…GoReadMe!… m’Lady, Susan M. Toy’s fabulous idea for Authors and Readers…

This might be a great idea – what do you thinkT

Seumas Gallacher

…from daft ideas often come the next ‘great thing… the following Guest Post from my dear friend and fellow scribbler, Susan Toy, may interest other Writers and Readers… feedback on it is encouraged… please let us know if this is sum’thing yeez could support:

GoReadMe! – an idea on Crowd Reading

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Susan M. Toy.

The marvelous Seumas Gallacher posted a status update to Facebook, a joke really, that had me laughing out loud here in my little trailer …

“…thinking of doing a GoFundMe thingy for a movie about my ‘To Be Read’ pile on my ebook Reader… calling it ‘Kindler’s List’… all contributions welcome… J”

Then an idea struck me – “What if,” I thought (those great little words that lead to the beginning of many great ideas, stories and novels). And I wrote a message to the kind sir himself, running past him first the kernel of…

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THE BIG TRIP XII – SIEM REAP AND THE MAD KING

By now I was recovering somewhat from the bronchitis and so determined not to miss a thing, you could probably hear the pills rattling around inside me as I walked.

The hotel we stayed at was possibly my second favourite of them all, the Angkor Sayana hotel and spa and we met up with some lovely people from Canada on a parallel tour with the same company. It was fun to compare notes. If you are reading this, please connect again!

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The jewel in the crown here is of course Ankor Wat, although our first visit was to the Southern Gate of Ankor Thom.

(Whoops, I should have mentioned that by now we had hopped border and were in Cambodia – also a communist country, but much more relaxed).

The gate itself is 7 kms north of Siem Reap town and almost 2 more to the entrance to Ankor Wat itself.

The extent of the remains defies belief and it would be possible to spend days and days just walking past the walls and along the bas reliefs and exploring the little nooks and crannies.

The walls are 8 metres high and flanked by a moat and the multitude of carvings tell stories of mythological, historical, and religious events along with everyday scenes.

Of course Angkor Wat was chock full of tourists but in this day and age I guess you can’t expect to have the place to yourself.

 

Perhaps the thing we know best about George III was that he went mad. Very sad really, and rather embarrassing for him as his doctors spent a lot of time pouring over the contents of his chamber pot which to them, indicated what was wrong with him. They were wrong of course, not knowing he suffered a disease we now know as porphyria and a quick trip to Boots the chemist would have sorted him out on no time at all – well helped a lot.

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If they’d known better, large doses of sweets high in sugar would have made his life so much better as well. You have to feel sorry for the guy, and he wasn’t the only royal either. Mary Queen of Scots passed on the hereditary disease and Queen Anne, Frederick Great of Germany, George IV of Britain and Princess Charlotte all had it too.

Have a great week.

The very model of an amateur grammarian

I love this!!

Stroppy Editor

(With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan)

I am the very model of an amateur grammarian
I have a little knowledge and I am authoritarian
But I make no apology for being doctrinarian
We must not plummet to the verbal depths of the barbarian

I’d sooner break my heart in two than sunder an infinitive
And I’d disown my closest family within a minute if
They dared to place a preposition at a sentence terminus
Or sully the Queen’s English with neologisms verminous

I know that ‘soon’ and not ‘right now’ is the true sense of ‘presently’
I’m happy to correct you and I do it oh so pleasantly
I’m not a grammar Nazi; I’m just a linguistic Aryan
I am the very model of an amateur grammarian

I’m sure people appreciate my pointing out their grammar gaffes
And sorting out their sentences and crossing out their paragraphs
When you…

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*Amie An African Adventure*by Lucinda E. Clarke

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Amie an African Adventure.jpgAimee An African Adventure is an enjoyable read.

Jonathon was disappointed with his wife’s lack of enthusiasm regarding his promotion. Although, Jonathon could understand Amie’s negative reaction; he still thought, though, that she could have conjured up a bit of excitement about moving to Africa with him. Begrudgingly, Amie accepted the fact that to be with her husband; she’d have to leave England and relocate to a third world country, where women were considered less valuable than men.

One of the many distressing things that the young couple had to learn while in Africa was that deception was not only a common practice but an acceptable one as well. Amie, unwillingly found herself caught in the middle of a political corrupt activity while in Africa. To her horror, she ended up fearing for her life. Freedom, she would discover did not mean the same thing in Africa as it did…

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Funnies on Facebook this week Part 2 – Library truths, Peanuts and Analogies!!!

More humour:)

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

As I mentioned on Sunday there were a bumper crop of funnies on FB last week.. here is part two.

Judy ShelukJudy Penz Sheluk

Nik Morton and Rowan Scott Ryder

Nik Morton and Rowan Scott

Nina Mills with Comedy Club247

Nina Mills and Comedy Club 247

Nina Mills with Irish Humourshots

Nina Mills with Irish Humourshots.

Peter Bateman and Humour meets comics

Peter Bateman with Humour Meets Comics 2

Seumas Gallacher with Title Wave

Seumas Gallacher with Title Waves.

Hope you have enjoyed and please spread the smiles.. thanks Sally

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DH AND AMIE 3

Did you miss me last week? No, I thought not. Well for the last seven days I decided to get my head down and go over Amie 3 once again thoroughly before sending her off to my editor. I’d sent a very early draft through to DH and he found a few things wrong (of course he would).

So, come the morning we sit down together and I steel myself to hear the worst.

ME:    Well you can’t complain this time that she never goes off for a pee. She spends half her time in this book behind one bush or another. Her plumbing system is in full working order.

DH:    OK I noticed that but there are still no sex scenes.

ME:    I’m not sure my readers are looking for gratuitous sex, and I don’t use many swear words either.

DH:    I’m not talking bondage and erotica here but you’ve just told me she’s a healthy young woman. She has needs. (Every man’s dream right?)

ME:    You know I find sex scenes a little tricky. It must be the most undignified way to behave sober there is. And how can I possibly ever describe it better than millions before me? He whips his clothes off, she rips her clothes off and they wriggle around for a while praying she won’t get pregnant.

DH:    I still think you’re cutting it too short you could go into a little more detail. Right, what about this boring bit in the middle?

ME:    Boring? And what bit would that be? I can’t have her racing about on every page, it’s not natural surely. Fast paced is one thing, frenetic is another. Look we have her (spoiler) and then she takes refuge in (spoiler) and isn’t this bit (spoiler) exciting?

DH:    She’s crying again.

ME:    Well I’d cry if I saw (spoiler).

DH:    You might, but then you’re not superwoman.

ME:    Thanks.

DH:    She’s a strong heroine, and I think you’re basing her too much on yourself.

ME:    What! Hardly!

DH:    Well no, not the brave stuff, that’s not you, but she’s still snivelling an awful lot, toughen her up.

ME:    But she’s survived so far, that makes her tough. She’s not an Olympic weight lifter or a body builder. I want my readers to like her and feel for her. If she’s too tough they won’t relate to her will they? If you had your way she’d be dressed in black leather with boots and a whip!

DH:    Now that’s an idea.

ME:    Noooooo!

DH:    You want to sell to both men and women right?

ME:    Yes.

DH:    Then make her strong, not wet and drippy.

ME:    Amie won’t appreciate you saying that.

STRANGE LOOK FROM DH, HE MOVES A LITTLE FURTHER AWAY ROUND THE TABLE.

ME:    It’s a writer’s thing our characters live in our minds they are real people.

DH:    There’s not enough detail, all these guns for example. What size calibre are they?

ME:    Ah, now I did lots of research on the net and I did play with a gun once and those cartridge thingies…

DH:    (RAISES EYEBROWS) Magazines?

ME:    Yes those things it’s really hard to load the bullets into them and they hurt my fingers. I had a couple of dates with the policeman in Durban and he let me play with his.

DH:    (EYEBROWS FURTHER UP) His what?

ME:    His gun! I must have had a premonition I would need that experience one day so I asked him to show me where the bullets went and how to load them. It took me over an hour to get all six slotted in against that spring.

DH:    Figures. Good thing you weren’t in a shoot out at the time. Now Amie has a car in Durban, what kind?

ME:    Does it matter?

DH:    Of course it does, people want to know that.

ME:    (MUTTERING) If you insist, I’ll give her a Corolla, they make assemble those in Durban.

DH:    And a 737 will never get from London to Johannesburg.

ME:    Good point, I’ll up that to a 747. So is it as good as the other two? Did it hold your attention? Did you find it exciting?

DH:    I read it all the way through didn’t I?

(DH GETS UP TO MAKE COFFEE.)

Well at least I had a nice email from my editor this morning and she says it’s the best thing I’ve written so far (she’s terribly good at the sugar coating stuff), but of course there is lots of work to be done, including my tautologies – I really must look that up, I wonder what they are?

On the brighter side, Amie 1 an African Adventure got a Bronze in the Global E Book awards in popular fiction, so that cheered me up.

Have a great week.

Funnies on Facebook this week – Hamburger Helper, Losing the Blues and matching bra and knickers!

I can never resist comedy:)

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Here is this week’s selection of funnies.. there was a bumper crop so will schedule part two for Tuesday.. Thanks to all those who spotted and shared.

Andrew morris with Diane SylvesterAndrew Morris with Diane Sylvester

Anne Allen with Share ItAnne Allen with Share It

Cathy Blackburn with The Law office of James E. Goad PCCathy Blackburn with the Law Office of James E. Goad PC

Gracie MeadowsGracie Matthews

Harlan WolfHarlan Wolf

James R Hicks with PunsJames R. Hicks with Puns

Judith barrow and women after 50Judith Barrow with Life after 50

I hope that you have enjoyed this first part and perhaps you might hit a few share buttons on your way out the door.. thanks Sally

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