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Redundancy: New Opportunities?

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Image result for asg technologies logoWhen I joined ASG Technologies, almost ten years ago, I believed that I would be seeing out the rest of my working life at this great, innovative software company. Until very recently, that belief prevailed. Over the last three years in particular, the company has gone through remarkable transition, and I have enjoyed a major role in its exciting evolution. The future looked very bright.

Then my world came crashing down!

On the 21st September, I was summoned to a “redundancy consultation meeting.” The invitation letter informed me that, due to a shortfall in services sales revenue, the company had found it necessary to make some cost reductions. My salary and overhead fell into the category of a cost reduction. I was requested to present my proposals for options to avoid redundancy. Unfortunately, none of the options that I presented at that meeting proved viable, so I find…

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Raise your cup with me

Avoid the green spittoon

For dancing full of glee

We forget under the seduction of the moon
Raise your cup with me

Fair Sporalls of the night

The whiff of hoof and wee

Forgotten and out of sight
Raise your cup with me

Ye fair maidens with hidden gems

Gents fall at your long toenailed feet

Bidden by the temptress to rise again
Raise your cup with me

Hairy hollers to the divine

As we frolic beneath her beams

And succumb to music and wine


Uni starts in a few day’s time and I’m trying to wrap my head around all the basics required just to start. The forums are like live snakes swirling and hissing with comments and information of various people’s thoughts. Some have already completed week one and are discussing week two! Eek! What have I signed up for?

While I tackle the demons inside me, I have one over riding emotion: determination. I want to complete this course and learn to hone my writing skills. A writer’s peak is never reached with exploring and extending one’s reach or capabilities. This is my mission. There is every possibility that I will fail or circumstances will force me to quit. Until that obstacle is reached, I’m persevering.

It’s strange to think the year is almost out and I’m make a resolution. I guess the celebration of a year’s death and the new birth of the next year is not the only time we can make resolutions!

If you had the opportunity to make a resolution or pursue your dreams, what would you wish for or do? Let me know in the comments section or send me a message. It’s always good to hear from you.

In the meantime, ill bid you farewell.

My brain is fried and I need to sleep. Librarians don’t make good zombies!

Nightly bye.

Book Of The Month – The Curse Of Time: Book 1 – Bloodstone – By M. J. Mallon @Marjorie_Mallon

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This month, I’m delighted to welcome Marjorie Mallon to my blog. I first meet Marje at the very first Annual Bloggers Bash and thought October was a great month to feature her first book given that she is a huge fan of Halloween. Without further ado, over to Marje…

What’s the name of the book?

The name of my book is The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone.

#books #authors #interviewWhat inspired you to write it?

I’m still wondering about that… I think I might have taken a funny turn; maybe it was my way of having a midlife crisis!

The principal inspirations were –

Crystals inspired by the crystal grotto – The Light Pours Out of Me by Anya Gallaccio at Juniper Artland, Wilkieston, Scotland. All the artworks at Juniper were incredible, loved them all and wrote lots of poetry with those sculptures in mind. Here’s a link to…

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Wine o’ clock

I love long lines of traffic, moody children complaining in the back and the scowling sky threatening to cry out to the world below. Love the stress of trying to balance a workday with after school clubs and meetings for four different children preparing for their new year in a new class (two at new schools!). Love the plucky looks of parents eyeing out my dog hanging out the back window as I park because he’s decided to make himself sick and nearly die, and me spending sleepless nights watching over him then going to work.

Yup. It has been fun. 

Suffice it to say, I am declaring it wine o’ clock and all my worries be damned! As I pour my glass of Shiraz and slip into my oversized pjs that don’t match but are the most comfortable clothes I possess, I feel bubbles of excitement fill my body. The thought of a night of relaxation with XXX on Sky (yes, of course I love Vin Diesel but not in the way you would think – I want to be him, not be with him!!) and my secret stash of Turkish Delights just waiting for me, I plan on forgetting the pending appointments for the week ahead, the deadlines on books I still haven’t finished writing and my start with the Open University where I will be studying a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. 

Yes folks, the future may be bright and filled with opportunities, but just for tonight, I’m taking a break. 

Please, be kind and leave reviews for my books. I will try to keep posts flowing on my blog but they will be intermittent (as they have been for the past few weeks). Apologies if I miss your posts. I will try to keep up but a few will fall through the cracks. 

If you need me, send me an email or contact me through my social media sites. I’m still around, just focusing on not drowning under children, work, studies and pets! 

Hugs to you all. 

Cracked Head


Hello, everyone 🙂 I wrote this story a few months ago, using a first line prompt and I was very pleased with how it turned out. It’sa little bit different from my usual type of stories, but upon re-reading it I’m still quite fond of it. Please do let me know what you think 🙂

As always, thank you for reading!

Cracked Head
By Adam Dixon

“Is that what you meant to do?” Pete smiled at the memory of his question from three years ago. It was the crack in the headstock of Jimmy’s bass which had prompted it, or the lack of one; Jimmy had it fixed almost right away.
“Yeah, course it was,” Jimmy had replied, rolling his eyes. “Halfway through the gig I thought ‘you know what’ll liven this up? If I drop my bass on the stage!’ Bloody hell, Pete…” Pete remembered blushing at the remark…

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Forging Our Own Paths and Surviving the Internet Sirens

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On 1st September at the beginning of my Mystical Circles blog tour, author and blogger Sacha Black hosted a guest post from me on her blog.  Print

In my next few posts I shall be re-blogging my posts and auhor interviews on that blog tour. So today’s post is the article Sacha first published, called “How To Survive the Internet Sirens.”

I’ve just returned from ScotsWrite, a Society of Authors Conference in Scotland. And one of the speakers at the conference was a lady who I might include under the category of internet sirens though I will admit she said some very interesting things and I will be taking up some of her ideas! So there’s always a few exceptions to a general rule…

How To Survive the Internet Sirens

In the writing and publishing world these days we are often told that it is no longer sufficient to be…

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, Part Two: Wounded Eagle: A Biographical Fiction,” by Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

✨Colleen Chesebro✨The Faery Whisperer ✨

  • Title:  The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Two: Wounded Eagle: A Biographical Fiction
  • Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor
  • File Size:  1721 KB
  • Print Length:  712 Pages
  • Publisher: Self Published by Author
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072MY25P1
  • ISBN-10: 1547097965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1547097968
  • Formats: Paperback Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Literature and Fiction, Biographical, Fantasy, Science Fiction


“In this second part of the biography of Capt. Robbin Nikalishin, three threads remaining from “Eagle Ascendant” are followed to their conclusion. First, the question of cause and responsibility for the space disaster that formed the climax of Part One must be determined through a Government hearing and a trial. Second, the mystifying behavior of Prf. Karlis Eiginsh that resulted in the disaster must be explained. Third and most important, the Captain must recover from the…

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Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 10

Another great instalment of Teagan’s story. Look out for my fairy in this week’s episode!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Marketing Graphic for ThisledownWelcome back to the faery world of Thistledown!

Writing Process

The writing of this episode was frequently interrupted.  That can make it even harder for creativity to flow, to fly by the seat of my pantser pants.  Then I reminded myself that there were still faery characters waiting in the wings, marking time until their parts in the story are found by my flying pants.  Actually, that didn’t make it any easier.  However, I finally finished the chapter.

About This Episode

It’s been fun to imagine slightly off-kilter versions of the characters in this serial, what I called the “scary faeries,” from the colorless world of Bedlam Thunder’s visions.  You’ll meet another of those today.  Without further ado, let’s fly off to Thistledown.


Midsummer Bedlam 10

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Fire andFurry

Beautiful birdsong made music throughout the branches of the primeval evergreen tree.  My…

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Weekly Poetry Challenge

Colleen, the Fairy Whisperer, has shared her weekly poetry challenge, which is open to everyone. 

“Welcome to my contribution to my Weekly Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of “soar and wait.” Colleen Chesebro, The Fairy Whisperer 

This week, I thought I would dabble with tanka poetry for my contribution.

Following the instructions I have created my tanka using the 5-7-5-7-7 rhythm and the prompt from above: soar and wait.

My Soul

Give it a try and leave your links in the comments or on Colleen’s post.