Sign Up for December's NaBloPoMo

The theme for December is JOY. ...more

Spreading the Joy With December's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to November's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them ...more

Sign Up for November's NaBloPoMo

If you're posting for NaBloPoMo every day in November, add your name to our 2014 blogroll to share your work and enter to win prizes! Just fill out the NaBloPoMo Blogroll Form. Make sure you've selected NOVEMBER, and only submit your blog once, ...more

Join the Big Online Blogging Celebration That is November's NaBloPoMo

Join NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) on this November, and commit to post every single day this month! Every November, thousands of bloggers commit to posting daily. But it's about much more than getting that post up—it's ...more

The Most Effective Writing Question: What's Your Angle?

They say that there are no new stories. In fact, author Christopher Booker suggests that every story ever told is a variation on seven basic plots. So, how do you differentiate your story from every other comedy, tragedy, memoir, quest, or rebirth? The answer is in the specific angle you use to tell your tale. Consider Eric and Charlotte Kaufman's story. ...more
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NaBloPoMo December 2014 Prompts

The theme for December's NaBloPoMo is JOY. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in December -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
As cheesy as it sounds, when I'm feeling down I make myself a pot of tea using a special set ...more

Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

Sensuality Hub, Feet, Food, Fashion and More - Blog Plans for 2015

The idea of a year long elaborate meal discussion in my previous post brought the answer to this: Plans for my b...more

The Drama Triangle

 Recovery from addiction requires more than simply giving up “X”. The most significant changes come from learning why we ever needed “X” in the first place and then rethinking how we operate. This almost always involves addressing interpersonal relationships. For me, one tool that has been extremely useful in changing my approach is the Karpman Drama Triangle....more

Black Friday - not so much.

The temperature has plummetted to around minus twenty celsius. The trees and bushes, the housetop and streets are lined in white.Everywhere I look is white and black and shades of gray.Well, not quite everywhere, because outside the window of my temporary office is a yellow pole. I think it is there to mark the crosswalk, but it is surreal.One yellow pole amid all the white and black and gray....more

Money can buy happiness

Happy Freakout (aka Black) Friday! Rather than spending the day shopping, I decided to hang at home, meander memory lane with my mother, chat with my children, and hope for hubby to return home soon. Oh, and wrangle words - here are a few more from my former, fictional self.Money Can Buy HappinessPosted by InternetGeek at September 23, 2005 02:56 PMRetail therapy SOOOO works!...more

I have succumbed...

"I have succumbed..." seemed the right title for this post somehow. Although now that I've typed that post title and checked the definition of "succumb," I'm thinking the word may be a bit strong. I meant it as the first definition "fail to resist" rather than "die from the effect of a disease" -- because I have (unwillingly) failed to resist the effect of the disease that has been plaguing my son and husband this week. I am sick. I am not dead....more

Cheers: Thanksgiving Orphans

Sorry Friends, but Cheers has the best friendsgiving episodes ever. Why is that?(fragments for stylistic purposes) Because these people have reached the where friendship truly becomes family. The point where your friends drive you crazy just as much as any blood relative could. The point where you spend the holidays together because you have no one else to spend them with and, even though it’s awful, you would not want it any other way....more

day 28 enjoy!...more

How Good is Your Love Life Without Sensuality?

I’ve been thinking that "Love" and "Sex" need rebranding.I think that this divide is reflected all over the web. What if I want to write about something flirty or sensual? Do I categorize that as sex? What if it has no S-E-X in it—is that misrepresentation? I mean, it might not be romantic enough to be considered love.Love has gotten a bad rap. It’s practically become a four-letter word in some circles, just like that other four-letter word in other circles. I think that’s largely because of what people associate love with—the negativity....more

A Triumph of Human Spirit

When checking early this morning the last theme for Photo 101, I disliked it from back to front. The 'Triumph' word sounds full of grandeur and arrogance. Don't ask me why; maybe a shrink can explain it better. I just perceive it as a bit Hollywoodish and over the top....more

Daily Post: Leftover Sandwich

Today, publish a post based on unused material from a previous piece –a paragraph you nixed, a link you didn’t include, a photo you decided not to use. Let your leftovers shine!...more