Monday, February 28, 2011

Magazine Market Monday

Boy’s Life

The Magazine for the Boy Scouts of America age of readers: 6-18. This magazine is looking for how-to photo features, general interest, hobby and craft ideas.

Word Length: 500-1500. Pays $400-$1,500

Query by mail with SASE: Boys’ Life PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015


(Hope this helps some of you writers out there :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

ECO AWESOME-Earth Friendly Friday

We all have to wash our hair so why not love the planet and our hair at the same time? It's easy and organic! Going green doesn't mean giving up style. You can get gorgeous with a shampoo that has 71% organic content, no parabans, no artificial colors, no synthetic fragrances, and no sodium laureth sulfates. Plus, the tube is 50% post consumer recycled material. So check out Bed Head's Eco Awesome Shampoo and Conditioner.

Sometimes all it takes is looking a little to find healthy, earth-friendly options.

And here's one review of these particular products from a college kid who tried it for me and then let me know what she thought of it:

About the shampoo:

I really love the scent!!! The mint kind of wakes me up in the morning. It's kinda like aroma therapy in your shower :D and I love that it's mostly organic!

The only downside is that after I'm done rising, my hair doesn't feel as slick right out of the shower as I'm used to, but I think it's because I'm going really lightly on the conditioner.

(Thanks Mackenzie)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dieting is a Lot Like Writing

Okay, so I think everything is a lot like writing. Maybe because I write and I diet – I can see the correlations.

But, we all just want to be loved. . .for who we are, how we look and what we write—right?

Well, maybe not all of us, but I sure do. I hate rejection. Who doesn’t? But I can’t let a little ego-deflation limit what I do. I just have to work harder…on my story and my fitness level.

I don’t want my body to be out of shape and I don’t want my story to be flabby either. That’s the reason I’m taking a lot of time to write and work out. So it’s hard when someone rejects me…for how I look or how my story sounds.

Maybe the problem is I’m too boring. Not enough conflict or adventure in my life…I mean manuscript. And maybe I’m still out of shape, too many pages and too many pounds. That’s why I’m trying to take off the excess. Reading through my story one more time and hitting the delete button on extraneous words (“like”, “really”, and “said”), believe me there are lots of those tricky little buggers in my babies. And that’s why I’m working toward that half-marathon like there’s no tomorrow and writing every night. I’m hoping to increase my cardio and self-critiquing abilities.

I’m sure I’ll still come across some rejection in my life…I mean writing. But, at least if I’m doing everything I can do to be in the best shape possible, maybe my stories will be loved and me too.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Answer to Word for Wedneday

Answer to what the word riparian means: of, pertaining to, or situated or dwelling on the bank of a river or other body of water: riparian villas.

If you want to double check, look here. And, thanks for playing :)

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Word: riparian

Guess what it means. Put your guess in the "comments" section then come back around 3:00 to see if you were write ;)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Getting Ready

I love decorating
but sometimes the decorations sit around a little too long - like these Valentine's Day flowers.

I needed to replace the worn out, wilted, bouquet
but I didn't want to spend much money so I picked up some silk flowers at a local craft shop on clearance for .25 per stem.Then I put them into the floral foam I want to add some green carnations and a couple more white ones and then it will be ready to herald in the Lucky Season!

How 'bout you - are you getting ready for the Shamrock Day?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy President's Day or Presidents' Day

Whether you want to think of it as President's Day or Presidents' Day, I hope you all have the day off to rest, relax and recuperate. I know I'm going to be trying to recover from my weekend warrior workout.

The holiday was originated in 1880 to celebrate the first President's Birthday and was the first Federal holiday to honor an American Citizen. So, we're all celebrating Washington's Birthday or at least that's how it started out. Originally it was celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, February 22. But it was changed to Presidents' Day or President's Day. The first attempt to create a Presidents Day occurred in 1951, but it took a while to work out the kinks. Still it's a day off to spend with family and friends. So, I'm ready to toast P-Day whether it's in honor of Washington or all the men who have served as President over the years.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Most women love shoesand purses, and makeup.

Not me.

I was the quintessential Tom-Boy growing up. With four big brothers, I was more into skateboarding than shoes and punching than purses. And, I HATED wearing dresses.

I remember sneaking pants to school like some people sneak alcohol (in a brown paper bag) then slipping into the bathroom to change so Mom wouldn’t find out.

Yeah, I was sneaky and sly when it came to clothing but not because I wanted to show any skin.

God forbid.

I wanted to cover up and hide that moon-white epidermis. So, I’ve never had any worries of being accused of being a fashionista. It could never happen.

For one thing, I’m more familiar with flats than fashion and minivans than makeup. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise that when I wore (what I thought were) my “cute” kitten heels to work and told my friend Cristy, “Look I’m dressed up—and even wearing heels.” She laughed a little and said those aren’t high heels. They're more like training (w)heels.

So, now I’ll be known as the old lady who wears training heels around the office but maybe that’s better than flats, don’t ask me. I’m no authority. In fact, I’m a little surprised I’ve never been turned into WHAT NOT TO WEAR. The fashion police could have a field day in my closet. And, I could definitely be in the running for a Mom Gone Wrong segment.

And, like I said, “I definitely have no fear of ever being labeled a fashionista.” I’m just hoping I don’t hit a bump in the rode, when I’m walking, and fall over on my training (w)heels.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Here's a question for all you math-minded folks out there.Question:

At what point does fahrenheit equal celsius?

Take a guess....

Now scroll down for the answer


And further

Answer: -40 degrees.

You have to know the formula to figure out how to convert celsius to fahrenheit. Most of us haven't done algebra for a while but it's: Fahrenheit = Celsius X 9/5 + 32.

Or t(F) = t(C)x 9/5 +32

t-9t/5 = 32
-4t/5 = 32
t= -40 (so that's the temperature where t(F) = t(C)x 9/5 + 32

EZ Smeazy

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Answer to Word for Wedneday

I hope you flexed that most important muscle -- yeah, your brain and played along. And, if you're Scottish, maybe you already know what it means because it comes from the Gaelic term car "to twist" and fuffle which means "to disarrange".

Kurfuffle means chaos, commotion, disorder

and it can be spelled a couple different ways: carfuffle , carfuffle or kurfuffle

Want to read more, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Come on out and us what you're made of word-wise ;)

Put your guess in the "comments" section then come back at 3:00 to see
if you were "write" or wrong :)


What does it mean?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hate, Hate, Hate

I HATE spending money on clothes - always have.
I HATE having clothes that don't fit properly
I HATE never finding the material/fabric and textures that I want to wear

Besides clothes are so ridiculously expensive I just can't get over the markup.
Even when I was young and in a scholarship pageant (yes--I had to try to come up with the money to go to college), I wore a homemade dress.

So, Jovan (my son's gfriend) wanted to help me make a dress form - and we did - so I could make my own clothes.

Here's how we did it using an old shirt and duct tape.

First I picked out an old shirt.

Then we started duct taping it.

I think I'm saying, "Hey watch where you're putting that duct tape."
After one layer was finished
We put on a second layer of duct tape, using white duct tape so we could see where we'd already put the tape. I was getting tired standing for so long (maybe because it was 11:30 p.m. or maybe because I'm just getting old) but it was worth it. We ran out of white duct tape but thought we had enough layers already so
then we cut off the duct taped shirt
Then we stuffed the shirt with newspaperand sealed the bottom with paper and tape. We used black duct tape to seal up the top portion so the paper wouldn't fall out. Then I made my own pattern off of one of my favorite dresses.
And started sewing
I had to adjust the shoulder seams and take it in on the sides, but it is a whole lot easier to get a good fit when you use a dress form that is made to your body.
And, I'm not model but here's how it came out (and I even had enough material to make a scarf)
I also tried using the scarf as a belt and a cummerbund for another look

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love is Like Beauty - it's deep inside

I wanted to show Love Lays Deep in the Heart - I wanted to show it by making a cake with a heart hidden deep inside. I got the idea from a cyber friend. She's making the cake for her hubby.

But here's how I did it.

First I baked five cakes, four white cakes and one red one.

Then we hollowed out the centers, making one with a point and the other two with two rounded sides.

Then I filled it with the red cake.

Then I frosted the cake
And served it- yummy!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and yummy treats!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Oregon Goes Green(er)

Portland might be the city of roses, and it may be the season of love and wearing red but Oregon is definitely coming out all green and I'm not talking about leprechauns. We have bikes galore, MAX, recycling centers and stations everywhere. So what more can we do?

We may be the first state to ban plastic bags. Read all about it here. So, what do you think? Are you a bag toting shopper? What do you think of banning the plastic bags?

Thursday, February 10, 2011


If you write, and you'd like to see your text in a pretty word bubble, check out this site: Wordle and run your text through it.

I ran Mary Had a Little Lamb through it just to test it out. It's fun. Try it and tell me what you think.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Answer to Word for Wedneday

The English language is always evolving. It morphs and changes quicker than we writers can keep up with. So, here's a site that will help you find words you might not know the meaning to.

Hangry is a mix of two words that can be found in the Urban Dictionary. It's a fun place to find new "trendy" words. Check it out here.

means: hungry and angry. It's a word that was invented to describe that feeling when you get when you are out at a restaurant and have been waiting over an hour to get the meal that you have ordered.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Play along guess what it means then come back around 3:00 to see, if you were write or wrong ;)

Word: Hangry

Put your guess in the comments - it's fun to play

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


What do you call someone wearing sunglasses in Portland, Oregon?

Come on take a guess...

Scroll down

And down further

An Optimist

Monday, February 7, 2011

Name Calling

What's in a name?

I know my Mom and Dad argued about what they were going to name us. You’d think since they had nine kids, they could simply take turns. Nope. One of my brothers actually came home from the hospital with “Boy” listed on his birth certificate because Mom and Dad couldn’t agree.

Dad wanted to name him Shenandoah. Mom didn’t. She wasn’t going to give in. And so “Boy” is the name shown on his birth certificate.

My sister and I have rhyming names. I kind of think Mom was running out of ideas and at the bottom of her list, when we came along. People sometimes think we’re twins because our names are so similar. I think it’s funny because I’m older ;) She doesn’t.

But as writers we all have to ask ourselves what is in a name? How should the name reflect on our characters? Should they sound strong and forceful or meek and mild and can names do that for a character? It’s like predisposing our characters to certain traits simply because of their name.

Harry Potter, for instance, was a rather mundane name for a wizard but there must have been hidden meaning in his name…right? I looked it up to see what it means. Can you guess?

It means "Army Ruler". Or according to the UK, it comes from the name Henry, which was a name for Kings. So, maybe it's not so unusual for a special wizard.

This is just to remind all your writers and/or parents out there: names have a huge impact on people and we should consider them strongly when we are writing and/or planning how we want to portray or pre-dispose the "people" in our stories.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Earth-Friendly Friday

Reknit - have you heard of it?

It's a site where a guy's mom will take your old, worn out sweaters and knitted things and turn them into new sustainable items--for a fee of course. But, I think it's a cool way to reuse, recraft and redo.

How 'bout you?

What do you think? Would you be willing to try such a site?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tyrannosaurus Rex - the true meaning

The true meaning behind the giant of a name is Tyrant Lizard King. If you don't believe me, check it out here.

And, thanks for playing.


What does it mean? Can you guess?

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Put you guess in "comments", come on and play.
Then come back around 3 to see, if you were "write" or wrong.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Newbery, Printz, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King,

The Winners have crossed the finish line. The awards have been named.
You might want to pick up a copy of the books that made the list(s):

Coretta Scott King

So many books - so little time

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Decorating for the Day of Love

Just beginning to decorate the special day.

How 'bout you? Do you decorate for the day of Love?