Some words about work on a Wednesday (a timed-writing exercise)

Some words about work on a Wednesday (a timed-writing exercise)

I’ve set the timer for 15 minutes. This post will be whatever comes out during that time (although I reserve the right to add an extra 5 minutes of editing). Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM I worked at home today–and I worked at home. I consider it a privilege to telecommute (and a nice perk these days, when gas prices is Southern California are edging up to $4.50 a gallon), so I try to be conscientious […]

“Whether” or not, I’m certain of one thing…

“Whether” or not, I’m certain of one thing…

…I will not be limited to just one of the two alternatives offered in answer to the first NaBloPoMo writing prompt for March: Thursday, March 1, 2012 How do you feel about uncertainty? Is it exciting or scary? (Yes, I’m backtracking–this is the first day I’ve used the prompts.) It’s either or both, depending on the context and my frame of mind when I look at it. And more often than not, it’s a combination […]

Come and BLOGGIESTA with PEDRO (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize)!

Come and BLOGGIESTA with PEDRO (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize)!

I missed the 2011 Bloggiesta because it took place over the same weekend that I had my shoulder surgery, and I was beginning to think Iโ€™d somehow missed the 2012 edition too when I saw the announcement that Bloggiesta was coming back–and during my birthday weekend! Founder Natasha of Maw Books has transferred the event to the capable hands of Armchair BEA co-founder Danielle/The1stDaughter of Thereโ€™s a Book and Suey at Itโ€™s All About Books, […]

Sunday Salon: At long last, a Goodreads strategy!

Sunday Salon: At long last, a Goodreads strategy!

My love for LibraryThing has been frequently declared–and documented. However, even before I joined LibraryThing four years ago, I signed up for a GoodReads account. Keeping up with my books online was new to me, and I wasn’t sure which site would work better for me…and GoodReads was free. (LibraryThing stops being free at 200 books, but my $25 lifetime membership has been a serious bargain.) It wasn’t long before I’d concluded that LT was […]

Song Lyric Saturday: “The Summer Place”

Song Lyric Saturday: “The Summer Place”

Welcome to Song Lyric Saturday, a new feature for my NaBloPoMo month of March–and it may make occasional appearances even after that’s over, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m not a big fan of short stories in traditional form, but when they’re set to great melodies and last for under four minutes, sometimes they really work for me.  The “summer place” of my childhood was Budd Lake, New Jersey, where my maternal grandfather and […]

Friday Fotos: Scenes from a SoCal Winter

Friday Fotos: Scenes from a SoCal Winter

West Los Angeles, early December 2011 Now that we’re a few weeks away from the start of spring–at least according to the calendar–it can be told: even by Los Angeles standards, we haven’t had much of a winter. It’s been pretty dry for what’s supposed to be our rainy season, and not very cold–not that it’s ever truly cold this close to the coast, but we’ve had days at a time where temperatures have hit […]

NaBloPoMo: “Whether” or not I have anything to say…

NaBloPoMo: “Whether” or not I have anything to say…

…I’ve signed up to participate in NaBloPoMo for March. My blogging has been so erratic lately that I hope the daily-posting discipline will help get me get my groove back. The official blogging theme for the month is… WHETHER It’s actually “whether”… and it’s “weather”… since both words fit with the season. March is a transitional month, bringing either warmer weather for the northern hemisphere or colder air for those down south. Being transitional means that […]