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Amazon reviews of life

I came across this tweet by Sam Sykes a few days ago:

Some of the responses were great:

“The driving part sucked.” ❤

For those of us still trying to figure it all out, there’s hope:

If he finds the link, I hope he lets us all know where it is:

One of my absolute favorites:

But I think this one is the best.

Wouldn’t we all love to be able to leave that review?

I’d love to hear your answers to the question.

So, what would be your Amazon review of life?

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Something I love about Marvel

When the trailer for Age of Ultron leaked last week, Marvel didn’t run around trying to shut it down (impossible to do, anyway, but we’ve all seen companies desperately try to close the barn door after the horse has run).

Instead, they tweeted this:

and posted the high-quality version of the trailer themselves.


When things don’t go as planned, may we all be able to pivot with such aplomb.

Ultron logo

Oh that? That’s a *special* kind of mist

“Lonely Standing Stone in mist and rain” by Nic Howes (CC BY-SA 2.0)

You can tell a society’s priorities by its vocabulary. For instance, these recent tweets caught my eye:


Words related to battle and its aftermath? We have loads of those!

Anatomy? Eh, one word should do for all the bendy parts.



Photo: Lonely Standing Stone in mist and rain (Nic Howes) / CC BY-SA 2.0

The good [writing] advice that you just didn’t take…

Hubby constantly tells me to talk it out when I’m stuck in my writing, but I wave him away, knowing I should do it, but not wanting to go through the whole “No, that’s not what I want to do” at every suggestion.

And then Delilah S. Dawson tweeted this:

The truth is, I need to go through the “No, that’s not what I want” part so that I can get to the part where I realize what I need to do for the story (and sometimes I eventually have to admit the part I didn’t want is the part I needed). I have to learn to get past this so I can

Anybody else shoot themselves in the foot this way? Regularly?


TBT: John Quincy Adams and the balloon

I find the mention of the balloon interesting. How many of us would bother to comment on this in our diaries today? But in JQA’s day, this was probably akin to what a Space Shuttle or other rocket launch is for us.

Ballooning had been around for about 30 years in 1814, so it wasn’t entirely new, but it wasn’t an everyday event. I think hot air balloons (in Adams’ case, it may have been filled with gas) are still novel enough that we stop & point them out when we see them (at least I do) but they’re probably not noteworthy enough to be one of the main things we mark down about our day.

Hot air balloon

Some thoughts on criticism and making mistakes, from @maureenjohnson

Scrolling through Twitter this morning, I came across these thoughts from author Maureen Johnson which really spoke to me. I think she has some interesting thoughts about criticism from readers. I think the most important point is that it’s impossible to write a book that pleases everybody, and you’re going to make mistakes but don’t worry about it.

Here are a couple screenshots of some of her comments. (If you’re not a regular user of Twitter, note that the trick is to start at the bottom and read your way to the top – things will make more sense that way.)

Maureen Johnson 2

Maureen Johnson 1

I thought these were important to include as well: