Monday, March 28, 2011

Perfecting my packing skills

 Guest post written by Daniel Hyatt

I've had to move for my job several different times, but I've been reassured that this time they won't move me again. So I bought a house in the area. I know it's a gamble knowing the history, but I want my family to have a place to really call and feel at home in.

We're basically experts at moving by now, but we're also going to be moving into an area where we actually have choices as to what company and plan we can have for our energy provider. I've done a lot of research online about that and I actually came across the site and got a lot of information from that. After I read through most of it, I signed up for an energy provider that I think is going to work out really well for us.

We've accumulated so many packing tips over the years that I think we could even write our own book on the subject! Hopefully we won't have to worry about moving again though because I want to actually feel settled in our new home.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bloggers, Ready For a Challenge?

Marie Anne St. Jean hounded me to participate in a challenge – OK, in truth, she didn't hound me, but she posted a challenge for bloggers that I kept WANTING to join, but found that I was so commitment phobic I couldn't respond immediately.

After LOTS of consideration, I finally decided I was up for the challenge, despite the fact that I am probably losing my mind. Maybe I'll find it in one of my blog posts under the letter M.

Anyway Amy Brantley also posted the challenge, and I finally decided I was up for it. I expect I will run into numerous problems, because the story of my life is spelled i-n-t-e-r-r-u-p-t-i-o-n-s. I cannot get through a day without experiencing them incessantly.

BUT, I will rise above the interruptions and even if I post something like, "Today the challenge is to write something about a topic that begins with the letter A. A is the first letter of the alphabet. Oops, expected interruption – will post and return later," at least I will be participating in the challenge.

So what is the challenge? Well if you haven't already figured out from the hints I've given you in this blog, it's about writing a blog every day in the month of April. Each day, excluding Sundays, gives you 26 blogs, one day for each letter of the alphabet. I just joined. I'm number 673.

If you would like to sign up for The A-Z Challenge, click the link.

If you would like to read more from this author, click any of the following links:

Your Weird Dreams

Your Blog Connection

Help For Single Parents 

My Heart Blogs To You

Writer of Blogs 

Paranormal Minds

Product Favorites

Theresa Wiza's Blog 

My Associated Content Articles

My Xomba Articles 

Thank you for visiting!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Frightening Dreams, FUNNY Link, The Itsy Bitsy Baby, & Where The Wild Things Really Are

BABY UPDATE! My newest great grandson, Colin,
with his mommy, my oldest granddaughter, Amanda.
It's article and blog update time again.

What's different about this blog group is that I actually got PAID to write some of these blogs (from a blogging site to which I've been a member for probably two years – NOW they're contacting me to blog for them. I guess I needed to build up a readership, so thank you for being part of that readership).

Please check out the articles and blogs below. If any of them interest you, please click the links and read. If you would prefer to go to the blog headings (listed in red), just click them and scroll down. But if you would prefer to read them individually, the links provided below will take you to the actual blog or article. Some titles are self-explanatory.

Associated Content from Yahoo!

5 Reasons Why Nobody Reads Your Blog

The Importance of Wording: Misplaced Modifiers and Missing Words

WARNING: The following article is REALLY LONG! In Response to President Barack Obama's Request for Educational Innovation: School Restructuring Could Improve Student Learning in Our Race to the Top

Charlie Sheen and Kendra, the Kardashians and the IPad 2 – my most ridiculous and frivolous article ever. I guess I felt I needed something lighthearted after the one prior to this one. It was my attempt to garner NUMEROUS page views. I got only a couple of hundred. Apparently you need to grab the Google Alerts at exactly the moment they appear.


Ghosts in The White House

Spectrophilia – Ghostly Encounters of the Sexual Kind
Screenwriting Resources For Screenwriters

Ghosts or Spirits – What's the Difference?


Applying For a Casino Job Yes, I actually did apply for one once.

We Are All Orgasms (Did I really write this one?)

The Day I Became A Celebrity (It helps to have a warped sense of reality.)

What Did I Do Wrong, GOOGLE? (This blog was written when I discovered all of my other blogs were missing.)

Another Publisher’s Clearing House Winner!

My Heart Blogs To You

My grandchildren are really phenomenal. I know, that's what everybody says about their kids and grandkids. But how many of you can say that your kid knows how to poop out stars? Nya nya nya nya nya nya. Mine can. Read Pooping Stars.

Life growing up was a mystery. Find out what happened when we went In Search of The Itsy Bitsy Baby.

I got PAID to write this one: Home Sweet Home – Where Is Mine?

This mall vendor would have gotten the surprise of his life after he shouted, "Hey, Ladies Have I Got Something To Show You" if we had done what we talked about AFTER we left him.

Poor Nolan thought his mommy was going to give their unborn baby to somebody else. Amanda would have been surprised, too. Read She's Having His Baby.

I Know Where The Wild Things Are, and had you been with me that day, you would have seen them too.

The Home With No Stains – really? Yes! AND I got paid to write this blog!

Yes, I'm actually getting PAID to write blogs! Here's another one: Life Insurance Protection and Cancer.

Read about Another Simple Misunderstanding – this time from my grandson, Jeremy.

Audrey and Nolan Name their New Baby Find out what they want to call the baby if the baby is a boy.

My grandson, Zac, is a Scorpio. Scorpios are supposed to be stubborn. You tell me what you think after you read, My Stubborn Grandson.

Your Blog Connection

I like to showcase other blogs or web sites in this blog. Sometimes people contact me (you are invited to send me yours) and ask me to showcase their blogs. Here are three blogs about other blogs/web sites:

Let Her Entertain You

Funniest Area Blog

Calling All Screenwriters!

Writer of Blogs

Blog Gone It! Help To Find Your Missing Blog
When I lost all of my blogs, I had to find out how to retrieve them. This blog is a KEEPER, because I may have to revisit it someday if Google (or my Aunt Patty) deletes them all again.

Ever Considered Screenwriting? This Blog is a Must Read!

Help for Single Parents

Sometimes I get emails from my mother – wait – I ALWAYS get emails from my mothers, most of which are forwards. As her daughter, I feel obligated to read all of them. Every once in a while, she sends one that I'm glad I read. This is one of those emails. The Teacher Who Inspired

Funny Kid Stories

What Do You Do In Your "Spare Time"? Here's what I do in mine.

Pay Attention To Special Moments Like The Sweet Love of a Little Girl for Her Daddy

Another paid-to-write blog – Nursing Scrubs For My Nursing Buds

And another paid-to-write blog – Spring Clean With The Steam Team.

As an asthmatic I felt I knew How To Help Your Child Deal With An Asthma Attack

Believe it or not, here is another paid-to-write blog Are You At Risk For Identity Theft? Here's Valuable Identity Theft Protection Information. All of a sudden I'm getting asked to write blogs for a company I signed up with TWO YEARS AGO! Granted $6-8 per blog isn't much, but if they keep coming, I'll be very happy. A couple of them were for $20, meaning I made a grand total of $50 this month, more than I made the entire two years I've been with them.

Your Weird Dreams

When You Wake Up Crying From a Haunting Dream

When You Dream The Same Dream As Somebody Else
This story is really creepy.

Some of the best inventions have arisen from dreams. How to Save Gas from the Mind of a Three Year Old

Paranormal Minds

Awakenings (sometimes the Universe is trying to reach out to you through your dreams – then again, sometimes it isn't).

Would love to know how common Shared Dreams are. If you know of anyone who has shared a dream with another person, please contact me at

Would Visual Hallucinations Explain Ghostly Apparitions?

Product Favorites

Bose Knows Music
Some day I WILL have a Bose.

Microsherpa Throw – The Softest Throw Ever
I cannot sleep without my new blanket.

This show has quickly become one of my favorites and I don't think it has anything to do with the fact that one of the contestants is one of my son's best friends: Top Shots on The History Channel Season Premier Tuesday, February 8th.

LOL FUNNY! FUNNY! FUNNY! Not much outside of my family makes me laugh out loud anymore, but the link in this blog is worth checking out. If you've ever texted and made a mistake, you will completely understand. Auto Correct Mode Makes For Funny Smart Phones Text Messages  

Cancer, Hair Loss, and Aussie

Thanks to Lindsey for my memory of the nightmare I lived through before watching and writing about Infested.

And thank you all for reading any of these blogs.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ever Considered Screenwriting? This Blog is a Must Read!

Screenwriting, Larry Brody, Chad Gervich, and Wordplayer

If you are a writer who enjoys movies and television (sitcoms or movies of the week {MOW}), you should consider screenwriting.

Writing a script is a completely different experience from writing a blog or an article, and as challenging as screenwriting appears to be, it can also be rewarding.

I love the script writing format. For me the screenwriting process is so much fun, I actually enjoy screenwriting more than I do blog or article writing. I even wrote a few screenplays, and I won two screenwriting-related competitions.

But I haven't sold any of my screenplays, mostly because they're not ready for prime time – yet. I have spent so much time blogging, writing articles, and caring for my grandchildren, that I haven't had much time to devote to screenwriting.

Until now. I have found a partner (name to be divulged at a later date) to help me work out the kinks in one of my screenplays, and the changes she is making are so exciting for me, I can actually see this script on the screen. And because I'm watching this script grow into a possibly viable movie, I am now paying close attention to everything that is available to screenwriters.

Several years ago, after I read Story by Robert McKee, I attended Robert McKee's Story Seminar and learned a great deal from McKee on how to structure a screenplay, about how to take viewers in one direction and then lead them down a path they hadn't expected to follow, and, in short, about how to write a Story. I couldn't record notes fast enough during that seminar.

It was because of McKee's Story Seminar that I was able to complete a few screenplays. Some very notable actors, screenwriters, directors, and producers have attended McKee's seminars, including Faye Dunaway, who attended the seminar I attended. I had an opportunity to talk with Ms. Dunaway, but not about screenwriting – about phone cards, but that's another blog.

You will find so many sources available to you as a screenwriter – everything from screenwriting magazines to screenwriting software, and so much more. Whenever I visit Barnes and Noble or Borders, I grab copies of Script and Creative Screenwriting magazines.

I also own Final Draft software. With Final Draft, simple keystrokes place characters' names exactly where they belong, action exactly where it belongs, and conversations exactly where they belong. Everything in Final Draft abides by industry standards. The program is phenomenal and so easy to learn.

Both Script and Creative Screenwriting magazines provide information about LOTS of competitions that are held around the world, and they give you an inside look at the industry of screenwriting.

For a small entry fee, you can enter your screenplay in script writing contests for a chance to win meetings with agents and producers, and, if you're really lucky, someone will offer to produce your script.

In addition to Script and Creative Screenwriting, I also rely on Chad Gervich, who used to blog for Writer's Digest magazine for his Script Notes column (where I won one screenwriting contest. My prize was the book, Television Writing from the Inside Out, written by Larry Brody, whose web site, TV Writer, is filled with tips, message board comments, and contests. You can find Larry Brody's web site by clicking TV Writer).

Chad Gervich now writes for Script magazine. You can find him by clicking on his name or by visiting his blog at ScriptMag.

In addition to Chad Gervich and Larry Brody, my go-to guys for television screenwriting, if you're serious about script writing and want to try your hand at screenwriting for movies, check out the Wordplayer web site too. What ProBlogger is to the blogger, Chad Gervich, Larry Brody, and Wordplayer are to screenwriters.

Another "have to have" item (and one I have not yet purchased) is the Hollywood Creative Directory. This book is expensive, but it is packed with contacts! The closer my co-writer and I get to finishing our screenplay, the more likely I will purchase the Hollywood Creative Directory, so we can find a producer or a director.

As our screenplay nears completion, I will keep you posted on the progress of my screenwriting partner's and my screenplay, "Edith and Ethel Go To Brown County."

For easy access to all of the screenwriting books and magazines I've mentioned in this blog, I've included all links for those books directly within this blog.

And if you would like to read more from this author, click any of the following links:

Your Weird Dreams

Your Blog Connection

Help For Single Parents 

My Heart Blogs To You

Writer of Blogs 

Paranormal Minds

Product Favorites

Theresa Wiza's Blog 

My Associated Content Articles

My Xomba Articles 

Thank you for visiting! 



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