Breaking “Rule 31”: Blogging About Co-workers

I’ve already broken the cardinal rule of social media – the one that says, “Do not Friend your coworkers on Facebook, and for the love of all that’s holy, never Friend your boss or blog about work.” No one wants to be dooced, even if Heather A. swears she never was. And yet, if you can’t be friends Read More …

31 Ways Not to Use Your Blog #FridayReflections

Writing is a meditation. It is the communication, from one mind to another, that which lives entirely within the imagination. It is an act of creation. It is art. It is part of what it means to be human. But as they say, “If a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one Read More …

Blog Zombies, Fire Ants, and Out of My Comfort Zone

Mitch Mitchell has been running by my blog, bopping me on top of my head, calling me “Kiddo” and telling me my blog’s not mobile friendly. I told him I couldn’t be bothered to care before coffee. But I fixed it – a little. Now he’s thrown down the gauntlet, issuing a video rebuttal of Read More …

Is Blogging Dead?

That’s a question people have been asking since about five minutes after blogging became “a thing.” It feels like blogging peaked in 2008 – 2012. Interest, both from bloggers and from readers, has declined fairly steadily, dropping as much as 40-50%, since then. Podcasting seems a likely replacement, but interest in that appears to have Read More …

Garish Lions

Plot Bunny and Herman Hootabout were excited. Mostly about breakfast. Neither could complain that Her Authorship didn’t feed them well, and the morning they left Paris was no exception. While The King of Forebearance insisted on ordering “American coffee” to go with his Continental Breakfast, Her Authorship insisted on shortchanging herself every time – ordering Read More …

BlogHop with Plot Bunny and Friends

“Hey, Your Authorship, let’s have an end-of-summer party!” Her Authorship peers over the rim of her glasses at Plot Bunny, Herman the Hootie, and Jam. “What did you have in mind, PB?” “I was thinking we could have a bunnyhop for fun-loving fiction writers, poets, and artists to share their creative work and get more links back to Read More …

Iron and Rust

The four-legged cast-iron Dutch oven sat just outside the kitchen window, masquerading as a planter for wild things. Tetanus, maybe. Running a hand across its rust-roughened surface, it was hard to tell if it had sprouted tumors or succumbed to the pitting of an acid rain. I had an uneasy, love-hate relationship with cast iron Read More …

Xenodochy

The world needs more xenodochy. And more words. My husband and I agree on the first point, and argue the second when we’ve nothing else to bicker about – which is most of the time. He, a Lean Six Sigma professional, sees a plethora of synonyms as a hindrance to clear and straightforward communication. I Read More …

Women!

There’s a lot of rancor on the Internet, much of it centering around social justice, race, relations and equality between men and women, sexual identity, and religion. So when someone finds a way to express frustration and drive a serious point home with good-natured humor, it tends to bring down the defenses and get people Read More …

Under the Weather

Houston’s been a bit “under the weather” for the past week. Unless you live overseas or under a rock, you’ve probably seen just how bad things got, here, last week. A historic, “500-year flood,” the extent of which set records. Things are slowly getting back to normal – that is, the roads are passable and Read More …

5 Tips on How to be Funny When you’re not Funny

When it comes down to it, comedy is all about relating to one another. It’s about the human connection, however frail or thin. Where language and race diversify us, we have laughter in common. Now writing comedy is one of the hardest things someone can do, but hopefully through these 5 tips I can help Read More …

Targeted Advertising: Creepy & Stalkerish, or Wow, You Get Me!?

When GMail first hit the scene and I got my coveted invitation to the beta program, part of the agreement was that Google could suck down all the text – incoming and outgoing – and analyze it for more effective target marketing. There would be ads in the sidebar and across the top, and these Read More …