Do you “Play” The Sims 2 or The Sims 3?


There is a decent reason I have only posted once in October 2013 for this blog: I have another blog with two October 2013 posts on it (so far). It’s called Addicted to The Sims or Sims 2 & 3 for short. There, I am telling fellow “Simmers” how-to build a Sim house (or lot) from a “real life” house plan.

Explaining how to do something isn’t easy, but I think it’s worth the time and effort. These posts use my love for words, my Architectural Drafting abilities and the main reason I “play” The Sims 2 or 3 — to “build” lots. Oh, I sometimes create a Sim or a Sim family and play with them for a while, but I only have one “family” that I’ve stuck with for any length of time.

Please check out Addicted to The Sims and see lots of pictures. It tells you part of what I do with my spare time and/or as procrastination. Most of the time, I don’t see it as procrastination because it uses one or more of my abilities. Sometimes I use what I “learn” from “playing” The Sims 3 (mostly) and The Sims 2 in my stories and my posts are Writing, aren’t they?

Ranch Style Home -- 3 bedrooms & 2 bath

Ranch Style Home — 3 bedrooms & 2 bath

 

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Write About Dragons?


I am taking part in a terrific writing class which is on-line and free. It’s called Write About Dragons. It’s taught by Brandon Sanderson who recently won two Hugo awards. Brandon has tons of knowledge to share and an excellent style of teaching. I hope some of you will join me in taking this class.

The measly 3,000-4,000 words I’ve posted for the forum is nowhere near the number I need. But, in my defense, these post are in addition to putting together a non-fiction book, managing  Owensboro Writers Group and editing a short story for the growing writers’ group (see “Owensboro Writers’ Group is famous“). My posts are science-fiction and fantasy. You can see them at http://searchfordragons.com/?a_id=444&author_name=TheresaJewel, but I don’t know if you can read or critique them without joining the forum. If you do read and/or critique them, please comment below.

Battling the Monsters – Rough Draft


I want to give you an example of what I’m writing about Anxiety and Depression. Its “working title” is Battling the Monsters because I was going to relate this battle with Dungeons and Dragons or another role-playing game. I’m typing this from my long-hand rough draft which means no polish or much, if any editing. But, I want some advice (comments or email) on how to improve it and make it publishable. I decided to make this piece a different color because I don’t know if there is a way to change fonts.

You’re in the airport with hundreds or maybe thousands of people around you. You feel crowded, closed in.

You think I can get through thisA few steps later, you can’t breathe and your heart is racing. You feel jittery and/or have a dry mouth. Maybe you find a chair or something else to sit on, but it doesn’t help. If anything, it makes you feel more claustrophobic.

What is happening to me? — you think or maybe say out loud. You start burning up (or freezing) and now your heart is beating so hard, you think you’re going to have a heart attack. You want out of there fast! 

It’s called a panic attack and it’s scary.

Panic attacks are caused by anxiety. Anxiety is the mind’s reaction to people, things and/or situations that frighten you. Your mind tells you to flee or fight and ignoring this advice usually makes the fear worse.

I used to have slightly milder forms of panic at the grocery store if I was shopping on a particularly busy day. And, I still refuse to shop on “Black Friday.” So you can probably guess how I felt at the airport mentioned above one day in 2010.

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In this book, I will compare anxiety, depression and low self-esteem to monsters, dungeons and traps.

What can you do when you can’t run? In the case of an airport or any other large crowd (large by your definition),  you can run or walk quickly out the door. If there isn’t an exit nearby, find a bathroom and hide. Of course, if anyone is there with you, tell them where you’re going first. But, there is no shame in protecting yourself, even if you think, “The danger is all in my head.”

In future chapters, I plan to describe a problem, give it a label such as dungeon, trap or monster and explain how to fight or flee. I will also explain how you can use simple, every-day things as weapons and shields.

 

That’s just the Prologue or part of Chapter One. I do have more written, but this is a sample. Tell me if you would read it or, at least browse through it to see if I describe one or more problems you are having.

“Get lost” Means “Go away.”


Daily Prompt: No, Thank You

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Oh, goody. The Daily Prompt gave me a chance to vent about a word I hate. I hereby ban the verbs Get and Got! 

Why? People use “Get” and “Got” so often it’s ridiculous. Consider the following:

  • I went to the store and got chips, pizza and sodas.
  • She’s getting a new pair of shoes.
  • I got to bed but couldn’t get to sleep.
  • We will get up in the morning and get breakfast.
  • Get me an order of fries.
  • He got a pair of fives.
  • Get lost.

How did you get chips, pizza and sodas? How did she get a pair of shoes? Whether bought, stole, or borrowed answers the question, use the more descriptive verb. Now, see my choices for some other sentences:

  • went to bed but couldn’t sleep.”
  • When we wake up in the morning, we will go out for breakfast.
  • Bring me an order of fries.

Now, let me tell you something. “He got a pair of fives” was extremely difficult to write without using has. This sentence sets off every grammar alarm I have! I  think “He has a pair of fives” is  just as easy to say and more understandable.

“Get lost” might be my one exception to the ban. I used it for part of a post title not too long ago. However, “Leave me alone” or “Go away” works just as well.

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of uses for “get” and “got”, but you don’t usually see “gotten.” My guess is the people who use Get” and Got”, don’t want to waste the time it takes to say, “She has gotten a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Instead they would butcher it by saying, “She got a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Ow, my brain is going to explode. 

Challenge Accepted


The DPChallenge wants us to sharpen our writing by removing needless words. I chose to edit a paragraph from “How to Leave a Comment.”

 

Old Version

First, I will deal with leaving a comment. If you can’t leave your feedback on a blog’s main page (mine or anyone else’s), please click on a particular post. Each post has its own distinct link and you can always write a comment at the bottom. In order for your feedback to be accepted (at least on most blogs), you must supply a link to your website. A person who isn’t a member of WordPress.com must also give an email address on a WordPress blog.

New Version

Let’s discuss leaving a comment first. If you can’t remark on a blog’s main page, click on a title. Each heading has a distinct link and you “Reply” at the bottom. Supply your email address and website with your opinion.

 

My Feelings

There are 85 words in the “Old Version.” I surpassed my goal of halving that number with 40 in the “New Version.” The main question is if the shorter version is still “my style.” Yes, I would choose the shorter version if I were writing actual instructions instead of a blog post.

Daily Prompt from May 7, 2013


Daily Prompt: Key Takeaway

by michelle w. on May 7, 2013

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

(Make sure to visit one another’s posts today, to check ‘em out and respond!)

Yes, I know this is a day late. However, I find it intriguing enough to answer anyway. I am a fairly new blogger and I’m especially new on WordPress.

After roughly seven months on WordPress, I still have a lot of questions. But the two most important are below:

  • How do you use the WordPress download?
  • How can I send “Press This” articles to my main blog instead of the first one I started? (Can I copy the posts off the first one and then delete it?)

Okay, that’s technically three questions, but the last two are related.

Now, for those brand new bloggers out there, I have found answers to a couple of questions.
  • Like a rainbow after a storm, you often find your “Voice” after writing several pieces you think are absolutely terrible. Write often — not necessarily every day, but aim for once a week — and publish your posts despite your fear of being laughed at or worse. Put your work “out there” so that someone else can see how you’ve developed. Most of the people at WordPress are friendly and encouraging — that’s why I stayed.
  • My next bit of advice is to use your “Widgets” which are under “Appearance” in your dashboard. The most important ones are the RSS and Follow Blog options. Put both of these about midway of your sidebar so that others can easily find them and be able to choose which way to “Follow” you. The RSS option already given on your site isn’t always easy to find or to see if you do find it.
Now, I’m off to check out some of the other blogs on this subject. Check them out below.
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