Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Portland Horror Film Fest Day 3


Live Action Reviews on location! Portland Horror Film Festival 2022. This film festival is a 5-day International Festival of Terror, bringing horror from around the world to creepy Portland, OR, a tree-filled land with a deep and dark history. This was day three …

Friday, July 1 7-11 pm at the Hollywood Theatre

7 pm – Short Films 3 w/filmmaker Q&A Bumper:

The Beast in the Bedroom


Shadow of a Silhouette

I’ll Be Back Tomorrow

7 Minutes In Hell Love You,

Mama (CA) #Nofilter

Hell Hole

In The Shadow of God (CA)

9 pm – Bonus Shorts Smile (CA) Relax with Draco While Mortals Sleep 9:30 pm – Feature: Woodland Grey (Canada)

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Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part Two – D.G. Kaye, Sandra Cox, Roberta Eaton Cheadle, Stevie Turner, Dorothy Grover-Read, Terry Tyler, Alex Craigie, Jacqui Murray, D.L. Finn, Rebecca Budd

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the last three months, I have been privileged to share the thoughts and wisdom of friends within the writing community in response to the prompt ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then!’. In case you have missed any of these guest posts I will be sharing their links in this catch up series.

Today my friend and fellow collaborator and non-fiction author D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) shares her thoughts on learning from life lessons.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by D.G. Kaye Posted on June 2, 2022

Author Sandra Cox relives those days of manual typewriters and correction fluid that made creating a manuscript so interesting, especially when you needed to correct a paragraph halfway through the book!. Not to mention the snail mail approach to getting a publisher!

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Pre-historic #Publishing by…

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My Best Books

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I was asked by Ben Fox the other day (you can find out more about him here– ( what were the best books I’d read with the best character driven stories. I thought that to be a really interesting question, one demanding a lot of consideration.

Well, for better or worse, this is what I came up with.

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The Scone of Stone


Again, I almost missed International Scone Week, and if not for lovely Carol of Retired? No one told me! I would not have known. Thank you, Carol, for keeping me informed!

For reasons you already know, Beautiful People, this is yet another repeat.

The Scone of Stone was stolen! It was stolen from the most unexpected and the best guarded place, The Dwarf Bread Museum. Of course, dwarf breads were substantially different from our breads; that is, different in substance. In fact, they included gravel as one of the main ingredients. According to the late Sir Terry Pratchett, whose whimsical imagination gave birth to Discworld and everything in it, “they were probably as edible now as they were on the day they were baked. “Forged” was a better term. Dwarf bread was made as a meal of last resort and also as a weapon and a currency” (The…

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Triana, Harding win Best Novel at 2022 Splatterpunk Awards

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Kristopher Triana and Ryan Harding won Best Novel on a night the 2022 Splatterpunk Awards honored the horror subgenre’s inaugural Hall of Legends at KillerCon in Austin, Texas, on August 13th.

Hosted by Wrath James White and Shane McKenzie, the fifth annual Splatterpunk Awards celebrated the best of Extreme Horror fiction published in 2021 by announcing winners in five categories.

The Night Stockersby Triana and Harding won Best Novel. Triana previously won the category in 2019 for Full Brutal. Harding earned his fourth Splatterpunk Award overall, previously winning twice for Best Short Story and once for Best Novella.

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spokeby Eric LaRocca won Best Novella.

“Next Best Baker” by Jeff Strand from the anthology Baker’s Dozen won Best Short Story. Strand previously won the category in 2018 for “The Tipping Point” from his collection Everything Has Teeth.

Beyond Reformby…

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ODDITIES THEATER: The Hoober-Bloob Highway (1975)


It’s Saturday and you know what that means, right? It’s time… to get weird.

Hey, guess what? Good news! A couple of my friends brought a new baby into the world earlier this week, so to honor this fine occasion we’re going to watch an old classic: The Hoober-Bloob Highway. This is an awesome animation based on a Dr Seuss story. If you’re familiar with it, you’ll know why I’m posting it. If not, you’ll see soon.

This may be the first Dr Seuss “film” that’s ever been featured on Oddities Theater, but it certainly will not be the last. He has so many great stories and many of them have been animated. There’s also The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T, but we’ll save that one for a later date.

Alright, it’s about time we get on The Hoober-Bloob Highway. Until next time!

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FREE Audiobook—No Catch!

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THE WIDOW’S SON Book number 3 in the 4 Book Series titled Lies and Consequences

The last of my eight novels to be narrated.

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ODDITIES THEATER: Nightflyers (1987)


It’s Saturday! You know what that means… it’s time to GET WEIRD.

This week’s film comes as a recommendation from @ThomasOtterman (Twitter). This one’s managed to fly under my radar all these years, so I’ll be watching it for the first time right along with you all. From the freeze frames to the plot description, this movie seems right up my alley.

Wanna read the plot description for yourself? Here you go: “A group of scientists set out on a space voyage to find a mysterious alien being, and in the process they are victimized by the ship’s malevolent computer.”

Yeah, yeah… I know. Sounds like familiar territory. Do we really need another film about a killer spaceship? The answer is yes. Always yes.

Cool poster, bro.

Oh, did I mention it was based on a George R. R. Martin (author of A Game of Thrones) story?…

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A Few Quotations on First Drafts

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Here are a few quotations about creating first drafts to inspire all of us to keep writing:



“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

                                                               Mark Twain



“You might not write well every day,

   but you can always edit a bad page.

   You can’t edit a blank page.”

                                                                 Jodi Picoult



“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”

                                                                      William Faulkner.


“If you want to be a writer, then write, every day, and do not revise. Simply create the first draft.”

                                                                        Charles F. French


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Types of Laziness and How to Overcome

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We all know that feeling of not wanting to do anything or postponing a few somethings. It could be after a particularly busy period, deadlines, or stress. It’s alright for all of us to want those ‘relaxed’ moments.

Here are some types of laziness Andrew suggestions to overcome them

  1. Confusion – “I don’t know what to do.”
    – When this comes up it can feel overwhelming and you start to rationalise the shit out of it.
    – Self acclaimed perfectionists suffer from this a lot. You want a finished process or result but you stay there too scared to even start.
    – The trick is to get started and figure it out along the way. You learn from the mistakes as you grow.
  2. Neurotic Fear – “I just can’t.”
    – Once you listen to this voice, you would rather do anything than the task in front of you. Instead of…

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Robbie’s Inspiration – Poems about Waiting

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Fellow blogger and poet, Smitha Vishwanath, wrote a lovely poem about waiting. At the time of writing, she was waiting for the results of medical tests which have subsequently come back and alleviated her anxiety. You can read Smitha’s post here:

Smitha’s words reminded me of my own times of waiting for answers in hospitals subsequent to various tests and procedures my two sons have undergone over the years.

I wrote a poem called Waiting for an Answer about Son # 1’s numerous medical procedures and interventions.

I decided to recite both poems and share them with you to consider.

What are your thoughts about waiting for test results and post operative feedback? Or are you one of the fortunate few who have never been in this position?

Waiting – the antonym for living by Smitha Vishwanath

You can learn more about Smitha Vishwanath here:

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Daniel Kemp

May the mirrors of the world shine brightly
and the reflection shows your friends your true worth.

May the obstacles across your path fade to nothing
and your distractors find deep holes in the earth.

May each day be your own new renaissance
and your good sense grows stronger as you age

May your heart be as strong as you need it
ever choosing what to confine to each page.

And lastly—
May you see each and every person ever clearly
and not just what they appear to be

May you be ever wise in your selection,
as a friend always comes without the payment of any fee!

© 2022 Daniel Kemp All Rights Reserved

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Haunted Locations: Route 2A, Haynesville Wood, Maine

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Welcome to weird Wednesday where we explore the darkest corners of the globe, searching for the mysterious and unknown. Today’s location takes us to the land of lighthouses and lobsters, the state of Maine.

If the frigid waters, dangerous weather conditions, and upwards of 11 haunted locations aren’t enough to frighten, and terrify you into staying away from this place, then maybe a drive up to Haunted Haynesville Woods will do the trick.

Many locals can attest that once you hit a certain spot in Maine…there’s not much by way of population. Enter, Aroostook County, where Route 2A resides. Route 2A is one of the most haunted areas in the Pine Tree State. In fact, the site is so infamous with its highway haunts that former trucker turned singer/songwriter Dick Curless wrote a song called “A Tombstone Every Mile,” inspired by the lonely stretch of road.

The route itself is…

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Roberta Writes – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: The mystery of two endings

Did you know that Charles Dickens re-wrote the ending of Great Expectations?

He made this change after he’d submitted the final chapters to the printers in June 1861. He was apparently persuaded to make the change by a close friend who felt he should end the book in a way that left the reader hopeful that Pip and Estella might get together. It is recorded that Dickens was reluctant to make this change but was eventually won around to the idea of a more conventional ending that he had originally written.

The initial ending depicts Pip accidentally meeting Estella on the streets of London. Estella has lost her first abusive husband to death, but has remarried. Pip recounts this chance meeting as a once-off and there is not expectation by the reader that the two will ever get together. Pip does express a sense of satisfaction and peace that time…

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