As I write this . . .

October 30, 2011

Anne’s Offerings for 10/30/2011

Filed under: General Info — aawriter @ 12:33 pm

LOVE the feedback that was waiting for me this morning!  THANK YOU! Offerings for this morning are as follows:

FAVORITE WRITER’S PROMPT: Morning T’ai Chi exercise.

WHAT I WRITE:   Fiction (El-Hi, Breakout Mainstream, Mainstream Contemporary, Chick Lit); Nonfiction (Americana, History, Creative Nonfiction) Current Title: “Mine, First”

MUSE PRODUCTIONS:  Most popular book genre for 2011?  Romance and Mystery

Character Development:   Did you know that you can make your characters’ personalities more believable by giving them a psychometric test?  Psychometrics is the field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement, which includes the measurement of knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits, and educational measurement. The field is primarily concerned with the construction and validation of measurement instruments such as questionnaires, tests, and personality assessments. Many samples of these tests may be found through a cursory internet search.

Writer’s Money: For those of you who are interested in getting more for your money, you’ll enjoy this newest “movement”:

Writers for Peace:   (Disappointments) New York Times stringers Thom Shanker and Steven Lee Myers’ contribution to the Sunday edition report  the military’s efforts to build up the troops’ appearance in Gulf after withdrawal from Iraq. More info can be found here:

Writers’ Favorite  Recipe – Frozen Hand Black Halloween Punch:

Ingredients –

  • 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
  • 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 1 liter ginger ale


  1. For the frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.
  2. Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl.

Writer’s Health:   It’s known as “writer’s spread” but if additional weight gain were the only side effect, up to a point we could all live with that. And, whether you’re a writer or not, one of the most common side effects of weight gain is high blood pressure, a/k/a hypertension.  Further, we all know that elevated blood pressure can lead to increased risk for heart attack and stroke.  If you’re on medication for hypertension, you’ll be interested in knowing that a new study finds that people who took at least one of their hypertension meds before bed were much less likely to have had a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke. The findings are described in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.


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