Guest author: D. Avery – Why I should not be a Guest Blogger for Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is big
I am not
A few follow me
She’s followed a lot.

She has a great site
And a great many posts
Entertaining and helpful
She’s a kind, generous host

My site is a shoebox
Hers a dazzling stage
I want for readers
Here readers and writers engage

I share little
a mere smattering of flash
Sue shares her adventures
And more, with panache

Someday I’ll have time
Someday I’ll do more and better
I can learn from Sue Vincent
Though I’ve not really met her

So why should I write here
If I’ve nothing to say?
Unless it’s time
To get out and play

Maybe it’s time
In 2018
To get out to see
Get out and be seen.

If you come by my shoebox
Lift the lid, have a look
There’s some responses to prompts
Some links to some books

I’m learning and growing
Not going to give up the ghost
And maybe I will pursue
Being Sue Vincent’s guest post

Or maybe we all should be wary
Of this blogger named Sue
When Tom Sawyer-like
Her postings she gets others to do.

About the author

D. Avery has two books of poems, Chicken Shift, and For the Girls, available through Lulupress and Amazon.
Recently, D. Avery has learned to tap the internet and has set up her debut blog, Shiftnshake, a place where she pours flash fiction for online sampling.

Find and follow D.Avery

Shiftnshake Blog   Twitter   Amazon   Lulu

Books by D. Avery – Click the titles or images to go to Amazon

For the Girls

Humorously serious poetic reflections on breast cancer. Complete with fears and hopes, losses and learnings. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed, or have lost someone to cancer, read this book. It’s for the girls. Buy it for your friends.

Amazon review: Wise and witty this book made me laugh and tear up too. If you have been through cancer or loved someone who has you will appreciate this book.

Chicken Shift

Poems of life; Crossings & Roadkill; fun, philosophical inquiries into why the chicken crossed the road and the consequences therefrom. Short witty, multi-layered poems. Thought and laugh provoking.

Amazon review by Norah Colvin: This book of poetry, inspired by the riddle “Why did the chicken cross the road?”, is a delightful collection of humorous philosophy or philosophical humour. You choose. Whichever way you read it, and in whatever order, its combination of light humour and deep thought provides hours of engaging reading. That D. Avery can write so many poems starting from the inane childish riddle is amazing. Each poem is different and provides another intriguing way of looking at life and contemplating its big questions. Why did the chicken cross the road? Read this book to consider the possibilities.

Would you like to write a guest post and be featured on this blog?
If you are a writer, artist or photographer…If you have a poem, story or memoirs to share… If you have a book to promote, a character to introduce, an exhibition or event to publicise… If you have advice for writers, artists or bloggers… Why not be my guest?I don’t bite and I don’t charge.
If you would like to be my guest on the Echo, please read the guidelines found HERE or email me at

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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58 Responses to Guest author: D. Avery – Why I should not be a Guest Blogger for Sue Vincent

  1. Pingback: Why I should not be a Guest Blogger for Sue Vincent – The Militant Negro™

  2. Haha, this is excellent. I loved the reference to Tom Sawyer; that was brilliant!

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  3. Ritu says:

    Ha Ha! Very Good!

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  4. Darlene says:

    This is excellent. Well done.

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  5. Marcia says:

    Dear D. Avery,
    I say you should get out more often, if this little ditty is the result of doing so. Wonderfully done, my friend! And the last stanza is a riot! 😀 (Ducking for cover, in case Sue is nearby. Honest, Sue. We DO know you write many, many posts all by your lonesome lone. 😀 )

    Great post, D! 😀 ❤

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  6. TanGental says:

    Glad to see you’ve nailed Sue’s secret in your last post, Gail…

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  7. Love this! What a nice recommendation for you, Sue. Well done!

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  8. Mary Smith says:

    Very clever and very funny.

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  9. Thank you to everyone that has come by. I am just getting here myself, just escaped the 9 to 5 part of my life.
    I want to thank Sue Vincent for her generosity and her humor in letting me near her site. I may even need to defend her, as I see some have run with the Tom Sawyer reference. Ever a reviser, or at least one to put my foot in my mouth, let’s examine that last stanza. Upon examination, it is not a valid comparison and does not stand.
    Writing and fence painting are not the same. We all know that Sue Vincent can and does paint her own fences; she has many fine fences.
    If fence painting were writing, people would look at a finished fence and immediately share that they could paint a fence like that, maybe better. In fact they are going to. Someday. But only around this region of the blogosphere is the actual act of painting seen. It is seen and shared and discussed and understood, from sanding and priming through finishing touches. Meanwhile, those someday painters have yet to pick out a paint color, let alone pry the lid off the can, have yet to contemplate the bristle count of the brush.
    There are a few around here that know that a good fence painting party makes for good neighbors, and they draw us out of our own yards and playfully invite us to have fun.
    So yes, I’ll gladly paint, and am glad for the good company.

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  10. Reblogged this on ShiftnShake and commented:
    Guess where I’m guesting? Who’s hosting my posting?

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I kind of feel like that too, except it sound silly if I said it. What I do say is that I don’t have anything relevant to say and I really wish i did.

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  12. It’s not silly to be irrelevant to matters that are pointless. And it is wiser to listen than to speak, but that is easier not said than done.
    The point I’m trying to make is, thank you for coming by.

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  13. paulandruss says:

    That is a brilliant poem, humourous sweet and self depreciating. plus a tribute to a truly great site. What is not to like!

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  14. Norah says:

    Great post, D. and a lovely tribute to Sue and her work.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Nice one, D. The last lines made me laugh. Sue is a formidable force in the blog world. A fun post. 😀

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Charli Mills says:

    This must mean you are a Real Writer now, D.!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Pingback: B’Ranching Out | ShiftnShake

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