Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Favorite Things: Recommendations

Here are some products I've tried recently that I've really enjoyed/thought well of:

1. Kaspersky Internet Security - I've been using Kaspersky for several years now. Haven't had to take the computer into the shop even once.

2. The Republic of Tea's Downton Abbey Tea, English Rose - You really can't taste much of the rose. It's more of a freshly-picked red raspberry taste. Very scrummy!

3. Canon PowerShot A220 - Disclaimer: the exposure time on this thing is TERRIBLE (really, you can only use it for still life because it take forever to snap the photograph.) However, the video cam part is surprisingly non-crappy for a a cheap-o camera.

4. The 100 (television series): Season One - I haven't finished the first season, but it is soooo interesting. See Amazon for a blurb, 'cause I'm too tired to write one right now.

5. Yogi Tea's Slim Life - It's a green tea with a mild blueberry flavor. Not only a good appetite suppressant, it's a wonderful energy booster!
Have YOU tried anything lately that you just can't keep to yourself?

Friday, April 24, 2015


Today I am declaring it International Back Up Your Work Day! Haven't saved that manuscript lately? Well, don't delay: act right away!

If you don't have a flash drive/stick/thingy: GET ONE. Or two. Or MORE!

Also, backing up with email is another good idea. I send my manuscripts in an attached Word document from my Gmail account to my Yahoo account. That way, I have the manuscript in my Yahoo inbox AND in my Gmail sent box.

Hard copy is another good idea.

There are also online sites like DropBox that people highly recommend. I tried it once, but couldn't figure it out.

The main point is this: Have your work backed up and in more than one place. I can tell horror stories of having only a Word document and a prayer. Yeeeoooooow!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Books of 2015

So, these are the books I've read so far this year:

- Distortion by Chelsen Vicari
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
- Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
- The ISIS Crisis by Charles Dyer
- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
- Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado

I've started a bunch of other books that I still need to finish, but I think I want to read Shadow of the Unicorn by Suzanne de Montigny next. We'll see!

What are YOU reading? Anything I should add to my TBR pile?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ata Mayveen Engleet? or is Beth Talking to Herself?

Okay, so I'm learning Hebrew. Guess what I can say...

Have a hint?

Me to a woman: At mayveena Engleet?
Me to a man: Ata mayveen Engleet?

Give up?

"Oooh! Ooh! Teacher, teacher! ME! Pick ME!"

Yes, little Tommy.

"Shouldn't you be writing?"


"Like, really, shouldn't you be making up stories about mutants and all sorts of magically lyrical and fun things?"

Good question, Little Tommy. Let me answer by pulling the fire alarm...


This is not a drill. RUN.

"I don't think so, Beth..." er, Teacher-person.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've been reading a lot, writing a little, listening to music (and Hebrew--ata mayveen?). And it's all part of the process. As I grow as a human being, I grow as a writer.

*Tommy just stares at me*

*I stare back*


All right, all right. I'm back to writing.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Have a wonderful day, full of light and love and good memories.

The tomb is empty, and for that, I am thankful.