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A Cautionary Tale – Should Children have more Freedom?


Looking through my family photographs set me thinking about the differences between my childhood, many years ago, and the play experiences of children today.   When I was young, in the 1950s, there was far more freedom for children. Many … Continue reading

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A Great Compliment? No, it’s a Put-down


  We always had great fun with our oldest granddaughter when she was little. Her mum went back to work when she was six months old and we looked after her two days a week from 7.30am until 5.30pm. We … Continue reading

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An Unusual Holiday Souvenir


    Many years ago, when my children were small, I bought a chunk of land. It is land of great historical importance as it’s the land where William the Conqueror’s army first set foot on English soil. I say … Continue reading

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Is Our Obsession With Appearance Ruining Relationships?


Appearance Most of us like to look our best for special occasions, like parties, weddings, and Christmas. We believe our looks dictate how others see us and we’ll sometimes go to extreme lengths to improve our appearance and prevent our … Continue reading

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CAN FACEBOOK WORK FOR YOU?


Small businesses and self-employed people like authors, artists, and craft-workers depend on social media for getting the word out about their products. However, if their posts are only seen by a small number of people, they are wasting their time … Continue reading

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine June 2019


Originally posted on Mom's Favorite Reads:
Published today, the June issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine, our retro issue! Highlights include: * An exclusive interview with Blue Peter legend Peter Purves * Travel articles about Ireland and Athens *…

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Amazon’s Early Reviewer program: you might get paid a small amount to write an Amazon review — I Love My Kindle


Amazon’s Early Reviewer program: you might get paid a small amount to write an Amazon review Thanks to long time reader and commenter Lady Galaxy for calling my attention to the Amazon’s Early Reviewer program (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit … Continue reading

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My Least Favourite Shakespeare Play


Originally posted on WordyNerdBird:
The reference to Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the title of ‘A Rose By Any Other Name’ is blatantly obvious.  The irony is that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is probably my least favourite play from among Shakespeare’s…

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Beware of this Scam


THIS IS A SCAM! DON’T BELIEVE IT. Yesterday, I received a Facebook message which looked like it came from one of my genuine author ‘friends’ as it had his name and image profile. The message was innocent enough and began, … Continue reading

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This ‘English’ Language is not used in England!


Most indie authors, especially the ones at the beginning of their journey, will have received criticism from other writers or editors about their work. It happened to me too.Some writers get really annoyed about it while others will see the … Continue reading

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It’s a Miracle!


  Our Fifty-Fourth Wedding Anniversary Miracle Today, we’re celebrating our fifty-fourth wedding anniversary and we are the ones who are most surprised we made it. No, not because we don’t get along, have huge rows, or hate each other’s guts. Our … Continue reading

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The Danger Of Dirty Links


Originally posted on WordyNerdBird:
With all the attention given among the Indie community to the removal of book reviews by Amazon, I’m amazed at the number of authors who still post dirty links to their books on social media. This…

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The Day I Met My Mother


Originally posted on The Magic of Stories:
by Karen J Mossman ? This story has hung around in my head for twenty odd years. Now and again it pops up and it still makes me chuckle. The question I always…

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How Difficult is it to Trace Ancestors Whose Surname is SMITH?


RESEARCHING MY SMITH ANCESTORS       When I fist thought about doing some research on my family tree, I thought it would be an almost impossible task because my maiden surname was SMITH, a really common surname. My brother’s … Continue reading

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Welcome to Women in Horror 2019 – Introducing poet and author of horror fiction – Joanne Van Leerdam


Originally posted on Unusual Fiction :
Welcome to the first of our WiHM 2019 Author Interviews on Unusual Fiction. It gives me great pleasure to introduce, once again, poet and writer of horror fiction – Joanne Van Leerdam. Joanne Van Leerdam…

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The Day I Met The Other Me.


Happily browsing in a particularly long, narrow aisle of a clothing store, I was concentrating on the display of numerous tops and blouses. Carefully examining each one, I got about halfway down the racks when my path was blocked by … Continue reading

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HITTING BRICK WALLS


HITTING BRICK WALLS IN FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH I spent over 14 years researching the many branches of my family tree and then reached so many brick walls, I decided to give up for a while and write the books I’d … Continue reading

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How Not To Do Book Promotion.


Originally posted on WordyNerdBird:
Every author I know dreams of finding the perfect ‘set and forget’ book promotion.? I’m here with some bad news: it doesn’t exist.? Effective book promotion is about engagement and communication.? It’s letting people know your…

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What’s Cooking?


A powerful new aroma rose drew demons from near and far to the enormous kitchen.? “I smell sea salt,” moaned Festus as he wiped his drool on his sleeve. “Do you really? I smell Vegemite!” exclaimed Provokus. “You’re both wrong.…

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A Change That Is Long Overdue.


Originally posted on WordyNerdBird:
I have reached a new landmark in my journey of self-acceptance and self-care:  I have finally decided to stop saying and thinking horrible things about myself.  When I posted this image last night, a friend responded…

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