Category: Writing

This is “Wild” – Book Finds Half Sister

This, is wild!

So, did you read the book? If so, you know that the author, Cheryl Strayed, changed her name after the death of her mother. It’s an autobiographical journey that takes her on an epic hike through life, and along the Pacific Coast Trail in search of, well, herself. It’s a really great read that was very difficult for me to read at times because of her choices and the things that drove her to those choices. We learn a lot about her life in the book, and about her family.

Funnily enough, she wrote the book so well that a woman who was reading it in bed one night after having checked it out of the library sat straight up in bed and realized the father in the book was, in fact, her father as well. Names were not mentioned and since the author had changed her name, she had no idea that they could possibly be related. Imagine, descriptions of your father so perfect in character that you’d recognize him anywhere. Well done, Cheryl! Meet your half-sister. Read the NPR story here.

Stats Say Blogs Drive Traffic!

Bad Traffic

At Word Camp Austin the other day, I heard that blogs can increase traffic to websites for businesses up to 65%. Are you kidding me? I thought that we bloggers were just a subculture of people who like to hear ourselves write. I enjoy reading my fellow bloggers’ posts. I LOVE it when another blogger likes one of my posts and tend to click their link and read something of theirs. We’re just cool that way, and talented too!

65% has been bouncing around in my head this week because, well, it’s impressive. Today, I’ve been back and forth with a Realtor friend, Eileen Gill, about finding the time to go to lunch. I clicked a link from her Facebook Business Page and found her company’s blog. Curious,  I dove in. Admittedly, this crew of agents are highly educated and uber cool with life experiences that span the globe and weave in and out of the music industry, my type of Realtors. Just saying that I should not have been surprised at the quality of the blog, but here I am, writing away.

Polly Pig and Sarah Sow

A Cake for Polly Pig

A Cake for Polly Pig

Well, this is a story of a time long ago when two young girls became very best friends with funny nicknames. It’s not just two random girls though, this is about me and mine. Our story is featured at Heifer.org’s blog “When Cows Fly.” You’ll see why I donated a Pig in honor of our moms. I hope you might just think of a reason to donate too. And in case you’re wondering, we seldom used plates when we made cakes. Usually we just sat down with the cake and our forks. If only we could eat, okay, get away with eating, that way now! OINK

Word Camp Austin

Word Camp, Woohoo!

Word Camp! Sounds fun, I think. Sounds uber-geekydiculous (my latest portmanteaus) too. I can take that, though. Geek might look like a four-letter word, but so is cute. I decided a long time ago that being called cute, rather than hot, or beautiful was a whole lot better than the other adjectives that might also apply, so I’d just go with it. Wise choice, I think, and it’s served me well. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time (maybe just a little) wishing I was gorgeous knowing that being cute fit my lively personality so much better. So, I’ve decided to do the same with the word geek. I enjoy writing. Throwing words around is just about as good as throwing balls around; jock is a four-letter word too, and I embrace that one. So, yes, I (and my husband) are attending Word Camp tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll learn how to geek this blog!

Inspiration… I Need a Nudge, Please.

KIYOSHI MINO, Artist (felted animals)

Strange and wacky, often filled with nonsense, the internet sometimes produces a gem. Sometimes. This morning, up and at ’em early, (shocker) I started on Twitter. This led me to a story by Jordan Kushins about a veteran who makes felted animals. What? That sounds lame, sorry, they’re not just animals, they’re works of art. After the really cool story, I read her byline which led me to follow her on Twitter (@kushkush) and then start reading her tweets. I know, I fell down one of the bajillion rabbit holes that is Twitter, but Continue reading

There’s A Grammar Day?

Grammar Day! It's in the calendar now!

Grammar Day! It’s in the calendar now!

Who knew? According to Days of the Year blog, yesterday, March 4th, was grammar day. I’m putting that into my calendar for future reference. Of course, I know that you know this by now if you’re reading this, but I think that every single day is grammar day! I don’t think that I’ve divulged this fascinating nugget of personal history, but my parents used to charge us $.25 for grammatical violations. That wasn’t a cheap fine, back in the day. It became the family Continue reading

Pig Latin is My Second Language

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I am fluent in Pig Latin. I can speak to my friends, my kids and even in Pig Latin-Spanish. I am quite proud of that. I would argue that it is definitely a “language”, however, Grammar Girl claims that it is a “code.” According to her article, “Is Pig Latin a Real Language?” it satisfies most all of the language requirements, but it doesn’t have it’s own syntax, Continue reading