Small Business Saturday 11/25/17

Greetings all!

I wanted to share a fun promotion that happens right after Black Friday.  It’s called:

Small Business Saturday!

Basically, it’s a day use to promote small businesses. Independent companies doing their best to make headway in the world. This day is for showing support to these small companies and all the innovation and uniqueness they bring so we have more choices in what we buy.

As an author published by small publishing companies and with my daughter trying to run a handmade chainmail jewelry business, Small Business Saturday affects me in multiple ways.

So if you get a chance, why not add your own voice in support of small businesses this year? Add #shopsmall to your posts on Facebook, Twitter and more. You could even buy from them! 😛

Here’s a list of some I’d like to recommend:

 

 Chibi Chains – homemade chainmail jewelry!

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Zumaya Publications

Zumaya Publications – We Support Irresponsible Reading

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Yard Dog Press

Yard Dog Press – Publishing the fiction your REALLY want to read

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Mundania Press

Mundania Press – Extraordinary books by talented authors

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Uncial PressUncial Press

 

 

 

 

Mind Sieve 5/15/17

Morning all!

Going to try to do a full post. Wish me luck!

FanFun

Symphony of Science – Onward to the Edge! Hubby shared this with me. Once the song starts, it’s just too cute!

Something else he sent me. These solar panel roof tiles from Tesla look awesome! 🙂

Despicable Me 3 “Minions Prison Trailer” and more. Like a musical! lol.

IT Trailer 2 (Extended) – Okay, that is one creepy looking clown! o.O

Social Media

Facebook Video for Marketers: Strategy for Future Success – I need clones. So many clones…

Introducing Instagram Stories – they disappear in 24 hours if you don’t move them to the feed. Not sure of the point of it?

Writing

Want To Grow As A Writer? Transform Your Critique Group by Writing Coach at the Writers Helping Writers Blog. Some excellent points in the article!

Have a great week ya’ll!

Mind Sieve 1/23/17

Happy Monday!

Fan Fun

The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer #5 – uh oh, a ton of villains!

Logan Trailer #2 – looking forward to it!

Wonder Woman Trailer #2 – Can’t wait!

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Community Development: How to Cultivate Loyal Fans by Michael Stelzner – I need like 10 clones now. Lol.

 

Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Pitch Writing by Jami Gold. Just in time! The edit for “Alien Redemption” is done so I need to start shopping it. 😛

5 Things Psychology Can Teach Writers by Angela Ackerman and Tamar Sloan.

 

 

Mind Sieve 5/30/16

Morning!

Fan Fun

 

The Space Between Us Official Trailer – looks so cute! Hanky time!

Sing Official Trailer #1 – looks fun! And possibly also a hanky movie. 😛

Beauty and the Beast US Teaser Trailer – redoing the Disney film as live action! Looks gorgeous!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

4 Tips to Improve Your Pinterest Exposure by Carla Gadyt at the SocialMedia Examiner. Weird that one needs to go to this much trouble? Surprised about needing to delete pins.

 

Have a great one!

Mind Sieve 5/2/16

Happy Monday!

 

Fan Fun

 

Approaching the Unknown Official Trailer #1 – more space movies! Yay!

X-Men Apocalypse Final Trailer – it’s going to be messy! 😛

A Monster Calls Official Trailer #2 – this looks awesome!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Google AMP: What Bloggers Need to Know by Michael Stelzner at the SocialMedia Examiner. Oh! This is like – IMPORTANT! Eek!

 

Writing Advice

How Strong is Your Dialogue? How to Fix Common Dialogue Problems by Alex Limberg at Kristen Lamb’s blog.

Brain Science: How Do You Imagine? by Jami Gold. A totally fascinating topic! Thanks for sharing this, Jami!

 

May you have a calm and easy week! (I’m not – so you need to have one for me! Heh heh)

Mind Sieve 4/18/16

Going to be a super wet week down in Texas!

 

Fan Fun

 

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer – YES! (Weird that they’ve changed the Ancient One to a woman…) And they have the window! Sweet!

Suicide Squad Blitz Trailer – this is going to be fun! Heh heh.

For Kaiju fans! Godzilla Resurgence trailer – something looks very wrong with Godzilla. Eek! (Japanese title looks like Shin Gojira – so possibly it is Twin Godzilla?)

Our Kind of Traitor Official Trailer #1 – should be fun!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

20+ Social Media Hacks and Tips From the Pros by Lisa D. Jenkins at the SocialMedia Examiner. Some truly interesting tips. Will keep you very busy for a while. lol

 

Writing Advice

Writing Building Blocks: Paragraph Breaks & Voice by Jami Gold. Nice informative stuff in here!

My time is up. Hope you have a great week!

Mind Sieve 4/4/16

A new week!

 

Fan Fun

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass Official Trailer #2 – definitely looking forward to this one. 😛

CGI Animated Short Film HD: “A Fox Tale Short Film” by A Fox Tale Team – so cute!

 

A Hologram for the King Official Trailer #1 – looks interesting. lol.

The Angry birds Movie New Trailer 2016 – ROFL! It IS like just playing the game. Awesome! lol.

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Blog Comments Revisited: Why Major Bloggers Are Turning Comments Back On by Michael Stelzner at the Social Media Examiner. Lots of interesting info on the summaries about the podcast.

 

Writing Advice

Real Writers Don’t Self-Publish by Kristen Lamb. Great post looking at all the pros and cons and trying to shed information on the whole topic. Self-publishing isn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean it is not for others. The more choices we have, the better! 🙂

Stop Aspiring, Start Doing by John Adamus.

Make the week count!

Mind Sieve 3/14/16

Another MONDAY!

Fan Fun

 

Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer #2 – huh, not especially excited as to where this seems to be going. *pout*  (And no, it has nothing to do with Spidey. Ironman calling him Underoos? Priceless! lmao)

Hardcore Henry Official Trailer – love the concept, but probably will have to skip it. Looks like a motion sickness nightmare for me. 😛

Black Road Official Trailer – Sci-Fi thriller. Looks bizarre!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Pinterest Promoted Pins Open For All: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the SocialMediaExaminer. The bit about Pinterest was weird to me. The stuff has been available to me for a long time. There are bonuses for signing up for stuff early! 🙂 Still, there’s so much out there!

 

Writing Advice

 How to Weave Story Elements and Avoid Info Dumps by Jami Gold. Great post!

Self-Care for Writers by Jami Gold. (Yeppers! Double the Jami today! She’s been on a roll!) 🙂 Lots of great advice here. 🙂

Good luck this week! (and every week.) 🙂

Mind Sieve 3/7/16

Hello, Monday!

Fan Fun

 

Ghostbusters Official Trailer #1 – I’m scared and excited all at once! lol. The special effects look awesome! And Slimer is BACK!

400 Days Official Trailer 2016 – psychological thriller? Could be fun!

Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them) Trailer (Harry Potter Prequel) – oh, this looks fun!

Star Trek 3 Official Trailer – after the last one, not going to get excited…but of course I’ll be there. I’m a sucker. 😛 (Hope springs eternal?) Plot and good science do count!!!!!!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Live Video Gets Top News Feed Exposure: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the Social Media Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Emotional Wound Entry: Telling The Truth But Not Being Believed by Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers. Good stuff!

How Much Should Writer’s Pay to be Published by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. (What a lot of younger authors have not heard of – VANITY publishing. Still out there – still a TRAP!) 😛

Zooming to the finish! Have a great week!

ChibiChains – The resurrection!

Going to toot my daughter’s horn today. Like, why not, right?  😛

Anyway, as some of you might already know, Drew creates chainmail jewelry and uses Chibi Chains for her brand name. She does some truly fabulous work, too!

Well her old website just didn’t seem to be robust enough for what she really needed – so now we’ve moved her to wordpress and found an awesome plugin from WP-EasyCart.

So far she’s only got the Bracelet’s section complete – but it’s worth showing off now!  😎

Chibichains Index Page

This is the top front of the store. Has a decent slider showing a few teaser pics. Pretty!

 

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Here’s the current bottom of the index page. There’s probably a category or more to add to the list. Though currently only Bracelets has been finished. (Between the photo taking, setting up each weave, and descriptions and more – it takes a while to get it all together!)

 

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This is how the category page looks. Showing a 3 column setup for all the items in a category. (Sorted by name – though shoppers and change that for their viewing pleasure. )   😉

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This is the Quickview of one of the bracelets. So you get a little more info.

 

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This is the full detail page. Shows you all the lovely options you can pick from. Color 1 and Color 2, there’s a spot to mention you’d like a 3rd color (Like the bracelet in the pic). The length and Ring Size (for the chainmail rings not your finger. Heh heh) and how many you want. Super nice!

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She wanted the store to be as big and wide as possible, so all the extra stuff is in the footers. You can search by name, weave, etc. Find Drew on social media. Sign up for her newsletter so you can always know what’s new. And a login screen. I believe it is even linked to Facebook so you don’t have to create YET another log in.  😈

Anyway, I wanted to share, I you have time, it’d be awesome if you’d stop on by. The store is functional (even if all that’s out there is bracelets)! Chainmail makes for truly unique gifts!

And Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. *hint hint* :mrgreen: