Blog Browser Day: 23rd November, 2013

Last week three great blogs were recommended – THANK YOU to the contributors of these and all the blogs recommended until now 🙂

Please note that this will be the LAST Blog Browser post!

Alphabet Salad

Laurel Regan is a Canadian who blogs on many subjects, including writing, her personal life, occasional recipes, her really interesting cats – and she’s also a fine photographer! A very enjoyable blog!

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: Lorinda J. Taylor

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Trailer Trash With A Girl’s Name

After surviving his mother’s cooking as a child, this blogger/author was able to recount his life as a preemie baby, born in a smoke-filled room. He roamed this great land in a Winnebago, and managed to land a date or two despite his girlish moniker. One of the perks of being tragically named is that he always gets mail for Ms. Stacey Roberts. We hear she’s great.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: CF Winn

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

A love letter to Rome and Italy

This is a lovingly assembled collection of photographs and text by someone who loves Italy, the city of Rome in particular, and expresses it in this beautiful blog.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: Jane Dougherty

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

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Blog Browser Day: 16th November, 2013

Two weeks ago there were SEVEN great blogs recommended, plus one last week recommended by TWO PEOPLE – THANK YOU AGAIN to the contributors, Last week 4 (four) were posted.

Today I will post the remaining 4 (four) for this weeks Blog Browser Day, because everyone suffered from a sudden attack of Lazybonesitis as predicted and I may have to uncage the Chimps to cure this innocuous plague) – so give yourselves a treat this weekend and click on the blog names (and the recommenders names) to visit them – THEN:

PLEASE, don’t forget to let me know all about YOUR favourite blogs in time for NEXT weeks post 🙂

PLEASE use the form HERE to make your recommendations

Woman Wielding Words

Lisa A. Kramer is a college teacher of theatrical studies. She is an erudite writer, director, and mother, and always has something intelligent and interesting to say.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Lorinda J. Taylor

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Valerie Ormond – Believing In Horses – Writing, life lessons, horses, and more

My blog is a journey through my life as a writer starting from just before my first book was published to date. Since my first book was about horses (Believing In Horses), and I’m quite passionate about them, I naturally venture into horse subjects now and then. But the blog has pretty much evolved into me wanting to share the things I’ve learned about being a writer with others.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Valerie Ormond

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

heylookawriterfellow

Mike is a published author of children’s books and a career writer, meaning he makes his living as a writer. He is very entertaining and his posts show that he is an accomplished writer. You can actually feel the kid in him through his posts. He frequently encourages other authors and would be authors to write. He also gives them tips on promoting books, doing school visits and author interviews.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Mrs. P

Rating: 4 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

My Rite of Passage

Series of topics addressed with leading articles about writing, books, themes and subjects. Currently a series on Magical Realism vs magical Reality. Belinda welcomes drop in comments from other authors and interested readers and hosts some fascinating discussions and articles.

Blog Class:  Authors Blog

Recommended by: Ian Mathie

Rating:5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Blog Browser Day: 9th November, 2013

Thanks to last weeks hint that Flea Infested Chimps may be unleashed among you, there were SEVEN great blogs recommended THANK YOU to the contributors.

Today I will post four (4) for this weeks Blog Browser Day, (the other three will be aired next week in case everyone else gets a sudden attack of Lazybonesitis THIS week and I have to uncage the Chimps) – so give yourselves a treat this weekend and click on the blog names (and the recommenders names) to visit them.

PLEASE, don’t forget to let me know all about YOUR favourite blogs in time for NEXT weeks post 🙂

PLEASE use the form HERE to make your recommendations

What The Hell: Kevin Brennan Is Self-Publishing His New Novel

What The Hell is a daily (more or less) account of my foray into self-publishing. I’ve just released my second novel, Yesterday Road, and the blog has been my journal of the highs and lows, the obstacles, and the surprising rewards of the process.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Kevin Brennan

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Pelham McMahon

Pelham Mahon is a former teacher and drama coach, who became an author and playwright in her fifties. Pelham is best known for her plays Our Bessie (2011), Grandmothers Are Great (1999) and Luck Of The Draw (1995), and for The Detective Chief Inspector Teasdale novels. … ‘Chief Inspector Maurice Teasdale is a fifty two year old career police officer. The woman he loves, Bernadette Leigh, is daily confronting a level of hatred so emotionally violent, that she believes it could lead to murder. Teasdale wants to help her but a posting has come up that puts him temporarily beyond her reach. Meanwhile, he trusts her common sense to see her through the problems amongst the tenants of Cranford Hall. When bones are found in the garden, a new mystery has to be solved. …’ [The Silent Woman by Pelham McMahon, Part 1 of The Detective Chief Inspector Teasdale Trilogy]

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company

Rating: 5 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

The Coffee Break Series

My blog offers unique, easy to read, and mostly fun perspectives on different aspects of life. Sometimes I’ll do book reviews, but more often, I put a spin on the mundane. My goal is to uplift and promote personal growth.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: CF Winn

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

A Writer’s Gallery

This blog is run by a male and female who help bring authors and publishers together. They run contests, but that’s not all they do. They offer critiques, submissions to showcase your talents, and more!

Blog Class: Writing & Publishing General Blog

Recommended by: Jennifer Higney

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Blog Browser Day: 2nd November, 2013

Last weeks appeal resulted in NO recommended blogs, so, rather than disappoint Steve and his followers, I thought I’d share some nice blogs with you that I know, but I’m not going to tell you anything about them, except for a clue about each MAWAHAHAHAH 😀

PLEASE, let me know all about YOUR favourite blogs in time for NEXT weeks post 🙂

PLEASE use the form HERE to make your recommendations

Put your glasses on and click to go to this blog HERE

Take an English/French dictionary and click to go HERE

Explore a strange new way of looking at things click HERE

If you like late nights and being needled, click to go HERE

To avoid me sending some naughty, flea infested chimps to YOUR place, click HERE

Blog Browser Day: 26th October, 2013

Thanks to last weeks appeal, there are three (3) great blogs recommended for this weeks Blog Browser Day, so give yourselves a treat this weekend and click on the blog names or the photos to visit them.

PLEASE, don’t forget to let me know all about YOUR favourite blogs in time for NEXT weeks post 🙂

PLEASE use the form HERE to make your recommendations

Living Europe

This blog, run by Mikael and Valentina  provides a fascinating insight into Europe’s history and culture.

Mikael

Mikael. Born in Genoa (Italy) in 1992, half Finnish, I’ve always had a passion for traveling and getting to know and understanding different cultures. After graduating from high school, I performed the military service in the Finnish Army. After that I traveled across Europe, trying to understand the world. Now I’m studying foreign languages applied to International Relations at university in Milan, but I haven’t stopped seeking for knowledge and adventure.

Valentina

Valentina. I was born in Monza in 1993. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been interested in foreign languages and in discovering different cultures. For this reason I studied English, French and Spanish when I was in high school and, after graduating, I took up Russian and English applied to International Relations.
I’ve always tried to travel as much as possible, across my country, Italy, and across Europe too.

Blog Class: General Readers Blog

Recommended by: drewdog2060drewdog2060

Rating: 5

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Charlton Daines

This blog is run by an intellectual turned indie writer who often has interesting things to say about the journey.

Charlton Daines Logo

Charlton Daines is an academic and an afficionado of fine Literature. As such, he has sought to add to the collective of world Literature with the occasional selection that might appeal to those with a love of Classics and Historical Fiction.

The occasional spot of Humour or flights of fancy are likely to slip into this all too serious catalogue of self-indulgent scribblings.

Charlton Daines was born in London, but currently lives in the middle of England with his family, which includes an odd selection of common and pedigree cats.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Jaq D Hawkins

Rating: 5 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

sharondnovels

My beautiful picture

Sharon M. Desruisseaux is a fascinating and intelligent person who writes about word meanings and has a very positive attitude towards everything.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Jaq D Hawkins

Rating: 5 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Blog Browser Day: 19th October, 2013

Thanks to last weeks appeal, there are the five (5) great blogs recommended for this weeks Blog Browser Day, so give yourselves a treat this weekend and click on the blog names to visit them.

PLEASE, don’t forget to let me know all about YOUR favourite blogs in time for NEXT weeks post 🙂

Ailsa Abraham

Some author interviews, free stories, my observations on life, knitting, teddy bears, motorbikes and other animals

Blog Class: General Readers Blog

Recommended by: Ailsa Abraham

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Jems Books

This blog offers many author interviews, as well as news. Its fun to read and Janice does an amazing job presenting her interviews.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: D H Dunne

Rating: 5 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

language in the blood

Blog about the background to my first book and the struggle in writing it’s follow up while working a full-time job in Monaco.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Angela Lockwood

Rating: 4 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Clare O’Dea writing

Clare writes about her experiences as a writer, the problems we all struggle with, and the rewards. She illustrates her posts with photographs of her environment that give them a sense of place and meaning.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Jane Dougherty

Rating: 4 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Behind the Story

Chris, I want to recommend this interesting blog by Nicki Chen but I am not sure which “blog class” it belongs to. The blog owner is a fiction writer, but most of her posts do not promote her “works”.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Hari Qhuang

Rating: 5 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Blog Browser Day: 5th October, 2013

Here are the six (6) great blogs recommended for this weeks Blog Browser Day.  Why not give yourselves a treat this weekend and visit them, but don’t forget to let me know all about YOUR favourite blogs in time for NEXT weeks post 🙂

BTW, I have noticed that the blog names in the forms do not all match the actual blog names, but often reflect a particular post on the blog – please ensure the TRUE blog names are given to avoid confusion to your resulting visitors (and me 🙂 )

A Grateful Man’s Poetry

Original poetry–mine and occasionally that of other modern-day poets.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Russ Towne

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

One Starving Activist

One Starving Activist is an evolving space filled with speculative, flash, and science fiction, along with various commentaries on society and the universe in general. Are you ready?

Blog Class: Writing & Publishing General Blog

Recommended by: AR Neal

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family SafeYes

The Green-Walled Tower

The stated purpose of this blog is as a fiction blog of quirky or somewhat dark stories. While this is true, it has also expanded to weekly posts about Korean culture, and posts on other subjects.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: David Stewart

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

No Vinyl Mind

No Vinyl Mind offers experimental creative writing, essays about self-esteem and personal development, and occasional book reviews.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: HD

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

johnbalya – phone calls from my mom

John discusses coping with his aging mother in a humorous and insightful way. Along with setting up the post in a reader-easy way, the closing lines resonated with me.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: D J Matticus

Rating: 4 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Wise And Witty Lady

The blog contains random thoughts which are hopefully of interest, some author and book reviews, some sample writings of my own books and others. The focus is primarily on writing and…just venting.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Billy Ray Chitwood

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Articles and Guest Posts

This has to be fairly brief, to fit between episodes of narcolepsy and other difficulties.  Please, don’t take this to signify that I am back or even active!

I have, from time to time wondered whether there is a difference between an article appearing on a third party’s site and a guest post.  I guess now is not a good time for me to resolve such a knotty problem… you need an effectively operative brain for such things.  That aside, I have, from time to time, written whatever they are.  Unfortunately, there’s no hope of tracking them down unless prompted by those who hosted such writings. ramblings or whatever they should be classified as.  However, prior to the loss of ability to process even simple thought, I was kindly asked to write a Guest Post for the blog of thriller author Eric J Gates.  By some happy foresight, I actually wrote the piece in time to miss the current bout of pea-souper fog afflicting my alleged mind!  As a result, this piece will, at least for the time being, appear on the following list of Articles/Guest Posts:

Hopefully, this list will grow!  This post will drift down the blog page but, you will be able to locate it through the top menu/side menu, under Works by Steve K Smy–>Published Works—>Articles

That’s it for now…

Blog Browser Day: 28th September, 2013

Here are the six (6) great blogs recommended for this weeks Blog Browser Day.  Why not give yourselves a treat this weekend and visit them by clicking on their titles 🙂

Goblins & Steampunk

Author blog for Fantasy writer Jaq D Hawkins, giving updates on new titles as well as writer’s commentary and discussion.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Jaq D Hawkins

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

StrokeMan’s Woman

A woman whose husband suffered a stroke pulling them from a busy life and turning her into his caregiver. This blog is helpful for anyone who has struggle with health issues and the grief process….and she is a wonderful writer.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: worldsbeforethedoor

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family SafeYes

Worlds Before the Door

On this blog I share not only a weekly series, but also thoughts about movies, books, and music. I write warrior stories and tend to read a lot of military history along with some fantasy. My story, When Skies are Gray, is featured at this time each Friday in readable 4000 word sections. It is a fantasy crime thriller about a serial killer who hunts a family over two generations. But more than that, it is a story of revenge, healing, and mercy.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: worldsbeforethedoor

Rating: 3 Stars

Confirmed Family SafeYes

K Cross Writing

It’s a blog on my experiences as I work towards self publishing. A lot of what I post is stuff I have learned along the way. I try and stay away from ‘This is how you do it’ because I’m still a newbie at this. Instead, I do a lot to share my research and what information I garner as I try and publish. Also, I help showcase authors who have self published books and need some help with marketing or book reviews.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Katie Cross

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family SafeYes

From A Clogged Mind

This blog is designed to showcase my poetry, stories and any opinions on writing

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Robert C Price

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family SafeYes

Trauma Talk

Trauma Talk is a weekly blog offering insight and information about Complex PTSD and its symptoms of excruciating anxiety and depression resulting from emotional abuse caused by recurring complex trauma. Author Lily Scot is a trauma survivor who hopes to bring knowledge and support to those suffering from Complex PTSD and those with affected family members, friends and coworkers. Lily’s posts blend poignant personal accounts of trauma, resilience and recovery with references and discussions of nonfiction literature and scientific resources about Complex PTSD. She also treats the subject of emotional abuse within the larger context of global societal challenges to cure the increasing epidemic of Complex PTSD in a terrorized world. Lily Scot has authored “Sating the Preta: A memoir about finding the person I was before the chaos began,” soon to be published. She invites you to meet up with her on Trauma Talk for good reading and discussion.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Lily Scot

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family SafeYes

Thanks and Sorry

Inadequate Thanks…

It is genuinely impossible for me to express my thanks to all those who have given me their support during this period of illness.  Special thanks have to be sent to Chris (The Story Reading Ape), who has kept the blog ticking over excellently, despite the demands of his own blog and other online activities!

Sadly, there is no sign of an early recovery but I’ll take the liberty of remaining optimistic!  To give you some idea of the state of affairs, I started composing this post back on Friday of last week!  Focussing is a major problem, especially with narcoleptic episodes every time I start writing…

And Apologies…

If you experience a delay in receiving a response to using the blog’s general contact form, I can only apologise.  Equally, if you have emailed me directly, the same applies.  I’m afraid that I’m only online for very brief periods and do what I can, but that’s precious little.  Obviously, the number of unhandled emails rises every day, and it’s rapidly reaching a point where I can no longer promise to catch up with old emails.  If you are waiting for a reply, I can only suggest that you wait until my return is announced and then trying again – if it’s urgent.  Clearly, it will take a bit of time for me to deal with those things others can’t.  I wish I could give you some idea of how long you may have to wait, but I’m afraid I can’t.  It could be weeks.  I’m hoping that it’s not months, as it was the first time around…


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