Tribulations of Tayvan Tours – Ch. 2

Chapter 1 here. Chapter 2. The aroma from the seat assaulted her nose. The smell of fresh sweat, of stale sweat, and — peyew — sausage! Did they just finish unloading miners? Liljiana pulled out a fresh scented tissue and held it against her nose while she tried to connect the two pieces of the … Continue reading Tribulations of Tayvan Tours – Ch. 2


The Truth About RumpledStiltedSkin: A Very Ugly Old Man

thanks to Senryu for the idea for this post, taken from the shorts anthology (2017): --- The Story was twisted out of all proportion, and now he needs us all to know the truth, so here it is, from his own mouth. --- That young girl, she was cryin', see. Doing all that weepin' and … Continue reading The Truth About RumpledStiltedSkin: A Very Ugly Old Man

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Funny Cats and a Joke…..

Welcome to the world of pussy-cat (and don’t forget to read all the way to the end – it’s hilarious!)

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am not unaware that last week I focused on the canines in our families.. This week I will redress the balance and feature those lovable and sometimes confucious cats!

The Hypnocat

And now for the cat joke……

Four men were bragging about how smart their cats are. The first man was an Engineer, the second man was an Accountant, the third man was a Chemist, the fourth was a Government Worker.

To show off, the Engineer called to his cat. “T-square, do your stuff.” T-square pranced over to a desk, took out some paper and a pen and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle.

Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.

But the Accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, “Spreadsheet, do your stuff.” Spreadsheet went out into the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4…

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Publishing Has Gotten Easier — Has Success Gotten Harder?

Of particular note is the second last para … or is it the last one?

Novelty Revisions

Right now, on the internet, anyone can publish anything they want, whenever they want.

I am writing this blog post using a service that takes seconds to sign up for and is completely free to use. I asked no one for permission to launch this blog. I did not have to submit an application to begin. I did not have to query an agent, email a publisher, or have a pre-existing audience to do so.

Over the past few decades, publishing — in the most general sense of the word — has gotten easier. Barriers to entry have all but dissolved. If you want to publish something, you can publish it. Self-publishing, in whichever form you choose, is most likely accessible to you within just a few clicks of the site you are on right now.

But just because the act of publishing something has gotten easier does not mean…

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