(3/6/21) I am coming up on 5 years of blogging, which is amazing to me! I am very thankful for everyone who has chosen to follow this blog and support me with so much encouragement. Early on I read that most bloggers quit after 3 months. I thought I might be among them. At first it was hard but then I discovered I had a voice and could write my fiction and that it might connect with someone out there.

Life in the microcosm has changed. I lost my faithful companion, Scout, my blog mascot, my very good friend on July 2, these thoughts still make me teary. 2020 took its toll on most of us.

Betanda continues to offer us insights on her life and the books she reads.

I am hoping to be more present in the upcoming blogging year because I love being a part of this blogger family world.

(5/6/2020) I have not updated this page in 2 years, which must mean I’ve been ever so busy. πŸ˜‰

Last December (2019), I welcomed Betanda Shanam to my blog as a reviewer. Betanda is from the English Midlands and from a wonderful loving, sharing family. She’s very lucky because I’ve met her family and they are truly great. She loves books and was hoping to learn how to be a book blogger and a reviewer. I am so pleased that she’s joined me! If you have read Betanda’s reviews and would like her to review something of yours, please read her review policy here. You can also see Betanda’s introduction and bio here.

As for the onward progression of my blog. I hope to offer a lot more writing.


From 6/25/2018. Two years of blogging and I am still discovering the art of blogging as well as discovering who this blogger is. While I have cut back somewhat on the book blogging, I am finding my identity as a writer.  But book blogging will always be part of this blog because I can only learn to write by reading.

Scout the Faithful Companion is still with me although we both are growing older and we are still visiting our microcosm, searching out new and unusual things. πŸ™‚


From 5/2017. After a year, I thought it might be time to update the “About.” While I’m still Sascha Darlington and my Faithful Companion is still Scout, long may he reign, my blog has taken on a different shape than how I imagined.

I am a book blogger and still developing and learning as a book blogger…and with that still trying to get organized as a book blogger; it’s a strangely ongoing process–for me.

The name Sascha is ultimately derived from Greek and means warrior. This week I realized that I am becoming a Word Warrior through this blog. I am not battling against words, but, hopefully, with them and still learning their charms and their eccentricities and how to put them together to form tiny bubbles of imagination.

And, for once in my life I am going to say it: I’m a writer.


From 4/2016. I am Sascha Darlington and you could say that I was born in April 2016 because that month I abandoned the safety of my cocoon. Now, I venture into other realms. I invite you to join me and The Faithful Companion, Scout, on a journey around and beyond my microcosm

I love music! I love books! I love mountains and beaches and swamps and animals and wild weather and celestial bodies and things that go bump in the night.

I love for people to share their thoughts, opinions, likes, dislikes. I believe in the sharing of ideas.

All creative writings, drawings, and photography are the property and creative work of Sascha Darlington, unless otherwise noted.

For info regarding my reviews please see my first post and this one.

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    1. Thank you so much for nominating me for the challenge. I will try to participate. I think it would be fun, but I’ve been crazy busy so there might be a little delay. Thanks again!

  1. Hi Sascha, welcome to my blogging family at Soulgifts πŸ™‚ Delighted to meet you. That photo at the top is just awesome πŸ™‚ Is it one of your own ?

    1. Delighted to join you! And, thanks, equally for the follow. Yes, all of the photos here are mine, with the exception of a few graphics that I’ve manipulated–I don’t know if that makes the graphics mine or not. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Sascha πŸ™‚ I see we have a lot in common; interest in all things creative for starters.
    Thanks for visiting my site!! And thanks for reflecting a part of me πŸ™‚

  3. Dear Sascha,

    I hope my message finds you well. My name is Ahmed Amin, and my author name is A. H. Amin. I am a dentist – by day – but at the darkest hours in the serenity of my mind, I am a story teller. I write to you today in hopes that you would consider reviewing my novella, Kima. The story is a 126 pages of inspirational fantasy that I would like to share with the world, and I believe with your help and review we can make that happen.

    Here’s a synopsis of my novel.

    β€œChristmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.
    Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.”

    I hope you would find my novella to be what you would appeal to, and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Kindest regards,

    A. H. Amin

    1. Hello, Ahmed!
      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your story with me.
      Unfortunately I am in the enviable and the equally uneviable position of currently having too many books (the silly number of around 40, plus or minus) that I have committed to review for the remainder of the year. I was very much the child in the candy shop and took on too much.
      While I find it very difficult to say “no,” I’m afraid that I must. Also, I don’t really read fantasy stories so I don’t feel that I would be a particularly good match for your novella, although it does sound intriguing.
      I wish you the very best of luck with your novella. I know that there are many, many reviewers who read fantasy fiction and perhaps one may be able to assist you. I do hope that great things happen for your novella and that you can share your story with the world.
      Best wishes, Sascha D.

      1. Hello Sascha,

        Pardon my late response; I’m staying in China for a while and the time difference is a bit big from practically every country I am in contact with :D.
        Thank you for your reply and the kind words. Kima is more inspirational than fantasy so if you ever felt like reading such genre, I hope you would consider my novella.
        I would like to add that I am too stuck with a full book shelve and I am trying my best to manage my reading time, too.

        Thanks again and have a good read. Let me know if you find something interesting for me πŸ™‚

        A. H. Amin

  4. Hello Sascha, thanks for the follow, and welcome aboard Pensitivity101. Hope you find things of interest, some to amuse, and comment on. I love the interaction and feedback. Have a great day. Look forward to hearing from you.

      1. I’ve just called around here again… I need reminders!
        Blogging is an ever evolving “thing” – so, keep enjoying!
        I’ll check out your writing soon, I promise!! πŸ˜‰

  5. Hi Sascha:
    This may be on your to-do list, and if it is, I apologize for my impatience. I was hoping you would post your review of Spooning Daisy on Amazon (most important) and Goodreads (I can live without it). Reviews like yours that are so thoughtful, well-written, and mention roman emperors are few and far between and I want EVERYONE to see it. Thank you so much. Maggie

      1. THANK YOU! Excusing you from Goodreads was really my attempt to lessen your work. If it were up to me, I’d rent a billboard in NY City and plaster your review there! Thank you a million butterflies. M

  6. Hi Sascha,
    You liked a comment I made on Danny Ray’s Meet and Greet, and I wanted to come by to introduce myself and thank you.
    We have things in common. I am also an April birthday, April 27.
    Thanks again.

    1. Thank you so much! I am always thrilled to be nominated, but I have stopped accepting as of November last year (but always secretly tickled (I guess that’s not a secret anymore.)) πŸ™‚

  7. I just came here to surprise you again.
    And to thank you for your kind words on Sound Bite Fiction.
    Regular readers mean a lot to every writer, I believe, even, or maybe especially, when we know nothing about them.
    Hugs (if Scout won’t object!)

    1. Hi, CE. Sorry for the late response. I’ve been experimenting with a cold and am trying to catch up with the blogging world (and most other ones). Scout is suspicious of all hugs, even those, especially those for him. Hugs to you!

      1. Experimenting with a cold? Did you enjoy it?
        And I shall restrict my hugs to you, so as not to irritate your pooch too much.

  8. Hi Sascha: Thank you for visiting my side of the blogging world. I would like to say I am a writer but due to our busy lifestyle I am finding that I am not writing as much as I would like to. I enjoy reading your posts and love what you did with your site. If and when our lives ever slow down to the point I can spend more time reading and writing, perhaps I will become more regular in my posts. Until then.

  9. Hi Sacha. Good to meet you. I like the term ‘word warrior’ I think that’s exactly what I’m doing; not fighting with them but working hard to win them over. Your post here is very inspiring

  10. I enjoyed your About page and learning about your blogging progression. I thought it was a great way to tell your Readers little more about you and how you have grown as your writings developed …

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