Anecdote Love

Stories and Musings from a girl named Harvey


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The Garage – A Mystery Part 2

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In Part 1 we learned that the Blake’s don’t park in their garage and Peter expounded his bear theory.  And now we continue with Tom . . .

The Garage – A Mystery Part 2

“I think it’s a ghost” Tom said.

“Why?” said Peter quickly.

“Well I was here back then too you know Peter.  We being the first family’s to move in here.  Then came Barbara and Ellen, quite the scandal back then. They were the first and last Lesbian bear hunters on the block.” 

“I spent a lot of time with them, nice gals they were.  Very well educated, liked cigars, their hobby was genealogical research.” Tom accepted a new drink from Sara and then continued.

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The Garage – A Mystery Part 1

This story is inspired by my former writing prof Mark Jabbour and his astute observations on neighbors.  We begin at the beginning.

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The Garage- A Mystery Part 1

They were on round two of Sara’s lemon drop martinis, that everyone secretly hated, when Robert asked “So what’s the neighborhood like?”

“Well” said Sara turning her blue eyes to him, “This is most of us on the cul-de-sac.  Tom and Laura live next door to us on the right.  Peter lives next door to them at the top of the circle.  I would tell you all the gossip on his new model girlfriend, but he’s here.” Sara winked at Peter.

“Sara you’re forgetting the Blake’s” said Peter.

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I Need Your Opinion!

I Need Your Opinion on My Attempts to Pretty up My Blog

The Challenge . . .

Today’s Zero to Hero Challenge:Activate a Social Network really got me thinking about making my blog more appealing to new readers.  Being a writer, and a writer of long form stories, I have continually struggled with how to make my blog posts visually appealing.  I feel visuals are  important as viewers decide in a glance if they will commit their time to a blog post.    I also feel that lack of visual interest coupled with lengthy paragraphs has stunted my blog growth.

Meeting the Challenge . . .

Zero to Hero has been helping me with addressing this challenge. I have decided to add a music video link to each story that relates to the title.   My titles from now on are going to be witty plays on the chosen video.  I  have been keeping the paragraphs and my stories shorter so they look less overwhelming and time-consuming at first glance. I am also working on including more links in my posts and playing with formatting to break up lengthy text.

My Newest Idea . . .

Today I came up with the idea of adding a pull quote for each story.  I went through all my stories and added an image with a quote from each at the very top of the post. Idea one is that this pretty quote will be the first thing my viewers see in their reader, so hopefully it will draw them into the story.  Idea two is that I can add the images to my Anecdote Love Pinterest board in an attempt to build readership thru Pinterest  (a la today’s Zero to Hero assignment!).   Here’s an example and you can check the rest out in Fictional Musings.

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I Need Your Opinion!

I would totally love to hear what my readers and fellow Zero to Hero bloggers think about this pull quote idea.  Also if you have any suggestions on how to make short stories more visually appealing I would love to hear them!

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Harvey


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Not An Italian Leather Sofa

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This flash piece was written for, wait for it, both the Daily Prompt:Blogger of Repute and Zero to Hero.  Please note there is a spattering of cusswords so if that’s not your thing this post is not for you.  Enjoy!

Not An Italian Leather Sofa

Reputation defined by Merriam Webster: the common opinion that people have about someone or something: the way in which people think of someone or something.

The smell of Kona coffee brewing at 6am was intoxicating. Joel was standing in the kitchen swaying back and forth to the scent in nothing but his red boxer briefs.  In his mind he was standing on the beach in Maui with Sara watching the sunset, the sound of waves lapping and palms swaying in the breeze.

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Liebster Award

I got nominated for a Liebster Today!

Apparently it’s award session here in the blogosphere!  After getting all worked up yesterday bout the ABC Award, today it’s the Liebster Award.  I’m feeling dizzy from all this being nominated stuff.  If only there was a ceremony involving fancy evening gowns. . .

All joking aside thank you so very much The Playground for the nomination! I am so grateful to be nominated.

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ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award

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I am totally thrilled to be nominated for the ABC Award by Capture You Photography.  I just connected with Sonya recently and love her work.  Ya’ll should check her out!

The rules of being nominated as I understand them are to include the award image in this post (check!), a link to my nominator in this post (check!), make an A to Z list that describes me (hard!), and then nominate 2 to 10 fellow bloggers.

These are my nominees.  (Nominees to accept this nomination you have to write your own ABC Award post following the rules I mentioned.)

My Nominations

1. Almost Exactly.  AlexRaye changed the way I approach skin and haircare for the better!  I now am totally no-poo and super appreciate her well researched advice.

2. Charlotte Hoather.  Charlotte’s blog is fun, inspiring, and she has a superb voice.  I love hearing updates on  her singing career and Charlotte I wish you every dream come true and then some!

3. JannaTWrites.  If you haven’t delved into Darlene’s Story you are missing out.  It is suspenseful, intriguing, and well written.  Not only that Jannat has been nothing but kind and supportive to me on my blog.

4. Shawn Saying Something.  Shawn was the very first follower I ever had and also the first stranger to say something kind about my writing.  And he’s a great flash fiction author to boot!

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Like a Good Neighbor . . . Zero to Hero Day 11

Like a Good Neighbor Other Bloggers are There!

Ok so I am giving in to the fact that Zero to Hero is taking over my blogging life.  This is both good and bad.  Less time to write my short stories, but more time to connect with fellow bloggers and make my blog totally super awesome.  I think that’s a good trade off.

For today’s challenge I took some time out to find three other Zero to Hero bloggers to connect with.  I always learn new things when I get out of my own box.  Today’s lesson was the power of connection and positivity between fellow bloggers.   I learned it from these three:

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I want my cake and I want to eat it too: Musings on my Theme

Zero to Hero Day 5 – I want my cake and I want to eat it too: Musings on my Theme

The theme challenge today for Zero to Hero took me back to being thoroughly stumped.  When I started my blog last year I literally spent days changing my theme over and over again trying to find one that would be just right.  My main issue was that I wanted a whole lot of customization without spending the money to upgrade.  Then, and now,  I am unsure how long this blogging thing will last.  So I am not willing to pay for stuff yet.  However I don’t want my blog to look like anyone else’s blog either!

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Book Musings 2014 Book #1 – Storm Front by Jim Butcher

One of my new year’s resolutions is to keep track of the books I read this year and my thoughts on them.  To help motivate me to keep this up I’m going to post short musings on each book on my blog.  These posts are not meant as a book review, but as a way for me to put in writing the questions and issues that each book raised for me.   I would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read any of the same books!  

Book Musings 2014 Book#1 – Storm Front by Jim Butcher

47212Note this is not an actual proper review.  For many of those refer here:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47212.Storm_Front?from_search=true .

I started this book at 12pm on Wednesday and at 8pm on Wednesday finished the last sentence.  That tells you what I thought of it right there.

The story of Harry Dresden, hard-boiled wizard P.I., is addicting.  It’s also witty, fast-paced, light-hearted, deadly serious, and full of everything that makes noir, well noir.  There’s a host of femme fatales, a villain without a single redeeming quality, and cynical wisecracks a plenty from Harry.

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Leaving On a Jet Plane

I am writing this post for the DP Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past sitting next to a 2 yr old named Ella (dressed in jeans, pink sweater, and black uggs) and her Dad on a plane.  Dad is trying desperately to get Ella to behave and Ella is thwarting his attempts.  So far she has committed the sins of trying to unbuckle her seat belt during take-off and pressing all the buttons on the arm of my seat.  Twenty minutes in I think she’s freaking adorable and Dad has handed her that babysitter of all babysitter’s the Ipad. We’ll see how I feel when I get off the flight.  I Spend every Dec 24th or 25th leaving on a jet plane and so for this week’s post a summation of my airport Christmas.

“ I think one of the main reasons for holidays is to remind us why we live the lives we do and help us be thankful the rest of the year”

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