Misused Words?

When I was a kid, my mom always called the couch a “Davenport.”  So I grew up calling it that, until finally my teenage friends said, “A what?  What are you talking about?”

Another thing that caught me … I grew up thinking I was putting my socks and underwear away in my “chester drawers.”  I even wrote that once, in some story or another, and one of my writer friends said, “What the heck are chester drawers?  Do you mean chest-of-drawers?”

Color me embarrassed.  I’d been saying that wrong for over 30 years!

So, I ask you, my Xangaroo friends … do you have any of these?  That you’ll admit to in public? 

Timed Writing Exercise for the Future

A writer’s trick for keeping words flowing is to do timed writing practice every single day. Doesn’t matter what you write, and doesn’t matter how many words. Just pick a time and start writing. Say, 15 minutes, and set a timer, and write constantly for those 15 minutes.

This is an established practice that’s been around since the 60’s. But here’s a new twist on it.

Go to FutureMe.org and set up an account. It’s free.

This is a place where you write letters to yourself to be delivered to you in the future (up to 50 years in the future).

Every day go there and do a timed writing exercise and set it to be emailed to you one year in the future. Or longer. Or shorter. Whatever you want.

But it would be so cool to read all the random stuff that was in your mind a year ago today. Who knows what will turn up? What it will inspire? What forgotten thing it will remind you of?

Make sure you click their Google Ads everyday so that they can afford to send you the email a year from now!

I’m starting today.

Websites domains blah blah blah

I bought a new domain name that I thought would be perfect for my “outside of Xanga writing blog” — MojoWriter.com.  I’ve already migrated most (but not all) my posts from my old blog over to it.

I did a trade-off in my head.  Being that I picked up MojoWriter, I’m going to not renew one of my other domains.  So Tech-Mojo.com is going bye-bye when it’s up in a few months.  I didn’t like that one much anyway.

Twiddle38 says there is probably a 12-step program for compulsive website builders.  I may need it!

An email just arrived from a recruiter:

My name is Jay and I’m a recruiter at TAC Worldwide Companies. Our records show that you are an experienced professional with experience as an Instrudtional Designer. This experience is relevant to one of my current openings.

What the heck is a Instrudtional Designer?  And why do they need an experienced professional with experience? 

Today’s happy moment:  I just found out I have a 12 year old grand niece!

My nephew and her mom were stationed together in Guam when they were in the Navy.  My new grand niece was the product of a drunken night some 12 odd years ago.  This poor kid grew up being the only one of her friends who didn’t have a father, which is what prompted the mom to go looking for the dad, my nephew.  My nephew was overwhelmingly happy, especially today when the DNA test came back positive!

New family member!  And a girl with a new honest-to-goodness father! 

New Job!

I just accepted an offer for one of the two jobs I’ve been talking about!

Not the super high paying one, but I did get the writing position … which is the one I really wanted anyway.

You’re looking at one happy Buddha Bear!

Favorite Color?

Why is it, I wonder, that we have a favorite color?  What is it that makes one color better than another?  Is it because it reminds us of something, or gives us a feeling? 

My favorite color is BLUE.  Not really sky blue, but looking down into a deep ocean blue, or a dark metallic blue you’d find on a 1967 convertible Camaro.  I really have no idea why.

What’s your favorite color?  And do you know why it’s your favorite?