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Happy Holidays!

It’s Friday, so I am blogging, but it won’t be anything extensive, or witty today. Just a heart-felt wish that your upcoming year is filled with everything you wish for, and that I learn how to schedule posts next year. 😉

It would be awesome to have it post for me on days when it is hard to get to the keys on the correct day. You ever have that problem?

Still the To-Do list is working. Some days I look at all those check boxes and sigh, but they are all done by the end of the day. And I am NEVER that organized. 🙂

If you have an Android phone (apparently, it isn’t available for Apple) I highly recommend the Splend Apps To-Do List. Not saying it couldn’t be improved, but definitely the best one I’ve tried.

Anyway, that’s enough for me to check this off the list today. I hope you have a great day with your family and friends. I plan to.

 

Blogging 101 — In Which I Learn What I Am Doing

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Hello, world!

One of my goals for this year, is to learn to be a more effective blogger. Those of you who have been around awhile know I am hit and miss at best. So, in hopes of becoming more effective, I have signed up for Blogging 101 from WordPress.

Today’s assignment is to introduce myself — so here goes. (If you’ve heard it all before, you might still learn something. 😉 )

Let’s start at the beginning. My name is Adrienne Rose. I was born in Austin, Texas over 50 years ago…boy, I’m getting old! I am the oldest of four sisters, and from the time I was a child, I have wanted to write. Now, I do, using the pen name Rie Sheridan Rose.

As a writer, connecting with people is essential. A good blog is one of the best tools for connecting that there is, and I hope to build one that is interesting and amusing to read, at least. What will you find in it? Amusing anecdotes about life, writing samples, photographs (I love to take photographs), and a potpourri of whatever else I can think of. 🙂

The goal is to publish more posts of better quality than I have too date. I am proud of what I have done, but I don’t like the irregularity of it.

I want to provide better content for more people. This is my purpose in taking this class, and I hope to reach that goal. One of the questions to answer is “If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?” I hope to increase readership; build interest in my writing; and network with other writers and bloggers in general to create a support system.

I am never good about knowing how much to share and what content–this is one of the things I need to get better at–but I will happily answer any questions you might have in the comments.

Dear Spammers….

All comments on my site are moderated. That means that all your carefully constructed, cut, and pasted works of art go straight to the trash. Please, do us both a favor and stop wasting our time. No one will ever see your clever attempt to get UGGs on my site, or the time you spent writing up a huge paragraph with buried links to some drug, or sunglasses, or whatever. Occasionally, I get a REAL comment, and those–those, I love with a passion hard to exceed. So, PLEASE…do not force me to turn comments off on every page of my site. I wouldn’t spam you…

Kthxbye…

There Are Gonna Be Some Changes Around Here!

Well, one of the challenges in the Scavenger Hunt is to have another contestant critique your blog. So I did.

websitecritique

 

At the moment, since my blog is just the homepage of my website, it was easier to critique the whole thing. And I learned a great deal from the comments. So expect the site to undergo some major facelifting and marketing enhancements over the next few weeks.

 

In between submissions and WRITING those submissions, which has been monopolizing my time lately. I’m standing at 51 separate submissions for the year so far…and it isn’t March until tomorrow. Look, I CAN be a real writer when I want to be. 😉

1/6/2012 — Oops…Missed a Day

So much for writing in both blogs everyday. I DID manage to get my Sales Taxes paid today though…first time on time in a while. I said I was going to try to be more responsible business-wise this year.

I didn’t meet one of my other goals this week. I was supposed to get something out this week. Something new…which didn’t get written. Of course, tomorrow is another day, and still part of the week. So very much to do!

Since I haven’t written anything new this year, here’s a bit of old to share with you. I particularly like this poem 🙂 :

 

 

She Wraps Herself in Autumn

 Brown

Gold

Copper

Red

She wraps herself in Autumn.

Leaves surround her

in a patterned gown

held together with spidersilk

and moonbeams.

A touch of Spring green

to remind her of tomorrow —

the sun will come again —

and her dress will be of flowers…

but for now,

she wraps herself in Autumn.

Red

Copper

Gold

Brown

 

Everybody have a good weekend.

 

1/4/2012 — Still Tweaking My Juggling Act…

I haven’t totally figured out how to balance my 3 hour a day cleaning commitment and getting writing done. I did figure out how much my sales taxes would be yesterday. So, that is something related to the writing business, and I’ve managed to blog on both fronts every day this week. That’s more sustained writing than I’ve done in a while, but I do have projects I need to get cracking on. But, if I give myself this week to get used to the cleaning regimen, I don’t feel too bad about it. It’s a major life change for me after all!

Oh, and for those who are also following Here’s The Clean… — I found my camera…on my desk… Hooray! 🙂

1/3/2012 — Hmmmm…

I passed two young women talking today, and overheard one say to the other “I can’t find any I haven’t read.” Immediately, I wanted to stop them and say “What genre are you looking for? What authors do you like? Might I make a few suggestions?”

Looking back on it, I probably should have. I couldn’t think of any reason someone might not find something to read that they would like. Of course, Newell pointed out that he couldn’t find any Robert Heinlein books that he hadn’t read, because he had reached the end of a limited resource. I suppose, if they were discussing something along those lines, the statement might have been true.

On the other hand, there are so many authors writing so many books these days — I have over a thousand in my Kindle alone — that no one should be stuck for something close to what they are looking for, even if the specific author they love is no longer producing. I bet there is someone “Heinleinesque” out there for instance… Anyone got any suggestions?

 

1/1/2012 Where Did the Time Go?

I’m a tad embarrassed that my last post was Halloween. I really have no excuses. Oh, I’ve been busy, but not THAT busy. I’ve just been a bit lazy. We’re going to be working on that. I vow to be a better blogger…but it may take me a while to get into a good groove as to what that is. I know many friends have certain days of the week set apart for specific categories of post, and I may explore that route this year. I’m sure it helps organize things, which is something I always need.

I also have started a second blog on a totally different wavelength hoping that it will help keep me honest. If you are interested, Here’s the Clean... will follow my daily trials at trying to get a handle on housework. Hopefully, it will be a bit of fun to read…we’ll see.

I’m going back to reading Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography
now. If you are/were a fan of Sarah Jane Smith, you should be reading it too. It is like a long lovely chat with Lis about her varied and vibrant career. HIGHLY recommended.

10/31/11 — Happy Halloween!

 

Ah, Halloween…my favorite holiday of the year. I love the costumes, the candy, and the horror stories. Curling up in a dark room with Freddie Kruger on the tube, or snuggling under the covers with Edgar Allen Poe, what could be finer?

The best scares, of course, are those that impact you personally. The unexplained shadow in the corner of the room when you are sleeping over at a friend’s house. The creaking attic overhead on a Girl Scout camp out. These are some of my scary memories.

What are your favorite real life ghost stories? I remember the night that I saw the witch standing outside my bedroom window when I was about 10. She just stood there, staring in at me. I am sure I was awake…though no one else is. You see, the witch in question was sitting in the front window of the living room — and there was no question of her getting up and standing there instead…she was constructed of paper mache,  and had a previous incarnation as a mermaid. She didn’t even have any legs. To this day, I am still convinced she was really there.

Have you had a similar unexplained event in your life? Pull up a virtual camp stool to the fire circle here and share your ghost stories. It’s Halloween!

10/22/11 — Yes, It’s Been Awhile…

…every time I tell myself I am going to get on a regular schedule, something comes up and I procrastinate. I think sometimes that should be my middle name…but it would just make it longer to type.

Today was the official release date of “Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits”, and I did my first Skype radio show to help promote it. That was a blast. I’ve never done something like that before — usually avoid a microphone like the plague, but being there with Marc Gunn (at least in spirit) made things easy. I hope we continue to create more songs. I am incredibly pleased with how the album came out. The good folks at Middle Earth Radio were very supportive, and I thank Michael and Mark for making me feel at home. They say there may be a podcast available in a few days, and if so, I’ll post a link for those who missed it.

And it is time to start thinking of NaNoWriMo again…only a few days till kick off. Who is with me this year? I’ve been trying to decide which project to work on. I think I may start the sequel to The Luckless Prince. What do you have in mind?