On Writing, Uncategorized

Changes coming to Twitter

Shutterstock Starting September 19th, Twitter is about to see a pretty drastic change. Once limited to 140-characters, Twitter will now go much further, as the company plans to begin rolling out changes next week that result in images, GIFs, videos, polls, and other links not counting towards your 140-character limit. The date of the changes…

via Twitter’s New System For Counting 140 Characters Is Coming On September 19th — Real Stories – UPROXX

Random Thoughts, Uncategorized

The Luckiest Woman Alive

In February 2006, a proposal writer started working at an engineering firm in Knoxville. In May 2006, an IT guy joined that same firm in Columbia. A few months later, the two found themselves in a ridiculous meeting where the IT and marketing departments argued about the “quality” of the printers.

imageThese two coworkers struck up a friendship that grew, strong and consistent, over the next few years. Eventually, these (now best) friends realized they were actually head over heels in love with each other. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

imageBecause life is full of surprises, my husband decided to celebrate our 10 years of friendship with a vacation full of surprises. From a weekend at the Ritz to a morning at Mount Vernon. From a relaxing cruise on the river to a quiet afternoon writing blog post drafts and Yelp reviews sitting in a pedicure chair. The trip has been absolutely fantastic…and it’s not even over yet!! 💜

imageTomorrow we’ll wander around Washington, DC, one of our favorite places we’ve been visiting together for years. Friends, if I ever have had any advice worth anything, it’s this. Marry your best friend.

As I sit here posting some of the writings from this afternoon, listening as my best friend/husband falls asleep, I’m overcome with gratitude, as I’m clearly the luckiest woman alive.

Random Thoughts, Uncategorized

Artist Ben Flint

I showed a friend some of Ben Flint‘s artwork and that friend wanted me to show another friend who showed it to… well, on and on. There’s a ton of interest because Ben is really good. Seriously.

Right now, Ben is working on a graphic novel series, but I think he could be convinced to fit in some cover art if any of my writer friends are interested. The series below represents some of his older work (circa 2009), but I really love how it depicts Mary Shelley’s (not Hollywood’s) Frankenstein.


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Marketing and Advertising, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized

Interesting. You may not think retweets are endorsements, but the Justice Department might.

GettyIn mid-February, the FBI raided Safya Yassin’s Buffalo, NY, apartment after being tipped off to the hundreds of online threats she allegedly made against members of the military and President Barack Obama. As the FBI’s investigation continued, they discovered that in addition to making threats from dozens of different Twitter accounts, she also allegedly shared…

via You may not think retweets are endorsements, but the Justice Department might — Fusion

On Reading, Reviews, Uncategorized

Book Review: Dear John

Dear JohnDear John by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went back and forth for a while between three stars and four for Dear John. Certainly not meant to be high literature, it is engaging and fun. I found the character development solid and the protagonist’s journey believable – two important factors for this kind of summer beach read. Plus, a romantic novel from the man’s point of view (written by a man) is refreshing. I’ve seen claims that Sparks’ books seemed “cookie cutter” so I hadn’t picked any up since A Walk to Remember, but this one was pretty good.

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