Apps * Movies * Twitter * Blogging * Life Hack * Recipe * Inspiration
Happy TGIF, Wild Riders!
Welcome to the premier issue of Wild Rider Magazine. Bringing you discoveries from around the web and my wild life.
I had been toying with a Friday bi-monthly magazine to share highlights of the newsworthy, including tips, hacks and a sweet recipe, so here it is.
App News: Pokemon Go! Why you should give it a go.
Heard of Pokemon? I remember my son, Kelly, being too old for it while his sister, Courtney, beat all the boys at school. The playing cards are still in a binder in her room. If you’ve been wondering what everyone is doing while walking around looking down at their phones, they are probably engaged with the new app, Pokemon Go!
Before you groan and tune out, let me tell you why this is brilliant. Kelly just moved to the Los Angeles area. He and his girlfriend, Leksy, downloaded the app and walked all over LA until 4:00 AM. last Saturday night. They ran into several people while trying to find “gyms” (places where you are challenged to win points). Soon they traveled in a posse meeting many others along the way. Seems like a great way to make new friends, get some fresh air and exercise.
Having a problem getting out of the house? Download the app. I did. You can find me on the app at Soosiemon walking with my eyes glued to my phone somewhere on Pearl Street, Boulder.
Have you ever noticed how many books and movies feature writers? I guess some authors hang on to the idea, “Write what you know.”
Top literary agent, Donald Maass, tweeted this news:
Two major surprises. I had no idea Thomas Wolfe was such a dick and who knew Jude Law could pull off a southern accent? Looks like a great movie.
Twitter contests for authors of unpublished books:
For everyone who has a book to pitch, this is for you.
There are several Twitter pitch contests for writers who have finished their novels and are ready to publish. #Pit2Pub and #PitMad are popular hashtags among many others that give us a chance to pitch our books to literary agents and direct to publishers.
Tweet a 140 character hook:
Who is your main character? What’s the inciting incident? What are the stakes?
If an agent or editor “favorites” or gives your tweet a heart, then you’ve won! Check out their tweets to find out how to send your manuscript. But only send it after you’ve happy-danced around your kitchen at least once.
The next #PitMad is September 8th. The next #Pit2Pub is January 18th, 2017. That gives you plenty of time to write a book to pitch.
Check your website’s loading time:
Do you think your site loads pretty fast or does it take for freakin’ ever? You don’t want potential readers to give up while the tiny wheely thingamajig spins.
Click to Pingdom.com and find out how many seconds it takes. It will compare your site to the loading time of others and give you a percentile and grade rating.
When I posted large photographs, mine became slothlike. After reducing their size, it cut the loading time in half. Widgets can also add seconds.
See how fast your blog loads.
Life hack of the week:
I have a million of these. My dad was the original MacGyver, so it’s probably genetic.
Being a writer, I stare at my computer screen for hours on end. The knots in my neck become gargantuan. It makes me really sleepy since the blood doesn’t flow properly.
Tennis balls to the rescue. Lay down on the floor. Place one of them under your neck and roll it around until you find the painful spot. Push down on it in a circular motion. I stacked two of them with one hand to really hit the spot. After two minutes of massage, I rested on the floor then slowly rose to my feet. I could feel the difference. No afternoon nap today. Yay!
A recipe for sweet readers:
I found my daughter’s recipe for brownies and made them last week. They were super easy and delicious, so I had to share.
Courtney’s Chocolate Brownies
Prep time: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. 16 Brownies.
2/3 cup butter or margarine
5 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces.
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped walnuts – optional.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of 9 inch square pan with shortening.
In a 1 quart sauce pan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Or heat in microwave 30 seconds at at time. Stir at intervals. Cool 5 minutes.
In medium bowl, beat sugar, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes. Beat in chocolate mixture on low speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in nuts. Spread in pan.
Chocolate sweetness, viola!
Inspiration for the weekend:
Have you ever noticed how the smallest things in life can hold you back? Calling an old friend, making an appointment, going to the gym. There are so many things that eat at us. It takes so little effort and yet the payoffs can be huge.
I hope you enjoyed the first issue. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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