Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – March 20th 2022 – #Writing Traci Kenworth, #Audiobooks #Children Robbie Cheadle, #Review Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Interview Judith Barrow, #Blogging Hugh Roberts

A small selection of posts I have read and enjoyed over the last week or so and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. Thanks Sally.

In the first post Traci Kenworth explores pimples.. not just those that break out on important days such as your wedding but in other areas even writing. Tracy also shares a selection of links to posts you might enjoy…

The Pimples That Invade Writing – Traci Kenworth

Pimples can ruin your day. I remember many a day gazing into the mirror, seeing that horrible red invader. It always showed up in the midst of a big event. Prom. A date. The day of your wedding. Always inconvenient. Always hideous. You just wanted to crawl back under the covers and avoid anyone you knew seeing you. 

Head over to enjoy the rest of the post: Pimples that invade our writing

The next author today is Robbie Cheadle, as a regular contributor to Writing to be Read and Kaye Lynn Booth.  It is part of the Growing Bookworms series and Robbie shares audio books that introduce children to music.. including Peter and the Wolf, one of my favourites.

When I was a little girl in the pre-preparatory school, one of my favourite music lessons was when our teacher played the audio book of Peter and the Wolf. I loved the story about Peter who needed to protect his pets from a hungry wolf. Most of all, I loved the sounds of the musical instruments that accompanied the story. Each character in the story has its own musical instrument and each sound is perfectly suited to the character. Our teacher used this story to teach us about the different musical instruments, which family of instrument it belonged to, and the sound it made. 

Find out more about how audio books can teach children about music: Robbie Cheadle – Writing to be Read

The next post is a review from Elizabeth Gauffreau for Tales from the Annexe by Audrey Driscoll.

As its subtitle indicates, Tales from the Annex is a collection of seven stories based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West character, followed by seven other tales.

I went into the collection not having read Driscoll’s Herbert West novels or anything by H.P. Lovecraft. I was very curious to see whether these tales could stand on their own, as well as to gain insight into why this character would inspire a contemporary writer to reanimate him in her own fiction.  

Head over to read the rest of Liz’s review for the book: Tales from the Annexe

The next post is from Judith Barrow who is celebrating the upcoming Honno Book Fair coming up on May 7th in Pembrokeshire, with profiles of the authors featured in the fair.  In this post Judith introduces us to Annette Purdey Pugh

Introducing my friends and fellow (or should that be sister?) authors of Honno – The longest-standing independent women’s press in the UK – who will be at the Honno Book Fair on the 7th May 2022 , 10.00am until 4.00pm, at the Queens Hall, Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Over the next few weeks I’ll be introducing the each author. I’ll also be showcasing Honno, the publishers.

If you’re in the area,we’d be thrilled if you popped in to say hello

Today, I’m really pleased to be joined by Annette Purdey Pugh. 

Head over to discover more about Annette Purdey Pugh and her work: Meet Annette Purdey Pugh – Honno Book Fair.

In the final post congratulations to Hugh Roberts who looks back at his 8 years of blogging, the changes not just in formats but also in the people met and enjoyed over that time. Some sadly for one reason or another are no longer with us, but it is amazing how many of our writing community are still going strong.

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In February 2022, I passed a blogging milestone. WordPress informed me that I’d been blogging for eight years! But that notification had me asking questions while I looked back at those eight years.
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What are your thoughts on the world of blogging?

Eight years? It doesn’t seem that long ago that I started to blog. I know of bloggers who have been blogging for much longer than me and who continue to write and publish posts full of interesting content that are always of the highest quality. Not only do they care deeply about what they write, but what they publish. That makes all the difference – knowing what to publish and what not to publish.

Head over to read the rest of Hugh’s post and share your own thoughts about blogging: Blogging, is it all that you want it to be?


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday August 11th 2021 – #Blogging Hugh Roberts, #Author Interview Allan Hudson with Ritu Bhathal, #Guest Marcia Meara with Vali Benson

Welcome to a small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to read them in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from blogging guru Hugh Roberts who shares a new feature on WordPress you might not be aware of plus some tips with regard to spam. Especially useful to those of us who would like to use Classic Editor to compose our posts and to use some of its features.

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New: WordPress Screen Options Button – Where, Why And How To Use It

Have you noticed the new WordPress ‘Screen Options’ button on the dashboard of your blog?

At first, it wasn’t very noticeable to me, but I now find myself using it everyday because it has some great features.

Where can I find the ‘Screen Options’ button?

You’ll find the ‘Screen Options‘ button in the top righthand corner of your screen when viewing ‘Posts,’ ‘Pages’, ‘Media’ or ‘Comments’ on the dashboard of your blog. Please note that It doesn’t yet seem to be available on the WordPress App.

Head over to find out more about this feature from Hugh: New: WordPress Screen Options Button – Where, Why And How To Use It

The next post is from Allan Hudson and is return visit from author Ritu Bhathal.

“The Path to Writing a Novel is Never Smooth” Returning Guest Author Ritu Bhathal of Kent, United Kingdom –

The opening line from Ritu’s web site is a reminder of all the hard work that goes into writing.

Yet, Ritu is doing it, and doing it quite well. She has been a guest on the Scribbler before with a delightful, entertaining short story – The Bag Lady – and if you missed it, please go

The Scribbler is pleased to have her back as a guest with a 4Q Interview and an excerpt from Marriage: Unarranged.

Head over to enjoy the interview and the excerpt with Allan and Ritu: The Path to Writing a Novel is Never Smooth” Returning Guest Author Ritu Bhathal of Kent, United Kingdom

The final post is from Marcia Meara who introduces Vali Benson to us with her intriguing sounding debut novel.

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Today, please help me welcome debut author Vali Benson to The Write Stuff. Vali is going to talk a bit about Research and Inspiration, so grab your favorite cuppa and settle down. I think you’ll find this as interesting as I did.  

Head over to find out more about the background to Blook &Silver from Vali: #GuestDayTuesday – Blood & Silver by Vali Benson


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 15th April 2021- #Guestpost C.S. Boyack, Joan Hall, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Blogging Hugh Roberts, #Offer Leon Stevens

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. Today there is also an offer from Leon Stevens for his short story collection.

The first post is from Craig Boyack who is showcasing the new book by Joan Hall. Joan will be joining the Cafe and Bookstore in the next couple of weeks which is great news. In this post Joan shares some of the background to the book and an excerpt to whet your appetite.

House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG

Hi gang, gather ’round. Joan Hall is here with her latest release. Joan is one of my Story Empire partners, and a great author. This one is smart, because it’s a prequel short story. I like the idea of something to whet appetites for the main event.

Make sure she feels welcome, check out her book, and use those sharing buttons before you leave. We all thrive on comments, so don’t be shy. I’ll let Joan take it from here.

House of Sorrow: April 1970

Thank you for hosting me today, Craig. I appreciate the opportunity to tell your readers about my newest release.

Head over to discover more about Joan’s new book: C.S. Boyack, Joan Hall House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG

We have got to Thursday and hope you all have managed it without too much stress.. but in case you need a pick me up… here is Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Monday Funnies with his dear Aunty Acid… someone I hope to emulate in a few years time.. oh hang on a minute.. I think I might have already achieved that…

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: The Story Reading Ape with special Guest Aunty Acid

And now for a useful recap from Hugh Roberts of his recent blogging tips which are helpful for new and established bloggers..

6 Recent Blogging Tips Posts That You May Have Missed

Did you miss any of these? Click on the blog post titles to go to each post.

Do you have a secure way for visitors to contact you on your website or blog? Are you missing out on opportunities because you don’t have a way for them to contact you? Here’s what to do.

Head over to check out these links to Hugh’s  blogging wisdom: 6 Recent Blogging Tips Posts That You May Have Missed by Hugh Roberts

The final author today with a special offer off 99c for the next week is Leon Stevens for his short story collection. The Knot At The End Of The Rope.


About the collection

A journey to the center of the universe …
Humanity’s final days …
A strange midnight visitor …
A faster than light test with unforeseen results …
Writings found in a desolate world …

These are some of the short stories in this collection, written in the style of the early science fiction writers when imagination trumped scientific knowledge. In addition, some short post-apocalyptic tales and poems are included in this new book by Leon Stevens.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Lavenderqueen 5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive  reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021

An absolute pleasure this read was. It has truly been my pleasure to consume this work.

The poetry was okay. I did enjoy the different perspectives presented describing an Apocalypse. The flash fiction was gold. Beautifully written, straight to the point, and each story hitting hard between the eyes; an amazing gut punch. The short stories were well written, opening new worlds within the SFF realm leaning more toward Apocalyptic and distopian genres. I highly reccomend this book. I will look forward to reading another flash fiction/short story collection by Leon Stevens. Amazing! 

Head over to read the reviews and buy the book for 99c:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK

Also by Leon Stevens

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –follow Leon:GoodreadsWebsite:Lines by Leon Twitter: @linesbyleon


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will head over to these posts to read in full and to take advantage of Leon’s offer on his short story collection.. thanks Sally.