Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Pot Luck – Blogging Kindness by D. Wallace Peach

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2020

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 46,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. Head over to find out how to participate: Posts from Your Archives 2021

This is the first post from July 2020 by fantasy author Diana Wallace Peach, and she shares her thoughts on the kindness she has experienced since she began blogging.

Blogging Kindness

Nina’s kindness

I started my blog in June, 8 years ago.

It’s seen me through 16 books, and I’ve made thousands of connections. I’ve met hundreds of bloggers I’m delighted to call “friends.”

Is that a hollow word? Not at all. It means that on some level I’ve felt a connection, perhaps brief, perhaps lasting for years, perhaps close enough that if I’m in your city or state or country someday, I’ll reach out and invite you out for coffee or wine.

For writers, blogging is essential, not for sales, but for the incredible encouragement, the cheers, the advice, the shoulder to gripe on or cry on. Bloggers are the ones who pat our backs, offer their time and talents, help us find resources, and support our marketing efforts. We get to showcase our reviews, our covers, our snippets, flash fiction, and poetry. We learn, we are challenged, we celebrate others and are celebrated.

But blogging isn’t only for storytellers, obviously. I’ve “met” artists, photographers, philosophers, jokers, wanderers, chefs, teachers and parents, historians, and thinkers. During these dark days of isolation, the kindness of bloggers has felt especially important. When I want to withdraw, bloggers remind me that the world is full of kindness.

I commented on a post by Nina of  Method Two Madness that her painted rocks were beautiful as well as a wonderfully creative way to brighten the world when we so need beauty and light. The next thing I knew, Nina was sending me three beautiful pieces of artwork. They now sit in my garden:

Kindness in my garden

And she added in this beautiful card, which I’ll be framing from my writing room wall – a reminder of the many gifts of blogging and the kindness of very real friends.

Artwork for my writing room

Thank you, Nina. ❤

If you get a chance, visit Nina and Kerfe at Method Two Madness. They share a beautiful blog of artwork, prose, and poetry.

Does the kindness of bloggers brighten your world?

©D.Wallace Peach 2020

About Diana Wallace Peach

I didn’t care for reading as a child – I preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, I opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed my life.

I love writing, and have the privilege to pursue my passion full time. I’m still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. Forgive me if I seem untethered in my offering of reads. Perhaps one day, I’ll settle into something more reliable. For now, it’s simply an uncharted journey, and I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I.

A selection of  books by D.Wallace Peach

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One of the recent reviews for Sunwielder

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars A unique story  Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021

I do not read a lot of fantasy books, but I make an exception for D. Wallace Peach as her books are extraordinary and unique.

Gryff Worden is an ordinary man who just wants to help his uncle and aunt raise horses on their farm while raising his own family. Gryff adores his wife and two children, but there is bad blood between Gryff and the son of the Earl who rules his area. The hostility is emanates from Brant Loden’s side only, but it changes the course of Gryff’s life.

Gryff’s country is attacked by an aggressive nation who want to enslave his people and he is eventually morally wounded and his family murdered by enemy soldiers. At the time of his death he is visited by an elderly prophet who offers him another chance at life if he accepts the sunwielder, a bronze medallion which allows him to go back in time and revise decisions he made thereby changing his life’s path. I thought this concept was clever and unique. I have read other books where the hero can go back in time, but this particular method and the limited number of life choices offered by the sunwielder was something quite different and fascinating.

Gryff is a wonderful character, he is a good man and tries to do the right thing in all situations but he is human and, therefore, susceptible to various human failings like anger and resentment. It was most interesting to experience his going back in time and having to try an alternative approach when his previous choice failed. As Gryff moved further along his path, his choices improved and his self control and discipline increased allowing him to make better choices earlier and without constant intervention.

There is a love story thread that runs through the book and this is intriguing as the reader doesn’t know how his relationships with his wife and with his lover are going to turn out – his destiny in this regard is unclear for most of the book.

There are a number of characters in this book and it provides great insight into the frailties of men and how arrogance, greed, and hunger for power can destroy individuals and the people around them. Good leadership is a strong theme in this book and the importance of strategy and leadership in war and battles is highlighted.

The author writes the most beautiful and powerful prose and even without the incredible story, this book would have been worth reading just to experience the skillful writing. I highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and those who enjoy excellent writing.

Read the reviews and buy the books:  Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Diana: Goodreadsblog: Myths of the Mirror – Twitter: @Dwallacepeach

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I know that Diana would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.

Head over to find out how to participate in this series: Posts from Your Archives 2021

146 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Pot Luck – Blogging Kindness by D. Wallace Peach

  1. Lovely to see Diana featured here today, Sally. She’s one of my favorite writers and blogging friends. I have been immersed in fantasy for the last couple of years (can we say “escape from reality” boys and girls?) and Diana’s books are among my very favorites. Sunwielder was simply terrific, and I highly recommend it to all, even those who aren’t necessarily inclined to read fantasy. It’s that good!

    Thanks for for this great Archives post, Sally, and congratulations, Diana! Well deserved review and recognition! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this post, Sally. Thinking about what you’d select was a fun mystery, and I was delighted to see this one pop up. Blogging friendships have enhanced my life for years and more recently have eased the isolation of this pandemic. And thanks for sharing Robbie’s review. It was one that kicked off a happy dance! Have a wonderful day, my friend. Hugs ❤ ❤

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  3. I’m delighted to be part of your community of friends on WP Diana. Like you, I receive much kindness, support, insight, and inspiration from our community. Kudos on your prolific and powerful writing. Thanks for hosting Sally!

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  4. I know that kindness Diana. The friends I’ve made through blogging seem my real friends… their kind words, their encouragement and their reviews have given me immense confidence and Sally has been our guardian Angel. Blogger friends have really enriched my life. A big hug to all our friends. Thank you for being there to infuse inspiration.

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  5. You’ve captured the spirit of blogging; the online friendships we form in this space. I hope one day I’ll receive that invite for coffee or wine. 🙂 Thank you to you both Diana and Sally for this apt reminder about kindness, and introduction of Nina’s blog!

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  6. Like calls to like, but in the real world, we’re limited to those we can physically touch. As bloggers though, we’re free to find kindred spirits wherever they may be. And we do find them, or they find us. Friendship has no boundaries.
    Lovely post, Diana, and thanks for bringing it to us, Sally. -huge hugs-

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  7. Beautiful share from Diana. An act of kindness can take such minimal effort but make someone’s whole day. Just ask me. 🙂 Also, what a lovely gift, I’ve written before about those ‘kindness’ rocks, and have kept an extra eye out in hopes of finding one, one day as many who paint these rocks do leave them in obscure places for random people to find and make their day. Lovely that Diana was sent a few. ❤

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  8. What a wonderful sharing from Diana. I agree that we’re closer to our blogging friends than physical friends in many ways. One precious thing is our commitment to each other in this blogging community. More than any other groups, the blogging community has similar goals and aspiration. That brings us together.

    Your blogging friend did was so cool, Diana, and what a surprise. Her artwork is so unique and beautiful. This second time reading is as beautiful as new!

    Thank you so much for featuring, Sally!

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  9. My answer to Diana’s question at the end of her post is a resounding and heartfelt YES!! I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve read a post at just the right time to give me hope and inspiration when I needed it.

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  10. I had no idea of the blogging world until two years ago. Well, I knew it existed, but I never realized how many people from across the globe I would meet. It is a marvelous supportive community. Like Diana, I enjoy meeting people that blog about the most unique things. I feel like it has broadened my horizons, and for that, I’m especially grateful.

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  11. You describe the benefits of being part of a blogging community perfectly. The support and kindness is much valued and, as an Indie, it means I don’t feel isolated and at sea in a world that can seem cutthroat and mercenary. I offer up my heartfelt thanks to wonderful online friendships that I’ve discovered through Sally’s Smorgasbord. ❤

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  12. This completely brightened my day! 🙂 Thank you, Diana and Sally. You both exemplify all the amazing gifts that blogging brings. The joy of sharing resources, encouragement, and the lovely connections we make is what I love about the blogging community. It really is a community that I’m most grateful for. Blessings and gratitude (((hugs))) to you both! xo

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  13. Hi Sally, what a lovely gesture from you to showcase other blogger’s work. Diana is amazing in her writing ability, and although fantasy isn’t my go-to genre, I plan to delve into her books and adventures. I admire her writing even more because I don’t write fiction; however, I’m beginning to dabble in it by means of short stories. A good challenge to keep the wheels turning. And how wonderful for Nina to send those special rocks. What a gift to treasure! Thanks for this wonderful post.
    ~Lauren xo

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  14. This is such a lovely post, Sally and Diane. I have this Tao Te Ching quote on the entrance of my office:
    Kindness in words creates confidence,
    Kindness in thinking creates profoundness,
    Kindness in giving creates love.

    Nina’s stones are absolutely beautiful! ❤
    :

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  15. I love this post from Diana’s blog. The friendships I have made through blogging are precious and even more so during this time of isolation. I have met so many great people through your blog, Sally. Diana is one of them. Thanks so much!

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  16. Sally, it’s lovely to see Diana and her archive post here. How appropriate that it should celebrate blogging friendship – Sally you are the epitome of this to so many of us!❤️

    Diana, a beautiful heartfelt post and these friendships, many often thousands of miles apart are more precious than ever – I can imagine how the beautiful stones lifted your spirits and now live in a special place in your garden – a constant reminder about Nina, her creativity and beauty in all forms in life around us.

    hugs to you both! xx ❤️

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  17. Wonderful post Diana. It’s quite something that as a blogger, you can share so much and form attachments to people who live far away, and have vastly different lives. It’s refreshing and encouraging. I’ve really come to enjoy your blog and admire you as a writer and person, as I have with many. Thank you, Sally, for being the gracious and generous host, as always! 🙂

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