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Sunday Funny: engineering success?

July 20, 2014

shepherds pie in oven


A husband found this note from his wife to prepare dinner that evening:
“Shepherds Pie needs to be taken out of the fridge and placed in the oven at 140 degrees.”


Many thanks SIR RALPH at Bluefish Way for sending this one!

granter of giggles



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Top Twos-Day: Survey shows!

July 16, 2014

We collected “Suns” with social connections and posted them on our banner!

In the same way children stick out their tongue, Amazon poked the French government, who a few weeks prior, ruled that Amazon’s free shipping and discounts were now illegal. The nah, nah, na boo-boo, I’m better than you-ooo response from Amazon, just a mere 0.01 Euro for shipping. According to MHP, “This law, regardless of effectiveness, is unlikely to be the last time France’s government takes a swing at Amazon. The Seattle corporation bases their European unit in Luxembourg, which allows them to circumvent the tax laws of the countries where they’re actually sending products.” Read more…

Perhaps they should get the Facebook cop after them? Oh yes, folks are giving thumbs up to Facebook as news hits of the police substation support and benefits/salary of an officer in California. Controversial? You bet! “That raises some potential conflicts that, if I was the chief, I am not sure I’d want to wrestle with,” Geoffrey Alpert, a criminal-justice professor at University of South Carolina, told the Wall Street Journal. “What do you tell your officers about how to treat people who work at Facebook?” Full story…

The Guardian is reporting on a news story about authors not able to sustain themselves on what they’re paid. Wait, don’t we already know that? Citing European numbers, “…the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society released a survey of almost 2,500 writers which found that the median income of a professional author last year was £11,000, down 29% since 2005 – a period in which median earnings for UK employees have fallen by 8%.   By this year, according to the survey, just 11.5% of professional authors said they earned their income from writing alone, compared with 40% in 2005.” The article, “Traditional publishing is ‘no longer fair or sustainable’, says Society of Authors,” affirms professional writer’s salary decline. Finish reading…

My two cents: Are the publishers really making all the money? Standing on this side of the aisle, I know firsthand the costs of operating a publishing company. When I take a step back, toss on my writing cap and file in among my friends, I am reminded of the causes: no-cost web content, decline of edited writing, everybody-is-an-expert competition, etc. Granted, we have a great deal to complain about, but when will we writers and publishers take action? And are things too far gone for us to change, really change?

I’m taking steps, yes, albeit small, as in small publisher, forward to be an effective change. Adding a third bit of news, (gosh I do this often) Sunscribe’s first conference is under our belt. Last Saturday, right here where we began, we sponsored the Rock Hill chapter’s South Carolina Writer’s Workshop one day chapter event. And had a blast! More importantly, we connected, encouraged and discovered more writers, editors, and illustrators! If you’re interested in more pics, pop over to the website: .

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Sunday Funny: How Real Men Hula Hoop

July 6, 2014

The hula hoop is back and hotter than ever! ‘nough said!


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Top Twos-Day: The Fab Four Social Networks?

July 2, 2014

image from 1to1media

The quad, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ are on top of the world! Do you know what’s behind the success?

Facebook recently apologized for playing with our emotions in a social experiment. How did that data change your posts? Full story at the Wall Street Journal…

But is that anything new? Manipulating through advertising? I think not.
Business Insider recently peeked behind the curtain at HUGE, a digital marketing company. You won’t believe how much thought and time they spend on 140 characters. More…
Over at LinkedIn, you can now generate posts and add content. Think of the possibilities: finally light, but are you sure? Pop over to Jeff Bullas site and read about creating content…

Who’s watching the data? Google+ is part of the large conglomerate. Data collection and artificial intelligence. Worried yet? Nah, back in December, when Google purchased Deep Mind, an AI company, they signed an ethics agreement. Details…

Bottom line, pay attention to your social media accounts: they matter! Whether you are a writer or mom-blogger, an artist or entrepreneur, you need to reach your target audience. But you don’t want to compromise your online reputation. Do your research. Discover how you can best use these tools and stay smart. If not, step aside, the AI’ers are on the move!
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Sunday Funny: Camp Hell!

June 30, 2014

Remember Summer Camp?

Steve Harvey shares some real letters from kids:



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Top Twos-Day: pandering?

June 24, 2014


Last week I mentioned the war between Stephen Cobert’s publisher Hachette and the big bad bully Amazon. Before reading more, catch up here.
Let’s call the saga, As The Pages Turn. Part two this week: “Amazon has only publicly commented about the ongoing contract dispute with Hachette once, while Hachette has released several official statements (here’s one) and multiple leaks. And today we have another leak from Hachette.” How much lesson should a lesson cost if the lesson costs revenue from Amazon? Similar to a woodchuck chucking wood? Oh but no, it may not be as glum as many think, “…Amazon appears to be taking steps to fix one of the longstanding gripes shared by many in publishing.” Is playground bully reforming or just slipping into something it dropped into the shopping cart as camouflage? Full article from Digital Reader…

Next topic: literacy. While some of us have been on the reading bandwagon, it has taken the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) a bit longer to climb aboard and publically side with others about the importance reading plays in infant development. The press release states this wonderful team will put books into the hands of parents. The announcement continues, “…Hillary Rodham Clinton of a new early literacy partnership of Too Small to Fail, the AAP, Scholastic, and Reach Out and Read…” are participating in this valiant endeavor. Yes you read that right, a new partnership, and one that may lead to bigger things in 2016. We shall keep our eyes open for the political pandering sure to come next, I’m not pointing at one party’s affiliation or another, just that this will be an equal opportunity effort for opinionated commentary. But don’t let my skepticism shadow the good that will come out of this effort: more books in children’s hands. Read more from Publishers Weekly…

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Sunday Funny: Discriminating Dog

June 23, 2014


I was on Limestone College’s campus yesterday and had to share what one of the professors posted on her door!


And then there was this:


Ah, the good old days!

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