Monthly Archives: January 2018

Edward Gorey Art- Not For The Faint-hearted

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Edward Gorey - not for the faint-hearted

The nurse was discovered collapsed in some shrubbery, but her reappearance was not much use; her eyes were askew, her extremities rubbery, her clothing was stained with a brownish juice. #TheInsectGod #EdwardGorey The nurse was discovered collapsed in some shrubbery, but her reappearance was not much use; her eyes were askew, her extremities rubbery, her clothing was stained with a brownish juice.

Edward Gorey American, 1925-2000, chose his favorite ghostly tales for publication in a 1959 book The Haunted Looking Glass. This Gorey illustration is for Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatchers.   Scanned by Shades and Shadows. Edward Gorey American, 1925-2000, chose his favorite ghostly tales for publication in a 1959 book The Haunted Looking Glass. This Gorey illustration is for Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatchers. Scanned by Shades and Shadows.

In Search of Dracula : The History of Dracula and Vampires
In Search of Dracula : The History of Dracula and Vampires

The Helpless Doorknob a shuffled Story  (1989) Edward Gorey

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: A Very Gorey Alphabet Book By: Edward Gorey Article by: Maria Popova  Dark and yet amusing. A delightfully dark vintage alphabet book from mid-century illustrator Edward Gorey, the Tim Burton of his day.

MORE about Edward Gorey at these sites:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Gorey

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=edward+gorey&qpvt=edward+gorey&FORM=VDRE

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=edward+gorey&id=4A646314136A3D8443B065BAEB852F84B42769AB&FORM=IARRTH

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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Christy, Gary and William

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Dellani Oakes

red river radio logoWednesday, January 24 from 4-6 PM Eastern on Blog Talk Radio

Can you believe that January is almost over? It doesn’t seem possible. It’s actually chilly in Florida, and they had snow, up north of here, for the first time in about 20 years. Yes, I know it’s way colder in other parts of the country. Why do you think I don’t live there? To help us keep our minds off our troubles, we have some wonderful guests to chat with. So, have a cuppa, grab a mug of joe, or sip a hot toddy and listen in!

3f44d-christy2bnicholasOur first guest is the lovely and talented Christy Nicholas, author of Call of the Morrigú, The Enchanted Swans, The Druid’s Brooch series, Better To Have Loved, and more. Welcome back, Christy! 

9c315-gary2bd2bhenryOur next guest is the handsome and talented Gary D. Henry is the author of In the Manor of…

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Welcome, Angela Gascoigne

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Angela GascoigneAngela Gascoigne was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and relocated to West Cork, Ireland in 2004 with her husband and three sons. She works part-time as a clerical assistant and when she’s not working, she’s busy reading, writing and knitting doggy jumpers!

Angela started writing for fun at the age of forty, and is currently celebrating the up –and-coming release of her tenth book, In Another Life, which will be available for sale on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

Because variety is the spice of life, Angela believes there is something for everyone between the pages of her books, where her readers will find contemporary fiction, romance, humour, short stories, flash fiction, memoir and a pinch of poetry. Her most successful work to date is The Seasons of Our Love, with seventeen reviews on Amazon UK.

If you would like to learn more about Angela Gascoigne and her books she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads where she enjoys interacting with other readers and writers.

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In Another Life 

If your whole world crumbled around you, could you find it in your heart to forgive and move on?

Holly Dineen’s life in beautiful West Cork is plagued by nightmares and ghosts from the past. After a life-changing trauma, she is finally finding reasons to live, including the gorgeous Marek who has been there for her through thick and thin. Despite the goose bumps and the butterflies in the stomach, she still can’t help wondering if a heart so badly broken can ever be rebuilt.

Then, she discovers something to make her believe that the perfect life she once had, was nothing but a big fat lie.

Once again, Holly’s mental state is balancing on a knife edge and she finds herself making some decisions which could have a detrimental effect on her future.

Through the darkest times in her life there’s been one constant – Trudi.

With the support of her friends and family maybe she can get back to being the real Holly Dineen, or maybe, she’s crossed the bridge between sanity and insanity, with no way of finding her way back…

MEET HOLLY DINEEN

IN ANOTHER LIFE 

Hi, my name is Holly. I live in West Cork. And, how did I come to be settled in a beautiful country location in a picturesque (yet high maintenance) little cottage in Ireland? I fell in love – it was as simple as that.

Liam was the ultimate ‘older man’, a great big five year older than little teenage me. He was gorgeous, caring and… that Irish accent of his turned my legs to jelly every time he spoke. So, when he asked me to leave my family and friends in England and move to Ireland to start a new life with him, well, it was a no-brainer…

Unbeknown to me at the time, while my heart was bursting with love and the promise of an exciting future, I’d broken the heart of someone very special and, since then I’ve had to live with a shroud of guilt hanging around my shoulders.

So, excuse me if I’m a little unstable!

I love my job, working as a care assistant in the local community and, seeing the things older people have to deal with on a daily basis helps to put my own problems into perspective.

What my friends see on the outside, is a fun, bubbly and caring Holly (my good days) but, behind my vibrant hair colours and scatty personality, I have scars that run deep. What they fail to realise, is that there are dark undercurrents bubbling beneath my surface and a mad woman bursting to get out (my bad days).

Through the best and worst times in my life, there’s been one constant – Trudi.

BFF, that’s us! My best friend and neighbour since I first moved to Wren Cottage, she’s always been there for me through thick and thin. That woman is a tank and an angel rolled into one. She knows the ‘real’ me, warts and all, and has never turned her back on me.

Trudi’s had her fair share of trouble to deal with too, but she’s the strongest person I know.

I wish I could be more like Trudi but… some people are too fragile for this world.

And love? There was only ever one man for me –Liam, the love of my life – or so I thought until a cruel twist of fate sent my whole world crumbling around me. 

There I was, left standing alone (or so I thought), my heart shattered into a heap of brittle shards at my feet.

This was when the nightmares returned, and I found my life once again on a downhill spiral.

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Sarcasm!Because beating the sh*t out people is illegal.

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Cereal Authors

DEFINITION OF SARCASM

ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA

Sarcasm is “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt“.[1][2] Sarcasm may employ ambivalence,[3] although sarcasm is not necessarily ironic.[4] Most noticeable in spoken word, sarcasm is mainly distinguished by the inflection with which it is spoken[5] and is largely context-dependent.[6]–

AN EXAMPLE OF SARCASM FROM DEAD TO WRITES MY WORK IN PROGRESS.

A WOMAN AND AN ASSASIN SHE HIRED ARE HAVING A DISCUSSION ABOUT HIS ASSIGNMENT. THEY HATE EACH OTHER AND THE SARCASM IS RUNNING WILD IN THIS CONVERSATION.

DTWCOVEREBOOK.jpgHello, Oscar.  I need your services now!”

No way, we are done” Oscar replied at the other end of the phone.

Not so much.  Ozzie “she knew how much he hated that nickname and used it just to piss him off.  “Are you forgetting that accident you cause that I failed…

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The Dangerous Side of Teen Dating

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I have two teenage daughters at home. My son, now grown, survived the teen years. I’m certain my girls will as well, though they’ll likely receive a few bumps and bruises along the way. Heartache, fallouts with friends, and decisions about future life goals will leave a few scratches, I’m sure.

Dating, according to many teens these days, is often nothing more than a hook-up. Sound shocking? Yes! But according to teens, it’s normal. In fact, they rarely call it dating anymore. It’s often just referred to as hanging out. I’m hanging out with so-and-so, and then the hook-ups often follow that with no regard as to it being unnormal. Scary? It is.

Local Dr’s have said they treat teens two to three times a week for STD’s. I know… WHAT?! And it’s not that parents and schools aren’t talking to these kids about the dangers of sexually transmitted…

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Book Reviewer Fran Lewis Reviews,The Great Snowball Escapade

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Book Reviewer Fran Lewis Reviews,The Great Snowball Escapade

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The Great Snowball Escapade  9780981861425

 by J.D. Holiday

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Growing up can be difficult enough for kids today but falling prey to a bully’s wiles makes it even harder as Wilhelmina Brooks finds out when her cousin, Bud comes to live with her. Bud’s amusement is at the expense of the others. Wilhelmina, who prefers begin called Wil, takes the brunt of his escapades as he insults her friends, takes ownership of her old sled and becomes the class terror in her second grade class. Even worse, he ruined her Christmas vacation by putting gum in her hair, taking her new sharpener and just being plain old MEAN! What can she do when her mother insists that she has to be nice to him, looks away from his pranks that are not funny and ignores the fact that he is angry at his present situation and more? Poor…

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