P is for a Pretty Penny (of Pulchritude)

April 18, 2014

For the A to Z challenge¬†this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

This is another Premise that came to me off the cuff, but I rather like it. Magic pennies that affect your appearance. I’m not entirely sure how they work, but maybe you get to flip the penny just once and live with the results. If it comes up heads, you wind up with a pretty face. For tails, it might be a part further down your body that ends up looking good. ūüėČ And whichever way the flip comes up, the other side might get less pretty…

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!

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I’m not one to ‘quit the day job’, I think.

January 23, 2014

I’ve been thinking a bit lately about that sort of choice, the notion of leaving the safety net of a nine to five gig behind and having more time to devote to your creative dreams. With the new year, lots of fellow writers are trying to spend more time drafting, revising, and submitting, and talking about their choices and trade-offs with the other things they’re spending time on in their lives.

It’s even come up on the TV show, ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Starting with the January 2nd episode, Penny (Kaley Cuoco,) went through some high highs and rapid lows in her quest for success on the small screen, and ended up deciding to give up waitressing at the Cheesecake Factory so as to put more time and effort into looking for gigs and taking acting classes. (Which freaked Leonard out, because he couldn’t identify with taking such a big risk himself.)

I think that on the whole, staying with the full-time day job is the right choice for myself. I’m blessed to have an opportunity to get a good, steady paycheck doing something I love, with people who don’t generally drive me too crazy, and there’s a lot to be said for the value of peace of mind. But who knows, maybe someday I’ll find myself out of a job and pouring my heart into writing all day every day will be the right thing to do!

One more reason to save a little money in the rainy-day fund I guess. What about you? Have you made the big choice one way or another, or taken a third path like some of my good friends here in Hamilton?


It’s Blog Awards time again!

September 14, 2011

Notes from Innisfree passed me the Versatile Blogger award – thanks so much!¬†Turns out that¬†I last accepted¬†this award¬†one year ago yesterday.¬†So I figure that it’s a new awards year now, and anyway, I couldn’t resist the chance to take another chain award and pass it on to some of the cool Campaigner blogs that I’ve discovered recently, so here goes.

The rules for accepting the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it.
And of course, if you don’t want to pass it along to anybody else, or even to accept it, I don’t mind. But I think it’s fun, at least once in a while, so here goes:

  1. I only just finished reading the third Harry Potter book last month.
  2. I’m very tall, around 6’3″ though I haven’t measured myself recently enough to remember precisely.
  3. I look very ‘academic’, though I only have a Bachelor’s degree and never held a real teaching job.
  4. I love to cook spaghetti and meat sauce.
  5. If I pick up a penny on the street, I often throw it back over my shoulder for fun.
  6. I mix fiber powder and sugarfree drink powder into my water every day at work.
  7. I take plastic bags back to the grocery store to save the local five-cent bag fee.
And it pleases me very much to pass the Versatile blogger award along to: Read the rest of this entry »

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