I've been very slack in not posting anything lately, so here's a bit of a rundown on what I've been up to. I've started playing mad professor again and am developing a range of Skincare Products. These include Face Creams, Body Butters, luxurious Face Oils, and many more will be added as I progress. The pic below shows some of the most recent batch of Papaya Face Cream.
This is a gorgeous Nordhavn 62 belonging to what seem a lovely Australian family who recently set off on the adventure of a lifetime - leisurely cruising around the world. I love their boat, and I love the passion with which they've taken on the challenges of preparing the boat for the cruising life. Click here to read their latest Blog entry. I saw a pic they'd put on their Facebook page and I wanted to see if I could do an acceptable pen and watercolour painting of the boat. This is the result. Maybe it's not perfect, but it's the best I can do, and yes, I'm happy with it. The only problem is it is extremely difficult to make prints of without a very high resolution A3 scanner.. I'll keep looking for someone who can do this for me. Update - I just ordered what I hope will be a suitable A3 scanner.
These are my first attempts at doing pen and watercolor paintings of small skiffs. I received some great feedback when I placed the images on my Facebook page, including a request for prints from one of the world's most respected yacht designers.
This is an A3 size watercolour and ink piece of a Buddhist Temple outside a town about 2 hours north of Bangkok. The temple was supported by the father of a close friend and I thought it would be nice to give her a painting of it. From what she's told me about her father, I have an enormous amount of respect for him and the good work he did for many people.
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Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities.. Elon Musk's electricity empire could mean a new type of power grid.
pany now has 168,000 customers and controls 39 percent of the rapidly expanding residential solar market.
Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded like a throwaway side project from someone who’s never seen a side project he doesn’t like. But it’s a very smart move, and one that’s more central to Musk’s ambitions than it might seem.
To understand why, it helps to look not at Tesla, but at SolarCity, a company chaired by Musk and run by his cousin Lyndon Rive. SolarCity installs panels on people’s roofs, leases them for less than they’d be paying in energy bills, and sells surplus energy back to the local utility. It’s proven a tremendously successful model. Founded in 2006, the company now has 168,000 customers and controls 39 percent of the rapidly expanding residential solar market.
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Emptiness engulfed Olivia after her youngest daughter Lucy moved out of the house to university. With no regrets or thoughts of resentment, Olivia walked away from her marriage, reaching out for emotional support from her brother, his wife, and her daughters. Olivia took stock of her financial situation, embracing an uncertain future with faith everything would fall into place. Andrew Walker proved her faith to be well founded.
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I know this has taken some time, and some frustration on my part waiting for the revised versions to be uploaded to Amazon, but now all is done.
I've edited out around 10,000 words from Olivia, and let me explain why. Firstly, I realised a year after first publishing the story, the somewhat graphic sex scenes tended to take something away from the love story and underlying life lessons both Olivia North and Andrew Walker experienced. Of course sex had to be part of the story, however, it needed to be in the context of a natural extension of the relationship they developed, and nothing more. Secondly, I continue to look for ways to improve my writing and I believe I have done so by cutting out text superfluous to the flow of the story.
This story is so close and dear to my heart. I love the characters and I love the setting for the story. I know the locations well and each has a special place in my heart.
I hope new readers will enjoy Olivia's story and come to enjoy the book as much as I've enjoyed the process of writing and polishing what I truly believe is a great love story. Many will also see the lessons in the story that may make us think more deeply about our own lives. Click here or on the pic to visit Awakening Olivia North on Amazon.