A Good Day

18 radiotherapy treatments gone, and another 12 to go; one group of 5 with three days off, then a group of 4 with 2 days off, and then a final group of 3.  I have a Tupperware box of medications to help me through because apart from other side-effects the nausea has been unremitting.  However, today I’ve had a bit of a reprieve and managed to eat a roast lamb dinner and three crumpets with low fat cheese.  Result!  I feel like doing a little dance, and I still have 2 sick pills in hand.  How cool is that?  Whether the dancing about will make me feel sick again I don’t know, so I’d better stay sitting down.

One thing this treatment has taught me is that if you do not have good health then everything else pales into insignificance.  I sit waiting for my treatment every evening with a roomful of people battling all types of cancer.  Some are having the double whammy of chemotherapy at the same time.  I am the only one there who has any hair, and I’m grateful for having lost only the hair right at the back of my neck.  When the wind blows I get a cold draught at the back of my head, but at least I’m not bald and so I have to be thankful for small mercies.

Another thing I’ve come to realise is the abject terror has disappeared that I felt at the start of the treatment at the thought of having to lie immobilised in the CT scanner tube underneath a mask which stops even my lips from moving.  If you do something often enough, even something that you’re terrified of, then you will get used to it in the end.  I lie there supine and calm and listen to one of my favourite CD’s for the 15 minutes of treatment, and I’m sure my blood pressure has improved since the start of treatment a month ago!

It all points to that little sign above the reception desk by Addenbrooke’s main door – ‘It will pass, whatever it is’.  It’s my thyroid cancer that needs to pass, and this treatment had better pass as well, otherwise none of my clothes will fit.  But it was a lovely roast lamb dinner today, and I managed to stay awake to cook the whole thing myself.  I’ve written a blog and there’s still 2 sick pills in the Tupperware box.  It’s been a good day.

See you soon, love Stevie. x

I vs. Me: What’s the Difference?

A good one. Thanks to Writing Explained and re-blog from Chris, the Story Reading Ape.

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A common mistake in people’s writing is to confuse I and me with each other. Both are personal pronouns, but they serve different purposes within the sentence.

In many circles, this can be a costly mistake, as it’s usually considered a sign of sloppy writing. In other words, if you are writing a research paper, a press release, a resume, etc., you will want to know how to use I vs. me.

In this post, I will cover everything you need to know about these two words, and once you’re done reading, you won’t have any trouble determining when to use me or I.

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The Difference Between I and Me?

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Saturday Sale – 22nd April

Excuse the lack of blogs, but I have definite radiation brain freeze.  I do remember though that my publisher Creativia has my award-winning psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ FREE (e-book version) until 25th April:


Paul McAdam wakes up to find a mysterious woman in his bed, but has no memory of how she got there.  Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his flat. This arrangement suits Paul well — until he meets Anita Fairfax.

Soon after, they find Cat dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little evidence, the police suspect him of murder. Anita stands by her new husband… but doubt soon creeps in as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic.Repent 3D.png

EDITING 101: 34 – When to use “which” or “that”?

I often wonder about using ‘which’ or ‘that’. Thanks to Adirondack Editing for this info, and to Chris, the Story Reading Ape for re-blogging.

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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When to use “which” or “that”?

This is a grammar conundrum which is specific to the US, and that confused me for quite some time myself. If you’re in the UK or elsewhere that uses UK style, you probably don’t even need to read this post, as it will simply confuse you. Just keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll be fine.

For all you United States writers, heads up and pay attention!

Many people feel “which” and “that” are interchangeable. I used to think so, too, until I did some research and discovered there is indeed a difference. The usage difference stems from whether or not the information following which/that is necessary to the sentence (nonrestrictive) or unnecessary (restrictive). (I…

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Friday Roundup – 21st April

1.  Thanks to The Incompetent Writer for this free writing course:

A Free Writing Course For You

2.  Check out these FREE Creativia books for April, courtesy of Sahara Foley:


3.  Blonde Write More tells of things learned one year into writing a novel:

Things You Learn A Year Into Writing A Novel #MondayBlogs #Writers

4.  Roberta Pimentel gives us 5 ways to drive more readers to our blog site:


5.  D.G Kaye reminds us to be careful when sharing Amazon book links:


6.  Nicholas C. Rossis gives us 6 low cost ways to market books:


7.  Nominations for the 2017 Bloggers Bash Awards are now open:


8.  Story Empire gives some tips for a successful book signing event:

Tips for a Successful Book Signing

9.  Reedsy gives advice regarding building dynamic characters:


10.  Sandra at Build Book Buzz reminds us not to obsess over one star reviews:


11.  LibroEditing gives advice on entering a new line and paragraph:

How to start a new line, paragraph or page or indent a paragraph in Word 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016

Thanks to Chris, the Story Reading Ape, Don Massenzio, and Kim’s Author Support Blog for the re-blogs.


New Book: ‘For the Greater Good’, by Colin Guest

I am pleased to be able to feature Colin Guest’s new book ‘For the Greater Good’ on my site today.

Colin Guest


When Jeff, a specialist in Black Operations, learns his brother has died while in police custody in Yemen, he wants answers. While he is in Yemen he gets involved in a plot to assassinate the self proclaimed president, as it seems this will benefit both the country and world peace and be for the greater good of all concerned.  He carries this out by use of a new and deadly effective method … using his skills to adapt innocent toys.

Colin Guest was born in England in 1940, and became an expat worker in 1993, specialising in high-class interior fit-outs. After obtaining a contract down on the Mediterranean Coast in 1988, he had a house built, and lived there until after his wife’s death in 2007. He is now married to a Turkish lady and lives in Istanbul. His first book, “An Expats Experiences of Living in Turkey,” recently re-published, covers his living in Turkey for over 25 years. His second book, “Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps,” is intended to help readers discover that there is more to life than a boring 9-5 job. Although a memoir, it reads more like an adventure story, covering numerous life- threatening, crazy and hilarious incidents, which occurred while he lived a life most only dream. Colin’s latest publication, “Terror Holiday,” is based on events during the recent attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016.

Apart from writing books, Colin had an article published in a UK expat magazine, and over twelve articles published in online magazines. In between writing books, Colin also writes poems, with several well placed in online contests. Due to his deep concern about nature and the environment, Colin supports several organisations including, Sea Shepherd, and Care for the Wild/Born Free, with his adopting a tiger for the past ten years. After working as a volunteer at Wildlife Rescue/Rehabilitation centers in South Africa and Thailand, he recommends this as a way of giving something back to nature.

You can check out Colin Guest’s website by clicking on the link below:

Easy Formatting for Smashwords #WriterWednesday #Selfpublishing #Smashwords

I must admit I’ve given up on publishing books through Smashwords. One of my manuscripts has had 8 rejections so far, and I consider that life is too short to bother with it any more. However, thanks to D.E Haggerty for this info. Publishing on Smashwords obviously can be done, but hey….

D.E. Haggerty

Like most self-published authors, I use two platforms to publish my works: Amazon and Smashwords. Like it or not, if you want to sell books, you need to be on Amazon. And truth be told, their platform is the most user-friendly of the bunch. But Amazon is not the end all be all. If you also use the Smashwords platform, your book will be distributed to all the remaining major booksellers: Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, etc.

A lot of writers have trouble with formatting. As a lawyer, I’m intimately acquainted with Microsoft Word. Not what you expect, but it’s true. Lawyers are always writing documents, and we use a lot of formatting in those contracts you hate. My former law firm once had one of our clients (we specialized in IT) come and give us a class in Word. I’m not exaggerating when I say we knew more about…

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An Eventful Year So Far

Easter’s over now and I’m into week 4 of radiotherapy.  Hair at the back of my head has fallen out – enough to stuff a cushion.  However, as I had an abundance of hair to begin with, luckily not many people can tell the difference.   My appetite is reduced as everything tastes salty, and my throat is permanently sore.  I have to take anti-sickness medication and tablets for pain, but I keep telling myself that it’s all temporary.

Sam and I had a lovely break on the Isle of Wight.  I must admit I didn’t do much – just sitting outside on the decking while Sam did some little repair jobs to bring our holiday home up to his exacting standards.  We had some nice walks down to the beach and along the seafront.  The holiday park is beginning to fill up for the summer season, but our place is tucked away under the trees right at the back of the park, and so we have peace and quiet.  It’s lovely at night to lay in bed and listen to the sea – very soothing!

What with my mother’s final decline and death, the cruise, the new holiday home and now the radiotherapy, this year is proving to be the most eventful year of my life I think.  But there’s more… when I returned from the Island on Sunday and checked my emails there was one from the Depth of Field International Film Festival (DOFIFF) giving me contact details and inviting me to send my screenplay of ‘For the Sake of a Child’ to an L.A based independent film finance, development and production company for reading, which focuses on feature length film projects starring A-list Hollywood talent!  I had entered it into the DOFIFF contest earlier in the year, and to my delight it won a silver award.  Of course I sent it off pretty sharpish, and now await the outcome…

I wonder what life is going to throw at me next?

I’m not blogging much now as I’m tired quite a lot of the time, so just for your information my psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ will be FREE on Amazon from Thursday 20th April – Tuesday 25th April.  It recently won third prize in the 2016` Drunken Druid International Book Awards contest: https://www.drunkendruidawards.com/blog

Stevie Repent




Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview – D.G. Kaye

Very enjoyable interview. Thanks Sally!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

My guest today has become a friend on and offline and along with Tina Frisco form a little group called the Three Musketeers.. Oh sorry has that name been taken!  Anyway D. G. Kaye – Debby Gies has been popping in to the blog for over three years and has been a huge support during highs and lows. We are finally going to be face to face for the first time at the Blogger’s Bash in June and I am so excited to meet her finally.

Debby writes as D.G. Kaye and has struck many a chord with her frank and down to earth memoirs and non-fiction books. Before we enjoy Debby’s interview I thought I would let her tell you all about herself.

I’m a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. My intent is to inspire others by sharing my stories…

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Author Interview: 21 Questions With Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Enjoyed this interview of Yecheilyah Ysrayl. Thanks Dan Alatorre!

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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Occasionally on the blog we will talk with one of our author friends, gaining valuable insights into their behind the scene world. Today we meet with Yecheilyah Ysrayl, an extraordinary writer and book blogger, among other things.

Join me as we delve deep – or as deep as we can in 21 Questions; not everybody gives up the goods – with Yecheilyah.


  1.  DAN: Welcome to the blog! What is the working title of your next book?

YecheilyahThank you, Dan, for having me. The working title for my next book is Renaissance and it’s Book One in The Nora White Story. It releases in 116 days, 15 hours, 30mins and 40 seconds from now. Not that you care.

  1. That’s more precise than my alarm clock! Tell me, how hard was it to hit that “Publish” button the first time and send your book into the…

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