Writing A Novel – Self-Reflection Questions

May 20, 2014 by

The past few weeks I’ve been covered up with notecards. I’ve not been doing this series of exercises as regular, having moved on to plotting, but these still are important.

I also realized I’ve been saying 3″ x 5″ card when I’m really using blank 4″ x 6″ cards. They have more space obviously and one can get them at Walmart for $0.84 per 100.


So with your notecards, I suggest you do this study.  It can be good for you if you’re developing characters for a novel, or just trying to get a handle of what’s going/gone on in your life.

So here are four important questions to ponder:

If I could go back in time and fix this, what would it be?

Who has had the greatest impact on you? Why?

What was your darkest hour and how did you survive it?

Suggestions about plotting out a story are coming soon. There still are more important questions to be pondering in self-reflection before we get there. Remember, if you are indeed writing a novel or major work, this isn’t meant to be something you just dive into and it’s done over the weekend. If you want to write a serious, logical piece of work, it’s going to take time, research, and of course, a lot of self-reflection, because most likely, you’re going to find a lot of you meshed into the lives of your characters.

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Zaditor–The Cure for Itching Eyes in Texas

May 18, 2013 by

Zaditor--The Cure for Itching Eyes in Texas

WFAA Weatherman Pete Delkus keeps tweeting to North Texas–If you’re allergic to grass, the pollen is high right now–but you already knew that.

Zaditor, the cure for itching eyes in Texas.

Zaditor, the cure for itching eyes in Texas.

And indeed, one of my daughters has been having a horrible time of it for about two months now and I’ve been skating past–until the past three weeks.  I got outside, get in the car and drive maybe a mile or two and I find I’ve got tears running out of the corners of my eyes. But I’m not crying. And then my eyes are red. And burning.  And then I’m cursing the name of Pete Delkus.  Okay, it’s really not his fault.

So this morning I was talking to my mom, a nurse, who after I told her what the problem was said, go get some Zaditor. It’s over-the-counter and it has antihistamine in it. The other thing she said was it’s expensive.

So I was almost to Walmart today and found my way to the eye drop section and there it was for about $11. Next to it was the Walmart Equate brand for $8 maybe.  I bought the Equate version.


So you’re only supposed to use it twice a day but already after one dose, it’s been like, well, when it isn’t grass pollen time in Texas.

This has worked today better than Sudafed, better than Clariton D, better than Visine.

So here’s the pitch. Try Zaditor or the Equate version.  Zaditor, if you’d contact me and send me some samples I’d love to give your product a run, too, knowing it’s the same thing basically. And hey, while you’re here, on the Zaditor Website you can get a coupon for the wonder drug for $1 off retail price. Every bit counts in this day and age and truly, I would have liked to have gotten the brand name, but seriously,  Zaditor feels like it’s the genuine cure for itching eyes in Texas. Really, I suppose it’d work in a state that’s not Texas, too, but hey, few other states do grass pollen like Texas… Ye haw….

And thanks, mom.

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I’m really enjoying VIBRATING products for men

Jun 2, 2010 by

Oh, I just love a good vibrating product.

There’s just nothing like the sensation of mechanical tingling up and down your nerves. 

Over the past two and a half months, I’ve really enjoyed daily use of two very special vibrating products and I keep both of them in my bedroom.   Well, they’re kept up in my bathroom. One of them I keep put up in the cupboard.  It’s not that I’d be embarrassed for anyone to see these two products.  But you know, there’s just an element of privacy that I’d like to keep. And what if it fell into the wrong hands? One of the products penetrates deeply when vibrating.

During the day, when I need to feel better about myself, I just go in there and turn one of them on and in a few seconds, I start to get that wonderful sensation that only vibrating can bring.  You know, it just a comfortable feeling; Just a soothing, special feeling.

Okay, now that all of you have your heads in the gutter and your hands reaching for something that vibrates in your own homes, it’s time to come clean.

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The Gillette Fusion Power

After my trip two weeks ago to New York City on behalf of Proctor and Gamble and Gillette, I went out and bought a new razor.   I got the Gillette Fusion Power and it really has a batter powered vibrator built into it that one uses while shaving.  One of the guys asked about this feature in the up coming Gillette Fusion ProGlide, which is supposed to arrive here from New York any day now, and they said it was part of the science of shaving. 

And I have to say, having used this razor for about a week now, the cuts, nicks and outright pain of shaving has gone away.  Once something I dreaded, I now feel better about a good shave.  I’d been using a two-blade disposable off and on for the past few years, but I’m really happy with what is now happening with my vibrating product.  The shave definitely is closer because the razor has five blades and it has ergonomic rubber handles on it that are designed for the different ways I hold it while I’m shaving.

The vibrating also makes it more comfortable while shaving.  I don’t mash my face as hard with it when it’s vibrating like I would have with a disposable razor and like I said, it’s been a much less bloody affair.

So moms/ladies planning on getting your dad/guy something for Father’s Day, I’d recommend the vibrating Gillette razors.  Check out the ProGlide when it’s released on June 6th.  I’ll upgrade as soon as mine arrives.

It’s really been worth the sensations.  Ah…..

The ORAL-B Pulsar Toothbrush

Soon after moving out of the house, I began to wonder where my toothbrush might have been put or used for before I left for safer environs, so I decided I needed to get a new one. 

That led me to Walmart (According to the AP Stylebook, that’s now done with no hyphen)  and that night I bought the razor mentioned above and I got this new tooth brush.  Like I’ve said before, they both VIBRATE.

According to Oral-B, Pulsar has soft vibrating bristles that help break up plaque between teeth. Just turn it on and brush as you would with a regular manual brush. Plus, Pulsar’s pressure-sensitive split head adjusts to the contours of your teeth to clean hard-to-reach places while moderating the amount of pressure applied to teeth and gums.

The result is an effective clean and an outstanding sensory experience.

  • Penetrates deep between teeth
  • Sweeps away food and plaque from the tooth surface
  • Adjusts to the contours of your teeth
  • Moderates the amount of pressure applied to your teeth and gums

I’ve really enjoyed using this toothbrush and it does provide a comforting sensation while in use.

Toothbrush Express says says it’s good practice to replace your toothbrush:

  • At least every three months
  • When bristles begins to show wear
  • After an illness such as a cold or flu

And now after knowing you can vibrate your face and teeth, makes me wonder what else out there would be good for vibrating….

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