… if ye don’t like it, just switch it off… Life’s far too short to bother with daftness… #TBSU…

Another take on the joys of social media 🙂

Seumas Gallacher

…the miracle of the instantaneous communication world I’m now plugged into is that this ol’ Jurassic can hardly go to the washroom minus the Blackberry without feeling bereft… the immediacy of the 24/7 cable news channels tell me what’s going on, sometimes even before it goes on… keep me away from the laptop for any extended period …(…read ‘a very short passage of time’...)…  and withdrawal symptoms set in… I LUV being attached to all the periphery that comes with the Internet … I’m twinned with my Twitter… gorged with my Goodreads… facetious with my Facebook... licentious with my LinkedIn, and as ye can see, constantly blethering with my Blogging... in a WURD, enjoying… however, I’ve noted recently a wee wave of discontent in certain corners of the WEB... here, a murmur of ennui at receiving Re-Tweets that the Re-Tweetee didn’t Re-quire… there…

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Happy Birthday To Me, Happy Birthday To Me

I want to share a very special birthday gift from a very special person. We work together at my day job and we both love to knit and sew. She’s given me many of her “prototypes” as gifts, sometimes spur-of-the-moment gifts, sometimes for an occasion like my birthday. This is what she gave me this year: a bag that she made out of a pair of her husband’s old jeans. This bag is a perfect size for carrying around a sock-knitting project, and she lined it in PINK with pockets to hold my knitting tools! I LOVE this bag! I used to make stuff like this when I was in high school, so it brings back fun memories of how much more creative I used to be (because I had no $$ and always had to make do). This is one of those gifts that I’ll get to enjoy over and over and over 🙂

outside of bag

outside of bag

Inside of bag

Inside of bag

Just Call Me Ms. Popularity

I’ve been honored with TWO awards this week!  I am rather awestruck since never in my life have I felt so popular then when I rebooted my blog 🙂  The first award I received this week is the Shine On award given to me by the truly inspiring Running To Her Dreams blogger.  If you haven’t visited her blog yet, then go now!  You can always find your way back to me later 😉

shine-onAs with all awards, there are a few rules (which I may or may not follow ;))

1. Display the award logo on your blog. ‘Tis done.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you. Yup, did that, too 🙂

3. State 7 things about yourself.  Anything?  OK, here’s to my boring self:

  1. It’s Friday and I’m taking the day off because
  2. My kitchen is being “demolished” because
  3. We’re getting new kitchen cabinets!
  4. Because the old ones were original (32 years and counting) and I tend to be slow to start home improvement projects
  5. I picked out the new cabinets which are white and double-wrapped with polymer to protect from water damage
  6. To my chagrin, the new cabinets are from the Martha Stewart line because
  7. I don’t like Martha Stewart the person, but I know I will love my new cabinets 😉

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
This is always the biggest challenge for me because I haven’t yet figured out a seamless way to copy and paste these links without having multiple windows open 😦  But I’ve got time on my hands today so here goes:

  1. Bastet and Sekhmet
  2. Teri Polen
  3. Readful Things Blog
  4. Busy Mind Thinking
  5. Running Father
  6. Jade Reyner
  7. The D/A Dialogues
  8. Julian Froment’s Blog
  9. The Write Place
  10. Pat Bean’s Blog
  11. Aging Abundantly
  12. Saunved
  13. Green Embers
  14. Year ‘Round Thanksgiving Project
  15. Talking Experience

I will now proceed to the second award, the Liebster Award, bestowed upon me by the ever erudite John W. Howell at http://johnwhowell.com/.  Do not hesitate to visit his blog!  I’ll still be here when you get back 😉

liebster3In accordance with the Liebster rules:

A.  List eleven random facts about yourself

  1. My birthday is tomorrow (for those of you in a different time zone, tomorrow could be yesterday, it could be today or it could still be tomorrow ;))
  2. I will be six years shy of eligibility for Social Security, but something tells me I’ll keep working
  3. I don’t have kids so I have no sense of time passing which means I have no sense of myself aging …
  4. Until I take a look in the mirror and do not immediately recognize myself
  5. Even though my hair is gray, in my mind it’s still dark brown
  6. I think I’m more physically fit than I was in my 20s
  7. But I also have more aches and pains than I did in my 20s
  8. To celebrate the arrival of our new kitchen cabinets, we had a beer before dinner and then wine with dinner
  9. We both woke up the next morning remembering why we shouldn’t do that
  10. I’m looking forward to getting my house back in order after our kitchen is done
  11. I would like someone else to get my house back in order after our kitchen is done

B.  Nominate eleven other bloggers for the Liebster Award (why not … I’m on a roll!)

  1. Running for Her Dreams
  2. Robynn Gabel’s Common Sense Experience
  3. Eric John Baker
  4. Amber Skye Forbes
  5. mybrandofgenius
  6. Jill Weatherholt
  7. The Crossover
  8. 30 Days of Self Discovery
  9. Word Savant
  10. kiralynblue
  11. lindaghill

C.  Notify these bloggers:  In due time, I have to finish this post first …

D.  Ask eleven questions that the bloggers must answer upon accepting the Liebster Award.

  1. What would be your perfect meal (if calories and expense were of no concern)?
  2. What is your favorite footwear?
  3. What is your favorite automobile (if any)?
  4. How do we achieve world peace?
  5. Who or what is your muse?
  6. What is your favorite time of day?
  7. Do you see dead people?  (If yes, explain.  If no, then I am relieved.)
  8. What is your favorite form of exercise?
  9. When is your favorite time to work on your blog?
  10. What is your top pet peeve?
  11. What makes you the most happy?

E.  Answer the eleven questions that you were asked when you were nominated

  1. Do you want to be rich and famous?  Rich but not famous (I don’t want no stinkn’ paparazzi following me around)
  2. If yes why and if no why? I answered Yes and No because why wouldn’t I want to be rich and why would I want to be famous if I could just be rich?
  3. What is the most important day of the week for you? Saturday
  4. What is your favorite dessert?  Ben and Jerry’s Americone ice cream
  5. How long did it take you to feel good about writing?  About 40 years
  6. What is your favorite time of day?  Whenever my cat Luisa has finally fallen asleep
  7. Who do you depend upon? My husband
  8. Has anyone ever let you down?  Of course, but it was usually my fault.
  9. Where on Earth do you think is closest to heaven? Atop Black Point at Mono Lake, California
  10. What was the most valuable advice anyone ever gave you?  Trust your intuition
  11. What is the most indulgent gift you ever received or given?  I don’t know if I would call it an indulgence, but the most $$ gift was when I gave a family member $1,000 to help him go to Costa Rica for experimental treatment of MS.  We can’t say the treatments actually helped, but I’ve never regretted helping him get the chance to try.

I end this post, with both hands patting myself on the back 🙂  Cheers, everyone!

Twitter Terms and Literature

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TwitterlogoThe word ‘tweet’ – meaning to post a message or item of information on Twitter – has this month (June 2013) been added to the Oxford English Dictionary or OED. In honour of this occasion, we thought we’d offer some interesting facts about terms associated with Twitter, and the stories surrounding their earlier uses. Many of them have a literary connection.

The word ‘tweet’ – as a verb – is first attested in 1851. It may have been in use earlier than this, but the OED cites 1851 as the earliest known date of the verb’s use. The word features in a poem by George Meredith, novelist and poet, author of Victorian sonnet sequence Modern Love. (Meredith was also the author of the poem ‘The Lark Ascending’, which would later inspire Ralph Vaughan Williams to compose his celebrated piece of music.)

The poem, one of Meredith’s ‘Pastorals’, contains the lines:…

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Guest Blog: Writing Against Captivity: Phillis Wheatley

A timely post to the blog Interesting Literature. In the Comments section, Linker adds this insight: “Wheatley wrote during a period called the “Cult of Sensibility” that was especially important to anti-slavery movements in England and America in the late eighteenth century. The idea behind sensibility was to create empathy for the sufferer through vicarious, or shared feeling. In literary texts, this was achieved through the power of the imagination.” This is a good quote to have at the ready when someone asks what is the purpose of fiction.

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By Laura Linker

Phillis Wheatley (1753-84), an eighteenth-century black slave taught to read by her owners, composed over 100 poems in her lifetime, many of them drawing on the Bible as a source of infallible authority. The first slave to publish a book, Wheatley often urges America to repent of its participation in the slave trade. (She was also the originator of ‘Columbia’ as a term for America, which she invented in her 1776 poem ‘To His Excellency George Washington’.) Steeped in western canonical authors, including Ovid, Virgil, Shakespeare, and Milton, she draws on classical and religious allusions to challenge legal and social limitations that denigrate slaves, adopting established poetical forms only to use them as sites of resistance. Her poetry demonstrates remarkable technique and learning.


One of her most interesting poems, ‘On Imagination’, employs art as a means of freeing the mind and the muse, conceptualized as a figure…

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Internet and Hyperconnectivity

My conversation with Rajiv on hyperconnectivity continues.  I began to comment and once again found myself going on at length.  Here’s part of my comment to Rajiv’s post:

“I’m starting to wonder if there is generational difference with hyperconnectivity.  I grew up without computers, without even remote-controlled TV (in fact, our first TV was black and white), without cell phones or even portable phones, etc.  So while I have jumped into the social media soup, I seem to be less inclined to drown in the broth of hyperconnectivity (sorry, it’s early, I’ve only had one cup of coffee so my brain is making up weird metaphors).  For example, with Facebook:  it’s been easy for me to stay “offline” so no one can chat with me and I do enjoy the feature of being able to “hide” the posts of certain “friends” so I am not sucked into interactions that I don’t want to be in.  Do you think there’s a generational difference here?  And, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll carry this over to my blog since my comment is (again) getting rather long :)”

I’m seeing more and more discussions about social media and how to manage various accounts and still get one’s work (writing) done.  It’s an issue that I would like to address more “professionally,” but, as seems to be more and more often, I have to wait until I have a nice chunk of uninterrupted time to put together a coherent post.

My kitchen is scheduled to be demolished tomorrow (Friday).  We’ll see how well I can write around that kind of chaos 🙂


A fragment of a story about an old house at The Community Storyboard.

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This is a tiny excerpt from my first novel (working title:  The House), about a house that can love, kill, and grieve.

After the night of horror, after all the inhabitants had been killed–the family that this old house had loved so much–the house itself began a kind of suicide.

It commenced with peeling wallpaper, fraying carpets, shredding curtains, choking the chimney, throwing pictures aslant, tossing pillows of dust everywhere.  Outside the once brilliant white paint splintered into bits of chip and the wood underneath was a dour grey.  The windows became opaque, the screen around the porch grew holes big enough for a swarm of bees to fly through, the floorboards buckled.  Grass grew tall in among the now cracked stone steps, and the outhouse … that quaint cozy privy that the house had stood watch over, collapsed into a sad heap of shingles and boards, the children’s magazines…

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Writing prompt of the week

The writing prompt of the week: This Old House. At The Community Storyboard.

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This old house

The writing prompt for the week is “This old House”

Don’t forget to post your submission in the comments, send it to us (if you don’t have access) or link back to us!

You can write a poem, a short story, anything experimental, but it must use the words “This old house” somewhere in the writing. You can find my submission below.


Of bricks and boards

creaking floors

Paint that peeled

weathered revealed


Dirty windows


garden paths

scarred up trees


empty rooms

filled up with dust

leaky faucets

pipes of rust


and still I hold

this old house

and you my dear

only a home

as you were here

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Caring for Your Writer – 10 Easy Steps for Friends & Family

Too good to let this slip by. Copy the link and make sure your friends and family read this 😉

Word Savant

Congratulations!  You are now the proud owner of a writer!  Your writer will perform amazing tricks for you, such as spending hours and hours by themselves working on something that they may never finish. Or, accumulating a small collection of editors who thank them for their work but it’s just not right for this publication.

You may be wondering how to feed and care for this moody and reclusive creature, who is “writing a novel” but won’t tell you what it’s about.  Writers need specialized care, so here are 10 easy Do’s and Don’ts to take care of this special breed.

  1. Do give them a minimum of 1 hour of writing time per day.  For many writers it may be more, but this is the minimum for a writer to stay healthy.  Also do not make your writer feel guilty about this.  It is really hard for them…

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Book Giveaway: Red Clay and Roses

Red Clay and Roses Book Giveaway! Go to S.K. Nicholls’s website for details.

S.K. Nicholls

As a promotional, in preparation for my upcoming    Ebook Jpg (2)

paperback POD version, I am giving away up to

ten copies of Red Clay and Roses eversion for those who

are interested before July 14th.  You can email me at

redclayandroses1@gmail.com for the promo coupon code.

Thanks in advance for your support!

I would greatly appreciate any reblogs!

Set in the Deep South during a period of civil unrest, Red Clay and Roses is a fictional account of a true story.  The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into life in a time when women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant.

Mystery, rape, murder, drama, and forbidden love meld as the origin of the ledger unfolds.  Sybil reveals that she was an unconventional, independent, high spirited young white woman in the 1950s-60s in a world that belonged to the…

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