Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The Original, Historical Tinder

In homage to Valentine’s Day (and that oh-so-hard pick-up line), check out this cheeky video from Great Big Story…about the original Tinder. Perhaps you’ll write this (or some variation thereof) into your next historical (or even contemporary) romance!

Four Months? Really?

Life has been busy. It’s been four months (!!!) since I posted something here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been blogging, because I have! Just not here. I’ve been spending every Friday blogging on my group site Eight Ladies Writing, which is great, but I need to make a more concerted effort on this blogging front.

So, fingers crossed that I can extract a few additional hours from our current space-time continuum to write something original here every couple of weeks. At least.

Noisy When It’s Quiet

tinnitusThis post has nothing to do with writing. (You’re shocked. Sorry.) It’s about the lack of quiet in my life.

I’ve been struggling with tinnitus recently. AKA ringing in the ears. It started about 6 weeks ago…one night before bed, I went around the house, turning off all the lights, TVs, music I listen to when I work, etc., but I could still hear this high-pitched radio frequency (RF) sound. I thought it was an electrical device left on (like leaving on the CD player, but nothing is playing). I went through my office and our family room trying to find the offending appliance only to realize there wasn’t one. Continue reading

You Wanna Lose Your Work? I Didn’t Think So…

Today’s post is admittedly not that inspiring…unless you don’t want to lose your work. About a year ago, I happened upon a post by Mat Honan about how his iPhone, iPad, and Macbook were completely erased, and his Twitter and Google accounts compromised. The hackers did it with a few digits of a credit card number that show up readily on Amazon. He lost EVERYTHING. All the pictures ever taken in his daughter’s life. Documents he saved no where else. In a word, it was catastrophic. You can read about his “epic hacking” here.

Then the other day, I had a terrible dream about my house and all of its contents going up in flames. In my dream, I said to myself, “Oh, it’s okay…I have a backup!” and then I realized that I’d been doing backups on a too-small external hard drive (I’d been putting off getting a larger one). That dream was the impetus I needed to buy a larger external hard drive, and reevaluate not only what I was backing up, but how. Continue reading