George Blamey-Steeden


‘A long way from home – the first living thing you’ll see’

Written in the first person and based on an interview with a refugee on TV a while back. It stayed with me.

I walked from somewhere into nowhere
As a lonesome refugee
No possessions, but in my pocket
Safe and sound, a memory

Painted pictures in the hallway
The carved initials on the tree
The storm clouds playing card games
Above the wild and windy sea

“There’s nothing sacred that isn’t secret”
That’s all she said to me
I knew the answer, but not her question
All I wanted was sanctuary
I knew the answer, but not her question
I shut my eyes and count to three

A piece of music from my ‘Dream Rescuer’ album called ‘Time Out’. I think it fits the mood and hope you like it;

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Astronauts, In Their Own Words

Nicholas C. Rossis

Space travel | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Peggy Whitson in the cupola of the International Space Station

I don’t know about you, but it’s been one of my childhood dreams to travel in space. As a big sci-fi fan, I’ve watched a ton of movies, read even more books, wrote a few of them, and spent countless hours wondering what it must be really like to fly in space.

The Washington Post recently posted a wonderful post, 50 astronauts, in their own words. Filled with quotes and anecdotes, it conveys the feeling of actually being in one of the shuttles or the ISS, looking down on Earth.

Also, it’s a great writing resource, especially if you’re into near-future hard science fiction. Add any of these gems into your stories and give your books an extra level of realism.

The bathroom breaks suck. So does getting sweaty.

Space travel | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Sandy Magnus washes her hair aboard the space shuttle Atlantis

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Happy Father’s Day 2020

Nicholas C. Rossis

Of all the parts I’ve played in the theater of life, being a dad is the most meaningful to me. Which is why I so enjoyed learning about Tom’s Bad Dad Jokes. As the Washington Post reports, Tom and Ann Schruben have started posting “Bad Dad Jokes” on a sign outside their Maryland home. The sign has become a neighborhood destination in recent months.

Tom's bad dad joke | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

The jokes Tom scribbles each morning are supposed to be bad — and they are — but people love them anyway, which is why there is a steady stream of people ambling or driving by the family’s Kensington home on any given day.

A rabbit, a priest, and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender looks at them and says, “Is this a typo?”

Tom started posting the jokes soon after the coronavirus stay-at-home orders came about as a way to jump-start his mood…

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For the Dads


It’s Father’s Day today and we shall be lighting a candle for our Dads as we do every year.
Rather than reblog a previous post, I’d like to share something personal from the Dads.
My FIL was an artist of sorts and liked to work in pastels. We have a lovely picture of a cottage in a snow scene which we intend to frame again and put it up in the lounge.
He knew I liked nature and birds, and did this for us which we had up in the boat.
My Dad tried his hand at this and that but again, knowing how much I loved birds, did this
Both items are originals, no kits, paint it by numbers, or tracings.
To us they are priceless and dearly loved, as were the two men who made them.

So Dads, wherever you are, know we think of you every day…

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