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As a Writer, What Do You Read?

Great post about how what you read and how often you read is connected to your skill as a writer.

Author Don Massenzio

This is a rework of a post that I put up two years ago and it still stands today.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid reader as well as a writer. I tend to pick authors that I enjoy and read their entire body of work in chronological order. This not only brings me enjoyment, but it shows me their development as an author from their early to contemporary work.

One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. His early work is strong and definitely got stronger. When he suffered his accident and nearly died, his work suffered a bit after his recovery. He even threatened to retire, but thankfully, did not. I use him as an example because he also has one of my favorite quotes by an author:

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools…

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crumbling ivory towers.

Great piece! Enjoy.

UP!::urban po'E.Tree(s)

crumbling ivory towers (continents are just big islands).

wisdom means nothing on an island.
so isolated from the heart is the mind,
and if it takes more time,
well, i don’t really mind
as long as at the end, we get it right.

why are we in such a hurry?
always in such a rush?
to collapse and crash?
get it over with?
but there’s so much more to this,
so much more to this life of ours.
reach for stars and melt the bars.
live like lions instead of cowards.
free the earth. remove the chains.
expand your love. release the pain,
and start to look at everything
with new eyes. see through lies.
you realize time’s a device
to keep one occupied,
but there’s so much more to this.
there’s so much more to this.

wisdom means nothing on an island.
so isolated from the heart is the…

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AFRICA SINGS!

Great blog post on African music and its many cultures.

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

I have been in love with the beauty, joy, sorrow, and enchantment that is African music.

From the ethereal lyrics of Eneida Marta, the power and upbeat of Angelique Kidjo, to the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti that describes his fusion of West African music with Black American music, to benga, chimuringa, gnawa, the iscathamiya made by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, griot, the mbalax Senegalese (Wolof) percussion music modernized by Youssou N’Dour, marabi, mbaqanga popularized by Johnny Clegg and the Mahatolla Queens, and the wassoulo, to name just a few—–African music, songwriting and singing is as varied as the continent itself.

Instruments played by African singers include instruments indigenous to Africa before European invasion and instruments incorporated into their singing and playing styles after the colonization of Africa. Those instruments are the kalimba or mbira (thumb piano); the balafon (marimba), and the xylophone (considered to have ancient African origins by Roger Blench); the…

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Friday Funny – Technology

A funny perspective on technology and how it affects us. Enjoy!

Author Don Massenzio

before

Before the computer

An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano!

Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account!
And if you had a broken disk,
It would hurt when you found out!

Compress was something you did to garbage
Not something you did to a file
And if you unzipped anything in public
You’d be in jail for awhile!

Log on was adding wood to a fire
Hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And a backup happened to your commode!

Cut–you did with a pocket knife
Paste you did with glue
A web was a spider’s home
And a virus was the flu!

I guess I’ll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head
I hear…

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

No matter what we’re doing this season–opening presents, attending religious services or just enjoying time with family, we’re reminded of the importance of family and friends in our lives. I’m also reminded of the support I have of people who take the time to read, like and comment on my blog. Thank you for following me and my posts.

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I also wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your house be warm and bright, and may the year ahead bring you happiness and success. 🙂

Here’s to 2016!

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Just Some Vanilla

Great personal story with a wonderful message. Just how writing should be.

Storyshucker

I’m no fan of snow, but as my eyes roll in disgust at weather forecasts I concede there were times when snowfalls thrilled me. Not due to missing school, sleigh riding, or building snowmen, but because Vicki and I would go to the store for Nannie.

At an unknown point in our youth, after one snowstorm or another, my sister Vicki and I decided we must plod across the field through snow, no matter the depth, to see if our grandmother needed anything from the store. Nannie lived in a huge old farmhouse, had always cooked for many, and could have at any point in time prepared a meal for forty out of what she had in her cabinets and refrigerator. Not even touching what was stored in her cellar.

Still… Vicki and I were sure Nannie needed something and we’d save the day by trudging through snow to ask…

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The Versatile Blogger Award

versatile-blogger award picI thought that The Versatile Blogger Award fits in nicely with the holiday season because it’s a nice gesture and shows some appreciation for our fellow bloggers.

I have just been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by A Mom’s Blog. Check out her creative blog full of short stories, photography, arts and crafts, and more.

Here are the rules for the award:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

For The Versatile Blogger’s Award I nominate:

1. Morrighan’s Muse

2. Grow Up Proper

3. HarsH ReaLiTy

4. Crystal Puzzle Pieces

5. Something About Love

6. Whittlin Rich

7. D.L. Kamstra

8. Artistic Diversions

9. Word Wabbit

10. ProlixMe

11. Bucket List Publications

12. Writing Reconsidered

13. Pomalia

14. clotildajamcracker

15. Day’s Lee

And 7 interesting things about myself:

1. I often mispronounce words and my family tells me I have my own language (haha).

2. I’m a die-hard Sailor Moon fan.

3. I’m an Anglophile. I love everything about England and want to visit one day.

4. I keep movie tickets, for some odd reason.

5. I have a fear of elevators.

6. I don’t like heights but still go on rides.

7. One of my favourite movies is The Shining, and I don’t usually like horror movies.

Thanks again to the lovely Znjavid from A Mom’s Blog for nominating me! Now off to tell everyone and hopefully spread some holiday cheer 🙂