Smorgasbord Blogger Daily Thursday April 29th 2021 – #Guest Post Robbie Cheadle and Jane Risdon, #Environment Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape.


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

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle and her guest author Jane Risdon about her fascinating background and her recent publishing news.

I am very excited to welcome author, Jane Risdon, to Robbie’s Inspiration today to tell us a bit about her writing and her books.

Picture of Jane Risdon with her books: Only One Woman and Undercover Crime Shorts

Welcome Jane Risdon

Background

Robbie, thanks so much for hosting me on your lovely blog, I am so happy to be here.

For those who may not know me or know of me, I thought I’d tell you something about my background.

I am an author, a dream come true for me having spent the best part of my life living in silent despair of ever being able to achieve my life’s ambition. After years of living another life — well, two really — I have managed to become a published author and one represented by an agent. Something I had never imagined.

My early life was spent working for various (British) government departments. I worked for the Ministry of Defence in Germany, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, and later for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Intervention Board), and later for the Atomic Research Establishment at Harwell. Most of it was boring. But it has stood me in good stead where material for my writing is concerned.

Head over to enjoy the rest of this interview and discover more about Jane and her writing:Guest Post – Author Jane Risdon hosted by Robbie Cheadle

Carol Taylor covers a number of aspects of the environment this week beginning with the letter E.. this includes a break down of key elements of the various Ecosystems.. plus penquins, quokkas and fat bergs…always informative and interesting..

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter E.

The best way to predict your future is to create it…Abraham Lincoln.

Ecosystem:

A community of organisms that depend on each other and the environment they inhabit…However, there is far more to the ecosystem than I first realised…It is divided into 4 categories…those being artificial, terrestrial, lentic and lotic which are all part of the biomes which are climatic systems of organisms and life.

Inside of the biomes systems, there are living and non-living environmental factors known as biotic(organisms, animals and plants) and abiotic (water, light and gasses)

Now let’s look at the 4 categories: 

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: The Environmental A-Z – The Letter ‘E’

And finally to lift your spirits by realising that however grumpy you feel you cannot reach the heights of The Story Reading Apes relatives living in Crabby Road…. You do not want to offer to help any of these feisty women cross the road….

Head over to be further insulted and learn a few to use yourself:The Story Reading Ape’s relatives…

 

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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday March 9th 2021 – #Environment Carol Taylor, #Humanity Pete Springer, #Motivation John Howell


A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy.

Carol Taylor has a brand new series – The Environmental A-Z which will be very interesting and informative to follow..

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

But don’t worry one of my regular readers( Chel) came up with an idea for me…all these good ideas to keep the grey matter active…Thanx Chel x

In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

Not wanting to bore you I decided to run with Chels idea on the opposite weeks to my new idea…Chels idea for me was to go through the alphabet (as) is getting a norm for me but with the said letter (A) for this illustration as the middle letter…e.g. wrAps which of course need no explanation I mean who doesn’t love a spicy chicken wrap? 

Please head over to discover more about alternative power sources, Air Pollution and Algae blooms: Carol Taylor’s Environmental A-Z

The next post is from Pete Springer who shares the wonderful transformational power of empathy and kindness offered by two old friends of his, who he walks with each week..

Image ©Pete Springer

Sometimes the most important life lessons are right in front of us if we’re paying attention. For the last several weeks, I have watched one of those real-life lessons unfold before my eyes that has reinforced how a simple act of kindness spreads to others.

One of the routines that have helped me maintain my sanity during the pandemic has been walking. Sometimes I prefer to walk and enjoy my friends’ company, but I also treasure those times I escape in my private world thinking.

On Fridays, I catch up with a couple of old teaching buddies, Bill Osborne (Mr. “O”) and Larry Passarini (Mr. “P”). They are each other’s best friends and a couple of great guys who taught fourth grade together for many years at South Bay School. Now in their early seventies, with the ailments that come with aging, they trudge along for two miles at a modest pace each day, rain or shine. 

Head over to meet Mr. P and Mr O and discover the restorative power they share with others – Lessons in Humanity

The final post today is from John Howell writing on Story Empire about how to remain motivated as a writer… something I am sure we can all  relate to.

Writing Motivation Ideas for Using or for Laughing

Unsplash Image – Emma Matthews

Hi SEers, it’s John with you again. As you know from some of my past posts, I’m always trying to think of ways to suggest staying motivated as a writer. It’s not that I believe writers aren’t motivated, but sometimes our attention gets drawn to other things, and we have to get back on track. So, again today, I’m going to give a few ideas on how to get that motivation moving if it becomes stalled. I will admit some of these ideas are really “out there somewhere,” but if you just roll with it, maybe it can help. By the way, these ideas are for those times that the motivation isn’t part of a deep-seated problem but for when you just dread sitting down to write. Mostly they are played for laughs but hey, maybe if you need it, one would work. Okay, here we go.

Idea 1. Take a shower. Yup, that’s right. There is a physical exchange of ions when the water flows over the body, and it is a natural vehicle to generate random thoughts. These thoughts could turn into story plot points. These plot points are all your need to be motivated to put them down. On the other side, If you don’t get any random thoughts, then at least you are clean and warm.

Head over to read the post and also offer your thoughts on staying motivated: Writing Motivation Ideas for Using or for Laughing by John Howell

 

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