Wednesday, November 28, 2007

For Keris

I came across this at Deviant Art today and had to share it.

The artist has loads of other works that are simply fabulous! Go check her out.

Topic Links
* Mimi-Na at Deviant Art
* MimisGrotto

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

BellaOnline Calendar

BellaOnline is collecting photo submissions from its editors for a 2008 calendar. I've submitted the following:

Topic Links
* BellaOnline

Monday, November 19, 2007

Amazon's New Ebook Reader

Amazon just released a new ebook reader called the Kindle. It has received mixed reviews even though no one really has had the chance to use it; mainly because of the price. It's a whopping $399. I really could put one of these to good use but the price is too steep for me. Plus you have to pay for new books on top of it.

Amazon is going all out on the promotion with an indepth description of the product on the website including videos on how to use it and author promotion spots.

Maybe they'll send me a review copy (ha!).

Topic Links
* Amazon's Kindle Ebook Reader.

Nano and Nimoy

I'm falling behind in my Nano project but I have been getting other ideas thanks to it. The unfortunate thing is that the other ideas are more exciting than what I'm working on. I have to keep fighting the urge to start something new. It hurts, momma.

On the review front I received Leaonard Nimoy's latest photo book last week. It is called The Full Body Project and as you may have guessed (or perhaps heard) already it features plus size women in a nude study. I've looked at it twice so far and I've had a different reaction both times. I'll post a review to the Large and Lovely site in a few days. I'm also working on a Squidoo lens for it (surprise, surprise). If you get a chance check it out.

Topic Links
* Leonard Nimoy's The Full Body Project
* Large and Lovely, BellaOnline

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Fave Photo

So if art is an expression what does it say about the artist... about the collector? Does it have to say anything? How can we feel something about a piece and not have it express anything about us? I'm really not this deep... or shallow. Ok, maybe a little shallow, but I come by it honestly.

I'm a big fan of the website Deviant Art, where a bunch of artists and photographers display and sell their work. This is one of my favorite photos. So much so I actually purchased it. It's just a small print but I really liked it and wanted to help support the artist in some way.

It's sitting on my bookshelf where I can see it from my desk. The artist who took the photo has lots of other beautiful images and I recommend checking out her work and exploring Deviant Art.

Topic Links
* DeviantArt - Boxed Photos (artist's photo)
* My Deviant Art Page

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Dirty Meme

Time has really flown by since my last post. I've been busy with the sites and as previously mentioned, Nano. I fell behind a bit but am working on catching up. I decided to do a MeMe today as I feel lost looking at this blog (and I really shouldn't because there are a few running topics like Wanna Movie Hottie and I wanna Read that I haven't done in a while). Anyhoo, today's meme is called The Dirty Meme is courtesy of A Blog Around the Clock.

1. In two words, explain what ended your last relationship?
Best friend.

2. When was the last time you shaved your legs?
Two days ago.

3. What were you doing this morning at 8am?
Snoring, probably very loudly.

4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
Surfing for a meme and thinking about making chocolate chip cookies.

5. Are you any good at math?
I used to be in high school. I use to like it too.

6. Your prom night?
Never been. Didn't particularly like the kids I was with during the day, never mind committing to a night function.

7. Do you have any famous relatives?
Renee Zellweger is my long lost twin sister.

8. Have you ever taken out a loan to pay for school?
No, I worked really hard and paid it off within two years.

9. Do you know the words to your MySpace song?
Why yes I do. I have it bookmarked. Here's my MySpace if you'd like to go and sing along.

10. Last thing u received in the mail?
Leonard Nimoy's new book.

11. How many different beverages have you drank today?
Skim milk, water, green tea.

13. Who did you lose your concert virginity to?
Ladysmith Black Mambazo count? If not, the Beach Boys.

14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
Nope. I may draw Help or SoS though.

15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?
When I was about 18 I developed an infection above my two front teeth that extended up into the bone above the gum line. They had to drill a hole in the back of the teeth for it to drain. It was so painful. I was on antibiotics for a week before they could go in clean it out and give me two root canals.

16. What is out your back door?
A very long back yard with three gardens, two sheds, two birdbaths and a neighbor who is in love with his leaf blower. Oh, yeah, and one barky German Shepherd.

17. Do you like the ocean?
Can take it or leave it. I've seen a few but I really like lakes and streams.

18. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different kinds of popcorn for Christmas?
No. And don't get any ideas. I prefer chocolate.

19. Have you ever been to a planetarium?

20. Something you are excited about?
Books. Paying off a bill.

21. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO?

22. Are any of your great-grandparents still alive?
No, not even grandparents.

23. Describe your keychain?
It's big, heavy and has lots of keys on it. I think I only use one of them.

24. Where do you keep your change?
Basket in the kitchen and the ashtray in the van.

25. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group?
When I was President of Women's Sales and Advertising. It was a group of about 200 women and I had to speak in front of them once a month.

26. What kind of winter coat do you have?
A light blue cord with white pseudo-sheepskin around the neck. I got it on sale from Penningtons about 2 or 3 years ago.

27. What do you think of the person you copied this from?
Seems intelligent.

28. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?
Always open. Creeps me out if it is closed. The closet doors also must be closed.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Un-Sexy Women

Apparently Maxim, a men's magazine, had a recent article voting for the most Un-Sexy woman along with a string of other Un-Sexy women. It's stuff like this that really skews readers minds. The top of the list is Sarah Jessica Parker. I've never really been a fan of hers or the whole "Sex in the City" bra-gade but she had a really great response to this:

"What they don't know is that one day I'll wake up fat. But I'll still be happy, just like I am now. I believe in the old 'sticks and stones' philosophy, so frankly their words don't come close to hurting. And it does not bother me in the least if people don't think I'm sexy. I don't think I am, either."

Following behind Jessica is Amy Winehouse (British singer), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Madonna (Music Icon) and Britney Spears (Pop Icon - because she shave her head and gained a few pounds). Frankly, I find all these women beautiful and sexy. They are all completely different, and I find it interesting that they are all "strong" and successful.

Topic Link
* Read article, Parker not Bothered by Maxim

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Finding Passion in the Fruit

I like to try new things. Especially when it comes to food. This weekend I decided to try two new kinds of fruit (for me) because they were listed as being on sale in the grocery flier.

The first is Passion Fruit. It's a tiny fruit about the size of a kiwi, maybe a little smaller. When I tried to cut it open I was amazed how thin but tough the outer layer was. I had to try two different knives to finally get into it. Once I pried it opened I found what looked to me, to be fish eggs. Needless to say, this was a turn off. I picked up my little dessert spoon and began lifting out some of the innards. They were slippery like egg whites and hard to get out but I finally got a spoonful. I looked at. I looked away. I looked at it again. I took a deep breath and let it out. I shoved the spoon in my mouth and swallowed. It was pretty good. Sweet. Interesting. Sweet. I would probably have another one. But probably only as an occasional treat. It was 99 cents for the little guy.

The next day was Granadilla. A teardrop shaped fruit that was an interesting burnt yellow colour with a one inch stem on top. This too had a tough thin outer layer. But it was the size of a small pear. Once I cut in I could see a thicker white layer next to the outer latyer that reminded me of the between layer of an orange. The white stuff. The center, looked exactly like the passion fruit except the seeds were bigger. I had to go about the taste test the same way because it just looked like bigger fish eggs. It tasted good too. Almost the same as the passion fruit but sweeter. I would eat another one. This one was $1.50.

I totally recommend trying them both at least once.

Friday, November 02, 2007

For Maureens Everywhere

As you know, my Squidoo lens addiction knows no bounds. Here is my latest lens dedicated to the Maureens of the world.

Visit the Squidoo Lens Dedicated to the name Maureen and the people who bare it.
And here's all my other lenses in case you were wondering.

Nano and Me, Me, Maureen

I did the required 1700 words last night before bed. It was hard about half way through but felt great at the end.

An author I interviewed for the Literary Fiction site gave me a tidbit of information last night. Apparently, there's a band called Fountains for Wayne and they have a song called Maureen. How cool is that? I went and bought it on iTunes but here's a clip of it:

Fountains of WayneMaureen

Press the tiny, weenie play symbol in front of the title to listen. Or buy the MP3 from Amazon.

Here are the lyrics to Maureen sing along:

I pick her up outside the station
She's telling me about her spring vacation
She's not leaving much to the imagination
She's giving me way too much information

You don't know what you do to me
I know you won't be true to me
The least that you can do for me
Is keep it to yourself
I'm so sorry I don't mean to shout
It's just that I can do without
The details of your days and nights and your thoughts and dreams
Maureen, Maureen, Maureen, Maureen, Maureen

Do you know what I mean
Do you know what I mean
Do you know what I mean

She calls me up at ten past midnight
'Cause she and some guy just had some big fight
And I say "well maybe he's just not all that bright"
She tells me it's not his brain that she likes

You don't know what you do to me
I know you won't be true to me
The least that you can do for me
Is keep it to yourself
I'm so sorry I don't mean to shout
But really I can do without
The details of your days and nights and your thoughts and dreams
Maureen, Maureen, Maureen, Maureen

I know you think I'm just a friend
But can we please just put an end
To all the graphic imagery that you insist on feeding me
I can't accept I'm not the one
Who's getting to have all the fun
Maybe that's what friends are for
But I just can't take it any more

You don't know what you do to me
I know you won't be true to me
The least that you can do for me
Is keep it to yourself
I'm so sorry I don't mean to shout
But really I can do without
The details of your days and nights and your thoughts and dreams
Can we keep it right
Can we keep it clean
Maureen, Maureen, Maureen, Maureen, Maureen

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Nano Started

Nano started today. I've written one paragraph of about 50 words.

I'm on a roll!