African Me & Satellite TV, on Lisa Burton Radio

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THANK YOU to the FABULOUS Lisa Burton and Craig Boyack for hosting Princess from my African Me and Satellite TV today. Princess is totally besotted with Lisa now and wants to move in, and Craig is her latest crush – she seems to have moved on from TV chefs after getting a look at his magnificent beard. Thank you SO much Lisa and Craig – you both rock! XXXX

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Today on Lisa Burton Radio, we’re on the phone with Princess Sithole, all the way from Zimbabwe. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl. “Welcome Princess.”

“Thank you Madam Lisa! Mangwanani – although that is good morning in Shona. Is it morning with you?”

“Yes, but I think you’re a day ahead of me. My bio says you’re a cook. That has to be a fun job, creating new things and feeding your family. Tell us a little about that.”

“Yes. I cook. It is not always a fun job. In Zimbabwe some years back, and even now again, there is very little food to be bought. One time it got so bad that all I had to cook with was carrots from the garden and Marmite. Still, I am very, very good at cooking, so nobody complained. I suppose you could call it a job – what I do…

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Very Quick Quickie

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I’ll be back to happy blogland right now. The last couple of weeks have been fabulously insane, but now over. The not so fabulous included a collapsing desk while moving, and huge delay getting my desktop back together again, having my hugest gluten attack ever – really – forearms looked just like chopped liver for a while there, and so on and so on. HUGE APOLOGIES FOR BLOG ABSENCE LAST WEEK! Sorry guys – will catch up with all. All of this fades to pale in the face of the actual fabulousness though.

I’m living on a farm again now – not just any farm though. There are the most awesome critters all over the place, and although I’ve already taken a couple of pics with my phone, I’m not organised enough yet to post, but will do in the next few days. It’s all a bit surreal and idyllic after the insanity of the past year. Suffice it to say, I’m a very, very happy bunny again, and looking forward to life in general.

I’ve got to get caught up a little with my awesome scribblers, but I’ve most certainly got my old zoom back now, so all is great. Phew – looking forward to seeing all the blog news again finally. Lots of amazing pics to follow shortly!


Fun with Filing

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It’s a good idea to keep your virtual filing cabinets in good condition. Rather than having to search through a mile and a half of documents for a document whose title you forgot a year ago, create specific files and folders for specific things, and then make an effort to use them.

When you’re writing your first book you are blissfully innocent of the pitfalls that could await you when the time comes for editing, formatting, and loading onto the various sales sites. Many writers still hit the tab key for indents, and whack the carriage return button to create as much white space as they’d like to see on their title page. While this is fine for the paperback version of your book, it’s going to get promptly spat out of the Smashwords meatgrinder, and the tabs could cause some really terrible things to happen to your MOBI file…

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Something for Nothing!!!!

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Here’s a FABULOUS FREEBIE from one of my FABULOUS authors. Grab this book now – it’s real life and hilarious too.


Click on this image on the right for a link to get this ebook free from Kindle Saturday or Sunday only.  Please share!Book for orderI grew up in a family of competitive storytellers.  A little thing like a stubbed toe gets us started.  “Do you remember the time Grandpa cut his ingrown toenails out then fooled around and set his toe on fire?”  That is not a hypothetical example.  It’s beloved and oft-repeated tale. 

At family dinners, wild tales start as soon as we’ve said Grace and the food is being passed around.  “Remember that fifty-two pound turkey Daddy brought home to fatten for Thanksgiving on year!”

Someone else breaks in, “That old turkey was the meanest thing that ever walked!  We couldn’t even walk out in the yard without him flying over the fence and flogging us.  Mother was looking forward to him teaching those terrible Downs kids a lesson…

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Pet of the Week – Lucy the Boxer – Friend and companion of author John W. Howell.

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What a gorgeous Lucy and what a fabulous idea!

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Pet of the week

This series is going great guns and so pleased that we have had the chance to meet some great pets and to give their owners a few minutes in the limelight too. This week it is the beautiful Lucy who enjoys walks along the beaches of the Texas coast with her friend and companion author John W. Howell.. First let us meet Lucy and then a reminder of John’s work.  And if you have a pet that you would like to feature.. here is the link

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Lucy is a rescue Boxer who was found wandering and hurt on the streets of San Antonio. She obviously was let go without a concern for her welfare. She was hit by a car and then picked up by the animal control folks. Since she is a boxer the Austin Boxer Rescue group was called and they immediately took her in and…

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Memories are made of this – 2011 and 2012 – the end of the series.

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I’ve missed so many posts these past few months, but that will be all the more pleasure to catch up with in the following months, just like Sally’s Memories are Made of This posts. This one is particularly poignant and beautiful. Thank you Sal for sharing.❤

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I made a commitment to post at least 50 years of memories as a record for myself more than anything, with photographs and music to mark the passing of the years. They are safely stored in a folder on my computer and backed up, and one day, should my memory begin to fail,  I will print them off to remind me of a life filled with love, laughter, fun, movies and music.

Since we have not had children it was wondeful to share these memories with you, and judging by the comments; it triggered off your own recollections of the years that I featured.

I have chosen to end the series here as it marks one of those turning points in our lives when you move on and forwards from something that has been a major influence in your life. In this case it was the last year of my…

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Building Your Book’s Front Matter

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I’ve always loved long introductions in the front matter of the books of my favourite authors. Not sure if it’s just me, but finding out more about them, their lives and thoughts has inspired me since I first started reading. What I don’t love so much these days is those same long introductions in the front matter of eBooks. I still want to read them, but I also want to be able to see the first ten percent of a book I might want to buy with a bit of the beginning of the actual story in it. It’s fine in a print book, but best in the back of an eBook with a hyperlink to it from the table of contents. Pages and pages of excerpts and reviews in the front of digital books equally get up the nostrils of potential readers “looking inside”.

The wonder of self-publishing means…

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