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10 Amazing Life Lessons #4

The Imagination Is Powerful

 

 

Yes, imagination IS powerful.

If it weren’t for imagination we wouldn’t have books and stories.  We wouldn’t have games and our children wouldn’t be able to amuse themselves for five minutes in the backseat without driving Mom and Dad totally bonkers by saying, “Are we there yet?” every five seconds during a five hour road trip!

Would any of us have been able to get through even a ten minute car ride if we’d had to put up with THAT ^^^^ since our children learned how to talk?  No?  Didn’t think so

Yes, we have Gameboys, PSPs, books, dinky cars, paper and pens and all manner of things to help keep our little sponges from absorbing Dad’s swear words as he makes a wrong turn or rant as some idiot driver cuts him off or mom’s incessant rattling off of the grocery list in her head since she either didn’t think to borrow the sponges pen and paper to write down the list or forgot the darned thing on the counter during the mad dash to get everyone into their snowsuits and the rest of the winter gear and out the door so she could be there when the doors opened so she could avoid the rush of the elderly who just meander down the aisles then stand in the middle of said aisle to gossip with someone they haven’t seen since last Saturday.

Poking fun at myself aside we wouldn’t have some very awesome authors, incredible games or even the ability to write if someone with an imagination hadn’t thought those things up in the first place then had the stick-to-itiveness to get them out in the market.

We wouldn’t have medicines and vaccines, computers, electricity without the imagination of their inventors and then of those who improved upon the original through the years so yes, imagination is powerful, not to mention necessary in today’s world and for the future.

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A Bit About Me

It seems I’ve been flooding your in boxes, Twitter feeds and time lines with posts and most of you know very little about me so I thought I would tell you about myself.

I’m a forty something year old  mom of twin just turned adult males.  One now has his G2 driver’s license and is enjoying the freedom of being able to go where and when he wants to and needs to share some of his motivation since I don’t seem to have very much most days.

The other is my free spirit baby. Doesn’t have a care in the world, hasn’t met a girl he doesn’t like (welllll, there was this one but she’s a story all on her own) and looks like his dad but has my mouth and appreciation for sarcasm.

Okay, so sitting here and staring at the screen isn’t getting anything written.  Apparently I don’t think there’s too much about myself that’s interesting.

As you may be able to figure out I write fan fiction for Southern Vampire Mysteries and True Blood (No, I’m NOT going to rant about how badly they are both sucking right now).  I have plenty of awesome ideas for stories but they don’t seem to be getting written since my muse seems to have taken an extra long hiatus and hasn’t even sent a post card to let me know when she’ll be back!.

I suck at music trivia, truly I do.  Maybe once in thirty guesses will I even get a partial answer!  I do have a well rounded knowledge of trivia in general though.  I love to learn, even (especially?) if it’s a little known fact about something.

My reasoning behind my sucking at  music trivia is really quite simple.  To me music is simply background noise.  I know what I like but I couldn’t care less about why Bif Naked wrote a particular song or who the two different lead singers of AC/DC were!

Yes, I know to a lot of you what I just wrote is blasphemy, lol, but when I chose to listen to music it’s because I generally want to listen without all the idle (read useless) chatter, trivia, etc. that some people will inflict upon me if I happen to listen to it when they are in the room

For the record, I suck at Jeopardy as well, lol.

Favorite television programmes:  we don’t have cable TV so my selections are at least a couple of years old and, in most cases, much older than that.  LOVE MASH!  Hands down all time favorite show!

DIY programs.
Cooking shows.
I did enjoy the first four season of True Blood.

Favorite books/authors.  This would be a HUGE list if I listed single books so we’ll go by series for the most part.

Karen and With Love From Karen by Marie Killillea
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (just put on my favs list very recently)
North and South Trilogy by John Jakes
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery (fav is Rilla of Ingleside)
House of Night series by P. C. and Kristin Cast

Favorite Comedians:  Jeff Foxworthy and Jeff Duham.

 

 

10 Amazing Life Lessons #2

Perseverance is Priceless.

Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Some of us call that stick-to-iteveness shrug.  No matter how you say it it all means you keep going until you reach the end or achieve the desired result.

Think about it:  if Jonas Salk hadn’t persevered we wouldn’t have the Salk Vaccine for Polio.  We wouldn’t have Penicillin, Aspirin,  antihistamines and anti-inflammatories.  We wouldn’t have electricity either although some days I wonder if not having electricity would be such a bad thing when there are things I need to be doing but I’ve been sucked into something.

I’m one of the biggest procrastinators so me writing about perseverance is a lot harder than I thought it would be, goooooooooo figure!

If you really think about it all those priceless ‘things’ we think we want are really only things, objects, things we could easily do without.

What is truly priceless is the intangible.

The quote I’m referring to:  10 life lessons

 

Every single item in that list is intangible.  We can’t touch it or feel it but we most certainly can attain every single one of them if we ‘persevere’ in our lives and get get out there and, as Nike says, Just Do It!

 

10 Amazing Life Lessons

10 life lessons

I found the above when I was searching for Will Smith quotes the other night and thought I could possibly do ten days from just this one saying

I will start with #1:  Follow your curiosity

Without curiosity we wouldn’t be where we are today.  We wouldn’t have the telephone, the television, medicine, electricity, the wheel, fire and a whole host of other things we take for granted each and every day of our lives.

If Nickola Tessla hadn’t followed his curiosity we wouldn’t have AC/DC electrical current.

If Thomas Edison hadn’t followed his curiosity we wouldn’t have music as we know it today, the motion picture camera and the long lasting light bulb among other things.

Think about children.  They are naturally curious about absolutely everything.  Their curiosity leads to learning and, sometimes, it leads to new or improved inventions.

If I hadn’t followed my curiosity I would have never gotten my first email address or my first eReader which in turn lead to this blog.

So what are you, my readers, curious about?  What interesting discoveries has your curiosity lead to?

Product Review Kobo Arc7

I was able to return the eMatic Tablet without a hassle *phew*.

I did a wee bit of research last night and thought I’d try the Kobo Arc7.

So far I like it very much but I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it since we had company for the evening.

The screen is clearer and crisper, even with the protective piece of plastic still in place.  It has much more available storage, it transferred the apps from the eMatic over since it’s an Android as well.

It is a little heavier than the eMatic but I can live with that.

I am typing the next day now, lol.

I think the Arc7 will be a keeper for sure.

The screen is very easy on the eyes.  I don’t think that the visually impaired will have a huge problem reading text on this.

The pictures are clean and crisp.  Text is very clear..

The only issue I seem to be having so far is with my stylus, which was not included.  That could be because it’s a dollar store find though so I’ll probably splurge on one designed for editing and stuff with my next pay cheque.

Pros:

wifi capable
easy on the eyes screen
pictures clear and crisp
text is very clear
carries over apps from other android devices
16 gig version gives more than enough storage space for extra apps above what’s already installed
large key touch screen keyboard
cam and voice capable (Skype pre-installed)
Comes with wall charger which is convertible to European if you have the disks for European electricity
Carried over my book shelves from my Kobo Mini but didn’t populate them

Cons:

A little heavier than I thought
No instruction manual aside from instructions on how to startNo colour other than black
Not sure how it works with a proper stylus but will find out in the net couple of weeks.

Over all I am very pleased with my purchase.  Considering how happy I have been with my Kobo ereaders over the last few years that isn’t a surprise.  I should have probably gone with Kobo in the first place maybe?

Product Review

On Friday I bought an eMatic tablet for my boyfriend.  He wanted to be able to play his Facebook games, check email…nothing too overtaxing for a quad-core anything until you realize it does not support Adobe Flash.

The eMatic is an Android which I do not have an issue with since my cell phone is an Android.

This tablet is supposed to have 8 gigs of storage (they call it flash memory) but with all the preloaded crap, most of which I will not use, or use so rarely as to be never use any way, there is less than a gig to store the stuff you actually do want to download and use and, since you can’t delete any of the pre-loaded apps you can’t create more space.

I am disappointed, to say the least.

The eMatic is fairly easy to use and it does use Swipe technology so it’s easy to get from one screen to another but I found it to be slow to respond to commands, almost seeming to freeze up quite frequently during the few hours I attempted to use it.

It didn’t matter whether I used my finger or a stylus for document editing; it was still almost impossible to place the cursor exactly where I wanted it to be.  In fact, the stylus made it more difficult, especially for the Swipe to work.  The stylus, which is not included but I had on hand for other stuff, was great for the touch screen keyboard though and the letters on the keyboard are easy to see since the keys are big enough that my fingers weren’t hitting two or three keys at the same time.

So, the pros for the eMatic tablet:

wi-fi capable
easy to use
Swipe technology
Google based
Good sized touch screen keyboard

The cons:

slow to respond despite being a quad core
not a lot of storage
cannot delete pre-loaded applications
hard to get exact cursor placement for editing documents
does not support Adobe Flash player

All in all I would say the eMatic 7 HD quad core tablet was a big disappointment.  It will be going back to the store today and will be replaced with something which is hopefully more capable of doing the things I do the most.

Share Your World week 26

I kind of got away from this and that was not my intention so, let’s see how long I can keep it up this time.

Is your refrigerator, organized or a mess inside? 

I try to keep it organized but the boyfriend likes his dressings and dips so there are far too many in there, taking up a LOT of space so, of course it’s messy.

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

This is a tough one:  I would LOVE to be a best selling author, unfortunately my writing ability lately drifts more toward brainstorming with others to get over rough spots in their stories rather than working on my own *sigh*

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

Another toughie.  I would so love to move back to the states to be closer to the rest of the family.  I’ve missed the closeness we had before we moved to Canada waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy back in 1975 and with both my parents gone now, and it being just me and my brother and my kids here…even if I could afford to snowbird that would be awesome.

Where do you eat breakfast?

When I bother it’s usually right here in front of my computer, especially since it’s only me up at the ass crack of dawn.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I can’t say anything stood out last week, other than horribly humid weather (yeah, I know, neeeeeeever happy about the weather) and how miserable we all were so I guess I’m just grateful I made it out the other side without being a puddle on the concrete.

Percy Sledge is going to be in town at the Blues Festival on the 10th and I am SO looking forward to that!

share your world

Pet Peeves

Thank you kelpie for this idea.

For all you writers out there, and maybe not writers, but does  other people’s writing/speaking drives you bonkers?

Things like mixing up your and you’re or their, there and they’re.

I seen

I got

I gots

sammich for sandwish

chimley for chimney

thrown for throne (thank you kelpie, lol)

words that should have an apostrophe s rather than just an s at the end

Shall I go on?

Sound off people, please :).  I like the interaction and I truly do want to know what some of your pet peeves are so I don’t commit them, lol.

Help request

Hey.  I know I don’t have many followers here yet but I’m hoping one of you can help me or know someone who can.

I’m looking for someone to create a banner for me for one of my stories.  I will give full credit on the story title page when it is posted .

I also am looking for a lawyer type person (lawyer, paralegal, someone who’s good with defence council questions) for a story I have completed except for that one part.

A banner for that one would be totally awesome as well.

I don’t know, yet, if there’s a private messaging system on here or not but you, or they, can reply to this post or message me over on fanfiction.net if you, or anyone you know, can help me.

Thanx.

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