Archives for May 2011

10 Things I Love About eReaders

Many of you know that I am a recent convert to the Kindle.  I chose the Kindle for a variety of excellent reasons I cannot remember at the moment (my short-term memory is a bit sporadic).  But regardless, I love my Kindle.  If I had a Nook or Kobo or any one of a dozen great e-reader alternatives, I would probably love them as well.

I really didn’t expect to love my Kindle as much as I do – but I do.  So I thought I would give you 10 reasons why I think e-readers are great.  Oh, and by the way, when I’m talking about e-readers here, I’m talking about the dedicated e-readers that are designed for, um, readers, not tablets or phones also used to read e-books.

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Dancing With the Daffodils

In lieu of an official blog post today, I thought I would take the opportunity to share one of my favorite poems with you. I love this poem, simply love it. It reminds me that although life may sometimes seem dark, or closed, or just cluttered, there is pure loveliness out there, and we can revisit it whenever we wish.

“I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD”
by William Wordsworth

I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

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Everything I Know About SEO

Here, in one post, I would like to present everything I know about SEO.

I know what the acronym SEO stands for – Search Engine Optimization.

Thank you!  I’ll be here all week!

Okay, just kidding.  I know a little bit more than that.  Search Engine Optimization is a fancy term for helping your blog show up when people search for stuff on the Internet.  Ideally, you want your blog to be at the top of the search results.  It’s all about getting seen.

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Writing With The Door Slightly Ajar

While writing the first draft of the book which eventually grew up to be HOLD ME (the book being published soon – in case you didn’t know), I gave a few friends each individual chapter as soon as I was finished writing it.  I discovered about half-way through the process that this, for me anyway, was a bit of a mistake.

See, I didn’t feel like I had any freedom while I was writing the first draft.  I didn’t feel like I had the opportunity to change my mind. I had set up certain expectations and felt obligated to follow through for the sake of the readers, even if the vision developing in my head had changed. Then, when my friends made well-meaning, and even very good, suggestions, I felt like I had to respond to them immediately.  The net result was that I ended up concentrating on details and losing the bigger picture.  This is not where you need to be in the first draft of a book.

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The Morning After

I had some other plans about what I wanted to post today, but in the face of all of the media hoopla and general laughter about the “rapture” prophesied by wacko preacher Harold Camping, I felt compelled to talk about that instead.

I’ll tell you that I do not necessarily label myself as Christian, although I do try to follow the teachings of Jesus as much as I can and to the extent of my understanding.  Some days I do okay with that, some days not so much. I do not belong to a church.  I personally don’t really believe in the rapture.  I have my own understanding of those passages in the Bible, but as far as I can tell, most church denominations don’t agree with me.  Ah, well, to each their own.  I don’t think any of us has a complete understanding of anything in this life anyway.

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Touring With The Blogosphere

Blogosphere!

*distant whispering and chatter*

Hey! Blogosphere! I’m here!

*some laughter*

Blogosphere! Get your butt over here! *stomps foot*

Yo! What?

Blogosphere, aren’t you supposed to interview me today?

Uh…huh?

Didn’t I slip you that twen…I mean, didn’t we make arrangements a couple of days ago?

Uh, yeah. I guess so. *rattles files* I don’t know why we’re doing this, though.

Hello! It’s a blog tour you silly thing.

*pause* A blog tour?

You’re the blogosphere. You contain all blogs everywhere. You are going to interview me, if you ever get started. Ergo, a blog tour.

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