A bit of fun

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Desert Island Dilemma - what books would you crave for?

Dilemma 



Margaret Kazmierczak asks what five books you would want with you on a Desert IslandA fantastic holiday on a desert Island is almost over. You have packed your bags, sport an amazing bronze tan and are waiting for the golf buggy to transport you to the secluded airport. 


The gentle wind caresses your cheek and is the only indication of anything moving. Being an adventurous woman you decide to scale a nearby palm tree. From your advantage point, you scan the horizon - the Island is totally deserted. 

In a rundown shack, you find a treasure chest full of books. What books would you crave for to be in that casket?





Non-fiction (the bible is already included)?

Fiction? 

Choose your favourite five to share in the comments below. A "series" counts for one.

Looking forward to reading your replies.

Margaret


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Why laughter is the key to a happy family.

Laughter 😄

The other day I heard audible shrieks of laughter coming from the bedroom. A couple of hours later an exhausted dad descended the stairs, what on earth was going on? 

I did not dare to ask.  
Margaret Kazmierczak on laughter and a happy family

Will you guess?


The anticipation

Later that day, an excited teenager burst into the sitting room with an "I've got something to show you" look on her face. With bright eyes and a wide grin, she hunkered down next to me. Quizzically I asked. "What are we watching?" "You'll see," came the reply.


Don't take yourself too seriously


Expecting a film or an excerpt from a programme my daughter often raved about, I did not anticipate a homemade video.  The result, however, left me giggling loudly and the sound of laughter roused the other family members to trek in and see what had prompted my outburst. 

Now I understood the reason for my hubby's exhaustion. Our daughter had got him to rehearse many times before she was satisfied with the result. 


Family thrives on laughter.



He, however, would have preferred to do a video on trains!

Being bias I believe she did a credible job for her first attempt especially in convincing her dad to participate in an activity that did not involve trains. 










Laughter a family's best friend 

When family laugh together tensions of everyday life that come from close proximity can provide healing. Laughing together is a wonderful way to share. 


Without further ado, please be upstanding for.... 

Dad guesses the prices of girly items.




Job 8:21King James Version (KJV)

 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Wow that was powerful - what book rocks your boat?

Wow that was powerful

I have just put my all time favourite book down.The main character is so real on every page, he could be a next door neighbour or a colleague at work. The story gripped me as I read page after page of his heroic deeds that caused division and healing. Its effect will stay with me for the rest of my life. Yes, the good guy won, but he went through a minefield of emotions and personal loss to do so. 


Some characters just get you right there in the heart. 


Have you read a book like that?


Some characters just get you in the heart.

My question today



My reading has changed over the years. To begin with, I liked autobiographies as I found them inspiring. Then I read Lord Of The Rings, Narnia and Ted Dekker novels and my love for other fictitious worlds grew. With teenagers in the house, I like to read what they are reading so that we can discuss the book and its contents. 



So what is your cup of tea in the book world, what doors do you like to open?



Did you guess the book I was reading?

Oh and the name of the book I just finished, The Gospel according to John from the Holy Bible. And the main character was Jesus. 

Looking forward to hearing your comments.

Margaret




Monday, 6 March 2017

Amazing inside information - Karen Ingalls interviews Margaret Kazmierczak Author

Behind the scenes - How to Make Victoria Sponge - the book.


Powerful, eye-opening and life changing.


"I am honoured to have Margaret Kazmierczak as my guest this week. In this interview, you will learn about how she came to write her book and why she loves to write." 


Leave a comment or question at the end of the interview (on the site below) for a chance to win a copy of her book in ebook fashion.

Read all about it at




Interview with Margaret Kazmierczak author of How to Make Victoria Sponge




Tuesday, 28 February 2017

How to make a difference - review a Christian book and make an author happy!

Margaret Kazmierczak writes about family life in a Christian household

That book you had published, how's it going? 

A deafening silence fills the room with the anticipated answer. A nervous shuffle, lips parting then closing again as the right words are being formulated, then dismissed. 

That well?

So often no news is good news, but in the case of a book that has tormented the author with blood and tears during the years of writing and trying to get it published, no news is definitely not good news.  

You see sales but no reviews - oh how I can relate, do you?


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Margaret Kazmierczak writes on reader writing a review.


So what is happening? 


  • Did you like it and just forget to review it?
  • Read it and decided better to say nothing in case you upset the author? 
  • Simply started it and put it down finding it useful as a door stop.
  • Put it on your "to read" pile that might get read in five years time!
  • Maybe it fell down behind the bedside cabinet and is collecting dust waiting to be remembered and retrieved.
  • Perhaps the beginning didn't hook you and you found a more interesting book to read instead.

Meanwhile, the author, the creator of the work, waits patiently for the reviews to come..... Is anyone out there? 😞

Margaret Kazmierczak talks about readers writing a review.

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The market is flooded with books, so much choice and what to choose. Reviews help with that choice. You are making a huge difference by taking a moment to comment, good or bad on a book you have enjoyed or been dissatisfied with. Your opinion does matter.



What happens when you review a book? 

  • You bring that book to the attention of others whether it is a good or bad review.
  • Your review may influence others in deciding whether or not to buy the book.
  • You will help the ratings.
  • You will help the author understand if she has connected with her readers and that the book is not propping up a wobbly table. 
  • Your opinion will matter in the future when the author undergoes her next 'work in progress'.
  • You may not make the author rich, but she will be very grateful that you have taken the time to comment on the novel. 😄

At this point, the author may well be jumping up and down, it does not take too much to please this particular author. You, my readers, are a delight to write for. 

Margaret Kazmierczak talking on how book reviews are essential for the good of a novel.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

When you are on the bottom rung - the only way is up

Bottom rung days


I am having one of those bottom rung days and the only way forward means going up. Sitting on the bottom rung is comfortable, it is safe albeit lonely. Everyone else seems far away perched on their crossbars surrounded by clouds. Laughing from their vantage point. Can I climb that high and experience the same joy?


Bottom rung days often become new beginnings


Mountains

Why do mountains look so awesome from a distance, and yet petrifying close up? The shear stableness of its structure beckons and towers over me. To look at it from afar it seems conquerable, but the closer I get the fear begins to set in. Bottom ladder days are like that. 




Moving up

Taking the first step is scary, it means committing to moving up. To believing in a better goal. This is like writing. The blank page awaiting words, inspiration. It taunts me, saying you can't do this. Climbing the ladder takes courage, great effort and seems completely out of my reach. I can hear the pen laughing. Write if you dare. 

Do I dare?

You cannot be a writer if you don't dare. The bottom of the ladder is no place for creativity. Comfortable and safe do not go hand in hand with adventure. So if I want to see the results of my creation I need to climb one step at a time towards the clouds. 

Looking up

I don't like looking down as I climb, it makes me feel dizzy. Looking up and forward gives me an idea of how closer I am getting to my goal. To the joy that others are experiencing on their higher rungs. I hear their cheers as each step brings me nearer, their enthusiasm for my success infectious. I can do this as long as I believe in myself. 



Snakes and ladders

There will of course be times of snakes and ladders when I hit a snake, tumbling down and starting again from a new square further down the board. Except this time I know I can climb up again as I have done it before. Bottom rung days will come and go. What is important is that I keep trying and with determination, I will climb that high and experience the same joy. 



"But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded." 2 Chronicles 15:7