Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

 

A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.

~ Ralph W. Sockman ~

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Monday Musings …19th September 2022…

Retired? No one told me!

Welcome to Monday Musings..Monday Musings is where normally I share some things that have thrilled me, made me think or smile or even have a mini-rant but generally it is my happy place and I hope yours… Today it is a thoughtful place when I look around the world and see how many people are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II…

It doesn’t seem appropriate to chatter on about anything else, not today…so I will leave you with two of my favourite pieces of music a hymn and the National Anthem from last night of the proms…

Thank you for indulging me today,,, Normal service will be resumed tomorrow..xx

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Ambiance and Writing

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you on this September morning. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re only three days away from the beginning of autumn—my favorite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing leaves, migrating birds, and fall fairs and festivals.

While the stores are already putting out Christmas decorations, and at least one friend has already decorated her house, I like to enjoy the fall. IMO, Christmas decorations don’t belong in a house until after Thanksgiving, but that’s another story.

I do enjoy the Christmas season. I’ve often toyed with the idea of writing a collection of short stories set during that time of year. I think about it each December, which is always a busy month, and by then it’s too late to write the stories, much less publish them. After Christmas, I don’t even like to think about the holiday, so once again, the…

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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

 

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.

~ Leo Tolstoy ~

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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

 

This is courage … to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.

~ Euripides ~

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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

 

On the occasion of every accident that befalls you…

inquire what power you have for turning it to use.

~ Epictetus ~

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Why Do Some Authors Insist on Writing a Lousy Ending?

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Good Morning, SEers. John is with you today, and I wish you a happy Friday. As you can see by the headline, today’s post is about that ending. You know the one I mean. The one that treats a reader like they are being shoved off the back of a flatbed truck on a dusty road in the dark. Yeah, I think you get it.

You want an ending that takes into consideration that you worked your eyeballs to the quick, wading through the story hoping for an explanation of all the book’s mysteries. Well, surprise. The author had some other idea, and, in the end, your fondest wish is you never picked up the book in the first place.

So how does this happen, and is there a name for the ending that makes you feel cheated? Well, there just happens to be…

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