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7 Ways To Make Your Blog Invisible

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How to alienate potential followers in 7 easy steps. Very witty! Kevin

Originally posted on My Friday Blog:

Hello dear reader(s)!  (dramatic pause)  On this beautiful day I would like to impart my knowledge as one of the interweb’s leading blog-type-thingers for those of you suffering from too many page views, too many comments, and worst of all – too many followers.  You see, having page views, comments and followers can lead to many destructive things such as high self-esteem, success, and fun.  Comments can lead to a feeling of obligation to read and possibly even like or reply, page views can cause stress by knowing you are not just writing into the void, and followers can lead to getting to know someone’s online personality and perhaps even develop into feelings of respect and/or admiration.  All of these leads you dangerously down the path of actual human interaction.

So, as a service to you, my dear reader(s), I present to you, my 7 Ways To Make Your Blog…

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‘The Suspect and other tales’ by K. Morris – Free book promotion

My collection of short stories, ‘The Suspect and other tales’ is free in the Kindle store from March 4th – March 8th 2015.

The book consists of: Tales of the unexpected, ranging from stories of crime and vengeance through to ghostly happenings in an ancient mansion.

One reviewer of ‘The Suspect’ writes as follows: ‘Eleven clever and entertaining short stories, ideal for dipping into and each with a nice twist in the tale.’

To download ‘The Suspect’ free in the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Suspect-other-tales-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or http://www.amazon.com/Suspect-other-tales-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 for the US

Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales: The Flight of the Sherry Fairy

Thank you to author Sherry Carroll for the below guest post about her book ‘Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales: The Flight of the Sherry Fairy‘. I must confess to not knowing a great deal about the subject!

Hi there, thanks for checking me out. I’m Sherry Carroll the Author of “Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales: The Flight of the Sherry Fairy” (and more)

You can check me out on Amazon .com or find out more at http://www.evenrockandrollhasfairytales.com and http://www.sherrycarrollbooks.com

Now my Kind of- Sort of a serious Bio. Or, at least, as close as I am ever going to get to making one. L So you want to know about little ole me? Aw, thank you ever so much. So without further ado, my story

Hmmmm… well, If you were to take Janis Joplin, Scarlet O Hara, Bette Midler , Mary Poppins , Carrie Fisher, Gracie Allen , W.C. Fields, and  all four of the Marx Brothers and put them in a giant blender you would get… a really terrible mess and most likely, some fairly serious criminal charges! However, I am the kind of gal, who would help bury the pieces, have the place spotless before the cops arrived, and come up with an airtight alibi, a great excuse or at least a fairly decent justification. Failing that, rent a white bronco, cheap false beard and mustache, a fake passport passes out plenty of funny money and gets you across the border. If the worst should happen (as it surely must) and we don’t make it I promise I will write you a fantastic confession and then defend you to (your) death on Judge Judy.

I am currently trapped in a keyboard cage somewhere in in the suburbs of suburban soccer mom Maryland in the U.S of A pretending to be a mild mannered homemaker (with a not –so secret identity) and mother to four wretched and ungrateful offspring that are a never –ending source of despair and delight. These so called children of mine are Jordan 28, IT expert, Jayme 25, who ran away to Hollywood to become a movie star and is actually well on his way to doing just that! My Adorable Daughter is 22 and working on masters in psychology, and “little” Ian at 14 is twice my size. He’s got Asperger’s but seems to have grown out of or learned coping skills to accommodate his autism spectrum disorder symptoms and now he’s just suffering from typical teenage boy pain- in- the- butt- ski.  I am constantly thrilled and horrified at the tales of growing up in the internet/ information age and their high-spirited antics!

I have no idea how they became so eccentric. I blame their father’s side of the family.

Despite my protests they insist on continuing to grow up and move out leaving me with no other option but collecting really cool creepy dolls as replacements and spending every waking moment at the keyboard . I wish that were a joke!  I frequently wake up on the couch with no blanket after a three day writing/ Facebook/twitter binge/marathon with an open laptop on my chest, ferrets attacking my toes and birds searching my hair for stray birdseed, which they find, to my great dismay, much more than I would care to admit to anyone.

I owned and operated my own private pre-school out of my home for twenty years until I retired about 17 years ago to become useless and dissatisfied on a full –time basis which I was remarkably successful at until about three years ago when I received the unfortunate news that yes, the verdict was in, I was a writer! Just as I always feared and suspected. 

Up until then I  had been going to the University of Maryland part- time and wasted thousands of hours exploring the internet and flying over to see my best friend in London two or three times a year so I practically lived there as much as possible until  the last of my friends there got fed up with my sleeping on their floors and couches, complaining they ate no meat, drinking everything in the flat, and whining about how boring Maryland was and physically forced me on a plane out of their country for a few months.  Back to a place so dull I thought I would lose my mind, as I am a girl accustomed to adventures! Before I was a respectable teacher and housewife I had become a Superstar Teen Queen on the rock and roll backstage scene, with my best friend Shari, the other half of “The Infamous Sherry and Shari.”

When I took my first creative writing class in the fall of 2011 my professor was convinced I should turn my stories of those days would make a great novel.  So, lacking anything better to do the next 18 months I sat down and worked 24/7 until I had written one, much to both of our shock, delight and disbelief!

The results were my memoir “Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales: the Flight of the Sherry Fairy.”www.evenrockandrollhasfairytales.com

 I It’s a true story about the good old days backstage and my 20 plus year relationship with Rock god, living legend and international sex symbol Eric Burdon, the charismatic, notorious bad boy and  front man of The Animals and War with an impressive solo career , and not just in music, over the last sixty years. Who quite unexpectedly, at 72 years old came out of a 20 year retirement and had one of the biggest comebacks in history at the same time I finished my book! He’s one of the hottest acts in the business right now still going strong. WOW! Thank you Eric! But it’s the least you could do after…

Well; it’s kind of a long story! That’s why I had to write a book LOL

I have done nothing but write non-stop ever since. And now, even living in Maryland isn’t so bad. Especially if you sleep all day and write all night and never leave the house. I have to! I have more stories than I have years left to tell them in. Here is one of the reviews http://pennreviews.com/2013/10/11/even-rock-and-roll-has-fairy-tales/ and an interview on Eric and about my memoir http://indiemirror.com/2014/02/18/interview-with-sherry-carroll-even-rock-and-roll-has-fairy-tales/

I’m finishing my next book “Saving Amazing Gracelynn” any day now. Part one in a series of new-ish, true-ish so –called “fictional” epic rock and roll novels, which basically means all the stories are true, the names have just been changed to protect the guilty.  How thinly you will be disguised is entirely dependent on how much I liked you and how decent a person you were, so if you were a proper villain you better watch out!  Some of you big stars very nervous right now, and for good reason. You know who you are!  It’s the first in a series that covers dozens of big bands and huge stars plus the adventures of our intrepid heroine Gracelynn, spanning well over forty years. I can’t wait for all of you to meet her!

 Everything I write and publish is available on Amazon.com at my Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Carroll 

You can frequently  (read always) find me at a little thing called Facebook, maybe you’ve heard of it?

I run a page full of writing tips I want to use, remember and share https://www.facebook.com/SherryCarrollBooks and a page for Eric Burdon, vintage music and my first book called Eric Burdon knows Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales https://www.facebook.com/evenrockandrollhasfairytalesSherryCarroll and a silly social group, The House of the Redheads Fun, https://www.facebook.com/groups/HouseofTheRedheadsFun/

I also am learning twitter @thesherryfairy   and just started seriously blogging now that I am trying to get out of the house more and have a life again once the new book is  done. In order to get some long over-due exercise, get healthy and fit and hopefully lose my “writers spread” and to have more adventures so I have something exciting to say worth blogging about!

Well, that’s about it, the rest is all in my stories. I hope you enjoyed this one. Thanks for your time, Sherry

A Further Update On Anthology To Raise Money For Guide Dogs

This post is by way of an update on the position regarding the charity anthology to raise money for The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association.

I have now received all contributions together with an excellent book cover (for which many thanks) and I am working with the editor to pull together the final version prior to publishing it online, (the anthology will be free to download with a link on the website and within the book to a “Just Giving” page in favour of GDBA.

One suggestion was to see whether GDBA could endorse the book. I have (today) spoken with the Association who confirmed, over the telephone that endorsement is not a practical option. They have, however e-mailed me as follows:

 

“Nice to speak to you on the phone and thanks for supporting Guide Dogs. As I mentioned as an option, you may want to use the proceeds to name a puppy after

one of the characters, or someone who inspired the book. There are a variety of levels starting at £2500 up to £50,000 which come with a variety of resources

and perks, all of which come with a photo of the puppy that you could put on your websites and blogs. As I mentioned on the phone, if you continue to fundraise

past the target, we can simply increase the target no problem.

 

You would need to set up a Just giving page (which I can help you do), and I would assist with wording on this.

 

If the naming a puppy option isn’t appropriate, we can still set up a just giving page so that we can properly see how much you have managed to raise from

the book as it would be difficult to take this information if we used a link to the main site.

 

Thanks”.

 

I would welcome views on the ideas set out in the above e-mail from GDBA. The anthology is a collection of stories, poems and fact based articles so it appears to me that naming a puppy after one of the characters in the book is not an option, (do you agree?). However this does not preclude readers of this blog suggesting a name. With this in mind can I please ask for suggestions in respect of guide dog puppy names? Or would people prefer for monies to go to a “Just Giving” page (specifically dedicated to the anthology but not dedicated to raising money for a named puppy).

I would welcome suggestions please.

 

Many thanks for everyone’s continuing support and in particular that of my fellow authors, the book cover designer, (Mr Ape), the Editor and everyone who has reblogged posts pertaining to the anthology.

 

Kevin

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Got an email from an old friend…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

A tough old cowboy from Texas counseled his granddaughter that if she wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on her oatmeal every morning.

The granddaughter did this religiously until the age of 103, when she died. She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren, and a 40-foot hole where the crematorium used to be.

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Dialogue

A school playground

A hut

Rain drumming

“Are they coming?”

Debating

“Escaping?”

“From what?”

“From the crowd which stifles”

“But you want to be part of the herd, to play and run with the pack”

“Do I?”

“You long to be lost in the waves, to become part of the great tide”.

“But the tide is impersonal with neither heart nor soul. It sweeps all before it battering the weak and the vulnerable”.

“Oh, but to be part of the whole, to feel the power of the mass, the banners waving, torches blazing”.

“Thank you kindly but I would rather sit, alone in my hut”.