Welcome to our online newsletter, "Off the Shelf"! Here you will find the latest
goings-on and happenings at The WordSmith Web Site
and Writer's Block Community!

Introducing ... A New Writer to The WordSmith ... George Picrate, from New Zealand! ... Please help us welcome him by reading his first writes with us ... Then be sure to email him a personal "Welcome" to the email he's provided...

The Latest News:

George Picrate (pen name), was born in and lives in the city of Gisborne, New Zealand. It is with great
pleasure that we introduce this talented new writer to The WordSmith, and to you, our readers.

His writing career began, with the purchase of his first computer some 13 years ago, and were honored that hes
chosen us here at The WordSmith, to share some of his 1300 stories written over the course of those years, with you.
Up until this time, he has shared
only a few of his great writes with family and a few close friends.

He has written for the monthly magazine that his church publishes, and a regular column in the local newspaper
called, Christian Comment. His retirement years have found him focusing upon his writing. He begins very early in
the day with a brisk walk for focus, and keeps the mornings for penning whatever is on his heart for the day.
He and his wife Janis have a lovely family of four children, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren,
all who inspire and add great joy to their lives.

If you would like to contact George, you may do so by emailing him here: picrate@clear.net.nz

We are blessed indeed, to add him to our ever growing list of wonderful
writers, and know youll enjoy his first offerings here at The WordSmith!

Love At First Sight - A story of a mans first love affair.

Hope - A poem penned as a hopeful plea to a friend who
at one time, could not find the value of living her life.

Keep your eyes open for more life stories and poetry from George in the coming months!
You will enjoy reading life from his vantage point, for sure!

Our brand new WordSmith!
Please stop by and give us a look.

Especially if it's been awhile...you'll be surprised at all the new updates! You might not recognize it! Then, while there, be sure to book mark the new url for the place so you can toss out the old. Do get rid of the old url, or you'll keep getting the same old pages, and you'll miss out on all the good stuff!

All of you, enjoy the rest of your summer days and stay cool!...

Submit your own poem or story. Just click on the Expressions button link!

HELPFUL HINTS (for the best reading results at The WordSmith)

View Full Screen - Speakers On - Reload/Refresh - Each Page EVERY Time You Visit, after the initial page load!

Please remember to refresh/reload your browser on each link visited. Especially if you haven't been there in awhile. Your computer's cache will hold the last information available on any web site, and clearing your cache, your browsing history, and reloading/refreshing your page after it loads, will all help assure that you get the very latest updated and most current pages that have been added to The WordSmith, as well as allow all the graphics and or music on any given page to completely load and give you the full benefit of the page's presentation. If you have trouble with page loading, or see broken or non-working links, don't hesitate to contact us via email and let us know what problems you're experiencing (just use the Expressions or Submissions email links we provide). We are "a work in progress" and will have those on going problems from time to time. It helps if you will let us know when they occur so we can take a look at it as soon as possible. Thanks.

Be watching!! Within the next few months, The WordSmith will be hosting their very first (hopefully an annual thing), writing competition! You will need to check back for details, which will probably come in early to mid-September! Exciting!! In the interim, keep submitting your wonderful stories and poetry for us! We look forward to hearing from you.

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