March 4, 2015

5 Unusual Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write



When it comes to writing tips, there are thousands of tips out there. Even though there are thousands of posts out there covering the same topic, many of these writing tips offer the same advice.

Today, I’m sharing with you a few unconventional ways that I’ve found work well to motivate yourself to write even when you don’t want to or don’t feel good.

Music

Music is a powerful mood-lifter, and it can also help you concentrated by blocking out unwanted noise and distractions. Some music acts like a sort of white noise that is ideal for writing and focusing. I’ve shared before how I like to listen to Biffy Clero, but there are thousands of artists out there that have created perfect music for writers. I particularly like these hobbit-themed songs.

 Dress Well

If you dress poorly, you won’t be motivated to do anything. I find that putting on something nice can dramatically improve my productivity, even if I really don’t feel like doing anything at all. Try it next time you sit down to write. Rather than wear comfy clothing, put on something you would wear to the office. You may be surprised at the difference.

Go to a New Location

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but transporting yourself to a new location can work wonders for your productivity. I like writing at coffee shops, bookstores, and even swimming pools. You will get even more done if you don’t sign into the wifi.

 Try a New Writing Style

Bored of your current writing style? Why not try something different? If you always write news-style pieces, try writing a fiction piece instead. If you always write blog posts, try switching to magazine feature pieces. This not only keeps you from feeling bored, but it also expands your marketable skills.

Read Others

Reading the work of others is inspiring in two ways, according to Orson Scott Card. One, it will inspire you to try your best to create something amazing like that writer. Or, two, it will show that even *I* can write something better than that. Both of these views are powerful motivators.

What unusual motivation methods do you use?
Brenda is a fellow book-lover and coffee-addict. She is a freelance writer, punctuation nerd, and grammar enthusiast. Her favorite book genres are Science Fiction, Fantasy with a Twist, and Dystopian. Brenda blogs about books, writing and more at Daily Mayo. Find her here on CaW for Writing Tips Wednesdays the first Wednesday of every month.

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Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream Review



You know you are getting older when you start to notice cellulite on your skin. It can actually make you look older than what you actually are.

About three weeks ago, I received the Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream (4 fl. oz.) from Body Merry. I've never tried any cellulite creams before, so I didn't know exactly what to expect.

This brand has a mixture of caffeine, retinol and seaweed that will help reduce the appearance of unwanted bumps and lumps. It is suppose to leave your skin feeling and looking tighter & smoother.

The ingredients include:

Organic Herbal Mix
Organic Aloe
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
Sodium Stearate
Kosher Vegetable Glycerin
Organic Coconut Oil
Menthol
Cetyl Alcohol
Caffeine
Alge Extract
Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract
Frangrance
Organic Sweet Almond Oil
Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
March 3, 2015

Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters


 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters
by Erik Burham, Dan Schoening, Tom Waltz
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Pub. Date: May 5, 2015
Retail: $17.99
ISBN: 9781631402531
Pages: 104 pages
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

In my humble opinion, last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film reboot was a complete letdown and next year's Ghostbusters all-female reboot looks like a major disaster. Luckily, the Nickelodeon TMNT animated series has ignored all the errors the 2014 movie made and has turned out to be a great cartoon. TMNT has continued to appear in comic book form with this May's release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters, which combines all 4 issues from the crossover mini-series.

The crossover occurs when Donatello tests out Fugitoid's Interspatial Teleportation Unit and accidentally zaps himself, along with Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, April O'Neil and Casey Jones, to a parallel dimension. They literally crash a church wedding  and before they can figure out where they are, a supernatural demon is unleashed - a Japanese warlord named Chi-You.

Chi-You takes possession of Casey Jones and the wedding guests, turning them all into his minions. Out of nowhere, the Ghostbusters (Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond "Ray" Stantz, Dr. Egon Spengler & Winston Zeddemore) arrive to save the day, well, kinda, as Chi-You is much stronger than your average ghost, so they ghost-busting team must team up with the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to stop the demon and his league of minions.

Custom 50x60" Fleece Photo Blanket Review + Giveaway


Easter Day is just over a month away and a perfect gift for a family member or friend is a Custom 50x60" Fleece Photo Blanket from Collage.com! You can't go wrong by putting your favorite family photos, baby photos or even pictures of your pets on a blanket, so you can cherish the pictures forever.

You don't have to download anything to your computer. All you have to do is go to Collage.com an click on "Design" to upload your pictures from your computer, Facebook, the web, Instagram or Flickr. Then you can design the layout for the blanket. You can choose from a variety of different backgrounds and add text blocks. The blanket can feature one big picture or multiple pictures in a collage. The 50x60 blanket retails around $125.

I decided to have seven photos of my cats put on the blanket. The calico cat is named Gaby and the tabby cat is named Fred, whom sadly passed away last summer. I picked out the textured background called "Bleach Spots" and the "Torn Paper" for the picture borders.


Spring Reads: Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher


 
Anna's Crossing
An Amish Beginnings Novel
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
Pub. Date: March 3, 2015
ISBN: 978-0800723194
Pages: 336
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

While I was recovering from the cold virus that hit me over the weekend, I found time to read Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher yesterday afternoon, which is arriving in bookstores today. I'm a fan of the author's other novels (Stoney Ridge Seasons and The Inn at Eagle Hill), so naturally I was looking forward to reading her newest novel.

Most Amish historical novels that I have read are set in either the 1800s or the early 1900s, but Anna's Crossing is set in 1737, where a group of Amish and Mennonites from Germany are leaving their country for the New World aboard the "Charming Nancy" ship.

The main character of the story is Anna Konig, a young woman who is traveling with her Amish community on the merchant ship to start a new life in Pennsylvania. Her father is already settled there and he's awaiting her arrival. She has brought along one of her grandmother's rose bushes, which she has stored in a basket, so she can always remember where she came from.

Smooth Energy Clear Mind LiquidCaps Review



Blogging can be fun, but it can also be very stressful, especially when you have books, Blu-rays and products piled up that need to be reviewed. That being said, when I got a chance to review the Smooth Energy Clear Mind LiquidCaps, I instantly signed up to review it.

These LiquidCaps contains pharmaceutical grade pure enzyme fermented high absorption ginseng (Korean Panax Ginseng Extract - 134 mg). Ginseng is used to treat many different health issues including depression, hypertension, insomnia and mental stress.

The liquid is taken from unpeeled Ginseng roots without any high heat steaming, but instead a proprietary low heat vacuum extraction is used to extract all the nutrients (18 minerals, 7 essential and 8 non essential amino acids, etc.) from the plant. Unlike other brands, this "Fermented Ginseng" GS15-4 has 15 times more absorption power.


March 2, 2015

Monday Morning Madness #53: The Dreadful Cold Virus & A Craving For Aliens

Yeah, I'm a little late with this post today as I've been under the weather with a cold. It snowed several inches over the weekend. I barely noticed that it had snowed until this morning as I spent the majority of my weekend sleeping, well, not the whole time, but I was covered in a blanket to fight off the cold chills. For some weird reason, I was in the mood to watch the Alien movies, so I dragged out Alien vs. Predator Requiem, which is the low-point in both franchises. The film was poorly directed and most of the scenes are just too dark to see. I turned off the lights and watched the movie in the dark, but it was no use as I still couldn't see the fight scenes.

Coincidentally, I found Alien Resurrection on Starz last night and I ended up watching the entire movie. Yes, it isn't the greatest film, but it is still fun to watch. Since I slept most the day, I wasn't ready to go to bed just yet, so I dragged out my old VHS copy of the original Alien (Yep, I still own a VCR) and stayed up to 1:30 AM watching it.  Another strange coincidence is there has been a Predator marathon on SyFy tonight. I'm probably in the mood for these movies after I read online about the new Alien movie in the works from director Neill Blomkamp.


Looks like it is taking a bit longer for me to finish this post as I had hopped on over to YouTube and watched a few music videos. I guess you could say that listening to music brings out my creativity. Now, I don't play any Fender Jazz bass guitars or any music instruments for the matter, but I do enjoy listening to a variety of different music as it relaxes me.

DVD Review - Adventure Time: Frost & Fire



Adventure Time: Frost & Fire
Voice Cast: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, Niki Yang, Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Dee Bradley Baker, Pendleton Ward, Polly Lou Livingston, Jessica DiCicco, Maria Bamford
Studio: Cartoon Network
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Retail: $19.82
ASIN: B00R5ES308
Running Time: 176 minutes
Rating: TV-PG
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Arriving on DVD tomorrow from Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is Adventure Time: Frost & Fire, featuring 16 exciting episodes. There are no special features or extras on the single-disc.

Since it's debut in 2010, Adventure Time has been one of the most popular animated programs on the Cartoon Network. Created by Pendleton Ward, the series centers on a human boy named Finn and his best friend & adopted brother Jake, whom happens to be a magical dog. They live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they go on different adventures in each 11-minute episode. The cartoon's quirky humor has won over both kids and adults. The series also has over 18 million Facebook fans.

The episodes on the single-disc DVD are:

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Leave it on the shelf!

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