2015 in review

Today I got surprised by an amazing annual report about ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.

Thank you all for making this blog such a success and so much fun!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,100 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Would YOU have passed this test?

Of course I couldn’t resist to spread word about this awesome test I found on Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s blog. Would you have passed it? 😀

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

You are driving down the road in your Corvette on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading.

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first.

Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.

However, you may…

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The Writer’s Journey—Staying the Course From Newbie to Master

Kristen Lamb wrote an excellent article about the development from apprentice to master in terms of writing.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who can profit from Kristen’s knowledge and experience.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Some of you may or may not know that I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ is unique in that there are only FOUR colored belts (blue, purple, brown, black) and new practitioners are a white belt for roughly a year an a half before they can test for blue. I just earned my blue belt last Thursday. This is no small feat, seeing as how I am the ONLY female in a dojo of males much larger and most far younger than I am.

My first fight as a blue and SERIOUSLY? I get TYLER? My first fight as a blue and SERIOUSLY? I get TYLER?

The parallels for BJJ and writing are profound though. In the beginning it really doesn’t seem all that difficult. Yeah, you just grab that leg, pull that knee, sure! Got it. Then? Once you get on the mats?

*head explodes*

The more you learn, the more you come to know how much you don’t know.

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Christmas: Past and Present

lastscanMy friend, writer Micki Peluso, author of ‘And The Whippoorwill Sang’, published a blog post about Christmas. I find it interesting, informative and educational. And of course it does match the current time spirit.

 

Have a peek. I’m sure you’ll find it just as great as I do.

 

 

 

 

This is a reflection of the Christmases of today as compared with the past.
                                   Christmas; Past and Present

T’ was the night before Christmas and all through the Mall, last minute
shoppers scurried from store to store; short on patience and with little
evidence of the holiday spirit of love. The only ones smiling were the store owners and the costumed Santa, who gets paid to be jolly.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of talking dolls, video games, bicycles and other expensive toys, danced in their heads. Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down to tackle the mountain of Christmas bills, which was larger than …

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How to add the license widget to your sidebar

A loyal reader of my blog asked me yesterday how I added the license widget to my sidebar. Since there might be others who are eventually interested in how to do that, I decided to take the time and publish a step-by-step guide.

Now: Please remember that you might have chosen another theme for your blog. Therefore don’t count on the image dimension or font size that’s given within this guide. These dimensions are for my blog and picture size to match the theme.

All right: Let’s get started:

 


1. Download the license .jpg to your computer picture library.

 

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2. Go to your WordPress “Admin” Page and click “Appearance”.

3. Then pick “Widgets” and scroll down to “Image”.

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4. Click on the “Image” button and drag it up to the sidebar. Place it where you want the license to appear.

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5. Click onto the “Image” button to open the widget, by using the “arrow” on the right side.

 

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6. Download the “license” image to your media file and add its URL to the sidebar.

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7. After downloading it, you got the “dimension” there which you can change by clicking the “Edit image” button.

8. The URL of the picture you can find direction underneath the “dimensions” on the right side. Copy and paste it into the widget.

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9. Add the license text to the “caption” of the sidebar. Adjust it where necessary, insert your name, your blog name and the year.

 

The works on this blog are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  ©…………………………………..(add your name) and ………………………………. (add your blog name), 20XX and following years. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited and violates copyright laws in the country you are reading this work in as well as in the country you are trying to re-publish this work in. Re-blogs are accepted if they are clearly linked to this blog and its respective post. ………………………………………(Add your name), 20XX

 

10. Change the picture size in the widget if necessary. You want it to fit into your blog theme. If you leave it empty, WordPress will adjust the image size and it might be over dimensionally blown up.

11. As soon as you’re done and completed the widget, don’t forget to SAVE your work and close it.

12. Last but not least: Go to your WordPress blog and open it. If done everything right, your Sidebar widget should look similar to this now:

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I hope this guide is of any use for new bloggers. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them, either in the comment section or by using the form widget in my sidebar, which will contact my email.

Have a fun and exciting “widget”-time!

Warm regards

A. J. Alexander

 

Vacation Announcement

I will not be around much from December 22 through January 9, 2016. I will be taking well-deserved Christmas vacation and will return to write and blog into a new year. 

I’ll be grateful to welcome you as a follower and reader of ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ in 2016 as well. And I’m looking forward to a successful writer’s year. 

Thank you very much for your ongoing support!

I do appreciate your subscription to my blog news and I hope very much I’ll be able to offer you interesting and some exciting  posts and even news next year.
For this year there is only one more thing left to do for me:
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
And I wish you and your families:
MC-NL

A Rebellious Heart

Picture courtesy of: http://de.sodahead.com/fun/is-your-heart/question-671825/
Picture courtesy of: http://de.sodahead.com/fun/is-your-heart/question-671825/

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It’s Christmas time and Holiday,

Joy and celebration all the way.

Only my heart bleeds, it’s crashed and it dies

broken and squashed by five years of lies.

**

A future and dreams with the man in my life

only a week ago he stabbed my heart with a knife.

Scared I’d find out about the stories he told

I found myself like a trash bag sitting out in the cold.

**

Pain, humiliation, regret and a loss

he has caused me to stay five years in a fosse.

Fire in my veins caused my soul to start burn

and watch him from ‘my man’ in a monster to turn!

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He made me believe our life will be bright

But in truth there was nothing but the darkness of night.

Love, faithfulness, respect and honesty for me

never existed… a shadow was all I could be.

**

The tears of regret made me nearly drown

It took me a while to calm myself down.

Now I start asking: did he have the right –

to use me like this and cause me this plight?

**

Five years of my life wasted to this guy

anger washed over me and turned my tears dry.

Nobody has the right to treat me like gnat…

I matter too, it’s as simple as that!

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Somewhere out there the other half of my heart

is waiting for me and our life to start.

No lies and shadows, but a life full of light

is waiting for us – true loving, faithful and bright!!

**

In the City of Music, there I will be…

dancing New Year’s Eve… square, line, you’ll see…

Fly free, my heart, as swift as a dove,

find him and bring me – the one and true love!!

**

(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, December 2015)

Picture courtesy of: http://clausnet.com/articles/literature/cowboy-christmas-r26/
Picture courtesy of: http://clausnet.com/articles/literature/cowboy-christmas-r26/


About Reading Recommendations Reviewed

Susan M. Toy published a blog post about ‘How to support an Indie Author’, which I find very helpful, useful and admirable, to each one of us. Thank you Susan!

Reading Recommendations

I launched a new blog the other day that’s dedicated to publishing honest and positive reviews of books I’ve featured on this blog, Reading Recommendations. Today I created a page with information about the blog and how to get your reviews posted on it. Please read About Reading Recommendations Reviewed and send me your reviews for future consideration.

How to support ANY Author!!

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