GDPR – How it Affects Authors in 2018 – With FREE Privacy Policy Template – by Kate Baum…

via GDPR – How it Affects Authors in 2018 – With FREE Privacy Policy Template – by Kate Baum…

Authors, pay special attention to this, because I have heard about this on several podcasts, and I have a template that I am going to tweek and post on this site. Stay tuned for my privacy policy page.

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A blast fro the past, brings forth writing Inspiration

Hello everyone,


Let me set the scene for you, so you can understand my train of thought and my reason behind my publication of this post. I’m sitting here in my bedroom, playing out a scene in my head from a dream I had the night before. In the dream, I find myself seated in a recliner in my room at the cottage or storm, where I resided during the school year. Before I go any further, I attended a school for the blind, which had a residential facility for students that stayed during the week and/or on weekends. While sitting in the recliner or on my bed, I am listening to my favorite music, either on records, cassette tapes, or on the radio. As the scene runs through my mind like a movie, the one aspect of this scene that I find interesting is the fact that it’s raining and I’m wearing my galoshes or rain boots that my mother bought me before school started back in the 1980s. Although I’m enjoying my music, there’s a strange feeling in the air. It’s comfortable yet it’s a bit off kilter. The rain makes an ominous sound on the roof of the cottage or dorm that I have been assigned to, during the school year.

Let’s change the scene. I am listening to either an audio book or some music in my room at home, before my parents put shingles on the roof. I hear the drumming of rain on the tin roof, while the fan hums in the background. My chair isn’t a recliner, but a beanbag chair. This beanbag chair is covered in plastic, instead of the cloth variety that you find today.

The fan makes an ominous high-pitched hum as the motor spins the blades at a slow speed. Little did I know at the time, that I could feel the vibrations of sound in the same way that I do now. Not only did I hear the fan’s high-pitched hum, but I felt the strange vibration of the fan. I had an odd sensation, as though my chair and even the floor, were floating downward, like the room was tilting forward, in a way. The only I can explain this sensation, is as though the vibrations in the air were shifting and making me feel a sense of urgency.

As a blind person, I can close my eyes and envision myself moving in various directions. I can actually feel the motion, while I remain physically still. I can feel this perpetual motion when I am reading or listening to a book, “watching” a movie, or tuning into the vibrations around me. My vivid imagination helps me to create stories, when I am in the midst of a writing session.

Let’s get back to the dream scene or the scene that I can picture in my mind. As the sound of the fan & the rain pounding the tin roof of my childhood home mingle together I stand up to keep from feeling as if I’ll fall off my chair. The
vibrations in the air shift again, and thunder rolls over my head. I turn off the music and the fan & make my way to the living room, where everyone else waits out the storm. The power goes out and all is silent.

My brothers and I huddle around my mama, as she turns on a flashlight & reads to us in the dark eerie room. As she finishes reading a children’s Bible story, the thunder drifts away, off in the distance, & the ominous rain dies to a soft pitter patter on the roof. The strange vibration in the air melts into a peaceful rhythm.

As the power comes back on, my brothers look out the window and gasp in awe at the rainbow they see through the white fluffy clouds, floating across the sky. The smell of a freshly washed front yard & the clean smell in the air after a thunder storm makes me sleepy. I head to my room after kissing my mama and daddy good night and let the sound of the fan sing me off to pleasant dreams.


The reason I write this scene, is because I’ve been listening to a book that was recorded during the days of talking book cassettes. Although the book that I am listening to at the moment, has been digitally remastered, the recording still brings back wonderful and comfortable memories from when I was a child.: Listening to those old books, whether I’ve read them before or not, the sound quality of the recording itself and the narrator’s voice cause me to visualize scenes that are inspired by my memories. Sometimes I’ll have weird and interesting dreams about the good old days. Sometimes these dreams and images that form in my head can be an inspiration to me, and I often times use these nuggets of inspiration to create blog posts like this one, and/or stories that I may turn into books or publish elsewhere later on.


My question for you is as follows: What brings back fond memories from when you were younger? This can either be a childhood memory or a memory from a short time ago. When thinking back upon these fond memories, what dreams do you have or what scenes and images form in your mind that inspire your writing or some other attributes of your daily life? You can answer these questions in one of two ways: 1. you can leave your answers in the comments below, or 2. you can share your answers on your own blog. When you write your thoughts on your blog or web site, please be sure to add a ping back to this blog post, so I can respond accordingly.

Happy reading, writing and God bless all of you my dear readers, followers and friends in the blogosphere.


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Fancy a new quick read?

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Want a children’s book to share with your kids, or bring back memories of your childhood, Check out Magie’s Gravy Train Adventures, an Electric Eclectic Book, along with all the other EE books published under this banner.

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Introducing Electric Eclectic Books: A Guest post by Karen J. Mossman

Although I have posted about the Electric Eclectic books brand before, I have envited Karen J. Mossman, owner of the Magic of Stories blog, to come onto my blog and give us a full overview. Take it away, Karen.

Electric Eclectic Books

Karen J Mossman

What are they?

They are e-book novelettes by different authors and different genres.



Two reasons, 1. They can introduce you to an author you may not have discovered before and, 2. You might love reading, but don’t have a lot of time. Most of the books can be read in an evening or a weekend.


How Much?

All books are just £1/$1/E1

Where Can I get them?


They are available on Amazon, and other digital formats sites.

Tell us More?

Electric Eclectic Books are very new, launching in November last year. On May 15th we had ‘Book Blatt’ to tell everyone we are here. You may have seen posters and teasers around the Internet.

Electric Eclectic even have their own website where you can find out more, enter the quarterly competition, meet the authors and see all the books together in one place.

People are so busy these days, me included, and I love reading, but settling down to a novel is sometimes impossible. So being entertained by a shorter read is perfect. Especially as the summer is just about upon us where we travel to our holiday destinations. Many of us like to fill the journey with a book, or just read on the beach, how perfect is that? With EE books, you get a complete story and a great choice of themes.

I published my first book under this banner at the beginning of December and it was appropriately called One Christmas. I always wanted to write a Christmas story and this family drama fitted the bill perfectly.

As a multi genre writer, it is great for me to explore different themes and I am trying to work my way through as many as I can. Electric Eclectic is the perfect stage to showcase my work.

After Christmas I released my first science fiction story, Distant Time, a time travel story going back to WW2. This was closely followed by Down by The River. One I had written a long time ago after being inspired by Richard Marx’s Hazard in the 90s. I would describe it as thriller crime novel, with a touch of paranormal. Then finally I went for a soppy love story with a little twist at the end and called it A Cry in the Night.

I have plenty more ideas for EE books and look forward to getting them out there. In the meantime, I would love you to discover the many great authors that write under this banner.

Electric Eclectic Website:

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Today’s Share Your World Challenge q&a

Before I get into the answers to today’s Share Your World challenge, I would like to thank Cee Neuner for the challenge questions this week. To take part in the SYW challenge, please visit .


Now for the SYW Q&A challenge for May 14, 2018.



Before I answer this one, let me say that it depends on the type of sandwich we’re talking about.

Q; Complete this sentence: This sandwich could really use some…

A: If it’s a ham sandwich, this sandwich could really use some cheese or mayonnaise. If it’s a PB&J, on the other hand, it could use more peanut butter and/or jelly. Each sandwich could use a little something to make it taste so much better. What is your favorite little extra to add to a tasty sandwich to make it better?

Q: What is your least favorite candy?

A: To answer this question, I would have to say that I have a few candies that I don’t particular like. To list a few, one of my least favorites is twizzlers. I don’t like the taste of the of this type of candy, because to me it’s gooey, and It just tastes weird. The commercials make Twizzlers sound really good, but I found out that that was a farce.

My second least favorite, is lemon heads, or candies that are so sour that it feels as if it’s turning your mouth inside out. I have never been one for sour candies, I like them sweet.

When it comes to chocolate, I would have to say that the Alpine white candy bar is my last favorite. I like white chocolate to a certain extent, but I am not a fan of the alpine white, because it has a funny taste. Does anyone know if they even make this white chocolate candy bar anymore?

Q: What sign are you? Do you believe in astrology?

A: I am a Pisces. I used to read horoscopes when I was younger, just for fun, more so than because I believed in astrology; however, I really don’t believe that life can be guided by looking at the stars. I believe in God, and I try my best to follow His plan for my life.

Q: What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

A: In light of the fact that yesterday was Mother’s Day, there were a lot of things that I appreciated this past week. First of all, I am blessed with the time I spent with my precious daughter this weekend. Second of all, the most precious thing that made me smile, was the flower that she made for me at school this past week. It is hanging on y wall now. Happy belated Mother’s Day to all you mothers in the blogosphere, and I pray that your children gave you such a sweet blessing, like my daughter did this weekend.

One more thing, before I end this post. I also appreciated going to my parent’s house to spend time with my family and attend my grandmother’s 81st birthday party. It blessed my heart to see my Meema one more time, while she’s still living on this earth. Tell your family members that you love them and you appreciate all they do for you, because you never how long you have with them, or when God will choose to call them and you, home.

Please answer my questions in the comments below, and share this challenge on your own blog or web site. Happy reading, writing, and God bless each and every one of you, my dear readers.

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Five ways to Boost your Creative Writing

Want to improve your writing? Here’s are some tips for doing just that, and improving your life overall. Read the following Blog post, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments below, or you can simply share the post on your own blog.

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Who should you listen to, reviewers, peers, or readers

If you’re wondering which feedback you should listen to and which you should ignore, check out the following blog post, I found it very helpful and valuable in my own writing career.

Happy writing and God Bless.

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