Monday, November 30, 2009


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How dannistories Won | National Novel Writing Month

Gray bars are the daily writing goal, and brown bars are my actual daily count. Note the absence of work for about a week or more! Just goes to show you that you CAN come from sadly behind to win. Never give up. Note that on Nov. 28th, I only had less than 27,000 words, about half what I needed. In two days, I did it. You can, too! Join me in Nov. 2010 to do this crazy NaNo again! Write 50,000 words towards a novel, and win! Most who attempt this are first-time novel writers. The forums give you plenty of encouragement and a chance to make a bunch of new friends. I am thinking of attempting a script for the first time in April, when the Office of Letters and Light [who sponsors NaNoWriMo] sponsors ScriptFrenzy. For you teachers out there, ScriptFrenzy also offers a program for Young Writers, and many classrooms participate in NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program. Any of you who know teachers, send them to for more info! It's a wonderful way to get young people interested in writing!

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Script Frenzy begins April 1, 2010 - get ready to learn how to write a script for a video.

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Script Frenzy begins April 1, 2010 - get ready to learn how to write a script for a video.


dannistories Won! | National Novel Writing Month

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Authors Round the South - Your favorite writers at your favorite bookstores

Dannis is a disabled single parent who homeschooled her youngest daughter, Maggie, and this 18-year old is a sophomore at Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA. Her older daughter, Amanda, lives in Portland, OR. Currently, she is Atlanta Low-Income Examiner on She has been writing since age 11. Dannis uses a power chair to get around, and a scooter when traveling. She attended Georgia State University as a psychology major, is a Ham radio operator, designs her own book covers and books, and is low income, herself. She would love to come to you to do an interview or presentation on Indigent Indie Publication for your customers! Dannis is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lives in farming community Cuthbert, GA. As an Atlanta native, she is a MARTA fan! She can also speak about disability issues, sexual abuse, mental health, and creative writing, as well as green living on a budget, rural life, how to get help from social service agencies, transit and public transportation. Dannis became a DJ at 16 for WRWH-AM in Cleveland, GA, the second youngest girl ever to do so in Habersham County GA at the time. She worked at Life Chiropractic College Library, Georgia Tech Library, Georgia State University Library, and University of Utah Library. A library worker by trade, she was also a computer tech for two years before she became disabled. She writes under her first name only, because it is an unusual name. Contact Dannis by email: About DanniStories Therapeutic Science Fiction. 'Good' Stories. DanniStories is on a mission: Science Fiction that calls attention to social issues, but handled in a delicate manner. Each story brings a character close. A character with a real social issue. Whether the issue is abuse, addiction, divorce, single parenthood, chronic illness, disability, or a combination, the character has to deal with that as well as the compelling problem that makes the story. Characters talk about the aftermath, and how it affects their lives. Dannis hopes that reading her fiction might be therapeutic for a person dealing with some of the same issues.

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Dannis is ready to come to your group or do a video feed with live chat! Email her today! Her schedule on her Thanksgiving trip is wide open, but won't stay that way for long! Or, you can contact her on Twitter with username dannistories. On the road, she is willing to detour a few miles to visit your bookstore, library, or school and show you a copy of her sci fi novel, Home Is Not Home.

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Monday, November 23, 2009


NASA Spinoff homepage - Dannis' Posterous From DanniStories

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Spinoff is NASA's annual premier publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. For more than 40 years, the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program has facilitated the transfer of NASA technology to the private sector, benefiting global competition and the economy. The resulting commercialization has contributed to the development of commercial products and services in the fields of health and medicine, industry, consumer goods, transportation, public safety, computer technology, and environmental resources. Since 1976, Spinoff has featured between 40 and 50 of these commercial products annually. Spinoff maintains a searchable database of every technology published since its inception. If you think you have the makings of a spinoff, please contact us through the contributor form.


NASA and the Space Program has given us more tech than we can name! Lifesaving medical tech. Money saving energy tech. Your cellphone has it. Your cellphone provider uses it. From velcro to Teflon pans and the many uses of Teflon that are not as obvious, to many of the everyday gadgets we take for granted, tech from NASA has filtered into our lives. The next time you think the Space Program is a massive waste of money, think again. You might be holding NASA tech in your hand, or inside your body!

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[WARNING] Don't Click Da Button, Baby: New Facebook Worm Spreading Via User’s Walls

Anti-virus maker AVG is warning of a new worm spreading on Facebook via user’s walls.

According to one of AVG’s bloggers, the worm spreads as users that are already logged into the social network click on the suggestive photo that is being placed on their walls by infected friends.

Here’s how it works:

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(is there anyone other than me in that set?) the thumbnail of the worm’s infective page is a link to the page. The worm’s objective, of course, is that others viewing the victim’s wall will click the link, and as they are logged into Facebook, the worm will propagate its link to that victim’s wall, and so on…

This worm uses what is technically known as a CSRF (Cross-site Request Forgery, also called XSRF) attack. A sequence of iframes on the exploit page call a sequence of other pages and scripts, eventually resulting in a form submission to Facebook “as if” the victim had submitted a URL for a wall post and clicked on the “Share” button to confirm the post.”

While this attack seems to cause more embarrassment than it does damage to your computer or account, it also seems like one of the easier ones to fall for since all it requires is “clicking da button, baby.” The long and short of it seems to be: avoid the booty.

Mashable is again a timely source of info! Be careful, Friends! Just another way porno is trying to worm its way into innocent people's lives. Avoid the temptation, People! Porno is addictive, and many porno sites load adware on your machine to make porno your home page, and any adware is a good way to open the back door to viruses. Any page of a site can expire and be snapped up by a porno company; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was a victim of this.

What to do? If you go to a site and get a porno page, just turn your computer off. Period. This doesn't give the nasty adware a chance to be downloaded. If on Windows, you'll get a screen on restarting that asks if you want to boot normally. Say yes, because you crashed your machine. It should work just fine, and you saved yourself the trouble of reformatting your hard drive!

Don't use the off button to close up your PC under normal circumstances. It's an emergency measure only, for cases where your PC freezes up and nothing works, or if you can't use the shutdown routine through your operating system [the friendly desktop].

Hope this helps!

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Friday, November 20, 2009


Outsource Work To The Needy: SU - Give Work | Samasource

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Outsource Work To The Needy: SU - Give Work | Samasource

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