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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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John Ward has been at 6 events

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DL Keur447authors sharing scene snips and free peeks at their work to the general publicJohn Ward's Saturday Scenes begins2014-05-03 09:30:0022 
David Wright913The EVENT IS NOW LIVE ON YOUTUBE.You can watch or comment here:http://youtu.be/hB8sVMPPv9kSean 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 Authors160,288Welcome 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 +6,843Fringe 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-transitOn 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 03:00:001097 
Geek & Sundry1,740,331The Story Board Hangout!2012-09-05 05:00:0056 
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors160,288On 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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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 08:28:58501435
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 05:03:314922412
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 20:50:13400307
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 05:03:53447001
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 12:58:0746211860145
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 06:56:1143417
Ryan Johnson3,346My new some cool, fun & interesting people CirclePlease reshare it#circles           #circlescirclescircles           #circleshare         #circleshare2014-04-25 06:14:362357819
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 17:54:24433131116
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 02:01:13468522384
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
Sam Sager3,743Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers CircleIt's been a very long time since I've shared this circle. It is long over due. This is a great group of writers to follow. They range from the very well known to the aspiring, but all are worth following. I learn something new and am very entertained by these people everyday.If you or someone you know is a science-fiction or fantasy writer and would like to be a part of this circle please let me know.2013-12-22 01:05:22308413
Mikhail Petrovsky58,928Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-19 12:54:18499552579
Artur M.31,014A 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.2013-12-14 05:10:20500534086
Vladimir Samsonov23,304Good 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 #EarthMyMother2013-12-06 16:35:11468674185
CK Wylde1,228A Circle Share Of Crazy People - Also Known As WritersI've not really shared circles before but every time +Brian Buckley does it I end up with fantastic new people in my feed.  So I thought I would share my writer's circle with you all. In it you will find  a bunch of G+ Writers and people who have to do with writers (publishers for instance).  WarningI tried this a little earlier and had a couple of people say they couldn't see the people in the circle. If you can't please let me know, I'm trying to figure out why that might be happening. Also, if you happen to know why that happens I am all ears.If you want to be included in this circle, also plese let me know.  #writers   #circleshare   #circles  2013-11-18 20:32:284401519
Mikhail Petrovsky68,747Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-11-17 07:24:474917739100
Ilaria Zanchetta1,388HAPPY #SATURDAY   my dear #googleplusfriends ! It's time to #share my new amazing #circle ! Share, add, include yourself and #enjoy !!!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥This is my #sharedcircle  of #activepeople , #friends  and #topengagers : all in a group of interesting people who share unique and original content. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :) To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to: 1) Do +1 t the post 2) Comment the post and specify your "category" (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing) 3) Include the circle among your circles 4) Share the circle (include yourself) 5) Smile to life, sun in sunshine. :))))))♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Special thanks my dear #friends   and #followers : +Silvio De Rossi +Raffaele Romeo Arena  +Tancredi Matranga +Valentina Biffi +Riccardo Mantica +Paolo Cola +Luca Talotta    +Martina Pelucchi    +Paolo Sperati +Viktor Mulin +Alessandro Folghera2013-11-16 11:52:10439461643
Vladimir Samsonov20,920Circle of people with active life position in Google+       Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-16 08:30:35435532976
Brittany Constable3,838You know, I haven't seen any NaNoWriMo shared circles going around yet.  Perhaps communities have made them a little redundant, but this is still one of my favorite things about the Plus, so I'm sharing away.The people in this circle have all either mentioned NaNoWriMo in posts or comments, or are in the NaNoWriMo 2013 community.  Please let me know if you:- are not in this circle and should be (this is the one time of year I'll circle anyone and everyone as long as they're doing NaNo)- are in the circle and shouldn't be- are doing NaNo, but would not like to be included in shared circlesA note about adding large circlesIn the past, I've added WriMos to both the NaNo circle and the general writers circle.  This has proven a mistake, since a lot of people who pipe up enthusiastically during November later disappear off G+, or just don't prove a good fit for my stream, and it leaves me spending a lot of time doing circle maintenance.So what I'm doing this year, and what I'd recommend others do as well, is add new people only to this circle (if they're not already in other circles) and keep the volume turned all the way down.  Then you can go to the separate stream and check people out, adding only the people you want to keep around to other circles. In a couple of months you can empty out the NaNo circle and clear out all the people who didn't make the cut.2013-10-23 17:06:17401404
Katherine Anne13,796A Circle of Creative Author'sThis Circle contains a wide variety of personalities and genre's from the literary world, for your adding and reading pleasure!To be includedplus this postshare this post publiclyadd this circlecomment you would like to be included for the next shareFor more circles created by me, click the hashtag #KatherineVucicevicSharedCircle To meet other author's and participate in a wonderful community,join in athttps://plus.google.com/communities/106931647874231576043?hl=en&partnerid=gplp0 #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpublicircles #author #authors #authorshelpingauthors #authorsrule #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingfantasy  2013-09-03 07:03:58455954080
Peter Edenist23,865The Super SciFi Circle - Weekend Special!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                 Resharing the main Science Fiction circle. I am notifying select people who are in the circle separately.  This is the TOP SF Circle - for people who want in, please comment in the specific circle in the links enclosed. All my circles which are reshared are listed here. These are public circles and form part of the Public Circles Database:) Please Reshare to share the love and to support SF!!!!!! =========================Our linked communities:Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH=========================I have taken the liberty of adding some people interested in Science fiction. If you want to leave, please let me know with a comment. If I have missed anyone, my apologies, please comment and let me know.=========================Hastag zoo:#scifi  #scififans   #scifichat   #scifiwatcher   #scififriday   #sciencefiction  #sciencefictiontelevision   #sciencefictionandfantasy   #sciencefictionmovies  #hardscifi   #fantasy   #worthsharing   #robotics   #drwho   #whovians  #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #public  #circlesharing   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #topcircles  #reshare   #reshared   2013-08-14 16:20:33496799687
Raffaele Romeo Arena726Have a nice #sunday  in my #circle   #sharedcircles  #socialmediaIncrease your #popularity and your #friends in the #summer2013    #sundaysharedcircle  #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle#trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles    #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle#sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme    #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare    #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare#circlesunday    #s2013-08-11 14:15:55411333
Comic Book Page0A circle of artists who have participated in the CBC Artists' Alley Tippy the Turtle art jam! Add them to your circles and fill your stream up with awesome art!Join CBC Artists' Alley>> https://plus.google.com/communities/117897611016027670779#SharedCircle #Comics2013-07-19 14:29:1012001
Matilde Mar342Awesome plussers I just added from #SharedCircles . No blue heads, no spammers, just great people that will add a lot of fun and interesting content to your stream :)2013-07-19 14:02:382601109
New Online Dramas4,1972013-07-18 08:17:4049814618

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2014-10-15 22:44:51 (111 comments, 18 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

Griping about Common Core

This probably makes me a bad father, but the instructions only said to make up a word problem for our child. They provided no editorial guidelines. In the quite likely event that you can't read my handwriting, the text of the word problem says:

"Mary has Common Core homework. Her father spent 10 minutes trying to think of a two step word problem. Mary spent 20 minutes trying to solve the problem. How much time was spent on the homework?

After the problem was solved, Mary's father spent another 20 minutes complaining about Common Core. What was the total time spent on the homework?"

You can probably see that I have erased a previous version of this word problem. That was because the original version was much more biting. So, I did self-censor to a degree.

Most reshares: 173

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2014-09-05 19:13:52 (43 comments, 173 reshares, 351 +1s)Open 

I originally posted this in my space opera themed community, Galaxy Ranger, but it's so good that I wanted to share it to my personal profile as well.

The comic is from Steak Smoothie: http://www.steaksmoothie.com/

If space opera interests you and you'd like to check out the community, it's located here: 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/114143665991109856597

Most plusones: 351

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2014-09-05 19:13:52 (43 comments, 173 reshares, 351 +1s)Open 

I originally posted this in my space opera themed community, Galaxy Ranger, but it's so good that I wanted to share it to my personal profile as well.

The comic is from Steak Smoothie: http://www.steaksmoothie.com/

If space opera interests you and you'd like to check out the community, it's located here: 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/114143665991109856597

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2014-12-26 01:35:33 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Social Media is Weird

Have you ever stopped to consider the number of people you know from social networks whom you consider to be friends? Granted these probably aren't people you'd call if you needed a kidney (although, you never know), but these are people who'd happily meet you for dinner if you happened to be passing through their town.

If you think about it, this makes sense. It's only natural that you'd form a relationship with people you speak to on a regular basis. However, even though I understand this on an intellectual level, experiencing it remains surreal.

Christmas is winding down. My children have opened all of their presents and are now safely tucked in their beds. Extended family members have gone back to their homes. My wife and I are watching one of my favorite Christmas movies The Family Man and I am thinking of all of you: my... more »

Social Media is Weird

Have you ever stopped to consider the number of people you know from social networks whom you consider to be friends? Granted these probably aren't people you'd call if you needed a kidney (although, you never know), but these are people who'd happily meet you for dinner if you happened to be passing through their town.

If you think about it, this makes sense. It's only natural that you'd form a relationship with people you speak to on a regular basis. However, even though I understand this on an intellectual level, experiencing it remains surreal.

Christmas is winding down. My children have opened all of their presents and are now safely tucked in their beds. Extended family members have gone back to their homes. My wife and I are watching one of my favorite Christmas movies The Family Man and I am thinking of all of you: my internet friends.

I am thinking of the hundreds and hundreds of people who have allowed me to get to know them. Individuals who have shared their lives with me, who argue with me, who trade jokes and barbs with me, who remain the number one reason I keep coming back to Google+. I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and my sincere wish that the impending New Year brings you only things that are good and wonderful.

Happy Holidays!___

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2014-12-25 20:53:33 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Amanda Palmer's Art of Asking

Is it worth ten bucks to buy the book? Does it contain more information than the TED Talk or is it just the same material spread out over a few hundred pages? 

Amanda Palmer's Art of Asking

Is it worth ten bucks to buy the book? Does it contain more information than the TED Talk or is it just the same material spread out over a few hundred pages? ___

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2014-12-25 19:49:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Charles Dickens Self-Published A Christmas Carol

I didn't know that. I thought he had sold it to the newspapers of the day, but that's not true. He paid to have it printed and started off selling them by hand. The article, linked below, is really interesting. It details how he used many of the same tactics that modern day self-publishers use and how he faced some of the same issues that continue to haunt us today. Take a moment to read it when you have time. It's probably around a thousand words.

Also, please leave comments on the original post to encourage +Jamie Lee Scott to post here more often. She is an author I know from Facebook and I'm trying to convince her that G+ is a better place to be. 

Charles Dickens self-published A Christmas Carol! Read more about it in the 12th Blog of Christmas from Martin Crosbie. VERY interesting!!! http://blog.jamieleescott.com/2014/12/12-blogs-of-christmas-christmas-carol.html___Charles Dickens Self-Published A Christmas Carol

I didn't know that. I thought he had sold it to the newspapers of the day, but that's not true. He paid to have it printed and started off selling them by hand. The article, linked below, is really interesting. It details how he used many of the same tactics that modern day self-publishers use and how he faced some of the same issues that continue to haunt us today. Take a moment to read it when you have time. It's probably around a thousand words.

Also, please leave comments on the original post to encourage +Jamie Lee Scott to post here more often. She is an author I know from Facebook and I'm trying to convince her that G+ is a better place to be. 

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2014-12-23 23:18:25 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

This is pretty great.

Wrong address Jon. ___This is pretty great.

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2014-12-23 03:12:01 (57 comments, 20 reshares, 327 +1s)Open 

Was the Fourth Doctor Really that Much of a Jerk?

I was reading the article (linked below) and was reminded of something I've heard several times: Tom Baker's Doctor was a jerk. Specifically, here's what the article says:

"...I was thinking about this because Doctor Who is returning in a few days. And even though Peter Capaldi has breathed new life into a show that was sputtering, I'm still pretty tired of the Doctor being a dick. The Time Lord's dickishness goes back to the 1960s, and Tom Baker's Doctor could be a megadick sometimes, but with the new series it's gone from being an occasional leitmotif to the show's main theme..."

I watched Tom Baker's Doctor when it originally aired in the US. I was a little kid at the time. I remember him being sarcastic at times. I remember him playing dumb before turning the tables to... more »

Was the Fourth Doctor Really that Much of a Jerk?

I was reading the article (linked below) and was reminded of something I've heard several times: Tom Baker's Doctor was a jerk. Specifically, here's what the article says:

"...I was thinking about this because Doctor Who is returning in a few days. And even though Peter Capaldi has breathed new life into a show that was sputtering, I'm still pretty tired of the Doctor being a dick. The Time Lord's dickishness goes back to the 1960s, and Tom Baker's Doctor could be a megadick sometimes, but with the new series it's gone from being an occasional leitmotif to the show's main theme..."

I watched Tom Baker's Doctor when it originally aired in the US. I was a little kid at the time. I remember him being sarcastic at times. I remember him playing dumb before turning the tables to reveal that he had the answers all along. I remember him handing out Jelly Babies. 

I can't say I really remember thinking he was overtly mean and cruel. It probably flew over my head because I was so young. Anyway, I'm curious. Can anyone mention title episodes or recount scenes when Baker's Doctor was being a jerk?

+Eoghann Irving I know that you've recently watched Baker's seasons. Any recommendations?___

2014-12-22 23:19:31 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Are Spammers Doing Circle Shares?

I was recently included in a circle of people who were described as being "Active on G+." This has resulted in about 20 new people circling me. All 20 of them represent profiles devoted to selling something: reverse mortgages, clothing, etc. 

Strange. Kudos to them for being this organized, I guess.

Are Spammers Doing Circle Shares?

I was recently included in a circle of people who were described as being "Active on G+." This has resulted in about 20 new people circling me. All 20 of them represent profiles devoted to selling something: reverse mortgages, clothing, etc. 

Strange. Kudos to them for being this organized, I guess.___

2014-12-22 15:57:03 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Do You Want to Make an Author Happy?

I've been seeing these memes pop up frequently. It's always some variant of something you can do to make an author happy, feel good or support them in some way.

I think this is the wrong approach. In fact, I think this is completely backwards. To paraphrase JFK, the author should not ask what the reader can do for them, but what they can do for the reader.

Most people don't wake up in the morning trying to think of something nice to do for Stephen King or even that indie author whose work they enjoy. I'm sure there are a few people who are like that, but they don't represent the majority.

No real point to this. I just wanted to vent.

Do You Want to Make an Author Happy?

I've been seeing these memes pop up frequently. It's always some variant of something you can do to make an author happy, feel good or support them in some way.

I think this is the wrong approach. In fact, I think this is completely backwards. To paraphrase JFK, the author should not ask what the reader can do for them, but what they can do for the reader.

Most people don't wake up in the morning trying to think of something nice to do for Stephen King or even that indie author whose work they enjoy. I'm sure there are a few people who are like that, but they don't represent the majority.

No real point to this. I just wanted to vent.___

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2014-12-21 23:14:46 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Great Story Here

This is Cory Doctorow doing what he does best. It's a fictional account of the abuses of DMCA, government's addiction to spying on all of us, and the backdoors that exist on many software platforms.

It's a short piece. Worth your time if you're interested in those topics.

Great Story Here

This is Cory Doctorow doing what he does best. It's a fictional account of the abuses of DMCA, government's addiction to spying on all of us, and the backdoors that exist on many software platforms.

It's a short piece. Worth your time if you're interested in those topics.___

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2014-12-20 23:29:25 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Writing While on Pain Medication

I wrote this earlier this week. This is big time first draft material. I wrote it while I was taking a combination of pain meds and muscle relaxers for my broken leg.

I wouldn't normally inflict this on you, but +Ronda Reed and +Nick Smith have been harassing me to post something to   So, blame them.

Here it is.

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Nate Pierce tried to push the beam, but it wouldn’t budge. He was pinned to the deck. He looked around the bridge of the ship. The navigation console was on fire. Black smoke billowed into the air. This wasn’t good.

He couldn’t see any of the other crew members. There had been three people on the bridge with him when they had crashed. He turned his head away from the smoke and took a deep breath. He closed his eyes and thought of only the beam. He picturedhimself ... more »

Writing While on Pain Medication

I wrote this earlier this week. This is big time first draft material. I wrote it while I was taking a combination of pain meds and muscle relaxers for my broken leg.

I wouldn't normally inflict this on you, but +Ronda Reed and +Nick Smith have been harassing me to post something to   So, blame them.

Here it is.

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Nate Pierce tried to push the beam, but it wouldn’t budge. He was pinned to the deck. He looked around the bridge of the ship. The navigation console was on fire. Black smoke billowed into the air. This wasn’t good.

He couldn’t see any of the other crew members. There had been three people on the bridge with him when they had crashed. He turned his head away from the smoke and took a deep breath. He closed his eyes and thought of only the beam. He pictured himself lifting it. In his mind, he visualized the metal raising from his chest. He imagined how it would feel to cast it off to the side. He let the breath out.

He placed his hands parallel to his shoulders, got a firm grip and pushed. Then, he pushed again. Again. Nothing. “So much for that visualization crap,” he said aloud.

He heard movement down by his feet. After a moment, a face came into his field of vision. “It didn't work because you’re doing it wrong. Visualization requires a lifetime of practice-- not a rabbit you pull out of your hat when you’re stuck.”

“Lyman, ya think you’d could do some lifting instead of sermonizin’? I’d like to get out of here.”

“Not tonight, you don’t.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean the crew is talking. Having a little chat. having a Once that’s done, I’ll be back to let you know our thoughts. Now, are you actually injured in any way? I’m not sure how long the talks will last and I don’t want to see you suffer needlessly.”

“I’m pinned to the ground by a bulkhead. What do you think?”

“Well, I’m not a doc. I can’t really tell how hurt you are. Medical is Biscuit’s job when he’s not torturing us with that stuff he tries to pass off as cooking, but he’s hurt. So, you get to talk to me instead.”

“Biscuit’s hurt? What happened? How bad is it?”

“He’ll live. Good news is it’ll be a while before he’s cooking again. When the ship crashed, he was thrown into a wall. Banged up his leg pretty bad. It might be broke. No way to tell for sure. He can’t walk on it and he screams a lot when we move him. He’s not the issue though. Are you hurt?”

“No,” Nate said quietly. “I’m fine. Is anyone else injured?”

“Mara has a blackeye. Hank’s ticked off, but that’s pretty normal for him. Everyone else came through it fine.” Lyman turned to leave.

“Lyman,” Nate said.

The older man hesitated, waiting for the question.

“What are you guy’s gonna talk about?”

“You, of course. I thought that was obvious. We’re going to talk about you and what we should do to the man who crashed the ship. Hank thinks you need to go.”

“He wants a new captain?”

“No, he wants to push you into the vacuum of space. Fortunately for you, we’ve crashed on a planet. So, he’ll have to think of something else.”

“What do you think?”

“I think you should try to visualize some of Hank’s other ideas and hope he doesn't get his way.”___

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2014-11-27 04:52:13 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Hey +Torah Cottrill​, neener, neener! 

Hey +Torah Cottrill​, neener, neener! ___

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2014-11-22 10:57:09 (31 comments, 22 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

Roving Black Holes

A black hole is kicked out of its galaxy as a result of colliding with another galaxy. Now, thanks to inertia, it wanders through space in search of prey.

This is a terrifying thought.

Here's the source article:

http://news.sciencemag.org/space/2014/11/possible-orphan-black-hole-lies-just-90-million-light-years-earth

Roving Black Holes

A black hole is kicked out of its galaxy as a result of colliding with another galaxy. Now, thanks to inertia, it wanders through space in search of prey.

This is a terrifying thought.

Here's the source article:

http://news.sciencemag.org/space/2014/11/possible-orphan-black-hole-lies-just-90-million-light-years-earth___

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2014-11-18 17:22:17 (5 comments, 11 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Speculative Fiction Short Stories

If you enjoy reading short near future science fiction pieces, you'll like what they are doing at Terra Form.

I really love some of the thinking that went into their explanation for why they set up the site:

"...it’s strange that there isn’t more fiction commingling with the newsy posts and personality quizzes and status updates tumbling down our feeds. We encourage the dissemination of information and storytelling in every conceivable way, be it listicles, data visualizations, video collages, tweetstorms, whatever. But when was the last time you saw a link to a short story shared on Facebook? The internet, it seems, doesn’t know what to do with the stuff..."

It's a good question.

Speculative Fiction Short Stories

If you enjoy reading short near future science fiction pieces, you'll like what they are doing at Terra Form.

I really love some of the thinking that went into their explanation for why they set up the site:

"...it’s strange that there isn’t more fiction commingling with the newsy posts and personality quizzes and status updates tumbling down our feeds. We encourage the dissemination of information and storytelling in every conceivable way, be it listicles, data visualizations, video collages, tweetstorms, whatever. But when was the last time you saw a link to a short story shared on Facebook? The internet, it seems, doesn’t know what to do with the stuff..."

It's a good question.___

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2014-11-15 23:07:01 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Serial Podcast

Almost everyone I know is raving about the Serial Podcast. It's amazing. It's engrossing. There's just no end to the number of accolades this show is receiving. So, I downloaded the first episode, gave it a listen and I have to say I'm confused.

They didn't mention Carcosa or the Yellow King a single time. Not A Single Time!

Why do people like this show again?

+Jeff Moriarty is particularly guilty for turning me onto the show. His glowing reviews of it made me very curious about it.

For what it's worth, I did enjoy the episode. Still not sure I'm going to be as into as some people seem to be, but it's interesting.

Serial Podcast

Almost everyone I know is raving about the Serial Podcast. It's amazing. It's engrossing. There's just no end to the number of accolades this show is receiving. So, I downloaded the first episode, gave it a listen and I have to say I'm confused.

They didn't mention Carcosa or the Yellow King a single time. Not A Single Time!

Why do people like this show again?

+Jeff Moriarty is particularly guilty for turning me onto the show. His glowing reviews of it made me very curious about it.

For what it's worth, I did enjoy the episode. Still not sure I'm going to be as into as some people seem to be, but it's interesting.___

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2014-11-15 11:46:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to +S.C. Barrus and all the authors in this bundle. Great job.

I just looked through all of the books featured in The Indie Steampunk Book Extravaganza 2 event. You won't believe it, but our awesome readers have shot 15 out of 21 of these great books into Amazon's top 100 best selling steampunk books!

You can find all of these books listed at http://awayandaway.com

Please share this awesome news!___Congratulations to +S.C. Barrus and all the authors in this bundle. Great job.

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2014-11-14 17:39:23 (12 comments, 9 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Made Me Laugh

Remember when Richard Simmons had that TV show in the 80's?

Made Me Laugh

Remember when Richard Simmons had that TV show in the 80's?___

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2014-11-13 13:31:03 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Maudlin Thought for the Day

It's kind of like Daily Affirmations, but in reverse.

Today, I was helping get our daughters ready for school. I told my oldest daughter to put her cereal bowl in the sink and get dressed. She replied, "But, I'm not done with it."

I looked at the clock, thought about how long it takes her to get dressed and thought, "Yes, you are. You just don't know it yet." Instead of debating the issue, I said, "Put it on the table and if you have time you can finish it when you get back."

Here's where things go morbid.

As I was waiting for her to finish, I thought to myself how frequently life is just like the exchange I'd had with my daughter. Specifically, I was thinking about my uncle Jack who passed away quite unexpectedly at the age of 46 ten years ago this week.
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Maudlin Thought for the Day

It's kind of like Daily Affirmations, but in reverse.

Today, I was helping get our daughters ready for school. I told my oldest daughter to put her cereal bowl in the sink and get dressed. She replied, "But, I'm not done with it."

I looked at the clock, thought about how long it takes her to get dressed and thought, "Yes, you are. You just don't know it yet." Instead of debating the issue, I said, "Put it on the table and if you have time you can finish it when you get back."

Here's where things go morbid.

As I was waiting for her to finish, I thought to myself how frequently life is just like the exchange I'd had with my daughter. Specifically, I was thinking about my uncle Jack who passed away quite unexpectedly at the age of 46 ten years ago this week.

Three months before he died, I was visiting relatives. I'd already visited him, but as I began the long drive home, I passed within thirty minutes of his house. I remember stopping at the intersection to consider whether I should turn right to go to his house or left so I could begin the six hour drive home.

We went home. That was my last chance to see my uncle alive and I missed it. Like my daughter, I'd come to an end point without knowing.

The moral of this story is: Finish Your Cereal.___

2014-11-12 00:46:59 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Love the New Mentions Tab. Now, I have a one-stop shop to help evaluate whether I'm relevant to people or not.

Love the New Mentions Tab. Now, I have a one-stop shop to help evaluate whether I'm relevant to people or not.___

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2014-11-10 14:26:10 (53 comments, 9 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Hemingwrite

I really wish it had navigation keys (arrows, Home, and End), but even without those this looks like a wonderful way for writers to finally get back to distraction free writing.

Mechanical Keyboard!
6 Week Battery Life
E-Ink Screen

I also really appreciate the stated goal to create technology that will last. If there is one page you visit on their site, make sure it's this one:

http://hemingwrite.com/heirloom-electronics-designing-products-last-generations/

If you want to read all about the features, you can find those here:

http://hemingwrite.com/

You can subscribe to their mailing list if you'd like to be notified when they release updates about the product. Currently, this is still in the prototyping phase. Prices or release dates haven't been announced.
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Hemingwrite

I really wish it had navigation keys (arrows, Home, and End), but even without those this looks like a wonderful way for writers to finally get back to distraction free writing.

Mechanical Keyboard!
6 Week Battery Life
E-Ink Screen

I also really appreciate the stated goal to create technology that will last. If there is one page you visit on their site, make sure it's this one:

http://hemingwrite.com/heirloom-electronics-designing-products-last-generations/

If you want to read all about the features, you can find those here:

http://hemingwrite.com/

You can subscribe to their mailing list if you'd like to be notified when they release updates about the product. Currently, this is still in the prototyping phase. Prices or release dates haven't been announced.

Lastly, if you would like to connect with the creators/designers, they both have Google+ accounts: +Adam Leeb and +Patrick Paul.

For those writers who follow me, I'd like to hear what you folks think about this product? Does it interest you?___

2014-11-04 16:56:45 (53 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Plot or Character: What sucks you into a story?

I'm asking because of an on-going discussion I have with been having with my father. To him, the story has to move. It needs to be filled with action. The hero/heroin needs to be tough and take charge. I like to joke that he's looking for a literary version of a Michael Bay film.

As for me, I'm more willing to stick with a book if the character appeals to me. I don't mind following them around as they figure things out and stumble through the dark, but I have to identify with them in some way.

Now, before you get into arguments about how the answer is both, let me assure you that I do understand this. For the purpose of this poll though, I'd like for you to choose between the two extremes. If you want to explain your position or expand upon  your choice, feel free to elaborate in the comments. I hope... more »

Plot or Character: What sucks you into a story?

I'm asking because of an on-going discussion I have with been having with my father. To him, the story has to move. It needs to be filled with action. The hero/heroin needs to be tough and take charge. I like to joke that he's looking for a literary version of a Michael Bay film.

As for me, I'm more willing to stick with a book if the character appeals to me. I don't mind following them around as they figure things out and stumble through the dark, but I have to identify with them in some way.

Now, before you get into arguments about how the answer is both, let me assure you that I do understand this. For the purpose of this poll though, I'd like for you to choose between the two extremes. If you want to explain your position or expand upon  your choice, feel free to elaborate in the comments. I hope that you will because I do realize that this is a topic that goes beyond the dichotomy that I've presented to you.

Plot or Character: What sucks you into a story?___

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2014-10-31 21:52:20 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

80's Awareness

I'm so happy to see people stepping forward to raise awareness to this important issue. What a tremendous display of courage. And who better to be a spokesman for this important cause than Kevin Bacon?

This video is great. If you're old enough to understand the jokes, you'll enjoy this.

80's Awareness

I'm so happy to see people stepping forward to raise awareness to this important issue. What a tremendous display of courage. And who better to be a spokesman for this important cause than Kevin Bacon?

This video is great. If you're old enough to understand the jokes, you'll enjoy this.___

2014-10-30 16:42:13 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Just saw someone describe themselves as an optimistic skeptic. I kind of love that.

Just saw someone describe themselves as an optimistic skeptic. I kind of love that.___

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2014-10-29 15:36:12 (43 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I'm in my forties. I remember being twenty-three. The article below describes a completely alien experience to me. The world, it appears, has changed quite a bit in the past two decades.

I'm in my forties. I remember being twenty-three. The article below describes a completely alien experience to me. The world, it appears, has changed quite a bit in the past two decades.___

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2014-10-28 23:28:18 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Great Thoughts Here by +Eoghann Irving.

Why I’ve Given Up Reading RSS For Reading Medium
And Why You Should Be Reading Medium Too

I have been an avid collector and reader of RSS Feeds for years. Before Google finally shuttered Reader I had at least 500 feeds that I had carefully catalogued into various categories. These feeds covered a variety of topics that interested me from basic news to science fiction to television etc. And when Reader closed I carefully exported those feeds and moved them elsewhere only to continue adding to my collection.

But I haven’t checked them in weeks.

What happened to break a decade long habit? And what has that got to do with Medium?

Well, it wasn’t Medium that stopped me reading my RSS feeds. That actually happened shortly before I gravitated to Medium. No, what killed my RSS reading habit (addiction?) was the volume.

Too Much Of A Good Thing Is Still Too Much
I’m a fast reader, or rather an excellent skim reader. Over the years I had perfected a technique for going through hundreds of articles and identifying the ones that might interest me based on a combination of the title and the RSS source. The ones that passed this first test then got a couple of paragraphs of my attention. A much smaller number would then be read completely.

The problem is when you’re dealing with a thousand or more new articles to review every day, even the fastest of browsing techniques starts to bog down. It would generally take me a couple of hours just to read all of that, never mind do anything with it.

And if I missed a couple of days suddenly I was with trawling through thousands of posts trying to catch up.
In fact, what would almost always happen in that case is that I would give up and mark everything as read. No doubt I missed some interesting things in the process.

Add to that the fact that inevitably a lot of the articles were duplicating content. Not literally the exact same article, but different people writing much the same thing about the same subject and the whole thing was just incredibly inefficient. Certainly I got to see a lot of cool things that way and read some interesting stuff, but the return on investment was getting progressively worse.

As a bandaid I tried reducing the number of feeds I was following, but really that only masked the problem. Sooner or later I’d add feeds again and I was right back where I started.

The Social Solution

For years now people have been trumpeting social media (and Twitter in particular) as being a better solution than RSS for getting news and links to articles. They are wrong.

Twitter is a stream (as many people have said before me) and all you can do is dip into it and see what happens to be floating by. If the volume of RSS feeds was a problem, then the volume on Twitter makes it completely impossible to keep up. And it has the same repetition problem that RSS had. You keep seeing the same information again and again. It’s incredibly inefficient.

Really Twitter only has one functional advantage over RSS, and that’s immediacy.

But for the sort of things I’m interested in. And actually for the sort of things that I’d argue should matter to people, immediacy is much less important than quality.

Twitter also has significant disadvantages, chief amongst them being that 140 character limit. It is extremely difficult to say anything of significance in so few letters. You certainly can’t provide any insight or subtlety. So at best you are left linking to somewhere else.

Enter Medium

Medium approaches things differently. For a start it isn’t interested in providing you with an ever flowing stream of information. Instead, it tries to provide you with a handful of articles, or “stories” to use its terminology, that will be of interest to you.

To do that it uses a few different factors. Recommendations from people that you follow on Medium, stories by people that you follow and stories that have been recommended by a lot of people. There may be some other magic in the algorithm was well, but that seems to be the core of it.

The system is not without flaws certainly. For example, it may take a little while to teach Medium what you are really interested in by finding and following the right people as well as by picking stories to recommend. And until you do the stories suggested on the home page may not be entirely satisfactory. They should, however, at least have a certain base level of competence to them.

That’s not to say that heavily recommended stories are always high quality.

Just because something is popular certainly doesn’t always mean it is good.

But I have to say I have been moderately pleased with the quality of what I’ve seen on that home page. Even in articles that don’t really interest me. Because that's another weak spot. There doesn’t seem to be any way to get a story off the home page other than to read it. An “I’m not interested” button would be rather nice.

So it is not a perfect system, but it does a lot of things right. The emphasis on Medium is on reading. They show you a manageable number of articles and they display them in a way that makes it extremely easy to read them. There’s very little to distract you from the text, beyond a few images chosen by the story author. It really is all about the ideas and the words.

Of course I’m still missing things. No one can possibly keep up with everything that’s happening. There’s just too much. But what I am getting is worth reading and I’m not being subjected to information overload.

I’ve been banging on for a while now about moving away from quick hit news bites to something with more substance. Medium has substance.

It’s so good in fact, that I wrote this story about Medium on Medium even though I plan to post it elsewhere.

And if you want a demonstration of how much nicer Medium is for reading, just compare how this article looks there compared to here on G+. There's no comparison.

https://medium.com/@EoghannIrving/why-ive-given-up-reading-rss-for-reading-medium-55eba4883490___Great Thoughts Here by +Eoghann Irving.

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2014-10-26 00:44:43 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Spreading the word.

Calling All Fans Of Pulp

The Pulp Stories collection on Medium is intended to be a source for modern fiction that takes inspiration from the pulp era of storytelling. I’m looking to serve both readers and writers with this collection.

Read More... https://medium.com/pulp-stories/calling-all-fans-of-pulp-f589816bb06d

Todays post about Medium was brought to you by the letter P.___Spreading the word.

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2014-10-24 21:01:08 (52 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Medium: Rising?

Recently, I've been reading a lot of stories posted on Medium. Almost everything about the site impresses me. For that reason, I've wanted to start poking and doing more than just reading content. I have several draft posts that I am currently developing and will post shortly, but I have also encouraged several other people to begin to explore the platform as well because I believe there is a lot of untapped opportunity for fiction writers (there aren't that many there) on that platform.

Collections, Recommendations and Discovery

Those are the key ways a story gains traction on Medium. Collections are curated assemblies of stories that share a common theme. These have the potential to introduce new readers to your work because many times collections attract subscribers who may not know to look for you as an individual. 
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Medium: Rising?

Recently, I've been reading a lot of stories posted on Medium. Almost everything about the site impresses me. For that reason, I've wanted to start poking and doing more than just reading content. I have several draft posts that I am currently developing and will post shortly, but I have also encouraged several other people to begin to explore the platform as well because I believe there is a lot of untapped opportunity for fiction writers (there aren't that many there) on that platform.

Collections, Recommendations and Discovery

Those are the key ways a story gains traction on Medium. Collections are curated assemblies of stories that share a common theme. These have the potential to introduce new readers to your work because many times collections attract subscribers who may not know to look for you as an individual. 

Recommendations is the name Medium gives to the action a reader takes when they decide to commend a story. There is a Recommend button at the end of every story. You can think of it as a Like button if you prefer. The difference between Recommend and Like is that the recommendation will continue to live on your profile instead of disappearing into a newsfeed. This means that six months from now people who look at your profile will continue to be able to find past stories that you have enjoyed enough to recommend.

Discovery is the term I'm using for the work done by Medium's algorithms. I am not a programmer. So, I won't even try to explain or evaluate whether their approach to this is better than other companies. On a personal level as a reader, I've noticed that the more I invest in educating Medium about what I like (by recommending, reading or commenting on articles) the better it gets at serving me things I want to see.

Why Should You Care?

Well, several people have decided to give Medium a shot and a few of these individuals have taken the extra step and have created themed collections of their own. I am posting this message to help anyone who would like to contribute to these collections find them. 

+Nathan Lowell has created Tales of New Eden which is devoted to fan fiction set in the EvE Online game universe. That collection is located here:

https://medium.com/tales-of-new-eden

+Steve Turnbull has created Steampunk Stories which he describes as "Neo-Vicwardian Retro-Futurism." That collection is located here:

https://medium.com/steampunk-stories

+Eoghann Irving has created Pulp Stories which he describes as "Pulse Pounding Tales of Action, Intrigue and Adventure." That collection is located here:

https://medium.com/pulp-stories

+Mark David has created Stories to Imagine. This collection is described as "Stories and articles for readers & writers of real-world fiction." It is located here:

https://medium.com/stories-to-imagine

+Ryan M. Danks has started Superhero Fiction which is described as "A collection of fictional stories in the superhero genre." The collection is located here:

https://medium.com/superhero-fiction

Lastly, I have a collection called Appalachian Nocturnes that is devoted to "Stories set in Appalachia that feature the supernatural, the unexplained and the unknown." It is located here:

https://medium.com/appalachian-nocturnes

Currently, the only collections that have stories are the Tales of New Eden, Steampunk Stories, Stories to Imagine and Appalachian Nocturnes. If you're a reader, stop by and read the stories. You can follow them via RSS or by e-mail. If you have a Medium account, please recommend the ones you enjoy or share links to them where appropriate.

If you're a writer, consider contributing a story to one of the collections and please think about posting stories to Medium. It's not uncommon for non-fiction articles, which make up the bulk of what has been posted there, can rack up tens or even hundreds of thousands of reads when they catch popular attention. 

If you are on Medium and are looking for people to follow, you can find pretty much everyone (at least, the ones I've been able to locate) from Google+ on my profile. Just click on the tab that says Following. It'll list all of their names and link to their profiles. You can visit my profile here: https://medium.com/@jlward___

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2014-10-22 01:52:55 (55 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Is anyone actively posting and using Medium? I've been reading a lot of articles over there. I really enjoy it, but I don't think I'm following enough people. If you are posting there, could you leave a link to your profile in the comments?

Is anyone actively posting and using Medium? I've been reading a lot of articles over there. I really enjoy it, but I don't think I'm following enough people. If you are posting there, could you leave a link to your profile in the comments?___

2014-10-21 17:22:28 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Have You Ever Used a Bidet?

If you have used one, would you recommend them? Tell me in the comments.

Have You Ever Used a Bidet?

If you have used one, would you recommend them? Tell me in the comments.___

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2014-10-21 07:03:13 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

"This is my work and my art, and I'm going to do it for a long time, and if it doesn't work, I'll do it again, but better."

That's my favorite Seth Godin quote yet. He was speaking about his writing.

h/t to +Mark Traphagen for introducing me to the article.

"This is my work and my art, and I'm going to do it for a long time, and if it doesn't work, I'll do it again, but better."

That's my favorite Seth Godin quote yet. He was speaking about his writing.

h/t to +Mark Traphagen for introducing me to the article.___

2014-10-20 17:35:08 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Where Do You Get Your News?

Where Do You Get Your News?___

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2014-10-16 15:10:04 (47 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Westerns?

My father reads westerns. He loves them and tears through them at a voracious pace. He's always looking for new authors or titles to read. 

Is there something like Bookbub, ENT or any of the other recommendation sites for Westerns?

Westerns?

My father reads westerns. He loves them and tears through them at a voracious pace. He's always looking for new authors or titles to read. 

Is there something like Bookbub, ENT or any of the other recommendation sites for Westerns?___

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2014-10-15 22:44:51 (111 comments, 18 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

Griping about Common Core

This probably makes me a bad father, but the instructions only said to make up a word problem for our child. They provided no editorial guidelines. In the quite likely event that you can't read my handwriting, the text of the word problem says:

"Mary has Common Core homework. Her father spent 10 minutes trying to think of a two step word problem. Mary spent 20 minutes trying to solve the problem. How much time was spent on the homework?

After the problem was solved, Mary's father spent another 20 minutes complaining about Common Core. What was the total time spent on the homework?"

You can probably see that I have erased a previous version of this word problem. That was because the original version was much more biting. So, I did self-censor to a degree.

Griping about Common Core

This probably makes me a bad father, but the instructions only said to make up a word problem for our child. They provided no editorial guidelines. In the quite likely event that you can't read my handwriting, the text of the word problem says:

"Mary has Common Core homework. Her father spent 10 minutes trying to think of a two step word problem. Mary spent 20 minutes trying to solve the problem. How much time was spent on the homework?

After the problem was solved, Mary's father spent another 20 minutes complaining about Common Core. What was the total time spent on the homework?"

You can probably see that I have erased a previous version of this word problem. That was because the original version was much more biting. So, I did self-censor to a degree.___

2014-10-06 21:40:24 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Do You Write Thrillers or Suspense?

We're looking for books that when you upload them to Amazon that you're choosing suspense or thriller as one of the categories. If there are enough suspense elements in your book, so that you would categorize it at that level as suspense, then, would you please leave a comment here? If you have published a book in that genre, can you mention that as well? Feel free to link to it, if you like.

+Eduardo Suastegui has made several comments recently that he is having a hard time finding other people who write in this genre. Maybe if we can get a group together, then all of you can band together to do something cool and raise visibility to your work.

Do You Write Thrillers or Suspense?

We're looking for books that when you upload them to Amazon that you're choosing suspense or thriller as one of the categories. If there are enough suspense elements in your book, so that you would categorize it at that level as suspense, then, would you please leave a comment here? If you have published a book in that genre, can you mention that as well? Feel free to link to it, if you like.

+Eduardo Suastegui has made several comments recently that he is having a hard time finding other people who write in this genre. Maybe if we can get a group together, then all of you can band together to do something cool and raise visibility to your work.___

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2014-09-29 21:11:16 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Fiction on Social Media

What is the best way to present fiction on social media? Sure, reading fiction via posts isn't for everyone, but some people enjoy it. With that in mind, I have some questions.

1. How long should it be?
2. Should you only post material that ends on a cliffhanger or contains something dramatic?
3. Should you serialize work?
4. Does formatting matter?
5. Should you use an image with your post?
6. What other issues should we be considering?

Not really meant to be a set of rules. This is just something to start a conversation. If you've posted fiction via social media, I hope you'll 
speak up and share your experience.

What has worked for you? What hasn't? Share the knowledge because knowing is half the battle.

I think the reason to ask these questions is because they have... more »

Fiction on Social Media

What is the best way to present fiction on social media? Sure, reading fiction via posts isn't for everyone, but some people enjoy it. With that in mind, I have some questions.

1. How long should it be?
2. Should you only post material that ends on a cliffhanger or contains something dramatic?
3. Should you serialize work?
4. Does formatting matter?
5. Should you use an image with your post?
6. What other issues should we be considering?

Not really meant to be a set of rules. This is just something to start a conversation. If you've posted fiction via social media, I hope you'll 
speak up and share your experience.

What has worked for you? What hasn't? Share the knowledge because knowing is half the battle.

I think the reason to ask these questions is because they have an influence on whether people read your fiction or not. Obviously, the main factor is the quality of the fiction, but presentation and length definitely play an important role as well. Only additional practice will allow us to improve quality, but we can control presentation right now. That's the motivation for my questions.___

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2014-09-26 14:58:56 (29 comments, 4 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Remember: Always carry a lightsource... and a towel. Always carry a towel.

Remember: Always carry a lightsource... and a towel. Always carry a towel.___

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2014-09-25 20:56:38 (73 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Are you on Ello?

If so, link to your profile. I've just joined. Thanks for the invite +Eric Hubbel.

This is my profile: https://ello.co/jlward

Are you on Ello?

If so, link to your profile. I've just joined. Thanks for the invite +Eric Hubbel.

This is my profile: https://ello.co/jlward___

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2014-09-23 22:31:15 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Buffy Cartoon that Never Was

+Gregory Lynn you've probably already seen this, but here's the intro to an animated version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was being considered, but was ultimately passed on.

Buffy Cartoon that Never Was

+Gregory Lynn you've probably already seen this, but here's the intro to an animated version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was being considered, but was ultimately passed on.___

2014-09-22 13:21:03 (42 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

What are you doing today? Anything exciting? Anything boring or monotonous? Tell me about it.

What are you doing today? Anything exciting? Anything boring or monotonous? Tell me about it.___

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2014-09-20 20:09:45 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

For +Amanda Rachelle Warren

For +Amanda Rachelle Warren___

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2014-09-20 15:55:15 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Posting this to mess with +Gregory Lynn who really, really hates boiled peanuts. 

Posting this to mess with +Gregory Lynn who really, really hates boiled peanuts. ___

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2014-09-19 10:19:05 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Nook Readers: Want a Free Book?

+Endi Webb has put together a really massive anthology of science fiction stories. This thing is over 2200 pages. It's made up of ten full novels. They are trying to get some traction on Barnes and Noble.

With that in mind, Endi is giving away several copies of the book to any Nook owners who are willing to send him an e-mail with your e-mail address. He's asking for the e-mail address so he can gift a copy of the book to your B&N account. You aren't signing up for a mailing list or anything like that. I know Endi and he can be trusted. His e-mail address is:

authorendiwebb@gmail.com

If you'd rather just purchase the book instead of getting a free copy, it's currently on sale for 99 cents. You can grab a copy here:
... more »

Nook Readers: Want a Free Book?

+Endi Webb has put together a really massive anthology of science fiction stories. This thing is over 2200 pages. It's made up of ten full novels. They are trying to get some traction on Barnes and Noble.

With that in mind, Endi is giving away several copies of the book to any Nook owners who are willing to send him an e-mail with your e-mail address. He's asking for the e-mail address so he can gift a copy of the book to your B&N account. You aren't signing up for a mailing list or anything like that. I know Endi and he can be trusted. His e-mail address is:

authorendiwebb@gmail.com

If you'd rather just purchase the book instead of getting a free copy, it's currently on sale for 99 cents. You can grab a copy here:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stars-empire-edward-w-robertson/1120159334?ean=2940046300239

Please re-share this with anyone who might be interested. It's tough for self-published authors to gain traction on Barnes and Noble. So, let's try to give this as much visibility as we can.___

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2014-09-18 06:01:07 (15 comments, 51 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

This made me laugh. From http://explosm.net/

This made me laugh. From http://explosm.net/___

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2014-09-13 15:45:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Reviewers Wanted

+Graeme Hague is trying to get some people to review his book Twice as Dead. This is a novella length (34,000 words) mystery novel that features paranormal elements. You don't have to purchase the book. He's happy to send you a copy for free in your format of choice. After you've read the book, he asks that you leave an honest review on the retail site that you use to purchase books.

Many of the promotional sites require a minimum number of reviews before they are willing to accept a title. His hope is to hit that magic number of 10 reviews so he can qualify.

If you are interested, send him a private message or leave a comment here and he'll work out the details for you

Reviewers Wanted

+Graeme Hague is trying to get some people to review his book Twice as Dead. This is a novella length (34,000 words) mystery novel that features paranormal elements. You don't have to purchase the book. He's happy to send you a copy for free in your format of choice. After you've read the book, he asks that you leave an honest review on the retail site that you use to purchase books.

Many of the promotional sites require a minimum number of reviews before they are willing to accept a title. His hope is to hit that magic number of 10 reviews so he can qualify.

If you are interested, send him a private message or leave a comment here and he'll work out the details for you___

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2014-09-13 01:56:22 (40 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Remember When Kids Received Actual Grades?

Exactly what is the numerical percentage value of an S+ versus a Checkmark? I asked what happened to the A, B, C, etc. grading system that was in use when I was a kid and was told that the system had been changed because their was too much stigma associated with those letters.

Do you know why there was a stigma associate with them? Because people easily understood whether the grade received was good or bad. Eventually, there will be a stigma associated with this S+, Checkmark, Bearclaw or whatever other arbitrary symbol they choose. 

Sometimes, I'm just a grumpy old man and need to vent.

Remember When Kids Received Actual Grades?

Exactly what is the numerical percentage value of an S+ versus a Checkmark? I asked what happened to the A, B, C, etc. grading system that was in use when I was a kid and was told that the system had been changed because their was too much stigma associated with those letters.

Do you know why there was a stigma associate with them? Because people easily understood whether the grade received was good or bad. Eventually, there will be a stigma associated with this S+, Checkmark, Bearclaw or whatever other arbitrary symbol they choose. 

Sometimes, I'm just a grumpy old man and need to vent.___

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2014-09-09 14:47:28 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Look at that big red eye. The article talks about how the Nest thermostat is now able to communicate with the rest of your connected home. How long will it be before you are trying to do something in your Smart Home and a voice comes from that big red eye that says,

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

Look at that big red eye. The article talks about how the Nest thermostat is now able to communicate with the rest of your connected home. How long will it be before you are trying to do something in your Smart Home and a voice comes from that big red eye that says,

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."___

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2014-09-09 01:43:44 (3 comments, 26 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Net Neutrality is important. Almost every cable company in existence is lobbying hard (they're spending over a million a week) to make sure that it goes away. If you'd like to find out more about the issue (and what you can do about it), you can visit this site: 

https://www.battleforthenet.com/sept10th/

Net Neutrality is important. Almost every cable company in existence is lobbying hard (they're spending over a million a week) to make sure that it goes away. If you'd like to find out more about the issue (and what you can do about it), you can visit this site: 

https://www.battleforthenet.com/sept10th/___

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2014-09-05 19:13:52 (43 comments, 173 reshares, 351 +1s)Open 

I originally posted this in my space opera themed community, Galaxy Ranger, but it's so good that I wanted to share it to my personal profile as well.

The comic is from Steak Smoothie: http://www.steaksmoothie.com/

If space opera interests you and you'd like to check out the community, it's located here: 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/114143665991109856597

I originally posted this in my space opera themed community, Galaxy Ranger, but it's so good that I wanted to share it to my personal profile as well.

The comic is from Steak Smoothie: http://www.steaksmoothie.com/

If space opera interests you and you'd like to check out the community, it's located here: 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/114143665991109856597___

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2014-09-05 17:54:35 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Karen Woodward I know that you enjoy the work of Aaron Sorkin. If you want to own the entire West Wing series, it's on sale for 62 dollars on Amazon today... or you could just watch the exact same thing on Netflix.

+Karen Woodward I know that you enjoy the work of Aaron Sorkin. If you want to own the entire West Wing series, it's on sale for 62 dollars on Amazon today... or you could just watch the exact same thing on Netflix.___

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2014-09-03 15:50:47 (32 comments, 45 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

Achieve Inner Peace

This Dalek relaxation video is so soothing and relaxing. Listen to it as you fall asleep at night.

Achieve Inner Peace

This Dalek relaxation video is so soothing and relaxing. Listen to it as you fall asleep at night.___

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2014-09-02 15:59:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Any of you Tennessee folk know a good place to eat lunch in Murfreesboro? 

Any of you Tennessee folk know a good place to eat lunch in Murfreesboro? ___

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2014-09-01 22:47:18 (38 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Cinderella: The Real Story

Somewhat of a crisis in our home today. Youngest daughter broke the oldest daughter's toy. These dolls are tiny. They might be three inches tall. There's no way my big fingers would be able to properly align the little peg joint that holds the legs together, but I still wanted to repair the doll for her. Pictured below was my solution.

Now, I just need to develop a plausible back story for how she lost her leg. I'm thinking something along the lines of: "Well, you know how Cinderella loses her shoe in the story? Turns out there was a bit more to that loss than just a shoe."

The problem with that opening is that it kind of inspires some gory imagery where the prince wanders from home to home carrying a decaying leg to each of the maidens to see if it fits.

I think I may need to work on this story just a bit... more »

Cinderella: The Real Story

Somewhat of a crisis in our home today. Youngest daughter broke the oldest daughter's toy. These dolls are tiny. They might be three inches tall. There's no way my big fingers would be able to properly align the little peg joint that holds the legs together, but I still wanted to repair the doll for her. Pictured below was my solution.

Now, I just need to develop a plausible back story for how she lost her leg. I'm thinking something along the lines of: "Well, you know how Cinderella loses her shoe in the story? Turns out there was a bit more to that loss than just a shoe."

The problem with that opening is that it kind of inspires some gory imagery where the prince wanders from home to home carrying a decaying leg to each of the maidens to see if it fits.

I think I may need to work on this story just a bit more.___

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