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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Scrivener ~ Text Editing Software For Writers

"... written by a writer (or at least an aspiring writer) for writers ... ."  Keith Blount, Scrivener Creator

The ball that got everything rolling in my writing life, Scrivener. Check it out here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Idea of Chili Stew

"Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili." Harry James

There's nothing like a hot bowl of chili stew to bring some cheer into the winter gloom. Check out my recipe here.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Dune's Desert

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear... ." Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear. Dune by Frank Herbert

I've been a fan of Herbert's Dune for ages. Makes sense to write a hub about it. Stop in and find it here.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Novel In A Day (NIAD)


"... if after I die my entry on Wikipedia includes the line 'his love of strong tea was legendary' I will consider my life well-lived." Pigfender, NIAD Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.

My greatest compulsion is NIAD. That's read Novel in a Day. Check it out here.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Introducing Jaquo

I've just upped my writing game. Jaquo, a new online Lifestyle Magazine, also publishes a quarterly glossy copy which will be available starting in the Spring of 2015.

My first article, An Apartment Dweller’s Dilemma, is available now.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tsu, Seriously?

It has been almost three weeks since I signed up for Tsu. I'm confident it's not a scam for the reasons layed out below. One, I don't even have an opportunity to be paid by FaceBook for my posts but I do on Tsu. One article I read asks and answers the question, "Is Tsu a scam?"

When I was first introduced to Tsu, I figured the folks were mad (spelled bonkers) for signing up. Then I started to do a little hunting on the web about Tsu. The first question the Tsu faq answers is what is Tsu? I like that they are up front and personal about their tolerance, rather intolerance, for spam and inappropriate content.

I use Tsu to drive traffic to my other social media accounts as well increase my followership. As I post, I realize there is an absence of annoying ads everywhere, no problem there. They are Ads, but they are to one side or another of the layout of the page and don't pop up between posts horizontally. I don't notice them unless I look to the sidewalk menus on the page.

My earnings accrue each day. Of course, getting paid from Tsu doesn't happen over night, but it does happen. Ask Kevin Hinkle. Kevin got his first check in the mail from Evacuation Complete LLC, the company behind Tsu. Watch the video of that momentous moment.

Just a few more articles on the subject, in conclustion. Recode provides the lowdown, bare bones information you need to know about Tsu. Take a look at ZDNet's take on the Tsu-nami. Catch Tsu's founder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak on YouTube.

Since Tsu is a site for which you can register only by invitation, please take a moment to register with Tsu so you can start earning for the time you spend doing facebook-like activities on the internet.

This is what Tsu says about their platform:

What is tsū?
tsū is a free social network and payment platform that shares up to 90% of revenues with its users.
(tsū is pronounced ‘Sue’)
How is tsū different?
1. Ownership - We believe in real ownership, which only exists when users own the rights to their content and the economics that come with it. Users should be compensated for their likeness, image and content. It’s simple and it’s the right thing to do.
2. Access - We share social revenues with everyone, for any type of content, size of network or level of influence. Using tsū requires nothing more than what you already do on other social media platforms today.
3. Empowerment - Our model is global, scalable, and designed to empower the user. For the first time every user can be a content creator earning royalties in perpetuity.

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: is a community for authentic engagement. Please treat it respectfully. Users who spam or post inappropriate content will be banned in order to preserve the community.

#tsu #money #share

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tsu ~ User Friendly Revenue Sharing Opportunity

Check out this revenue sharing site. The member short code would be ArachneaENTs. Passive income can't get more passive than this. I find it the perfect place to post information about my pottery and books and hubs and anything else I want to post about. I don't plan to put a lot of time into fiddling with it either.

Tsū is a free social network that shares its revenues with its users and those that invited them into tsū. It's just the right thing to do. Learn more by clicking the link below.

ArachneaENTs on Tsu.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Iced Chai Tea

"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." Bernard-Paul Heroux

Visit the article here.

Peach Tea

“Iced tea!...More than a quencher of thirst, it is a tamer of tempers, a lifter of lethargy, and a brightener of smiles. ... .” Paul F. Kortepeter, Tea with Victoria Rose

Visit the article here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How To Make Iced Tea

"Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths." John Egerton

Visit the article here.

Business Writing

“If the nails are weak, your house will collapse. If your verbs are weak and your syntax is rickety, your sentences will fall apart.” William Knowlton Zinsser, On Writing Well

Visit the article here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

House of the Rising Sun

"The pattern of the prodigal is: rebellion, ruin, repentance, reconciliation, restoration." Edwin Louis Cole

Visit the article here.

Whodunit Fiction

"... Here’s a two-word romance novel: I do. It’s also a murder mystery.” Jarod Kintz, So many chairs, and no time to sit

Visit the article here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Top 10 Amusing Things About Aging

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” Robert Frost

View the article here.

Wonderbag Recipe: Japanese Style Curry Stew (Kare)

"There's six kazillion different kinds of curry. When someone asks how to make chicken curry, I have to ask 'Which one?" Aarti Sequeira

Visit the article here.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Equilibrium: A Review

"Logic is the cement of our civilization, with which we ascend from chaos, using reason as our guide." T'Plana-Hath, Matron of Vulcan Philosophy

View article here.

The King's Speech: A Movie Review

"You have such perseverance Bertie, you're the bravest man I know." Lionel Logue, from the movie, 'The King's Speech.'

Visit the article here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Environment-Conscious Writing Tool

"The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp." Terry Pratchett

See the article here.

Ovente Glass Electric Kettle

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble." William Shakespeare

See the article here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review: Self-editing For Fiction Writers

Got another article up and ready to read. Self-editing can be a challenge and for some it's sheer agony. Take a moment to stop by here for information to help take the pain out of self-editing. Book Review: Self-editing For Fiction Writers. Get a copy in Nook, paperback, or Kindle.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Well-Cared-For Blister

Sometimes, I realize I don't always know everything I think I do. Check out my most recent hub, The Well-Cared-For Blister, and find out why I have happy feet. This Birkie lovin' girl has more tricks up her sleeve for doing housework than GoodHousekeeping.

Look Ma! No Bowl Brush!

My lenses were transferred to HubPages last Monday. I'll gradually get them posted. IN the meantime, enjoy this hub. The product under discussion is Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner. I also provide an amusing look at one bachelor woman's housekeeping habits. Please stop in and have a read, Look Ma! No Bowl Brush!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

I've gotten tied up with work, had hospice training and been otherwise out of the hub-writing picture for a week or so. I've posted a new hub, a review of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Do stop in and have a look see. A passable ghost story is challenging enough to write. Hill nails that challenge and places the resulting novella in the ranks of exquisite ghost-story telling.

The Woman in Black ~ Paperback
The Woman in Black ~ Kindle
The Woman in Black ~ DVD
The Woman in Black ~ Nook
The Woman in Black ~ Film Clip One
The Woman in Black ~ Film Clip Two

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lemony Sweet Elixir

I've gotten another hub up. I've been wanting to do a lens for a while on this topic. So I've finally gotten around to it and it's now up on HubPages. Lemonade is a favorite for me. I'm not really fond of canned, bottled, powdered or other lemonade products. They usually are too sweet or have an aftertaste. Please visit my lemonade recipe.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dealing With Change

I don't like change. I like my own, comfy routine. This year has packed s few whammies as far as change. I had major surgery in March. My place of employment moved to temporary digs which were not comfortable in the least. Squidoo, the first of the UGC sites I've used besides my blogs, announced last saturday the 16th of August, they would be closing and all users had the option to move their content to HubPages automatically. Please visit my hub, The State of Flux.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

I looked at quinoa crosseyed the first time I saw it in an article. It took me some time before I bought it and put it on the shelf. Then, I discovered it significant nutritional value - it's a complete protein. That's a plus. It's also not an animal protein. I do eat meat, but I like to keep meat consumption to only a few times a week. Do stop in and have a look see at my recipe, Quinoa Tabouleh.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Review: Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter stands in my mind as being one of the best of the books I've read over my lifetime. Most people who know me would be surprised. My preferred genres are mysteries, and sci-fi, fantasy. Please stop in and have a look see at my review of the book.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Favorite Detective Shows

I favor mystery and detective stories in my reading and TV viewing. Over the last few years television and movies have seen an influx of Sherlock Holmesian viewing. Many of them with a new twist on the old game. Please take a moment to read my commentary on many of the detective shows I love. My recent hub, Detective Shows I Like, can be found here.

No Fail Rice

I've mentioned a few times I've been using the WonderBag when I cook. I have no trouble making rice for sushi, but when it comes to fluffy steamed rice, I get a mess. Making rice in the Wonderbag is no-fail if I follow the instructions. Visit my hub on rice in the Wonderbag. The WonderBag is available on Amazon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Long Shadows by Grace DeLuca

I love to read. I'd read a lot more if I didn't have a day job. I decided to transfer over some of my lenses manually. This was a real feel good book. A cozy mystery with a smattering of romance and closure for a family's many years of grief. Please stop in to have a look at my review on HubPages. You'll also find the book on Amazon.

It's A Dirty Job ...

Another of my first hubs is, Nuthin' Like Playin' in the MudI love clay work. It is a source of great relaxation for me. My creative urges have an outlet as well. So, I've written a hub on just that, getting muddy. Please take a moment to visit and comment.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chicken Sishebo

I love curry. So do many other people. What I love about curry is that so many cultures have put their stamp on it. Each has a slightly different spin. And one learns a little bit about the culture from which it originates as well. South African curry stew is quite good and very hearty. Check out my recipe on HubPages for Chicken Sishebo. You can also check out the WonderBag here.

The WonderBag

So, one thing I can't rave enough about is the WonderBag. I've have one for myself and find it is awesome for those times I do get in the kitchen to cook. Check out the WonderBag here. Or, better yet, visit my hub on the subject.

For families needing to make a little more time in their evenings to spend with each other or single moms who don't have enough time in a day, the WonderBag is the answer. The best part of the whole thing is that for every Wonderbag sold, one is donated to someone in need of one in a third world country.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Doing What I Like To Do

One thing I really enjoy is doing interviews with authors. One of the first lens I transferred over to HubPages manually is my interview with author Erica Miner. I read Erica's book, Murder in the Pit, a little over a year ago. I enjoyed it so much, I know I'm going to do a reread. Please stop in over at HubPages and have a look-see.

Squidoo and now HubPages, provides me with a writing outlet when I can't fit in writing one of my books or short stories.

Settling In Nicely.

I'm settling in nicely over at HubPages. There's been a wonderful outpouring of assistance and question-answering to help all of us squids make the transition. Read more here on the move from Squidoo to HubPages.

My first hub is an about-me piece. Talks a little about me so my new neighbors can get to know me. The first lense is, "What's Caught In Arachnea's Web." Just click the link so you can visit. Feel free to comment as well.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

From Squidoo to HubPages

I've not done a lot with this blog for a while. I didn't realize it had been so long. But, I'll be getting things up and running again.

Squidoo was sold 08/15/14 to Hub Pages. I'm moving my content as a result. My old Arachnea account on Squidoo is here. You'll find the new Arachnea account on HubPages here. Do stop in and visit. I've posted a few hubs already.

Writing is moving slowly. The company I work for is moving all the positions but 2 in my department to California. So, I'm trying to tie down my next bread-winning pursuit so I don't have to keep my life on hold. But I do peck at the writing and Squidoo (now HubPages) does provide an outlet.

Places to find me on the internet: