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For My Writers Out There, Handy Microsoft Word Shortkeys

Hullo, fellow bloggers, readers, writers, and passersby!

Found this neat little graphic with helpful shortcut keys for Microsoft Word (and, like, everything intarwebs, too…)

Note of point — I won’t lie, I haven’t checked all of these yet, and – of course – if you’ve already customized any of these in your own program, then they won’t work… but yeah. So long as everything is still in the preset function, you’re good to go.

Definitely gonna check these out later tonight and make sure no one fucked up the chart though. (But from what I can see, it all looks good.)

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Let me know if this chart is missing anything! I’ll try to edit it and add ’em in. (Also if anybody sees a mistake before I do, lemme know that too! )

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Word of the Day: 100 Words Every Expert Author Should Know

Or basically 100 words EVERYONE should know whether they’re an expert or not.

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TIL: Thriftbooks.com

On today’s episode of Today I (re)Learned…

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Click me! 😀

So this is a thing.

I’m not sure if anyone else knew about, but I figured… how could I not share?

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I knew about this site a while back, but never really… caught on to it? I dunno. Plus also, I guess I sorta forgot? /fail

Anyway, YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT, because… I mean… come on! When do we NOT need cheap books? Amirite?

As a writer, this has proven to be a truly valuable chart…

As part of my new initiative to gather helpful tidbits for aspiring, would-be, and current writers, here is a piece from my own writing banks:

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We all suffer from brainfarts and lack of vernacular inspiration sometimes, so having a go-to word wheel helps immensely.

I found this one some time ago and have kept it for those desperate times when all you need is a word.

And preferably not the same word used over twenty times within the last three paragraphs.

You know what I mean. We’ve all been there.

FIRST DAY of the Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon!!

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Today starts off the beginning of the 3 day readathon hosted by Good Tales Book Tours! It runs from June 4-6. I am super, super pumped for this! I have SO MANY BOOKS TO READ and, as usual, not enough time to read it in… but never you mind! I’ll find the time. One way or another. 😉

MY TBR LIST FOR THIS READATHON IS HERE.

I think I’m going to make this a comic and graphic novel day and start with some of my recently downloaded NetGalley comics today.
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Probably these:
Let’s see if I can finish those first, then get to the manhua serials because I need funny right now to lift my spirits.  🙂
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Will keep y’all posted with my progress!
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Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon TBR List
June 4th-6th
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If you are interested in signing up click right here. We’re are also hosting random giveaways and questions with authors on a Facebook party during the readathon, so join in here. The Facebook party will go on every day during the read-a-thon between 2pm-9pm CST.
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The “rules” are simple:

  1. Post your selected TBR to either your blog or a shelf on goodreads
  2. Add your post to the linky here (When adding your list, insert your name and the name of your blog (e.g. Jaay @ Reckless Indulgence | of the Written Word) where it says NAME and link directly to your TBR list where it says LINK.)
  3. Tweet about it.
  4. SUBMIT a question.
  5. HAVE FUN!! 🙂
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Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon TBR List

Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon TBR List
June 4th-6th
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Good Tales Book Tours is hosting their first semi-annual readathon from June 4-6.
If you are interested in signing up click right here. We’re are also hosting random giveaways and questions with authors on a Facebook party during the readathon, so join in here. The Facebook party will go on every day during the read-a-thon between 2pm-9pm CST.

The “rules” are simple:

  1. Post your selected TBR to either your blog or a shelf on goodreads
  2. Add your post to the linky here (When adding your list, insert your name and the name of your blog (e.g. Jaay @ Reckless Indulgence | of the Written Word) where it says NAME and link directly to your TBR list where it says LINK.)
  3. Tweet about it.
  4. SUBMIT a question.
  5. HAVE FUN!! 🙂
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 Wanna Finish

The Three Lands Omnibus (2011 Edition) by Dusk Peterson
The Three Lands Omnibus (2011 Edition)
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The Legend of the Ditto Twins by Jerry Douglas
The Legend of the Ditto Twins
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The Mussel Eater by Octavia Cade
The Mussel Eater
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In Her Head, In Her Eyes by Yukimi Ogawa
In Her Head, In Her Eyes
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Hunting Monsters by S.L. Huang
Hunting Monsters
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Wanna Start

Earthrise (Her Instruments #1) by M.C.A. Hogarth
Earthrise (Her Instruments, #1)
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The Ghost Half (The Sanctuary Universe #2) by X. Aratare / Raythe Reign
The Ghost Half
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A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde
A Boy Called Cin
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Sanctuary (The Sanctuary Universe #1) by X. Aratare / Raythe Reign

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Misery’s Way: A Kit Colbana World Story (Colbana Files #4.5) by J. C. Daniels
Misery's Way: A Kit Colbana World Story
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Wanna Continue / Catch Up On (Serials)

The Dark Earth (Volume 2) by X. Aratare / Raythe Reign
The Dark Earth, Volume 2
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The Fell (The Erl-King: The Fell #1) by X. Aratare / Raythe Reign
The Fell, Book 1
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Winter Haven Country Club by X. Aratare / Raythe Reign
Winter Haven Country Club
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19 Days by Old Xian
19 Days,Volume #1
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Their Story by Tan Jiu
Their Story
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Mosspaca Advertising Department by Old Xian, Tan Jiu, Moss
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Alrighty then~ That’s the list I think I’ll get to once the readathon begins. It’s likely I’ll change my mind last minute, but either way I’ll update you guys on my progress over the course of those three days. ❤
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Don’t know if I ever mentioned this officially on here, but I work as an intern for Good Tales Book Tours, so naturally I’m joining in on this fun event! 😉 You should too! It’s simple, engaging, and lasts for three days! You can’t go wrong there. I know for a fact, it’ll help me get to the mountain of books sitting forlornly on my kindle.
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(And maybe those sitting collecting dust on my floor. WHOOPS!)
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Free Comic Book Day Is In 2 DAYS!!

Where are you celebrating ‪#‎FCBD2015‬?

Find a comic shop: http://bit.ly/FCBDComicShops

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Raythe Reign – The Bane of My Existence (+ “APRIL ONLY” MEMBERSHIP FOR A PENNY!! CODE)

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Hey y’all! Happy Wednesday to you and all that jazz~ :3

Today I thought would be a good time to share with you a longtime love of mine.

It’s name is Raythe Reign.

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Just to be clear, I wasn’t asked nor paid to provide this obvious promotion. I just fucking love everything about this woman and her mission and this AB-SO-LUTE-LY AWESOME website. ❤

Some of you might be aware of this site, others… not so much. Some of you might also have noticed the new banner on my sidebar for it. (I honestly don’t know why I never thought to put one there before, but… Oh well! Problem solved! XD ) I figured, why not share the love with those who are definitely missing out?

To reiterate, here’s the skinny:

RAYTHE REIGN is a site for vivid, dark, erotic serial stories and graphic novel featuring gay (m/m, yaoi) and straight (m/f, het) pairings. Take great action, mystery/thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction stories and combine them with a ton of heat and you have Raythe Reign.

Like your favorite television series, the stories are updated with new chapters several times a month on a set schedule. Approximately 50,000 words are added a month. The graphic novels are each updated once a week. The end result of all this is that there’s something new posted EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

There are dozens of titles – some completed, others still on-going serials. For the complete listing of all titles available, check out the Full Library. Here’s a peak at some of the titles from the page:

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Now… it is true that in order to read and see everything, you must become a Member. For a flat fee of $9.95 or less you get access to the entire site. You can download everything just like an e-book for your own personal enjoyment or read it on the site.

HOWEVER!! There are hundreds of FREE pages to read and the first chapter of every graphic novel is open to the public.

In addition, full-length Raythe Reign ebooks have a great deal — a coupon for a one-month penny membership to their subscription. This is probably the greatest thing since sliced bread because… I get it. Some people are unsure about the commitment of a subscription. This is literally the best of both world, and the best way to try it out for yourself.

So if you do buy a volume from the Raythe Reign shop, by all means, use the coupon for a penny month. You’ll find it on the last page on the book.

I have been a fan and faithful member for years. What started out as something I found to be quite unbelievable, has now become something I fervently wish to live on ’til my last dying days (and well beyond)!

To do that, the membership is important – but even more important is you wonderful, gorgeous readers spreading the word about it and rallying behind it like hurricane.

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So venture forth. Tell your friends, your best buds, your devote readers and followers about this INCREDIBLE site.

AS AN ADD BONUS! FOR THIS MONTH ONLY: 1 month of Raythe Reign membership for a penny through April. Use coupon code 3B95CE33 here:

 

A to Z Theme Reveal: LGBT+ Comics Characters!

This is a great idea! Definitely be stalking Hannah’s blog all throughout April. XD

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Y’all know me — I’m all about the comics and I’m all about the LGBT+ representation. For my very first A to Z blogging challenge, I’m combining the two. This month will be constructed of an alphabetical list of some of the most awesomely amazing LGBT+ characters in comics!

I know a lot of readers are interested in diversifying their media, and I also know comics can be majorly daunting for new people and it’s hard to track down the stories you want. So, I’m doing the work for you. Each post will be a short run-down of the character in question, followed by a reading recommendation. Some posts are on significant landmark characters, some are on personal favorites, and if I have to choose between the two for a letter, I’ll go with the favorite. I’ve got Marvel, DC, indies and webcomics. I’ve got L, G, B, T, and +. And…

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TIL – Did you know you can read the entire Animorphs series online right now?

EDIT – 1.19.16: 

It appears the RAF site has moments when the links work, and moments when they do not. A few days ago, I went to the site and the links were working and allowed download. Today, they do not, and I get this message:

“As per Scholastic’s demands, Richard’s Animorphs Forum can no longer sanction the distribution of Scholastic eBooks (including Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants and Gone), nor the implied distribution through other means.”

This probably means the links might be down permanently. Understand, I have no control over this. I am not the owner of RAF, nor do I have anything to do with it. I’m just distributing information to whoever may have use of it. Hopefully, you Animorph fans were able to join in on the fun and re-read (or read for the first time) this marvelous series still so dear to my heart.

 

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CLICK HERE IF YOU’RE INTERESTED!

On today’s episode of TIL, I just found out about this tidbit of information. Also there seems to be a GREAT ANIMORPHS RE-READ going on this year, which is the coolest thing ever known to man! Absolutely excited beyond all words. Everyone should have a little Animorphs in their lives. :3 My life was never the same after reading these books when I was little (and even older *EHEM*).

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me take the time to enlighten you to the wonders of this delightful series:

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The Animorphs series (#1-54)
by K. A. Applegate

Publisher: Scholastic Publishing
Publication Date: June 1996–May 2001
Format: Paperback & Hardcover
Pages: books est. 150+ pages each
Genre: War, Love, Science Fiction, Thriller,
Fantasy, PTSD, Effects of War & Violence
On Youth, Shapeshifters, Aliens, Alien
Technology, Animals, Survivors, Friendship,
Betrayal, Alien Takeover, Dehumanization,
Nothing And No One Is Who Or What
They Seem, Dying World, Nature, Family,
Horror, Sanity, Morality, Leadership,
Innocence and Innocence Lost, Freedom,
Growing Up
Age/Audience: Middle Grade / Teen / YA
# of Books in Series: 54
Companion Books: Animorphs Chronicles (4)
Companion Books
: Megamorphs (4)
Gamebooks: Alternamorphs (2)

SUMMARY

(synopsis from Publisher)

The story revolves around five humans, Jake, Marco, Cassie, Rachel, and Tobias, and one alien, Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill (nicknamed Ax), who obtain the ability to morph into any animal they touch. Naming themselves “Animorphs” (a portmanteau of “animal morphers”) they use their ability to battle a secret alien infiltration of Earth by a race called the Yeerks. The Yeerks are a parasitic race of aliens resembling large slugs that take humans as a host by entering and merging with their brain through the ear canal. The Animorphs fight as a guerilla force against the Yeerks, led by Visser Three, and their program to take over the human race. Morphing into animals allows them to battle the various armies of aliens that the Yeerks use, but it also protects their identities. As far as the Yeerks know, only Andalites like Ax have the ability to morph, and if they knew that the Animorphs were mostly human they would be able to easily find out who they are. Protecting their identities becomes more and more difficult as the series goes on because though someone with the ability to morph can change into any animal that they touch, they can only stay in a morph for two hours or they will permanently become that animal. Throughout the series, we see how the war affects the characters in different ways, mentally and physically.


And for more goodies, check out these fascinating Animorph related sites:

The Morphing Science of Animorphs

The Great Animorphs ReRead

Which Animorph Would Win the Hunger Games?

Things To Remember About Animorphs

Why Animorphs is possibly the greatest sci-fi story ever told:
And here’s a excerpt:

But you can’t judge a book by its cover, dammit!

In actuality, the grave seriousness of Animorphs is what stands out most in my memories. This isn’t 10,000 pages of kids turning into butterflies. It’s a 10,000 page chronicling of war, and the central themes of the series are appropriately aligned with that subject matter. Once you’ve suspended your disbelief and firmly settled yourself into the bizarre sci-fi nature of the material, what you’ve got is five teenagers who struggle with things like dehumanization, the responsibility or leadership, sanity, insanity and morality. It is told with the horror of actual war, where the battle is not only physical, but mental as well. Is it right to kill unarmed enemies? Is it right to ask a team member and friend to carry out a dangerous mission? Is it right to retreat, to continue, to do anything?

Horrible things happen with surprising frequency in this series. Characters you’ve grown attached to have mental break-downs, crumble under the pressure, cease to be heroes. In fact, a lot of this series serves to debunk childish notions of battle and war as being something magnificent and heroic. The battles that are fought are not great feats or victories, but rather a series of jumbled, confusing actions that leave regret and sickness in the hearts of those who fought. Each decision, whether in the heat of battle or for the greater good, comes later to haunt the character who made it, and they forever feel the weight of their actions and their own short-comings.

And here’s another:

Adapt This: KA Applegate’s Animorphs Series.  Yes, Again.

Animorphs‘ moral universe was also a lot more sophisticated than non-readers might expect. Book 1 introduced both the wicked Yeerks (a.k.a. body-snatching slugs) and the noble Andalites (a race of centaur-esque aliens who led the fight against the Yeerks throughout the rest of the galaxy). Later books, though, proved that all Yeerks weren’t exactly villains, and all Andalites weren’t exactly heroes.

Sure, Yeerks tended to be bloodthirsty and tyrannical — but some were sympathetic and pacifistic. And though all were parasites, they didn’t invade the brains of other species out of malice; it was simply what they had evolved to do. (“How many pigs and cows and chickens and sheep do you kill each year to survive?” a Yeerk tells Animorph Cassie in book 19. “You think being a predator is morally superior to being a parasite? At least the host bodies we take remain alive. We don’t kill them, cut them into pieces, and grill them over a charcoal fire in our backyards.”) The Andalites, meanwhile, revealed themselves to be a cold, arrogant race of warriors who had no qualms about waging total war — and wiping out innocents for the sake of the greater good.

All that, and I haven’t even mentioned Rachel — the Animorph who gradually transformed from a carefree, popular gymnast to a cruel, adrenaline-addicted, largely remorseless killing machine. It’s mind-boggling that these books were meant for kids reading at a fifth-grade level.


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