Monthly Archives:: September 2011

A Round of Words in 80 Days

A Round of Words in 80 Days

  A few months ago, I was introduced to A Round of Words in 80 Days by Elizabeth Ann West, whom I met through blogging. As it’s written on the blog: A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.   The 80-days challenge happens 4 times per year and the next one, round 4, will start October 3rd. This community is actually more like a big cheer squad. You set up your own goals for the 80 days, anything so as it is measurable. If needed, you can change it as your life changes … Since I’m all for encouragement  and gathering with other writers, I signed up for round 4 (click here… Read more »

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Model Monday #3: Assassins

Model Monday #3: Assassins

I love stories about assassins who, deep down, are good people and are the hero/heroine of a very intricate story. I would love to write a story about an assassin (or many), but it seems that all the explanations I come up with for why the MC became an assassin are cliches … Until I come up with some incredible idea, I have fun with these:   Sydney Bristow (Alias)   Elektra (same actress … coincidence? =P)   Assassins Creed (love me some games!)   Dark Angel (not exactly an assassin, but …)   Katsa (MC from Graceling by Kristin Cashore)   James Bond (Idk about you, but I like Pierce Brosnan more than the other actors)   Kitana (Mortal… Read more »

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Mission Impossible? I hope not!

Mission Impossible? I hope not!

So, I set up a challenge for me. It’s not that hard, actually, but the past 2 or 3 weeks were kind of chaos over here (sick kid, holidays, vacations, friend’s wedding, etc) and I couldn’t get much writing done. Now that things seem more calm, I want to get back to my hardcore writing schedule and I guess that the easy way to do it is to glue my butt to my chair, keep my fingers on the keyboard and just write. I’m setting up a goal to reach 5k words each day, from Monday to Friday for the next 2 weeks. That means less online time … less Twitter, less Facebook, less blogs reading, less emailing, no Vampire… Read more »

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Versatile Blogger

Versatile Blogger

  I’ve got another blog award! This time it was from Jani Grey and Jenn.  Thanks ladies!   The rules for accepting the award are: 1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post. 2. Share 7 things about yourself. 3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it.   Number 1 was done above, but I’ll repeat it here: Thanks Jani and Jenn for the award!   Number 2—share 7 things about me: I danced ballet from 3 to 19 yo. I went back to it last year, but then ruptured 2 tendons on my right foot. And now I can’t dance anymore =(… Read more »

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Today is a Holiday …

Today is a Holiday …

… in the South most Brazilian state, Rio Grande do Sul (or RS). For those trying to situate themselves, RS is where Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Carol Trentini are from. Soccer player Ronaldinho, ex-Milan, is from RS. Erico Verissimo, a famous writer/author, was also born from RS.   Map of Brazil, RS and flag of RS   Now, why is it a holiday you ask. Because today is Revolução Farroupilha, or War of the Ragamuffins in English. The summary of the events is that the RS tried to gain independence from the rest of the country, but the Imperial Guards crushed the gauchos and we are still part of Brazil =P There is a parade, with horses and torches… Read more »

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Model Monday #2: Zuko

Model Monday #2: Zuko

I love Avatar: The Last Airbender and, although I don’t think it’ll be as good as the first, I’m looking forward to watch the sequel, called The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, promised to start at some point next year. My favorite character from The Last Airbender? Zuko, by far. He has an incredible arc during the three seasons of the show. First, he is the villain. A bad guy trying to capture the Avatar to redeem his reputation before his father. During the second season, he is a fugitive, trying to fit in, but he can’t let go of the past, nor can he imagine the future. He is changing, but not much. And finally, at the third season, he realizes… Read more »

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Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award

  I’ve received this award from my friend Tracy last week. Sorry it took me so long to pass it forward. “The basic idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to showcase bloggers with less than 200 followers. When you get the award, you keep the love going and give it to 5 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.” Below is the list of five ladies I chose. I met them through twitter or blogging, which is an effective way of making friends and connections. May Arend Avery Olive Elizabeth Ann West Stacy Green  Stacy S. Jensen Extra one (because I want to!): Allison Merritt I should probably mention that there is no obligation to continue this award. If… Read more »

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E-book pricing poll results

E-book pricing poll results

On a previous post, I started a poll about e-book pricing. Here is the link. The poll remained open for 4 weeks. Here are the results:   As you can see, “up to $5″ for an e-book won by a large margin. Second is “up to $7″ followed closely by “up to $2.99″ for an e-book. Not surprisingly, some people still don’t buy e-books—something that will change in the future, I think. Not that they will only buy e-books, but they are bound to try it, and I’m sure they will juggle between print books and e-books after that. I could bet that in the far future about 90% of the books sales will be on e-books. But I’m no… Read more »

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