In other words, go to my site, click on every product, buy most of them, and helped me pay for my server space. Or, buy lots of stuff and help me develop products of interest of Hungarian Americans.
- Nap. You need it. You are overworked as it is.
- Read. Read something on your to-be-read list. No, not something work-related. Something fun.
- Meet a friend. Yes, get offline and get a life.
- Pray. Most of the world says they believe in God. Talk with Him. If you are an atheist, meditate.
- Exercise. You are probably fat and blew off your New Year's Resolutions in early January.
- Clean. Clean your house. Or, if at work, tidy up your files.
- Visit. Go see your mom.
- Open the windows. No, not the Microsoft kind. Get some fresh air.
- Cook. It will feel great to make and eat a full meal. Invite a friend.
- Write. Not, not an email. Remember you are updating the operating system. Go get some paper and a pen. Write someone a letter at least five paragraphs long.
Lots of grills. None that I want. There's mostly low-end stuff and I'm intending on upgrading.
I do wish they offered everything all at once instead of piecemealing it.
There's even a sauna.
Black Friday must've stunk because Prime Day is a goose egg as far as I'm concerned.
Maybe you've found good deals. First off, I'm finding sorting things frustrating. Secondly, there doesn't seem to be anything but toss-away products.
- No grilling supplies or grills.
- No Android tablets (unless you want a Kindle). The Kindle is nice but I can't do some primary Google tasks on it, like Google Docs. Well, there is a pink one.
- No coffee machines. I'd like a good espresso maker.
How to write a eulogy: http://americanspeechwriter.com
Archie Bunker's friend, Stretch Cunningham, died unexpectedly, and he is asked to give a eulogy. Feeling he is over his head, he enlists the Meathead to help him write the eulogy. Mike himself is an atheist, but Archie convinces him to include mentions of Jesus Christ, trying to be sensitive towards Stretch's faith. What Archie does not know is that Stretch was Jewish.
When Archie approaches the podium, he realizes his written eulogy is inappropriate and does his best to adjust. What he really came to say comes through, and that is that Stretch was a good friend and that he'll miss him. Edith is deeply touched, knowing that beneath Archie's awkwardness, he did the best he could.
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The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published
There are a few books writers need. Writer's Digest publishes a few. There's a good dictionary and thesaurus, of course. And if they intend to publish in a Christian market, they need this one, "The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published."
I've long been a customer, going back to when Sally Stuart was publishing it. Now, under the direction of Jerry B. Jenkins, it is better than ever.
Jenkins' authority in the matter far extends his massively popular "Left Behind" series. In fact, it precludes it. By then, he had established a bit of a name for himself, and publishing was a little easier. (Note, not "easy," as good writing never is, nor is getting it published, ever.) He had written numerous articles, as-told-tos, and even penned a sports themed comic strip. His bio says 186 books, 21 of which have been NYT bestsellers. He's seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all, and that experience informs this book. In other words, be glad that Jenkins is on the job. He's poured his career into writing for and about Christians, and now, he's giving back to the next generation.
So, the book? What's it all about?
The reason I bought it is the huge directory of places to publish. I love short literary fiction and am looking to sell my stuff. Where? I don't know yet, but in this book are 930 listings. This includes book publishers, agents, and periodicals. There's more, but you get the idea.
With each periodical entry, for example, you'll learn where to send what, how much they pay, and other helpful details. You'll see similar entries for book publishers, subsidy publishers, and so on. It is all neatly organized and cross-referenced. Topical listings will help you sort through the 488 pages of gold.
There's a large collection of articles like, "Do You Need a Literary Agent," by Dennis E. Hensley. Some appeal to newer writers, and some to more seasoned folks. There's even a glossary to catch you up on the myriad of industry terms. And when you've decided to learn more, there's a thorough bibliography. Whew!
The short of it is you need this book. It has no peer. It is all here in one place.
My copy is still hot off the press, and I'm already thumbing through it, hoping to find a publisher interested in some Flannery O'Connor meets Twilight Zone fiction.
Most notably, albeit quietly, I was ranked as high has 59. I was even, in some circles, kind of famous for street cred I earned (more Googling for you). Now, I rank near 1,100. Take a look. At some point in 2008, Amazon restructured their ranking system which reduced the impact of my earlier reviews and I slowly lost ground.
Meanwhile, a machine of corruption regarding reviewing has kicked in. If say, you are an unscrupulous reviewing, you might take payola from a desperate self-published author, or you might trade reviews as you publish your book. a little quid pro quo. There are more scams than I have time or inclination to describe.
This week, Amazon announced a new upgrade (hopefully) to their ranking system. Again, the freshness of the review is a factor. What else? How many votes a product gets. Those two factors already exist, but they have adjusted them further, enough so as to make an announcement.
Whatever the actual algorithm is, I don't know. But I hope it reduces fraud in all its forms. It is hard to do since this is all AI stuff, not human mind reading (impossible, but it would help).
I'm hopeful. But realistic.
Here's the letter:
We want to thank you for your contributions to Amazon’s customer reviews. The product reviews you provide help customers make more informed purchasing decisions.
Starting today, Amazon is enhancing the customer reviews system, adding a few changes we hope will help make product feedback even more useful to customers. The enhanced system will use a machine-learned model to give more weight to newer, more helpful reviews from Amazoncustomers. The system will continue to learn which reviews are most helpful to customers and improve the experience over time. This change will present itself in two ways:
- Star rating: A product’s overall star rating will now consider factors including the age of a review, helpful votes by customers, and whether reviews are from verified purchasers.
- Review ranking: Similar machine-learned factors will help determine a review’s ranking in the list of reviews.
Our goal is to help customers make even more informed purchasing decisions.
Amazon Customer Reviews Team
Business Directory (mostly churches so far)
Am I the only one? I don't think so.
I keep a running list of sentences, paragraphs and ideas that I might want to use later. I mean my stuff, not quotes and things.
It is no help that inspiration happens at inconvenient times. You know what I'm saying, right? A good idea is, as you know. a terrible thing to waste.
It is pretty simple. I keep it easily accessible in the cloud, able to be edited from any device (except Kindle, unfortunately). I use Google Docs. It is a basic, numbered list. Some items might have 500 words, and others might have just a few words.
Once I use an item, I delete lest I accidentally use it a second time. How awkward would be if a reader was reading something of mine and thought, "Great line. Where have I read that before?"
There's nothing complicated about Google Docs. It functions much like Microsoft Word. Word is ultimately more sophisticated and has its place in a writer's life, but mostly, I use Docs. It is free, and I can even write with it on my Android.
If you have a Gmail account, you already have a Google account. Take a look at Google Drive. It is somewhere between DropBox and Microsoft Office.
Similarly, when an idea gets big enough, it gets its own file. Nothing may come of it, but it is always there, like Ahab's white whale, beckoning me.
Happy birthday to the Lord of Lords, to the King of Kings, to the One we adore, to the Ancient One, to the Ageless One, to the One who was in the beginning and will always be, to the Savior of souls, to the Forgiver of Men and of Women, to the One who knows us and who will never forget us, to the Painter of clouds, to the Composer of wind songs, to the Sculptor of mountains, to the Poet of love, to Him who is coming back soon, to the Child once born of Mary, to Him, Jesus the Christ, the Messiah and Victor, Redeemer and Friend.
Whew! I wondered if somehow this blog had offended Kim Jong Un, hence the drop in traffic.
I've known this song for 35 years. It, along with Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, was one of my first favorite songs. I don't know when I first heard it, but it has always haunted me. First, it occasionally popped up on the radio, then I bought the cassette, and now, listen to a digital version off a playlist.
Of course it haunted me. A guy becomes so fascinated with space travel, or intoxicated by it, that he decides to disconnect from Ground Control, and fly freely. He knows the implications of this choice are eventually dire. He's left the Earth and isn't coming back. He sends a message back to his wife that he loves her.
Chris Hadfield -- he's a real live astronaut -- took a different take on the song. In fact, he recorded actually in space. Real space, not just high up in a special plane. Take a look, listen to the rewritten lyrics.