Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 25th August 2021- #Interview Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello, #Heartbreak Donna Parker, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape..

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

The first post is from Marcia Meara and is part of her very entertaining series – Ten Things You May Not Know About Me and this week her guest is author Sharon Marchisello..

Happy Wodin’s Day, folks! It’s time again for another Ten Things post, and I know you’ll enjoy today’s guest, Sharon Marchisello. Please help me welcome Sharon to her first visit on The Write Stuff. Sharon, it’s your turn now: take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sharon Marchisello

  1. I was born a Yankee, but I grew up in Texas–and no one ever let me forget that I was a Yankee!
  2. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming the first woman president. I’m not into politics, but I’ve been president of my Toastmasters club and my Sisters in Crime chapter.

Head over to discover the rest of the ten things about Sharon Marchisello and be entertained: Marcia Meara and Sharon Marchisello

Donna Parker shares her poignant and entertaining take on break up in the 90s vs. present day… with strategies even when beset with physical challenges such as fibromyalgia and finding your happy place…

Seems Breakin’ Up Was Easier in the ’90s

It looks like you’re gettin’ over me,

faster than I’m gettin’ over you.

But hey, what you gonna do? 

Head over to enjoy the spectacle of gifs and pithy words from Donna: Seems breakin’ up was easier in the 90x….

And last but definitely not least.. The Story Reading Ape shares more pearls of wisdom and mirth with Pearls before Swine…

Head over to enjoy the Monday Funnies: Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape


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


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 20th July 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

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

The first post is from The Story Reading Ape and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as he shares his latest Monday Funnies.. Maxine, no doubt the doyenne of Crabby Road, is dispensing her words of wisdom, wit and sarcasm.. she says things we can only dream of getting away with..

Head over to enjoy all Maxine’s words of wisdom this week: Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape and Maxine

A wonderful post from Clanmother Rebecca Budd with two features.. and invitation to join in a read along for The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the background to the Black Eagle Canoe on display at The Simon Fraser University.

Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

I am on location at Simon Fraser University, situated on Burnaby Mountain. I have come to visit the Black Eagle canoe, caved by the great Canadian artist, Bill Reid, assisted by Guujaaw, Tucker (Robert Brown), and a dedicated team of carvers.

Black Eagle Canoe

In September, Simon Fraser University is opening their doors orchestrated within a planned safe, equitable and supportive return to campus. But now, the campus is quiet waiting for students to return. I am alone with this remarkable Great Canoe of the Northwest Coast, which represents a history that can be traced back over 10,000 years.

Head over to discover more about the wonderful project behind the installation of this traditional canoe and also the Karamazovreadalong: Simon Fraser University – Black Eagle Canoe & #Karamazovreadalong

And today’s recipe is from Dorothy of the New Vintage Kitchen with a wonderful summery dish for those of us who love peanuts…

Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce

We love the ease of feeding ourselves a rainbow of nutrition in high summer in Vermont!

You never know what you will find at the farm stands and farmers markets in July in Vermont, but it’s a sure bet there will be lots from which to choose and enjoy.

This week, I found everything I was looking for, and then some. Beautiful purple Napa cabbage caught my eye, crunchy and flavorful looking. The leaves were so delightful, I knew I would stuff them with other delicious vegetables. New carrots, snow peas, and peppers would provide even more color and nutrition. You could also add cucumbers, green beans, radishes, kohlrabi, or many other treasures here, just pick something to blanch quickly so there’s still a lot of texture. This is a perfect place to chop up those neglected broccoli stems, and the new broccoli is so tender and flavorful right now.

Use an organic, natural peanut butter with no additives. The ingredients in my house peanut butter are peanuts and salt, no sugars or preservatives. If you don’t like crunchy, you can use smooth.

Head over to discover how to create this stunning summer platter: New Vintage Kitchen – Stuffed Napa Cabbage Leaves with Peanut Sauce


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday June 29th 2021 – #Luck Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Book Reviews Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

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

The first post is from author Suzanne Craig-Whytock on My Dang Blog… and discusses the effectiveness of lucky charms, especially underwear that may have lost its mojo…

The Streak Is Over

You may or may not remember that I’ve written in the past about my lucky underwear. They’re a paisley pattern in a very soft fabric—there’s nothing otherwise notable about them, but for some reason, when I wear them, good things tend to happen. I’ve begun saving them for special occasions or times when I feel like I want to ‘encourage’ good fortune, and if you think this is weird then obviously you haven’t been following me for long because it’s par for the course around here. At any rate, last Wednesday we were supposed to get our air conditioner fixed. It had broken the week before, during the first heatwave of the year, obviously, and when the guy came, he was like “OK, the spinny thing isn’t spinning and the cool-y thing isn’t cooling so you need a new one of these box-y things.” Of course, he used more technical terminology, but I couldn’t hear him very well over the noise of all the fans I had going to try and keep cool. Being very hot makes me sad and grumpy, so I grunted at him and agreed that he needed to replace the outside cold box.

On Wednesday morning, after a week of excruciating heat, I put on my lucky underwear specifically to entreat the air conditioning gods to ensure that the repair people arrived on time with the right unit. 

Feasting Upon The Bones: A Collection of Twisted Tales

Head over to discover how this reliance on lucky underwear worked out:
The Streak is Over

The next post is from author Vashti Quiroz-Vega with three reviews for some terrific looking books… from Annika Perry (Children’s Reading Room), Yvette M. Calleiro and Ken Stark

Hi, everyone! Welcome!

Today I’d like to share reviews of an eclectic group of books I’ve read lately. I’ve enjoyed reading since I was a child, and I have my favorite “go to” genres, but through the years, I’ve diversified my reading. I figure life as a whole has romance, horror, suspense, thrilling events . . . and reading different genres gives me insight into all aspects of life. With this knowledge, I can ground my fiction in reality and also add an extra layer to my stories.

Head over to enjoy the reviews and find your next book to read: Book Reviews Vasti Quiroz-Vega

And last but not least… some funnies from Chris, The Story Reading Ape… always a boost to the day…


Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies...:The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday May 19th 2021 – #ChilliJam Carol Taylor, #BloggingTips Hugh Roberts, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

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

The first post is from our resident food expert Carol Taylor who takes some chillis through their paces..

Jammin’ with chillies…

This is a definite must-do! Chilli Jam no less…and as chillies are plentiful at the moment it’s a must make and so delicious… Who else dares? Do you??? Of course, charring the vegetables first adds extra smoky flavour to this sweet and spicy spread.

Try it in sandwiches, as a burger relish, with grilled meats or on a cheese board.

Head over to find out what you will need to make and prepare this wonderful spicy relish:Jammin’ with Chillies and Carol Taylor

The next post is from Hugh Roberts who is an advocate for bloggers and shares a great many tips and wisdom on how to get the most from the experience. We all have our own ways of posting but since none of us are blogging to listen to our own voices… finding ways to bring new readers and retain current visitors to our posts is always important. Hugh has some important tips to share on the subject.

Banner for the blog post 'These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog'

1. Eye-Catching Post Titles

I’ve said it before, and I’m repeating it again, but the title of a blog post is the first thing readers and visitors see before deciding wether to read your post or not.

Make your blog post titles count! I always look at the title of a blog post first before deciding whether to read it or not.

The title of the post has to really grab my attention and make me want to click the link to open it. If it has no appeal, then I move on. Take, for example, these two titles – 

Head over to discover how to attract more visitors to your blog:These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog

And to end today some funnies courtesy of The Story Reading Ape and his wacky family.. including his aunt Maxine who lives in Crabby Road.. (don’t buy a house in the neighbourhood!)

Head over to see what else Maxine has been up to:The Story Reading Ape and Aunt Maxine


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


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


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.


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 – 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.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 6th April 2021 – #Tarot Jan Sikes, #BananaKoftas Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

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

The first post is from Jan Sikes with her Monday Tarot card reading… with some positive influences for the week.. much needed.

Monday #Motivation #Meditation #TarotReading

Welcome to another Monday, and another opportunity to begin your week on a positive vibration.

Continuing with Part 2 of the Self-Love Meditation series, today’s focus is on gratitude. Enjoy!

And now on to our Tarot Reading for the week.

Head over to discover what the week has in store for us :Monday Motivation Meditation Tarot Reading with Jan Sikes

Now for those who are enjoying Meatless Mondays courtesy of Carol Taylor.. this week she introduces us to Green Banana Koftas

Meatless Monday’s…Green Banana Koftas… 

Good morning and welcome to Meatless Monday’s…

Bananas…gone are the days when a bunch of bananas was just 6 bananas always the same type the Cavendish Banana and then I moved here…

A whole new world of bananas opened up from small bananas, green bananas, red bananas, bananas for frying, bananas for drying, bananas for eating and gone are the days of buying bunches of 6 bananas…its either a whole big hand of bananas or the whole thing cut straight from the tree…

Bunch bananas oct 2017 1

That is a lot of bananas here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated means Fruit of wise men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue eye.

Head over to find out more about bananas and how to make Green Banana Koftas: Meatless Mondays with Carol Taylor

This week The Story Reading  Ape shared a basketful of Easter funnies… the holidays might be over but the need to see the funny side to life is essential every day…

Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies:
Easter Monday Funnies with the Story Reading Ape


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 31st March 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Cars Trev, #Decluttering Jane Sturgeon, #Bookoffer Ted Myers

Here is a small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and also a book offer valid for tomorrow April 1st on all NON-US Amazon sites.

The first post is the regular Monday Funnies over at Chris, The Story Reading Ape and will brighten any day of the week..

Head over to enjoy all the funnies courtesy of the Story Reading Ape:
Story Reading Ape Funnies

The next post is from Trev on Silly Old Sod and is both entertaining and a lesson about not tinkering around in places you should not be…

About Me

Poof!! What Was That?

I’ve never been interested in cars, yet I’ve made a decent living out of the things.

Working Life

My working life consisted mainly of working in a huge car plant in the West Midlands, manufacturing those gas-guzzling four by four monsters. It was a great company to work for, but the work was hard with varying shift patterns every week. You have to be slightly barmy to work in a place like that, but the people I worked with were mostly barmy, so it helped.

Kev Will Fix It

One daft guy I worked with, Kevin, always had plans to set up his own business with a small garage, repairing and servicing four by four cars. He was one of those guys who was always pottering about at weekends, poking away under a car bonnet and ranting and raving about valves or piston timings etc. It was all a foreign language to me. Often on a Saturday morning, he would have a Range Rover parked up on his driveway at home making simple repairs in exchange for twenty-five pounds or so. Very rarely did he have any free time on a Saturday.

Head over to read how things can go wrong despite good intentions:
Poof.. what was that?  

The next post is from Jane Sturgeon who sadly recently lost her father. Going through the personal belongings of someone you love is bittersweet, bringing back memories as well as reminding you of their loss. In this post Jane reveals a connection she and her mother have made with someone who shared her father’s passion for steam engines and the healing effects of the encounter.

You can’t have action without reaction…

My Grandad and Dad used to say these words.

The last few months have been a deep dive into sorting, sifting and clearing Dad’s workshops and hidey holes and upon returning home I looked at my place with fresh eyes and felt compelled to have a clear out.

If asked, I would have said that I travel light in life, yet the evidence I found told a different story. A collection of glass beads and accessories from a small business where I used to do children’s birthday parties. We all made things together and then the little ones had something creative to take home with them. That was nearly twenty years ago. A huge basket of canvasses, acrylic paints, inks and brushes. I haven’t painted for over ten years, as I used to do it with my daughter when she lived at home. Storage boxes filled with upholstery tools, materials, wadding, webbing and studs were stacked under the stairs. I have not done anything along this line for over six years. I uncovered a stash of yarns with a collection of knitting patterns and needles. All tucked away and taking up space on a ‘What if…’ energy.

Everything came under scrutiny.

Head over to enjoy the post in full and perhaps reflect on things you have that are lying unloved and unused in your cupboards:Jane Sturgeon – You can’t have action without reaction

Just for one day, tomorrow April 1st the 1960s thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers is 99p or the equivalent on your own Amazon website.

About the Book

In the summer of 1963, seventeen-year-old Eddie Strull goes off to Europe with a supervised camp group of New York Jewish kids. But Eddie, ever the rebel, has other plans. Eddie wants to live as an adult. A writer. Right now. When they arrive in Paris, the last stop before heading home, Eddie sneaks out of the youth hostel and disappears into the bohemian labyrinth of the Left Bank. There he encounters a colorful array of artists, writers, actors, and one extraordinary prostitute, who draws him into a risky adventure. Ultimately, he becomes a wanted man. Instant adulthood turns out to be much more than Eddie bargained for.

My review for the book February 6th 2021

A fast paced, adventure filled thriller set against the backdrop of 1960s Europe, and in particular the avant-garde culture of Paris at that time.

First impressions of seventeen-year-old Eddie Strull, offered in his own words, are of a rather entitled, over confident and dismissive teenager whose goal is to escape from under his boring parent’s oversight. To this end he plans his escape under the noses of the guardians of the tour of Europe he is signed up for.

In the first part of the book we are treated to a whistle stop tour of the highlights of the European major capitals, with the author paying great attention to detail on the tourist trail of that time. Paris is depicted in all its glory, and it is easy to feel drawn into the ambience of the free- thinking and inclusive culture offered to emigres and foreign creative talent. This is the place that Eddie feels is his destiny, with the intention of becoming a world renowned author worthy of his literary idols.

He is certainly going to need some bravado to survive his adventure once he cuts loose from the tour group, including navigating the egos and self-interests of the resident literary crowd and other artists who are reluctant to cede any of their attention to others. There are those with honest intentions, but Eddie finds them few and far between, and in the main he falls in with those who are living life on the edge, or deep in criminal activities. Passions run hot, a murderer is stalking the streets and Eddie makes some decisions that put his life in danger.

The author has created a complex character in Eddie and we get to know him in more depth through the first person narrative, including the side he might not show to those he connects with, which is a vulnerability and need for his own identity. The events of the next two years certainly test his resolve as he finds love, experiences loss and faces difficult choices to achieve his dream.

The story has flow and the references to events, music and prominent artists and writers of that time provides plenty of nostalgia for readers who remember the 1960s fondly. It would be interesting to see where the story of Eddie Strull goes next.

Read the reviews and buy the book at normal price: Amazon US – And at 99p etc April 1st: Amazon UK

Also by Ted Myers

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Ted Myers: Goodreads – Blog: Ted Myers WordPress – Twitter: @TedMyersAuthor – Facebook: Ted Myers


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full and to also take advantage of the book offer by Ted Myers..  Thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday 22nd January 2021 – #Review by Jessica Bakkers, #Co-authors by Gwen Plano, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

Welcome to the Blogger Daily and a small selection of posts that I have enjoyed during the week. I hope you will head over to enjoy them in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post today is a book review for Mrs. Molony.. by C.S. Boyack, which is on my TBR and Jessica Bakkers, a fan of the series shares her views.

Book Review by Jessica Bakkers– The Ballad of Mrs Molony – C.S. Boyack

You all know by now I’m a huge fan of C.S. Boyack. From the moment I read “The Hat”, I was hooked, and after “Viral Blues” I concurred that these stories about a snarky talking hat and his symbiotic friendship with ‘gal-with-a-heart-of-gold’ Lizzie St Laurent, were my favourite stories in Boyack’s impressive repertoire. So, when I learned about a new ‘hat’ installment, “The Ballad of Mrs Moloney”, I was jazzed to say the least.

Head over to enjoy Jessica’s reviewBook Review by Jessica Bakkers for Mrs. Molony C. S. Boyack

The next post is from Gwen Plano and is the second in a series on co-authorship, with a link to part one written by John Howell.. Gwen and John co-wrote The Contract which I enjoyed very much and I have co-authored a radio script before but not a novel.. Very interesting for anyone considering taking on a project of this kind so I hope you will head over to Story Empire to read the post in full.. thanks Sally.

Co-Authorship Part II: Shared Vision

Hello SE readers, Gwen with you today, and it’s my pleasure to offer Part II of the four-part series on co-authorship. Last week, John Howell mentioned that he and I wrote a book together. Using examples from our experience, he introduced co-authorship and explained some of the essential components. Today I’m going to build on his post and focus on creating a shared vision. If you missed John’s post, you can see it HERE..

Let’s start with a question. By chance, have you contributed to an anthology? If you have, you know that expectations are explained. You’re given word count limits, a theme, time-frame, and general dos and don’ts.

Authoring a book with another writer has similarities. Instead of multiple stand-alone tales, though, there’s one overarching story that might include a romance, a murder, or an adventure. These subplot threads must be seamlessly interwoven into the one story. So how is this achieved? How do two writers, with different perspectives and possibly different end goals, build one story?

Head over to read the post in full and find out more about finding a shared vision with another author: The Story Empire – co-authorship Part Two.. Shared Vision

It might be Friday but there is not reason you cannot still enjoy Monday Funnies courtesy of The Story Reading Ape.. he finds the best ones.. Head over to enjoy the rest.

Head over to Chris’s to enjoy more words of wisdom from his Aunt Maxine.. she should not be allowed out without a minder...:The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies 18th January


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



Smorgasbord Reblog –Monday Halloween Funnies… The Story Reading Ape

These days we need all the laughter we can get and The Story Reading Ape and his Monday Funnies are a great example of how to beat the blues and get your Halloween on…

Head over to enjoy many more : The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies October 27th


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