Travel

Client Spotlight: Alaska or Bust w/ @ErmaOdrach

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Erma Odrach is the author of Alaska or Bust, a collection of short stories about one of the world’s last frontiers–Alaska and the Yukon. I admit I went through an Alaska phase after reading Erma’s book and binged on Alaska reality shows till it was past my bedtime. Living off the grid always appealed to me, but it takes a certain type of person to thrive in Alaska and the Yukon. Erma used to live there herself and I wanted to know all about it. She was kind enough to tell us more about her fascinating life and work. Read on!

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My Latest News: Giveaways, Guest Posts, and more

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I apologize for the lack of meaty posts lately. Work has been unbelievably busy, and I’ve neglected my blogging duties except for posting the bare minimum. I hope to return to a regular schedule soon. In the meantime, here’s what’s going on in my little corner of the web.

SICKER Paperback Release

Sicker: Psychological Thriller Series Novella 2 is available in paperback on Amazon.


SICKER Paperback Giveaway Starts May 31st

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday May 31st, SciFi and Scary will be hosting my book spotlight and
giving away two of the new paperback copies of SICKER.

Hint: SICK  free on Kindle for May 31st so that all entrants for the Scifi and Scary giveaway can read Part I before possibly winning Part II.

Visit ScifiandScary.com to enter.


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Konn Lavery is a talented graphic artist, web designer, and author of the Mental Damnation series. I’ll be on his blog talking about the process of writing and book marketing in the very near future. Stay tuned for post date.


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I’ll be returning to Scifi and Scary on June 19th as a guest to talk about why Psychological Thriller/Suspense novels like SICK might creep us out more than traditional Horror.

I’ll be sure to reblog that here so you don’t miss it.


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I’ll be periodically hosting interviews with my wonderful clients so they can tell you about their projects, their challenges, and their plans for the future.

 


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Also, I’ll be heading back to Ecuador sometime soon. Get ready for a continuation of the Ecuadorian pig-out and hopefully some cool photos too.

 


Questions? Comments?

Please leave your thoughts below.

Would you like for me to stop by your blog?

I’m available for features and guest posts. Let me know!

Hiking Goodies: Piedra de Lino

Christa Wojo Piedra de Lino hike

Sitting in a tree about halfway up.

When we were moving into our new house, we were told there was a hiking trail nearby. We couldn’t wait to explore it, so as soon as we were settled in, we packed up some water and headed to the trailhead about a half a kilometer up our road. I didn’t bother to Google any information about. The Hubs and I are very familiar with the area. Boy, were we surprised when it turned out to be one of the most difficult and beautiful hikes we ever went on!

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Hiking Goodies: The Pipeline Trail

There are many gorgeous places to hike in the highlands of Chiriqui near Volcán Barú. One of the easiest and most rewarding hikes is called The Pipeline hike, which runs along a water line through the cloud forest to a hidden waterfall. It takes less than a few hours to go in and out, and is relatively easy, but there is much to see! My husband and I like to go for a quick bit of fresh air and exercise when we don’t want to commit to something long and strenuous. I’d like to share a few bits from our last excursion. Enjoy!

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Off we go!

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#HappyThanksgiving #BRB!

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Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t been posting and responding to comments lately. I have been traveling with the rest of the Wojo’s. We went to the Bahamas and I’ll be spending turkey day with the family in Florida. I’ll be back to my normal shenanigans next week. I’m very anxious to get back to writing my sequel to SICK. I also found out I have a sick parrot at home. I’m so worried about her and powerless to help from here. If anyone knows anything about birds, please leave me a message in the comment section. I suspect it’s a Giardia infection, but local vets don’t treat birds in Boquete. I’m desperate!

Other than that, I’m very grateful to be with my loved ones. I just want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you eat and drink too much. Cheers! See you all next week 10 pounds heavier 😀

Learn a foreign language effortlessly! #Indiegogo #Crowfunding Campaign

Hello, Hola, Ciao, Bonjour, and здравствуйте!

Have you ever dreamed of becoming fluent in another language? Have you imagined whispering in Italian to your sweetheart, ordering your entrée in perfect French, or traveling to Latin America without a foreign language dictionary?

As an expat, I know the frustration that comes from not being able to communicate efficiently and effectively with speakers of other languages. I also know that after so many years in Panama, I only do so well with Spanish because I’ve been immersed in the language.

Here’s the exciting news!

I’ve been working on a side-project with my dear friend, Marina Latcko, and a group of scattered language enthusiasts. Marina is an English teacher in St. Petersburg, Russia. She’s a intelligent and passionate person, as well as a published author. (She’s been kind enough to help me with The Sculptor, developing my character and his history from a genuine Russian perspective.) She’s also a brand new mom!

Marina’s dream was to create a game that actually immerses you into the world of the language you want to learn. She developed the concept of a casual game that uses a story narrative, called The Identity Quest, that includes everyday situations enabling players to pick up a language in a more natural manner. Unlike Rosetta Stone or verb conjugation books, The Identity Quest teaches you the conversational skills you would need in everyday situations without you having to make an effort to do so.

This project needs funding to get off the ground so we’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign. Visit The Identity Quest Language Learning Game campaign page for all the details. You can also view the artwork and demos where you will hear me as the voice of Clarissa! Let me tell you, if anyone has the determination to pull this project off it’s Marina. She’s so focused on making this game a reality that she convinced me to record my voice! This is monumental because I HATE recording myself in any way. The demos are not nearly as sophisticated as the real game will be, but you can get an idea.

The Identity Quest Indiegogo

Click for full info.

The first languages to be released are English, Spanish, French, and Russian for speakers of each language respectively. More will come in the future if the project is funded. I’m voting for Mandarin. What language would you like to see next?

If you’ve always fantasized about speaking comfortably and confidently in a foreign language, please support the project by making a donation or sharing the campaign.

CLICK HERE!

Thanks, Gracias, Grazie, Merci, and спасибо!!!

Art Beyond Words: The Veiled Christ

The Veiled Christ Giuseppe Sanmartino Cappella Sansevero, Naples.

The Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino, 1753

Even Antonio Canova was envious of this sculpture. That’s saying a lot.

The Story Behind The Veiled Christ (from Museo Cappella Sansevero)

Placed at the centre of the nave of the Sansevero Chapel, the Veiled Christ is one of the most famous and impressive works of art in the world. It was the Prince’s wish that the statue be made by Antonio Corradini, who had already done Modesty for him. However, Corradini died in 1752 and only managed to make a terracotta scale model of the Christ, which is now preserved in the Museo di San Martino.

So Raimondo di Sangro appointed a young Neapolitan artist, Giuseppe Sanmartino, to make “a life-sized marble statue, representing Our Lord Jesus Christ dead, and covered in a transparent shroud carved from the same block as the statue”.

 

The Veiled Christ Front View

Front view. Notice his crown of thorns and the nails.

 

The sculpture was so unbelievable, they thought it was magic.

Legend of the Veil (from Wikipedia)

Over the centuries, the masterful depiction of the veil has acquired a legend, in which the original commissioner of the sculpture, the famous scientist and alchemist Raimondo di Sangro teaches the sculptor how to transform cloth into crystalline marble. For about three centuries, in fact, many visitors to the Cappella, amazed by the veiled sculpture, erroneously believed it to be the result of an alchemical “marblification” performed by the prince, who was meant to have laid a real veil on the sculpture and to have transformed this into marble over time by means of a chemical process.

In reality, a close analysis leaves no doubt that the work was entirely produced in marble and this is also confirmed by some letters written at the time of its production.

The Veiled Christ head detail.

This is an example of the divine art that inspired The Sculptor series.

Could you find words to describe it?

 

Photo credits

Pixshark

Wikipedia

Museo Capella Sansevero

Hotter than what???

Holiday Greetings from Panama

Warmest Holiday Greetings from Panama

I know many of you are a bit chilly right now, but just be grateful you’re not in Panama. Here it’s hot… and I mean hot.

Here we have a saying that it’s mas caliente que tres pares de cajones.

In other words,

it’s hotter than three pairs of balls.

Not just one.

Nor two.

It’s hotter than three.

Three pairs.

Just imagine the environment. Yes, that is how hot it is.

Its hard getting into the Christmas spirit when your all hot and sweaty, but the weather here in sweltering Panama reminded me a video that I think you all will enjoy.

Feliz navidad.

 

 

 

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons

Win The Wrong David on Deranged Writers

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Hello, my friends! Today’s the last day to enter to win my novelette, The Wrong David, at Deranged Writers for their December Delights festivities. I know it’s kind of a last minute announcement, but I’ve been traveling the past few weeks and I’m totally disoriented. Apologies!

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To win a copy, just pop by Deranged Writers and visit Anne and Chani. If you’re feeling Scroogy, they will put you in the holiday mood with food, decor, folklore, and travel.

Enter by visiting these posts! (Follow directions at the bottom)

HOLIDAY FOOD & DRINK: BREUDHER

GOOD OLD ST. NICK

CHRISTMAS SONGS VOL. ONE

HOLIDAY DECOR: CHRISTMAS AT TIFFANY’S

HOLIDAY DESTINATION WISH LIST: CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

 

Learn more about The Wrong David.

The Wrong David #Free on #Kindle: Last Chance to Spend the Day in France

The Wrong David by Christa Wojo free on Amazon Kindle

Spend your Sunday on a hot Marseille beach. Click photo to download.

 

Spend your Sunday morning or afternoon in Marseille with a bottle of wine. David finally gets Vanessa, his best friend’s wife, alone in a hotel room. Will they behave like honorable adults?

My first published novelette, The Wrong David is in the Top 10 Bestsellers in the Free Kindle Store for Literary Short Stories and Literary Romance. It also just received a 5 star review!

Today’s your last chance to get it for free.

 

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