Some of My Favorite Things

I spend a lot of time on the ‘net due to my job duties and a natural curiosity I find difficult to resist. If there’s a rabbit hole, I’m diving in it. In my travels, I have come across some pretty cool things that may help you, entertain you, or annoy you. I’m hoping for the former two 🙂

Morning Coffee is a Firefox extension that allows you to mark pages you visit every day, and conveniently load them with one click. I use this mostly for sites on which I click daily, such as the Breast Cancer Site or other sites where I vote daily for my favorite online fiction. Saves me from riffling through the half a million bookmarks I’ve collected. *sigh*

I have rediscovered StumbleUpon, and while this can be as big a time suck as any other online networking device (not mentioning any names, *coughtwittercough* or *sneezefacebooksneeze*) SU actually points you toward useful and interesting sites, for the most part. You can give the thumbs down to those that don’t meet your standards and a thumbs up to outstanding pages. Be prepared to lose a couple of days down a black hole until you get used to it. There’s a Firefox add-on that will provide a toolbar to make it even more convenient, curse them. Heh.

If you need a few minutes away and you like puzzles, here’s a small one that provides a little entertainment. Only took me about 15 minutes. Fun 🙂

And, if you’re having a bad day and you are thinking about how dumb you are sometimes, fear not! There are people having a much worse day than you are, and if you need proof, just click here. I literally laughed until I cried.

Sometimes, you just need a boost to get the creative juices flowing. This page gives some great prompts guaranteed to put a boot right up your Muse’s….uh, nether regions.

Speaking of boots and the Muse, 3Words is a perfect place to get your fiction on if you feel as if you just can’t fit it in. Three prompt words are given daily, and you write 100 words (or more, it’s flexible, but I like the challenge of only 100 words to work with) every day building a complete story by month’s end. I love it, and if I can fit 100 fiction words in a day, so can you. Registration is free, and the stories being built are great fun to read.

This article is a couple of years old, but it really details out the health hazards that face working writers. I like to refresh my memory of how dangerous this job really is.

And, speaking of the writer’s life, here’s an article that really lays it all out. An honest appraisal of the lighter side of the pen.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. BACK UP YOUR DATA, PEOPLES. I’ve lost more stuff than I can remember, sadly, because of my lazy backup practices. Mozy is a free online backup system, up to 2MB, and you can configure it to run as often as you like. Mine runs automatically twice a day, and is an important part of my overall Backup Plan. All info is stored offline, which is nice in case something happens to your flash drive, CDs, or hardcopies of your material.

That’s about all I have for this week. Yep, enough there to distract you for a couple of hours. Hey, I’m not going down that rabbit hole by myself!!


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