Asrai Devin- the Maven of Mischief

Putting the fun back in dysfunctional.

Tag Archives: Pinterest

Obsessions: Short people problems

If you fit in a group, there is a tumblr for you.

Mine is short people problems. I am 5 feet 2 and a half inches tall. That is 157 and a half centimetres tall.

When you are this tall, those half inches count A LOT.

Most of my shoes are size 5. Except my boots had to be a 7. Which was really funny because my son wears a 7 in shoes and I had to buy him a 5 in boots.

Anyway, I am small.

Working on this!

I learned to hem this week from Pinterest with the original hem. Search it!

I used to be an educational assistant in a grade 5/6 class. The girls were all hitting their growth spurts, and they all loved to come up to me and say “I’m taller than you Mrs. Devin.”

really? I hadn’t noticed. There were days I was afraid Administration would come into the room and wonder where the teacher was. *sigh*

What is your “problem”?


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Stats junkie (TMI editioN)



So, I wrote about 50 Shades and caning versus Canning and it got me a gazillion hits. And 3 comments. So thanks for that. But those page views and site hits are starting to dwindle and I’m feeling like I need a infusion of stats. I am no longer happy with 10 page views a day, I want a hundred.

I could write about all the 50 Shades of Gray “copy cats” or follow-ups being served for the masses. I feel sorry for author’s who get promoted as “if you loved FSOG, you’ll love this as well”.

I could write about the women who attempted to have FSOG lingerie parties, but received a cease and desist letter from James. But you could Google it yourself and boggle over a woman who published Fan fic telling people they can’t use her idea either. (Besides, I didn’t think titles could be copyrighted. At least in the US it cannot, but it can be trademarked, but FSOG has not yet? If they are pursuing it, does that mean it can’t be used by someone else?)

I think if could get those topless photos of Kate Middleton that would garner me a few hits, but they were destroyed I’d believe and Ii I was going to post photos of naked anyone, I would want the model to give consent. And the only person I’d be willing to ask is myself and I really have no qualms about it except my husband’s objections. I’m still nursing so half the population of the small city we live in has seen them in the past year. He’s always pulling them out for me to show off or unlatching and running away before I can pull up my shirt.

What do you think would “asrai topless” gain me more hits? I’ll add it to my tags and let you know if it does.

I’ve been looking on Amazon at some books I’d like to own for reference and every time I’m still shocked by Kindle prices being significantly higher than the paperback. It pisses me off actually and some of the time I’m tempted to not buy any copy of the book. I know it’s like not seeing a movie because of something the actor did in real life. No one is going to feel me not buying it, other people will and my silent protest, means NOTHING to anyone.

And the last thing? DO you have a belly bulge? That lower belly pooch. It may be from tight hip flexors are. and according to Pinterest, there is an easy way to combat the issue.

From ovulation to menstrual bleeding, my hips shift to a bad place, they feel “out” of place and my entire body suffers. My family suffers, I am crabby and whiny (oh I whine A LOT). Right now my neck is sore on the right side and my shoulder is on the left (I did the above exercise but it made my shoulder hurt).

And last, but very not least, happy birthday to my favorite 10 year old.

If you have any ideas for how I can feed my need for hits, other than writing useful content, let me know in the comments.


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Interspiration #06022012: Tipsy edition

Hopefully this all works out, I`m having a couple coolers while I try to get this all worked up. haha.

The language of parents.

May in Norway

Modern romance. via @_SamanthaWaren

Music of our youth

Your obligation is to create opportunities for others.

My kid said what?

To swear or not to swear on-line. I swear, for emphasis or to remeber I am more than a mommy.

Genreality tackles romantic stucture

Finding time to write when you have no time.

@SSchroeder_ shares her Friday Favorites. Lots of good links

Guilty(?) pleasures: Little Big Planet

Can GMOs help fight world hunger? Not really.

creativity as a form of magic

creativity as a form of magic


Oh cool. Queen Victioria’s journals. I did a report on her in grade 10.


On strong female characters. RT @JessicaMerizan: Dear@ruckawriter – I am now your biggest fan :)


A very interesting article about Pinterest. Is the Pinterest problem a problem? Or an opportunity? #myWana



I have a table I need to paint, but this is a little much work for me. Going to look for more inspiration. #DIYreno


I can do it all


Half an ass does you no good. via @EmmaBurcart


3 ways to avoid letting time get away from you. I’m so bad for this.


When you don’t feel like being awesome, Barney is awesome for you. Don’t let that happen. You should be awesome.


Write with an open heart. Beautiful piece.


Credit card fast, call to action. Stop lenders from using credit scores against us.


When you hit the writing wall.


Six enemies of greatness and happiness. Ohh good list.


Never give up on your dream. Or laugh at the dreams of others. via@KristyKJames



Create hundreds of ideas at will.


Upcycled wall art. I have some empty walls …


Do we need standards in ebook formats?


Empowerment begins with a single realization.


Time is the key. Motivation and discipline are the tools. great post from @barrycrowther


Confess your writing sins I of course am perfect, so nothing to confess. :)


Need to end an discussion? Get the super mega period. It’s over.


on @MelindaVan s to don’t list. Good list.


Story tracker for changes, editing and consistency.


How to get a yes from people you adore.


These are neat. RT @GuyKawasaki: Popular songs made into minimalist pictogram posters


Treat your personal heroes like peers.


Do you want only ignorant clients? RT @gordonwarnock: If an agent asks for information, don’t question what we do to earn our percentage.


My favorite piece of advice from this week on Twitter, which I won`t attribute and who never replied to my question

Protip: If an agent asks for information, don’t argue or question what we do to earn our percentage. It won’t convince us to sign you.

I asked if he preferred clients who were ignorant about what they were paying him for? Got that people, DO NOT ASK your agent what they will do to earn their pay. They prefer you to remain ignorant about their goings ons, because of course they are the experts and you should not worry your pretty head about it. I have no idea why there is such a backlash against agents …  okay moving on …


Shame or good for her Kate wears the same dress twice in 11 days?


is perfectionism ruining your career?


What makes a best friend?




Dog walk mediation via @PrudenceMacLeod


Til death do us part? what’s your view on divorce? why so prevalent? via @KristyKJames


Sex sells should young adults buy into it? via@Diana_Murdock



Conversations with the Muse #Wana1011


Laxidasical blogging. Welcome back@RchelFunkHeller


Huh Vin Diesal has a motorhome the size of my house. we live in 1200 sqf.


Felt scrap rug. Okay that looks like a lot of work.


No one gives you power.


What holds you down can lift you up.


How to write your truth even in public.


Neat idea DIY summer camps.


Too much candy gonna rot your soul


A few tips for avoiding writer’s block.


10 great things about babies.



Alright I’m falling over a little and feeling warm and fuzzy inside. So have a really great weekend. This may the bacardi talking, but I am not happy with the way the interspriation looks in preview. I may have to spring for a thingie.

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Check in day, check in Day. #Row80 goals and shinies

I’m feeling whimsical and giddy tonight, thus my post title. IT works best if you say it in a sing-song voice.

Okay, I’m going to try to focus right now. See it’s working. I’m recalling my goals.

Editing: i’m still on the fence with the editor thing, if I do hire one I need to wait until I get my writing money in. Or do I? I’m nervous. I need to send some stuff off for quotes. Tomorrow: I will suck it up and do this.

Writing: eh, I’ve spent too much time with this fantasy so I’m writing it. It’s *gasp* Fan Fic. I just need to get it out of my head so I can move on.

Exercise: trying for a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday work out schedule.

House: going very nicely. I have some projects I’ve done in the past week or so that shall be up on House Tuesday, but due to the total lack of much to say about anything, I’m only doing House Tuesday every other week, to stretch it out a bit.

Blog: I am still working out a change in my voice, my writing style for this blog. Just the topics are not coming to me very fast, so it’s a work in progress. I understand the high concept, but I have not been putting it into practice the past two-three weeks now. Stats are down.

Rethinking my Pinterest deletion. Just have to be careful about Pinning and visit the site and see if they encourage repinning, then I can pin. Everything else will be bookmarked via Delicious. There are lots of people who are seeing huge increases in traffic from Pinterest. which means, note to self, must find a way to make pictures more frequent and fit into the high concept mode, because pictures are central on Pinterest and becoming more important in social media period.

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#Row80 checkin

I have missed the last two to four checkins because  i’ve been WRITING. I am in love with my characters, the plot, everything. i am especially loving just writing. If I get stuck, i just ask “How could I make this situation worse?” and keep going. i’m getting at least a thousand words per day in the hour or so between the kids bedtime and mine. So I’m pretty excited.

My goals were to edit my hockey novels. i had beta readers read them with some mixed comments and then I wasn’t sure if I should scrap the story or what. I decided I like the story as is. A few minor changes, a read aloud through and then edit for typos as best i can and a cover. It shall be released mid-March as planned.

Blog goals. I’ve floundered this week. Pinterest has me so excited to do house projects during the day and then i’m trying to sty on my routines so daytime i haven’t been blogging much. Then evening rolls around and i want to write, so little blogging. And my stats are reflecting that. I’ve also realized I am not writhing from my heart. I want to do that more, but it is a work in progress. I am working on it.

Personal goals: I stopped working out. It made my son whiny and that was making me grumpy. So I’m changing the 4 day to 3 day a week work outs. my son will suck it up, but i will also keep workouts under 30 minutes.  My body is so stiff and sore today, every joint hurts, which I thought I’d gotten past (for about 4 years from 16-20, my body ached all the time. And then I did some inner healing and it disappeared).

I updated my 50/50 list. Its difficult for me to do the movies. My husband watches a movie a day, usually the same 6 repeatedly and randomly, but he also watches movies on TV when he’s home and I catch 45 minutes here or there because the children are pulling me or  housework has to get done in another room (we used to have this lovely open kitchen/dining room/living room flow now the living  room is cut-off), so I don’t catch a whole movie very often. i’ll get there, i’m not as behind as I thought. I’ve also been struggling with reading because I have borrowed a few books I had no interest in finishing Age of Miracles by Marianne Williamson turned out to be for women in midlife, Defy Gravity by Caroline Myss turned out to be about healing experiences and a bit dry.

Can i count fan fiction in my book if it’s book length? I can’t help myself when it comes Alternate Universe Dragon Age where The female Warden romances Bann Teagen. That is so not the best picture of him, but it’s the best I could find.

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#Row80 Checkin For Sunday. Perfectionsim sucks

Writing: I`m not sticking to a word count, but I am writing. Mostly, everyone who commented last Wednesday was right, it was a combination ADD and (mostly) perfectionism. I was trying to plot and it turns out:

I don`t plot. I am a pantser.

That is the way it is and I will not fight my nature. I plot after I write and then fill in any holes, it works, it`s worked for several books so far.

Blogging: so far so good. Writing things in advance, blogging several times a week.

Exercise: totally fallen off the wagon. Will have to reset this now that I`m back in the writing saddle.

House: I cleaned the bathroom, the laundry area, my son`s room (he co-sleeps so his room became a dumping ground) and the playroom this week. And still managed to spend far too much time on Pinterest. Maker I love that site. So much pretty.

I also only played a few hours of Dragon Ages II. Sadly my plan to romance (seduce) everyone on the game possible did not go as planned. I made rivals out of Merril and Fenris so they would not sleep with me. I got Isabella (she`ll sleep with anything) and Anders (who moved 2 minutes after he got out of my bed).

I`m missing Alistair so I`ll be back to Origins soon I`m sure and scouring the web for FanFic and the release date of DA3.

How was your week?

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