Format for Twitter Links

John Audubon - Common Blue Bird (sic)

This is how I tweet links on Twitter : Title | @mrsalbrecht

I chose this format for tweeting links because it conveys the necessary information in a clean, minimalistic way.

Because Twitter highlights links in blue, the eyes skip the link and focus on the title.

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Welcome, New Friends!

Two blogs I love are sending traffic my way this week! Please stop by these Internet gems, both with long-time spots on my blogroll, and say konnichiwa:

The Flourishing Mother : This week, I’m being featured for Andrea’s Momma Monday column! Last March, I quoted from Andrea’s Post, “I Made a Meal for Jesus,” which challenged me to think of Jesus as a friend and to do things, like making dinner, as if was doing them directly for Him. It was life-changing for me.

Feminia: Nancy Wilson, who has written of some of my favorite books, coauthors a delightful blog with the ladies in her family. Recently, she invited readers to post their blogs for a Tour the Readers’ Blogs Party… so I did! There are many great bloggers who responded to her post. How about you add yours?

You’re also invited to check out my Welcome! page as well as send me an email to introduce yourself. Please let me know how I can best pray for and/or be of encouragement to you. If you have them, please let me know your Twitter handle and blog URL so I can check out your corner of the Web.

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Craigslist Art : Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall

Found the Missed Connections blog on Twitter via @101Cookbooks.

Susan Blackall, a New York based illustrator, finds her inspiration in the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist. Her artwork makes me want to pick up my paintbrush and watercolors like old times. Enjoy!

“Missed connections inspire me because they’re unfinished stories. I love trying to figure out what wasn’t said… what’s not there… the missing part. Since I have been reading them in this obsessive way, I see missed connections everywhere. I look at people glancing at each other on the train and wonder if they’re going to turn up the next day.

There is a danger of living in a city of millions of people that you can become invisible. There is that feeling for a lot of people that a tiny moment could set your life on a different course. There is that ‘what if’ that is honestly appealing and universal.. that your morning commute might change everything.” – Sophie Blackall, Illustrator

Metaphor Appreciation Club: For Linguists, Poets and Wannabes

I do appreciate a good metaphor.

(Club name pops to mind as I write this post –
Metaphor Appreciation Club: For Linguists, Poets and Wannabes) (Yeah, that “Major Geek” tag on my page isn’t just random flair…)

Metaphors are my method of choice in describing an object in print. Oftentimes, I actually think in metaphors — which can, unfortunately, lead to paint-drying rabbit trails in my speaking as I try to explain how I arrived at Point A from Point B. (This is called, “Abstract Indexing” and if I ever went back to school, it’d be for Major in Library Science, studying various forms of indexing, with a minor in Journalism) I digress…

Today’s wikiHow-of-the-Day (an iGoogle app), How to Write a Metaphor, was inspiring.

One of my personal techniques for metaphor writing is to first think about the object for awhile – it’s shape, color, where it is used, how it is used, where in the world it is found, etc.

Then, I think of things with similarities to the descriptions I’ve already discovered.

Next, I test it by putting into one of those annoying analogy phrases found on SAT tests. Here’s an example from my seat: A _mouse_ is to _cheese_ as a _moth_ is to _light_. The “is” here refers to a similar, sometimes even fatal, attraction. Mousetraps and Bug Zappers come to mind.

An example metaphor application can be found in my haiku, “Coffee”. The sound of coffee brewing reminded me of the sound of thunder. In this case, by use of a metaphor, I didn’t even have to say outright I was brewing coffee to convey the scene to the reader.

Do you have a favorite metaphor? Please leave it as a comment ;)

PS: NO WAY!!! There’s a Metaphor and Symbol Journal!