Drowning in a spreadsheet of words


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Sometime ago, I volunteered to provide Killer Nashville with a word a day for their website. No problem, I thought. When I come across a word I think is interesting (or I don't know the meaning of), I'll add it to my list, then I'll look up definitions and ... wa la. I'll round out the list by thumbing through books or, if I need more words, the dictionary. Well, now that I'm almost finished with the task I see there would've been easier ways to've done it (much easier), but what's done is done. Of course, I encountered many words I didn't know. For example, did you know there's a word for that fresh smell of the earth after a rain? Yep. It's "petrichor." That's probably my favorite discovery.…
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Help Authoress become top writing blog


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One of my favorite bloggers is the anonymous "Authoress" who contributes much to the newbie writing community. I'm doing my happy dance because her blog, Miss Snark's First Victim, has been nominated as one of the Top Writing Blogs on eCollegeFinder.com. It'd be so cool for someone I know (well sort of) to make the final cut . . . and we (you and me) can help her. All we have to do is VOTE HERE.  Daily voting is allowed through February 3rd. For our convenience, the renowned Authoress has the voting link in the sidebar of her website. Why am I so gung ho to support this chick who doesn't even share her real name with her minions? And what's with the funky name of her website, you probably…
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My ABC’s of Writing


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What makes a good writer? Attitude Beta readers Creativity, Crit groups, Conferences Determination Effort Flexibility Gumption Hyperboles Imagination/Ideas Judgment Karma Literature Meditation Nuance Opinions Patience Quality Rejections Submissions Tenacity Undertaking Vocabulary Words Xanax Yearning Zeal Have a good one! ~ Kay  
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I’ve been hacked #%&@^$


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So...I'm scrolling through Google Reader yesterday and I see a post in some foreign language I don't recognize. Wait! It's from my blog. What the ...? I deleted the post and hoped it was a one-time thing. (I'm such a optimist.) But when I checked this morning, another post, in the same language, which I think is Polish, was sitting there. And it'd already gone out to my subscribers ... but today's post wasn't scheduled to run until between one and three. HUH? I took several deep breaths, put my IT hat on, and started trying to figure out this problem. I opened a ticket with both Wordpress (I use their application) and Bluehost (they host my website). While I wait for them to get back to me, I've taken…
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Friends: They’re everywhere you look.


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Friends -- and I'm talking girlfriends here -- have always been an important part of my life. As an adult, I've seemed to categorize them into one or more categories: work friends, play friends, Hubby's friends, couple friends, tennis friends, dance friends, etc. And those are just the current ones. If we pan backwards, we'll find friends from my childhood and college and from every city I've ever lived. I had a large network of friends in the Alabama city where I lived until shortly after I turned forty. Some I worked with; some were tennis partners. I met some by serving on the boards of multiple non-profits. I found friends at church and in a couple of social clubs to which we all seemed to belong. Several of us…
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Censorship. Piracy. Copyright Infringement.


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What dreaded words! It's an interesting day in the online world. It's gone black. At least part of it has. For the first time in its over ten-year history, Wikipedia is unavailable today. It's joined by several of the blogs I read daily as well as Wordpress and other reference sites I use all the time. Their blackout is to protest pending legislation in the House of Representatives and Senate: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). As is often the case, the intent behind the legislation is good. It's just poorly drafted. It's meant to stop copyright infringement which is a good thing. If When I publish a book, I don't want someone stealing my words. However, the way the bills are written could cause serious damage to the…
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Killer Nashville — Best Deal Out There


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I realize it's mid-January and Killer Nashville isn't until late August (24-26), but if you register now, you can get a break on the already reasonable tuition. So, what are you waiting for? Early Bird Registration is $160 through March 1. Then it goes up $10 until May when full tuition of $180 kicks in. Still, $180! Have you seen how much some of these conferences cost? This one is all day Friday, all day Saturday and until noon (or later) on Sunday. They have a pre-conference mystery trivia contest on Thursday night. The best part, for those of us who are unagented, agent and/or editor pitches are included in the tuition, not additional. You do have to pay extra for things like manuscript or marketing plan critiques, a wine…
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Musical Books


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This is the LINK to the u-tube clip I tried to post on Wednesday. I've given up on trying to download it. When the kids come home, I'll get them to show me what I'm doing wrong. This has gone viral, but on the outside chance you haven't seen it ... it's too cute not to share. It's less than two minutes.   The Joy of Books I hope you liked it as much as I did. Happy weekend. ~ Kay
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Oh, well. Technology wins. Again.


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I'm not dumb. In fact, I'm rather bright if you go by things like IQ and business success. But, technology keeps getting the best of me. I saw a cute u-tube clip I wanted to post today. Now, I've posted clips before, though always ones I'd seen on other blogs or social media sites. No problem. But, today, no go. So ... I decided to download it from u-tube myself and do it that way. Wouldn't work. I've been fooling with the damned thing for over an hour. Even resorted to going to "help" and reading the instructions, but I still can't get it to download and it's time for me to go to tap. So, no cute clip; no clever blog post. Sorry, folks. Maybe Friday. ~Kay  
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Comments and Spam


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What's with all the blog spam lately? I went months with hardly any and now I'm drowning in it. Yes, I want comments. I love comments. And some of the spam reads like legitimate comments. But if the comment is from someone I don't know and the user name OR the e-mail address is weird, I leave it in the spam folder. Approving it would only invite more spam, I fear. As is, I'm deleting pages and pages (20 comments at a time) of spam a week. Because there are so many, I only scan these comments. If I inadvertently delete a legitimate comment, I apologize. Please e-mail me at the address on the blog and I'll approve you to leave comments. And here's another strange observation. When I delete…
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