So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Guest post; Colin Ward

Colin is not only an author but also works with book formatting. He saved me the other day when I couldn’t get my head around stopping my numbers starting on the wrong page in my latest book. If you need help with this sort of problem, he’s the man!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, family, pets etc.

I live in a small town close to the south coast in the UK in the county of Dorset. I used to live in Birmingham, but moved down for a change in scenery a couple of years ago. I live alone but have family spread across England. In addition to being a writer, I am a poet, playwright and a musician.

How did you get into formatting, running your own business and writing?

I’ve been writing in many forms for over 20 years. I was a drama and theatre specialist and teacher for over fifteen years before leaving that to focus more on writing my first novel. I still use these skills in helping authors to develop their work in the early stages of writing. In 2017 I finished my debut novel and that was a very steep learning curve. That’s where I really began my journey into book design and formatting. Now I do all my own design, formatting and self-publishing, as well as supporting my clients in helping them to publish their own books. I got into this kind of work because I am a driven independent learner. I got tired of having to wait months and months for someone else to agree to publish my work. Of course, I have my writing professionally edited as I want it to be its best, but I am a huge supporter of Independent Artists of all forms and genre.


When it comes to formatting and self-publishing services, I use both Microsoft Word and professional Adobe software. A lot of simple interior book formatting can be completed in Word, which I still like to use as I can show other writers new skills. My services are always bespoke, and if possible I prefer to solve a small problem or doing a quick job whilst teaching someone a new skill they can use themselves in the future.

Books and website?

My main website is https://inasmanywords.com/ and I use the @inasmanywords brand across all social media. My website has links to all my books, blogs and services.

One of my most popular blog posts over the past couple of years has been one I wrote for a talk I did on developing ideas into writing: https://medium.com/in-as-many-words/a-writers-guide-to-picking-plucking-and-plunging-b81e9c23bc03

Coffee or tea? 

Neither. I love the smell of freshly ground coffee, but I don’t like hot drinks. Gimme an ice cold lemonade or a liquid libation any time.

Chocolate or crisps?
Chocolate, of course.


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Guest Post; Lisa Ortigara Crego

Lisa and I met on a Facebook group and are writer buddies.

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, family, career, horses etc.

I was born in Chicago, Illinois where I resided most of my young life with the exception of five years in a small town in Wautoma Wisconsin where I lived on a 400 acre farm riding horses and living my best life out in nature. My horse’s name was Pasha, a white Arabian who was a one-person horse.

In my late 20’s I moved to South Florida to enjoy the tropical beaches and paradise ambiance. In my spare time I love walking the beaches with my beloved dog Southern Grace, cycling, reading, and writing on spiritual recovery from food addiction.  I’m married to the love of my life, raised two fine sons who are grown and flown.

I worked in the weight loss industry for well over two decades, speaking around the country on recovery from compulsive eating utilizing spiritual and mind healing. I contributed several chapters in Sage publications and run a blog found at Weightcontroltherapy.com. To date I maintains a nearly 100 pound loss using the approach I teach.

My professional membership organization affiliations are: the National Association of Social Workers, the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the American Psychological Association.

I’m a clinical psychotherapist, addiction psychologist and Visiting Professor in private practice worked in the field of eating disorders for well over two and a half decades. I earned a doctorate in addiction psychology, a master’s degree in social work with the emphasis on mental health, and is certified as an eating disorder specialist, masters certified addiction professional and licensed national Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

How did you get into writing?

I got into writing when I was thirteen years old writing in journals all the events, feelings, and experiences in my life. I still journal to date and have a chest filled with written-in journals for over five decades. You could say I have many books to write based on what’s in my trunk! I come from many generations of writers on my mom’s side. They owned and operated a newspaper back in the early 1900’s to mid-1900’s. In fact, I’ll be writing my first fiction on Abbie my great, great grandma who was part of the newspaper back in Berlin, Wisconsin.. Parts are true and most embellished.

Are you a plot in head first person or does it grow as you write?

I’m sort of a loose plot on paper type of writer, not an outline but a sketch of what my chapters will look like and then from there I’m a pantster letting my book write itself—or my spiritual guide gives me what I need to say.

I am the author of:

Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out.

Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out

Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out

And soon to publish: Release Your Obsession with Aging: Heal from the Inside Out

I’m proud of all of my books—they’re all my children so to speak but if I had to pick one to share with you I’d say it would be my most recent launch:  Release the Obsession with Cheat DAZE, Heal from the Inside Out. Cheat DAZE is not your common diet book—it’s not about a diet at all—the subject is a freedom you never imagined—freedom from the Cheat DAZE food frenzy that seizes you on any and every special occasion. Well, no more. This is a new way of relating to food. Imagine that you feel no gripping rush toward “willpower,” or guilt, or jonsing, or any of those old, familiar, feelings when that urge comes on and you know you’re going to cave.

By the time you finish reading Release your Obsession with Cheat Daze: Heal from the Inside Out, you’ll be able to skillfully arrest any inner and outer turmoil focused on the one cheat day—that often turns into days—and the Daze, as you enter Zombie Zone. But instead, for once, you will live free from the burdens and fears of giving into sugary, high-fat food selections, no longer white knuckling and forcing change in an unnatural way. You will no longer live for the cheat day. You will no longer live for the food, but enjoy what you eat to fulfill your miraculous body’s real needs—and thrive.

Coffee or Tea?

Although I love a good cup of decaffeinated coffee in the morning my best hot drink is tea. I’m half Italian and half English and the English side comes to fruition when it comes to my beverage throughout the day.

Chocolate or crisps?

Chocolate hands down! I love 95% dark chocolate…

Romance or thriller?

I like many different genres but outside of non-fiction I’d say I’m most partial to an adventure book with a spiritual message.

Horses, dogs or both?

I’m definitely a horse and dog lover—and parrot too!


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Clouds

This warm, wet summer has made for some stormy weather and some spectacular clouds!


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How’s your summer?

We’re having a warm and wet summer this year, compared to last year’s hot and dry. As it may be our last summer here, I’ve been enjoying it as much as possible and making videos and photographing to make memories. Here are some of my favourite piccies.

We’ve had a couple of viewings of the flat.#, but no offers yet. We’re in no hurry!

Travelling to the UK is getting better,as the quarantines get relaxed. However, we may have to sell up, store our furniture here, and go house searching when we get there!

How’s your summer?


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Vote for Challenger!!!!!

WOW! Look at this, Challenger is up for an award with Connections e magazine! Please follow the link below and vote for it!
Congratulations. Your book, Challenger, was nominated by one of your readers and selected as a finalist in Connections eMagazine’s 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards. The public voting is now underway and will conclude July 19th. The winners will be featured in the August 2020 edition or our eMagazine.
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