…Written Acts of Kindness Award… my pal Authoress, Ailsa Abraham…

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I love this blog post by Seumas Gallacher. What a lovely inspiration for others. Thanks Seumas!

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

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…it’s amazing how the paths of people yeez have never even met can cross on the virtual channels, and it seems as if yeez have been kindred spirits all yer lives… such is the focus of my Written Acts of Kindness Award today… the indomitable knitter of woollie jerseys for penguins… the erstwhile motorbike acrobat… the doyen-ess of all things strangely British in the middle of her adopted domicile in France… and the quite proper champion of wildlife protection everywhere.. my fellow Crooked Cat Publishing cattery mate, Ailsa Abraham...

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…her tireless support of many of we quill-scrapers is legend, with her open-house blog at the Bingergread House the source of much fun and fellowship… so, put yer paws and flippers together, and welcome m’Lady, Ailsa ;

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yeez can also connect with m’Lady here : http://ailsaabraham.com

…Ailsa, the rules for passing this Award on are very simple:

  1. You are welcome to…

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Ten Authors Walk Through A Door

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Most writers will identify with this post written by Travis Richardson on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Even if you’re not a writer, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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Did you hear the one about the writer walking through door? Well, unless he/she was a drunk who bumped into the door instead of opening it, there is a high possibility that you haven’t, as most entrances are relatively insignificant. But in fiction, specifically crime fiction, walking through a door often introduces new characters or is part of an action sequence. Originally I had planned to document 25 great entrances, but with the time being as short as it is, I’m settling with these ten. I hope you enjoy them.

Edgar_Allan_Poe_daguerreotype_crop Edgar Allen Poe: Tell-Tale Heart

I thought we should start the list of door entering authors with the master of horror and father of the mystery. Tell-Tale Heart is a favorite of mine for the narrator’s egomaniacal insanity. Below, Poe documents the man’s feverish glee as he is about to commit a senseless murder.

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The Amazing World of Dogs

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Thought you’d like this post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. If you’re a dog lover, please take a look. Author Gayle Irwin writes about the Westminster Dog Show and other dog things. You’ll love it!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle and Mary at KnowledgeNookThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

An important event in the dog world takes place very soon – the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dog breeders, handlers, and their furry charges will gather later this week in New York City for the 139th annual show, and the “pick of the litter” will be seen on national television.

There are many events leading up to the televised segment, which showcases the best of breeds within seven groups: Terrier, Sporting, Non-sporting, Herding, Toy, Working, and Hound. Discover the various breeds within these groups at this website: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/breedinformation/.

Two new breeds will be featured at the 2015 show: the Wire-haired Vszla and the Coton de Tulear. I am always excited to learn about new dog breeds, to read about their personalities, origins, and roles in life today. The world of dogs is certainly amazing!

Little Red Little Red, a “Vicktory dog”, who…

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A Winter Walk beneath a Starry Sky

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I’d like to share with my readers a special post written by Author Mike Staton. This actually appears on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today. Enjoy the story!

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This post has been written by me, Mike Staton. This post has been written by Mike Staton.

Nineteen-year-old Raymond Snyder squirmed in the pew. The starched collar itched and the suit coat pinched against his underarms. The organist for the Milton Presbyterian Church played “Rock of Ages.” Folks still trickled into the sanctuary on this cold January evening just twelve years into the 20th century. Cold ruled in the Northeast Ohio village of Rittman, but a coal-burning furnace kept the room warm. Raymond slithered sideways, slipped off his suit coat, and draped it on his lap.

A frigid wind blew through the vestibule into the back of the sanctuary, prickling Raymond’s neck. He stiffened for a moment, then relaxed.

“Susan’s going to want a warm body to snuggle against when she walks home,” Bobby Gilman told Raymond, grinning.

Bobby counted himself lucky to be Susan Wright’s boyfriend. He always looked forward to walking her home after church. Her…

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A Tour to Hole in the Wall

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I’m sharing a very interesting post about the Hole in the Wall Gang, written by Author Neva Bodin on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Fascinating stuff – enjoy!

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The Hole-in-the-Wall gang, if not already famous, was catapulted into public awareness back in 1969, by a fiction film, based on some fact, about one famous gang that frequented the place in Wyoming known as the hole in the wall: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Paul Newman and Robert Redford were the stars. The gang existed in the late 1800’s.

And, in 1988, Paul Newman opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut so that children coping with serious illnesses could have a special hideout where they could simply be kids. http://www.holeinthewallgang.org/Page.aspx?pid=471

In Wyoming, the Red Wall is a bluff of red sandstone connecting southwest Johnson County and Natrona County, approximately fifty miles long, It has one narrowing canyon dividing it. This canyon providing access to a valley of grass that nourished stolen cattle, became known as the “Hole-in-the-Wall.”

I have had the privilege…

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Idea Hunter

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This post from Author Travis Richardson appears on Writing Wranglers and Writers today. I am sharing it because the information is brilliant! Enjoy!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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There are typically two breeds of writers. There are the types who have lots of writing ideas. And, then there’s the kind who, well–don’t. For that breed with lots of ideas. We hate you. And, as such, you are not the topic of conversation today… So there. For the rest of us, how can we find an idea that inspires us to take up the pen and begin a story? Let’s see if we can try to find out.

Idea hunting is a skill passed down from our knuckle-dragging forefathers. It takes patience, skill, and yes, a little bit of luck. The first thing to know about idea hunting is that it isn’t an exact science. It is, in fact, something more of an art. Though, practice will help alleviate the level of difficulty.

To be a good idea hunter, you need a 

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Resolution for 2015: To Dwell in Possibility–and in Books

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Ever think of looking at New Year’s resolutions a different way? I want to share this post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors by author Kathy Waller. It puts a different spin on an age-old tradition.

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January 1 has come and gone, and here I sit with no long list of resolutions.

I swore off those things several years ago. They were always the same: lose X pounds, start every task early instead of late, keep a tidy house–I couldn’t say tidier, because it wasn’t tidy in the first place–sit less, move more, lose X pounds. And by the end of the January, I’d have broken them all, some because of my wicked, rebellious nature, and some because I forgot I’d made them.

Then I read these sentences by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman:

 We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not…

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Christmas Presents or Christmas Presence?

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I think you’ll really enjoy this post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors blog, written by Author Stephanie Stamm. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Steph_2 copy (2)This post by Stephanie Stamm.

In this season of stockings hung by the chimney, presents under the tree, and multitudes of ads telling us just what we need to buy for our loved ones or to ask them to buy for us, it can be easy to get caught up in trying to purchase the perfect Christmas. We ask our children to make Christmas lists, and we want to give them as many of the things they want as we can. We search for just the right presents, and we agonize over our choices (see Jennifer Flaten’s post on gift-giving anxiety here.) And many of us go into debt and spend the rest of the year paying off those Christmas purchases.

Some of that is understandable. We want to give things to the people we love. We express that love in a shower of presents.

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Not so… great expectations

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Merry Christmas friends. I want to share with you a very tender story written by author Nancy Jardine. I have reblogged this post from the Writing Wranglers and Warriors site where a great group of writers post. You’ll love this tale, so grab a cup of coffee, curl up and take a few moments to read something very special!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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Four days to go…till Christmas Day!

Anticipation is what drives a lot of people round about now if they celebrate by giving gifts to family and friends. The anticipation in our house is high already and is likely to escalate during the next few days.

The Christmas tree has been up and decorated for eight days and the piles of wrapped gifts which are appearing beneath it, on a daily basis, are looking quite decadently generous – even though we declared we weren’t going to go overboard this year with too many gifts.

The wrapping papers are bright and colourful to cheer us up and to banish the winter chills outside. Come Christmas morning, our happiest moments are when we distribute the gifts as we sit around the tree. The very act of excitedly unwrapping those items brings back so many memories for me…

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The Greatest Gift

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What is the real “reason for the season”? Read Author Gayle Irwin’s priceless post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It’ll warm your heart!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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When I was three years old, it was a doll called “Miss Peep.” When I was eight, it was a bicycle painted in my favorite color (purple!), complete with a handle-barred white basket with pink and purple flowers. When I was 19, it was an engagement ring. When I was 25, it was my bachelor’s degree and my first job as a writer for a newspaper. Each time I thought, “This is the greatest gift!”

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Dolls come apart, bicycles get traded, engagements are broken (mine due to his infidelity and subsequent departure to marry someone else), papers dull, and jobs change (although I am still a writer). During the Christmas season, we’re bombarded by ads to BUY, BUY, BUY, and kids beg and whine to their parents to get them “the greatest gift.” We’re led to believe we need more stuff, bigger, stronger, faster…

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