Morality – a writer’s best friend

Jean Reinhardt:

Something to ponder over. Thanks to Dylan Hearn

Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:

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One of the things I enjoy most about writing is exploring morality. At its most basic level, morality is just a question of right and wrong. It’s a black and white issue. Take theft, for example. The definition of theft is:


The dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession

Not many of us would disagree that theft is wrong, but is it always wrong?

To punish a thief?

A young woman is caught stealing from a store. Theft is wrong and she should be punished. But what if it was food she was stealing for her hungry children? Is it still wrong? What if she had recently lost her job and had no way of feeding her children? What if the job she’d lost was at the store and the sore owner owed her a month’s…

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fresh.”

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Author vs. Writer

Jean Reinhardt:

Interesting distinction made here.

Originally posted on Anita Lovett & Associates:

Authors and writers are one and the same, are they not? After all, your favorite author is the genius writer of your favorite novel, right? You may be surprised to learn that some professionals dislike being labeled a writer because they are, in fact, the author of a literary work. Confused? Let us help.

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Terry Pratchett’s Nomes.

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Such a sad loss, Sir Terry Pratchett (1948-2015). Anybody remember this TV serial based on his novel Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes?

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Orange You Glad It’s Photo Challenge Time.

I’m a sucker for orange

I'm a sucker for orange

 The Daily Post photo Challenge 

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A Turning of the Tide

Book 3 of An Irish Family Saga is available as a pre-order on Amazon.

‘A Turning of the Tide’ finds James McGrother once again forced to make difficult decisions while he picks up the pieces of other people’s lives.

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Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge – ‘Reward’


After trekking through the snow in Budapest the best reward you can give yourself is a nice cup of hot chocolate in one of the towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. There was no glass in the windows but with blankets to drape over our shoulders and infrared bulbs to heat us up, we didn’t feel a bit cold. Looking at this photo of my three sisters, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a scene from Macbeth.

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How To Win Sales And Influence Algorithms

Jean Reinhardt:

Very enlightening post and check out the links at the end for even more good advice.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson two crime/thriller writers who have been working together to increase their promotion and marketing range since June 2014

I’m hosting a discussion today between two authors who are using creative ways to share audiences, something which has the happy side-effect of increasing their respective sales.

As I said on Thursday, I think creative forms of collaboration – especially in terms of marketing strategies – are going to be big this year.

Traditionally published authors may have to compete with each other ways that may not be relevant/important to self-publishers – like agents, deals, grants, prizes, or co-op. But self-publishers have nothing to fear from cooperating with authors they are nominally competing with, and everything to gain.

The market is so large that no writer will ever reach all the readers out there, and the odds of getting noticed can improve greatly with the right kind of cooperation – as many authors…

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The Daily Post’s photo challenge on WordPress this week is Depth.

Pondering Depth


Many years back, we brought our dog for an autumn walk in the park. He loved to run through the fallen leaves and once we had him safely inside the gates we took him off the lead. Big mistake. When he saw a treasure trove of leaves floating on the large pond in the center of the park he took off before we could stop him. As he sailed over the edge and pounced on top of his bounty we held our breath – for about as long as he did under the water. It was as if we were watching in slow motion, as he resurfaced with a look of shock on his face. Not once on the walk back home did he dive on even the most tempting pile of leaves. We called this his ‘in-depth’ lesson on how appearances can be deceiving.


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