Had…To…Share!

Thank you so much for sharing these. I had a lot of fun with them.

Two on a Rant

I couldn’t resist sharing these. 

Let’s face it, sometimes we simply need a few seconds of mindless entertainment.

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And…. from the entertainment CATpital of the world:

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Hey, Buttie, Ice to see you!

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Some jokes might be funnier if your dog wasn’t like this — at 3 in the morning just after hearing a leaf fall to the ground.

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Because I’m lazy today, this one is last:

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Excuse me while I find an ice machine.  I’ve been laughing too hard and need to cool off.

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Merry Christmas – 2019

Christmas time to me is a month of reflection back to the year. 2019 was a busy, very eventful year.

I published the second book in my ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, Sundance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy the books here:

https://books2read.com/u/m2roOj              https://books2read.com/u/mgGGeX


I moved:

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I quit smoking


progressed immensely in my writing, had my first book signing, I’m open to author visits, did some promotion, blogged… 

Writer’s Chest developed too and I have to thank you all for that! 

Thank you very much for being a part of my writing adventure and for making my writing life interesting, happy and enjoyable.


However, not everything worked out as smoothly as I hoped it would! 2019 was a particularly eventful, but also difficult year in many ways! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and hope that in 2020 there will be more progress in my life. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers now and every moment I can.

The coming Holidays are important to me as they are to you! 

I wish you and your families and loved ones:

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Party – Just One Wish – Guests, Food, Music and laughter – Written By Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin plays the Fairy Godmother this Christmas. Thank you, Sally, for your positive, cheerful and surprising Christmas party – and thank you so much for having me as one of your guests!


The theme for this year’s party is ‘Just One Wish’. We are all familiar with the story of Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, who was pretty liberal with that magic wand of hers and managed to turn a pumpkin into a golden carriage.

Unfortunately, she has long since retired and hung up her wand, but because I asked nicely (and she would like me to promote her memoir – The Prince Charmings I have Known!) she has agreed to allow my guests, just one wish…

My thanks to everyone who sent in their special wish and with a great deal of positive thought from us all, and of course a little assistance from the magic wand of the Fairy Godmother, they might just come true…

Please help yourself to food and drink and if you would like to dance on the tables… that is great. You will find links to authors’ author pages and a selection of their books and their social media so please head over and discover more.

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A possible new novella or novel. It’s up to you! – Written By Jack Eason

Jack Eason posted an excerpt of a possible novel or novella on his blog. He would like feedback on his writing and would like to hear if we want him to continue with this. Check it out, please – you won’t be disappointed. Then leave your comment! Thank you!


https://youtu.be/6n9EyT1R3l0

Have We Had Help?

The Instrument

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Because of the hubbub in the stadium no one saw or heard the thumb of an insignificant elderly man’s left hand snap against his left forefinger, before sweeping both of his hands in front of him in an imperceptible way, close to his body. But, everyone there that day experienced the carnage that transpired.

As far as he was concerned the time to rid the nation of everyone who didn’t deserve to live had arrived! He sat at the back of the crowd in the stadium listening to Miserere mei, Deus (Agnus Dei) on his headphones, oblivious to the chaotic scene unfolding before him. Whenever circumstances appeared to be getting beyond his control, Allegri’s beautiful choral work always restored his inner peace. With his right hand he once more waved it from left to right in an almost dismissive gesture. Instantly peace returned to the stadium. Apart…

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How to DIY PR for Indie Authors – Written By Helen Baggott

On ‘The Story Reading Ape’s’ blog I found the link to a fascinating and very educational article concerning self-publishing and PR for self-published writers. Thank you so much Helen Baggott!


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PR can feel like a mystery to writers. It’s done by experts and those in the field or the industry. But author member, Helen Baggott is here to remove the mystery and tell us how we can DIY PR as indie authors.

When I talk to other authors about their marketing strategy, how they plan to recoup their costs, I tell them, ‘No one will knock on your door and ask if you’ve written a book’. Authors have to reach out to readers.

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Writer Beware: Kiss Library: Pirate Site Alert – Written By Victoria Strauss

Today I discovered another very useful warning, written by Victoria Strauss on the ‘Writer Beware’ blog. Thanks so much for all the work you do, Victoria. We really appreciate your support and efforts.


I’ve gotten several alerts over the past week about a pirate site that’s new to me (though not new: this warning was first published in September 2017): Kiss Library, where many authors are finding unauthorized electronic versions of their books.

Kiss Library differs from the typical pirate site in a couple of ways. Unlike, say, Ebook Bike, run by serial copyright thief and “information wants to be free” ideologue Travis McCrea, it doesn’t simply offer pirated books for free download but appears actually to be selling them. Also unlike Ebook Bike and other pirate sites, it seems to promptly respond to DMCA notices.

I found two of my own books listed.

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Get the Most out of your Social links with Linktree – By Ari Meghlen

Ari Meghlen introduces us to ‘LinkTree’, a fabulous site where we can store our links and just share the LinkTree URL instead of constantly listing all our links everywhere. But let her explain:


I don’t know about you, but the number of places I can be found on the Internet seems to be growing.

While I don’t do much on all my social media platforms, it can be good to have a presence.

Thankfully, my blog allows me to automatically post on some of them, keeping them active enough but without me putting in more effort (no one has time for all that!)

But this means I have a ton of links to share. That’s where LinkTree comes in.

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Three Simple Changes That Will Improve Your Blog Writing – Written By Derek Haines

Derek Haines helps us with the art of blog writing. Thank you very much for all your information and support, Derek.


Every day, millions of people are publishing blog posts.

Most of them fail to attract many readers. This is because they lack the essential elements to get a high ranking on search engines.

When you spend all the time and effort to write a blog post, you want people to read your blog.

The quickest way to get some readers is to promote your new blog post on social media. In the short term, it is useful. You might attract a few hundred people to read your post.

Depending on which social networks you use, you could get some shares and likes and if you are lucky, a few comments.

But after a few days on Facebook or Twitter, your great post will be off the radar and lost forever.

The only way to attract long-term traffic to your blog is to start writing for man and machine.

Or in other words, for readers and search engine crawlers.

But don’t panic at the thought of learning how to use search engine optimization (SEO).

In this article, I will give you some simple tips that you can use to help you improve your blog content. At the same time, they will help you find new readers.

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Look After Yourself: Self Care For Writers – Written By Ellen Bard On The Creative Penn

Creatives can suffer from burn-out just as easily as those in any other line of work. Psychologist and author Ellen Bard shares her ideas about what self-care is, why it matters for writers, and how to deal with the obstacles we often face when we think about taking care of ourselves.

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How often are you your ‘best self’?

How often are you relaxed, buzzing with creativity, in flow, words of brilliance pouring out of you?

How often are you enthusiastic, energized, and ready to take on the world?

The world moves at a much faster pace than the environment for which humans evolved, and the amount of information and stimuli in our day-to-day keeps on increasing.

In order to juggle the kind of life most indie writers have to – where being creative needs to be balanced with marketing, social media, family, friends, hobbies and perhaps even a full-time or part-time job – we need to invest in regular self-care.

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