Thursday, February 15, 2018

Business: Pionik Is Like Pinterest

Found Pionik through a Pinterest pin (and don't ask me how to pronounce it) and did not like the site as soon as I went there. Firstly, social media buttons are lined vertically left on top of each and every image. Very distracting. Could not even look at a page of pins very long.

There is no help or about page anywhere on the site and I like to read about sites and people. I clicked on Our Community and there are about 50 registered members. Member Fercha has a profile page with an avatar, header and a few tote bag patterns on it.

According to CuteStat.com , the site has been in operation for 1 yr 9 mos, and the server is hosted near Wichita, KS. It gets over 1,000 unique visitors per day, and over 5,000 page views. The Alexa global traffic rank is #405,951.

If you're seeking a non-congested Pinterest alternative, you should give Pionik a try. They say this about their site: Pionic is a visual bookmarking tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests. This image bookmarking site has a long way to go to rival Pinterest though. Pinterest congestion, by the way, is what makes it such a rich place for inspiration.





Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WRITING: How To Write Poems For Beginners

If you have problems with a poem springing forth in your mind, i.e., you lack inspiration, first decide how many lines you want to have. In The Sky Through Bare Branches I decided to write 2 stanzas with 5 lines each. The lines do not rhyme, but are free-flowing thoughts.

To write a poem, decide how many lines you want to have.


The Sky Through Bare Branches



I love seeing the sky through bare branches.

I don’t know what it is, but

The white limbs of

The paper birch look silvery

Against the azure blue.



I love seeing the sky through bare branches.

As the scattered leaves

Shiver stiffly in

The cold gust,

I bid fall ado.

©Holland Writing And Publishing | All Rights Reserved  
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In Blue Winter Sky, I chose 3 stanzas of four lines each, and this is a rhyming poem. If you want your poem to rhyme, decide on which lines. You can choose any format, but some seem harder to rhyme. The 1st and 4th lines are an example. You can even do something like the 1st and 3rd, and the 2nd and 4th in the same poem. This is quite a challenge.

Sometimes your thoughts will lean towards a certain rhyming format. I chose the 3rd and 4th lines in each stanza for Blue Winter Sky.

To write a rhyming poem, decide on which lines you want to rhyme.


Blue Winter Sky



The winter sky is very blue,

As I look out in disbelief

That winter sky could be so rich

In color blue, while trees are sticks.



I stand and gaze on wintry scene,

With brilliant blue across the sky,

With air so very crisp and cold,

With skeletal trees so black and bold.



The sky is such a lovely blue.

On Heaven's canvas Nature's brush

Has deftly added glorious hue,

Has placed her artist skill on view.

©Holland Writing And Publishing | All Rights Reserved
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Creative Selling Ideas at TCS: 

  1. Print or type up a few of your poems on 8 1/2 x 11" paper turned sideways and folded to make 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" pages. So 1 sheet of paper will fold into 4 sides in stead of 2 sides for the large sheet of paper. Cut out pictures from magazines to illustrate your poems and paste them to the pages. Staple the folded sheets together at the fold line or spine. You can also glue each page spine into each other. Staple or glue a folded piece of 8 1/2 x 11" colored paper or cardstock to the outside of your folded booklet, or signature. Decorate the front simply or elaborately and give your booklet as a gift. You have now published a book of your poems, in the most simple and pure way.





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