Archive | May 2009

Celebrating All or Nothing’s FORMAL Release Day at You Gotta Read Reviews!

All or Nothing, cover art by Kimberlee Mendoza

All or Nothing, cover art by Kimberlee Mendoza

Come and join me today at You Gotta Read Reviews!

I’m just back from Vacation — so will probably have Vacation Brain!!!

My comments back might be a bit delayed… STILL, leave me one here or there, and I promise to answer! I’ll be blogging about, Arizona–the home of  my heart, and my journey from Archaeologist to writing All or Nothing...

See you there!

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As new technologies emerge, we must develop new words to describe them, how to use them, how to interact with others through them…and with Twitter, we all know… 140 characters or less.

With that in mind, here are some notes on maintaining proper etiquette when posting your tweets — thus named, Tweet-equette:

  • Dos and don’ts of following.
    • Try not to follow others willy nilly.
    • Check out the kind of tweets fellow twitterers are posting. Do you want to read them?
    • Are your purposes entertainment oriented? social network oriented? or business oriented?
    • Follow folks you can learn from. Interact with your mentors. It’s amazing who you can meet this way.
  • Refrain from starting your tweet with: @[USERNAMEHERE] — if you do, only the people you’re tweeting to will see it.
  • Research your hashtags before you create a new one. [NOTE: Hashtags are brief phrases preceded with #]
  • Searching by #[hashtagwordhere] enables you to group like-minded tweets together
  • If you are repeating another tweet, please use the RT: [followed by tweet body] [followed by @[username]] who originally posted said tweet
  • Get to know: – this can shrink extended URLs to less than 25 characters. Bonus!
  • Learn by reading tweets, and by twittering yourself.
  • More notes can be found by searching #twitterbook on twitter.

My question for you is, who do you follow and why? What kind of links do you click on from tweets, and why? Oh… and follow me, if you find this useful: @ wiremamma

Getting the Gist of Twitter

Well, it’s happening.

Now we’re discussing how to twitter effectively, and sift through the chatter to find meaningful human interaction.

This morning, thanks to the notes from fellow twitterers- – I wasn’t fast enough to register for the o’reilly webcast – but I did get to eavesdrop through the presentation called #twitterbook

Search for that on twitter, and you’ll be able to get the gist.

And that, my friends, is what twitter is all about. It’s about gist. The meat of the matter. What is holding our COLLECTIVE attention in this crazy world where so much information is flung at us from every which way and angle.

What is useful when it comes to writers twittering? Face it. 140 characters or less causes you to focus the power of your statement. You can truncate your words all you like, but seriously. You want impact, say it in 10 words or less.

Get some great twitter hints by searching #twitterbook

More notes on Twitter this week! follow me @ wiremamma !

E-books – Love them? Hate them? They’re here to stay…

Stumbled upon this article that dissects why E-books are so ugly.

This is one of many articles I’ve seen- -the most poignant being the video of Angela St. James – and others – at the Oreilly forum, discussing why hardware should be developed for women. (In a word — pretty it up, Amazon!) and what do they do? They make what might as well be a clay tablet with the BIG DADDY DX. And I was so looking forward to owning a Kindle. My friend Jeannie Ruesch has been flaunting hers with much abandon. See, we love them even when they’re big, and gray and…well…ugly. We’ll bedazle the covers of the Sony Ereader. We’ll add a skin to cover up that blah exterior.

What do YOU want out of an e-reader… say, in ADDITION to some excellent books?  Read on! and leave a comment worthy enough, I might shoot you an e-book of your very own…

Why E-Books Look So Ugly

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Before I Was a Mom

The Girls

The Girls

Here’s one that came through e-mail on motherhood.

And before I was a mom, these things never choked me up quite so bad.

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn’t worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations. .

Before I was a Mom,

I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn’t want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn’t stop the hurt.!
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much..
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,

I didn’t know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn’t know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes ! to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom .

May you always be overwhelmed by the Grace of God rather than by the cares of life

Free Read Now Available – Sparks Still Fly by Ashley Ludwig

Free Promotional Read for all who join the White Rose Publishing Reader’s Group…

A “mama sized read” for those of us who just have a little bit of time in the day for yourself…

Join the Yahoo Group — post a comment to say who sent you! *wink* and enjoy a free read, on me!

Here’s a teaser:

Sparks Still Fly
Ashley Elizabeth Ludwig

After a chance meeting, Wendy re-friends her first love.
Twenty years, a failed marriage, and two children later, she can’t believe he really wants to pick up where they left off.
When they see each other again, will he dash her hopes to embers? or will sparks still fly?

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This free read is available now. Log in to the White Rose Publishing Reader’s Group…, click on “files” on the left menu, and retrieve it from the “Free Micro-stories” folder.

Now Available

By Another Name, by Ashley Ludwig — Contemporary,Inspirational romance
“You Need to Read — by You Gotta Read Reviews…”

All or Nothing – Historical, Inspirational romance:
A widow finds love…
A soldier seeks redemption…
And a murderous bandit, who could destroy them both.


Quotes from 1955

This one’s for my fellow “history buffs” — 🙂

The other day, I was getting the girls a slurpee on a hot, Saturday afternoon. While stopping in the local hand wash & 7-11 (named thus due to the former hours of operation)…an elderly man sat at a bistro set, presumably, waiting for his car to be washed. Or a ride (hopefully) when one considered the size of his glasses.

In any case, this man openly ogled young girls as they bopped by in their tiny shorts, saying “Hello, sir!” back to him, and giggling. Must be nice to reach that age where you can flirt and be flirted with, with no thought to nerves or inadequacy! It also made me think what such a man — probably hedging close to 90 — has seen change in his day and age. Think cars, computers, phones, internet, mobile devices — then think answering machines, telephones, radio, television… it’s mind blowing.

But, let’s talk archaeological terms: Technically, if it’s over 40 years old, it can be classified as a historical object. (I can say this with confidence, as I’ve got a few years left to be younger than an object you can place in a museum!)

That being said! Here are some doosies from 1955…just passed on to my by my FIL. Enjoy…

‘I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are,
it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00.

‘Have you seen the new cars coming out next year?
It won’t be long before $1, 000.00 will only buy a used one.

‘If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.

‘Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter

‘If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

‘When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon.
Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.

‘I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

‘I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .

‘Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball?
It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President.

‘I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.
They are even making electric typewriters now.

‘It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women
are having to work to make ends meet.

‘It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone
to watch their kids so they can both work.

‘I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

‘Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.
I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

‘The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

‘There is no sense going
on short trips anymore for a weekend,
it costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

‘No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.’

‘If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.’

🙂 Have a wonderful day! and go hug a senior citizen.