#Valentine’s Day BC (Before Children) vs AD (After Delivery) #humor

Don’t walk…run to Barb Taub’s blog to be thoroughly entertained (again) this Valentine’s Day. Most creative use of BC and AD I’ve ever!! Kudos, Barb!

Barb Taub

A very short Valentine’s Day story:

I’ve always said that our relationship was based on the two purest human feelings: pity and hunger. Back in our college days, I was cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at our apartment when my roommate Max dragged in a couple of grad students she knew would be alone on the holiday. One was a tall thin guy who didn’t say two words to me but ate everything that came within reach. We were married two years later. It’s been almost forty years, and he’s still my valentine!


Here’s a Valentines Day excerpt from my new book, Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies

Chapter 40: Valentine’s Day BC (BEFORE Children) vs AD (AFTER Delivery)

In the years before children (BC) I considered myself a reasonably cultured person.

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  • Books? I bought them in hardbound so I’d be early enough to disagree…

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This entry was posted on February 14, 2018. 2 Comments

A Tale of Romance – Guest Post by Zoe The Fabulous Feline…

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A Tale of Romance

Greetings, my friends. It’s Zoe the Fabulous Feline here. It’s February, the day before Valentine’s Day, and I have for you a romantic tale to warm your cockles. I’m not sure what “cockles” are—I’m a cat, after all—but I’ve heard the word and it tickles my fancy.

Just as an aside, my human, Emily, was looking over my shoulder and read the above. She is good at giving unsolicited advice, and so she promptly advised me that I should not use words I do not understand. She went on to say that the correct expression is “warms the cockles of my/your heart.” She then further explained (much to my chagrin) that cockles are the ventricles of the heart.

Well, not actually the ventricles,” says she. “It is more precise to say that the word cockles is a bastardized version of the Latin name for the…

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This entry was posted on February 13, 2018. 3 Comments

Tales from the Irish Garden – A sneak preview – Jeremy the Donkey by Sally Cronin

Lovely story by Sally Cronin, beautiful artwork too!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I thought I would give you a sneak preview for Tales from the Irish Garden. (temporary cover) It is not gone through the full editing experience as yet but I hope you will enjoy.

My brother is four years younger than I am and his name is Jeremy. When he was small we used to tell him a bedtime story about Jeremy the Donkey. I have expanded the story to become a chapter in the new Tales from the Irish Garden and I am using one of the illustrations that I asked Donata Zawadzka to create for me with this little donkey in mind.

Unlike the first book of short stories, this is one story split into four seasons which I hope will be enjoyed by all ages from young children and adults.

This is from the second season of the book – Spring.

Image – Donkey @Tales from the…

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Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies ~ IT’S HERE! #humor #nonfiction

Barb Taub

OOPS! — I’m travelling and thought I had this set up to go out tomorrow. Well…hopefully you can all remember for a day!


My new book, Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies, is available today on Amazon. It only took a week to put together—and thirty years to write.

Acknowledgments

This is the part where I thank my family, pets, friends, and total strangers for just being so hilarious I couldn’t help writing about you. And, while I’m eternally grateful to each of you—you know who you are!—there is another group who are far more responsible for this book. My readers. You are the generous, funny, responsive, humorous souls who’ve read, laughed, commented, occasionally snorted coffee over your monitor, and then read more. I wish I could give each of you a hug, but…well, there are laws about that sort of thing…

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This entry was posted on January 30, 2018. 3 Comments

Hard truths about the industry #amwriting

Sage and solid advice.

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I love reading,  and always review the books I enjoyed. For every book I feel good about recommending, I may have to read six that are just plain awful. I’m not only talking Indies here—large publishing houses publish many novels every year that are a waste of paper and digital space. These travesties should never have made it past the gateway editor, much less the eye of an experienced agent.

This goes beyond my not caring for the style or voice of the piece. I’m talking lack of proofreading, garbled sentences, lack of knowledge of how to use words like ‘its’ and ‘it’s’, and misspelled words. This happens in traditionally published work as well as Indie, which should be embarrassing to the Big 5, but apparently isn’t.

Some books are so badly edited it seems like the author is the only person who has ever seen the manuscript. One glance at the…

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