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Coming Soon, my new e-book – Tools For Your Creative Side

Over the years I have needed to find ways to do things online for creative purposes and on a budget.  Many times, I find that the easier the tool is to use, the better. With that in mind, I have compiled a large number of resources to help anyone with a little tech ability and desire to be creative to do just that.

This listing will be the theme of my fourth e-book which I hope to have out later this year with the current title of  Tools For Your Creative Side.

It will provide sources to help with anything from animation, to audio, to photo editing and file converting. More to come later.

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Literary Help for Mental Health in Youth

Most people out there have been powerfully impacted in some way or another by some work of literature or a book of some type. This is not a new idea and not all that shocking of an idea. However, in recent times, the medical community has come to view books as a great tool in treating those of us with some sort of mental health issue.  In the UK,  there are now works specifically deigned for teens (13-18) to help them with things like anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, such as bullying and exams.

Learn more about these now.

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New Creative Services at Fiverrup

For quite some time, I have been a seller on a rapidly expanding and incredibly popular website called Fiverr. And while I love the site, it does limit the number of services an individual can provide. That being the case, You can now find more services being offered though a similar site called Fiverup.com.

These currently include the following options:

  1. App creation
  2. Spot color effects
  3. Formatting e-books
  4. Editing .pdf files
  5. Blog ads
  6. Product reviews
  7. Removing glare from pet eye photos
  8. Animated .gifs

 

Art and Creativity as Stress Relief

The idea of art therapy isn’t a new one. In fact, quite a few of the posts on this blog delve into one of our contributor’s experiences in this area. But, while the notion itself has been around a long time, I only recently came to discover a very simplistic but potentially effective was to use it.

Adult coloring books.

These books allow the user to easy their mind through the simple and creative art of coloring. Check out some of these images from adult coloring books available on the market.

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From Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book – Johanna Basford

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From Just Add Color: Botanicals: 30 Original Illustrations To Color, Customize, and Hang – Lisa Congdon

Five misconceptions about poetry

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Misconception Number 1 – Poetry must be written in eloquent language

Poetry can be gritty and raw, it does not have to be eloquent. Some examples would be poetic writings by rap artists like Tupac Shakur in his book “The Rose that Grew from Concrete.” After all, RAP is an acronym for Rhythm And Poetry. On a lighter side of things, Dr. Seuss, a genius in his own right, certainly did not use “the Queen’s English” if you will.

Misconception Number 2 – Poetry has to rhyme

Some types of poetry rhyme, some do not. There are a number of styles that rarely rhyme including modern free verse.

Misconception Number 3 – Poetry is always short

While the majority of poems do tend to be short, there is no rule requiring them to be so. In fact, some of the longest books, yes i said books, are considered to be works of “epic poetry.” One good example is “The Odyssey” by Homer. This work is more than 500 pages!

Misconception Number 4 – Poetry is for wussies

People sometimes associate poetry with over-sensitivity and wussieness if you will. However, quiet a few poets have been anything but wussies. Many wrote about social injustices and thus dared to challenge authority figures. I would say that takes some guts. On another note, Poe was an inspiration to the masters of the horror genre. There’s nothing wussie about that.

Misconception Number 5 – There is no money in writing poetry

While poetry is a very specific literary genre which does make it challenging, it is possible to make the art into a reasonable side job or even a modest career. A lot of poets sell their work to greeting card companies and get a fair rate for their work. Others  are able to format them in such a way that they work well as song lyrics and can thus be sold in the music industry. Those are just a few options.

Five things your English teacher (may) have gotten wrong

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You can’t use “and” to start a sentence

Actually, you can use and for this purpose. Just for good measure, here are a few examples from literature:

“And even Mary could assure her family that she had no disinclination for it.” – Jane Austin from “Pride and Prejudice”

“And to seek to make the blacksmith a scholar is almost as silly as the more modern scheme of making the scholar a blacksmith.” – W.E.B. Du Bois from “The Souls of Black Folk”

“And let every other power know that this hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.” – John F. Kennedy from his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961

You always use commas after each item in a series

Commas are necessary after each of the items in a series, except the last one. For example, someone might suggest that this is correct: red, white, and blue. However, that’s not the case. Using the comma after “and” is actually redundant. It’s like saying “and” twice. So, the correct method would be to write it as follows: red, white and blue.

Over and under

They do it in commercials and advertisements all the time. I suppose it is for brevity sake but that doesn’t make in any less incorrect. I’m talking about when people use the words “over” or “under” to indicate anything other than height. For example, cars are not on sale of under $20,000. Nor are there over 7 billion people in the world. The correct phrasing for each of these would be: Cars are on sale for less than $20,000 and there are more than 7 billion people in the world.

It’s not a real word if it’s not in the dictionary

First off, this implies that there is only one official dictionary when in fact there are many. On another note, there are many words that have simply been removed from dictionaries based on infrequent or rare use in modern language and conversation. I bet you wouldn’t find a lot of terms used in the Renaissance era in today’s dictionaries but that does not make them any less relevant.

Improper grammar is never acceptable

Generally speaking, improper grammar is a bad thing. However, there are a few exceptions. One of the first that comes to mind is with the use of direct quotations. Whether the quote is from a real person or a character in a book, language and grammar allowances can be made for such things as accents, education level, etc.  A quick example is the phrase frequently spoken by the character Aibileen Clark in the film “The Help” in which she says, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”

Bigfoot, literature and humor – the perfect combination

If you are anything like me, you appreciate good literature. However, you also enjoy a good laugh once in a while. The book “In Me Own Words” The Autobiography of Bigfoot,” readers get a little bit of the best from both worlds.

While the book is anything but grammatically correct, the errors are intentional and designed for the purpose of comedy and entertainment. Check it out today.

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