Exploding Buckets to Monkey Madness #beingmum

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Part of owning Obi was coming home to discover a box had exploded, a palm tree had suddenly disintegrated or the plastic bottles had attached him. He wasn’t the most destructive Labrador, more creatively destructive. He certainly was always proud of his achievements. Obi seemed to be working towards a higher purpose. Which is why I wrote Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist. However this week in Obi’s absence Stitch seems to have taken the role of purposeful destructor. Yep I got home to discover that horrible bucket had leapt out and attached my innocent boy. He was too good for it though. That’s right the score is one to Super Stitch and zero to attacking bucket. End result of course I had to buy a new bucket!

That’s not all I had to contend with this week. It is smudgekin’s fifth birthday this weekend. So amongst the bucket attacking chaos I managed to make cakepops and a cake. My little Monkey want’s all things monkey so here they are.

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Cakepops still manage to frustrate me. I am determined to master them…

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I managed to prevent my cheeky monkey cake from looking like a koala (don’t ask), it’s sort of monkey like! Smudgekin liked it anyway so that’s all that really matters.

Not surprisingly I haven’t got to much writing or editing this week… will get back t it soon. Until next time – have fun!

Book Review: All the Pieces #amreading

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All the Pieces by Mary E Kingsley
All the pieces is an interesting read. It chops and changes from one story to the next, leaving the reader asking questions. It all gets answered in the end when all the pieces are finally put back together. If you like to read puzzles about different lives and how they intertwine then you’ll enjoy reading All the Pieces.

Stitch Says gives it 3 woofs!

Stay tuned for more interviews and reviews – until then keep reading, keep writing!

Super Powers Needed #mum #author

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My dog may have super powers, I think I need to borrow them. So I take on a lot, happy to be busy. Still gotta love it when you do something and all you get is why don’t you do this? or Now what about? or even worse, get more???? At the moment that is all I seem to be getting. What I would really love to hear just once in a while is thanks. Pretty sure that word can still be used….

Okay so I hate to rant on my blog, but today I am feeling rushed. I have made cupcakes for the big kid’s class tomorrow, cake pops for the little kid’s party, am trying to use social media to promote some fundraisers for work, need to write and have a party to prepare for. So when I turn on the computer and see these comments I feel like retorting – you do it!!!! I wouldn’t do that, but seriously I am only one person. I think the problem lies in the fact that I somehow manage to get it all done and I will. My house may be a mess, but I will get things done. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so effective or efficient. Then maybe people would leave me alone. Who knows. I guess the point it that if you know someone who does everything and is super busy, stop them for a second and say thanks… I bet they will appreciate the effort, I know I would.

Right so back to baking and writing, editing, what ever I can get done before I collect the kiddies and take them to sport. That’s all part of being a mum…. Until next time – have fun!

Author Interview: Mary E. Kingsley #amreading

Today we get to char with Mary E. Kingsley the author of All the Pieces. Let’s hear what she has to say…

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I’ve always wanted to write. My mother framed a story that I wrote when I was six years old about a little puppy that goes out to play, then comes in to have lunch. Hopefully I’ve learned some things about character and plot development since then because I’ve been working at it all these years. Aside from being a mom and having a rich family life, I have always wanted to write and am thrilled to live my dream day in and day out. After raising a family and being a full-time mom, it’s rewarding to have the ability to switch focus and write full-time.

Sounds like you started with the best character – a puppy, can’t go wrong really!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, All the Pieces is the story of love, grief and secrets hidden in a small, southern Appalachian community. I used my childhood experiences in rural Tennessee to capture the feel of a small town captivated by the frenzy of a missing young girl. The search for the runaway is paralleled by the revelation of secrets that span generations and culminates in a realization of a mystery that was long forgotten.
The inspiration All the Pieces was quite simple! I was looking for jelly one day in the refrigerator, and the line just popped into my head. “All I wanted was some jelly.” The story flowed from there. That tends to be the way a story begins for me; often a whole story will stem from just one word. I’ll have a sentence or a few words stuck in mind, and while I have no idea where it will lead, I know I need to pay attention to it. It’s almost like opening a door, and after sitting with my thoughts for a few days, I find out what is behind that door and the ideas just flow.

So nice when ideas flow.

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I hope to keep writing stories that people will enjoy reading, and be true to what I’m being prompted to create.

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
My place of origin, East Tennessee and the southern Appalachian region, has had a great influence on my stories. I’d have to say that my ideas come from anywhere and everywhere— from people I meet, from things I hear, observe and imagine.

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
The best way to improve as a writer is simply to keep doing it, and that is my goal. It can be difficult to be disciplined as a writer, but if you show up, and sit down each day to write, you’d be surprised what you can discover.

It can be very difficult to find the time and the motivation to just write. Well done!

Stitch Says has read All the Pieces and will be posting the review shortly. Until then keep reading, keep writing!

It’s Dog Day #labslife

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Stitch says would like to take a break from interviews and reviews to celebrate National Dog Day!!! We should all make sure all our four-legged friends get lots of pats, treats and walks today. They are of course out best friends and a big part of our lives. So to all the lovely dogs out there, no matter what shape or size – have a happy dog day!!!!!

Watch this space for lots more interviews and reviews – until then keep reading, keep writing!

Back on track #amwriting

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Trying to get myself back in the writing groove. I have so many little jobs and plans I haven’t been able to write. I am making a list and checking it twice… so to speak!!!! Christmas is fast approaching too, but not before I get through a few other things. This weekend is my little Smudgkin’s birthday – she will be five. So this week is focussing on Monkey stuff. She wants Monkey cake pops, cupcakes and of course a Monkey cake. Then of course we have the Royal Show so that is a big week. However I am determined, there will be no excuses!!! I will write. I need to do the draft of my Keepsakes project, my Wolf versus Volleyball story. The idea has been bursting in my head for a few weeks now it simply needs to be put on the computer. So that is my plan for the night. I also have lots of editing to do, will get to that in amongst Monkey stuff… Also have some interviews and reviews to post… wouldn’t have it any other way. Until next time – have fun.

Writer’s Block – never! #amwriting #characters #labslife

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Now how could I ever get writer’s block when I live with Super Stitch? He provides so much entertainment and material. Of course my girls join in with the fun because they love hearing stories about their super puppy.

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Stitch amazes me everyday. He gives absolutely everything he has in every session at work. He is incredible. If I could train like him I’d be super fit! Certainly it is inspirational to watch this boy work. Everything is done with a smile and a wag of the tail. Words can not express how much I love this boy. I am so glad he had three years with Obi – who was also so special. However I am also glad Stitch had found his own way of weaving his magic. He does some of the things Obi used to do, but always with his own Stitchie style!

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So no I never suffer writer’s block – just writer’s lack of time!!!! Until next time have fun!

Book week favourites #childrensbooks #bookweek

I thought I’d share three of my girls’ favourite books for bookweek. I have lost count the number of times I have read these books – of course they read then now. They still like me reading to them so we still get to have fun doing that.

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My girls are convinced that Stitch is a sweet, silly dog – a dog they can call my dog. They love to chant this book back to me. My girls will never get a tail not meant to wag dog that’s for sure.

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While my girls don’t watch a lot of television, Animalia was made into a pretty good show as well. They pride themselves on remembering where the boy is hiding and are very competitive about who cn find him first. It’s an excellent game of Spotto!

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The girls love the wombat. It’s simple, effective and funny. They like that the wombat trains the humans. Both my girls are sure Stitch has trained them! What are your favourite kids books? Until next time – have fun!

Bookweek Fun #childrensbooks #bookweek

Bookweek is here. I love book week, the kids get to do so much cool stuff at school! Of course it all wraps up on friday with the big parade. Lightning Lilly, Captain Obi, Princess Seea and Super Stitch will be making their debut appearance!

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Pretty special considering they haven’t been published yet! My girls were determined though and they have their costumes all ready complete with their toy labradors all dress up too. I have also made scrap books of the story so they can have them read to the class. They will have a great time!

Until next time – have fun!

Author Interview: GPA Greatest Poet Alive #amreading #poet

Today Stitch Says would like to introduce you to the Greatest Poet Alive. Let’s hear what he has to say;

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I decided to become an author in August 2007. It was a Thursday afternoon, and I said I was tired of writing endless poems with no direction to them. Being an author has added a further sense of purpose to my life. I am constantly seeking to come up with innovative ways to give my readers a better reading experience.

Every author needs that sense of clarity to get motivated!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Revenge of the Orgasm is my latest writing endeavour. (Chuckling) The motivation behind it came from two places with the first being my good fortune to have had these experiences, both intimate and sexual, with the beautiful women. And the other motivational factor was to be able to write a “tell all” book with all the sizzle but without telling someone else’s business, just my own.

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I want to be known as the “go to author” of Poetry. What that means is that my name is going to be synonymous with Poetry before I’m done. Then, I am going to bully my way into the young adult genre with some of the stories from my youth.

Bully your way in – that’s worth

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
My ideas and experiences that influence my writing come from everyday life and beautiful women.(I know you’ve read this before from me, but it’s the truth.)

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
I am constantly looking to push the envelope so I’m not placed into one category or my readers will grow accustomed to one style or subject matter.

What are the names of your books?
The Confessional Heart of a Man, The Book of 24 Orgasms, The Mind of a Poetic Unsub, and Revenge of the Orgasm

Where can people contact you?
G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive) on Facebook, gr8estpoetalive on Twitter, Greatest Poet Alive on Reverbnation.

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?
Rejection is a huge part of the occupation of being an author. Whether it is submitting a manuscript or selling a book at a fair or conference, you have just understand that everyone isn’t going to buy into your work. Thick skin is a necessity.

Yes a Think skin is a requirement!

Thanks GPA for stopping by here on Stitch Says – it was great to meet you! Lots more exciting interviews and reviews to be posted here soon, until then keep reading, keep writing!