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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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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  
David Wright983The EVENT IS NOW LIVE ON YOUTUBE. You can watch or comment here: http://youtu.be/hB8sVMPPv9k Sean Platt and David Wright are doing a Hangout with readers to discuss Yesterday's Gone: Season Four on the night of its debut, Monday July 8, 2013. We'll also talk about the upcoming Z 2135, and anything else you want to talk about.  COME BACK HERE ON MONDAY NIGHT 7PM EST FOR A LINK to the hangout. If you want to be part of the hangout, make sure you have a webcam, mic, and headphones. And of course, a Google Plus account. Hangouts are limited to a certain number of people (not sure how many) so it will be a first come first joined sort of basis. Anyone not in the hangout (or who can't join because they don't have a cam or mic or headphones) can still chat with us via the YouTube comments, which we will be monitoring. The hangout will be broadcast on YouTube and will be available to watch later (unless it really sucks or someone gets naked, in which case it won't be).Yesterday's Gone: Season Four Launch Party Hangout with the Authors2013-07-09 01:00:0011  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,174Welcome 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 +8,020Fringe 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 03:00:001093  
Geek & Sundry1,857,771The Story Board Hangout!2012-09-05 05:00:0057  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,174On 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 03:00:0065  

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2015-08-07 21:44:10 (49 comments, 7 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

I remember the epic fights my sister and I would get into over who got to watch their show. No DVRs or even VHS back then (at least, not ones that normal people could afford). You had to watch it live or not at all. Our biggest fights were over whether to watch Scooby Doo or Dungeons and Dragons on Saturday mornings.

Oddly, I don't remember fighting with her too much through the week. Surely, there was something on after school that she would have wanted to watch, but I can't remember any shows that appealed to her. It was all about He-Man, Thundercats and then G.I. Joe.

What cartoons were your favorites?

Most reshares: 75

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2015-08-06 13:20:34 (30 comments, 75 reshares, 386 +1s)Open 

Hey +Eli Fennell, any thoughts on the Batman Effect?

Most plusones: 386

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2015-08-06 13:20:34 (30 comments, 75 reshares, 386 +1s)Open 

Hey +Eli Fennell, any thoughts on the Batman Effect?

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2015-09-04 23:00:14 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+K Tempest Bradford has written an interesting piece on i09. It's more than an article. It's a manifesto, a call to action, and something I think everyone who enjoys short fiction should consider.

Currently, she is using her quarterly column on i09 to highlight the best short fiction that she has read during that quarter, but she has bigger dreams. She dreams of a site dedicated to chronicling short fiction and allowing signed-in users to rate and discuss the merits of the various stories submitted to the site. Kind of like a Goodreads for short stories and novellas.

This seems like a brilliant idea to me. She's hesitant to jump into it because of concerns about funding. I'm not sure how much money something like this would cost, but I hope someone is able to make it happen. 

I believe short fiction is experiencing a bit of a re-birth due to e-books. Itw... more »

+K Tempest Bradford has written an interesting piece on i09. It's more than an article. It's a manifesto, a call to action, and something I think everyone who enjoys short fiction should consider.

Currently, she is using her quarterly column on i09 to highlight the best short fiction that she has read during that quarter, but she has bigger dreams. She dreams of a site dedicated to chronicling short fiction and allowing signed-in users to rate and discuss the merits of the various stories submitted to the site. Kind of like a Goodreads for short stories and novellas.

This seems like a brilliant idea to me. She's hesitant to jump into it because of concerns about funding. I'm not sure how much money something like this would cost, but I hope someone is able to make it happen. 

I believe short fiction is experiencing a bit of a re-birth due to e-books. It would be great if there was an easier way to find the really good stuff.

What do you folks think? Any interest in something like this?___

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2015-09-02 21:52:49 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Just got tickets to see Penn and Teller in Las Vegas next month. Woohoo.

Just got tickets to see Penn and Teller in Las Vegas next month. Woohoo.___

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2015-09-01 17:45:20 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

I like the new logo. Nice change.

I like the new logo. Nice change.___

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2015-08-25 22:16:44 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Copy Editors: Everyone Needs Them

From the article:

"A Connecticut woman, convinced that her boyfriend had been cheating on her with one of her friends, allegedly keyed each of their cars and punctured their tires. Stamford Police say they established the motive for the crime after trying to make sense of the word “wore” scratched into the paint of the woman’s car and realizing that the culprit was just atrocious at spelling..."

Copy Editors: Everyone Needs Them

From the article:

"A Connecticut woman, convinced that her boyfriend had been cheating on her with one of her friends, allegedly keyed each of their cars and punctured their tires. Stamford Police say they established the motive for the crime after trying to make sense of the word “wore” scratched into the paint of the woman’s car and realizing that the culprit was just atrocious at spelling..."___

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2015-08-22 02:27:01 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

You can't go wrong with Karen. 

NEW SERVICE!

As of this writing, I am now offering developmental editing at the level also called critique.

Details are in a shared Google Document; scroll down to INFORMATION/CONTACT ME, and click on the "NEW SERVICE" link.

I'm excited about expanding my offerings, and I'm looking forward to helping more indie authors produce quality work.

#RealEditorsProofBetter  ___You can't go wrong with Karen. 

2015-08-20 02:34:25 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Is there a browser plug-in that will stop videos from auto-playing? If not, there should be.

Is there a browser plug-in that will stop videos from auto-playing? If not, there should be.___

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2015-08-19 22:03:59 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

This is +Curt Thompson's fault. 

This is +Curt Thompson's fault. ___

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2015-08-14 14:57:45 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Interesting run down on the equipment that British soldiers have carried through the centuries.

Interesting run down on the equipment that British soldiers have carried through the centuries.___

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2015-08-14 12:03:19 (2 comments, 14 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

My contribution to the Straight Outta meme. 

My contribution to the Straight Outta meme. ___

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2015-08-13 11:47:28 (27 comments, 8 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Something to consider. 

Something to consider. ___

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2015-08-10 18:08:58 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Has anyone read John LeCarre? Do the books need to be read in order? I had someone recommend The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to me, but when I looked it up, it was like the fourth book in the series.

Has anyone read John LeCarre? Do the books need to be read in order? I had someone recommend The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to me, but when I looked it up, it was like the fourth book in the series.___

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2015-08-10 12:39:36 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Money, Money, Money

Last night, my wife asked me about Bitcoin. What it was and why people would want to use it. Other than knowing it was a form of electronic currency, I didn't really have answers for her. This morning, I found a helpful article on CNN that explains the attraction is mainly because it facilitates anonymous purchases that the government can't track. Heaven forbid that citizens should engage in any activity that can't be monitored, recorded and archived for future consideration by the government... but, I digress.

As part of my research, I also found an article that spoke about several localities that have developed their own local currencies. The thinking here is that since the currency is hyper local that it encourages people to spend their money in their hometowns.

The part I haven't been able to figure out is what supports... more »

Money, Money, Money

Last night, my wife asked me about Bitcoin. What it was and why people would want to use it. Other than knowing it was a form of electronic currency, I didn't really have answers for her. This morning, I found a helpful article on CNN that explains the attraction is mainly because it facilitates anonymous purchases that the government can't track. Heaven forbid that citizens should engage in any activity that can't be monitored, recorded and archived for future consideration by the government... but, I digress.

As part of my research, I also found an article that spoke about several localities that have developed their own local currencies. The thinking here is that since the currency is hyper local that it encourages people to spend their money in their hometowns.

The part I haven't been able to figure out is what supports these alternate currencies? If you own no bitcoins or any of the various local currencies, what do you trade in order to obtain them? Do you have to go purchase precious metals? Will they accept dollars in exchange for these alternate forms of payment? What backs up this money?

Here's the CNN article:

http://money.cnn.com/infographic/technology/what-is-bitcoin/

Here's the article about local currency (the picture of the Bowie is from that article):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/09/fashion/change-for-a-bowie-the-advent-of-artisanal-cash.html___

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2015-08-08 02:42:32 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+Ellen Joyce (or anyone else), have you read The Scarlet Gospels yet? What did you think?

+Ellen Joyce (or anyone else), have you read The Scarlet Gospels yet? What did you think?___

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2015-08-07 21:44:10 (49 comments, 7 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

I remember the epic fights my sister and I would get into over who got to watch their show. No DVRs or even VHS back then (at least, not ones that normal people could afford). You had to watch it live or not at all. Our biggest fights were over whether to watch Scooby Doo or Dungeons and Dragons on Saturday mornings.

Oddly, I don't remember fighting with her too much through the week. Surely, there was something on after school that she would have wanted to watch, but I can't remember any shows that appealed to her. It was all about He-Man, Thundercats and then G.I. Joe.

What cartoons were your favorites?

I remember the epic fights my sister and I would get into over who got to watch their show. No DVRs or even VHS back then (at least, not ones that normal people could afford). You had to watch it live or not at all. Our biggest fights were over whether to watch Scooby Doo or Dungeons and Dragons on Saturday mornings.

Oddly, I don't remember fighting with her too much through the week. Surely, there was something on after school that she would have wanted to watch, but I can't remember any shows that appealed to her. It was all about He-Man, Thundercats and then G.I. Joe.

What cartoons were your favorites?___

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2015-08-06 13:20:34 (30 comments, 75 reshares, 386 +1s)Open 

Hey +Eli Fennell, any thoughts on the Batman Effect?

Hey +Eli Fennell, any thoughts on the Batman Effect?___

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2015-08-06 12:30:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Hey! Look who landed a guest post on Chuck Wendig's blog? Congratulations, +S. A. Hunt! It's a great post too.

Hey! Look who landed a guest post on Chuck Wendig's blog? Congratulations, +S. A. Hunt! It's a great post too.___

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2015-08-04 16:28:03 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The other day +Eoghann Irving linked to an article about how to use stencils to make your own tee-shirts. The basic idea is that you cut out or create a stencil, lay it on the tee shirt and then spray bleach on the shirt. When you remove the stencil you have this tee shirt with a misty, ethereal field around the stencil of your choice.

So, I followed the directions, but had less than optimal results. 

The teal colored shirt was supposed to be Curious George. Unfortunately, I used too much bleach when I sprayed the shirt. This caused it to leak under the stencil and bleed together creating the undead, zombie version of Curious George that you see on the shirt. My youngest daughter, the one I made the shirt for, said, "It looks like a Halloween shirt."

The purple shirt went much better, but Mother Nature sabotaged me. I used much less bleach on the Twilight MyL... more »

The other day +Eoghann Irving linked to an article about how to use stencils to make your own tee-shirts. The basic idea is that you cut out or create a stencil, lay it on the tee shirt and then spray bleach on the shirt. When you remove the stencil you have this tee shirt with a misty, ethereal field around the stencil of your choice.

So, I followed the directions, but had less than optimal results. 

The teal colored shirt was supposed to be Curious George. Unfortunately, I used too much bleach when I sprayed the shirt. This caused it to leak under the stencil and bleed together creating the undead, zombie version of Curious George that you see on the shirt. My youngest daughter, the one I made the shirt for, said, "It looks like a Halloween shirt."

The purple shirt went much better, but Mother Nature sabotaged me. I used much less bleach on the Twilight My Little Pony stencil, but the wind picked up and blew the stencil off the shirt before I could spray the other side. By that point, I was so frustrated that I decided to call it done because there was no way I would get that stencil to line up again without smearing the still wet bleach.

Oh well. At least, one of them has something to wear for Halloween.

Here's a link to the project if you want to try your hand at it:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bleach-Design-Tees-with-Freezer-Paper/___

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2015-07-31 22:45:35 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

For those of you who play Fallout Shelter, what's the longest you've been able to keep a dweller exploring the wastelands?

My record is three and a half days. 

For those of you who play Fallout Shelter, what's the longest you've been able to keep a dweller exploring the wastelands?

My record is three and a half days. ___

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2015-07-31 01:04:46 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Hey, look who landed a big guest spot on Rocking Self-Publishing.

Hey, look who landed a big guest spot on Rocking Self-Publishing.___

2015-07-29 23:52:43 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

I know I'm probably four years late discovering this, but I just installed the AdBlock extension to Chrome. I can't believe how much faster most pages are loading. It's like going from a dial-up to a cable connection.

I know I'm probably four years late discovering this, but I just installed the AdBlock extension to Chrome. I can't believe how much faster most pages are loading. It's like going from a dial-up to a cable connection.___

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2015-07-23 15:24:54 (10 comments, 11 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

If you're creative or want to be creative, this comic strip is worth your time. Also, I just want to take a moment to revel in the fact that I beat +Gregory Lynn in linking to this Zen Pencils first.

If you're creative or want to be creative, this comic strip is worth your time. Also, I just want to take a moment to revel in the fact that I beat +Gregory Lynn in linking to this Zen Pencils first.___

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2015-07-17 17:29:27 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

For +Shar Banning's #mustacheparty . Happy birthday!

I have pictures where I have only a mustache, but they've already been online. For today, I present you with something new and never before seen: the crazy-eyed and bearded version of myself.

Enjoy.

For +Shar Banning's #mustacheparty . Happy birthday!

I have pictures where I have only a mustache, but they've already been online. For today, I present you with something new and never before seen: the crazy-eyed and bearded version of myself.

Enjoy.___

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2015-07-14 00:37:39 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Suicide Squad?

Any DC comics fans care to explain the concept of this to me? I'm completely unfamiliar with the Suicide Squad. The idea I get from the trailer is that they are a bunch of super villains who are being manipulated into standing up against other super villains. I'm assuming Joker is the big bad guy in this movie.

+Eli Fennell are you familiar with these guys?

Suicide Squad?

Any DC comics fans care to explain the concept of this to me? I'm completely unfamiliar with the Suicide Squad. The idea I get from the trailer is that they are a bunch of super villains who are being manipulated into standing up against other super villains. I'm assuming Joker is the big bad guy in this movie.

+Eli Fennell are you familiar with these guys?___

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2015-07-11 22:14:53 (34 comments, 4 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

Wow. I'd pretty much written off DC movies, but this trailer has changed my mind. This looks like it'll be good.

Wow. I'd pretty much written off DC movies, but this trailer has changed my mind. This looks like it'll be good.___

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2015-07-11 17:02:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I don't know Jennifer Tacbas, but I'm moved by the work she does as a photographer. She takes portraits of children, and their families, who are battling cancer.

Her generous work has touched +Cameron Corniuk's life and continues to speak to him. Read his story below and consider supporting her fundraiser so she can help others.

Signal Boost....

All too often, our memories are all that we have. Jennifer Tacbas, Photographer helped record and cement some of those precious memories almost a year ago now. She did it out of the kindness of her heart, because she wanted to do something. Mind you, she and I went to high school together way back in the days of yore, but she went beyond taking pictures of me and my family to help others who were going through difficult times, taking pictures for other families at the Ronald McDonald House and Cleveland Clinic.
I'm not a 'picture' person. You won't find many of my wife or I. You won't find as many as their perhaps should be of the kids as we're usually busy joining in rather than sitting back and taking photos and what was the other reason? Oh yeah, forgetfulness. You won't find our walls covered with photos and part of that is, even 15 years into our journey together and we still haven't found a place we really want to call "home."
When Mom wanted Si cremated, it was probably the only disagreement we had through all of those years of dealing with the cancer. Of course, I wan't going t argue, but my though was "Gee, will I be able to deal with him being there every time I turn my head? Will I know how to deal?" Mom, on the other hand, had a very good point which was, quite simply, he belonged at home with her, not two hours away in some cemetery where she'd have to go visit him.
For those who were closest to us during that time, you know that I was very pro-"what Mom wants, Mom gets." So, there wasn't even an argument, or a disagreement, but about a 1 minute discussion. Heck, for people like Jason Beaudert from A Special Wish Cleveland, the idea that I wanted to make as few decisions as possible at the time was no secret. They helped lighten the load.
So, Si came home with us. Not too long after, I hung some pictures from during his time in the hospital and that Jennifer Tacbas had taken. And now, where I spend most of my time--in my office--I cannot look in any direction without seeing Si. While it's heartbreaking, it's reassuring.
Here, at work, I even brought in some photos. There was no discussion of company policy and personalizing your work areas and yet most of us have very little to make the space "our." Still, I brough some of the pictures Jennifer took last year and positioned them specifically so that Si is always right there where I am looking.
To my immediate right, perhaps my favorite, a black and white of Si and I in a hug that it always helps me to remember. This was actually a moment in the middle of the session where he just wanted a breather and I had sent the other kids off to play with Jennifer nad, out of nowhere, he hugged me and held on in such a way. Jennifer noticed over the kids, told them to keep playing so I didn't know what was up, and snapped some photos. I see this one and look directly to it when I need a reminder as to why I am here at work, and why I need to push on. Yes, I look to it several times a day. Also, if my eyes have gotten really dry....
To my left, one of Mom, Si, and me. It's right there at the edge of my one monitor, so he's always looking at me and I have to tilt my head just slightly to see the three of us together--a memory that reminds me of the struggles, but also of how we all grew closer during those years.
Then, further to my left, near where I often have my drink and directly across from where I position myself while on the phone, taking notes, plotting out plans of action, writing rough drafts, making lists, etc., there is a picture of all of the kids together. Their love for one another shines through and makes me smile even though I regret that it'll be the last picture with all four of them in it.
Family days and memories all take on a different meaning. But, I can't stress how much these pictures mean to me, which is something I never would've guessed.
Now, Jennifer is at it again and I know I have to spread the word.

http://www.gofundme.com/jennifertacbas___I don't know Jennifer Tacbas, but I'm moved by the work she does as a photographer. She takes portraits of children, and their families, who are battling cancer.

Her generous work has touched +Cameron Corniuk's life and continues to speak to him. Read his story below and consider supporting her fundraiser so she can help others.

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2015-07-11 05:06:35 (16 comments, 36 reshares, 203 +1s)Open 

Oh yeah.

Oh yeah.___

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2015-07-11 01:49:42 (19 comments, 14 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

I'm sorry. It's horribly wrong, but it did make me laugh because of the way it catches you off guard.

I'm sorry. It's horribly wrong, but it did make me laugh because of the way it catches you off guard.___

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2015-07-09 20:39:54 (48 comments, 5 reshares, 293 +1s)Open 

If this trailer represents actual gameplay footage, I might buy a console just so I can play an interactive version of 80's cartoons. If they release games with similar animation quality for He-Man, GI Joe, and Thundercats, I'll just give up being an adult completely and revert to full childhood.

If this trailer represents actual gameplay footage, I might buy a console just so I can play an interactive version of 80's cartoons. If they release games with similar animation quality for He-Man, GI Joe, and Thundercats, I'll just give up being an adult completely and revert to full childhood.___

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2015-07-08 23:19:31 (20 comments, 4 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Very cool.

Very cool.___

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2015-07-08 14:13:59 (32 comments, 19 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

This article has +Amanda Rachelle Warren levels of cursing in it, but it's hilarious.

This article has +Amanda Rachelle Warren levels of cursing in it, but it's hilarious.___

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2015-07-07 20:10:36 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Productivity Mindgames for the Busy Writer

I've always struggled with word count. I used to sit down with the daily goal of writing 2500 words. That was my word count goal for an individual chapter. I don't know what it is about that 2500 number, but it's always felt like a bridge too far. It was easier to just push it aside and promise myself that I would get to it later.

Procrastination and excuse making-- those were my problems. That's what I needed to kill. With that in mind, I developed a mind game that I use to trick myself into being more productive. The best thing about this approach is that it makes it more difficult to make those excuses about why I couldn't hit that day's word count goals.

My trick is to create a new document with five chapter headings. Each chapter gets 1000 words. These aren't real chapters. They are arbitrary... more »

Productivity Mindgames for the Busy Writer

I've always struggled with word count. I used to sit down with the daily goal of writing 2500 words. That was my word count goal for an individual chapter. I don't know what it is about that 2500 number, but it's always felt like a bridge too far. It was easier to just push it aside and promise myself that I would get to it later.

Procrastination and excuse making-- those were my problems. That's what I needed to kill. With that in mind, I developed a mind game that I use to trick myself into being more productive. The best thing about this approach is that it makes it more difficult to make those excuses about why I couldn't hit that day's word count goals.

My trick is to create a new document with five chapter headings. Each chapter gets 1000 words. These aren't real chapters. They are arbitrary ending points at around the 1000 word mark. If I'm in the middle of a scene or conversation, I'll go ahead and finish it even if it pushes me past 1000. Likewise, if I reach the end of my scene and there are 930 words, I'll consider it finished.

Arriving at the next chapter heading gives me permission to stop, if needed. More importantly, getting to that next heading makes me feel like I've achieved something big and wonderful. Many times, this feeling of accomplishment motivates me to chase down another thousand. Since I've started doing this, it's not uncommon for me to hit 3000 words a day. The key to making this work is to have multiple short writing sessions throughout the day.

What about you? Have you discovered any techniques that work to boost your productivity? If so, I'd love to hear them.___

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2015-07-06 02:03:27 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

This is exactly why I had to give up my sidejob as a crimefighter. Also, +Steven Schend is an absolutely horrible sidekick.

This is exactly why I had to give up my sidejob as a crimefighter. Also, +Steven Schend is an absolutely horrible sidekick.___

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2015-07-04 19:02:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

A younger me would have been really upset by reading this. A younger me would have wanted to argue and dispute the points +Curt Thompson makes in his brief essay. The me of right now, contemporary me, thinks he has a few good points. I don't agree with all of them, but even those ones that I don't entirely accept give me pause because they are worth considering.

I feel every generation of Americans must ask themselves whether we are living up to the ideals set forth in our founding documents. More importantly, we must ask ourselves how we can do better. This is a troubling question because it does seem that we are being ruled by an oligarchy who care more about the rights of special interest groups than they do for the spoken voice of the people.

How then do you effect change in the face of so much entrenched and empowered apathy?

Normally, I always allow people to... more »

I don't love America.

That isn't to say I don't love the idea of the United States of America. Or that I don't love my America, which is a patchwork of long highways and small towns, big cities and a big empty that could swallow them whole and not leave a trace.

I love the America along the Eisenhower and the train tracks. The towering gray monoliths of Manhattan and the weathered gray barns of Kansas ghost towns. The deep woods of the Upper Peninsula and the deep swamps of Louisiana. 

I love the kind, quirky, weird people I've met literally coast to coast, with a hundred different accents and the same heart. I love the concepts for which we are supposed to stand. I love the dream of America.

I just don't love the deeply flawed, shallow and cruel reality of the the U.S.A. I don't love that we are content, as a nation, to let the ideas of universal suffrage, liberty, justice, freedom and equality be subjects of controversy. As though we don't give lip service to those things all the damned time.

Everybody should be equal, except those people. Except when it inconveniences or discomforts me. Except when it might be bad for business. Except when it means that maybe my country stops looking so much like me and starts looking more like them.

I don't love living in a society where life and death are big business and billionaires fight for the right to kill people by denying them basic healthcare because it might be 'too expensive'. 

I don't love living in a society where war is a business and we send people to die to keep the gears of that war machine oiled with their blood and then are expected to pretend that they died for a noble cause. For securing our freedoms. At least those freedoms that the ruling class feel are appropriate for us, right now.

I don't love America. But I love my fellow Americans and I love our national mythology. I love the idea of being a better, more welcoming, more just nation. A symbol of hope. A refuge for those in need, who come to us and join in, each culture, each point of view, each person, making the whole stronger and better.

I love the idea of America. The dream. And that's what I celebrate on Independence Day. Not the deeply flawed reality, but the hope and dream and chance that one day, we will live up to that dream.___A younger me would have been really upset by reading this. A younger me would have wanted to argue and dispute the points +Curt Thompson makes in his brief essay. The me of right now, contemporary me, thinks he has a few good points. I don't agree with all of them, but even those ones that I don't entirely accept give me pause because they are worth considering.

I feel every generation of Americans must ask themselves whether we are living up to the ideals set forth in our founding documents. More importantly, we must ask ourselves how we can do better. This is a troubling question because it does seem that we are being ruled by an oligarchy who care more about the rights of special interest groups than they do for the spoken voice of the people.

How then do you effect change in the face of so much entrenched and empowered apathy?

Normally, I always allow people to comment on my posts, but I'm going to follow Curt's lead here and disable comments because I want to enjoy my holiday weekend rather than being ensnared in a political fight about which side represents the true and just approach.

Happy fourth of July, everyone.

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2015-07-03 02:30:37 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Anyone Watching Mr. Robot?

Just watched the pilot and I'm really enjoying it.

+Ellen Joyce check out this paranoia laced opening narration from the pilot:

“There’s a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world… the top one percent of the top one percent of the guys that play God without permission. And now I think they’re following me.”

Anyone Watching Mr. Robot?

Just watched the pilot and I'm really enjoying it.

+Ellen Joyce check out this paranoia laced opening narration from the pilot:

“There’s a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world… the top one percent of the top one percent of the guys that play God without permission. And now I think they’re following me.”___

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2015-07-02 17:04:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

It seems that Mad Men really missed out. They should have had an episode where Don Draper has to enter negotiations with a rival ad firm named McMann and Tate. 

Don will be forced to stand off against a bright, young ad executive named Darrin Stephens. Then, several episodes later, Draper will have to return to conclude the negotiations. Once more, he will contend with Darrin Stephens, but this time the role will be played by a different actor.

It would have been fantastic.

It seems that Mad Men really missed out. They should have had an episode where Don Draper has to enter negotiations with a rival ad firm named McMann and Tate. 

Don will be forced to stand off against a bright, young ad executive named Darrin Stephens. Then, several episodes later, Draper will have to return to conclude the negotiations. Once more, he will contend with Darrin Stephens, but this time the role will be played by a different actor.

It would have been fantastic.___

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2015-07-01 17:28:40 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Hey, +Bruce Shark, I found your brother. 

Hey, +Bruce Shark, I found your brother. ___

2015-06-30 00:59:08 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

+S. A. Hunt and +Natalie Mootz asked me to change my profile picture. Hopefully, they'll like this one better. 

+S. A. Hunt and +Natalie Mootz asked me to change my profile picture. Hopefully, they'll like this one better. ___

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2015-06-29 01:30:17 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

+Isaac Sher, have you seen this?

+Isaac Sher, have you seen this?___

2015-06-28 15:23:57 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Last week, my wife and I went out of town to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. This was the first vacation I've been on since I shattered the top of my tibia last November. Although the break is healed, I still frequently experienced varying degrees of intermittent pain. 

After one particularly active day, my leg had started to hurt. I consoled myself with the thought of taking a hot bath in the big tub that the hotel had. When we got back to the hotel, I filled the tub and jumped in... well, I didn't really jump in because of my bad knee, but you get the idea.

The water was just under boiling. You know that temperature that's way too hot when you're settling in, but after you've been in for a while you get used to it? That's how hot it was.

I laid on my side so I could fully submerge my bad knee. Then, I had what I thought was an inspirational... more »

Last week, my wife and I went out of town to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. This was the first vacation I've been on since I shattered the top of my tibia last November. Although the break is healed, I still frequently experienced varying degrees of intermittent pain. 

After one particularly active day, my leg had started to hurt. I consoled myself with the thought of taking a hot bath in the big tub that the hotel had. When we got back to the hotel, I filled the tub and jumped in... well, I didn't really jump in because of my bad knee, but you get the idea.

The water was just under boiling. You know that temperature that's way too hot when you're settling in, but after you've been in for a while you get used to it? That's how hot it was.

I laid on my side so I could fully submerge my bad knee. Then, I had what I thought was an inspirational moment. I remembered that the bath had Jacuzzi jets. Bubbles. Swirling, hot water moving all around my aching knee. It was going to be great. I pressed the button to activate them; then, I screamed. 

I turned off the jets just as my wife rushed into the room to ask what was wrong.

"Those jets turned my hot bath into a scalding bidet."___

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2015-06-26 14:26:24 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Just a reminder for +Amanda Rachelle Warren. New house and all, you might need this. 

Just a reminder for +Amanda Rachelle Warren. New house and all, you might need this. ___

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2015-06-24 03:19:00 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

This is funny. Some guy tried to pre-order Fallout 4 with bottle caps that he had saved up over seven and a half years.

This is funny. Some guy tried to pre-order Fallout 4 with bottle caps that he had saved up over seven and a half years.___

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2015-06-23 15:43:41 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Separated at Birth?

On the left is TV talk show host Graham Norton. On the right, is +Evo Terra. It looks like they could be brothers.

The picture of Evo is a video still from one of his travel updates on 

http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/

Separated at Birth?

On the left is TV talk show host Graham Norton. On the right, is +Evo Terra. It looks like they could be brothers.

The picture of Evo is a video still from one of his travel updates on 

http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/___

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2015-06-22 02:15:44 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

They opened a new health food store close to where I live. Tonight, my wife and I stopped in to check it out. I was shocked to see that they sell 16 ounce bottles of juice for 11 dollars. What can you possibly do to 16 ounces of liquid to make it worth 11 dollars?

They opened a new health food store close to where I live. Tonight, my wife and I stopped in to check it out. I was shocked to see that they sell 16 ounce bottles of juice for 11 dollars. What can you possibly do to 16 ounces of liquid to make it worth 11 dollars?___

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2015-06-19 00:42:27 (6 comments, 25 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

So funny and, unfortunately, so true.

So funny and, unfortunately, so true.___

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2015-06-13 23:21:12 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Great Idea

I love short fiction. Novellas, short stories, etc. It allows me to sample an author's prowess without feeling that I've committed hours of my life to decide whether I enjoy their word wrangling or not. 

Some authors on Kboards got together and organized an anthology of 101 short stories. Each story is around 1000 words. No dedicated genre. Best of all, it's free.

I have no stake in this. I found the book while surfing Amazon and thought others might enjoy it as well. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1GECO6

Great Idea

I love short fiction. Novellas, short stories, etc. It allows me to sample an author's prowess without feeling that I've committed hours of my life to decide whether I enjoy their word wrangling or not. 

Some authors on Kboards got together and organized an anthology of 101 short stories. Each story is around 1000 words. No dedicated genre. Best of all, it's free.

I have no stake in this. I found the book while surfing Amazon and thought others might enjoy it as well. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1GECO6___

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2015-06-11 19:33:13 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

And they say you can't get Chicago style pizza in Tennessee. Okay, so maybe they're right, but they do okay. 

And they say you can't get Chicago style pizza in Tennessee. Okay, so maybe they're right, but they do okay. ___

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2015-06-11 15:34:08 (3 comments, 17 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Look at All Those Books!

The thing that makes this raffle different is the number of books that have been on Amazon's best-seller lists or that have had very high rankings on the sales lists. Probably a third of these books could be said to have done that. As a reader, I like it when I see books that are ranking high. It's not a perfect form of curated content, but at least it gives me the confidence that several other people have believed in a book enough to buy it.

+Andy Goldman,  and several other authors, have teamed up to do a raffle where five people will win twelve e-books from ten different authors.  If you're interested in the specific details for the raffle or if you just want to read the book descriptions, you can find all of that information on Andy's website which is located here:

http://atgoldman.com/?ks_giveaway=indie-ebook-bundle

Look at All Those Books!

The thing that makes this raffle different is the number of books that have been on Amazon's best-seller lists or that have had very high rankings on the sales lists. Probably a third of these books could be said to have done that. As a reader, I like it when I see books that are ranking high. It's not a perfect form of curated content, but at least it gives me the confidence that several other people have believed in a book enough to buy it.

+Andy Goldman,  and several other authors, have teamed up to do a raffle where five people will win twelve e-books from ten different authors.  If you're interested in the specific details for the raffle or if you just want to read the book descriptions, you can find all of that information on Andy's website which is located here:

http://atgoldman.com/?ks_giveaway=indie-ebook-bundle___

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2015-06-08 22:58:41 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The linked article discusses a study that has discovered a genetic link between creativity and psychosis. Here are some quotes from the article:

"We are here using the tools of modern genetics to take a systematic look at a fundamental aspect of how the brain works," said Kari Stefansson, head of deCODE Genetics, who led the study.

"The results of this study should not have come as a surprise because to be creative, you have to think differently from the crowd, and we had previously shown that carriers of genetic factors that predispose to schizophrenia do so."

If this is true, does it also mean that creativity can be inherited or does it mean that people who share a predisposition to psychosis also have a greater proclivity for creative thought?

The linked article discusses a study that has discovered a genetic link between creativity and psychosis. Here are some quotes from the article:

"We are here using the tools of modern genetics to take a systematic look at a fundamental aspect of how the brain works," said Kari Stefansson, head of deCODE Genetics, who led the study.

"The results of this study should not have come as a surprise because to be creative, you have to think differently from the crowd, and we had previously shown that carriers of genetic factors that predispose to schizophrenia do so."

If this is true, does it also mean that creativity can be inherited or does it mean that people who share a predisposition to psychosis also have a greater proclivity for creative thought?___

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2015-06-08 02:29:56 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

It's always important to remember the admonition of Mr. Roarke: "Smiles, everyone. Smiles!"

It's always important to remember the admonition of Mr. Roarke: "Smiles, everyone. Smiles!"___

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2015-06-02 01:23:58 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Has Anyone Read Bone?

Would it be appropriate for a seven year old?

Has Anyone Read Bone?

Would it be appropriate for a seven year old?___

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