Archive | November 2015

Guest Author Sally Cronin

Loved this interview, thanks, Darlene…Sally, you have led an amazing life. Thanks for sharing a small slice of your pie with us!

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It is my pleasure to welcome Sally Cronin as my special guest. Sally has a daily blog covering a variety of subjects close to her heart including writing, health and music, which is apply called Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life. Sally is a generous person who shares blog posts and promotes other writers. Please check out her site and say Hello. Her Christmas grotto has some wonderful gift ideas.

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Without further ado, here is the lovely and talented Sally Cronin!

Thank you Darlene for offering me the opportunity to talk about my new book and also some background on my life and those that have influenced me.

1. You have had a very interesting life Sally. Can you tell my readers a bit about yourself.

My father was in the Royal Navy and we travelled with him whenever it was possible to do so. This…

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Shoo-Fly Pie

Alrighty then, a story to make us laugh out loud! And it brings back memories of my own Mom, in so many ways. Thanks Ibeth!!! (Could have done without that photo, though…you have surely saved me some calories this Thanksgiving….ewwww!!)

pieSweet potato pies were a staple on our Thanksgiving table.  When I was about fifteen, Mother was running way behind with the many demands of the day and coerced me into making the pies the day before Thanksgiving.  I had better things to do; anything would have been better than being stuck in the house making pies.  Mother didn’t play around that day.  I wasn’t going anywhere or doing anything till those pies got made.  I was not happy.  All the other kids in the world got to do what they wanted to.  I had to work all the time.  It wasn’t my company coming tomorrow.  I didn’t even like stupid potato pie.  The only reason Mother had kids was so they could do her work.

I was experienced enough in the ways of the world to keep my smart mouth shut, but I fumed as I worked.  Mother even…

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Joke of the Day

Hilarious, hard to pick a favorite!


One night, Mrs McMillen answers the door to see her husbands best friend, Paddy, standing on the doorstep.

“Hello Paddy, but where is my husband? He went with you to the beer factory”

Paddy shook his head. “Ah Mrs McMillen, there was a terrible accident at the beer factory, your husband fell into a vat of Guinness stout and drowned”

Mrs McMillen starts crying. “Oh don’t tell me that, did he at least go quickly?”

Paddy shakes his head. “Not really – he got out 3 times to pee!”

An Irishman was flustered not being able to find a parking space in a large mall’s parking lot.

“Lord,”he prayed,”I can’t stand this.If you open a space up for me,I swear I’ll give up drinking me whiskey, and I promise to go to church every Sunday.”

Suddenly, the clouds parted and the sun shone on an empty parking spot. Without…

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Most Beautiful Song

Kris always introduced this song as “a love song from a soldier to an old girlfriend.”  Brilliant!  This is what “make America great again” should mean. And there was never a time where we need this reminder as much as we do now. I want to be proud of my country again, not ashamed that we don’t do the right thing. Kris said it best…”you were such a pretty dream, as I remember…”…this is a track from either Third World Warrior or Repossessed, I forget which. But if you like these lyrics (the music is incredible too), check out both CDs, can’t go wrong with either one. Unless of course you like your music all fluffy.  😉

Anthem ’84 by Kris Kristofferson

If you’re looking for a fighter who’ll defend you
And love you for your freedom. I’m your man.
And I ain’t gonna leave you for the crazy things you’re doing
But don’t ask me to lend a helping hand.
You were such a pretty dream as I remember
You were young and strong and God was on your side.
But vision slowly faded like the wonder from your eyes
And you traded your compassion for your pride.

But I still believe in all that we believed in.
And I pray to God that you will in the end.
And you’ll see the golden chances that you’re wasting.
And be the loving beauty that you can.
But I still believe in all that we believed in.
And I pray to God that you will in the end.
And you’ll see the golden chances that you’re wasting.
And be the loving beauty that you can.

Writing a chain story together – your turn

Fun challenge and great “entries”! A group of musician friends and I used to write chain songs and it was a blast. 🙂


I’m not teaching at the moment – I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy’s course Write a Prize Winning Story last week.

I am already missing the whiteboard and the pleasure of sharing language and story and the zaps of surprise that other people’s imagination spring on you. So, to help me feel less homesick, I hope you will join with me in writing a story together.
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The rules

The story starts with my opening below.
You can ignore the photograph above.

I’ll try to find an ending late on Sunday November 15th (unless someone beats me to it and comes up with something brilliant).  You fill in the rest. Maximum TWO sentences at a time.

You can have as many turns as you like but they can’t be consecutive – in other words you have to wait for someone else…

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