This is so cute! David Letterman seems to think it’s pretty funny too. I just love the look on the dog’s face. He looks amazed when the audience clap.
Thank you so much to , Dear Kitty Some Blog, http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/ for nominating, A Daily Thought, for the Word Press Family Award! And also to 81dayswon’tlastforeverhttp://81dayswontlastforever.wordpress.com/- for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award
Here is what the creator of the WordPress Family Award had to say about it:
“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the Word Press family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only Word Press can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award”.
I do feel that Word Press has given me a new online “Family” and I am proud to nominate the following members of my family for this award:
1. Simple and Interesting -http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/35752189/
2. Ajaytao -http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/12607461/
4. Renard Moreau – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/35409762/
5. Dedicated to the best – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/42739109/
6. Coco Ginger – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/31110176/
7. Stuff I Tell My Sister – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/20094829/
8. Apronhead – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/28157654/
9. Teacher as Transformer – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/19930669/
10. Edward Hotspur – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/24014872/
11. Burgessart – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/36540315/
12. Positivewordsmagazine – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/34259943/
13.boy with a hat – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/34238443/
14.WaldoTomosky – http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/29829018/
16. A Grateful Man- http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/14869959/
Every day we sit and moan about the rubbish being passed off as advertising, which the commercial channels would dearly like us to watch. Personally, I tape all my favourite shows and fast forward the commercials. It really gets up my nose that a high percentage of them are for junk food when more than half of the country is overweight. No wonder these poor people can’t lose weight, when they have food constantly brought to their attention. Speaking of advertising, I notice that although the stations can’t advertise cigarettes as such, have you noticed how many characters are now smoking in films, and television series etc. How sneaky is that? Alcohol is also advertised like that with characters drinking as part of the story. What sort of messages is that sending to young children? I don’t mind anyone having a drink or killing themselves with cigarettes that is their choice. What I do mind is influencing young children so they are predisposed to those behaviours. When we know the damage it is doing to society.
How refreshing would it be if more commercials were like this one? I am sure there would be no complaints forthcoming.
This really is Magic.. Enjoy
Sir David Attenborough does it again!
Queensland Symphony Orchestra Flash Mob Thanks to the A B C. Enjoy our very own Southbank experience with the orchestra and the public. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they did this more often ? I think it’s important for orchestra’s to get out and about as a lot of people simply can’t afford to go to their concerts, and let’s face it, it’s the tax payers who are paying for it. I also think it makes our city more interesting not only for visitors but for the people who live here.
I have just finished reading ‘The Storyteller‘ by Jodie Picoult.
As usual it is a wonderful book. I am always amazed by how Jodie puts two sides to every story, and then leaves you to ponder what you would do if you were placed in a similar, very difficult situation.
Jodie Picoult certainly knows how to tug at your heartstrings, and make you empathise with her characters. I don’t want to spoil the book for you by revealing too many details. However, it involves the Nazis and their concentration camps, and their inhumanity, and greed. The opposite of the protagonist, Sage Singer. Sage is a damaged woman , a loner, who bakes bread at night, and hides from the world. She befriends an old German man, a school teacher, who is idolised throughout the town. He reveals a terrible secret. Some scars are visible, some are not.
The book asks if murder can ever be forgiven, or evil ever justified. There are two parallel stories running throughout the book. One is a terrible metaphor for the other. A must read that is totally gripping and eventful.
Today’s guest newsletter is from Nancy Kress, author of Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint.
Some of your characters will change during the course of your story-let’s call them changers. Others-stayers-will not change significantly in personality or outlook, but their motivations may nonetheless change as the story progresses from situation to situation. Both changers and stayers can have progressive motivations.
Confused? Don’t be; it’s simpler than it may seem. Characters come in four basic types:
When you know the key motivation(s) behind your character and plot, you can write scenes that not only make sense to you and your readers, but also add depth to your story. Because character and plot are intertwined, we’ll refer to the above four as character/plot patterns. Let’s further explore each one.
Sometimes a character will have a single overriding motivation for the entire length of a story or novel, plus a strong personality that does not change much. James Bond is a good example. He’s a stayer who starts out resourceful, suave, unflappable and smart. At the end of each of Ian Fleming’s novels, Bond is still resourceful, suave, unflappable and smart.
Nor does his motivation change. At the start of the book he receives a mission, and his goal is to pursue this mission until it’s over, at which point the book ends. There may be interim temporary goals (not getting eaten by alligators, protecting the girl), but they are all part of the single overriding motivation. (Learn more about setting goals in The First 10 Pages: Science Fiction & Fantasy Boot Camp , which is three days of instruction and inspiration, and includes a critique of the first 10 pages of your novel.)
It isn’t only adventure fiction to which this applies. In John Steinbeck‘s classic Of Mice and Men, both protagonists, George and Lennie, retain the same motivation throughout. They want to earn enough to buy a small farm of their own. Their personalities, too, remain the same: George the planner and caretaker, Lennie the well-meaning bumbler who brings them both to tragedy.
If you are writing this type of book, your job is to present to us the character and the goal clearly and forcefully fairly early on. Then unfold your tale; we’ll know who your man is and why he’s doing what he’s doing. This leaves us (and you, the writer!) free to complicate other things besides the hero, such as the plot, the conspiracies or the hardware.
This short clip humorously highlights the fact that no digital tablet will ever replace the comfort of the paper.
Certainly not for me anyhow. My eyes get sore reading off a tablet but not when I am reading a book. Also you can’t smell and feel a tablet. Books all the way for this little black duck