Countdown to 500 (#1)
A couple of months ago, as I posted something new, the number at the top caught my eye. Once I realized how near my 500th post I was, I knew we had to celebrate.
And today, with this 495th post, we begin our celebration of 500s.
And a giveaway.
Who’d like a free SIGNED copy of my novelette, Til Death Do Us Part?
Who’d like to win 1 of 5 ebook copies of Til Death Do Us Part? That’s right I said 5! And you can enter to win both because sharing is fun.
But more on the giveaway at the end of the post….
Step into my time machine and let’s travel back in time. Very far back in time, to the year 500 BC.
First stop is Europe…
(borrowed from Wikipedia)
- Vulca makes Apollo of Veii, from Portonaccio Temple. It is now kept at Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome.
- The Nordic Bronze Age civilization ends and the Pre-Roman Iron Age begins in Scandinavia, according to the Oscar Montelius periodization system (approximate date).
- Darius I of Persia proclaims that Aramaic be the official language of the western half of his empire.
- Refugees from Teos resettle Abdera.
Most notable there is the fact about language, because what is writing, if not language? I suppose this is proof that since the beginning of time, man has been trying to control language. Do you ever see it happening? Do you ever think we will have one world language?
I’ll tell you what I think. Here in America, learning another language is a required part of high school (and college) graduation. Is it possible that we will have a one world language? I do. Look how prevalent the English language already is around the globe.
Ok, let’s hope back in. Push those shiny silver buttons over there and turn that big silver knob to Africa…
- Bantu-speaking people migrate into south-west Uganda from the west. (approximate date)
- The Hutu tribe begins around this time, in Middle and Southern Africa
Not much to say about Africa. Perhaps they build quietly. Let’s move along, with a spin of that dial and go to…
Asia! Here’s what’s happening when we open the time machine door…
- The first republic in Vaishali, Bihar, India is founded.
- Yayoi period starts in Ancient Japan (approximate date).
Do you think the people of India celebrated their new republic? How do you think they did that? With cake? Hmmm…cake. We need some cake.
Ohhh, nom nom.
Ok, back into the time machine. Let’s go see what that “Mesoamerica” is all about…
- The oldest known Zapotec writing appears (approximate date).
- The Olmecs establish Monte Albán, the sacred city, and continue building pyramids. Founded toward the end of the Middle Formative period at around 500 BC, by the Terminal Formative (ca.100 BC-AD 200) Monte Albán soon becomes the capital of a large-scale expansionist polity that dominates much of the Oaxacan highlands and interacts with other Mesoamerican regional states, such as Teotihuacan to the north (Paddock 1983; Marcus 1983).
Wait. What was the first bulletin again? oh, right! WRITING!! I wonder what Zapotec writing is?
We complain about how writing is hard today? Imagine filling THAT blank page!
And, did you know that even in 500 BC the world was already getting crowded? That’s right. By 500 BC, there were already 100,000,000 people!
Now that you’ve had a bit of a history lesson, I bet you want to know more about the giveaway, don’t you?
Here’s what you can win:
Isn’t that a gorgeous cover? And I’ve heard that the words on the pages beneath this gorgeous cover are just as delish! You need a copy of this book gracing your bookshelf-real or virtual.
1 lucky commenter will win a signed paperback copy and 5 lucky commenters will win a copy of the ebook.
Yes, you read that right. Six (6) lucky My Write Side fans will win a copy of my debut story. If you’ve ever wondered what a rejected engagement ring does to gain acceptance, you need wonder no more. This book follows a fascinating chain of events that will horrify you even as you find yourself rooting for the ring to come full circle.
And it can be YOURS, just by doing this one simple thing. Comment, comment, comment. There will be a total of five (5) posts this week. You have four chances to comment. The more you comment, the greater your chances to win! On the 5th day, the 500th post, I will announce the 6 lucky winners.
So please, take a moment and say “hi,” and have a piece of cake. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow, where I share some of my favorite “500” songs!!
Thanks for coming by!