Mama always said, ” ‘Tis better to give than to receive.” (Amazon & Goodreads Giveaways!)

Yes, this is really my Mama...but this book is still a WIP!

Yes, this is really my Mama…but this book is still a WIP!

People will often hear me say, “Mama always said, […enter her wise quotable here…].” That’s because my mama, probably just like yours, was wise…like her mama before her and hers before her, etc., (x) infinity.

My kids have heard me say this all their lives, especially when I couldn’t think of an original thought to pass on when advice was required. “My mama always said…” filled the bill so well that 7 of my 10+2 children have reported that they’ve said it to their kids as well.

I miss Mama. A lot.

Well, Mama’s birthday is coming up. She would be 85 on August 27th and I wanted to do something to commemorate her day. I wracked my brain to figure out a way to share her with everyone…then I heard her say clearly in my ear:

“What did I tell you all your life?”

“That all you want is for me to behave for just one day?” I thought back at her.

“No, you nincompoop! About giving and receiving!”

“Ohhh, yeah…riiight”

“Don’t ‘yeah’ me, young lady!”

“Ohhh, riiight!” (The title of this post was the correct answer, by the way 😀)

And so a couple of Giveaways are in order:

“But wait! There’s more!!”

  • My next Goodreads Giveaway will also begin on Mama’s birthday, this coming Saturday, August 27th, when you can enter to win 1 of 10 print copies of Folded Dreams- the Beginning.(see book details and reviews here). The final drawing for that Giveaway will be held on October 20th.

I think she’d approve.

After all, Mama always said, ” ’tis better to give than to receive.”!


Now reading: “In Times Like These” by Nathan Van Coops



Go to Amazon to get one at a time or buy the boxed set!

I finally started reading In Times Like These, by Nathan Van Coops!

This book is shaping up to be a wonderful story on time travel, with the rift brought on by a bolt of blue lightening striking in the vicinity of a baseball field.

That’s the bare-bones summary of how this story begins.

Although I’m only just now into the fourth chapter of In Times Like These, I find that it is a wonderful combination of real life, flights of imagination and science.

The travel back through time at once answers one of the deepest desires of the human heart – to have a second chance to know and say goodbye to loved ones…or perhaps it’s only me, wishing I could meet the maternal grandfather I never knew, and wishing I could have said goodbye to all four of my grandparents, and all of the aunts, uncles and friends I’ve lost through the years. Either way, Robbie, one of the five friends caught up in the rift, met the grandfather he’d lost as a child, and had the enviable opportunity to know him as a man.

So far, the science behind time travel that Mr. Van Coops gives is just limited enough…with just enough poetic license taken…that the story is not so fantastic as to discount realistic dreams of following in the footsteps of our time travelling protagonists.

Just wanted to put that out there.

Tooting other authors’ horns!


It’s hard for me to blow my own horn. I suppose it’s my upbringing that prevents me from any form of braggadocio if I can help it, but that doesn’t preclude my tooting other authors’ horns!

Once I rearrange, switch out or otherwise revamp The Old Fossil Writes, the Bookshelf (if it retains that name) will, of course, have reviews that I have written, but it will also see links to reviews by other authors (- toots horn! –).

Like this one by Ralph Webster!

Like this one by Ralph Webster!

Readers, including authors, review the books they read. And authors not only sell their books, but they also participate in promotional Giveaways on Goodreads, Smashwords, Amazon and other platforms.

I promote my own…so why not give back to the readers and writers community by helping other authors to promote theirs (- “toot toot!” -)?

As I posted the other day, I visit a fair few blogs; I read them, explore them…learn from them, especially other writers’ sites. I figure that, if I’m going to borrow ideas from them for my own blog, and so many have been kind enough to share my book, then why shouldn’t I toot other authors’ horns, too?!!

“Toot toot”!!!

Very First Preview of novel-in-progress – “Waking Up Dead!”, now on Goodreads!

Screenshot_2016-05-31-04-42-49-1-1You asked for it (well, some did, anyway 😀 ) and here it is, unveiled for the very first time, your very own, prologue and first chapter preview of my novel-in-progress, Waking Up Dead! A bit of humour, mixed with drama and a whole lot of, “but…but…but…!” by the time this book is finished, but for now?

Just a bit of fair warning – – – you might need a bit of a strong stomach :O

Don’t let the summary, description and prologue fool you. Waking Up Dead! is not a tale that your preacher would relate to his staid congregation during a solemn Sunday service!

You can read Waking Up Dead! – prologue and first chapter here on Goodreads! Let me know what you think of it so far (remember that it’s only the first draft!

Folded Dreams – new chapter posted on Goodreads!



Folded Dreams, the novel, is going slowly, but I’m not sussed about it. It’s a choice: my eyes or my book, and without my eyes, there will be no book, at least that’s the tack I’m taking for the time being. So to while away the hours this morning, as I wait for these eye drops to wake my eyeballs up, I posted another chapter of Folded Dreams on my writing page on Goodreads. The title of the chapter is:

“…black as a raven’s wing.”

For those of you who read the prequel, my debut book, “Folded Dreams – the Beginning“, you will recognize the character. For those who haven’t, that book is available in print and on Kindle on Amazon (as well as Amazon worldwide) and, in print, at Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace. And, although the novel is good enough as a stand-alone, the prequel gives a really good, freaky, background to the story!

I should stop for a cuppa, now – don’t want to overdo things this early in the day and suffer a pounding headache later. Just suffice it to say that, while I’ve had to give my eyes a rest from close work, I’ve been watching a lot of PBS (which always gives me inspiration) and taking copious notes for Folded Dreams. And now that I have my new monthly quota of data speed into which I can tap to get online, I might even be able to post the first chapter of Waking Up Dead! on Goodreads as well!

Just a Reminder: Preview of “Folded Dreams”…


I just wanted to post a little reminder to you all…especially those who have read “Folded Dreams – the Beginning” and mentioned wishing it was longer…I have put the first 5 chapters of Folded Dreams, the novel on Goodreads.

I think you’ll like the way it reads! I wouldn’t complain if you leave your opinion there or here😁