Cool Links 8-11-2018

Cool Links 8-11-2018

This week’s cool links 8-11-2018 are brought to you by:

  • Trees
  • Books
  • Where to live


Writing in the margins

My mother and daughter always write a dedication whenever gift giving a book. In the case of my mother, it was the date or occasion. My daughter leaves funny quotes or draws an image.

Cool links 8-11-2018

I’m always fascinated when I by a used book and find writing, either on the title page or in the margins. Sometimes, someone will leave a photo or receipt. In the case of the photo, I want to post it on Facebook and have it go viral so I can return Scott’s 1974 prom photo to him. Or Sarah’s toothless seven-year-old camp photo. But I don’t, and always feel a little dirty when I throw away the item.

Here are some interesting notes people have left in found books. Everyone has an opinion.

Strange trees

Trees often take on a different life that goes past roots, branches and leaves. As if they’re a person. I imagine my belief stems from an old hollow tree behind our house where I grew up. It sat on the property line between our land and the neighboring farm. It had long died and rot hollowed its trunk. On days when the wind blew, a mournful oooooh eminated from its trunk. As kids, my brothers and I declared it haunted. It made an interesting story and kept us from straying too far back on the property.

These trees very well might talk.

Cool links 8-11-2018

The perfect place to live based on your Myers-Briggs personality type

I’ve written about using the Myers-Briggs personality test to add depth to your characters in this blog post. A recent article uses the test to determine the best place for you to live.

I’m afraid I can’t agree with the results. I’m an INTJ, and, while Philadelphia might be a nice place to visit, I don’t think it’s the city for me. (sorry, Philly, you’re too cold for me). And while I sometimes test as an ENTJ, I don’t hink LA is much better.

cool links 8-11-2018

Take the test, then see if you agree with a) how well the type matches you and b) if you agree with the location of where you should live. Leave a comment and share!

As always, thanks for your time in reading this blog. I appreciate it. Monday/Tuesday’s blog (and also this month’s #AuthorToolboxBlogHop post) deals with the dreaded passive verb. See how I thought I was (aaargh, there’s one now) worse at using them more than I thought. Stick around for some horrible examples and what I’ve done to correct them.

Please feel free to share this post to anyone you know who might be interested in scribbling in books, trees that might reach out and grab you, and personality tests.



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p.p.s. Tomorrow’s my birthday. We’re celebrating with tickets to Newsies! and probably eating lunch out. I hope your life is as happy as my past XX years!

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