Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt: Are You a fan of self-help/advice books and what has been your favorite one?

Honestly, I have never read a self-help book. I don’t know if that means I’m well-adjusted or in denial.

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Happy Hooker


Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt: What is something you know that you could teach another person if given the chance?

I thought long and hard about this and finally decided that I could teach someone to crochet if I had the chance. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was about 8 years old. I love crocheting. It’s relaxing, and it’s fun to see a strand of yarn emerge from the crochet hook as a bag, or an afghan, or a sweater. I love to create and be creative, and I am always working on a project. I teach myself new techniques and try new patterns.

I still have an afghan that my grandmother crocheted probably 35 years ago. I hope that items I’ve crocheted for others last half that long, and are cherished as much as I cherish that afghan.

Until next time,

Beth VanHoose

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The King of Horror


Wednesday’s NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could connect one-on-one with one expert, what would you want to learn?

I would love to sit down with Stephen King and have a lengthy one-on-one conversation. I am a huge King fan and have read most everything he has written. I’ve always been curious about what type of person he is to have such a vivid, horrific, and brilliant imagination. I would want to learn about what inspires him, where he gets his ideas, and to get his thoughts on writing.

Who would you like to connect with?

Beth VanHoose

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I didn’t get a chance to post on Tuesday, so I am doing Tuesday’s post today. The Tuesday prompt for NaBloPoMo is: Do you prefer to take advice from strangers or from people close to you?

It depends on the type of advice I am seeking. If I’m looking for  medical or legal advice, I’m probably going to use the services of a doctor or lawyer. While not necessarily strangers, they are professionals and experts in their field, and will give advice accordingly.

If it’s a personal matter, I prefer to take advice from friends and family, versus advice from strangers. After all, how good can personal advice be from someone who doesn’t know you?

Beth VanHoose

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Experts wanted


I’m taking part in August’s NaBloPoMo. The purpose is to write a post every day, one related to the topic. This month’s theme is KNOW. Today’s writing prompt is: Everyone is an expert in something. Tell us three things you are an expert in.

That’s hard. I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about several things. I don’t know that I’d consider myself an expert on anything. That being said, I can name at least three things that I either know quite a bit about, or can do quite well, if I do say so myself.

1) Sarcasm – I am one of the most sarcastic people you’d ever care to meet. It’s an art. Sometimes my sarcasm gets me into trouble. No, really, it does. Hard to believe, I know, especially for those who know me, but it’s true.

2) Grammar – My family and friends call me a Grammar Nazi. It’s a title I wear with pride. I loathe poor (or no) punctuation, improper tenses, misspelled words, people who interchange it’s and it’s; your and you’re; they’re, their, and there. I can’t count the number of times I’ve wanted to correct a friend’s Facebook status or tweet. To me, improper grammar is like nails on a chalkboard – highly irritating and completely unnecessary.

3) Making Chex Mix – Family and friends love my Chex Mix. I get requests for my Chex Mix. I learned to make Chex Mix from my mom. I refuse to use the microwave. The oven is the only way to go. The recipe on the cereal box is only a guideline. I use more, sometimes a lot more, of everything. And my Chex Mix is damn good, if I do say so myself.

What things are you damn good at?

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Growing Pains

Some of you may have noticed that this blog expanded rather suddenly. As I was reviewing things today, I decided that I had too many blogs and not enough time to maintain them all. So, I’m combining some of them and using  categories tabs in my menu to make it easier to navigate. I’ve imported one other blog into this one so far, and will import at least one other before all is said and done.  I’m still keeping my craft blog separate, and will also have a site that is strictly devoted to my freelance writing (resume, rates, samples, links).

As I’ve stated, this blog is a work in progress, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing other changes along the way.

Beth VanHoose

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Back to Work

Well, my Winter Break is coming to a close. I go back to work tomorrow after two weeks off. I work at a school, so basically when the students have breaks from school, I get breaks from work. Unfortunately, they are generally unpaid breaks, but sometimes it’s nice to have the time off.

I didn’t get as much done during break as I would have liked. Having Christmas and New Year’s in the middle of the weeks made things kind of strange. I got to spend more time with hubby though, so that was nice.

I didn’t feel well for a lot of the break. Not bad, just enough that I didn’t want to do much. Then we had the freak snow storm that dumped about 5 inches of snow on our little corner of the desert, so that prevented some activity as well. I had wanted to clean, and finish a major crochet project. Cleaning went by the wayside, but I’m almost finished with the crochet. I should have it finished tonight once I get off of here.

Which, I need to do so that I can get things ready for tomorrow. I hope everyone out there in the blogosphere has a great day/evening, depending on where you are.

Beth VanHoose

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