A Different 30 Day Blog Challenge (Personal Bloggers)

Here’s the entire 30 Day Blog Challenge list.

I’m slowly, very slowly, getting through this list (like it’s taking me months!).  If you want to join me, let me know and I’ll post a link to your blog.

Day 1: List 10 random facts about yourself.

Day 2: Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and describe how they became fears.

Day 3: What is the greatest amount of physical pain you have ever endured?

Day 4: List 5 things you would tell your 16 year-old self if you could.

Day 5: What are the 5 things that make you happiest right now?

Day 6: What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

Day 7: What is your dream job, and why?

Day 8: What are 3 passions you have?

Day 9: What defines you?

Day 10: Describe your most embarrassing moment.

Day 11: Describe a few of your pet peeves.

Day 12: Describe a typical day in your life.

Day 13: Describe 5 weaknesses you have.

Day 14: Describe 5 strengths you have.

Day 15: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Day 16: What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

Day 17: What is the thing you most wish you were great at?

Day 18: What is the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?

Day 19: If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

Day 20: Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.

Day 21: If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be and what would be the first thing you did with it?

Day 22: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

Day 23: List your top 3 hobbies and why you love them.

Day 24: Describe your first job.

Day 25: If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

Day 26: What popular notion do you think the world has wrong?

Day 27: What is your favorite part of your body and why?

Day 28: What is your love language?

Day 29: What were your three favorite toys/games as a child?

Day 30: List 5 things you would hope to be remembered for.

via Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine with my morning quiet time?: 30 Day Blog Challenge.

Would you Read your Mother’s Diary?

I “Accidentally” Read My Mom’s Diary Over The Holidays And It Turned Out Terribly | xoJane.

I think it would be one thing, if you had never known her. If  she was deceased and you wanted to get to know who she was. But, in that case you would not be reading her thoughts about yourself as an adult.

My Mother does keep a diary. But, she encourages all of us to write in it too. So, I do read her notes and she reads mine. This kind of diary is filtered through your personal censor as you write it, knowing others will be reading it. In the case of our family, we don’t filter much. Things are pretty open and we aren’t waging battles against each other, holding grudges, etc.

The post on xoJane was written by a daughter in a different kind of relationship with her Mother. I don’t think she ever should have read that diary. She had no right to pick it up and read anything in there. Using the excuse of finding it is pretty awful and kind of phony. There are all kinds of things you might find in a bedside night table drawer – to pick out the most personal and read it is really arrogant and disrespectful.

This was my comment on the post, written thinking of my Dad who is now deceased.

For me it wasn’t my Mother but my Dad. Still,.I would never have read his diary or put his private thoughts online for anyone to read. You can’t control what your Mother says, does or thinks. But you should work on your own actions. Just because a diary is in a drawer, rather than locked up, does not mean you should sit there and read it. You and your Mother seem to feed off each other. If neither of you changes things will stay the same. If you want love from her you could at least not treat her like “the enemy”. It’s not easy to ignore all the history in your relationship but if you act like you’re in battle – always trying to win something from her, it just won’t ever work out. Neither of you will get the type of relationship you want because you both focus on your own needs and winning rather than (if not giving something) at least not taking something.

History and Culture Enthusiast Wanted

Another interesting job for a writer (though this isn’t a paying job) is someone who works for a paranormal society. What would that job description read like? Read on to find out.

Our team is currently seeking one or more individuals who have a passionate interest or background in historical & genealogical research. Those wishing to express interest in this position are required to have access to historical archives, libraries, as well as an in-depth knowledge of Atlantic Canadian History & Culture. If selected, applicants will have the option of helping with field research; however, this is not a requirement of the position.

Those interested in the position are expected to have read and understood our mission statement and related information, most of which can be found here: http://www.maritimeparanormal.ca/about-2/. As well, applicants should be aware that we are a not-for-profit organization; all members contribute on a volunteer basis and there is no monetary compensation for this position.

Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate strong critical thinking skills, historical accuracy, objectivity, as well as a professional demeanor. Bilingualism is considered an asset but is not required.


  • Researching & preparing information pertaining to land records or deeds
  • Researching & preparing information pertaining to historical events
  • Researching & preparing obscure, forgotten, or “dark” history
  • Genealogical Research
  • Cold calling historians, archives, and museums
  • Compiling paranormal claims, stories, and folklore
  • Producing related content for our website

If you have previously contacted us about becoming a member of our team, your application is still on file and will be considered. Please feel free to send another email if you’d like to add any information that specifically relates to the above position.

Please forward all applications to: justin@maritimeparanormal.ca

Thanks for your interest!

via Maritime Paranormal™ ~ East Coast Canada ~ | Nova Scotia | New Brunswick | PEI |.

Write a Novel in 30 Days

Writing Novels

Free eCourse from SuteU.

By Sara McGrath


You can complete a novel of at least 50,000 words within thirty days while receiving the guidance through this course. You’ll learn to write for quantity and quality while you steadily increase your word count, advance your story, and give your characters, plot, and theme the added impact they need to catch the eye of an agent or editor.


Lesson 1: You Can Write A Novel in Thirty Days

You can write a novel of at least 50,000 words in thirty days even if you have a day job, a social life, and a toddler. I know this because I have all three. In this first lesson, I’ll discuss being a writer, scheduling your writing time, finding inspiration, and staying motivated. Then we’ll start writing.

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Canadian Cemeteries

People are interested in cemeteries for an assortment of reasons: local history, genealogy, and an enjoyment of religious artifacts and old things in general.

Canadian Cemeteries

Ontario Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ontario

Elgin County Gravestones

Buried in Niagara

Niagara Cemeteries and Spooky Places

Vancouver’s Cemetery – Mountain View

I’ll probably find more links later. I started looking on Flickr and found enough to keep me busy awhile.

Why would you explore a cemetery, during the day when you can actually see what you’re looking at. Write about an adventure that happened while exploring an old cemetery.

Science and Technical Writing

Originally posted to SuiteU, part of Suite101. SuiteU is being removed from the site. I wanted to save the ecourses so this resource would not disappear.

Science & Tech Writing

By Melissa A. Nelson


The practice of Scientific and Technical communications has been around for years; however the fields are both considered new fields. While there have been writers writing about the latest scientific discoveries since Aristotle, and technology since before the printing press was invented, the fields were not given these names until just the last few decades. Due to the fact that the fields often intertwine, knowledge of what is expected to practice in both can be invaluable to anyone wishing to practice in either field.

The goal of a scientific or technical writer is to create communications that enable the reader to take some form of action, or to make important critical decisions based on the information the communication is relaying to them. Another goal, simply put, is to take something difficult to understand and make it easy to understand. Scientific and technical writers do not just communicate the information others give them; often times they help to create the information that they communicate.

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Writing Well

Originally posted to SuiteU, part of Suite101. SuiteU is being removed from the site. I wanted to save the ecourses so this resource would not disappear.

Writing Well

By Katherine Swarts


Professional authors hear it on a regular basis: “I could write a book, too, if I had the time.” Obvious implication: writing is easy. Well, maybe writing is easy. But writing well definitely isn’t. Think back to your earliest school reports. Remember how your teacher insisted on seeing a rough draft before the final copy? And remember how you grumbled, “Why should I do all that extra work?”

Because writing is work. Authors know that. Other people tend to forget after graduating from research papers.

Okay, but you’re not an author, and you don’t care if your byline ever graces so much as a letter to the editor. So why should you bother improving your writing skills?

Because you still have to write: Friendly e-mails/Thank-you notes/Letters of complaint/Office memos/Business reports/You name it.

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Linguistics and Semantics

From SuiteU. Saved before it disappears. More pages of links were included back to the course writer’s topic on Suite101 but all of those links were 404 so I have not tried to include them.

Linguistics & Semantics
By Antonella Sartor


Have you never asked yourself what is the real meaning of ‘language’? (linguistics) Why the words change? (the semantic change) Why one word is pronounced in this way? (phonetic/phonology) What differentiate the languages of world, for example, English from Italian or English from French etc? (phonological rules) Which rules are necessary for word formation or sentence formation? (morphology and syntax) What rules govern people’s behaviour? (pragmatics and speech acts) How can we analyse a poem, a critical essay, a piece of narrative passage?(textual analysis) Which rhetorical figures are the most important? (metaphor, metonymy, connotation, denotation, simile etc)

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Victoria Day: The Holiday Becoming Lost in Time

Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday. This year it will be on May 21st. There will be people who don’t know who Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901) is. Maybe they know her for the century she influenced with Victorian fashion and protocol. They aren’t likely to know much about Queen Victoria herself. Some won’t even know who that fat woman in the old photograph is – her tragedy, her triumphs, her life as a young woman, a monarch, a wife, a Mother and then an old woman. It’s sad to see someone who was given a day of the year to be celebrated, now become forgotten gradually.

1835, Self Portrait by Queen Victoria

Victoria was –

  • Born in Kensington Palace, in London, May 24, 1819.
  • She was baptized Alexandrina, after one of her godparents, Emperor Alexander I of Russia, and Victoria after her mother.
  • Became Queen of an empire at 18.
  • Popular respect for the Crown was at a low point at her coronation, but the modest and straightforward young Queen won the hearts of her subjects. She wished to be informed of political matters, although she had no direct input in policy decisions.
  • Privately, she attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. Publicly, she became a national icon, and was identified with strict standards of personal morality.
  • The longest reigning British monarch and the longest reign of any female in history, 1837 until 1901.
  • Married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1840.
  • The Mother of nine children – four sons and five daughters: Victoria, Bertie, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, and Beatrice.
  • Widowed in 1861.
  • After Albert’s death she became withdrawn  and unpopular until reappearing in the 1870’s.
  • Had her Golden Jubilee in 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
  • Died in 1901 (January 22) at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.
  • Her reign brought a revolution in British government, huge industrial expansion and the growth of a worldwide empire (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and large parts of Africa.).
  • The national pride connected with the name of Victoria – the term Victorian England, for example, stemmed from the Queen’s ethics and personal tastes, which generally reflected those of the middle class.

The Official Website of the British Monarchy – Queen Victoria

Wikipedia – Queen Victoria 

BBC History – Victoria

Victorian Station – Queen Victoria

PBS: Queen Victoria’s Empire

What holiday is being swept into the past in your own country? What do you know about the background, history and the reason for the original holiday? How does knowing more change your feelings about the day?

Inspirational Writing

Originally part of the Suite101 University ecourses offered for free. This content is being removed by Suite101 and I wanted to preserve some of it so others could take the course and for myself to remember the information.

Inspirational Writing

By Sara Quest



Inspirational publications like “Chicken Soup for the Soul” reveal today’s demand for writers of everyday miracles. Yes, people like you who want to tug hearts are in demand! The original Chicken Soup book expanded to become a series of approximately sixty titles, including ones like “Chicken Soup for the Writers Soul” and “Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul.” All titles combined sold over 75 million copies.

What you are not aware of is, the Chicken authors were once writers with unfathomable dreams. They wanted to share the numerous stories of everyday people like you who inspired them during their motivational speaking careers. And like you, they knew struggle: not one publisher of the one hundred twenty three they approached wanted that original “Chicken Soup” book! But their stories found the way to the right publisher.

The inspirational market is NOW awaiting YOUR contribution!

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