Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday January 13th – Blog Recommendations, SSL, Prompts, Editing and Ancient Man

Lots of great links to check out.

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There is no doubt in my mind that it is true that the older you get the faster time goes. When I was at school the week stretched endlessly ahead of me to the weekend.. Now it is Friday again in the blink of an eye.. Friday 13th is my favourite date.. I was born on a Friday 13th.. probably unlucky for some I have met.. but not for me!

Anyway I have enjoyed my day and apart from writing I have had time to catch up with a few of my blogger friends.. here is a small selection.. all I have to say are hugely supportive within this community and well worth following if you don’t already.. A world of collective knowledge and experience across a multitudes of subjects.. brilliant.

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Susan Toy follows on from a recent post with some more best bloggers to check out.

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Introducing: Sunrise Editing Services…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I’ve been lucky enough to have three of my books become best-sellers on Amazon, and two of them have won prestigious awards. I only tell you this because I want you to know that I am serious about my writing and will not publish a book until it is free of errors, and that means not until it has been edited many, many times.

I am also associated with another writer that you may have heard of, the famous (or infamous) Danny the Dog. He is also serious about his writing.

One thing both Danny and I agree on is that a writer cannot edit his or her own work.

Let me repeat that: YOU CANNOT EDIT YOUR OWN WORK!

Excuse me for yelling, but it is important that I get that thought through to you.

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New Year=New Beginnings (plus a giveaway and free bookplates)

A wonderful children’s book with illustrations you will love.

Lauri Fortino's Frog On A (B)log

Happy 2017! 

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The Peddler is jumping for joy because it’s a brand new year, full of possibilities. It’s also a year full of giveaways! I’ll be giving away a prize each month to folks who comment on a post–any post–during the course of the month. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog. Subscribing to Frog on a Blog is recommended (though not required) to keep track of posts and to see if you’ve won.

Those who share a post, will get an extra chance to win that month’s prize. Prizes will consist of picture books, picture book critiques from me, a set of pilot’s pens (Night Writer–for writing in the dark), and other fun picture book or writing related stuff.

To kick things off, for January, I’m giving away a signed copy of my book The Peddler’s Bed. All you…

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1st Book Of The Year 2017

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Happy New Year to all!

I am participating in Book Journey’s First Book of the Year, hosted by Sheila over at the amazing blog, Book Journey.  Please be sure to stop by Book Journey to check out other First Book posts.

SAY NEVER by Janis Thomas, the first book I will read in 2017, has been in my TBR for quite a long time.  It has received great reviews around the blogosphere.  I can’t wait to delve into it.

It’s Been Awhile

Yes, it has been quite a while since my last post, so let me explain.

No, I haven’t given up on blogging or stopping by to read your posts.  We’ve had an incredibly busy several months.  In early summer we decided to move – to downsize!  I know, we did that before, but we moved to a large ranch with an equally large basement that we finished.  What were we thinking!  It meant double the work, plus gave us a large storage room (yes, I said storage room, not storage closet).  So our downsize turned into an upsize.

Downsizing meant sorting out what we could conceivably take with us, a very time-consuming process.  We had to deal with what furniture to take and decide what we could live without in that large storage room.  So we sorted, threw, and donated throughout the house.  Whew! But we still had way too much STUFF! We then decided to have an online auction through www.ebth.com.  They came in and sorted, tossed, donated all that we needed to get rid of, and photographed all that could be sold. Wow! Our sale was very successful.  They sold furniture, decoratives, exercise equipment, lawn care and gardening items, and more.

Downsizing also meant we needed to sell our home, but since our new home wouldn’t be finished until mid-November, we didn’t want to move until it was completed.  We had to find the right buyer.  No moving twice.

So we moved out of our large home and into a very small home in an over 55 community on November 18th, the Friday before Thanksgiving (no basement to store STUFF, no lawn to mow, and less to clean).  Our rooms were filled with furniture and boxes piled to the ceiling.  We had paths between boxes to move around.

Now, I had two goals in mind. The first was to have everything out of the boxes and the boxes out of the house by Thanksgiving (6 days). As we unpacked, we found we were once again sorting, throwing, and donating.

The second goal was to decorate for Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend so I could do my Christmas shopping and wrapping, baking, Christmas cards, and enjoy getting to know our new neighbors at their many social events, all while having some quality time to spend with family.  Mission accomplished!

Now that everything has found a home in our house, I need to go back and sort and pitch and donate once again.  But even with all of that, I have more time for reading and blogging and checking in on various sites, that is until our new grandchild makes his/her appearance into this world on or about April 1st.

2017 promises to be a good year!

Have Fun Writing Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too!

Getting children to write a Haiku and illustrating it is a great way to involve children, both at home and at school, in a fun activity while they learn.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

Write a Halloween Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too!

black-cat-halloween-haiku-bas-2016Midnight—my fabulous furry feline—inspired me to write BLACK CAT, a Halloween haiku (Haiku: a Japanese-inspired three-line: 5-7-5 syllable poetry form) and design a poster to go with the poem. Kids love illustrating their poetry.

What’s inspiring you this Halloween?
Brainstorm your list and get writing.
Have fun—don’t forget to get the kids writing too!

Here are some writer’s tricks (literary devices found in every writer’s toolbox) I used to create BLACK CAT. These tools can set a mood— they make writing and reading memorable and fun.  Check them out and see if you can discover where I used them in my poem.

Read on to find out more about these literary devices.

Black cat waits, watches…
Stalking tricksters in their web.
Spiders are her treats!

Three Writer’s Tricks (Literary devices) used in writing poetry and prose

Assonance
Assonance is the…

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