Thursday, June 29, 2023

Vlogging Versus Blogging

A friend has been pushing me for years to start vlogging on YouTube. I have resisted since, in my own opinion, I am much better with the written word than public speaking. However, I recently sat down and tried it. Nothing fancy - no special equipment, such as pictured here. No ideal background or special effects. I simply put my old iPhone on a selfie stick and hit record. 

When I think about why blogging became such a chore, the first thing that comes to mind is the editing process. Regardless of how many times I tell myself the posts do not have to be perfect, I can't get that concept out of my head. 

With videos, however, there is no script. Besides knowing what I am going to talk about, I just wing it. For this first attempt, I took a few takes and chose the best one - and voila! It was a quick and easy way for me to share some information. 

Anyway, here is the first video posted to my YouTube Channel. Check it out and let me know what you think. If you like it, please subscribe. I will continue to post about life in South Florida, teaching, and things I enjoy. 


Originally posted on Nikki Revamped, the latest blog in the Lavender Inspiration family of blogs. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

New Blog Announcement


I am excited to announce a new blog called Nikki Revamped. This blog will be about more day to day events. Although there are currently only a few posts, please check it out and let me know what you think. 

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Vessels of Cor: Conquest (Book Review)

Welcome back, readers! I am resurrecting my book reviews for a very special anthology. Vessels of Cor: Conquest is written by my youngest son, Timothy J. McBride. Therefore, this is absolutely shameless promotion. 

The anthology, which at the time of this post is only available at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, is comprised of five short stories/novellas that are uniquely connected to each other. The story begins in the year 2675 and finishes in the year 3025. 

This is neither a light-hearted book nor a light read. The target audience includes fans of literary science fiction that questions humanity's place in the universe. The book grapples with the concepts of power, sacrifice, and heroism. Fans of military science-fiction (think intergalactic warfare) and cosmicism will find this book deeply compelling.  Like I said, some deep stuff! 

McBride is a talented storyteller and gifted writer. He is the author of several other works and is already working on new projects. You can read some of his other stories for free on his website at Vessels of Cor.

Here is the official book blurb to give you an idea of the premise. 

Vessels of Cor: ConquestThe universe is a living, thinking, and feeling thing. Bearing the name of Legion, it lived in peace for eons, ruling without any threat to its illustrious domain. However, as humanity and other sapient species advance and spread across its expanse, the threat of them discovering primordial, dangerous artifacts deeply concerns it. In response, Legion begins to amass an army of horrific thralls and warships to permanently cripple the capabilities of intelligent life in order to save itself.

However, a strange entity known only as the Anomaly forges a child by the name of Cor. The Anomaly has simple but ever ambitious goals for his beloved child. The newly born angel is destined to study the lives of two of humanity's greatest heroes from the twenty-eighth century onwards in order to gather the knowledge necessary to prevent a mysterious, universal calamity destined to occur in the year 3025, one that will carry the fate of all life, including Legion itself.