Skip to content

Me...publisher, lifelong learner, all things rescuer, often gluten-free, all times chocoholic

Sunday Funny: Missed the call!

August 12, 2014

phones-with-tails

chasing tales tails! ;)

Many thanks to Views and Mews by Coffee Kat for her recent inspirational post…

And for introducing me to Dave Coverly’s site. OMGosh, hang out there for a few minutes and you’ll join me ROFL!

More Sunday Funnies…

Top Twos-Day: Creative Energy!

August 5, 2014

Snag the latest inspiring news, inSCRIBE! Here’s a teaser:

Louise Hay quote

Do you have a toolbox in your closet? Garage? Shed? Is it your go-to project assistant without a flashy attitude or price tag of DIY TV shows? My toolbox is a catch all of stash stored for any project in every room around the house: picture-hanging, Duct-tape wielding, Velcro-sticking potpourri. :)

Writers are no different. Our invisible toolbox often has a collection of words, phrases, guides, books; everything that will assist us as we take on a project. But what else is tucked into that DIY kit? Criticism, rejection slips? Wishful thinking? Read more from Sunscribe’s August newsletter: inSCRIBE…

Short and sweet this week, I hope this video encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone and reach for your creative outlet!



more Top Twos-Days…

Sunday Funny: Weird Al’s Word Crimes – R U Guilty?

July 28, 2014

 

The Grammar Police have nothing on Weird Al…he’s watching ya through “Blurred Lines”!  :)

More Sunday Funnies…

 

Top Twos-Day: It’s Settled, NOT!

July 22, 2014

illustration by Jeff Grunewald

Apple reached a settlement, $400 million in a civil lawsuit to civilians. Wait, no, they didn’t…wait, court says they did! But they have an appeal, and they may be sent to a lower court for a lesser fine. Only Bingo needs more marks on the score card! “New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman called the potential settlement a ‘major victory,’ adding that ‘this settlement proves that even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world must play by the same rules as everyone else.’“ Don’t put your markers up just yet. More from NPR…

Did you hear about the controversy over the chosen North Carolina Poet Laureate? ‘Tis over now, she resigned. Just up the road from me, in Raleigh, NC, Governor Patrick McCrory appointed self-pubbed author Valerie Macon, a state worker, to the prestigious position, without consulting literati. “Critics had questioned the resume quoted in the governor’s news release about her appointment. The release said she had won an honor as a distinguished regional poet, when in fact, Macon later said she had only been mentored by such an award-winning poet.” McCrory claimed he didn’t know the selection process, and just asked his staff who they would consider viable candidates. Keyword: STAFF! Southern gaff or sound strategy? You decide, ABC has the story…

Can’t round out the threesy without mentioning the controversy at Kindle (you know there is one), with their competitive monthly reading program: Kindle Unlimited. NY Times states, “News of Kindle Unlimited was reported earlier this week, when Amazon accidentally posted a promotional video for the subscription model. The video was quickly taken down from Amazon’s website, but not before technology bloggers noticed.” Old news right? Publishers partnering with ebook services? What’s new? Absent are the big 5: Macmillan, Hatchette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House (remember the merger? Refresher ). Digital Book World says, “Amazon is testing an all-you-can-read subscription ebook service to compete with firms like Scribd and Oyster, according to multiple blogs, citing Web pages on Amazon.com that have now been removed. The service…has over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month, many from Amazon Publishing and Kindle Direct Publishing, the self-publishing arm of Amazon.” Read more…

Lastly, just announced: Free New Yorker content for YOU and YOU and EVERYONE! “Call it a summer-long free-for-all. Non-subscribers will get a chance to explore The New Yorker fully and freely, just as subscribers always have.” Details on their site: down six paragraphs for the announcement here…

More Top Twos-Days…

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

 

 

More Sunday Funnies…

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 books.com, “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: Sunscribe.net .

More Top Twos-Days…

Sunday Funny: How Real Men Hula Hoop

July 6, 2014

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

 

More Sunday Funnies…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,284 other followers