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

What Have We Been Up To?

And now for a look at what Writing Wranglers and Warriors have been up to lately:

CHICKEN DIAPERS, PINTEREST AND RESEARCH, by KP Gresham

KP Gresham writes about . . . chicken diapers.

“Then I got to thinking. In a different Hardscrabble Homecoming book, a character (and I do mean character) has a pet chicken (which integral to the story). I’d heard stories of a writer who did, indeed, diaper her chicken and keep it inside as a house pet. So what the heck. I looked up “Diapered Chickens.”

ONE STEP AT A TIME, by SJ Brown

Wildlife photographer SJ Brown writes about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

“Guided by a series of white hash marks we wandered into the woods and left civilization behind and began to enjoy the tranquility of the trail. This leg of our journey had the most elevation and would be the most challenging for both of us. As the rain subsided we longed to reach our first peak and the well deserved rest we had promised ourselves. We had heard stories of snakes and bears along the trail but encountered neither. We did get a glimpse of a coyote and maybe a fox.”

WHY BLOG? ADDED SQUIRRELS AND ALLIGATORS, by Cher’ley Grogg

Cher’ley Grogg discusses reasons for blogging. Squirrels and alligators might or might not be among them.

“It is hard to get the first blog out, but over time it gets much easier. My reason for blogging and for creating Writing Wrangler and Warriors was mostly geared toward number 8. We average 18 bloggers, so if each blogger reads, comments and shares each blog just think of the coverage we get.”

CHESS, by Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner writes about bonds formed around a chess board.

“It was my lot in life to raise a hyperactive son.  Luckily my trials and tribulations are all over now as Leon is 36, but when he was a boy I tried to help him focus his mind and concentrate by engaging him in a game that my father had taught me.  This game is excellent for getting small boys to sit still…”

TO WRITING WRANGLERS AND WARRIORS, WITH LOVE, by Cole Smith

Cole Smith looks at life, work, and priorities.

“A few nights ago, I was walking my wire fox terrier, Arty (Full name: Slarty Barkfast, for all you Douglas Adams fans). I was thinking of the deadlines looming this month and the next, and fretting a little. Can I meet them? And if so, will I arrive with my sanity intact?”

FLEETING BRILLIANT IDEAS, by Neva Bodin

Neva Bodin looks for a way to hold on to ideas without running the car into a mailbox.

“Does anyone else have a mind that jumps from one story possibility to another? Or to suddenly knowing what should be added to or done with a scene while in the midst of another task or driving the car? It is very frustrating for me, because the brilliant insight/thought is gone by the time I have a notebook and pen.”

RUNNER’S (CONTACT) HIGH, by Joshua S. Robinson

Joshua S. Robinson discusses the links between running, writing, and building community.

“I wanted them all to succeed. I hoped the ones trying to make certain times would do so, and that the ones just trying to finish would cross the line proudly. Every runner out there was participating as an individual, with his or her own goals and motivations. Yet there was still a sense of community, of camaraderie. Even among strangers, they all understood one another.”

BOOK REVIEW:  FULL DARK, NO STARS BY STEPHEN KING, by Renee Kimball

Renee Kimball offers a look at three novellas by prolific writer Stephen King

“Full Dark contains a common theme of each novella, a theme that explores the darker human psyche, retribution, revenge, and a sense of twisted justice.  Redemption is not found, but retribution appears in each.  Even evil acts can result in a twisted kind of justice–a black and damaging kind of justice, but justice nonetheless.

EXPANDING YOUR CAST OF CHARACTERS, by Noreen Cedeño

Noreen Cedeño discusses how she creates characters outside her own experience.

“Part of my job in writing fiction is to create fully formed, believable characters that people can recognize, identify with, or at least be able to envision as a functional being. The more types of people I can imagine, the wider will be my casts of characters. So how do I improve and increase my casts of characters? I have to improve my knowledge of humanity as a whole by increasing my knowledge of the unique individuals whose quirks and personality extremes exemplify the wide variations in human behavior. I have to read.”

THE TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, by Mike Staton

Mike Staton watches Hurricane Florence through the eyes of friends living in its path.

“I’m writing this Friday morning in Henderson, Nevada where I live. Five years ago I lived in Wilmington, North Carolina and worked as a weekly newspaper reporter at the Duplin Times in Duplin County’s courthouse city, Kenansville. I sat down at my laptop and took a look Facebook, and what I saw shocked me.”

TALKING DIRTY, by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Abbie Johnson Taylor discusses how she creates real characters and real life in her writing.

“How about belching? I’m going to be vain one more time and give you an example from a short story I wrote several years ago that hasn’t yet been published. It’s called “Living Vicariously,” and it’s about a Catholic family dealing with issues related to religion. In one scene, a teen-aged girl who has lied about attending confirmation classes, is eating dinner with her father in a pizza joint. She’s drinking Dr. Pepper, and she says she doesn’t want to be a nun because she doesn’t want to give up the beverage. Then, she belches for emphasis. Again, I’m showing you her character.”

Why Blog? Added Squirrels and Alligators by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

I’m looking through photos as I’m writing this blog, so I thought the Squirrel and the Alligator photo were interesting. They have nothing to do with the blog writing or do they?

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why-blog

Per Huff Post. 

Blogging enables you to reach the billions of people that use the Internet. Blogging can help you promote yourself or your business. Blogging works as a method for attracting an audience because it provides something of value to them before asking for anything in return.

https://www.becomingminimalist.com/15-reasons-i-think-you-should-blog/

  1. You’ll become a better writer.
  2. You’ll become a better thinker. 
  3. You’ll live a more intentional life.
  4. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things.
  5. It’ll lead to healthier life habits.
  6. You’ll meet new people.
  7. You’ll inspire others.
  8. You’ll become more comfortable being known.

And there are a few more reasons on Joshua Becker’s blog.

It is hard to get the first blog out, but over time it gets much easier. My reason for blogging and for creating Writing Wrangler and Warriors was mostly geared toward number 8. We average 18 bloggers, so if each blogger reads, comments and shares each blog just think of the coverage we get.

Where else can we get free advertisement, free branding, free sharing? Where else can we add something of value to other peoples’ lives? Where else can we do numbers 1-8 from above and reach the number of people we reach? 

Stats for WW&W

1,750 Posts
26,797 Comments

An unknown number of shares and people reached through the shares. Your name is getting out to thousands. And hopefully, if you are reading this, you are a regular reader and sharer.

September 21st had 48 views, that’s just the number of people who took a peek that day. Congratulations to Joshua S. Robinson on such high numbers and on your first blog too. 

Where else can we show interest in other’s lives and writing in just a few minutes?

Learn to use a blog for your benefit, for the benefit of the other bloggers, and for the benefit of the readers.

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Make sure you use ph20171130_091828otos that reach out like Squirrels and Alligators and Children. In “It’s All About the Girls” and “Boys will be Boys” there are lots of stories about children and the writers as children, lots of photographs and lots of great writing. Both books have many tips for parents raising children, but there are also many stories that will make you smile and nod your head in memory of your own growing up years. 

 

Boys Will Be Boys 

 

 

 

 

It’s All About the Girls 5(3)

 

***What do you love about the Writing Wranglers and Warriors blog?***

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

 

Hiring a Writing Coach—The Intuitive Thinker, The Intuitive Writer by Cher’ley

 This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

Not sure where I got the link, but I found an advertisement for Jane Bernard as a writing coach.

 

 

This is a great interview with Jane Bernard. I really enjoyed it and I think you will find it interesting.

She has branched out a lot since I first knew her, but back then she taught a lot about intuitive thinking and intuitive writing. I was leery about hiring someone. Would I get my money’s worth? The Creative Writing Course was very reasonably priced so I took the chance.

No matter what I was writing she would have me to stop and look to see what else I Image result for fee to us image of red dishwater handscould see. What did the young waitress really look like? Not that she was a tall, slim, and blonde, but were her hands red from dishwater? Did she have burns on her arms? Did her hair fall a certain way?

Sometimes I couldn’t catch what she was wanting me to see or write, but she always found a positive and even when she wanted me to see something differently she was kind and patient.

This is what she was teaching and it’s from one of her blogs

  • C – charm feels irresistible because it’s selfless. People who are charming make us feel good. When you compliment someone, you are being charming.
  • H – health is wealth. Without it, we have no energy or opportunity. Health is part of mojo and what drives us to succeed.
  • A – awareness is sexy. We’re aware from the inside out. Notice a fragrance, a sigh or body language. Share awareness and keep the energy flowing.
  • R– reason is the point of tipping balance or securing it. Reason is common sense and intelligence working together.
  • A – action is what change is. It feels good to be in sync with momentum.
  • C – caution is using foresight or prudence to screen the outcome of social and personal choices. It’s security and back-up.
  • T – timing is everything. Talking less and sensing more keep us in rhythm with the dance of life.
  • E– easy to do what feels right. It’s also being responsible. It’s fun to do the right thing and get good results.
  • R – rest is rejuvenating. It’s part of self-respect. Our rest has to balance with action, just like day balances with night. Cycles are part of nature and so are we. Respecting our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs to rest, brings clarity and strength to our waking moments.

She and I worked a lot on emotions–seeing deeper than the ordinary glance.

Dennis, my writing coach from the last blog, and I worked on the outward things, but Jane and I worked on the inner things. Both coaches had a lot to teach, and I learned much from both of them, but she wanted me to be an intuitive thinker, an intuitive writer.  And over the years, I have a tried hard to do this.

The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time  is a devotional book with inspiring stories, poetry Mine and ones by famous poets, and ways to take action to improve your life and your inner feelings. Every chapter ends with an activity that’s called: Joy for the Day –see location 358 in the Kindle Reader. And in location 356 is this original poem by me.

Steps to Caring by Cher’ley Grogg

A Calm Spirit
Surrounds, engulfs
It blesses

A Gentle Breath
Reassures, calms
It relaxes

Meditation Lifts
To a new level
It enlightens

Sharing Self
Reminisces, blesses
It cares

 

***What have you learned from a coach or a writing workshop?***

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 people    Please join me on my Facebook Fanpage  that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE 

 

My Mentor, My Writing Coach, My Friend by Cher’ley

 This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

I was not always a writer. I really had no desire to write beyond a diary, a few love letters to my husband, and poems. I always liked poetry. My husband went back to Image result for Free to us Poetry imagescollege at an older age and in one of his courses he had to write short stories, so I helped him. His teachers would share his stories with other teachers, and tell him, “You should be a writer.” He’d come home and say to me, “You should be a writer.” I’d laugh it off.

A few years later, a book came out—Harry Potter, there was much controversy over this book, and I thought hmm—wizard, I could write a Christian Alternative Book for tweens. So I did. I poured over this manuscript day and night, I finished it at around 100,000 words. My husband read it and my daughter read it. Their conclusion, I should take a course in writing. I did. I spent eight years learning to write but still didn’t feel like a writer. I needed something else. I NEEDED A WRITING COACH.

I was starting a new novel and was having trouble getting it moving in the right No automatic alt text available.direction. I was in a writing group and one man stood out. He was constantly giving advice and helping others. I approached him with a job opportunity to be my writing coach. He accepted. He later became my friend and my mentor.

Dennis Newman was his name, the last I heard from him was an email telling me he had Alzheimer’s.

We started working on this novel and he’d stop me at almost every paragraph and ask me questions, and give me little assignments. He opened my eyes in ways the schooling had not done. I continually paid him extra money for little bits of advice, and we’d work on projects. He was very much a stickler for details, and he was a perfectionist.

Related imageFor example: Describe a flower in a way that a blind person could visualize it. Then describe how the flower makes you feel. Describe it in a field filled with weeds. This exercise would go on and on.

We worked on writing tight and finding the exact word to describe a situation.

The novel never got written past the first chapter and we worked on it for three years. I would gladly do this all over again. He enriched my writing. He truly was my friend first, then my coach, and then my mentor.

There was a negative, my writing had beautiful descriptions, but it lacked my personal flair. I had become too much like him, and that didn’t work for me. It took a long time to shake off this veil I had surrounded myself with. So don’t stay with the same coach for too long, even though I’m glad I did.

Do get a coach if you can afford one. if you can’t join a writing group. More about writing groups in another blog. A mentor is better and a friend is the best.

 

 

 In Stamp Out Murder James learns many things, he comes from Washington DC to the backwoods of West Virginia and experiences a culture shock.  He learns what it means to have real friends, he also has mentors who help him along.

 

Where to look for a writing coach:

 

***Do you have any suggestions on where to find a writing coach? Do you think you would benefit from a Writing Coach? What would you expect from one? If you have ever had one, share a little about that experience.***

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 people    Please join me on my Facebook Fanpage  that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE 

 

 

 

Open Mouth Insert Foot by Cher’ley

 

 This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

I wpaint-2985569_640as displaying my art in a local festival when someone told me this fairly famous artist was also displaying his art at the festival. I went to school with the person and I wondered if he remembered me. I found his display and his father was filling in for him. I started a conversation.  “I went to school with your son.” He answered, “I don’t think so.” “Yes, it was from the 8th grade on.” He looked at me and without blinking an eye or cracking a smile he said, “My son is 16.” I looked a little harder at this old man and realized I was talking to the artist instead of his father. “Sorry, I thought you were someone else,” I whispered as I slunk off.

I have also congratulated women on their pregnancy and they weren’t.

Open Mouth Insert Foot, I am a pro at this.

What about your characters? Do they ever do this, or are they always prim and proper? How do you define your characters?

I make a profile for each of my characters (even though I have been known to just add things along the way—therefore open mouth insert foot).  I like to have a general idea of who they are, what they believe in, and how they talk. Where do they come from, who is their family, what is their favorite food, and what really irritates them? I used to even cut photos out of magazines to picture what they might look like.

What makes great characters?

Give your characters interiority

Make them Likable

They need an Objective

Give them a Problem

They need to have Passion about something

Character, give them character to make them distinct

Show characters’ motives through interactions

A couple of these came from Now Novel Blog 

 

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Jordan one of the main characters is a big, sturdy girl who is very likable—but doesn’t hesitate to defend her friends and family.  She’s a problem solver, Brandon comes to her for advice. Her passion is soccer. That’s just a light description of her. She is very deep and multifaceted. Look on page 65 of The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk to see a bit of her personality.

***Have you ever did the Open Mouth Insert Foot thingy? Please share. How about your characters, what’s the worse thing they have said?***

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 people    Please join me on my Facebook Fanpage  that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE 

 

 

 

 

Seven

Kathy Waller UnCon 10 06 2016 Written by M. K. Waller (and others)

23:59 hours.

That’s how late I am in getting this post online.

That’s how late I am in writing this post I’m late in getting online.

Instead of belaboring the point, I’m going to do something I should do more often–remind you of some fine posts I didn’t write that deserve another look.

Here are seven–click on the title links to read. And there are more where these came from:

 

OBSESSING ON ELF EARS…

by Mike Staton

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Please forgive me. I’m so embarrassed. I just don’t know if I can actually write this post. I’ll do my very best. You see I have this peculiar fascination with ears – not with any old ears. Elf ears… the long pointed ones that project out from the heads of lady elves.

My admission is not something that makes me proud. I’d rather have a fascination with ice fishing or deep-sea diving. Spending way too much time looking at paintings of elven princesses sporting ears that nearly reach to the top of trees is an obsession that has nearly ruined my life….

KEEP ON WRITING

by Neva Bodin

IMG_1659aTuesday I was invited to go to the Willow Creek Ranch where a writer’s retreat was hosting Craig Johnson for supper. Craig is the successful author of the Longmire series in book form, then on TV and now on Netflix. He is also a very nice Wyoming rancher.

It’s about 70 miles from our house. The first 40 miles was great. We’d received almost an inch of rain in the 12 hours right before we left. But as many WY roads do, pavement turned to dirt—meaning clay, which is probably full of bentonite.

Bentonite is a material mined in this area for many commercial purposes. It has colloidal properties that cause it to swell to several times its original size when wet. It is used in cat litter, as a lubricant, purifier and clarifier in producing iron ore pellets, building materials and edible oils. It’s used in cosmetics, animal food, paper making, dyes, detergents and more.

It also takes control of your four-wheel drive wheels, is slippery and tries to be in charge any time you work with it. It shift buildings, causing cracks etc. And if you get stuck in it with a four-wheel drive, you are stuck….

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3 SHORT, FUN, WRITING EXERCISES

by Cole Smith

CHARACTER ANIMALS

Cole SmithDo you remember the game, “If You Were An Animal You’d Be…?” (Well, if you never played it, you’ve missed the opportunity to feel bent out of shape when someone suggests you’d be a chipmunk. It still stings!) This exercise is a little like that game….

 

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BECAUSE I SAID SO! BY CHER’LEY

by Cher’ley Grogg

CherleyAs many of you know, I am now in charge of my great-grandchildren, for how long I don’t know, but my grandson is on a solitary journey of being in the military and caring for a 2 1/2 and a 1-year-old. So far I have not said, “Because I said so.” But I may resort to that. It’s been 4o some years since I have had to care for babies, and I am going on 66….

 

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WHAT’S YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

by Keri DeDeo

Keri De DeoIt’s been over a year since I quit my job, and although I’m much happier, I’m uncomfortable. It took some time to figure out why. It wasn’t until I stumbled onto a book as I unpacked a box. It’s called Do Big Small Things, and it’s a travel journal of sorts. I bought it back in 2016 when I was struggling with my life—finding it difficult to go to work and struggled with a kind of identity crisis. I hadn’t done much with the book, but a few weeks ago when I rediscovered it, I opened it and started completing some of the activities. It wasn’t until I got to the page that directed me to do something out of my comfort zone when I had a “eureka” moment.

Comfort zone!? I’m completely out of my comfort zone….

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WEDDING RECEPTIONS IN THE YOU-TUBE ERA

by Norine Cedeno

HOTXSINC HeadshotsWhat’s going on with wedding receptions these days?

My husband and I were apparently married in a bygone era, the pre-YouTube era. Consequently, our bridesmaids and groomsmen did not choreograph dances, put on a ballet, or produce a Broadway musical during our reception for the entertainment of our guests. I would never have asked them to do so. And, it wouldn’t have occurred to them.

Now, the newly engaged search YouTube for what’s “traditional” at wedding receptions. Because if it’s “traditional,” it must be on YouTube, right?

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DREAM 

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

abbie profileI woke up in a hospital room. In the next bed, a friend of mine, with whom I attend water exercise classes at the YMCA, was talking, apparently, to someone visiting her. It wasn’t clear how I got here, but I had a vague recollection of being sick at home and another friend stopping by and taking me to the emergency room, where I was admitted after a battery of tests.

How had my friend gotten into my house? As sick as I was, it would probably never have occurred to me to unlock the doors so someone could get in, let alone call for help. I’d given my friend a key once so she could stay in my house while I was out of town, but she’d long since returned it to me…

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Because I Said So! by Cher’ley

 

 This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

As many of you know, I am now in charge of my great-grandchildren, for how long I don’t know, but my grandson is on a solitary journey of being in the military and caring for a 2 1/2 and a 1-year-old. So far I have not said, “Because I said so.” But I may resort to that. It’s been 4o some years since I have had to care for babies, and I am going on 66.

 

Who do you think of when you hear “Dadburn  It”?

“Dadburn it, Joe, what in tarnation are you doing?”

My mom had lots of colorful sayings like, “If he ever gets that garden plowed we’ll draw a ring around the house.”  How about, “if wishes were horses all poor men could ride.” One saying Del’s mom and my mom both used and then I used it too was “When my ship comes in.”  Now, that’s been replaced with “When I win the lottery.” When my oldest grandson decided to get married, He said, “Grandma, you remember what you always told me.” I said, “What’s that honey, Grandma told you a lot of things.” He said, “You said you’d dance at my wedding.” I used to tell him, “If you’ll get me a glass of water, I’ll dance at your wedding,”

How about “Fetch me a glass of water.”? Are we losing something by correcting all the colorful sayings? Which sounds better to you? “Leave me be.” Or “Leave me alone.” Do you use the word “Ain’t”? Remember there ain’t no such word as ain’t, because the teacher said there ain’t. You the teacher would say, “Ain’t is not in the dictionary.”

Shortly after we moved to Kentucky, a woman worried over her son’s accomplishments in school called me and said, “Weren’t no need in them there tests.” Thinking she was kidding (funning), I giggled. By the time she had finished her next sentence, full of embarrassment, I realized she actually talked that way. I would never laugh at someone on purpose, or hurt someone’s feelings, so, fortunately, she thought I was laughing in amazement at his dilemma.  *I’m sure many people think I talk like a hick* I try to pick up cute little sayings and I try to remember the ones that my mom, grandma, or Del’s mom used. Since I grew up with country sayings and ways, this isn’t a far reach for me.

This comes from Chapter 2 in my novel “Stamp Out Murder”. James Freeman, a city slicker, is talking to two old Geezers in Wanton, WV. “I ain’t never been on the Internet, but I hear the youngsters talk about it. Got just about everything on there, they say. I didn’t know Benson even used a computer. He ain’t never invited me into his office. Course his office is just a room in the back of the store. I imagine it’s buzzing down there today. Too bad Old Sam come up dead.”

saying is something that is said, notable in one respect or another, to be “a pithy expression of wisdom or truth”. There are a number of specific types of sayings, follow this link to be informed. 

Do you use colorful language? What saying did your parents or grandparents use that you still use?

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)

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Who’s Afraid of Big Words? by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley  Grogg

When trying to express oneself, it’s frankly quite absurd,
To leaf through lengthy lexicons to find the perfect word.
A little spontaneity keeps conversation keen,
You need to find a way to say, precisely what you mean…

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious!
If you say it loud enough, you’ll always sound precocious,

Ensemble:
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Um-diddle-diddle-um-diddleye
Um-diddle-diddle-um-diddleye

 

When writing you have to think about your readers. I used bigger words in “Stamp Out Murder” than I did in “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”.  I used a few challenging words that could be figured out by the context in which they were used in both books.

I’ve read some books that I have to keep a dictionary close by and it’s not that enjoyable for me and I’ve heard other people complain when a book has too many “big words”.

So what makes a word “big”? Of course, it depends on who’s doing the reading. Readability studies have been done and it’s been found that most readers, read at a 7.8-grade level.

Some words were invented or coined during the process of writing a novel. One of the words is:  

Serendipity. Horace Walpole author of the first Gothic novel coined the word “serendipity” in the 18th century. It means the “faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident.” He coined the word in a letter of 1754 when recounting the “silly fairy tale” (“fairy tale” is another term he is credited with inventing) of “The Three Princes of Serendip” (Serendip being a former name for Sri Lanka). We have written about Walpole previously, and in more detail, here.

To find more of these words check out this site: 20 Essential Words we got from Literature.

 

Today is NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING

The second Friday in March is National Day of Unplugging.  This holiday consists of a 24 hour period from sundown to sundown, to unplug, unwind, relax and do things other than using today’s technology, electronics, and social media.

Since you are here perhaps you should use:

National Get Over It Day - March 9

Just as it sounds. Use this day to “Get Over It”, whatever it is, and you can share this on your media sites.

Back to Words (Just for Fun)

The braggart got in a grueling brawl with the flagrant, capricious bigot concerning the statement of a deceased politician.  Using some vocabulary words from a page listing 7th grade words I made up the above sentence. Now you use this 7th grade vocabulary list to construct a sentence.

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)

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Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE 

 Song source: Mary Poppins song   

 

Fast Paced and Crazy with a hint of Antigues by Cher’ley

 This blog by Cher’ley  Grogg

How do people read online?  Fast and Furious.

Fast and Furious #8. Do you remember number 1? It was a favorite in my family.

What not to to in a blog:

Image result for Free to use illustration about boring or self centered “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use “I” as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody but yourself. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them. Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.”

What are some things we want from a blog?

  1. What’s it about?
  2. Who wrote it?
  3. How much time will you spend reading it?
  4. Is it interesting?
  5. Is it relevant?
  6. Can you glance at it and get an idea of what it’s about?
  7. Are there links if you want to read more?
  8. Does the blogger make you feel comfortable?
  9. The blog is not about selling anything?
  10. Can you share this blog?

 

  1. Limit each paragraph to less than 5 sentences
  2. Make sentences shorter
  3. Strive for quality

So if you are promoting, go in the back door. Something like this:

Image result for antique brooch free to use images In Stamp Out Murder Carolyn, James’ new-found love interest lives and works in a bed and breakfast with her Aunt Linda. The first antique he noticed (on page 10) was a Louis XV sofa that set in a large sitting room. James loves antiques. He got this love of antiques from his mother. There are many unusual originals scattered throughout the house and the town. In fact, much of the story centers around a beautiful antique brooch.

I promised Kathy Waller some links to free images. Make sure your images are totally free to use so as to not infringe on copy-writen material.

1. Pixabay

2. New Old Stock

3. Unsplash

4. Foodie’s Feed

5. Death to the Stock Photo

6. Magdeleine

7. Public Domain Archive

8. Good Free Photos 

9. Free Range Stock

10. Pickup Image

11. Photogen

12. Gratisography

13. Skitterphoto

14. Life of Pix

15. Pexels

16. Morgue File

17. SplitShire

18. 1 Million Free Pictures

19. pdpics

20. Flickr: Creative Commons

Please add any other thoughts or links in the comments. Hope this was beneficial and fun. What do you think about blog writing?

If all else fails, use your own photos, if you have Google you proba20180209_075732bly have your own phone photos backed up in Google Drive,  and you can even blog about the mounds of things you need to get done, like sorting clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

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)

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE