Are You a Sesquipedalian?

If you aren’t a writer, you might now know what that is, and it probably sounds like some kind of disease or something. But don’t a lot of those big words? So what is a Sesquipedalian? It is basically a strange big word for someone that likes using big words. I actually am, but I try not to use big words, because general consensus is that it makes articles and conversations hard to manage for people with more basic language skills. Why did I post this today?

I love this word. I love big words that mean little things too.

In the Urban Dictionary (which I don’t find myself using very often, since I strongly dislike words that aren’t “real”), I found the word Neologasm. Neologasm is the pleasurable feeling from having coined a new word. It is essentially a combination of neologism and orgasm.
According to Wikipedia, Neologisms are words and terms that have recently been coined, generally do not appear in any dictionary, but may be used widely or within certain communities. Protologisms are neologisms that have not yet caught on widely. (In fact, “protologism” is a neologism to be avoided.)

So all in all, the whole thing might confuse some, but I love words, period. So big words, that mean little things capture my attention, which is why I wrote all this. Plus, I am bored today and had no other post to post.

♥♥xoxox♥♥

Genre Jumping

When you are writing, do you ever find yourself jumping genre’s? I am one of those writer’s who feels very confident that I could write in almost any genre, however I do feel that some genre’s are easier for me to write.

Another thing I noticed, is that I tend to read from genre’s that I might not actually write for myself. Do you do that?

A wise woman once told me that in order to be a successful writer in a particular genre, you must read at least 100 books before sitting down to write. All 100 of those books need to be from the genre you are wanting to write.

Then why am I so drawn to other genre’s that I am not really wanting to sit down and explore in my own writing.

Food for thought…

Blogs and Social Networking

One of my dear online friends who I have known for probably around five years now, said to me the other day… “What happened to your blog?”. She wasn’t referring to this one, but she was referring to my personal, mom-ish, scrapbooking and everyday stuff blog. That’s probably a good question she asked.

So, what happened to it? Social networking happened to it. I’ve been on Facebook for about four years now (since it started for the public) and never used it much the first two years. But now, I cannot get enough. I love being able to catch up with old friends (classmates.com), stay in touch with current friends (blogging/email), read what people are doing (twitter), look at friends photos and comment on them (snapfish/photobucket) all in one place (facebook.com).

I was on (and still am) My Space for a couple of years, but seriously found it difficult to communicate, more for the younger generation and completely unsafe. I used to have people find me that I would rather would not have. I can now say, many people tell me that it has changed a lot since then, but it still just isn’t for me. So with that said, Facebook seems to be my cup of tea (or coffee in my case).

As a writer, it gives me the ability to network with other writers, chat with them in real time, follow what they are up to, and get to know them on a more personal level. As a scrapbooker (and scrapbooking consultant) it gives me the ability to spread my name, offer advice, photographs and other help to my customers and clients and even the ability to find new customers and make new friends near by that scrapbook.

So to make a really long story short, facebook found me, or rather I found it, and I tend to spend a great deal of time using it everyday for all sorts of different things. It has picked me up a few new writing clients to boot.

So that is what happened to my personal blog, I just don’t have time to devote to it anymore, because I am too busy keeping everyone on facebook up to date.

xoxox
Nicole

Funnel Cake Recipe

funnelcakeFunnel cakes bring back memories of fairs and parades, carnivals and special events. Usually mixed into the smell might be fried foods of any kind, as well as cotton candy. The smell of Funnel Cakes always brings memories flooding back from childhood and beyond and I can never resist getting one when I go anywhere they are. Did you know you can actually make these yourself at home? It isn’t that hard! I’ve tried several recipes, and by far this is probably my favorite one.

Funnel Cake Recipe

1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
2 tbsp. sugar
2/3 c. milk

Place about 1″ of oil in a large pan and heat for about 8-10 minutes. If you have a thermometer, you would like the oil to be 375 degrees or so. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together with a whisk. In another bowl, beat the egg and sugar until smooth. Add the milk and beat. Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend well.

Using a funnel or simply a measuring cup, drop the batter slowly into the hot oil, working from the center to the outside in a circle overlapping and criss crossing. The batter will stay on the bottom of the pan for a moment and then spring upward to the top where it will cook while floating.

Allow to cook for approximately 1 minute or so. Next, using a spatula and tongs, carefully flip the funnel cake over and allow to cook on the other side for 1 minute. Remove from oil when golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

You seriously cannot beat a delicious funnel cake. Many people like them in the summer months – not me, I’ll take one in the fall with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate any day!

Writer’s Coming Out of the Wood Work

Has anyone seen an increase in people stating they are writers or a sudden increase in people curious about writing? It seems lately that on forums, blogs and websites, I am seeing a new trend to be a writer. I guess that’s a good thing, but there is a problem I see with that.

First, many of these people have never considered writing before. How long before they get bored? Lose interest?

Second, because writing isn’t really their forte, I have seen an increase in poor grammar and sentence structure, run on sentences and spelling errors galore. Of course, this could be fixed by working with a good editor (a real person, not just a program). However, I am seeing dozens of articles that are already published that look terrible.

Third, because the idea of becoming a millionaire is not really a product of writing articles, so I feel that those that aren’t into writing for real, are probably not going to stick around or try their best because its just a way to earn some extra cash. I believe writers need to have passion.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear what you think?

Shopping At Bulk Warehouses

This was previously posted on another blog I had, that I left. So I am re-posting my personal experience over here, for all of you to read.

samsarticleWhile browsing my favorite blogs, I came across a post from Kirstin (a few months back) over at BeCentsAble. (I love her blog btw!) She was giving 6 absolutely perfect reasons for shopping at a Bulk Warehouse Club.

On another site that I work for, I wrote an article similar to this a few years ago, but didn’t go as in depth as she did. Since the time of my writing that article, and several others, I have tried a few experiments which undoubtedly used the advice I gave. Here are my results.

About two years ago, we started shopping at three different food locations regularly. We visited the bulk warehouses at least once a month, but often twice. We visited a “shop and save” type of store three to four times a month and we visited our local grocery store (which happens to literally be right behind our neighborhood.) every week.

At the Bulk Warehouse: We purchased anything we use a lot of in bulk – meats, pasta noodles, canned veggies, soups, snacks for school, coffee and creamer, certain beverages, milk and many other items.

At the “shop and save” store: We purchased non-name brand versions of things I needed for upcoming meals – cream of whatever soups, cheese that was being cooked into a meal, rice, flour, sugar, etc.

At the local grocery store: We purchased our deli meats, bakery items, produce and just about anything found around the perimeter of the store. We also took advantage of any 10/$10.00 sales that occurred, purchased anything we used often with coupons and sales, and watched sales fliers like crazy!

In two years we went from shopping everything at one store, to shopping between the three and even with the rising cost of food and gas, managed to save $1,483 in groceries from one year to the next. This was with the help of everything I mentioned above – purchasing in bulk, using coupons, meal planning, sales fliers, discounts, etc.

Oh, and I should mention that this did not include one single non-food related item. We purchase our toilet paper, paper towels, toiletries, paper plates, cleaning solutions, etc. from places such as Wal-Mart and Target because they cost less.

Try it for a month or two and watch your savings climb. You’d be surprised at exactly how much you can cut out of your budget and still be fed well.

What is There to Write About?

Hope the title caught your attention? I’ve been MIA for a little bit, and didn’t mean to. I took on way too many projects at once and then got sidetracked by something else entirely.

For some reason, I seem to get that way after the holidays, and I’m not sure why. I’ve kept up writing, just been on a bit of an article writing hiatus. Not intentionally. We found out my mom is pretty sick, and I’ve had a time of it dealing with that. I’ve refocused my energy into some of the rough drafts I’ve been formulating and also into a little personal writing.

I have even contemplated returning to school. This is a weird place for me to be though, since I’m 35 and it just seems too old. Yes, I know it is not.

A couple of nights ago, I had a friend ask me about places to write and how I got the jobs I got, where I found them, etc. Helping a newbie is certainly something I am fairly good at, or at least I would like to think so. So it got me thinking and I realized that I do miss writing articles, but I need some switching on topics so I have a fresh perspective to add for awhile. So while looking for information to give to her, I found three clients looking for something I am good at. I popped an email off to each of them and I’ve already heard back from one. So thumbs up for that one. I am hoping the other two respond, as one of them pays VERY well.

So what’s on your plate lately?