Meeting a Real Character (Weekend Assignment #313)

Meeting a Real Character (Weekend Assignment #313)

Never ask me to pick my single favorite anything – when it comes to things like that, I have serious commitment issues. Karen‘s Weekend Assignment question is along those lines: Weekend Assignment #313: Through some miracle of colliding realities, you have the opportunity to meet a fictional character, face to face. Which character would you most like to meet, and why? Extra Credit: What question would you most like to ask that character? Extra extra credit for posting the character’s likely reply! How can I possibly narrow it down? While there are any number of characters I might like to meet – as well as their creators, many of whom are characters themselves – I’m not sure there is one I would most like to meet. Looking for inspiration, or at least a nudge in one direction or another, I threw the question out to Twitter and Google Buzz. (I should have asked on Facebook, […]

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Get in Line for Weekend Assignment #310: I’ve Got a Line on You!

Get in Line for Weekend Assignment #310: I’ve Got a Line on You!

This week, Karen‘s question is concerns our feelings about one of those things that, like death and taxes, is an unavoidable fact of life for just about everyone: Weekend Assignment #310: Nobody likes standing in line, generally speaking, but sometimes you have to wait around to get what you want. Are you one of those people who avoid lines as much as humanly possible, even if it means doing without? Or do you accept the need for queues, and simply try to make the wait as painless as you can? Extra Credit: Do you see the problem of waiting in lines as getting better or worse in recent years? I’m not a big fan of standing in lines, but I’m even less of a fan of people who seem to think they shouldn’t have to stand in line. They (loudly) complain and fuss about it, they jostle for better position, and they generally make the […]

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Wednesday/Weekend Assignment #303: Stress Relief

Wednesday/Weekend Assignment #303: Stress Relief

Karen‘s topic this week is one that’s probably universally relatable: Weekend Assignment #303: How do you de-stress when you’re feeling frazzled? I don’t have a single, all-purposes stress-relief technique – does anyone? But I do have several things I might try, depending on the context – where I am at the time, and what seems to be triggering the majority of the stress (because if I’m truly frazzled and overwhelmed, it’s probably not just due to one thing). One of my stress relievers is actually productive, while others are more about avoidance. Clean something: I’m not talking about a top-to-bottom scrubbing, but even a small task like picking up around the living area or wiping the counters can help settle me down. It requires focus, but not necessarily thought, so it helps clear my head; it makes me get up and move around; and it provides a relatively quick, visible reward and small sense of […]

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Time to Blog! (Weekend Assignment #278)

Time to Blog! (Weekend Assignment #278)

For about a year and a half now, I’ve been a (mostly) regular participant in the Weekend Assignment writing exercises hosted by blogger Karen Funk Blocher – I’ve missed some due to other commitments (or, a few times, honestly not having any idea what to say in response to the prompt), but for the most part, I’m there. Sadly, though, there aren’t many of us turning out for the Assignments lately, so I wanted to invite you to join in on this one – if you’re a blogger, no matter what your focus is, you probably have something to say about this week’s topic. And yes, I know it’s Tuesday – the Assignments are posted on Friday (or sometimes Saturday) with the idea of giving participants something to write about over the weekend, but you have until Thursday to post your response. If you need some blog fodder over the next couple of days, here […]

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A summer snapshot, starring my town (Weekend Assignments #271/272)

A summer snapshot, starring my town (Weekend Assignments #271/272)

I didn’t intend to blow off last week’s Weekend Assignment from Professor Karen at Outpost Mâvarin, but I did have some trouble getting a handle on it…until now. It’s being worked into this week’s Assignment. I hope that it will be accepted as my make-up exam! Weekend Assignment #271: No matter where you live, the daily sights you take for granted are bound to seem exotic to someone who lives in very different surroundings. Describe your home town, city or whatever to that theoretical someone, entirely in words. You don’t have to write the proverbial “thousand words,” but do not post a photo to aid you in conveying a sense of what the place is like. Extra Credit: Summarize your description Twitter-style, in 140 characters or fewer. Weekend Assignment #272: What are your plans for the summer months? Do things get busier for you this time of year, or slow down? Do you go on […]

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TV in My Memory (Weekend Assignment #266)

TV in My Memory (Weekend Assignment #266)

Weekend Assignment #266: The release of the blockbuster Star Trek prequel movie reboots a franchise for a cult TV show that had a huge impact on generations of SF TV viewers. Is there a TV series from your youth that you remember especially fondly? Extra Credit: Have you bought the aforementioned TV series on DVD? If not, would you if it were readily available at a reasonable price? Karen‘s own post for this Weekend Assignment was about her history with the TV series that inspired the blockbuster movie she mentions here. Despite my own nerd credentials, that won’t be the show I choose to talk about. I was aware of, but actually didn’t love, Star Trek as a kid, although my mom enjoyed watching it – and judge me for it if you must, but I still am not a huge fan of the Original Series. I really didn’t embrace the series till it went […]

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5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

It has been over a year since I last posted a Friday link round-up, but since I am attempting to do NaBloPoMo this week (you read that right–I’m taking this month one week at a time), it seemed like a good excuse to resurrect it!  “NaBloPoMo is your experience. It’s your 30-day posting process, and you can use the space on your blog in any way you choose: You can access daily prompts through BlogHer. You can post a work in progress. You can experiment with a new style of writing. You can join in with NaBloPoMo to bring you back from a writing hiatus. You can meet other NaBloPoMo-ers if you’re hungry for community.” –This post from Alexandra Rosas on BlogHer.com is what made me officially sign up for NaBloPoMo, even if I am committing myself to taking it just one week at a time. ————————————————- “Basic Rules of the Candy Giver: give candy to kids don’t give […]

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2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

It has taken 6 years and almost 7 months to accumulate 2000 posts on The 3 R’s Blog, but it happened yesterday. Post number 2001 seems like a good place to pause and consider how I got here, and where to go now that I am here. The last time I reviewed blog stats was the end of 2011 (I only looked at reading stats in 2012). I think this is a good occasion to revisit them, with a little bit of context from each year of the blog’s life. Care to come along? 2007: 332 posts for the year Top 5 Pageviews in 2007 (*=all-time Top 10 pageviews) The “responsible” child (?)–a parental perspective Book Talk: THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER The American vacation: an endangered species? Factors for a successful marriage: The Pew Survey * Book Talk: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS I read a lot of posts about blog development during my […]

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2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

Image via Wikipedia (If you think you’ve read this post before, you may be right – it accidentally got published a couple of weeks ago, and got into the feed before I could pull it back to the correct date. Oops!) Total posts in 2010: 305  – includes 11 guest posts, 10 progress updates during two 24-Hour Readathons, and 30 daily posts in November for NaBloPoMo Most-viewed 2010 post: “My Festival of Books Report, 2010 edition”, 4/27/2009 Most-viewed older post: “Vacation Books and Beach Reads”, 8/6/2009 I’m always curious to see which posts get the most reads during the course of the year – and then I try to figure out why they drew so many eyeballs. Sometimes I think I know, and sometimes I have no idea…but, of course, I’d like to think it’s because they’re particularly good. On that note, here are 2010’s most-viewed posts, and I’m pleased to see that some of […]

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The Year in Review: ‘Riting and Randomness, 2009

The Year in Review: ‘Riting and Randomness, 2009

I “borrowed” this first line meme from Kristen at BookNAround – it suggests that taking the first line of the first post of each month of the year will make an interesting portrait of your blogging year. I guess it depends on how you define “interesting,” but let me know if you can spot a theme here. I don’t see one, other than the fact that several of my “firsts” were Weekend Assignments. However, you may notice that I was providing disclosure statements about my review books before all that FTC business got started… January: I’m not a stickler for reading the book before I see the movie adaptation. (At the movies: “Marley & Me”) February: I’m substitute-teaching “guest-professoring” another Weekend Assignment for Karen. (Weekend Assignment #253: Roughing It) March: Thanks to Anna Jarzab of Authors on the Web for providing an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book! (Book Talk: “True Colors,” by Kristin […]

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“You’ve Got Q’s, I’ve Got A’s” – Part Two: The Sequel

“You’ve Got Q’s, I’ve Got A’s” – Part Two: The Sequel

Welcome back for the second edition of “You’ve got Q’s, I’ve got A’s,” in which I will visit a few more of the respondents to my blogiversary survey and address the questions they left for me. And for those of you who missed – or skipped – the survey the first time around, I’m re-printing it at the end of this post. C’mon, y’all, I really don’t enjoy groveling…but it would make me very happy to see you joining in and responding in the comments here! ** I’m glad that Mike chose to participate. If you’re a frequent visitor, you’ve probably seen him around here – he’s one of the most regular commenters  – and you should check out his take on the world at his blog Everything Under the Sun. He’s a lifelong resident of the Chicago suburbs who works a very weird schedule sometimes, and he has a wife, two kids (one of […]

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Saturday Review 1-17-08: Pre-long-weekend/Inauguration edition

Saturday Review 1-17-08: Pre-long-weekend/Inauguration edition

Bulletin Board **** I screwed up and missed the official DeLurking Day this past Monday, so I issued a second-chance invitation for lurkers to come out and comment on Tuesday’s post. If you didn’t take me up on it then, please consider this your second second chance – speak up and say hello! **** Y’all know I participate in the “Weekend Assignment” writing exercises based at Outpost Mâvarin. Karen‘s been asking for topic ideas. I sent her a few last week, and now I am “guest professor” this week! This is the prompt: You have a six-month paid sabbatical, and you can spend it anywhere you like EXCEPT on a beach drinking margaritas. Where do you go, and what do you do while you’re there? Please join in – you have all week (till next Thursday) – not just the weekend – to write a response, post it on your own blog, and link to […]

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The year in review, part 2: ‘Riting

The year in review, part 2: ‘Riting

Participating in NaBloPoMo last year was good experience in establishing a schedule for writing and posting, and I wanted to carry it forward into 2008. I was also discovering that I wanted to do more posts that gave me a chance to stretch my muscles with the “second R” in my blog title. Of the 157 posts (at this count) labeled as “‘riting,” 98 of them were done in 2008, so it looks like there’s been a lot more writing around here this year, and I’m pleased about that. I’m including excerpts from, and links to, some posts from that category, and I’d love to have you go and read more! Almost half of those posts this year came about from my participation in the Weekend Assignment, which is hosted by Karen Funk Blocher on her blog Outpost Mâvarin. As this year began, Karen was new to hosting the Assignments, having recently taken them over […]

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The Comfort Zone – a Hump Day Hmm

The Comfort Zone – a Hump Day Hmm

I can’t tell you how many times people have encouraged me to “get out of (my) comfort zone.” They mean well when they say this. They seem to believe that since they’ve seen me do well in some area that, if I give myself a bit of a push, the abilities that helped me succeed in that area might be transferable to another, and I just might be good at that too. They assume that I actually am comfortable with what they’re seeing as my “comfort zone.” This isn’t always true. Sometimes what looks like a comfort zone is not at all a comfortable place – but it’s a known one. It’s functional, even in its dysfunctionality. It feels like normal. In a Weekend Assignment on the topic of “Fresh Starts” a few weeks ago, I talked about my post-divorce move to California and some of the adjustments that followed: Supposedly, two years is a […]

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