Category Archives: Miscellanea

Whatever doesn’t fit exactly in the other categories.

A Beginner’s Guide to On-line Security by Wendi Finn

Lynn:

This is a book I think we should look into, even though it’s written for young readers age 10+.
Thanks Erik, and your mom, for your review of this book. 

PS:  I also discovered there is now a workbook to go with this book.

You can find A Beginner’s Guide to On-line Security listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Originally posted on This Kid Reviews Books:

onlinesecurityA Beginner’s Guide to On-line Security: A workbook for all ages (Staying Safe In Today’s World of Technology) (Volume 1)

By Wendi Finn

Illustrated by Kari Shakely

Paperback: 26 pages – ages 10+

Published by CreateSpace on August 6, 2013

Taken from Amazon’s description –

“In May of 2013 the Huffington Post reported teens send and receive over one hundred text messages per day. It is said 94% of teenagers are using social media. Finally a tool has been developed to educate our young users of technology in appropriate on-line habits and security best practice. “

This book is a guide to Internet safety for kids and adults. It covers a variety of topics from emails to Facebook to video chats. It explains a topic and then has a “Do It Yourself” section that kids fill out and parents and teachers can use to talk about it with kids.

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Let’s think SPRING, shall we?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about enough of Winter. It’s time for disappearing snow, no ice, warm days, gentle breezes, birds pairing off and building nests, buds swelling on trees and flowering hedges, early flowers pushing through … oh my … yes! I want all that! How about you?

Let’s think SPRING, shall we? 

Usually Winter doesn’t get to me anymore, although I don’t like being cold; I can tolerate the season and enjoy its unique intense beauty, but this year it’s been pulling me down and sitting on me. And it’s been so constantly cold, way too snowy and icy, that I am just plain ready for Spring! Depression has weighed on me for many months; not so much that I can’t function at all, but enough that I have been low on energy and finding it hard to get and stay interested in anything. I would like to crawl into bed and stay there for … I don’t care how long. Apparently, I have a real thing … a low-grade depression that is enough to keep me in this lacklustre state of mental weariness where I’m wanting to do but lack motivation and energy to accomplish much at all. It’s exasperating, disappointing, and exhausting. I’ve lost my joie de vivre and I’m tired of being tired!

As a result of all that, just one thing that has suffered is my blog — for which I have felt twinges of guilt — and my reading and writing have been making next-to-no progress. I do apologize to you again, my dear reader, for not keeping up with posting here. I hope you will forgive my lack of enthusiasm and commitment and not quit on me.

We had a break in our weather for a few days, but now we are in the beginnings of the receiving end of a few more centimeters of snow. Do we need more? I THINK NOT! 

snow buntings on top of our hedge

This is a flurry of snow buntings, the whitest of winter birds. Do you know what they are sitting on? MY HEDGE! Yes, my hedge is under all that snow. I really am not pleased to see more snow coming down, even though it is pretty. Enough is enough, thank you.

To look ahead a little, today I have this link to share with you that I think will remind us all of the season we long to celebrate. (Or I do, anyway.) Maybe it will give you some new ideas for your gardens. Click on the red words here to see a list of flower names from A to Z. There are no images with the flower names, so we have to “Google” them to see what they look like or search in gardening books. I hope you enjoy the list, anyway.

How have you been surviving Winter? Do you have favourite flowers you can hardly wait to enjoy?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

 

 

Self-promotional help, Word counter & other tools for writers

Today I was checking my links for word count helps and discovered that one I had on my Writers’ Helps page no longer takes us to the page we need. That’s disappointing, especially as it was a link to more than one ‘help’. That sent me on a search. Now in its place I’ve posted four great tools I found, plus a promotional help, that should be wonderful for your use.

  1.  Rapid Word Counter not only counts your words, it counts the number of characters, including punctuation, you use in your story or paragraph.
  2. dCode changes uppercase to lowercase – and vice versa – for you.
  3. Worth a mention is something you might find will come in handy sometime – writing in reverse. How fun is that to work into a story! :)  It’s on DCode’s page where you can also see a list of other fun tools to use!
  4. I found an online typing test that rates your typing speed in a one minute test. After you type the words shown you are given a detailed report of your efforts. Very interesting.

Promotional help: Thanks to funtimesthree for this tip! An online business that looks to be a really good way to promote your book, skills, passion for writing and/or reading – or whatever – is Zazzle International. This link takes you to Zazzle.ca but you can select Zazzle.com or one of ten other sites for other countries. (Scroll to the bottom of their front page for the list.) It’s a site where you can order products that make a statement, or you can design products the way you want them – such as business cards, mugs, t-shirts and much more. I plan to use this site; it’s very similar to Café Press which I have tried. :)

You can find all the above-mentioned tools on my Writers’ Helps page. Please check them out and the many other helps listed there. I hope there is something of use to you.

Have you found anything that helps your writing, or aids in your promotional goals, that you wouldn’t want to be without?

Thank for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Keep love in your heart. a life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

cats love

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss

Aren’t those fabulous quotes? And, on that note, I would like to wish you all a Happy Mutual Weirdness Day!  And much love to you.  :)

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

A touching promotional video

Back on September 23, 2014 I mentioned a couple of sources of easily affordable promotional products that could be a great benefit to you. Reread that post HERE. One of them is Vistaprint, which you will also find on my Writers’ Helps page and listed under Needing promotional and marketing help.

Yesterday I was sent this Vistaprint ad which you are getting to see here before it airs on February 2. This ad is one of the sweetest I have seen. It had my attention from the start, gripped my emotions, and made me hopeful and anxious to see how it turned out. And, okay yes, I cried. Then I watched it again and … cried again.  *sigh* What can I say?

It’s a great ad.

Tell me what you think of it.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

 

Take the Jane Austen character quiz

There have been various things, distracting things, going on lately in my life – some of which I’ll share soon – and my blogging hasn’t been getting as much attention. I appreciate all who come by anyway, and I hope you have been finding things of help to you on the pages you can connect to from the top of this page.

Today I would like to share something fun for you to try. If you are familiar with Jane Austen’s work – and even if you’re not – you may find it interesting to discover which of her famous characters you twin.  Here is the link to follow. Once there you’ll find a quiz of eleven questions to answer to determine which character you are.

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<–  Jane Austen

 

After you take the quiz, please come back and share what you learned about yourself.  :)

By the way, I am Anne Elliot of Persuasion!

Which Jane Austen character are you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!

What makes you smile?

Hi there!  :)

Today I thought I would give you something creative and smile-worthy to try. It’s super easy and safe. I’m sure it will make you :)  (aka smile) … and I DO love smiles.  See?  :)

Click HERE to go HERE. The website is called I will draw you as a stick man. The artist does such a great job, you just have to try it.  :)

My question for today: What makes YOU smile?

sun-patrioticHave a wonderful, smile-worthy day!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)