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Roll up laptop March 11, 2010

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Ever since the typewriter came on the scene, it’s been more of a struggle for writers to travel with their writing instruments in their purse/murse (man purse). All that will change in the next few years because a roll up laptop is in its design stage right now.

With the right electronics in place, the potential applications of morphing materials are huge. Download a document to your phone and then view it on this A5-sized screen you can fit in your pocket, pull out a full-sized keyboard from your PDA or view your songs on a larger but roll-up ipod screen.” ~Gemma Simpson

The product can be used as a monitor, laptop, or tablet. The central piece contains the speakers, USB ports, and power cable.

No one has given an exact date as to when this gorgeous piece of technology will be available for consumers, but I’ve been seeing four to five years as the general consensus on that.

 

 

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Are you really a writer? February 14, 2010

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Some people write and it seems as if their words ooze from their souls like honey.

Some people write, and it sounds as if every word is being ripped from their gut.

Some people write and then delete every word.

All of these people are writers. All of these people are like you.
                                                                                    
Maybe you’ve never been published.
Maybe your plot sucks so much your novel will never be read.
Maybe every other writer’s words seem better than yours.
Maybe you think you can’t write.

Thing is, though, if you love to write, you are still a writer, regardless of what you think of yourself or your talent. Don’t let how others respond affect your passion.

Just write.
                                                                                                                                  

 

 

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Be prepared for blogging interruptions January 23, 2010

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And down the hill we head for the last challenge on the bloggiesta hosted by Maw Books.

Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves challenges us to come up with ten ideas for future posts. This can be a real life saver down the road. Interruptions to the daily grind happen all the time, and the Girl Scout motto, “Be prepared,” was not a random idea for Lady Baden Powell.

Jenn’s method of storming the brain cells is to draw circles and fill them in with ideas that branch off from older blog posts. Then go a step further and branch off those ideas.

Once that’s done, write up some draft posts so you have the basic ideas developed a little.


And this darling photo is in this post, because when I looked for pics of circles I found this one irresistible. I really don’t like cats, so the rug could be a pleasant substitute under my feet. 🙂

 

 

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Copyright your blog posts and speed things up January 17, 2010

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Maw Books’ second Bloggiesta challenge has passed, but I approve wholeheartedly of the slow and steady method of starting/finishing the race (mostly because I forgot about it). I encourage you all to complete everything on the challenge list because it just makes sense.

Danielle from There’s a Book challenges us to create a blogging cheat sheet.
This list could include:
URLs you use repeatedly,
blog post templates,
links to royalty-free photos,
author interview templates,
book review templates.
                                                                                                                   
A great idea, posted by some of Pam’s readers, was to put the completed cheat sheet into Google documents so it could be accessed it from anywhere. Danielle has posted her mock sheet here.

Pam from Bookalicio.us helps everyone to keep ahead of copyright issues by giving advice in how to:
update the homepage,
pay the fee for copyright registration,
check to see if people are posting your work as their own,
add an automatic copyright to your feeds.

Pam also suggests a WordPress plugin to help your SEO.

I used a different widget that works with WordPress.com. I’ve added it to my cheat template, and you can check it out at the bottom of this post.

Comment here when you have completed both mini-challenges so I can give you a high five. 🙂

Sally

P.S. Don’t forget to keep posting your five comments a day on other blogs.

 

 

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Writers’ goals for 2010 January 14, 2010

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Despire going AWOL last week, thus missing the bloggiesta weekend, I am still committed to doing everything suggested on Maw Books’ second bloggiesta challenge.

The first mini challenge is by The Book Lady. She asks a lot of questions I didn’t really want to answer, but here are some of them:

How’s your routine working for you?

How would you like to see your blog grow in 2010?

What are you going to do to get there?

Set goals related to the topic of your blog.

Identify a way to reward yourself or celebrate each increment. This was the easiest to answer easy—Starbucks and chocolate.

Pam from Mother Reader challenges everyone to “comment on at least five book blogs a day.” This would entail commenting for twenty days. She also challenges you to “leave your first ten comments on blogs new to you.” Part of the challenge is to write comments that actually show you have read the post, so no bland spam-like comments count!

Start on these two mini challenges and see how you do.

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

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Your life in six words January 10, 2010

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I am shamelessly stealing this idea from Kate Ward’s post on Shelf Life.


Post your life (so far) in a summary of six words.

 

 

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Write to free Christmas music December 13, 2009

Filed under: Writing — sallyhanan @ 12:54 am
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A quick poll at our house revealed that three out of four PC users prefer to listen to music while they amuse themselves/work/avoid housework at their PC. I am the odd one out, as I need silence when I am trying to think. Keeping that in mind, I downloaded this week’s free download from iTunes for the times when thinking is not important.

I was surprised at the great mix of Christmas music on this album, and especially at how much I enjoyed David Archuleta’s voice and Meaghan Smith’s song “It Snowed.”                                                                 

Amazon is also feeling musically generous. Called “The Twenty-Five Days of Christmas,” Amazon is giving away one free download of Christmas music per day.


For those of you who love to support new artists, Free Christmas Music also has a list of twenty-six songs you can download legally.

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

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