Monday, October 23, 2017

How To Go For A Walk #OpenBook Blog Hop




There's lots of advice on walking on the intranet.Walking fast vs. slow. How far to go. What to wear. How to get in the most steps for your fitness device. Don't bother googling it, because I am going to tell you how to break the rules.

Start by finding your most comfortable shoes. They don't have to be fancy or expensive or a certain manufacturer. You just want to be able to get home without blisters.



Dress for the weather. Coat, no coat, pants or shorts, tank top or sweatshirt. That's going to change day by day. If you're going into the woods (we'll get to that) take bug spray.

Ready? Not until you've turned off your cell phone. (Or at least turned down the volume.) Leave your MP3 player by the computer. You don't need it.

Now, where are you going? Around the block? Out to the back 40? Maybe to the park down the way? it doesn't matter. Take a deep breath and walk out the door, locking it behind you if necessary. When you get outside, stop for a minute. Look up at the sky. Is it sunny or are the stars out? Take another deep breath, and this time smell the world. Is the neighbor barbecuing or is that the smell of falling leaves. All that's left is to move one foot in front of another.

It doesn't matter if you go slow of fast. This isn't about where you are going or how quickly you get there. It's about the journey. At the house down the street, stop and admire the potted flowers on the windowsill. Or watch the red-tailed hawk circling overhead. Or savor the smell of salt drifting in from the ocean.

Don't let the blaring of car horns distract you from your task. Did I forget to mention that you have something to accomplish? A little nothing, really. I want you to daydream. When was the last time you did that? So feel free to take a break and sit on a big rock or park bench for a few minutes.



Then keep putting one foot in front of the other. You're getting there. Wherever 'there' is. Remember, there's no deadline. You can stop whenever you want to look around. See all those things you've never noticed before even if you've been by there five times before. Maybe it's the dew on a spider web sparkling in the early morning sun. Or the way the clouds drift behind that skyscraper. Or the way that noisy little mutt's body quivers with excitement when you pet him.

Listen to the world around you. Smile at the people passing by. Watch the children play. Take your time and really see the world around you. There's beauty there.

Remember the words of the greats, Simon & Garfunkel:

"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin' groovy

Hello, lamppost, what'cha knowin'?
I've come to watch your flowers growin'
Ain't'cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in doo-doo, feelin' groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin' groovy

I got no deeds to do
No promises to keep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you
All is groovy

And that's how to take a walk.

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October 23, 2017 – How to post. Pick something and explain how to do it. It can be writing related, craft related, garden related – just share how you do it.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wolves' Knight Book Hooks





From Wolves' Knight, Book 2 of the Free Wolves series. On sale for 99¢ for a short time.

     The wind picked up and a gust almost covered the sound. Tasha’s ears pricked forward at the shuffle of footsteps. A figure inched along the side of the building, stopping at a window. Tasha tightened her muscles, but didn’t move.
     Then he went on. Tasha was positive it was a male although the wind blew the wrong direction for her to catch his scent. Not even her tail twitched as he stopped at another window. Her ears caught the sound of him tapping on the glass. He moved again.
     The third window sat in a pool of darkness. But Tasha’s eyes watched as he raised the window. He grasped the window frame and started to lift himself inside.

      And Tasha exploded into a snarling mass of muscle and fangs.




Blurb: 

Tasha Roeper knows what it means to protect your own. So when her friend, Dot Lapahie, CEO of Lapahie Enterprises, suspects that the Free Wolves are under attack, Tasha immediately signs on to lead the investigation and guard Dot.

But Tasha's not convinced it's the Free Wolves that are the target. She fears that her own pack—the Fairwood Pack—are the actual quarry and Dot is only a decoy.

The deeper Tasha digs, the more puzzles she uncovers.

Torn between tradition and a changing world, will Tasha risk everything to save a friend—including her own life—when old enemies arise?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Things to Change in my Industry #OpenBook Blog Hop



People hate computers. Come on, admit it. There a necessary nuisance as far as you're concerned.

So when I mention I'm in IT, you roll your eyes and say "Better you than me." Or something like that. Right?

Here's the thing. Me and machines don't get along. At least we didn't. I can cause a radio to go all static-y by just walking in the room. But me and computers? Different story.

Now, I'm not an expert in all things computer. But I'm definitely above average. Not bad for someone who didn't touch their first computer until she was over 30 years old.

Thing is, I'm not afraid of them. Just like I know how to break them, (and I have broken a few)  I know how to fix them. To me, it's fun It's the logical side of my brain analyzing a problem and figuring out how to resolve it.



So what would I change about my industry? Same thing as I do on a regular basis. Help the end user understand what how they can use all that power at their fingertips. I don't expect everyone to be able to open a computer case and understand all the bits and pieces inside, but they should be able to make an effort to understand the programs they use on a regular basis. For example, they don't have to hit Caps Lock to make a capitol letter, that's what  the shift key is for.

Is it scary? Sure, at first. But, as in many things,  too many people aren't even willing to try.And that's what I would change.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Business Resources #OpenBook Blog Hop




Thank heavens for the internet. When I started this process of being a writer, I relied on magazines as a source of information. Anyone still subscribe to Writer's Digest? Or Coda? (now Poets & Writers)

That was back in my poetry writing days, and they were a lifeline. Inspiring articles, success stories of other writers, lists of potential markets. All things I would have never found  on my own.

Then I started writing books and everything changed. The list of literary magazines I haunted on a regular basis held no value anymore. I needed a list of agents and instructions on the proper way to type up a manuscript. At least that's what I thought.

Then I signed up for my first writer's newsgroup through Yahoo. I thought I might get some tips on writing as well as information on how to submit a query. What I got was so much more.

I'd vaguely been aware of ebooks, but hadn't seen one. I still made my weekly or so trips to the library to get my reading materials. The first few electronic books I downloaded were enjoyable reading, but I missed the feel of paper in my hands. (And still do!)



When the first discussions of indie publishing came to my attention, I followed them with curiosity. Then interest. I could publish my books without an agent or a publisher? I didn't have to
change my stories to fit someone else's boring standards?

Eventually I discovered other writers on Facebook. And on-line critique groups. And sites where you can check your work for spelling and grammatical errors. And free blogging sites (Like this one! Thanks, blogger!) And so on and so on.


So thanks, internet, you've been a great help.

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Here's a few links a starting author might be interesting in.

prowritingaid.com/Free-Editing-Software.aspx

https://www.grammarly.com

http://www.critiquecircle.com/default.asp

Now let's go find out what everyone is using!




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Monday, October 2, 2017

Favorite Charity #OpenBook Blog Hop


I suppose some people wouldn't consider my favorite charity as a charity at all. They consider it more of a club, but it couldn't exist without contributions from lots of people.

I grew up wearing brown and then green with this organization. As a teen, I spent summers as both a volunteer and a paid employee working for this group. I was lucky enough to be able to move on to being an adult volunteer first and a paid employee later.

It was with this group that I learned my love of nature. The trees, the hills, the sun and the rain. I learned how to build fires and how to put them out. I hiked trails and helped build them where none existed.
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I learned self-reliance and child care and how to manage money. Through this organization, I got to  explore cities and places where I'd never traveled before.I got to have relationships with adults that weren't my parents and be more of an adult myself. And yes, I sold cookies.

It was on a camping trip with this group that I first decided I wanted to grow my hair long. One of the adults on the trip-another girl's grandmother- always wore her hair in a braid that was wrapped into a bun. Very old fashioned. But one morning she took it down to comb it out and it was the longest, most beautiful silver hair I'd every seen. I'll have hair like that some day.







So here's to the Girl Scouts. Still my favorite charity. I know they've been having some tough times lately, but I hope they stick around for years to come.

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October 2, 2017 – Talk about your favorite charity and why it’s your favorite?
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