732
Hermano Geoff2,851Circle Share Sunday - The Write StuffIf you love words and written art these "Active Writers and Authors" will inspire, engage, and make your writing better!Hermano Geoff shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 15:04:401651063
Brittany Constable0Here, have some WriMos! My word, this circle has gotten big beyond all sense. Protip: Having trouble coping with being circled by mass amounts of people? Create a Pending circle and sort through them at your leisure! Thanks to +Kathie Leung for the advice.Brittany Constable shared a circle with you.2011-10-18 17:01:424391001
Jason Fisk53I know +Dan Dollar did this only yesterday, but due to the Circles i've been put into in the space of 24 hours i figured i'd share the love also.So here is my Writers circle.Jason Fisk shared a circle with you.2011-10-14 23:30:47259502
Dan Dollar92here is my list of screenwriters, if anyone has their own they wish to share, that would be great!Dan Dollar shared a circle with you.2011-10-13 23:36:05251721
Hermano Geoff1,496"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anaïs NinSome of my favorite active writers. These guys are all active, and just by watching them you'll learn new ways to communicate.Hermano Geoff shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 22:28:1880301
Hermano Geoff1,339Back by popular demand. Active Authors, Writers, and Wordpainters Who Actually Engage YouThese folks by and large don't believe in unilateral communication. Post something interesting, witty, or different and you'll hear back from them. Watch how they post things and you'll learn some writing tricks too!Hermano Geoff shared a circle with you.2011-10-09 17:16:5178002
Anthony Fox1,041Here's a circle that knows a joke when they hear it. Some are really funny, but they all have a sense of humor.I'm crankin' out the comedy here, and they've all let me know what they like. They are even polite when I throw out the occasional stinker. I'm lucky they follow me.Be kind to these kind people, or the Gods of Comedy will CURSE YOU!!Anthony Fox shared a circle with you.2011-10-09 01:55:33208321020
Hermano Geoff432Authors and Writers Who Actually Engage You on Google PlusHermano Geoff shared a circle with you.2011-10-01 14:45:1772013

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2014-11-27 15:25:27 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the life and words of mystery author P.D. James. James died earlier today at age 94. 

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2014-12-07 20:18:32 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#NaNoWriMo may be over, but a #writer's work is never done! And my book The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write is the gift (to yourself!) that keeps on giving all year round! Thanks, to Albuquerque author Valerie Storey for including it on her list of NaNoWriMo must-have's.
• Read the rest of Valerie's must-have's at http://valeriestorey.blogspot.com/2014/11/my-nanowrimo-must-have-list.html
• Get your own copy of The Voice of the Muse today and find out for yourself why it's a must-have! On most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/voiceofthemuse), from select other online booksellers, from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store.

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2014-12-06 11:33:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I just woke up from a dream that I'd won a "Canada Book Award" for The MoonQuest. It was named Best Fantasy/SciFi Book of the Year. Now, there's no such thing as the Canada Book Award, but it was still a pretty cool dream to wake up to! BTW, had it been real, the award would have been The MoonQuest's sixth!
• Get your copy of The MoonQuest (the first book in my Q'ntana Trilogy) on most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/themoonquest), from select other online booksellers, on my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store. 

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2014-12-22 03:33:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The best thing about Winter Solstice (today) is that starting tomorrow the days start getting longer again. Here's to the return of the light!

Photo: Winter Solstice at Stonehenge; photographer unknown

The best thing about Winter Solstice (today) is that starting tomorrow the days start getting longer again. Here's to the return of the light!

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2014-12-22 01:57:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Still working on my website update/revisions...but it's coming along more quickly than I'd dared hope. Check out the work-in-progress at www.markdavidgerson.com. (Taking the evening off and back at it tomorrow.)

Still working on my website update/revisions...but it's coming along more quickly than I'd dared hope. Check out the work-in-progress at www.markdavidgerson.com. (Taking the evening off and back at it tomorrow.)___

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2014-12-21 23:29:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

An amazing milestone! My "You Are a Writer" video has just broken the 20K-viewer mark on YouTube!! It's more gratifying than I can say to know how many people (and not just writers) continue to be inspired by the video, which blends my photography for the visuals with a track from my Voice of the Muse Companion recording for the audio. 
• If you've missed the video or haven't seen it in a while, look for it at http://youtu.be/NTic21Z0gZo. And if you're inspired by the video, check out the 11-track Voice of the Muse Companion recording on Amazon.com, iTunes, Google Play or CD Baby. Or look for the CD on my website at www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore.  And look for more inspiring videos for both writers and readers at www.youtube.com/markdavidgerson.

An amazing milestone! My "You Are a Writer" video has just broken the 20K-viewer mark on YouTube!! It's more gratifying than I can say to know how many people (and not just writers) continue to be inspired by the video, which blends my photography for the visuals with a track from my Voice of the Muse Companion recording for the audio. 
• If you've missed the video or haven't seen it in a while, look for it at http://youtu.be/NTic21Z0gZo. And if you're inspired by the video, check out the 11-track Voice of the Muse Companion recording on Amazon.com, iTunes, Google Play or CD Baby. Or look for the CD on my website at www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore.  And look for more inspiring videos for both writers and readers at www.youtube.com/markdavidgerson.___

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2014-12-21 04:58:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I feel like I'm decorating a department store display window – remember those? – in full view of passersby...
Apparently, the Muse-ly Powers That Be are so anxious for my website renovations to be complete that they caused me to mistakenly not make the changes offline/behind the scenes. Instead, much of the work is (alas!) live and visible. Aargh!! All of which to say that if you visit my website and some things look askew, the construction dust is temporary! 

I feel like I'm decorating a department store display window – remember those? – in full view of passersby...
Apparently, the Muse-ly Powers That Be are so anxious for my website renovations to be complete that they caused me to mistakenly not make the changes offline/behind the scenes. Instead, much of the work is (alas!) live and visible. Aargh!! All of which to say that if you visit my website and some things look askew, the construction dust is temporary! ___

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2014-12-20 19:46:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Celebrating It's a Wonderful Life, which opened on this day in 1946 at New York's Globe Theater (to mixed reviews).

Celebrating It's a Wonderful Life, which opened on this day in 1946 at New York's Globe Theater (to mixed reviews).___

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2014-12-20 04:17:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the inimitable Édith Piaf, who sang "La vie en rose" and so much else as no one else ever could. Piaf was born on this day in 1915.

Celebrating the inimitable Édith Piaf, who sang "La vie en rose" and so much else as no one else ever could. Piaf was born on this day in 1915.___

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2014-12-20 04:04:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

One of those frustrating days, electronics+Internet-wise, when nothing seemed to work when or the way it was intended. Thankfully, Netflix is still cooperating (for the moment) and fortunately, to quote Scarlett O'Hara, tomorrow is another day!

One of those frustrating days, electronics+Internet-wise, when nothing seemed to work when or the way it was intended. Thankfully, Netflix is still cooperating (for the moment) and fortunately, to quote Scarlett O'Hara, tomorrow is another day!___

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2014-12-18 05:46:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, don't let your light go out. Light one candle...and step into the light...your light. 

Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, don't let your light go out. Light one candle...and step into the light...your light. ___

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2014-12-18 02:21:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Live in 5! Join me on Reverie Radio with host Lori Hayes as we talk about birthing your book...even if you don't know what it's about! (If you miss the live broadcast, use this same link to listen to the archived show.)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/reverieradio/2014/12/18/author-mark-david-gerson-visits-reverie-radio

Live in 5! Join me on Reverie Radio with host Lori Hayes as we talk about birthing your book...even if you don't know what it's about! (If you miss the live broadcast, use this same link to listen to the archived show.)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/reverieradio/2014/12/18/author-mark-david-gerson-visits-reverie-radio___

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2014-12-17 02:23:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"You are a writer...of power, passion, strength and courage." – An inspiring meditative experience designed to reaffirm your innate creativity, writing ability and identity as a writer.
• from the "You Are a Writer" track on The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers, available on CD from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) and Amazon.com and as an MP3 download from iTunes, Google Play, CD Baby and Amazon.com

"You are a writer...of power, passion, strength and courage." – An inspiring meditative experience designed to reaffirm your innate creativity, writing ability and identity as a writer.
• from the "You Are a Writer" track on The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers, available on CD from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) and Amazon.com and as an MP3 download from iTunes, Google Play, CD Baby and Amazon.com___

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2014-12-16 21:01:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"I believe that, since my life began, the most I've had is just a talent to amuse..."
– celebrating the lit, wit and music of Noel Coward, born this day in 1899

"I believe that, since my life began, the most I've had is just a talent to amuse..."
– celebrating the lit, wit and music of Noel Coward, born this day in 1899___

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2014-12-16 19:22:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Looking for a holiday gift for the writer and/or fantasy lover in your life (even if it’s you!)? You can’t go wrong with one of these award-winning titles!

Get your copies today on most Amazon sites (www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson), from select other online booksellers, from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store. * Holiday Special (US Only): Order your copy today from my website, and get your copy signed – to you or to whomever your gifting it.

#holidaygifts   #holidaygiftguide   #holidaygiftideas   #giftsforwriters  

Looking for a holiday gift for the writer and/or fantasy lover in your life (even if it’s you!)? You can’t go wrong with one of these award-winning titles!

Get your copies today on most Amazon sites (www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson), from select other online booksellers, from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store. * Holiday Special (US Only): Order your copy today from my website, and get your copy signed – to you or to whomever your gifting it.

#holidaygifts   #holidaygiftguide   #holidaygiftideas   #giftsforwriters  ___

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2014-12-16 16:13:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Just last week, I posted here about a dream I had – about winning a Canada Book Award for The MoonQuest. "There's no such thing as the Canada Book Award," I wrote at the time, "but it was still a pretty cool dream to wake up to." It turns out I was wrong. This morning, I learned that I won...a Canada Book Award for The MoonQuest (Book I in The Q'ntana Trilogy Books)! I write about the dream and the award on my blog today. Check it out at http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/…/a-dream-come-truelitera…. And get your own copy of the six-time award-winning book at http://mybook.to/themoonquest.

Just last week, I posted here about a dream I had – about winning a Canada Book Award for The MoonQuest. "There's no such thing as the Canada Book Award," I wrote at the time, "but it was still a pretty cool dream to wake up to." It turns out I was wrong. This morning, I learned that I won...a Canada Book Award for The MoonQuest (Book I in The Q'ntana Trilogy Books)! I write about the dream and the award on my blog today. Check it out at http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/…/a-dream-come-truelitera…. And get your own copy of the six-time award-winning book at http://mybook.to/themoonquest.___

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2014-12-15 23:29:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A Dream Come True...Literally!
It's 3:30am on December 6 and I have just woken up from a terrific dream. In it, a friend calls me to tell me that I have just won a "Canada Book Award" for The MoonQuest : my first book and the first installment in my Q'ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels. In ...

A Dream Come True...Literally!
It's 3:30am on December 6 and I have just woken up from a terrific dream. In it, a friend calls me to tell me that I have just won a "Canada Book Award" for The MoonQuest : my first book and the first installment in my Q'ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels. In ...___

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2014-12-14 15:11:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Happy 68th Birthday to actress Patty Duke (and her twin cousin Cathy)! Patty Duke was born on this day in 1946. 

Happy 68th Birthday to actress Patty Duke (and her twin cousin Cathy)! Patty Duke was born on this day in 1946. ___

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2014-12-13 17:12:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the life and art of Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr, born this day in 1871.

Image: Blue Sky, 1936

Celebrating the life and art of Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr, born this day in 1871.

Image: Blue Sky, 1936___

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2014-12-13 15:04:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"There is no end to the quest for those who choose to live the journey."
– The MoonQuest: The Q'ntana Trilogy, Book I

The MoonQuest, my first novel and the first book in my Q’ntana fantasy trilogy, has won five awards, has earned more than 30 five-star reviews on Amazon and is on its way to theaters as a major motion picture! I placed this quote from the book on one of my favorite and most popular photos: taken at Avenue of the Giants, which runs through a redwood forest in Northern California.

• Get your copy of this powerful inspiration at https://www.twenty20.com/…/eaacebff-6a6e-4e31-8399-b1f00a2b….
• Get your copy of The MoonQuest (Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture!) on most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/themoonquest), from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook seller, including Google Play.

#inspiratio... more »

"There is no end to the quest for those who choose to live the journey."
– The MoonQuest: The Q'ntana Trilogy, Book I

The MoonQuest, my first novel and the first book in my Q’ntana fantasy trilogy, has won five awards, has earned more than 30 five-star reviews on Amazon and is on its way to theaters as a major motion picture! I placed this quote from the book on one of my favorite and most popular photos: taken at Avenue of the Giants, which runs through a redwood forest in Northern California.

• Get your copy of this powerful inspiration at https://www.twenty20.com/…/eaacebff-6a6e-4e31-8399-b1f00a2b….
• Get your copy of The MoonQuest (Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture!) on most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/themoonquest), from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook seller, including Google Play.

#inspirationalquote   #inspirationalsaturday   #inspiration   #motivation   #motivational   #qntanatrilogy   #themoonquest   #quoteoftheday   #quotestoliveby   #quotesonlife   #quote  ___

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2014-12-13 01:59:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Stories never really end, even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page."
~ Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

"Stories never really end, even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page."
~ Cornelia Funke, Inkspell___

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2014-12-12 17:45:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The perfect card for me to have picked this morning as I prepare to retool and relaunch my coaching and speaking out into the world, with a new focus on helping you birth your book with ease (even if you don't know what it's about!) – from getting the words onto the page to getting the book out into the world.

"Gone are the fears about what others may think of us. This card marks a time in our lives when we give of ourselves, our talents and skills freely without concern. We are undaunted in our efforts to shine our inner light into the world. We fear no retribution. We work in cooperation of a universal flow, and we know that nothing but goodness and kindness rises to meet our endeavors.

"In a reading, this card represents a green light to share our special talents with the world. Do so without looking back. Take no notice of what others might say or do inr... more »

The perfect card for me to have picked this morning as I prepare to retool and relaunch my coaching and speaking out into the world, with a new focus on helping you birth your book with ease (even if you don't know what it's about!) – from getting the words onto the page to getting the book out into the world.

"Gone are the fears about what others may think of us. This card marks a time in our lives when we give of ourselves, our talents and skills freely without concern. We are undaunted in our efforts to shine our inner light into the world. We fear no retribution. We work in cooperation of a universal flow, and we know that nothing but goodness and kindness rises to meet our endeavors.

"In a reading, this card represents a green light to share our special talents with the world. Do so without looking back. Take no notice of what others might say or do in response to your gift. Simply know you are brilliant, and that light which you offer is equally brilliant."

• Card write up from www.tarotteachings.com

• Image: I couldn't identify the deck this card comes from. If you recognize it, please let me know in the comments. I'd like to be able to credit it!___

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2014-12-11 02:00:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"What do you retire for? You retire if you are in a job that has just kept you employed, and given you some kind of income, and then you retire to do things that you really want to do. Well, I am doing the things I want to do now, so I don't want to retire."
~ Dame Judi Dench in her memoir, "And Furthermore"

Celebrating the life of Dame Judi a day after her 80th birthday. May she never retire...at least not until she's had a chance to play Eulisha in all three of The Q'ntana Trilogy Movies. She remains one of this author/screenwriter's top choices for the role. (The films, of course, are based on my adaptations of The MoonQuest, The StarQuest and The SunQuest, the three installments of The Q'ntana Trilogy Books.) 

"What do you retire for? You retire if you are in a job that has just kept you employed, and given you some kind of income, and then you retire to do things that you really want to do. Well, I am doing the things I want to do now, so I don't want to retire."
~ Dame Judi Dench in her memoir, "And Furthermore"

Celebrating the life of Dame Judi a day after her 80th birthday. May she never retire...at least not until she's had a chance to play Eulisha in all three of The Q'ntana Trilogy Movies. She remains one of this author/screenwriter's top choices for the role. (The films, of course, are based on my adaptations of The MoonQuest, The StarQuest and The SunQuest, the three installments of The Q'ntana Trilogy Books.) ___

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2014-12-10 16:53:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Amazingly, this video of mine has nearly hit 20K YouTube views!! It's so gratifying to know that it's still helping and inspiring writers all over the world!!
http://youtu.be/NTic21Z0gZo

Amazingly, this video of mine has nearly hit 20K YouTube views!! It's so gratifying to know that it's still helping and inspiring writers all over the world!!
http://youtu.be/NTic21Z0gZo___

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2014-12-10 04:25:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail."
– Kirk Douglas, still going strong at 98! Douglas was born Dec. 9, 1916 and is 17th on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male screen legends in American film history.

"In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail."
– Kirk Douglas, still going strong at 98! Douglas was born Dec. 9, 1916 and is 17th on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male screen legends in American film history.___

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2014-12-08 16:38:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If you're in Europe, the VAT you will be paying on iBook purchases could go up dramatically in the New Year. That's because starting January 1, VAT will be calculated based on your location, not the vendor's. In the UK, for example, the VAT on iBooks will rise from 3% to 20%. In Sweden and Denmark, the new VAT rate will be 25%. That makes NOW the best time to shop for my books...before prices go up by about a euro across the board!! Whether you're a writer, a fantasy fan or just want to be inspired, shop now and save! After all, the money you spend on five books today will get you only four on January 1!
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/mark-david-gerson/id438480704?uo=4

If you're in Europe, the VAT you will be paying on iBook purchases could go up dramatically in the New Year. That's because starting January 1, VAT will be calculated based on your location, not the vendor's. In the UK, for example, the VAT on iBooks will rise from 3% to 20%. In Sweden and Denmark, the new VAT rate will be 25%. That makes NOW the best time to shop for my books...before prices go up by about a euro across the board!! Whether you're a writer, a fantasy fan or just want to be inspired, shop now and save! After all, the money you spend on five books today will get you only four on January 1!
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/mark-david-gerson/id438480704?uo=4___

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2014-12-08 14:33:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"Do you know an aspiring writer? Any writer at all? Mark David Gerson offers some of the best writing advice around – gentle but substantive, insistent and yet unerringly positive. Or maybe you’re looking for a fiction series for a reader who likes transformational fantasy? In either case, this is your guy."
– from author +William Reichard's holiday shopping guide, posted on his blog this morning. I'm deeply honored to have been included! 

Check out the rest of Will's suggestions at http://plaeroma.com/2014/12/05/a-creative-personal-mostly-local-holiday-shopping-guide/comment-page-1/. And look up his novel, This Album Full of Angles, modestly left out of the list and now only 99 cents on Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/478543

"Do you know an aspiring writer? Any writer at all? Mark David Gerson offers some of the best writing advice around – gentle but substantive, insistent and yet unerringly positive. Or maybe you’re looking for a fiction series for a reader who likes transformational fantasy? In either case, this is your guy."
– from author +William Reichard's holiday shopping guide, posted on his blog this morning. I'm deeply honored to have been included! 

Check out the rest of Will's suggestions at http://plaeroma.com/2014/12/05/a-creative-personal-mostly-local-holiday-shopping-guide/comment-page-1/. And look up his novel, This Album Full of Angles, modestly left out of the list and now only 99 cents on Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/478543___

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2014-12-07 23:28:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Writers: You're running out of time to listen to and/or download this wide-ranging chat on writing, creativity and birthing your book on Sandra Sedgbeer's radio show. This link will go inactive by the end of the month, so check it out now...and Be Inspired! http://www.awakeningzone.com/Episode.aspx?EpisodeID=3445

Writers: You're running out of time to listen to and/or download this wide-ranging chat on writing, creativity and birthing your book on Sandra Sedgbeer's radio show. This link will go inactive by the end of the month, so check it out now...and Be Inspired! http://www.awakeningzone.com/Episode.aspx?EpisodeID=3445___

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2014-12-07 20:20:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks to Albuquerque author Valerie Storey for including my book The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write on her list of #NaNoWriMo  must-have's for #writers . The good news is that The Voice of the Muse's gifts keep on giving all year long!
• Get your own copy of The Voice of the Muse today and find out for yourself why it's a must-have! On most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/voiceofthemuse), from select other online booksellers, from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store.

Thanks to Albuquerque author Valerie Storey for including my book The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write on her list of #NaNoWriMo  must-have's for #writers . The good news is that The Voice of the Muse's gifts keep on giving all year long!
• Get your own copy of The Voice of the Muse today and find out for yourself why it's a must-have! On most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/voiceofthemuse), from select other online booksellers, from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store.___

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2014-12-07 20:18:32 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#NaNoWriMo may be over, but a #writer's work is never done! And my book The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write is the gift (to yourself!) that keeps on giving all year round! Thanks, to Albuquerque author Valerie Storey for including it on her list of NaNoWriMo must-have's.
• Read the rest of Valerie's must-have's at http://valeriestorey.blogspot.com/2014/11/my-nanowrimo-must-have-list.html
• Get your own copy of The Voice of the Muse today and find out for yourself why it's a must-have! On most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/voiceofthemuse), from select other online booksellers, from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store.

#NaNoWriMo may be over, but a #writer's work is never done! And my book The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write is the gift (to yourself!) that keeps on giving all year round! Thanks, to Albuquerque author Valerie Storey for including it on her list of NaNoWriMo must-have's.
• Read the rest of Valerie's must-have's at http://valeriestorey.blogspot.com/2014/11/my-nanowrimo-must-have-list.html
• Get your own copy of The Voice of the Muse today and find out for yourself why it's a must-have! On most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/voiceofthemuse), from select other online booksellers, from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store.___

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2014-12-07 15:10:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Which would be your favorite!? 
http://ebookfriendly.com/available-book-formats-cartoon/

Which would be your favorite!? 
http://ebookfriendly.com/available-book-formats-cartoon/___

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2014-12-06 20:19:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Celebrating Agnes Moorehead, best known as Samantha's imperious mother, Endora, in the long-running TV sitcom Bewitched. Moorehead, born this day in 1900, was also an accomplished film actor, appearing in such classics as Johnny Belinda,  Citizen Kane (as the young Kane's mother) and The Magnificent Ambersons. Moorhead died in 1974.

Celebrating Agnes Moorehead, best known as Samantha's imperious mother, Endora, in the long-running TV sitcom Bewitched. Moorehead, born this day in 1900, was also an accomplished film actor, appearing in such classics as Johnny Belinda,  Citizen Kane (as the young Kane's mother) and The Magnificent Ambersons. Moorhead died in 1974.___

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2014-12-06 11:33:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I just woke up from a dream that I'd won a "Canada Book Award" for The MoonQuest. It was named Best Fantasy/SciFi Book of the Year. Now, there's no such thing as the Canada Book Award, but it was still a pretty cool dream to wake up to! BTW, had it been real, the award would have been The MoonQuest's sixth!
• Get your copy of The MoonQuest (the first book in my Q'ntana Trilogy) on most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/themoonquest), from select other online booksellers, on my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store. 

I just woke up from a dream that I'd won a "Canada Book Award" for The MoonQuest. It was named Best Fantasy/SciFi Book of the Year. Now, there's no such thing as the Canada Book Award, but it was still a pretty cool dream to wake up to! BTW, had it been real, the award would have been The MoonQuest's sixth!
• Get your copy of The MoonQuest (the first book in my Q'ntana Trilogy) on most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/themoonquest), from select other online booksellers, on my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store. ___

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2014-12-06 04:42:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"The hateful comments didn’t matter. For the first time in a long time, I felt like I belonged and was comfortable with who I was. No one was going to take that away from me."
• from this week's blog post, an excerpt from my memoir, Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir. Read the full post at http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2014/12/aids-beyond-december-1-tribute.html

"The hateful comments didn’t matter. For the first time in a long time, I felt like I belonged and was comfortable with who I was. No one was going to take that away from me."
• from this week's blog post, an excerpt from my memoir, Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir. Read the full post at http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2014/12/aids-beyond-december-1-tribute.html___

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2014-12-05 13:01:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday to Mickey's Dad! Walt Disney was born on this day in 1901. 

Happy Birthday to Mickey's Dad! Walt Disney was born on this day in 1901. ___

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2014-12-05 03:34:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How awesome is that the Moondance International Film Festival is recommending these two books of mine to screenwriters!• The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write 
• Organic Screenwriting: Writing for Film, Naturally 
AND, I've been invited to speak at next year's festival. Woo-hoo!!

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-november-blog-insider-tip-for-writers/

Get both books on most Amazon sites (www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson), on my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook seller.

How awesome is that the Moondance International Film Festival is recommending these two books of mine to screenwriters!• The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write 
• Organic Screenwriting: Writing for Film, Naturally 
AND, I've been invited to speak at next year's festival. Woo-hoo!!

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-november-blog-insider-tip-for-writers/

Get both books on most Amazon sites (www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson), on my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook seller.___

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2014-12-04 20:01:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm old enough to remember the first public awareness of AIDS in the gay community – first the fear and panic, then the extraordinary coming together in the face of tragic loss. I'm also old enough to have lost too many friends to AIDS in those early years, when no one really understood what was going on or why.

One of those friends was  Roy Salonin, so important to my own coming out all those decades ago in Montreal. On my blog today, I honor Roy with this excerpt from Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir. Wherever you are, Roy, thank you!

http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2014/12/aids-beyond-december-1-tribute.html

I'm old enough to remember the first public awareness of AIDS in the gay community – first the fear and panic, then the extraordinary coming together in the face of tragic loss. I'm also old enough to have lost too many friends to AIDS in those early years, when no one really understood what was going on or why.

One of those friends was  Roy Salonin, so important to my own coming out all those decades ago in Montreal. On my blog today, I honor Roy with this excerpt from Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir. Wherever you are, Roy, thank you!

http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2014/12/aids-beyond-december-1-tribute.html___

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2014-12-04 19:52:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

AIDS Beyond December 1: A Tribute
I thought about posting this memoir-excerpt-as-tribute on World AIDS Day earlier this week, but decided to wait. After all AIDS/HIV is with us 365 days a year, and I knew that plenty of others would be focusing on the issue on December 1. I'm old enough to ...

AIDS Beyond December 1: A Tribute
I thought about posting this memoir-excerpt-as-tribute on World AIDS Day earlier this week, but decided to wait. After all AIDS/HIV is with us 365 days a year, and I knew that plenty of others would be focusing on the issue on December 1. I'm old enough to ...___

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2014-12-03 15:34:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm very honored to have this image of mine featured on the Picfair blog today! Check it out, along with my co-honorees, at https://www.picfair.com/blog/picfair-picks/companions.
• Picfair is a UK-based site for photographers seeking to license their work at reasonable rates – to businesses or individuals. Look for this and my other Picfair images at https://www.picfair.com/markdavidgerson.
• Get a canvas wrap or framed or acrylic print of this image from US$39.95 (or license it from US$10) at https://www.twenty20.com/photos/b245812a-d862-4cea-864f-673972b28f6b

I'm very honored to have this image of mine featured on the Picfair blog today! Check it out, along with my co-honorees, at https://www.picfair.com/blog/picfair-picks/companions.
• Picfair is a UK-based site for photographers seeking to license their work at reasonable rates – to businesses or individuals. Look for this and my other Picfair images at https://www.picfair.com/markdavidgerson.
• Get a canvas wrap or framed or acrylic print of this image from US$39.95 (or license it from US$10) at https://www.twenty20.com/photos/b245812a-d862-4cea-864f-673972b28f6b___

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2014-12-02 19:22:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Celebrating with The Divine Miss M on her 69th birthday! I was privileged to see Bette Midler live in concert back around the time (1974) this video was made – in Toronto's Massey Hall. She wasn't a big star yet, but you just knew, in watching her on stage and experiencing her voice, energy and presence, that she soon would be. Keep on singing, Bette!

Celebrating with The Divine Miss M on her 69th birthday! I was privileged to see Bette Midler live in concert back around the time (1974) this video was made – in Toronto's Massey Hall. She wasn't a big star yet, but you just knew, in watching her on stage and experiencing her voice, energy and presence, that she soon would be. Keep on singing, Bette!___

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2014-12-02 07:21:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm old enough to remember the first public awareness of AIDS in the gay community – first the fear and panic and then the extraordinary coming together in the face of tragic loss.

I'm also old enough to have lost too many friends to AIDS in those early years, when no one really understood what was going on or why.

At this time, I remember most particularly Roy Salonin, so important to my own coming out all those decades ago in Montreal and taken so young. I honor Roy and those many who have died since. But even more importantly, I honor those many have not only survived but have continued to live...and live passionately. May they always remind us to celebrate life, whatever our age and HIV status...whatever our age and health status. And may they always inspire us to make this the last generation to have to know AIDS.

#AIDS #HIV #worldAIDSday#wo... more »

I'm old enough to remember the first public awareness of AIDS in the gay community – first the fear and panic and then the extraordinary coming together in the face of tragic loss.

I'm also old enough to have lost too many friends to AIDS in those early years, when no one really understood what was going on or why.

At this time, I remember most particularly Roy Salonin, so important to my own coming out all those decades ago in Montreal and taken so young. I honor Roy and those many who have died since. But even more importantly, I honor those many have not only survived but have continued to live...and live passionately. May they always remind us to celebrate life, whatever our age and HIV status...whatever our age and health status. And may they always inspire us to make this the last generation to have to know AIDS.

#AIDS #HIV #worldAIDSday #worldAIDSday2014___

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2014-12-02 03:41:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I don't know whether I'll ever want to do voiceover work, but I figured this e-course would not only help me when I get around to recording my audiobooks but will also improve my presentation when I give talks and do interviews about my books. And for $39 (a Groupon deal reduced from $219), it's hard to go wrong! 
• If you think this e-course could help you too, don't wait too long. The 82% Groupon discount lasts only a few more days. And be sure to buy it with this link; if you do, both of us could get a partial rebate!

http://groupon.com/bwf/2151cea3-b0e1-43e5-8fe1-b22b94a245a6?utm_campaign=OfferReferral&utm_source=bwf_link&utm_medium=bwf

I don't know whether I'll ever want to do voiceover work, but I figured this e-course would not only help me when I get around to recording my audiobooks but will also improve my presentation when I give talks and do interviews about my books. And for $39 (a Groupon deal reduced from $219), it's hard to go wrong! 
• If you think this e-course could help you too, don't wait too long. The 82% Groupon discount lasts only a few more days. And be sure to buy it with this link; if you do, both of us could get a partial rebate!

http://groupon.com/bwf/2151cea3-b0e1-43e5-8fe1-b22b94a245a6?utm_campaign=OfferReferral&utm_source=bwf_link&utm_medium=bwf___

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2014-12-02 03:25:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Honored to have had my recent InspireMeToday.com post included on Matt Cattlet's list of favorite spirituality/happiness links. Read my post at http://inspiremetoday.com/brilliance/trust-leap-surrender, and check out Matt's inspiring list at http://programminglife.net/november-2014-rundown-85-links/#ixzz3Khtp82UB

Honored to have had my recent InspireMeToday.com post included on Matt Cattlet's list of favorite spirituality/happiness links. Read my post at http://inspiremetoday.com/brilliance/trust-leap-surrender, and check out Matt's inspiring list at http://programminglife.net/november-2014-rundown-85-links/#ixzz3Khtp82UB___

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2014-12-02 03:08:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Are you an independent author or publisher (or any other artist or artisan or one-person shop) looking for an easy way to accept all major credit cards on your smart phone or tablet? Consider Square. I've been using it for four years and have never had any problems. 

Plus, right now they have a generous referral deal going: Use the enclosed link (https://squareup.com/i/ACE6E948) to activate your account and get $1,000 in free processing. That's right: Your first $1,000 in charges will be processed without fees.

Checking it out doesn't obligate you to anything, and it could help you with sales this holiday season! (It also gives you a free shopping cart on the Square site, which you can integrate with your website. See mine at www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore.)

Square is currently available to you if you're in the U.S., Canada and Japan.

Are you an independent author or publisher (or any other artist or artisan or one-person shop) looking for an easy way to accept all major credit cards on your smart phone or tablet? Consider Square. I've been using it for four years and have never had any problems. 

Plus, right now they have a generous referral deal going: Use the enclosed link (https://squareup.com/i/ACE6E948) to activate your account and get $1,000 in free processing. That's right: Your first $1,000 in charges will be processed without fees.

Checking it out doesn't obligate you to anything, and it could help you with sales this holiday season! (It also gives you a free shopping cart on the Square site, which you can integrate with your website. See mine at www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore.)

Square is currently available to you if you're in the U.S., Canada and Japan.___

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2014-11-28 00:07:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This may be my 17th consecutive American Thanksgiving, but my first was 20 years ago...in Nova Scotia, surrounded by monks and in a building very much like the one pictured here!! I write about it in this Thanksgiving blog post – http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-from-1994-to-2014.html

Photo: A cabin at Nova Nada, near Kemptville, Nova Scotia. Photographer unknown. My edit.

#thanksgiving2014   #thanksgiving1994   #thanksgiving   #memoir   #novascotia   #novanada   #bookexcerpt  

This may be my 17th consecutive American Thanksgiving, but my first was 20 years ago...in Nova Scotia, surrounded by monks and in a building very much like the one pictured here!! I write about it in this Thanksgiving blog post – http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-from-1994-to-2014.html

Photo: A cabin at Nova Nada, near Kemptville, Nova Scotia. Photographer unknown. My edit.

#thanksgiving2014   #thanksgiving1994   #thanksgiving   #memoir   #novascotia   #novanada   #bookexcerpt  ___

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2014-11-27 15:25:27 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the life and words of mystery author P.D. James. James died earlier today at age 94. 

Celebrating the life and words of mystery author P.D. James. James died earlier today at age 94. ___

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2014-11-27 14:38:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Whether you are in the U.S. or abroad, I wish you a day filled with grace, blessed with joy and radiant with love! You are all very much part of the cornucopia of abundance that I'm grateful for – today and every day. Thank you!

Whether you are in the U.S. or abroad, I wish you a day filled with grace, blessed with joy and radiant with love! You are all very much part of the cornucopia of abundance that I'm grateful for – today and every day. Thank you!___

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2014-11-27 02:48:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Although I emigrated (accidentally) to the U.S. in 1997, my first American Thanksgiving was not the one I spent in Sedona that year. That Thanksgiving took place three years earlier, in Nova Scotia.
During a time in my life that was already a retreat, I had booked a week’s getaway at Nova Nada, a community of hermit monks tucked away in a remote Nova Scotia hunting lodge. The monks, mostly American, spent the bulk of their time in solitude, sharing only two dinners each week in community. The week I was there, however, two communal meals became three — to accommodate U.S. Thanksgiving.
I write about how difficult it was to leave Nova Nada in this except from Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir.
"It snowed early on December 1, the morning I left Nova Nada. It was the first snow of the season and a sprinkling that made the drive out even more treacherous than the drive in hadbee... more »

Although I emigrated (accidentally) to the U.S. in 1997, my first American Thanksgiving was not the one I spent in Sedona that year. That Thanksgiving took place three years earlier, in Nova Scotia.
During a time in my life that was already a retreat, I had booked a week’s getaway at Nova Nada, a community of hermit monks tucked away in a remote Nova Scotia hunting lodge. The monks, mostly American, spent the bulk of their time in solitude, sharing only two dinners each week in community. The week I was there, however, two communal meals became three — to accommodate U.S. Thanksgiving.
I write about how difficult it was to leave Nova Nada in this except from Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir.
"It snowed early on December 1, the morning I left Nova Nada. It was the first snow of the season and a sprinkling that made the drive out even more treacherous than the drive in had been. I had not wanted to leave and asked what might be involved in joining the order as a monk. I had felt safer at Nova Nada than I had ever felt, cocooned from the very world that I knew would soon urge me back to Toronto. Even as Brother Brendan and I discussed my options that final morning, I knew that I couldn’t stay. If I did, I would be running away — from the world, from a passion I couldn’t yet articulate and from a destiny I could not yet touch. When I pulled back into my driveway a few hours later, I knew I that I would never go back."
Read more about my accidental immigration, my time at Nova Nada and my ultimate return to Toronto in my Acts of Surrender memoir. Get your copy today on most Amazon sites (http://mybook.to/actsofsurrender), from my website (www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore) or from your favorite ebook store.
"A masterful work from one of today’s masters."
– +Joan Cerio, author of Hardwired to Heaven
Photo: One of the Nova Nada cabins. Photographer unknown. My edit.

#thanksgiving   #memoir   #novascotia   #excerpt   #bookexcerpt   #kindle   #amazon  ___

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2014-11-27 02:21:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wishing all my online friends and family, whether in the U.S. or abroad, a Thanksgiving Day filled with grace, blessed with joy and radiant with love! You are all very much part of the cornucopia of abundance that I'm grateful for this week. Thank you!
#thanksgiving  

Wishing all my online friends and family, whether in the U.S. or abroad, a Thanksgiving Day filled with grace, blessed with joy and radiant with love! You are all very much part of the cornucopia of abundance that I'm grateful for this week. Thank you!
#thanksgiving  ___

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2014-11-26 01:24:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"The world needs books. What would the world be like without books? They fuel our mind like cars and gas. The cars can't go without gas; our brains can't go without books. ... What would the world do without books? The world would be black-and-white without books. The world would be blank without books. ... The world needs books!"
– Madison, 8 years old; Cleveland, OH




"The world needs books. What would the world be like without books? They fuel our mind like cars and gas. The cars can't go without gas; our brains can't go without books. ... What would the world do without books? The world would be black-and-white without books. The world would be blank without books. ... The world needs books!"
– Madison, 8 years old; Cleveland, OH


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2014-11-25 17:44:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Give the Spirit of Inspiration this Holiday Season!
Get your copies today on most Amazon sites. Or, for an even more special holiday offering, get a copy signed by me to that special person in your life! (Signed copies available only while supplies last; contact me directly for info) • www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson • www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore

Give the Spirit of Inspiration this Holiday Season!
Get your copies today on most Amazon sites. Or, for an even more special holiday offering, get a copy signed by me to that special person in your life! (Signed copies available only while supplies last; contact me directly for info) • www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson • www.markdavidgerson.com/bookstore___

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2014-11-24 01:53:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Photographers: If you're considering moving over to Adobe's Creative Cloud (the $9.99 Photoshop+Lightroom deal), do it this week (before Nov. 30) on Amazon and Amazon will throw in a $30 Amazon credit. (There's no difference between an Amazon subscription and the direct-through-Adobe version, according to Adobe.) 
http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photography-Photoshop-Lightroom-Membership/dp/B00KNDCCE6/ref=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_t
Unfortunately, this appears to be a U.S.-only deal.

Photographers: If you're considering moving over to Adobe's Creative Cloud (the $9.99 Photoshop+Lightroom deal), do it this week (before Nov. 30) on Amazon and Amazon will throw in a $30 Amazon credit. (There's no difference between an Amazon subscription and the direct-through-Adobe version, according to Adobe.) 
http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photography-Photoshop-Lightroom-Membership/dp/B00KNDCCE6/ref=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_t
Unfortunately, this appears to be a U.S.-only deal.___

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2014-11-23 19:08:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"I rejoice in accepting [this prize] for, and sharing it with, all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long: my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction." 
– Ursula K Leguin, accepting the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Medal from the National Book Foundation, National Book Awards. If you're a writer of fantasy or science fiction – or any kind of writer – you will be inspired by her words! Watch it and share!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9Nf-rsA
#fantasy   #sciencefiction   #writing   #writers  

"I rejoice in accepting [this prize] for, and sharing it with, all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long: my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction." 
– Ursula K Leguin, accepting the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Medal from the National Book Foundation, National Book Awards. If you're a writer of fantasy or science fiction – or any kind of writer – you will be inspired by her words! Watch it and share!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9Nf-rsA
#fantasy   #sciencefiction   #writing   #writers  ___

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