Showing posts from December, 2013

Two spaces left!

Hi! There are two spots left in a writing workshop that I'm teaching this winter.  I think this will be the most fun class yet!  (I'm not just saying that.)
Freewriting for Fun This series of workshops will be a fun way to ignite your creative spark and generate new material.    We’ll spend 6 weeks mining our lives for material, and writing in a supportive, creative environment.   No writing experience is needed, but experienced writers are welcome. You’ll leave each week with new work, and begin to refine one piece into something you're really proud of.
If it’s not already a habit, it’s nearly impossible to find space in our days to sit down and write.  If you do carve out even a modest chunk of time, there are so many things that can derail it:  What should I write about?  Why bother? Shouldn’t I be doing something more productive with my time?  I’m not a very good writer.  What would I do with it if I did write something?  Oh, I hope no one ever reads this.  And at the very …

Horoscopes: the "sperm carry memories" with breaking news about a rock

Aries (3/21 – 4/19):   I've been pretty distracted since I read this story about sperm carrying memories to offspring.  How cool is that?  Epigenetics!  The sperm is actually altered somehow by environmental factors, and creates behaviors not just in the direct offspring, but the grandchildren.  Anyway, I haven't gotten much done since I learned that.  Which of my actions are based on my grandfather's experiences?  (He actually lived a Gatsby-ish existence, so maybe that explains a few things.  Like my distaste for white shoes after labor day.)  Aries, be sure that any memories you pass on aren't too damaging.  Create good ones this week!

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20):  The other thing I can't stop thinking about is Bertha.  What's blocking her?  In case you're unaware, they are digging a wide and deep tunnel in Seattle, perhaps the largest one in the solar system or possibly the Milky Way.  It will be a mile and a half long, and 60 feet under loose sand and gravel i…

Spitting Image

Hello Betsy, Thank you for contacting the 23andMe Team. Unfortunately, we do not have any ideas for a spit party. However, if you come up with a creative idea for a spit party please let us know! Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions. Best Regards, Eric
The 23andMe Team
Betsyjm, Nov 30 08:03 PM (PST):
I was wondering if you have any fun party game ideas for a spit party. My group has ordered about 20 kits, and we'll be spitting together in January. Have you any fun ideas? (I'm not sure if you'd call me an existing customer or not. We just ordered our kits. Yay.)  Did I need parenthesis there?

Far out! What a day, a year, a life it is...

So, being that it's that season, the one where we hang out with a glass of wine in one hand and a tiny amount of insubstantial food on a napkin in the other, I have a question.  As we know, we are ALL on a big kick to be interesting, right?  We're all in?  I have a question that I'll get to shortly.

We all have these amazing stories unfold at night, and they're awesome, but I'm not sure if we should tell others about them.  Here's how it goes for me:  I start telling someone, and midway through I realize there's no good way to wrap it up, and they're bored to tears because duh, there is no plot.  They all end the exact same way.  ("And then I woke up.")

"So, I was taking my walrus out for a walk because Target didn't have the gps unit we needed, and anyway, we wanted to go see the eagle web cam.  I guess it wasn't a regular web cam, because we had to climb up this giant tower in the lake to see it.  Anyway, I digress.  The point i…

PSA About Twitter

I asked a friend the other day -- "What exactly is twitter?"  I know.  Shouldn't I know that by now?   It's gotten way too late to ask about it.

Like, "Um, could someone fill me in -- what's the internet again?  Oh, that's right!  I totally knew that.  I just forgot for a second.  No, seriously!  I did so know what the internet is!  My mom even took us there on vacation once back before it got popular with the tourists.  In fact, I knew about the internet before they even had the net part, you were just out there loose."

Things I already knew about Twitter:
There's a 140 character limit, which seems both cool and confining.  In fact, I sometimes wish we had that in conversations.  As in, "Ooops!  You're all out of characters. No more route talk for you!"You follow people but it's not considered creepyWhen you follow someone it seems like they're following you, because the follow-ees deliver themselves up to the follow-ers a…