A Giving Season

It shouldn’t be a seasonal thing, but it does seem that as we get to the end of November our thoughts turn to the holidays and with the holidays come memories. With memories our hearts open up just a little bit more and I think that’s part of why the holidays seem to always foster…

When Black Friday turns RED

How many are waiting to rush inside? Black Friday is the one day of the year that the CRAZY comes out in high doses. It is when throngs of people line up to find cheaply discounted products.Like detectives, the Black Friday enthusiast has scoured the internet and newspaper sales ads comparing the items and pricing.  They brace the coldness…

Take a Moment to be Thankful–I Will

Here on the eve of that All American Food Fest called Thanksgiving Day, instead of exploring the world of myths, I’m pondering some “truths” for which I am deeply grateful.Thanksgiving is not only an opportunity to indulge your love for all things starchy and gravy, thereby inducing the infamous “turkey coma,” but also a day…

Is It All Downhill From Here? NaNoRoundup, Part Two

It’s the middle of the month! Well, it’s close to the middle. That counts as the middle. This weekend, we’re checking in with our respective NaNoStatuses. Let’s see how everyone’s doing. Alexa Day (JezBibi) is finishing 11/15 with 11,980 words. She had a slow start with a submission (and a synopsis — who knew a…

Cooking With Gas ~ Famous Cheesecake

Rae was bent over, slicing something, when I stopped by the other day. I leaned over her shoulder and saw a beautiful cheesecake she’d made the day before. Rae said they have to refrigerate overnight, then be brought to room temperature before they are ready to eat. I was drooling, so when she offered me…

Politics: The ultimate mind game

Now that the big election is over, I feel safe (sort of) to mention politics. It’s not my favorite subject. In fact, it’s probably my least favorite subject because it’s the one that, in my experience, people are least likely to see another’s (opposite) point of view. (Politics and religion, but that’s a whole other…

Writing a NaNoWriMo Novel From Inside a Video Game

It’s National Novel Writing Month and as you can see from our sidebar, the W3 are in full NaNoWriMo mode. With the rise of e-books changing the publishing industry and the rise of gamification changing the workplace, I thought it might be fun to gamify the writing of my Nano Novel this year. Gamification involves…

Shadows

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.“  – Helen Keller The challenges we face define us as people. I once heard, it is not what you do when people are looking, but when they are not, that defines you.How do you define…

The NaNoRoundup: Rushing to 50k … Now!

Today’s the first of November. Just a few days more before we turn the clock back. Not far from Thanksgiving. Depending on how you count the days, this is the beginning of the holiday shopping season. And today’s the first day of National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a worldwide challenge — this year, more…