Quote of the Day: Coffee

Dragons and coffee. The only thing better would be a steaming cup of Earl Greyer. There are three loves in my life other than the hubby and kids. Dragons, tea, and writing or reading on a rainy evening in front of a cheerful fireplace. Okay there might be more than three things there.

Have a great day. Cheers, james

Podcast: LeVar Burton Reads

If you grew up in the late ’80s and ’90s in the US, Saturday morning cartoons ended with LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow. This was one of the staples of my childhood, I would glued to the chair listening to him read children stories. Well after Reading Rainbow ended Mr. Burton put together a podcast which is Reading Rainbow for adults, called LeVar Burton Reads. Now I stumbled onto his podcast via IHeart Radio, but you can find it in otger places as well.

I was listening to the podcast yesterday while he was reading Driftglass by Samuel R. Delany. It was published in an anthogology back in the ’70s. I didn’t finish the whole story so I don’t know how it ends. And I am excited to turn it back on and finish. It is an hour long edited version of the story. However the magic in Mr. Burton’s voice is still strong and takes me back to those days glued to Reading Rainbow.

Podcasts are still a new venture for me and I’ve only listened to three or four episodes. The one with the knight and little old lady was funny. Highly recomend it.

Cheers, james

Five Years and Still Writing

Dear Friends,

March of 2014 I published my first blog post on amusing2writenc.wordpress.com and here we are in 2019. There have been bumps in the road when I lost my blogging voice so to speak and weeks when I posted like crazy. We’ve added readers and we’ve lost a few. Currently we stand at 220 folks hanging out together on this writing journey. And like all journeys you take it one step at a time.

I am still writing, still blogging and most importantly still learning. Thank you for sharing the last fives years with me. I hope the next five as just exciting. Cheers friends, james

Research and Resources

As writers or as regular folks looking for answers, we are called on to do a certain amount of research. Especially in the days of “fake” news, we need facts without spin and yet everyone has a bias towards something. Even as I write these words, I have a bias in that as a white, middle age (what!! Where did the time go?), female raised in rural Eastern North Carolina. Now I try extremely hard to present infomation without a bias, but I know sometimes it slips through the cracks. I have some very awesome readers in all parts of this incredible world of ours. Thank you!

In the world of Google we have to be careful and look closely as our sources of information. WordPress is awesome by allowing us a way to present our words to the world. However not all blogs are created equal. This point has been driven home tine and time again. I chose to focus on my writing and tidbits of info I have picked up here and there. I also include pen, book and other reviews of things I have tried and enjoyed or found to be useful.

So as a information consumer where can we find relevant current infomation? I normally focus on historical research so most of my resources are encyclopedias, Library of Congress (written several posts about it), the US Archives, etc.

Current events pose a slightly more challegning endeavor. Mostly I read several different news stories for the same story. Some favorites are the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Times-Picante (Lousiana’s main paper), the Raleigh News & Observer, the Guardian (a British paper). If you really want to see a different view of the world, read an international paper about home events.

Hopefully I given you a look at resources for information you haven’t thought about or tied. I would love to hear from about any of your favorite resources current or historical. Cheers, james