History Tailgates

A return to civility? One can’t lose hope. Here is Senator Flake’s speech concerning the train wrecked state of American politics. It’s worth a read.

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I’ve tried over the years to resist the siren call to blog incessantly, to ‘build followers’, or to waste your time with endless static. You deserve that respect. I post when there’s something worth saying, fueled by an emotion or an idea that I’ve felt strongly about.

What follows is the text of a speech given this week by Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona which I believe will come to be remembered as a pivotal moment in American history.  I believe this speech should be read by as many citizens of this planet as possible because it speaks truth to power and is a perfect example of the jeweled bearings upon which the destiny of nations turn. The ‘media’ will do with it what various editors decide; pro or con, up or down, yes or no, depending on who writes the paychecks. Pay no attention to them. Read for yourself…

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Write What You Know, And What You Don’t Know @evgaughan #SundayBlogShare #ASMSG

Great writing advice. Use what you know but don’t only write what you know.

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One of my favourite authors is here on my blog today.

After reading Evie Gaughan’s wonderful book, The Mysterious Bakery on Rue de ParisI nearly caught a ferry over to the West Coast of Ireland to meet her in person. This is what good books can make you do. Seriously, you write a cracking novel and you might find your readers doing strange things. I did wonder how Evie would react to having a mad blonde book fan turn up, unannounced, on her doorstep, begging for an author selfie, a signed copy of her book, a guided tour of her hometown, an intense discussion about why she wrote her amazing book, a nose around her attic, where she writes and a cup of tea with cake. So I settled for the next best thing, a guest blog post. *Sigh*

Without further ado, please welcome Irish author, Evie Gaughan.

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How writing flash fiction helped me write a novel

I couldn’t have said it better. Check out Louise’s novels, The Sister and The Gift.

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the-sisterWhen I started writing in earnest two years ago I created this blog and stumbled across a weekly flash fiction challenge called Friday Fictioneers. A photo would be posted each week and participants were invited to use the prompt to create a hundred word story.

It sounded fun and a good way to kick off my blog. Writing the first story was difficult. It took me ages to edit it down to 100 words. It was nerve wracking sending my first story out into the world but if I’m honest, I didn’t expect anyone to read it, but read it they did. I was soon enveloped into a supportive writing community who have critiqued with kindness, encouraged and soothed every step of the way on my journey to publication, commiserating with every rejection and celebrating my first two novels hitting No. 1 on Amazon. I am so grateful to those…

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