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[sticky post] (no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2012|11:33 am]
APRIL 19, 2014. I lost control over the domain moirajmoore.com, and some online learning company has made the baffling decision to use it for their blog. I don't know anything about the company and I don't endorse it. When I finally get a website back up, it will be under moirajmoorewriter.com.


Heroes Reward Final

Edited February 4, 2013

There are now a few ways to get the book. You can read it right off this blog, and I will email a copy of the book to you, in pdf, upon request. moirajmoore@yahoo.com.

E-versions are available through Smashwords and can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, apple i-pad, personal computers, i-phone, sony, kobo, android, and others. You have the option of getting it for free or paying if you want. If you choose to pay, you can pick any amount you want. It's here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/262941

You can get it on Amazon for .99, but I put that up there for advertising purposes. I'm getting emails from people who don't know that the book is available and I'm guessing amazon is the best free form of marketing out there. Remember you can get it on your kindle for free on smashwords. This is the amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-Reward-ebook/dp/B00BAVQD6S/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1360016786&sr=8-14&keywords=moira+j+moore

There was a snafu with the cover due entirely by my own idiocy. My friend Tracy McQuoid painted a brilliant cover for me, but when I came to the part of the manual - pretty close to the end - I knew that her cover didn't meet what I thought were a million specifications Smashwords needed. I assumed this would mean Tracy would have to repaint the cover, and I couldn't demand she do that. Also, I was desperate to get the book up this weekend. So I jumped the gun and hired someone to make the cover, only to be told shortly thereafter by Tracy that the specs weren't that complicated and she could have made the changes pretty quickly. So now I feel like a jerk.

This is the cover. If you don’t like it, it’s 100% my fault. I know it’s science fictiony but I like it.

There are mistakes in the book, of every sort you can imagine. Two friends have read the book, the editor went through it several times – seriously, this is the most gruelling editing process I have ever gone through – and I have read, revised, and proofread it so many times that I’ve lost count and I will lose what’s left of my mind if I go through it again. So, sorry about that.

People asked me to put a donate button on the blog, and so I have.

I have put copyright information only on the first chapter because I think putting that at the beginning of every chapter would be ridiculous and make the document even uglier. @COPYRIGHT 2012 MOIRA J. MOORE for the whole book.

Further information about copyright, credit, dedications and other stuff is also included at the beginning of chapter one.

This is the final book of the Heroes series. I hope you enjoy it.

HEROES’ REWARD
Shield Dunleavy Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish have lived in Flown Raven for five years, protecting its residents from natural disasters and enjoying the lack of interference from both the council of the Triple S and the Emperor. When they are unexpectedly summoned to Shidonee’s Gap by the council, Lee and Taro learn that while they have been living at their isolated post, there have been a lot of changes in the world, changes that will drag them into unimaginable duties and unprecedented danger.

Links to the chapters, in order:
Chapters 1-3
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/180804.html

Chapters 4-6
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/181071.html

Chapters 7-9
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/181344.html

Chapters 10-12
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/181665.html

Chapters 13-15
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/181877.html

Chapters 16-18
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/182066.html

Chapters 19-21
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/182491.html

Chapters 22-24
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/182688.html

Chapters 25-27
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/182885.html

Chapters 28-30
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/183213.html

Chapters 31 and 32
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/183422.html

Chapters 33 and 34
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/183642.html

Chapters 35 and 36
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/183860.html











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Heroes Short Story Master List [Oct. 22nd, 2020|10:56 am]
I've put most of the stories in a single pdf document. If you'd like a copy, send me an email at moirajmoore@yahoo.com

NEW STORY APRIL 8, 2014.


I'm organizing the stories according to the timeline of the world, not in order of my writing them. The link to the most recently added story with be in bold.

SHORT STORIES MASTER LIST:


A bit about the world’s history taken out of book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/48737.html#comments

Matching from Taro’s point of view
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/73322.html#cutid1

Tiny little snippet taken out of book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/55007.html#cutid1

Taro, early book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/123958.html#cutid1

Taro, early book one
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/261293.html

Taro, between book two and three
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/286990.html

Taro, book three
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/288686.html


Aryne: First Day at the Source Academy (during end of book three)
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/125736.html#cutid1

Aryne: Second Day at the Academy (during the end of book three)
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/128920.html#cutid1

Aryne: Five Weeks at the Academy (during end of book three)
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/134724.html#cutid1

Taro: Early in book five
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/130004.html#cutid1

Triple S council, meeting, near the end of book five
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/132757.html#cutid1

Lee, shortly after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/163976.html

Letters to Lee and a story from Tarce's POV, between books six and seven
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/131034.html#cutid1

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/135972.html

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven (other new characters
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/152499.html#cutid1

Lee, immediately after book six THIS STORY IS NO LONGER CANON COMPLIANT
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/124898.html#cutid1

Willa Newscomb, Lady Green, shortly after book six.
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/126573.html#cutid1

Decisions Part 1, Lee's POV, shortly after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/156618.html#cutid1

Decisions Part 2, Taro's POV, shortly after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/159387.html

Letter from Mika to Lee about two years after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/125661.html#cutid1

Roshni Radia, Wind Watcher, 3 years after book six
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/127883.html#cutid1

Another Dinner From Hell - scene cut from Heroes' Reward, Lee's POV
http://moiraj.livejournal.com/191568.html
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Diane Francis stuff [Aug. 31st, 2014|08:32 pm]
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What inspired me to write this post is an article Diane Francis put out today in the New York Post about Burger King buying Tim Hortons, and how it's a tax dodge for Burger King, because it's all part of that trend about tax inversion. http://nypost.com/2014/08/31/burger-kings-tax-dodging-ways-needs-to-be-stopped/

I find her indignation at these financial shenanigans hilarious given she was just pushing the worship of Jeff Immelt, the CEO of GE who's best known for making a mint for his company by putting all the money off-shore and evading taxes.

But the most interesting part of the article is how she shoots off into a rant about Canada not paying enough for the military. See, we lure the evil American companies here by having lower corporate tax rates, and we can only afford to do that because we don't pay enough for the military, and so .... what? She's not even saying we should raise the corporate tax rate. Just expand our military forces. Then she goes back to the rest of the article.

But not before getting a couple of numbers wrong. She writes:

According to the World Bank, the US spends 3.8% of its GDP on defense and peacekeeping, Britain 2.63%, France 2%, Australia 1.6% and Canada 1%

According to her own source, a chart from 2009 to 2013, Britain spends 2.3%, in a steady decline since 2009, and France spends 2.2%, in a steady decline since 2009.

Australia does spend 1.6%, but that's it's lowest since 2009. The United States has also seen a steady decline since 2009. In fact, if you look at the chart, a downward trend in military spending seems to be happening in a majority of countries. http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/MS.MIL.XPND.GD.ZS

The rest of the article can be skipped, as it's nothing that hasn't already been said by eight million other people.

Her tangent in this article reminds me of the tangent in her article dated August 22, 2014, called “As oil shipments rise, rail industry in desperate need of clean-up”: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/08/22/as-oil-shipments-rise-rail-industry-in-desperate-need-of-clean-up/

Basically, she’s saying that there’s afoot a plan to just avoid the Keystone Pipeline politics and ship everything by rail, which she says is a bad idea because the rail industry is so unsafe. No argument there. However, while she talks about lives lost and property damage – don’t get me wrong, they are extremely important – she, again, disregards the cost to the environment, which is the damage that is far more likely.

Then, she shoehorns in a totally unnecessary plug for her merger of the century nonsense:

Interestingly, the tragedy illustrated the inter-dependence of the two countries: the train was owned and operated by a third-rate U.S. railway company, partially owned by the Quebec Pension Plan; the oil was from the North Dakota Bakken oil play and the customer was New Brunswick’s Irving Oil.

Maybe this is an excellent reason why this inter-dependence is a bad idea, with responsibility spread out like that and people not talking to each other. Also, this brings to mind her schemes for better energy for America. All the risk for creating the energy would be placed in Canada, all of the benefit accrued by Americans.

Here’s an article of Francis’s from 2012 in which she says why rail is a great alternative to pipelines. http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/11/16/alaska-bound-rail-project-could-solve-canadas-oil-sands-problems/

Granted, the article was written before the derailment in Lac-Mégantic in 2013, but in her current article she says:

Then the sector must be revamped. The train business has been allowed to remain a 19th century technology run with 19th century mentality.

I doubt the train industry has deteriorated into century-old standards between her 2012 article and this one, so either she didn’t know what she was talking about then, or she doesn’t know what she’s talking about now. Could be both.
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Follow Up On the Joys of Dealing with ACE [Aug. 29th, 2014|12:30 pm]
I was told that I would be contacted when the form I sent in was received. I sent it by express on Monday. Having heard nothing, I tracked the letter online just now. According to the website, delivery was attempted yesterday and a card was left indicating so and where the letter can be picked up. I have no idea why it would be difficult to deliver a letter to a big business, but maybe it was after business hours. Yet another hiccup. I have sent an email to the contact person at ACE telling them what happened. So, let's see what happens next.

I know it's nothing tragic. It's just that so far, every single step in what should be an easy process has had a problem. I don't know why they can't just let me fax or scan the damn thing.
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(no subject) [Aug. 26th, 2014|11:51 am]
I just noticed that amazon is selling the reissue edition of three of my books. I think this means the initial print run of the books have been sold and they've printed more. I always assumed that once the original books were sold, they wouldn't bother making more. After all, it took about eight years for the first one to sell out.Tthe weird thing to me is that the reissue editions aren't for books 1, 2, and 3, but 1, 4, and 5.

Too bad they didn't take the opportunity to change the covers.
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(no subject) [Aug. 24th, 2014|02:37 pm]
I don't understand the cruelty well-meaning parents display towards their kids. I'm not talking about anything that should bring in the child protection services. I'm not even talking about giving kids terrible names because the parent thinks them cool, with little regard for the fact that the kid has to live with that name. I'm talking about the relentless violation of kids' privacy.

I just saw an article involving a professional photographer who took pictures of his 2 year old daughter while she was naked and put them online. There was a lot of backlash with people accusing him of child pornography, and the pictures were taken off Facebook. So he's put them up in a gallery.

I think the pornography charge is ridiculous. That's not what this is about.

I'm talking about him displaying naked pictures of his daughter without the slightest concern that she will likely be humiliated by those pictures when she's older. According to him, they'll make her feel beautiful. Most people I know find it embarrassing to have their baby pictures shown to their friends. These pictures are everywhere and seen by strangers.

Why is it a violation when an adult's naked pictures are splashed about without their permission but artistic and beautiful when it's done to a child? Let's have someone take a bunch of pictures of him while he's naked and doing potentially embarrassing stuff and put them everywhere, without bothering to ask him if he's ok with it.

And I'm baffled when parents tell me really intimate details about their kids while they're going through puberty. What the hell? I can imagine how embarrassed and violated those kids would feel if they found out their secrets were being told to a stranger, why can't their parents? (And seriously, why the hell would I want to hear about it? I'm not a parent, so there isn't even the excuse of shared experiences or seeking advice.)

Kind of a side issue: I recently heard a parent say how much she loved embarrassing her fourteen year old child in public. I guess she was joking about how easy it was to do, but I don't care. It's mean-spirited. Someone who did that to another adult would be considered a jerk.
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2014|09:56 pm]
A woman I follow on Facebook has proudly announced she got out of paying for a speeding ticket by using her boobs. I guess it isn't as exciting if I proudly announce that I got out of paying for a speeding ticket by being polite.
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2014|07:12 pm]
A few months ago, my agent said that because of health reasons, my portion of the royalties would be sent directly to me instead of sent to him. I said to him that I understood while remembering all the times royalty cheques have "fallen through the cracks" and wondering if I would ever see another royalty cheque again.

I get an email from ACE asking me to fill out an IRS form that Canadians can't use. I'm pretty sure that after all this time, there's some scrap of information in the file that has my address, especially as they'll be sending the cheques to me. (Allegedly.)

I send in the correct form. A few weeks later, I ask for confirmation that the form has been received. Nothing. Another few weeks, I ask again. I find out that the person who contacted me has changed departments and the form was never received, so I have to send it in again to another person. Oh, this is going to be fun. Good thing I don't rely on this money to eat.
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2014|09:38 am]
This is cute. Also, I've finally heard the proper pronunciation of the actor's last name. No one seems to get it right. I can't figure out whether the "unexpected" bit was actually unexpected.

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Brief discussion of The Hundred Foot Journey, vague spoilers [Aug. 19th, 2014|08:39 pm]
The movie is based on a book, which I haven't read. In a small French town, an Indian family move in and open an Indian restaurant across the street from a high class French restaurant. The owner of the French restaurant - played by Helen Mirren - tries to drive them out and the father of the family won't have it. It's much more about their relationship than the development of the Indian chef, one of the sons of the family.

It was a disappointment. Most of the funny bits were in the trailer, it dragged, and it took a weird turn that was either unnecessary or not developed enough, like someone decided the movie wasn't long enough and dropped an extra bit in. Helen Mirren's character is never really redeemed after her spiteful and childish behaviour in the beginning of the movie. Not being a racist doesn't make one a decent person, as that's just part of the baseline of being a civilised human being. The secondary female character was boring. The Indian father was pretty much like any "the other ethnic group" patriarch. He reminds me of a less annoying version of the father from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My favourite character was actually the other son and he had a minor role. And that was some of the most heavy-handed symbolism I've ever seen.

On the other hand, I love a montage - a montage can make anything exciting - and I enjoyed watching the mayor trapped in the battle of the by-laws while two crews of kitchen staff were turned into the most sinister group of people you never want to meet in a dark alley.

Manish Dayal has the most gorgeous eyes I've ever seen.
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