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Part-time Monster and Sourcerer| Welcome to a new friend: Sourcerer or Monster or Someone

Part Time Monster

Mommy. Perpetual Grad Student. Reader, writer, and observer. Lover of strange and impossible things.

I am a PhD student, mother of a four year old son, partner of an independent filmmaker, college English instructor, writing tutor, and guardian of a rescue pup. I wear many hats, if you will. Just in case my PhD status didn’t alert you to this, I’m also a tremendous nerd. I am a sufferer of panic disorder, a curator of the weird, a lover of the beautiful, and an enjoy-er of pop culture. Writing here will thus feature an array of content; I am sometimes a monster.

I will also feature content here that is written by some of my friends, who are tremendously talented individuals with interests as varied as my own. They, too, are part-time monsters. And so are you, in all likelihood. Even if you don’t yet recognize it.

This is Our Other Project

babydragon

It’s sweet to have a writing website I designed myself. It’s even sweeter to give my little sister a dragon. That what Sourcerer is. He is Part Time Monster’s dragon. Today we see how loud he can roar.

I posted this to WordPress as I shared it with you. People are also finding it on LinkedIn. We even have a little outpost on Tumblr.

Sourcerer is still a fledgling. I plan to eventually connect it to every network WordPress allows.

We did this is because we want to build the blog of our dreams, but it can’t be built all at once. The blog of our dreams is a bit like Comparative Geeks, but we want a blog with a lot more geeks.

We have a strategy to reach our goal. We started four blogs. We picked one to be our brand and specialized the other three.

We invite contributors and collaborators.

Our top priority right now is providing Part Time Monster fresh content every day. If we keep that up long enough, we believe we will one day have the blog of our dreams.

I hope you will follow us, watch us grow, and share this with your friends.

We love readers just as much as we love writers.

And we really love a good story.

via This is Our Other Project | Sourcerer.

13 Things

1. I like lists. There’s something profoundly comforting about a list.

2. I was born and raised in a small Mississippi town, where I lived most of my life. I’ve recently moved to New Orleans.

3. I earned an undergraduate degree in English with a history minor from Mississippi University for Women; I earned a master’s degree in British literature from University of Southern Mississippi, where I am now pursuing a PhD.

4. I have a young son who brings more joy to my life than I can ever, ever say. For the purposes of this blog, the Star Wars obsessed little guy will be known as the Little Jedi.

5. Ants frighten me, especially in large numbers. Scratch that-any bug frightens me in large numbers. But ants are particularly nerve wracking.

6. I miss the years when I could wear pajama pants to class at MUW without anyone looking at me strangely, because most everyone else was wearing their pajama pants, too.

7. I’m a feminist; I trace this to the seventh grade, when I decided to join the band and wanted to play the drums, but couldn’t because Mom told me they were a “boy” instrument.

8. I love animals. I have a rescue pup, and I’d have more if I had the room and time to devote to them.

9. I’m a teacher and a tutor. I love my jobs; there’s nothing quite like the light in someone’s eyes when they understand a concept in a new way, and I love being able to assist. I also love all the things I get to learn while working with others.

10. I love children’s and young adult literature and watching cartoons, but my favorite film genre is drama.

11. I’m a curly-girl, and I feel different when my hair is straight, like I’m pretending to be something I’m not.

12. I develop little crushes on people very easily. I fall in love with the passion someone has while talking, the way their hair falls across their face, or the soft exhale of their cigarette smoke.

13. There are so many books that I want to read, that I should read, that I have problems re-reading any book. I feel as if I’m wasting my time, even if I love the book.

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Smashing! I’ll Stick With The Numbers. | Yay , Imagineer-ing is back!

“Smashwords”?  Or is it “Smash my plans”?

I would normally not write this until the whole process of investigation, query and (hopefully) resolution was complete.  It is, however, something which I’m truly angered by.  Looking at my Smashwords Dashboard, which is a daily habit, I have again discovered some of my ebooks have been removed from their “Premium catalogue”!  This means that they won’t be distributed to partner bookstores, like kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, and so on.  I’m not sure how that works, as they had already passed muster and been distributed to these places!  In fact, some have been there since late last year!  So why, in the first place, have these books been reviewed again?  They had already gotten through the Smashwords “Autovetter” and human review, and declared perfectly acceptable!  Up to 9 or 10 months ago!  Whatever the accuracy of the cause for retraction might be, this behaviour can only be described as mystifying.   As to the cause?  Well, it’s the same in every case.  Puzzlingly, the declared problem only applies to some, not all, of my books.  Why is that puzzling?  Well, the simple answer is that every single one of my book manuscripts was created using the same software!  Software designed specifically to produce Word doc files that meet the format demands of Smashwords!

I believe a friend has made a very important observation.  It applies to just about every online ebook publishing site out there, for a variety of reasons!  They seem to forget that 50% of the company’s business relationship base is the authors!  Without authors, they have nothing to sell!  It doesn’t matter how many readers visit them, or how many “partners” (I.e. retailers) they have!  Without us, they have no product.  They should think on that!

Now, I have to go back to waiting for answers from various quarters.  I hope that the response I receive from Smashwords is a whole lot more polite than the last time I raised an issue with them!

+++Late news+++

The indications seem to be that a single setting in Jutoh may have caused this problem.  However!  I maintain that no such problem would have existed for the books concerned if they hadn’t suddenly been reviewed again.  So it would seem that something has changed in the “Meatgrinder” formatting software used by Smashwords and they decided, for some very strange reason, to revisit some books that had already passed muster!  Indeed, I can honestly say that I haven’t heard of anybody else facing this extra work!

A Question of Numbers

You’re probably sick of my fascination with statistics!  Please bear with me for a very short entry, though.

The blog is up to almost 10,400 views since its birth!  From a mere trickle of comments on posts, we’re closing on 1,400.  The number of direct Followers has risen to almost 500, and a further 1,400 on Twitter, 400 on Facebook (for the Imagineer-ing page) and 30 on Tumblr (rounding the figures).  I also have nearly 240 Friends on my personal Facebook page and a considerable number more than 500 contacts on LinkedIn.  I’ll not go into followings on other networks! As anticipated, average daily numbers declined during the Summer months.  As a trained statistician, I wouldn’t make any real assumptions of views of the blog based on a year’s figures.  In fact, I’d prefer to have ten years of data!

As an aside, no, I’m not one of the modern statisticians who seem to think that it’s worthwhile quoting figures based on a handful of survey respondents, like on the majority of TV ads!  They should be ashamed!  Any statistician knows that any sample below a certain level is absolutely no use.  90% of 138 means absolutely nothing!  Even if it does make a product sound good!  Just come back when your sample size is in the thousands!

I’d just like to issue a big Thank You!

~ Steve

via Smashing! I’ll Stick With The Numbers. | Imagineer-ing.

 

{Terry:  Two things to remember, Steve.

1) As far as Smashwords, never assume malice when simple incompetence or the use of a computer is involved.

2) Why would you EVER think that a TV Ad Writer would be ashamed?  I know them and it’s not physically or psychically possible. My personal favorite statistician is Paul Ryan who managed to project economic statistics out 60 years (when 99% of economists won’t go past 5)]

Welcome to a new friend: Alyssa Espinola

Alyssa EspinolaGetting Interpersonal Online

Alyssa Espinola isAlyssa Espinola on the beach a student and teaching assistant of speech communication at California State University, East Bay. Her educational interests lie mostly in interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, conflict management, and intergenerational communication. She plans on doing research on interpersonal communication behaviors within heterosexual cross-sex friendships.

Alyssa desires to become a professor of speech communication at a public university or college, but she has come to realize that the profession will soon not be the same as it was when she was studying. Although, she personally dislikes the idea of online education programs, she understands that the world is changing, and to be successful, one must change with it.

Therefore, she built this blog not only to describe the changing times, experiences, opinions of those people confronting it, but to help herself and others in higher education succeed in the new world of technology.

You can contact Alyssa by adding her on LinkedIn or sending her an e-mail.

via About the Author | Alyssa Espinola.

Interpersonal Communication Online

Two people smiling in a field with a laptop.Watching the UC and CSU systems decide to move toward online education has been unsettling for many California university instructors who believe that face-to-face classroom interaction is the best means of student learning and success. Online education has encountered, and will continue to encounter, much resistance from students, faculty, and, perhaps, administrators who desire human connection with their pupils and peers. More specifically, online learning will likely encounter the most resistance from performing arts and speech communication disciplines because of the need for physical presence in putting the skills to practice.

However, it seems that the transition from the online classroom to the virtual classroom may be somewhat inevitable. With budget constraints, California seems to think that online instruction is the wave of the future, and it will save the public university system.

How, then, do we teach a class as human-based as interpersonal communication when it is to be taken online (or mostly online)? Interpersonal communication cannot be truly learned through just reading a book; it must be applied in our everyday lives.

In Dr. Gale Young’s essay, Leondard’s Yard: Pulling at the Roots and Responsibilities of My Whiteness, she underlines the importance of relating one’s education to his or her personal life:

… [F]or education to be relevant it must grow out of the experiences of the students being educated. I went into class the next day and said, ‘I know a lot about what the authors of your textbook have to say about communication. And I know how it relates to my life. But in order for you to learn from this course we need to figure out how it is relevant to your world.

Therefore, if we are to have online education for interpersonal communication classes, we need to be able to create curricula that incorporate applied skills, in addition to communication theory, that will allow students to grow and see the importance of interpersonal communication in their lives.

I’ve designed this site to help facilitate true learning and growth in online interpersonal communication classes. It will show how certain projects designed for interpersonal classes can work for students and how they can benefit from the lifelong skills they will acquire from these assignments. Furthermore, it will provide useful resources and ideas that will be helpful to educators and students in making the best out of their education experience. While anyone can post reading material and quizzes online for students to complete, interpersonal online education must have more ways to engage students and instructors to fully participate in the academic process of learning.

The goal here is to, hopefully, serve as a model for interpersonal online education.

5 Steps to Help Remember Names

Someecards.com image of students. "It was nice meeting you. I forgot your name as soon as you said it."It really sucks when we walk away from just having met someone we like, and we realize we have forgotten his or her name. It can be a little bit embarrassing, because we don’t want the person to think we weren’t paying attention. On the other hand, some of us may have the attitude that we all do it frequently, so it is not the end of the world.

If you don’t make an effort or don’t care, however, you should start trying, because not remembering another’s name makes for a bad first impression.

Remembering someone’s name after meeting shows that you have taken an interest in him or her, and it is like giving a subtle compliment by making that person feel important.

Many of us forget names once they are given, though, so how do we change that without stealing someone’s wallet or peeking at the screen when he or she checks Facebook? Below are five steps that can help. Continue reading →

Welcome to a new friend: shellywv – Gravatar Profile

shellywv

I write poetry quite a bit to put things into perspective for myself. Many of which I’ve never shared with anyone. I am ready to share my thoughts. I am ready to be open. I am ready to move on in the next chapter in my life. Thank you for reading my inner most thoughts. Enjoy.

via shellywv – Gravatar Profile.

(Terry: Shelly Dear. This is all very nice and I ADORE your inner most thoughts but, you know, if you actually had a Blog where I could read some of them it would be a lot easier than telepathy. ]

Counting Up To Networking | Imagineer-ing

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Counting Up To Networking

Posted on 16th June, 2013

Summer? It’s here? Where?It seems that summer is upon us. At least, it is in some places! Personally, I’m not convinced. The weather here certainly doesn’t suggest it. Anyway, judging by the stats, a fair number of people are now able to get out and about in good weather, and maybe even have vacations. There’s definitely been fewer people looking around the blog over the last week or two. Hopefully they’ll wander back when they aren’t off enjoying themselves LOL! In the meantime, while the summer months may not get the same volume of traffic, I’ll maintain posting daily, if possible.

Numbers

Anyway, I was delighted to discover, this morning, that the blog has still managed to reach a total of over 7.000 views since I started it!  The vast majority of those views, more than 6,300 of them, have come since the beginning of 2013.  The blog also has just over 370 direct followers – kind folk who have either clicked on the ‘Follow’ link if they use WordPress.com too, or subscribed by email.  I would like to thank all of you who have done so!  When the Social Networks are added in, that’s a lot of followers or people who at least receive notifications of what’s happening on the blog.  In fact, there are 1280 Twitter and 370+ Facebook followers.  I also have way over 500 LinkedIn connections, 200+ fans and friends on Goodreads, and links with folk on Google+, Pinterest, tumblr, etcetera.  Of course, there’s duplication, but it’s still an awful lot of very good people!

The Same Old Advice?

I have seen a few posts recently extolling the virtues of Social Networks.  It still intrigues me that the message is still being pounded out that Social Networks are not only nice to be a part of, but fundamentally essential to success, despite my own recent findings to the contrary.  Don’t mistake me!  I have no intention of abandoning the Social Network scene!  What concerns me is the forceful claims.  Surely these must impact on those newest to writing and self-publishing?  If that’s true, just how useful, or damaging, is the advice?  Active participation in, for example, Facebook soon leads folk away from the matter in hand into strange lands, where peculiar graphically enhanced (GE rather than GM) quotations – many of dubious authenticity in regard to the alleged sources, humorous photographs of animals and other matter, status messages where folk have hit the panic button having read a piece of ‘news’ proven entirely false some years previously, invitations to participate in (fake) competitions for products that are too good to miss out on owning, invitations to join groups/like pages/play games… well, you get the idea!  So, the one absolute certainty of devoting significant time to Social Networks like Facebook and Twitter is that there’ll be no hope of ‘distraction free’ writing!  Other networks can be approached with a little more confidence, but even they have their dangers, circling like sharks, ready to strike.  For example, Goodreads.  There is, in my honest opinion, nothing to compare with Goodreads!  It is a superb system for readers, authors and reader/authors.  But, there are perils, mostly in the form of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of ‘special interest groups’ and more generalised forums.  Join more than a handful, and you will be pulled and pushed, poked and prodded, to be active in them.  And that’s when the trouble starts – just like Facebook and Twitter: overload!  So the potential damage to the actual writing process is obvious.  What about benefits?  Well, I guess there are some.  When an author’s website or blog is very new, then the Social Networks may bring a few visits from the curious, and I do mean a few!  The evidence simply can’t be disputed.  A more significant benefit is in finding other authors!  But even there, it’s good to be wary.

Mistakes in Social Networking

Believe it or not, many authors who have been using the Social Networks for a significant amount of years are actually abusing the system, deliberately or otherwise.  It may be that they simply haven’t got the message, or they may have ignored or discarded it.  There is, however, a very simple truth that must be given heed to!  It is very bad practice to issue post after endless post advertising your book(s)”!  Don’t believe it?  Then you evidently enjoy being continuously Spammed via email, social network sites, and so forth.  More, you enjoy Spamming others!  Because that’s what it is.  If all you ever post is advertising your work or you, then people will flock to the doors – the exit doors!  Apart from the Spam aspect, it’s just bad manners to do it.  If you blog, then let your blog system post updates about your blog.  Don’t repeat the effort.  Social Networks exist to keep people in touch with each other, in a sense that sees constant advertising as an evil.  If you do the same to people you know in real life, then I pity them, and the chances of you having many real life connections are very low indeed.  No, you have to work at it properly!  You have to provide interesting, humorous, sometimes informative information, with only the occasional advertisement for your work, almost as an aside.  This is true at all levels – from blog to network.  Anything else, and the only visitors you’ll have in any numbers will be Spambots and worse – and many of those won’t bother with you, either, because your statistics are so shockingly low.  Everything is open to abuse, intended or misguided.  If you’re determined to use the available facilities, learn to look beyond yourself, beyond your work.  If you’re not inclined to provide ‘informative’ posts, at least try to amuse your readers!  It’s like any social situation.  You have to ‘court’ your audience, even if you don’t appear to have one.  If you get it right, people will find you!  More, if you truly engage in a friendly manner with both readers and fellow authors, others will support your efforts – not just in direct responses but by Tweeting, posting to Facebook, and numerous other ways.  But I’ll sound another note of caution here: if you set out to use others, they will find you out!  In other words, just be a real, ordinary, sociable person – willing to help others not because you want something in return, but simply because

The best advice I have to give?  Be ‘good people’.

~ Steve

via Counting Up To Networking | Imagineer-ing.

[Terry: A friend emailed me, looking for a fast way to build his “online presence.” I gave him the same advice.]

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Welcome to a new friend: Talent Flush

About Us

TF

An initiative to bring together ‘Talent’ & ‘Creativity’ from every nook and corner of earth.

Talent Flush is an initiative to make this earth more human, more festive. Our aim is to bring the best out of the individuals and let them share it with all. Talent Flush is a platform where everyone irrespective of age, race, color, nation, social status, etc. can show his / her talent and creativity to the entire world. We welcome all and every category of talent.

Talent Flush believes that every human being is born with a certain talent, with a certain creative urge to express his innermost thoughts; every human has arrived on this earth with a certain message.

Our main target is to bring out the best in people and give them a stage to show it to the entire world via http://www.talentflush.com and live events hosted by Talentflush Creations Private Limited across the globe. This will not only raise the happiness quotient of individuals but will also improve the quality of life on earth. Through creativity we wish to fill the HEARTS with optimism and positivity. Our aim is to instill hopes and confidence in the lives of creative people seeking an anchor/hand to hold on. We wish to give them sunshine.

Talent Flush is a platform where your talent can find expression. We believe that if you’re good at something, you deserve an audience. And it doesn’t really matter what you’re into – writing, painting, singing, dancing, photography, music, or even street magic for that matter. If you posses a talent, well make sure the world sees it. In case you’re wondering how, Talent Flush shares every post here on word press blog, Facebook Page, Google+ Page, Linked In group, Twitter and organizes events across the globe to give our creative folk with a stage and help them reach out to people. So feel free to flush in, to share your passion. And we shall do what were here to do – Spread it all over.

‘Creativity’ ‘Intelligence’ ‘Celebration’ – Spread All Over

via About Us | Talent Flush.

Artist: Ms. Lucy Michiels || Title: “Shy Angel” || Category:

Painting || Talent Flush Spread All Over

Artist: Ms. Lucy Michiels

Title: “Shy Angel”

Category: Painting

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