Where Do I Go ?


I finished my first draft and I was filled with the feeling of ” oh my… Yeah, yeah” with music and beauty floating around my head and then something happened.

All the things that I would read said the same thing. It said  let your book ruminate and give it time to become something that you can then successfully read and revise without that oh so helpful thing where your mind just adds the missing words that you meant to write , so that your words make no sense to anyone else.

This phase is all about adding and subtracting and fighting the increasing feeling that you are an idiot that wrote the worse book ever written.  That your book will make people run screaming into the streets and cry and weep and scream, they will pull out their eyes and deny the fact that they ever read anything, ever. Somehow your book will actually make other books you love less good. That authors you love will read the book and say ” No, never” to your requests to write a forward.  This is probably not going to happen. This has not happened to the various dubious novels that have been written in the world, both recent and long ago. There are people that count novels that I myself view as painfully bad among their favorites. So what are the odds that no one would read my book and at the very least say it was interesting, or entertaining? And I will not bring about the end of the world. I do not have that power.

But I do have this feeling that is completely and utterly fear-based.  I am afraid of my book. Just a little but the more that I think about what it would mean if this is terrible. The fear of what would happen if I am not a writer worth reading.  I am also thinking of what might happen if I am a writer worth reading. If I write a book that is worth the notice of people that matter, people like me that love books and reading to the point that they can invest years in the lives of people and places that never were. So I am in revisions and now I am realizing that either way fear must not be the thing that stops me. If it is, then I will be a failure of epic proportions.

So if you are having issues like mine there are a few quick and dirty tips that can help to make the experience a little less terror making .

Revision Tips

  1. Start revising as soon as you can 

Figure out what is your best timing but don’t wait too long. Often Procrastination will start pretending to be something cleaner, like reflection or research.

  1. Don’t spend ages making your first draft look pretty

This is just wasting time, include all the details you need to learn, but don’t try to produce a work of art. This is a ROUGH draft. It is just that, ROUGH.

  1. Take short breaks

— Every hour, not every 10 minutes. I enjoy using the pomodoro timers to help me myself on task.

  1. Use revision guidelines 

Cathy Yardley has great tips on her blog. I add also that you should treat the revisions just like you would treat your writing , have a plan and have a schedule on what you will finish each day .

  1. Get yourself drinks and snacks

So you don’t make excuses to stop every 10 minutes…

  1. Sit at a proper desk
  2. Don’t turn yourself into a revision zombie 

There is nothing that you can do all day every day without burning out. It’s really important that you keep time to do things you enjoy… like movies, shopping, sports, Frisbee, rock-climbing, making model planes ,porn, whatever tickles your fancy… When you’re doing these try to relax and totally forget about revision.Meat_Grinder_zombie_7265759848_1

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  1. Read the book aloud when you can 

—hearing it really does help. If you can, record yourself.

  1. Find the right environment to revise

NOT in front of the TV. NOT listening to the radio. Music can sometimes be OK, but you need to find the right kind. It’s got to be something that’s just there in the background that you’re not thinking about at all. Music without singing is better as you won’t be tempted to dance around your bedroom like a big fool.

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5 Reasons That Force You To Quit Blogging [And How To Fix Them]


You start blogging with all your dreams. You want to proclaim yourself as an entrepreneur. Or you may want to build that dream business you’ve always been wanting to build.

Or you want send your message out. Or may be you want to financially support your family by doing your part of “something”.

Everyone has different reasons for starting a blog.

However I am quite familiar of coming across abandoned blogs. Blog that are trashed. Blogs that are just dumped as if they are of no use anymore.

via 5 Reasons That Force You To Quit Blogging [And How To Fix Them].

On This Day: January 30 – NYTimes.com


1077 Pope Gregory VII pardons German emperor Henry IV
1349 Gunther of Schwarzburg chosen German anti-king
1349 – Jews of Freilsburg Germany are massacred
1467 Battle at Velke Kostolany: Hung king Mátyás Corvinus beats Bratrici
1487 Bell chimes invented
1522 Duke of Albany takes captured French back to Scotland
1544 Adrian van Goes becomes land advocate of Holland
1592 Ippolito Aldobrandini elected Pope Clement VIII
1647 Scots agree to sell King Charles I to English Parliament for £400
1648 Spain & Netherlands sign Peace of Munster, ending Tachtigjarige War
1661 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years.
1667 Treaty/Truce of Andrusovo signed between Tsardom of Russia & Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
1713 England & Netherlands sign 2nd anti-French boundary treaty
1774 Capt Cook reaches 71°10′ south, 1820km from south pole (record)
1781 Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland
1790 Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor
1797 Congress refuses to accept 1st petitions from American blacks
1798 Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument
1800 US population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
English Military and Political Leader Oliver CromwellEnglish Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell 1804 Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
1806 Prussia takes possession of Hanover
1806 – The original Lower Trenton Bridge (also called the Trenton Makes the World Takes Bridge), which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened.
1815 Burned Library of Congress reestablished with Jefferson’s 6500 vols
1818 Keats composes his sonnet, “When I Have Fears”
1820 Edward Bransfield aboard Williams discovers Antarctica (UK claim)
1826 The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.
1835 Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington DC in 1st attempted assassination of a US President
1841 A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
1847 Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
1854 1st election in Washington Territory; 1,682 votes cast
1858 Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester
1858 – William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, “Leap to Freedom”
1862 US Navy’s 1st ironclad warship (Monitor) launched
1877 Storm flood ravages Dutch coastal provinces
US President & General Andrew JacksonUS President & General Andrew Jackson 1879 French President MacMahon resigns
1883 England team presented with ashes of a bail after Sydney Test
1888 Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria
1889 John Herschel uses camera obscura to photograph 48″ (120cm) telescope
1889 – Victoria beat NSW after following on (NSW all out 63 needed 76)
1889 – Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in Mayerling.
1892 Bobby Abel carries his bat for 132* for England in SCG Test
1892 – Capt Lugard occupies Uganda’s King Mwanga’s hide out
1894 Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
1894 – US flag fired on in Rio; prompt satisfaction exacted by Adm Benham
1895 C J Eady (Tas) 1st Australian to score twin centuries (v Vic)
1895 – SS Elbe sinks after collision in North Sea, 332 killed
1895 – Tasmania beat Victoria for 1st F-C victory in 41 years
1911 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba
1913 House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill
1915 German submarine attack on Le Havre
1915 – No 10 batsman F W Hyett scores century on debut, Vic v Tas
1917 1st jazz record recorded (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
1919 Reds hire Pat Moran as manager as Christy Mathewson, is still in France with US Army
1921 French rapist-murderer Henri-Desire Landru sentenced to death
1922 Ted McDonald takes 8-58 in big Victorian win over NSW
1922 – World Law Day, 1st celebrated
1924 Ponsford scores second 110 of the game in Vic win over NSW
1925 Turkish government throws out Constantine VI of Constantinople
1927 Left wins national election in Thuringen
1928 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US
1928 – Bradman scores 134 not out (225 mins, 13 fours) NSW v Vic
1928 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude,” premieres in NYC
1930 Vladimir Mayakovsky’s “Banya,” premieres in Leningrad
1930 – The world’s first radiosonde is launched in Pavlovsk, USSR.
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin 1931 Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” premieres at Los Angeles Theater
1932 Grimmett 7-116 in South Africa 1st innings at Adelaide Oval
1933 “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
1933 – Adolf Hitler named German Chancellor, forms government with Von Papen
1933 – Grimmett takes 7-86 for SA in Qld 2nd inn, 13-135 for match
1934 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC
1934 – Bert Ironmonger ends Sheffield Shield career age 51 yrs 298 days
1934 – Hitler proclamation on German unified states
1935 Ezra Pound meets Benito Mussolini, reads from a draft of “Cantos”
1936 New owners of Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname
1936 – Victoria need 442 to win against NSW, but lose, all out for 415 They pick “The Bees” it doesn’t catch on & is scrapped by 1940 season
1937 2nd of Stalin’s purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death
1939 Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile
1939 – Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
1940 Benjamin Britten’s “Lesson Illuminations” premieres in London
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin 1940 – Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
1940 – Hassett’s second 122 of the game for Vic can’t stop a NSW win
1941 Australian troops conquer Derna Libya
1942 Japanese troops land on Ambon
1943 6 British Mosquito’s daylight bomb Berlin
1943 – German assault on French in Tunisia
1943 – German under officers shot down in Haarlem Neth
1943 – Hitler promotes Friedrich von Paul to general-fieldmarshal
1943 – Illegal opposition newspaper Loyal begins publishing
1943 – USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean
1944 US invades Majuro, Marshall Islands
1944 – World War II: United States troops land on Majuro.
1945 “Wilhelm Gustloff” torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 9,400 die
1946 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
1948 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi 1948 – Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse
1950 “Robert Montgomery Presents” dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
1951 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
1952 Lehmer verifies: 2^521-1 & 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime #
1952 – Paul Creston’s 4th Symphony, premieres
1954 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
1954 – Italy’s Fanfani government resigns
1956 Elvis Presley records his version of “Blue Suede Shoes”
1956 – KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
1956 – KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 – Martin Luther King Jr’s home bombed
1957 US Congress accepts “Eisenhower-doctrine”
1958 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
1958 – Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars
1958 – Dore Schary’s “Sunrise at Campobello,” premieres in NYC
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 1958 – House of Lords passes bill allowing women in
1959 Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval
1959 – Paul Hindemith’s symphony “Pittsburgh,” premieres
1960 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
1960 – Dutch communist trade union EVC’58 disbands
1960 – Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
1960 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
1960 – US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
1961 Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
1961 – JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corp
1961 – KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
1961 – Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide
1962 UN General Assembly censures Portugal (because of Angola)
1962 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 – 2 members of Flying Wallendas’ high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
US President John F. KennedyUS President John F. Kennedy 1964 Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
1964 – Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail
1965 “The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis hits #3
1965 – State funeral of Winston Churchill
1966 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
1966 – -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
1966 – Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)
1966 – Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 11th string quartet
1968 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, “Honey”
1968 – Vietcong launch Tet-offensive on US embassy in Saigon
1969 Beatles perform their last gig together, a free concert
1969 – US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
1971 “Ari” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
1971 – Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
1971 – UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
Soldier, author, journalist, politician Winston ChurchillSoldier, author, journalist, politician Winston Churchill 1972 Bloody Sunday: Brit soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
1972 – Pakistan withdraws from Commonwealth
1973 26th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at NY Rangers
1973 – Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts
1973 – KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)
1974 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1976 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
1976 – George H W Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
1976 – William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
1977 8th (final) part of “Roots” is most-watched entertainment show ever
1977 – Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
1977 – Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
1978 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1978 – Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio
1979 Rhodesia agrees to new constitution
1979 – Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
1980 Edward Albee’s “Lady from Dubuque,” premieres in NYC
Country Singer Kenny RogersCountry Singer Kenny Rogers 1981 8th American Music Award: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win
1982 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
1982 – Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called “Elk Cloner”.
1983 Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
1983 – Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda of Deer Creek Golf Classic
1983 – Superbowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Superbowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
1988 Hansie Cronje gets a pair in 2nd 1st-class game (OFS v N Tvl)
1989 16th American Music Award: Randy Travis & George Michael wins
1989 – 5 Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
1989 – Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter
1989 – Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore
1989 – Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident
1989 – The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
1992 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) lands
1993 100,000n Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism
Rock Vocalist George MichaelRock Vocalist George Michael 1993 – 67th Australian Women’s Tennis Open: Monica Seles beat Graf (4-6 6-3 6-2)
1994 68th Australian Women’s Tennis Open: S Graf beats A S Vicario (6-0 6-2)
1994 – 82nd Australian Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Todd Martin (76 64 64)
1994 – Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.76)
1994 – Kapil Dev equals Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 Test wkts
1994 – Superbowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13 in Atlanta Superbowl MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB
1994 – Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grand master.
1995 22nd American Music Award: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
1995 – Belgium’s TV channel 2 in Flanders goes on the air
1995 – Car bomb explodes in Algiers, 42 killed/296 injured
1995 – Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of “Tonight Show”
1995 – Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
1996 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
1997 Minuteman III launches
1998 All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
American Football Player Emmitt SmithAmerican Football Player Emmitt Smith 1998 – Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
1998 – Paul Simon’s “The Capeman,” premieres
2000 Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
2000 – Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
2003 Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
2013 South Korea successfully launches its rocket Naro-1 which was carrying a scientific satellite

On This Day: January 30 – NYTimes.com.

 

Somebody that I used to know


English: The Trooper Inn Froxfield. Parts of t...

English: The Trooper Inn Froxfield. Parts of the pub date back to the early 17thC. It is thought that the pub was once used for recruiting soldiers, which might explain the name. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Do you know me ? I would love to talk to you then , because I am beginning to believe that I do not know me as well as I always thought that I did . This is a new me , that is new to me. My life and wants and desires are in flux. There are things that are so different than they were before. Then they could ever be.  I am am author but I am also a recruiter. I love recruiting. Recruiting is the first thing , other than writing that  I would do if I won the lottery and didn’t need it for money , strictly.  I never thought that I would find anything else that I loved like this.

 

 

 

50,000 Words Later: Farewell, NaNoWriMo 2013


 

 

 

 

Some of the last words on NaNoWriMo13

You can also display the Milestone Widget in your sidebar, so your visitors know right away that you’re participating in this project until November 30.

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A few days ago on this blog, Cheri took a look at this year’s successful National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), the month-long event during which bloggers write a new post every day. The end of November also signaled the finish line of the the granddaddy of all writing challenges, National Novel Writing Month.

This year, 311,575 writers set out to produce a 50,000-word novel in the course of a month. A healthy chunk of those word-marathoners also keep a blog or an author’s site here on WordPress.com. In honor of their labor (and the insane amount of coffee they’ve consumed over the past 30 days), let’s take a look at some of their hard-earned wisdom from the fiction-writing trenches.

The thrill of sharing stories

NaNo projects come in all shades of the storytelling spectrum — from dark horror tales to uplifting narratives of redemption. The challenge brings together first-timers…

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Best Books 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards


Fiction

And the Mountains Echoed

Mystery & Thriller

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

Historical Fiction

Life After Life

Fantasy

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Paranormal Fantasy

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)

Romance

Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)

Horror

This book was voted for by Stephen King‘s fans when he asked would they prefer a new chapter in the ” Dark  Tower” series or a sequel to the shining. They asked for this , so he wrote them both. The only book on the list that I personally read  already , Dr Sleep is the continuation of the Torrance family story , Danny Torrance , the little boy from ” The Shining”  with some brief but memorable moments with some of our old friends , both the wonderful (Dick Hallorann makes an appearance) and the terrible ( Some of our pals from the Overlook are back to rekindle some nightmares). This is a very well written and highly anticipated book that is great as a capper of the old story and as a stand alone novel. Stephen King with acknowledged help from his son , Author Joe Hill , makes this just the right amount of creepy fun. -Brie Stoll

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Memoir & Autobiography

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

History & Biography

Jim Henson: The Biography

Nonfiction

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

Food & Cookbooks

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

Humor

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Graphic Novels & Comics

Beautiful Creatures: The Manga

Poetry

The Fall of Arthur

Debut Goodreads Author

Tangled (Tangled, #1)

Young Adult Fiction

Eleanor & Park

Young Adult Fantasy

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Middle Grade & Children’s

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)

Picture Books

The Day the Crayons Quit

 

via Goodreads | Best Books 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards.

These Dreams


Houston Police Department memorial

Houston Police Department memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

When i came to Houston, I barely knew what a recruiter was.

 

Now I feel it is my calling, my life’s work that’s writing but recruiting is definitely becoming a passion of mine. The ability to give someone a better life , a better job, new opportunity well it just feels wonderful.

 

For those of you who aren’t on any of my other social networks I have a new job which in essence is my old job. I am, once again, recruiter. The job that I have, the place where I’m working and the people I’m working with have transformed me in one week. I feel so blessed, so happy, 100 percent where I should be. Where I should be! It has made all that I’ve been through this year worth it. Between this blog, my wonderful followers, my friends and family, and now professional development , I feel like my life is on track to be coming what I should have . So I’m grateful to all who have helped me, believed in me and just listens to my insanity at times.

 

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Family Snapshot


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English: Looking northwest at Collyer brothers Park on a cloudy late afternoon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She had gone to the park out of curiosity.  Here in her city, was something of legend, a mental and emotional thing that captivated people across the lines of time and here also was a place that sat in monument to that. The events were not great, they were in fact quite monstrous, but the powers that be felt that they should catalog and memorialize this thing. So she went to the little pocket park out of curiosity. Or that is what she told herself at the time.

It was collier’s park. It was the site of the infamous and famous Collyer brothers and the first massive and publicized case of extreme hoarding. The phenomena now seems to be part of everyday life for some people, spawning TV shows and jokes but then , at the first part of last century it was an oddity. People barely had enough, less on more than enough to the point of extreme excess. But here in her city was a monument to the most extreme.

She sat in the pocket park, thinking of what could have made these two men, college educated yet shiftless and unemployed, stay in this home, amassing tons of garbage and although having the money to do so, not ever paying for the simplest of “luxuries” like electricity or food. She sat there until she was roused from her reverie by a cat. He was scarred in some long ago cat battle for food to territory, having a squashed pan flat face and dirty bedraggled tail the creature was not of the cuddly kitty variety. Something about the knowing way that it looked at her gave her the creeps and she suddenly realized that she was, in fact, on the site of not just one bad death but two.  Suddenly she was in the need of hasty retreat, and a bath.

That first night she dreamed of the cat. She dreamed of it looking at her, marking her and watching. Following her all over the city, this largest of all cities, her and one cat in a battle of wills. She awoke feeling sick and scared.

“Where were you, yesterday” Emilie asked when she came to work the next day

“Collyer’s park”

After an odd little beat of time that rendered the throw away tone useless she asked “Oh, why did you go there?”

“Curious I guess”

Curiosity killed the cat, you know”

“But satisfaction brought him back,” She replied

“Yeah, pretty sure that part is bullshit” Emilie said matter of factly.

“So I guess you do not like Collyer’s?” She asked

“No, I don’t” Emilie said, though not unkindly

Still she was taken aback by the bluntness of the statement towards such an innocuous subject. “Why?

“There was something wrong with those men, something very wrong and eccentricity does not cover it. They were wealthy enough to pay off a mortgage with one check, but they lived without heat and electricity. That is not normal in any sense, and understand that this was in New York City, this wasn’t some brushy little back water where they weren’t exposed to things. These were college educated New Yorkers and they … it is just creepy. Something is just very very off on this.”

“They were just hoarders,” She protested

“That’s another thing, “Just Hoarders” is not a normal sentence either but you see, there was something very wrong with those men and I don’t know, it seems to be catching. Hell it seems to be catching fire these days. “Emilie went silent, “How much do you know about the story?”.

 

20 ways how to get more comments on your blog – Fairy Blog Mother


English: WordPress Logo

English: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

20 ways how to get more comments on your blog

Posted on Thursday 3 October 2013 by Alice Elliott • 16 Comments

I’ve been writing a lot about comments lately, and that’s because they are so important to blogs and their interactiveness, which is why they exist in the first place!

But in spite of this, I have omitted to give you some tips on how to get more comments on your blog, so here they are:

1. Make it easy

WordPress provide a lovely, easy-to-use comment box at the bottom of their posts, just waiting for a response. Encourage your readers by indicating above it you’d love a comment, and adapt the settings so they don’t have to register to do so. Leave instructions for commenting if you like, but not so that it undermines your readers.

via 20 ways how to get more comments on your blog – Fairy Blog Mother.

Do The Hustle…


Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards

Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is life, good, bad and ugly in a polyester shell.  The very first scene of this movie is perfectly fitting to the rest of the film. We watch the usually gorgeous Christian Bale as a fat, balding middle-aged hustler trying desperately to fix the comb-over that he wears, even adding hair to the conglomeration of hair art to make the bald spot less noticeable.  In the end he comes out with an approximation of something that looks , not good , but not what it actually is which is , in a word, pathetic.

There is all the archetypes here, the Vamp played by Amy Adams, sexy and sweet but all hard edges too ( side bar Amy is  almost 40 and WOW her body is amazing! not the Kabam of some starlets but just overall tight and toned, I’m almost 40 and I love seeing chicks my age that look great!) and a little too street smart to be the product of anything but hard learning.  The con man is played by Christin Bale, likable and smarmy at the same time. The kind of guy you might buy a car from but when it goes south in three months you just think , ” I knew it!”. The mess. Ahhh… the mess. Jennifer Lawrence is in this role, and she is her usual all in self. The part required that she be just … awful  for lack of a better word. She is whiny , passive aggressive , she is manipulative in every way . I think that when they thought of this character the writer said ” what are all the worse traits about women? OK, now lets put them in one charterer” . She gives over to it, does all the things that someone like this person would do, and I would have slapped her a few times if I was in this movie. Would have had to.

There is no clear-cut good guy in this. Jeremy Renner plays a politician that is a good guy. He is not the good guy but he is good, yes. Bradley Cooper, almost in a return to the type of character that he played in his earlier career ( Wedding Crashers comes to mind) that is outwardly correct , as an FBI agent and inwardly dark and twisted with over reaching ambition.

In the end of this movie you feel like, I would have felt like if I had paid my usual  10 bucks  for a movie , that you got a good story. That is what the bottom line of a film should be. They start the movie off with old-fashioned looking studio insignia , like the movie was not only about the seventies but retrieved from that time. And in that same vein, the film does not rely on the things that many films do lately , special effects, a lot of noise and rocketing around in the name of action. If this film would have a movie opposite it would be ” The Fast and The Furious”. There is no flash to this movie. The people in this movie , usually beautiful are less so ( yes Amy and Jennifer look pretty but they also look human) and the casting is excellent. Christin is  paunchy and bald, Bradley is in curlers, and Even the excellent cameo by a permanent A Lister has him looking 100 .  But it all works because the movie is not about pretty , glossy people. It is about grit. If I was giving this movie a rating , which I guess I am , it would be 8 of 10.  I would recommend this movie to anyone that likes a story. If you are like me, 80 % movie nerd also , I just like to point out the following ; Batman, Katniss, Nighthawk and Lois Lane . That is just kinda cool!

American Hustle (2013)

129 min – Crime | Drama – 18 December 2013 (USA)

via American Hustle (2013) – IMDb.

Bradley Cooper at the "Whatever Works&quo...

Bradley Cooper at the “Whatever Works” Premiere, Tribeca Film Festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Don’t Speak


The Six word story or  the six word novel is a concept that was supposedly started by Earnest Hemingway . It is said that he was bet by a friend that he could not write an effective story in 6 words. There have been  many that said that it was not Hemingway that actually wrote the passage but I like to think that the very Manly Hemingway did think up the sweet , sad story of a life cut short, and hope dashed.  Funny , takes more words to explain the story than it was to write .

For sale: baby shoes, never used. – Six Word Stories.

Ernest Hemingway's 1923 passport photo

Ernest Hemingway’s 1923 passport photo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Why social media is a good idea for writers


It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This is a very good article … and the picture is FANTASTIC!

 

 

 

Live to Write - Write to Live

real life social mediaThe Internet is a gift and a curse.

Social media in particular can be a writer’s best friend, or her doom.

I am old enough to remember working in an office where I had to share a clunky desktop PC that only displayed pixilated green type on a black screen and was not connected to anything other than the electrical outlet. I remember a world before ubiquitous email, incessant social media updates, and text messages that follow you everywhere.

Though I sometimes recall those less technologically bound times wistfully, as a self-employed writer of the twenty-first century, I know that I could not do my job without the Internet. No way. No how. I work with almost all of my clients on an almost 100% remote basis – conducting all our business via email, Skype, conference calls, and cloud-based document and project management services. I do my research on the…

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5 Harsh Truths That Will Help You be a Better Writer


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Just for Fun :Oxford Dictionary Declares ‘Selfie’ The Word Of 2013


you and I are living through history. We are living in the time that has produced the most new words in the dictionary in almost 100 years. We have added words like D’oh , Bootylisious, and Google to the actual dictionary . This year is no different.

We have added “twerk” Thank you Youtube/Miley Cyrus and Refollow  but also wonderful words like flexitarian, a nonsense word that basically just means you don’t eat red meat , and the winner of this years word of the year “selfie” which probably means that the ultra-hip people that thought us the word will quickly abandon it for something like “frontie” or “headshot” . Last years winner omnishambles is a much more useless word and much much more fun!

 

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/words/what-s-new

 

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