Archive for January, 2012

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

What to do with all of your junk mail… and to think I was wasting it by recycling. This is amazing!

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

I love this cat video!

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My friend DirtWoman sends me great photos and videos.  Besides gardening, she also  

loves cats (these two in particular) and fitness classes, so it’s no surprise that she found this delightful video.

Even a catless couch potato will enjoy this one.

You can bet it wasn’t an exercise freak who invented power steering. Garfield

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Posted: January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

Here is the secret to fame (if not fortune)!

Mike is happy.

Each weekday, WordPress selects about ten new blog posts for the Freshly Pressed section of the homepage. These posts represent how WordPress can be used to entertain, enlighten, or inspire.

Getting promoted to Freshly Pressed is a major traffic win because receives a high volume of page views.

So, by now you might be wondering how to get featured. Well, it’s all about the content. Here are five bits o’ advice that will increase your chances of landing on the homepage:

1. Write unique content that’s free of bad stuff. Just about everything up to this point was copied and pasted from the WordPress blog, so that can’t be a good start. (What gave it away? Was it the devil-may-care use of the jaunty o’?) Anyway, for some reason they seem to prefer original content. In their own words (there I go again): “Bad stuff includes but…

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I’m reading my favorite writing book, “A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life” by Judy Reeves and Janet Fitch.  The book contains excellent writing prompts for each day of the year.  Every seven days there are inspiring, funny or thought provoking articles about the craft of writing.  The article I’m reading now is “How Can You Tell When Imagination is Present?”  The author lists a number of ways you can tell that imagination is live and present in your life and writing.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Cee’s Share Your World Week is out and ready for you.  Here are the questions and my answers:

What is one of your quirky traits?
If you could be given ANY gift what would it be?
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
If you could play any sport professionally what would it be?


This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Hope.  Normally the weekly photo challenges aren’t much of a challenge, if you discount trying to figure out where in your computer you put the picture that popped up in your head.  But hope, that’s a hard one.  I don’t see hope as a visual.  I feel it.  I hear it.  I think I can even smell it.  I can write paragraphs about it, but I can’t picture it.


I recently discovered Pandora, the internet music radio station.  I haven’t bothered with internet radio before.  For some reason I quit listening to music for many, many years but it’s time to put it back into my life.

Pandora only exists in the United States for now. I don’t know if there are similar things in other countries yet.  I am starting to really like it because it lets me hear old favorites that I haven’t heard in ages and find new artists similar to my likes.  I’m busy exploring what I like in music. (more…)

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

I love this quote. I’ve lived multiple lives, too. Right now I’m living as Queen Elizabeth II as I read her biography.


Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

An awesome quote. Enjoy! Are you someone who has lived multiple lives? As a book-a-holic and writer, I sure have! 😀 I’ve recently lived as a 16 year old Shadowhunter, and multiple survivors from World War Z (2 new book reviews should be published soon :)), and, of course, a Spanish immigrant discovering his new life in Edaion with his blind, gifted sister. 😉

What lives have you recently lived?

– Ermisenda Alvarez

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I made the mistake of reading my email before writing this morning.  I have so much interesting email coming in that I can get distracted easily.  Before I know it hours have gone by.  That was the case this morning.  I had a wonderful time downloading book samples and boppnig around all over the net. (more…)

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

An inspirational quote for you.

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I came across this beautiful list of inspirational quotes from Brain Pickings, Five Manifestos for the Creative Life:

Empower yourself and realise the importance of contributing to the world by living your talent. Work on what you love. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

When I find a good quote, I like to print it out or illustrate it to tape it above my computer. On days when I feel tired or uninspired, I take a breath, look at one of my quotes, and try to embody the essence of what it is that I liked about the quote in the first place.

For the same reason, I’ll also print out emails from friends, teachers, and family to help keep me motivated. Kind words are a reminder that what we’re doing is useful, whether it’s related to your blog, your job, or…

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