A man who doesn’t pay his bills never lacks for correspondence

A humorous tale of the problems when a person doesn’t pay their bills on time. Also two books on offer by Jim Webster with good descriptions.

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A man who doesn’t pay his bills never lacks for correspondence

Wilton Stillwater wasn’t the sort of person you’d immediately accuse of being a puking, ill-minded, fustilarian. He was, in his own eyes, a man of impeccable honesty who always paid his bills. Eventually. So he was somewhat irritated when Struan Cruet, the grocer, paid a small boy to follow him round shouting a variety of insults after him.

On the other hand, I can rather see where Cruet was coming from. Stillwater owed him money, yet paid his bills, in full, every five weeks. The problem is that Cruet sent a bill out every four weeks and had initially been entirely happy when Stillwater seemed to be so prompt with his payments. It only eventually dawned upon him that, actually, for every five bills he sent out, Stillwater had only paid four and after three years there was a considerable amount of money outstanding.

I, as a poet, know the…

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On the hubby front:

More on Kawanee’s progress.

The 7th was my 29th wedding anniversary. It didn’t hit as hard as the anniversary of losing him did. I think it’s because there was happiness associated with it. It’s good to remember the fun, the dates, the flowers and etc. I thought about taking myself to dinner and just reflecting on things. 

I stayed in my room until around 3pm when my aunt showed up with steaks to grill and wanted to play cards. We had a good game, my son cooked on the grill and it was actually very nice. Hubby loved to grill, my aunt didn’t know that and it was a nice tribute to the day because he also loved steak.

She helped keep the day from being awful and sad. She’s pretty awesome and one of the few people my hubby liked from my side of the family. So it was a good day.


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I’ve been busy! :)

An update on Kawanee’s progress.

I’m writing and editing and being productive! I only have 22 pages left to edit in Nwa Pante Rising! I’m pretty pleased with the way things have changed and the ideas for future books that have come from this rewrite. I’ve got some subplots that will take time to come to light, I’ve got some more intrigue on both sides of the coin.

Plots within the Enclave, separate plots in the human world. Characters to grow and star in their own books. Oooh, I’m super excited about it. I’m just hoping that all the changes I made in the first part of the book don’t require a total overhaul of the last 20 pages.

The cleaning of the house and going through boxes is still ongoing. The job is still ongoing, I will post an update on that in another post. I am supposed to be recategorizing my posts to…

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The danger of losing one’s shirt

A lively and humorous tale by Tallis Steelyard of an enterprising and well educated young woman. Also, the schedule for the present blog tour.

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I have noticed over the years that young ladies who are brought up with a litter of older brothers tend to exhibit certain masculine traits. Prominent among them are a casual attitude to mindless violence and the ability to rapidly come up with a scathing riposte when they feel they are being mocked.
Girls with younger brothers rarely gain these mannerisms. They tend to exhibit gravitas, elegance, and associate with adults rather than their brawling siblings. Similarly if there are two or more sisters, they can combine to crush their male siblings with words of lofty contempt. It is the girl on her own with nothing but older brothers whose bearing and behaviour are changed.

Maljie didn’t have older brothers, or none that she knew off. Given her mother’s forgetfulness there was always the possibility that one or more might appear. But notional brothers, only theoretically present, do not offer…

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A fine residence – Guest Post (and Book Promo) by Tallis Steelyard (Jim Webster)…

Welcome to the Gentlemen Behaving Badly blog tour. Today, we first have a tale by Tallis Steelyard about the duties of the perfect butler. Next, we have two books on offer by Jim Webster. The first is a guide for writers and other stories of Port Naain and the second is various tales of the goings on in Port Naain.

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It’s strange when you think about it. One would expect a gentleman to have a fine residence. But alas property does not devolve naturally upon those of breeding and good manners. Indeed it has been commented (mainly by punsters more interested in displaying their grasp of archaisms than they are in provoking mirth) that a gentleman may have a fine address without having a fine address.

Still there are many persons of wealth and influence who can claim more than one pleasant house, elegantly appointed and displaying the opulence and good taste of the owner, or at least of the person the owner hired. And of course the house or houses are theirs. They have the deeds to prove it.

But in reality, they are merely the title holder. In the eyes of the law, they are responsible. Indeed when they enter the house, those staff who meet them will…

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Plugging In

Another snappy doubke serving of humor by Russell. If this is something you like, just creep up to the top of the blog and click on one or both of his books. You can also reblog this.

What's So Funny?

When we hear stories about a particularly heinous crime, someone will always remark, “There’s a special place in Hell for people like that.”

What exactly does that statement imply? That the vile offender will be granted an exalted position in Hades as a reward for “Excellence in Evil?” If so, where does this leave the common, everyday sinner when cast into the fires of eternal damnation?

These are today’s burning questions (pun intended). Feel free to share your views in the comments section.

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, our stage director, who always manages to connect with the audience, is “Sparky” Alma Edison Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise in madness, head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions. To view the FFF  Hollywood Squares Authors Block click here.

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The happiest days of your life.

First, the tale of a girl of many talents due to good schooling. Next, Jim Webster has a book on offer with adventurous tales from Port Naain and a great review following.

Tallis Steelyard

the happiest days of your life

There is much to be said for a good education and it must be admitted that Maljie’s mother had the best of intentions. Indeed it appears that this esteemed lady had the best of intentions in many fields but lacked the essential stamina necessary to bring things to fruition. The fact that she carried Maljie for the full nine months, and didn’t find a way to foist that particular task off onto some other unfortunate was a source of unceasing wonder to her friends.

She was the same with matrimony. Apparently, (and here I am reliant upon the memories of others as I never knew the lady in question) she could always be relied upon to know the name of her current husband, but was always somewhat vague as to the names and number of previous occupants of the post. But still, she doubtless meant well.

She arranged for Maljie…

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3 years in publishing, 10 lessons I’ve learned

Ten lessons from the writer, Louise Jensen.

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This week marks three years since my debut, The Sister, was published. There was no gentle easing into the publishing industry because, and I am eternally grateful – my first novel soon rose to No. 1 in various countries, spending almost the entire summer in the top spot in the UK. It quickly sold over half a million copies and was snapped up for translation by twenty-five territories, nominated for the Goodreads best debut award, and became the sixth biggest selling book on Amazon in 2016.  As lovely as all this was – and it was – there was no time to sit back and enjoy it, the pressure was on to finish writing my second book, The Gift.

Fast forward to now, over a million sales later, and publication of my fifth thriller, The Family is imminent and yet I still feel as though I’m finding my…

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