Crystal’s effects on the human brain.

One question I hear whenever I talk about using crystals is, “Do crystals work?” It’s an honest question so after I read the following article I decided to do some research into the topic.

http://www.livescience.com/40347-crystal-healing.html

Being in the right state of mind is crucial for any healing process; ask anyone who works with terminally or seriously ill patients, and they will be the first to state that part of the healing process involves thinking positive, but how does that relate to crystals and the human body?

There has been some preliminary research done on the penal gland with researchers learning that this small part of the brain creates micro crystals, in particular, calcite. Scientists believe these calcite microcrystals could create a ‘second harmonic generation’ within the pineal tissue sections. In laymen’s terms, they could resonate and affect the surrounding tissue in the same way the micro crystals in the inner ear canal allow us to hear. A process called otoconia.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12224052

We all know that sound waves can penetrate tissue. It’s why a newborn child will turn toward the sound of his mother’s voice. The article below suggests that the small calcite crystals within the pineal gland‘…have their own Piezoelectric effect that is responsive to electromagnetic energies outside the physical body, and can also produce its own electromagnetic energy.

https://physics.knoji.com/the-piezoelectric-effect-and-the-pineal-gland-in-the-human-brain/

This opens the possibility that energy waves, whether electromagnetic or sound could stimulate these tiny crystals, and affect the surrounding tissue (brain) in the process. When given the proper stimulation, the Penal Gland could produce psychic abilities depending on the frequency a person used. Example, the Third Eye chakra, which is located in the middle of the forehead, can be stimulated by the keynote A or by a frequency of 426.7 Hz. This sound wave could be amplified by either a quartz stone or another specific stone designated for the Third Eye Chakra.

If crystals can affect the brain, then what’s to say that they don’t have an effect on the rest of the body? As we don’t truly understand our place within the natural world, this is an interesting subject. The questions posed in the comment section of the second article is also interesting. We are now just beginning to understand our connection to nature. We need to explore it even more.

Writing Update: March 17th, 2017

npa-800pxWork has picked up again and so I’m getting more shifts. This has cut into my writing time, but mostly I’ve procrastinated because on my days off I just don’t feel like it. Some days my brain is just a blank and I hate the idea of forcing myself to write something, but I’ve still managed to get some done in the last month.

I think I’ve come up with a good title for my MagicalRealism/UrbanFantasy novel; EARTHENSTONE. I’m about seven chapters in and then I realised an important plot point (the conflict of how the MC enters this magical world) wasn’t as strong or as detailed as I thought it was. It also didn’t make much sense and it veered me off from the original outline I had. I went back through the first few chapters and tightened it up so hopefully I’m back on track.

I’ve been poking at another project that I will call AltHistory/ Epistolary novel. Epistolary means written as a series of documents. Think Frankenstein or Dracula. It’s based during WWI Canada, and will have an interesting twist to the outcome/duration of the war. It’ll still take four years, but things will not go as our history did. I’m especially interested to write out how the Suffrage Movement will be affected. WWI advanced it faster than any other event. I know this because I did my short thesis paper on it. The best thing about this story is that I’ve based it in Kingston and I want to include real events from that era. I plan on doing some research and reading over microfilm of newspapers at one of the university libraries. I actually get giddy when I think about it. I have about 1,500 words done and had to top as I needed some historical events to include and I still haven’t done any research.

I haven’t looked at SURVIVAL RULES since last month. Right now I’m more focused on the other two. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on it, but Earthenstone and the other WIP are a priority right now. If I had more time I could work on it, but as I still need to do a serious re-write on the rest of the chapters I already have, I’ll need a lot more time and energy to work on it.

 

Of Writers and Prose: To the market with your book. It’s Easy and Cheap. Trust me.

Quill-Ink[DISCLAIMER] I’m not an expert at this and I never claim to be. This is just my perspective and how I view the publishing industry.

Last month I wrote a rather long post on, well it was supposed to be on selling your book and the whole thing kinda got away on me. I’ll try to be more on topic this month. You can read the post HERE.

Marketing your book is easy.

It is, really.

Seriously, I’m not messing with you.

If you have your book on Amazon or Smashwords or one of the other ebook or POD sites, then you have a purchase page generated for your work. Guess what. That is known as the ‘MARKET’; the place where readers go to buy your work. If you want to ‘market’ your work, then you put it where it can be purchased.

It’s. That. Easy.

As I said in my last post, MARKETING and PROMOTING have become synonymous with each other when they are clearly two separate entities, and that’s where the confusion and frustration set it. Writers who say they don’t know how to market their book are really saying they don’t know how to promote it, and that’s another post altogether, but first we need to understand the difference.

Markets include brink and mortar bookstores and online retailers; it about how you get it into the reader’s hands and where the public can access it. Some writers like to keep it simple and have it on just one outlet. Others, like myself, have their book in as many places as possible. I believe the more places my book is found, the bigger my market, and with each new market I’m increasing my ‘potential’ audience. Some people call it ‘target’ audience or ‘target’ readers. I prefer to call them ‘potential readers’. Using the word ‘target’ denotes competition and despite what it looks like, authors are not in competition with each other. I’m not a target and I don’t like to be labelled as such. I doubt anyone else does either.

The biggest mistake I see with writers is not having any book links visible on their website. More than once I’ve clicked on a writer’s blog or website and all I see are paragraph after paragraph about their books, but nothing showing me where to purchase. If you have more than one book, you NEED to have them all on one page so a potential reader can view them all. Don’t put a link to one book on your Twitter account. Not even if it’s a free one. Make it as easy as possible for them to find ALL your work. Like this:

http://darkeconteur.weebly.com/books.html

All my books. All the markets. Period.

When you’ve piqued a reader’s interest, they’ll click your link and the first thing they see should be your books. I know Instagram won’t let me post the book page link, but I can post the web page link. Go figure. Make sure all the links work too. As savvy as we all like to think we are, mistakes can and do happen. Do this with all your social media sites. If you are solely on Amazon, make sure you have the links to all Amazon sites. The four main English ones are .com, .ca, .uk, and .au. If you do good sales on the other markets, say Germany (Amazon.de) include them also, and again don’t link to just one book. You should have an author page for each Amazon site with your books neatly along the top or down the length of the page. USE THIS LINK.

Remember, you’re trying to make this as easy as possible for potential readers. If a reader has to click more than twice to find a market with your work, he may abandon the whole idea altogether.

A Darke Kind of Beauty: Cleansers are not soap.

When I was in grade seven, my mother went away for a week and I spent the time with friends. I remember that week for two reasons; first, it was the first time I’d been away from her for so long, and second, being the age that I was, I had my first (and nasty) breakout of pimples. She bought me some over-the-counter medicated skin wipes and told me to wash my face every morning with hot water and soap and then use the wipes, the breakout would be over by the time she got back.

She was right.

It wasn’t until my thirties that face cleansers became popular, and I’ll admit, I was a skeptic at first. After all, why change something that’s working? Except it wasn’t, I just didn’t know it. As a teen, I’d faithfully wash my face with soap and hot water, but as I got older my skin changed and for the longest time I didn’t change products. It wasn’t until I read an article by a dermatologist that stated that bar soap should never be used on the face and neck, that I decided to change, and I’ve been washing my face with a proper cleanser ever since.

Taking care my skin is a full time job that can be broken down into three parts; environment, lifestyle and genetics. Two I can control, one I can’t. Using cleansers that are created for my skin type is the first step, and while bar soap may be more gentle than it was thirty years ago, keeping my skin healthy is all about what I leave behind.

There is a big difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. A good explanation is here. http://www.justaboutskin.com/dry-vs-dehydrated-skin/

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The one by Fresh is expensive, but I got a free sample once and fell in love. I love the smell and Husband noticed a change in my skin after a week. It’s very gentle with a soy base that smells like cucumbers. I use it in the mornings but I’m thinking about looking for something a little less pricey. I know the package says ‘makeup remover’, but it’s not that good at removing makeup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is my weekly exfoliate. It has ground apricot nuts as the exfoliant. Ground walnut shells is another good exfoliant, and avoid any product that contains ‘microbeads’. They’re not environmentally friendly and do more harm than good. The one thing I don’t like about this product is that I have to rinse a few times to make sure all the product is off my face. I always end up leaving some in my hair line. They say you should exfoliate once a day, but if you have any type of oily skin, a daily abrasion can make the skin produce more oil. I stopped using a buffer because of this. Oily and combination skin are always tricky to take care.

 

 

 

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The last two are used the most. The black one has a charcoal base and I use it in the shower. The hot mist opens my pores more and it cuts right through the oil and moisturizer/makeup build up from the day. It’s very deep cleaning but the charcoal does leave my skin a little tight. It’s great for blackheads.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Body Shop one I use outside of the shower. It’s a more soapy than the Fresh product so I can get a good lather going and scrub my face good.

 

 

 

 

 

I know, I know, too many products but considering how important our skin is to our overall health, it’s something I don’t take lightly.

Movie Night: The Great Wall

the-great-wallIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2034800/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Written by Watch_Movies

Review: This movie caught my attention when I saw the trailer. It’s an interesting movie that keeps you not only entertained, but interested. The cinematography and location were incredibly beautiful with just the right amount of 3D effect. The plot moved along at a good pace and it was shorter than most movies of the same genre. It stayed in the ‘now’, and didn’t get muddled down with characters going on about their past or what brought them to the wall. Best of all, this movie had a strong male and female lead that DIDN’T FALL IN LOVE. Oh, there might have been an attraction, but it wasn’t a focal point in the movie. These people were at war, and the movie focused on that.

This movie does what it was meant to do; entertain and make you forget about the ugliness of the word for a few hours. The cinematography and costumes alone are worth it.

5 out of 5

 

 

From the Recipe Box: Cottage Pie Stuffed Potatoes

First, let me explain something. When I say Cottage Pie some people know it as Shepard’s Pie, but it isn’t. Shepard’s Pie is made with lamb not hamburger, so if you’ve been making this dish and calling it wrong, that’s okay, so was I until Husband went searching for the difference. You can use this recipe for either dish too as the only difference is the meat.

The recipe I went by is HERE.

You can find the original recipe HERE.

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Cottage Pie Stuffed Baked Potato

Ingredients:

Baked Potato Topping

– 4 large russet potatoes, scrubbed clean

– ¼ to ½ cup whole milk

– 2-½ tablespoons butter

– ½ teaspoon salt

Filling

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– ½ medium onion, diced

– 8 ounces ground beef

– 2 tablespoons flour

– 1 cup beef broth

– 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

– 1-½ teaspoons salt

– ¾ teaspoon black pepper

– 1-½ cups frozen vegetables

 

Instructions:

See either link.

My Notes:

The link is to the ORIGINAL recipe is a better recipe. The one I went by is an adaptation and while it does turn out well, it calls for herbs which give more taste to the filling. Also, if you’re gluten sensitive try using potato starch instead of flour for the sauce. I didn’t and the potatoes were somewhat sloppy, as you can tell from the photo. I also cheated and used a Shepard’s Pie mix from Club House because I find many home-made sauce recipes for the filling don’t have the same flavour.

If you use large potatoes, adjust your cooking time for them. Both recipes call to microwave, but I dislike using the machine for that. I use the microwave for re-heating and melting butter. Period. I used large Russett potatoes which took a good ninety minutes to cook all the way through and I let them sit for thirty minutes to cool. You have to pop everything back into the oven at the end, so don’t burn your hands scooping out the pulp. Even a little warm, the butter will melt, or melt it a bit before you add it. That’s what I did.

A Company of Writers: Script Writing with Ally Turcotte

When I started script writing, I was lucky enough to know someone in real life who was knowledgeable in the formatting and layout of writing scripts. I had no idea where to start and Ally has helped me tremendously over these last few years. She’s in the process of staring her own blog depicting her life as a woman, screen writer and disabled person. Please welcome Ally in first guest blog post. 🙂

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My parents were practical people. Their favourite words were “Be realistic.” When I came to them and announced one day that I was going to be a writer, the response was predictable:

 Okay, but what else are you going to do?

They weren’t unsupportive. They assumed it was good for me to have a hobby, and I’d grow out of it. I was physically disabled, shy, and, I don’t mind telling you, weird, with giant pink glasses that covered half my face, terrible haircuts mainly designed to stop me gnawing on and tangling my hair when I was nervous, (often) and the habit of turning anything within arms reach into a person, and then using the “person” to tell a story. When I told them I wanted to write movies? Well, what little girl didn’t want to be in movies, right? But then, I went out and did it. At twelve years old, amid a torrent of unfinished books I swore I was going to write one day, a pile of poems and an endless array of journals, I actually finished something. And it was a screenplay! That was about the time they started realizing, to their horror, I might actually think that screen writing was a real job.

In those days we lived in what I now cheerfully refer to as the back end of nowhere, on a tiny dirt road. We did have one neighbour within walking distance, and that neighbour was friends with, wait for it, a real live writer! When we met he offered to read my work. He said I was already better than he had been at my age, and handed me a copy of It’s a Wonderful Life because “Your formatting is a mess.” I went home, opened a new document file, and started again. If my parents biggest concern was that I should be practical, then dammit, I was going to learn how to do this the right way. And there, my education began.

All this is to explain the important stuff. Firstly, that anyone, anywhere, can learn how to write, no matter how little experience or resources they have, and second, that there are three major forces in my life: The desire to tell a story, the desperate need to legitimize myself in spite of my blue-collar upbringing and physical disability, and a sense of isolation that drove me, in spite of all my self-consciousness, and my stubborn (okay, controlling) ways, to an industry which requires me tell a story with other people. Eventually, there were other things I liked about the format, the explicit rules, at first so intimidating, the rigorous structure, that offers the perfect format to tell the story in, so I don’t even have to wonder where a chapter ends or begins, or whose perspective it’s in, and the fact that I can literally spend hours trying on various voices for various characters or looking up photos of various attractive actors and calling it “research” if I want to. But the biggest draw, for me, has always been the idea of writing as a collaborative process; Someone finds value in your work, and improves on it, just by adding how they see the characters, or the world, or the story.

Writers are possibly the lowest rung on the entertainment industry’s ladder. Often, a talented writer’s work is taken, stripped to its basic concept, utterly changed, and then given to someone else, who gets the credit when the work is finished. So much advice for writers of any type, but especially women, and especially in entertainment, is “Get used to rejection.” And it isn’t unfounded. When I did go to film school, I was asked to leave, because my disability made it impossible for me to do all the things the school promised their graduates could do. But I kept writing, and I kept waiting for the opportunity to go back to my first love. I wrote stories for other people as a ghostwriter, I did some freelance blogging, and ad jobs. I could get paid to write, but I wanted to write film and television. And here we are, a decade after I left film school in floods of tears, and I still do. And suddenly, the industry is being turned upside down. The world is no longer looking at 25-40 male as the ideal demographic. We’re in a media glut, which means terror to marketers who have to hold our attention for longer than the average YouTube video, but also means anyone with an iPhone can make a movie, and the world needs writers more than it ever has before. Am I going to sit by and watch everyone else have all the fun? Hell no! Okay, you ask, so what am I going to do next?

I don’t know.

And how great is that? As a freelance blogger and ghostwriter, my name is a blank slate. It’s possible yours is too. In an industry that is all about who you know, you may feel like you know no one, but I promise you, people are out there, making movies with what little they have. They’re not famous, but oh my God, do they love to talk about their projects. To anyone who will listen. All you have to do is take notes, and know when to offer help.

I’m probably not going to make anyone famous. But I never fell out of love with movies, the challenges and charms of the format, and the mythology of the right person reading the right script at the right time. I don’t care how unrealistic or impractical that is, because it’s also exactly the kind of magic that makes the whole thing matter. I couldn’t write a decent movie if I didn’t believe in a happy ending, could I?

You know those books with titles like The Girls Guide to Having It All? I like to think of what I’m doing as having none of it at all. No education, no credentials, no contacts. Just a lot of time writing scripts, and a lot of love for what I’m doing. A lot of friends who want to help out, and maybe, enough talent to get by on. There are a million ways this could go badly, but that’s only true because there are two million ways it could go. I don’t have an ending in mind yet. But I’m excited to do it here, because this is also a way to write with people. So hi! It’s nice to be here! I’ll be talking about formatting, free screen writing software, and how to begin, for a start, but feel free to chime in with a comment, if there’s something you want to see, or you have a specific question.

Let’s figure it out.

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