Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries – #Pot Luck – #Short Story – Just My Luck by Abbie Johnson Taylor #FridayFinds

Thanks to fellow blogger Sally Cronin for publishing my story, “Just My Luck,” on her site. Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 – details of how you can participate are at the end of the post.

This is the first post by Abbie Johnson Taylor and in this post she shares a short story that illustrates the need to be careful when sending gifts….

Just My Luck by Abbie Taylor

The weekend after I was laid off from my job as a guidance counselor at the local high school…

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A Promotional Opportunity for Disabled Authors #Events

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I belong to an organization of disabled writers called Behind Our Eyes. We’re scattered across the country and overseas. We meet at least three times a month either on Zoom or via phone conference for presentations by guest speakers, panel discussions, critique sessions, and more. We produce an online quarterly magazine called Magnets and Ladders, and we’ve published two anthologies of our members’ work and are getting ready to put out a third.

Behind Our Eyes is about to start a new program called BOE Book Launch. Beginning in January of next year, members with published books will be able to promote them in monthly sessions on Zoom. If you’re a disabled author with a published book, you might want to consider joining our organization, so you’ll have this opportunity to promote your work.

This coming Sunday, October 24th, at 8 p.m. eastern time, there will be an informational meeting, also on Zoom, where attendees will learn more about Behind Our Eyes and the book launch program. See below for details. All are welcome to attend. If you know a disabled writer, please pass along this information.

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Do you have a new book being published?   Are you uncertain how to share your book with other readers or audiences?  And, what about marketing and promoting the new book? Does it sound a bit overwhelming?

We are here to help. Come and listen to the Behind Our Eyes Book Launch team and discover how becoming a member of Behind Our Eyes could assist with a future book promotion with practical tips and a book launch plan.

WHEN: October 24 via zoom

TIME: 8:00 P.M. EST

 

For more information please contact   Annie Chiappetta, Book Launch chair: anniecms64@gmail.com or call 914.393.6605 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time.

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Time: Oct 24, 2021, 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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On an Autumnal Afternoon #Poetry #WednesdayWords

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.As I sit in a shady spot on my back lawn,
a cool breeze caresses me under a blue, cloudless sky
amid grass parched by lack of rain.
In the distance, barking dogs
and the hum of traffic on an adjacent street
punctuate the silent air.
No bird songs can be heard—no creatures flit about.
At least there are no mosquitoes, bees, or flies.
Fall is in the air.
After the dry summer’s relentless heat,
autumn can’t come soon enough.

 

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor

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The above poem was published in the October 17th issue of The Weekly Avocet. Click below to hear me read it.

on an autumnal afternoon

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

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Website

 

 

Go Broncos! #Excerpt #OpenBookBlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Are any of your characters fans of a particular sports team?” In the following excerpt from my latest novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, sixteen-year-old Natalie discovers that Bill, her biological father, and Daryl, the man married to her mother, are both fans of the Denver Broncos.

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That afternoon, while Mom and Sarah were at the nursing home and Dad was downstairs in the living room watching a ball game, I sat at my desk and stared at the screen of my iPad. For the past few days, I’d worked on this essay for my English class harder than I’d worked on anything in my life. I’d done all the research and put the paper together as best I could. The spelling and grammar were correct, and it made sense. But was it University of Wyoming material? There was only one way to find out.

I attached it to an email message to Bill Hadley and asked if he’d take a look, telling him it was due the next day. I figured the worst thing that could happen was he’d say it was trash and I shouldn’t even think about going to any college. While waiting for a reply, I turned my attention to my other homework.

A few minutes later, I was surprised to receive an email message back from him. “I’ll be glad to read your essay as soon as the Denver Broncos game is over,” it said.

I laughed and responded that Daryl was watching the same game. It was good to know that my two dads had at least one thing in common.

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So, what will Bill say about Natalie’s essay? Why does she think he should be the one to read it? Why is she concerned that it might not be University of Wyoming material? Read the book and find out. To participate in this week’s hop and read what other bloggers have to say, click here.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website

 

 

 

Treasuring Poetry – Meet poet Lynda McKinney Lambert and a Review #Poetry #SocialMediaMonday

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Today’s shared post features fellow author Lynda McKinney Lambert. You can read my review of her latest book, Songs for the Pilgrimage, here. Enjoy!

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Today, I am delighted to welcome artist and poet, Lynda McKinney Lambert, to Treasuring Poetry with her thoughts about poems and poetry,

 

Read the full post on Writing to be read.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website