Genres of Literature – Science Fiction

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scifi-genreScience Fiction is a story based on the impact of potential science, either actual or imagined. It is one of the genres of literature that is set in the future or on other planets. The title is often shortened to SF or sci-fi. This genre typically deals with imaginative concepts, such as futuristic science and technology, space and time travel, even faster than light travel but also parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. The narrative can explore the potential consequences of scientific and innovation ideas developed to extremes.

Science fiction elements can include:

  • A temporal setting in the future with alternative timelines or in a historical past that contradicts the known facts of actual history
  • A spatial setting or scenes in outer space, on other worlds or even subterranean earth.
  • Characters do included aliens, mutants, robots and other imagined or predicted beings.
  • Technology can be futuristic or plausible. Examples being teleportation, mind…

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Genres of Literature – Fables

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Fable is a story about supernatural or extraordinary people usually in the form of narration that demonstrates a useful truth. In Fables, animals often speak as humans that are legendary and supernatural tales. A literary genre: a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, legendary creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature that are  anthropomorphized (given human qualities, such as the ability to speak human language and that illustrates or leads to a particular moral lesson (a “moral”), which may at the end be added explicitly as a pithy maxim.

A person who writes fables is a fabulist.

The most famous fables are those of Aesop. Many of us were read these tales as children and they are still read to children today, in fact the moral’s within the stories are timeless.

Other cultures have there own fables, such as Africa’s oral culture with it’s rich…

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A Day in the Life of a City Hare

This hare was in front of my van again today when I headed out to work before noon. (Note how low the sun is in Edmonton in winter.)

I managed to not scare him off too far as I got into my vehicle and started it up. He scooted along the fence to the end by the alley, then turned the corner and doubled back, but hovered at the far end of the small field you see behind him.

He watched me closely and soon returned when he sensed no danger. In the corner by the building, he found some plants and started to eat–right there in my presence.


I continued to back out of the parking stall, turning the van to face the alley I would use to drive out to the road. The hare watched, and once the van was at a safe distance, he came back to his spot in the sun–and dozed off.

Hare Jan. 5, 2018

When I returned from work during the blue hour after sunset (4:53 p.m.–short day–I’m technically on holidays), the hare was still there! I saw him from the alley.

Hare Jan. 5, 2018

You can see the path of people tracks in the front of the photo, running horizontally, and the hare tracks running perpendicular into the distance, with said track maker at the far end of them.

I pulled around the corner and toward my parking spot slowly. My spot is behind the red car (looks dark in the picture). The hare is sitting almost directly in front of my stall.

I turned the van into the stall and crept forward. The hare scooted over a few steps to a safer distance but didn’t run off.

I think we have an understanding. The van goes in and out, but no one bothers the bunny.


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White-tailed Jackrabbit — Alberta Environment and Parks

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Edmonton Aurora and Sunset

Aurora Borealis over downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Sunset over Edmonton (in summer)

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@leemarvin86 – Sunset with a twist

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Genres of Literature – Comedy

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humor-comic novel is a novel-length work of humorous fiction. Many well-known authors have written comic novels, including P.G. Wodehouse, Henry Fielding, Mark Twain and John Kennedy Toole.

Writing comedy is not an easy task for most of us. You can not rely on the comedian’s use of pause and facial expressions with the written word. It is however a skill to portray a person or situation within a narrative in such a way to make your reader laugh.

Personally I have not tried to write a comedy novel, it is a skill I do not possess unfortunately. This list may help you decide if writing in this genre is for you. (Original link –

1. Know your genre well enough to play with it.

The genre of your story can be a rich source of humor writing. Knowing your category will give you endless material to parody and poke fun…

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Patty Wiseman: Where It All Started

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patty_wiseman_authorThis month’s guest blog post is from Award Winning Patty Wiseman who writes stories of strong women overcoming insurmountable odds. From historical to contemporary these romantic and suspenseful tales carry the message of survival by extraordinary women. Find Patty on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Amazon.


I was that kid with the flashlight under the covers every night. The minute I learned how letters formed words and words formed sentences which turned into stories, I was hooked.


My first-grade teacher, Mrs. Bell, really had the most impact on my love of reading. Oh my, could she tell a story! The classroom was transfixed when she read to us. Forty-odd years later and she is still the one I think of when I look back at how it all started.

Books became my…

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Focus on Health: 10 Steps to Wellness

In the article “10 Steps to Wellness,” Cathy Wong discusses some steps you can take to improve health and well-being.

10 Steps to Wellness

By Cathy Wong, ND, on VeryWell

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You Voted, and the Winner Is …

Today’s Christmas Song results for 2017 are in.

A vote was placed for each of the following songs:

Dec. 1: Little Drummer Boy — Mannheim Steamroller
Dec. 4: Let It Go (Disney’s “Frozen”)/Vivaldi’s Winter — The Piano Guys
Dec. 5: What Child Is This — Lindsey Stirling
Dec. 6: Good King Wenceslas — Mannheim Steamroller
Dec. 9: Silent Night — Panflöte
Dec. 19: Silver Bells — Anne Murray
Dec. 21: We Three Kings — The Piano Guys

The entire playlist and poll can be found here.

For this set, my votes would go to Simply Three (Dec. 8) and Matt Riley (Dec. 2). Simply sensational playing.

Thanks for listening and voting!

Happy 2018.

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A New Year for This Blog (2018)

Welcome to 2018. Ahead of us lies a whole new year of possibilities.

First, a few local photographs of Edmonton’s Fireworks last night in -27°C (-16.6°F) weather.

The beautiful Edmonton skyline

Here's to 2018 🙌 Photo by @trevortsoiphotography #yeggers

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Fireworks at the Alberta Legislature Building

Alberta legislature – NYE fireworks 2018. . 📷: @alannakyee

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Edmonton has experienced Extreme Cold Warnings since Christmas Day, with thermometer temperatures plunging as low as -31 to -35°C (-24 to -31°F) and -40 to -46°C (-40 to -51°F) wind chills. (That means it feels like that temperature, and freezing of skin occurs much faster.) As you can see, though, Edmontonians brave the cold regularly.

In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Christina Rossetti
January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly journal

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Read the rest of the poem and information about it at these sources:

What’s planned for us in 2018

In 2018, you can expect to see more of these topics on this blog:

  • Interviews and guest posts
  • Events
  • Writing, editing, publishing
  • Parenting and education
  • Music articles and songs
  • Photography and nature
  • Weather and seasons
  • Outdoors (maybe travel)
  • Cooking
  • Health

As I mentioned in Wrapping Up 2017, I personally have to put a big focus on health-related activities to compensate for the number of hours I sit at work.

Health posts will include food, nature walks, workouts, music therapy (meditation, lowering heart rate and blood pressure by de-stressing, mental health), and a new anemia article I have yet to finalize. Anemia is an underrated and common medical condition that involves reduced hemoglobin, which can have potentially serious side effects if left untreated, yet it is easy to treat. My goal is to bring awareness to this often overlooked condition, where the symptoms can be attributed to something else, such as tiredness, age, or lack of fitness.

My workouts will begin at home (since I can’t afford a regular membership at the gym and I’m apt to skip going out when it’s super cold). The workouts will include several of Authentically Leslie’s FitRebel in-home products.

I mentioned I had to cut down on my own writing, but I will likely be editing some novels for other authors in 2018.

There will be some events in 2018 and perhaps some blog challenges. I am still attempting to create a guitar or other type of video. It’s the now thing and the future, but I am a writer, not a speaker, though as you can see in my author reading photos, I am trying, and I’ve even been told recently I’m a good reader. I have no experience in visual art, which has been a growing handicap. I’m also a perfectionist. So please bear with me!

By the way, if you are a math geek like me, you may want to check out this math facts post about the number 2018 (Learn Fun Facts site).

Voting results for Today’s Christmas Song will appear in the next post. There’s still time to vote for a few more hours.

Wishing you a great year! Thank you for reading, lovely people.

Wrapping Up 2017

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2017 Year-End Reflections

The year 2017 was to be one of healing and productivity. Instead, it was an unexpected perfect storm with some disastrous results that altered my life forever. Only images and music could express the things that words could not.

2017: expectation versus reality

“Skip, we’re gonna make it.”
“She’s not gonna let us out.”

Good riddance, 2017. But the battle is far from over, though it is a different battle altogether, with entirely different demons.

2018: expectation versus reality

Going into the new year

“It’s all right, Little Brother. There are more!”

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