Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Blogger Weekly – #Writersblock Alison Williams, #New Carol Taylor, #Books2021 Jan Sikes, #Topposts Jacqui Murray, #Snow Jennie Fitzkee

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to read in full.. thanks Sally

The first post is from author and editor Alison Williams with some helpful strategies to overcome the times when words stop flowing.


Writer’s block – we’ve all heard of it, and lots of us have experienced it, whether it’s just that horrible half an hour of looking at a blank piece of paper or empty screen while our brains refuse to perform, or the more serious, crippling months or even years of inability to create that has afflicted some of the greatest writers. I know there have been times when I have tackled a huge pile of ironing, or walked the dog in the rain rather than face writing another chapter, or starting an article (or even a blog post), and the longer I’ve left it, the worse it has got. 

Head over to find out more strategies to beat writer’s block: Editor Alison Williams

The next post is from Carol who explores places and events with ‘New’ attached.. such a hopeful word and hopefully it will apply to 2022.

Welcome to Saturday Snippets one-word prompt today is NEW that was also a given really, wasn’t it?….as it’s the start of a New Year…The year 2022!

Not exactly an easy one to find connections with although you can prefix almost anything with the word “New” although there are products and places where it is part of the title…New York would be something totally different if the new wasn’t in front of the York…York is a cathedral city with Roman origins at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England.

There is also York, known as the White Rose City which is the county seat of York County, Pennsylvania, United States…

New York, New York is also a favourite song of mine by the one and only Blue Eyes also known as Frank Sinatra…Take it away Frank…

Head over to listen to ‘Ole Blue Eyes’ and discover more ‘new’ and add your own: Carol Taylor Saturday Snippets – ‘New’

Now for more recommended books, this time from Jan Sikes who shares her top ten reads from 2021. Personal recommenations are invaluable for an author and you will find some familiar authors in this list and some new ones to enjoy. There is also a tribute to Suzanne Burke who sadly passed away in November. Authors include Caroline Frost, Brenda Marie Smith,Taylor Moore, Mary Morgan, D. Wallace Peach, Randy Overbeck, Colleen Hoover, Mae Clair, Joan Hall, Michael A. Kroll and Matthew McConaughey

Head over to enjoy Jan’s thoughts on each of the selected books: Jan Sikes Top Ten Books for 2021

The next post is from Jacqui Murray who shares her most viewed and commented posts in a number of categories through the year… a great many writing related.

Since I started this blog twelve years ago, I’ve had over 3 million visitors. Over 25,000 follow me and have contributed over 59,000 comments on the 2,023 articles I’ve posted. I have several columns:

book reviews (usually Fridays)
writer’s tips (sign up by clicking here)
tech tips for writers (occasional)
How I’m Doing (on my latest WIP, right now it’s Natural Selection)

I also participate in two blog hops:

#AtoZ (maverick-ly)

In between, I write what’s on my mind, but always about the art of writing.

If I didn’t look at the statistics on my blog, I would guess that the most read posts were about how to write and how to market what you write, but that’s not true. More popular are 1) an ongoing series on genres–through Genre Writing Tips and genres A to Z (there are a ton of genres), and 2) a series of 69 collection on how to describe a variety of stuff you include in your stories.

Discover Jacqui’s top 10 posts and commented-on posts of 2021: Jacqui Murray Worddreams

And the final post today is from Jennie Fitzkee who shares how a much loved story is remembered by the children when the snow fell.

The Morning After the Snow- Memories of “Katy and the Big Snow”, a Classic Children’s Book 

At last the sun appeared, shining brightly.
Yesterday’s first snow was in full glory.

The first thing that popped into my head was, of course, a children’s book. I wrote this post years ago, and it is as poignant today as ever.

“Katy and the Big Snow”, by Virginia Lee Burton is a classic children’s book that continues to be beloved today. After two major snow storms this week, it was the perfect read. The book never gets old, children always find something new. This week was no exception. Frankly, the book exploded into unexpected learning about a compass, geography, a yard stick, and more. 


Head over to enjoy the story and the snow: The Morning After the Snow with Jennie Fitzkee


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

41 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Blogger Weekly – #Writersblock Alison Williams, #New Carol Taylor, #Books2021 Jan Sikes, #Topposts Jacqui Murray, #Snow Jennie Fitzkee

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  2. Thanks for the reminder, Sally! As i had supposed, i missed again something. Only the snow in New England is branded in my mind, because on Trent’s blog i also had read about rain. So i supposed the ancestors had brought there the rain from their home country. 😉 Now, i will check out the missed articles. xx Michael

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