Things I Don’t Understand About Blogging

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Writing Madness

So I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and I feel like I’ve learn a lot in that time. However, there are still some things I don’t understand. Maybe some of you can help me out.

1. I don’t understand people who follow everyone they can.

I mean, I get the concept. If you follow people they may follow you back, and that can increase your audience. That’s great. Only, who cares about the numbers? A good number of my followers are fashion bloggers and lifestyle bloggers that clearly were just following to try to get a following of their own, but I didn’t follow them back. I don’t care about fashion. I don’t need posts like that showing up in my reader. If you follow me, it doesn’t mean I’m going to follow you back. If it seems like you blog about writing I may check you out…

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How to Get Back on the Writing Wagon

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Need a push sometimes

Studio Mothers: Life & Art

Cathy YardleyCathy Yardley is an author, mother, and the brains behind Rock Your Writing, a terrific online resource for novelists. Cathy’s ebooks and audiobooks — Rock Your Plot, Rock Your Revisions, Rock Your Query, and Write Every Day — are full of accessible, well-grounded strategies. While Cathy’s focus is genre fiction, writers across the board will benefit from her advice. (I keep the audio versions of Rock Your Plot and Write Every Day in my Audible app for frequent hits of inspiration.) Writers among the Studio Mothers audience will appreciate the article in Cathy’s latest newsletter, which is reprinted below, with Cathy’s generous permission. Enjoy!


Ah, February. The month when the shiny, sexy promise of New Year’s resolutions turns into the dreaded “morning after” of everyday life… when the dream meets the routine.

Suddenly, getting up at 5:00 am every morning to bang out a few pages isn’t as enticing…

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Review of Jupiter Ascending

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This is my first written review for a film that I am sharing. I review tons of works and I love giving my damn opinion of just about everything with my friends. Now…the few of you that will care to read this will be privy to my, sometimes odd, opinion. I will not be giving the plot away or spoilers (cause yeah…I HATE when that is done, even when warned).

Jupiter Ascending was written and directed by the Wachowskis. See sites http://www.jupiterascending.com/

Jupiter, Mila Kunis, a young woman with dreams of a different life other than her own is targeted by an alien tyrant and his siblings. Her very survival is in the hands of a hybrid, ex-soldier, Caine played by Channing Tatum.

Jupiter Ascending is now playing but you wouldn’t think so. When I went to the theatre it was basically empty. So it may not win best movie of the year but I am here to say that I really enjoyed this movie. I have heard chatter, saying that it isn’t a good movie or to just “pass” on it but that wasn’t the case for me. I am a Science Fiction whore and I really love most of the Wachowskis films (except for Speed Racer) so I may be a bit biased here… Who cares…this is my opinion.

What I liked.

The film was beautifully made. The scenes were amazing. The action was AWESOME. Channing Tatum, was believable and likeable as this character. He played his role well. Though, it took a moment to get accustomed to the blond hair.

It took several minutes.

Mila was believable as a plain Jane, though who would have thought it. She did well as Jupiter. The storyline was different, new, and refreshing. The main plot was well-developed, original, and the actors were wisely chosen. I laughed a good number of times and was shocked on more than one occasion.

What I thought was off.

This isn’t a Romance film but it did try to offer the viewer a snippet. My issues with it (the romance) is that I never saw the connection. I did see the possibility or the romance potential but I didn’t see the longing looks, the slow down period when potential love blossoms, or the moment of inception. What I did see was two very attractive people who may have been attracted to one another. I didn’t see the interest, though I can accept it but as a romantic… I missed this but it wasn’t necessary.

I also felt that there were a lot of things that could have been made clearer for me after the film ended. I could have had more explanation of the world, the relationship, the science, and what happens next, but that only tells me that I was interested in knowing. I hope that when the Blu-ray comes out that the Wachowskis will have added some deleted scenes with the explanation of what I missed. As a fan of their work, I feel like they had MORE to offer but under whatever restraints, was unable to offer that MORE to me. Their previous works, The Matrix, Cloud Atlas, were epics so I WILL be in line to buy this movie when it is released.

Fans of Science Fiction should see this movie. The original plot is well worth a view.

 

 

How Harper Lee Saved Me

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I believe in the beauty of words.

Exile on Pain Street

Several people have pinged me about the announcement of Harper Lee’s new novel. It’s based on a recently-discovered manuscript that she wrote in mid-50’s and takes place 20 years after To Kill A Mockingbird.

I think just about everyone has already read and commented on this post but I thought I’d rerun it. It’s the reason why people are reaching out to me with this wonderful news. It explains who I am and why I’m typing these words right now. I’d be a hot mess if it weren’t for her.


Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s the single most important book in my life.

I didn’t read a book until I was 20 years old. It’s true! They attempted to force-feed me while attending my below-average schools, but I made it clear that I would only read a book under protest…

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