Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Deborah Jay, @DeborahJay2

Hello everyone! This month I'm thrilled to bring you an amazing speculative fiction author, Deborah Jay. I asked her 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 the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. Today … Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Deborah Jay, @DeborahJay2

A Blogging Sabbatical

It's been a whirlwind week! We listed our house on Wednesday, and by Thursday we had four offers! We accepted the offer that was best for us, and I can say that we literally sold our house in one day! We must be out of this house by April 29th, so that puts me in … Continue reading A Blogging Sabbatical

The dawn chorus and too much time to think.

Jim Webster has tackled an issue with book publishing I’ve thought about for some time. Tell me what you think. I believe it’s a brilliant answer!

Jim Webster

The Pirates of Ersatz

I was up quite early the other morning, even for a cowman, and I was just mooching about getting stuff ready. Nothing too dramatic, just Jim wandering about on his own, sorting things out a bit, but as it was just me and I wasn’t moving cattle about, it was quiet.

So I got the dawn chorus. With us, because we have the sea so close on three sides, the first thing was the gulls. Some nights they seem to spend on the fields next to the farm. I suspect it has something to do with the state of the tide and of course the weather. With the dawn, and perhaps with the tide going out, they wanted to be up and out to sea. So they were circling and crying to each other.

They were followed by the more usual sounds, the cawing of nesting crows, the chittering of…

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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, 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:

Stranger in a Slum


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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MeWe, Groups, and Invitations

As I've shared before, I deleted Facebook on March 1st. Since I left, I've heard from many of my author friends saying they are having difficulties with Facebook and the sharing of blog posts. Sally Cronin wrote about it HERE. is a lovely alternative to Facebook. If you're interested in joining, here is the … Continue reading MeWe, Groups, and Invitations

Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Just an Odd Job Girl,” by Author, Sally Cronin, @sgc58

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS: At 50 Imogen had been married for over 20 years, and was living in a big house, with money to spare. Suddenly she is traded-in for a younger model, a Fast-Tracker.Devastated, she hides away and indulges in binge eating. But then, when hope is almost gone, she meets a new friend … Continue reading Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Just an Odd Job Girl,” by Author, Sally Cronin, @sgc58

Colleen’s Coming Attractions: Two New Novellas by Author, @JimWebster6

Hi, everyone. Jim Webster has a couple of new novellas coming out and I offered to help him spread the word. Author, Jim Webster Someone once wrote this about me... "Jim Webster is probably still fifty-something, his tastes in music are eclectic, and his dress sense is rarely discussed in polite society. In spite of … Continue reading Colleen’s Coming Attractions: Two New Novellas by Author, @JimWebster6

Bye-Bye Facebook!

I've talked about leaving Facebook for some time. I've made my decision and wanted to share that by the end of the month (February 2019) you will find me on instead. Here is more information about MeWe. Security and privacy of my data, has been my fundamental issue for leaving Facebook. Here is a … Continue reading Bye-Bye Facebook!

Fifteen Literary Journals that Respond Within a Month | Authors Publish

This is a "share" of the newsletter written by Emily Harstone, of Authors Publish. ❤ Submitting to journals with a quick response time is one of the best ways to stay motivated, not in terms of writing, but in terms of submitting. After all, if you submit to a journal and don’t hear anything (for … Continue reading Fifteen Literary Journals that Respond Within a Month | Authors Publish

“The Dream,” #FlashFiction

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Prompt for February 7, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sign. It can be a posted sign, a universal sign, a wonder. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by February 12, 2019. I've been writing like a mad woman for months … Continue reading “The Dream,” #FlashFiction