Happy Valentine’s Day from dudes to dudes

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The Viking and The Courtesan is a Sceal Book Award finalist

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   “How do you define love, Brittany?”
    An impossible question. No wonder she shrugged and a strange, I’m-trying- my-damndest-to-think, sound came from the back of her throat?                                                                                                                          Mort shrugged. “There’s a hundred different kinds of it. Instant love now, is that lust?”
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       There’s couples still together years after that arrow strikes. Then there’s what starts out as an obstacle course, so you might not see what’s under your nose, might think this is not the person for you. But that person, by ways too complicated, too tortuous, too twisted to explain, becomes that very one you will never find another of, who you will perish without. The very things about them you think you hate will, by degrees and inches, turn your head, make you look, will worm their canker’s way into your heart, weave into the fabric of your soul. You have no choice but to admit this is the person for you. And you will never walk away because that road is dust, ashes and every lousy thing under the sun that will break you into a thousand pieces if you do. Twisted paths. Brittany. That you’re still here means you’re somewhere on the journey.”

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What’s in the name Sally Cronin?

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-viking-and-the-courtesan-by-shehanne-moore

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Sally.

I am so excited to be here with you and The Dudes Shehanne.. I have never had a family member quite so small.. But I have to say you have me converted. Can you let me know where to find the talking kind and do you provide training?

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Sally

I have often asked myself this question and I finally realised it shaped who I am today both positively and negatively. I loved the whole experience from the travelling on planes and ships, to meeting new people and immersing myself in new cultures. Even at a very young age of three or four it gave me a confidence with meeting people, particular adults and I absorbed every moment like a sponge.

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That has stayed with me as my husband I have travelled and lived around the world ,but I have to admit that there comes a point when you feel you need to return to your roots.

There is a downside to this constant moving every two to three years, especially as a child, as you leave friends behind. In those days you knew that you would never see them again unlike to day with modern technology. It could be tough learning a new language and trying to fit in at a new school but again, I do think that it gave me a resilience that stood me in good stead in my career and future relationships.

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I would say too, that because there were frequent changes as a child and teenager that I find it hard not to get itchy feet after a couple of years. Hence I may have been a little hasty when I announced to the world that this was our last move!

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We were in our mid 30s, no children and living in a complex with others of a similar age. They were so welcoming and we had some very good parties at the weekend…I mean ones that you either cannot remember or cannot talk about! Thankfully some of those that we met in 1985 – 1987 are still friends with us today. My husband was working but I was not allowed to without an appropriate visa. This meant that I would take full advantage of the pool as well as retail therapy.. I was fascinated by the food in the shops and variety as well as the discount malls which did not exist in the UK. David was travelling a great deal and racking up the free air miles.  This meant we could take full advantage of living in the US for the two years. I would fly off on a Friday and meet up with David wherever he might be in the States and fly back on Mondays.. We got to see a great deal of the country including Hawaii. Now I could live there in a Mumu and a few pearls around my neck.

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Wow what a place.  Dudes.. Stop getting excited….a mumu is a dress.

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Sally

I was always a story teller (I think my mother called them fibs!) I would create scenarios in my head from about the age of five and then act them out. This did result in some escapades which I later committed to paper. I was quite fond of verse and by 16 was writing songs but then things took a back seat to work and life. I began writing short stories when we lived in the States and had more time on my hands and they accumulated until my 40s when I began to get serious about it.

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I probably would say my years on radio are the ones that stand out for me. Loved the whole presenting, music, guests buzz and I would do again in a heartbeat. I keep threatening to do a podcast and it is something that is definitely on the agenda. But I have so much on the agenda that I have to cram in over the next 30 or so years (I am an optimist) that I might have to prioritise. Learning the Argentinian Tango was high on the list five year’s ago but my right knee is on strike and I may have to take that off the list.. But never say never!

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I think it is a fairly even mix as I tend to have two books on the go at the same time or four! I like swapping between non-fiction which is a different style of writing across to fiction that I can be more imaginative about. I find non-fiction requires a more serious approach and does not quite offer the same opportunities for humour.. The body and its organs require the upmost respect.. I do however allow myself a little more latitude in non-health books.. With fiction the world is your oyster and depending on the genre of course, you can be as fanciful as you like.

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Sally

You have a point there.. Trouble is, I have not really had an up close and personal relationship with hamsters. Now I have met you, I can see this is very remiss of me. Sam would have liked you as he was not a hunter but a lover.

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zdickenssHe collected stray kittens and was very gentle. It is perhaps something I can rectify in the next volume of Tales from the Garden.. You will need to send me some photographs so I can write a story around you.. Perhaps a formal pose or two and one being a little more natural but I am afraid you might have to leave the bubbles behind…I would of course find a title to the story befitting your status in blogland.

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Sally

This is entirely possible as they love carrots for exactly the reason I recommend them for humans. It makes them see better in the dark and I would think that was a benefit for rabbits and hamsters alike. The other benefits are that you can wear the feathery foliage attached to new carrots as decorations for your hats.zmedcell

 

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I would need to know how much Hamstah actually eats in the day

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I would suggest that he does a workout for 30 minutes before eating three times a day.. Only half a carrot, half a gem lettuce and some grapes.. Red ones as they are better for him. And as a treat some nuts and seeds before bed.

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(What he must do is stop ferreting around in his human’s porridge oats when she is not looking!)

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Sally

Writing is not a hobby, it is serious work that requires a great deal of time, research, effort and emotional and mental strength. These days there are the additional elements of self-publishing which is the most common route to being an author. Writing might be a solitary occupation but it should never be isolated. You need people who will support, encourage and give you constructive criticism.

First and foremost.. Read, read, read. Especially your chosen genre. Read the best and the most successful and then when you write bring something new to the game. Don’t expect to have a hit right away but stick with it and learn to love and respect your talent. Finally build a platform of other writers who will see you through the sticky times.. And there will be some. But there is nothing better in the world than seeing your first book in print or as an ebook available around the world.. Or your second, third or more. Go for it.

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Sally

My next collection of short stories has just been released. What’s in a Name is based on letters of the alphabet, with each letter having two stories one male and one female.. Multi-genre with murder, mystery, romance, revenge and any other emotional entanglement I could find..

I have three more books planned for this year.. Another Tales from the Garden.. A combined business and personal people management manual (there are many parallels at work and home).. And a non-fiction book that is nearly finished on modern life and how to survive it.

Apart from that… Just keep blogging, reading amazing posts and books and sharing other authors and their work. Dream job.

Thank you so much Shehanne for having me over.. I am just doing a pat down and head count in case I wander off with a Dude… I hear that they get everywhere..zdickens-cell

And Dudes.. Your reputation proceeded you and they were all lies.. You are delightful and perspicacious… A rare combination…keep eating the carrots.

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There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

What’s in a Name available at a reduced price via my publishing website- http://www.moyhill.com/wian/

 

Or Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N6Y8BK1

All my other book available: https://www.amazon.com/author/sallycroninbooks

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Revisiting The Pendle Curse

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Interivew with Debby Gies.

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The Witch of Knaresborough   By ….. Catherine Cavenidish  

 

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My novel – The Pendle Curse – has some of its roots in a true story. In August 1612, ten men and women were convicted, in Lancaster, England, of crimes related to witchcraft and subsequently hanged on Gallows Hill. They became known to history as the Pendle Witches.

Needless to say, as mine is a horror novel, my witches are a pretty evil bunch –

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powerful too. But back in fifteenth century Yorkshire, not all that far from Pendle, lived a witch of a very different sort.

In 1488, some say in a cave near the Petrifying Well, a young girl gave birth to an illegitimate daughter: one who would be called Ursula Sontheil but whom history would remember as Mother Shipton.

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Mother Shipton was not exactly England’s answer to Nostradamus, but she developed a reputation for her prophecies.

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These involved not just the local people around and about Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, where she lived, but also the great and good of her time.

One of the most famous of these was the Archbishop of York, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who had never actually visited that city. Mother Shipton predicted he never would. In an attempt to dissuade her from repeating these assertions, the somewhat rattled Wolsey sent three lords to Knaresborough to see her. They told her in no uncertain terms that one of Wolsey’s first acts on reaching York would be to see her burn for witchcraft. She laughed in their faces. After all, why should she be scared? He would never get there in order to carry out his threat.

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The Archbishop was furious

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and made haste to travel up from London and prove her wrong. But, just ten miles south of the city, he was arrested for treason and Mother Shipton’s prophecy was fulfilled.

Many of her other predictions are legendary – and, shall we say – subject to a certain amount of embellishment and creative interpretation. Did she really predict the advent of ships, submarines, motor transport and airplanes?

In water, iron then shall float

as easy as a wooden boat

Through towering hills proud men shall ride, no horse or ass move by his side. Beneath the water, men shall walk, shall ride, shall sleep, shall even talk. And in the air men shall be seen, In white and black and even green.

 Or telecommunications?

Around the world men’s thoughts will fly, quick as the twinkling of an eye 
Indeed, if all the interpretations are to be believed, she predicted the French Revolution, the rise of Nazism, Benjamin Disraeli and just about every disaster – man-made or otherwise – since the year of her birth. She may have even predicted the European Union (although I don’t see any reference to Brexit!)

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Whether true or not, you can today visit the famous Petrifying Well and the cave where she was reputedly born. The Petrifying Well is said to be unique and, if you take along a teddy bear, leave it there and return five months later, it will have turned to stone. Although, if you can’t wait that long you can always buy one in the shop ( ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’!)

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She may have got some things wrong though – including the date of the end of the world which she allegedly gave as ‘eighteen hundred and eighty one’, (however, it is entirely possible that the inclusion of any such date was added by someone else, after her death. One of a number of examples of the embellishment I mentioned earlier.)
As 1881 passed and the world carried on, some versions then amended the date, while others dropped it, although I do have a recollection of it being in the little book of her prophecies given to me when I was about eight or nine. That would have been in the early Sixties and I vaguely remember something about ‘nineteen hundred and ninety one’, but my memory could be faulty on this. Mother Shipton was said to have married a man called Toby Shipton at the age of 24 and she lived to be 72, just as she had predicted. Her prophecies and legend live on. Was she really able to see hundreds of years into the future? Or was she just an eccentric, old, poetic witch, mentally a little flaky, but excellent with herbal cures and potions?

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We will probably never know…unless we live to see the fulfilment of her prediction of the future after the apocalyptic end of the world:

… the land that rises from the sea will be dry and clean and soft and free

of mankind’s dirt and therefore be,  the source of man’s new dynasty.

And those that live will ever fear  the dragon’s tail for many year

but time erases memory

You think it strange? But it will be!

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Four hundred years ago, ten convicted witches were hanged on Gallows Hill. Now they are back…for vengeance.

Laura Phillips’s grief at her husband’s sudden death shows no sign of passing. Even sleep brings her no peace. She experiences vivid, disturbing dreams of a dark, brooding hill, and a man—somehow out of time—who seems to know her. She discovers that the place she has dreamed about exists. Pendle Hill. And she knows she must go there. But as soon as she arrives, the dream becomes a nightmare. She is caught up in a web of witchcraft and evil…and a curse that will not die.

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Absolutely compelling
Hands up. I am a big fan of the kind of horror Catherine Cavendish
serves up in spades. A rich blend of good old spine tingling horror usually served in a historical sauce but with a dash of the present  day sprinkled in. The Pendle Witches are well documented. We know their stories, how it happened and the awful ends that befell them. What Catherine Cavendish does so successfully is transport us to that time to try and get to the real story of people who played with fire in their every day lives and suffered the consequences, James by obliging Mistress Towneley in more ways than one, Alizon, by believing a little too deeply in her powers. People who lived in that atmosphere of fear and superstition. But there’s another story and that is that of the recently widowed Laura Phillips and it’s set in the present day.
I won’t spoil things by saying what the link is but the meld is seamless. Hats off to the author for pulling it off.
I turned the pages of this book knowing that eventually I would come to the words, the end, never wanting to reach them.

You can find The Pendle Curse here:

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And are currently available – or soon will be – from:

Catherine Cavendish Amazon page

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Catherine Cavendish lives with a long-suffering husband and ‘trainee’ black cat in North Wales. Her home is in a building dating back to the mid-18th century, which is haunted by a friendly ghost, who announces her presence by footsteps, switching lights on and strange phenomena involving the washing machine and the TV. Cat has written a number of published horror novellas, short stories, and novels, frequently reflecting her twin loves of history and horror and often containing more than a dash of the dark and Gothic. When not slaving over a hot computer, she enjoys wandering around Neolithic stone circles and visiting old haunted houses.

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Interview with the Television Editor.

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Iain.

Ha, well I’m being facetious when I say in my spare time.

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My full-time job is as a Post-Production editor for television, but between trying to write and having twins aged 2 1/2, work can sometimes feel like the time that’s left over! Glasgow is a good city to work in at the moment for post-production as there are several companies based here, along with STV and BBC Scotland. I work at BBC Scotland, and have done for the last ten years. I started out doing various jobs – photo-copying, runner, camera assistant and eventually worked my way up to editor. The work of an editor involves, at it’s most basic, telling a story with moving pictures and sound. It’s often difficult to describe exactly how that happens and it varies between different types of programs. The basic mechanics involve sitting in front of a computer screen and television monitor, either on my own or with a producer or director and figuring out how the story should unfold. There is a technical side to it, but in relation to my love of writing and story-telling with words, there are a lot of creative similarities.

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Iain.

I have worked on various programs, and as I say, all are different and present their own challenges. A lot of my more recent work has been on Children’s programs, which, with a young family seems quite appropriate. If anyone watches CBeebies or CBBC the chances are they will have seen my name on the credits to something, like Copycats, Comic Relief does Glee Club, Nina and the Neurons and My Pet and Me,

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to name just a few. There’s a long list of other shows including The One Show, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, The Secret Life of Books, The Review Show, Sportscene, T in the Park. A couple of things I am most proud of are editing the final interview given by the author Iain Banks that he gave about two weeks before he died – ‘Iain Banks – Raw Spirit’. We literally finished editing the program on a Friday, and he passed away on the Sunday. It was very emotional and touching, especially as I am a big fan of his writing. Another, completely different, thing I worked on, as part of a massive team was the BBC Sport coverage of the London Olympics in 2012. I was based in the Olympic Park for the duration of the games and got to edit some amazing footage and sporting events, as well as experience the Games from a unique perspective. I have just finished a series of special programs of ‘My Pet and Me’ where they went to film wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, with the same cameraman who filmed for ‘Planet Earth’. They will be on CBeebies in March and we’re all really pleased with them – well worth looking out for even if you don’t have preschool kids in the house!

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Iain.

I ignored my Career Guidance Advisor at high school and decided to go to University and study Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow because film was something I had always enjoyed. At the time you had to do the course combined with another subject, so I combined my love of film with my love of reading and ended up with a MA degree in English Literature and Film & Television Studies. I loved doing this course, but my Careers Advisor was right on one level because at the end of the course I had no idea what job I wanted to do, or how I was going to turn my love of film and reading into viable employment. After a bit of time working in shops and temping in banks I gave up my flat, moved back in with my Mum and started at the bottom as a runner. There were definitely times when I was delivering mail round offices, doing the tea rounds and photo-copying scripts that I wondered what I was doing with my life and with my degree, but after a lot of long hours and hard work it all worked out in the end. My ‘break’ came while working as the mailroom assistant on BBC Scotland’s soap drama River City. I was able to spend a lot of time with various departments, learn how television was made, and had access to editing equipment – that was when I decided editing was for me.

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Iain

Well, like I said, I had always enjoyed reading and equally I have always enjoyed writing. From a very young age at primary school I would write little stories. In the years when I was working long hours trying to make my way into a television career I stopped writing for a long time with only occasional half-hearted attempts at starting to write a novel or short story. Partly, in the days before online blogs and self-publishing, there was always a part of me that thought it was a bit pointless because no one would ever read what I had written. Only in the last couple of years have I returned to writing regularly. At the start of last year I finally did an online writing course with Strathclyde University and through that caught the bug again to tell stories with words. With the stories I wrote for that course I decided to start a fiction writing blog and try and get my stories out to an audience rather than leaving them unused and gathering dust.

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Iain.

As part of the writing course and for my blog I have concentrated on short stories. With a blog it is much easier to gain a wider readership with short pieces. I really enjoy the satisfaction of sitting down to write a piece of flash fiction or short story and having it finished either that day or within a short period of time. There is an instant sense of gratification and achievement when something is complete – especially if you know you have written a good one, which doesn’t happen everytime!

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Iain

The difficulty I find with writing a longer piece is you don’t get that instant gratification and feedback – it’s a long old slog and you have to keep these characters and plot swirling around in your head for a long time without becoming bored by them – something I have always struggled with.

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However, as well as keeping my short pieces going, the target over the next few months is to get a novel finished. I have an idea and a rough plot and am literally starting to write the first few pages now. 

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Iain

Getting towards the end of last year I realised I had a good six months worth of short stories and flash fiction pieces that amounted to a reasonably substantial piece of work. There were also enough recurring themes and ideas among them all that I thought they would work together as a collection of stories. Having not self-published before, it also presented a good opportunity to learn about the process involved in doing this. It also meant I could find a new audience for these stories and keep them fresh rather than disappearing on the web and never being read again. I had no great expectations at the start of the process, but I’m really pleased with how it has turned out and I think it stands as a really good selection of my work. I called it ‘Collected Sketches’ because I felt the stories leave a lot for the reader to do, they are in many cases starting points that give you something to think about after reading,  to fill in the rest of the story as they want to – that’s a kind of fiction I like to read as well. 

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Iain

It’s been said before by plenty of others more qualified than me but the simplest advice is to keep writing and keep reading. Don’t let doubt get in your way. My other tip would be to not be afraid to get your work out there somehow – whether self-publishing, via a blog, entering competitions – make sure it gets read and take back all the advice and criticism that comes your way – 99% of all the feedback will be constructive and encouraging and it is so fufiling to know that people are taking the time to read your work and respond to it. 

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Iain

I am proudly Scottish, but it’s a very fluid question at the moment with the political situation in the UK and Europe.  I support independence in principal for Scotland, but would also like us to remain within the European Union. I have an English mother and other relatives, so I am by no means a hardcore independence campaigner. It has also been a tricky time working for the BBC, which has been seen by some to be biased against the independence campaign and anti-Scottish. From my position on the inside that’s not an argument I agree with particularly, and I try to avoid getting into that particular debate! All the uncertainty in Scotland and more widely round the world does mean there is a lot of fresh material to use as a writer – these are interesting times, and my writing does tend to use real world situations and scenarios (as opposed to fantasy or hard science fiction) In my writing I do like to try and bring a sense of Scottish-ness to my stories, and being born and bred in Glasgow, even a certain Glaswiegian sensibility to my characters – and the novel I am starting just now definitely does that, as well as touching on some of the politics of the day (although it’s never a good idea to get bogged down in too much political debate in a fictional novel). 

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Iain.

My film reviews were something I started a few years ago to try and use my education and keep my hand in at studying films. As a film student I always find it difficult to narrow down favourites, but I guess spy films (think Le Carre through to James Bond) would be at the top of my list. However, anything that is a good film I will watch, regardless of genre – which is also true of my reading preferences. If I ever find the time I would like to return to doing more regular film reviews on my blog alongside my fiction writing, but at the moment I’m concentrating on the fiction work.

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Iain

As I mentioned the target for 2017 is to get a first novel written, edited and out there – whether that’s sending in out to agents and publishers or self-publishing I will decide once I have a finished novel. Alongside that I will continue to write my short pieces and there is always the opportunity to follow up my first collection of stories with further collections if this first one goes well. Keep an eye on my blog for further news. I’m really enjoying the writing and the journey that I’m on at the moment, so hopefully it continues to be fun as well as productive. And I have to do that in as well as carrying on my editing career and chasing after two toddlers with way more energy than I have!!ztinchal

 

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Collected Sketches is a series of short stories and flash fiction exploring human nature and the world that we inhabit. Sometimes funny, sometimes scary, from the everyday to the imagined future, exploring locations across the globe, these stories reflectt the globalised society we live in today, the recent history that has led us here and the future we may have already created.

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Iain Kelly lives in East Kilbride, near Glasgow in Scotland, where he spends almost all my time raising his twin son and daughter. In his spare time he  works as an editor of television programmes.  Highlights of his work include London Olympics 2012 / Sportscene (BBC Sport), My Pet and MeNina and the Neurons / My Story / Same Smile (CBeebies), Copycats / Comic Relief Does Glee Club / Who Let The Dogs Out and About? (CBBC), Time To Remember (BBC4), Trust Me, I’m A Doctor / 2012 – Scotland’s Year to RememberThe Review Show / The Culture Show (BBC2), Iain Banks – Raw SpiritQuestion TimeWeakest Link (BBC1) among many others.

 

 

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Interview on the Daily Stroll

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D.G  Kaye I

’m so excited to be here today, and looking forward to having Shey over to my blog. I had also asked Shey to bring one or two of you dudes over too. I’m sorry my home isn’t big enough to have you all over at one time, especially since you guys are always so nice to me. So no, I’m not optimistic about making a choice, I hate making decisions having to choose one. Please know, when I choose one, I love all you guys.

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D G Kaye.

Please don’t throw things at me, or spread nasty rumours about me. I’ve chosen …………….. to escort Shey over to my place.

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DG Kaye.

Aw c’mon guys, you aren’t neglected, so many love you. You just have ta learn that ya can’t always have the spotlight.

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I began writing about my past when I was much younger. I kept a running journal to document incidents in my life to help me analyze things that happened, which became part of the searching for the whys. I decided to write books later in life when I realized there were many others who’ve encountered their own similar family dysfunctions, and hoped I could offer some insight by sharing my own experiences and lessons.

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DG Kaye.

Lol, you guys crack me up! But you’re right. My first book, Conflicted Hearts and its sequel, P.S. I Forgive You are about my life growing up with an absentee, narcissistic mother. But I learned to overcome my painful past and chose to live my life as an optimist, always looking for the humour. I think part of my overcoming unhappiness had a lot to do with using retail therapy, lol. And once that addiction began, no matter how happy I became, I was still hooked on shopping . . .and shoes – I love shoes!

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Couple that with my love for travel, and what did I get? A whole lotta suitcases and overweight luggage, causing a lotta travel predicaments.

I thought I’d share some of those funny stories for a change of pace. Now, ta answer to the last part of the question, I’ve never had any hamster dudes of my own, so I never thought of a book called, Have Hamsters, Will Travel. But with that being said, I think it’s a great book idea for Shey to write, or, even better, maybe that’s a book you dudes can write since you’ve been having so many writing issues, that could be your big break?

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I do love to travel, erm, I used to love the whole part of traveling, now with all my baggage woes and airline restrictions, I just prefer the part about when I actually get to my destination, hoping luggage is intact with me.

My favourite place in the whole world is Arizona. I just feel ‘home’ there, more so than I do in my own home. I love the beautiful mountains, the desert air, the cacti, and the history and many things there to see and do. It’s my piece of heaven.

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D.G Kaye.

Now, that’s a toughie. I have so many wonderful memories. But ever since my first time in Arizona, all those special moments being there are etched in my favourite memories and calling me to come back to make some more.

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Besides my passion for Arizona, and my second passion for cruising the Caribbean, my favourite country is Italy. I just love everything about that country, from the people, to the lifestyle, to the history. I’ve been there a few times and visited several cities and towns, but I never got to Capri or Sardenia, two islands that I’ve always had a desire to visit when I can manage to get back to Italy.

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I began writing little poems and note cards with pictures for loved ones when I was a child. As I grew into my teens, writing became my saviour – a place to put my thoughts and voice my opinions because I wasn’t permitted to express myself vocally.

I knew, in my twenties, I wanted to be a writer, but had no conception about how to go about it. Throughout the ensuing years (and some decades), I began writing seriously in my journals, and wrote a few articles for a Canadian health magazine. By the time I turned forty, I felt compelled to write my memoir, Conflicted Hearts, but felt held back to do so because my mother was still living and I couldn’t bear her reading my work. I finally got the nerve to start working on that book two years before her death and even more nerve to publish it before she died. After publishing that book, I couldn’t stop writing. And now here I am guesting with the dudes!

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No. Conflicted Hearts is done. It’s all wrapped up now in closure with P.S. I Forgive You. That very long chapter of my life is done. I’ve found my peace doing so.

I find my writing now going in the direction of where my life continues. My next book (which has been sadly neglected since autumn), is in rough shape, but is going to be about aging and wisdom, about how life, aging and illness can change relationships in marriage, and how I deal with the changes.

 Thank you so much Shey, for having me over here today. And thank you little dudes! It has been a great pleasure to guest here, and to be able to share some of myself with you all. ❤

 

Short bio:

I’m a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. I write to inspire others by sharing my stories about events I encountered, and the lessons that come along with them.

 

I love to laugh, and self-medicate with a daily dose of humor. When I’m not writing intimate memoirs, you’ll find me writing with humor in some of my other works and blog posts.

 

Find D.G. on Social Media:

Website:   http://www.dgkayewriter.com

Author Page:   http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

Goodreads:     http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

About me:       http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7

Twitter:           http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)

Linkedin:         http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7

Facebook:         http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye

Google:             http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies

Instagram:       http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye

Pinterest:         http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

 

Check out D.G.’s Books:

 

Conflicted Hearts

MenoWhat? A Memoir

Words We Carry

Have Bags, Will Travel

P.S. I Forgive You

 

Interview with the Time Mutant.

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Morte.

‘Fraid not. That honor goes to Mitchell Killgower.

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 But Mitchell and me are kind of related. I’m a descendant. 

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One thousand years.

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Christ no. That would mean doing Brittany the heroine.

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 Put together. Brittany’s your worst nightmare. But hey that’s not why. She’s also my great I have never counted how many times grandmother.

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Cos she gets it right. This thing we have to do, or be doomed forever, unless we can find some poor unsuspecting stranger to ensnare.

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I don’t spend it there. Nup. I spend it wherever.  I have spent it chasing nymphs through the glade of Mount Olympus, doing battle with the Mongol hordes, nothing to the shoppers on Seventh Avenue. And please, please can we just not mention the Victorians?

You might say with this condition I have, I don’t get  a lot of choice.

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You betcha.

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Sure it is little fellah. Ain’t nothing to be scared of.

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Matter of fact I brought yah this.

Morte’s Hell-fire cookies.

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It’s what all the best Time Mutants eat at Christmas.

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Have a good one, little fellahs.

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Well, ain’t that a pity. Still more I can’t say.

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Oh okay. it’s real simple actually.

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‘I can kill you if I want,’ Seasonal greetings and Viking thralls.

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Loving Lady Lazuli – A Book Review https://annfields.com/2016/12/04/loving-lady-lazuli-a-book-review/ via @ann_fields

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https://caroleecroft.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/book-review-loving-lady-lazuli-by-shehanne-moore/ via @CaroleeCroft

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