To my dear readers-
Yeah, I know, I have no excuse to show up months later without having written anything. But, to be honest, I wasn't so sure anyone read anything I posted. But, the numbers don't lie, so, I'm back!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Sunday, July 14, 2013
I Believe In Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
|1. There is a drink that can make you shrink.|
|2. There is a cake that can make you grow.|
|3. Animals can talk.|
|4. There's a place called Wonderland.|
|5. The scriptwriter of the first is currently working on writing a sequel.|
|6. Johnny Depp is negotiating his return as Tarrent Hightopp, the Mad Hatter.|
That's right, readers! An Alice in Wonderland sequel. Unfortunately, Tim Burton will not be directing the followup to the 2010 epic. No word as of yet as to who, other than Johnny Depp, will be coming back to play thier original characters.
Personally, I do believe going in to this after loving the first, that I will always love the first one best. Having said that, I will give the next one a chance, but how good can another movie be if all the director has done is the latest Muppet movie and The Ali G show? I'm sorry, but what is Disney thinking? All I can say is that if they're able to recruit most of the original cast, and the writer can steer clear of the corniness of Jim Henson's puppets, it might stand a chance. Otherwise, it's a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
Posted by Danielle DeVore at 9:43 AM
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Welcome to Camp National Novel Writing Month! A 30 day writing retreat for writers!
Normally, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place from November 1st, through November 30th, but this month, they are running a camp to tide us over, so to speak.
It's absolutely free to sign up. You can join an optional "cabin" which is a small group of 5 other people who you can bounce ideas off of or just use as motivation. If you know someone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo, you can request to be in their cabin!
Today is the 9th day, so the sooner you join in, the better! Only 21 days left! If this is something that interests you, click here to join now!
See you there!
Posted by Danielle DeVore at 10:26 PM
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Have you seen this monster?
He's one of the most notorious and oldest little buggers that exists today.
His known aliases are: Jealousy and Envy.
Other known members of his posse are:
He seems to pop up unexpectedly, but when he does, it's never pretty. A lot of times, he shows up incognito. Here are some of the ways he disguises himself and how to deal.
Problem: Material Jealousy
A lot of the times, someone receives something, either they earned through hard work or were randomly gifted, that we wish we had but don't have them means to get.
Take this picture, for example. The little girl obviously loves the kitten she's squeezing, but the boy beside her isn't too pleased. He may not like cats, but as an animal lover whose been around both children and animals, I seriously doubt it, but it is possible. For the sake of argument, let's say he does. Unfortunately, he or someone in his family might be allergic. Or they may not live in a apartment or condo or rental house that allows cats. Or his family might not have enough money to adopt or buy one. In any case, it's easy for us to want something someone else has.
Solution: Try remembering the things you DO have. Chances are that you're blessed in ways that others aren't.
Problem: Financial Jealousy
Other times, we might know someone who might win the Lottery or come into a lot of money through inheritance. It probably seems very unfair when they post pictures of all of their new things online or places they got to go.
Seeing this constantly reminds us that what we want and what we wish we had.
Solution: Should you ditch your friends. Not at all. But, for instance, if you see all their posts and they make you angry or sad, modify what shows up on your homepage. If that's too hard and you're hellbent on avoiding them, delete your Facebook account or un-friend them. If that doesn't work, you can always try talking to them.
Problem: Emotional Jealous
When you find someone you really like, seeing them with someone else can be disheartening.
If they are single, try talking to them and letting them know how you feel. Otherwise, you're missing out on a chance with them. How will he/she give you a chance if they don't know you're interested?
If they are with someone else and they are happy, let them be. Keep in mind that there is someone for everyone, somewhere. You might really like this guy/girl, but there's
someone better out there and you'll be so glad you waited for
Things to Keep In Mind:
WANT vs. NEED - The sad fact is that we seldom need anything we want and almost never want what we need. We also often mistake what we need for what we want. Focus on fulfilling your needs first, then fit in something you want every so often.
Posted by Danielle DeVore at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Remember the day before your first day of school? You usually got new clothes, a new book
bag and new supplies. In my case, it was usually Lisa Frank. You all remember that, right? Bright,
neon colors against bright colored backgrounds with adorable looking animals, ranging from cute
puppies to (my personal favorite) playful, prancing unicorns.
And yet, after all the awesome new stuff, there was still a
nervous sense of dread because you knew that the
following day would entail a whole new building of new
faces. New teachers, new friends, new enemies. The whole
concept reeks of fresh starts. Although, not all new starts
are positive, I do hope that most of mine (and yours, if
you're going back to school also) are good ones.
I, for one, have decided to go back to school after a sour history with education. I never had to repeat
a grade, but we moved after my parents divorced, so I switched schools during the middle of my
sophomore year. Both schools belonging to different districts, graduation requirements differed and in
order to finish, it would take a lot longer than originally intended. So, I decided to get my GED
instead. Of course, this was back in 2005!
Since then, I've had a handful of different jobs, until just year, when my boyfriend and I were laid off
when the company we worked for went under because of Caterpillar's major layoffs. And now, it's
more than half a year later, and I'm still unemployed in a city with the largest unemployment rate in
Illinois. I've been spending so much time searching for a job, but I quickly came to realize that most
places of employment want a college degree. Sadly enough, not everyone wants a specific degree,
either. In face, most job postings only want a generic college degree.
I did my research and decided the best way for me to get a one-on-one learning experience is to try
online learning. Not many colleges offer the degree I was looking for, but I finally discovered that
one did. Southern New Hampshire University.
My classes at SNHU start tomorrow and I've already been contacted by my academic adviser. She's
been an amazing help and I think with a little of her help, I can make it through college and not be
How many of you readers have gone to college online? Where did you attend? Did you like it?
Posted by Danielle DeVore at 3:52 PM