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Chronicles of the Seventh Realm

Ocean's Dagger: Quest 2 (Chronicles of the Seventh Realm Book 2) 
is on sale this week for .99¢


"An orphaned boy, uncontrollable magic, and a destiny to recover a nation’s honor.

Ren survived life at an orphanage, but the world taught him some hash lessons.

His aspiration to become a sorcerer looked brighter, until he found himself in a crate. With his magic unreliable, Ren must learn to rely on others.

But, in a world of thieves and cutthroats, how will he see the truth behind their masks?

Will Ren learn to master his mind, control his magic, and follow his destiny?

Or will his naivety doom him and the world?"

Benefits of Audiobooks on Literacy

National Literacy Trust Article

"Our new research review, released today, shows that engagement with audiobooks can benefit children's reading skills and enjoyment, as well as their mental wellbeing and emotional intelligence.

With audiobook sales predicted to overtake those of ebooks in 2020 and the popularity of the format amongst children increasing by 138% in the last year alone, we set out to explore existing evidence on the role of audiobooks in supporting children’s literacy inside and outside of the classroom."

Do you read audiobooks?

Have you read any great ones this year?

Do you encourage your children to listen to audiobooks?

I've reached the point that I listen to books about as often as I physically read them. Usually if it's a nonfiction book I'm physically reading, but  everything else I listen to. Not always as an audiobook either.

For some time I've been using an ebook reader app on android, FBreader. They also have an apple app. In short it uses computer generated voices to read the text of ebooks. However, computer voices have come a long way, and no longer sound like Hawking (though you can still use his voice if you prefer).

My daughter is home schooled, and we make her read her text books. So when it comes to fiction, we've moved almost entirely to audiobooks. The one exception being graphic novels. 

Narwhal and Jelly Series anyone?

Even as an adult, I love reading these books as they come out.

Personal Update

Weight Loss

Lost 4 pounds last week. Mostly due to an increased physical activity (mostly walking) and cutting out breakfast. 

I'm ever so slowly cutting my eating window. I'm aiming to cut down to a 6 hour window between 1 PM and 7 PM.

 Bread Making

I've never been one for baking, but I decided to take the plunge and make bread. I started off with a sourdough starter, but I tried to use whole wheat flour, and that didn't work out the best. It did make an eatable loaf, but it was dense.

So now I've moved to basic bread flour, yeast, salt, water. This is only my 3rd loaf, and it turned out great. Using a bread pan meant I was able to cut the bread into sandwich slices.

However, I still want to make sourdough, so I'm working on a new starter. *fingers crossed*

Do you like to bake bread? 

Do you have a go to recipe?


13 oz warm water
1.5 tsp salt
1.25 tsp yeast
3.5 cups flour
1.5 hour prove in over light
roll in flower
place in pan
prove 30 min.
Bake @ 400 for 40 min

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