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Writing Prompts - Ed Griffin

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I would like to welcome my guest Ed Griffin to my blog today. Ed and I are participating in the Tasha Turner Coaching -  Virtual Blog Tour.  We've been instructed to use a photo prompt to write a story. Here is Ed's creative take on it...


Holy crap. A mandala on the coffee table by the TV. My wife is at it again, the self-help nonsense and all the flowery gobbledygook those whackos come up with. Self-compassion, Grace, Gratitude. Give me a break. I’ll make up a mandala for me. Sex, Power, Money, War Movies, Beer, Baseball, Die Hard, 1, 2, & 3. So that’s where she’s been the last three nights, spinning the old protractor around and coloring it all in. Very careful work. I hoped she’d come to bed so we could, you know, but I fell asleep. She knows where I’d find it. By the TV. She’s off to some meeting tonight, Doctor So and So tells how to beat cancer, get to the planet Mars, and make money by drawing mandalas or some such nonsense. I work hard, construction. Doesn’t she k…

Some Books Are Meant To Be Tasted

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My guest blogger today is Catrina Taylor, she's a single mom and author of the science fiction universe around Xarrok. (See info at the bottom of this post to find out more about her and her books). Catrina, thank you for taking the time to blog.

Today Catrina shares one of her recent reads with us...  



“Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”
Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
That is one of my favorite quotes. He was absolutely accurate in the assessment too. I’ve read many books and will always continue to do so. I enjoy books, one page, one bite, one tidbit at a time. Currently I’m between books, so I’m going to share a recent read with you. One I enjoy, savor and adore. The book I’m going to reference for this discussion is the Spinward Fringe series by Randolph Lalonde.

Why a s…

What's Tara Chevrestt's Favorite Book?

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My favorite book? I've read so many books in my lifetime, I cannot possibly choose one, but I did manage to narrow it down to three titles. But each title has something in common: the heroine is afflicted with something that makes her different from mainstream society, and she struggles above it, doesn't let herself be beaten down. These stories touch the deepest part of me because I have been there. I'm a hearing "impaired" woman who grew up in a hearing society. So these stories touched my soul. I understood, laughed with the characters, cried with them. And when they met their HEA, I felt deep inside, "There's a HEA for me too. I just have to find it." And I did find it: I'm home thanks to my wonderful, generous husband, pursuing my dreams of writing, with three gorgeous little dogs by my chair. But back to the books: The Tailor's Daughter by Janice Graham. Victorian England, a girl deafened by illness. She dresses as a man, takes over a tai…

Peggy Browning A Calm and Happy Freak

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Peggy Browning is a writer looking at her life after age 50 through rose-colored bifocals. She writes about issues facing the boomer crowd with humor and wit. She has reinvented herself many times through life’s exciting adventures, varied jobs and diverse careers. She’s been a special education teacher, social worker, waitress, newspaper carrier,  newspaper correspondent, fruit stand owner, nurse’s aide, janitor and  writer/entrepreneur. And that’s just a few of the jobs she’s been paid to do during her first 5 decades…

The Wisdom to Know the Difference….Attitudes after 50
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Recently someone told me it appears that I care about nothing. He judged my calmness about the world’s state of affairs and particularly about his own state of affairs as a lack of concern for both the world and for him.
His exact words were: “You don’t give a sh*t about anythin…

Penelope Price and Music

My guest blogger today is Penelope Price! I would like to welcome her, and encourage you participate in the conversation below!
More Than Words by Penelope Price Music is just about as necessary to my process as you know, words, ideas, and uh... breathing. It is very rare that I choose silence when I'm writing. However, the best mojo comes when I am able to turn on a playlist, hit shuffle, and tune out all the lyrics and drums and screaming dinosaur rockers and just hit THE ZONE.  When I was a tween, writing my first novel, I had a cassette tape of Bryan Adams' "So Far, So Good" a greatest hits compilation. I could hit play on that album and start typing. Then I'd blink and the whole side would be over and I'd have vomited a few thousand more words onto the page. Hours might have passed and I was none the wiser, so wrapped up in THE ZONE was I.  I literally wore that tape out. One night, right in the middle of a climactic fight sequence, the ribbon snapped …