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The Preppy Mafia Award

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Marianne over at The Diary Of A Fickle White Woman gave me this award.

I love the Loft. We don’t have one here but when I’m in Texas I go. I love Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. I love clothes.

So here are the questions that accompany the award. I know y’all are dying to know more about me…

1. Who is your style icon?
Goldie Hawn

2. What is your favorite socialite book?
Uh, hmm, Does David Kibbe’s Metamorphosis count?

3. What is your favorite party theme?
Hubby and I at home.
4. What is your go-to Halloween costume?
A witch as that girl in Peanuts says, I dress in opposition to my normal self. hee hee.

5. What is the extravagance you just can’t live without?
My computer.

6. Who is the living person you admire?
My father.

7. What is my greatest fear?
Embracing the dark side.

8. What’s the trait you dislike about yourself?
Lacking confidence.

9. Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to have people be positively impacted by my creations.

1o. What is my greatest achievement?
Getting a grip on my feelings and being accountable for my life.

11. Who are the 10 people I’d like to tag with the Preppy Mafia award?
Please take this award if you want to. I hesitate to give it to some of you who are so busy, yet I’d like you to have it if you want it.

XD

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in writing

 

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Ten More Of The Most Ludicrous CAPTCHA Definitions For Those Who Try To Make Sense Of Their Word Verifications.

Phygimus
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Do you find yourself trying to make sense out of CAPTCHA, those word verifications that you enter to let the web know you are not a machine?
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I do, here is what I have found out about some of the ‘words’. See also my previous CAPTCHA defined, also here and here. No offense meant to anyone of any CAPSTRACTION. XD

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How come captcha  tries to autofill in the word you are writing? It should never be the same word twice?
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1. trinest – of, relating to, or being the favorable astrological aspect of two celestial bodies 120 degrees apart
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2. Turiaeu – a form of tiramisu, made in Turkey.
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3. Fultan – a futon for a sultan.
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4. Orism – the study of the word ‘or’.
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5. Oushi – delicious in Japanese
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6. Hydeming – watching high definition TV.
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7. Hologum – you chew it in a holosuite. All it is, is some place holders that keep some cellular distance between your teeth. The flavor comes from electrical stimulation of your taste centers and can be any flavor you can imagine.
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8. Decham – it goes on a pillow to make it look decorative.
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9. Werimm – an emphasized worm.
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And from my husband — 10. Quing – a female King. I quess he knows this because I am the Quing of our house. hee hee.
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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing

 

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Feel Good Friday



The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday thing. Here’s how to do it –

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog! You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile. Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness? Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it? Well then, what is your happy place? What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation? A childhood memory? We want to know!

Step 2:
Go back to Girl Next Door’s Blog and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets. Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun. Feel good. Smile.

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Today I won a free copy of The Hinomoto Rebellion by Elizabeth Staley at her blog.

Photo from Elizabeth Staley

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I found her blog because we are both doing Script Frenzy. I am so excited to win and Guess what. The contest is open until April 30 and Liz will be giving away more copies of her book. You might win too.

I am also having a great time writing my script which is turning out to be a comic book. I’m on page 37 out of 100 pages I need to finish by April 30.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2010 in writing

 

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Script Frenzy

This is my den. I have tatami mats and a Japanese style desk.

I cleaned it up to start Script Frenzy. I never wrote a script before. I am totally loving it.

It’s easier than NaNoWriMo to me. I’m right on target with 3 1/3 pages a day.

With NaNoWriMo, I write intensely and don’t edit or look over my work.

With Script Frenzy I am adapting my first NaNo novel and love how it’s  improving the story. I take some time to go over it and edit. I realize I would show it to my writer’s group.

My NaNoWroMo novels take major revising before I would show them.

This script writing is fun. I am making little cardboard characters so I can act out scenes.

This story called WHERE’S DAD? is set in the near future in globally warmed earth.

A boy sets out to find his father who developed a way to heal the ozone layer.  His father is being manipulated by ruthless politicians with plans to rule what’s left of earth.  People have made major adjustments to survive. Can the boy help his father heal the planet and keep democracy alive?

Wish me luck to complete and to get a good script out of it. XD

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2010 in writing

 

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Feel Good Friday



The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday thing. Here’s how to do it –

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog! You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile. Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness? Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it? Well then, what is your happy place? What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation? A childhood memory? We want to know!

Step 2:
Go back to Girl Next Door’s Blog and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets. Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun. Feel good. Smile.

For my birthday last month, my daughter gave me this book. It’s a humorous mystery by Thea Phipps called Charades With A Lunatic.

It made me lol. Do not bring this book with you to read in a quiet place. I brought it to my doctor’s office and I kept laughing out loud. There is nothing wrong with that, but people started looking at me funny.

Once again I had pages of notes and I was determined to guess the mystery. I didn’t, even though the author, Thea Phipps plays fair with her readers. I think I fell for every red herring.

The author’s humor is at it’s best for me when she is describing people’s actions in a scene and the visual is a crack up.

I also appreciate her descriptions. On page 148 she writes”…as out of place…as a frosted bonbon in a cat’s litter box.” and ” …false eyelashes ringed her eyes like squatting tarantulas.”

The ending was more than completely satisfying. And Thea has a sequel out already, The Doll In The Wall.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2010 in Book Review, writing

 

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The Third Dozen Most Ludicrous CAPTCHA Definitions For Those Who Try To Make Sense Of Their Word Verifications.

Phygimus

Do you find yourself trying to make sense out of CAPTCHA, those word verifications that you enter to let the web know you are not a machine?

I do, here is what I have found out about some of the ‘words’. See also my previous CAPTCHA defined, also here and here. No offense meant to anyone of any CAPSTRACTION. XD
1.  Wanpatio what they say when you order a patio in Texas

2.  Brocestr – a black ancestor

3.  Larcid – a stolen pig that dies and the fat goes bad.

4.  Ponsahot – a good looking girl who pushes a Ponsi scheme.

5.  Agger – I used to be slow to agger but I’ve gotten quicker.

6.  Mismo – a lady who always wants more.

7.  Shinge – a form of grunge made popular in Japan.

8.  Mensup – when your period is over.

9.  s8x9t3 –  the 2033 terminator series. It stands for Super 8 extreme T3.

10. Horksman, – those guys who hawk luggies.

11. Itzing – what lemon zinger tea does.

12. Penpr. – A combined word for paper and pen, also the name of the new soon to be released computer notebook

<p> © 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur </p>

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing

 

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The First Dozen Most Ludicrous CAPTCHA Definitions For Those Who Try To Make Sense Of Their Word Verifications.

Phygimus

Do you find yourself trying to make sense out of CAPTCHA, those word verifications that you enter to let the web know you are not a machine?

 

By Claudia*-Assad

 

The term “CAPTCHA” (based upon the word capture) was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper, and John Langford (all of Carnegie Mellon University). It is a contrived acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.”

Does a dozen definitions distract, delight and dismay you? Here they are hot off the neurons of a certified non machine.

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1. Pyhlsh – a well dressed person who phishes.

2. Entwit – the intestines of a bothersome person.

3. Ditings – the sound made by manual typewriters.

4. Drexho – a loose woman who associates with Drex in the Morning.

5. Encialk – an enchalada made with chalk for people with pica.

6. Aphang – One of the front lateral incisors of a vampire or werewolf.

7. Bessper – The mother of Geraldo Rivera on April 7, 2007.

8. Corpo – a white blood cell of an obese head, of an incorporated business is a corpulent corporate corpuscle or corpo for short.

9. Itslyl – your place to buy and sell all things information technology.

10. Unkepic – a messy long narrative.

11. Imbagrap – Rap music popularized by bag ladies and played exclusively on instant messaging.

12. Bandited – being robbed by a thief wearing a bandanna or visible band aids or both.

Send me your huddled masses of CAPTCHA and I will be most grateful.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing

 

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Fridays for Friends

Fridays will now be for friends and will feature a post about a fellow blogger. Since I’ve been posting in the evening and my evening is late night zulu time, I’ll post it on Thursday evenings.

Today’s is about Daria from
Daria’s Blog

Daria won the book, The 3 A.M. Epiphany. Here’s a little about her:

“My name is Daria and I’m relatively new to blogging. Sure, I have had a blog for quite a while, but only recently have I understood what it is to Blog, and what goes into it… I enjoy writing, and reading what others write, but I am now learning what goes into a blog – traffic, readers and the like. The 3AM Ephiphany is going to be a great benefit for me, and I cannot wait to see what kind of reading exercises it holds, and I am excited to try every one.

My newlywed husband may not be so excited (he is not a fan of my hours on the computer, but he will live), but I think it will work out well in the long run! My blog is new, and because of that, I welcome all constructive criticism! If you don’t blog well, who am I going to learn from?? =)

JB – thank you so much for this contest, and this book! I appreciate it, and will hope to take advantage of this teaching in the near future! =)”

You’re welcome Daria. I’d love to hear how the exercises go for you.

Next Friday I am committing to having read the book I won on Thea Phipps blog, and commenting on it. Her book is called The Doll In The Wall and I’m hooked. It’s a humorous mystery.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2010 in writing

 

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My first linked Post

The post by  Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Guest Post: 5 Best Ways to Find Ideas for Blog Posts

on the The Urban Muse Blog

http://www.urbanmusewriter.com/

has terrific ideas to write up for blog posts.

I love her list of open ended sentences to complete.  That is one of my favorite writing prompts.

Another favorite of mine is to make a mind map, some people call it clustering. This works well, because I usually have a number of ideas rolling around in my head. This way I get them all out and can select the one that is most perfectly ripened at this moment.

To do a mind map, I write a word in the center of a page. In this case I wrote ‘posts’.

Draw spokes coming out from the center word. On each spoke write a word that is an idea for a blog post. The beauty of the mind map is that our minds don’t work linearly. By making a “list” that is all over the page, you simulate searching all over your mind and pulling from all areas.

When I write an article I use mind mapping to quickly come up with everything I want included in it. I also use it when I am making a decision and want to be sure I have all the facts. I can make one map of pros and one of cons. It is good for any situation you need to brainstorm.

When I started I didn’t realize my post was going to be about mind mapping. Do you ever use it? I invite you to share how that has worked for you.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in How to, writing

 

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