Archive | January 2017

13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 2 – How To Add, Delete, and Manage The Categories Of Your WordPress Blog

Hugh's Views & News  

In my previous post of this new feature, I gave reasons why adding a search bar to your blog is important. You can read the post by clicking here. This week, I’m going to talk about blog categories.

13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips

I read lots of wonderful blog posts and often want to find out if the blogger has written more posts on the same subject.

Here’s an example. I’ve just read a post you published about your Grandmother’s recipe for the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. I ask myself if you’ve published any other recipes and search for a recipe category. Unfortunately, you don’t have one or you don’t categorise any of your posts (so they all fall under ‘uncategorised‘). Yes, I can do a search (if you have a search bar on your blog), but I want to check out all your recipe posts. The only option is to now scroll through all your posts…

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This entry was posted on January 29, 2017. 1 Comment

Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis

Lizzie Chantree


Writers often find that the synopsis is the most difficult component of their novel submission package. Here we break it down for you so you can spend less time stressing and more time writing.  by Chuck Sambuchino and the Editors of Writer’s Digest Books

Source: Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis

Source: How to write a synopsis. Via The Literary Consultancy

Source: Back to basics: Writing a novel synopsis. Via Jane Friedman

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This entry was posted on January 29, 2017. 1 Comment

Does Your Book Need a Sequel?

A Writer's Path


by John Briggs

Should your book be part of a series or a stand-alone?

Creating sequels to books is big business these days. It’s the popular thing and profitable thing to do, spurred on by the tremendous success of series like Harry Potter. Authors now, more often than not, conceive their books from the very first draft as multi-part series of epic proportions to relay an immense tale of, one hopes, great meaning or enjoyment.

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Grief and Bereavement


Left Gene and right is Sam…

Loss is tough. Trust me in that I understand this all too well. Will you ever be the same? No. Your life has changed and you must change with it, at your own pace, in baby steps, and coming to terms with your loss.


Sam December 1989

Face it – grief can be hell, but we need not stay there in darkness. Easily written and hard to do. Growing up I had my shared of family deaths and they bothered me but I was able to move on until….

Bam! At age three years my baby brother passed away and a large gash simply ripped into me. I was 21 and my baby brother was an innocent little Down Syndrome boy who just couldn’t survive his heart repair surgery. I was hit with a ton of bricks. Slowly I worked my way past this and now have sweet memories of him.

Bam! One uncle and three grandparents passed away. I was devastated, poor, and couldn’t afford to go to any of the funerals. Again, I clawed my way out of grief and depression and persevered.


Christmas 1987 – Gene on left and Sam on right. 

Bam! My oldest son, Shane, strangled on his umbilical cord while still inside me. Labor was induced, I birthed, and a small private burial was held afterwards. The gash was so deep that I couldn’t cope. Losing a child is the King of Loss. I struggled for a long time, and then life looked sunnier when I found myself pregnant again. Thanks be to God for a safe delivery of my middle son, Gene. I was born to be a mama and I doted on him. I missed Shane, but I had my beautiful little boy to care for, and I reveled in being a mama. Soon after, I found myself pregnant again. I praised God for allowing me to have yet a third baby, a boy named Sam. Two peas in a pod, best friends and buddies, and great at fighting with each other at times. Life was good. 

Bam! Right before his 5th birthday, Sam was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer that for him, was located in the right side of his neck and extended into the cerebral fossa and into his brain cavity with mets to both lungs. My world with my boys came crashing down. In the end, Sam too, passed away. If you want to read about his life and story, When Angels Fly, can be obtained through Amazon.  I’m not writing this blog piece to sell my book, but I do want to discuss feelings and thoughts and the grief process, especially grief regarding infant and child loss. The graphic below sums up the King of Loss.





This entry was posted on January 28, 2017. 5 Comments

Grief is a Bully

Many Faces of Cheri G

I sometimes (often?) have arguments with the ghost of my husband. Perhaps argument is too strong a word, and quite likely it isn’t really him or his ghost, but simply my own delusional mind still trying to make sense of everything.

These disagreements are rarely about anything important, but isn’t that the way most marriages go? You gripe about the clothes that didn’t quite make the hamper. You bicker about who left the front door unlocked. You “discuss” the fact that the gas tank of the car is nearly empty. Or maybe it’s your wallet that’s empty. Yeah, that happens more than the gas tank…

I can almost hear him complaining about the shows I choose to watch on Netflix. Or reprimanding me for leaving my not-quite-empty coffee cup on the counter instead of rinsing it and putting it in the dishwasher, or gently disapproving of the bowl of ice…

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This entry was posted on January 28, 2017. 2 Comments

Are You Experiencing These Problems With WordPress?

Hugh's Views & News  

I thought it a good idea to share some problems I’m currently experiencing with WordPress.

Since the evening of Thursday 19th January, I’ve not been able to open the blog posts of some of the blogs I follow from the email notifications I get from WordPress.

When clicking on the ‘Read more of this post’ link or the heading of the post title on the email

WordPress email notification

I either get an error message like this –

Error message from WordPress

or the page just carries on trying to open, but never actually does.

It’s not affecting all blogs I follow, just some of them.

I get the same results when clicking on ‘visit’ next to the same blog posts on my reader list.

Error message from WordPress

This is only happening when I am logged into WordPress using my WordPress login details.

If I am not logged into WordPress, the links on the WordPress email notifications open and…

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This entry was posted on January 28, 2017. 2 Comments

Win 50 Books for a School or Library

Kristen Twardowski


I want to share a contest that I recently stumbled across. Brightly, a division of Penguin Random House that focuses on books for kids and young adults, is giving away a collection of 50 books. The sweepstakes is open to parents, librarians, and teachers who live in the United States and runs from now until March 25, 2017.

This is a great opportunity to spread some bookish love, so if you or someone you know would benefit from the books, head over to fill out the entry form at

Best of luck to anyone who enters! I’m sure some kids will enjoy the grand prize.

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