Bring On the Ninjas

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Kitty and her effigy

Don’t worry. I’ll get to the winner of the preorder of Second Chance Romance by Jill Weatherholt. But first . . .

The other day, I watched this video at Swoozie’s YouTube channel. (It’s okay if you don’t know who he is. You can Google him later.) It involved ninjas.

With this video, we’re reminded of TV and movie series featuring the Power Rangers, and of course the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and martial arts films from Japan and China, which give us a feeling of nostalgia. While watching the video, I couldn’t help wondering why I and many others enjoy the sight of ninjas. So I searched the internet and found a great io9 article by Annalee Newitz on the subject: “Why Americans Became Obsessed with Ninjas.”

This quote from the article caught my attention:

Today being a “ninja” is just a way of saying you’re awesomely skilled, and maybe a little aggressive.

Newitz mentioned the 22,000 people on Twitter who call themselves social media ninjas. Even if we don’t call ourselves that on Twitter, many of us like the idea of being “shadow warriors”—stealthy and in control.

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Kitty has bought wholeheartedly into the notion of being a ninja.

Sadly, some people online use stealth to attack others with their words or actions. Like stealth bombers, they deploy missiles of hate or rage, believing themselves to be cool and clever, but also safe behind the mask of anonymity.

Wouldn’t it be great if people became ninjas not to harm but to help or encourage others? I’d love to see people who are “awesomely skilled” at building others up, instead of tearing people down. Imagine stealthy acts of kindness and generosity.

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At first, the sudden appearance of tiny, masked strangers struck fear in Jordie’s heart. But when they gave him gifts of food, he had a different idea of what a ninja could do.

Food for thought.

Now on to the winner of a preorder of Jill Weatherholt’s book, Second Chance Romance.

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I said there would be one winner. But in the spirit of being a ninja who gives or encourages, I’m giving away two preorders instead of one. How’s that for stealthy? . . . Okay, maybe I need to work on my stealth.

The winners are  . . .

Are   . . .

Are   . . .

Are   . . .

S. K. Nicholls

and

Phillip McCollum!!!

S. K. Nicholls and Phillip McCollum, you have until Wednesday at 10 p.m. (November 9) to confirm below and email your address and phone number to lmarie7b(at)gmail(dot)com. Let me know if you want a paperback or an ebook. I will preorder the book to be sent to you via Amazon. If within that time frame I fail to hear from either of you, the random number generator will choose two other winners.

Thanks to all who commented.

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Um, this is a raccoon, rather than a ninja.

Newitz, Annalee. “Why Americans Became Obsessed with Ninjas.” Io9. Gizmodo, 06 Feb. 2013. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.

Jill Weatherholt photo and book cover courtesy of the author. Other photos by L. Marie. 

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38 thoughts on “Bring On the Ninjas

  1. That would definitely be an interesting type of ninja. I remember how they were big in my childhood thanks to TMNT, GI Joe, and various video games. Don’t think the term was used for anything other than the stealth warrior back then. I believe that was why many people loved them. Ninjas are seen as the cunning and intelligent warrior that can never be caught or defeated. For anyone who was never a physical powerhouse, that type of character is more relatable.

  2. Wow, what a great Monday morning surprise! 😀 Thank you, L. Marie. I’m happy with either digital or paperback, so I’ll let you use your ninja skills to choose whichever is easiest for you!

    Speaking of those ninja skills, as a kid, I was definitely ninja-obsessed. My parents indulged me enough to buy me ninja shoes and those phony rubber ninja stars. I even had a book called “Ninja Mind Control”, but it was beyond my understanding at the time… Maybe I should look that one up again.

    Have a great week and thank you again!

  3. I missed out on ninjas as a child – they didn’t really become a thing (over here at least) until I was an adult. I so agree that it would be great if everyone would use whatever their particular superpower is for building up rather than tearing down – this whole year has been horrible for all the negative stuff that’s been happening in both our countries, and a lot of it is encouraged by the hideousness of what goes on on social media. But at least our blogosphere is full of generous, supportive people… 🙂

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