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What I’m reading around the blogosphere today:

Write it Sideways: 23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger

The Book Designer: Fair Use, The Rights of Personality, and Unintended Consequences

Real Simple: 16 New Etiquette Rules for the Tech Age

Psych Central: Are Depressed Poets Still Creative?

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iPad? iPod? No Thanks.

I feel that it should be against the law for me to not want to have an iPad. I mean, it’s 2010, technology is evolving faster than it has before with electronics. Nevermind an iPad, I don’t even own an iPod. I know…crazy isn’t it? I’ll give that a couple of seconds to sink in.

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I don’t own nor want an iPad or iPod. Reason why you ask? Because I consider myself  “kinda-sorta old-school” in the sense that I get tremendous joy from holding my books and magazines. I utterly adore taking an hour-long trip to Staples to pick out new highlighters, pens, and pencils to mark up my literary finds. Or exhausting a good part of my afternoon sitting in the big comfy chairs at my local library skimming through potential books that may come home with me.

The smell of a new book ignites a fury of plasmic ions within my blood that speak to each other in Latin. Not really, but you get the point. So to hold a plastic device that renders no need for my highlighter is of no interest to me.

As for the iPod, I appreciate that if I want to listen to music I don’t have to lug my Sony Walkman around with me anymore and flip my Michael Jackson “Bad” tape to side two…I can simply press the forward arrow to change songs. Except that when I read or write, I need total calm and quiet. I can’t have the T.V. on, or the radio, even the ticking of a Grandfather Clock will get to me after a while. If I had ear buds vibrating my vestibule I’d never get anything done.

While I would never turn away the iPad, iPod, even the Kindle as gifts that I would use in my spare time, you wouldn’t catch me in an Apple Store browsing either.

You will, however, catch me at Borders with a decaf coffee in my hand hiding at the corner table reading Lolita. Come over and say Hi.

Your turn: Share your thoughts on the iPad, iPod, and/or Kindle. Do they help you work or waste your time?

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Guest Blogger on The Alchemist

Today is guest blogger day for us blogathoners and Andrea Genevieve Michnick is my guest blogger. Andrea is a fellow blogger participating in the May 2010 Blogathon.

Today, Andrea focuses her attention on the book The Alchemist. It’s a book she’s read numerous times and each time she finishes it, she finds something new amidst it’s pages that she seemed to have missed.

Andrea writes:

Every once in a while, there comes along a book, movie, or piece of art that feels like it was written just for you. Don’t you agree? Well for me, that book is The Alchemist. It’s one of those books that many people talk about, but never understands until they read it for themselves.

I read The Alchemist for the first time in August 2008. Then again in June 2009 and now I’m going to read it again this month. It’s a book that has different meanings depending on where a person is in their life. The first time I read it I thought it was a silly fable and the second it inspired me more than any piece of written ever has in the past. I hope when I read it again this year it re-instills a sense of hope and encouragement. I like to write about things I think about and more importantly things that give me inspiration to pursue my dreams. My hope is that through my writing others can be inspired to find their purpose and pursue dreams.

Throughout the past year I have been living through my Quarter Life Crisis and if there is one thing I have learned it’s that life is a journey. Little things like this book remind me of that through subtle signs and quotes:

“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
The Alchemist

I often find that creative types have a hard time with living in the present. I am one such person. I like to look to the future and think about the “What if’s?” that lie ahead. I get excited by seeing others success and wish life would speed up and my dreams would be right here at my finger tips too! Coincidentally, its when I read books like the Alchemist that I realize my dreams INCLUDE the present. Living each day striving to find a balance, a focus and a path is all part of the dream.

“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.”
The Alchemist

I’m curious to learn from other creative types and freelancers what books inspire you? How do you keep motivated to pursue a life of your dream

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AndreaGenevieve is a 20-something blogger living and working in Washington, DC. Personally, Andrea writes and thinks about inspiration and the life of someone living through a Quarter Life Crisis at ThinkingMiss.com. Professionally, she writes about higher education, social media and Gen Y on TechAcademy (www.andreagenevieve.com)

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Good Reads in Blogs

Here’s what I’ve been reading for Monday morning.

From Time.com: Is the internet the secret to happiness?

From Julie Ortolon: 5 tips for authors who blog.

From The Creative Penn: 15 ways modern art galleries can inspire writers.

From The Urban Muse: 5 ways for writers to avoid an online scammer.

What have you been reading today?

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Top Blogs for Writers That I Enjoy

In honor of “blogs that I enjoy” day via the May 2010 Blogathon, here’s my list. I read many writing blogs, but these are the ones that I go to for information and answers to any literary/writing questions that I may have. Please note that these blogs are in no particular order.

Enjoy.

Rachelle Gardner’s blog: “cba-ramblings” is a blog by literary agent Rachelle Gardner. On it, Rachelle provides her readers with not only wonderful insight into the world of publishing but also tips as to what literary agents are looking for.

BookEnds, LLC: BookEnds is a literary agency. Their blog quenches my thirst for all things literary. I enjoy that they often “tell it like it is” in the literary world.

The Creative Penn: Joanna Penn’s blog is always a joy to read. She offers practical and smart advice for those looking to publish both online and off. I feel that Joanna really wants to help writers, and I appreciate that.

The Savvy Book Marketer: Dana Lynn Smith’s blog offers great advice for authors and bloggers in the areas of all things savvy. She often has guest bloggers that post resourceful information.

Nonfiction Ink: Laura Cross’s blog is filled with great information on writing, marketing, and writing/publishing resources.

There Are No Rules: Jane Friedman’s blog on Writer’s Digest should be on every writers’ list of blogs they read daily. She knows her stuff as a publisher and editorial director of the messiah of writing magazines.

Jody Hedlund’s Blog: Jody offers straight forward advice for writers on getting published. What more could a writer want really?

WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age: Michelle Rafter’s blog not only offers great advice for fellow freelancers, but also started the blogathon that’s brought many of us writers together. She’s a wonderful “digital” friend as well.

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Mother’s Day; In Honor of Mothers

Today is our day mothers! The world’s way of saying “Thank You” to good mothers everywhere for all they do daily.

Below you’ll find some lovely “mothering” quotes to enjoy.

And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms everywhere, you have my deepest gratitude today.

Enjoy.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

The phrase “working mother” is redundant.  ~Jane Sellman

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.  ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.  ~Margaret Culkin Banning

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?  ~Milton Berle

Motherhood is priced of God, at price no man may dare to lessen or misunderstand.    ~Helen Hunt Jackson

Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort.  ~John Lancaster Spalding

My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.  ~Graycie Harmon

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.  ~Emily Dickinson

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  ~Washington Irving

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.  ~Lisa Alther

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.  ~Victor Hugo

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.  ~George Herbert

There’s nothing like a mama-hug.  ~Terri Guillemets

Mother’s love is peace.  It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.  ~Erich Fromm

Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  ~T. DeWitt Talmage

The precursor of the mirror is the mother’s face.  ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.  ~Washington Irving

Women know the way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

No painter’s brush, nor poet’s pen
In justice to her fame
Has ever reached half high enough
To write a mother’s name.
~Author Unknown

The best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks.  ~Carrie Latet

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To Blog; Perchance to Write

While surfing my reader today, I came across this post from the blog “Write Livelihood” entitled “A writer’s guide to blogging”.

I felt that my readers could benefit from it and I also enjoyed the fact that there was a lot of information both in the blog post itself and also within the links below it.

Enjoy.

Click here to be taken to the post.

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