How the Talon story came to life by Gigi Sedlmayer (printed and edited by K J Rollinson)

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After surviving a deadly disease and couldn’t go to work any longer, I wanted to be an author, to do something with my life and to leave something behind. The thought came, since I love birds, to write a story about a big bird and a handicapped child. It had to be a really big bird. And there, there was only the huge and majestic condor. But they live in South America. Well, so be it. The story goes to Peru.

But not knowing anything about the Indians in Peru and not much about condors, I sat in the library for three full days, studying everything about the Indians, their culture, condors, and their habits. At that time, there was not much information available on the Internet, but it was enough to start. Unfortunately, there were only a few pictures of condors but there were enough to show what majestic…

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Book 2 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is now here!!!


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I am excited to introduce my newest middle-grade detective/fantasy/magic Book 2 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series – The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat! I dedicated this book to my two middle grandsons, Jason and Joey, who have not seen the book yet. They will be surprised. Love them so much! They were my inspiration for this series. Here is a photo of the two of them which is included in the book. The cover is my husband’s illustrated version of them.

JJ photo DD 2

This series was so much fun to write. I write off the cuff, meaning that I sit and type and let the characters take over where the story will go. It is an exhilarating feeling to me to not know where the story will take me. Of course, I can change anything that comes along but in this…

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The Five Senses by K J Rollinson

Did you know that some neurologists say there are more than 5?

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Most of us are taught we have five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. But many neurologists say there are nine and some list as many as twenty-one. The traditional five senses model is credited to Aristotle.

As a writer, five senses is good enough for me, although I may mention, unknowingly, other senses such as perception or the ability to remember. But if you don’t already mention senses in your writing, I recommend that your book(s) should include some of the traditional five senses. For instance, in my third book of the Fallyn trilogy, ‘Fallyn and the Sea Dragons’, when the four friends go on holiday to Ireland, Carla says, “Mm, this Irish bacon tastes so good, and the coffee is delicious.” Or you can be more subtle, like in a short story of mine when I mentioned touch, taste and smell in one go – ‘she…

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Facebook Profiles and Pages for Writers

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I have a Profile Page and I have my Author Page.. But I also have a some other pages, one about all things Goth as well as my Dracula page and another, which is very close to my heart, my ‘animal page,‘Carole Gill’s Compassion for all Creatures.

I rarely share my own writing on my Profile Page. I do share blog posts on it though that I have done. But I share all writing-related work on my Author Page

I want my profile page to be me and what I choose to share. I enjoy comments and questions. I post a lot of humorous things and sometimes, I post uplifting things–say a video about a dying homeless man who is going to be helped by a charitable group. I feel these sorts of posts are important. I don’t write 24 hours a day although it feels like it…

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I took a catamaran cruise in the area known as La Manga del Menor, (the sleeve of the little sea) , which is situated in the south-east part of the Costa Blanca, or to more precise, situated on the Costa Calida. I can see the distant La Manga rocky outcrops from my apartment in Cabo Roig, near Torrevieja, Costa Blanca. The strip is 22 km long, averaging 100 metres wide, and separates the Mediterranean Sea from the lagoon called Mar Menor (minor sea, or little sea). One of the high outcrops reminds me of the Sugar Loaf mountain, north-west of Abergavenny, South Wales.

The coach tour operator only has coach tours to La Manga market, or the catamaran cruise, on every Sunday throughout August. When we arrived at La Manga, mainly consisting of high-rise apartments, we dropped eleven people off at the market then proceeded approximately two miles to arrive…

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I am not talking about links on a golf course or family links, but the kind you can click on and jump to another document.

Here are some of the many comments I received on LinkedIn. com on hyphenated words. I think you may be interested in the links LinkedIn members gave in their replies. I pass them on to you.

LinkedIn member

I still use my 1980s copy of Webster’s Instant Word Guide. Amazon still sells it for a penny!

Thank you, for giving the link to the site.

A New LinkedIn member

The Little Brown Compact Handbook by Jane E. Aaron, published by Harper Collins. ISBN: 0-06-500902-9. It is the best handbook I have found, and I have several. If you can find it, buy it.

Here us the link to The Little Brown Compact Handbook: There are several editions available, new and used:

If only…

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Split Infinitives by K J Rollinson

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One of the comments of a colleague on ‘LinkedIn’ inspired me to write this week’s blog.

Most of us were taught (if we were taught grammar at all) never to split infinitives. When you split an infinitive, you put something (usually an adverb) between the two parts: the well-known example which occurred in the opening sequence of Star Trek television series: “to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

A split infinitive is still the subject of disagreement among English speakers as to whether it is grammatically correct or good style. No other grammatical issue has so divided English speakers since the split infinitive was introduced in the 19th century. However, most modern English usage guides have dropped the objection to the split infinitive. They agree there is no justification to avoid a split infinitive. But sometimes, a split infinitive sounds clumsy. It can also change the emphasis of…

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