Monthly Archives: December 2012

…to all the Blogs I’ve loved before…that wand’red in and out my door …#TBSU …

… apart from my somewhat boring (to some) replaying of the YouTube clip of Andre Rieu’s ‘Amazing Grace’ with the Massed Pipes and Drums,  click in the bracket for another replay if Yeez want:- [ http://www.youtube.com/embed/GInf0lXsyKY?feature=player_embedded ] …I’m not renowned for blasts of emotion…well, maybe when my favourite football team beats a certain other football team…or p’raps when any politician on Television looks at the camera and starts , “Honestly, folks..”…so, as the Mayans sit and wonder where it all went wrong, and we DO have another calender year looming, the whimsy of the Muse breathes upon me…I first dipped my Blogg-y toe into the Web-by Waters in May of this year…the foray into Blogging, I must confess was driven more by a desire to get me monicker ‘out there’ in support of me novels’ off’rin’s…but behold and lo, it’s developed into a most gratifying pursuit… we’ve seen THE BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION, (#TBSU) take hold, and more of our brothers and sisters in scribble supporting each others blogs… well done all of you…keep up the great work...’you scratch my blog and I’ll scratch yours’…but back to my opening, the emotional equivalent of a hot flush…I wanna indulge in praise of a very, very, very, very, (lotsa ‘verys’) special lady who has been a stalwart encourageure par excellence from the start of my prattlings… the wonderful Lady O.G.TOMES...@ogtomes .. not only is she a splendid writer in her own write, and in her own right, she is a true friend …I know she’s also lent her time and praises to many  others in the web…a true Queen in my eyes… take an early  New Year’s Honours List mention, m’dear… I”ll be doing a New Year’s Honours List for the rest of you rabble in early January, so settle down at the back, there…ouch, here comes Matron, gotta go..see yeez later….

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…if Trolls attack yer Blog, confound them by luvin’ the hell out o’ them…#TBSU …

…it won’t have escaped yer notice, Mabel, that I hail from Govan in Glasgow…an area not noted for its gracious handling of dispute…not for us from the docklands area the niceties of gentle persuasion to settle conflict…the famous ‘Glasgow Kiss’... the abrupt coming together of a head butt from the giver’s skull  and the recipients’s nose-bridge area  is well-documented…the adage is, ‘why take months in court, when a swift smack on the mouth renders summary justice more effectively?’…hence, my text today from the Master Gallacher Sunday Pulpit may seem a tad incongruous…HOW TO DEAL WITH TROLLS...if you are on the web for any length of time, sooner or later one of these creatures may surface…no-one has figured out yet any sane reason for them to be alive, other than to cause maximum (and often disgusting) discomfort or outrage to decent people…I was on the receiving end of one such message recently, and my Govan urge boiled up as my instant reaction...I’d rip the bast*ard’s throat out if he/she were in front of me…then, the epiphany landed…the Govan urge is PRECISELY what these vermin want to provoke…what better response then, but to perplex them by doing exactly the opposite?…I replied in the nicest of terms (no, truly, Mabel, I promise you, I did…), wishing them all of the very best things that they could ever wish for themselves…then, I blocked them, so that particular moron’s evil proddings will not bother me again…so there you have it, react by blocking the Troll immediately if you wish, but bouncing back totally in a manner they wouldn’t expect is much more satisfying… and then block them…now, if that particular Troll should ever cross my path in person, revert to the opening of this blog for instruction! …LUV YEEZ …

 

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…yes, m’Lud, I’ve become an avid Blogger..I also plead insanity…but then, I repeat myself, no?…#TBSU…

…munching chocolate M & Ms by the spade-loads…crossing the street AWAY from the traffic lights…watching ANYTHING by Andre Rieu…doing jigsaw puzzles despite knowing that there’s likely some pieces missing…all glaring, blaring signals of abnormality p’raps…further alerts to Matron, and them, you know, them ones wi’ the white coats and stuff…that lunacy lurks within this Scots cranium…the certificate’s hardly ink-dry…the ward secured…and Matron’s syringe primed at the ready…and then to openly admit the next addiction...BLOGGING…help IS at hand, however…apparently there’s gazillions out there wi’ the same complaint…they wanna join up, be part of THE BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION (#TBSU)…the mantra rolls on, ‘you scratch my blog and I’ll scratch yours’…since the #TBSU began a couple of months ago, I estimate around forty-three billion bloggers have now linked up with the group…well, maybe marginally less than that…BUT, the experience is attracting a lot of you guys and gals out there who enjoy sharing with like-minded quill-scrapers …keep it going, peeps,…LUV YEEZ ALL …all ye have to do is follow each other and pass the names along…all free of any charges…see yeez later…

Blog Scratchers Union

#TBSU

Blogs To Follow:

http://www.PaulaWordsmith.com

http://www.selfpublish101.wordpress.com

 

ENJOY  !!!

 

 

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…it was the best of Blogs…it was the worst of Blogs…but at least it WAS a Blog, Mabel…#TBSU…

…a fireman, maybe…a soccer star, definitely…lead guitarist and front-man singer for a beat group in the sixties, p’raps…all of these ambitions I held as a less-than-ten-years-old waif…each of which I burnished to various degrees…but a BLOGGER?…hardly the desired pinnacle of achievement ‘way back when Jagger was a lad…but as Rolex often quotes, ‘Times Change’…sources of inner pleasure metamorph through the decades…if I’d but had an inkling sooner than I did about ‘What joy to me the Blog would bring’…I’d’ve brung it on sooner, Mabel…my next natal birthday looms this coming week, when I become eligible for the proverbial bus pass…but ask me not what wish for birthday gifts I harbour…the tangible delights of knitted socks and matching hankies pale compared to the freedom to jump on the web anytime I choose to tap out a simple piece of nonsense called a Blog...’they’ say that Man is not born to be an island…I’d broaden that to say ‘Mankind’ as a ‘Writer’ is not born to keep her/his musings all to herself/himself…ergo, the elegance of the ether transmitter…the simplicity of sharing random thought-flows on the internet…oh, and yes, the sheer indulgent vanity of thinking that maybe, just maybe, someone ‘out there’ might elect to read it and enjoy it…how easy it is for the  old ‘barrack-room lawyer’ or ‘Monday morning quarterback’ to be replaced by the ‘laptop-lugging philosopher’…and I, for one, consider that a monumental improvement, don’t you?…and, as usual, to interrupt my mental reconfigurations of the Universe, here comes Matron with the syringe to stop me in full flow…maybe just as well, eh?.. see yeez later…

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#TBSU

Blogs To Follow:

http://www.clotildajamcracker.wordpress.com

http://johnlawson.org

http://www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com

http://www.bottledworder.wordpress.com

http://www.dsandersonblog.wordpress.com

http://www.the-view-outside.com

http://reflectionofsanity.blogspot.com/

Enjoy.. reciprocate… pass along…share…

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…to all esteemed members of THE BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION (#TBSU)…yer last chance of 2012 to support yer pals …

…YEAR END FUN : 

We’re into the last leg of the ‘Blogger of the Year Award’ as per the attachment
below..Yours truly, Seumas Gallacher, is one of the three finalists ..The other two are the splendid ladies, Melodie Ramone and Madeline Dyer… it’s all marvellous fun, and as far as I’m concerned just a lovely buzz just to get thus far in the poll… You’re cordially invited to register your vote once more for whomever you wish to pick (yes, that’s right… not just for me!!)  I think we’re ALL winners just being on the list !! Please vote for one of us …..thanks….  LUV YEEZ ! 

http://www.skelat.com/vote.html

Vote

http://www.skelat.com

Vote for your favourite and see that they win the Blogger of the Year 2013!

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…well, ye could’ve knocked my Blogs off…that wonderful ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ feelin’…#TBSU…

…in a world mired with pessimism, catastrophe, and mealy-mouths …it’s sometimes tricky to maintain my own philosophy that we only have two kinds of day—good days and better days— a good day is when you waken up, even if yer ass is fallin’ off, and ye’re still breathin’ …a better day is any improvement on that…well, for the past few days, the magic of the internet, and the Blogisphere has provided a shine even on the ‘better day’ syndrome…from whatever source (I know  not its provenance), my blog was listed in @skelat.com ‘s short list of ten names for Blogger of the Year Award…that has now been reduced to a final list of THREE which will be voted on before December 31st (nowt to do wi’ the Mayans, eh ?)… lo, and more lo, and even most lo, yours truly’s blog is still in the running…It seems I’ve become the thorn between two roses, new friends, Madeline Dyer and Melodie Ramone, each of whose blogs are WELL WORTH the follow…(see on the list below at Blog Scratchers Corner )…all yeez grand guys and gals who have tumbled aboard THE BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION (#TBSU) are cordially invited to have a click on the @skelat.com  link once they tell us when we’re all live to vote again …(pending intimation of that as we type)…I am pleased as punch enough just to be in the final count…by all means vote for either of my two splendid companions on the list…we’re ALL winners already in my perspective (view, Mabel, view...)…now, I’m off to chortle away in my cot until Matron arrives wi’ the syringe…cheers …see yeez later …

Blog Scratchers Corner

#TBSU

Blogs To Follow:

http://www.MadelineDyer.co.uk

http://www.melodieramone.com

http://www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com

http://anthonynewmanblog.blogspot.com

http://www.uknorthblindsailingassociation.org.uk

Enjoy, share, reciprocate, pass along.. yeez  know the drill by now…:):)

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…oppor-chancity knocks…lead Kindle-y light…#TBSU…

…in amongst the sheaf-loads of multi-coloured cardigans, ‘useful’ gadgets for hubbys, and ‘sensible’ things to wear, Master S.Claus has more than likely deposited into myriad Christmas stockings the latest version of THE KINDLE …that wondrous library in a chip that can be taken on holiday without smashing the luggage allowance…bringing with it the urge for the new recipients to plunder the Amazon charts for goodies to download…match that with the aspirations of gazillions of self published authors to become the next J.K Rowling…and you have a recipe of expectation more than likely to be dashed by the time the first flush of author’s Amazon sales figures scarcely eases into double digits…but… hope springs eternal, especially in the communal breasts of the quill-scrapers, the BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION , #TBSU,…far be it from me to band-wagon jump, but my agent has kids to feed, my (as-yet-to-be-found) publishers DO need sales for them to continue to exist…the major London stores have already begun their online sales as soon as the Christmas shopping jamboree slammed shut…here’s my online pitch for those looking to be first of the sofa to fill the KINDLE…my books are here :

 

Links for THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY

 

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Violin-Mans-Legacy-ebook/dp/B005D7JNCQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341400377&sr=1-1

US http://www.amazon.com/The-Violin-Mans-Legacy-ebook/dp/B005D7JNCQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1344867273&sr=1-1&keywords=the+violin+man%27s+legacy

 

Links for VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK

US http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008H45KJC

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/VENGEANCE-WEARS-BLACK-ebook/dp/B008H45KJC

 

Now, go and enjoy yersels ..LUV YEEZ ALL :):):)

 

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…’tis the season to be Bloggy…tra-la-la-la—la-la-la…’twas the Reprise List before Christmas… #TBSU…

…a sworn promise MUST be kept, Mabel… even when the mulitudes are screamin’ for mulled wine and gingerbread chateaux…I proffer for seasonal consumption three new Blogs To Follow, AND the BONUS of the Reprise List #5 of previously batched BTFs (Blogs To Follow, Mabel, please keep up…)…the response to the BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION, (#TBSU)…has been more staggering than a Houses of Parliament drunks’  Christmas shindig…if yeez are in the mood to be givin’ presents, what better gift than to give yer fellow-blogging sisters and brothers a leg-up by following their blogs?…‘you scratch my blog and I’ll scratch yours’…it’s free, it’s fun, and it’s fabulous…yes, Matron, I’m the one who ordered the half-forest of mistletoe..Why?…No, I don’t think I’ve been skippin my medications…see yeez later…

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#TBSU

Blogs To Follow:

http://www.the-view-from-outside.com

http://stargazyisland.blogspot.com

http://felicity-lennie.com

AND THE REPRISE LIST#5

http://jamesjmurray.wordpress.com

http://www.lucaveste.com

http://tometender.blogspot.com

http://www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com

http://nicolefaithhill.blogspot.com

http://beverley-carter.weebly.com

http://www.virginiaplantation.wordpress.com

http://deproverbio.com       (with the excellent Teodor Flonta)

http://christopherdavidpetersen.wordpress.com

http://www.joshualisec.wordpress.com

http://bookmavenpicks.wordpress.com

http://savvybookwrites.wordpress.com

http://www.chaptersandchats.com

http://SaintsRestNovels.blogspot.com

http://sydneyaaliyah.wordpress.com/

http://danielabram.wordpress.com

http://www.david61.blog.co.uk

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.com

http://wodke-hawkinson.com/blog1/

http://marvaseaton.wordpress.com

http://eileenHamer.blogspot.com

http://justagirldancingwithearth.wordpress.com

http://Kerrydwyer.net

http://alibacon.com

http://losttobooks.blogspot.com

http://www.garydolman.blogspot.com

http://www.writersfunzone.com

http://www.thepersecutionofmildreddunlop.wordpress.com

http://abearsrant.com

http://www.marlenegalea.wordpress.com

Now, get sharin’, passin’ along, reciprocatin’, and all that good stuff.. enjoy

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…and then I go and spoil it all by Blogging something stupid like ‘I love you’…#TBSU…

…the symbiotic Love/Hate relationship that has become my ‘affaire de c-(omput)-eour’ has absorbed much of my waking hours this last year…understand from the outset, that I purchased my first-ever laptop only four years ago…this was the prelude to getting started on my long-awaited efforts to write a novel… at least that’s what I thought it was …then, came the first surprise…after completing The Violin Man’s Legacy, I felt, ‘that’s that done,  now we sit back and the contracts roll in’…WRONG! …those who had pioneered the way for the likes of myself and about a trillion other wannabe Steinbecks had other notions…the clarion call message became clear… if ye wanna sniff any publishing success, ye’ve got to build the platform…no, Mabel, not a stage for actors, and not a place where trains roll into a station…they spoke in mysterious coding about reaching out and establishing a universe of ‘followers’…in essence a pseudo fan base… make pals, befriend everyone and  their cat, and their goldfish…be a human being…but all of this on what seemed the most inhuman domain possible…the ethereal thing called the Web… and all its cohortive elements like Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads…oh, Lord, must I? …’yes, Master Gallacher, you must’, they intoned…so, in I dived, skull-first, blissfully unaware of the pathways it would lead me along…one by excruciating one, these other-spirit worlds became an alternative existence for me (emb’dy out there had the same experience?)…by force of internet magnetic fields I was next lured into the BLOGGING world…my life was and is now fully mortgaged most waking hours to enslavement to the Dark Side…and like any self-respecting addict…I’m LUVIN’ IT!…recently the advent of THE BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION, (#TBSU) has added another wondrous dimension to it all…the motive is straightforward for all guys and gals who blog, or read blogs, or who just plain blog blogs,…‘you scratch my blog and I’ll scratch yours’…the down side is that it merely gives Matron more evidence of my increasing lunacy…here she comes again with that bluudy syringe…gotta scarper… see yeez later…

Blog Scratchers Corner

#TBSU

Blogs To Follow:

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.com

http://wodke-hawkinson.com/blog1/

http://marvaseaton.wordpress.com

http://eileenHamer.blogspot.com

http://www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com

http://justagirldancingwithearth.wordpress.com

http://Kerrydwyer.net

http://alibacon.com

http://losttobooks.blogspot.com

http://www.garydolman.blogspot.com

http://www.writersfunzone.com

http://www.thepersecutionofmildreddunlop.wordpress.com

http://abearsrant.com

http://www.marlenegalea.wordpress.com

Now, go on, share , reciprocate, and pass along…enjoy

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…a Blog by any other name would smell as sweet…that lad Billy Shakespeare knew a thing or three…#TBSU…

…the beauty of blog-headers is that once the theme is known, there’s endless concoctions to grace the banner line as above…ol’ Billy Shakespeare knew a thing or three about using language ..( no, Mabel, not bad language…using words and stuff ..)… he’s credited with contributing lexicon-loads of ‘em to the English tongue…I just betcha if he were (..proper use of tense there, Mabel, see that ?..)..if he were here today, he’d LUV the gifts of verbiage that the web-bing and the blogging, and the Facebooking would’ve given him…and I betcha he’d have JUMPED at the opporchancity of joining we guys and gals in THE BLOGSCRATCHERS UNION (#TBSU)...meantime, we can do so now .. get aboard .. ‘you scratch my blog and I’ll scratch yours…’…here comes Matron, I’m outa here…see ye later…

Blog Scratchers Corner

#TBSU

Blogs To Follow:

http://bookmavenpicks.wordpress.com

http://savvybookwrites.wordpress.com

http://www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com

http://www.chaptersandchats.com

http://SaintsRestNovels.blogspot.com

http://sydneyaaliyah.wordpress.com/

http://danielabram.wordpress.com

http://www.david61.blog.co.uk

Reciprocate, share, pass along to others .. enjoy :)

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