#Thursdaydoors – Christmas

Wonderful and uplifting.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Dan has featured gingerbread houses for Thursday’s doors this week so I thought I would follow in his footsteps and share pictures of some of my gingerbread, cake and chocolate houses.

You can see Dan’s gingerbread house display here: https://nofacilities.com/2020/12/10/christmas-doors-thursday-doors/

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Picture Colorizer: Free Photo Editing Tool

Excellent and interesting

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently came across Picture Colorizer; a free online tool that lets you produce stunning color pictures out of your old black-and-white photos. I used it with some old photos from my personal album and was amazed by the result. For example, this is a 1970 photo of my mother holding me:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

The same photo after colorizing:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

What’s amazing is that it literally took a few seconds for the software to colorize the photo. All I had to do was drag-and-drop it into the relevant field and hit “go.”

Colorizer also works beautifully with color photos that have faded with time. This is a 1972 photo from a birthday party:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

And this is how Colorizer fixed it:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Pretty impressive, right?

How to Use Images

I confess that I’ve been caught up in the past lately and a tool like this has been invaluable in bringing it to life. But…

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Creepy Book Inspiration from the Middle East

Really a fun piece!

Nicholas C. Rossis

David Collins | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post by David Collins. David is a marketing specialist and essay writerfrom Manchester, UK. He loves to share his ideas and knowledge about marketing, writing, and blogging with his followers through his blog. Currently, he is working as a marketerattop essay writing serviceandcollege paper.

Creepy Book Inspiration from the Middle East

We hear most of the haunting and creepy stories from the West, with tons of horror books and movies that come out each Halloween such as American Horror Story, Anabelle, Stephanie, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and thousands more.

It’s not just westerners who love their creepy tales, though. The Middle East is home to several haunted places and horror books should be written about them, too.

For those of you looking for some out-of-the-ordinary inspiration, here are my eight favorite creepy places in the Middle East.

The Haunted…

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Reblogs and Featured Bloggers

Nice offer from my blogger friend Pete Johnson.

beetleypete

I have now completed all the posts in the above series that were sent to me by email.

If anyone would still like me to feature their blog or book here, or to reblog one of their posts, the offer is still open.

Please contact me by email at petejohnson50@yahoo.com

You have to either be a follower of this blog, or follow me on Twitter.
Twitter name is Pete Johnson @beetleypete

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Video in Email Marketing

Nicholas C. Rossis

I have written in the past on the subject of using videos in your emails. I now came across a great infographic on the subject, courtesy of One Productions, a corporate video production company in Dublin.

Apparently, the average office worker receives 121 emails every day (I probably get 4 times as many, to be honest). So, you need to make your email stand out. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Video in email marketing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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3 Hard Science Fiction Ideas

Excellent for writers like myself. I’ve used fusion in my first book and the weapons described here but not the coolers!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Many of my readers enjoy science fiction as much as I do. Jacob Baumgardner recently shared an answer about which emerging technologies may have the greatest impact in the near future. He identified three: fusion power, rail/coilguns, and pre-coolers.

I imagine that all of these will come to be in this century.

Fusion power

This will probably be the last form of energy generation we develop until the advent of anti-matter.

Right now, fusion power is still in the testing phase in the form of ITER. If all goes to plan, the first successful testbed will be operational 5 years from now. It will start with large power plants, then small power plants, then large ships like carriers, and eventually it will be small enough to use in vehicles like aircraft and small ships. It is unlikely cars and the like will use fusion reactors as superconducting batteries are…

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DesignCap Updated Review

Excellent ideas thank you!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Back in November 2019, I reviewed DesignCap, an online tool allowing you to create professional-looking visual material for social media and webpages.

Six months later, I still use DesignCap occasionally, when I need to create stylish visuals quickly.

This update details several new templates and offers by DesignCap, which offer more possibilities to the users. Of special interest to me were infographics and charts, which were recently added to DesignCap’s options.

Whether you are a blogger, content writer, or non-fiction writer, you sometimes need to include statistics, sequence of steps, charts, or even a geographical map in your work.

DesignCap has made all these really easy!

Before I continue with my updated review, please note that I am not in any way affiliated with DesignCap. However, I did ask them to give my readers 3 free subscriptions when I review their changes. Five of my readers won a free…

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7 Tips to Write a Killer Book Presentation

Nicholas C. Rossis

Daniela McVicker | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Daniela McVicker. Daniela is a contributor to Essayguard. She has a master’s degree in English Literature and is truly passionate about learning foreign languages and teaching. Daniela works with the students to help them reveal their writing talent and find their one true calling.

7 Tips to Write a Killer Book Presentation

Sometimes, a book you have written draws enough attention that you are asked to speak about it to an audience. You may be asked to present as a subject expert, talk about your material at a conference or convention, present at a book fair, or give a quick presentation as part of a book signing.

As they say, more people are afraid of public speaking than of death. Which means that most people would prefer being in a casket than giving the obituary.

And now, you’re going to be in…

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