Every day, I read blogs from writers, editors, and agents telling us (writers) not to complain on our personal sites.  Don’t reveal too much about yourself, or your weaknesses, or your failures.  Too many times, I’ve happened across a forum war or, worse, an Amazon review war between an author and readers or even other authors. What you write is cached somewhere–Google or the Wayback Machine–and you’ll never escape the day you told a little too  much or complained a little too loudly or even acted like a total bitchface because someone dared to negatively review  your work. This is why I admire Lani DianeRead More →

There’s this guy and he calls himself The Oatmeal.  No, I don’t know why.  But he’s hilarious.  For instance, he explains how to use a semicolon and he’s correct.  But, it’s also funny enough that you might just remember it.  He also explains why he’d rather be punched in the testicles than call customer service. And 10 reasons to avoid talking on the phone.  And he does it all, and there’s plenty more, with these hilarious cartoons.  So, you should go there, love him, and buy a poster. And, no, I didn’t get a thing for saying this.  I just love sharing the funny.Read More →

15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee – The Oatmeal. If you love coffee like I love coffee, you will love this.  It’s educational AND inappropriately amusing. Image from I Can Has Cheezburger.Read More →

Turn your picture into a romance novel cover. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversary, wedding gift or just for that special person you’ve been dating. If you’ve ever dreamed of being on the cover of a Harlequin Romance Novel, this is as close as you’re likely to get. via Use your picture to make a romance novel cover!. I haven’t used this yet, so I don’t know how the results look.  (I don’t mind my pic so much, but I’m hesitant to star my poor husband on a romance cover).  I’d love to see it, if you give it a go.Read More →

Did you ever read a book or, even more appropriately, watch a movie and leave feeling cheated?  Things weren’t resolved?  No payoff?  Not what you expected?  Then, OMG, do I have a site for you.  It’s called, believe it or not, How It Should Have Ended.  Or HISHE, for short.  (I’ve decided to pronounce it His He.) So, go there.  Blair Witch and Twilight were really good.  I’m off to see how It’s a Wonderful Life should’ve ended.Read More →

Love the name. I remember being a child/teen and being so absorbed in stories, so carried away by them. They were crucial to my existence. And, once or twice, I did read by flashlight. Hell, I’m still a sucker for a booklight. Every freaking time. So, there’s a site.  Flashlight Worthy Books.  And it has reading lists.  Over 300 of them.  Awesome?  I think so. Seriously, take a look at some of these. 5 of the Best Children’s Books Grownups Will Love Books for the Serious Jane Austen Fan Call Me Crazy, Call Me True: Madness We Can All Relate To The Things We DoRead More →

It’s Wordle and it’s adorable. Here’s mine: Make your own at wordle.net. I don’t know why “th” is apparently a word I use a lot, unless I’m seriously typoing the hell out of “the”, and I know I only used ye in the post on talk like a pirate day, so I’m surprised at it’s largeness.  On the other hand, I kind of expected awesome to be about two feet tall.  So, I like it.Read More →

This site, cassettefrommyex.com, describes itself: They were into you, so they made you a tape. Today you don’t have a cassette player, but you still can’t toss that mix. We share the stories and the soundtrack to your earliest loves. It sounds so cheesy, but when you go there, read the stories about how the tape came to be, it sort of sucks you in.  And it must do that to more than just me, because there’s an upcoming book. I think the best part is there’s even a track list.  That and it reminds you of those mix tapes you made and received.  Also,Read More →

Go to fontcapture.com and create your own free handwritten font.  It said use a sharpie, but I wrote too big and cut off most of my letters.  The instructions are easy–you just need a printer and a scanner.  You must try it!  Go now.Read More →

This is not an amusing joke, like Zombie Harmony. This is real, serious research, people. What if zombies were real? What would we have to do to stop the spreading of this “infectious disease?” Some nuggets of wisdom.  You know, just in case. Professor Robert Smith? (the question mark is part of his surname and not a typographical mistake) and colleagues wrote: “We model a zombie attack using biological assumptions based on popular zombie movies. Okay, well, as long as it’s based on biological assumptions garnered watching movies. To give the living a fighting chance, the researchers chose “classic” slow-moving zombies as our opponents ratherRead More →