“The Transformation,” #flashfiction

Join the Carrot Ranch Literary Community's Flash Fiction Challenge This week, we are to write about a bucket of water. I'm a bit out of practice, but hopefully this story will resonate with you. Image by Martin Klinge from Pixabay The Transformation I stared into the bucket of water expecting to see my own image … Continue reading “The Transformation,” #flashfiction

“Honoring the First Day of Spring,” A #Double Etheree

Colleen's Weekly Syllabic Poetry Challenge For my poetry challenge this week, I chose the words, Vernal Equinox for spring, and chant(ing) for sing. Considering we also have a full moon tonight, I can't wait to see what blows in on the wind. To celebrate this first day of spring, I'd like to introduce you to … Continue reading “Honoring the First Day of Spring,” A #Double Etheree

Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “A Parting in the Sky” The Forgotten Child Trilogy, Book 3” by Author, Mark W. Sasse, @sassevn

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS In part three of The Forgotten Child Trilogy, Bee takes her biggest gamble yet with Francis Frick, whisking him to the beginning of it all on the forlorn battlefield of waning World War I. When her plan puts Frick in grave danger, she decides to do whatever is necessary to bring … Continue reading Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “A Parting in the Sky” The Forgotten Child Trilogy, Book 3” by Author, Mark W. Sasse, @sassevn

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 128 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry? I'm still working on my new book... so yes, I'm still dancing with the unicorns. Here are your two words for this week: Spring & Sing HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for … Continue reading Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 128 #SynonymsOnly

Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 127, #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: Don't forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. … Continue reading Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 127, #SynonymsOnly

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Weekly Round Up – Social Media Shenanigans, Spring Flowers, Mexican Getaways, Italian Food, music, humour and Fabulous Guests

I love Sally Cronin’s blog… Please pay attention to the information about Facebook changes to posting. Also interesting is the intrusion by FB into the messenger. I’m removing the FB share button from my blog today as posts are being deleted in the groups and from messenger chats. ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed.

Firstly, an update on the Facebook debacle which only gets worse I am afraid. I know that several of you have been hit by blocked posts that contain links and are still having issues. I can comment, and share posts internally on Facebook but post links are still being blocked.

Disturbingly today that included the link to Debby Gies Sunday Interview which I sent to her in a Direct Message… supposedly private! It was blocked and in bold red told me that it did not meet community standards. I have appealed of course but it does have a warning for us all. Do not disclose private information in a direct message. For example if as they say Facebook is selling our data to health insurance companies, and we mention in a private message about a health…

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Antisocial media

I am happy to say that I don’t miss FB one bit. I’m not advocating that YOU should leave, rather I’m sharing information to make you aware so that you can make your own choice. Remember, MeWe.com is a viable option to FB if you’re looking to move on. We have a nice group of authors and bloggers over there. Look me up: https://mewe.com/i/colleenchesebro

Stranger in a Slum

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I’m quitting Facebook.

I’m leaving because we’ve given up control of part of our lives to a corporation that doesn’t work for our benefit. Leaving Facebook will come with a cost. But the cost Facebook extracts from our lives is greater than any benefit it provides.

Remember, Facebook makes a lot of money. Yet you don’t buy anything from them. Why not? Because YOU are the product they are selling. You don’t pay Facebook with money, you pay Facebook by giving yourself away.

And you might have less control over what you’re giving away than you think you do.

“The thought process that went into building these applications was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'” – Sean Parker, founding president of Facebook

“This system is better at hijacking your instincts than you are at controlling them.” – Tristan Harris, former…

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The Heart Stone Chronicles

Kevin Cooper is back! I received a heartfelt review today which made my day! Thank you, Kevin Cooper! ❤

Kevin Cooper

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her…

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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Authors, HL Carpenter

Beginning March 2019, Colleen's Conversations will change to a monthly author interview feature. Hello everyone! This week I'm thrilled to bring you a mother/daughter writing team. I asked these ladies to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of … Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Authors, HL Carpenter

Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “The Silence of the Stones,” by Author, Rebecca Bryn, @RebeccaBryn1

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS Alana determines to escape her past and opportunity beckons when she's left a run-down cottage in a West Wales’ village by an aunt she didn’t know existed, but her past is catching up on her, and someone is out to get her. Strange runes painted on her door and carved onto … Continue reading Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “The Silence of the Stones,” by Author, Rebecca Bryn, @RebeccaBryn1