1. Ever been told…? by da-AL

Photo of da-AL in Spain with caption: Ever been told 'you write like a man' supposedly as a compliment?

Ever been told ‘you write like a man’ as if you’re supposed to take it as a compliment?

Happiness Between Tails is Now on facebook! Check it out!

Screenshot of facebook page for Happiness Between Tails

Hey everyone — check out the new facebook page for Happiness Between Tails! Please like, follow, share and comment on it.

When you look at the Happiness Between Tails page, any facebook wisdom you can pass along would be much appreciated. For instance, how can I get a link for Happiness Between Tails onto my personal facebook page — not just in the ‘about’ tab, but on the left hand side of the home personal page, where photos of friends are featured?

How do you maximize your blog’s facebook page?

Cheers!

Why Does a Bird Sing? by da-AL

Photo of Ostritch Face
Thanks Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com

“A bird doesn’t sing because he has an answer, he sings because he has a song.”

From “A Cup of Sun,” by American poet and children’s book author, Joan Walsh Anglund (born c. 1926). She’s sold over 45 million books worldwide.

President Obama and the U.S. Postal Service misattributed this quotation to Maya Angelou. All the same, it’s a great thought.

Here’s one of the sounds that ostriches make.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Kitty Enjoys the Last Days of Spring by da-AL

I don’t know of any creature who’s better at relaxing than cats — do you?…

Photo of tabby cat lying among plants and flowers
Our family cat.

Guest Blog Post: Step-by-Step Story Writing Tips by Austin L. Wiggins

Tiny sprouting plant by Ryan McGuire
Photo phabness thanks to Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com

Planting the seed for the first step can be the hardest — but it can be the start to wonderful things. Fellow blogger Austin L. Wiggins shares his process…

Writings By Ender

Shout out to da-AL at https://happinessbetweentails.com for saying she would like to read a post about my writing process. Please take some time to read her work! It makes me happy to engage with people like da-AL who takes their time to comment on people’s work. And so, if you are so inclined, what kind of writing-, book-, or literature-related post would you like to see on my site? Comment below with your suggestions, and remember to like this post and follow Writings By Ender.


Writing about the process of writing feels strange, and it makes me feel naked in that by writing about it I am revealing parts of myself to you. Should I feel this way? The answer is, hesitantly, yes. The very nature of writing is an act of vulnerability. So, if by talking about my writing process I am exposing myself to you, then I hope…

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Art: Ana Mendieta and Technology Reimagined by da-AL

Aristotle, Da Vinci, and artists before and after them have explored it — the question of where begins and ends the connection between people, technology, and science. Visiting the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California is always a delight of mind and spirit.

Cristian Castro of Argentina repurposed assorted machinery, including an old VW, to create a subtext imbued Dungeness crab …

Photo of dungness crab from recycled parts
EGG-771 by Cristian Castro
Photo of dungness crab from recycled parts
EGG-771 by Cristian Castro

Another of his pieces …

Photo of Seven Fishes from recycled parts by Cristian Castro
Seven Fishes by Cristian Castro
Photo of Seven Fishes from recycled parts by Cristian Castro
Seven Fishes by Cristian Castro

Here William Pérez of Cuba re-thinks the re-thinker, Albert Einstein…

Photo of Einstein by William Peréz
Einstein by William Peréz

While you’re there, be sure to catch MOLAA’s 70th birthday tribute to amazing artist Ana Mendieta, also from Cuba. Here’s another link to a little more about her …

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985), Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants), 1972
Ana Mendieta (1948-1985), Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants), 1972

You can see art I’ve created here. And more of my posts about art here and here and here and here and here  …

Guest Blog Post: The World of Mr. Wolf

What’s your favorite book from your childhood? I loved Winnie the Pooh.

The best children’s books are ones I appreciate all the more with the passage of time. Here Mr. Wolf, an author of the kinds of children’s books that adults can enjoy too, shares a few of his illustrations…

Here's Captain Bee Beard - a pirate who has a beard made out of bees! (From Mr. Wolf's children's book: Terry The Time Travelling Tortoise.)
Here’s Captain Bee Beard – a pirate who has a beard made out of bees! (From Mr. Wolf’s children’s book: Terry The Time Travelling Tortoise.)

 

Mr. Pong gets his comeuppance! (From Mr. Wolf's children's book: The Top Secret Cheese.)
Mr. Pong gets his comeuppance! (From Mr. Wolf’s children’s book: The Top Secret Cheese.)

 

Have you ever seen a Posh-Me-Posh-Ewe animal before? (From Mr. Wolf's forthcoming children's book: Mr. Zumpo's Amazing Zoo of Unusual Animals.)
Have you ever seen a Posh-Me-Posh-Ewe animal before? (From Mr. Wolf’s forthcoming children’s book: Mr. Zumpo’s Amazing Zoo of Unusual Animals.)

 

About the illustrator of these wonderful pictures: Mr. Wolf is an English freelance cartoon illustrator and an author of funny children’s books which adults seem to love too. I met him at Goodreads (a sort of Facebook for book lovers).