Sunday, June 30, 2013

Something to Think About

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, June 28, 2013

Reading: Cause and Effect

Obviously we live in a world filled with written (typed ;)!) word, so it is only natural to assume that literacy is an important skill to possess.

Could you imagine for just one second a world without written word? A world where we didn't read?

I know! I'm upset just thinking about it!

We use books and other forms of writing as an escape, record information, pass down information, and even as communication.  I complain all the time about having to document on my patients, but the truth is without that written/typed record of their care we'd be moving in circles with their care. 

So what does reading do for our brain?  Obviously it helps to expand our vocabulary.  Think of all the words you learned this week from stumbling upob them as you read? 

So, until part two of this subject I'm going to read and write!

(Part 1 of 3)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Something to Think About

"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." - Abraham Lincoln

Just a little something to think about!   Have a great week!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Something to Think About

"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle

"I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think" - Socrates

I can't believe it's Sunday already!  And since tomorrow begins a new week or today (however you believe) these two quotes come from the teacher and the student. 

I think it's true...our teachers can only give us the tools we'll need to think and we'll only learn when we are ready.  So thanks to all my teachers who gave me those tools and let me fly.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Something to Think About

"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." - Marcus Aurelius

Just a little something I need to take to heart.  I'm a natural worrier and I need to relax and realize that I can't control it, but I do have the tools to deal with it.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

What's in a Name? (Repost) ;)

Choosing character's names has to be the most intense portion of any character creation.  They're my babies and we all know the intense hunt for baby names!  There are gobs and gobs of websites, books and articles written on what a parent should name their baby.  Apparently it's important - no matter what Shakespeare implied...

  "What's in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet;" 
Juliet from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Hey, names mean a lot to us or we wouldn't fret over what to name our children right?  So, the same can be said about my character's names!

So, how do I choose a character's name?

It depends...

They come to me in three ways...
  • A character is born from his or her name.  I have a name in my head and a distinct personality that goes along with it.  Anna was that character.  I know what you're thinking...Anna was a secondary character!  Yeah, you know how secondary characters can be...Cropping up when we least expect it!  Anna is deep, but she keeps it bottled.  Such a simple name for a character that we've only scratched the surface with.  It's always the quiet ones.
  • A character is born without a name.  I see them as a real person that I don't know and they need a name - much like a new parent.  Unlike a new parent, these characters take on a life of their own until they begged to be named, at which time I scour certain sites for a suitable name...Brenna (you'll meet her in A Game of Cat & Mouse) was like this.  She had a face and a personality, but no name.
  • A search for one of the above brings a name into my mind that won't stop!!!  The name has to be used.  Oftentimes when I'm searching for a name I use baby name websites or this really cool app called Name-a-tron.  Not only does this app give a first name, but it supplies a last name also.  These names become characters much like the first option... Daphne (I'll share a little bit about her in a little bit) was this character.
When I notice the names are doing weird things...

What do you mean by that???

Here's a list just from A Game of Cat & Mouse!

  • Miranda is a mouse shifter.  I never intended for her name to start with a M on purpose.  It happened and half-way through the fifth or sixth read through I noticed it.  Oh but wait...It gets better!
  • Caleb is a Cougar shifter, and as with Miranda I never intended for the C to be an intentional thing. By the time I noticed these things it was too late.   Caleb was Caleb and Miranda was Miranda.
  • And to top the cake!!!!  Daphne is a wolf shifter we meet later in the book.  Daphne was one of the names that got pushed to the side for Miranda.  Why?  Oh because any Daphne has to have red hair!  Miranda has brown.  Anyways, I needed a name for a wolf shifter and she was perfect!  So Daphne with the red hair and being a wolf shifter was born!!  So, why do Daphne's have to have red hair???  Why, Scooby-Doo of course!  I didn't intentionally do this, and it was actually a friend who did a read through that pointed that out.
Have you seen any naming quirks in any of the books you've read?  If you're like me then there are several real people that you've said - oh, you look more like an Emma!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Something to Think About

"One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king." - Abraham H. Maslow

Sorry it's late...internet troubles :(

Have a good week!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Truth About Nurses!

Follow this's hilarious!  And quite accurate!