Thursday, 6 January 2011

Gossip Queen

This is another exciting chapter from Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

We've all gossiped at one point or another. Whether its about that cute girl you saw your friend's husband with or that gorgeous newly refurbished neighbour's house, we've all done it. But, and this is a very big B-U-T, there are some people who can wear a throne for how they do it. Meet, gossip queen. You'll see her at every festival, every funeral, every church event and if possible every other weekend in someone else's house. She'll know the daily routines of people around you right up to those who live in Timbaktu. When you bump into her at the grocer's, she'll ask you how you are and then tell you news about yourself that even you didn't know about.

Yes, this is the person who doesn't need Facebook, Twitter and Stumble Upon. She's a whole social network all by herself. What is her goal you ask? Well, she'll tell you it's concern. That she's looking out for your best interest. Right, so does every other politician. See, it is one thing to pass on information that is accurate, true and objective (oh wait, that is what journalism is supposed to be), but it's a completely different thing to pass on inaccuracies and assumptions. This is the person who even when she is fully aware that she has offered an inaccuracy, will not in anyway offer a retraction or apology. She'll simply shrug her shoulders and move on to the next juicy bit of gossip.

This is not the person who asks how are you and waits for an answer, she asks it so she can ask you her next question which would probably be something like, "so you've got a new job, how much are you getting paid?" She'll want to know what you've cooked for lunch and what you'll be preparing for dinner while at the same time telling you that one of your neighbour's will be celebrating their child's birthday next week at the restaurant down the road. This is also the person who'll take a step into your house question your decision about that lovely earth toned rug you have because it looks ugly / expensive / cheap and go on to tell you about the rug in yet another friend's house.

She'll marry off people who don't even know each other and transfer the local councilman. The polite words she offers to you are just a means of getting those biting rumours she'll soon be passing on. Sound familiar? Ah yes, take a slow, deep breath, There's one or more of this person everywhere you go, there's no hiding but there is avoiding. When you avoid, be prepared to have even wilder stories passed around about you but think about it, real friends wouldn't care and the ones who do aren't real friends. And if you ever came across the opportunity to share in gossip, think of this - When you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME. What do you think?

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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom



Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife


My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo



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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun


Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max

Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

Blognostics - Poetry


My Awards - September 2010

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My Awards - April 2011
Awarded By Roy Durham

My Awards - June 2011

My Awards - June 2011
Awarded By Sulekha Rawat

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