Finding Something Friday on Makeovers (Or Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat?)

If you haven’t dropped in to the Hall of Fame in a few days…Surprise! But if you have, and noticed the blog makeover, then thanks for the lovely comments. And if you’re scratching your head and saying, “Why, yes, things look different but I can’t quite put my finger on it,” then, um, I’m sure you have lots of other great skills.

So, I’ve added a few blog pages, a functionality that’s especially convenient if you want to add more information but keep a streamlined front page. For those who may not want to go the paid website route, a free blog with pages can be an effective showcase. Just look for the Edit Pages tab (adjacent to the Edit Posts tab) the next time you’re writing a new post. It’s that simple.

And I think I read where Blogger allows up to ten pages. Think of all you can do with ten pages! You can direct readers to your credentials or contact info. You can add a page of free downloads or fun facts. You can have recipes or riddles or rhymes! Pictures! Pointers! Puddles!

Um, okay, maybe not puddles. But I think you can see that the possibilities are endless.

I still have a bit of streamlining to do before this blog’s shiny new makeover is complete. I just hope you’ll still recognize the sleeker, shadow of her former self, Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame!

What Not To Do Wednesday (The Old "Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words" Thing)

The Beneficent Mr. Hall, Cathy-on-a-Stick, and yours truly went on a train ride and met some wonderful people.

“Ha,ha,” they laughed upon seeing Cathy-on-a-Stick. “You must give us your card so we can follow her adventures!”

“How kind,” I said. Now where did I put those business cards?

After the train ride, we checked into a lovely B & B, where we met even more wonderful people.

“Ha,ha,” they laughed (again) after seeing Cathy-on-a-Stick. “Please give us your card!” Hmmm…where ARE those cards?

Upon returning home, I found the business cards. In the box. On my desk.

I’m sure you don’t need me to draw you a picture about What Not To Do, grasshopper.

Double Tootin’ Tuesday: The Ultimate Bird Lover and CNN (Radio, That Is)

For all of my fine-feathered friends out there (and really, I’m just talking to the family of wrens who nest in a hanging plant on my screened porch every year), I’d like to say thank you very much!

Because without you, I wouldn’t have had a fine story for The Ultimate Bird Lover. Remember way, way back (and for once, I’m not exaggerating) when I wrote that story about Sally the crazy dog gobbling up the baby wren? Yes, I know that doesn’t sound like what you’d call a happy story. But it had a heart-warming point.

Still, you can imagine my surprise when a fellow from CNN Radio invited me to do an interview about birds and such. On the radio. At CNN.

Well, I don’t need to tell you that I high-tailed it to CNN! See, I started in radio way, way, waaaay back in the day, so I was thrilled to see CNN Radio up close and personal. And also, because I’m a ham.

Anyway, we had quite the conversation about birds and such. More about “and such” than Sally and the baby wrens. But I managed to wing it(C’mon, you had to see that coming) and I believe The Ultimate Bird Lover was even (briefly) mentioned. Maybe, if you live where a CNN affiliate broadcasts, you heard me blah-blahing away. But if not, you can still read my story. Because truly, it’s a sweet story.

So, all’s well that ends well. (Well, except for the baby wren.)

Finding Something Friday on Chicken Soup’s Family Matters (and Tweeting Such)

Sometime this week, I found an email in my Inbox from the Chicken Soup folks. But I just got around to reading it today. Perfect for Finding Something Friday!

Apparently, people just love nutty family stories. You know what I mean: those knee-slapping tales about your mom or dad or cousins or sister-in-law doing those weird and wacky things that made you want to slap them smack in the…um, well, someday you’ll laugh at those stories. Right now, other people will find them HI-larious. So, write them down, send them in to Chicken Soup, and make a bunch of money off Uncle Bob backing into your car so he wouldn’t hit a pregnant squirrel. You won’t make enough money to fix the car, but you can wave the check in Uncle Bob’s face. Oh, and act fast. Deadline is February 28th.

I also found out that on this day in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta. I got that factoid from the Atlanta History Center. Technically, I got that bit of info from a tweet, ’cause the Atlanta History Center is on Twitter. So, if you think Twitter is just 140 character lines about what’s for dinner, it’s time you checked out your museums, aquariums, news services, and even charities. Twitter’s amazing. And okay, a little bit weird and wacky.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that the photo of the Beneficent Mr. Hall that goes along with this post in no way is meant to imply that he is weird and wacky. I can’t help what you infer.

Finding Something Friday: Dark and Light Connections

This week, a friend asked me about Linkedin. She wanted to know a little something something about this business network, and since I’m on LI, she thought I could answer her questions. Namely, what do I use it for?

Hmmmm. So, I had to think a minute. What DO I use it for? Well, connecting with other writers, and interesting folk. This week, I joined in a discussion about the noir genre, and met Mike, who edits the Noir Journal. Which I zipped over to check out, and found lots of fantabulous stuff about Noir.

Now, I don’t write Noir, but I enjoy a good, dark, nobody wins read every once in awhile. And I like when folks kindly link to me in their publications. So, go read Journal 4 ( find something dark to read. And if you’re on Linkedin, give me a shout and we’ll make a connection.

And now for something completely different, and a bit lighter. And all about the dog connection. I’m not gonna lie. This video made my day.