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pool float cool links for 7-14-2018

Cool Links for 7-14-2018

Here are a few cool links for 7-14-18

Summer is here, and the living is easy.

I grew up in Michigan, where we spent summer weekends at “the lake”. It didn’t matter if “the lake” was nearby Lake Michigan or one of the state’s 100,000 inland lakes. “The Lake” brought cool summer breezes and hours of entertainment.

If you have a place on a body of water, or even if you own a pool, you might be interested in purchasing one of these aquatic pool floats.


The resolution is not clear, but if you look closely, there are people riding on the backs of these floats.

Some of the floats come equipped with cup holders and a built-in cooler and will accomodate up to six people.

To purchase one of these beauties, head over to your closest Sam’s Club.

What happens during your lifetime

This video illustrates how much time you spend on various activities during your lifetime. Some examples include:

150,000,000 steps taken

42,000 words learned

16 years spent on the computer

13 years spent on your phone

To find out how many hours you spend (or waste!) on mundane things, please visit this site.

Summer activities for kids

Summer hours are challenging if you have kids out of school. If you’re looking for a quick, easy, free activity for them, check out these printable big monster coloring pages. With a printer and a handful of crayons, your kids will be occupied for hours.

Monster coloring pages. Cool links for 7-14-2018

Easy garden markers

If you’ve put in a garden this year, rain and sun might have faded your row markers. Replace them with painted stones. A few varied acrylic paints, a handful of stones found anywhere and clear varnish added to a minimum amount of time and a sprinkle of artist talent = the perfect garden marker. Heck, this could even be another activity for your kids!

How to Make Garden Markers by Painting Stones

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THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE is one of the most popular ways to plot a novel or screenplay. It’s the backbone of countless novels, TV shows and movies.www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday revisits the Three Act Structure

(Today’s post on the Three Act Structure is an excerpt from The Plot Thickens:21 Ways to Plot Your Novel.)

THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE is one of the most popular ways to plot a novel or screenplay. It’s the backbone of countless novels, TV shows and movies.www.cherylsterlingbooks.comTHE THREE ACT STRUCTURE is one of the most popular ways to plot a novel or screenplay. It’s the backbone of countless novels, TV shows and movies. It keeps the story moving, the reader turning pages and box offices busy. In its simplest form it consists of three parts:

  1. Beginning
  2. Middle
  3. End

Of course, much more is involved. Your daily trip to work has a beginning, middle and end. Hopefully, it’s uneventful, but boring isn’t what you want for your novel. Let’s re-label the three parts into:

  1. Setup
  2. Conflict
  3. Climax

Much more riveting, isn’t it?

Let’s look at each of these in depth.
Continue reading Three Act Structure #ThrowbackThursday

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Cool links for 7-7-2018 altered art

Cool links for 7-7-2018. What I’ve found on the internet this week that I’d lie to share with you.

Retro bookmobiles

They’re not your average trailer.

retro bookmobile. Cool links for 7-7-2018

We never had a bookmobile in the town where I grew up. If you wanted a book, you rode your bike into town and checked one out at the teeny-tiny library. Ironically, the place of “shush” and “no talking” shared a building with the fire department, which honored the wartime tradition of blowing the civil defense whistle. Every day. At noon. Wonder what the librarians had to say about that? It was probably the only time of day you could shout and not get in trouble.

John K. King Used and Rare Books

If you don’t like the confines of a bookmobile, how about this library?

Cool Links for 7-7-2018

At four stories tall and containing more than a million books, this former glove factory in Detroit houses John K. King Used and Rare Books. I no longer live in Michigan, or I might take a field trip. On second thought, I turned down a chance to enter Powell’s in Portland because my hosts thought I could “run in for a minute or two.” Silly humans.

Altered Books

If a million books sounds daunting, let’s reduce your scope to one. I’m not one to cut up an old book, but if you can make art, why not give one a second chance?

Illustrator Isobelle Ouzman uses her talent to carve books into works of art.

Cool links for 7-7-2018 altered art

A habit that started accidently when she drew on discarded books, Ouzman now carves intricate “holloways” throughout the books, creating tunnels, leaves, forests, and hidden animals in intricate portraits. Each book can take 25-35 hours to complete.

I’m afraid I don’t have the skill or patience for such an endeavor, but I admire her talent.

Exciting Announcement!

The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel is now available in paperback.

Have you always wanted to write a book but didn’t know where to start?

Don’t waste your life thinking about writing a book when you can do it!

Are you ready to start writing a book?

You’re at the right place.

The Plot Thickens offers you myriad methods of plotting. Whether you are a published veteran or a writing novice, we present alternate methods of finding the best path to express and deliver the stuff pinging around in your head.

After reading “The Plot Thickens” you will know:

•How to write more efficiently whether you’re a plotter or a pantser
•How to take the headache out of starting your novel

•The secret of scene and sequel
•How to avoid sagging middles and lackluster endings
•How to use your character’s Goal, Motivation and Conflict to drive the story
•How to use the Hero’s Journey to plot your novel
•How our 19-1/2 step plotting worksheet can take you from page 1 to “the end”
•Plus 14+ ways to help you plot your novel

Are you ready to start writing your novel?

If you have no idea of how to take the first step, if you can’t decide if writing is a dream come true or a nightmare (hint: sometimes it’s both), this book can help you decide which method works for you.

As part of my MASTER PLAN (bwahahahaha), I’m slowly publishing all my books in paperback format through Amazon. Three down, seven to go, and my short stories will probably be condensed and offered as a box set.

I’ll be back next week with an update on what I’m writing because I seem to fail in giving you a glimpse into my fascinating, riveting writing world.



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