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Friday, October 29, 2004

Original Fiction @ Kendralynn.com Update

Original Fiction @ Kendralynn.com has been updated with new links to original fiction! Previous original fiction features have moved to here.

Enjoy! Be sure to let me know about any broken links. Also, feel free to email me links to stories you have enjoyed that you would like featured on Kendralynn.com.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Warnings and Cautions for Writers--Writing Contests and Vanity Anthologies

Warnings and Cautions for Writers--Writing Contests and Vanity Anthologies is an informative resource for writers. Read this before you get involved in that contest.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Creative Commons Copyrights

Those of you who visit my website, kendralynn.com, have access to numerous original fiction and fan fiction stories posted on the internet. As a resource for those of you who write as well, visit Creative Commons to establish a copyright for your work.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit that offers a flexible copyright for creative work. You can specify under what conditions others can use your work. This is very helpful for those who want exposure for their work but want to retain some specific rights to it.

For example: If you write a short story that you post to your website, you can obtain a Creative Commons copyright for free that specifies the following...I can repost your work on my website as long as I give you credit as the author, make no profit from it's use, and create no derivative works from it.

This way, you get extra exposure for your work but retain all pertinent rights to it.

Creative Commons provides this service for free. Once you establish the type of copyright you desire for your work, they give you the .html code to insert in your web page that displays what rights are available to the reader.

Types of media you can copyright through them are: Text, Audio, Video, Images, and Educational Materials.

What a great service! Kendralynn.com gives them a resounding "Ribbit" of approval!

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Online Communities and Dating

My friend, Eagle, called me last night to chat. Eagle is a good-looking, upstanding man and single. Why? It's probably because family, church, and career has filled his life, limiting his social opportunities.

We eventually came around to the subject of dating and online resources for meeting people. There are a lot of online communities out there - communities for specific interests, dating communities, networking communities, etc. I, myself, am a member of a few interest specific communities, Writing.com, Pomme de Sang, and a writing critique group. I have made wonderful friends and have spent many enjoyable hours with them. But, when it comes to dating, there are so many dating/matching services out there that it's hard to decide which one to go with.

In Eagle's case, like most everyone else, he needs an avenue for meeting people when it is most convenient for his schedule. His free time is usually in the late evening hours after a long tiring day. Who wants to get 'prettied up' late at night to go spend a few hours at a bar? Then begins the further exhausting process of filtering through the unacceptable possibilities in said bar. At 9 p.m., especially on a weeknight, most decent people are relaxing for the evening, reading, watching t.v., or chatting with friends online.

Eagle is highly intelligent, moral, and a great conversationalist. He needs a community where he can meet people who have the same hobbies, professional interests, and values he possesses. That is the only way he will be able to meet the right woman. When it comes to finding a prospective spouse, there is more to the equation than, "What's your sign?" and "Which word describes you best?" Spending $20 - $30 dollars per month for a dating service is highway robbery, too.

He and I decided that his best option was an online community that allows him to find people by their hobbies, interests, occupation, business interests, social values, and leisure activities, to name a few. We both joined DirectMatches.com for free. Me, for the friends and professional association. Him, for the dating, friends, and professional association. It is the best all-inclusive community I've run across to date.

Ladies...If Eagle sounds like a great guy for you, let me know. If you want to browse for more available gentlemen (yes, they have pictures posted...WOW!), then visit the site and join for free, too.

I've been an internet user for 14 years, folks, and one of the things I appreciate most at this point is Quality. I know that the communities I listed are valuable places to meet and mingle. What are your favorite groups and why?

Friday, October 15, 2004

And the truth shall set you free...

A post called 'Sweet, bitter truth' at Sweet Jesus, look who it is. made me chuckle and nod my head in agreement.

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life? Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions.

If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K (8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11) = 98%
and K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E (11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5) = 96%
But, A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E (1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5) = 100%
And, B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T (2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20) = 103%
AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.
A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G (1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7) = 118%

So, you can then conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, Bullshit and Ass Kissing will put you over the top.

And the truth shall set you free...

Free Flat Screens Spam

Emily from Free Flat Screens spammed my blog under 'Comments' on the previous post. How rude.

Ahhh, the unholy joys of the information super-highway.

Kendralynn.com Site Update

This month's site update is in progress and should be uploaded by the end of the weekend. Just waiting on a couple more Author Permissions before posting the new content.

Random Question

When I created my Blog account, the random question or prompt was, "Tell the story about why the bald frog had a wig." The following was my answer. Unfortunately, it was too long. So, I'm posting it here...

Thomas was a lonely frog. Oh, he had lots of friends, but he never felt comfortable around them. Why? Because, instead of a lush mane of fuzz atop his head, he was completely bald.

His friends were nice enough not to mention it, but Thomas caught their pitying looks on occassion. He had become so self-conscious about this slight in his appearance that every time a friend invited him out to the lilly pad, he made an excuse to decline.

One foggy evening, Thomas was hopping home when he missed the edge of a log and fell into the murky depths of a stagnant puddle. He pulled himself out, cursing his clumsiness and all around bad luck.

Once he got home, he headed straight for the bathroom to survey the mess he was in and clean up. He looked into the mirror and gasped! His head was covered with mud and stray bits of mulched debris. But, if one ignored the smell of the rotting concoction on his head, it looked wonderful (in an odd sort of way). So, this is what he would look like with a lush patch of fuzz like his friends had.

An idea formed in Thomas's mind, and a smile stretched across his froggy face. Yes! Now he would be able to visit the lilly pad with his friends and not feel self-conscious!

That's why the bald frog had a wig.