Saturday, October 5, 2013

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Halloween Tales of the Unknown

Posted: 05 Oct 2013 06:21 AM PDT

ghost shipEvery day from now until Halloween we're counting down creative, fun and scary Halloween ideas.

Today’s featured lenses are brought to you courtesy of our Tales of the Unknown Quest that ended last week.

The Curse of the Ghost Ship

1. The Curse of the Ghost Ship

Her screams pierced the night. She bolted awake from her nightmare, her mind reeling with images of her husband being murdered at sea. A prophetic vision? Her husband’s unfinished letter to her was later found in his deserted cabin, abruptly ended…

Dark Night in Mississippi

2. Dark Night in Mississippi

This is a true story that happened to me and my father when I was a young boy. It really happened and this is the first time I have ever written about it. I don’t know if you will find it spooky or not, but all these years later I still remember the l…

The Picture

3. The Picture

We had to start now. To start later would be unfortunate. The weather was in our favor and not as cold as could be expected at this time of the year. Unexpectedly, there had been no frost last night. Steven was late again, and this time he could not blame…

The  Mischievous Ghosts

4. The Mischievous Ghosts

I was 15 years old when my parents bought a house that was built in the 1940′s it stands on a main street in a town in New York State. The house is a really nice two story with three bedrooms on the second story and one bedroom on the first floor. It…

Meet shay_marie, she’s a Giant Squid!

Posted: 05 Oct 2013 06:01 AM PDT

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What is the single best piece of advice you’d give to everyone?

Stop taking everything so seriously. If you can take a step back and laugh at things (and laugh at yourself), you’ll be a much happier person.

When did you make the biggest difference?

In the traditional sense, I like to think I made the biggest difference when I worked in a Breast Cancer Center in San Francisco. I wasn’t actually “healing” people, mind you, but I know that I helped at least a few people during a difficult point in their lives. I was working with some of the best people on the planet too.

Who had the most influence on your life?

Jeff Goldblum. I’m kidding. My mother influences me the most, for sure. As much as it pains me (because I like to think I’m such a special snowflake), I know I’m slowly becoming her. My husband is a close contender, but Mom has been around longer and provided me with genes.

What was your greatest moment?
I’m supposed to say my wedding day or something, right? WRONG. It was probably the day I got my dog. Sorry husband.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a creative powerhouse. I want to supply creativity to smaller houses and help them flourish in the flow of art and inspiration.

… I’m kind of joking, but kind of not. I hope that throughout my life, I’m able to affect, influence, and make people laugh with my thoughts, words, or actions. It’s vague, but it’s at the core of what I hope to be.

What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?

My parents are so hardworking and generous. Basically, they are the opposite of lazy jerks. They make me look like a chump.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

You’d be amazed how little other people are thinking about you. People aren’t picking you apart and analyzing you as much as you are picking apart and analyzing yourself; they’re too busy with their own crap. Self confidence, or lack thereof, is entirely in your head. Stop fixating on everyone else, decide what you’re passionate about, and pursue it relentlessly. Fake it till you make it and you’ll get there eventually.

Also, stop hunching your shoulders and stand up straight, or you’re going to end up with a hump.

Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.

Be FLEXIBLE. Things at work, as they are in life, can change from minute to minute. Be open to those changes, and work with them, rather than raging against them, if you want to keep your head above water. Furthermore, if you can learn to love life’s spontaneity, you’ll probably live a longer and happier life.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

People think I’m much younger than I am, which is funny, because in a lot of senses, I actually feel much older. (And I mean “feel” in the mental way, not “feel” in the physical way). If I was to guess my age based on my mental state, I’d say I’m about 50. A crazy brained 50 with the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy, but 50 nonetheless.

What is the one thing you'd most like to change about the world?

I wish we were more accepting of each other. Why are people so awful? I wish everyone would stop to take a moment from time to time and realize that they can never possibly understand what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes. Give people the benefit of the doubt as often as you can stand to, and be open and giving as much as you are able to. Now let us all hold hands and sing.

Favorite Lens

Ridiculous White Elephant Gift Ideas 2013

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Lens of the Day: A superb book of baby knits from top designer Debbie Bliss

Posted: 05 Oct 2013 05:43 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-10-05 at 8.42.42 AMBuying individual patterns can be very costly, so when I found this book of patterns from my favorite designer, Debbie Bliss, at a really good price, I was delighted.

New Giant Squid Lenses Week of 9/30

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 04:49 PM PDT

Learn To Play The Zither

1. Learn To Play The Zither

The only musical instrument I ever played in my young life was a violin. I took lessons in music class in school and believe me I was no virtuoso on the thing. We were required to take music and learn to play some instrument. My choice was the piano, but m…

Bonfire Night - The Guy Fawkes Celebration

2. Bonfire Night – The Guy Fawkes Celebration

In England Halloween has never really been much of a big deal. It’s sandwiched in between Harvest Festivals, which are big in rural areas,complete with scarecrow contests, and the big autumnal celebration, Bonfire Night. Visit England, Wales or Scotla…

Stonehenge: Tour of A World Heritage Site

3. Stonehenge: Tour of A World Heritage Site

Having made regular trips to southern England in the last number of years, 2013 was a milestone for the family as the last of our three children graduated from university. Another different sort of milestone for me was soon to be uncovered – to see Stonehe…

Creepy, Crawly, Gory, Ghoulish, Spooky, Scary Halloween Dessert Recipes

4. Creepy, Crawly, Gory, Ghoulish, Spooky, Scary Halloween Dessert Recipes

Great party food and great entertainment are the keys to success for any holiday party, so give your Halloween party guests some sweet treats with these creepy, crawly, gory, ghoulish, spooky and scary Halloween dessert recipes! I’ve picked out some o…

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Fan Quizzes

5. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Fan Quizzes

This year brought me onto an entirely unexpected place: I became a rabid Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. I had no idea that this was going to happen, I had not found myself particularly fascinated by spooky things or vamps in my earlier life. But I ended up…

One Of The Original Horror Authors-Edgar Allan Poe

6. One Of The Original Horror Authors-Edgar Allan Poe

One of the original authors of suspense and horror was Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was born in 1809 in Boston Massachusetts and is thought to be one of the original writers in what is now thought of as detective fiction. He also wrote what is now considered to be…

A Vegetarian Side Dish For The Holidays or Any Time-Greens and Beans

7. A Vegetarian Side Dish For The Holidays or Any Time-Greens and Beans

My greens and beans recipe is pretty basic. The ingredients include: heads of romaine (or if you prefer you can use kale). I prefer the romaine because I find kale to be a little bit more bitter. I also use minced garlic, chicken broth, cannellini beans an…

2013 Halloween Horror Marathon

8. 2013 Halloween Horror Marathon

Welcome to my 2013 Halloween Horror- thon. I’ve done them in past years on my ‘Horrifically Everything Halloween & Movie mania’ lenses. This year & in the future they will be held right here. As I watch the movies I will include the…

T-shirt Re-do and Crafts

9. T-shirt Re-do and Crafts

Are you looking to re- do a t- shirt and want ideas for doing so? Or maybe you want ideas to make crafts using old t- shirts. In this article I’ll share with you sites that have outstanding t- shirt makeovers. Some of the projects refashion the t-…

Green Tea Cupcakes

10. Green Tea Cupcakes

Last weekend my friends decided to come over for dinner which usually means that I’d be doing the cooking. I actually don’t mind at all as I love to cook. Many people find it stressful to plan dinners but I love the entire process. Trying to come…

5 Great Lenses for Writers

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:19 AM PDT

5780056202_385dcf8f95Looking for advice? Inspiration? Help becoming a writer or improving your current skills? You’re in the right place! Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite lenses for writers on Squidoo.

You’ll find lots of great, unique ideas to excite, inform and inspire you, whether you’re an aspiring writer or a seasoned pro. Check them out, leave comments for the lensmasters and share your own thoughts here. Here’s to your writing!



Content Writing Tips

1. Content Writing Tips

“Good content writing entertains, performs well in search engines, and provides helpful answers to those who need information. Content writing is an art, and as with all arts, practice makes perfect.”

This lens has great tips for all writers but especially content-focused lensmasters.

Creative Story Titles Can Give You Good Story Ideas

2. Creative Story Titles Can Give You Good Story Ideas

“As writers we know that good story ideas can be hard to come by, but story titles may be just what you need to inspire your next masterpiece.”

Look no further than this lens if you’re searching for ideas, inspiration or prompts to start you telling a story.

How Writing Healed a Vengeful Heart

3. How Writing Healed a Vengeful Heart

“Relationships are tough, we all know that. We all have at least one relationship during the course of our lives that really stings. Here’s mine. When I’m upset I write. I write and write and before you know it there’s a story.”

This lens gets personal and shares how writing can affect your life, turning negative situations into positive growth. Inspiring stuff!

A writer's room enhances creativity and promotes productivity

4. A writer’s room enhances creativity and promotes productivity

“What’s in a writer’s room? Books and writers go together, so you know there’s going to be books and bookcases. Bookshelves are a given and library shelving is a major plus.”

How much consideration have you given your workspace? A good writing room can make a big difference – check out this lens to find out how.



6 Ways for Writers to Procrastinate

5.  6 Ways for Writers to Procrastinate

“Writing a novel or a short story is challenging at the best of times. There’s plot holes to consider, bathrooms to be cleaned, food to be eaten and, sometimes, motivation to be found.”

Not ready to get down to it? Try these 6 ways to procrastinate first – You’ll have fun and may end up a better writer in spite of yourself!

What did you think of these lenses? Any favorite lenses on writing you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Books That Changed Us: Book Club Quest Winner and Runners Up

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 09:54 AM PDT

We’re happy to announce that today’s Lens of the Day is also the winning lens from our most recent Book Club Quest.

If you haven’t visited yet, here’s a link for you to stop by and congratulate GardenHarbor.

The 4-Hour Work Week: How It Can Change Your Life

 The 4-Hour Work Week: How It Can Change Your Life

At first glance, the 4- hour work week may seem to be a book focused on laziness or greed. Work 4 hours a week, get paid like you’re working 80, and spend the rest of that time relaxing. That impression, however, could not be farther from the truth…

The following lenses are some of the other super terrific lenses we received.

I’ve removed the numbers because they really appear in no particular order other than these were the runners up after the Book Club vote.

AND there’s plenty more. Our Book Club consistently produces excellent lenses and it’s worth your while to stop by the quest lens and see them all.

Thank you to all who participated either by creating a new lens,voting or both.


 The Secret That Changed My Life

In 2004 Rhonda Byrne an Australian TV Producer, found her life around her falling apart. Her father has just died, her finances were in a mess, her company was given few months before it could get liquidated, her relationships at home & work were in a…

"How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids" -Mom's Book Review

 “How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids” -Mom’s Book Review

After the first day of school, my girls came home talking about buckets. They talked about fillers and dippers and how their buckets were overflowing. One paused, looked at me and said ‘I love you Mommy. is your bucket full now? ‘ Three months la…



The word ‘Biblia’ is what the Bible is called in many languages. The word ‘biblia’ or ‘bible’ really simply means ‘book. ‘ The Bible contains writings which were made by individuals under the inspiration of God Himse…

Ancient Moons

 Ancient Moons

Since the dawn of man, distinctive names have been given to each of the 12 full moons as a way of tracking the seasons. The constantly changing cycles of the moon enabled ancient civilizations to plan and chart time. Internet searches will tell you that th…

Between by Jessica Warman

 Between by Jessica Warman

To the outside world, Elizabeth Valchar was perfect. She had it all – beauty, riches, popularity, a wonderful boyfriend and loving family. but nothing is what it seems beneath the surface. When Elizabeth wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday,…

How "The Prophet" Changed My Life

 How “The Prophet” Changed My Life

In 1969 I was a divorced Mom of three girls, had met someone I loved and then lost him to a violent death. My grief never left me and I floundered around for something to concentrate on. I joined the Women’s Army Corps which gave me a chance to heal,…

A Beginner's Guide to Reality

 A Beginner’s Guide to Reality

When asked to write about a book that changed me, I really struggled to think of anything. Sure, there are lots of books I have enjoyed and read several times such as the Narnia books, or Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books; and there are many books I have…

A Book that Changed My Life: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Book Review

 A Book that Changed My Life: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Book Review

From the time that I was very small, I was always a voracious reader. I took to reading the Dragonlance series when I was in third grade, and I just couldn’t get enough of fiction. I always had so many dimensions, worlds, and people occupying my menta…

Why I Am a Libertarian

 Why I Am a Libertarian

I first read 1984 when I was in fifth or sixth grade (around 1975) at the suggestion of a friend’s father. Mr. W was a high school teacher who delighted in his daughter and her bookish friends. He had an extensive library and was always willing to len…

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