Welcome to this week’s round up of posts and thank you for popping in to check them out.
I have been busy this week offline getting my next project on its way and will be doing the same next week. Thankfully there are plenty of contributors offering a wide range of subjects from their own archives and also some terrific original articles. I have also scheduled the usual health and humour posts whilst I am manipulating plots and characters and I hope you will enjoy again next week.
Next week sees the start of three new columns for the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine. On Wednesday Carol Taylor debuts her new Food Column and I am sure that you will enjoy her take on ingredients and recipes after sampling them in the Cook from Scratch series in 2017.
On Friday our Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss will be showcasing his other talent which is horticulture in his new Paul’s Gardening Column. Expect an introduction to exotics and less common plants to turn your garden into an award winning exhibit.
On Saturday author Jessica Norrie will be joining us once a month for her Literary blog and for her first article will be starting at the beginning with children’s books.
William Price King will be in his normal slot on Wednesday with his Music Column and part two of the life and music of Bono and U2.
I hope that you will enjoy the new features, and in addition to the Health Column and book promotions, I hope to introduce more experts to the blog in the coming weeks.
If you feel that you could contribute a column and share expertise on the following topics then I would love to hear from you. Photography, Alternative Therapies, Film reviews and Astrology then please get in touch. There is no pay involved I am afraid but you will have the opportunity to promote your blog, books, other creative work that is for sale.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Now time to look at the posts from this week.
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and to you for dropping in and liking, commenting and sharing. You are a very important part of the blog and have helped it grow and evolve over the last four years.
Return of the Open House Sunday Interview beginning on January 21st.
Delighted to say that I have already filled the several slots for the new season of Open House. I schedule when I receive your answers to your questions, so please get them to me as soon as you can.. This is your showcase so when choosing your questions, select those that you can give a 300 to 500 word response to. If you are an author it is an opportunity to demonstrate your skill in engaging the reader and encouraging them to head over and buy your books.
William Price King Music Column
William Price King debuted his new Music Column with part one of the life and career of Bono and U2. This week and introduction to the band members.
Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss
This week Paul Andruss entertained us with a five part story – The House by the Sea. It was clearly enjoyed judging by the comments and you can read all five parts in this directory. My thanks to Paul for this monumental effort and wonderful story.
Sally’s Book Reviews.
This week I review Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco and I am sure that reading this book will change your perspective about vampires.
New Series – Debut Author Starter Pack.
Delighted that Dolly Aizenman and her debut cookbook Kool Kosher Kitchen kicked this series off in style. Aimed at first time authors the pack includes a pre-post review of the writer’s social media and Amazon entry as well as a pdf copy of my Media Training for Authors.
I am only featuring one author a week so if you are interested please contact me after reading the submission post.
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves.
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates
Posts from Your Archives
If you would like to participate in the Archive post series then please read the following post.
Jane Risdon with a reminder of the dancing etiquette and music of the 1960s and 1970s and reminds us that zimmer frame or not… we can still get up and dance.
J. Hope Suis encourages us to let go anything that is tethering us and move forward to accomplish whatever we wish.
Christy Birmingham shares some strategies for women who find meetings in business or in their personal lives a challenge.
The second part of the short story by Allan Hudson – Reaching for the Pinnacle.
Frank Parker takes us through the events surrounding the arrival of the fleet of Henry II in Waterford, Ireland.
Judith Barrow relates one of her adventures running a holiday let.. In this it would appear that not all was as it seemed!
Lori Bonati shares her thoughts on our position in the centre of the universe.
Chris, The Story Reading Ape has archives full of great creative writing infographics and also guest posts from authors sharing their experience and expertise. This article is from Eric J. Gates from 2014 which is just as relevant today.
Karen Ingalls shares the story of a very brave young boy whose legacy was a pay-it-forward movment of random acts of kindness.
Elizabeth Lloyd will be sharing extracts from her mother Betty’s diaries from 1944 to the end of the war during her service with the ATS.
As we get older our perspective on many things begins to change. Our brain function may not be as sharp as it used to be, but with a healthy diet and plenty of stimulation you can remain mentally active your entire life.
At this time of year the lack of sunlight can result in a deficiency of Vitamin D which leads to a drop in levels of other essential chemical elements in our brains and bodies.
Sally’s Drive Time Playlist
Two of the tracks on my playlist.. one from Peter Sarstedt from the 1960s and a current one from the Nashville television show.