Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – The Story Reading Ape – A selection of Guest Posts – Emily Gmitter

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the new series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post:

The first blogger to give me permission to delve into his files is Christopher Graham,The Story Reading Ape. He suggested that having such an extensive archive that I share some of his guest posts. It serves another purpose apart from showcasing that guest, as it is reminder to you that Chris loves having new guest write for his blog.

This first guest post from Chris’s archives is from Emily Gmitter.... and when I read it I was very moved and I think you will be too.

Image from Pixabay, Title: Broken

Who Lives Here? by…

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This entry was posted on May 2, 2019. 1 Comment

So you want to write a western? Plus #BookReview of Marta’s Daughter by Gordon Rottman #Western #humor

A series worth checking into, based on an outstanding review and a wonderfully entertaining intro by the warm and witty Barb Taub!

Barb Taub

Thinking of writing a Western?

As genre’s go, this one’s tropes are relatively easy to nail:

  1. Set it in the American west during the roughly thirty years between 1865 and 1895.
  2. Mix in any/all of the following: cowboys, indians, bank/train robbers and outlaws, guns, squinty-eye stares, horses, and/or mules. (Have at least one WANTED poster hanging somewhere.)
  3. Make sure the good guys—in white cowboy hats—win.

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In short, the classic Western was a shorthand for the things we Americans believed ourselves to be—adventurous, brave, and entitled as hell. Oh, and um—male. Wait…what? Only people with testosterone get to be western heroes? No wonder the poor saps were always wandering off into the sunset—GPS hadn’t been invented yet so y-chromosome owners weren’t allowed to stop and ask for directions.

But there’s a new school of western hero, and she doesn’t need to run all decisions past her dangly bits. With all…

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This entry was posted on February 11, 2019. 1 Comment


I’m pretty curious….then again, I’m a cat.

Andrew Joyce

Book Cover

The reflected firelight flickered across awestruck faces and mirrored in the eyes of those who listened as stories were told of yesterday’s indignities and tomorrow’s aspirations. The look in those yearning eyes spoke of hopes and dreams. The laughter heard around the fire conveyed a sense that somehow it would all work out. For a few short hours, on Saturday nights, in the deep woods of a place none of them had ever heard of before, the constant fear that lived within their hearts was banished from their lives.

In time, they would prevail. Their sons and daughters would one day stand straight and tall as proud Americans, as proud as their fathers had been to be Irish.


We rode in under a cloudless, blue-vaulted sky that seemed to go on forever. I glanced toward the arroyo. Sunlight glistened off a dozen rifle barrels. The sight of those guns…

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This entry was posted on January 27, 2019. 4 Comments

Just Checkin’ In – Guest Post by Andrew Joyce…

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Howdy, folks. I’m taking a short break from writing my version of the “Great American Novel” and thought I’d check in with ya.

I’ve been working on my latest book (writing and researching) for about four hundred years now. Well, maybe I exaggerate a mite, but you get my drift. It’s what some might call an epic. Me, I just call it a story. A long story, but still only a story. It’s about three generations of one family, blah, blah, blah.

Anyway, here’s the deal. Something happened this go-round that has never happened to me before. It was kinda weird. And if I may, I’d like to tell you about it.

So, I get up to around 163,000 words and I’m going strong. I got the words, man! They’re just flowin’. I mean, no problem—no problem whatsoever. No down days, unless you count the days I took off to…

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How I got to the #Emmys-Part 1 #humor #TV #Hollywood

And now for the back story…..

Barb Taub

“Want to come to the Emmys with me?”

My daughter called me a few weeks ago from New York, where she’s head writer for a hit TV show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, which had collected a batch of nominations for both weeks** of the Emmys. At first I wasn’t sure if I could accept. (What if they find out I haven’t had a TV in twenty years? Will they even allow me into California?) But a quick google-check revealed there would be $30-thousand gift bags. I was SO in.

**[NOTE: If you’re like me—and the other 99% of Americans—you had NO idea there are so many Emmy awards they have to hand them out over two weeks. Of course, they save the sexy ones like “Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Documentary Short That None Of Us Actually Watched But We Heard Was Super Good” for the second…

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This entry was posted on October 10, 2018. 1 Comment

My night at the #Emmys. Plus WIN vaguely themed prizes. Emmys Part 2 #humor #travel #giveaways

Barb Taub

Part 2—How to win an Emmy. Or not…

How did I get to the Emmys? see Part Ihere.

I stood at the entrance to the red carpet at the 2018 Emmys. (Actually, it was gold this year, just to confuse us.) My daughter had gone on ahead with the rest of her Full Frontal team nominated for Emmys, so I was with a small group of plus-one guest parents and partners. The guards at the gate looked doubtfully at my ticket, and then back to me.

I felt sorry for them, imagining their internal dialog. “She doesn’t look like an Emmy nominee. On the other hand, she’s a chubby grandmother in a rented gown, so she probably isn’t a deranged celebrity stalker or a Republican.” I gave them my cheesiest grin and fluttered my fake eyelashes. They scanned my ticket, and I was in!

There was a sound…

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This entry was posted on October 10, 2018. 2 Comments

Andrew Joyce, The Man In Black, and the most blog-worthy comment ever! PLUS last chance to win #Emmys prize bags #humor #travel #giveaways @huckfinn76

A true life adventure my human wishes SHE experienced! And while you’re on Barb’s wonderful site, check out the other Emmy-related post….she’ll have you laughing your butt off! Heck, read other posts too. You’ll enjoy them all!

Barb Taub

I really want YOU to win one of these bags!

This is the last day of this giveaway. As I said in My night at the Emmys, it’s so easy to enter—just add a comment with your favorite celebrity encounter story.

New York Emmy-ish gift bag—contains one (slightly used) ticket to Governor’s Ball, box of New York magnetic poetry, handy folding mirror with map of New York subway system, Subway Stops jewelry box with TRUMP Small Hands soap, and autographed copy of Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies)

Los Angeles Emmy-ish gift bag—contains one (used) ticket to 2018 Emmy Awards, gold flip-flops, mug with “She Persisted” quote, pull-back self-propelled surfer van, and autographed copy of Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies)

To win your gift bag, all you have to do is add a comment about your own…

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This entry was posted on October 10, 2018. 1 Comment

Zoe On Training Humans…

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Zoe On Training Humans

Greetings, dear friends, from The Land of Zen! It is I, Zoe the Fabulous Feline, back after a short hiatus. I live with a human by the name of Emily, and sometimes I write about my life and adventures with said human.

This is not so much a chronicle of our adventures as it is an educational essay, one that contains useful and valuable information. Animals and humans alike will benefit from what I will share here today. You’ll be offering me unlimited treats after you’ve read what I have to say. So … let’s get to it.

As you might have gleaned from the title, today we are going to talk about training humans. Felines – and you canines, too – listen up. The most important thing you have to know … you must believe … is that YOU ARE THE BOSS. Your human does…

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This entry was posted on September 20, 2018. 2 Comments

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Andrew Joyce

🎃Word Craft: Prose & Poetry🎃

Conversations With Colleen

Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you another fabulous author, Andrew Joyce. I asked him to pick a few questions from my huge list HERE.

We all aspire to be successful writers and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. Learning from the experiences of other authors is an added bonus!

Please meet my guest, Andrew Joyce. I’ve been an avid reader of his books for a few years now. Andrew’s writing reminds me of the Louis L’Amour westerns I read in my teens.

My favorite book in Andrew’s repertoire is “Yellow Hair,” although I’ve enjoyed everything he’s written. You can read my review of this book HERE.


Author, Andrew Joyce

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until years later when he…

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This entry was posted on September 20, 2018. 2 Comments