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How to Create Believable Characters (via Global Mysteries)

I am putting this on my blog so I can keep track of mor of Nancy’s good tips more easliy. Thanks Nancy.

How to Create Believable Characters The ability to create believable characters derives from your in-depth knowledge of your characters. Before you ever start to write, put your characters to the test by asking and answering questions about them. Start with physical details. Pretty basic. What do they look like? Describe them from head to foot—hair to toe. Include the clothing they wear. Then ask questions about their personality traits. Are they shy, hot-tempered, sensual, arrogan … Read More

via Global Mysteries

Something a little positive.

How a couple furnished their house for $675.  🙂



The Day/Time to Buy Stuff.

An interesting video on the best days and times to buy stuff.  Like buy your airline ticket on Wednesday _ 1:00 am


More mystery tips from Nancy Curteman









If you are writing a mystery, Nancy’s tips are invaluable.


Life’s Little Lessons

Life’s Little Lessons     Author unknown,

1. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “Thank you” though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.

2. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are on-stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.

3. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

4. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.

5. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

6. Good sex should involve laughter. Because it’s, you know, funny.

7. You need only two tools… WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

8. If you tell a lie, don’t believe it deceives only the other person.

9. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize” and “You are right”.

10. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

11. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

12. The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever gave me was “Go! You might meet somebody!”

13. If she says that you are too good for him—believe her.

14. I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?

15. At hard times I ask myself, “How do I feel? What do I want?” I use it whenever I’m at loss for words or thoughts.

16. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.

17. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

18. If you move far from your family when you’re young, consider choosing a career with an airline. Your need to see your family will last a lifetime, as will your travel benefits.

19. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.

20. Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are going to need them to empty your bed urinal and hold your hand.

21. Work is good but it’s not that important.

22. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

23. And finally… Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.

13 Tips for a Super Yard Sale From MONEY TALKS

 13 Tips for a Super Yard Sale

A yard sale is just clearing your clutter, right? Wrong. It’s an opportunity to become a master of marketing and merchandising. Use these tips to make more money with less sweat.

If spring is for cleaning, summer is for selling off all the junk you’ve accumulated. And the simplest way to do it? An American classic: the yard sale.

Yard sales are known by many names, including garage sales, attic sales, porch sales, barn sales, junk sales, tag sales, moving sales, and the ever-popular rummage sale. They’ve been around for as long as people have been collecting clutter – if you’re so inclined, check out the history at this Wikipedia page.

But if you’re interested in making money, what you need are a few tips to make your next sale more successful. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a yard sale is nothing more than throwing your stuff out on the lawn and collecting cash. As with all events that involve currency changing hands, marketing and merchandising make a difference.

Keeping it simple and organized is essential. More tips to make sure you end the day with more fives and tens and fewer odds and ends:

  1. Check the rules. The last thing you want to do is drag all your stuff onto the lawn only to have a neighbor complain or someone from city code enforcement drop by. It’s rare for a permit or license to be required, but it’s possible. There are even neighborhoods where it’s not allowed at all. For example, according to Wikipedia, Beverly Hills residents have to do their yard saling in the – ahem – back yard. Just one more reason not to live there.
  2. Don’t go it alone. There are a few things in life best done alone, but yard saling isn’t one of them. The more people you involve and the more stuff you offer, the better the sale will be and the less you’ll have to do. Go door to door and get the whole block involved.
  3. Check the weather and pick your spot. The yard’s better than the garage – there’s more light and space, people can see the wares clearly from the street, and the whole thing looks more festive and inviting. But check the weather: You don’t want your stuff rained on, and inside or out, you’ll have fewer shoppers if it’s raining. Weekends are obviously best, and plan on starting early: You’ll have bargain-seekers there at the crack of dawn.
  4. Advertise well. Homemade signs are fine – just make sure they’re big enough to read (drive by them yourself) and include arrows, the address, and a phone number in case people can’t find you. The busier the street where you plant your signs, the better. But be aware of sign ordinances in your neighborhood (especially if you live in Beverly Hills). Advertise online for free as well: Try Craigslist and YardSaleSearch.com. If you have too much stuff to mention it all in an ad, name sought-after items that rope people in: furniture, electronics, tools, collectibles, and brand names. The more effort you put it to marketing your sale, the more money you’ll make and the faster your clutter will clear.
  5. Make it easy for buyers. Group similar items alphabetize books, movies, and music, sort clothes by size or type. Leave enough room for people to get around easily and quickly. A yard sale checklist for before, during, and after the sale can help you keep track of everything.
  6. Price and label clearly. Removable stickers (colored dots work well) are cheap solutions for labeling: Red dots are a dollar, yellow 50 cents, etc. Having boxes or tables with a fixed-price can save you from individually labeling everything and helps display things.
  7. Encourage bulk buys. People who shop yard sales are looking for deals. Offer discounts for buying in multiples, like 3 for $5.
  8. The clock is ticking. If as the day goes on stuff isn’t selling, become more flexible: The later it gets, the lower the price.
  9. Keep it simple. Pricing everything in quarter increments makes transactions simpler. So does having plenty of change: Keep at least one roll of quarters, at least $20 in ones, and a few fives and tens handy. Use a fanny pack or something else that keeps the money on you.
  10. Don’t be a pest. Doesn’t it annoy you when store employees follow you around? Acknowledge everyone with a smile or a wave to show you’re available, and leave them to it. Consider offering free drinks: water, lemonade, tea, or cheap soda.
  11. Power to the people. It’s hard to sell electronics if people can’t see they work: Run an extension cord outside. If you have records or CDs for sale, playing music can help sales and provide a nice atmosphere. Exception: if you’re trying to unload your heavy metal collection.
  12. Donate your leftovers. As the day winds down, if you’ve got stuff left over, call a local charity and invite them to the party. That way you can turn your remaining inventory into a tax deduction while helping people who didn’t have the money to show up.
  13. A tip for yard-sale buyers. If you’re a buyer, always head for the ritziest zip codes. Rich people have higher-quality stuff and are more likely to let it go cheap. But if you’re thinking Beverly Hills, be sure to check around back.

The last thing you want to do is drag all your stuff onto the lawn only to have a neighbor complain or someone from city code enforcement drop by. It’s rare for a permit or license to be required, but it’s possible. There are even neighborhoods where it’s not allowed at all. For example, according to , Beverly Hills residents have to do their yard saling in the – ahem – back yard. Just one more reason not to live there.

Source: Money Talks (http://s.tt/12GXt)


Gardener events from Santa Clara Master Gardeners

A few events from Santa Clara Master Gardeners

Santa Clara Master Gardeners





Garden Design With Water Wise Plants

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Speaker: MG Roberta Barnes. Evergreen Branch Library,

2635 Aborn Rd., San Jose, 95121


Plant Propagation for the Home Gardener

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: MG Janet Waagen. Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Ave., San Jose 95132


Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Speaker: MG Susan Zaslaw. Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino 95014


Bees in the ‘Burbs – Basic Beekeeping for Beginners

Tuesday, July 26, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Speaker: MG Vera Kark. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos 94022


How to Espalier

Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: MG Sue Bell. Evergreen Branch Library, 2635 Aborn Rd., San Jose, 95121