Tanka Talking, Cherita Cherishing – show don’t tell

As a writer, being part of a writing group of some description is vital. Within that environment we learn, sometimes simply by absorption or the process of osmosis. Listening to the speaker holding a session, exchanging thoughts with the person either side of you, or watching reactions, the way a face rearranges itself to show […]

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May, June, and July Chilling with Books Corner 2022, being real and finding inspiration

For the first time in well over five years I have not put out a blog post for almost two months. I have sat every day writing a sentence here and there but never quite finishing. It took me a while to work out I was burnt out. Don’t you love how that last sentence […]

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Can someone from another planet write reviews? Part 2

This is the second part of the post I wrote in May. I would have preferred to have finished this post sooner, but things got in the way. And we all know how easily that can happen. However, after attending a session of my book club I decided it might have been fortuitous and therefore […]

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Can someone from another planet write reviews? Part 1 with a poem.

Chocolate. Reviews are like chocolate. The more we have, the more we want. However, we are fussy creatures and demand it be of the best kind. It needs to be rich and smooth and melt in the mouth. But taste, like much in our lives, is different for everyone. Reflecting on this, I found myself […]

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The  April 2022 Chilling with Books Corner, courage, and another Author Spotlight

This end of month post is a little different. The emphasis isn’t quite on the idea of an ‘author’ as much as it is on as the person who exists as the person who ‘writes’. My emotions are at the forefront leading me into this post. For us in Australia it is the month where […]

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Love under the microscope

According to the blogging ‘rules’ I do everything wrong. I jump topics, I don’t use enough passive, or I use too much passive voice – it’s a headache. I can see the value in SEO and I am making a real effort to learn more. The truth though, my truth is that I never know […]

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The  March Chilling with Books Corner and Author Spotlight on C. R. Alam

Procrastination is a dirty word. March arrived and is now leaving. It is so hard to believe it is the end of month but then think I have lived in a daze for the last thirty days. Correction, I know I am living in some alternative reality called procrastination. I started a new job, said […]

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