Whacky Books

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I haven’t at all gotten to answer any comments in the past couple of weeks, and I’m SORRY, and I will get there – promise. It’s taken me a whole lot longer than I expected to get back to blogland, and I’m only starting in properly now. It’s been a bit surreal around here lately. I had TWO nasty surprises in the past six weeks, with members of the local bands of rotten criminals trying to open windows at three in the morning, and me seeing them through the windows BOTH times. That brings the number of attempts by them to get in to four altogether, so I must admit that the last one on Good Friday morning knocked me off my perch a bit. There’s something horribly personally, and somehow violently, invasive seeing an actual person right there on the other side of the glass, even if they do run away. Needless to say I haven’t been sleeping the sleep of the just that I so richly deserve, so I’ve been rather bleary. I’m a whole lot better now though, and waiting with eager anticipation for the riot control self defence kit that I ordered, the very presence of which will guarantee me some good snooze time I think.

Other than that I’ve had some lovely work coming my way with many, many thanks to my wonderful supportive friends here, especially Sally Cronin and Chris Graham. I want to give an extra BIG thank you to Chris – The Story Reading Ape for designing my fabulous new logo for my Indie Support Services.

Jo Logo 01
Don’t forget that there are all sorts of things other than covers that he can do for you Indies. From video trailers to banners, maps, and logos like the perfect one he designed for me. Zoom on over and follow him if you aren’t already – he is a wonderful font of help and support for all authors.

It’s so good to be able to finally start getting back to the books I love in all their forms. I found a particularly interesting one called The Voynich Manuscript that I’m sure a lot of you will find fascinating too. It’s been carbon dated to the early fourteen hundreds (1404 to 1438) and is named after the man who bought it in 1912. It’s written in an unknown alphabet – one that to this day has yet to be deciphered even though the most talented code-breakers and linguists have tried since its discovery. It’s filled with drawings of the craziest alien looking plants you could imagine, as well as pictures of women zooming through what appear to be tubes. Then there are astronomical drawings, and finally a couple that look like a combination of plants, the tube zooming females and the astrological designs.




The mind boggles. My mind does anyway. A lot of very staid and well educated personages have found all sorts of realistic explanations for this book, but I’m a writer so not apt to head straight for the boring. I reckon the writer of this most peculiar tome was either from the fourth planet from the central star in the Zerg galaxy, trying to draw a map home because her peers had found a fabulous way to use whacky plant tubes as interstellar transport (I deduce that said writer was female and the reason for the book was that said peers had decided to search for more plant-worthy men on another planet and forgot her behind) or that it was written by an aspiring adult comic book creator born before his time.


Either way—interesting stuff. If you want to download the PDF for a bit of nutty inspiration you can get it at Holy Books. The download is quite big though—over 50MB.

22 thoughts on “Whacky Books

    The Story Reading Ape said:
    April 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    It’s SOOOO Good to have Jo back with us 😀

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    olganm said:
    April 1, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    So sorry to hear of what’s been happening to you. Nobody deserves such a thing but you’ve had more than your fair share, dear Jo. Love the new logo (Chris is wonderful and talented) and I hadn’t heard of that book but love your explanation… Thinking of you. ♥

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you my friend. It’s been really odd – things just kept on coming for a while there. It’s especially weird that they even tried to get in here because logically it would be stupid. Still – scared me sideways and my concentration levels went for a loop. It will all be fine though – when my kit comes I’m going to be geriatric Xena warrior woman and shoot the swine. Thank God that I’m generally awake in the early hours. Love and HUGS! ❤ X


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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    April 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    So sorry that you are still getting sleepless nights because of these maggots. I know that many have so little but their intimidation tactics and lack of boundaries is appalling. However, with your new repellent tactics perhaps the message will get out that Jo is not to be messed with. love and hugs XXS

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Sal. ❤ They really are maggots. This whole town is being terrorised by them, the sods. I can't wait for it to arrive now – if I'm awake and have it they might not be so keen to get in after all. Love and HUGS! XXXX

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    macjam47 said:
    April 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Jo, how horrible that you have to go through this on top of all you’ve been through. As for blogland, don’t worry about it, we will all be waiting here when you are truly ready to be back. Hugs.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you Michelle! It really has been something else these few months, but I’m hoping that I really am back now properly. I’ve really missed everyone here so much. Yesterday and today starting to see what you’ve all been up to has been wonderful. HUGS! ❤

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    noelleg44 said:
    April 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    The book is totally cool, Jo. And WHAT the heck is going on with your intruders? Can the police help? You certainly don’t need this, so no apologies necessary for not getting back into the thick of blogging. We’re al just glad you’re still here with us. Wish I could do something for you! Hugs and prayers from me.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      It really is, isn’t it? Those scribbler guys back in the “dark” ages were just as interesting as we are. The police here are no good at all – seriously – at all. The time before in the house I just left, when they arrived they were seriously disappointed that the would be’s hadn’t actually got inside. They kept saying – Oh but we thought the were inside. Left really quickly after that. We have an awesome neighborhood watch scheme though – those guys take no prisoners – awesome. I’m really fine lovely Noelle, and HAPPY more than I can say to be back in the bosom of all the warm friendship of all of you. HUGS! ❤


    D. Wallace Peach said:
    April 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Your logo is stunning ;it immediately caught my eye. Chris did a fabulous job. Sorry to hear about the attempted break-ins. I don’t think I could sleep well after that either. Hopefully, things will settle down and your return to blogland will become effortless. You have a lot of friends cheering for you. 🙂 ❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 1, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      It’s gorgeous! Chris is so amazing with all the things that he does. His sci-fi, fantasy, and graphics are just superb, so even though I’m a cover etc thingy myself, for those things and genres he will always be my go to Ape – that’s saying something because I’m a total control freak. You are a wonderful love – thank you! I’ve declared (a bit louder than Scarlett) that even if I end up under a tree somewhere, I will not lose my blog family. HUGS! ❤ LOVE XXXX

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    Marje @ Kyrosmagica said:
    April 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    So sorry to hear about your burglar issue, hope they stay away… Love your indie banner – Chris has done an amazing job. That really is a whacky book very fitting for April 1st!


    Tracy Campbell said:
    April 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Jo, sorry to hear of the neighbourhood upset. Hip hip hooray to Mr. Ape’s design he created for you. I was fascinated by the aged book and illustrations. 😊


    softsenta said:
    April 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Great book. so sorry to hear about the burglary issue. I hope they give up soon and give you some peace.


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    philipparees said:
    April 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    It does beg questions, doesn’t it, when oppression continues from all quarters, at one’s weakest and most vulnerable moments? I have had similar recently, a sense of inexplicable evil prevailing. I think you are being amazing! Loved the logo, tres Africaine! Perfect.


    BunKaryudo said:
    April 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I saw a link on Sally Cronin’s site and thought I’d pop over and say hello. I was shocked when I read your post. I’m terribly sorry to hear of the problems you’ve been having with those criminals. I can well understand how upsetting it must have been.


    Ali Isaac said:
    April 5, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Hi Jo, what a pain in the ass some people are! What right do they think they have to terrorise innocent people at night? Well, it seems the tables have turned, and now you’ll be doing the terrorising when your kit comes! You’ll be glad you can see their faces then, lol! But seriously, stay safe and take care of yourself. I read a lot of old texts, but I can honestly say I’ve never seen one quite as bizarre as that one! Isn’t it marvellous that so many old books have been digitised? Digitalised? Put up on the Internet, now? And available to view, read even if you can, for NOWT!


    dgkaye said:
    April 5, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Good to see you back Jo. And how frightening it must be to live with those mugs around. Maybe it’s time to move. You’re one brave girl! 🙂


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