January 22, 2019
Found this neat little gem.
YearCompass is a global movement that mobilizes people to sort out their last year and plan their next one in order to have a greater awareness of their lives. New Year’s resolutions don’t work; planning your year does.
YearCompass is a booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.
Best part…it’s FREE! It’s not too late to start planning and executing your ideas, projects, and ambitions.
Check it out. https://yearcompass.com/
January 15, 2019
I saw this website called The Written Word on social media recently and bookmarked it to look at later. Glad I did. It’s an onomatopeia dictionary. I had no idea I needed one, but clearly I do. What a fun, handy site.
Onomatopeia is a word formed by imitating the sound or action something makes. Think hiss, buzz, boom, argh, bay, arf, cackle, drone, splat, clink, etc. As writers, we strive to have readers experience our stories as if they are actually there. We do this with creative uses of words. The sounds some words make aid in visualizing what’s happening. Such as a cat caterwauling just before its lightsaber ignites with a pssshhew and engages in battle. Ffffkrrrrshhzzzwooooom..woom..woooom!
December 11, 2018
My birthday is coming up in a few days. (I accept gift cards, cash, and reviews of my books.) So, I thought I would share a fun link that shows you how many days you’ve defeated death. Er, I mean, how many days old you are. By looking at my numbers, I’d say I’m winning! *clutches chest at the high number*
December 4, 2018
There was a time when if something offended you, you absolutely had the right to look away, walk away, change the station, etc. Guess what? We still have that option. But it seems far easier for people to scream, stomp, shake their fists, and demand removal over something that they don’t like. Suddenly, everything is offensive.
Take the recent move by a Chicago radio station banning the 40’s holiday classic song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. According to many, this song is about rape. Let me pause to laugh and laugh at the absurdity. Yeah. It’s quite okay for artists today to sing, glorify even, about rape, violence, and drug abuse. Or movies with these same elements. And video games giving players extra points for crimes committed, rapes, and murders. But a song from an era that had strict moral standards where women were becoming more independent and gentlemen were dignified and their chivalry meant women had value to them? I call foul.
This week’s link of the week comes from Bored Panda and is what the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is really about from the perspective of a former English teacher. Let me say she nails it.
This is the version of the song that I’ve grown up on. Love me some Dean! *swoon*
Just for fun, check out the clip from the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter” where Ester William and Ricardo Montalbán sing the song and then there is the role reversal with Betty Garrett and Red Skelton.
November 13, 2018
The videos of people trying to escape the deadly fires scorching through California and the destruction left in the wake are scary, horrific, and heartbreaking. As the wildfires continue to burn, I thought today’s post might be helpful. It’s another excellent survival tip from The Art of Manliness – escaping a wildfire.
November 6, 2018
It’s election day in America. What better way to start off election day with a great non-partisan video about the importance of civics. This segment is eye-opening and totally worth the watch. I’m willing to debate how we are in dire need to bring civics classes back to our schools for the health of our democracy.
If you haven’t already cast your ballots during the early voting period, go out and vote today. Not voting hands over your power, your voice to someone else.
Vote. It is a right and a privilege.
“It’s up to us.”
October 30, 2018
Forget Daylight Savings. Here’s a handy dandy way of checking how much daylight is left. Great for those camping outdoors or for authors writing scenes involving characters on a quest or on the run. Think the kids will use this?
October 16, 2018
Ok. So I found this excellent information! I mean, I just KNOW one day I’ll be busting through a barricade across state lines on a beer-toting dare. Or during some post-apocalypse chase.
Another great survival tip from The Art of Manliness.
October 9, 2018
Seems like there has been a lot of flooding these days due to Mother Nature. Just last year, my area was hit hard with flooding thanks to Hurricane Harvey. Many are still recovering. Central Texas is seeing flooding right now as rivers rise. And the Florida panhandle is facing Hurricane Michael this week. Rain-making events lead to potential disasters. And excessive development leaves nowhere for the water to go except inside homes and businesses. So this week’s link, courtesy of The Art of Manliness, might be useful—how to make a sandbag wall.
Stay high and dry out there.