The Seeker and the Sought

A man saw a fat turkey, and he wanted it for dinner. He tied a hook to an invisible long piece of string, baited it with a grain of corn, and threw it towards the fowl.  Once the turkey swallowed the hook, he ran, dragging the creature all the way to the kitchen.

On the dinner table, the man said joyfully to his guests: “I didn’t seek the bird, but the bird sought me.”

“Surely, turkeys are stupid creatures if they can be lured by a small grain of corn,” I hear you sniff. But have you ever, at the sight of an ad popping up on your screen and displaying a whatchamacallit, manoeuvred your mouse and clicked on it, showing the same willingness as the fat turkey swallowing the hook? Jeff Bezos has every right to say the same thing to the fat turkeys who are his customers, “I didn’t seek the birds, but they sought me.”


(Note: The Man and the Turkey story is adapted from Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce)

A Mother’s Night

I woke up in the mid of night to find my daughter standing by the door complaining she couldn’t go to sleep. By unspoken agreement, my young son got up before dawn to give me very fresh morning kisses and cuddles.  One in the late night, one the early morning, what a pair.

Heavy Workloads for UK College Staff

According to a survey carried out by Professor Gail Kinman from the University of Bedfordshire on behalf of the University and College Union (UCU), nine out ten lecturers in further education find their job stressful.

Having been working in high education for many years, I can’t agree more with the survey.

Read more about the survey here.


Blog Tour Children of Swan


July 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 1st: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

July 3rd: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

July 6th: Book Excerpt @ Vampyre Lady’s Book Stuff

July 8th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Just Books

July 10th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Ink Faction

July 12th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

July 14th:  Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

July 16th: Book Review, Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

July 18th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

July 20th:  Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

July 22nd: Guest Post @ Novelers Blog

July 24th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily

July 26th: Book Excerpt, Author Interview, Guest Post and Giveaway @ Morgan’s Comnick

July 28th: Book Review and Giveaway  @ I Heart Reading

July 30th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Bookworm for Kids

July 31st: Promo Post @ The Bookworm Lodge

August 1st: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

My heartfelt thanks for Majanka and her Enchanted Book Promotion team.