Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Five: 5 Things You'll Learn at the Uniondale Library Next Saturday

Next Saturday, March 31, I'll be presenting my Basics Bootcamp Writers Seminar for all who attend at the Uniondale Public Library. Here are five things I'll be discussing:

1. What is GMC?
2. Why do I need an editor?
3. Can I use brand names in my story?
4. How long should my chapters be?

5. If two chickens can lay a half dozen eggs per day, how long would it take a one-legged grasshopper to mow the lawn?

Want to know the answers? Come to the Uniondale Public Library on Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm. Admission is free!

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Five: Five Things I Learned from Sky Mall

I spent most of yesterday on airplanes and at one point, my flight experienced some turbulence so I had to put away "all electronic equipment," which left me with the option of reading the "Please use seat belt at all times while seated" message on the back of the chair in front of me or leafing through the Sky Mall catalog. I chose the catalog and boy howdy, am I glad I did! I had no idea of the plethora of information in those pages. Here's just a few golden nuggets I discovered:

1. I'm supposed to have more than one sponge in my kitchen at a time. Yes, sadly, I must admit I only use one sponge. But Sky Mall has this handy-dandy two tiered sponge rack to keep your "good" sponge (the one you use for washing your dishes) away from your "evil" sponge (which is supposed to be used for washing pet dishes and other non-human-food-related activities.) I didn't even realize sponges had personalities. My poor sponge is conflicted and never told me.

2. The man in my life must have jerky! And not just any jerky. Low fat beef jerky, which makes the perfect gift for Valentines Day. And Sky Mall's got me covered. Next year, honey. Just you wait...

3. I can look uber-cool and stay comfy all the time in a poncho with a pillow built into its hood. I think I'll get the zebra print model for extra fashion points.

4. Laser treatment can giveth, and laser treatment can taketh away. Sky Mall has several gadgets with built in lasers, intended to rejuvenate your scalp and make thinning hair grow thicker. Some even come with MP3 players so you can listen to music during treatment. Then of course, there are other gadgets with built in lasers for hair removal. No music, though, which makes me a little bit sad for those of us looking to dance while we depilitate. Either way, I sense a vicious circle brewing.

5. I can turn my bathroom into a spa with colored water. Forget manicures, pedicures, and hot rock massages. Nothing says "spa" like water falling out of your shower head in a rainbow of colors. The "magic showerhead" doesn't need electricity or batteries to transform dull clear water into one of seven colors: white, yellow, orange, green, blue, red, and purple. According to the item description the red is "like a traffic light." Well, thank goodness! We all need more red traffic lights in our lives, don't we? A gentle reminder to stop what we're doing for sixty seconds to let someone else have a turn. No better place than a shower for that.

If you'd like more information on any of these products or want to order them, you should have your head examined. But you don't have to wait until your next flight to spend money on useless items. Just go to and buy, buy, buy!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Five: 5 Things To Do Before My Trip to Arizona

On Thursday, I'll be flying from NY to AZ for a get-together with my bling gal, Carolyn Hughey then to present my body language workshop for the members of the Valley of the Sun Romance Writers. And I've got soooo much to do before the flight leaves.

1. Pedicure! Hey, I'll be wearing open toed shoes. Yes, after a NY winter that really wasn't a winter, my tootsies need a little TLC. So The Girl and I are off to our favorite salon for some foot fun on Saturday.

2. Handouts. Gotta get copies printed.

3. A trip to the attic to free my warm-weather clothes from storage.

4. Sunscreen. Hello? Red hair, blue eyes, Irish/Polish heritage. Yeah, the desert's the perfect place for me. Do they sell an SPF 5000 yet?

5. Bagels. Bling misses those special NY issue bona-fide breakfast basics. Gotta bring her some.

What's on your agenda this week?
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gadget Thursday: Coffee Cup Software's Visual Site Designer

Have you been to my website lately? How about my Katherine Brandon site? Did you know I did all the work on both sites myself? Well, the headers were designed for me by two extremely talented ladies: Gina's redheaded girl and sparkles came from Chrissy at Websong Designs, and Katherine's golden fusion of ships and castles and goddesses came from Elaina at For the Muse. If you don't plan to design your own header, I highly recommend you pay a web or cover designer and purchase the copyright from the artist. But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

Today's post is about Coffee Cup Software's Visual Site Designer, a drag-and-drop style software that allows even the most clueless individual to create a website. And you don't even have to know HTML coding! The software does it all for you! The program costs about $50, but you can give it a trial spin for free to check out if it works for you.

The program will take you step by step through creating pages, designing backgrounds, adding such special features as Flash, music, and images. Best of all, the HTML coding is done in the background by the program, making this software uber-user-friendly!

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