* The first thing I did when I woke up at around 5 am was to feed the kitties their favorite slop-looking food.
* I had very little sleep, so it was painful to write my first article for the day. It was a recap of last night's Grimm episode, which included MONSTERS in the form of ZOMBIES!!! Read it here
* I noticed a link to an interview with Matthew Perry about the cancellation of his show. I can't believe what a jerk that interviewer was! I had been upset to learn of the cancellation of "Go On," especially since that is one of the shows for which I write recaps. All the others I write about were renewed though, and I have two new shows to write about starting this month.
* I learned about the site Sulia, got their bookmarklet and posted one of my articles to the site. Two people "trusted" me. I still don't get it. I'll test it out a bit and see if it improves my views or anything. I suppose the idea of trusting someone's content is good, but I think this could be messed with just like everything else.
* I wrote my MMM Day 2 makeup post. I am now caught up with MMM.
* I played a bit with my dog and kitties. Booty went crazy and scratched me. He has never acted that way with me. He's ok now though. Cheetah (below) is always a sweetie:
* I played a quick game of Fairway Solitaire on my iPhone.
* I completed my morning puzzles. My favorite is the Cryptoquote, but I also like the Jumble and Sudoku. I don't know what it is about doing the puzzles from the newspaper, but I suppose it's more challenging. The Cryptoquote is especially more challenging on paper, because the digital version tries to "help" you. Yeah, it helps you have less fun.
* I ate yogurt with frozen blueberries, three types of crunchy cereal, and pecans. It was all organic and wheat-free. Oh yeah, I also had my olive, which I have with each meal.
* My new shoes were delivered.
* I cut off a hangnail.
* I checked MTurk for article assignments, but they didn't have any. When they do, it is the best paying, but not very fun anyway.
* I reviewed info on the Google I/O event today. They had enough announcements to cover all three of my tech news articles for the week.
* I started on the tech articles, but my computer gave me some problems. I had to update it and restart.
* My highest paying weekly article published and paid out, removing the need to finish the tech articles right away (I can even finish them tonight or tomorrow morning). The article is a preview of next week's Defiance, which has MONSTER-like aliens. You can view it here.
* I promoted my content for the day on the various social networks, and noticed that the G+ update won't allow me to share my new Yahoo! TV content with a photo. I now have to share a plain link, which SUCKS!!
* I had some lunch, but forgot to take a photo of it. It was an organic frozen cheese enchilada with homemade salad and blue cheese dressing. The salad included various types of lettuce, home-roasted beets (my favorite!), and cucumbers. The entire meal was organic and wheat-free.
* I found that my old children's story is featured again on Yahoo! Voices, under Short Stories. It has the second slot this time, but has been shared in the first slot there, and on the Creative Writing main page several times. I think it must be one of their favorites, which makes me very happy:
One of the best things about it is that it fits the MONSTER theme, because it is about a witch! The assignment was to write a story based on a photo. I had taken this photo of a tree and thought it looked like an old witch's fingers. The story shaped itself from there. Here is a short excerpt, with a link to the full short story:
The long, gnarled nose appeared first. Then the hands reached up to grab the next rung of the ladder, as the witch climbed from the basement of her little shack. Her long, crooked fingers wrapped around the ladder several times, like a python wringing life from its victim. The boy wondered what could be in the basement of such a small shack. It was probably filled with worms and spiders, and other slithery, crawly things.
The witch finally emerged, and held the smooth pebbles out for the boy to grab. He recoiled for a moment, then realized he was showing her his fear. He thought for a moment, then pulled his bag over, and held it out beneath her twisty, craggy hand. She gruffed and squinched up her face, then relented and dropped the pebbles in the bag.
* I did some cleaning up, organizing, and grocery shopping for the week.
* I took a nap, and ended up sleeping a long time. When I woke up, I had a crazy sneezing fit. I was around my dad, and he had a bad cold, so I'm hoping I'm not sick. I don't feel so great. I took some supplements, but I need to take it easy because I'm getting a headache. It's a good thing my highest paying article paid out today. I do not feel productive today.