Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Quiz: The Ice Cream Truck Test

I agree with most of this one.

You Are Emotional
You are a highly sensitive person, and you can't help but feel more than most people. Your senses are always in tune.
You are very protective of those around you. You hurt when they hurt, and you're happiest when they're happy.

You are sympathetic to anyone who is need or hurting, even if that person has hurt you in the process. You have a great capacity for compassion.
Naturally intuitive, you can sense what those around you are feeling, even if they are strangers. You can't help but tap into feelings.

You tend to be moody at times, but it's only because the emotional world is so amplified for you. It's easy to feel overwhelmed.
If you're a bit touchy, it's not personal. You often need time alone to process everything that is going on emotionally.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Which Way To Publish?

I know this is thinking too far ahead, but someone I know brought up something about publishing. A lady who attends the mental health center that I attend and work at, writes poetry.  Our center director asked her if she had been published. The lady said she'd gotten one of her poems published in Reader's Digest.  She then suggested the idea of me trying to publish my memoir in a magazine rather than trying to publish it as a book right away.

Is this a good idea? Do people still serialize stories in publications? I'm afraid no one I know will see it or read it this way.  Furthermore, it seems that this only for fiction. Do publications serialize memoirs? Suggested publications were medical journals or Psychology Today.  But such journals will only publish stuff from non-medical professionals.  I was told this in a writing group I joined on Facebook.
My story is just too long for Reader's Digest. 

Again, is this a good idea? And what is your opinion of possibly self-publishing?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Next Steps in Editing

Last night I was wide awake and began editing what I had printed, checking mainly for spelling errors and spacing errors (either failing to space between words and typing a little too much space).  I also started deleting what I found unnecessary or repetitive. I had begun done this when converting my handwritten story to typed form, but I'm still finding repetitive or unnecessary pieces of writing. It's the way writing works, I guess :-)

While editing my printed form, I was having flashbacks to my high school journalism class and the editing symbols we used. I remembered many of them, but don't always do it that way when editing. Some of those shown below I don't seem to remember learning:

Any of you writers out there--do you use these symbols when editing?  Most of the time, when I began editing my work, I would just cross out misspelled words and write the correct spelling above it.  I don't seem to remember that first one mentioned in the photo. I tend to just cross out a word that needs to be deleted. I guess each person has their way of  doing this.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Never Using Algebra

I went looking for a drink-holder at Dollar Tree the other day and eventually went with this one:

So true. When I had to take algebra in high school it didn't dawn on me at first that I would not be using it later in life.  But after a while, I did began to feel that way, and I later felt the same with geometry theorems.  

When seeing this I was reminded me of this meme I'd seen earlier this year as tax season had approached:

I now wonder why we were never taught how balance a checkbook or do taxes in school.  I did have to take economics in high school, and the only lesson they gave us on checks was in a film we watched for the class. Not sure if they talked about doing taxes, though.  If not, they should have.

Have you found yourself using algebra since high school and/or college? I'm guessing not.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Finished Typing

Yesterday I finished converting my handwritten notes to typed form.  Excluding the title and contents pages, my story is 87 typed pages.  A lot of thought went into what to delete and add to what I'd written down. I know I have made some typing errors and have to check for repetitive stuff I may have missed already.

Here is what I have chosen as my title (copied from the title page in my document; I changed the font color to add some color to this post):

Delays and Detours on the Road to Prozac:
A Memoir of Depression and Anxiety
 by Jamie Ghione
And my table of contents (chapter titles) page:

4. TRAGEDY IN 2001

Before typing, I had jotted down some words, phrases and place names that might need explanation. I mentioned several cities, including my hometown, that many people outside of California may not know about, be included in an index. I haven't typed this part, though.

As always is the question, "What to do next?"

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Semi-Charmed Summer 2016 Book Challenge

Since I was an early finisher of the Winter 2015 challenge, I got to pick a category for the Summer 2016 challenge and will thus be in again. Click here to sign up and see more details.

General rules:

  • The challenge will run from June 1, 2016, to August 31, 2016. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on June 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on August 31 will count.
  • Each book must be at least 150 pages long. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print version meets the length requirement.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the winter 2016 challenge.

And now for the exciting part: the challenge categories!

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long.
           Walk Two Moons--Sharon Creech (280 pages, 3 stars)

10 points: Read a collection of short stories or essays. They may all be written by the same author, or the book may be an anthology from different writers; your choice!
          12 Shades of Surrender-Various Authors (480 pages, 3 stars)

10 points: Read an adult fiction book written by an author who normally writes books for children. Examples: J. K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, etc. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Kelly E.
           The Red House Mystery--A.A. Milne (239 pages, 3 stars)
15 points: Read a book set in Appalachia. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Ericka B. (Try this listor this one for inspiration. And here’s a map if you have a book in mind and want to know if it fits the setting.)  
          The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen (269 pages, 3 stars)

15 points: Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read a book with a cover you personally find unappealing.
          We Should Hang Out Sometime--Josh Sundquist (326 pages, 4 stars)

20 points: Read a book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Bevchen.
           The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel-- Deborah Moggach (320 pages, 3 stars)

25 points: Read a book with a punny title. The title can be a play on another book title, movie title or a common expression. Examples of such titles include Southern DiscomfortWe'll Always Have Parrots or Bonefire of the Vanities
- Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Jamie G.
            A Sheetcake Named Desire--Jacklyn Brady (304 pages, 3 stars)

30 points: Read a microhistory. (Try this list or this one for ideas.)
           1968: The Year That Rocked the World--Mark Kurlansky (464 pages, 4 stars)
30 points: Read one book with a good word in the title, and one with a bad word. Note: This category is reeeeeeeally open-ended! Maybe you like turtles, so The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is a title with a "good" word. Similarly, the "bad" word could be a swear word or a literally negative word like “not” or “none,” or it could just be something you don’t like. Have fun with it! (Remember, you must read both books to get 30 points; this category is not worth 15 points per book.)
          "Good" Word: Great Expectations--Charles Dickens (544 pages, 3 stars)
          "Bad" Word:  The Husband's Secret--Liane Moriarty (396 pages, 4 stars)
40 points: Read two books that contain the same word in the title, but once in the singular and once in the plural. For example: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer, or Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.(Remember, you must read both books to get 40 points; this category is not worth 20 points per book.)
          Singular: Murder at the Savoy--Maj Sjowell (216 pages, 3 stars)
          Plural:  The Makeover Murders--Jennifer Rowe (256 pages, 3 stars)

Challenge completed on July 14

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How I Have Been Editing

Even before I started typing what I had hand written, I was already mentally editing it. And tonight as typed three more chapters, I found them too long and somewhat repetitive so I cut out a great chunk on two of them and condensed some of it down. My notes for  Chapter 11 were especially  long, a lot had to be taken out.  I  carefully decided what needed to go and what seemed repetitive from previous and subsequent chapters (those I have yet to type) and within each chapter itself.

This definitely is how to write, I have been told.

As of now, typing chapters 12-15 and the epilogue remain to be done. One of these is already pretty short.  I'm anxious to see how many I get typed tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Longest Paper I Have Ever Typed

To the best of my knowledge, anyway.  I wrote 15 chapters along with the prologue and epilogue. As of now (prior to typing this blogpost),  I have typed and printed the prologue and chapters 1-8, as well as a title page and a table of contents page. Excluding these two pages, my current page count is 47. It's like the college thesis I never wrote.

What, you may be asking?  I didn't write a thesis in college?  Well, not in the way that most people are familiar with the concept.  I was a literature major and where I went to college, we had the option of doing a traditional undergraduate thesis with faculty sponsor or the senior seminar option. The latter will need some explanation. A class taught as a seminar (as opposed to being taught as a lecture) could be used as our exit requirement.  Various such classes on different literature topics were offered each quarter. An essay was required for the class. In some ways, this was like doing a thesis, but it was part of a credit class.  The length of the essay varied by each class and instructor. The class I took for this requirement was on slavery reading. I don't remember too many details about it, though. I always had  to type papers in college, but this senior essay was probably the longest one I had to do then. I seem to recall the required length being 10 pages.

I'm now pondering the idea of going to graduate school, thinking that if I should do so, I'll now be prepared to write a lengthy thesis. I am not certain of whether I'll be doing that, however.  For now, I want to finish typing my memoir, typing as many chapters as I can each day.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Began Typing

I figured out yesterday what was going on with my printer. Before I moved, it didn't seem to want to print.  But I got it working again. It's long and complicated, so let's just leave it at that :-)  

Now that it's working, I began typing my story yesterday.  I'm not done yet, since I have a lot to type. I've printed what I've typed so far.  Some of what I'd written longhand I've paraphrased already in my typing, something I began doing in my head before typing.  Trying to avoid repeated stuff. And I've added some things not already in my rough draft.

Will continue until all is typed, however much I can do a day.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Weird Facts About Friday the 13th

I've never been superstitious, especially about Friday the 13th, today's date.  As I can recall, nothing bad ever happened to me on that date in all the time I've been alive :-)

Not surprisingly, it's a trending Twitter topic today and among the tweets found was this link from USA Today:

Beware superstitious friends: It's Friday the 13th again! Here are some fun facts about the day you might not know:
Fear of the day is likely rooted in Christianity.
Jesus was crucified on a Friday and ever since the day has been associated with "general ill omen," Michael Bailey, a history professor at Iowa State University who specializes in the origins of superstitions, told USA TODAY Network. Weddings in the Middle Ages, for instance, were not held on Fridays and it was not a day someone would start a journey, Bailey said.
Thirteen guests are believed to have attended the Last Supper, the night before Jesus was killed, according to Stuart Vyse, a psychology professor at Connecticut College. And Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, is considered to have been the 13th guest, Vyse said.
The superstition's origins are mysterious.
It's unclear when Friday and number 13 became linked in the way we think of them today, according to Vyse and Bailey. There are no mentions of Friday the 13th before the 19th century.
Fear of the day itself has an official name.
It's called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Not sure how to pronounce it? NPR offers this handy audio guide.
You're not more likely to make a trip to the hospital.
2011 German study published in the World Journal of Surgery explored whether there is a link between Friday the 13th and an increase of blood loss and the frequency of emergency room visits on those days.
Researchers reviewed 3,281 days at a hospital facility that included 15 Friday the 13ths. They found no correlation.
"Our data indicate that such beliefs are myths far beyond reality," the study concludes.
Bonus fact: 13 is Taylor Swift's lucky number.
"I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro," the singer told MTV in a 2009 interview.
The performer was even sued in 2014 by the clothing brand Lucky 13 for selling T-shirts on her online store with the phrase "Lucky 13" on them.
Contributing: Jolie Lee for USA TODAY Network

From Wikipedia:
The longest period that can occur without a Friday the 13th is fourteen months, either from July to September the following year being a common year starting on Tuesday (e.g., between 2001–02, 2012–13, and 2018–19), or from August to October the following year being a leap year starting on Saturday (e.g., between 1999–2000 or 2027–28).
(I was not aware of this until today).

Also, did you know that the first day of the month falling on Sunday means the 13th will be on Friday? I've known this fact for several years now.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Emoji Say About You?

I agree with this :-) I don't particularly have a favorite one, just picked this one.

You Are Hilarious
You have a wicked sense of humor, and for you, there's almost no joke that is outside the bounds of good taste.
If laughter is the best medicine, then everyone around you is very healthy. You keep everyone cracking up with your comments.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mental Health Month

In case you didn't know, May is Mental Health Month.  Since I've been going to services, I've been well aware of this.  Our county behavioral health department will having booths this month during our town's annual farmers market, which began this week and will run till the end of September.

One of the reading challenges I am participating in this year is the Mental Illness Advocacy. I don't think I'll stop this month, though and I will probably read more than 12 books.  So far this month I've read two books that fit that challenge, both graphic novel memoirs.
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me     
I definitely want to continue reading mental illness books, this year and next and not just in May. 

And  yesterday on Twitter someone mentioned watching the Prozac Nation movie, not knowing that Mental Health Month had begun.  I then decided I need to watch my copy again soon.  

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Monday, May 2, 2016

A to Z Envy

Last month I was reading some of the blogs that were doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge, including that of  Stephanie Faris, whose blog I read already. I'd considered trying  it when it was time to start signing up, but couldn't find any ideas for a theme. And since I ended moving at the beginning of April and being offline for almost a week, I wouldn't have been able to do it.  I'd been aware of this thing for two years now when I saw it on her blog in 2014. At that time, I was working long hours, six days a week at a produce plant, barely getting any sleep and barely getting onto my computer. It was too rough and I left after nearly three weeks. I certainly would not have had time then, but then I was not aware until I saw it on her blog.

On the plus side, I did enjoy reading posts about unsolved mysteries, most of which I did not know about.

Hearing the phrase "A to Z" brought to mind something on a  local classic rock station several years ago.  Every summer they'd do something called A to Z,  playing their song titles alphabetically. I'd try to catch as much of it as I could.  In some years, they'd do "Z to A," playing the titles in reverse alphabetical order.  How fast you can you recite the alphabet backwards?  They haven't done it since 2007 as I recall.

And one of the reading challenges I'm doing this year is Alphabet Soup. The challenge requires reading a book that begins with each letter of the alphabet.  It doesn't have to be done in alphabetical order, though, and I've been counting the first book I've read that begins with each letter. Special exceptions are given for Q, X, and Z, which can appear anywhere in the title since they are such tricky letters. I did find some books that begin with those letters, and I'm only left with N, U, and V.  I've read more then 26 books already, but none beginning with those letters.