Promote Yourself Thursdays: Two Options

I’ve come across a few blogs that have a self-promotion post. I’ll share them with you if you want to visit and support authors or join in on the shameless self promotion.

Promote a Poet/Writer Thursday – Go Dog Go Cafe

September Self-Promotion Party! – Charles French

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Thursday Thoughts: These Dreams.

I haven’t had a flying dream for quite a while.

I remember the first one (that I remember). I was walking along the gravel driveway of our house. I felt my feet leave the ground and I flew/floated over the tree-lined drive.

I had more, but I can mostly remember the feeling, not the setting or the circumstance. The sensation of floating and thinking “I’m not supposed to be able to do this” and being on the verge of falling, yet still having some control was…exhilarating? nerve-wracking?

Maybe I have been flying but just don’t recall.

I went through a phase of writing down my dreams as soon as I awoke. I don’t anymore, and I don’t know why. Sometimes, a dream will come back to me in a flash and I’ll remember the whole segment, other times, just one snippet.

I don’t read into the meaning of dreams as some do, but sometimes they are fun to remember. Some leave you with a good feeling, some are heart-pounding adventures, some are just bizarre, and a few are just scary*.

Hey. Kind of like life, don’t ya think?

-Leon

*Ever watch your pet dream? It’s pretty funny went their legs twitch and they make little noises. You know they’re chasing something.

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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One-Liner Wednesday: Why isn’t there another word for thesaurus?

I would credit this if I knew who came up with it first, but it wasn’t me:

A truck loaded with thousands of copies of Roget’s Thesaurus crashed yesterday losing its entire load.
Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied, confused, shocked, rattled, paralyzed, dazed, bewildered, mixed up, surprised, awed, dumbfounded, nonplussed, flabbergasted, astounded, amazed, confounded, astonished, overwhelmed, horrified, numbed, speechless, and perplexed.

Thanks to Linda for the grammar idea: https://lindaghill.com/2021/09/15/one-liner-wednesday-words-to-live-by-2/

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Weird Wednesday: Blast from the (not so distant) Past

I heard yesterday that Canadian comedian Norm MacDonald had passed away. I remember him on Saturday Night Live as host of Weekend Update and as Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy. He had a weirdness to his talent and his delivery was like he didn’t care if anyone shared his sense of humor. Probably was what got him fired.

There’s always a sadness when a celebrity passes, but their body of work keeps their talent alive.

Since I am taking a break from my cartoons, here is my “Hide-and-Seek” series:

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

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Tuesday Tirade: Trash Talk

Garbage, we have to talk. It’s not you; it’s…them.

Them? The people who are incapable of carrying you home or for those few extra blocks to find a trash can. The people who carelessly release you into a world you don’t belong. The people who just open their car window and toss you into the ditch.

You? You’re not at fault. You were once important to someone. You held their drink. You kept the germs out of their lungs. You wiped the mustard from hungry lips. Then they callously let you go, and your identity changed.

You are now garbage, and I don’t say that in a malicious way because it wasn’t your choice.

I’m sorry that you have been abandoned on the ground. I’m glad you don’t know that you are missing the party going on in the can over there. Sometimes, I’ve picked you up, but I can’t do it all the time; there’s just too much. I’m sorry.

Maybe the hand that let you go needs a swift kick in the…well, the hand.

-Leon


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Monday Musing: Open Book Blog Hop

Open Book Blog Hop – 13th September - featured image

Welcome to this week’s blog hop. Today the topic is:

How do you feel about the use of profanity, either in your stories or in what you read?

I tend not to use profanity in my writing, as I don’t often use it in my normal conversation. I know, I know, a writer should be able to write diverse characters, not just a mirror of themselves.

Certain language will be warranted in literature. You would have a hard time believing that a street thug would say, “Oh, golly gee” and we all rolled our eyes when we saw Die Hard 2 on TV for the first time and heard John McLean say, “Yippie Ki Yay, Mr. Falcon.” Who the f*#@ is Mr. Falcon?

If profanity fits the bill, there is no reason for a writer to shy away from it. If you can do without it and it doesn’t detract from the character, well, that’s another way to go.

On a side note, I do skip over anything erotic/sexual in what I read. Usually (often? more often than not?) it doesn’t add anything to a storyline, so I don’t see a point to it. Oh, I’ll still read your book, but not 100% of it. I also don’t write about it either, but that just my choice. Can two characters spend a whole book together without any sexual tension? That’s up to the writer. Is it believable? Depends on how good the writer is.

-Leon

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Rules:

  1. Link your blog to this hop. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2021/09/13/open-book-blog-hop-13th-september/
  2. Notify your following that you are participating in this blog hop.
  3. Promise to visit/leave a comment on all participants’ blogs.
  4. Tweet/or share each person’s blog post. Use #OpenBook when tweeting.
  5. Put a banner on your blog that you are participating.

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Reblog: Archive Sunday – Another Chance to get it Right — Eugi’s Causerie

Toccoa River – McCaysville, Georgia years come and years go the old bridge traverses time birthing of futures Posting to my Yesterdays Ink series – original post in response to Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 67 -Eugi image source – personal property

Archive Sunday – Another Chance to get it Right — Eugi’s Causerie

I saw this post and it reminded my of this poem that I wrote:

Bridges

Bridges are a symbol of perseverance
Bridges may lead to something better
Opportunity, change
Bridges span seemingly insurmountable barriers
Peace, reconciliation, acceptance
Bridges are often burned
Because of anger, resentment, spite
Bridges will always be a connection
From past
To future

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Free Book Friday/Weekend Wrap-up: Whaaaahappen!?

Thanks to the late Fred Willard for the title of the post today.

So, What did happen? Well, it was my first attempt at scheduling a post since I was going to be away on Friday. Long story short, it didn’t work. But left to it’s own volition, it would have posted today at 6:30 PM GMT…

From my blog this week:

Thursday Thoughts: Animal Thoughts – Woof woof.

Weird Wednesday: Hiatus – Need to give the cartooning brain a rest.

Tuesday Tirade: Kinda… – Fire in the hole.

Open Book Blog Hop: Sept 6 – I wrote something for this, but I can’t remember what. (You can look it up. I know….but I don’t wanna.)

Music Monday: Song Titles – Music quiz?

From the blogs of other’s:

#BookBloggerHop | Synopsis or Cover – which do you choose?


Thankful Thursday – Five Things To Be Grateful For Every Day

Smorgasbord Afternoon Video Rewind – Favourites revisited – Getting out of bed is so hard to do… – Dogs are smarter that we think.

Here is Free Book Friday!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s interview. If you missed it: Free Book Friday: In Conversation With Nicole Pierman (and new promos!)

I hope to do more in conjunction with the different promotions I am involved with.

New Promos

There are a few more new ones, but you can see them here: Discover New Authors and Free Books as I have decluttered the page of all expired links (there were a few…)

That’s it for this week!

Leon

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.


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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Thursday Thoughts: Animal Thoughts

Ever wonder what animals are thinking?

Reasoning?

  • Some animals can figure out puzzles or get themselves out of a jam.

Cause and effect?

  • Most animal learn to recognize words or signals and the actions or results of those. They know went they have to go to the bathroom or when they are hungry.

What about the passage of time? If you leave pet, do they know if you have been gone for a short or long time?

  • I know that most cats don’t care regardless, but dogs are pretty happy when you return and there is not much difference in excitement level between five minutes and five hours.

What causes a pet to get up and play with one of its toys?

  • I’ve seen a dog root through a pile of toys, obviously searching for a specific one.

No answers here. Just more questions.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weird Wednesday: Hiatus

Sometimes I plan my blog posts in advance, but more often it is a night before/morning of kinda thing. The same goes for my cartoons, The Miniscules and The Untitled. Usually the ideas come from a current event (like the Olympics) or a thought that I have had that sparks an interesting idea.

Lately is seems that the weird cartoon ideas have been…well, not so weird, so that part of the blog will be taking a bit of a break. I’ll probably try to build up a bank of them so I have something to post when I need it.

Next week I’ll post a few of my favorites. This week, I’ll grab a cup of coffee and relax.

Psst. You still have to write something for tomorrow.

Oh, yeah…

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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