Monday, February 3, 2014

Harry and Hermione?

Oh my gosh, really?  Well according to AFP (Agence France-Presse), JK Rowling admitted she made a mistake by having Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger marry and that the two would likely end up in marriage counseling.  "For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron," Rowling says in an interview with Wonderland magazine.   

I know this is not earth shattering news but to writers it brings up all the choices that must be made in order to produce a story, especially a series.  Should I pair these two together?  Is it realistic?  Does it move the plot and in which way? Is it the right way? Is their relationship  strong enough to last three books? If not, how can I make it better? 

Oy, the decisions! And that's just a few of the questions. It's just nice to see even a well respected writer as Ms. Rowling can second guess her work. There's hope for me yet. 

Do you cling to certain parts of your story because it's how you thought it should flow when you first imagined it?

If you're a published writer and some time has gone by since the release of your book, have you ever wished you had done something differently in that story? 


I'm starting something new.  Every first post of the month will have an idea for recycling or up-cycling . I'll do a run for six months and see what everyone's reaction is to it and take it from there. Hope you find the ideas new and/or interesting. ~ Donna

Okay, so my first recycling idea is something I thought up and it has worked very well.  My eggs come in those Styrofoam cartons which I always feel guilty throwing out just so they can sit in a landfill for years and years.

My solution is to use them as packing material. I line the bottom and part way up the sides of the carton before I start placing my package(s) in it.  Then continue lining as more parcels are added and cover the last package with another layer.  It's almost like a protective foam box. 

If this was a real packing job, I would have cut some to fit on the other sides and fill in that empty space on the bottom.  But since it isn't, I didn't want to waste the cartons.

They're easy to cut to size.  You can either use the whole carton or the section where the eggs sit in. You can use them between packages for more cushion.  I have used part of the lid to cover bows so they won't get crushed.  The product is light, sturdy and not as messy as "peanuts". They also don't take up that much storage room if you open them and stack inside each other.  Hope you like this idea and give it a try.

Monday, January 27, 2014

What Do You Believe?

It is said we can change the way we are by how we think. In an article on the Mayo Clinic website it states, "Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information".
If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you're likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking."

 But can you turn those negative habits into positive ones?  

Carolyn Kaufman, a psychologist, writing in, says " A self-fulfilling prophesy is a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it is already true. . . Our expectation that we will see a particular outcome changes our behavior, which shapes the way others see us.  In turn, others provide the feedback we've set ourselves up to get, which serves to reinforce the original belief.

In her book, THINKING WRITE, Kelly L. Stone says we can program our subconscious with one line, declarative statements.  These statements are phrased in the present text so the subconscious will act on them now.  When you say "I will" the subconscious thinks that  action is for sometime in the future and will not respond with the wanted outcome. Some examples of these declarative statements are:
I write easily and well every day.
I am creative.
I meet my word count ever day.
I am a fast writer.

The results aren't instantaneous and it might be a while for the subconscious to take hold.  Also, they, the statements, need to be backed up by actions and desire to become true.

Do you feel by saying such things and backing them with positive action, you can change your habits? I'm not so sure it would work with everything.  I'm a slow writer because my ideas come slowly and feel no amount of desire or talking to myself will increase my speed.  Ms. Stone says make yourself write faster, but how can I do that if the ideas aren't there?  Maybe I should start with the first suggestion - I write easily and well everyday.  Hey , it's worth a try. : )

What are your thoughts about this? Is it really positive thinking or the action of positive changes and/or decisions?

I'll leave you with another little thing I found that I do believe in.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

First American Women

Time has a way of blurring events and shoving them to the back. We forget where we once had been and how we got to where we are today.  On the backs of others, our freedoms and choices were won. Here's a partial list of American women firsts whose small and large steps brought us to what we take for granted.

Anne Catherine Hoof Green takes over her late husband's printing and newspaper business, becoming the first American woman to run a print shop. The following year she is named the official printer for the colony of Maryland.

Anne Parrish establishes, in Philadelphia, the House of Industry, the first charitable organization for women in America.

Mary Kies becomes the first woman to receive a patent, for a method of weaving straw with silk.

Elizabeth Blackwell receives her M.D. degree from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y., becoming the first woman in the U.S. with a medical degree.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College.

1865, November 11
President Johnson signed a bill to present Dr. Mary Edwards with the Congressional Medal of Honor. She is the only woman to ever receive that award. 

Elizabeth Cady Staton was the first woman to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as an independent from New York, even though she didn't have the right to vote.

Arabella Mansfield is granted admission to practice law in Iowa, making her the first woman lawyer. A year later, Ada H. Kepley, of Illinois, graduates from the Union College of Law in Chicago. She is the first woman lawyer to graduate from a law school.

Victoria Claflin Woodhull becomes the first woman presidential candidate in the United States when she is nominated by the National Radical Reformers.

Belva Ann Lockwood becomes the first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Belva Lockwood, first woman admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sarah E. Goode, was the first African-American woman to receive a patent for a bed that folds up into a cabinet.

Susanna Medora Salter becomes the first woman elected mayor of an American town, in Argonia, Kansas.

 Alice Guy Blaché, the first American woman film director, shoots the first of her more than 300 films, a short feature called La Fee aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy).

Juanita Kreps becomes the first woman director of the New York Stock Exchange.  She later becomes the first woman appointed Secretary of Commerce.

Susan La Flesche graduated  from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, making her the first Native American woman (Omaha) to receive a medical degree.

Nellie Tayloe Ross, of Wyoming, became the nation's first woman elected governor. She served for two years

1931, December 10
Jane Addams received the Nobel Peace Prize

Patsy Takemoto Mink, of Hawaii, was the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress.

Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman in Congress.

Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.

Sally Ride first woman to go into space during the space shuttle Challenger's STS-7 mission.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress

Dr. Antonia Novello is made U.S.  Surgeon General.  She is also the first Hispanic to hold that position.

Carol Moseley Braun is the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Mae Jemison is the first African-American woman astronaut

Janet Reno is the first female Attorney General.

Geraldine Ferraro is the first woman, on a major party ticket, to run for vice president.

Madeline Albright is sworn  in as U.S. Secretary of State.

Lt.Col. Eileen Collins is the first woman astronaut to command a space shuttle mission.

Condoleeza Rice was the first African-American woman Secretary of State

Nancy Pelosi becomes first woman Speaker of the House.

Sources: Rutgers, NASA,,,,,,, Fact Monster,