Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday February 6th 2020 – #Swearing Alison Williams, #Bread Irene Arita, #Kookaburras Cindy Knoke

The first post is from editor Alison Williams, and she is sharing her chagrin at the comment made by someone about writers who include swearing in their work. As someone who has a quite good command of appropriate expletives (including in several languages) I believe when appropriate and in context it goes to the believability of the story.  Please head over and leave your thoughts on the original post.

For $%*@*’s sake – is there any need for swearing? Warning: (obviously) contains swearing #WritingCommunity


I never, ever once swore in front of my mum. Not once, even as an adult. She would have been horrified, even though she swore. My children (well, they’re 23 and 21) swear in front of me all the time. I swear in front of them. I’m sure some people reading this think I’m a terrible mother.

I saw a tweet the other day (bloody Twitter, causes me so much stress) asserting that using swearing in your writing means you’re too ignorant to think of another word. This lady was implying that those who swear, or whose characters swear, are stupid.

This made me f#$king furious.

Head over and read the rest of Alison’s post and the comments and leave your views: Is there any need for swearing by Alison Williams

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About Alison Williams

I trained as a journalist and currently work as a freelance editor and writer, with articles published both online and in a variety of print publications. I have edited books in a variety of genres including dystopian, memoir, erotica, YA, fantasy, short stories, poetry and business and have worked on over sixty projects. I also copy write and edit for my husband’s communications consultancy. I have worked on a freelance basis for US clients and am happy to edit in either UK or US English. I have previously worked on a freelance basis for several academic writing companies, writing model essays, proofreading essays and dissertations and editing and improving academic work at all levels from foundation to Ph.D. standard. I have taught creative writing with a focus on grammar, punctuation, creativity, voice and expression. Find out more about Alison’s editing services.

I have found another food blog for you and a post on one of my favourite staples, sourdough bread Mexican style…… this time from Irene Arita of My Slice of Mexico.

Birotes – Guadalajara’s Mainstay Bread

Even though wheat did not exist in Mexico before its introduction from Spain in 1534 many different varieties of bread have been created in the country over the centuries, becoming traditional at the Mexican table. Most of the Spanish clergy and government figures in the colonies considered Mexico’s native corn as an act of the devil, and actively pursued its substitution with wheat in religious offerings and public functions, also wanting to have the bread they were used to consume in Europe, on their own tables.

Once wheat crops and mills were established in Mexico, bread was prepared following Spanish recipes, but in many cases, regional availability of ingredients and climatic conditions transformed that bread into new local specialties. This is the case of birotes.

Head over to find out more about this staple from Guadalajara from Irene Arita: Birotes Guadalajara Mainstay Bread by Irene Arita.

About Irene Arita.

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Growing up in Mexico, my friends and teachers frequently asked me about my Japanese background, so I got used to ask my parents if some particular food, word or tradition was Japanese, Mexican, or a blend. When I came to Canada as a young grown-up, I found myself talking again about food, words and traditions, but the questions had mostly turned to Mexico, my country of origin. I knew some answers, but sometimes it was hard to put them into context or, shamefully, there were many I simply did not know. That motivated me to find meaningful answers to those questions, and what started as brushing up on colloquial Spanish, Mexican history and its food, became a new experience, and stuff I learned in school or took for granted, acquired a new dimension. It has been very satisfying to finally understand why Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in the United States than in Mexico (Cinco de Mayo: Beyond Margaritas), or being able to cook Mexican classics such as Verdolagas en salsa verde in Canada, from the ground to my table (Purslane: weeds from my backyard). Throughout the years, I have shared these findings with friends, teachers, colleagues, and even curious strangers, and I am very excited to begin documenting them here, today. Topics will be featured each week, including recipes, gardening tips, and developing stories, as I share My Slice of Mexico.

And to end, some beautiful images from Cindy Knoke from Australia, taken of a companion who was clearly as fascinated with Cindy and her camera, as she was with him. I will share a couple of images but do recommend that you head over to see others… worth your while.

Kookaburra Day

I spent the day with this guy as my constant companion. Wherever I went, there he was!

Head over to enjoy the other images of this fabulous ambassador for Australian wildlife: Kookaburra Day by Cindy Knoke

About Cindy Knoke

I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist/mental health director and moved to the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home I call “The Holler.”

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either).Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.
It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.

To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, proceed down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey. My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “You’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.
I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos of locales from all over the world. The good, bad, and the better. So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, the things we want to do.

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