Archive for the year 2011

Farewell To Adgitize

Posted on December 27, 2011 10:51 pm under General
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Ken Brown, President of Adgitize announced today that Adgitize will be closing at the end of the year. Adgitize had its beginnings in 2008 and was created as “an alternative blogging platform.” As a member of Adgitize, I will be sorry to see it go.

Adgitize helped to increase my web traffic, but that was just one of its benefits. Through the Adgitize network, I have had the opportunity to meet other bloggers and benefit from their knowledge and experience. It has been an invaluable experience and Adgitize’s closing is a loss to our blogging community.

Many thanks to Ken, who has continually shown himself to be a keen and honest businessman. I wish him well in his future endeavors.

Opportunity Is Knocking

Posted on December 26, 2011 6:23 pm under General
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As an adult college student, I had to balance a full time job, schoolwork and family. I would have happily given up my job, but I couldn’t afford to live without it, much less pay for my classes. A tight schedule was the price I had to pay for a degree. I held onto that belief until a few months before graduation, when I met a classmate who was paid to go to college.

Sheila wanted to start a private elementary school for gifted children. She didn’t have a teaching degree, nor did she have money to start a school, but she had a lot of initiative. She did substantial research and applied for grants. It took time and a fair amount of paperwork that included details of her plans. In the end, however, she received a grant that not only provided the funds to start the school, but also paid her tuition and a salary while she pursued her degree.

College-bound students would do well to heed her example, but there’s a lesson here for all of us. While some may wait for opportunity to knock, the most successful folks hunt it down and drag it home.

All I Want For Christmas

Posted on December 26, 2011 11:30 am under Microfiction
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Who could forget the Grinch?

Or that darling, precocious Cindy Lou?

Less is known about Martha May, the Grinch’s love interest. Remember her?


In the interest of fairness, I’m devoting today’s succincts to Martha May.


Christmas Past
Presents? Martha May wanted them all, until the fateful day she fell into the wrapping paper and was nearly discarded with the trash. (134)

Christmas Present
Martha is buoyant, when the Grinch proposes. Unfortunately, she swoons and falls into the holiday rubble, nearly repeating history. (132)

Christmas Future
Marital discord strikes the Grinch household, when Martha requests a no-gift Christmas and hubby shows up with a sleigh full of presents. (137)

And for those who want a happy ending . . .

Martha May and the Grinch reach a compromise. Martha sings “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” (94)

Succinctly Yours offers a weekly photo and word as inspiration for your microfiction. How low can you go? Choose the 140 character or 140 word option.

This week’s word was buoyant.

Succinctly Yours Week 40

Posted on December 24, 2011 12:05 am under Succinctly Yours
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How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words.Click For Details

Photo for Monday, Dec 26th

Word of the Week:buoyant

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A Very Scary Christmas

Posted on December 23, 2011 2:43 am under Story Ideas
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Clarice Hunter’s pampered childhood included frequent visits to Simone Street’s shopping district. Seventy years later, jewelry stores and fancy restaurants have surrendered to delis and second-hand shops. Clarice is now a poverty-stricken widow, living in a tiny apartment above the stores.
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