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|Debut Author Ane Mulligan|
|Now Available at AMAZON |
and other fine bookstores.
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Friday, September 12, 2014
- Eating black beans for lunch on the day of an international flight is not a great idea.
- People in Iceland are way less fat than slobby Americans.
- Kaffitar in the Keflavik Airport totally rocks a soy latte...whoda thunk?
- Pinning feels like home.
- If you visit the Blue Lagoon, it's better to refrain from complimenting someone on their tattoo. Wet back hair can swirl into some realistic looking patterns. Eew.
- The top sides of clouds look like a mangy old mattress cover.
- Keflavik Airport wins hands down over Heathrow in cleanliness, style, and friendliness.
- Why is it whenever a car rental company wants to "upgrade" you, it's always a detriment? Sure, a BMW is a great car...but not a manual. In England. When it's confusing enough to figure out how to drive on the wrong side of the road without killing anyone and decipher how to work the GPS without killing your spouse.
7:30 p.m. left Minneapolis
6:30 a.m. arrived at Keflavik Airport near Reykjavik, Iceland (but really, in our Minnesota time, it was 1:30 a.m.) Had the best soy latte ever.
10:00 a.m. left for the Blue Lagoon
3:00 p.m. arrived back at airport. Grabbed some lunch, the strangest thing being a shrimp sandwich.
4:30 p.m. plane left for Heathrow
8:00 p.m. arrived in London
11:00 p.m. arrived at our Air BnB after driving around lost for a LONG time.
I hope to write this section each evening, when thoughts are fresh, but yesterday was a 36 hour day and honestly, when I saw a pillow last night, I didn't care. It was a whirlwind, mega-trek, never-ending day that was full of fun and adventure. I don't remember the last time I was that tired, though.
We spent 2 hours soaking at the Blue Lagoon, a natural hot springs near Reykjavik. I felt like a decadent rich person, just floating around. It was great.
We got totally lost trying to find our accommodations outside of London. Sometimes street signs are minuscule and remind me again why a single street needs to have two different names? We ended up calling our host and he drove out to where we just quit and parked. Nice fella.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
But no one has ever averaged handwriting into a universal typeface.
Bic -- yeah, the ballpoint pen people -- has started a Universal Handwriting Experiment. Anyone, from anywhere in the world (that means you, dude) can contribute a sample of their handwriting, as in printing in uppercase. They've developed a special algorithm (whatever the crap that is...oh, wait minute...I think it has something to do with math...something I avoid at all costs, hence my never-been-balanced checkbook) which merges contributions into a single, ever-changing and evolving typeface. Their plan is to unify the world's handwriting into a universal typeface.
If you haven't contributed your John Hancock yet, toodle on over there already.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I've met a lot of grumpy writers in my day. Angry at publishers for not buying their books. Ticked off at reviewers for having the gall to give them a 1-star. Annoyed with agents, critique partners, and the bleepity-bleep UPS man for not delivering their Amazon order fast enough. Here's the deal, though, succinctly put by Seth Godin:
Oh, get your undies out of such a bunch. I am not calling writers dogs. I'm simply saying that if you can't do something cheerfully, such as pursue a career in writing, then you ought not do it at all. Once again, in Godin's words:"If you choose to be in the dog food business,
be delighted to eat dog food."
I'll take that a step further. If you are of the mindset that publishers/agents/readers are obliged to consider you and your work as God's gift to mankind, then the competition will definitely steamroll over you.
And then you really will be cranky.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
So many things go into making a book cover. Color. Font. Typesize. Images. Placement. Chocolate. Hey, don't judge me.
Anyway, I thought I'd take you along for the ride via pictures of the evolution of the Writer Off the Leash book cover (soon to be available, stay tuned) . . .
|Rough Draft: Color Ideas, Copy Placement|
|New image...too bad it doesn't fit properly.|
|Love blue but with a tree, I'm thinking green.|
Monday, September 8, 2014
After scoping the web, I found some paid writing jobs that might be right up your alley . . .
Did you go on any vacations this year, ones which you could write about? BootsnAll posts travel articles, and if yours is accepted, pays $50 a pop.
Got something writerly to say? As stated on this site: "My vision for this site is to turn it into an insanely useful resource for writers, and just as insanely entertaining place for readers." He pays $105 for an article and $55 for a post (which is shorter). Even if you don't want to write a post for this site, it's still a great one to nose around in.
Krazy Coupon Lady
Do you have a penny pinching super hero cape hanging up in your closet? This is the site to write about your saving adventures. KCL contributors are paid $50 per post.
Read Learn Write
Even if you're not a writer, you are a reader (as evidenced by the fact that you made it this far into today's post). For $50, here is what they're looking for:
"I'm most interested in your personal experiences with reading, learning, and writing. Your personal experiences with specific books are my favorite posts to read and publish."