Six Word Memoirs

Can you write a memoir in six words? Try it at Six Word Memoir on Smith Mag.

SMITH Magazine is a home for storytelling. We believe everyone has a story, and everyone should have a place to tell it. We’re the creators of the Six-Word Memoir project.

What would your memoir be? Try a few yourself and pick which works best. Here are some of mine:

Lonely girl grows up, gets bigger.
Wandering among words not finding one.
Begins with dragons ends with wings.
The end was just the beginning.
Words read, written. Words on stone.

Red for Goal Reaching

“Red is passion to reach your goal.”

  • Adam, part of the Show Your Colours.ca for Smarties chocolates. A Canadian thing.

My goal today is to clear some of the stuff off my desk. I don’t really need to write a to-do list, I keep mine all over the surface of my desk. It gets in the way, now and then there are minor avalanches and worst of all it bugs me with it’s mere presence. So, I am pulling things out of the pile and moving on from them.

One good thing about having too much stuff on my desk is that once I get rid of it, it can’t come back. Too bad more jobs weren’t like that. It’s nice to see your progress in some measurable way.

Is HTML 5 Real?

I found a link to HTML5 demos through Twitter. I lost track of the original link to whoever posted it on Twitter.

The post says:

So you’ve heard all rumors about HTML5 would take over Adobe Flash. While most web community argues that it’s possible or not, you must be wandering what makes HTML5 so powerful that even giant company Apple wants to use it to replace Flash.

So, does this mean HTML5 is all about making graphical presentations and not about new and useful code which can be used in other ways? This is what I would like to know. Sure, I’d like to see less Flash and other things which have been run on plugins for years, but – is there a practical use for HTML 5? I don’t see fancy visuals as something we really need more of. (However pretty or fascinating, they can only add so much to the content).

Wikipedia says:

HTML5 is currently being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the World Wide Web. HTML5 is the proposed next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML. It aims to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight[citation needed]. In common usage, HTML5 may also refer to the additional use of CSS3, as both technologies are under development in parallel.

So it looks like HTML 5 is going to be the new standard for HTML. Won’t that cause a lot of change in software and the publishing of new books. How quick will you be to find out about changes to HTML code? I think I will let it work itself out in software before I start looking into it very much. After all, it’s been quite a while since I last typed in any HTML beyond the basics like adding a link to something. I am still interested to read about the changes and I will be really glad to have websites that can load without hanging on plugins.

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Stop Expecting Family Support

It is my brother’s birthday today. Family have been on my mind lately (even more than usual). I don’t get support for my writing work from family and though I try not to let that bother me it does make things difficult. I’d like to not be so easily interrupted. I’d like to not be told writing is worthless unless it actually makes money every day. Lots of other things and attitude I get from them. My nephew likes to write so he is also heading down this same road and I feel bad for him. I’d like him to have a happier life. Not that I am miserable but, life would be easier if I were taking an easier road.

I read a point in a post by Holly Schindler on Writers Digest (Twitter) today:

5. Not everyone is going to understand why you chose writing. Even some of your best friends are going to look at you like you’ve absolutely lost it once you begin writing and submitting, chasing that often elusive first book deal. As time goes on, that look explodes. While it can be hard to shoulder, just remember that the author of every book in your local library got that look at one time or another, in their own pre-published days.

I think we all have to give up on expecting or hoping for family and friends to be supportive or understanding. They just have to be who they are and do as they think right. Just as we try to keep doing ourselves, even if that means we keep on being silly writers (in their point of view).

Are you a Good Worker?

Some of my family love yard work and gardening and landscaping in general. I like to admire their work. I am not fond of manual labour, but I get pulled into it more often than I’d really like. It’s not that I don’t like getting my hands dirty, it is the type of dirt: bugs and their eggs, pond scum and soil from very heavy rocks, that I don’t want on my hands.

My family don’t think of writing as work. This makes it harder for me to justify it as work to them or myself. Which makes it harder to work at it. But, I continue to do so. Am I a hard worker or a good worker? These are things which my family value, though only in the areas which they consider to be worthy of work. Still, as someone who writes we should also be good and hard workers. We need to be dedicated and persistent. Are you?

Do you think of writing as something that requires good, old fashioned, hard work and a good worker?

I never expect to be famous, I merely want to have a recognized place among good workers in my chosen profession. – Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Greatest Mistake

There are all kinds of theories about how the Universe was created, everything from God(s) to the Big Bang Theory. I don’t think it will ever be settled on in my own lifetime. Though I would like to know. In the meantime… what if it was all just some crazy mistake? Some “oops, I missed” moment from some aliens we have never seen, have never known and could not even imagine?

I don’t believe there’s any such thing as making a mistake but I believe in changes. – Brenda Clark

Write about a mistake that changes everything in a big way and also makes everything better.

Of Mice and Dust Bunnies

I keep a bottle/ container of hand sanitizer on my computer desk. I use it on my hands and every now and then I use it all over my computer mouse. If you look at the crud on the mouse, think of your hand there, creating that crud. Now, doesn’t it seem a good idea to keep both well cleaned?

How does crud build up like that? Has anyone got a really great theory? I expect it is the dust bunnies, as always. They are persistent little things.

Invention with the Senses

This quote comes from the Famous Canadian Women site:

I have discovered that invention does not require a prerequisite of age gender, race or ability. It needs an eye for the obvious, an ear for the earnest and a nose for the now, a mouth for the moment and a touch of luck for the not-so inspired. – Marjorie Fehr, Canadian inventor.