Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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15 of the Newest Additions to our Lens Library

Posted: 12 Aug 2014 06:05 AM PDT

Our recent Community Lensmaking Quest: Add A Book Lens To Our Library produced oodles of terrific new lenses.

Here’s 15 of them for your reading pleasure.

Bonding over Sci-Fi

1. Bonding over Sci-Fi

I read ‘Starship Troopers’ for the first time in the sixth grade. It was the first of many Robert A. Heinlein’s books that I would read, and Heinlein would become my favorite author. I swiped it from my dad’s book collection because I t…

Traveling Through the World's Cuisine-The Food Book Review

2. Traveling Through the World’s Cuisine-The Food Book Review

Will Travel for FoodTo say that I love food is an understatement. My love for food borders on the obsessive so it’s no surprise that when I plan trips abroad, I meticulously research the what, why and where I’d be eating each and every one of my…

Find Essential Recipes and Cooking Tips with Kitchen Confidence

3. Find Essential Recipes and Cooking Tips with Kitchen Confidence

There’s no greater pleasure than cooking a meal for family and friends. When you lack the confidence to show off your culinary skills, call in a trusted friend. Kelsey Nixon, a fan favorite from season four of Food Network Star, offers easy ways to up…

Worst Ideas Ever, A Book Review

4. Worst Ideas Ever, A Book Review

The Worst Ideas Ever. Isn’t that a great name for a book? It is a suitable title too. I recently finished reading this brief, fun book, written by Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski. It surprised me and had me laughing out loud! We can probably all th…

Disinformation - A Review

5. Disinformation – A Review

The secret police of the Soviet Union, known as the KGB for most of the 20th century, considered framing its enemies an honorable task. General Pacepa, who was the highest ranking communist official to defect, had the job of creating and spreading this dis…

Book Review: Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

6. Book Review: Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

If you are a fan of Dean Koontz, and particularly of his character Odd Thomas, then you will enjoy this book. I could stop there and let you find out for yourself, but there is also a lot more that I could say without giving away too much of the incredible…

Still Learning from Tuck Everlasting

7. Still Learning from Tuck Everlasting

I was preschool age when I got Baby Bear for my birthday. I had wanted him. He was to be my ‘Bunk Bear’s’ baby. The night of my birthday, though, I cried and cried. It was because little pink- ribboned Baby Bear would never grow up. I would…

It All Changed In An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

8. It All Changed In An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

I love a book that sparks my creative tendencies and It All Changed In An Instant: More Six- Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure did that in a very big way. I’m a (pre) baby- boomer and, this past spring as I approached my 69th birthday,…

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Book Review

9. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Book Review

Ok, a while ago I did a lens on installment two titled Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda. Since it didn’t float well, it was sent to the showers. Somewhere at the start of writing I made mention of this book which is book one of the Splinter Cell ser…

Long Time Coming - Edie Claire

10. Long Time Coming – Edie Claire

Long Time Coming – By Edie Claire, is a novel I enjoyed very much as it kept me wondering the real reason how Joy’s best friend Jenny died in a car accident just a few days after the senior prom and why Jenny’s boy friend Jeff had not talked to J…

Little Humans Of New York is here!

11. Little Humans Of New York is here!

Just in case you couldn’t get enough of Humans Of New York, Brandon Stanton’s smash hit book and project, let me introduce you to ‘Little Humans Of New York’! Available for earlybird orders and available everywhere on October 7th, Stant…

The Dovekeepers, A Historical Novel

12. The Dovekeepers, A Historical Novel

If you have ever had the pleasure of travelling to Israel, you know that the country is steeped in history to the Nth degree. Everywhere you go, and every town you visit, has stories that go back to the beginning of time. The Hebrew people from the beginni…

Use YA Books to Teach Writing

13. Use YA Books to Teach Writing

Sometimes students need a bridge to get them from reading nothing to reading something- then on to reading the great literature of western civilization. Given the popularity of some best- selling novels for young adults, teachers may want to incorporate th…

A Reluctant Hero And His HIV Story

14. A Reluctant Hero And His HIV Story

This book examines the life of Mark Thorpe, a man who has been diagnosed as being HIV positive. It describes the psychological affects the illness has on him during his long fight with what is, as everyone knows, a life threatening condition if left untrea…

The Doll by J.C Martin - A book review

15. The Doll by J.C Martin – A book review

The Doll is a short novelette by J. C Martin. It is a thrillingly creepy horror which keeps you sitting on the edge of your chair. Or under it if you’re reading alone at night. The AuthorThe author of The Doll is J. C Martin, a wonderful Malaysian aut…


Q: What’s So Important About a Bio?

Posted: 12 Aug 2014 06:00 AM PDT

orange monsterYou’ve heard it before and now it’s a requirement before your first lens is published: Write a bio and include a picture on your Squidoo profile. But why?

For one, it’s what professional writers do – and you’re now a professional writer, like it or not. Second, readers will trust you more if they know more about you. As you build your reputation as a writer that people can trust, your fans will start noticing you and recognizing both your name and your face at a glance as they come across your work, wherever it resides.

How do you want people to remember you? Write your bio accordingly. It’s good practice to keep the bio short and general, similar to bios you’ve provided on other social media sites. Here’s a helpful article I found that suggests presenting the same personal brand across all of your social networks by using the same bio and photo. Not a bad idea.

Speaking of photos, a good, clear picture of yourself is best, but a smart, recognizable avatar can work if you’re just absolutely too shy (or have legitimate privacy issues) to share your face with the whole wide world.

It’s amazing how quickly we establish our reputations as writers, so work hard to make your reputation a favorable one by putting some effort into creating an up-to-date profile that reflects the you that you want people to get to know.

RIP Robin Williams

Posted: 11 Aug 2014 04:40 PM PDT

Such an amazing talent and kind soul. The world has lost a true talent.

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