Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Danielle Steel on Writing

Via Glamour

How Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books?

I've never read anything she's written, but her advice sounds solid:

"There are no miracles. There is only discipline."

"Dead or alive, rain or shine, I get to my desk and I do my work."

"I keep working. The more you shy away from the material, the worse it gets. You're better off pushing through and ending up with 30 dead pages you can correct later than just sitting there with nothing"

"I never had success as a goal. I had this drive to to write the stories that came to me—and to conquer them. It came from the gut, not from the cash register."

"When a book just flows, I love it. Some of my ideas will start off as mundane, but as I write them they become magical—and I can never predict it. Other times it can feel like dragging an elephant across the room, but I get through it."

"When I was first starting out, I had the same agent as Agatha Christie. I was about 19 years old and she was in her nineties. I met her once, and I remember she said, 'I want to die face-first in my typewriter.' And I feel that way. I mean, I want to go on forever, just writing."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

If I Were a Survivalist, This Would Go in My Bugout Bag

via The Awesomer

I'm usually not a fan of multitools, and the wrench function on this one is a little ridiculous, but I love everything else this can do, especially the ax, saw, and firesteel.

[Introducing The EST Shovel] (Viewer #3,019)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

I Used to Have a Pet Field Mouse, So This Behavior Does Not Surprise Me, Although I Hate to Wonder What Mouse-Words Are Going Through Its Fuzzy Little Mind

This is an intriguing video, but weirdly edited. You really need to start it at 1:01 because that's where the beginning of the video starts. Then after it's finished, go back to the beginning and watch from time zero so you can witness the second minute.

Just trust me.

[House-proud mouse caught on camera tidying garden shed | SWNS TV] (Viewer #3,616,501)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Oh Yes, I Remember the Crackmaster

People call this video creepy, and they say it gave them nightmares. Other people think it's offensive to portray kids living in homes with cracks in the walls. Which is ridiculous, because all paint jobs have some sort of imperfection in the paint that creates a pattern to fuel a child's imagination.

Heck, I had a cat on my ceiling for years.

Finally, crack was not a street drug in the 70's when this was created. Nowadays, though, I admit that "crack monkey" sounds insensitive in a modern context.

[Cracks (aka Crack Master) [RARE SESAME STREET SHORT]] (Viewer #286,578)

To be honest though, this wasn't as rough as Sesame Street got when it came to pouring out nightmare fuel.

That would be "Lost Boy"

[Sesame Street: Lost Boy Remembers His Way Home] (Viewer #232,619)