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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day, Everyone!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. I may be somewhat absent from the blogosphere this week. I have a ton of stuff going on this week and, what with the holiday weekend, am not going to get much done in advance. So, I may be on less than usual. But, I'll be back next week. In the mean time, here are some humorous Labor Day sentiments for you to enjoy! Have a great one! :D

Happy Labor Day, Everyone! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Funnies: Java the Pooh, Etc.

Here are some funnies to hopefully brighten up your Friday and lead to a great weekend! (All courtesy of my LOL Board on Pinterest.com.)

Love this! Always makes me laugh.

This is totally me!

Gotta love Java the Pooh!

Just for fun!

So much truth in this! 
Which is your favorite? 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday: Endurance

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is Endurance!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a non-fiction book about how most people don't know anything about financial independence and how you can obtain it. It really has very little to do with writing, but as writers, our income is often tenuous, so I found the information in this book most intriguing. 

Audio Book: I actually listened to the audio book of Rich Dad Poor Dad. This was really the first book I'd listened to beginning to end as audio. I have about a 12-15 minute commute to work, which means about half an hour of listening time each day. This book was only about 5 hours long, so it didn't take me a terribly long time to get through it. The narrator was good, if perhaps a bit bland. I don't truly have any qualms about him, except to say that if Robert Kiyosaki himself had been the one read the book, it probably would have been much more animated. That said, I would recommend this as an audio book. It's fun to listen to and not at all hard to follow.

Plot: Robert Kiyosaki tells about he had two dads growing up. One was his biological father, who was a teacher, and struggled most of his life with his finances. The other dad was actually his best friend's father, who was like a second father to him. His rich dad was wealthy and always had plenty of assets and never wanted for money. 

When Robert and his best friend were children, they went to the man Robert later referred to as his rich dad and asked him to teach them how to become rich. Thus began a lifetime of teaching about how to think about money, the habits rich people have that the poor and middle class do not, and what simple things can be done to ensure never having to worry about money.

Content: Now, this book doesn't go into much detail in exact strategy. For example, he talks about investing in the stock market, but there's not a step-by-step guide to investing in stocks or anything. This is more general information to help you get an idea of some things that can be done to get started. Kiyosaki has other books and things that go into more detail, depending on what you want to learn from him.

That said, books are actually a great example of an asset. If you can build a body of work, you can keep selling it and make money on your books for years to come. So, while many of us may have a long way to go, but just the fact that we are all working toward these kinds of assets shows that we may just be ahead of the curve already.

Overall: I found this book tremendously useful, and I plan to get more of Kiyosaki's books to read. I'd like to start following a few of his strategies. If you're interested in ways to become financially independent, this book is for you! I'd recommend it to just about anyone. 

Has anyone else read Rich Dad Poor Dad? What did you think of it?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Anxious for Books I Don't Own

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books I Really Want to Read but Don't Own Yet

This one's easy. So many on my TBR list could qualify, but here's the ones I'm most eager about.

Bonus: The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin -- Okay, it's not out until 2015, but it still fits the criteria, yeah? As in, I really want to read it but don't own it yet? :D

10. Crash into You by Katie McGarry -- I actually have Dare You To and haven't read it yet, so once I get to that one, I'll probably buy Crash into You. Officially, I don't like contemporary romance. McGarry is the only author I'll read in that genre.

9. The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman -- A historical fiction based around the Masada massacre, everyone keeps telling me how good it is. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. 

8. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppell -- A re-telling of Frankenstein. The title alone makes me want to read it. 

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo -- On my TBR list forever! I thought I had it on my kindle, but it turned out to just be the first five chapters. (Grhhh!)

6. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- Just need to try out Armentrout, you know?

5. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson -- Love Sanderson! Have heard this one is particularly good. I'll get around to it at some point. 

4. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa -- Same as Armentrout, I just hear such great things and want to weigh in on the hype. :D

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn -- The most-reviewed book on Goodreads for 2013. Something like 28000 reviews, wasn't it? Obviously, I need to read this. Before they make it into a film. 

2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare -- I'm loving this series. Can't wait to read the latest installment. 

1. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor -- I've gushed about this series before. Really need to get the latest installment. :D

What Top Ten novels do you really want to read but not own yet?

Writing Post Roundup

Happy Monday, Everyone! Hope you all have a productive day!

Today I decided to post a round-up of great writing post I've checked out lately. Browse through the list below and see if there's anything that would help you with your writing!

Creating Characters Agents Love and Editors Publish: Middle Grade and YA Novels. I don't actually write middle grade or YA, but I write children and young people sometimes, so I still found these tips helpful.

Editing: 5 Words to Eliminate from Your Writing. All great ideas for elimination.

The Character Name Generator. This is kinda cool. :D

Writing in Deep POV. Definitely some great tips here.

Writing the Perfect Character Flaw.

The Four Cornerstones of Great Characters

Picking a Juicy Secret to Jazz Up Your Character

Fictional Ecosystems for Fantasy Worlds

Five Foundations of World Building

20 World Building Questions for Authors to Ask Themselves

What Makes a Gimmick?

Make Your Characters Anti-Ciphers

The Art of Profanity

Writing a Satisfying Ending

If you need to get the creative juices flowing, hop over to my Musings on Fantasia blog for a creative challenge. (It involves an amazing, evocative image!)

Did any of these help you in your writing at all? Which did you find the most interesting?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Funnies

It's Friday! (Yeah!) I found this on Pinterest and thought it was appropriate. Hope it makes you smile! :D

Which dedication is your favorite? Do you know of any hilarious dedications not listed here?