Create a Crave and Give Your Characters an Added Dimension

What qualities, likes or dislikes can you give your characters? Linda Mims has some fabulous ideas!👠👠

The Long and Short Stories of Life

I love a pretty shoe. Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, and Christian Louboutin—they light up my eyes and cause my heart to race. I walk into a fine department store, head for the shoe section, and just breathe in the new shoe air. My eyes caress the soft leather and stroke the many colors. Sometimes, I try them on.

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I am deceptively clever at getting the sales people to bring them out to me. The secret is to dress well, and look as though you have nothing but disdain for shopping. Alas, shopping is a necessity so, bring me those Jimmy Choos in a size eight, please!

After I’ve admired them in the full-length mirror, I quietly remove them, slip them back into the box, and go on my way. I didn’t say that I own a pretty shoe. I just love them. The higher the heel…

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Short Story – The Martial Eagles Are Nesting – Maretha Botha

Please visit my child friendly blog for more information on short stories written for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy - really all the children in your life.  I'm posting a story every Sunday in ASTRO'S ADVENTURES BOOK CLUB by Susan Day. Source: Short Story - The Martial Eagles Are Nesting - Maretha Botha

The Lost City

How beautiful old cities are – a link to our not so distant past – yet modern structures often destroy their charm. Thanks, Sebnem! Your thoughts are memorable💐💐


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Once it was a natural channel,

designed by the ingenuity of time,

now reclaimed on both sides,

by man’s insatiable greed to interfere


Once it was a park and a green square,

now a desert of grey concrete,

decorated with tulips in wooden crates,

to fool the eye.


Once it was a green forest

that stretched all the way to the Black Sea,

now a jungle of skyscrapers,

motorways and access roads to bridges

that suffocate the lungs of the ancient town.


Eternal city, I weep for you

I have photographed my memories

and hid them for future generations

to show how mankind can destroy

his habitat and the soul of a city.

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No Clapping

I love reading author Jane Bwye’s comments about Africa and specifically her writing career. I hope you’ll read this post which gives much insight into the obstacles which need to be addressed and successfully handled.

Jane Bwye

There was no clapping at the end of my “Afternoon with Jane” talk on Monday at St. Wilfrid’s Church, Broad Road. Was that a bad thing – or a good thing? I noticed – but didn’t mind, really.

I talked about how my life experiences were revealed in my three novels, and I interspersed the story with readings.

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While I answered questions afterwards, the tea ladies got up to put the kettle on, and the room hummed with warm conversation. People drifted towards the table bearing my books, and friends came up to enthuse, saying it was good to learn new things about me.

“I could have listened to you all day!” said one.

“You should do an audio of your books,” said another.

“I agree with what you said about the dangers of Government-to-Government Aid in Africa,” said yet another.

She was one of three or four people…

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Short Story – Wild Animal Tales – Maretha Botha

I’m hoping those of us who are grandparents might like to read these Sunday stories to grandchildren. Let me know if you find this week’s story to the young ones’ liking!

About Fauna Park Tales

I have started a new venture, which will definitely keep me on my writer’s toes . . . or rather, fingers!Please keep an eye on this blog and other media sites for a link to Susan Day’s delightful blog where she aims to put the “grand” back into the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren, encouraging this wonderful relationship to grow stronger than ever by providing short stories written by various children’s authors, giving grandparents the opportunity to read to their grandchildren.Image result for grandparents reading to grandchildrenImage result for grandparents reading to grandchildrenI am delighted to tell you that I will be sharing such short stories every Sunday with you, because Susan Day, Astro’s Adventures’ Creator has accepted me as a regular contributor to ASTRO’S ADVENTURES BOOK CLUB and BLOG.

Thanks to Susan’s great creative ability, I have this lovely new logo.

MARETHA_BOTHAMy first short story, based on true fact, is called ‘The Mystery of the Moving Rock’ and…

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Review – If Only There Was Music … – Nonnie Jules and Giani Jordan

I downloaded this beautiful collection of love poems a while ago and have been reading and re-reading many of them. I love Nonnie Jules rhythmic and often rhyming style of putting thoughts together in a most satisfying way. I was also happy to read some of Gianni Jordan's work. Book Description This is a book … Continue reading Review – If Only There Was Music … – Nonnie Jules and Giani Jordan

Pinkie and Pow-wow – Part Two

I haven’t had time to get down to read the next exciting instalment of Pinkie and Pow, but I’m glad I caught up! Thanks Dawn!

Dawn Delivers

Due to popular demand (two is popular right?) it’s time for the second instalment of my tale of those two playful pups. In case you missed it Part One is here:

And now… Part Two:

Pinkie let out a small yawn before snuggling her head deeper into Lucy’s lap. The game of chase with Pow-wow had lasted about half an hour before the pup had stopped dead, curled up where she had stood and fell into a deep sleep. Lucy had moved to get to her feet and, Pinkie presumed, lift the new dog into her arms so Pinkie quickly leapt onto the sofa and and claimed her spot. The white dog wasn’t fully prepared to share Lucy just yet. It might be fun to have a smaller dog to play chase with, but even better if that dog could then stay on the floor while Pinkie got…

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Review – With Angel’s Wings – Stephanie Collins   I have nothing more to add to my review, which follows here.  I enjoyed the memoir. What more can I say? True Love Endures All Life's Adversities ByMarethMBothaon May 14, 2017 Format: Paperback "This was by no means an easy read and I had a hard time coming to grips with the initial … Continue reading Review – With Angel’s Wings – Stephanie Collins

#RRBC The Writer’s Corner: Life Is Like a Rainbow… @KIngallsAuthor

Thank you so much, Karen Ingalls for your encouraging words. Only those who have faced a storm will understand the truer and deeper meaning of thoughts expressed through the colours of the rainbow. And let’s face it: there are few souls in this world who would be able to say that.
I reblogged Karen’s thoughts which originally appear in The RRBC PIOELINE this month.


We’ve reserved this little corner of the world for those authors whose writing is just so good, we just have to share it with the world.  Clearly, if their short piece pleases you, then we ask that you check out their books. If you feel that your short story or poetry piece deserves to be profiled here, please submit, in 850 words or less, using our CONTACT US form.  We will let you know if your piece has been selected for our monthly profile! 


Author, Karen Ingalls



There may not be a pot of gold in the literal sense, but rainbows symbolize opportunities to be healthier, happier, and more complete. In Native American culture some tribes believe the rainbow is a bridge between the spiritual and human world; Buddhists believe the seven colors represent the seven continents. In…

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Laura Libricz – RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour

  I'm so happy to have Laura Libricz as my guest today.  As you can see, I'm encouraging you to linger longer, savouring a cup of espresso from Umbria, Italy and enjoy the lovely roses carefully selected for you by a special little girl! This is Laura's seventh and final day of her RRBC SPOTLIGHT Author … Continue reading Laura Libricz – RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour