A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.
The first post is from Jacqui Murray with some important ways to protect yourself online. So many stories in the media these days about scammers taking advantage of not just the vulnerable but even the more savvy online users.. Worth heading over to make sure you are staying safe..
6 Ways Writers Protect Online Privacy
During my promo for my prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, one of my wonderful hosts posted this article about how to protect your privacy as a writers with easy, mostly-free steps. I also posted a similar version directed at teachers on my education blog. In case you missed it:
If we humans aren’t giving away our personal information (as we do on FB, Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter and every other social media outlet), we’re having it stolen and sold without our permission. This is a bigger deal for writers than most because:
- we have copyrighted files that provide us an income.
- we provide access to our income streams on our digital devices.
- If we’re hacked, the bad guy can shut us out of those and divert the monies from them to himself.
Head over to read Jacqui’s very helpful post about keeping safe online: 6 Ways Writers Protect Online Privacy Jacqui Murray
The next post is from Robbie Cheadle shares the background to another well known nursery rhyme that has darker origins than we imagine…. and some will make you shiver….hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth.
Dark Origins – London Bridge is Falling Down
I grew up playing a children’s game to the tune and lyrics of London Bridge is Falling Down. The game I played was similar to the actions for Oranges and Lemons which involves two players holding hands and making an arch with their arms for a single file line of players to walk under. At the end of the song the arch is lowered to ‘catch’ a player.
There are two dark hypothesis for the origins of this nursery rhyme.
Head over to discover just how dark the origins are to this particular nursery rhyme: Dark Origins London Bridge is Falling Down
John Howell is over at Story Empire with a post on quotes on writing from famous writers..one of my favourites.. I only write when I’m inspired, so I see that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock – Peter De Vries.… head over to read the rest..
Quotes on Writing from Famous Writers
Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash
Hi SEers, it is John with you today. We are going to take a little time out for a mental health break. Yup, that’s right. There comes a time when we all need to sit back and have someone tell us about the writing life. We know it can be a struggle, but all too often, we can’t find anyone who will sympathize with how we feel. After all, to most people writing looks like something that anyone can do, and most writers choose to do it, so it’s like a self-inflicted dose of pain.
I went on a hunt for some words from famous authors about the subject of writing. I stumbled upon The Writer’s College. They have a blog, and there was a post on famous quotes by writers. The reason for the post was to provide inspiration and courage to keep writing.
Head over to be inspired by the quotes John has selected: Quotes on Writing from Famous Writers with John Howell
Debby Gies shares this month’s #WATWB We are the World Blogfest andin this post, how Book Dash is working to provide books for children in South Africa for free… the current figures show that almost 60% of homes in South Africa do not have a single book.. Head over to find out about the work by this organisation to make a difference.
Welcome to September edition of #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest, where writers join in on the last Friday of each month to share something good going on in the world. In this edition I’m sharing a wonderful initiative – publishing books for children to read for free to fulfil its mission, believing that every child by aged five should own at least 100 books.
Head over to watch the video about this amazing and inspiring free book programme: #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest #RandomActsofKindness – Inspiring Young Readers
And to round off today’s menu.. a delicious dessert from Dorothy of The New Vintage Kitchen using two of my favourite ingredients.. spoons at the ready.
Grilled Peaches with Ginger Rum Sauce
It’s Peach Season and we simply can’t get enough!
This is the week when it seems we have every wonderful local fruit possible. Muskmelons, blueberries and raspberries, tasty apples, plums, and the show-off of the season – fresh, juicy peaches.
I stopped at the farm stand and smelled the peaches the second I walked through the door! I bought a big greedy bagful, and was tempted to try to eat one in the car on the way home. That would have been a mistake.
The first bite into this golden treasure, drips down my chin; I don’t care, and I have absolutely no trouble being “in the moment.“
There will be a batch of peach cobbler, peach jam for later in the year, of course, and for a brief time, they will be a constant star in morning fruit salad. If we have company, some peach ice cream might magically appear, but one of the easiest way to make a grand statement with peaches is to grill them.
Head over to bookmark this recipe and browse through Dorothy’s extensive archive of recipes for every meal and occasion: Grilled Peaches with Ginger Rum Sauced – New Vintage Kitchen.