Guest Post: Andrew Joyce and his Stories

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If you haven’t run across Andrew Joyce in your blog travels, he’s a prolific writer of short stories and novels. He’s here at the Mirror to share a bit of his writing journey, and if can entice you, sell a book or two. His latest book, a collection of short stories, is on sale today for $.99. Take it away, Andrew:

Hello, my name is Andrew Joyce.

I have a new book out entitled Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. It is a collection of short stories I’ve written over the years. Inside Bedtime Stories you’ll find tales of fiction and nonfiction. There are all sorts of genres within its pages, from westerns to detective stories to love stories and just about anything else that you can imagine. Some of the stories are dark and some are lighthearted, but I hope you’ll find them…

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Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #12

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Micropoetry MonthHaibun is a wonderful style because lets you combine prose and poetry in a beautifully fluid way. Basho, the master, wrote it in such a simple, effortless style making his work timeless.
I have two rules for myself. 1. Keep the prose short. 2. The haiku should derive from the prose without being repetitive in word or content.

Write your own haibun or any other form of micropoetry and share using comments or good old Mister Linky!

It was the kind of morning that had all the answers – the square of anticipation, the differential of despondency, the coefficient of human failure. Hanging from the sky like a picture frame behind which we had once hidden the dark, its colours dissolving into sunshine streams, its birds flying in formation beyond its corners. It was the kind of morning that should dawn after a night like that. After you left, after…

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It’s Good to Be the King and Love Salads!

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King George I of England loved salads. He was not the only one; at the end of 17th – beginning of 18th century, Grand Sallads were “trending” among all Royal Houses of Europe. You might even say, they “went viral.”

You know I couldn’t help but give you a taste of Mel Brooks’ genius!

But seriously, Beautiful People, the University of Reading is offering a FREE five-week online course

A History of Royal Food and Feasting

I am enjoying it tremendously, and many of you will too, I am sure, so go get it at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/royal-food/

As I am in the middle of the third week of this exciting learning adventure, we are discussing the Royal Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court and the Baroque ideas of what a salad should be. Imagine my surprise when I realized that one of my favorite go-to salads is a simplified idea of a

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The Positive Side of Having a Chronic Illness 

Life with an illness

Having several chronic illnesses, I’ve learned that with a positive outlook even during the hardest times you can still find the good in situations. Everyone endures a difficult trial, it’s the way you look at it, that determines how you will get through it. There are a million negatives of having a chronic illness, however, I can’t discredit the plus sides of my journey. Here is a list of the positive sides of having a chronic illness.

  • You become closer to people who have been there for you.

A chronic illness can be debilitating. When you’re hurting there are some things you just can’t do alone. When you’ve been through the best and the worst times with someone, like a chronic illness, you develop a bond with them. They have been there through the worst times of your life, just because they care about you. Honestly, that’s amazing, to help…

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You Have a Diagnosis, Now What?

Life with an illness

You receive a diagnosis, which is a great thing. I know, sounds absurd that it could be considered a relieving thing to hear. For those with a chronic illness, you’ve been suffering for possibly months maybe even years. At this point you want the diagnosis. So you can work on your health to get into remission, however, receiving it can also make you feel overwhelmed. A thousand thoughts will go through your head all at once. You try to think about what the next step is for you. All you want is to get better, but sometimes you just don’t know what you need to do. Here is a list of what to do next after you get diagnosed.

  • Take a deep breath.

Now I know this seems a little obvious, however, after years of suffering, countless appointments, endless testing, and hospital stays the search is over. You can now…

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QUINCE

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

We’ll talk about this wonderful fruit called Quince and you will be very surprised when u see all benefits that this fruit has. Quince, belonging to the same family as apples and pears, is regarded as their distant relative. The fruit is native to the warm-temperate areas of southwest Asia, in the Caucasus region. Quince is very much like a pear in shape. Golden-yellowish outer-layer, when mature. Though it is also grown in the United States, the Asian variety is softer and much juicier. Apart from being eaten raw, quinces are commonly made into preserves and jellies as well.Quince is an ancient fruit, found in Roman cooking and grown across Turkey and southeast Asia. It grows on small trees.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINCE:

Quince has a lot of health benefits.This fruit is good for those suffering from anemia, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory illnesses, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and even asthma.Quince…

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