BookBlogWriMo. Book Blog Writing Month. Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book bloggers’ version of NaNoWriMo. I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“.
Day Seven – WayBack Machine
The earliest instance that the WayBack Machine (web.archive.org/web/) has of this blog is from 1 June 2011, about a year after I started it. Not a big deal since you can see from the image to the right of by clicking the link to the archive page that the look hasn’t changed. I preview new themes now and again, but always end up leaving it as is. This layout/theme works for what I want to present.
Day Eight – My Blogging Toolkit
I have a fairly small, but effective toolbox:
- WordPress, which is the host for my blogs, and its associated mobile app. I have also used Blogger and its app.
- I rely heavily on Evernote, which I mentioned in a previous post in BookBlogWriMo. It’s a great tool for drafting up posts and jotting down ideas on the go.
- Adobe Photoshop for manipulating graphics, when I use them
- A number of writing prompt sites for inspiration:
- A couple other sites that are of use:
- Wikipedia helps check facts
- Google is a great tool for a quick spelling or definition check. Often, I don’t even have to click any of the links that come up in the search results.
Day Nine – My Blogging Workflow
Workflow. Hmmm…that implies process. Of which I don’t really have one. The closest thing I have is “copy a post” from one I previously used to get a quick template for the new post. Sometimes I sit down and blast out a post in one sitting, but more often, I open a post multiple times, editing a bit here, adding a bit there, until I post it hours or days (or months) later.
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 21, 21 Apr 2014, topic: back to basic
Two out of three ain’t bad?
and fail, daily,
to get back to basics.
Reading? Math? Yes, but often fail
and fail, daily,
to get back to basics.
Always get to read. Often fail
**I liked the flow of my original better, but I really liked the title. Yes, I’m a Meat Loaf fan. Also, it fit the fact that math is part of everyday life, as well as reading, but I frequently find myself not having written anything…nothing creative, anyway. So Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic…the basics, the building blocks of education. I get two out of the three, but wasn’t sure if it was obvious enough in the original poem what the basics were, so I made it more explicit in the revised version I submitted to the Poetic Asides PAD. If you’re so inclined, drop me a note about which version you prefer and why. Thanks.
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 17, 17 Apr 2014, topic: pop culture
(form: trio of shadormas)
It’s not so pop to me
is mostly boring
me since the
Inane and uncreative,
I find most of it.
of the past cultures
with new paint,
Celebs and regular folk
all facaded up.
from high school
cynical and unimpressed
with what’s popular.
**This is a slight tweak from the poem I submitted to the PAD Challenge. I changed the fourth line of the second Shadorma from “and fake parts.” to what you see above. It better reflects another aspect of what I find less appealing in today’s pop culture.
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 30, 30 Apr 2013, topic: finished poem and/or never finished poem
Finished, Yet Not
to page, the
flow may be a wee
trickle or a mighty gusher.
It may take minutes or days, or longer still, before
the author is happy enough
to share the work, while
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 26, 26 Apr 2013, topic: casting
Perfectly Cast as Wife, Mother
ago I thought you
as my wife,
but you’re even better in
your role as mother.
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 24, 24 Apr 2013, topic: auto
The Daily Commute
to the left of me
to the right
When cars have autopilot
will it be better?
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 18, 18 Apr 2013, topic: “I am <blank>”
I am a Jelly Doughnut
speeches in foreign
to help make sure you don’t claim
you’re ein berliner.
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 23, 23 Apr 2013, topic: love poem and/or anti-love poem
Love Is Sneaky
Love is a sneaky bastard.
He creeps in while you aren’t looking
bops you over the head
and throws chains around your heart.
All you can do is hope
he’s as successful on your beloved.
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 19, 19 Apr 2013, topic: burn
an evening of
wrestling on the carpet
I get odd looks at work over
Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 16, 16 Apr 2013, topic: possible poem and/or impossible poem
Decline and Fall
my country’s future
The Impossible Dream
sure a dream
is to choose not to follow it