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I love adverbs. When I write, I want to use them. Here, in my “informal” writing, I don’t really think about them and they are used or not. But when I’m writing my novels and short-stories, every time I want to write a word ending with -ly, I hesitate. And I kinda hate that. I especially worry when I am using an adverb after the word said. Such as “Quiet!” she said, loudly.

I do understand what the “experts” mean when they say not to use them. Or use them sparingly. I do. But as a reader, I know I’m not bothered by them. They illustrate what is going on. Sure, there are other, and probably stronger ways to do so. But I really don’t think adverbs are the sin some people make them out to be.

Maybe I’m just irritated because I’m having to think more when I write than I used to. Man, thinking while writing sucks! It’s so hard and stuff.

I dunno. What do you think of adverbs, as a reader and/or writer?

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This is pretty damn spot on. It makes me laugh, and sigh with a shake of my head.



The idealist temperament makes up about 15 to 20 percent of the population. According to psychologist David Keirsey, this temperament includes the Myers-Briggs personality types INFJ, INFP, ENFJ, and ENFP. Idealists are passionately concerned with self-growth, yearn to help others, and dream of making the world a better place. Below are some of the characteristics that make being a dreamer in a world of practicality a constant struggle.

1. You’re never completely content with how things are.

Whether it’s your job, your relationship, or what you had for dinner, being a future-oriented perfectionist means you’re constantly thinking about how to make things better.

2. You find it extremely difficult to live in the moment.

You envy your friends who can seemingly act without any regard to future consequences, since that’s basically all you ever think about.

3. People rarely seem to take you seriously.

Idealism is often a trait associated with…

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I’ve been in Home Depot and Lowe’s more times than I can count in the past couple of weeks and I am really, really tired of being jumped by solar sellers. I adore solar power and think it and wind power are the ways to go for our future electrical needs! I really do. But I am seriously tired of explaining to the dudes that I’m not able to do it right now. And because I’m not sporting a construction company t-shirt, I get hit every damn time I walk in. Ok, fine, I also don’t look like a contractor if you’re a narrow-minded douche pickle (and based in reality). So I’m The Mom and Homeowner who gets chased as soon as I walk in the door. Wait! Of course! I’ll just tell them I rent! Boom!
…but seriously, why do I gotta make up bail-out stories like I’m going out to a bar? Why can’t I just shop in peace?

And speaking of home improvement stores! Let me go on my yearly rant about Father’s Day and home improvement stores. Seriously, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Women like power tools, too. It’s a thing now, this gender equality in this new-fangled century. Why do I get flower sales for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gets sales on all the cool toys?? Have either of you stores bothered to look at the badass women in home improvement? They have blogs where they show other women how to put in walls and rip out and replace bath tubs. We’re not just sewing decorative pillow cases, ya know? Mommy needs a dual bevel miter saw, bitches! The first store that recognizes this will have a mega following of devoted diy divas. I’m hoping it’s the Depot, but I bet you anything Lowe’s will cash in on this sooner.

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