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Friday, September 20, 2013
September 20th Challenge
it’s Christina –
Friday Y’all! I’m getting an early start today because I need to leave soon to
take my van into the shop. The second sliding door failed and they need to
replace it. I knew it would. After what happened the last time, I begged them
to fix both doors at the same time, but they wouldn’t. I even wrote a letter to
the CEO of Toyota, but they wouldn’t listen, and sure enough, the door crapped
out while I had a van load of kids in it. Thankfully, with a really hard thump
from my oversized rump, I was able to get the door closed to get back safely
from the shore.
me tell you, if I couldn’t have gotten it closed, I would have been on the
phone with the dealer demanding they come down to Sandy Hook and pick us up.
And knowing the dealer, they would have. They are such nice folks at Crystal,
and I know they would have fixed the door the last time I was there, but
corporate wouldn’t allow them to do it. Big corporations can be so shortsighted
sometimes. What if that door failed while I was driving and something happened
to one of those kids, especially after I warned them, in writing, that was what
I was afraid would happen?
not going to get riled up. The kids were fine and the door is being fixed. That’s
all that really matters.
is confusing me again, but in a good way this time. Every day I open my email
and see I have several more followers on Twitter. I’m averaging five new
follows every day. This is wonderful, and I am not complaining in the least,
but I would love to know what has caused this spike in interest so I can keep
doing whatever it is I’m doing. I have asked the question before when I jumped
from thirty followers to a hundred followers in two weeks, but no one answered
me. However, my Facebook author’s page has been hovering around three-fifty “likes”
for months now and I can’t seem to manage to get to the five-hundred level. The
tweets are directly linked to my Facebook feed. I have made less than ten
direct tweets. Very few of my Twitter followers are also followers on Facebook
and visa-versa. Can you see why I’m confused? How can I be doing the EXACT same
thing in two different places and be getting dramatically different results?
of Twitter, I came across a site through a Twitter connection, and although I
cannot participate as a sponsored author because I do not have enough reviews
yet, I thought it was interesting and you might want to check it out and
participate as a reader. The concept is really cool. You tell them exactly what
kind of books you enjoy, ie: Romance, Thriller, Mystery and they notify you
when a good book (3.5 star review rating or better) comes out. BUT WAIT, it
gets better. You only like Historical and Paranormal Romances with a little
sex, but nothing too graphic; the Thrillers you like have to be FBI ones and
the Mysteries need to be the old fashioned London ones, neither of which can
have excessive violence, then that is what they are going to tell you about. They
tailor your requests into that level of specificity. See, I said it was really
a cool idea. Check out the site if you get a chance.
I pick up my car, I need to pick up a few last things for my book signing this
weekend – like candy for the jar. Remember, both Saturday and Sunday I will be
at Canterbury Tales Forever in Peddler’s Village. If you’re in the area, please
stop by to say “hi”. I’d love to see/meet you!
and Sunday may be a little hectic, so I probably won’t be able to get any
challenges out there for you; which means, you very well may have until Monday
to think about today’s challenge. I will try to get photos and updates of the
event posted. I’ll just have to get up earlier. It’s ok, you’re worth it! I hope
you have a wonderful day and happy writing!
Your Last Challenge was:
Write a story containing the following three words: Queen, Computer
I joined a writing group which meets
every other week and the person who is running it is a middle school English
teacher, and I guess you can’t take the teacher out of the classroom. He actually
gives us homework assignments! Thankfully, for the first time ever, I don’t
mind doing homework.
Over the weeks the assignments have
been quite creative. One week we needed to rewrite or summarize a story (book,
movie, heck someone even did a song) without using the character’s names or mentioning
the name of the story. It was fun reading what the others in the group wrote
and trying to guess what story they were retelling.
Anyway, this week’s assignment was to
choose a historical figure, and tell a story completely different and
unexpected than how the history books have portrayed this figure. As an example
we were given General George Patton, renowned military genius, known for his
quick thinking in difficult situation, actually needed to consult with is
astrologer before making a single move.
For the assignment, I chose the Queen
of England, the epitome of grace and good manners. I had many ideas swirling in
my head, like she was the reigning beer pong champion in disguise and paid off
the producers of “Girls Gone Wild” not to air a certain video, but when I got
to my computer, opened up the page and had my fingers hovering over the keys, I
drew a complete blank. The previous brilliant and hysterical ideas I had
tickled the far reaches of my brain and would not come to the forefront. For an
hour I sat there and stared at a white screen.
Next Challenge is:
You have 10 minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong,
just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count and NO ONE is allowed to
criticize what someone else has written. Go.