How to treat others…

I read this quote on Facebook: Being a good neighbour is treating someone like a brother or a sister. At first reading it sounds great. I congratulated the young man on his wisdom and thought he’d come up with a very nice variation on the original saying: Treat others as you would like others to treat you. Then I began to think on it further. I’m sure that young man is a wonderful brother: thoughtful, caring, compassionate, generous and kind. However, not all siblings are like that; especially when they are young. Some sisters terrify their younger sibling by telling them that now they’ve accidentally swallowed a watermelon pip, they’re going to get a watermelon vine growing out of their ears. (I anxiously checked my ears for a week before...

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Those first books…

I wonder if the books we get read to us when we’re very young, and which we first read when we’re able to do it for ourselves, set the “preferred genre” button in our brains. I’ve always loved fairy stories, myths and legends and the more dragons, the better. However, as an adult, I’ve met people who think that fantasy and sci-fi books are a waste of time. They prefer romances, or biographies, or self-help books, or “ordinary” stories. I suppose wondering why we have such different tastes is similar to wondering why some people love apples, some love bananas and others avoid fruit like I avoid cauliflower. But, I do think that perhaps what we read, and enjoy, when we’re a very young age must have some bearing....

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I learned some ‘techno’, sort of.

I’ve been asked what I learned at the giggle of writers last week so here goes. We writers must use social media to promote our work and to build our ‘brand’. (Not sure what my brand actually is but I’m hoping it’s pink and fabulous.) To get in the thick of it we’re encouraged to join various social media networks. I can tick off Facebook, although I’m having a great deal of trouble building up a fan base for my author’s page: W. A. Noble. (If you haven’t “Liked” it yet, please feel free to do so.) I’m already on Goodreads. I joined a year or two ago, as someone who likes to read. Imagine my amazement when I discovered my book is on Goodreads and even has some nice reviews! (Thanks, chaps.) I...

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Ah the good old days

I didn’t do a blog last week so I thought I’d better not miss another one. But…the thing is… I’m off to a giggle of writers in about half an hour so I haven’t given myself much time to do this. Oh well. I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I do a hasty scrawl. My fellow writers and I are having a PD day. Someone is going to tell us all about using social media, the internet, e-books and all that jazz. I sure hope they’re going to demonstrate the moves on a big screen or it’ll all be gobbledygook to me.  (Which is the reason I’m keen to go.) I know I should be more up with it all. After all, I have a blog. I’m on Facebook. I also have an “author’s page” on FB. I’ve had an...

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