Weekend Wrap-up: The “Puffy Shirt” Phenomenon

In reference to the Seinfeld episode – I agreed to what?

I received an email last night which thanked me for agreeing to promote a book sale for a fellow author. To be honest, I completely forgot about it, but did remember that I had.

With many of the promos that I have done, I have tried to read at least a sample of the author’s works, so I can decide whether or not to promote them. My reading preferences are fairly narrow, so I don’t often give a judgement on the work, but let my readership make that decision on their own. I’ll promote any genre as long as it is non-offensive.

Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to read any of Charles Yallowitz‘s works, but if you like vampires, maybe you will like:

His newest book will be on sale for 99 cents and you can read about it on his website:

-Leon

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: In Conversation With Nicole Pierman (and new promos!) – I’ve enjoyed doing more interviews with other authors.

Thursday Thoughts: Drawing a Blank -Inspiration

Weird Wednesday: Elections – Canadian politics explained?

Tuesday Tirade: People – Some people irk me…

Music Monday: If you haven’t heard it already… – Just letting you know that I’m not just all fun and games

From the blogs of other’s:


The challenge with living in the present – Interesting post. Is it really a challenge?

In Praise Of Honest Mechanics, And The NHS – Honest mechanics? There are still some around.



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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Weekend Wrap-up: Last Weekend in August…Already?

Last week I hit a blogging streak of 33 days and had 5000 views. Not bad…

-Leon

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: Oops, I did it again! – Only one free book: Mine!

Throwback Thursday: Learning to Drive – Found this prompt and ran (drove?) with it.

Thursday Thoughts: Here we go again! – The Paralympics begin.

Weird Wednesday: The Top Row (almost) – How do I come up with these?

Tuesday Tidbits: Collecting (dust) – Not quite hoarding.

Music Monday: A Poem – My first poem about music. (It’s about time…)

From the blogs of others:

R.I.P. Charlie Watts – We lost a legendary drummer. Thanks to Clive for this post.



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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Weekend Wrap-up: Wet, Wet, Wet.

(Note: I wrote this yesterday)

I walked in the rain today. I didn’t care that I got wet. The coolness of each drop as it hit my skin and seeped through the fabric of my clothing was a welcome respite from the weeks of hot, dry weather. Each puddle was like an old friend, not to be avoided, but to be reacquainted with once again (that means my feet got wet).

I sat in the doorway drinking coffee, watching the sky shed it’s tears. I assume it’s tears of joy because it didn’t feel sad. Sometimes the rain has a somber quality. Not today.

The thunder grumbles like that guy you know that always has something to complain about which never comes across as angry, just comical.

You forget how good the rain smells. It freshens up the earth. It beats down the smell of smoke from all the forest fires. If there happens to be a thunderstorm, you can smell the ozone from the lightning (I think that’s what it is). There isn’t any lightning that I can see. Maybe tonight.

It is supposed to rain steady for the next few days, and I’ll probably go for a run and a ride.

The Little Things

Stop. Feel that?
The warmth of the sun
The breeze on your face
Rain, it has its own unique smell
Feels like tiny punches when it lands
Wherever you are
There is beauty and wonder about
Even if seemingly insignificant
A smell, a color, a sight, a feel
There is always something to appreciate
Like cool grass under bare feet


-From Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures
 

-Have a good weekend. I know I will.

-Leon

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: Author’s Newsletters- Worth the free book? – Well is it?

Weird Wednesday: What was I going to write about? – Memory, I think…

Tuesday Tirade: The Egg. – Who doesn’t like a good egg rant?

Music Monday: The Folly of Youth – I heard a song which reminded me of many years ago.



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.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Thursday Thoughts: Blogging Questions?

I’m relatively new to blogging, only doing it since 2019, and I’d like to get your thoughts on a few things.

Do you blog more than you read others, or are you primarily a reader? I suspect most people on WP write more, but maybe there are more that just enjoy the various offerings.

How often do you update your web pages? I have been working on streamlining my landing page, trying to keep it uncluttered and easy for visitors to find what they need while showcasing my work.

How much storage space do you use. Oh, I still have plenty, but there are a lot of photos and such. If I delete them, then the posts that use them will have the little “image not available” on them.

Do you find the block editor “yell at the screen worthy”?

And now he dirty word: Monetizing

I use my blog to: exercise my writing skills, entertain, inform, and to let people know that I am here. Through my blog, readers can visit my website if what I write is interesting to them. While there, they can: purchase any of my books or merchandise, receive free samples of my books when they sign up for my newsletter, listen to some of the music that I have written, and look for free offerings from other authors I promote. 

I notice that some posts are partial, which if you wish to read the rest, a link is provided that will take you to the writer’s website. Obviously, this will boost the traffic there, but do you tend to pass those over in favor of staying within the WP feeds? I could probably put my posts onto my Medium.com page and get more reads there, but that feels like I’m trying to control where the reader goes.

Do you use your blog primarily for revenue, or is it for the love of writing?

There you go. Discuss.

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.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: April 17

Wow. Sixteen poems so far. Has it been difficult? Yes and no. Sometimes the prompts from NaPoWriMo seem a bit too specific, but they are just suggestions and I have taken some liberties with them. A few of them I knocked out fairly quick, most took a bit of brainwork.

Here are the first 2 weeks. If you have a moment you can read them on Medium or on my Poem Page: National Poetry Writing Month

NaPoWriMo : Day 7 – Poem with strict syllables 😀
NaPoWriMo : Day 6 – Poem based on line from a book 🤔

NaPoWriMo : Day 5 – Imitation 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 4 – Odd transitional spaces (think Escher)  🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 3 – Use of random words to inspire 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 2 – The road not taken 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 1 – April fools 😀

NaPoWriMo: Day 14 Name Origins 😀
NaPoWriMo: Day 13 A news story you wish to see 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 12 Past and Future 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 11 Letter from the Cat 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 10: Junk Drawers 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo Day 9: A to-do list 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 8: A monologue from a deceased person 🤔

As for regular posts:

Sunday Catch-up: Tools of the Trade – My tool/injury escapade (Yes, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.)

Weird Wednesday: It’s Been Awhile – Yes! Weird Wednesday returned.

Oops, I Did it Again: Author Interview – Another self interview. This time for Lunarian Press

Book news: If you have been reading my posts this week you will know about my book sale. If you haven’t heard:

Two weeks left to get your copy of Lines by Leon!

Click to go to my book page

Notable Posts this week:

Story Info: How Much is Too Much? – Kinda why I mostly write short stories

Writing the short story part 3: extremely short fiction – Sensing a theme?

Alright. Now to write another poem…


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.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: April 10

What the heck happened to Music Monday? Not finished my composition yet (and I was writing a poem). What the heck happened to Tuesday Thoughts? I had a post ready but I was writing a poem. What the heck happened to Weird Wednesday? Ok you get the idea. so let’s catch up:

Book news: I decided on a new cover design for my book, The Knot at the End of the Rope. I’m pleased at how it turned out. I was going for a 50s/60s sci-fi vibe, and I think I nailed it.

Look for a $0.99 sale April 15

Nine days of poems (not counting today). You can catch up with them all here: National Poetry Writing Month

Free Book Friday (and Book News): April 9 – A few new free book promos

Notable Posts this week:

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Not just notable because I’m in it, but because Sally always uses her platform to promote worthy authors. I’m glad to be a part of it. Thanks, Sally!

What exactly is love? – A short post but Shruba tackles a subject for the ages

Where Do the Good Times Go? – This one brought back memories.  

Alright. Now to write another poem…


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.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Week-end Wrap Up: Feb. 27

Here are my posts this week, in case you missed any:

I came across a few good blogs as well:

And always good for a chuckle…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/02/26/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-extra-host-sally-cronin-we-are-all-going-to-the-dogs/

Here’s a question: Why do some embedded links show up nice and “linky” while others show up as a URL address?

-Leon


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

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Week-end Wrap Up: Feb. 20

Here are my posts this week, in case you missed any:

I came across a few good blogs as well:

https://artistcoveries.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/in-praise-of-the-lowly-pencil/

https://loveinspirelearn.wordpress.com/2021/02/18/how-to-stay-committed-to-your-goals-and-succeed-in-life/

I created a survey last year for my newsletter subscribers. I was told it was entertaining, so if you have a few moments, stop by: Lines by Leon: The Survey While you are there, you can see my latest newsletter: Feb. 17 Newsletter.

See you Sunday–or Monday, we’ll see.

-Leon


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

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Week-end Wrap Up: Feb. 13

Here are my posts this week, in case you missed any:

I came across a few good blogs as well:

Stuart Aken always has beautiful pictures and great writing prompts

And, I always enjoy Sally’s posts but I couldn’t pick just one.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-laughter-lines


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