A couple of weeks ago, I came across an awesome website called Peopleized. Peopleized is a website that offers bloggers an awesome opportunity to meet new people and, at the same time, get fresh content for their website or blog. Peopleized provides a central place where bloggers can interview or be interviewed by their peers.
I’m a big fan of WordPress, however there are a few things about it that disturbs me. The number one being that every installation of WordPress assigns the same administrator login name. Not only that, there is no easy way to change your login name. This is just one way a hacker can invade your web home especially if you have an insecure password. So here are instructions on how to change your admin login name.
The instructions are based on the assumption that you use phpmyadmin to access your database. If you use another program you’ll have to a little translating to apply to your situation. However this is so easy that you’ll probably be able to figure it in no time champ.
Most writing prompts challenge you to begin a story based on a premise. Today we are going to do things a little bit backwards. You can write the story however which way you want but the story has to end with one of the following lines.
Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic Depression, is considered by the psychiatric community to be a mood disorder and is classified as a mental illness. It is characterized by extreme and unpredictable shifts in mood as sufferers cycle through bouts of mania followed by depression.
Like most diseases, the severity of BD varies from person to person. In severe cases classified as Bipolar I a patient will experience full blown mania (characterized by rapid speech, racing thoughts, decreased need for sleep, hypersexuality, euphoria, psychosis, grandiosity, irritability, and increased interest in goal-directed activities) in an alternating cycle with clinical depression (characterized by fatigue, anxiety, guilt, anger, hopelessness, sadness, apathy, depersonalization, melancholy and suicidal ideation).
A person with Bipolar Disorder is 10 to 20 times more at risk for death by suicide than the average “normal” person. In fact persons diagnosed as Bipolar II (instead of manic they experience hypomania but spend more time in a Major Depression state than Bipolar I) have higher rates of suicide compared to other mental health conditions including sufferers of straight Major Depression.
Current studies into Bipolar Disorder say many things. One of those is that as much as 50% of adult sufferers of BD manifested symptoms as children (17 and under). There is a growing concern about catching BD early because some research claims that BD, like depression, is the result of a deficiency in the brain. However BD cannot be cured only managed through the use of medication.
Okay we already talked about how to organize your writing ideas and we’ve gone over the many ways in which you can keep track of them when you are away from your office. Now we are going to talk about different ways in which you can keep track of ideas while working on a collaborative writing project.
I’ve never worked on a collaborative writing project. I’m more of a solo artist myself. However, in speaking with other writers, I get the feeling that participating in a collaborative writing project is both fun and frustrating. Fun because bringing people together from different walks of life often offers fresh and humorous perspective on the writing idea as a whole. At the same time the frustration comes in because attempting to keep a bunch of creative people on track is a little like trying to herd cats. All but impossible.
While I can’t really help you with the cat herding thing, I can offer some ways of getting your group together for jam sessions as well as suggestions for keeping track of things when all is said and done.
This week we are going to focus on descriptions. Movies and television have it easy when it comes to describing things. All they need to do is project the image they want on the screen and the viewer instantly sees it. In books, however, it’s the descriptions that must do the heavy lifting of engaging the reader’s imagination and really bring a book to life. That’s why as writers, it is important that we choose our words carefully so that not only is the reader able to visualize our characters, scenes and events but that those impressions also get interpreted correctly.So this week’s writing prompts focus on honing your description skills. You can either create a whole story out of these prompts or just describe the situation these prompts focus on.
One of the most frequently posted design questions on blog forums and help sites has to do with the fact that the sidebar suddenly disappears after a user places something (usually an image) in their sidebar. There are a couple interrelated reasons for this.