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Content Curation with Klout

Still interested in “content curation”? How about in “discovering good, relevant things to share with friends who share your interests”? You don’t want to bore or alienate your readers by sharing only your own posts, right? Content curation – choosing the right posts for the right audience at the right times, is a great idea. It’s also good karma to promote... read more

Breaking “Rule 21”: Saying Nice Things About Pussy

Well, not mine – I don’t blog about mine and we’ve already established I don’t have any pets. But pussy here has good taste in men, and she’s not about to put up with anyone grabbing her without explicit consent. She is unmoved by fame, fortune, and notoriety. In fact, she’ll stare you down and if the claws come out, I guarantee you’ll flinch first. This pussy... read more

Breaking “Rule 22”: Complimenting the Dog

Well, this one’s going to be a bit tricky… You see, I don’t have a dog. My husband doesn’t dislike animals, but doesn’t want one in the house. Early in our marriage, he made it quite clear that I would have to choose between a husband or a pet – and so far, for more than 32 years – he has won out. It’s really not a close contest, to be honest. And having a... read more

Help Right a Shameful Wrong: Restore National Guard Re-Enlistment Bonuses

Help right a shameful wrong. As a citizen of this country, I’m ashamed that our government is asking its servicemen and women to repay what it terms “excessive” re-enlistment bonuses promised to National Guardsmen to get them to re-enlist and serve overseas in U.S. combat operations. We honor our contracts. We honor our young men and women who serve. We punish wrongdoers, not those who... read more

How to Set Up and Use TweetDeck to Manage Twitter

If you love Twitter but want a way to organize your timeline and manage your activity more effectively, there, you may want to give Tweetdeck a try. Tweetdeck is free, and it’s owned by Twitter. To set up and use Tweetdeck, simply go to Tweetdeck.com and log in using your Twitter account.  One of the first things you’ll notice is how Tweetdeck divides your timeline into several columns. By... read more

Breaking “Rule 23”: A (Not So) Recent Sexual (Mis)Adventure!

Define “recent.” I could certainly make one up. I once volunteered to run an Adult Writing Workshop. I had no idea what I was signing up for – and when I realized that “Adult Writing Workshop” was a euphemism for “Erotica” or “Porn,” I just gamely carried on – I’d agreed to do it and didn’t want to admit I was young, naive, and had... read more

Breaking “Rule 24”: Dust Bunnies

What’s this about dust bunnies? Rule #24 says you shouldn’t “post pictures of the dust bunnies under your bed. Unless you mount them on colored paper, immortalize them on digital media, Photoshop them, and call them ‘art.’ You see what I did, there? I broke the rule before I made the rule. I had already created this little e-card gem on Writing.com, and later used it on one... read more

Breaking “Rule 25”: Naming Names and Kickin’ Butt

You’re worried, aren’t you? Why should I name my enemies, only to have them summoned, like Beetlejuice? Oh, right – I’m going to do it in the name of breaking all 31 of my blogging rules! Many years ago, I visited a “psychic” out of curiosity. This wasn’t a spiritualist, like in Cassadaga – this woman had quite the scam going. She gave me a creepy stare and... read more

Breaking “Rule 26”: Blogging Pithy Quotes

I’m pretty sure I proposed Rule 26 before Justin Halpern came up with “Shit My Dad Says” and raised breaking rules to a highly lucrative art form. It’s probably a good idea, if you’re going to follow Justin’s lead, to let Dad in on it – otherwise, he’s going to be very surprised to find himself played on national TV by the likes of William Shatner. If you... read more

Here, Hold My Beer – Watch Me Break Blogging Rules I Created!

After I posted “31 Ways NOT to Use Your Blog,” many of you goaded me, egged me on, encouraged me in my mischievous plan to write a series of posts wherein I break blogging rules I created as a tongue in cheek response to Microsoft’s proposal for “31 Ways to Use Your Blog” over a decade ago. How could I resist temptation like that? As with any form of writing, you can break... read more

Breaking “Rule 27”: Blogging as Journal of the Mundane

Dickens began David Copperfield with, “I am born.” Who’s to say that the daily-journal musings of the most ordinary blogger are not tomorrow’s great works of enduring literature? There will, perhaps, be a great nuclear fireball, leaving no library unscathed – and this, this record of the dull and dreary, day-to-day trudge through an essentially comfortable and... read more

Breaking “Rule 28”: Blogging Nasty Things About the Ex-Whatever

Have you ever skated on thin ice? It’s a rush, isn’t it? I used to skate on a little neighborhood lake. In the middle of the lake, there was an island. The water never freezes hard right at the edge of the shore, so it laps over the top of it, resurfacing several yards around the perimeter of the island better than a Zamboni could. Really fun to skate on! Trapped within this surprisingly... read more

Breaking “Rule 29”: Blogging About Bodily Functions/Fluids

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Were you aware of that? Okay, let’s dispense with all that cutesy pink, and talk frankly. I’m a “survivor.” I feel like cancer took up too many clock-cycles already; it’s not the all-consuming thing looming on my brain these days. But when women ask me, “How did you find it? How did you know?” I think back and realize... read more

Breaking “Rule 30”: Blogging About My Sex Life

Second rule to break, and already I’m having second thoughts about this whole blog series. Some things, you just don’t–well, okay, here, hold my beer while I break “Rule 30” and talk about my sex life. My kids may kill me for this. I taught my daughter about “the birds and the bees” when she was about seven. I was pregnant with her brother, and naturally, she had... read more

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 with the people you spend 8-12 hours a day with, five days a week, who... read more

Darkness and Light, Hate and…Letting Go

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr We are admonished to “love thy neighbor” – especially the ones who are most difficult to love. It is a challenge, especially at this point in an election year. It’s a wonder the Facebook Block button hasn’t broken. I no longer think of... read more

Mission Possible! Resurrect the Zombie Blog

It’s official. I’ve killed my blog. But no pity parties – I do this every few years. I must have a Messianic complex, because I have so much fun resurrecting the thing. Sometimes, of course, I do it just by pushing the wrong button.  Hence, the “2013” in the URL – I very creatively named it for the year of its last resurrection from the ashes of my nuclear annihilation... 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 around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” Why keep a diary, only to burn it? Why write a book, only to shove it in a... read more

Writing summed up. — Momentary Lapse Of Sanity

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Toby, by Hazel Mitchell

When a young boy and his father move from one house to another, they decide to adopt a dog from the local rescue shelter. But their chosen dog, Toby, is having a tough time adjusting to his new life outside the shelter—howling all night, hiding fearfully from his new humans, forgetting where to go to the bathroom, and chasing a ball through the flower bed. The boy has promised to train his new companion,... read more

Another Day of Worldwide WordPress 5k (#WWWP5k)

The grocery list wasn’t long, so I decided to take a tote bag and walk the half mile or so to the store. It was an easy, pleasant walk. Even the return trip wasn’t hard, despite a few pounds of potatoes, bananas, cream cheese, and other produce. Always make sure the tote can be slung over one or both shoulders! It wasn’t a 5k, not by a longshot. I put up the groceries and headed back... read more

How to Write for Children

Lots of writers want to know, “How do you write a children’s book and get it published?” Do you know how to write for children? If you think it’s easy, don’t do it. Writing for Children has an obvious appeal: the stories are often short, simple, and use basic vocabulary words. “See Spot run. See Jane run after Spot. Run, Spot, run!” But writing for children... read more

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