I figure that unless you have a brain made from an old potato you’re most likely to learn something new every day even though you may not be aware of it. For some learning is a life long goal, for others it’s a painful ritual similar to banging the square peg into the round hole with their eyeballs.
Since making an effort to read more blogs and post more stuff I’ve learned lots of shiny new things where I haven’t had to stick my nose in a book for a few hours. In order to prevent my brain from melting in the heat of all this sudden new information wooshing around my skull it seems like a good plan to write some of it down.
That way I can assimilate the words coming out of my fingers. If I smile when learning new things it’s a sign the slivers of knowledge are lodged in my brain and I’m happy.
Learning new stuff is fun fun fun. No, seriously. It is. Look.
ClassyRose over at What’s Bugging Me Today has been experimenting with Twitter and posting some interesting stuff about tweeting, twittering, tweeters and other chirpy sounds. There are some interesting comments and good links where you can learn what it’s all about.
I used Twitter about a year ago but never really gelled with it. I couldn’t see the point since I was already on the book of faces which is basically the same thing, right? Apparently not, so I’ve read. My interested in Twitter was once again poked with a pointy stick so I got myself a Twitter account and downloaded Tweetdeck. The one thing I didn’t like with Twitter was the endless loading of webpages, one after the other loading away just to read a snippet of information. Gah.
Tweetdeck is ace! It’s a teeny program you download and it’s simple pimple to get into. I’ve had mine running in the background and when a new Tweet comes in you get a nice chime and a box appears on the screen with the Twitters Tweet in it! Super! It’s a real neat treat to meet & greet with a tweet! So I’m happy I learned the basics of Tweeting and what Tweetdeck can do. One new thing learned, one smile.
Hooking the Reader and Never Letting Go.
There’s a great link posted in a comment on What’s Bugging Me Today to a blog by Kirsten Lamb who has some great information on writing, authors tactics and writing for social media. I read her article on how to hook the reader with conflict.
She puts her point across very well, with humour and experience. As a fiction writer I’m my own worst critic and yet reading this post I felt a different sense of achievement because I found I could tick the good boxes on the points she discusses. I strive to create good characters and my dad always taught me the key to a keep a reader gripped is through conflict. Conflict all the way, but like he and Kirsten Lamb point out, conflict means nowt to the reader unless they can see what the goal is, just a glimpse is enough.
I’ve read several other of her articles and each one taught me something I didn’t know. I liked her blog enough to follow her on Twitter and look forward to more. Smile two!
Dogs are cats in a dog suit.
I had a cat once, many years ago, but he died from being extremely old, poor fella. They’re fascinating animals but slightly too aloof for their own good. Dogs however are like furry four-legged people. We’ve got 2 dogs now, Ben (or BenBen, Benjy, Benjamina, Ben10 etc) who is a 2 years old Boxer, Border Terrier cross, and Tilly (or SillyTilly, Tilly Two Toes (no idea where that one came from), TillyWilly) who is an 8 month old Retriever Border Collie cross. See their pic below then go “Awwwww.”
The reason I mention their ages and mixes is because whilst they’re very different in looks they’re both very similar in nature – nuts. I know dogs like to dig, sniff, chase stuff, eat bones, poo behind doors and fight with each other for attention, but I never thought I’d see a dog chase a fly around the room or a spider across the floor then eat it! The other day Tilly sat out in the garden watching a beetle journey across the patio. She was totally engrossed and gave it a nudge with her paw every so often as if to hurry it along a bit.
A few nights ago Tilly brought in a half eaten snail and plopped it on the kitchen floor. She sat there wagging her tail and looking very pleased with herself. “Look what I found! Isn’t it amazing! I just had to bring it in to share it with you!” She didn’t look pleased when I scooped it up and put it in the bin. I thought it was just cats that did all that stuff. Did you see that scene in Men in Black where the guys face opens up and there’s a little green alien sat in a control room inside his head? Well I reckon inside dogs heads is a tiny little cat sat behind a steering wheel with a bottle of milk in its hand.
So learning that dogs also bring in weird half dead creatures like cats has given me a third smile!