… read and enjoy my pal, Ailsa Abraham, who more than excels in her rebuff of a stroke… humour used a s a weapon to combat Life’s negatives… cheers, m’Lady 🙂
The Bingergread Cottage
No postal charges!
Some of you may have noticed a dearth of posts on this blog recently for which I apologise. I had a stroke from which there are complications and I find it quite difficult to write (rather inconvenient for an author).
There are, however, some very funny games to be played. For a start off I can now join in with Hypochondriac Poker which is a National Sport in France. Whatever someone is suffering from, another person has to “black cat” it, coming up with a friend or relative who also had this condition. Scoring is easy. Double points if they actually died from it, astounded the medical profession and lived or total trump if it was you personally who had it.
In my village the average age is well past retirement so I can indulge in “see your ovarian cancer and up you permanent brain damage”. This…
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…vicarious pleasures come in all different shapes and sizes… watching yer favourite football team win something big… seeing the least favoured contestant win a competition of any kind… the emergence of a young adult from a child… I could cite many here… of late, this ol’ Jurassic has tracked at a distance no further than a couple of laptops, the creation of a wonderful piece of literature… for the past two years, my pal and writing buddy, Author Jody J Ballard, and I have laughed with each other, cajoled and encouraged, empathised, and yes, sum’times, sympathised, as we each laboured with our respective wee masterpieces… thankfully for both us, we scribble in separate JONGRRs… as a professional counselling therapist and insightful ‘people-person’, Jody knows more about the human psyche than most of yeez have had hot dinners… her recently published tour de force, THE SMELL OF MUD, is a superb story of the interaction of a group of women ‘way back in the late 1800s in a remote mining town in Montana… these ladies have fallen as far as women can fall… the recounting of their conjoined journey back to dignity and the triumph of human nature is the bedrock of Jody’s novel… the relevance to modern day circumstance will not be missed… next week, at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai, Jody will be present and will be giving a workshop on ‘Life and Balance’, primarily about relationships… a session not to be missed if you’re at the Festival… and, she quotes yours truly on the back cover page of her masterpiece… yee haw!… how cool is that! look out for the movie version within the next coupla years … it’s not known yet if Master Gallacher will be given a leading role as a back cover populator… (with or without the kilt, shirts optional…)
…yeez can find THE SMELL OF MUD on Amazon Kindle, go fill yer boots…
…terrific advice,,, for any newbie scribblers or even oldies! LUV IT!… well done, MMJaye 🙂
MM Jaye's HEAs
This post is from a reader’s point of view. With just one complete (unpublished) manuscript and so much to learn, it would be presumptuous of me to give advice to anyone as a writer. Although I may be very new to writing, blogging and platform building, my fifteen-year experience as a translation instructor (tons of proofreading) plus a seasoned reader’s
mentality qualify me to form a solid opinion on both the quality of any text and its potential appeal to readers. I also consider myself a good “success gauge meter”: I voted for J. R. Ward’s
Lover at Last
and Margaret Atwood’s
in the Goodreads Choice Awards, and both titles won in their respective categories. I missed in the Paranormal Fantasy category, but I hadn’t read the winning title (
by Jim Butcher) so there you have it.
When I got myself a Twitter account and a…
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my dear friend, Jo Robinson echoes my thoughts on how to deal with the occasional Troll… great piece… 🙂
When I first joined the old interweb I was pure as the driven snow. Well…. Maybe not so much, but my eyeballs hadn’t encountered as many unexpected, flaming burns as they have these days. My first experiences with a couple of the various breeds of troll were quite traumatic. Mainly for the trolls I think. These days I just ignore the idiots.
I had a Facebook troll who was incredibly abusive about one of my short stories on my timeline. I don’t mind critique, but even the white space around the words enraged this fella. I made the mistake of politely responding to him. I was a newbie scribbler back then, and his nasty remarks pretty much broke my heart. As the conversation continued, it became clear that the guy hadn’t read much more than Archie comics, and he was just having a blast being a mean prat. Unfortunately, instead…
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…I’d like to think yeez good Lads and Lassies of Blog Land who follow my yabberings on here regularly would sense an element of fun in most of it… one constant that’s remained true with me through anything I’ve been involved with over the years is ‘if it’s not fun and enjoyable, it ain’t worth doing’… even in the supposedly staid and stiff-collared hundred or so years I spent in (shhhsssh) banking, there were lots of excellent characters with a penchant for taking the p*ss when warranted… (no, Mabel, I don’t mean that lad at RBS and the criminal clowns who screwed up most of Wall Street and beyond)… more about the good fun characters p’raps in later blogs… this writing gig is something I certainly take seriously, but hopefully not myself too seriously… comes now the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai, starting next week, Tuesday, March 4th and running for the whole week until Saturday, 8th… my intention (hope) was to get to be part of the programme during the week… well, the great team organizing the whole affair has arranged my schedule with hardly time to parse a sentence or split an infinitive the entire time… the first night gets wrapped in an invitational Opening Reception… thereafter, it’s helter-skelter, day after day… two college visits to pitch to writing students about self-publishing, and some book-signing… a morning Author interview on colour radio… my workshop on being an indie scribbler and the mysteries of the SOSYAL NETWURKIN universe… more book-signings… and I get to introduce a session with one of my all-time favourites, the magnificent Pam Ayres… what a giggle… fun?… yeez can bet yer sweet a*ses it’s gonna be fun!… oh, and don’t forget, there’s more than a hundred other splendid members of the quill-scraper brigade milling around as well… LUVVIN IT! see yeez in Dubai…