…Good Morning, Robin Williams!…

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Thank you for this wonderful reminder Seumas – to be kind. <3

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…today, a Crooked Cat Publishing pal of mine, Authoress, Nancy Jardine has her virtual launch for her book, Monogamy Twist over on Facebook… well worth a click to join her on:


…however, this post has an ulterior message today, and I ask yeez in advance to bear with me on this… I posted on her wall the You Tube clip at the top of the page, intended as a nice, funny AWAKENER to kick off her day’s launch… it’s a wee montage of scenes of the late, great, irreplaceable Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam,.. after posting it to her wall, and as I carried on listening to it, this ol’ Jurassic was struck with one of those unexpected ‘wobbly’ moments… watching the screen persona and realising this was the realRobin Williams that most of us only knew at a distance… the mercurial, instantaneous, rapid-fire wise-cracks…

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Writing in the Present Tense: A Guest Post By Author Charles E. Yallowitz

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Thank goodness it’s finally Friday! Am I right? And thank goodness for guest bloggers. After an entire week of laying sick in bed, I would have been hard-pressed to produce an interesting blog post with any content whatsoever. So, lucky for you, I’ve invited Charles E. Yallowitz, author of the fantasy adventure series Legends of Windemere to guest post on my blog today. This time he’ll be speaking about ‘Present Tense Writing.’ And just so you know, I’ve sealed all the exits and windows, so you can’t run away. Haha! Just kidding, you’ll enjoy this.

The reason I asked him to speak on this topic was because his series is written in Third Person Present Tense. What does this mean?  That he’s insane? How about I let Charles take it from here:

This style means that you are watching events unfold as they occur through your own eyes instead of…

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Should I Use A Publisher? 10 Questions To Ask | Just Publishing

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Some excellent points on publishing from Jack.

Originally posted on Have We Had Help?:

Given what happened to Leila Samarrairecently, she has now learnt the hard way that everything is not as it seems in the often murky periphery of the literary world. Happily Leila has now found someone trustworthy to translate her work Till Words Do Us Part, from her native Serbian into English.

The accompanying post below could not be more timely, or indeed relevant, not only for her but for all of you. As usual, Derek states the blindingly obvious. Like myself, he has been writing for years. If someone like Derek or I don’t drum some much needed common sense into your heads, who will? Remember that both of us have learnt the hard way. So pay attention!

Face it people, we’re in a cut-throat business. The writing game isn’t for the faint hearted, easily offended, or the blissfully naive among us. If you want to survive within…

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The Creative Blogger Award – So many great blogs so little space!

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I don’t normally reblog award posts, but this one is epic, both for the wonderful list of nominees who are all fascinating, but because Sally’s five things are just as epic – interviewing pucker astronauts and having a firm grip on Spain. Love it!

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

It was a lovely surprise to be nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by the Cornfed Contessa http://cornfedcontessa.com/ last week and as promised I am going to pass this on to a number of the amazing people that I follow here.

There are many fields of creativity and it is tough to pick just a few but I hope that even if you do not accept awards you will accept the excellent bottle of Smorgasbord 2015 Rioja (I wish) that I have attached at the bottom of the post. This in lieu of my usual bouquet of flowers being out of season at the moment!


Here are the guidelines for this award.

  1. Contact all of your nominees and notify them of their award. You can pick as many blogs as you like, but five is the minimum.
  2. Give a shout-out to the blogger that nominated you and post a…

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Laughter the best medicine and Ginger!

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Ha haaaa! Someone has stolen our tent! Just exactly my lovely Friday laugh – thank you Sal! :D

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

The Stars

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend.

“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes” replies Watson.

“And what do you deduce from that?”

Watson ponders for a minute. “Well, Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe.”

But what does it tell you, Holmes?”…

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Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT African Me and Satellite TV by Jo Robinson

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Thank you so much to Rosie Amber and Avid Reader for this beautiful review of African Me. Sometimes reviews of my books touch my heart, and this one really did that. Much, much gratitude.

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Rosie's Avid Readers

Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”


Avid Reader’s thoughts.

I shall never forget this book, so many points of view so wonderfully expressed.  It asks history should we have gone there? Should we try to put our values & customs onto people who have no idea what we are talking about? I think back to my childhood in Sunday school where we were told what wonderful work the missionaries were doing, but were they?  Exploitation is a terrible thing, it still goes on.

This book shows deeply that all peoples evolve at different rates and the cultural shock of suddenly finding yourself several century’s in the future among people who think that you should think like them regardless is a disaster. It reminds us that we…

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Should Indie Authors Self-Censor Their Books?

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Indie authors get to publish anything at all. Traditional authors have their work edited – things get taken out. Probably things that could cause offense, as well as typos and grammar gremlins. Should you self-censor your writing because of the possibility of offending someone with a word or deed, and thereby open yourself to a couple of raging negative reviews? No – you never should. I must admit to a lot of hesitation inserting offensive things back when I first started out, but not anymore. I’ll write what I feel is right for the story whether it could offend or not. It’s fiction after all. There are things in all my books that could offend a wide range of readers if they chose to be offended, but I have more than enough respect for most lovers of the written word to realise that they’re generally intelligent and open minded, and…

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