Thursday, May 26, 2011

Demystify Facebook

    Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your news feed from the same people lately? Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links, the same circle of people are commenting and everyone else seems to be ignoring you?

     Don't worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you. The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can't see anything you post and here's why:

     Facebook has a news feed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you've recently interacted with or interacted the most with (which would be limited to the couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new Facebook profile).

     So in other words, for both business and personal pages, unless your friends/fans commented on one of your posts within those few weeks or vice versa - you are now invisible to them and they are invisible to you!!

     HERE'S THE FIX: On the homepage click the "Most Recent" title on the right of the News feed, then click on the drop down arrow beside it and select "Edit Options", click on "Show Posts From" and change the setting to "All Of Your Friends and Pages" (you can also access the "Edit Options" link at the very bottom of the Facebook homepage on the right)

This is a re-post from Anne Bradshaw. Check out her blog here.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How to Submit a Joke to Readers Digest

Looking for a break in your writing routine? Why not submit a joke, funny story or quote to Reader's Digest? The link is here. And, just in case you're wondering, they even pay you $100 if your joke/funny story/quote is accepted. I submitted a story a while back. It didn't make it to the final cut, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway. 

A young man was on his first date ever with a very attractive girl. They were going to take a scenic ride up the canyon in an old-fashioned train. Unfortunately, on the day of the date the young man did not feel well. While getting out of the car to open her door, he passed gas. However, a little more than gas came out. Horrified, he got back in the car and rolled down the windows despite it being cold outside.

Once they arrived at the town where they were to catch the train, the young man told his date he needed to purchase an outfit for the next day. Confused but gracious, his date followed him into Walmart.  He chose a pair of pants just like those he was wearing and a sweater.

In the check out line, his date was busy looking at magazines. The young man whispered to the cashier that he really didn't want the sweater and to keep it. The cashier rang up his purchase, bagged it, and the young couple left the store, barely catching the train on time.

As the train made its slow decent into the canyon, the young man grabbed the shopping bag and excused himself. He found a tiny bathroom on the rustic train and removed his soiled pants and underwear and tossed them out the window. Next he reached into the shopping bag to retrieve the new pair of pants. To his horror, he pulled out the sweater. The cashier had mistakenly given him the wrong item of clothing.

After realizing his predicament, the young man jumped out the window of the slow-moving train and walked his way back to his car with only a sweater for pants. The couple never dated again.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Your opinion of a G- rated Ghost Story?

I love to tell spooky stories.

When I was younger, I remember going to the public library and checking out books of short ghost stories just so I could tell them at girl's camp. In the tent, everyone would snuggle down deep into their sleeping bags while Lois tried to scare them (which didn't take much when you're twelve and only have a thin piece of material between you and the lurking darkness).

Here's my problem. A lot of the ghost stories these days are gross. No offense, but a ghost story does not mean a horror story. For some reason, the two genres have gotten confused. Since it's hard to find a G-rated ghost story these days, I've decided to write some.

Let me clarify, G-rated doesn't mean that Rapunzel is running in the forest, frightened by an over-sized bunny rabbit. I still like to think my stories are suspenseful and engaging, and I hope they cause a few shivers down your spine. I also a enjoy a twist at the end.

I'd love to find out what you think about my latest story, Death in the Air. I'm making it available to all of my blog followers and Facebook friends for free.

Simply go here, type in this code: RZ87Z, and download it. You can opt to read it on your computer screen  (click on Online Reading HTML) or on about any e-reader device out there (including Kindle).

After you read it, be sure to leave a review. You do that by clicking on same page where you downloaded it (here), scroll down to the bottom, and click the "Review" button.

Happy hauntings!

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