New Series: A Few of My Favorite Things -Fairy Gardens

Can’t help but share….SO CO CUUUUTEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =>

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IMG_0802My daughter bought this fabulous gazebo-looking lantern and asked if I would make a fairy garden for her. Ah, one of my favorite things. (See my Pinterest Boards-Fairy Gardens & More)    I hope this one makes you smile.

IMG_0804A tip in case you use a screen as I did. It had straight spikes to anchor into the ‘ground.’ The round tile I used on the floor would not allow for that. With a pair of pliers you can bend the spikes like feet and hide them under the tile and it will hold.

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Contest, Contest, Contest!!!

Thought I’d share Ms. Deborah Owen’s recent post:

Creative Writing Institute Announces Annual Short Story Contest

* 1st prize – $200 USD or a FREE Writing Course Valued at $260
* 2nd prize – $100 USD or a Credit of $150 toward a Writing Course
*3rd prize – $50 USD or a Credit of $100 toward a Writing Course
* Plus 7 honorable mentions!

* When does it start? NOW!
* When does it end? Aug. 9, 2014 Midnight, EST
Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

No Entry Fee

This is a themed contest. Word limit: between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Your story may be any genre, but this exact sentence must appear in the story:

I have a list and a map. What could possibly go wrong?

Read ALL the guidelines at http://www.CreativeWritingInstitute.com/

Geek Obscura: Rat Queens.

Have been neglecting my blogging duties lately, but I thought I’d drop by and reblog something from “Dave’s Corner of the Universe” that’s perfect for comic book geeks. Featuring: The Rat Queens! I tried to see who I could most relate to personality-wise, but save from Hannah, I saw myself as a mix of the others (and thankfully, not as much, LOL!!!). Not sure how I’ll like their comics, really, them being foul-mouthed, excessive drinkers and drug-users, but you know, maybe I’ll have to really “see” to decide the extent of their “badness”…They’ll make for great cosplaying, though, Maybe if I’ll ever have the chance to cosplay again, at least in the office, I’ll go as Violet or Betty, after all, I’ve got the height and kinda stocky figure covered, he he…

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Here at Geek Obscura we usually find something that was once all the rage in the geek-averse but now  has dropped out of popularity in main stream geek circles, though it  is still held on to ferociously and fondly by a small cadre of specialized geeks. Today however I am showcasing something that is the next new thing in geek culture. Since us Portlanders live to be pretentious and say “Well yes I was into that years before it became popular.” It is a big deal to us. And this new comic really is a big deal.

So what is the next milestone in the geek stratosphere? The Comic book Rat Queens. Written by Kurtis J. Wiebie and drawn Roc Upchurch for Image’s Shadowline imprint. It is the story of The Rat Queen’s an all female adventuring group that lives in a sword and sorcery fantasy world. So why is…

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X Marks the Now-Missing Spots #atozchallenge2014

“X marks the spot.” I’m sure you’ve heard it said, at least, in books or movies. The letter is considered as a sign, a mark, as said. In other words, it’s an exact location.  

I am down to my last two letters for the A-to-Z Challenge, “X” and “Z”. “Y” came first for the simple reason that I didn’t know what “X” to write about till the other day when I had an inspiration. Then what happened this morning? I decided to check  MY FOLDER and found that a lot of what I’ve written as guest blogger, under the Web Content Writing category,  now lead to error or missing pages.  X MARKS THE NOW-MISSING SPOTS is more like it.

I am totally disappointed. I will have to search for those articles, maybe they’re in there, somewhere else, in the same sites. Unfortunately, I think some of the domains have already expired. Right now, there are only these three that are still right there:

THE FIVE WRITERS YOU DON’T WANT: SPOTTING THE BAD APPLE

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You need a writer. Do you know how to spot the bad writers from the good ones? Know the five types of writers to avoid to save you time, money and energy.

THE WRITING DUMMY’S GUIDE TO BLOGGING

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New to blogging? A few tips to help you blog right

HOW TO IMPROVE SITE PERFORMANCE? AUDIT, FOR BUSINESS’ SAKE!

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You know you’ve got a great business, but it’s performance is somewhat dismal. How to improve it? Site check, please!

 

Hope the others get published again, and soon!

 

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Have you ever guest-blogged and found your articles missing, too? Share your experience!

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Hawak-Kamay (Holding Hands) #atozchallenge2014

I know, I know. I discussed about my theme songs recently. But there’s one I forgot to add, which is just okay, because this song I am about to share is not something that’s simply meant for me. It is something that I dedicate to two important people in my life, my sister and my future husband. This song is called Hawak-Kamay. “Holding Hands” or “Hand in Hand,” in English. It is by Yeng Constantino.

Yeng was the grand prize winner of the first-ever Pinoy Dream Academy show. This was a song that she composed before she entered the competition. While at that time, she was not my favorite, this song elevated my respect for this then-teener. Originally a song she created for her cousin who was undergoing some sort of problem, this song speaks of going through the journey together, courageously, through good and bad times, with hands held. Considering how young she was at the time, the lyrics seemed to have been written by someone way beyond her years.

Very touching and meaningful, it is the perfect message for beloved people in your life, be they family, friends or special someones. Yeng may not be a favorite artist of mine, but I think she writes some of the best Filipino songs in this generation. Her song is one of my most loved Filipino songs.

Here’s the song and a translation I found below. I have had no time to do the translating myself so I tried to find one and found a non-Filipino’s version of the song (I think I can translate it better, though, if only I have the time). If you want to hear his version, click on his name.

“I’m By Your Side”
English Version/Lyrics Written by: David DiMuzio
Original Tagalog version written by: Yeng Constantino

Sometimes you’re pinned to the ground by the weight of the problem
Sometimes the world can spin you around, till you could scream out
Why won’t it end now?

You could look up to the heavens
Someone up there’s listening to us
Or maybe you could call on me
You always know at any time

I’m by your side
Through the rain, though the night, every fight
In a world that has no guarantees
I’m by your side
Hand in hand through the days that see us laugh and cry
Sa mundo ng kawalan

Sometimes the world breaks apart, underneath
The trust upon which you set your weary feet
The current pulls you towards disaster, you swim to break free

You’re not alone now, I’m not that far
Always know that you’re a shooting star
You’re never alone, Never Alone

 

My big sister and I grew up always arguing, so who would think I would dedicate something like this to her? Well, maybe we did not get along well, but it did not mean we didn’t love each other. When she began working, I decided to show my respect to her as a legitimate adult and didn’t argue much with her anymore. I knew she was still fond of me in a certain way because she surprised me by gifting me with stuffed toys and books, especially my collection of the Anne of Green Gables series. You know, love doesn’t always have to be shown grandly. Sometimes, it’s in the little things, if you only know how to see things in a deeper perspective.

Meanwhile, unlike most couples who have their theme songs (well, I assume that most couples do have their own), FH (future husband, okay?) and I do not have any, unless we count the first songs I ever “sung” for him, which were recorded a capella versions of Part of Your World and The Journey (he asked me to sing this again to him recently, saying he missed it). That said, this song is now officially our theme song, though he doesn’t know that yet, he he.

 

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I hope you liked that song because I love it!

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I guess you did not notice, but I’ll confess anyway. I skipped my “X” post for now. Why? ’cause I couldn’t think of a thing! And it’s keeping me from writing anything, so I decided to postpone that one 😉