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Updated stats for my article… It’s still going up but it’s not there yet!


Whoz da kittyThe stats just updated this morning and here is the new numbers:

Created it on the 12th
Overall Rank:  263,525 (on 13th)
Overall Rank:  33,113 (on 14th)
Overall Rank: 23,133 (on 15th)
Overall Rank: 18,493 (on 16th)
Overall Rank: 16,294 (on 17th)
Overall Rank: 14,100 (on 18th)  <<< TODAY

#502 in “Books, Poetry and Writing” and #62 in “Books >> Reading Lists” (on 15th)
#410 in “Books, Poetry and Writing” and #55 in “Books >> Reading Lists” (on 16th)
#359 in “Books, Poetry and Writing” and #48 in “Books >> Reading Lists” (on 17th)
#316 in “Books, Poetry and Writing” and #43 in “Books >> Reading Lists” (on 18th) <<< TODAY

For full details, check out yesterday’s post (keep scrolling down if you’re on my blog)  If not, then click this link to see all the gory details.

If you haven’t visited the article on squidoo yet, please do so and please share this with as many folks as you can.

I need to get the Overall ranking under 2,000, the smaller the number the better!


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We’re not talkin’ “Daddy Warbucks” yet, but… One can hope, and you can help! –> My Songs and Books From the Rachel Maddow Show is a Chart Rocket!

Books and Music from the Rachel Maddow ShowMy New Article Books and Songs from the Rachel Maddow Show is a “Chart Rocket”!!!!

Ok, folks, something really cool is going on — I have a chance at a real, honest to goodness, money-making article!  Woot!  Yeeeeeeeee haaawwwwwwww!!!!!!

Those who have followed my posts here know that a little over a year ago I lost my job as a librarian.  Since that time I have been trying to switch from “unemployed” to “self-employed” and one of the ways I’ve been doing that is to write online articles over at Squidoo.

They say in the “writing business” that you should write what you are passionate about.  For me that mainly means dance, which unfortunately is NOT just a huge “money making” topic for writing.

BUT…  I do like books as well.  And, I do like the Rachel Maddow Show. And I noticed something interesting the other day when I looked at the “Top 100” lenses at Squidoo….  TWO of the Top 15 “lenses” which is what Squidoo calls “articles” are about BOOKS!  Now there is something that I can write about which I also can be passionate about.

I was a librarian after all.  🙂

So, I created a new lens:  Books and Songs from the “Rachel Maddow Show” (Current Season) and I published it on Friday the 12th in the wee hours of the morning.  Since that time here is how it has ranked: Read the rest of this entry

Books and Songs from the “Rachel Maddow Show” (Current Season)

Books from the About the Books on the Rachel Maddow Show

The Rachel Maddow Show airs on MSNBC (9pm Eastern Time) Monday-Friday. The show, hosted by Rachel Maddow, is a daily news and opinion television program…

… The show usually features one or two guests during the 60 minute program and sometimes those guests are authors. Usually the author is there to provide commentary on the topic of the day, or to be interviewed because they are the topic of the day. Therefore, any plug of the author’s writings are secondary to the author’s pundit or news role.

Given that focus, it is understandable that there is no easy or concise way to find a list of the books mentioned or featured on the show. Trust me, I looked. I’m a librarian and I’m pretty good at finding information on the Internet, if it exists.

There just isn’t a list like that our there. Until now. So, here for your enjoyment are a list of the Rachel Maddow Show Guests who are authors and their books…

…if you watch the show regularly you’ll hear a song played as the show goes to commercial or during the credits roll at the end.  The name of the song, if one is going to be used in that night’s show is released on the MaddowBlog.  However, just as with the books, there is no single concise list of all the soundtracks.

Fear not, my fellow Maddow fans, I’m including them down below along with the books.   [ Read the Rest of the Article ]

I’m re-reading the Dresden Files (as part of my “new year plan”)

So, what does “reading a SciFi/Fantasy” series have to do with the price of tea in China?

Smiley wearing glasses reading a bookWell, nothing actually.  But it does have something to do with my whole “Transform Tony in 2013” plan.

Here’s the VERY brief outline of the plan.  Trust me, I can be brief when I need to and today, I need to because I’ve got a LOT of things on the “to do list”

But, Uhmmm.. I digress… back to that outline of “The Plan.”

Here is the deal, I recognize that to achieve my goals for this year (more detail on that later) that I have to do a little bit every day/week:

  1. Get plenty of sleep every night
  2. Stretch daily
  3. Lift (3 x a week)
  4. Cardio (3 x a week)
  5. Diet (in the sense of eating right, not in the sense of starving myself)
  6. Dance (overlaps with cardio but not always — also overlaps with lifting, but not always)
  7. Be “domestic” (e.g. laundry, dust, balance Quicken, pay bills, ride herd on the clutter, etc)
  8. Be “entrepreneurial” (e.g. add designs to my online t-shirt/button/bag shop on Zazzle, write articles on Squidoo, promote and advertise my Line Dance Instruction business, etc)
  9. Socialize and/or Relax

Yin Yang (CC)So, where does the “reading SciFi” fit into all this?  Well, friends and neighbors, I’m about to go all Zen on you.

There has to be balance!

To maintain a healthy “me” there has to be some socialization and relaxation built into the picture.   It can’t all be “work, work, plan, plan, plan, work, work, work toward the goal”  Ya just gotta cut loose and relax some too!

So, as part of my ‘getting ready for bed” routine I do some reading.

Ah-HA!  cry the teeming masses of the eight people actually reading my blog!

The light dawns.  The sun rises and understanding and clarity reigns throughout the land!  Woot!

And the SciFi series I’m re-reading is The Dresden Files / by Jim Butcher.  Ok, so I’ve read this series of books before.  And I have this “rule” that I only keep books around if I’ve read them at least four times.  And since this is the fourth?  fifth? sixth? time I’ve read this series I’m going to keep the books around this time so the next time I want to read them I won’t have to go scrounging around to find them all.

If you’re into SciFi, or Fantasy, or you’re into Detective Noir books then this series has got your name written all over it.  It is about this nice guy who happens to be Wizard, and a Private Investigator and who sometimes gets himself into trouble.  Uhmmm.  Did I say “sometimes”?  That’s like saying the Mississippi has a little bit of water in it.  LOL

Anyway, the books are a very fast read.  Lots of fun.  Entertaining, enjoyable and full of action.  They have characters which develop and grow, not only within each book, but over the span of the entire series.  Which means that you really do need to read them in order.

The first one, which I finished last night, is called “Storm Front”  Here is what it says about the book on the author’s website:

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

Now, that I’ve finished book one, I’m going to have to head to Half-Price Books today and try to find Books 2 & 3 in the series.  *sigh*

That is after I go to the dance studio this morning and before I go practice with my awesome dance partner and then go to the wonderful West Coast Swing Class tonight.

See ya on the dance floor!

The Stonewall Book Awards

I have a new article on Squidoo

Golden Book with Rainbow Pages

My latest article is about the Stonewall Book Awards which is an annual award given by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Roundtable of the American Library Association.  Whew!  How is that for a long name?

The Award is named after the Stonewall Riots which marks the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement.

For more info on the Award, the riots, or to see the list of books that have won the award, hop on over to Squidoo for the full article:

Stonewall Book Awards:

from 1971 to the Present

See ya on the dance floor!

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