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First Look at ‘Halo: Nightfall’ Series Hero (EXCLUSIVE) – Yahoo Movies

July 22, 2014

First Look at ‘Halo: Nightfall’ Series Hero (EXCLUSIVE) – Yahoo Movies.

I know:  Gaming is not for everyone, and everyone who reads The News knows I am one – a geek.  When The Husband sent me the link to this article I was skeptical about whether or not it would actually be any good.  Since reading the article I must admit I am extremely curious about this series and am willing, I think, to pay to see the episodes.

What about you?

The Wonders Of Monday Sometimes Amaze

July 21, 2014

Today, much to my surprise, has been a day of relaxation for me.  No writing was done.  No work on taxes.  Instead, I finished a book, The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn.  Although I haven’t posted a review of the book, this is one of plans for this week.

Besides reading, I played Dark Souls (video game) for a couple of hours and talked to one of my best friends on the phone for over an hour.

This has been a blissful day of serious recuperation while The Husband provides for us.  Part of me feels really, super guilty for not getting any serious work done today, but the truth is:  I needed this sort of day.

Rainy Sunday

July 20, 2014

This has been an interesting weekend from the very start.  Friday I slipped and “fell” but my trusty Willie was there to help me.  Saturday, yesterday, was a very uncomfortable day for me physically because it was post-fall and my body just wasn’t happy to be me.  However, after a lot of wine last night and lots of sleep, the body feels a little better; the shoulder is still upset.

Even though I slept far later than what I probably should have, when I finally pulled up to the kitchen table the glass door was open and the screen in place to let in the sound of the rain and the coolness of the natural day instead of A/C.  This helped me feel better over all.  The Husband knows just how to make me feel better.

Since I am feeling better, we are having people over for pizza and a “kung fu” movie.  What movie?  Not exactly sure.  This will be an adventure in and of itself.

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned… Or, In My Case, $270 Saved Is $270 Earned

July 20, 2014
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Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Just because.

Originally posted on My Foray Into Food Storage:

I just saved $270 in about one hour. Not too shabby, huh?

How did I accomplish this amazing feat? I fixed some holes in 3 pairs of my hubby’s jeans.

Basic sewing is an incredibly valuable skill. Being able to sew on a button or to fix a broken seam can save quite a bit of money over the years. Not to mention that replacing simple buttons in a basic blouse with unique ones will give you a one of a kind, expensive looking piece to wear.

Yes, there are less expensive jeans out there, but my husband has a 28 inch inseam. Did you know that almost no retailers carry jeans for adult men with a 28 inch inseam? It’s true! The Gap sells them online, and occasionally in their stores, but that’s it. And Gap charges $90/pair. (Yes, I know you can hem jeans, but that’s another issue…

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Repurposing Evergreen Content: Use Blockquotes

July 20, 2014
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Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: We use block quotes a lot around the blogosphere don’t we.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

How can you approach your archived content in a new, fresh way?

In a favorite post from last year, we talked about ways to repurpose your blog’s evergreen content — your timeless posts that visitors, particularly new ones, will find useful and relevant, regardless of when you wrote them. Think about your seasonal pieces you can promote each year, or essays and photographs that never grow stale, no matter the year.

Consider these kinds of posts:

  • Your suggested itinerary and backpacking tips for trekking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
  • Your photo essay of daily life on the streets in Havana, Cuba.
  • A longform piece of memoir on the birth of your first child.
  • Your crafty DIY gingerbread house how-to.
  • A Photoshop tutorial on cropping and straightening.

But repurposing content doesn’t necessarily mean copying and pasting an old post into a new one and hitting “publish.” How can you refresh your…

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“7 Easy Things You Can Do Right Now to Get More Blog Traffic”

July 20, 2014

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Thought this would be interesting to more than just me.

Originally posted on Depths of DMW Lewis:

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Call for submissions: Flash fiction and Kentucky writers

July 17, 2014

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: This is good to know. I am planning on entering. How about you?

Originally posted on Eagle Creek Writers Group:

announcement-smallFor those of you who write in a flash, Lexington’s Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is holding a flash fiction contest. The deadline is Monday, July 21, so you need to get a move on! The contest will be adjudicated, there is a reading fee, and monetary prizes will be awarded. Submission is via hard copy. For more details, visit http://carnegiecenterlex.org/event/writing-contest-opportunities/.

Writers who have lived in Kentucky (either past or present) or who use Kentucky as subject matter should check out Kentucky Monthly‘s 7th annual writing showcase, Penned 2014. Reprints are allowed; electronic submission is preferred. Detailed guidelines are available at http://www.kentuckymonthly.com/magazine/news-contests/literary-contest/.

(Thanks to ECWG member Chris Kelder for alerting us to these great opportunities!)

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Six Chapters Down, More To Go

July 16, 2014

Progress!  Progress happens at the expense of other endeavours.  Sadly this is a true statement.  However, I am pleased to say six chapters are now completed and though there are many more to go before there is a finished novel, I am quite proud of the accomplishment.  *insert Cheshire Cat smile here*  It is looking as if the final draft really will be ready by the middle of September!

As if the days are not full enough for my brain, I am taking on doing our taxes.  Recently The Husband and I discovered our 2011 and 2012 returns were not filed even though we hired and paid an accountant to do just that very thing.  It wasn’t a “surprise” to us this was not done, it was a total and complete shock!

Beginning today, my days are filled with writing and numbers.  Have I expressed on here recently how much numbers scare me?  It all goes back to when I was a very little girl and had a home-bound teacher.  I was great with words but numbers were difficult.  Not impossible, just difficult.  One day, on a very tiring division problem the home-bound teacher said, “You are so stupid.”  Being called stupid by a teacher said to me I couldn’t learn numbers and therefore they have frightened me ever since, as well as being difficult for me to begin with.

Yes, I know I am not stupid.  I have several college level math courses under my belt as proof I can do the stuff, but it did keep me up at nights wondering if I had done everything I was supposed to do.  Math tests caused me great deals of anxiety.  Here I am now tackling taxes of all things!  Lord help me!

Well, the writing portion of my day is relatively complete, so now I must turn to the tax part of my day.  *shiver*  I can do this, Right?

Right.

 

Old Wives Tales …

July 7, 2014
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Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Excellent ideas! Good to know how to do things in different ways.

Originally posted on UNlimiters:

old wife

Old Wives Tales are often myths that are thought to be untrue or not based in fact.  However I grew up in the Depression years and the Old Wives Tales that I remember most were the ones that we DID test over and over and found them to be true.  They were the ones that saved us a bunch of money by utilizing items common to every household.

So, whether they are Old Wives Tales or not I still think of them as such and thought it would be fun to list a few of them here since I know we all like to find ways to save money.

  1. Living plants in the home are natural air purifiers .  You don’t need to buy those costly Brand Named scents that often seem to overpower you with their fake aromas.  Specific varieties that work best are rubber trees, corn plants, bamboo…

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Announcing Writing 201: Finding Your Story

July 7, 2014
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Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: This is a course/program/event everyone can use to better the final draft of anything they write. It doesn’t require any written assignments or things published to your blogs, but it does center on re-writing and revisions of the projects being written, or re-written.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

— Truman Capote

Last month, we hosted Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, a write-every-day course over twenty days. Writing 101 focused on building a daily habit, experimenting with different kinds of writing, and engaging with others in the Commons. A finished product — a published post — wasn’t necessarily the ultimate goal, but more the result of working and thinking through the challenges we shared each day.

As we noticed in Writing 101, all of you have stories to tell. But sometimes it’s a challenge translating our life experiences into stories. We don’t spend enough time reflecting and rewriting, especially in our digital age where social media and other technologies push us daily to react, keep up, and keep moving.

A course on rewriting and editing

Roald Dahl once said that “good writing is essentially rewriting,” and…

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