Have Bags, Will Travel #Book #Cover Reveal


After a long, busy summer dealing with many setbacks while trying to work on the publication of my newest short stories book of travel memoirs, I’m happy to announce that it will be published by month’s end.


This book went through various changes and delays through these past months due to some unforeseen life curveballs thrown at me, and I’d like two thank a few people for their assistance.

I say thanks to my editor Talia Leduc, and cover designer Yvonne Less for putting up with my many delays I caused from not staying within promised timelines during the editing process and the designing of my cover input. I am blessed to have developed a great rapport with these people who help make my books happen, along with my print book designer and ebook formatter. I also want to give a shout out to two of my gal pal author friends Deborah Bowman and Deborah Jay for their input and feedback, and for taking the time to read my manuscript, and to comment back their opinions on my dilemmas, and book cover. Ironically, we are the three redhead Deborah authors.

Have Bags, Will Travel is a reminiscing of short stories about some of the places I’ve traveled to, my obsessive need to travel with too much luggage, and my ongoing concern with clearing customs on my return trips home because of my never-ending love affair with shoes.  It’s a light-hearted read, sure to bring a smile or two, and most definitely, it will have some relating to, if not, learning from some of my encounters.

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“My Blog Sucks And I’m Kinda Clueless” | Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR

Blogging basics

Friend and author Dan Alatorre is a humorous nonfiction writer. I’m not quite sure exactly when we connected, but I think it was somewhere around the time I was researching disgusting prep remedies before my colonoscopy, and came across his humorous memoir on his experience with his colonoscopy. That book is naturally titled: The Night of the Colonoscopy. But Dan’s books vary, and quite a few of them are written about things he’s observed by being a parent to his little girl Savvy, along with other short stories, illustrated children’s books and cookbooks. Now that’s what I call diversity! Check out Dan’s author page HERE to view his library of published books.


Dan is a wonderful writer and takes the ‘real’ into account of any life situation, puts his spin on it, and makes an entertaining story of it. His blogs are not only informative about writing, but often hilarious.

I wanted to share one of Dan’s recent blogs here because he shares his raw thoughts and humor on the blogging process. He talks about reasons why some of us may not have a big following on our blogs and what we need to do to rectify that, in typical Dan style. In the words of Dan . . .



“Here’s some mistakes I see in unsuccessful blogs. They have no followers (well, that’s a chicken and the egg thing) and they have no/few comments. That indicates that they don’t write interesting content OR they don’t know how to attract people to their blog.

Been there.  . . . . ” Click the link below to continue:

helpful writer ramblings from a disturbed mind just like yours (by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR)

Source: “My Blog Sucks And I’m Kinda Clueless” | Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR

Are You Letting Your Blog Get Out Of Control? | Hugh’s Views & News

Write, blog, eat

Hugh Roberts is a wonderfully entertaining blogger and writer. Recently he has been writing a serial blog story titled, The Truth App, which has caught a lot of attention and interest due to his writing style and his uncanny ability to create great suspense in his short stories. He is a friendly, likeable person who loves to mingle with his fellow bloggers.



Fun and games aside, Hugh’s recent post really hit home with me. It’s entitled, “Are You Letting Your Blog Get Out Of Control?” As writers and bloggers and people who have to still do real life, many bloggers question one another about how they handle keeping up with so many blogs to read, commenting, posting, and getting other things done. After all, there are only so many hours in a day.



I know that I have found myself overwhelmed with this same dilemma for some time now, trying to find ways to minimize my blogging time which has certainly put a huge dent into my writing time, because I enjoy reading so many blogs and interacting by commenting on many of them. I don’t want to ignore my blogging friends, and I certainly don’t want to stop replying to those who take the interest and time to read and comment on my own blog. But it’s approaching the time where I have to reorganize my priorities, and when I came across Hugh’s new plan to organize his blogging time, I found myself in agreement with his approach and in the next few weeks I’m going to try and restructure my own blogging system.

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In these past few weeks, WordPress has been doing some wonky things to my website and causing some sign-in confusion with several of the blogs I subscribe to. My original subscribing method when I started blogging was to ‘hit follow’ on the top tool bar of the wordpress blogs. When I came across other bloggers I wanted to follow and wasn’t finding the ‘follow’ button, I signed up for emails of those posts to come to my inbox. Through the past few years, I don’t need to tell you what my inbox looks like. But to make matters worse, WordPress keeps changing things with the way their program is structured, and in the past few weeks I found that when I visited many of the blogs I follow, I noticed on the top bar of those blogs that it wasn’t recognizing me as a previous follower. So I began hitting ‘follow’ again.



As though I wasn’t getting enough posts by mail, WordPress then began sending duplicates of the blogs I was already following and receiving in my inbox, even though the top bar had told me I wasn’t following. When I hit ‘follow’ again, I got double the emails. Now I think this has something to do with Google thinking I’m two people as I have two Google pages (one of which I hardly use), and I have two Google email addresses. I think depending on where I’ve last signed into and then go comment on a blog, that’s how WordPress recognizes me, so don’t be surprised if you’ve seen my avatar on your blogs twice beside the ‘like’ button.

With this all said, I think I’m going to start unfollowing the blogs I enjoy from WordPress, in efforts to reduce my overwhelming email, and instead, just subscribe to those blogs and then I’ll just receive the direct emails from those blog posts. That will be a start to decluttering. As for plan B, have a look at Hugh’s idea for blog organization below:


If I had children I would do all I could to make sure they never got out of control.  I do the same with my dog, Toby.  When he was a puppy I took him to training classes and, on the odd occasion when he does disobey me, I put what I learned at those classes into place to make sure he behaves.  Fortunately, I’m pleased to say that he behaves most of the time.

If we can do this with our children and pets, then shouldn’t we also do the same with our blogs?

Occasionally I hear other bloggers say they feel guilty because they do not have enough time in the day to read all the newly published posts of the blogs they follow.  This is also true of myself. . . .”  Read more below:

Source: Are You Letting Your Blog Get Out Of Control? | Hugh’s Views & News


D.G. Kaye©September 2015