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4th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #Haiku, #callingbirds via @PatFurstenberg

4th Day of Christmas Haiku: Four Calling Birds

Thick necks, black, shaggy

Feathers, raven’s high shrill warns:

Fear! Four calling birds.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you will enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas haiku; there will be published one each day starting on Christmas Day. Subscribe to my newsletter to never miss a blog post.

Today Christianity celebrates the The Feast of the Holy Innocents, remembering the baby boys killed by King Herod while trying to find baby Jesus and get rid of Him.

In previous versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the calling birds were colly birds, collie birds, coloured birds or canary birds – but meaning black birds, the European Blackbird or the common blackbird, Turdus Merula, ‘colly’ deriving from ‘coaly’, of ‘coal’ color, black – the crow.

Let’s remember the Medieval culinary traditions involving gourmet meals on special occasions and baked pies with surprising fillings! Blackbirds, being quite big and abundant during those times,were considered a delicacy – so four black birds for a Christmas time feast was appealing. Remember, “Song of Six Pence” speaks of 24 blackbirds baked in a pie!

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3rd Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #haiku, #frenchhens via @PatFurstenberg

3rd Day of Christmas Haiku: Three French Hens

Three salmon shade hens

Dance. Feathered feet, ten toes each.

A bright green worm stretched.

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Merry Christmas!

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Today Christianity celebrates St John the Apostle.

In a previous version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” the three french hens were fat hens or turtle doves; also, french might mean foreign.

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2nd Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #haiku, #doves via @PatFurstenberg

2nd Day of Christmas Haiku: Two Turtle Doves

Fluffed up and coo-ing,

Two turtle doves dance tango.

Bright blue sky above.

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Merry Christmas!

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Saint Stephen’s  Day (the first Christian martyr!).

Did you know that today is the exact day when the Christmas Carol Good Kind Wenceslas tales place?

In an older version of this song the turtle doves were french hens.

I hope you will enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas haiku; there will be published one each day starting on Christmas Day. Subscribe to my newsletter to never miss a blog post.

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1st Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #partridge, #peartree via @PatFurstenberg

1st Day of Christmas Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San, A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in pear tree

Feathers fly around, chirping.

I contemplate snow.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you will enjoy the “12 Days of Christmas” themed haiku published here starting today, on the Day Christianity celebrates the Birth of Jesus. This song is over 230 years old and was first publish without musical accompaniment, as a chant.

What is the pear tree doing in a Christmas song? Cecil Sharp, an English folk song connoisseur, believes that pear tree is just the French perdrix (partridge) lost in translation: “un’ perdrix sole”

Did you know that in the old versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the word on was not present at the beginning of each verse? It was introduced in the 1909 printed version of Austin and it stuck – proof to the power of the printed word.

Did you know that some older versions have juniper tree or June apple tree instead of pear tree?

In older versions my true love is  replaced by my mother and partridge is replaced with very pretty peacock.

“12 Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, the verse structure modified so that each verse is based on the previous one with minor additions. Other such songs are The Barley Mow:

“Here’s good luck to the pint pot,
Good luck to the barley mow
Jolly good luck to the pint pot,
Good luck to the barley mow.

Here’s good luck to the quart pot,
Good luck to the barley mow
Jolly good luck to the quart pot,
Good luck to the barley mow”

or The Rattlin’ Bog:

“Hi ho, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o,
Hi ho, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

1. Now in the bog there was a tree,
A rare tree, a rattlin’ tree,
The tree in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

2. And on that tree there was a branch,
A rare branch, a rattlin’ branch,
The branch on the tree, and the tree in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.”

Yiddish folk music contains many wonderful examples of cumulative songs. The French nursery rhyme Alouette is another great example.

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The song verse are quoted for educational purpose only, source wikipedia.

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Christmas Eve, #Christmas #Haiku via @PatFurstenberg

Christmas Eve Haiku

A star shines brighter,

Yearly promise of hope.

Last unwrapped present.

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Welcome to Christmas Haiku!

I hope you enjoyed the December haiku posted daily since the beginning of the month. You can find the other Christmas haiku on this page of my website.

Starting with Christmas Day I will post a new series of haiku: the 12 days of Christmas, my Christmas prezzie for YOU! Subscribe to my blog (newsletter sign up on the right column or beneath this post) and never miss a haiku with your morning coffee or favorite cuppa!

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Merry Christmas!

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Movie Music Monday, Believe from The Polar Express, 2004, Josh Groban via @PatFurstenberg #Christmas #moviemusicmonday

The Polar Express has to be one of the most magical movies ever! Its song Believe gives me goose bumps whenever I listen to it! It is about a boy who learns to believe in Santa during a magical train adventure.

The book The Polar Express was written by Chris Van Allsburg, an American illustrator and children’s books author who also wrote Jumanji.

Believe, written by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 77th Academy Awards and it is sung by Josh Groban. Believe gained a Grammy Award in 2006.


Josh Groban Lyrics

“Believe”
(from “The Polar Express” soundtrack)

Children sleeping, snow is softly falling
Dreams are calling like bells in the distance
We were dreamers not so long ago
But one by one we all had to grow up
When it seems the magic’s slipped away
We find it all again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that’s playing
There’s no time to waste
There’s so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need
If you just believe

Trains move quickly to their journey’s end
Destinations are where we begin again
Ships go sailing far across the sea
Trusting starlight to get where they need to be
When it seems that we have lost our way
We find ourselves again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that’s playing
There’s no time to waste
There’s so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need

If you just believe
If you just believe
If you just believe
If you just believe

Just believe
Just believe

My favorite part of this movie – and book! –  is found right at the end:

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

(Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express )

I guess my very special Christmas wish is that I always hear the sound of the Christmas bell…

“Believe” lyrics and movie clip are property and copyright of their owners. “The Polar Express” movie clip is provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

What are your thoughts on White Christmas? Have you watched it yet? If not, December is a good month to watch a romantic musical!

Let me know in comments below.



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31 October: Publication Day, Cover Reveal, Guest post, Free Book

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles available in eBook and Paperback. Buy now:
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An amazing COVER REVEAL of my next three children’s books and Guest Post 31.10.17 so come over to http://jessiecahalin.com 

Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com
Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com

31.10.17 FREE BOOK, Joyful Trouble

Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, Cover by The Book Khaleesi
Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, Cover by The Book Khaleesi

 

 

 

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How to self-publish an eBook and become an Indie Author on a ZERO budget in ten steps

I wrote this blog post based on my own experience as an Indie Author, having illustrated and self-published my children’s book “Happy Friends” in March 2016. I advise you to bookmark and return to this page often as I intend to update it regularly.

You wrote a book or you’re almost done writing it.

What’s next?

You could go two ways. You could submit your manuscript to mainstream publishers and wait … then wait some more OR, with eye wide open and a dry mouth, you could take the road “less traveled” and become an Indie.

What does Indie means? Indie is the abbreviation for “independent”, a term first used in the 1920s with reference to film production.

Join a 100 years long industry. If they succeeded, so can YOU, you and your MS Word manuscript.

Self-publish your e-book on a ZERO BUDGET.

  1. “Stop wishing. Start doing.”

HOW TO PROOFREAD / EDIT your work for FREE.

This is crucial to your work, to good reviews and customers.

Search Twitter or Facebook for emerging proofreaders / editors willing do it for free in an exchange for a reference from you. Or find a student in the field looking to broaden his experience. If you don’t have social media accounts create them now, they’re FREE.

Proofreading means correcting spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation or formatting errors.

Editing looks into depths. It will consider the way you present your ideas, making your manuscript easier to read.

When on a zero budget you have to do what best works for you in order to move forward on your self-publishing road.

 

  1. “Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does, keep going.”

HOW TO get a FREE BOOK COVER.

Don’t worry about a book cover at this stage as Kindle Direct Publishing or KDP (Amazon’s own publishing platform) provides FREE templates you can edit and use.

 

  1. “Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.”

HOW TO get your book ON AMAZON for FREE.

One of the best places to first publish your eBook is on Amazon, using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s eBook publishing platform. Publishing here will take a few minutes and subsequently your book will appear on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours, available for all Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps. Publish once and sell worldwide on all the Amazon sites.

What is great about self-publishing an eBook is that you can make changes even after publishing your book. You just upload the new file!

Step 1.Sign up for a free KDP account on www.kdp.amazon.com

Step 2.Format your book for FREE.

To publish your eBook on Amazon your manuscript must have specific formatting.

I recommend you read and use “Building Your Book for Kindle, Kindle Edition”. It is a VERY easy to follow, FREE step by step guide on how to format your book to easy self-publish it on Kindle found here.

If you’re a MAC user, then you might want to download “Building Your Book for Kindle for MAC, Kindle Edition“.

Your book cover will be taken care of at this step, during the uploading process.

Step 3.Enroll your book in KDP Select. It is a FREE PROMOTIONAL program.

At least for the first three month (as enrollment in KDP Select is renewed quarterly) I advise that you do enroll your book in KDP Select. You will be able to run promotions (list your book for FREE for up to five days over each three months or run a Kindle countdown deal, also for up to five days over each three months). Read more here.

 

  1. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

HOW TO get your own, FREE Amazon AUTHOR PAGE.

Create a FREE account on Amazon Author Central.

On your Amazon Author Page you can add a short biography (keep it short and sweet. Include something funny about yourself. Look at what other authors wrote about themselves). You can also include a photo of yourself and have a blog (more about this later). Include links to your social media accounts for your readers to follow and get in touch.

Have a look at my Amazon Author Page.

If you don’t have your own website, then your Amazon Author Page can be your home online.

 

  1. “Stay focused. Never give up.”

HOW TO create a FREE Goodreads ACCOUNT for yourself and a get a FREE BLOG.

Step 1.Create a Goodreads account for yourself. Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. You can see what everyone is reading, their reviews and you can post your own books and meet like-minded authors, make connections.

Search for your book on Goodreads and add yourself as the author. Now you can request Goodreads to upgrade your account to a FREE Author Account. This is important because it will give you a BLOG. Blogging increases your visibility online, where your eBook is.

Step 2.LINK your Goodreads blog to your Amazon Author Page by using RSS feeds. This way your blog posts from Goodreads will be pulled into your Amazon Author Page, thus giving your readers more information about you, the Author, and giving you more credibility.

Have a look at my Goodreads Author page.

  1. “Action is the foundation key to success.”

HOW TO get Book REVIEWS for your book for FREE.

Step 1.Search Twitter and Facebook, there are great Book Reviewers there. Keep in mind that they will have a pile of books already awaiting their review so you might have to wait for your turn.

Step 2.When your book is on a free promotion on KDP Select ask family and friends to download it for free and post a review on Amazon.

Step 3.Do a review exchange with another emerging author.

Keep in mind that each reviewer has his / her own requirements for submitting your work. Follow them and respect their time as they do give out of the goodness of their hearts and love for books. For free.

 

  1. “When you feel like quitting think about why you started.”

HOW TO self-publish for FREE on Barnes & Noble and Apple. And get a FREE ISBN.

Step 1.If your three months subscription on KDP Select has ended (and do make sure it is), you can put your eggs in more than one basket.

Smashwords (eBooks for Independent Authors and Publishers) distributes to: Barnes and Noble (a Fortune 500 company, the largest retail bookseller in the United States), Kobo (Canadian company which sells e-books, e-readers and tablet computers), Amazon (but you’re here already so you can opt out for this one retailer), Apple, Inktera (selling the most popular e-book titles, formerly Page Foundry), Baker & Taylor Blio, Baker-Taylor Axis360, Library Direct, OverDrive, Scribd (digital library and e-book, audio-book and comic suetail, Yuzu, Tolino, Odilo, Gardners Library.

Create a FREE Smashwords account then edit your Smashwords Author page. There is even an interview that you can do there and, voila, you’ll have your very own Author Interview on your Smashwords Author Page. For FREE!

Have a look at my Smashwords Author Page.

Step 2.Format your manuscript for Smashwords as they have their own formatting requirements. You can download the Smashwords Style Guide for FREE.

Be patient and follow their requirements to the letter and soon enough you will be able to upload your eBook on Smashwords too.

Step 3.Now you will need a book cover. Smashwords does not provide a free book cover template.

 

  1. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

HOW TO create your own book cover for FREE, all by yourself.

This is your last push. You’ve come so far, you can do it. And you can do it in Paint! Remember, you want to design a book cover that looks good as a thumbnail, the way it would look on a webpage.

Step 1.Find a background picture that suits your book genre. Look at Unsplash, FREE high-resolution photos, as they have amazing pictures.

Step 2.Open the picture in Paint and include Title and Author Name only. This is important as what appears on your Smashwords Book Cover has to match 100% the info you include under title and author when you upload your eBook file.

Step 3.Save your cover. Follow the Smashwords Style Guide’s requirements for cover size. To edit your pictures you can download IrfanView for FREE.

Step 4.Upload work and cover onto Smashwords and patiently wait for their confirmation emails. You want to hear from them that your book made it into the Smashwords Premium Catalog. If they tell you there are things to be fixed, then fix them and upload again.

You can now upload your new book cover onto Amazon too, to keep your eBook’s appearance uniform on the internet.

 

  1. “Nothing great ever came that easy.”

Pricing your eBook.

Again, less is more. Books between $2.99 to $5.99 bring the most profits due to higher sales. Search similar books to yours to get an idea.

 

  1. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

HOW TO MARKET your eBook for FREE.

Step 1.Marketing your book means creating awareness. This will require all the social platforms you’re on. You can create your own book promos by using pictures and text.

Step 2.Remember, Twitter and Facebook are great platforms to establish connections with like-minded authors and learn from them; they hardly sell your books. But you could land a few author interviews here, hosted on other author’s blogs – which will increase your exposure as an author, thus increasing your chances to sell more books.

Step 3.Use your blog. Write about what you like or what you know. It will create awareness about you, the Author.

Well done, now you’re a published eBook author!

by Patricia Furstenberg

REMEMBER: bookmark this page and return often to check for new updates as self-publishing and marketing are continuous activities.

This article was first published as a Guest Post on O.D.BookReviews on 15 October 2016.

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