Before we get into the posts you might have missed this week on the blog, a reminder about the Christmas Party on the 21st of December…
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 you all one wish.
- Your wish can be for anything you like, for you, for someone close to you, real, imaginary, massive such as world peace (that might be a bit of a stretch for her) or something you wish you had done or said in the past.
- Humour is very welcome as it is tough for anyone to deny you anything if you make them laugh, and this particular Fairy Godmother has a very active funny bone.
- Her memory is not as sharp as it used to be, and her attention tends to wander, so I suggest you keep your wish to 100 words or less. I cannot guarantee that your wish will be fulfilled, however, putting it out there could produce magical results.
- My part of this is to fit in as many of your requests in as possible and so I suggest you get your wish in as quickly as you can.
- I will also do the usual addition of links to your Amazon Page if you are an author, blog as well as one of your main social media.
- There will be younger family members at the party, so please bear that in mind when submitting your wish, and the Fairy Godmother is not very worldly!
If you are a regular visitor to the blog I will have all your details and just need your ‘one wish’ in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If a new visitor then please include your blog or website, Amazon link if you have one and your main social media link to email@example.com.
Now time for this week’s posts and as always my thanks to the regular contributors who share such wonderful articles. And to you for keep showing up with your amazing support.
I am so pleased that William Price King will be a sharing a selection of Christmas music to get us into the festive spirit up to Christmas Day.. enjoy.
Here is another of our posts where I share the nutritional benefits of an ingredient and Carol Taylor incorporates it in a delicious recipe. Next week Carol will be back to share some of her creations from her Thai kitchen offering you some alternative delicacies to eat over the festive season. This week… ..Cranberries – a bitter berry which has a long history in medicinal terms and is still used today in certain over the counter preparations.
The A-Z of Christmas in Britain – Part Three – Holly and Ivy to Sprouts by Mike Biles
Delighted to share a story by Victoria Zigler from the book Ulrike’s Christmas and you can find details of how to buy this book and Victoria’s many other children’s books after her story.
As a special treat, Linda Bethea is sharing another wonderfully entertaining story from her archives, and today we experience a Christmas from the depression that was still filled with homemade gifts, love, laughter and some retribution for past misdemeanours.
Most of you will know Carol Taylor from her Food and Cookery Column here on Smorgasbord as well as her own eclectic blog located in Thailand, where she shares the wonderful food on her doorstep and recipes that turn them into delicious meals. Carol has shared a very poignant short story.
This week the prompt words are ‘Give and Shake’ for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 157 And I have chosen the synonyms ‘Grant and Tremble’ in a Butterfly Cinquain.
I Grant you Permission by Sally Cronin
to abandon restraint
and tremble with ecstatic bursts
It is the time of chocolate
and freedom to consume
as many bars
©Sally Cronin 2019
This week on the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills we were tasked on writing a story about a garden gnome or gnomes…mine is loosely based on an alleged true event…
I was given a gift of this lovely anthology and over the last few days I have enjoyed the stories, imagining myself on a front porch swing enjoying balmy breezes somewhere in the southern states of America.. having lived in Texas and visited Tennessee and Mississippi frequently, it did not take much imagination.
New books on the Shelves for Christmas
Author updates with recent reviews
Wendy Janes shares the differences in proofreading fiction and non-fiction and it is very interesting.
Robbie Cheadle who is an experienced book reviewer shares her easy to follow methodology on writing a review.
It is that time of year when we tend to throw caution out of the window along with any slimming books and fitness apps we might have (well some of us anyway).
Unfortunately, our pets are also treated to our sense of liberation and they end up eating many things they are not used to. Also their eating patterns might be thrown out the window, and in my experience their inner body clock is more accurate than a Rolex. This does not make for happy pets. Some treats are toxic to pets and can lead to not just stomach upsets but death.
Thank you so much for dropping in today and every time you pop by. Your support is very much appreciated and I always love to hear from you… even if it is to say Hi… thanks Sally