Monthly Archives: June 2016

My White Dahlia: A Novel of 1950 London by: C.M. Blackwood


It Really Matters

HarsH ReaLiTy

It really matters if one gives and shares his talents and gifts to others or holds them back.  For in holding back, it bring unhappiness and dissatisfaction to not only oneself but to others.  It’s quite the game.

This little book is simply illustrated yet holds the key to what really matters.  Check out Christmas Christmas Everyday and learn those principles.  Rensberry’s book is for sale at Amazon.

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What is your goal with your blog?

HarsH ReaLiTy

People often email me for advice and their emails are usually very “general” in nature. They will ask for “blog advice,” but what does that really mean? It comes down to one question for me really.

What is your goal with your blog?

It is an important and necessary question because your goals and reason for blogging directly determine what you should be doing each day on your blog. Different goals obviously constitute different daily activities and that should make sense in the long run to most bloggers. Understanding that we are all here for different reasons, want different things, and have different views is the first step in understanding blogging and what blogging is. We are all not here to accomplish the exact same milestones and because of that our focus on our blogs will differ. I am not here to blog “like you.”

I think in general people that…

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The Devil’s Dictionary of Scientific Words and Phrases

Good Science Writing

A List of Helpful Expressions
which commonly appear in Scientific Texts:
their Meanings and a Guide
to their Appropriate Use


inspired, naturally,
by Ambrose Bierce

copyright 2016 by Russ Hodge

additionally  a word meaning the opposite of “subtractionally”.

affinity  a word indicating the likelihood that two components of a system will have intercourse with each other, whether molecules or members of a laboratory; “high affinity” means they’re getting it on every chance they get, whereas “no affinity” means “when Hell freezes over, and probably not even then.”

aliquot  a small portion of a liquid, not an exact measurement, but smaller than the contents of a shot glass; if you start with a full shot glass and then drink a portion of it, this leaves you with an amount that is no longer a portion, so you drink a portion of that, then a portion of the portion, and so on…

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Are You Botching Your Dialogue?

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Today we are going to talk about dialogue. Everyone thinks they are great at it, and many would be wrong. Dialogue really is a lot tricker than it might seem.

Great dialogue is one of the most vital components of fiction. Dialogue is responsible for not only conveying the plot, but it also helps us understand the characters and get to know them, love them, hate them, whatever.

Dialogue is powerful for revealing character. This is as true in life as it is on the page. If people didn’t judge us based on how we speak, then business professionals wouldn’t bother with Toastmasters, speaking coaches or vocabulary builders.

I’d imagine few people who’d hire a brain surgeon who spoke like a rap musician and conversely, it would be tough to enjoy rap music made by an artist who spoke like the curator of an art museum.

Our word choices are…

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