#This&That&TheOtherThing – #Update

THIS

Happy Tewe’s Day, Everybody! Hope your week got off to a good start yesterday and your day is off to another of those today! It’s been pretty quiet around here for too long, so I thought I’d better stop by to say hello, and to let you guys know I’m still alive. Just busy, busy, busy with all sorts of things Life threw my way all at one time. 

THAT

Saturday’s talk on the American Alligator went great, and I had a lot of fun with a super nice audience. (Definition of Super Nice: They laughed at all of my jokes and oohed and aaahed in all the right places!) 

BTW, I felt great on Saturday from the moment I got up until … well, actually, I’m still feeling pretty good today. Crossing my fingers that means it might be a good while before I have another bad day from you-know-what. Maybe even that it’s over! We’ll see how it goes.

THE OTHER THING

In the meantime, changing insurance and getting set up with all new doctors is keeping me on the go, so it will be slow here on the blog for the rest of this week. I’ll stop by when I can, though, and Granny will definitely be visiting on Friday. Hopefully life will calm down a bit by next week, and things will get back to normal.  I do have another talk next Saturday–don’t ask me how I managed to schedule them for back to back weekends, DOH!– but I’m almost ready for that one. What do you think? Look interesting?

And that’s pretty much where things are for now. I’m off to TWO different, fun-filled medical things today: Some imaging over at the local Radiology clinic, and a quick trip to my new primary care doctor with some paperwork to deliver. Easy-Peasy!

Will check in with you guys later, and hopefully have a few minutes somewhere to stop by a few of my favorite blogs. Yes, I know my Sunday #Twofer fell by the wayside this week, and I apologize for that, but I’m still aiming to get it posted somewhere. Maybe we’ll have a “FOUR-fer” this coming Sunday! That could work. Probably. 😁


And that’s it for my update.
Here’s to a great rest of the week for ALL of us!
As you were, folks, and enjoy this day to the fullest! 

 

#BlogBreakFriday

Yep, it’s this week’s break day again, so I won’t be around much today. I’ll mostly be getting ready for my wildlife talk tomorrow, which means, I won’t be around much tomorrow either. By then, I’ll be busy setting up for said talk, giving said talk, and packing up to go home after said talk.

This being the case, I’m wishing you guys a great rest of your Friday and a wonderful Saturday. I’ll be back either Sunday or Monday. (Or both, if I’m lucky!)


You guys behave … or not … while I’m gone!

#ThorsDaySmile – #AmLaughing – #Humor

A little bit o’ this, an’ a little bit o’ that, an’ a lotta animals, too! That’s what Thor demanded, and I never argue with Norse gods! So, here you go, folks. Hope you find a few smiles amid the silliness.


(And Finally, Add Your Own Caption!)


And there you have it! Some old, some new(ish),
and some funny enough to make the rounds again!
Hope you found a few smiles!

#Apologies fromMe and a Big #ThankYou from #Michael Thompson – #CommonplaceFunFacts

Yesterday, The Write Stuff featured a terrific blogger (Michael Thompson) and his fantastic blog, CommonplaceFunFacts. I’d like to thank everyone who posted and to apologize for the problem Michael ran into with trying to respond to comments, or even to leave one of his own. For some reason, WordPress just wouldn’t let him do either.  I still haven’t figured out what the issue is, but please rest assured that all of your comments were greatly appreciated!

Michael would like to thank each of you for taking the time to comment and for the encouragement. He hopes you all enjoy your visits to CommonplaceFunFacts, and that you find it interesting enough to warrant return visits. (I’m wagering you will, as I know I sure did!)

In the meantime, I’m going to continue to try to solve this problem, as I’d very much like to have Michael join us again for future posts now and then, and I also want him to be able to comment on any and all posts on TWS, and to be able to respond to others who enjoy his visits.( Wish me luck in solving this issue!)

And thanks again for checking out both Michael’s wonderfully entertaining post yesterday, and his equally entertaining, informative, and fun blog, too! Be sure to visit when you get a chance. You’ll be glad you did! 

#GuestDayTuesday – #Blogger #MichaelThompson – #CommonplaceFunFacts

Today, I’m happy to announce that our special guest is blogger Michael Thompson. If you’ve already discovered Michael’s fantastic blog, #CommonPlaceFunFacts you know what a fun, entertaining, and informative place it is. If you haven’t yet run across it, I’m sure after reading today’s post, you’ll want to drop by right away. I’ve been following Michael’s posts for some time, and I’ve yet to read even ONE that didn’t amaze, inform,  or amuse me. Or all three. So, without further fanfare, let’s turn this over to Michael and let him tell you more. Michael? You’re on!

Thanks, Marcia!

I am Michael Thompson. I am the editor-in-chief, CEO, and high-muckety-muck of Commonplace Fun Facts. I’m not kidding – those are the words that appear on the business card.

Commonplace Fun Facts is about – well – everything. The name was inspired by the Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb.” Dr. Watson wrote, “We both sat in silence for some little time after listening to this extraordinary narrative. Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he placed his cuttings.” I was intrigued by that word commonplace. I always thought it meant “boring” or “ordinary,” and I couldn’t reconcile either of those words being attributed to Sherlock Holmes.

I learned that a “commonplace book” is simply a scrapbook of random bits of information that the owner finds useful or interesting. Once I learned that, I realized this was something I had been doing all my life — collecting random tidbits of information, and either writing them down or filing them away in my memory to be shared at some appropriate time.

I have always loved learning. That’s not to say that I have always loved school. School, in my experience, was a lot like eating a brownie, one ingredient at a time. Imagine trying to swallow a big mouthful of flour. After you choke that down, you treat yourself to a couple of tablespoons of sugar. Just when you begin to think you might enjoy the experience, you have to leave the sugar behind and endure a teaspoon or two of salt. Then you get the raw egg, baking cocoa (which isn’t nearly as scrumptious as you would think), and a bit of water to wash it all down.

If that is your only exposure to brownies, you’ll never have to worry about an expanding waistline. We all know that the delicious end product is the result of combining all those ingredients in just the right way. Trying to eat a brownie ingredient-by-ingredient wouldn’t be a treat; it would be an ordeal. (Especially if you use the Pentagon’s 26-page recipe for brownies).

That’s the way most of my schooling was for me. Each class was just one more in an endless series of dry, tasteless ingredients. In English, I’d try to learn the parts of speech, only to end up like Winston Churchill, getting my foot caught on a dangling preposition. Learning a bunch of dates in history was just as hard to swallow as a mouthful of flour. Science was like baking cocoa; it sounded promising at first, but instead of getting a chance to mix up chemicals in the laboratory, I had to memorize the parts of a cell.

My teachers said, “Go ahead and take a big bite of the dates of the Peace of Westphalia, the War of Roses, the Black Death, and the first flight of an airplane. Follow it up with a couple of teaspoons of algebra, the Periodic Table, and Avogadro’s Number. Sure, it may be a bit dry, but try your best to swallow Plato’s Republic and Longfellow’s ‘Psalm of Life.’ Top it all off with a generous sprinkling of memorization of the inventors of the printing press, cotton gin, and glasses.”

In short, school was boring.

Fortunately, I was blessed with a mom and a few teachers who showed me that the dry, tasteless ingredients dished out in the classroom could combine in a marvelous, delicious way. They may have been presented piecemeal, but there were connections that could make even the dullest thing interesting.

That realization began a lifelong hobby. Unlike most of my classmates, who had hobbies such as sports or friendship, I started collecting fun facts. I savored the little snippets of history that connect events and give them extra flavor. Yes, it is somewhat interesting to learn that the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora in 1815 was so powerful that it was heard 3,000 miles away. What is truly fascinating is that the ash from that volcanic eruption plunged Europe into a year without a summer. As a result of the gloomy weather, a group of tourists in Geneva was forced to find ways to cope with the inclement weather. One way they amused themselves was with a contest about who could write the best ghost story. That is how Mary Shelley was inspired to write Frankenstein, the book that has scared children of all ages for over 200 years.

Although I found these fun facts fascinating, I wasn’t sure anyone else did. For some reason my helpful observation that Abner Doubleday probably didn’t invent baseball, but he did fire the first shot of the Union in the Civil War failed to earn me a spot at the jocks’ table during lunch. Equally as baffling was the sad realization that “Did you know that wombat poop is cube-shaped?” did absolutely nothing to impress any of the girls.

Fast-forward a couple of decades. I lucked out and found an awesome wife. Before long, we had four sons. Much to my surprise and delight, each of them showed the same interest in those weird, obscure fun facts that I did. As they grew and developed into bookworms, they began collecting fun facts as well. Commonplace Fun Facts was born out of our need to find a way to catalog and share our findings with each other.

Commonplace Fun Facts launched in 2014. My boys are now adults, and they continue to be the primary contributors of ideas. We have learned, however, that we are not alone. Commonplace Fun Facts has readers from all over the world. Many of them write and offer pieces of their own collections of fun facts or give us ideas of additional topics to explore.

When I sit down to write for Commonplace Fun Facts, I ask, “What do I want to learn about today?” The prospect of learning now fills me with even more anticipation than the aroma of freshly-baked brownies.


 

Blogger Extraordinaire Michael Thompson

You can reach Michael on social media here:
Twitter
Facebook
And of course, on his BLOGCommonplaceFunFacts

 

#ReblogAlert- #TwoFer #ThisWeekOnStoryEmpire & – #SmorgasbordBlogMagazine WeeklyUpdate

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve shared these with you guys, but it wasn’t because I didn’t want to. It was just one more thing that fell through the cracks as my energy level declined. But I promised myself that today would be the day I got going with it again, and here it is! Sunday’s #TwoFer the Price of One–the Weekly Roundup of posts from two of my favorite blogs. If you’ve missed any of these, I do hope you’ll take a look.  You’ll be glad you did!


MONDAY: ColdHand Boyack (alias Craig) starts the week off with another excellent and thought-provoking post entitled Expansion Pack: One Upmanship. I know you’ll enjoy reading (and thinking about) this one, so don’t miss out! You can check it out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Harmony Kent pops in mid-week to continue her wonderful series on the pros and cons of Prologues with a post entitled How to Use Prologues, Part 6 Spoilers Ahoy. This post continues with what has been an extremely helpful series, and I know you don’t want to miss it. (Or any of the earlier posts in the series.) Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: And on Friday, D. L. Finn shares a great post on Mini Vacations for Writers. Denise has some super suggestions for ways to take a relaxing break now and then and return to your WIP refreshed and renewed. Check it out  HERE.


And you know what comes next, right? Sally Cronin’s fabulous weekly round up post! You can see everything that went on over on Smorgasbord blog this week, and you really owe it to yourself to check for goodies you may have missed.

Check out Sally’s Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Update HERE.


And there you have this week’s #Twofer recap!
Happy Reading!

#LetsTalk – #QuickQuestion – #KeepsakeBooks

I know I’m supposed to be on a break, but a friend of mine called today to ask how she would go about getting TWO books (gifts for her grown children) published. She’s not interested in selling, but rather putting together keepsake style books, with photos, memories, and family recipes. I have no clue how to do something like this. Would she look for a local printer to handle it? Is there any way for her to contact someone who could format it for her? I don’t even know what her first step would be.  *Hangs head in embarrassment, here*

It occurred to me that I might like to do this one day, too, and that perhaps some of you would, as well, so maybe this topic would make for a good discussion? 

Any and all thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and might be useful to lots of us. THANKS!

#BlogBreakThursday & #Update (Brief)

I’m not going to be around much today, since it’s this week’s Blog Break Day, but I did want to let everyone know that I have a few openings coming up for both #GuestDayTuesday posts and #TenThingsYouMayNotKnowAboutMe posts. If any of you are interested in taking part in either of these series, please email me, and we’ll see what we can set up.

I’m sorry to say, I’m still not over the Long COVID thing yet, but I really do think the episodes are getting milder, and farther and farther apart. Hopefully that means this really won’t go on forever! 

And on that note, I’ll get back to the tasks on my agenda for today. 


Have a GREAT ThorsDay, everyone!

#AmazonPriceCut – #EvenLower – #Don’tMissOut!

Order Wake-Ridge HERE for Just $4.39!

It appears that Amazon is still willing to offer my first two books at a truly big savings. Both Wake-Robin Ridge and Swamp Ghosts are going for super low prices, so if you’ve thought about trying one of these and haven’t yet done so, now’s your chance to order a print copy at a much reduced price. And no, I don’t know why they do this, but I’ve read they routinely cut prices on older books, even for the really big name writers out there, with no notification to the authors at all. However, since we writers still make our usual royalties, reduced price or not, I don’t mind a bit! Hope some of you will take advantage of this opportunity!

Order Swamp Ghosts HERE for just $6.41!

Thanks for stopping by today, and please feel free to pass this along, especially to anyone you think would enjoy these books! It’s MUCH appreciated!


Have a great day, Folks!