Instant Gram or Instagram–Let’s Learn by Cher’ley

 

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Q: What do you call having your grandma on speed dial? A: Instagram.

Image result for Branding Free to use imagesBranding, Advertising, and Marketing are what I think I’d like to use Instagram for.

I am going to start promoting my books, and I’ve started writing again. I’ve been on a very long break.

Where to start? Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, Snapchat, Pinterest and Instagram are the most popular.

I’m familiar with Facebook as a tool for Branding, Advertising, and Marketing, but not so much with the others, especially Instagram. I’ve noticed that people have millions of followers on Instagram and I’d like to be part of that.

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Why?

Follow this link to see:

10 Things you need to do when Getting Started with Instagram

I have done these things individually, now I need to do them for book promotion.

 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores.

Stamp Out Murder”.

 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren

The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back

Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

 Image may contain: 2 peopleAnd please join me on my Facebook Fan page, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

My Halloween trip across the land…

Mike StatonThis post is written by Mike Staton.

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No, my engine in Saturn Ion, circa 2003, didn’t exploded like the photo in the story.

Instead, it sputtered and made my Saturn not drivable – twice.

In my story I posted earlier this month, I gave you a partial account my drive from Las Vegas to Beverly, Ohio – because I hadn’t concluded it.

ExplosionIn Wytheville, Virginia, it coughed, gagged and sputtered a second time. Miraculously, I managed to nurse the 15-year-old jalopy back to the hotel parking lot. The old car managed 1,004 miles before it decided it needed another mechanic to fix its health.

Luckily, on that unlucky day, Sunday, Oct. 21, my sister Jody and her husband Larry were traveling up I-77 from Charlotte and were able to stop and pick me up. So I did make it up to Beverly, minus my car.

So on Monday I called a towing service that does repair work and had them tow it to the repair shop. They finished the job on Thursday at a cost of $581. Jody drove me down to Wytheville to pick up my miscreant car, and I gingerly drove it up to Beverly, a 237-mile trip.

Mike is homeMy brain’s still good for some basic calculating… the 5-day trip ended up taking 13 days. I spent about $1,900 on hotel rooms, $1,000 on my car’s engine, and about $115 on gas. Yes, an expensive trip, but I’m the one who decided to drive a 15-year-old 2,400 miles. Got to live with one’s decisions.

But thankfully I’m at my sister’s house, which will be my abode until spring when I will begin searching for a place to live, probably in Wilmington, NC. However, if Wilmington turns out to be too expensive for me on my retirement income, I can always look at other options, including Ohio – Marietta or Beverly.

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I’m an author with four published novels that include a sword-and-sorcery fantasy trilogy – The Emperor’s Mistress, Thief’s Coin and Assassins’ Lair. The fourth novel is a historical romance set during the Civil War. It’s called Blessed Shadows Dark and Deep. I’ve begun writing my second Civil War novel – Deepening Homefront Shadows. All my novels can be purchased on the websites of Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The Happiest Place on Earth, Childhood Memories, and Disney Tips by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Walt Disney World is said to be the Happiest Place on Earth. Some of the displays bought childhood memories to my mind and that made me happy. 

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I have a few Disney tips for adults that I’ll list here. 

  1. Go during offseason
  2. Go when school is in session 
  3. Buy your tickets (looks like a gift card) ahead of time over the phone or online if you can. (You don’t need the Magic Band-it’s the same as the ticket.) 
  4. Get your FastPass, you just sign up for 3 things you want to do each day. Get the Fastpasses for events that have the longest lines.
  5. You don’t have to be there at rope drop (the beginning of the day)
  6. Plan at least a day for each park or plan which one you really want to see
  7. Buy your gear from off-property shops
  8. It’s okay to wear Micky or Minnie Mouse Earsmickey mouse ears hat png #51
  9. Wear fun t-shirts and Disney Clothes that you bought off-property
  10. Signs direct you into each of the 4 Parks
  11. Take photos of your parking spot, make a mental note of the surroundings, the lots are big. 
  12. Your bags will be searched, so have them open and ready 
  13. Snacks and drinks can be brought in, but they are heavy
  14. Bring  backpacks 
  15. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (I took 3 pairs to the motel) 
  16. The Park photos are very expensive, take your own as much as possible, offer to take photos for others and  usually, they will return the favor 
  17. There is a lot of walking, so don’t take too much that’s going to bog you down–take breaks often
  18. Rent your wheelchair, scooters or strollers off-property if possible
  19. Take pain medication with you, even if it’s aspirin, you will probably need it.
  20. If you have little children, they will be happier if you go to fewer places and give them more breaks, and leave earlier than you plan. Better to have happy children than to see everything. Know ahead of time who they really want to see and go there first. 
  21. Know ahead of time what you want to see the most and go there first. 

There’s so much more I can tell you about the Happiest Place on Earth, but I’ll save some Disney Tips for my personal blog, but feel free to follow me on my social media (links at the bottom of this blog) and ask me any questions you’d like. 

The childhood memories I mostly had involved climbing trees. I loved the solitude of being up in the top of a tree, reciting the poem “Every Time I Clim a Tree” or Aeroplane.

Mike Staton left a comment on my last blog about leaving a comment on one of my books, so I instantly went there to read it. It was wonderful, and this got me interested in reading some of the reviews on my other books and on my novel “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” a man named Alan left a review about this story taking him back to his childhood memories and how good that made him feel and how the book reminded him that people wouldn’t be around forever, so we should enjoy them while they are. My youngest grandson is always saying “Let’s make some memories Grandma. ” 

The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk  

 

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I loved my trip to Disney World. My husband and I added to our memories. Avatar’s Flight of Passage on a Banshee was our favorite experience. We stood in line over 3 1/2 hours for a ride that lasted five minutes, but we instantly wanted to ride it again and the next time we go back we will put that as our first destination. 

Walt Disney was brilliant and he said, “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” 

***What is your “Happiest Place on Earth”? Do you own a pair of Micky Mouse Ears?***

 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores.

Stamp Out Murder”.

 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren

The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back

Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

 Image may contain: 2 peopleAnd please join me on my Facebook Fan page, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

The Tower of London No. 3 on my Bucket List

 

book cover Tales from the Tower of LondonIf money and time were not an issue, and if you were asked which of the many famous buildings anywhere in the world you would like to visit, would you reply Angor Watt, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Wall of China, the White House, Parliament, or maybe, the Tower of London?

Before reading The Tower of London by Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, my answer may have been anywhere but the Tower of London.  My knowledge before reading Diehl and Donnelly’s book was negligible, that is close to nothing, less than nothing if you must know – nada (Texan speak for zero) –all I knew, it was somewhere in England — enough said.

After reading The Tower of London (Tower), visiting the “White Tower”  went to number 3 on my personal bucket list.

While this post could expand for several thousand words, for the sake of expediency (and to make this more enjoyable ), the list below explains some of the more interesting insights surrounding the building and its famous historical residents. (There are many, many more).

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* Of all the many  world  sites with universal recognition, only the Tower is a castle (World Heritage sites).

*The Tower is the most painted, drawn, and photographed building in the world (Diehl & Donnelly).

*Other than the White House, the Tower is the only building which has been used as a permanent residence (among World Heritage sites).      Photo courtesy of LIVE SCIENCE  https://www.livescience.com/42821-tower-of-london.html Credit: Marek Stefunko | Shutterstock

*The Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle in central London and in addition to holding the crown jewels, it has been the “royal mint, a zoo, an administration office, an armory, and barracks, and used as a royal residence until the 17th century.” (LIVE SCIENCE).

*William the Conqueror began the building of the Tower in 1078.  The White Tower and a few sections of “the old Roman city wall,” are all that remain of the original building site. (Diehl & Donnelly).

* Tower historian Geoffrey Parnell writes in his book “The Tower of London Past & Present” (Sutton Publishing, 1998) that the tower was expanded for about 250 years after William the Conqueror’s time. Today, the complex’s series of buildings and fortifications sprawls over 12 acres.  (LIVE SCIENCE).

Lady Jane Grey* Famous prisoners included Lady Jane Grey, who was queen for about a week in the 6th century before she was deposed by Mary I.  Also imprisoned were two princes, Edward and Richard, ages 12 and 9, sons of Edward IV (died 1483). They appear never to have left the tower alive and some thought they were killed by Richard III, their uncle who took the throne for himself. (Diehl & Donnelly) (LIVE SCIENCE).

Photo of Lady Jane Grey and Katherine Howard: Wiki Commons: George Whiting Flagg: Lady Jane Grey Preparing for Execution. 1835.

*Two of Henry VIII’s wives, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, were imprisoned and executed. Henry VIII, who turned England into a Protestant country, and King’s counselor Thomas More. (LIVE SCIENCE) (Diehl & Donnelly).

*Another notable prisoner, Guy Fawkes, who in 1605 attempted to blow up the House of catherine howardLords and the king by detonating 38 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars below. He was imprisoned in the tower, tortured, and executed. (Diehl & Donnelly)       Photo of Anne Boleyn:  WikiCommons: By Wenceslaus Hollar Artwork from University of Toronto Public DomainAnne Boleyn photo

Today, the Tower maintains the Crown Jewels and what is left of a limited collection of “Royal Regalia…destroyed in the 17th century…pre-civil war.” (LIVE SCIENCE).

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“There are over 23,500 jewels there today. The Crown Jewels were moved to the Martin Tower after the Jewel House was demolished.

The total value of the jewels is estimated to exceed £20 billion.” (https://www.visitbritainshop.com/world/articles/top-10-facts-about-the-tower-of-london/)

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This version of the Imperial State Crown was worn by George V and is now housed in the Tower of London.

Credit: Public domain. https://www.livescience.com/42821-tower-of-london.html

The “Line of Kings,” Armor Collection

“The tower also contains an impressive collection of armor, called the “Line of Kings,” a show at the tower that first started more than 300 years ago, it features such items as a life-size wooden horse carved about 1690 and a set of armor, gilded with gold, created for Charles I around 1612.” (LIVE SCIENCE).   Photo  By Jonathan Cardy – Own work, Commons attribution by owner.Line of Kings

“The tower also contains an impressive collection of armor, called the “Line of Kings,” a show at the tower that first started more than 300 years ago, it features such items as a life-size wooden horse carved about 1690 and a set of armor, gilded with gold, created for Charles I around 1612.” (LIVE SCIENCE).   Photo  By Jonathan Cardy – Own work, Commons attribution.

Bonfire Night – Guy Fawkes

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November: gunpowder, treason and plot.”

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes and 12 conspirators attempted to kill King James King of England by loading 36 barrels of gunpowder into the Houses of Parliament prior to its opening in opposition to the continued persecution of Catholics by the Protestants.  In a last-minute check, Fawkes was detained and the plot discovered.  Fawkes was imprisoned in the Tower and tortured, after breaking, he was executed.

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Guy Fawkes 1570-1606 interrogated by James I 1566-1625 and his council in the King’s bedchamber, from Illustrations of English and Scottish History Volume I (1884). http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/(after)-Ralston,-William/Guy-Fawkes-1570-1606-Interrogated-By-James-I-1566-1625-And-His-Council-In-The-King’s-Bedchamber,-From-Illustrations-Of-English-And-Scottish-History-Volume-I.html  Wiki Commons. Country of Origin, Scotland.

The Ravens of the Tower of London

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The Ravens of the Tower of London are a group of  six captive ravens residing in the Tower.  Tradition asserts “their presence protect the Crown and the tower; a super- stition holds that “if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it”.

Some historians, including the Tower’s official historian believe the “tower’s raven mythology is likely to be a Victorian flight of fantasy.”  Jubilee and Munin

(Wikipedia) (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia; “Jubilee and Munin, two of the Tower’s ravens.”)

World Heritage Site

The Tower is a World Heritage Site hosting over 2 million visitors a year.

“The main threat to the site today is not rebels, foreign armies or falling bombs (bomb damage happened during World War II) but rather the exhaust of cars. It’s a problem that threatens to turn the White Tower into a yellow color, something which none of the previous threats could ever do. (LIVE SCIENCE).”

HAUNTED TOWER

Along with being over 900 years old, the Tower has resident ghosts.  The notable ghosts include “Henry VI, Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry the VIII, and nursemaid of Prince Edward, Dame Sybil, and a grizzly bear” that resided in the Tower long ago.

 

There is much, much more to learn about the Tower, its history, its residents, and its other-worldly guests!  If you are able, be sure to consider it as a place to visit, or merely research, you won’t be disappointed!  There are thousands of real and possible stories to be had at the Tower, you only have to look!

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Public Domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tower-of-London-0026

References:

Diehl, Daniel and Donnelly, Mark P. Tales of the Tower of London. Sutton Publishing Limited. (2004).

Top 10 facts about the Tower of London.  https://www.visitbritainshop.com/world/articles/top-10-facts-about-the-tower-of-london/

Tower of London. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London Wikipedia.

Tower of London: Facts & History. https://www.livescience.com/42821-tower-of-london.html

 

A former paralegal, Renee Kimball has a master’s degree in criminal justice. Among her interests are reading and writing. She is an active Animal Advocate, fosters and rescues both dogs and cats from shelters, and works with various organizations to find them forever homes.

The WV Book Festival – An October Tradition

The West Virginia Book Festival is this week, and I’m excited to attend! My wife and I have been going to the event for several years now, and it’s become a cornerstone of our yearly routine.

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The Book Festival brings readers and writers together in Charleston, WV on the last weekend of October. I’ve had the privilege of attending presentations by incredible authors such as Charlaine Harris, Neil Gaiman, Jacqueline Woodson, Patrick Rothfuss, and R. L. Stine, just to name a few. Writers in every genre and several local presses fill the marketplace with both compelling reading material and delightful conversation. As both a writer and someone who loves to meet and talk with people, I always leave the festival with renewed creative energy, inspiration, and a few new friends.

Another highlight of the Book Festival is the huge used book sale. People line up early, eager to fill rolling suitcases and wagons with affordable books. A collector’s corner features rare and hard-to-find titles, as well.

This will be the second year I’m participating as a marketplace vendor. Last year I was proud to debut my first novel, Separate Ways, at the event. Not only did the weekend coincidentally line up with an important date in the novel, but I credit the WV Book Festival with helping motivate me to finish the book.

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Setting up at the 2017 WV Book Festival. This year, I’ll once again be sharing a booth space with the lovely and talented M. Lynne Squires.

In 2016, while browsing the marketplace and celebrating the successes of my writer friends, I decided it was high time I finish a novel. It had been six years since I’d taken a leap of faith into creativity courtesy of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but I had yet to complete a manuscript. I had a couple first drafts and a few decent starts, but I knew if I was ever going to publish a book, I needed to buckle down, set a deadline, and work hard.

The Book Festival became my deadline. I decided that by the following year’s event, I’d have a book published and a vendor table in the marketplace. The next step was to choose the project.

I’d had an on-again, off-again relationship with Separate Ways since I finished the first draft in 2010. By 2016, I still wasn’t convinced I knew how to make the story work. I loved the concept and the characters, but the plot wouldn’t come together. I had another story in my head that was a bit different, featuring a diverse ensemble cast and timely socio-political turbidity. I’d written about 20,000 words and figured I could finish the first draft during NaNoWriMo. Then I’d get a little feedback and start the revision process. I had a year. I was confident.

Fellow West Virginian Stephen Coonts gave a presentation at the Book Festival that year, and my wife and I attended. During the Q&A period that followed, someone asked him about his writing process. Mr. Coonts said that he always needed to have the climax in his head when he started writing a new story, and then the rest would fall into place. He had to know what he was writing toward, he explained, or the book wouldn’t come together.

That stuck with me, and on the drive back to Morgantown after the festival, I told my wife I’d been thinking a lot about what Stephen Coonts said about writing toward an ending. She knew immediately where the conversation was going. The climax of Separate Ways was probably the clearest part of the whole story at that point. It’s one of the few plot points that didn’t change much from the first draft to the finished book. The WV Book Festival helped push me down the path that led to me completing my first novel.

I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, hearing the insights of a great lineup of writers, and picking up lots of new reading material. If you’re in the Charleston, WV area October 26 or 27, stop by and say hello!

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ProfilePic_smallJoshua S. Robinson holds a Master’s degree from West Virginia University and works full-time as a systems engineer. He also writes fiction and published his first novel, Separate Ways, in 2017. He is a native West Virginian and still lives there with his wife, Anna.

For more information, visit joshuasrobinson.com.

Dancing, a Poem

The girl across the street was learning ballet.

I wanted to, though I couldn’t see.

At the age of eleven,

with a private teacher young and energetic,

I learned to plie, sashay.

 

With a cassette tape she made

that contained music and her instructions,

I jumped, kicked, skipped across our Arizona kitchen floor.

 

We moved to Wyoming a year later.

With a different teacher, old and crabby,

I tried a class with other girls,

couldn’t tell what they were doing,

dropped out, moved on.

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The above poem was recently published in The Pangolin Review. Click this link to hear me read it.

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I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir and am currently working on another novel. My work has appeared in The Weekly Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, and other publications. I have a visual impairment and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband, who was totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes soon after we were married. Before that, I was a registered music therapist, working with senior citizens in nursing homes and other facilities. I also taught braille, facilitated a support group for the visually impaired, and served on the advisory board for a state trust fund that allows people with low vision or blindness to purchase adaptive equipment. For more information, please visit my website and blog.

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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

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An adventure becomes a misadventure

Mike StatonThis post is written by Mike Staton.

Some might call my journey to Ohio the trip from hell.

My windshield wipers went haywire in Arizona and cost me $307 to repair. On Thursday, the car threw a sparkplug and shook like it was in its death throes. It’s Sunday and I’ve been staying in a Comfort Inn in Shawnee, Oklahoma, for the last several days while the 15-year-old car gets repaired. I won’t get the car until Tuesday – and that’s if a simpler repair works. If not, I won’t get the car until this weekend.

2003 saturn ionA trip from hell. Naw. It’s a risk I took driving a car I bought new in 2003. Before I left Henderson, I could have bought a newer car, one only two or so years old. But I liked not being responsible for a monthly car payment. I expect the repair bill will equal about a year’s worth of car payments. Lol.

Since I am chained to my motel room, the lobby with the endless supply of coffee, and a next-door Denny’s restaurant, I’ve been doing quite a bit of Facebook journaling about my trip – and watching baseball and football on the TV.

wind farmI’m moving back East. Initially, I’ll be staying at my sister’s place in Beverly, Ohio, for several months. I haven’t seen her and her husband since 2015. Then, as it begins to warm up, I’ll start apartment hunting in Wilmington, North Carolina. Nothing fancy… a one-bedroom place will do.

I took out Mutual Funds to pay for furniture for the apartment as well as a tooth implant and crown. Unexpectedly, I’ll also be using it for car repairs. Oh well….

texas cattle ranchI haven’t done any sightseeing – except through the windshield. I’ve been impressed with the miles and miles of turbine windmill farms in Texas and Oklahoma. The Comfort Inn’s front-desk person told me that a trip on backroads around Oklahoma City will reveal even more wind farms. I’m left shaking my head when I think of my former home – Nevada. It’s perfect land for wind farms… Mojave Desert terrain complete with lots of winds.

When in Texas, I saw wind farms to the left and a giant cattle farm to my right (the farm smell was noticeable). The steers were grazing in pens. Maybe the next time I eat a steak, I’ll be eating one of those steers.

Get off I-40, and you can sometimes travel portion of what used to be Route 66, especially along stretches connected by towns and small cities. It seems each town as a Route 66 museum complete with a vintage 1950s car on display. Route 66 has become mythic. The highway makes people think back to a more innocent time of cross-country travel with mom-and-pop hotels and restaurants.

rt 66 museumHopefully, when I do my next blog entry in late October, I will be in Ohio, and I can tell you how rest of the trip went.

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I’m an author with four published novels that include a sword-and-sorcery fantasy trilogy – The Emperor’s Mistress, Thief’s Coin and Assassins’ Lair. The fourth novel is a historical romance set during the Civil War. It’s called Blessed Shadows Dark and Deep. I’ve begun writing my second Civil War novel – Deepening Homefront Shadows. All my novels can be purchased on the websites of Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The Historical Western Romance or Hunks on Horses by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

I did not know there were lyrics, but as soon as the song started my four brothers and I ran to our TV sets. 

 I have loved Westerns since I was a young child around 8 or so. My dad loved Westerns and Real Crime books, so these are what was handed down to me. Zane Grey was my hero. Some of the first TV shows  I watched were Bonanza and Gunsmoke. I knew I never wanted to be a love interest for any of the Cartwright boys because these women were always killed off. Then there was Kitty who stood by Matt year after year without ever getting a ring. A couple of years ago I wrote a short story for Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico and discovered I loved writing Historical Western Romance. I loved writing the strong female character. I can’t wait to see what she will do next. And of course, there are Hunks on Horses.

 

I found this quote on the blog by Lyn Horner:

 Hunks on Horses Quoting Constance Martin from a 1999 piece she wrote for Romantic Times, “Heroes in these novels seek adventure and are forced to conquer the unknown. They are often loners, slightly uncivilized, and ‘earthy.’ Their heroines are often forced to travel to the frontier by events outside their control. These women must learn to survive in a man’s world, and, by the end of the novel, have conquered their fears with love. In many cases the couple must face a level of personal danger, and, upon surmounting their troubles, are able to forge a strong relationship for the future.”

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From the same blog group :

Here are a few of my favorite, but there are many more. On this blog they give a list of books that have Western Jargon. I have several of these reference books.  Do you think the Hunks on Horses used this kind of language? I think of the Hero as being a little more refined than most of the cowboys.

  • A hog-killin’ time – a real good time
  • Ace-high – first class, respected
  • An invite to a dance – could mean shooting at a man’s feet to make him dance
  • As different as whiskey and tea
  • Bad plum – bullet
  • Bellerin’ like a . . . – yelling, howling, complain loudly
  • Bellyaching– complaining (still used today)
  • Belly-up – dead, died; also belly up to the bar (stand up at the bar and drink)
  • Get a wiggle on – hurry
  • Go to blazes – go far away
  • Gol-Darn – softer version of obvious blasphemy
  • Goner – lost, dead

And More reference books for Western Writers

I hI had so much fun with my brothers playing Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, great memories. My poor youngest brother had to be Trigger since he was the next in importance to Roy and Dale. I have a book written by Roy Rogers Jr. and we met him in Arizona. 

***What part did Westerns play in your life? What was the first Western you read? What was the first TV Western you saw?

I have published one Western Novel and I’m working on 3 more Four Moons and Fair Maidens by [Grogg, Cher'ley]

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores.

 

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

 Image may contain: 2 peopleAnd please join me on my Facebook Fan page, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

The Waiting Game

helen-currie-foster-hotxsinc Written by Helen Currie Foster

 The first week after the book is finished. Horrible. Finishing a book feels a bit like having a broken spring. A cartoon clock where the springs go SPROING out the back, twisting like Little Orphan Annie’s ringlets.

mcinnesPost-book dementia has been ignored by the scientific community. Yet it’s a known syndrome, leaving the writer desperate.

Symptoms? Apathy. Refusal to read headlines. Compulsive retreat into mysteries from the sixties—John MacDonald. Helen MacInnes. Waking at three a.m. and staring into darkness, lost without a plot tangle to unravel. Executive function area of brain on unauthorized vacation.

Cures? None known. One wise practitioner advises Tincture of Time. Thyme? What did he say?

Anodynes?

Hard runs, uphill both ways. Try to beat your own best thyme. Time?

Locate small child. Ask child about book plot for witch and wizard story, using “Yes And!” for action sequence.

Eat only favorite foods.

Lug contractor-weight trash bag into house; dispose of all but evidentiary (i.e., proof of copyright) drafts of Book. Mild rejoicing at lowered weight of paper in house.

ArtistsCrime-700x700Wait. If mainspring still waving SPROING from shoulder blades, and if finished with Travis McGee, shift to Dick Francis or Ngaio Marsh (Colin Dexter too dark for present frame of mind).

When people ask, “Oh, great! Have you got a plot for the next one?” do not bite or snap. Tincture of time. Thyme?

Stare blankly at clean writing perch, silent laptop. Feel dim sense of obligation but no remorse, no impetus.

Day fourteen. Hmm. Note lack of interest in umpteenth mystery by sixties author. Put it down unfinished.

francisWake at four with image of character, raising binoculars to see edge of pasture… What’s moving? Yes, what is moving, there in the grass?\ Feel shiver of suspense. Does character realize she’s in danger? Character now sees, just visible in the trees at the edge of the pasture, a pale face, immobile? no, sun glinting off rifle? no, a man wearing camo? no? no, camo. Instead, two men carrying a…wait, no, it’s a…

Feel sub-sonic wave disturb cranial lethargy. Wonder if brain has silently begun constructing options.

Make coffee, turn to laptop.

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2018-10-10-helen-currie-foster-gng-coverHelen Currie Foster is the author of the Alice MacDonald Greer mystery series. THE GHOST NEXT DOOR, fifth in the series, was released September 22, 2018.