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Roses Are…

Roses Are

Roses are red, pancakes are flat.

That Maggie can knit, she made me a hat!

I am looking for contributors to my e-book “Roses are…” (a collection of witty riffs on the old Roses are Red, Violets are Blue style poem).

This is purely an intellectual / learning project. I want to see how many contributions we can get (and from how far around the globe.) I also want do a real life project creating the interior of an e-book and the best way to do it to DO IT.

So express yourself…

Keep it clean(ish)…

Keep it fresh…

And send it to me either by replying here (if you wish me to us your WordPress handle) or in a emailing me at

ritaLOVEStoWRITE@gmail.com (where you can tell me how you’d like to be identified — if at all. Please put “Roses Are” in your SUBJECT line).

If you write a bunch of Roses Are poems I’ll even give you your own Chapter.

Really hoping to get a LOT of contributions from all over the world for this project. So PLEASE spread the word.

DEADLINE is… October 1st, 2013.

Roses are Red, so is your face,
Next time don’t cat call a girl who has mace.

— Maggie Singstomuch

ritaLOVEStoWRITE.com reserves the right to refuse any submission.

6 Ways WordPress could make my life easier

writting 2

Writing two ways. Some days I write my blog post long hand in CURSIVE! in a notebook. Other days I go direct to the computer. This is a picture of my brand spanking new keyboard. Ain’t she a beauty?

Dearest WordPress,

Thank you for lovely blogging experience (most of the time.) I really do appreciate your hosting my little daily nothings. But I wonder if I might bend your ear a tick and request a few tiny adjustments that would make my life just a bit easier. Perhaps my fellow bloggers could chime in with their own suggestions.

1. Could you possibly put the Add Media, Text Controls, Link Buttons and  Spell Check along the side? Like, maybe add a Formatting menu under “Settings”. Would that be so hard? You could include all the stuff from the top. That way when we lowly bloggers write more than 4″ of text we wouldn’t have to constantly scroll up and down to add a link or put in an image.

Formatting bar

Duplicate the functionality found at the top of the blog in a pop out menu to the left. (Please.)

2. Give us options on the ADS you attach to our blogs. You know in Widgets how there are about 50 options to choose from so we can customize our sidebar? What if you gave us a poll and let us choose, say 10 (or more) out of 100 types of ads that would best speak to our audience. Wouldn’t that be a better selling tool for you when you approached a potential advertiser? See I’m looking out for you too.

3. Make it easier to open a new file through the Dashboard. Experience has taught me that opening a new file by going to the drop down menu under my blog name then clicking on Dashboard / Post / Add New produces the best results with the least amount of grief. However, clicking on Dashboard is a wonky proposal at best. Sometimes nothing happens and I’m left hovering over the Dashboard waiting (im)patiently, or, more often than not, I’m shuffled right back to the  main page.

4. How about a nice Character Style box for those of us who know what we’re doing with text? I wont abuse it, I promise. But it sure would be nice to have some choices on font and size.

I won't even use Comic Sans. I promise.

I won’t even use Comic Sans. I promise.

5. If a person does a weekly article on a certain subject (say… Muffin Monday) would it be possible to have those previous post come up FIRST in the Related Article suggestions? Or how about this… ONE panel for MY related articles …and ANOTHER pull down panel for related articles from other WordPress bloggers! So say some one was writing about, I don’t know, Colin Firth, then one could easily link to all the other articles about Colin Firth one has done in the past… as well as other germane Colin Firth blogs on WordPress.

Just another excuse use this picture of Colin Firth.

Just another excuse use this picture of Colin Firth. [Image courtesy:  hdwpapers.com]

6. What’s a girl gotta do to get selected for FRESHLY PRESSED? You’d think one of my 528 post in the last 14 months would have piqued your interest, but I guess not. Sigh. [And yes I’ve read the FAQ suggestions, thank you very much.]

Anyway… thanks again for hosting the blog.

Cheers, Your friend,


“Ponies for Everybody!” 500th Post!

500th blog post

I’m  not quite sure how this happened, but today is the day I write my 500th blog post for ritaLOVEStoWRITE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yeah, that’s 500 exclamation points– I’m THAT excited!)

My Awesome followers (339 through WordPress, twitter, and tumbler + all the uncounted folks who read the posts via FaceBook) are probably a little tired of seeing me pop up in their inbox or feed every day. But thanks for sticking with me. And for spreading the word. Because of you ritaLOVEStoWRITE has gotten 42,930 hits.

While the majority of the visitors are from places that speak English like the U.S., Canada and the U.K. the blog has been read from folks in 157 countries around the world. The latest to join us is Tunisia (HI! Tunisia!) They stopped by 14 hours ago.

Latest global map showing where ritaLOVEStoWRITE has been read. Looks like I've got South America and Europe in good shape. Maybe a virtual good will tour is due for Greenland, Africa, the Middle East and Papua New guinea. North Korea and Svalbard Island may be too tough to crack. (You just looked up Svalbard Island, didn't you?)

Latest global map showing where ritaLOVEStoWRITE has been read. Looks like I’ve got South America and Europe in good shape. But, maybe a virtual good will tour is due for Greenland, Africa, the Middle East and Papua New Guinea. North Korea and Svalbard Island may be too tough to crack. So much for world domination. (You just looked up Svalbard Island, didn’t you?)

Yeah, so the next time you are at a Starbucks in Madagascar can you log on and check out the blog? Thanks!

Thank God for Lauren Bacall. Seriously. I don’t know who out there keeps checking Ms. Bacall’s 9.16.12 bioBLOG but not a day goes by without a couple of clicks to that post.

(Photo courtesy: Tweedland)

(Photo courtesy: Tweedland)

Ron Weasley too. He’s the number two most popular post on here. He was one of my Secondary Character Saturday picks.

But it seems the thing that interest you all the most is food. Muffin Mondays and the more recent Farm Fresh Challenge segments on Wednesdays make those the highest viewed days of the week.  On those days I wish there was a Scent-o-Vision app available for download so you too could breath in the wonderful aroma coming in from my kitchen.


Beet and Fennel Muffins a Muffin Monday recipe from a few weeks ago.

I’ve really enjoyed sharing things I love (like Jane Austen and Shakespeare and music and even the occasional spot of fiction) with you. And I’ve enjoyed learning about the people I’ve profiled in the birthday bioBLOGS.

It has been a real labor of love, creativity, and discipline to write this beast every day, and I have to give a special nod to my family for being so understanding. They have been generous and patient with me. They’ve helped me come up with ideas and helped me edit rough copy. I am deeply grateful for their love and support.

Party Pony

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