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“If we were having coffee…”? – #weekendcoffeeshare

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto: Taso de kafo. Français : Photo d’une tasse de caffé Español: Taza de café (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d tell you why such a glum face.

I’m one of those writers who needs to keep a full-time day job besides writing. It is how I connect to the world. Interacting with people is what keeps me going. It is where I can come up with new ideas. Inspiration comes from the daily interaction with co-workers.

So why so glum, you ask?

For the past few weeks, I was part of a workforce reduction. That’s right. I was displaced and left to scour the internet in search of a new day job. It’s not so easy to do these days, that is unless you have some sort of degree.

Last week, out of frustration, I applied to go back to school to get that needed degree. I should hear back within the coming weeks. It does look promising. I also got my job back – pfff – as a Temp, that is.

I used to believe that companies would reward their workers for loyalty and good work ethics. I guess that isn’t the case anymore. Or at least, at this company. I know, you ask, why go back to them? I had no choice. I need the job and the interaction if I’m going to write.

“I’ll be that one person who continues to work until the day they die.” – Linda Nelson

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Joy of Writing – Payphones with Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Joy is when I see butterflies
I like to see and hear fireworks
Playing with the puppy puts a smile on my face
Reading an excellent book passes the time fast.
Hugging my kids brings back memories
Doing something fun makes a day that much better
Time is slowly flowing when things are not quite right
My muse flows a trickle at a time
Plugged with rocks and twigs, that hopefully will break apart soon.

Empty payphone booths

Empty payphone booths (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Believe it or not, sometimes I miss the payphone. We didn’t hear about people driving and texting or talking on their cellphones. If the call weren’t necessary, it could wait. If it were, you would just find a payphone and make the call. I have a cell phone that I hardly use. I can’t seem to get into the mode of turning it on to make a call or check for messages. Most times I’m too busy to be bothered with it. If the call is important, then they will call the landline phone instead. I only keep the phone for emergencies, since there aren’t any more payphones to be found.
My summer has been pretty eventful this year. Not all in the happiest sense. Ever since the middle of May I’ve been out of work for major surgery. Most of this time has been spent resting and recuperating. Many weeks I never made it to the keyboard. It was just too uncomfortable to sit at the desk for extended periods of time. As you can see, I’m feeling much better and looking forward to returning to work on Monday. So much for fun during summer vacation. At least I got much-needed rest. Now I’ll have to wait another four months before taking any vacation time.

 

 

Peanut butter and grasshopper sandwich with a ...

Peanut butter and grasshopper sandwich with a glass of milk? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to take a vacation to Las Vegas. I’m not sure if I’d like it. My worst fear would be to go to a casino, spend all the money, or lose all the money, and have no way to get back home. I don’t know how I’d explain it to my other half. I guess, in that case, we’d have to buy a loaf of bread once we got there along with a jar of peanut butter and jelly. And, make sure we had roundtrip tickets so we would be able to get back home. What an emergency plan.
Could you live off of peanut butter and jelly for a week?

 

 

What about Blogging?

You have resisted creating a blog for months now and after all this time you have given in and created one. What now, you ask?

I for one was very overly conscious about my blog in its beginning days. It was nerve-racking to think of anyone visiting or reading it, and I wasn’t even sure what I was going to do with it.

At first I used it to post excerpts to my stories or to post a sample short story I had written.

Then I began visiting other people’s blogs and noticed what theirs was all about.

I think it depends on what your thing is. Do you like to take pictures or write? Maybe you like making movies for you tube. It doesn’t really matter. If you have something you want to share there is always going to be someone who will be there to enjoy your creation.

Me – I like to write. That is my thing. Then there are the books that I have read. Those I want to share too. I have to let you know which ones were great and which ones are oh – hum.

So you have made your blog. Now what?

First off, don’t get to concerned about people visiting your blog. In most cases they won’t even find your blog right away unless you tell people about it. So now is your time to play with it.

Play with the themes. Each one can give your blog a unique feel and look. Try them all if you need to and then pick your favorite one. You can even tweak the themes to make them more your own. Background pictures work great for this.

Next you will want to check out widgets, if you are on WordPress. These widgets will let you share even more content with your readers. Move them around and change them up until you have your blog looking the way you would like it to.

When you’re done with your designing you will want to add some content. This can be a thought, a quote, a picture, a video, or just about anything. It just needs to be something you are ready to share.

Blogs in the end can make a great tool. They have the ability to help improve one’s writing skills even if you are just a photographer and learn to connect with other people of like minds.