Explaining Common References – Or What’s A Glock? – Guest Post…

Good advice from Jaq about assumptions writers make that may elude their readers …

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One of the big mistakes I see writer’s make when I have my reader hat on is making the assumption that everyone who reads your story will automatically recognise references that are familiar to the writer. In reality, with a worldwide audience, many readers may not be able to visualise something you consider common place.

For example, I read a story a few years ago where the writer made a reference to her Doc Martins. I know what Doc Martins are, though a description of the style would have been helpful, but readers who come from a culture other than the ones where this brand name is common might not immediately realise that the writer is talking about a well-fitted pair of boots. It can leave the reader bewildered, wondering what the writer is trying to portray.

This happens frequently with American brand names. Yes, a large percentage of Amazon’s…

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Three Reasons to Exercise – Guest Post…

Exercise benefits body, mind, and spirit … And donating an organ can save a life ❤

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Both the Transplant Games and the Olympics are finished and the athletes have returned home with their stories, memories and awards. But, the essence for activity has not vanished into thin air. Many athletes know the importance of movement for their bodies and brains. Indeed, as Maurice Slapak, initiator of the Transplant Games, believed that exercise was important to help people heal after their surgeries. This article explores the benefits of exercise, you don’t have to be as refined as a Games athlete but performing exercise every day will help your body and life.

1)     The Body and Bones

Physically, exercise is good for the bones and body. The National Osteoporosis Society says, “Exercise is important in building strong bones in your early years but also throughout life in strengthening your muscles and bones and reducing your risk of a fragility fracture.” Now, you may not have osteoporosis but knowing…

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Women’s Health Week Revisited – The Gift of Friendship by Sue Vincent

An incredible story of love and friendship triumphing over tragedy and heartbreak. In my opinion, Sue Vincent now wears the tiara once worn by Wonder Woman. And she has done it so much more justice … A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Sally Cronin for bringing us this awesome story.

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The next of our posts in Women’s Health Week revisited is by Sue Vincent. I have had the pleasure of being connected to Sue for the last two years here on WordPress and other networking sites. Her blog is a place of ancient history, calm and love of the mystical places in Britain. She is hugely supportive of bloggers and her connections on social media. When you read both the article that she posted yesterday on her own blog, and her article today on the Gift of Friendship, I think you will agree that Sue’s empathy comes from a deep understanding of how life can take you to the depths of despair.

I do suggest that you read Sue’s post first because it will lead perfectly into the following post.


The Gift of Friendship – Sue Vincent

I woke screaming…again… One after another, I had watched them murdered……

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Start of the Autumn blog promotions – A Mention in Dispatches is back tomorrow.

Sally Cronin is beginning a new series of Mention in Dispatches, where she showcases outstanding posts from bloggers during the week ~ a wonderful promotional opportunity …

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After a summer break it is time to begin a new series of Mention in Dispatches where I showcase outstanding posts from bloggers during the week. One of my greatest pleasures each morning is to explore the blogs I follow to read new posts and share them. There are so many terrific articles that it is tough to pick just a handful to showcase further, but I hope that it encourages you to head over and read and also follow that blogger is your are not already doing so.

I would love you to participate and if you have read a post this week on another blog that you would like to give some additional promotion to.. just email the link to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.  I also will need your blog link to share in the intro so it is also a small window of opportunity to promote your own blog too.

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Afternoon video – Amazing Beings – Koko the Gorilla and Robin Williams.

After watching this, I don’t see how anyone could think that nonhuman animals aren’t sentient. They think and feel as deeply as we do. Thank you, Sally, for sharing this amazing video. It went straight to my heart ❤

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Here is two amazing beings.  One human who made us laugh and cry and a gorilla who has learnt sign language so that she can communicate with us. One of my favourite videos of all time. Robin Williams meets Koko

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EDITING 101: 01 – Introduction and ‘Redundancies’…

AUTHORS: Christopher Graham is hosting Susan Uttendorfsky on his blog, who is offering a series of posts on editing. Susan has decades of experience, and the series is interactive. Don’t miss this!

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy of Adirondack Editing


Owned by Susan Uttendorfsky

Susan UttendorfskyFor those who have not yet met me, I’m a freelance copy editor living in upstate New York near the Adirondacks. I’ve been writing and editing for over thirty years, and freelancing for the past few years.

I work almost exclusively with independent authors.

A few submit their manuscripts to agents and publishers, but by the time they come to me, most have decided to self-publish.

So what are we going to talk about in this series? Chris and I are of the same mind when it comes to offering information to writers—we want you to learn how to be a good author. So I’ll be sharing wisdom on

  • Self-editing

  • Revising

  • English usage tips

  • Helpful resources

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Pet of the week – Author and blogger Ani and her muse and mentor Sue Vincent.

Adorable dog ~ Awesome woman …

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Pet of the weekToday my guest is a little black dog who is an author and blogger in her own right. Ani Vincent has a face full of character.. probably laughter lines, and her observations on humans is spot on. First a look at one of her books Laughter Lineswhich was transcribed from dog into human speak by Sue Vincent.


One of the reviews for the book.

What a perfect book to place on your coffee table! This collection of poetry is cleverly written, carefully planned, and hilarious. The author writes on a range of subjects seen from the perspective of a small dog and her owner. They muse about common activities like gardening, eating and cleaning. Some go back to explore history like “Homage” and “Sweet Briar” which discuss The Magna Carta and Snow White. Don’t know what…

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Medicine Woman’s Larder – Green Tea – One small leaf with terrific health benefits.

Sally Cronin discusses the myriad benefits of green tea, which are innumerable. Most likely every one of us could benefit from drinking it daily …

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All true teas – not herbal tisanes or infusions are made from the Camellia Sinensis. These plants grow in warm climates with the very best teas coming from the highest altitudes – at that level the plant leaves are slower to mature and this means that they have a much richer flavour. Although the plants all come from the same strain – Camellia Sinensis – different growing conditions such as altitude, climate and soil will affect the flavour of the tea.

It is when the processing takes place that the difference appears between black and green teas. There is in fact another tea in the middle of these two, which is a greenish brown colour and is called oolong tea.

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Green tea is the least processed of the three and therefore retains nearly all its nutritional content. One particular antioxidant which is called a Catechin (epigallocatechin-3-gallate EGCG for short) is…

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Stunning images by Cindy Knoke. Would love to see this as a children’s story … 🙂


The sunflowers grew tired of growing in their garden.

So they picked up long legs and walked away.

After traveling awhile, they arrived at The Holler, hot and bothered.
They realized too late, as we often do, how good they had it in their garden.

I put them in water, and took their photos, cheering them up considerably.

I hope their sunburst cheers you too~

Note: the color in these photos is not enhanced. I have been experimenting with food coloring in flower water. Blue makes some incredible effects which I will show you later. If you’re interested check out:

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A Big Furry THANK YOU…

Chris the Awesome Ape lights up Christmas 3+ months early with fabulous author promotion 🙂

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To everyone who sent me their articles to participate in the September to December Run-Up to Christmas Book Promos with a Difference Campaign.

Please accept my sincere thanks


Best of Luck to everyone and may your Book Sales Grow Strong and Healthy.

To everyone else, you’re in for a literary treat with the resulting Guest Posts…

Don’t be shy, make them fly, by using the buttons below to share them.

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Women’s Health Week Revisited – The Female Reproductive System – Health issues.

Another of Sally Cronin’s fabulous health articles …

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womenThe fertile years 10 – 50 years old.

In this third part of the series on the female reproductive system a look at some of the health issues that might occur in the 40 years that it is active.  Every woman is unique and I can only give you averages when talking about events during a monthly cycle.

From the age of ten a girl is maturing towards becoming fertile. Puberty marks the start of an average of 40 years of one of the most miraculous, but also often inconvenient monthly cycles. Beneath our skin a complex series of actions are taking place to ensure the smooth running of this female process. Although the actual period only lasts an average of 7 to 10 days but can be shorter or longer, the process is ongoing for the full 28 to 32 days. The cycle can be different depending on a…

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Funnies on Facebook this week – CSI Parents and a slice of Pi.

Another of Sally Cronin’s Funnies on Facebook this week. If you need a laugh, this is a one-stop shop 🙂

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Welcome to this week’s selection of Funnies from Facebook this week.  Thank you to those who find these treasures and share them and for those who post them originally.  I hope you enjoy and feel like passing them along.  thanks Sally

Eyes in the back of their heads.

Jennifer Theriot with Dr. LauraJennifer Theriot with Dr. Laura

An elegant building project.

Jessie B TysonJessie B. Tyson

I am with the cat on this one.

Judith Barrow with I love ChristmasJudith Barrow with I love Christmas

Not kidding, especially middle of the night!

Kayla Krantz with Single Dad LaughingKayla Krantz and Single Dad Laughing

All they need is Kim Kardashian taking a selfie!

larry bournique with Earl Pitts. AmericanLarry Bournique with Earl Pitts

Make mine to go…..as far away as possible.

Robert Taylor withT David CaranganRobert Taylor with David Carangan

Isn’t this the truth…..

Toya Richardson with HenpickedToya Richardson with Henpicked

I wonder if any side dishes come with the child.

Vincent Salera with Michael B. KleinVincent Salera with Michael B. Klein

But we can always end the meal with a piece of Pi.

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Meet Guest Author Natasha Sayles…

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Natasha SaylesMy name is Natasha Sayles and my book Father, Daddy, Dad is based on my life experiences.

I was born in Cleveland Ohio and later my family relocated to Los Angeles Ca. were I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

As a young girl I watched my mother suffer abuse at hands of the men she chose to be with.

Eventually she found herself in a relationship where both she and I were both being verbally and physically abused.

At the age of18 I moved out of my parents’ house and I found myself struggling with adulthood.

I suffered from low self-esteem and wanted to badly to be loved and excepted that I allowed myself to be mistreated and taken advantage of.

Eventually I started looking for a way away from it all.

I found myself in church were I begin to take a real interest in God and what…

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