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Sally Carter
Location: St Austell, Cornwall, UK
Gender: Female
Born: 24/04/1949
Interests: Walking, musicals, community radio.
Member: Premier Author
Joined: July 2009
I have been married to Gavin for 49 years - where did those years go!? - am mother of three grown-up children, and live in the UK.

I am now retired, my former main job being as a legal executive in family law. We live on a retirement park, surrounded by trees and sounds of nature, and with several beaches in walking or bus distance.

I do some voluntary work with our local Clothing Bank, and last year returned to our local community radio station (Radio St Austell Bay after a break of nine years or so. I now host an Americana show every Thursday evening, and a poetry show every Sunday morning. This seems to be a time in life for resuming old hobbies, because I've also been gone from Fanstory for ages now. But I want now to give it another bash - though my creativity has lost some muscle tone in the last decade!

I started writing poetry in spring 2009, won a couple of minor prizes, and had pieces published in online magazines and an anthology of poems for children. I loved writing poems in forms which require rhyme and meter. Free verse totally escapes me. And I really hope I can get back to where I was before I took my break.

I have always been open to constructive criticism. I want to keep improving!

Three things in life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. Henry James . And another I just found - The average person thinks he isn't - Larry Lorenzoni
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Sally Carter: I a very sorry to everyone I have ignored over the past few weeks, and particularly those old friends whose work I have not been reviewing. Fact is I have to take a break from here. Not at all for any bad reasons, as life is full and fun. However, I can't concentrate on writing and I would rather not be here at all than feel bad every time I visit, seeing all the things I am not responding to. I shall retire at the end of April, so maybe then I shall have more time at my disposal and re-discover the writing bug. If anyone wants to stay in touch in my absence, I am on FaceBook or would be happy to exchange email addresses through a private pm.

Catch you soon, Sal
January 13, 2014 at 4:54PM
    Aaron James: Take care Sally and have fun in whatever you do. Hope to see you back in April. x
    January 13, 2014 at 5:00PM
    Sally Carter: Thank you so much Aaron.
    January 13, 2014 at 5:08PM
    janalma: You'll be missed. Hurry back, when you can.
    January 13, 2014 at 5:45PM
    rama devi: You'll be missed, dear Sally. (And hope to see you back in April, or whenever). Please do send an email...though perhaps we already exchanged those? Best wishes to you! Love, rd
    January 13, 2014 at 7:38PM
    michaelcahill: so glad you are okay. don't feel bad. stop by and say hello anyway. hopefully we shall see you in April. Take care till then. mikey
    January 14, 2014 at 3:59AM
    Sally Carter: Thank you all very much!
    January 15, 2014 at 2:53AM
    Patti R.: Dear Sally, take good care and I sincerely hope to "see" you again on FS! I will miss you.
    January 16, 2014 at 12:55PM
    Hollyhock: Only just picked up your message. Hope to see you back in April (I don't do facebook). I am struggling to find time to write but don't want to give in just yet. Take care and enjoy the moment, Love, Andrea
    January 21, 2014 at 10:48AM
    Xylok: you're a one of a kind no matter where you are!
    May 2, 2015 at 1:44PM

Sally Carter:
December 16, 2013 at 2:49PM
    Sally Carter: On my screen the music and image are a bit out of sync, but what a voice!
    December 16, 2013 at 2:50PM
    Xylok: awesome! never heard it before. thanks for sharing it!
    January 2, 2014 at 4:13PM

Sally Carter: Yesterday I bought two bird feeders for our new(ish) home. Today, less than 24 hours later, we saw a woodpecker on one, right outside our bedroom window! So exciting. Never seen one before.
November 24, 2013 at 7:46AM
    adewpearl: I grew up in a neighborhood where woodpeckers were a staple - I just love the way they look as they peck peck peck - and the sound is great :-)
    November 24, 2013 at 11:16AM
    Sally Carter: No, they are something special for us. I saw what must have been a green one zooming down the road the day before yesterday, but the one this morning was a lesser spotted. I want more feeders! This could become an obsession. (Another obsession).
    November 24, 2013 at 11:51AM
    Joy Graham: We have one in our neighborhood that pecks on the metal street light.
    November 24, 2013 at 1:14PM
    shelley kaye: won't be as exciting at 2:00 in the morning....

    November 24, 2013 at 2:17PM

Sally Carter:

I have to thank Warren/Rodger for introducing me to this song in a list of recommendations he sent me. I have listened to it so many times now and it still brings a lump to my throat.
November 24, 2013 at 2:35AM

Sally Carter:

I love these guys!

November 16, 2013 at 2:52AM
    Debra White: Again Sally, thanks for sharing these guys.... my son is in awe!! (me too!)
    November 16, 2013 at 3:12AM
    Sally Carter: So glad you like them, Debra. I just found a great video on YouTube, showing how they made this particular video. Superb!
    November 16, 2013 at 3:28AM
    Debra White: Just ordered their album!
    November 16, 2013 at 1:21PM
    Sally Carter: Woohoo, I am pleased I gave them some promo. I really like some of their original stuff as well.
    November 16, 2013 at 2:26PM

Sally Carter:

Walk off the Earth with a great cover of Gotye's Somebody I Used to Know. Watch how they do it!
November 15, 2013 at 4:24PM
    Debra White: WOW! That was awesome Sally, thank you for sharing...I love this song anyway and this version is something else - the vocals sound uncannily like the original I thought! Definitely one to show the kids in the morning. :)
    November 15, 2013 at 5:12PM
    trimple: Original!

    Nice to see some refreshing artists about Sally :)
    November 15, 2013 at 10:55PM
    Sally Carter: And a couple of them are quite hot! Next time I'll post their version of Royals by Lorde. They are wonderful.
    November 16, 2013 at 2:20AM
    Patti R.: Wow! My girl sings this song - we are both blown away by this band! Thanks, Sal
    November 20, 2013 at 9:34PM

Sally Carter: A shameless bit of self promotion.
I host a show on our small community radio station, Radio St Austell Bay. It's on every Friday from 1-4 UK time, which I believe is 9-12 FS time. If anyone cares to find me on their computer, just google Radio St Austell Bay, or RSAB, and you can listen. If you would like to send a request or message to it would be so exciting to know someone from FS is picking it up!
November 5, 2013 at 12:12PM

Sally Carter:

Strangely reminiscent of my husband singing when he has headphones on.
October 28, 2013 at 2:57PM
    Donya Quijote: Ok, i checked this out, looking for a laugh. The dog started to sing and my cats got up and left the room.
    October 28, 2013 at 5:39PM
    Sally Carter: Hahaaaa... I love the way the dog looks round before he starts, as if to ensure he has an audience.
    October 28, 2013 at 5:43PM
    MidnightWriter4U: That dog needs to be in pictures! ;)
    October 28, 2013 at 7:33PM
    Erika Martin: Okay, this is sooooo funny, I can't think of anything that might top it. Andreas Bocelli, you met your match.
    November 1, 2013 at 9:26AM
    sandramitchell: That was so amazing! How can I send it to my grandchildren??
    November 12, 2013 at 8:33AM

FanStory wrote to Sally Carter: Congratulations! The winner of the Reviewing Competition.
October 24, 2013 at 9:08AM
    Cumbrianlass: Congratulations, Sally! :D
    October 24, 2013 at 7:39AM
    rama devi: Congratulations! Much deserved! :-)))
    October 24, 2013 at 7:56AM
    Sally Carter: Thank you very much, kind people.
    October 24, 2013 at 8:18AM
    mystery poet: Congratulations, Sally!!!
    October 24, 2013 at 9:39AM
    Dorothy Farrell: Dorothy Fennell - Congratulations Sally.
    October 24, 2013 at 10:50AM
    Sally Carter: Thank you, MP and Dorothy.
    October 24, 2013 at 10:54AM
    Warren Rodgers: Congrats, Sally and thank you for all of your helpful reviews! - Rodger
    October 24, 2013 at 11:25AM
    Sally Carter: Aw, thank you Rodger. Sorry I've been out of touch so long. Comes of all that time spent reviewing! lol.
    October 24, 2013 at 11:42AM
    The Death: Congrats! :)
    October 24, 2013 at 1:36PM
    Patti R.: Woohoo! So deserving of this award, thanks for all your reviews this month, Sally.
    October 24, 2013 at 2:04PM
    Maureen's Pen: Congrats Sally - Big Hugs:)
    October 24, 2013 at 3:59PM
    Sally Carter: Thank you all so much. I plan to buy lots of music!
    October 24, 2013 at 4:31PM
    Lovinia: Congratulations Sally. Well done. So much work and a just reward. Hugs - Lovinia xoxoxo
    October 24, 2013 at 4:38PM
    w.j.debi: I am so excited that you won the Reviewing Contest. You deserve it!
    October 24, 2013 at 5:21PM
    Sally Carter: Again, my thanks for the kind words. It really encourages me to keep trying.
    October 24, 2013 at 7:27PM
    Taffspride: Congratulations Sally.
    October 24, 2013 at 10:44PM
    Isaac Kavik: Hey, Sally! You deserve this recognition!
    October 25, 2013 at 7:07AM
    Father Flaps: Congratulations, Sally!
    October 25, 2013 at 7:39AM
    Sally Carter: How kind you all are. Thank you very much indeed.
    October 25, 2013 at 1:23PM
    nancyjam: Congratulations Sally on this well deserved award. I love your helpful reviews. Nancy
    October 26, 2013 at 12:21AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations on your reviewing contest win, Sally. Very well deserved, I'm sure...
    October 26, 2013 at 3:04AM

Sally Carter:

life is a garden,
not a road

we enter and exit
through the same gate

where we go matters less
than what we notice

~ Bokonon ~

I don't know who this poet is, so hope I am not infringing any copyright or whatever. I need to go googling...
October 3, 2013 at 4:12AM
    Sally Carter: Yikes, just seen he's a fictitious character speaking of a fictitious religion. Don't know if I just made an idiot of myself, but I like the poem even so.
    October 3, 2013 at 4:16AM
    noland: The founder of the fictitious religion Bokononism, Bokonon's sayings appear throughout Kurt Vonnegut's novel 'Cat's Cradle,' so technically, the poet is Vonnegut. One of my favorite writers.
    October 6, 2013 at 10:28PM
    Sally Carter: Sorry Steve, only just saw this. Yes I remember you like this author. I must try the book. I'll ask the library to reserve me a copy.
    October 15, 2013 at 2:12AM
    Selina Stambi: Congratulations on being awarded ROM, Sally.
    October 23, 2013 at 8:31PM
    steevie : Congrats, Sally!!!!
    October 23, 2013 at 10:51PM
    Sally Carter: Thank you so much! There appears to have been a slight mix up, but I definitely got a message saying I had the prize, so I shall claim it quick!
    October 24, 2013 at 3:58AM
    amanda98653: congratz, Sally:)
    October 24, 2013 at 4:20AM
    Bayberry: I'm so happy for you, Sally. Way to go! :>
    October 24, 2013 at 8:04PM
    Sally Carter: Thank you, Amanda and Janet.
    October 25, 2013 at 3:24AM

Sally Carter:

Track 1 off Madeleine Peyroux's album "Careless Love".
September 22, 2013 at 4:29PM
    Adri7enne: I love it! First time I've heard anyone else but Leonard do this song justice. She's wonderful. Sounds like Billie Holliday. Thanks for sharing.
    September 22, 2013 at 5:25PM

Sally Carter:

No one could sit still to this, could they?
August 10, 2013 at 4:47PM

Sally Carter:

No resemblance *at all* to my husband...
August 6, 2013 at 4:51AM
    Sarkems: I had the pleasure of working with her, once. A lovely lady.
    August 6, 2013 at 6:02AM
    Patti R.: This was so funny! She is marvelous!
    August 6, 2013 at 12:16PM
    Kiki12: Thanks Sally- that was so good! She IS marvelous- as patti said-and so funny! What an entertaining clip :) Loved it
    August 6, 2013 at 5:24PM
    ReaThomas: She is brilliant!!!
    August 6, 2013 at 6:50PM
    Janet Foor: This was really funny Sally. Thanks for sharing. I loved it but I had to wonder if somehow her husband is related to mine?
    August 20, 2013 at 12:27PM

Sally Carter:

This is just wonderful - and I'm not even a specially doggy person.
July 23, 2013 at 3:06PM
    DIS-illusioned: must also be pointed out that God created the male dog first--before he made the bitch (uh, a female dog).
    Just saying ....
    July 23, 2013 at 6:31PM
    Sally Carter: But did you enjoy the video, you silly old dog, you??
    July 24, 2013 at 3:04AM
    Adri7enne: Wow! That was wonderful! I was so wishing I could write something so true. I've always had a dog. Couldn't live without one. They're so darn easy to love. Thanks for sharing, Sally.
    July 24, 2013 at 5:37AM
    Phyllis Stewart: Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! My doggies are piled on my bed behind me, keeping it warm till I toss them off and climb in... and then one by one they'll sneak back in. :)
    July 27, 2013 at 2:28AM

Sally Carter: Let me recommend a novel I just finished on my Kindle. Tollesbury Time Forever (FRUGALITY - Book 1) by Stuart Ayris. I believe Stuart is or was a member here. A truly remarkable read, broadly about a man suffering mental illness, but rich in language, I would say prose poetry in places, insights, revelations. Challenging in places, but well worth sticking with it. I bought mine through Amazon, but if you enter Stuart Ayris on your search engine you will find other ways to buy.
March 4, 2013 at 2:53AM

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