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John Ward

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I paint. I write. I enjoy meeting new people on Google+, participating in their conversations and learning what makes them special. Here are the topics about which I post most frequently: Writing, Dig

Occupation: Artist/Illustrator (JLWard Illustration)

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Followers: 30,420

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DL Keur597authors sharing scene snips and free peeks at their work to the general publicJohn Ward's Saturday Scenes begins2014-05-03 09:30:0022  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors158,575Welcome to the Books & Beer Hangout! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing… and we drink beer! This week +John Ward will join us to discuss some of the best new Google+ communities out there for authors. Google+ Communities are a way for people of similar interests to connect and collaborate within Google+. John is the founder of the Writer's Discussion Group, the largest writing focused Google+ Community to date, while Evo and Jeff are moderators for the Digital Publishing community. In 15 minutes, we'll discuss the best writing related communities out there, how to effectively get involved in engage with the people using them, and how to use them as a resource for education and network building. After that we open up the chat to everyone in what we call the "Hangover" at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! Join us then to ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! To join you just need a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra and +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer but it's always more fun live. Join us!Books and Beer: Google+ Communities for Authors2013-02-08 03:00:0016  
Fringe +7,117Fringe returns for its 5th and Final Season! If you plan to watch Episode 1: Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 with the rest of us Fringies the night it airs, make sure to mark yourself "yes" as going and share this G+ event with a friend.  Watch Season 4's Episode 19 "Letters of Transit" here: http://www.fox.com/fringe/full-episodes/14534589/letters-of-transit On the Season Premiere Episode of #FRINGE ... The fifth and final season picks up from the ominous events of last season’s “Letters of Transit” episode, in which the year is 2036 and the overpowering Observers rule. The Fringe team – preserved in amber for 20 years - is now a rebel resistance team fighting for freedom. Peter, reunited with his now adult daughter, Etta, sets out to find out what happened to his wife and Etta’s mom – Olivia – as they start their mission to save the world from the Observers.Fringe [Season 5 Premiere] - Transilience Thought Unifier Model-112012-09-29 03:00:001095  
Geek & Sundry1,813,668The Story Board Hangout!2012-09-05 05:00:0057  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors158,575On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @109952403888787261893 and @114714204358609742953  Nathan Lowell and Debora Geary defend their love of unconventional novel creation. Both have received criticism for writing books “where nothing happens”. That’s a rather unfair characterization, but you need to hear what they have to say on the topic. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 & @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Rules for Writers, and When You Can Break Them2012-08-31 03:00:0063  

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Simon Weiner6,3271.22 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #hillaryclinton   #president   #hillary2016  2015-04-18 05:38:07346011
Ruta a la Patagonia24,649┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v39 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Great Friends v38 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:  +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-03-26 14:53:11499648
Wayne Marinovich28,496Writers / Authors / Publishers / Bloggers circleTime to share one of my favourite circles. It has grown quite a bit in the past few months and I will be starting a second one because I am on the 500 mark here. Let me know if you want to be included.Please share to pass on the love. Thanks and write well.2015-03-25 08:21:36499000
Ruta a la Patagonia22,547┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Patagonian Gems v18 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Patagonian Gems v18 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleShare   #patagonia   #hotel  2015-03-15 13:00:35501345
Greg Strandberg5,946Need to market to some geeks? This circle has more than 400, and you'll get lots of interesting stuff in your feed. #geeks   #scifi   #circleoftheday  2015-03-14 22:11:20418000
Dylan Cuffy21,984#WhatLiesAground To begin this morning's run, a replacement version of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As I explained in yesterday's posts, a certain site known as AndroidDissected recently rebranded into +TechDissected, shuttering their old G+ page in the process. Thanks to some detective work with Google search, I went forward to patch things up.And now you know, folks! Stay tuned in the next few days for the "Fab 500 Actives", generated with +Circloscope.(For +Amig Von Hallen, CS&M owner +AyJay Schibig, and circle guru +Stephan Klimmeck)----Original version:https://plus.google.com/103283675665371670119/posts/Ff3BpgYZopK2015-03-07 14:40:1150011911
Colin Wilson20,197This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #Em. #United #Kingdom #United #States #Uruguay #Uzbekistan #Vanuatu #Venezuela #Viet #Nam #Virgin #Islands #Wallis #& #Futuna #I. #Yemen #Zambia #Zimbabwe new_zealand #auckland #australia #brisbane # #new_zealand #christchurch #algeria #algeria #algiers #angola #angola #luanda2015-03-05 12:24:13465131826
MBC Ser657#circleoftheday #CircleShar  of the DayBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a commentI will thankful if you plus and share this circle!------------------------#circles #Gif #Life #Funny #love #addfriends #Addpeople #Addcircle #addcircles #food #circles #followers #Web #tsu #publicsharedcircles #Share #shared #Money #sharedcircleoftheday #Sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #Sharingcircles #CatLovers #Cat #FunnyPics #LOL #Humor #Cute #activemembers #newfollowers #topsharedcircle #circlesharing #fullcircleshare 2015-03-04 17:16:45482003
Kenneth Nicholson20,528This circle contains people who are very active on Google+.People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version, please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle2015-03-04 05:51:32459336
Dylan Cuffy21,408#WhatLiesAground Welcome, one and all, to the final edition of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Luckily enough, no account of significance has gone away.As I continue wrapping things up in my old quarters, say hello to our last 25 (all of whom I found on G+ comments and posts alike). This list took me less than 40 minutes to compile (with the help of +All my +), and does not include members in the just launched follow-up, Fab 3.• +Manish Singh-SEO, +Sachin Saroj, and +Rainbow Craft™ 2015 (who requested inclusion, last we met at CS&M)• Four furry artists: +Marquis The Eevee (whose work is reminiscent of "RoareyRaccoon's"), +Scarlett Wolf  (via +Artix the Inheritor at Furry+), +ApolloWolf Productions (via +Harold Gardner), and +Haz Fox (who just approached 100 followers lately; via a Furry+ post of his)• +Radim Kacer (from the Czech Republic; via G+'s personalised circle recommendations)• +Ross University School of Medicine (in Portsmouth, Dominica)• +Johannes Kleiber (from Germany; via the Hot stream)• As seen on the Explore stream: +Sherrie Lacritz (relative newcomer from South Carolina), +Andrésy 2015-02-25 07:46:3950011720
Фёдръ Хфпёрдъ319#circle #krugi  2015-02-22 08:34:07189000
Dylan Cuffy21,158#WhatLiesAground And without further ado...Welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As two accounts (Patsy Priebe and Hanna Lynn) went away since my last update, I've had to bring in +Sean Cushing​ and +Crimson Star​ to keep things fresh. Again, consider yourselves welcome!As I mentioned yesterday in another post, our last 25 members are on the way—and I only have ten days to choose carefully and cautiously. In addition to the ones I mentioned above, say hello to:• The +Circloscope​ team (whose tool I'll use to generate a fresh new list of active Fab members next month)• +Gernot Glaeser​ and +蕭文男​/Xiāo Wénnán (from my recent follower queue)• +Isabel Merchan​ (via +Brian Gill​)• +Gregory Colbert​ (no relation to elephant champion Stephen) and +VICENTE PEÑARROJA APARICI​ (via G+'s personalised circle suggestions)• +David Marx​ (no relation to '80s hitmaker Richard), +Christian Rogers​, +PHOTOMENTARY by Nikon​, +Lena Levin​, and +Paul L​ (via the Hot stream)• +Jørgen Jensen​ and +2015-02-18 06:36:25475131421
Dylan Cuffy20,967#WhatLiesAground And welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. This new version arrives over one month later than estimated; blame it on keeping up with +Daniel Stock's team back last holiday season.Alas, giving you a full list of whom I've circled in the interim will take me hours to compile. So as it stands, special greetings go out to these select newcomers:• +Larry Fournillier (out of Trinidad and Tobago)• +Anthony Deane (out of Barbados)• +Jerry Blank (my last circle addition of 2014)• +R.G Kirk (follower #20,000 of mine de facto; Australian poet)• Tsū network members +Sylvia Sotuyo (CC0 supporter, just like me), +Phil Aston (Cornwall photographer), +Adriana Popovici (recommended by +Daniel Mihai Popescu), and +Linda Lee Williams (fellow author)• +Sarah Draws cartoons and +Leah Winchell (thanks for your takes on Samson Dixwell!)• +Hannah Heath (thanks for the guide to character development!)• +Author and Illustrator Rosemary Wells (creator of Timothy Goes to School and Max & Ruby; sending you a licensing request e-mail anytime soon)• +Russell Gould2015-02-07 21:39:4645051712
George Clark15,178Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-01-30 08:12:30422414664
Maurizio Maraglino120Networking Circle Share Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2015-01-13 15:22:12501536
Daniel Gibbs13,798This circle contains people who are very active on Google+.People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.If you want to continue or wish to get in the next version, please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#themecircle #magnetixcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circlemeup #addcircle #bestcircle #coolcircle #cookies #sharedcircles #ripplescircle #follow4follow #followme #engagerscircle #publicsharedcircles #circlegeek #sharedcircleoftheday2014-12-22 13:29:15491111
Robert Connor26,256This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-12-15 10:38:20495214
Becky Collins19,795Creative Authors Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-15 05:19:45444001
Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:59:10501011
Sharon Caroline3,767Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+! Add them all!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this. :)Circle by : http://informasidoang.blogspot.com/#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-12-01 08:28:58501436
Becky Collins19,401Advertising circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-01 05:03:314922413
Dylan Cuffy17,642#WhatLiesAground And...welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe it's only been four days since the last update!Just so you know, I have 17,600+ followers/1,000,000+ page views at this writing (per +CircleCount). Point of no return, isn't it? (Especially since I linked up my feed to Bloglovin' early this morning.)Time to say hello to these newest additions:• +Anthony Long (founder of Tsū, the new social service; doesn't use G+, but is a honorary member of my network)• +Amelia Sides (owner of the Writing Pit)• +Rebekkah Niles (from whom I shared a beginner's guide to writing book synopses earlier this week)• +Eustacia Tan (who introduced me to +Amazon.com's WriteOn last month)• +Kimi Arista, +Micha Fire, and +Amy Knepper (whom Ms. Tan mentioned in her WriteOn post)• +All my + (whose post backlog feature is serving me well as I prepare this list; along with CircleCount, they are the only big players in town when it comes to G+ stats these days. Say, is anyone planning to resurrect Google Plus Suomi anytime soon—and buy back the domain?)• +Stephan Klimmeck (who keeps track of circle creators; you can thank +P. Mehta for bringing him to my attention. Here's hoping this update is enough for Mr. Klimmeck to add me to his next one.)• +Rex Dow (who shows up on Tsū very often)• +2014-11-15 20:50:134003210
Dylan Cuffy15,774#WhatLiesAground Time for another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe the last update was only five days ago!So many new ones, so little time; should've made a list so I didn't lose track. So as always, a special shout-out to those from my watchlist (which I cleared today):• +Moan Lisa (out of Iowa)• +Brian Gill (tip of the hat to ya!)• +Ashley Stuart (circle curator, just like Lisa)• +Tim Lyden (out of Oregon; greetings from Waterbury, CT!)• +OPhelia Marie (Dominica's Lady of Song)• +James Gunn (from +Guardians of the Galaxy)• +Ryan Schultz (the inspiration for my Top 10 Relevant group, along with +Aaron Crocco)• +Shawn Manaher (book marketing coach)• +Debbie Ohi (another children's author)• +Anthrocon (furries know their name)• +VLC (the open-source player)And saying hello to my newest finds (both furries as well): +Marshall Fox (fursuit fan) and +Jacob Bridenbecker (dragon as fursona). Along with:• +2014-10-17 17:50:44300002
Becky Collins17,256Entrepreneurs & Freelancers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-07 05:03:534473015
Greg Smith7,716Power Marketers CircleMy 1st circle share!2014-08-07 20:46:15500013
Peter Edenist31,0152014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science Fiction Pics: http://goo.gl/sOSPK5Mighty Shiny Browncoats : http://goo.gl/9osg1tDoctor Who : http://goo.gl/z3uWX3Ultimate Star Wars : http://goo.gl/Wu8bv6Ultimate Star Trek : http://goo.gl/JJPql9Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH #sciencefiction #sf #scifi  2014-07-24 12:58:0746211759145
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200
Charles Barouch5,184G|+|ost Town #1 Circle of Awesome!http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/g+ost-town/2014-05-03 06:56:1143416
Ryan Johnson3,346My new some cool, fun & interesting people CirclePlease reshare it#circles           #circlescirclescircles           #circleshare         #circleshare2014-04-25 06:14:362357818
Shashi S6,305SOME GREAT PHILOSOPHER'S AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Philosopher's I found at Google Plus, selected over the years, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   2014-04-21 08:26:26310114
Adam Black6,745The Doc Whobies/Fandom CircleBy popular Demand, my Circle Sharing Continues...This was Originally a #DoctorWho Fans Circle  with added Added #Browncoats and #ScienceFiction #Fandom  ( started out from Peter Edenist, but I  weeded it & doubled it )If you are tagged,  you are in it.This was my First Great GooglePlus Circle, and its filled with Interesting People that will give an all-over shot of awesome to your stream.Weblink for Mobile Users:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108177944448520252638/posts/bmyr4RtwQVfRecent SciFi Posts:Red Dwarf Is back :https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MhaycJuj3aHNew Mind-Blowing Ambient Film score to Metropolis( free Download. Trust me, You want this  )https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MsMJkKkyYJ4Other Upcoming Coming Circle Shares include:Cognitive/PhilosophyOfMind ( started from Peter Wells and Iv added lot of new relevant people )The Geekerati:You can recommend People to this one.  Authors, Scientists, Actors... They are famous or talented...PoliticalReform( started out with the AntiSopa movement and turned Hard Left at Romney, and more  center after #Justice4Aaron Aaron Swartz death  and Snowden.  If you are progressive you may love it, if Libertarian its probably  a mix Love/hate  )If you want to be added to those circles,  before I share them, let me know#GeekCulture   #CircleShare #DrWho   #scififans   #DoctorWhoCircle  2014-04-14 13:16:4124619016
Shashi S5,256CIRCLE OF WRITERS WHO ARE ENGAGING___________________________________________Circle of very Engaged Writers... which have been selected by me over a period of last few years... To be included in my shares of the writes #2 edition, please:1 - Do +1 the post2 - Comment the post3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)*5 - Write something ... bring out the writer hidden within... Improve your engagement, be socially cool !To keep yourself updated, add me in your circles... __Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-03-29 16:12:064466312
Shashi S5,199GREAT WRITERS AT GOOGLE PLUS CIRCLES_____________________________________________Very interesting and engages writers at Google Plus. Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!To be added to the Circle you have to A) Be an aspiring or published writer, B) do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-22 05:28:27447003
Cristian Teodoridis5,216Friday Photography Circle. Enjoy! :)2014-03-21 19:50:594123115
Katherine Ruderman27,461*A small circle of Author's who #engage This is a streamlined circle of #writers #authors  Those who take the time to engage with fellow scribes*(at my discretion) You can join this circle.If you want into this circle you must :-be an Author or Writer in some way, shape or form.-be willing to engage with fellow authors, their writing and posts - not simply be looking to push your novel, blog or WIP.-add this circle-share this circle publicly-leave a comment that you want to be added for the next share.You can find my writing blog herehttp://sci-fi-novel-otura.blogspot.com.au/for other circles created by me go to #katherinevucicevicsharedcircle #ladybeetlecircles or visit the author communityhttps://plus.google.com/communities/106931647874231576043and circle sharing communityhttps://plus.google.com/communities/1160519602461795544352014-03-04 00:03:092491354065
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
David Leonhardt10,773FRIDAY'S CIRCLE OF TOP G+ ENGAGERSIt's Friday!  And that means that once again I share my top engagers of the week, along with a few choice shares of the past seven daysThis circle is chock full of the very type of people you most want in your own circles - high engagers.  These are active people who comment and re-share.  I share them with you so that...1. You can click  "Add people" in the white box and save the circle to your circles to increase your own engagement on G+.2. You can share this circle to let other people know about these awesome engagers.  Pay it forward.3. These wonderful people know how much I appreciate my interactions with them over the past week.In case you missed them, here are my pick of the best things I shared this week:Secret way to beat writer's blockhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/L97mSjxbhF9A beautiful voicehttps://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/PRtbneXAFdsCookie humorhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/T5UnX5UiSQHWhat have you been learning?https://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/DjCjvs6r8is #engagement #engagers #circles #follow  2014-02-14 21:42:30527515
Arjen Bootsma158People that are active and provide interesting content... please share#Circle  #Circles  #Public  #PublicCircle  #CircleShare #CircleSharing  #SharePublicCircle  #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles  #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday  #fullcircleshare  #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness  #awesomepeople  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles  #engagerglobe  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #sharedcircles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #circlesunday #share  #shared  #followers  #addcircles  #publicsharedcircles #share  #addpeople  #addcircle  #addfriends  #circle  #googleplustip2014-02-13 17:54:24433121115
Jack Longchamps13,931The HardCoreGlobe, Edited Director's Cut - a public shared circle !  This circle is re-edited irregularly, roughly once a week.     Everybody can take part - witty people with great content        get preferred just a wee bit. Please  1. Make sure my profile is in your circles  2. Reshare this post PUBLIC and/or to Extended Circles  3. Add the circle to your circles (if possible) and reshare, adding            yourself  4. Comment on this original post (to make sure you get                        included rather than pass unnoticed, I'll plus your comment)  5. Climb the Aconcagua, Mont Blanc or Everest (hint : Aconcagua        is easiest) and generally have fun ! You can postpone the                  mountaneering part for a few years, - I won't mind.Thanks !        This is a circle of people I added this last month, and of Hard Core users who are part of the G+ inventory like myself.When you add this circle to your circles, many of it's members will add you back . When you re-share this circle, the person who created this circle will add you to this updated circle next time this circle gets updated - there may be an error, in that case drop us a private line !This circle contains a nice group of creative people who shared and commented on my posts, who share awesome original content, and people that make the Google Plus community more colorful, funny and human. People without prejudice, and some with prejudice - who cares.Many new people and many very reliable ones I have been interacting with over more than half a year. People from all walks of life, from all over the globe - geeks, writers, humorous people, a few pages with supportive and interesting streams. ]Please reshare to grow and support it, and to grow and support your own circles and content !#Circle  #Circles  #Public  #PublicCircle  #CircleShare #CircleSharing  #SharePublicCircle  #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles  #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday  #fullcircleshare  #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness  #awesomepeople  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles  #engagerglobe 2014-02-13 16:48:144347419
Jack Longchamps13,931The HardCoreGlobe, Edited Director's Cut - a public shared circle !  This circle is re-edited irregularly, roughly once a week.     Everybody can take part - witty people with great content        get preferred just a wee bit. Please  1. Make sure my profile is in your circles  2. Reshare this post PUBLIC and/or to Extended Circles  3. Add the circle to your circles (if possible) and reshare, adding            yourself  4. Comment on this original post (to make sure you get                        included rather than pass unnoticed, I'll plus your comment)  5. Climb the Aconcagua, Mont Blanc or Everest (hint : Aconcagua        is easiest) and generally have fun ! You can postpone the                  mountaneering part for a few years, - I won't mind.Thanks !        This is a circle of people I added this last month, and of Hard Core users who are part of the G+ inventory like myself.When you add this circle to your circles, many of it's members will add you back . When you re-share this circle, the person who created this circle will add you to this updated circle next time this circle gets updated - there may be an error, in that case drop us a private line !This circle contains a nice group of creative people who shared and commented on my posts, who share awesome original content, and people that make the Google Plus community more colorful, funny and human. People without prejudice, and some with prejudice - who cares.Many new people and many very reliable ones I have been interacting with over more than half a year. People from all walks of life, from all over the globe - geeks, writers, humorous people, a few pages with supportive and interesting streams. ]Please reshare to grow and support it, and to grow and support your own circles and content !#Circle  #Circles  #Public  #PublicCircle  #CircleShare #CircleSharing  #SharePublicCircle  #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles  #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday  #fullcircleshare  #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness  #awesomepeople  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles  #engagerglo2014-02-13 16:07:0843431011
Jack Longchamps13,683The HardCoreGlobe - a public shared circle Please  1. Make sure my profile is in your circles  2. Reshare this post PUBLIC and/or to Extended Circles  3. Add the circle to your circles (if possible) and reshare, adding            yourself  4. Comment on this original post (to make sure you get                        included rather than pass unnoticed, I'll plus your comment)  5. Climb the Aconcagua, Mont Blanc or Everest (hint : Aconcagua        is easiest) and generally have fun ! You can postpone the                  mountaneering part for a few years, - I won't mind.Thanks !        This is a circle of people I added this last month, and of Hard Core users who are part of the G+ inventory like myself.When you add this circle to your circles, many of it's members will add you back . When you re-share this circle, the person that created this circle will add you to this updated circle next time this circle gets updated.This circle contains a nice group of creative people who shared and commented on my posts, who share awesome original content, and people that make the Google Plus community more colorful, funny and human. People without prejudice, and some with prejudice - who cares.Many new people and many very reliable ones I have been interacting with over more than half a year. People from all walks of life, from all over the globe - geeks, writers, humorous people, a few pages with supportive and interesting streams. ]Please reshare to grow and support it, and to grow and support your own circles and content !#Circle #Circles #Public #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #engagerglobe  #circleshare #circlesharing 2014-02-06 17:14:2741931318
Сергей Данишевский16,641Мой любимый кружок на Google+Рекомендую всем! #круги   #круг   #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing  2014-01-26 15:08:353308720
Mikhail Petrovsky76,440Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-17 02:49:07494531988
Artur Mashnich44,824Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-17 02:01:13468522383
Hung cuavan607Get in More CirclesWhen You reshare with a circle, you should also explain the benefits of participating in shared circles. Explain the BenefitsExplain that when they add the circle many people in the circle will add them back. Also,Explain that if they re-share your post that the circle creator may add them to their future shared circles. If you do these two simple things you will increase your re-share rate. You’ll get in more circles and you’ll improve your own statistics.2014-01-15 09:38:5450020837
Mikhail Petrovsky62,004Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-15 08:27:365006133107
Artur M.32,760A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2013-12-30 08:49:25500552880
Mikhail Petrovsky73,830This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-30 08:46:10491562493
Andrew Wisniewski37,529Good morning/evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother 2013-12-23 04:21:38497522982
Artur Mashnich41,333A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.2013-12-23 03:18:18469512777

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2015-02-22 14:09:49 (53 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Tell Me your Best/Worst Pickup Lines

Most reshares: 59

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2015-03-21 03:12:28 (30 comments, 59 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

This made me laugh.

Most plusones: 181

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2015-02-19 22:47:57 (45 comments, 5 reshares, 181 +1s)Open 

Arrow

Sometimes, I hate watching the TV show Arrow because it makes me miss watching The Dresden Files.

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2015-04-15 22:19:44 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

This is funny. They superimposed fitness and exercise quotes over pictures of drunk people.

This is funny. They superimposed fitness and exercise quotes over pictures of drunk people.___

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2015-04-13 23:11:19 (8 comments, 22 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

This is hilarious.

This is hilarious.___

2015-04-08 00:39:11 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Writing Progress: Update

Sunday: Chapter 1
Monday: Chapter 2
Tuesday: eh... I'm working on it. 

Writing Progress: Update

Sunday: Chapter 1
Monday: Chapter 2
Tuesday: eh... I'm working on it. ___

2015-04-07 11:10:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

I hate when I go to watch a 1 minute video and discover that 38 seconds of that minute is promo trying to get me to subscribe to the YouTube channel.

I hate when I go to watch a 1 minute video and discover that 38 seconds of that minute is promo trying to get me to subscribe to the YouTube channel.___

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2015-04-06 06:01:47 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Writing Goals for 4/5/15  to 4/11/15

I'm ripping off +Eoghann Irving's practice of publicly posting his writing goals for the week. If you've followed me for very long, you know that while I frequently talk about writing, I very rarely speak about the things I am writing myself. I'm trying to change that by publicly documenting my progress as I write a book.

The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world about life on earth after a comet smashes into the moon.

The main character is a man who writes and illustrates children's books, but who is currently incarcerated for murder. When the moon blows up, he becomes motivated to get back home to his family so he can see his wife and daughters one more time before the world ends.

While he is on his journey back to his family, his wife is trying to keep her daughters and the neighbor boy,... more »

Writing Goals for 4/5/15  to 4/11/15

I'm ripping off +Eoghann Irving's practice of publicly posting his writing goals for the week. If you've followed me for very long, you know that while I frequently talk about writing, I very rarely speak about the things I am writing myself. I'm trying to change that by publicly documenting my progress as I write a book.

The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world about life on earth after a comet smashes into the moon.

The main character is a man who writes and illustrates children's books, but who is currently incarcerated for murder. When the moon blows up, he becomes motivated to get back home to his family so he can see his wife and daughters one more time before the world ends.

While he is on his journey back to his family, his wife is trying to keep her daughters and the neighbor boy, pictured below, alive. In an effort to help these small children cope with such dramatic upheavals, she frames everything as if it were taking place in the fantasy world depicted in her husband's books.

I have outlined the events of the book. Things may-- and probably will change-- but as of this moment, that outline is 40 chapters long. My goal for this week is to get through a first draft of the first seven of those chapters.

The image below is my drawing of Marcus. He is the neighbor who goes with the Fletcher family on their journey. I've tried to draw him in the same cartoony style that I imagine the illustrator in my story would use for the books he writes.___

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2015-04-02 20:56:54 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Absolutely!

I would totally buy this K-9 that you can control with a smartphone app for 100 dollars. No question about it. I would have so much fun driving this around my house and reciting Tom Baker's old lines.

But, I'm married...

Here's a link to the post where I found this:

http://toybox.io9.com/doctor-whos-k-9-controlled-by-your-smartphone-is-the-1695035161/

Absolutely!

I would totally buy this K-9 that you can control with a smartphone app for 100 dollars. No question about it. I would have so much fun driving this around my house and reciting Tom Baker's old lines.

But, I'm married...

Here's a link to the post where I found this:

http://toybox.io9.com/doctor-whos-k-9-controlled-by-your-smartphone-is-the-1695035161/___

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2015-03-29 00:45:45 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Really Great Collection of Dune Artwork at the Link

Sam Weber is the artist. He did these for a special printing of Dune for the Folio Society.

Sam's website: http://sampaints.com/

Link to the paintings:

http://io9.com/could-this-be-the-most-radiant-collection-of-dune-art-e-1693993134

Really Great Collection of Dune Artwork at the Link

Sam Weber is the artist. He did these for a special printing of Dune for the Folio Society.

Sam's website: http://sampaints.com/

Link to the paintings:

http://io9.com/could-this-be-the-most-radiant-collection-of-dune-art-e-1693993134___

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2015-03-27 14:56:45 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Happy Much? Doesn't it seem like if you were going to design a logo for your business that is meant to appeal to children that you would use a happy smiley face instead of the bored and irritated looking face that they've chosen?

Happy Much? Doesn't it seem like if you were going to design a logo for your business that is meant to appeal to children that you would use a happy smiley face instead of the bored and irritated looking face that they've chosen?___

2015-03-26 17:44:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Beta Readers?

+Eoghann Irving is looking for beta readers for his zombie themed urban fantasy story about a wizard living in modern day West Virginia. If that seems like the kind of thing that would interest you, I'm sure he'd be happy to talk to you.

So I've actually achieved all but one of my writing goals already this week. The only one left is the thorny issue of Beta Readers.

I have posted ZombieMart in its second draft from on Amazon's WriteOn platform and am getting some valuable feedback there but it's not quite the same as a full read through.

The problem is I'm mostly interested in story/character feedback rather than copy editing (useful as that can be with all the typos I make) and what I'm offering in return for that is.... absolutely nothing.

Finding people willing to take that deal who also are a good match is... challenging.

Since this one's a short story I could probably skip a step, but I'd just end up with the same problem for Dragon Hoard___Beta Readers?

+Eoghann Irving is looking for beta readers for his zombie themed urban fantasy story about a wizard living in modern day West Virginia. If that seems like the kind of thing that would interest you, I'm sure he'd be happy to talk to you.

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2015-03-25 17:59:12 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

These chips are pretty good.

These chips are pretty good.___

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2015-03-24 18:45:32 (19 comments, 14 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Egyptian D20

This is a twenty-sided die from the Ptolemaic period of Egypt. Very cool.

Here's the article about it:

http://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-d20-die-emerges-from-the-ashes-of-time/

Egyptian D20

This is a twenty-sided die from the Ptolemaic period of Egypt. Very cool.

Here's the article about it:

http://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-d20-die-emerges-from-the-ashes-of-time/___

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2015-03-24 12:30:22 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Jane Friedman has written a great article that lists here Five Philosophies for Social Media. She has some great thoughts. Click through to read the full article, but here are her bullet points:

1. Social media represents your community, not a marketing bullhorn.
2. Social media is creative work.
3. Enjoy yourself first.
4. The more engaged readers you have, the more freedom you have.
5. The rules are exactly what you make them.

I've given you the highlights, but don't be satisfied with this alone. Read her post because she links to profiles of people doing this well, gives examples and and to a related article that may interest many people. That article is titled How to Avoid the "Extra" Work of Social Media.

+Jane Friedman has written a great article that lists here Five Philosophies for Social Media. She has some great thoughts. Click through to read the full article, but here are her bullet points:

1. Social media represents your community, not a marketing bullhorn.
2. Social media is creative work.
3. Enjoy yourself first.
4. The more engaged readers you have, the more freedom you have.
5. The rules are exactly what you make them.

I've given you the highlights, but don't be satisfied with this alone. Read her post because she links to profiles of people doing this well, gives examples and and to a related article that may interest many people. That article is titled How to Avoid the "Extra" Work of Social Media.___

2015-03-23 17:46:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hey +Demian Farnworth since when is 4 minutes equal to 12 minutes 26 seconds? I'm just teasing you. I'm enjoying your show.

Hey +Demian Farnworth since when is 4 minutes equal to 12 minutes 26 seconds? I'm just teasing you. I'm enjoying your show.___

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2015-03-23 16:29:58 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

My Little Death Dealer

I don't know who the artist is, but this is pretty amazing.

+G. Sowul was able to find the artist. It's a person on DeviantArt going by the name of Zedew. You can see their page here:

http://zedew.deviantart.com/

My Little Death Dealer

I don't know who the artist is, but this is pretty amazing.

+G. Sowul was able to find the artist. It's a person on DeviantArt going by the name of Zedew. You can see their page here:

http://zedew.deviantart.com/___

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2015-03-21 15:48:16 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Writers: Should You Put Puzzles in Your Books?

The creators of the TV show Archer have hidden a big Easter Egg in plain site. The puzzle led to other puzzles eventually leading to the personal website for one of the characters in the show which is filled with... you guessed it. More puzzles.

LOST may have been the first show to do this on a wide scale. I was never into all of the puzzle solving like some people were, but I did follow those who were and spent a decent amount of time on various forums reading all of the different theories.

This is something that could be done for free (if you are comfortable using free resources) or for low cost if you're willing to purchase a domain and pay for hosting costs. It could be a way to get people to start talking about your books and to increase interest or it could be that no one would ever notice.

Is this... more »

Writers: Should You Put Puzzles in Your Books?

The creators of the TV show Archer have hidden a big Easter Egg in plain site. The puzzle led to other puzzles eventually leading to the personal website for one of the characters in the show which is filled with... you guessed it. More puzzles.

LOST may have been the first show to do this on a wide scale. I was never into all of the puzzle solving like some people were, but I did follow those who were and spent a decent amount of time on various forums reading all of the different theories.

This is something that could be done for free (if you are comfortable using free resources) or for low cost if you're willing to purchase a domain and pay for hosting costs. It could be a way to get people to start talking about your books and to increase interest or it could be that no one would ever notice.

Is this something writers could (or should) do in their books? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic. *What do you folks think?*___

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2015-03-21 03:12:28 (30 comments, 59 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

This made me laugh.

This made me laugh.___

2015-03-19 16:12:26 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

USB is backwards compatible, right? If so, why do people keep including older versions of the ports on new machines? Why do I see docking stations that have 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports? Why not make them all USB 3.0?

Am I missing something here? Other than saving money, is there some technical reason why this is a good idea?

USB is backwards compatible, right? If so, why do people keep including older versions of the ports on new machines? Why do I see docking stations that have 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports? Why not make them all USB 3.0?

Am I missing something here? Other than saving money, is there some technical reason why this is a good idea?___

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2015-03-19 03:34:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Spreading the Word

+Mike Spinak is in the last 3 hours of his IndieGoGo campaign devoted to helping fund a new book about The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals.

Mike is a talented photographer and a great writer. If this project interests you, take a look, but do it fast. The clock is ticking.

Spreading the Word

+Mike Spinak is in the last 3 hours of his IndieGoGo campaign devoted to helping fund a new book about The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals.

Mike is a talented photographer and a great writer. If this project interests you, take a look, but do it fast. The clock is ticking.___

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2015-03-19 02:48:32 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Made me think of +Amy Knepper. Not sure why.

Made me think of +Amy Knepper. Not sure why.___

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2015-03-17 02:32:53 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I have never seen +Curt Thompson rave about a book like he does in the post below. His comments really make me want to read +Daniel Swensen's book.

Have you read +Daniel Swensen 's novel, Orison, yet?

If you like an original take on classic fantasy, you really should give it a shot. Daniel pulls off a few tricks that I thought were near impossible to hook a jaded old fantasy fan like me.

He makes me like dragons. Well, no, actually he makes me scared spitless of ever encountering one of his dragons. Taking them from overgrown lizards with a jewelry fetish to unknowable, cthuloid, god-like beings from beyond our reality is an inspired literary conceit. 

I could draw some similarities here. I could say that it has a fascinating amount of world-building with a hint of Steven Erikson. I could say that the character interactions and the low-born protagonists remind me the best of Scott Lynch. I could say that the way his pacing works, weaving his character's stories in and out of one another, towards that final, glorious ending is a lot like Neil Stephenson. 

But I won't, because above and beyond all else, Orison is unique and so so is Daniel's impeccable storytelling.

It's good. Go buy it and read it so we can talk about it. :D___I have never seen +Curt Thompson rave about a book like he does in the post below. His comments really make me want to read +Daniel Swensen's book.

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2015-03-15 15:36:38 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

This is the look I'm rocking today.

This is the look I'm rocking today.___

2015-03-14 17:30:15 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Just started watching the movie John Wick. That has got to be the most adorable puppy I've ever seen. Don't spoil the movie for me. I really am at the beginning. He just got the dog.

Just started watching the movie John Wick. That has got to be the most adorable puppy I've ever seen. Don't spoil the movie for me. I really am at the beginning. He just got the dog.___

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2015-03-11 17:02:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Valentine's Day has passed, but it's never too late to show someone you love them... by doing something that requires the least amount of effort possible.

Valentine's Day has passed, but it's never too late to show someone you love them... by doing something that requires the least amount of effort possible.___

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2015-03-11 00:31:03 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Hey +Bruce R Cordell. I have a complaint about #TheStrangeRPG . I backed the Kickstarter in October of 2013 and I'm still getting rewards. Almost two years later and I'm still getting products.

Okay, so, this really isn't much of a complaint, but I did want to comment that it really is amazing that I'm still getting new products after all this time. You guys deliver a lot of value for 50 dollars. Thanks.

Hey +Bruce R Cordell. I have a complaint about #TheStrangeRPG . I backed the Kickstarter in October of 2013 and I'm still getting rewards. Almost two years later and I'm still getting products.

Okay, so, this really isn't much of a complaint, but I did want to comment that it really is amazing that I'm still getting new products after all this time. You guys deliver a lot of value for 50 dollars. Thanks.___

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2015-03-10 11:44:33 (21 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Linked below is an interesting article that makes two statements and then applies those statements to various Sci-Fi properties. I'd like to know if you agree with the premise and if not, why?

1. Extractive institutions do not encourage technological change and do not lead to economic growth.

2. Inclusive institutions encourage technological change and therefore lead to the economic growth we have seen only recently in human history.

The article goes on:

"...This helps us understand why nations have failed or succeeded in the past. But what about the future?

Discussions of the future are often found in science fiction, and many of these stories envision a future dominated by empires. Consider Star Wars, perhaps the most popular science fiction movie franchise. The essential conflict in these movies is between a rebel alliance and a vast... more »

Linked below is an interesting article that makes two statements and then applies those statements to various Sci-Fi properties. I'd like to know if you agree with the premise and if not, why?

1. Extractive institutions do not encourage technological change and do not lead to economic growth.

2. Inclusive institutions encourage technological change and therefore lead to the economic growth we have seen only recently in human history.

The article goes on:

"...This helps us understand why nations have failed or succeeded in the past. But what about the future?

Discussions of the future are often found in science fiction, and many of these stories envision a future dominated by empires. Consider Star Wars, perhaps the most popular science fiction movie franchise. The essential conflict in these movies is between a rebel alliance and a vast galactic empire.

More serious fans of science fiction are probably drawn to the works of Isaac Asimov or Frank Herbert. In his Foundation series, Asimov describes an empire that has lasted for 12,000 years. Herbert’s classic Dune also envisions an empire, and, through the book’s basic conflict, we see what generally happens when extractive institutions dominate a society. In the story, one aristocratic family battles another for the right to rule and extract resources from the planet Dune. The outcome of the battle topples the empire.

Readers of Why Nations Fail, though, would have to ask: How could the future be dominated by an “empire”? Empires are generally based on extractive institutions; with significant resources generated by members of the society being claimed by the Emperor/Empress and his/her allies (this is explicit in Herbert’s Dune). But, such societies would not generally promote the technological change necessary to settle and connect millions of planets. Perhaps the basic economics behind the stories told in many works of science fiction isn’t quite right..."

To summarize, it seems that the article is saying that capitalist economies (or variations thereof which offer profit motive to the individual) encourage innovation compared to tyrannies that steal the individuals advances but offer them little to nothing in exchange.___

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2015-03-10 11:11:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Masha du Toit have you seen this?

+Masha du Toit have you seen this?___

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2015-03-09 16:36:26 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

So You Wanna Be a Writer: Episode 2

+Scott Sigler is back with the second episode of his So You Wanna Be a Writer series. This week's episode isn't sexy. Many writers want whiz bang techniques or the one true answer that will solve all of their problems. This video isn't that.

However, this video is full of basic, obvious advice that many veteran writers will skip over because it's obvious. Shouldn't you know this stuff already? Maybe you should, but just in case you hadn't taken the time to think about it, Scott is here to save you all of the effort.

The great virtue of all of Scott's videos is that he doesn't waste your time. This video is 7 minutes. Watch it and learn some best practice techniques to use to organize and track your research.

So You Wanna Be a Writer: Episode 2

+Scott Sigler is back with the second episode of his So You Wanna Be a Writer series. This week's episode isn't sexy. Many writers want whiz bang techniques or the one true answer that will solve all of their problems. This video isn't that.

However, this video is full of basic, obvious advice that many veteran writers will skip over because it's obvious. Shouldn't you know this stuff already? Maybe you should, but just in case you hadn't taken the time to think about it, Scott is here to save you all of the effort.

The great virtue of all of Scott's videos is that he doesn't waste your time. This video is 7 minutes. Watch it and learn some best practice techniques to use to organize and track your research.___

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2015-03-09 15:13:44 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I wonder what Laika, the company who made Coraline and Boxtrolls, could do with this approach to stop motion.

I wonder what Laika, the company who made Coraline and Boxtrolls, could do with this approach to stop motion.___

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2015-03-09 01:56:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This article is interesting enough that it deserves its click bait headline. Really. These are interesting mysteries. The first one else is my favorite.

This article is interesting enough that it deserves its click bait headline. Really. These are interesting mysteries. The first one else is my favorite.___

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2015-03-08 15:13:21 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Novel Length

The article below raises a good question: how long should a novel be? The author of the article lists several 700+ page titles that he felt could have been stronger titles if they'd been edited down to tell a tighter story. I've read several of the books referenced in the article and agree with many of his observations. 

So, I wanted to ask your opinion. How long is too long?

Novel Length

The article below raises a good question: how long should a novel be? The author of the article lists several 700+ page titles that he felt could have been stronger titles if they'd been edited down to tell a tighter story. I've read several of the books referenced in the article and agree with many of his observations. 

So, I wanted to ask your opinion. How long is too long?___

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2015-03-07 17:04:03 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

This is a story I'm kicking around. Probably still has some rough edges, but it's where things stand right now. I'd love to know if you think it's interesting or if it captures your attention.

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Nate Wilkerson had a favorite spot by the prison yard fence, and that’s where he was when Lowell Fletcher found him. Nate tried to focus all of his attention on the distant mountains, but the smudgy ball of light, known as Millner's Comet, kept catching his eye. The comet hung just above those mountains like the Sword of Damocles. It was a persistent reminder of impending doom. He needed to figure out a way to get over those mountains and back home to his wife and daughter... before the world ended.

Lowell stepped between Nate and the fence. The man’s massive chest blocked Nate’s view of the mountains and the comet.
“Nate,” Lowell said,“Chuy’s r... more »

This is a story I'm kicking around. Probably still has some rough edges, but it's where things stand right now. I'd love to know if you think it's interesting or if it captures your attention.

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Nate Wilkerson had a favorite spot by the prison yard fence, and that’s where he was when Lowell Fletcher found him. Nate tried to focus all of his attention on the distant mountains, but the smudgy ball of light, known as Millner's Comet, kept catching his eye. The comet hung just above those mountains like the Sword of Damocles. It was a persistent reminder of impending doom. He needed to figure out a way to get over those mountains and back home to his wife and daughter... before the world ended.

Lowell stepped between Nate and the fence. The man’s massive chest blocked Nate’s view of the mountains and the comet.
“Nate,” Lowell said, “Chuy’s ready to see you.” He sounded impatient. Maybe a little tired.

Nate leaned over to the side so he could see the light again. “It kinda looks like a star, doesn’t it?”

“Huh?”

“The comet.” Nate pointed up into the sky as he patted Lowell on the shoulder. “It’s like a blurry, moving star. I wonder if Annie has seen it.” That last bit was said in a distracted voice.

“You hearin’ me?” Something in the man’s tone made Nate realize that Lowell’s voice didn’t sound tired. He sounded weary. “Chuy’s ready to see you.”

“Ok, sure.” He motioned for Lowell to lead the way.

Lowell grunted as he stepped around Nate. “You sure you wanna do this? Chuy ain’t in a good mood.” 

“He rarely is, my friend. Rarely is.”

The early morning light had a gray quality to it. Over by the motor pool, the muscleheads lifted weights. A basketball game was going on at the other side of the yard. Chuy Gonzalez held court from his regular seat on top of a picnic table. This was where the deals went down. If you needed something, Chuy was your man. If you needed something done, he could handle that as well, but the prices were higher.

“Nate,” Chuy said. “Lowell tells me you got a problem. What you need?”

Nate traded glances with Lowell. The big man was a friend, but Chuy was his friend’s boss. If push came to shove, Lowell would side with Chuy even if that meant hurting Nate. For the first time, Nate realized that maybe this hadn’t been his best play, but right now it was the only one he had left. 

Nate shrugged his shoulders, let out a sigh and said, “I can’t pay you back.”

Chuy leaned forward. “That so?” he asked quietly.

Nate met the man’s gaze. If this went wrong, he’d never be able to make it home to see his family. “I mean I’m going to pay you back... it’s just I need a different deal. I can’t live up to the one we made..”

“Nate...” Chuy’s voice trailed off as he shook his head back and forth.

“Look, Chuy, I know...”

“No, you don’t know or you wouldn’t come here tryin’ to pull this. I can’t give you a new deal.” Chuy jumped down from the table and shouted, “That doesn’t happen.”

“Wait.” Nate pleaded. “Don’t turn me down so fast. Think about this. You want to get paid, right? Just listen. It doesn’t hurt to listen. Just one minute.”

“Okay, I’ll play along.” Chuy shifted back into his seat on the picnic table. “Yes, I want to get paid.”

“Let me work off my debt. Instead of the cash, let me do something for you.”

“Nate,” Chuy sighed. “You understood the deal when you took it, right?”

“Yes, I knew the terms, but deals change all the time. I mean we’re in prison. How many times you see someone get out of here for good behavior? How many times someone works something out and doesn’t serve their full sentence. It happens all the time because deals change.”

“Yeah, those deals change, but deals with me are different. They don't change. If I start letting people change deals after the fact...” He shook his head. “Who knows where I’ll be? I’m sorry. I just can’t do this.”

Chuy gave Lowell a nod and Lowell took a step forward.

“Wait!” Nate threw his hands up to cover his face. “Let me explain,”
Nate cried. His voice was frantic. Lowell hesitated. At that moment, Nate was glad he’d befriended the mountain of a man because he didn’t think Lowell would have shown the same restraint for someone else.

“If you won’t change the terms, then at least give me some more time. My mom died. She’d been sending me the money I was using to repay you. I need to work something else out. I want to repay you. I just have to figure out how.”

Lowell was inches away from him. His eyes were fixed on Chuy. One wrong word from the boss and Nate would be sprawled out on the dusty ground looking for his teeth. Lowell took a step back and whispered something into Chuy’s ear. Chuy smiled and then laughed.

“Okay, Nate, you want a new deal?” Chuy said.

Chuy’s big smile made Nate nervous. “I don’t want one... but, I need one.”

“Same difference,” Chuy said. “I’m gonna give you a deal, but I want to make sure you really want this first. You’re sure?”

Nate nodded and waited for Chuy to give him the details. Chuy, on the other hand, didn’t seem to have any interest in sharing the information. He nodded at Lowell, got up and walked away.

After Chuy had left, Lowell stepped closer to Nate. He handed him a small plastic baggy. “Don’t get caught with this. If Smoke finds this on you, he’ll kill you for sure or he’ll hurt you so bad that you’ll wish he had. Chuy wants you to take this to Calvin McGee. He’s over in D Block, but you can slip it to him at dinner. You do this and you’ll be square.”

Nate looked at the crumpled up baggy. It held a crudely made shiv. 

“Chuy wants me to kill McGee?”

“That’s the deal.”

“Ah, come on, Lowell, I didn’t agree to murder. That’s not what I had in mind at all. You know me, man. I’m not a killer.”

“I know you came here looking for a new deal. You almost got killed. You’re gonna take this deal and you’re going to see it through.”

“But, it’s murder.”

“What? You thought your new deal was going to be easier than the old deal? What kind of business you think the man’s running?”

“Yeah, but if they catch me, it’ll add who knows how many years to my sentence.”

“So... don’t get caught.”

#SaturdayScenes  ___

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2015-03-07 15:05:13 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

In which I wonder what my editor friends think about the rise of the subordinate clause. What say you +Karen Conlin +Ray Vallese +Damian Trasler +MrsA Wiggins?

In which I wonder what my editor friends think about the rise of the subordinate clause. What say you +Karen Conlin +Ray Vallese +Damian Trasler +MrsA Wiggins?___

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2015-03-06 14:29:53 (32 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Wizard of Oz

This is one of those obvious things that's easy to miss. I hadn't actually taken the time to think about this until I heard Seth Godin speak about it.

The entire movie is about a fourteen year old girl in charge. Everywhere she goes, she tells people, Follow me. I'm going to go here and do this. The whole movie is about her making decisions and caring enough to change things.

I think I'm going to put this on endless repeat for my daughters. This decision also carries the unexpected bonus of no longer having to listen to Do Ya Wanna Build a Snowman?

Wizard of Oz

This is one of those obvious things that's easy to miss. I hadn't actually taken the time to think about this until I heard Seth Godin speak about it.

The entire movie is about a fourteen year old girl in charge. Everywhere she goes, she tells people, Follow me. I'm going to go here and do this. The whole movie is about her making decisions and caring enough to change things.

I think I'm going to put this on endless repeat for my daughters. This decision also carries the unexpected bonus of no longer having to listen to Do Ya Wanna Build a Snowman?___

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2015-03-05 13:42:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

+Amanda Rachelle Warren +Natalie Mootz 

+Amanda Rachelle Warren +Natalie Mootz ___

2015-03-04 23:46:23 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Google Streams

Lots of news and rumors flying about the imminent demise of Google+. First came the news that Hangouts and Photos were going to be split off from Google+. Then, there was some corporate restructuring that resulted in Bradley Horowitz making the announcement that he would be heading up the product. In his announcement, he said, "I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!" It remains unclear whether this is a simple re-branding or the first step toward the grave.

Stream products, as best I can figure, are made up of Google News, Blogger and G+. Okay. That makes sense. All of those platforms represent outlets devoted to 'streaming' information to you.

The continued silence from Google execs about exactly what their plans for G+ are combined with all of the news articles being written (once again) saying that theplat... more »

Google Streams

Lots of news and rumors flying about the imminent demise of Google+. First came the news that Hangouts and Photos were going to be split off from Google+. Then, there was some corporate restructuring that resulted in Bradley Horowitz making the announcement that he would be heading up the product. In his announcement, he said, "I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!" It remains unclear whether this is a simple re-branding or the first step toward the grave.

Stream products, as best I can figure, are made up of Google News, Blogger and G+. Okay. That makes sense. All of those platforms represent outlets devoted to 'streaming' information to you.

The continued silence from Google execs about exactly what their plans for G+ are combined with all of the news articles being written (once again) saying that the platform is doomed (once again) has gotten me to thinking about the future here. During the course of those thoughts, I had a crazy idea.

Seriously, it probably is a horrible concept, but I wanted to throw it out there. Tell me if I'm nuts. What if Google merged Blogger and G+ into one platform? Give G+ all of the text formatting, in-line images, and layout control that Blogger offers and make for a more communal environment for bloggers everywhere by incorporating some of the notification and following features that we see in G+. Tying social media aspects more closely to Blogger would hopefully create an ecosystem that fostered comments and discussions on blog posts shared to this network.

What do you folks think? Good idea? Bad idea? Why? What would you like to see happen here?___

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2015-03-02 20:15:36 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

+S. A. Hunt, Novelist have you seen this? Free short story by King.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/09/a-death-stephen-king

+S. A. Hunt, Novelist have you seen this? Free short story by King.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/09/a-death-stephen-king___

2015-02-27 20:21:36 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Are you a middle-aged man? Do you feel lost?

Interesting article about the topic here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/11425655/Why-do-so-many-middle-aged-men-feel-so-lost.html

It made me want to do a poll.

Are you a middle-aged man? Do you feel lost?

Interesting article about the topic here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/11425655/Why-do-so-many-middle-aged-men-feel-so-lost.html

It made me want to do a poll.___

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2015-02-24 17:28:15 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Virtual Corkboard in Google Draw

If you're a fan of Scrivener's corkboard, but you happen to be stuck on a Chromebook or a machine that doesn't have an installation of Scrivener, here's a workaround that you may consider: Google Draw.

Yesterday, I tried a bunch of different apps that do this same thing. Several of them do this better than Google Draw. I want to say that upfront. There are better ways to do this. Stormboard is one. Twinster is another. There are probably twenty others that I'm forgetting, but if you want to use a solution that is within the Google Apps ecosystem, I believe Google Draw is the way to go.

Google Keep is the other contender. Keep does this more easily, but I don't like the way it presents the cards. I want to be able to see everything at a glance without having to try to figure out the sort order. Google Draw allows... more »

Virtual Corkboard in Google Draw

If you're a fan of Scrivener's corkboard, but you happen to be stuck on a Chromebook or a machine that doesn't have an installation of Scrivener, here's a workaround that you may consider: Google Draw.

Yesterday, I tried a bunch of different apps that do this same thing. Several of them do this better than Google Draw. I want to say that upfront. There are better ways to do this. Stormboard is one. Twinster is another. There are probably twenty others that I'm forgetting, but if you want to use a solution that is within the Google Apps ecosystem, I believe Google Draw is the way to go.

Google Keep is the other contender. Keep does this more easily, but I don't like the way it presents the cards. I want to be able to see everything at a glance without having to try to figure out the sort order. Google Draw allows you to do just that.

You can include any information you want on your cards. I like the information that Blake Snyder lists in his book Save the Cat. I haven't included those fields in the board pictured below because I have no interest in being sued. If you've read the book though, it's easy enough to add those fields.

Download the Template

I've set up the board below as a template. Click the link, make a copy of the file to your Google Drive account and edit to your heart's content. Change the fields, add cards, take away cards... whatever you want to do.

You can grab the template here:

https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1d2-B1JQ_-viaomoNOobnxsr1tdmlLbNSOg6a5X714Ss/edit?usp=sharing

Good luck!


If you missed the first post about how to make Google Docs act like Scrivener, you can find it here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnWard/posts/JJAwpjSZueC___

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2015-02-24 17:06:55 (20 comments, 23 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Making Google Docs Act Like Scrivener

This isn't perfect, but it is a workable system that allows you to organize your story in a similar fashion to the way Scrivener does. It's pretty simple and easy to setup. The key to making it work is documentation.

Here's What I Did:

1. Set up a folder devoted to the book I'm writing.
2. Create a separate document within this folder for each chapter I'll be writing.
3. Create two additional documents (see the arrow that is on the left side of the screen pointing to the many documents). These documents are called Characters and Index.

Characters

This document lists every character in the book, their descriptions and anything I need to know about them. If I come up with a new character while I'm writing, I will add them to this document. If, during the course of... more »

Making Google Docs Act Like Scrivener

This isn't perfect, but it is a workable system that allows you to organize your story in a similar fashion to the way Scrivener does. It's pretty simple and easy to setup. The key to making it work is documentation.

Here's What I Did:

1. Set up a folder devoted to the book I'm writing.
2. Create a separate document within this folder for each chapter I'll be writing.
3. Create two additional documents (see the arrow that is on the left side of the screen pointing to the many documents). These documents are called Characters and Index.

Characters

This document lists every character in the book, their descriptions and anything I need to know about them. If I come up with a new character while I'm writing, I will add them to this document. If, during the course of the story, a character is wounded or changed in some way, I will document the event and the chapter in which it takes place in this document. The more information you list here, the easier your life becomes for those moments when you will inevitably need it. You may even want to copy/paste phrases for important events that you can use to quickly search for if you need to get to a specific location in the document. I don't do that, but I've thought about it.

Index

This second document is the important one. It's basically your entire book in one and two sentences. I will keep this document open while I'm writing the current chapter. It allows me to easily refer back to some past event that happened three chapters earlier or to remember where a specific character is heading if I'm in the middle of edits and can't remember who is doing what three chapters from now. This is a good tool for those times when you are going back through your book and adding the little details that lead up to a big moment or a shocking reveal at the end of the book.

That Second Arrow

If you look on the right side of the screen, you will see an arrow pointing to the right. This is an area where you can add a short description. I use this area to remind me what my goals are for that chapter. You may come up with a better way to use that field. If you do, let me know.

This type of workflow isn't for everyone, but it's the one I use while I'm writing on a Chromebook. If it works for you, great! If not, that's fine too.

There is a second part to this post that deals with setting up virtual index cards. You can find that post here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnWard/posts/L8NMQEcgmW9___

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2015-02-24 04:23:21 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Amazing Photoshop Skills

This is easily some of the best photo editing I've ever seen. Really amazing, sometimes disturbing work. Here's the page on his site devoted to his photo manipulations:

http://calredback.com/creative_edit

Amazing Photoshop Skills

This is easily some of the best photo editing I've ever seen. Really amazing, sometimes disturbing work. Here's the page on his site devoted to his photo manipulations:

http://calredback.com/creative_edit___

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2015-02-23 18:00:33 (26 comments, 8 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Google Docs Hack to Emulate Scrivener Corkboard

I have Scrivener on my PC upstairs. The problem is that I have a broken leg which makes getting upstairs to said PC problematic. So, I've been stuck doing everything in Google Docs on my Chromebook.

Recently I became aware of a new Google App called Google Draw. One of the options in Google Draw allows you to create a textbox. You can leave the textbox transparent or paint it a different color. The nice thing about these text boxes is that they are drag and drop. So, you can set them up and organize or reorganize them how you like.

There are many other things Google Draw allows you to do. You can add images and may even be able to use it for some basic mind-mapping. I've only just begun to play with it, but it looks like a good work around if you use index cards and don't have access to Scrivener.
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Google Docs Hack to Emulate Scrivener Corkboard

I have Scrivener on my PC upstairs. The problem is that I have a broken leg which makes getting upstairs to said PC problematic. So, I've been stuck doing everything in Google Docs on my Chromebook.

Recently I became aware of a new Google App called Google Draw. One of the options in Google Draw allows you to create a textbox. You can leave the textbox transparent or paint it a different color. The nice thing about these text boxes is that they are drag and drop. So, you can set them up and organize or reorganize them how you like.

There are many other things Google Draw allows you to do. You can add images and may even be able to use it for some basic mind-mapping. I've only just begun to play with it, but it looks like a good work around if you use index cards and don't have access to Scrivener.

Here's a link to Google Draw:

https://docs.google.com/drawings/___

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2015-02-22 14:09:49 (53 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Tell Me your Best/Worst Pickup Lines

Tell Me your Best/Worst Pickup Lines___

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2015-02-21 00:54:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Eoghann Irving +Andy Goldman Check out this awesome Lego creation.

+Eoghann Irving +Andy Goldman Check out this awesome Lego creation.___

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2015-02-21 00:48:33 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

This looks great

This is a Chinese movie. The trailer has subtitles, but I can't really say they've given me an idea of what the movie is about. Regardless, the film looks amazing. Lots of great special effects. Even if you're not interested in actually watching the movie, the trailer is full of really nice eye candy.

This looks great

This is a Chinese movie. The trailer has subtitles, but I can't really say they've given me an idea of what the movie is about. Regardless, the film looks amazing. Lots of great special effects. Even if you're not interested in actually watching the movie, the trailer is full of really nice eye candy.___

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2015-02-20 17:18:48 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

I'm watching The Apple Dumpling Gang with my daughters. It's their first time seeing the movie. I'd forgotten how many big name TV/movie stars were in that movie: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Bill Bixby, Harry Morgan, Slim Pickens and John McGiver. There are probably others, but those were the ones I recognized.

I'm watching The Apple Dumpling Gang with my daughters. It's their first time seeing the movie. I'd forgotten how many big name TV/movie stars were in that movie: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Bill Bixby, Harry Morgan, Slim Pickens and John McGiver. There are probably others, but those were the ones I recognized.___

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2015-02-20 01:34:17 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The Three-Body Problem

Have you read it? It was originally written and published in Chinese, but has recently been translated into English. It sold incredibly well in China. I'm tempted to pick it up, but wanted to check with all of you to see if it's worth my 12 bucks or not.

Here's a link to it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Body-Problem-Cixin-Liu-ebook/dp/B00IQO403K/

The Three-Body Problem

Have you read it? It was originally written and published in Chinese, but has recently been translated into English. It sold incredibly well in China. I'm tempted to pick it up, but wanted to check with all of you to see if it's worth my 12 bucks or not.

Here's a link to it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Body-Problem-Cixin-Liu-ebook/dp/B00IQO403K/___

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2015-02-19 22:47:57 (45 comments, 5 reshares, 181 +1s)Open 

Arrow

Sometimes, I hate watching the TV show Arrow because it makes me miss watching The Dresden Files.

Arrow

Sometimes, I hate watching the TV show Arrow because it makes me miss watching The Dresden Files.___

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2015-02-17 02:10:30 (15 comments, 47 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Funny. Wrong, but funny.

+Steven Schend you'll like this because of Lovecraft.

Funny. Wrong, but funny.

+Steven Schend you'll like this because of Lovecraft.___

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2015-02-14 03:33:05 (14 comments, 15 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Gary Owens, the Voice of Space Ghost, Passes Away

Space Ghost was one of my favorite cartoons while I was growing up. I'm talking about the real Space Ghost here-- not that Space Ghost: Coast to Coast stuff they did later. 

Thanks for all the memories, Gary.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/gary-owens-announcer-of-laugh-in-fame-dies-at-80-1201433731/

Art by Alex Ross. http://www.alexrossart.com/

Gary Owens, the Voice of Space Ghost, Passes Away

Space Ghost was one of my favorite cartoons while I was growing up. I'm talking about the real Space Ghost here-- not that Space Ghost: Coast to Coast stuff they did later. 

Thanks for all the memories, Gary.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/gary-owens-announcer-of-laugh-in-fame-dies-at-80-1201433731/

Art by Alex Ross. http://www.alexrossart.com/___

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2015-02-13 12:44:44 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

+Canva has a New Layout.

This one looks like it could be very useful. It also means that +Gregory Lynn has lost all possible hope of being productive for the next week.

+Canva has a New Layout.

This one looks like it could be very useful. It also means that +Gregory Lynn has lost all possible hope of being productive for the next week.___

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