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#SillySaturday Penelope Pompom

I have teamed up again with the talented Sandra (or Daffy as I like to call her), from Wild Daffodil to bring you another bit of silliness this Saturday.  Sandra is incredibly artistic and creative, and I just love the images she has created out of shells, stones and flowers.

One of the nicest things about Sandra’s blog is that you never know what she is going to get up to next, from beach art to knitted wigs, and mandalas to making spirals in her garden.

Here we introduce you to a new character that Daffy has so cleverly created. Meet Penelope Pompom. Why not check our #SillySaturday post about Shelma and Maggie some of our Shelby friends!

Image courtesy of Sandra Dorey

Once Penny had hit middle age

She found it hard to engage

Finding lumps in her custard

Or a ham sandwich without mustard

would sent her off in a rage!

***

Penny once sweet and so calm

Now caused her family alarm

Being so spiky and sour

Miserable and dour

Her twins thought she’s cause them some harm

***

Off to the doctor to find out the cause

Of Penelope’s new character flaws

The hot flushes and stress

Weight gain and night sweats

The symptoms must be menopause!

***

Penny felt cut to the quick

No wonder she always felt sick

Always crabby and tearful

Het up and fearful

This menopause was like a cruel trick

***

She took the kids out for the day

Off down Shelbyville way

The sand and the sea

And her friends’ company

Kept her bad temper at bay!

Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #7

Time to unleash the beast!!!

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Murderous Musings:

When Good Folk Turn Bad At The Rodeo

By Sherri Matthews

Saddle up, tighten your reins and pull on your riding boots. And while you’re about it, watch your back, because wicked wranglings are afoot at the Rodeo. Western or English? Doesn’t matter. Thrown off a few times? Never mind. Devious, deadly or just plain dangerous, it’s time for some murderous musings.

Long fascinated with the dark side of the human heart, I read a lot of True Crime. Not for the gory details, neither for the whodunit: I want to understand the why.

As a memoir writer, I need to explore the true motives driving the story. I wonder how many of us ask ourselves, if truly honest, what might we be capable of if pushed too far? What would be our not so perfect storm?

But it never occurred to me that I could explore this…

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Flash Fiction Rodeo #6

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Bucking Bull Go-Round

By D. Avery

Luck of the Draw, Resilience of the Rider

Bull riders are “today’s gladiators,” willing to risk injury and death for their ride to fame. Can you imagine straddling an angry, snorting 1800-pound animal that wants nothing more than to shake you off and perhaps gore and trample you, too? What must it be like to prepare for that, to face down fear as you approach the chute and settle atop this beast that you will dance with in the arena? What are people’s motivations to confront such a challenge, to set upon it and not only hang on for dear life, but to ride it with as much grace and finesse as possible, showing courage and skill in equal measure? Carrot Ranch’s Bucking Bull Go-Round event is a flash fiction approximation of rodeo’s most dangerous event, bull riding.

At the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR)…

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Smorgasbord Media Training and Marketing for Authors – FREE pdf of Series

Get your copy of Sally’s ‘Media Training and Marketing for Authors’

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Just a quick note to let you know that I have tidied up all the posts and put into one booklet in pdf which I am happy to email out FREE.

It brings all the chapters together and might be handier than accessing each post individually.

There are seven chapters and might be useful for those publishing their first book in coming months to get some platforms in place and put together some ideas for marketing the book.

Also for authors who might think about revisiting Amazon and their social media to update information and put some new promotions in place.

Please just email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com for your copy.

If you want to pop in and check the individual chapters out here are the links.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-gather-around-the-right-waterholes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-covers-titles-and-key-words-by-sally-cronin-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-preparing-for-an-interview-on-camera/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-radio-or-podcast-interviews-gold-dust-for-an-author-get-prepared/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-getting-a-foot-in-the-door-press-releases-and-door-knocking-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/

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Suzie Speaks Blog Party!

The party has started!!!

Suzie Speaks

Welcome to my blog party!

I haven’t hosted a blog party in a very long time, and there are a few things that I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate:

  • Suzie Speaks hit 20,000 collective followers a little while ago
  • I am getting married next week
  • Halloween is approaching

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Blog Party Tomorrow!

Come and join in, I am sure it will be fun! 🙂

Suzie Speaks

I haven’t hosted a blog party in a very long time, and there are a few things that I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate:

  • Suzie Speaks hit 20,000 collective followers a little while ago
  • I am getting married next week
  • Halloween is approaching

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Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #4

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Scars

By Irene Waters

Welcome to Contest #4 of the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Rodeo. This competition is free to enter and carries a cash prize of $25 for first place. Winning submissions will automatically be forwarded to the All-Around Rodeo Winner which carries an additional cash prize of $50. Naturally you can’t have a competition without rules and as each competition leader has devised their own rules I suggest that you read those for this competition prior to submitting your piece. The rules follow the competition topic.

The Topic

As a memoir writer and reader I am very aware that it is the situations in life that have a massive impact on the memoirist, those events which leave scars, whether physical or emotional, that are the chosen part of the life to be relayed. As a flash fiction writer delving into fiction, a genre with which I have…

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