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CreativeSpider
Canada (for the Interim)
Fiction & Script Writer and Editor
Interests: Film & Television, Books, Travel, Food, Challenges/Learning
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Lisa Kelley’s cute and very “cozy” blog is “for and about Cozy mysteries and their wonderful authors”. There’s also a Facebook page to share thoughts about them. If you’re into cozies, there’s a lot to be found—so please visit, peruse, discover. You’ll see why “Lisa K’s Book Reviews” was voted... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Creative Spider 3
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Valerie Long’s very cool, attractively arranged blog is dedicated to “book blogging and other musings on life”. Easy on the eyes, easy to follow, the blog started out with the purpose of providing book reviews, with some posts about “life and the world”. Since then, Librarian and Book Blogger Valerie... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Creative Spider 3
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Amy’s awesome blog was created with the honorable intention of helping other authors promote their work (as an indie author, she recognized how hard it is to get our names and books out there). That’s commendable and we fellow writers thank her! She’s writing a humorous southern mystery series, which... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Creative Spider 3
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I love Celtic Lady’s blog—how can an Irish bhean (hope I got that right) not have shamrocks as a backdrop? A wife, mother, and grandmother, Kathleen Kelly does not however reside on the Emerald Isle; you can find her in Wisconsin. Blogging began in 2009 when she could no longer... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Creative Spider 3
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Shannon Muir’s blog, “The Pulp and Mystery Shelf”, offers author and character interviews, guest posts and spotlights. Not only does Shannon produce all this, she writes, too! Her focuses are on mystery, New Pulp and Noir, and fiction primarily “featuring contemporary women in a range of situations”, though she’ll feature... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Creative Spider 3
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If you’re looking for book postings and reviews, please check out Stacey Schneller’s blog “Books,Dreams,Life”. Stacey’s recently moved from WordPress to Blogger. If you visit https://staceyschneller06.wordpress.com, you’ll find a link to the new blog. The move, she states, is due to “some problems WordPress and I have not gotten along... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Creative Spider 3
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Dog-lover Leslie readily admits she’s a “book junkie” (I can relate, having been one once myself—now, I’m a “writing junkie”). She loves cozies, romance, chick lit, mystery/thrillers—like me, everything except horror. Her reading passion started with Little House on the Prairie and, again like me, Nancy Drew. <LOL> Leslie will... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Creative Spider 3
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Julie’s blog is “a place where I’ll post reviews for other independent authors . . . and a few things of interest”. An attractive, clean and crisp blog, it’s easy to follow (I do so like that). http://julieelizabethpowell.blogspot.co.uk Her blog serves as a companion for the website “Alchemy – The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Creative Spider 3
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Thirty-something Nicole is an attractive wife and mother of three. Her blog is dedicated to her “favorite things”. You can find a sundry of book reviews and some great giveaways. While she prefers romance and cozies, she admits that she also enjoys reading outside her comfort zone. I’d like to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Creative Spider 3
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Guess who has a book tour starting May 15th? Yes . . . l'il ol' me. If you're interested, please visit http://www.escapewithdollycas.com. Lori Caswell's bright eye-catching site is dedicated to cozy mysteries—you can find reviews, contests, author bios and interviews, among other things. Here's hoping (and dreaming) that one day... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Cat, a handsome tuxedo’d fella, passed a few days ago at the age of 19 1/2 years. He’s now frolicking with his brother, Mouse, in kitty heaven—scampering after catnip balls and feather-boa toys, and sunning on comfy windowsills. It’s always sad to lose a beloved pet . . . a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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While I will continue to post weekly on Typepad, I have a confession to make: in a quest for a new blog, I've sallied forth--to a competitor. It's dedicated to writing, though in all honesty, the actual focus is still proving elusive. I'm finding that Wordpress is a wee bit... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Goin’ thru a see-saw phase: one day up, one day down. Down days result in “feeding” melancholy with pizza, donuts and chocolate. The gut rolls groweth. Up days result in “feeding” cheerfulness with pizza, donuts and chocolate. The gut rolls groweth. These types of phases are probably okay for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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“Beautiful Day” by Jamie Grace Harper is a bubbly and bright song that makes you think sunshine and summer, picnics and playtime. It’s from her second album, “Ready to Fly” (which received considerable critical acclaim). We’re talking happy beat for happy feet. I heard it for the first time three... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Last year I posted about (and praised) the worthy and honorable Honey Nut Cheerios “save the bees” campaign. This year, they’ve returned to remind us of how important these hard-working insects are. Per Josh Hafner, USA Today: “Several species of bees have experienced dramatic declines in recent decades, with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Cuteness break. Remember last year, when the High Park capybaras hightailed it outta there as soon as an opportunity presented itself? During those exciting few weeks, it seemed everyone had an attentive eye open in hopes of sighting the missing couple. The escapade was entertaining, a distraction from the everyday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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I choose to smudge—with fragrant sage. In fact, for many years, I’ve smudged (purified) to release negativity that can collect, float, and linger at home. Last week, a large circle of work colleagues collected in a parkette to partake in a smudging ceremony. Simple, informative and inspiring, it was an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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You know you’re getting old(er) when: young people on the bus offer you their seat . . . regularly flesh jiggles and wiggles, no matter how much and often you work out that perpetual deep-in-thought groove between the eyebrows is now just one perpetual deep groove you wonder how young... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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We play the hand we’re dealt. I’d recently heard the line on TV (Murdoch Mysteries, in case you’re interested) and couldn’t get it out of my head. For those who live life with a perpetual glass half-empty perspective, it would prove negative above all else. We’re granted a certain lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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I’m having a “duh” day—in fact, it seems I’m experiencing a “duh” week. I’ve misplaced my keys, papers, lists, tops . . . and mind. Is brrrrr-brisk, chilling weather freezing the ol’ gray matter? Is the daily devastating/senseless news prompting me to retreat emotionally and mentally? Maybe it’s sugar overload... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Performance evaluation and objective-setting time has arrived at work. The optimism of youth (which, to me, is now anyone under 45, LOL) is awesome. I’m fairly sure I was that way once: any task or goal was achievable, retirement was merely a word, and working 24/7 was totally doable. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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You’ve heard the saying, “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure”, or variations thereof. Same holds true for art. What one individual finds stunning or beautiful, another may find hideous or offensive. I love all types of art, but I’m particularly drawn to murals, be they on garages or bridges,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Flames and fire are great at a campfire, in a fireplace, for toasting marshmallows and roasting hot dogs (sorry, my vegan friends), and warming fingers and toes. They’re not good when they’re licking walls, gnawing roofs, clouding up streets, fouling lungs, and causing havoc. The midtown six-alarm blaze this past... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Meant to mention one more thing . . . yes, about l'il ol' me (anything else going forward will be included on the future blog and FB page). . . just wanted to share this . . . https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-connecticut-corpse-caper-by-tyler-colins.html. Thank you all. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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These days, it’s not uncommon to hear a company tout their “excellent” customer service (the one I work for included). That’s great—if delivered. Often, sadly, it’s more hype than anything else. So when I come across someone who provides amazing service, I’m knocked for six (who’d have thought I’d actually... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Creative Spider 3