Arachne Enterprises

Writing by Montrée Whiles, Satine Steele, and Rabiyah Hamnach

Hubbin’ It Isn’t So Bad At All

My lenses* were moved over on the 8th. I’ve not started getting them up and going yet. Twelve hub**s. That’s right. I have 12 hubs up. Some were lenses I brought over manually and the others are new hubs. HubPages is great. My experience at Squidoo trained me well. This unexpected turn of events can only be to my benefit, at least it has been so far. Check out my hubs.

Hospice training took up my last weekend. Clay will take up the coming weekend. Since my surgery, I’ve turned to flab. All that fat and muscle I sported before is nowhere to be seen. So, I’m flabby now. I’ve got an appointment at the gym tomorrow for an evaluation. Just what I need, another black hole for time.

Just as I’m constantly having one thing or another crop up to devour what little free time I have, it seems I’ll never shake having to put in the 9-5 every day. But, at least the mystery of what I’ll be doing as of the 1st of October has been solved. I’ll be moving to another team in the same department. Just so you know. The department dropped the bomb last May that all but two positions would be going away. Yikes, like I really gave a ratz patootie anyway.

It’s been on the top of my list to transfer to another department for a while. I want scrubs and sneakers back in my life. I”m tired of having to cobble something together in the morning to wear to work. Dress codes suck, except when I’m going to the symphony. But, then here, people even where flip-flops to the symphony. Go figure. I want a night shift and I would prefer to be on the main campus instead of an outlying building. At least the digs will be nice when I move over.

I guess now you have the picture that my life has been a little topsy-turvy of late. The bills from the surgery have hit. Summer is almost over. The car is threatening to go on the blink at any moment. The good thing in all this chaos is that my sticking to getting the maintenance done. Afterall, it’s what my rent pays for, right. Even that eyesore of a refrigerator was replaced. I guess going to the BBB when neither the corporate or leasing offices seem to be rallying will get you everywhere.

Hope all is copacetic in your neck of the woods. Two recommendations for you before I sign off. One, HubPages, and two, StorEnvy. My blogger could use some love as well, please give it a follow.

*A lens is an article posted to Squidoo.
*A hub is an article posted to HubPages.

Have you heard the news?!

Squidoo is moving to HubPages. Though I’ll miss Squidoo and all the great people I’ve met there, I’ve not wasted any time looking ahead to the move. You’ll find me here: http://arachnea.hubpages.com.

Also, check out  my new store front: http://arachneents.storenvy.com. I’m gradually moving in over there. I’ve expanded my interests to include prayer beads and cellini jewelry. I’ve got pots to glaze this week and am working on beads and thangs for the kiln. I now have an option to do raku and saggar fire.

The day job is going away [no comment]. I hope to either move to another position with the same organization or move on to something else. There has to be something in this town which I can enjoy during the 8-10hrs of the day that are slotted for work.

Writing is on hold to a degree. But I’m still pecking at it. The attempt at working with a few folks to start a writing group fizzled. I need a group with a true focus on writing and dedication to contributing their work and commentary on the work of others. I have so little free time that it doesn’t work for me to show up to a meeting with no clearly defined focus or have one person dominate the conversation or another not motivated enough to produce work to share. That said, I’m looking at other options in that area. I believe strongly everyone can contribute in a meaningful way to a group no matter what the demographics of the members are.

 
 
 
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A Chat and a Cuppa with Author Erica Miner

Today’s visit is with Erica Miner, author of novel, Murder in the Pit.  Take a moment to read the full interview on Squidoo.

I read this book as soon as I could get my hands on a copy.  I had seen it promoted in an eMag over a year ago and knew I just had to read it.  I’ve always appreciated classical music, opera and other artistic presentations.  Having been in the trenches, Erica’s writing reflects that rich culture and its influence.  While reading this clever mystery, I could just as easily been sitting in a seat at the Met, her writing style is that visual.  The pace is quick and there’s sweet romance (if not a little terse in places), and most importantly a knotty puzzle to unravel.

How do you keep yourself motivated to write? Writing is my passion; there’s nothing else I love to do quite as much. So motivation is not usually a problem. I just have all these stories to tell. Why wait?  Erica Miner, see full interview.

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And, When You Are Visited By A Giant Squid …

… offer them lady fingers.

#squidoo #arachnea

I’m up to thirty-five Squidoo articles (lenses), thirty-three trophies (experience badges) and have reached level fifty-five.  A return to work is looming over head, so I’m trying to keep my spirits up.  It seems I’m constantly being reminded (not that I forget) what a great community Squidoo can be.  It, like so many things, is what you make of it, but even the littlest effort reaps great reward on Squidoo and that’s even before I am eligible to start earning for my efforts as well.  Please take a look see at my Giant Squid post.  Considering joining Squidoo, click this link now.

21.  A Shine of Rainbows:  Movie Review ~ A  Movie Review

22.  Why I Like Getting Muddy

23.  Self Editing for Fiction Writers ~ A Book Review

24.  How To Make Iced Tea ~ A Recipe

25.  The Wonder Bag ~ A Product Review

26.  Ovente Glass Electric Kettle ~ Product Review

27.  Wonderbag Recipe: Rice

28.  Wonderbag Recipe: Chicken Sishebo

29.  Peach Tea ~ A Recipe

30. Wonderbag Recipe: Quinoa

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31. My 8 Favorite Detective Shows ~ A Review

32. Wonderbag Recipe: Japanese Style Curry Stew (Kare)

33. Quinoa Tabbouleh ~ A Recipe

34. Iced Chai Tea ~ A Recipe

35. The Well-Cared-For Blister ~ A Giant Squid Lens

36. Virtual Interview: Murder in the Pit Author Erica Miner

37. Look Ma! No Bowl Brush! ~ A Product Review

38. Whodunit Fiction

39. Nothing Like Fresh Ground Coffee in the Morning ~ A Product Review

40. 12 Things That Made Life Easier As A Newbie On Squidoo

 

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Check out lenses 1-20 here and 11-30 here.

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Look, Ma! I’m a Giant Squid

#squidoo #arachnea #giantsquid

 

Youtrophy giant squid club‘ve probably seen my posts over the last several months listing my various lenses (pages or articles on Squidoo.com). So what is Squidoo?

“Squidoo is a community website platform that allows users to create pages (called lenses)  for subjects which interest them, and to use those pages to sell products for profit or charitable donation. The site reportedly had 1.5 million “hand-built lenses” as of October 2010.” Wikipedia

For me, Squidoo is an outlet for me to write about things that interest me, things that I know about, and things that I want to know more about.  Squidoo is also a community comprised mostly of like-minded people.  By like-minded, I mean people for whom quality content, interesting topics and community spirit is an important part of their virtual efforts pertaining to writing.

Being a part of Squidoo isn’t without certain benefits.  Regular recognition of a job well done (or lens well-written) is part and parcel to being part of the squidoo community.  Trophies are one of the ways that lensmasters (writers on Squidoo.com) are given a pat on the back for striving for excellence.  Lens which have original content, are trophy giant squidnot spammy, and are well written can be awarded a purple star or even Lens of the Day. And, as the quote says above, there are ways to earn money for profit or for charity.

Speaking of Charity, Squidoo was designed to help raise money for a worthy cause.  Not only does Squidoo allocate 50% of revenue to lensmasters, it also makes large contributions to charity.  Squidoo was founded in 2005.

Because Squidoo is in line with my own goals, I’ve put a great deal of effort into publishing articles (lenses) to the website.  You’ll find me here.  In a reward for my efforts I’ve been made a Giant Squid and admitted to the Giant Squid club.  What does it mean to be a Giant Squid?

The Giant Squids is a club of dedicated lensmasters on Squidoo.” bdkz

A note on the monster system on Squidoo.  Monsters are they cute little critters which herald a lensmaster’s successes and experience point milestones.  Everything about Squidoo is focused on quality and encouraging quality in lensmasters.  Members with other goals and interests counter to the Squidoo design don’t realize success for their efforts.  Visit my link, Things That Made Life Easier As A Newbie On Squidoo.

Thinking of joining Squidoo, click this link now.

Find lenses 1-20 here and 11-30 here and 21-30 here.

 

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