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Supernatural, Merlin, Twitter, Blogging, Fotolia and More

bigstock_Male_Rear_In_Underwear_405966My MANhandler picture today is one of my personal favorites. I’m rather partial to everything about this photo. Everything. Enjoy!

I am admittedly either very good at avoiding writing or very bad at managing my time. I’m not sure which it is, but it’s sort of a personal epiphany to sit here and acknowledge all the things I do other than write when I sit in front of the computer. For example, when I received my reminder that this was my day to blog, I immediately ditched the manuscript and dove into writing here vs. there. Such a lack of willpower! I’m easily led astray these days, and here are a few of the things that occupy my attention:

Supernatural: I’m pretty much an urban fantasy diehard, and some of what I write is pretty graphic in the way of violence. Ironically, I have to watch half of this show through my fingers. But when the eyes are on the screen and the hands over the face, very little writing gets done. Yay, Netflix! NOT HAPPY. I blame Tibby Armstrong.

Merlin: I’m a total BBC-Wales addict thanks to this show. I don’t catch it on regular programming, but I bought the first season on a whim and became addicted within minutes. I absolutely love this show and will watch it over and over and over. So good!

Twitter: It’s nothing for me to fall into Twitter and emerge hours later wondering what happened. I become engrossed in the most ridiculous things, like #Sharknado. W. T. H. My brain automatically assigns hashtags to things now. It’s a real #problem.

Blogging: I love to blog. It’s like chatting, and I’m very proficient at chatting. Sometimes I’ll get a wild hair and have to go write Laptop and Email symbol in devil shapeimmediately, sharing thoughts and ideas and best practices with my readers and fellow writers. Other times it’s publishing news. And yet others? It’s all about me getting a cat. Capital time suck.

Fotolia: This is my favorite royalty-free photo site. Sometimes, when I’m looking for inspiration for a book or a scene or a setting, I’ll spend an hour or three browsing photos and adding to my collection of MANhandler pics. Hey, somebody has to do it!

And the “more” I reference? That’s the internet in general. I get lost in it, browsing Ebay and CNN and Yahoo. It’s ridiculous! If I’d gain a little more focus and hammer on, I’d get a lot more done. I just don’t think life would be complete without my MANhandler days, though. They keep me sane. 🙂

 

What are your favorite online haunts? Share and give me other places to frequent. Pretty please?

Hanging out at Ted’s Place. A Lot.

Welcome to the internet.  You know the place. Full of mysteries, both frightening and beautiful.  A world of information at your fingertips, new friends to meet, stalkers to fend off, political arguments to be had. Frustrating, boring, overwhelming, fun and always, always, engaging.  The topic of the next two weeks–our biggest internet time suck.

First, I’ll waive off the obvious.  Like many others out there, I’d be lying if I didn’t say social media, predominantly in the form of Facebook, remains my single biggest time suck on the internet.

Also, as a writer, research can draw me on, chasing facts and stories from site to site to get that one piece of information that will my own story fall together.  Or maybe, the research is just so interesting I get drawn into it, that I know now everything I could possibly know about Amazon lore when all I really needed to know was a list of Amazon queens.  But given that I am prone to lose myself in research, I tend to keep that tightly under wraps and only embark when I really can’t move forward with out.  Wherever possible,  I often purposely leave the research until the end for that very reason.

Now that I’ve gotten the easy answers out of the way, I will introduce you to my real weakness and reveal my true geek DNA.  If I want to get lost, I just pop on over to Ted Talks and watch those videos.  Speakers are chosen for their ability to communicate well, their topics are challenging and fascinating and some are just so cool and they can be a real motivational voice in the dark when I’m feeling blue and need to hear someone say things I need to hear.

Take a visit. Here’s the link to the playlist on how to tell a story, with videos by writers and thinkers on story telling. Here a couple links to how to tell a story videos.

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

JJ Abrams: The mystery box

But you remember, once you enter….

Bwhahaha!

When you eventually drag yourself back to the world, tell me how you like it.


Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine in romance fiction. Meet Jocelyn, a single mom who gets a second chance at love in her newest book Next Move available from Ellora’s Cave and Amazon

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