Posted in Writer Musings

Poem: Rainbow

A game of hide and seek I play hoping to catch a glimpse today.

Lightning booms, thunder rolls, rain falls down while the sirens toll.

A game of hide and seek I may catch that glimpse today.

Lightning and thunder blow away, the rain eases up and the sirens stay.

A game of hide and seek I play finally caught that glimpse today.

 

Burleson, TX

January 15, 2017

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Writer Musings

Domain Rejoice Dimension

The transfer is complete and it only took 6 days. ūüôā

hallelujah-squirrelNow what?¬† I have been researching how to incorporate my blog into my author site since I first¬†shared the Domain Transfer Dance post.¬† I have the concept down on how to make the sites communicate, but when I go in and try and make it happen, it tells me I am talking¬†Klingon to the site.¬† Ghay’cha’! (Damn It!).

I listed a few Grand Ideas I have for my site I want to make after the transfer in my mid-wait blog post, Domain Streamline Direction, and until I figure out how to get the system to understand the Klingon coming out of my mouth, I feel like I am just treading water.

I currently have a bunch of tabs open on my browser to continue¬†the search for¬†the magic formula with the magic words that will breathe life into my webpage art, Dear Bloggites.¬† I shall keep you posted on my journey of this next phase in my writing career and I hope to see you on the flip side! ūüôā

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Writer Musings

Domain Streamline Direction

Hello, Dear Bloggites. ūüôā As you can recall, on Thursday, January 19th, I posted about my fun time transferring my domain from Word Press to GoDaddy.¬† If you missed the post, Domain Transfer Dance, just click on the link and you can be entertained by my pain (of sorts).

There is a reason behind my madness for doing this.  Two of them I listed in my post and am going to expand on these two reasons now.  The first is because I plan on expanding my blog into other areas and want the freedom of the domain at GoDaddy to create it into the image I see in my head (we shall call this one the Expansion Experimentation) and the second is because I am CDO (the proper order of OCD) and do not like having my domains owned between two different providers (we shall call this one the Method to My Madness).

Expansion Experimentation

science-experimentBeing a writer I am learning as much as I can on the craft.¬† With my current domain being hosted by Word Press, I am limited on how I can tweak the site.¬† I say ‘limited’ because I cannot for the life of me figure out how to take the different categories of my posts and move them to a different tab to make access easier.¬† I know there are links to the side that will compile all of those specific posts into one accessible group, but my CDO is not accepting this as a sound set up.¬† My goal in the end will be a formatted website that satisfies my readers visually and systematically with the format (not to mention the dread CDO monster I suffer with must be satisfied, too).

After transfer is complete (YES, as of this blog post it has been 3.5 days since I gave permission to move the domain and the Word Press email said 5 – 7 days), I plan on testing different site formats to see what appeals to me.¬† The new site will showcase my writing in a more streamlined way and will help me grow my current Dear Bloggites count bigger.¬† I adore all my current Dear Bloggites, however, I love to ‘meet’ new people and reach new readers, so the growth is wanted.¬† The new site will have a fun email feature¬†(once I¬†learn how to do it)¬†that will give the readers more insider tips and glimpses into the world of my novel I am writing as well as up-to-date activities of the UberGoofy World of P.

The Expansion Experimentation will also follow my journey to going from writer to best-selling author (YES, I have BIG DREAMS that will be realized with YOUR HELP).  I will not only continue to provide book reviews on the books I have read but I will start sharing my journey along the way as I take classes, training, and attend conferences that deal with the craft of writing.  In these blog posts, you will receive links to the different items I will talk about and how these items helped or hindered my journey to best-selling author along the way.

I will also start sharing some of the characters from my novel I am writing to help you get a deeper understanding and relationship with these characters on a more personal level.  I hold all my characters close to my heart, so go easy on me, Dear Bloggites, I have a tough skin, but even the toughest of skins still bleed occasionally.  With your feedback about the characters, I will be able to tweak my novel in a more appealing way for you to enjoy.  Once the novel is finished, I will offer beta testing to a few of you.  If you are picked for the beta testing, you will receive a free copy of my novel and provide me constructive criticism and pleasurable praise on what you thought about the book.  Pretty cool, huh?

Method to My Madness

"We're all well aware of the madness, Phipps...where's the method?!Living with CDO (the proper order of OCD) I am always tweaking things in my life to balance and satisfy the method madness.  Having all my websites provided in one specific location will help me to produce more written works for you, Dear Bloggites.  I will no longer have to toggle between locations which wastes time.  I will have the freedom to open up the site and tweak away until my little heart is content.  After the tweaking the writing begins and new, entertaining posts will be shared for you to read.

Last word on Method to My Madness, I really do not mind having this issue with CDO, I am not so far gone with this disorder that it impedes my normal routines, just impedes my need for balance and control.  I can still go out in public and live a normal, albeit, goofy lifestyle that I love.

Okay, Dear Bloggites that is it for now.¬† I shall continue to update you on my progress from Word Press to GoDaddy and all the fun in between. ūüôā

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Writer Musings

Domain Transfer Dance

I have been reading up on blogs daily, Dear Bloggites,¬†to get some insight on writing and writing styles and just because I love to read. ¬†I came across a wonderful blog by Jenny In Neverland about When Your Blog is Getting Too Big for It’s Boots: Getting a New Domain* about, you guessed it, expanding your blog into an actual domain.¬† Now, I already own my domain goofycorino.com¬†that I purchased through Word Press so my blog UberGoofy World of P¬†has an actual domain name.¬† This blog post, among many other good tidbits, made me think I need to just go ahead and transfer my ownership from Word Press to GoDaddy because GoDaddy already hosts two other sites I own.

transferToday was the day that I decided to get this transfer taken care of for two reasons: 1. I do plan on expanding my blog into other areas and want the freedom of the domain to create it into the image I see in my head and 2. I am CDO (the proper order of OCD) and do not like having my domains owned between two different providers.¬† So the transfer of hosting ownership from Word Press to GoDaddy took place and man ‘o man¬†was it a race between providers for me.

I have to purchase the domain transfer through GoDaddy then I have to get authorization from Word Press to transfer said domain after GoDaddy verified I do indeed own goofycorino.com with Word Press.  Then, after all this is verified in the ether-world of the internet communication highway, I had to wait for an email from GoDaddy to authorize the transfer.

This authorization confused me some because I thought I was very clear when I PURCHASED the transfer that I was authorizing it to get moved.  So I wait for the email.  I get an email telling me that the email is invalid (tech put in the wrong email address) and I had to go update the email address before the transfer could take place.  So I go back to GoDaddy and update the transfer all the while the site is informing me the transfer is paused.  After the back and forth on the authorization, I then had to go to Word Press and make my site public for GoDaddy to get the domain information.

pocketwatchBack to Word Press I go, click the icon to make me public (“Yes, indeed, Word Press, I want my information to go public.”) and then I had to wait for my email from Word Press confirming I did truly want my information public.¬† Once that email was acquired, I toggled back to GoDaddy (yes, I got smart after opening and closing then opening then closing my browser windows up until this point), checked my domain transfer name, requested they resend the authorization code to the correct email address, and guess what?¬† Yep, you got it!¬† I waited for another email.

BINGO, BANGO, BONGO the email arrives with the authorization code.¬† I go back to GoDaddy and input the information all excited that this transfer is taking place.¬† GoDaddy says, “Thank you.¬† Your changes may take up to 15-minutes to complete.”¬† No problem-O, GoDaddy.¬† I can wait.

I receive three more emails after this.¬† Two from GoDaddy: terms and agreements email & a verification that my transfer is under way; The third email is from Word Press which informs me that a transfer has been authorized for my goofycorino.com and it can take up to 5 – 7 days to complete….WHAT!!!!!???say-what

After all this time (not too long, but long enough)¬† I now have to wait for the email telling me¬†that the transfer has been completed so I can go in and link the blog to GoDaddy’s hosting.

Know what I am going to do for the next 5 – 7 days, Dear Bloggites?¬† I am going to wonder if my goofycorino.com site will go dark and my blog will be hard to view…gotta love progress!!!

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Book Review

Book Review: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

“Loss, once it’s become a certainty, is like a rock you hold in your hand.¬† It has weight and dimension and texture.” ~Frank Drum (in William Kent Krueger’s novel Ordinary Grace)

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. ~Aeschylus

Hello, Dear Bloggites! ūüôā¬†¬†January’s Books & Broads Book Club book was Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (yes, I am caught up with the readings, FINALLY).¬† I was hesitant to read this book because of the horrendous pick from November that took me over a month to read (not to mention a month before I even picked it up to read).¬† I am so glad that I did read this book.

ordinary-grace-by-william-kent-kruegerOrdinary Grace is¬†a novel that tells the story of a young boy, Frank Drum, who is coming-of-age in 1961.¬† During the summer of ’61, Frank and his younger brother, Jake, learned the hard truths about death in various forms: accidental, natural, suicide, and murder.¬† Frank was 13 years old during this time and the story is told from his point of view.¬† Yes, the book is written in first person (you all know how I feel about that) and it worked.¬† The way the author, William Kent Krueger, wrote the story made you feel as if you were sitting in your living room having a conversation with Frank about his summer.

The author wrote with wonderful imagery throughout the novel and the reader felt as if he was right there feeling the breeze on their face or smelling the river.¬† The story keeps the reader engaged with Frank and Jake’s antics that wound up placing them in precarious positions and involving them knee deep in the active investigations.¬† Frank’s father, Nathan, is a preacher, and throughout the novel the reader learns about what ordinary grace is from the way the¬†he handles every situation, no matter how bad, in life to how he drew strength from his faith in God.

The characters in the story are well developed and have unique personalities that are relatable.  From past loves to current loves to love lost, each person in the book handle each situation differently.  Some shut down, others got angry, and some just crumbled under the loss and fear.  From cover to cover, the reader will want to keep on this journey no matter how heart-wrenching it may be.  William Kent Krueger wrote the novel so that no one can really figure out the mystery of who-dun-it until the very end.

I read this book in three sittings only because I was super busy with work but I am so glad that I read it! ūüôā¬† I love falling in love with characters that are so personable you think you truly know them and this book provided that.¬† I also love reading a good mystery that keeps me guess and this book provided that.¬† I also love reading about internal strength derived from one’s faith when faced with life’s troubles, and this book provided that.

I give Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.¬† Go out and get a copy, Dear Bloggites, you won’t be disappointed.

~4-Ever, P

 

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Book Review: Writing Day In And Day Out by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

writing-day-in-and-day-out-by-andi-cumbo-floydHello, Dear Bloggites. ūüôā¬† My book review is on a topic near and dear to my heart – Writing.¬† Doubly so, the author, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, is also near and dear to my heart.¬† I have followed her newsletters, website, and books for a while now because she has an amazing ability to break down the most difficult aspects of writing into understandable explanations while uplifting your whole soul. ūüôā

In the book, Writing Day In And Day Out, Andi talks about making sure to be true to yourself while writing.  So many people who are writers tend to get so focused on getting to the end of that novel, short story, poem, etc. that they being to neglect themselves in the process.  In order for a writer to produce their best work, they need to be sure to take care of themselves.  Andi Cumbo-Floyd breaks down different techniques that will help a writer refocus their energies while caring for their needs.

The book is written in a format the focuses on a specific topic per chapter.  Within each chapter, the author gives examples of how a writer may refresh their minds with certain simple to follow suggestions.  Also, in each chapter, the author shares her own journey and challenges along the writing path of life.  The reader can tell that the author truly experienced the challenges shared and how the techniques helped her overcome said challenges.

The writing style was not only a learning style but it also felt that you were just having an everyday conversation with a close friend.  For the writers who not only like to read books on writing techniques, but also would like suggestions on other books to read on the trade, Andi provides a list of her favorite reference books as well as other books and sites that are specifically on the topic of writing.

I give Writing Day In And Day Out by Andi Cumbo-Floyd 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.¬† It is a must read for all writers, from novice to experienced.¬† Go get a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Writer Musings

Poem: The Faces of Art

Art has many different faces.

Sometimes Art is a picture drawn from the vision of the painter; other times it is a sound issuing forth from a musical instrument at the hands of the musician.

My Art has the face of many individual words placed together just so; with my pen to paper, my Art creates the vision from my mind and the sound from my soul.

Art has many different faces and those faces make the world go round.

Burleson, TX

January 5, 2017

~4-Ever, P