Photo finish Friday: “Night lights”

Riding a bike at night, with over a thousand friends.

Riding a bike at night, with over a thousand friends.

Some of the other night riders.

Some of the other night riders.

A family adding a little color to the night.

A family adding a little color to the night.

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Hero”

There are no heroes — /

then I see you with Lauren /

and I know better.

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It's the little things at Christmas that often get to you the most.

It’s the little things at Christmas that often get to you the most.

All that sweetness and light
can give you such a fright.
Sneaking over to your bed
to stab you before daylight.

So when you go to bed
don’t turn your little head.
For that elf on the shelf
will make sure you wake up dead.

Then a zombie you will be
lumbering ’round the Christmas tree
searching for some brains
or other presents not meant for thee.

O’ beware that elf on the shelf!
He’s just all about himself.
He’s sweetly, creepy insane
and out to ruin your health.

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Monday morning writing joke: “Food for thought, too”

Q.: What does a clock do when it’s hungry?

A.: It goes back four seconds.


Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there’s no pop quiz.


I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop anytime.


Q.: How does Moses make his tea?

A.: Hebrews it.

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New words to live by: “Indiplation or Contemgestion”?

It is the first or second weekend of the month and time again for a new word to live by. This is a word or phrase not currently in use in the U.S. English lexicon, but might need to be considered. Other words, such as obsurd, crumpify, subsus, flib, congressed, and others, can be found by clicking on the tags below. Today’s New Word is a compounding of two words in two possible way: Indigestion and Contemplation. Without further chattering, Indiplation or Contemgestion is the new word / phrase for this month:

Indigestion, n. Difficulty in or inability to digest food. Also known as dyspepsia.

Contemplation, n. deep or full reflection or consideration.

How about Indiplation or Contemgestion?

Indiplation, n. In the midst of pain from indigestion, trying to remember where you put the medicine. Example: Heart burn, again? Where did I leave those chalky round pills? You know, the ones with the sigh-something in them? Oh, where did I leave them? Damn it, damn it, damn it.

Contemgestion, n. Thinking or contemplating your way through difficulty in digesting either an idea or food. Example: This fire of impurity raging in my alimentary canal can only be quenched with the round lozenge of hope. You know. The one that I must chew in a symbolic, transubstantiated breaking of the body of deep regret, as I regret now that re-fried turkey enchilada for dinner this evening. It is a feeling most foul in my intestinal world. A placebo effect administered by the mind.

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Twigs”

Divided by hours /

days gather sticks of minutes /

and twigs each second.

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Writing tip Wednesday: “Conquering writer’s block”

4 Tips On Conquering The Evil That Is Writer’s Block

by Ashley Jones


It’s funny that I’m writing this blog about writer’s block considering I was drawing a complete blank when trying to think of a topic. Writer’s block happens to the best of us, and if someone tells you they haven’t experienced a bought of writer’s block they’re likely lying.

So what do I do when I’m struggling with my writing? Sounds weird, but I like to pace around my apartment. My tiny apartment is shotgun style and it takes me approximately 15 seconds to get from one end to the other. I pace like this about 10 times. This works well for me. It makes me feel less sedentary and helps me generate ideas. I think one of the best things you can do if you’re suffering from writer’s block is distance yourself from your project for a while.

This leads me to my first major tip you should try next time you start to feel like words are the enemy:

  • Step away from your computer.
  • Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom, The West Wing) was recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The two did the typical let-me-plug-my-latest-project interview. But they also talked about Sorkin’s writing process. Sorkin said whenever he experiences writer’s block he will shower and change into clean clothes to start again with a clean slate. I think this is a great idea. There’s no reason to sit and stare at a blank page. Get up and start moving around; do whatever works for you. This will help clear your head and make room for all those awesome ideas to come through.

  • Read something you enjoy.
  • No, Facebook doesn’t count. Pick up a magazine or check out the latest entry from your favorite blogger. You can even read a few industry blogs to see what’s new. This will get your mind off your work and help inspire you. These quick distractions can help you connect ideas in a way you didn’t see before.

  • Write like you speak.
  • Don’t try to get hung up on trying to use jargon or industry-speak. Start off by writing conversationally and the ideas will start flowing. It’s way easier to get a good pace going if you feel comfortable with the language you’re using.

  • Start with a working title, and then jump in.
  • Write up a quick title that focuses on the general idea of your blog. Then try to get your initial thoughts out. It doesn’t have to be grammatically correct or even make complete sense. Once you’ve got your thoughts out you can clean it up later and you’ll feel better once your ideas aren’t swimming around in your head.

  • Take your content one step at a time.
  • If you’ve got a lot of content to work with it can feel daunting. Break your content up into sections and tackle them one by one. I usually separate my main ideas out into bullet points. Then I take those points one by one and start fleshing them out. This makes my content much more manageable and I’m less freaked out by the amount I need to complete.


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